Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 812   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - APR 17, 2008
Bottle. Dark amber with off white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of fruit. Flavour is sweet and alcohol, with notes of fruit and the yeast. To much alcohol for my taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjs (4791) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 15, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2011 (Bottle, 0.75 l - BBE 08/10/11, at Pikkulintu, 20111209) The beer poured dark brown and quite clear. Its head was small and white. Aroma had port wine, alcohol and raisins. Palate was watery, medium bodied, warming and dry with medium carbonation. Flavours were raisins, plum, malts and low bitterness. Aftertaste was very short and had raisins in it. The thinness and short taste were disappointin. Aroma was very good. (From old notes. Bottle at Pikkulintu on 2007-12-31.) Lots of malts and their sweetness, but not too sweet. Also, contained pleasant fruitiness normally found in Belgian beers. I really liked this one. Total: 4.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - APR 13, 2008
750 ml bottle. An unclear and muddy dark red beer with a medium sized and quite persistent light brown head. The aroma is complex with caramel, fruits (plums, figs and maybe raisins), spices and light alcohol. The flavour is very sweet and complex too and feels really Belgian with its fruitiness and softness (inspite of The ABV). Full body, average carbonation, long finish with light to medium bitterness (maybe slightly higher than usually for the style), lightly alcoholic. Complex yet drinkable; one of the best Mikkeller offerings

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Habanero (2749) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - APR 6, 2008
Bottle, pours dark amber with a big, rocky, tan but short lasting head. Virtually no lacing. Nose of roasted malt and caramel. Sweet flavour with caramel, dark malt and raisins. Sweet finish with a little dryness at the end. Syrup texture. Full bodied. OK, but not a great brew. Qardruples is one of my favorite beers, but I prefer the Belgian ones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomat (2160) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2008
Dark, redish brown with a nice off-white head. Lots of sweetness and fruity aroma.Alcohol, sweet fruit and chocolate. Full body with a long, malty / sweet finsih.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Blom (836) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2008
Brown with an acceptable head that drops quickly. Aroma of cucumber, basement, spice and dark fruits. The flavour is sweet, but more bitter than the normal trappist strong ale/quadrupel. It ends like bitter liquorice. The palate is way too thin and the carbonation too flat to really match the best of the trappists.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11274) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2008
Ruby brown with a lasting off-white head. Aroma has portwine, dark dried fruits, spice and alcohol. Sweetish flavour with yeast and spice notes, dry alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - MAR 9, 2008
Tap at Olutkellari Helsinki. Brown black with small head. Nose is malty, spicy with some liqourice. Flavor is spicy with roasted coffee and liqourice with quite little maltiness. Alcohol is detectable. Thin feel with little carb. A bit disappointing. Flavor is good tho, a bit similar to rocheforts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
turbothy (1120) - Bonn, GERMANY - MAR 8, 2008
(Last beer in a 10-part barley wine tastathon, so my notes are unreadable at this point.) "Funny, fishy aroma. Anenege (???) aroma, nutty."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (7979) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2010 First rating
75 cl bottle at Haket, Göteborg
BB 17/03/11
On February 29, 2008.
Clear dark red to brown color, big bubbly tan head. Scent is mixed chocolate, sweet, fruity, yeasty, very nice. Strong vinous, raissin, sugary, sweet and alcohol taste. Warming alcohol. Yeasty aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.

Draught at Bishops Arms, Järntorget, Göteborg. On June 14, 1009
Hazy dark red color, tan head. Sweet, fruity, caraml, red berries scent. Sweet, spicy, licorice, malty taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Red berries aftertaste.

Shared bottle at Haket on November 13, 2010, during SÖ 25 year anniversary
2007 version
Hazy brown color, small off-whtie head. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt scent. Sweet, cocoa, chocolate, malty taste. Medium mouthfeel, raissin aftertaste. Medium bitterness.

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