21st Amendment Monk’s Blood

21st Amendment Monk's Blood
Just getting back from church this evening (Ash Wednesday). I’ve got the Olympics on the tube and the Monk’s blood in the glass warming. I have to be honest…I really hate this timezone delay with the Olympics. Spoilers left and right. I’m also completely unimpressed with NBC.com’s video coverage options. Sure, I can watch every second of most events, but much of the video doesn’t have any of the voice-over you hear on TV. /rant-off

I’ve gotta tell you, this Monk’s Blood smells great from about two feet away. Sticking my nose right in the glass is less pleasant and smells ever so slightly sour.

I have a hunch that this beer is going to rock me. Part of Ash Wednesday involves fasting. I haven’t eaten in a number of hours. Normally a single beer (even at 8.3 ABV) wouldn’t mess with me.

The can reads “Belgian Style Dark Ale Brewed With Cinnamon, Vanilla, Oak Chips, and Dried Figs”. I wonder if the sour that I thought I was smelling was more of a dark fruit smell (fig). And fig is the dominant flavor for me.

And my laptop just crashed. Stupid POS. Thank God I just got it replaced recently. Also, thank God for auto-save on Blogger.

I’m going to be honest and say that the vanilla and cinnamon really don’t come through for me. I believe that I can pick up the oak, although if the label didn’t tell me, I would have never known that’s what I’m tasting. Chalk it up to to my amateurish tongue. This beer is definitely complex and above me. Excellent beer though.

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Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.

6 thoughts on “21st Amendment Monk’s Blood”

  1. Thanks Ean! I actually noticed I was getting hits from your site, so I started following you as well and also updated my link exchange with your site.

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  2. I've really wanted to try this one for a while now but I haven't been able to find it. Sounds interesting to say the least. Nice job

  3. I am in love with the Monks blood! To me it is a sweet, bready, and resinous wonder. I truly think that it is inspired brew. I could drink it in the summer or winter. It is great cold or warmed up a little. I could drink it her or there, I would drink it anywhere. I could drink it with a fox, I could drink it in a box! I love it. I think you have already read my review so I won't pimp your site by adding a link, but I thought it was amazing.

  4. So uh, LIBA. Upon further review, how do you think of this beer when you look back? Pretty awesome? Kinda not as awesome? Its description sounds absolutely amazing, and I am definitely gonna try it. But you say in your review that “it is above you” – do you think that’s still the case? Or are you now the master?

    1. This review was only this past spring. I definitely think it would still be “above me”. That’s OK with me though. Some beers are just to complex for anyone to really fully “get”.


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