Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 971   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MagisterLudi (11) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2009
750 ml. All round nice ale with lots of complexity and character. Comes in the usual uninspired bottles of the Mikkeller brand.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ciciorock (40) - , ITALY - NOV 11, 2009
On draft @ 4:20 in Rome, 2008 keg. Si presenta color brawn molto suro, quasi nero,La schiuma cremosa e persistente e scivola via molto lentamente dalle parete del bicchiere sicuramente per lalto contenuto di zuccheri..Al naso parte un po svantaggiata, ci che si avverte subito sono esteri eterei ed alcol in surplus.oltre questo note intense di caramello..Migliora leggermente con il passare dei minuti. Al palato un altra birra una morbidezza incredidile e lalcol ben mascherato(nonostante i 10 gradi) dalle note di caramello. Luppolo assente sia al naso che al palato..Davvero morbida nel finale..Non molto persistebte ma invita a farsi bere..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Corked bottle.
Pours a nice, thick mahogany with a heft beige head. Aroma is Norse Nut, which is the aroma I will henceforth give to the scent that is a sweet, buttery nut in a northern European beer. Hints of toffee and Butterfinger in there as well. Flavor is a Norse-esque buttery toffee nut, with hints of raisin and dark cherry. Nice mouthfeel; full, coating, and thick. An interesting quad; not what I would expect but something I wouldnt mind having again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (14186) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Bottle. Poured a hazy brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, caramel, chocolate and small alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy chocolate sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2046) - Salinas, California, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Brown with a tight off white head. Aroma is raisin, alcohol, yeast, malty, caramel, brown sugar. Taste is light alcohol, raisin, prunes, caramel, yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2009
I just dont know about this one. I think what sticks to me most is the price I paid v. what I got in return. A solid enough brew, but nothing that wowed me and for the price, I was looking to be wowed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Pours a deep brown with a perfect medium beige head. Aroma is full of cinnamon, brown sugar, spice, gentle malt. Smells sweet, smells good. Flavor repeats the aroma theme, and adds cream, yeasts, and a touch of hop. Not as sweet as anticipated, which is just fine in this case; theres enough going on anyway - very complex. The alcohol is pretty evident, surprisingly; usually Mikkeller isnt known for that (except in the case of Black, of course). The mouthfeel is just average, a little thin for the style, but decent overall. Okay, so its not one of the Big Three (Westy, Bernie, Rochefort), but it is an easily likeable and accurate impression of them and the style. Pretty authentic and not a bastardization, in other words. In the end, I could dig this over and over. I would rank this 4th in all the quads Ive had thus far, above De Koningshoeven/La Trappe and the others. Easily. Overall, excellent to world class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2009
A dark brown colored beer, with a thick beige head. The aroma of dark malts, with coffe candy with some chocolate. Some sweetness with spices. The taste of dark fruits like prunes and raisins. There is chocolate bitter with some sweet. The aftertaste is bitter with a little sweet and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2009
BB 04-14. Pour is a hazy, sediment-filled, chestnut-maroon color with an average, foamy, beige head which diminishes to a thin, lasting layer and leaves tight lacing. Nose is quite pleasant with a nice fruity tone of figs and dates, plenty of spice notes and a warm, toasty note reminding me of cinnamon toast, caramelized notes, and hints of chocolate. Flavor is very similar with a plenty of malt notes and complementary fruit; cinnamon toast is again quite prominent, some chocolate richness reminiscent of chocolate cake, dates, raisins, dark caramelized sugars, faint anise, and very light hints of mild Kona coffee in the end. The yeast is great lending some nice fruity notes and some bready/cake-like notes. The palate is good but not as full or chewy as great abts; nearly full, soft to lively, velvety, and surprisingly not warm. Finishes with mild bitterness from the faint coffee notes, the chocolate which is almost dark chocolate-like now, and maybe some mild hop bitterness; other notes of spicy cinnamon, toast, and cake notes lingering. Only on the very, very end of the flavor after the beer is almost at room temp do I notice some spicy alcohol notes. Really a very good abt with all the right pieces just not exceptional at one of them, from appearance to finish. A better palate and a tad more complexity would make this one truly great. But everything was balancing, the use of yeast was exceptional, and I found that every drink was better than the last. I usually like more of an alcohol presence in these biggest of the Belgian spectrum but the drinkability almost made up for it. Truly an experience from Mikkeller to imitate one of my favorite styles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TopTekeUWM (25) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Birthday Brew! Pours a beautiful plum color with a thick white head. Sweet, fruity, candy, with hints of dark chocolate. Taste has sweet malts with the hops present at the finish. I get plenty of rasin, candy sugar, mellow alcohol, and spices. Mouthfeel is big with plenty of carbonation. Better than a birthday cake!

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