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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 758   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 28, 2011
On tap at Biero. Full marks, explosive beer. Aromas of toffee, apple, tropical fruit, nuts, hint of alcohol. Taste is sweet, with salty notes, and very long length. Palate is creamy, and full bodied. Dark brown, with a frothy head.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
medallaisla (91) - PUERTO RICO - AUG 8, 2012
Draft. Dark brown, light brown head. Smells and tastes like a bakery (+ big booze). Delicious.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bulldogops (1048) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 10, 2013
330ml bottle, served in a tulip glass at home. 10%. Dark chocolatey-brown pour with a foamy tan head, medium retention, mild webby lacing. Aroma is intense brown sugar, and sticky candy, caramel. An array of flavours on the palate, yeasty spiciness, loads of sweet notes (berries, currant, brown sugar, caramel, Finishes with a tinge of bitterness, lingering floral, earthy hop notes barely present in a dryness that lingers with this perfect balance of taste sensations. Absolutely superb.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Style; glass: ABT/Quadrupel; Trappist 25.4 fl oz x 10% ABV = 254 / 60 = 4.23 beers * 150 C = 634.5 calories (est.) Purchased at: The Foodery at 3rd and Arch, Philadelphia, PA for $25.00 Aroma: caramel, tar, dirt, dust, earth, wine, fruit, cherries, mold, cellar, dank Visuals: brand conscious packaging, stylish, deep dark copper body, tan head, staying, looks like an illustration of hell, in a good way. Taste: well balanced, sweetness up front gives way to funky sourness, and finishes with a delicate bitterness. Phenomenal. Palate: active carbonation, not drying, rounded mouthfeel. Overall: Delicious, if expensive. Like many other Mikkeller brews, this one is a great take on the style.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (941) - Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2011
Pours super dark brown with large fluffy tan head. Smells strongly of dark fruits, bread, rich, dark malts, and decent hoppiness. Taste follows the nose with some alcohol mixed in so that the flavor of the dark fruits is similar to rum soaked fruits, with yeastiness and malts hand in hand. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and present mouth-carbonation, Mikkeller Monk’s Brew finishes with a touch of alcohol coupled with maltiness.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAY 14, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2007 (Ølfesival 2007, bottled, 1 month older than tap version) Slightly hazy brown, beige, small head. Exelent mix o´ herbs and milk chokolate in the aroma. Also a handfull of malts and a dry port in there. Like taking the panties of a semitattooed, leftwing brunette; the alcohol reveals it self in the very last point of the mouthfeel. Effin waves of malt, alcohol and yeasts turns into a riot of true enjoyment, like the late Jagtvej 69; mixed of difference, turned into magic. Tapped version: one month younger than bottled version in this rating. Much lighter in all aspects, espessially the finish; 3.8

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - JUN 25, 2012
Provatela ne vale davvero la pena! Unica pecca? forse un pò troppo alcolica.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Reimer96 (1197) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 17, 2012
Pours a murky dark brown with a nice tan colored head that leaves some lace. Smell is sweet and oaky with a slight bit of alcohol. Taste is sweet with some figs and a very smooth and well balanced malt to booze profile. Booze is definitely present but it is kept under control very nicely.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Belgo (154) - Køge, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2007
Bottle. Very dark brown with a nice cappucino coloured head. Wow! An aroma of chocolate, dried fruit, toffee and a hint of flowers (tulips?). Very complex. On the palate it is massive and appears slightly sweeter than it actually is (FG=1007). Loads of malty notes, chocolate and dark candij sugar. Very nice creamy mouthfeel. This is a great beer. By far the best dark Belgian ale to be produced by a Danish Micro so far and a worthy challenger to the best Belgian ales made around the world.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
espenra (873) - Kurland, NORWAY - MAY 29, 2009
75cl bottle at Olympen. Labelled as Monks Brew. It poured a very dark brown, almost black colour with a big light-brown creamy head. The aroma is sweet and fruity with notes of raisins, hops, vanilla and strawberry. Very nice. The flavour is also sweet and fruity, again with notes of raisins, hops, vanilla and strawberry. Very little alcohol. It has a lingering, but a bit short aftertaste. This is one of the best beers from Mikkeller yet.


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