Mikkeller Monk’s Brew
(Always drink responsibly. Seek help when alcohol affects your life and the lives of those around you. For readers of a legal drinking age.)
This is the third Mikkeller beer I have tasted, and if there’s one trend among all three distinct brews, it was that each was super impactful in its own way. This time, I was overcome by the tangy, fruity quality; this 10% ABV/unknown IBU Belgian ale is brewed with raspberries and aged in wine barrels. For being an ale, it didn’t have the bitter ale taste characteristic of the style; its fruitiness was so complex for me, I had to enlist Zach’s help in writing about this one (he’s the superior supertaster between us). My nose reminded me of fruitcake when I poured the glass and before I read the label. When I noticed “raspberries” explicitly printed, I totally smelled it. The flavor in its aftertaste lingers pleasantly as fermented fruit. Therefore, there was some acidity and astringency from the tannins, typically not found in beer. Your palate can appreciate that real raspberries were used.