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21st Amendment Monk’s Blood


I think this is the first beer I’ve reviewed from a can. Cans are starting to catch on in the craft brew community. 21st Amendment makes a couple others, Hell or High Watermelon Wheat, and Brew Free or Die IPA. Monk’s Blood is brewed with Belgian Pilsner, Two-Row Pale, Caramunich, Caravienne, Aromatic, Special B malts and flaked oats and wheats. It uses Magnum, Centennial hops for bittering, and Amarillo hops as aromatics. In addition, they also use candi sugar, cinnamon, vanilla bean, and figs, and then they age it in Oak.

Belgian Strong Dark Ale. 8.3% ABV. Minnesota (according to the can, but they are out of California).

Almost as dark as a coke, but much more red. Head doesn’t stick around for very long.

Interesting nose. At first it smells very Belgian with a lot of malts and some sugar coming through. Also very fruity, with figs and plumbs, I also get some raisins. Hint of spices and oak, and a little bit of that vanilla comes through. And it’s just a tad metallic.

Very thick mouthfeel with medium carbonation, you can feel a little spritz.

Awfully sweet and malty. There is a little bit of hop bitterness on the back, which I like. Lots of dark fruits in here with some spices and that vanilla/oak combo comes in a little, but not too noticeable. There is this kind of sour, tart thing near the back before the bitterness.

This is a pretty interesting beer, not really my cup of tea, but I can see a lot of people liking this one. Solid, but not great. 87 points.

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