Bitter Monk - Anchorage Brewing Company
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Reviews by hopsbreath:
4.7/5 rDev +8.8%
Picked up at Beaumont Market in Portland, Oregon for $13. Taking my time, and pouring by parts into a Meyer's Duvel tulip, I managed to drink the whole 75cl bottle over the span of a couple hours. I didn't see this information in the other reviews so here's some bottle flash: "Ale 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. Batch #1 July/2011"
A: Slightly hazy guava in the glass, huge rocky white head, lots of clumpy lacing. Are you not entertained?! About as appetizing as a beer can look. 5/5
S: Brighter citrus consisting of lemon and lime, some nice wood, Brett earth in full display, and a definite grapiness. I honestly didn't know that this was done in wine barrels before the pour, so I checked the label to see if Nelson Sauvin hops were used. Nope, French Oak Chardonnay. The wine is easily appreciated. 4/5
T: Out of left field this suddenly becomes quite the DIPA. The nose promised a complex beer but the taste is pungent and aggressive with the hops right out of the gate. Big citrus and deep bitterness truly define tongue numbing. Only after going back for a sip or two can the earthiness and spice really be singled out and only then by thinking about it. I've used the term grapefruit frequently in the past when describing IPA's, but this is the truest representation I've ever had of eating a segment of the fruit, membrane and all. Even the long tingly bitter finish is intact. I think it's best to consider the taste as the sum of it's parts rather than individual components. The hops lend the great bitterness and citrus, the brett gives a true earthiness that can only be found in pith, the wine barrels further enhance the organic nature of raw grapefruit. I say again, this is grapefruit in a glass. As simple as that sounds, this is remarkable and unique. 5/5
M: Full, astringent, quaffable, and bone dry. 5/5
O: A stunner of a beer. The second beer I've had from Anchorage and the second home run as well. The brewer's talent seems incredible. The grapefruit segment I described in the flavor could be a happy accident but that just seems too uncanny to be chance. This beer was designed to be that way and that just might be the most impressive thing about it. I don't like Belgian IPA's. It doesn't matter this time though because Bitter Monk is in a league of it's own. Find me a valid comparison. I don't believe it exists. 4.5/5
09-16-2011 03:33:27 | More by hopsbreath
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4.35/5 rDev +0.7%
Poured into a tulip glass a hazed peach color with a large fluffy white crown that left multiple rings of broken lace as it settled into a frothy mass,just a great pour.Citric hops are huge along with the Brett adding slight funk,I even picked up a little nutty maltiness in there as well.Powerful citric hop along with light yeasty funkiness,but its not overbearing,a little medicinal as well wich I normally don't like, but it didnt bother me so much here.This is a damn well crafted beer,I was a little worried I might not take to it as well with the Brett,but I got mad love for this brew.
11-21-2011 03:16:08 | More by oberon
4.55/5 rDev +5.3%
Really excited for this one. Belgian Double IPA with Brett aged in French Oak Chard barrels. Crazy.
Out of the bottle the Bitter Monk is a delightful golden-yellow with a slightly off-white, 2 finger head poured into a pint glass. The head is extremely dense and foamy. Lots of little carbonation bubbles rush upward through a slightly hazy appearance from a little yeast that got into the glass. The lacing left on the glass is clumpy and sticky.
The aroma is all over the place. A sour, tart Granny Smith apple-esque smell is the first smell that infiltrates my nostrils. This is supported by hoppy citrus aromas of lemon, lime, and grapefruit. There is plenty of a bready yeast aroma in there, too. It's very interesting smelling the tart Brett mingling with such a strong hop aroma. Really good.
Whoa, that is an exciting and unique flavor. Oh meh gah... This is possibly the most original flavor I've ever gotten out of a beer. The first taste on my palate is of strong, dank, citrusy hops on the sides of my mouth (heavy on grapefruit flavors). This is complemented by a sour of explosion of sour apple and lime that also lands on the sides of my mouth, as well as straight on my tongue. Layering on top of those complex flavors is a buttery, oaky creaminess, which lasts for just a bit before being washed out by the Brett sourness and citrus hops. All the while there exists a very earthy and floral flavor.
There is a lot of crazy shyte happening in this beer. Awesome.
The mouthfeel is varied and exciting. The body of the beer is medium-full with a very creamy feel on the tongue, but all the while there is a puckering sourness and a puckering dankness from the Brett and the citrusy hops. The finish is all bitterness as the hops take over the reins.
I sound like a broken record, but this is a really crazy beer and I very much enjoyed it. If you like taking a palate adventure when you drink beer, this is the beer for you. So hoppy, so tart, and so creamy. Very interesting and highly recommended.
11-12-2011 02:33:40 | More by TCHopCraver
4.2/5 rDev -2.8%
Beautiful goldenrod. Smells simply amazing - strong tropical fruit, apricot, wheat and pine notes, all swimming in a yeasty funk. Tastes as good as it smells. Strong sharpness up front from the hops and Chardonnay. Midway, it twists in a tangy direction and the brett really makes its presence felt. A citrusy sweetness, come out in the back and helps blunt the bite. Good, complex brew.
Like it? Certainly
11-25-2011 01:57:07 | More by wrycon
4.4/5 rDev +1.9%
God, this was a great beer!
A golden color that was a little bit hazy. Thick white head that lasted forever. Very well carbonated; a lot of bubbles.
Sweet malt aroma. Also citrus, grape, and fruit.
Exciting taste. Some biscuity malt. Grapefruit, grapes, tropical fruit. A little oak.
Complex mouthfeel. Hoppy, malty, and fruity all at the same time.
Easily one of the best IPAs I've tried.
01-18-2012 20:34:24 | More by lordofthewiens
3.95/5 rDev -8.6%
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark yellow with a big fluffy wihite head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is a lot of brett and musty yeast with old fruits and bread. Some dirty sock comes out as it warms.
The flavor is a lot of brett with some old fruit and bready malt. There's a decent amount of bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, I like it. The best Beligan IPA I've had. i like the use of Brett instead of traditional Belgian yeast. It also has good noticeable bitterness. Only downside is price at $17 a bottle.
01-07-2012 07:30:26 | More by Beaver13
3.5/5 rDev -19%
Shared a bottle with my wife. This beer is golden straw colored with a big big white head. Beautiful
The nose is mainly brett, sour with a citrus freshness in the back I want more but only because of all the possibilities, belgiana. Brett, hops barrals
Don't be fooled this is all sour starts light and refreshing great mouth . The flavor of hops come in, I'm not able to distinguish which overall finish bitter earthiness.
10-19-2011 00:52:43 | More by bishopdc0
4.45/5 rDev +3%
Belgian style bomber, caged and corked, "Batch #1, July 2011". Very happy to find this fine brw at $16.99 @ Hudson Valley Bev, in Mahopac, NY
Open with an energenic "poof", pours cloudy, dull tangarine. Nice, sturdy, huge and near white head. Fluffy, puffy and very slow to rest, leaves a high collar and all sorts of high on the glass, sticky lace.
Bright nose of oranges, sour apple, green tea, limes, pepper, gin and some Belgian yeastyness. Gamey, musty, slightly sour note of the Brett also in play. Complex, flavorful and simply delicious brew. With the flavor of the sniff, continuing onto the palate. Hoppy bite in the rear, but shining through forcefully as things reach the finish.
Wow, dense flavors, complex, heady stuff. Love the style and this is one of the more intense and most well crafted versions. Get some stinky cheese, peppery salads, spicy thai food or whatever you like to eat and enjoy every sip of this one!
04-11-2012 02:16:20 | More by Billolick
4.48/5 rDev +3.7%
Hazy light golden colored with vibrant carbonation bubbles. Thin layer of minuscule white foam covers the top. I definitely get plenty of tart smelling Brett in the aroma. The flavor is a complex melange of hops,oak,and Brett. They are all dialed in just right and it works amazingly well. This is very refreshing! The body is very light and smooth,but it is packed with flavor. Excellent balance of sour Brett,bitter hops,and yet a smooth,refreshing beer.
01-05-2014 05:06:37 | More by Franziskaner
4.4/5 rDev +1.9%
Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA
Hazy orange and dark yellow, nearly auburn, with a thickly forming, persistent near-white head with decent retention that left sticky rings of lace down the glass.
A hugely aromatic and interesting aroma, without any one element becoming too dominant or distracting. There's plenty of big, hoppy, citrus elements here, like grapefruit and lemon, along with big blasts of funky (Brett) yeast, earth and grass, and a bit of alcohol sting, especially as the beer warms to room temperature.
A boldly flavorful and complex beer, and again, all the discernible elements stand out on their own: big, yet balanced flavors of citrus, very funky yeast, earthy elements, along with a ton of overall bitterness. There's also a bit of white-grape flavor as well after the bitterness washes away. Incredible!
Medium bodied with high carbonation.
A fantastic Belgian IPA. This one is unlike any I've ever tried before; it's both far more complex and far more bitter than any other example I've tried within the style. Superb!
01-16-2012 21:46:14 | More by ehammond1
Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 802 ratings.