RATINGS: 641   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2010
12oz can. Pours a clear, mahogany colored body with a reddish hue. Finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is nice. Chocolate covered cherries, caramel, plums, raisin, toffee, brown sugar, Belgian sugary yeast, pepper, molasses, earth, and woody vanilla. A bit vineous too. Flavor is nice, but seems to lack the complexity of the aroma. More of a banana, Belgian yeastiness up front with a pleasant caramel and toffee maltiness. A light chocolate, vanilla-wood, raisin bread, dark fruit, and earth before this finishes mostly dry with a good amount of sweetness. Light to medium, earthy and yeasty bitterness with just a hint of acidic dark fruits. Medium length aftertaste after a medium to full body and soft carbonation. Very smooth and mouth coating. Overall, a nice quad. The aroma seemed more complex to me, but the flavor was still enjoyable. No hint of the 8.3% ABV and very easy drinking. Nice can beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3193) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Can shared by badnewsbeers. Deep garnet red-brown body, thin/medium ring of buff carbonation. Syrupy nose, tangy, with brown sugar, caramel, and circus peanuts. Tangy, sweet body with caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, berries, and tannic notes; there are also hints of smoke. Thin; lacked the heft or depth to carry the candy- and fruit-like sugars. Odd and possibly ambitious, but misses the mark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Sampled in a 12oz can. Pours dark brown and cloudy and with a big head on it. About two inches thick and goes down over a minute. Aroma is full of vanilla and a bit of cinnamon apple. Really nice. Drinks nicely on the palate and flavor is very rich and malty. Great

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Pours a lovely dark amber / brown color. predominant aroma is stone fruit which fades into fig then some other notes that I cant pin down. taste is very strong. very warming initially. some vanilla notes. not tasting the oak or cinnamon at all. a well made beer but not to my taste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 12, 2010
4-pack from Perrys. Holy God I could drink this every day. Nose is full with dark fruit, sweet black and chocolate malts, a very light fig character in particular. Color is a beautiful bloody brownish black with a mountainous brown head. Flavor is perfectly balanced: cherries, fig, wood, dark Abt esters... damn it I wish I had bought two 4 packs. Or three.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 11, 2010
Can courtesy of AJM. Poured into a snifter. 8.3% Quad? Kind of small. Rich mahogany to deep red hue with a small tan head that clings to the glass well. Aroma is quite nice. Brown sugar, cherries, chocolate, plums, light banana esters, sweet caramel, flan. Nice and complex nose. Some dried fruits and a touch of vanilla, maybe oak. Very complex. Light bread and rum notes. Taste is dark fruits, raisins or figs, woody, caramel, bread, cherry, light cinnamon. Light alcohol tones with some palm or otherwise exotic sugars. Some slight, well, not sourness in any way, but maybe an acidity (fruit like) that rounds out the finish quite well. Creamy carbonation. Weighted perfectly. Damn good can of beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2011 Can, thanks to bleeng. Pours a reddish-brown with white bubbles instead of head. Nose is of figs and cinnamon. Taste is of cinnamon, figs and vegetal. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2770) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Can (and there is something horrendously sacrilegious about a quad in a can). Pours nicely enough, though and the can is long forgotten by the time I sit down to enjoy (well... not really). Anyhow, body is a deep, dark copper and supports a dense, but thin, head. Aromas of brown sugar, caramel, light raisins and maybe cherries. Quite intriguing and fortunately Im not picking up any aluminum. Flavor is luxurious... lots of sugary sweetness and dark fruits swirling around. Cherries seem to come through the strongest, but there is a pretty good alcohol kick, too, which is hard to miss. At a couple of points on the race to the bottom of the glass it seemed a little like cough syrup (which I detest), but those moments were ephemeral. Its pretty sweet, though, and now Im wondering how this will age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (6017) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Deep amber pour with tan head and lace. Aroma of brown sugar and dried fruit. A bit mettalic and fruity. Thin and foamy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Awesome looking can that deserves high praise. Unfortunately the beer inside did not quite live up to the expectations. Pours a dark cherry color with a quickly fading collar of froth. Aroma is fairly muted with a bit of dried fig, caramel and a touch of wood. Flavor is complex with the cinnamon dominating and layers of vanilla, oak, candi sugar and some spicy Belgian yeast notes. Carbonation is minimal and the palate is slightly thin. Ends with a lingering spicy yeast note that is uninspiring. Not a bad attempt and definitely the best ever in a can, but not on par with other commonly available quads.

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