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Bitter Monk - Anchorage Brewing Company

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793 Ratings
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Ratings: 793
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 270
Gots: 97 | FT: 8
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)
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a d'Achouffe tulip. The beer is an extremely hazy light orange. My mouth is watering just looking at the color of this beer. It sports a big majestic white head that lasts a little while before dissipating down to a chunky lacing. The nose is very fruity. Lots of pineapples and apricots hit you along with some marmalade and a hint of honey.

Medium body, firm feel, and bitter, fruity flavor. Harsh, bitter notes of orange and grapefruit greet you first. There is just enough of a malt backbone to balance it and keep it from getting astringent. On the back of the palate, the bitterness recedes a bit and is replaced by a refreshingly sour lemony character. The finish is dry and a little acidic. Very drinkable and very refreshing. The body seems light for such a strong beer, but it complements the fruity, bitter, slightly sour flavors perfectly.

I haven't explored very many Belgian-style IPAs, but this is an absolutely stellar beer. I'm definitely going to look for other examples of this style in the future and I'm really looking forward to trying some other beers from Anchorage, whose distribution to my area started not too long ago. I just love the combination of bitter and sour in this beer. You know there is sweetness there too, otherwise the beverage would be undrinkable, but it's buried under the other flavors. It's not that often I drink a beer and think ``wow, that's something I haven't tasted before''. Nicely done Anchorage!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 21:30:23 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company
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