Pours clear with a heaping helping of light tan, dense bubbled foam. Foam thickens as it nicely and uniformly recedes. Lacing is wet and spotty.
Aroma is Belgian with a lot of malts and dark fruit. Malts are on the sweet side while the dark fruits are hidden behind. There is a sense of cinnamon.
Taste is uniquely complex. Malts are there with sweetness and maybe a bread or similar, hard to make that out. A really nice blend of malts. Some spiciness comes in and lingers a bit on the sides of the tongue. Dark fruits abound in the taste, much more than in the aroma. A bit of nice heat comes late in the after taste, warming on the way done. Nice.
Medium carbonation with an almost big body. Tacky and a bit dry.
This is a bit unlike any beer I have had. There is a ton going on and I don't believe writing about it does it justice. Maybe a bit too sweet otherwise a really solid beer and offering. Enjoy!
1st 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.
"Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza." - Dave Barry