Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 935   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Brewed by Mikkeller at De Proefbrouwerij in Lochristi, Belgium. Known as Monk’s Brew in the U.S.
Ingredients : Water, malts (pils and pale), candy syrup, brown sugar, hops (northern brewer, hallertauer and styrian goldings) and ale yeast
Monk’s Elixir is a heavy dark Belgian ale inspired by the Trappist monasteries of Rochefort and Westvleteren. The beer style, characterized by its high content of alcohol, distinguishes itself by its dominant yeast character, delicious malt background and balanced hop notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4801) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2009
Bottle. Dark and clear with a strong presence of alcohol.Full bodied with a combination of fruitiness and other complex flavours.One to be taken seriously.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
espenra (985) - Kurland, NORWAY - MAY 29, 2009
75cl bottle at Olympen. Labelled as Monks Brew. It poured a very dark brown, almost black colour with a big light-brown creamy head. The aroma is sweet and fruity with notes of raisins, hops, vanilla and strawberry. Very nice. The flavour is also sweet and fruity, again with notes of raisins, hops, vanilla and strawberry. Very little alcohol. It has a lingering, but a bit short aftertaste. This is one of the best beers from Mikkeller yet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Todeon (325) - SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2009
75cl bottle. Dark brown color with a minihead. Aroma is plums,chocolat and some caramel sweetness. Taste is about the same as the aroma with plenty of brown sugar and dark fruit in there aswell. Alcohol presence is pretty big and ruins it a bit for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Bottle from pizza port Dark brown with a fluffy tan head. Molasses chocolate nutmeg and brown sugar aroma and taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (5170) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 24, 2009
Bottle at Olympen, Oslo. Dark brown with a rich, tan head. Sweet caramel aroma. Caramel and fruit flavours, good balancing bitterness. Thealcohol is well-hidden. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4835) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 22, 2009
My second rating from my work desk - its been a very good week, so deservedly I should have this beer. Dark brown color, minimal head. Molasses and brown sugar dominate the nose. Big molasses flavors, brown sugar, dark fruit, just a touch of chocolate, but depth isn’t so great. What is great, is the 10% alcohol is very well hidden. Smooth and dangerous. I think they are definitely aiming at Rochefort, but fall a bit short. Fig and molasses in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Anker (723) - Hillerød, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2009
Bottle. Pours hazy ruby with a medium tan head. Aroma is sweet malt, rock candy prunes and alcohol. Flavour is malt, caramel, prunes, figs and alcohol. Don’t drink it to cold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (6943) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2009
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de liège, obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de caramel légèrement fruité. Apparence: La couleur est brune opaque avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel avec une pointe de raisins et d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’alcool en arrière goût. (Rating #2380)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11004) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2009
750ml bottle. Synthetic cork stamped 07/04/14. Poured a medium brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, caramel, some yeast, a little woody, and some chocolate. Tastes of dark fruits, lighter yeast, chocolate, caramel, and a little bready. Light to medium alcohol burn that creeps up a few seconds after I drank (but overall well hidden).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3611) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2009

4/25/2009: Like so many of the other Mikkeller brews, Monk’s Brew didn’t really do mucyh for me. It is good, but just isn’t anything special. The aroma and flavor include deep dark fruits, caramel, fruity malt, and bubblegum. This beer also has a sticky texture.

Sample from bottle at Dark Lord Day 2009. Rating #227 for this beer.

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