Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 891   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Marduk (4203) - Reval, - 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
edgallow (2959) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2015
Pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of fruit, yeast, caramel and malts. Taste is plums, malty and nice yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (1784) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2015
With Z with a medium rare sirloin, pours a rich dark mahogany color with no head to speak of. Nose is sweet dark ripe fruit with some malt and toffee. Taste is sweet dark fruit, black currants, dark raisins, plums with malt, and appreciable alcohol. Finish is sweet as well, and has a moderately long finish ending with the sweet dark fruits. Quaff Score 7 /10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1713) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2015
Bomber. Pours a muddy brown with a tan head and aroma of dark fruits and toffee. Taste is of dark fruits, toffee, alcohol, liquorice, malt, and yeast into the warming finish

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TorbenJensen (1280) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2015
If you like strong Belgian ales, do not wait for tasting Mikkellers version. Frother nice and long and has the most wonderful aroma of malt and ripe fruit. The taste is rich of caramel malt, hard toasted malt and sweet syrup taste that is so elegantly balanced in the best Belgian ales. The fruit is raisin, plum, prune and slightly distress. A strong complex cocktail of all the best that belong to a Belgian ale. Gradation which is on the whole 10% are carefully tucked away behind the aforementioned malt and fruit tones. Every mouthful offers new depth impression, and it is virtually impossible to describe what a wonderful ale this is. It is on par with the best Trappist beers and a unique alternative to the best Belgian ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1250) - - SEP 8, 2015
Draft. Pours a dark brown. Aroma and taste are surprisingly very sweet with hints of prunes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tandembrauer (682) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 7, 2015
On tap at Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen. Pours hazy dark brown. Aroma of chocolate, coffee. Tastes sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Echon (97) - Århus, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2015
Tap at Fairbar. Almost black body with a beige head. Sweet fruity aroma with notes of prunes. Rich sweet taste, fruity and lightly bitter. Medium body with low carbonation. Long finish. A smooth and intense quadrupel, this is good in limited pours but can easily become cloying beyond that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cervmagpt (455) - PORTUGAL - SEP 4, 2015
Review based on the BJCP2015 guidelines (style 26D). Bottle 33 cl - Batch unkwnown (BBF 19/01/21). AROMA: a nice and sweet malt aroma with notes of dark caramel, some plums and a peppery background. balanced alcohol presence without harsh and solventy caracter. no hop aroma. APPEARANCE: dark ruby color and clear. large moussy, light brown head with average retention. TASTE: a nice malty flavour with caramelized malt notes. some dark dried fruit notes (plums). low bitterness with a semi-sweet finish. PALATE: medium to medium-full body. moderate-high carbonation. noticeable alcohol warmth but smooth. OVERALL: a very nice and balanced dark belgian ale-style beer with a lot of the traditional elements and without hot and solventy alcohols.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (3582) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2015
12oz bottle from Party Source in Kentucky/Cincy: deep brown-black pour with thin cream colored head. aroma of soft dark fruits. tastes are sweet, but not overly. yeasty, dark malt, coffee. finishes sweet, even, chocolate, raisin. covers the alcohol well. palate is medium, lively, creamy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dorkenstein (174) - - AUG 23, 2015
Big rum raisin and vanilla aromas, fig and plum too. Taste is very bready, raisins, plums, vanilla. It has an oaky finish with a warming in the chest.

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