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The name suggests something dark and sinister. And make no mistake, this beer is well-named. California’s 21st Amendment is best known for their watermelon wheat beer and hoppy ales, so you’d be forgiven if you did a double-take at the idea of them doing a strong dark Belgian beer—but don’t let that stop you from trying this one. Big, full-bodied and sweet, Monk’s Blood tastes like a murky mix of toasted almonds, rich breads, dark fruits, burnt caramel, and a touch of spice. The liquid is full and rich on your tongue, every swallow a tiny little meal. It’s got a little bit of alcohol heat going down (typical for this style), but that’s OK because you’re going to be sipping this, anyway. Consider pairing Monk’s Blood with a hearty meal at Iron Abbey or The Greek’s Next Door.
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