1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Bitter Monk - Anchorage Brewing Company

Bitter MonkBitter Monk

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

730 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 730
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.39%


Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Belgian style double IPA with Brettanomyces. this ale is aged in french oak chardonnay barrels. Brewed with Apollo, Citra, and Simcoe hops. Dry hopped in the barrel with Citra hops. Triple fermented- First in the tank with a Belgian yeast, second in french oak chardonnay barrels with brett, and finally in the bottle with a third yeast for natural carbonation.

100 IBU

(Beer added by: sprucetip on 08-26-2011)
View: Beers (14) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 730 | Reviews: 216 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by LambicPentameter:
Photo of LambicPentameter
LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle marked "JULY 2011", which is the only time this one was brewed, as far as I know. That seems to be the modus operandi for Anchorage.

Appearance - Aggressive pour yields a frothy orangish cream head of lots of tiny bubbles, one finger thick. Lacing is silky and fleeting after head sticks around for a little while, but eventually fades into a healthy layering of spotty foam on top of the beer.

Smell - A full two years after the bottling date, the brett has made itself quite at home in this bottle. Brett funk and tartness dominate the nose, but still allow for veins of citrus zest to shine through unexpectedly but pleasantly.

Taste - Again, the barnyard funk is on full display here. In addition to that yeasty characteristic, there is a pretty detectable flavor profile from the Chardonnay barrels--some dry grape elements, as well as oaky vanilla undertones.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation has fallen off a little bit in two years, but not terribly. Light but close to moderate with a medium body that is slightly on the chewy side.

Overall, a beer that I've been seeking for the better part of six months, due to how much I love everything that comes out of Anchorage it seems. This one isn't my favorite of their offerings, but it's darn close, and it's one that I really wish I could have tried fresh. It seems like the time has allowed the balance to flip from hop dominant with brett elements to the inverse.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 04:09:58 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
Photo of Gunch52
Gunch52

Texas

4/5  rDev -7.6%

04-17-2014 01:32:16 | More by Gunch52
Photo of Copernicus
Copernicus

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

04-14-2014 16:07:53 | More by Copernicus
Photo of trevor_s
trevor_s

Missouri

4/5  rDev -7.6%

04-13-2014 06:20:49 | More by trevor_s
Photo of markgugs
markgugs

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

04-13-2014 03:18:13 | More by markgugs
Photo of waddellc2
waddellc2

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.6%

04-11-2014 19:34:31 | More by waddellc2
Photo of UcDru
UcDru

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7.6%

04-08-2014 03:09:13 | More by UcDru
Photo of pest
pest

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

04-08-2014 02:56:39 | More by pest
Photo of ChaseBeer
ChaseBeer

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

04-08-2014 00:52:47 | More by ChaseBeer
Photo of Abbbp
Abbbp

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

04-07-2014 05:28:54 | More by Abbbp
Photo of frogfan
frogfan

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

04-04-2014 18:25:50 | More by frogfan
Photo of CraftFan5
CraftFan5

New York

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

04-02-2014 13:00:00 | More by CraftFan5
Photo of JoeyStats707
JoeyStats707

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

03-31-2014 20:10:33 | More by JoeyStats707
Photo of Showvoisier
Showvoisier

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

03-31-2014 05:53:43 | More by Showvoisier
Photo of APB
APB

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

03-28-2014 09:11:25 | More by APB
Photo of Great-Pyrebeers
Great-Pyrebeers

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

03-28-2014 00:14:33 | More by Great-Pyrebeers
Photo of Lochnessmonster
Lochnessmonster

Florida

2/5  rDev -53.8%

03-27-2014 02:55:43 | More by Lochnessmonster
Photo of greenspointexas
greenspointexas

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

03-23-2014 15:32:06 | More by greenspointexas
Photo of Axnjxn
Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a snifter. Batch 3, may 2013.

pours a murky darker yellow with a nice head. smell of brett...for sure. lemon as well. taste is real intriguing. chardonnay barrel is apparent as is the brett. 10 months is a good time for this beer as the brett hasn't over powered the flavors. still get a lot of lemony sweetness. a lot going on and it works well. medium body with medium carb.

overall I enjoy it...quite tasty!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 20:58:53 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of Cboom12
Cboom12

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

03-21-2014 08:51:29 | More by Cboom12
Photo of Smarty_Pints
Smarty_Pints

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

03-21-2014 03:05:29 | More by Smarty_Pints
Photo of dunix
dunix

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

03-19-2014 16:54:38 | More by dunix
Photo of BuzzG
BuzzG

Iowa

4/5  rDev -7.6%

03-14-2014 17:46:11 | More by BuzzG
Photo of thkrb99
thkrb99

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

03-12-2014 22:21:57 | More by thkrb99
Photo of bigjoe786
bigjoe786

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

03-12-2014 07:51:09 | More by bigjoe786
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 730 ratings.