Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 809   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.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Marduk (2967) - Tallinn, - FEB 11, 2013
330ml bottle. Deep dark brown color. Some light manages to squeeze through if I hold glass against the light, giving it to some red hue. Completely stale, although barmaid gave her best to put head on top. Seems that this beer can’t handle a head. Burnt plastic bags, caramel, burnt sugar in aroma. First impression is not good. And the taste!? Ohh the taste is like boring eastern european malt liquors. The only difference is that this one is not sold in 2L plastic bottles for 70 cents a piece. You really should.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thorongil2 (1388) - , Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2014
(bottle) clear dark brown colour with a tall brown head; aroma of caramel, stewed fruit; smooth, balanced flavour with a long light bitter finish, well balanced alcohol

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CharlieFields (4) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 15, 2014 does not count
Bottle (33 cl.) from 2D2Dspuma (Barcelona). Aroma: Toast malts, hops, yeasts, alcohol. Appearance: Dark brown color, cloudy liquid, frothy and tan head. Taste: Heavy bitterness, light sweetness. Palate: Medium body, creamy texture, average carbonation, long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Helsdon (207) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
After an unbelievably grinding, brutal, mentally-crushing, couple of days. (You wouldn’t believe me if I told you.) I finally had the time to sit down to a couple of good beers. This bad boy pours a cloudy earthy brown with a dusty brown head. Smells lie raisins, molasses and malts, with just a hint of booze. Decent carbonation in my bottle. The taste isn’t as rich as I thought it would be. I get booze, malts, that nice fruitiness seems to have gone AWOL. Fuck I don’t know. I’m just happy to be less homeless, poorer and having a beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Canmoore (282) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
Pours a very dark ruby red, with a frothy off white head. Aroma notes include figs, dates, raisins, sugar cane, and plums. Tasting notes include rich dark malts like figs, dates, plums, raisins, yeast, and some alcohol. Nice quad, but not as refined as other quads that I have had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OOKPIKABLE (118) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2014
Bottle from lcbo in toronto. Pours deep brown with abundant off-white head. Aroma of chocolate, cherries and wine. Tastes of chocolate, cherries, wine and booze. 10% abv is well hidden. Lingering aftertaste of raisin and booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (2498) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2014
Pours dirty brown with a moderate velvet beige head. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, candi sugar, raisin and fig. Taste is much the same, very sickly sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quorce (26) - Katowice, POLAND - DEC 7, 2014
Color very dark, almost black. Slightly noticeable alcohol, especially at the end. Great chocolate and toffee aromas! Average carbonation. Tastes serious nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTStiles (782) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2014
pours dark and opaque with a thick, lasting cream colored head and lots of lacing. plum, underripe cherry and fig aromas with some grape soda and medicinal notes. taste is rich with dark plums, blackberry, leather, quince paste, rubber and nutmeg. finish is alcoholic and a bit hot. A lovely beer but no Westvleteren or Rochefort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (538) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2014
(330ml bottle from the LCBO, as "Monk’s Brew") Pours a clear medium brown tinged red with a small off white head that faded to a ring with lots of spotty lace. Aroma is predominately sweet with a faint sourish edge, and a little spicy. Bready caramel sweet malt and yeast combo has dried and stewed read fruit, maybe currants?, candied apple, lots of brown sugar, Christmas cake spices. Once the scent of artificial grape flavouring is raised by my girlfriend that is hard to escape. Palate has quite sweet caramel and brown sugar core, candied fruit, a little bready, a diffuse sort of herbal spice building in the finish, fair amount of alcohol heat. Also a bit of that grape flavouring again, after it’s mentioned. Medium body, a little slick and light for the style, soft carb. It’s a pretty good stab at a style with some excellent benchmarks, but compared to the best abts it is not as rich and mouth filling, and lacks the complexity and finish to match the sweet malts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beese (2550) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2014
Draught at BrewDog Bristol on 21 Nov. Poured a very dark brown, with an off white head. Aroma of rich fruit, spices, big malt and Belgian yeast. Big flavours of prunes, caramel and grain. Full mouth feel. Finish was nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, brown bread, toffee and figs. Fab!

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