San Diego Trip Giveaway Header

Super Bowl Beer Review: Brewer's Art Resurrection Ale vs. 21st Amendment Monk's Blood

by The Drink Nation on Jan 21, 2013 in Beer
Super Bowl Beer Review: Brewer's Art Resurrection Ale vs. 21st Amendment Monk's Blood

As the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens prepare to face off in New Orleans on February 3 for Super Bowl XLVI, we look at a similar beer from each city to see how they stack up. Though Baltimore has gained several new breweries lately, Resurrection Ale from The Brewer’s Art is a flagship brew — not only for the pub, but for the city as a whole. Plus, it’s offered in cans, a signature of 21st Amendment beers. We compare it to an ale from the California brewery’s Insurrection Series: Monk’s Blood.

Resurrection Ale is billed as an Abbey Dubbel, and that’s exactly how it drinks. The can itself provides a preview of the character of what’s inside: its gold and red lettering is classic — almost retro — with no frills or extensive bells and whistles. Brewed with five kinds of malt, the amber-red, 7% ABV beer pours with a surprisingly buoyant, ecru head that holds its heft for several minutes.

Resurrection’s scent is slightly sweet but not overwhelming, and no specific aroma (aside from that of “ale”) is detectable. Taste follows along the same lines, with a fruity undertone, yeasty flavors, a medium body and a quick finish. You can imagine monks in Belgium drinking this exact beer a hundred years ago. Instead of trying to be exciting, The Brewer’s Art has created a timeless classic.

Monk’s Blood aims for the flip side of the Belgian beer coin. Brewed with eight different malts, spices, black mission figs and then aged on oak, the 8.3% ABV Belgian Dark Ale is designed to “[rise] up in revolt against common notions of what canned beer can be,” according to the brewery.

The dark ale pours with a bubbly head that quickly dissipates, leaving a sweet, raisin- or plum-like fragrance. Vanilla and cinnamon fight with the malt for flavor dominance, resulting in a complex sip that will have you going back for more before you’re even ready — just so you can figure it out. The finish is creamy and heavy.

The conclusion? If you want to drink two or three Belgians as you watch the big game, snag some Resurrection Ale. If you’re looking for a standout Belgian that’ll make a mark against the other, lighter brews you have planned for your party, seek out a can of Monk’s Blood. May the best beer team win.

Recent Articles
spacer
Home Bar Project Below Features

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Home Bar Project: How to Make a Sands Cocktail

Home Bar Project: How to Make a Sands Cocktail

Have you ever dreamed of having an amazing home bar, filled with bottles you actually use and the tools you need to execute a finely crafted cocktail?...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Feb 24, 2015
Benedict Cumberbatch Whips Out Flask at The Oscars
by The Drink Nation Feb 23, 2015
Pair Wine Like a Pro with the Help of These Apps

Pair Wine Like a Pro with the Help of These Apps

VinePair's apps simplify the wine pairing process. ...read more ›

by Kate Monzo Feb 19, 2015
SPONSORED
Find happy hours and drink specials anywhere you are
Scottish Brewery Releases 'Performance Enhancing' Ale

Scottish Brewery Releases 'Performance Enhancing' Ale

50 Shades of Green, a special Valentine's brew from Innis & Gunn, claims it will enhance your bedroom performance. ...read more ›

by Kate Monzo Feb 16, 2015
Home Bar Project: How to Make a Brown Derby

Home Bar Project: How to Make a Brown Derby

Have you ever dreamed of having an amazing home bar, filled with bottles you actually use and the tools you need to execute a finely crafted cocktail?...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Feb 16, 2015
Where to Celebrate Mardi Gras 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Where to Celebrate Mardi Gras 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Didn't make it down to Louisiana for Fat Tuesday this year? Have no fear, D.C.'s got enough Mardi Gras celebratin' going on to make New Orleans blush....read more ›

by Drink DC Feb 16, 2015
Diageo to Add Craft Beer to Repertoire

Diageo to Add Craft Beer to Repertoire

Diageo, the company behind Guinness, Red Stripe and almost all of the spirit brands at your local liquor store, has announced it will try its hand at ...read more ›

by Ryan Hudak Feb 13, 2015
D.C.'s Best Margaritas and Where to Find Them

D.C.'s Best Margaritas and Where to Find Them

Frozen, fruity, spicy, traditional, salted, no matter how you take your margarita, you're sure to find one you love on our list....read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Feb 13, 2015
Best Washington, D.C. Brunch Drink Specials

Best Washington, D.C. Brunch Drink Specials

Whether you're trying to get the best of a hangover or simply celebrating the weekend with a bout of day drinking, these bars with breakfast sipping s...read more ›

by Drink DC Feb 10, 2014
Backlash from Super Bowl Ad Continues for A-B InBev

Backlash from Super Bowl Ad Continues for A-B InBev

Blatantly attacking craft beer might not have been the best choice for macro brewer, Anheuser-Busch....read more ›

by Ryan Hudak Feb 13, 2015
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Like us on Facebook!

Close