RATINGS: 643   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2010
ajm with the HOOK-UP! If we were monks I imagine we would have been stoned by now, too. Appears black until held to the light, revealing a garnet shade with a creamy beige head of foam that leaves plenty of lacing. Smells of oak -- which is plenty ironic considering how I just poured it out of an aluminum can. Great aroma of vanilla, figs, and pie spices. Tastes of each with added notes of hops on the mid and cocoa at the back of the palate. Not quite as earthy as I was expecting -- actually kind of Baltic -- but I certainly enjoyed this. The story on the can is the cherry on top. My head would explode if this was on tap at Papago and I could get a "monks pour" of Monks Blood. LIVE RATE!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kmoen (1) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2012 does not count
Caramel, vanilla, toffee notes, not too sweet, but sweet enough for this style. Great to drink by itself, poured from the can

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (9165) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Pours a dark chestnut hue accented with some ruby, under a thin but persistent light khaki head. Aroma is biscuity, dark malty, with tones of raisin and brown sugar. Flavor is pretty raisin heavy, with some chewy thick dark malt toffee tones, some molasses, and a strong body with a warming boozy finish down the throat. Mild but persistent malt sweetness throughout, with a nice chewy body, and pleasant belgian dark fruity flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopbag (159) - - MAY 29, 2014
Very dark red but still lets light through. Light brown head. Very pleasant brown sugar aroma. Quite sweet with cherry juice taste (from aging on figs). Some Belgian yeast presence, maybe a hint of banana or clove, but pretty clean overall. Full mouthfeel with tingly carbonation. Still pretty sweet, but comes off as sessionable despite the high ABV. Alcohol is well hidden until the finish, which is dominated by tart cherry.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Paincane (170) - Georgia, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Opaque mahogany colored body is topped by a creamy khaki head. Vanilla, oak, fig and spice aromas make for a beautiful bouquet. Flavors include cinnamon, vanilla, dried dark fruits and a bit of booziness. Medium bodied, very flavorful and enjoyable. Delicious, excellent brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
popkow (308) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Blood from a steel can. Nice amber sunset brown body with medium tan head. Aroma of yeast and alcohol. Flavor of bread, malts, cherry and perfect amount of carbonation. Nice crisp finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
radioscooter (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2011
I confess. I have still not embraced the can. I know its the low-carbon-imprint wave of the future and all, but Im just not there yet. Tried the Old Chubb by OB because of my love for Scotch Ales. Hated it. Grabbed one can of this with no expectations. Strike that, I had negative expectations. First - color is beautiful dark brown mahogany. Uncloudy. Beautiful stiff foam with a med-aggressive pour. Smell says - surprise - Belgian dark ale. Great hints of dark fruit, fig, earthy and a little ether. Taste just blew me away. All the malty, fruity, figgy, oaky, spicy goodness youd expect out of some obscure imported Belgian bomber. Rich, medium to full bodied, mid to high flavorful. Carbonation is a tiny bit high and I cant imagine how theyll pull off bottle-conditioning? (probably some memo I missed) which means it needs to be really drinkable as it leaves the brewery. This is pretty close. Aftertaste is where it fails a bit - not a lot mind you, nothing as horrible as the chemicals Ommegang wants you to believe are all natural. But theres a tinge there. A little "canniness" maybe. But not enough to complain about. Final: A wildly pleasant surprise. Drink again? Absolutely. A little pricey here at $4 a can, otherwise, Id buy a case.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
khays (89) - - APR 26, 2014
Smells sweet and malty with hints if dark berries. Pours dark brow with a ring of tan head. Tastes of caramel and artisan cola with hints of spices and grape or cherry juice. Medium body, medium carbonation level and a smooth finish. 21st amendment isn't afraid to add spices to their beers, and they do skillfully. I find their beers drinkable and delicious and a little different than anyone else's. Worth a try, kind of tastes more like pop instead if beer, which makes it really easy to drink.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
commonshawn (1186) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2014
Tap in Schooner glass. Dark brown mahogany, small head. Raisin and chocolate aroma . Very complex. Dark Belgian yeast sour and sweet balance. Sugar, fig ,and finished with chocolate. Lots of flavor but quite drinkable. Surprisingly good. Didnt expect much from this brewery, but liked this a lot.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bg80 (84) - California, USA - APR 5, 2015
From the can. Rich reddish/purple color with thin off-white head and minimal lacing. Moderately carbonated. Complex aroma and palate, nicely resembling a classic abbey strong dark ale, with the requisite sweetness and dark fruit flavors. Hides the alcohol well until the very end and it adds a nice bite to balance the sugar. Very delicious.


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