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Beer:30… 21st Amendment Monk’s Blood.

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21st Amendment is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries as of late. The last few beers that I have had from them have been nothing short of spectacular, especially their Lower DeBoom Barleywine from their “Big Can” series. They have now reached the status in my household that when they are noticed in the store, they usually come home with me. Awww, how sweet right?

Monk’s Blood is very interesting. They categorize it as a Belgian Dark Ale, and according to their website, their founders traveled to Belgium to visit small breweries to develop this beer. Talk about a dream trip! Anyway, lets pour some Monk’s Blood…

To say this beer pours dark would be an understatement. It is almost black in my glass, with a nice quick forming, but also quickly disappearing head. The smell that comes off of this brew is an interesting mix of darker fruits, with a small hint of vanilla. Taste wise, the dark fruit flavors really overpower this beer. There is a sweet malt flavor in there as well, and the beer finishes dry and spicy, with a bit of cinnamon. I am not picking up any alcohol flavors, which is a bit odd since it clocks in at 8.3% ABV. One point that should be noted though, is let this beer warm up a tad. We Americans drink our beer way too cold, this beer needs to warm up a bit to release more of the flavors.

Overall, this beer is not as sweet as I was expecting, but it is still a great beer. It reminds me of their Fireside Chat seasonal; with a different, less spicy, more on the dark fruit flavor. As with everything else that I have had from them, I would definitely buy this one again.

Well done 21st!

Cheers!

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Beer:30… Great Divide’s Hades.

Hades, the Greek God of the Underworld. Not your typical namesake for a beer. But, Great Divide Brewing Company is not your normal brewer. Time for Greek mythology:

Hades, the eldest son of Cronos and Rhea, (Titan siblings) older brother of Zeus. After his birth he was devoured by his father to prevent an eventual uprising among the Gods. Luckily for Hades, Zeus freed his siblings, then with the help of Hades and Poseidon (another brother) they overthrew their father. Afterwards, I’m sure a party ensued, and the three split up kingdoms to rule; Zeus the sky, Poseidon the sea, and Hades drew the short straw to rule the underworld.

Fast forward quite a few years, and many Greeks viewed Hades as evil. I believe that in reality he was just misunderstood. From most accounts, he was a just and fair ruler of the underworld. Unless you tried to take one of his constituents, or messed with his wife. You can’t blame him for that. Also, he loved dogs. And since his beloved canine was the Cerebus, obviously he was a supporter of his local pet shelter (That was an ugly dog). Take all of that into account, and I bet spending all of that time in the darkness of the underworld probably gave him an insatiable appetite for a good brew.

Whew, that took a little longer than expected. Enough of that, enter Hades, the Belgian style Ale:

Out of the bottle, the beer pours a nice golden hue, similar to the mineral. Since Hades is the God of the Underworld, that includes all minerals, so this is probably appreciated. The carbonation is evident on the pour, and it rushes to the brim of your glass as fast as a cheetah, only to retreat at a leisurely pace, leaving behind very minimal lacing to the glass. The aromas of this beer hit your nose while the glass is still sitting on the table. Very fragrant and strong, with hints of some sweet malts and Belgian yeast. The taste is really surprising, with a small hop bite, but mostly a yeast flavor stays for the duration, and finishes nice and dry. I would call this a great recreation of a Belgian ale, with an American edge to it. I will definitely be buying more of this, especially for summer lawn mowing sessions.

This beer delivers, I would venture to say as well as Charon the ferryman delivers the souls of folks to the underworld.

Once again, well done Great Divide!

Cheers!