Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 870   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (6081) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 27, 2008
Bottle. Spicy, woode, light milk, cherry. Red cloudy, golden head. Spice - nutmeg, wood, cherry pits. Mellow mouthfeel. Spicy aftertaste. Almonds retronsal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2008
Bottle shared at C-bus 13: This is one of those beers that generated a collective, ’’meh’’. There really wasn’t anything that special about it, except that it was Mikkeller. Poured like cola with thin, white bubbles. Aroma had some chocolate and banana peel. Flavor had a woody dryness and chocolate. Tinge of coffee, but thin. Finished a bit boozy but not offensive. Again, really just ’’meh’’.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12308) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 22, 2008
Bottle, c&c, from Liquid Solutions. As Monk’s Brew. Hazy dark garnet color with a decent creamy beige head. Aromas of softly roasted malt and berries. Flavors of lightly roasted malt, fresh red berries and touches of chocolate and coffee. It’s very laid back and delicious. Goes down incredibly well. Though quite different it has been reminding me of Westvleteren - and I just noticed this is a quad. So I am learning. Perhaps there’s some slight chalkiness; not sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - OCT 20, 2008
Draught at EBF. Murky brown, small tanned head. Sourish, berry nose, some dry fruitiness. Fruity, berryish flavor, little cocoa and syrupy malts. Medium to full bodied, smooth carbonation. Maybe even too easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Pours a deep murk brown with a dark head. Aromas of malts, caramel, and dark fruits. Flavors ver much the same, with a somewhat nutty flavor in the finish. Good stuff, I would drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Dark brown, light tan creamy head. Dried dark fruit aromas ride soft hints of toasted brown sugar and bread. Caramel coated raisin and toasted sugar plum flavors round to lightly bitter finish. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Decent, but not a favorite from these guys…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Ruddy brown color with a thin sparse light tan head. Mild spicy grains, light Belgian yeast, candi sugar, very rich aroma. Smooth velvety mouthfeel. Rich taste, spicy malts combine nicely with sweet dark fruit tastes, nice clean finish. A nice quality quad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4787) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 11, 2008
Pours deep brown into a trappist glass. Off-white head with medium retention recedes to hug rim. Pit fruit aromas. Upfront prune and raisin turning to a lasting licorice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (4713) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 11, 2008
Very interesting. Strong toffee aroma. When I taste, I’m expecting lots of caramel, but instead I get fruit...maybe raspberry...mixed in with a nice Quad malt taste.. Then I get plumb. A very different take on the Quad. Not as heavy as I would want it, but very nice. For me, it’s like thinking about Grant Achatz or Thomas Keller. Mikkeller has done something different and interesting with the style, enough to make you stop and wonder what it is you are experiencing. Rather than encountering a carbon copy style, I enjoy these surprising encounters.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - OCT 7, 2008
First of all, Monk’s Elixer is more of a tribute to Belgian brew rather than a carbon copy of it; once you understand that, then this may seem a bit more easy to understand. Appearance is fairly nice, deep dark body but a rather small head that (when compared to real Abt/Quadrupel beers) doesn’t really act as a lively element to the proceedings. In other words, it was a bit weak. Upon my first sip, the first thought was "Is this really a 10 percenter?" Holy hell, where did all that alcohol go? Kind of a shame because with this style of beer, one thing I look forward to is a little bit of that rub; that burn. Second thought was "wow, this is way more roasted than I was expecting." Which I like, but I was expecting something a bit more sweet and tart and rummy. Overall, this is not a bad beer, but not one of my favorite Mikkeller selections.

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