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Bitter Monk - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Ratings: 815
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 323
Gots: 92 | FT: 6
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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A strong pour into wine glasses resulted in a 4-finger, bone white, sudsy and tight head that stuck around for a while. Alcohol legs visible, not much lacing due to the higher alcohol content. The beer itself is a beautiful, hazy gold/yellow.

If someone made a "BItter Monk" Cologne I would rock it all day. The girls might not want to play with me; I'd probably have a squad of beer geeks following me around. Upfront the hop complexity hits you with juicy citrus, pine and dank qualities. NIce use of CItra hops. The fragrance of Grapfruit, melon and apples also waft from the glass, a result of the Belgian yeast strain which also adds some savory, spicy notes. There is the slightest hint of funk and tart coming from the Brett, and the light malt bill provides just a touch of honey-covered bread notes.

Anchorage Brewing BItter Monk. Whoa.

First and foremost, this is a Double IPA. Anchorage put the hops first, and Bitter Monk is just full of earthy, fruity and full-flavored hops. I wasn't too sure what to look for in terms of the Apollo hop characteristics, but the Citra hops really came through nicely. It's hoppy as hell, but so incredibly well balanced with all of the other HUGE components. The Malt bill was just perfect, providing a light, sweet and understated backbone that lets the hops shine. The Belgian yeast marries perfectly with the hops and subtly provides a spicy, fruity and savory component to the brew. However, the yeast isn't so in-your-face as to mask the hops. The Brettanomyces was nothing short of a stroke of genius. It is faint, and if they didn't mention it on the bottle you might not know it was there, and instead be wondering what that vague tart zing and heady funk is coming from. The Brett added a really nice extra complexity to BItter Monk, but as with everything else, it is understated and perfectly balanced. BItter Monk is a hop bomb and definitely in the upper echelons of bitter, but the finish was just ridiculously smooth and slightly buttery and vaguely woody, earthy and oaky. The Aging in the Chardonnay barrels is probably responsible for that, and it truly made a huge difference.

I was really happy to share this bottle with a few hop head micro-lovers, and we all couldn't find enough good things to say about this beer. I admit I was a bit apprehensive when I got the bottle. I was presumptuous and thought that Bitter Monk was just going to be one of those trendy, earth-shattering, 20-ingredient adjunct messes that we see all to often. I really thought there was just going to be too much going on, but Anchorage Brewing balanced every component of this beer perfectly. It's definitely an occasional beer, but I really can't wait to get into another bottle, and I will have my eye on Anchorage Brewing from now on.

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Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 815 ratings.