Bitter Monk - Anchorage Brewing Company
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4.85/5 rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Bought this for the wife, with intentions on us splitting it, and we did, served into Duvel Tulips.
A – Pours a cloudy golden/straw yellow color, a nice thick Belgian style egg white in color, and exceptional lacking on the sides of the glass.
S – I could smell this from a good 3-4 feet away, rich hops (floral/fruit) and some farmhouse funks (guessing from the Brett), this just screams hybrid; “American Belgian Wild IPA”.
T – Great aggressive hoppy characters that just build and build. Here is how I experienced this beer; hop punch up front, then some chardonnay and oak characters, and then just the sour funk of the Brett with spices and earth characters.
M – A little on the thick side, but very inviting and well accepted, carbonation was spot on.
O – This has to be one of the better BA Belgian IPAs I have had, is this better than Hop God, NO. But it’s in a slightly different class as Hop God. I consider this more of a hybrid of an American Wild (aging with the Brett) and a Belgian IPA (the Belgian yeast and overall presentation); I think “American Belgian Wild IPA” is a great name. Parts of this beer remind me of Le Terroir, maybe a blend of the Hop God and Le Terroir, but on another level.
This is my first Anchorage Brewing, and hopefully not my last. I hope they keep bringing more great beers to CA.
This would be a great beer to cellar for a few months and see how much more the Brett develops.
Serving type: bottle
11-21-2011 19:34:10 | More by MrTopher
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Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company
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