Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 977   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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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Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 10, 2010
In short: A boozy, overly sweet (brown sugar) and nutty Belgian brown ale. Uninteresting and also off for the style
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when almost one year of age.
The look: Cloudy purple brown body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Nose of sweet boozy dessert. Taste is dominated by brown sugar followed by fudge, caramel, earthy wood, baklava, peanuts. Not much fruitiness (if any), especially for the style. Alcohol is apparent. Mouthfeel is harsh, grainy and sugary. Far from rich and round. Really not what I expect from an Abt. Where are my dark fruits, raisins and rich body? More like a boosted boozy nutty Dubbel with brown sugar added. I drank one bottle one year ago and it was called “Monk’s Elixir”. I vaguely remember liking it so one year later I buy another bottler now called “Monk’s Brew” and really didn’t like it. It is supposed to be the same beer. Weird. Or maybe I don’t like the Monk’s Elixir/Monk’s Brew because of my lack of faith. If I owned a library I would shelve the bible in the fiction section.

russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Dark pour with an interestingly colored head. Good lacing, not much retention. Very sweet smell. Esters dominating the smell, cloves, bananas, and darker fruits. Taste is sweet like the smell. Caramel, malts, and dark fruits. Boozy finish to warm me up on this cold Pennsylvanian day. Medium bodied, smooth on the palate. Not as think as quads come.

Sammer (1119) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Brownish pour from bottle. Foamy head. Sweet taste featuring figs, hard candy and malt. Cherry like, dry finish. Complex and interesting.

SirLimpsalot (4243) - SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2010
En mörk vätska med ganska stort skum som lägger något. Jag tycker inte den har så stor doft, enbart svag lite nötig doft. Smaken blir jag också lite besviken på, den smakar nöt (eller en aning mandelmassa kanske) och om jag verkligen lägger go’viljan till så kan jag hitta små små gnuttar av banan. Vätskan har inte mycket kolsyra och jag tycker nog den bara är så där.

Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 25, 2010
Very dark brown with a large light tan cap. Sticky lacing every wear. Perfumey alcohol in the nose along with wood, good yeast, tons of sweet sugar…..aroma seems to be missing something. Taste is woody, some chocolate, yeast, mild banana, kind of a red wine oaky flavor. brew is ok nothing bad about it just seems to have slightly missed the style. It be very drinkable.

Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2010
On tap at local option; pours a dark brown, off white head into a snifter. Aroma is of sweet breads and a touch of funk. Beer is slightly chewy, but alcohol bitterness is marginal. Flavors seem fairly simple; sweetbreads, malts, sugars, hops are nonexistant for me. Nice brew

kschep (1707) - DENMARK - OCT 24, 2010
Nose of coffee, heavy chocolate, weak alcohol, feel is broad, wine, carb is medium, taste is dry, pepper, late weak hazel.

SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - OCT 19, 2010
Pretty murky brown with some red. Lasting light beige head. Touch of butterscotch. Dried fruit and some cherry. Dry and light bodied. Some bread crust and plum. A little acidic but more in a fruity way and some caramel richness as well. An interesting strong dark ale. Hard to really figure out and nothing to really latch in to. Not bad, but I can think of a lot of easy substitutes that I would rather go for.

wkalle (263) - SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2010
On draft at Mikkeller, pours dark with brown head and nice lacing. Raisins and dark fruit in aroma. Sweet bread in flavor and a long lasting rather bitter finish

zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2010
(draft @ The Old Toad Mikkeller Beer Dinner) Dark caramel color with a thin tan head. Big malt aroma with a ton of spice and yeast. Caramel flavors and malt abound with a big helping of candy sugar and yeast near the middle. Nice and spicy at the finish. Utterly fantastic.

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