Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 997   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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Barrelbelly (751) - BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2011
Black/brownish with large head. Soury aroma and taste is mostly sour with some malts and chocolate.

wonkazoo (7) - California, USA - OCT 1, 2011 does not count
My first Mikkeller and one I won’t soon forget. Not as creatively intriguing as other MIkkeller brews, but a nice warm beer for a cold wet day. Head is firm and creamy, all kinds of fun stuff in the nose, sweet beginning with a dry but balanced finish. And not that it matters, but I love the bottle art.

Elwood (3347) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a murky dark brown with a rocky tan head. Excellent head retention. The nose is brandy, dried fruit, and candy sugar. This one has a good bit of paper, dried fruit, treacle, slight hazelnut, and lingering bitterness. A little subtle cocoa powder emerges as the beer warms. Light to medium body with an abundance of carbonation leading to a sweet, then long, bitter finish. When I think of this style, I tend to think of malt, but this one will change your mind. I can’t speak to the Westy, but a pretty far departure from the Rochefort. A little abrupt, but pretty good.

erickok (6036) - Leuven, BELGIUM - SEP 24, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2014 Dark murky brown is this no Brett variant too. No sourness here in the nose though but more so in the flavour. Also wood, caramel, funk and bread. Liked this better. Bit of acidity. Still not overwhelmed. (At Borefts) Bottle re-rate: Caramel, spices, crusty wholewheat bread. Not too fragrent though. Good sweetness. Nice foamy mouthfeel, best part of this beer. Tasty brew; added .2 to the original score. (33cl bottle, okay price) Re-re-rate. Almost black bodied, nice lacing. Spices, dark bread, bock like because it’s not quite as fruity as the best Belgian examples. Enough sweetness to balance the alcohol. Updated from 3.8 to 3.9. (33cl bottle from Saveur Bière)

cryptobard (281) - DENMARK - SEP 20, 2011
From the tap. Deep brown with beige head. Immediately smelled dark fruits and dark malts. Dark fruits and caramels on the tongue with lots of presence. Pleasantly surprised with the fruitiness.

kathouse (1942) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - SEP 19, 2011
This is a deep mahogany with a light tan head. Smells like cotton candi and brown sugar. Full mouth feel. Deep sweetness of caramel and alcohol. Quite good. Finishes with a sharp bite that cleans up quickly.

mrmartin (786) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Dark brown pour with big tan head. Sweet roasted malt nose with a little funk and a little booze. Medium-body with sweet dark fruit notes,caramel. Medium bittersweet finish also a liitle Boozy

SPDickerman (1315) - Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2011
Pours super dark brown with large fluffy tan head. Smells strongly of dark fruits, bread, rich, dark malts, and decent hoppiness. Taste follows the nose with some alcohol mixed in so that the flavor of the dark fruits is similar to rum soaked fruits, with yeastiness and malts hand in hand. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and present mouth-carbonation, Mikkeller Monk’s Brew finishes with a touch of alcohol coupled with maltiness.

radagast83 (8624) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Small 4oz sample of the draft at Rustico as Mikkeller Monks Brew. Poured a dark, almost dark-soda like in the body with no head at all (not sure if that has to do with the pour or what). Aroma was sweet fruits, complimented by sweet malts and a touch of spice. Relatively drinkable, especially with the very masked ABV.

olio (10692) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2011
75 cl bottle. BBE 30.03.2017
Pours hazy deep dark red colour with medium beige head. Aroma of sour and ripe fruits, earth and barnyard notes, plum, raisins, some spices, yeast, sour bilberries, dark malts and some caramel and toffee at the end. Flavour of sour ripe fruits, plum, bilberries, dark malts, mild spiciness and caramel. Medium carbonation, full-bodied and complex. More balanced than the BA w/Brettanomyces version, although the sour berries doesn’t quite sit right with this one either. Exciting brew nonetheless.

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