Friday, August 1, 2014
Mikkeller Monk’s Brew–Raspberry (7/10)
It pours a nearly black color with about three fingers’ worth of a tan head that lasts a while.
The aroma combines raspberries, red wine, and oak elements.
The red wine from the barrels used to age the beer provide the dominant flavor element. It tastes something like a very carbonated red wine with some raspberry juice splashed into it. Unlike the traditional Belgian Quadruple, which tends to be a sweet and fruity beer, this is a much more dry beer and is slightly bitter instead of sweet. The finish combines some raspberry sourness and wine tannins. On balance, it’s not bad… it’s just not what I want from a Quad.
Beer Advocate rates it an 88 out of 100 or “very good”. Rate Beer gives it a 96 overall. I don’t think I like it quite as well as they do. I’m giving it a 7 out of 10. Perhaps at a lower price point or with a sweeter finish I’d enjoy it more.
I purchased this bottle at Ale Wine and Spirits of Powell, but I have also seen it at Palmer's Beverage Center on Indianola.
Sweet, Malty, Dry, Bitter, or Sour: Dry
Spice Level: None
Hops Level: Very Low
Dominant Flavors: dry red wine, raspberry
IBU: Unknown, but probably < 20
My Rating: 7/10