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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 839   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ben4321 (4330) - 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 (2452) - 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 (3876) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
amg800 (237) - Ada, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Pours brown with a thick caramel colored head. Earthy aroma, anise, caramel, Sweet earthy flavor. Palate holds anise, caramel, slight bitterness. Full body, sticky.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wittales (678) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Appearance was cloudy reddish root beer brown with creamy off white lasting 2 finger head, lacing throughout. Aromas are splendid sort of complex smells. sweet caramel malts,yeasts of deep fruits of cherry, fig,date, brown sugar, raisin, clove, no hints of alcohol. Taste is stunning array of sweet chocolate, caramel ,dough then the deep fruits, fig, cherry, date, yeasts are spicey with clove with a warming alcohol coming on towards the end. Palate was silky champagne-like CO2 with med-full body, then that glorious long balanced warming finish. Top 5 Quads, shoot brews period for me...

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pilgrimoutlaw (821) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Bottle pours dark reddish brown with tan pillowy head. Contains some particulate floaters. Figs, bread, caramel, spices. Alcohol on the nose but not in the taste. Full, creamy body with a bit of carbonation. Moderately sweet. A fine belgian ale.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Dark brown pour with a small off-white head. Aromas of brown sugar, malt, yeast, and dark fruit. Flavor is big malt character with plum and fig notes with brown sugar. Crazy smooth finish, the abv is very well hidden. Delicious beer!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5536) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Bottle from pizza port Dark brown with a fluffy tan head. Molasses chocolate nutmeg and brown sugar aroma and taste.


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