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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 Monks 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
Monks 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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (3647) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - APR 5, 2011
Dark red brown colored beer with a beige head. Aroma of figs, brown sugar, raisins. Taste: figs, raisins and caramel, burned malts and some alcohol. Not a bad beer but I had far better in this style. This proves that you only have to put "Mikkeller" on your label to get at least 0.3 average higher ratings than other lesser hyped brewers.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Tap at gingermans. Looks like a heavy stout, deep black. Malty and molasses, some dark fruits.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (2005) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAR 26, 2011
From memory a 2009 vintage (BB 4/14). Mostly Belgian Ale in style and the yeast impact is very classical. More chocolate kicks in as the beer warms up but the alcohol remains low key. Very low carbonation and I think the beer would be better off with a bit more fizz. Could be the cellaring impact? Drink now.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2011
bottle thanks to boomer0813. poured a brownish color with a beige head that wouldnt quit. aroma was cinnamon, brown sugar, raisins, licorice, and an array of other spicy qualities. flavor was licorice, fig, spices, and brown sugar with a medium body and high carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
fugitive (1990) - Athens, GREECE - MAR 16, 2011
Bottle. Color brown with small head. Aroma yeast, sugar, hop. Taste chocolate, sugar, sweet, fruit.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Bottle. Poured a murky brown with a thin head. Nose was distinctly Belgian yeast with candied sugars. Decently carbonated,medium mouthful. I found this to be a classic Belgian Quad with wonderful yeast and a strong malt backbone. Dark fruits,chocolate and the yeast form an extremely drinkable and delicious homage trappist ales. I found almost no heat in this, abv totally hidden. Maybe I just got a great bottle as other reviewers are complaining of the abv being way too hot. We did not find that at all, and this was shared with beer novices that marveled in the depth of flavor and how delicious that depth is.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2011
Sugar and dark fruit on the aroma plus yeast and alcohol. Thought it might be a bit heavier in body, as the nose suggests, fairly rich and smooth but light in body. Raisins, chocolate, toffee, vegemite and other flavours.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (6361) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 26, 2011
On tap at the Trappist. This one poured dark brown with some red highlights and very nice fluffy khaki head. The aroma is dried dark fruit, hard candy and alcohol. The flavor is the same with a touch of toasted malt flavor that kind of dries out the fruitiness. Very alcoholic and not a whole lot of yeast character.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (11291) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 22, 2011
Bottle 750ml
Pours hazy dark brown with almost no head, small off-white bubbles. Aroma has notes of caramel, alcohol and dried fruits. Taste is medium to heavy sweet with a average fruity finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat.


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