21st Amendment Monk’s Blood

21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco, CA
Monk’s Blood
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
8.3% ABV
Can

The better a beer is, the harder it is to review. Pointing out that a beer is balanced and smells good is about as clumsy and uninformative as saying that Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons is a novel about two generations of Russians.

Monk’s Blood is surrounded by a sufficient amount of mystery to intrigue even an innocent passerby, to say nothing of those “informed” by the conflicting, largely positive online reviews. One thing is for sure: you won’t mistake it for a Belgian import– the yeasts are too cleanly American.

It pours a lovely ruby/violet/brown color with raisin and floral notes on the nose. A very solid brew with a strong finish. Nice. Worth purchasing for the classy packaging alone.

This is a bit unrelated, but did you know that jazz musician Thelonius Monk was born in North Carolina? So was folk legend Doc Watson. This beer is not from North Carolina.

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~ by Perry S. on March 28, 2010.

2 Responses to “21st Amendment Monk’s Blood”

  1. I’m looking forward to heading over to the 21st amendment when I’m in San Fran – they look to make some great brews

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