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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 715   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WeissGary (276) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 25, 2013
Keg at Dukes Corner, Dundee. Sweet raisiny aroma. Syrupy taste, flavour forming hops up front leading to raisin on the tongue, light chocolaty finish. Quite a nice take on this style with a well placed hoppy addition and a smooth choco-like finish, combining different styles to create an insteresting brew.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emil (6067) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2007
Draught. A dark red brown beer with a beige head. The aroma is a bit roasted with dark fruits and berries, cinnamon and yeast, very nise! The taste is also a bit roasted with dried fruits, berries, cinnamon and some alcohol, all in a medium to full body with a sweet finish. 8-4-8-4-17=4.1 Re-rate. Bottle. A dark red brown beer with a beige head. This taste the same as on draught, the aroma and taste is just softer and more round, maybe due to the fact that it´s a bit older, but what a great beer, can´t wait to the day it comes out in Ølbutikken.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
17thfloor (2428) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle shared with FunkyBrewster. Pours a dark dull brown with a s small thin fine white froth. Authentic Belgian Trappist Quad aroma, fruity, raisins, doughy sugars, red berries, light spices. Super dry first taste, dark aged berries, dark brown sugar, nutty, slight bitterness from the lightly burnt molasses, dark Belgian candi sugar, doughy yeastiness, very light esters and some powdered sugar. Finish has a bit of dry chocolate and coffee beans. Medium bodied with fluffy carbonation, a bit light for a quad, but very easy drinking. I love it a true quad.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Merrill (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2009
Lovely Beer. Pours a dark brown with ruby opacities, a yellow, white head and a fast lace.Slight aroma of kiwi and fresh water. Sweet malt is apparent Stranger sweet malt, rimarkablily refreshing with strong bitt. Sweet malt flavor with mango and bitter spice, There is a depth set up between the bitter and broad malt profile. Caramel, very slight chocolate, with some bread. The finish is warm malt with bitter htat maintais its balance for some thime.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
coops (2) - NORWAY - JUN 15, 2009 does not count
A personal favourite.750ml bottle at Den Gode Nabo in Trondheim. Near black with crisp slightly brown head. Fruity, plum/raisins, vanilla and caramel taste. Smells much the same although woodier. Well concealed alcohol taste. Try it, love it!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ben4321 (3560) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Location: 750 ml bottle from State Line, 2/1/10
As Mikeller Monk’s Brew, bottle purchased approximately 6 months prior to consumption.

Aroma: Aroma of yeast, spice, dark fruits, toffee, caramel, some alcohol notes, and some brown sugar
Appearance: Pours a murky, thick/creamy, brown color with a thick tan head that leaves a good amount of lace on the glass. It almost looks like dark chocolate milk or the byproduct of a melted coke float or something.
Flavor: Taste is mostly sweet, but not overly so, minimal hop presence here. Nice flavor for this one.
Palate: This beer has quite a thick mouthfeel. It is very creamy and smooth, and the alcohol is well-hidden.
Overall Impression: I’m in a really good mood right now, so this might get too high a rating, but in general, you can always assume that one’s mood would affect any particular rating. For example, my ratings from my trip to San Diego were quite high, and one could argue that the great weather had as much to do with these ratings as the quality of the beer. Anyway, I don’t know if it is because of my good mood, that the beer is actually quite good, or a combination of both, but I like this one a lot. I feel like I may have rambled too much on this one, but I just couldn’t help it, I just couldn’t help it, I passed my 4 hour certification exam today, and this beer was a wonderful way to celebrate it!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EMunk (99) - USA - AUG 23, 2010
A rich dark brown color with a thick beige/brown head. Smell is of coffee and a little like chocolate cake. Taste is sweet, pretty simular to the aroma.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Bottle. Poured a murky brown with a thin head. Nose was distinctly Belgian yeast with candied sugars. Decently carbonated,medium mouthful. I found this to be a classic Belgian Quad with wonderful yeast and a strong malt backbone. Dark fruits,chocolate and the yeast form an extremely drinkable and delicious homage trappist ales. I found almost no heat in this, abv totally hidden. Maybe I just got a great bottle as other reviewers are complaining of the abv being way too hot. We did not find that at all, and this was shared with beer novices that marveled in the depth of flavor and how delicious that depth is.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
suprchunk (1952) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2011
This one poured a ruby reddish hue. Small white head with almost no sign of lacing to be found. There were bubbles constantly rising to the top as I sat and stared at it. Malty aroma with an abundance of alcohol letting me know that I might have to drink it slow. Slight raisin and dark fruit aroma. But the malt is the dominant force in this one. Sweet, but not cloyingly so. Fruity, a bit like cherry juice. But not as tart or sour. And there is alcohol again. Pretty smooth mouth feel. Very full and a slight alcohol warmth at the back. There is also a slight bitterness that shows itself in the end as well. Best Quad I have had yet.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2011
330ml bottle. A dark cola colour with a crest of light brown foam that crackles. Sweet and spicey aromas of mixed fruit and christmas pudding. Smooth and velvety in the mouth with a cherry aftertaste. Lingers on the palate and hides the high alcohol content well.


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