Monk’s Blood is kicking off a series of posts for me which are all focusing on Belgian Ales. I’m going to work my way through most of the Trappist ales and anything else I can get my hands on that says “Belgian” on it! I’m also going to do another one of my L.A.B. posts about the whole Trappist thing so keep your eyes peeled for that one, I’m psyched to write it and hope you’re psyched to read it. On to the review!
Beer: Monk’s Blood
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Alcohol by volume: 8.3%
Pours a very dark thick brown color with a creamy yellow head that lingers for quite a while.
Smells fruity with a touch of sweetness with a hint of the alcohol to come.
It’s got a medium body with a bit of bubbly carbonation.
I’m sensing strong toasted malt flavors as well as a bit of some kind of spice and more fruit flavors like I smelled. Also, the alcohol is noticeable here but not too overpowering at all.
If this wasn’t a Belgian-style it’d be the top of it’s class. Unfortunately it’s got some amazing competition from the authentic trappists as well as some excellent American attempts like Victory’s Golden Monkey. But don’t me wrong, I LOVE this beer. 21st Amendment is becoming one of my preferred breweries and this is the main reason, plus the whole can thing is cool. I wish this wasn’t seasonal cause I could dig on this year round.