RATINGS: 642   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
Monk’s Blood pays homage to the monks of Belgium’s monasteries who have been brewing some of the world’s great beer for centuries. During times of fasting, the monks subsist solely on beer, which they refer to as “liquid bread”. Beer, quite literally, is in their blood. The most sublime of the monk’s premium brews is dark like blood, rich and nourishing. 21st Amendment founders Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan traveled to Belgium to develop the recipe for this special beer, visiting small, traditional breweries in the hop fields of west Flanders, not far from the famous Trappist abbey of Westvleteren. Monk’s Blood is designed to pair beautifully with rich winter stews, creamy cheeses, unctuous desserts or just by itself, in a Belgian tulip glass, with a good book by the fire.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
eaglefan538 (3038) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Can from SL. Pour was dark ruby brown in color, nice 1cm initial off-white colored head. The aroma was dark fruits, caramel, no bread or yeasty elements, lacking any spicing. The flavor was strong off-caramel, dark fruits of raisins, figs, whatever, astringent, harsh alcohol, bleh. I dont get why this has a good rating. Was pretty poor overall, mouthfeel the best part, perhaps, creamy airy mouthfeel for the amount of flavor, etc.... No good. Probably had real blood in there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2010
(can - 12 oz) Dark brown in color with a thick tan head. Aroma is fruity and malty with hints of spice, dough and figs. Flavor is sweet and fruity at the start. You can definitely taste the figs and possibly raisins as it continues on around the palate. Finishes dry and bitter with a light aftertaste of those fruits and malts. Alcohol warms on the way down, but doesnt overpower.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlovell2 (1999) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2015 Re-rate 3/12/15. Aged this beer for one year. Pours dark brown with an amber tint and an off white head. Sweet dark dried fruit aroma with candied sugars. Flavor is sweet caramel malt with candied sugars and dark dried fruits. Slight booziness in finish. Most of the spices have dropped out of this one leaving a nice malty, fruity, candied sugar treat. When I had this batch last year there was a slight bannana flavor from the yeast that had dropped out too. The verdict is that this beer is fantastic aged. Poured from can. Dark brown with reddish tint and tan head. Roasted aroma with vanilla and fruit notes. Sweet fruity flavors with hints of vanilla and cinnamon. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phillybeer7779 (101) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Poured from a can into a St. Bernardus glass. Very dark for a Belgian ale, with a balanced taste that has a little more than a hint of raisins. Not a beer one would expect to find in a can!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Can Pours a deep brownish color with a large off white to tan head. Aroma is dark fruits, candi sugar, belgian yeasts, spices and caramel. Flavor is dark fruits, belgian yeasts, esthers, spices, caramel, bread, candi sugar, well balanced and easy to drink. This is great stuff, wish I could find more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Can from Cavie. Red pour with a small tan head. Aroma is spearmint, sweet, vanilla, yeast, and old fruit. Taste is yeast, back of the mouth tartness, sweet, alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (4573) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2010
Bottle courtesy of fata2683. I mean can. Not bottle. Sorry. Dark red ruby color. Smell is of deep rich fruit and malts. Taste is dry and slightly cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
boamr (310) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2010
Pours a nice dark brown color with a tan head. Has a nice smell Belgian yeast, dark fruit, and a little nutty taste. Has a caramel, figs, little bit of nut also in the taste. Very little cinnamon taste but its there. Its actually a pretty good beer considering it came from a can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nephilium (1773) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2010
Nice spiced aroma, with hints of dark fruit and caramel. Pours a reddish-brown, with just a dusting of foam. This beer is on the sweeter side, with a touch of roast in the finish. A bit of stickiness to the mouthfeel, but a quite tasty beer, especially out of a can.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2010
Can. A clear, dark, copper beer with a thin beige head. Nose is toasted malt, caramel, cherry, and alcohol. Medium body with a smooth mouth feel. Flavor has a good amount of caramel, brown sugar sweetness with some big vinous fruity notes of cherry and fig. Mid way through I pick up some light tartness and some subtle wood notes. Finishes with light warming alcohol.

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