Wednesday, August 29, 2012

21st Amendment Brewery Monk's Blood Belgian Dark Ale

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is 21st Amendment Brewery Monk's Blood Belgian Dark Ale. 

From the 21st Amendment Brewery website:” 21st Amendment founders Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan traveled to Belgium to develop the recipe for this special beer, visiting small, traditional breweries in the hop fields of west Flanders, not far from the famous Trappist abbey of Westvletren. Monk’s Blood is designed to pair beautifully with rich winter stews, creamy cheeses, unctuous desserts or just by itself, in a Belgian tulip glass, with a good book by the fire.” 
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a dark amber with a fluffy dark tan head and nice lacing.
Aroma: Sweet and dark malts, dark fruits, brown sugar, spice and Belgian yeast.
Taste: Rich roasted malt, vanilla, dark fruits, cinnamon, Belgian yeast, oak and light hop presence. A rummy or boozy heat to it as well. Excellent!
Overall: Smooth, sweet and thick, 21st Amendment Brewery’s Monk's Blood Belgian Dark Ale is well balanced and is huge on flavor. The rich maltiness led me to another one after finishing the first.  At 8.3% ABV this is one that can catch up on you quickly, but you have a great time getting there.


Mark Harvey

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