Bitter Monk - Anchorage Brewing Company
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Reviews by MrOH:
4.63/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
My wonderful GF bought this to celebrate her completing her first semester of grad school, and my getting promoted at work.
Hazy dark straw with HUGE creamy white head, excellent retention. Good lace that slides down the glass after a bit.
Pinepple, muskmelon, lychee, apricot, plum just loads of tropical and stone-fruit aromas. A slight piney note. Some burnt sugar. The brett contribution is small but noticeable. Katey says some chardonnay character is there.
BONE DRY. Huge dryness up front, then all of the tropical flavors come in. Oak pops up for a second, then a very bitter, slightly piney finish. Don't really get any brett personally, Katey says she gets a touch of sourness. As it warms, it softens a bit, and the bubblegum and stonefruit flavors from the primary yeast can come through. Brett funk is now noticeable, but still very subdued. Maybe an aged bottle would have more, although the hops would be gone by then. It's almost confusing to taste this.
Very light, high carbonation. Definitely suits the brew, but I would personally like a touch more body, not much, but I'm pretty sure this beer's gravity finished below 1.000.
Very intense. Definitely would never be a go-to of anything, but will definitely try to get another bottle or two to share with some folks who would "get it". Makes you have think about it as your drinking.
Serving type: bottle
12-12-2011 02:01:03 | More by MrOH
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4.11/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a goblet. Thank you Keith for this one, appreciate it man.
A- Pours a very, very hazy dull yellow body with a decent sized white head that reduces slowly and leaves blotchy lacing. Opaque.
S- Very nice on the nose.. barnyard funk, belgian yeast, citrus rind, lemongrass primarily, some malt and fruit in the background, bananas and spices.
T- Upfront I get an even combination of the Brett yeast, citrus peel, and belgian spices. Funky, yeasty, and spicy notes all show up on the follow through. The IPA character of this beer eventually shows its head on the finish, in which a slightly bitter resinous note sticks on the tongue.
M- Medium mouthfeel, low carbonation. Easy drinker.
I did enjoy this beer - I really wish the taste followed the enticing aromas a little more, I was expecting more funkyness on the tongue. Overall very good and recommendable, though.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2014 03:41:52 | More by gcamparone
Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 707 ratings.