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Bitter Monk - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Ratings: 825
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 348
Gots: 93 | 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:
Beer added by: sprucetip on 08-26-2011

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
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Ratings: 825 | Reviews: 220
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4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I few months ago I opened a bottle of this that was several years old. I didn’t review it because it was an old bottle and most people say IPAs are better fresh. It turned out to be one of the better IPAs I ever had. Now I got a fresh bottle to review, and I was really excited. But to me, this wasn’t nearly as good fresh as the aged bottle. The following review is for the fresh bottle, as I didn’t take any notes on the aged one.

Appearance – Pours a cloudy opaque golden color with a very big head and great lacing.

Smell – Citrusy; too citrusy in my opinion as compared to the aged bottle (note that other reviewers were disappointed that this beer lost its citrus with age). Grapefruit, with lime, brett funk, oak, and a little chardonnay.

Taste – Taste follows the smell; grapefruit, lime, brett, chardonnay, and oak.

Mouthfeel – Nicely carbonated. This has a really bitter feel to it, which I didn’t get from the aged bottle. Some oily hoppiness as well.

Drinkability – This is a good IPA, but in my opinion it gets better with age.

I’ll re-review this in a few years if I can find another bottle to age, and likely bump up the score.

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4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz corked and caged bottle shared at Beachwood BBQ #bottlecherwednesday. Poured into a tulip, this beer is cloudy orange-yellow with a finger or so of white foam that settles to a thin layer that’s retained for the duration. Lots of sticky lace rings and streaks are left behind. A very complex aroma includes citrus and tropical fruit, brett funk, acidic white wine, oak, some caramel malt, and a little vanilla. The flavors are just as layered, with a great interplay between sweet and sour bolstered by bitter underpinnings. Yeasty, funky, citrusy, oaky, and vinous. Very enjoyable to sip and savor. Medium body, a bit creamy in texture, lively carbonation, drying, puckering, long finish.

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4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured this into a snifter.
The appearance was a nice looking hazy orange color with a light carbonation to be seen rising to fill a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. The lacing stuck nicely around the glass in a speckled even sort of way.
The smell had a sharp peppercorn to brisk lemongrass and a refreshing sort of citrus blend.
The taste had a sharp dry spicy refreshing citrus over top of the peppercorn and lemongrass.
The mouthfeel had a dry yet refreshing sort of brisk carbonation rolling across my tongue. It saturates but is quite dry as well.
Overall, as a Belgian IPA, I say it works. I say its very well done.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.24/5  rDev -1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -19%

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2.96/5  rDev -31.5%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Bottle purchased months ago...don't really remember when. Poured into HF tulip. Lots of head...carbonation is ideal. Orangey hue..sure.
Nice hoppy aroma even for it being fairly aged...but brett dominates. Smooth juicy hops and brett - mixed with classic anchorage signature aromas...
wood and funk.
Great flavor - funky - brett - wood - hops. Phenomenal. Do yourself a favor and thank god (or any deity) Gabe exists...this beer as most of his are..is simply sublime.

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Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 825 ratings.