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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 978   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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4.4
suprchunk (2994) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2011
This one poured a ruby reddish hue. Small white head with almost no sign of lacing to be found. There were bubbles constantly rising to the top as I sat and stared at it. Malty aroma with an abundance of alcohol letting me know that I might have to drink it slow. Slight raisin and dark fruit aroma. But the malt is the dominant force in this one. Sweet, but not cloyingly so. Fruity, a bit like cherry juice. But not as tart or sour. And there is alcohol again. Pretty smooth mouth feel. Very full and a slight alcohol warmth at the back. There is also a slight bitterness that shows itself in the end as well. Best Quad I have had yet.

3.7
thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2011
(750ml bottle thanks to Dixonian) dark ruby/brown pour, and a thick lasting creamy tan head that lasts the whole drinking session. Nose of tobacco, sweet raisin, sweet bread, smells absolutely delicious. Taste is quiteToasty, almost cloying sweet but toastiness balances it. Creamy body, mild tinge of alcohol but very low presence for 10%. Nice!

4
mixmasterob (1058) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Dark brown pour with a small off white head. Surprising, yet welcome, light carbonation. Aroma was rich dark malt, lots of caramel, some light spicy yeast and an overall sweetness, some roast. Flavors were lightly sweet, some caramel, semi roasted, quite smooth. Mouthfeel was rich and full, lightly tingly yet carbonation was somewhat light, smooth. Great interpretation of the style without being overly sweet or yeasty. Excellent.

3.6
TBone (17779) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 22, 2011
Bottled 750ml (Arkadia, BB 03/2017)
Dark brown color, small brown head, lace. Woody, alcoholic, cabdy sugar and dark fruityness (dates) in the aroma. Medium-bodied. Flavor is quite similar to aroma. It has also dry woody-hoppyness and dark fruity, caramelly flavors. Similarities to Rochfort 10. Pretty good imitation of trappist beers.

3.2
Koelschtrinker (20772) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 11, 2011
Wenig süßer, eher zurückhaltender Antrunk. Diesen Status gibt das Bier schnell auf und wird stärker malzig, dabei ist bereits eine scharfe Alkoholnote ausmachbar. Insgesamt aber weniger aromatisch als gedacht, fast süffig. Die Intensität bliebt auf diesem niedrigen und teilweise auch entäuschendem Level. Danke an den Doppelbock für das Bier! 12/9/9/8/9/9

3.1
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - MAY 4, 2011
Bottle at BrewDog. Murky dark brown with a tiny beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is funky, salty, hints of fig and earth with some sour notes. Taste is dry. Earthy, musky, sour and slightly coffee grounds. Almost like lambic bitterness without the fruit. Hard to describe but sadly I don’t love it.

4.2
phaleslu (10455) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2011
750 ml bottle via local trade- thanks, Tim! 2010 vintage. Pours a deep amber-brown color with a small off-white head. The aroma initially gives off some Goldschlager-like cinnamon-boozy heat, and settles into sweet malts, toffee, brown sugar, raisins, Belgian yeast, berries, plums, and vanilla. So complex. Every sniff offered something new. Flavor didn’t offer any of that unusual spicy heat, but had some peppery yeast to go along with notes of sweet caramel malts, candi sugar, and fruits. Medium-bodied, with soft, medium carbonation and a dry, malty mouthfeel. Mildly spicy. I did not expect to like this so much.

3.8
gam (4000) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2011
Neat biege coloured head very dark brown pour mild to medium carbonation aromas prunes vanilla port yeast raisin plum fig malt bread doughy flavour fig raisin prunes bit salty nice bitter port sweet ale but smooth love these trappist type ales brown sugar woody touch earthy touch finish dark fruits sweet taste yeast morishing flavours mild fizz very nice

2.8
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
Thanks to Max for this bottle. Reviewed from notes. Poured into a snifter. Pours a modest brown color with a short head and a tiny amount of lacing. The smell is quite nice with a mixture of dark fruits as well as fresh grapes. A slight boozy character. The taste loses most of that fresh fruit character and instead there is simply some light sweetness and a bit of dark fruits. The mouthfeel is incredibly light, more so than any Belgian dark I’ve come across. Drinkability is severely affected by this and the fact that there’s not all that much to the taste. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-03-2010

3.2
drjay44 (3769) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2011
750 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, lasting, beige head, with extensive lacing, over a dark brown (SRM 35) body....nose is light fig, raisin, dried cherry, with a bit of molasses....taste is moderately sweet malts, with light dried fruits (cherry, raisin, fig, plum) finishing with s sharp lingering bitterness....mouth feel is surprisingly light (alcohol) and sticky, alcohol very hot, carbonation high. This is a too harsh interpretation of the style. The alcohol is almost fusel in its heat. The malt layers are too hidden and do not open up very well. A disappointment. BJCP 7/3/12/4/6


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