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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 974   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

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3.7
tiong (7201) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2011
Bottle @ Pannuhuone, Kuopio. Originally rated on 4.6.2010. Okay quadrupel, but not quite as good as the original trappist ones.

3.8
HogTownHarry (6622) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2011
June 18, 2010. My 750ml bottle shared with blankboy, gregclow, jerc & mabel. Cloudy deep brick-like brown/red pour with a smallish off-white creamy/frothy head (4-) Pretty bold aroma, burnt sugar, sweet candied fruit, tons of lush yeast, moderate alcohol, and sweet mocha fudge - smells like 4000 calories of liquid dessert, and I love it! The taste follows, a little more aggressive with both the alcohol and burnt sweetness, less delicate fruit and even some pungent, sweaty floral/herbal bitterness. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel, only mildly carbonated, but who cares, you’re drinking the river the good ship lollipop is floating down in Denmark, what do you care? A sweet, sticky, yeasty treat I could not drink often, but loved - sweet as hell, just go with it.

4.1
EdKing (2576) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2011
Draft at Cask Pub & Kitchen. Pours very dark brown with foamy off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Nose is bursting with pears, dark fruit, prunes. Taste again is lots of pears, dried prunes, dried dates, toffee and musky fruit. Very good.

3.8
imdownthepub (14468) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2011
Keg at The Craft Beer Co., Clerkenwell, London. Dark chestnut with off white head. Initial darkly roasted malt flavours are a little overwhelmed with a syrupy sweetness and a port like flavour, fruity, forest berries, pretty rich and tongue coating, quite heavy in the end. The palate takes quite a battering, but pretty decent.

4
Braudog (6675) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Draft at the Birch. Muddy brown with a gluey head. Richly bodied, milky even. Full of nutty goodness and round caramel. The 10% is well disguised, there’s not a hint of it. (#4154, 7/1/2011)

3.7
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - JUN 19, 2011
Bottle, 33 cl. Pours dark brown with a nice light brown head. Aroma has sweet yeasty esters, dark fruits, dark sugar, some maltiness with caramel and a bit of raisin and plums. Taste is very classic quadrupel, yeasty sweetness, dark fruity sweetness, raisins, caramel, hints of chocolate and caramel, figs and plums. Very nice after taste with figs and plums and a hint of chocolate and dark sugar. Nice mouthfeel, very smooth.

3.8
Blairgus (4535) - California, USA - JUN 16, 2011
14 June 2011, bottle. med brown, hazy, no real head. reminds me of a flemish brown; tart, vinaigrette , meaty and prunes. really unique. thin and slightly fizzy. nice and sweet. "unpleasantness" of meatiness and vinaigrette aren’t huge in taste. sweet blueberries up front, vinaigrette in middle.

4.2
AshtonMcCobb (6513) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 14, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2011 33cl bottle. Pours a cloudy coffee with a thin head - so looks just like a coffee. The nose has duck and oranage pate and honey following. The taste has blueberry sherbert somewhere between a Flemish red and a Brown. The palate has a medium structure and textue with a refreshing sour finish. The overall impression is of a rich but elegant beer.

3.8
RexTalionis (3728) - FINLAND - JUN 14, 2011
75 cl bottle at Gråsälstasting # 2. Poured dark brown in colour with creamy beige head. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Quite neutral in aroma with some light notes of dark dried fruits. Easy to drink. Quite yeasty taste. A bit too sweet. Something ’sticky’ in the aroma as well, apple baked in oven with cinnanom perhaps?. A few years of aging would probably have been a good idea with this brew.

3.7
Hermod (7695) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JUN 12, 2011
75cl bottle @Gråsälstasting #2. BB 03/2017. Poured dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is brown sugar, yeast and coffee and anise. Flavor is brown sugar, some alcohol, caramel and some woody notes. Very easy to drink but slightly too sweet for my liking. Cinnamon in finish. Felt a bit raw..


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