Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 913   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5938) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2009
This was shared by someone at the first Liquid Sunshine. At this point in the night I was pretty smashed so the notes on the next five beers are going to be remedial in the fashion of one of my favorite raters in the whole world whose unhelpful ratings are obviously solely for the point of getting a tick and attempting to win some sort of imaginary internet contest...Cool! My 10th Abt/Quad rating - a milestone! The beers pours muddy brown. Has notes of dark fruit and brown sugar on the nose. Very sweet. Lots of dark bread, carmelized brown sugar and dark fruits in the flavor. Some alcohol notes too. My notes actually say, "drukk". Which I can only assume means one thing...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer5000 (5470) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 31, 2009
750 ml bottle. Slightly hazy reddish brown body with a fine and dense brown head. Aroma of sweet malt, mocha, brown sugar, spices and surprisingly well hidden alcohol. Flavor is sweet malt, mocha, caramel, brown sugar, overripe fruit, hops and a bit acid. The alcohol present is more like a warming feeling. Very nice, balanced and complex, the inspiration from the Belgium Trappist beers is clearly, but the typical brown sugar/dry fruit flavor is more in the background leaving more room for the mocha flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2580) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2009
Very dark brown with ruby edges and a long lasting large beige head, excellent lacing. The aroma is of caramel, dark fruits, prunes, christmas cake and some light alcohol. The flavour is sweet with some alcohol, creamy, lots of dark fruits, cake and some toffee. Creamy mouthfeel, medium body, medium/high carbonation. Finishes long. creamy and warming.

This drinks incredibly well and I foresee this aging very well.

750ml bottle from Sahara Mart in Bloomington, Indiana.
Opened on November 2, 2008.
Best before April 4, 2014.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Brewed in Denmark...... Pours a dark brown color with some amber highlights and a thin white head. Aroma of raisins, brown sugar and some malts. Taste of spices, nuts, brown sugar and warm bread. The mouthfeel in my opinion is just like a doppelbock !!! There was some some sediment at the bottom of the glass that looked like coffee grounds. Overall, this was a solid brew and worth looking for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2009
750 corked bottle and served in my St Bernardus glassware: Disclaimer, I drank almost all of this before even thinking about rating at near room temps, so the verb age will be short... Deep hazy brown. Malty and fruity nose with classic abbey yeast esters. The taste is sweet but not cloy, rich dark fruits. a hint of alcohol warmth. Smooth and lush on the palate. A well constructed brew and something I need to buy again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2009
750ml bottle labeled as "Monk’s Brew". Shared by BeerGestapo, thanks Mike. Pours a very dark brown that has ruby edges, small off-white head. This was a very complex beer that had many layers in both the nose and flavor. Bouquet has notes of raisin, plum, bread, brown sugar, and a hint of cherry. The flavor was bready malts, raisin, and cherry with a hint of passion fruit. The finish leans toward sweet with a touch of yeasty spice. It had a smooth velvety mouthfeel with little alcohol presence. The was a small amount of warmth near the end of the glass as well as a bunch of yeast sediment.. Very tasty indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2009
bottle. Pours a deep amber with a ruby hue. Head was tan and about 2 fingers thick. Aromas of raisins, plums, candy sugar, clove and some yeast. Flavor was burnt caramel and a touch of booze......great stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2009
[Bottle] Pours a hazy brown with a medium/large beige head. Aroma is some alcohol, raisins, figs, and malty notes. Flavor pretty much matches. Really nothing exciting. Has plenty of carbonation, but just lacks the depth of flavor that the yeast provides in the trappist brews.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (3228) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2009
750ml bottle, dark brown hue, with a small creamy tan-colored head, yeasty, fruity, sweet toasted, caramelized malt nose, with some figgy, plummy, raisiny, datey esters, with a nice chocolatey, molases, brown sugar accent, with a hint of Grand Marnier liqueur in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a yeasty, toasty, caramel, biscuity malt, fruity, chocolatey character, with some juicy plummy, raisiny, datey flavors, with a nice molasses, brown sugar sweetness, and some fruitcake, dark chocolate praline accents and a spicy note of nutmeg, leading towards a warming, spicy, malty, chocolatey, datey finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnar (7124) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2009
Bottle at Olympen, Oslo. Pours almost dark brown, with a big frothy tan head. Sweet and gentle aroma. Sweet taste consisting of cocoa and liquorice, some peppers as well. Well balanced , nice palate

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