I’ve been on a bit of a Belgian kick lately, both in my brewing and sampling of commercial beers, and tonight I will be checking out a Belgian Strong Dark Ale from 21st Amendment Brewery called 21st Amendment Monk’s Blood. Sporting 8.3% Alcohol By Volume, Monk’s Blood is part of the Insurrection Series of beers from 21st Amendment.
21st Amendment Monk’s Blood is a purplish brown colored beer, glowing a hazy mahagonay when held up to a light. A small khaki colored head briefly tops it off before fading into a thin film.
The nose has some fruity esters, vanilla and cinnamon, with underlying continental malts.
Toasty malts start things off in the taste, caramel and toffee accents, candi sugar, vanilla and cinnamon spice, hints of oak accents, with some lighter fruity esters in the pear and apple range, faint hint of phenolic spice, medium-low citrus hop flavor, low hop bitterness. Mouth is medium bodied, moderately carbonated, lingering spice in the aftertaste.
Overall 21st Amendment Monk’s Blood is a tasty beer, and I appreciate a modern take at a classic style, but ultimately I feel like the adjunct spice gets in the way a little bit. It isn’t overblown, but it slightly clashes with the yeast characteristics. Worth a try though.
21st Amendment Monk’s Blood : B-
21st Amendment Monk’s Blood Specs
Hops: Magnum, Centennial, Amarillo
Malts: European Pilsner, Vienna, Caramunich, Aromatic, Special B, Flaked Oats, Flaked Wheat
Yeast: Abbey Ale
Other: Dark Candi Sugar, Ceylon Cinnamon, Vanilla Bean, Figs, Aged on Oak Spirals