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Bitter Monk - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Ratings: 782
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 264
Gots: 95 | 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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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +10%

12-10-2013 22:56:01 | More by rogerdandy
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magictacosinus

California

4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I was so happy to find a bottle of this recently - it's by far the trickiest seasonal release from Anchorage get around here, for whatever reason. Bottled in May 2013. Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass - split three ways.

Pours a nice, vivid orange-amber combo of a color, with obvious cloudiness given the diverse yeast strains. It's bubbly at first, with thick carbonation that rises to the thickened, foamy bone-white head at the top, but it soon dissipates into nothing over the course of consumption. A pity - with the Belgian and Champagne yeast strains, I thought this would hold itself together a little bit more rigidly. Still, it's pretty appealing to look at, given the color.

My God, given the yeast and hop diversity, you could smell this thing as soon as we popped the cork open. Dipping my nose into the glass, I get a plethora of some of the finest flavors from American DIPAs, Belgian strong ales, and saisons that I've consumed over the past year. It's a culmination of world-class factors if I've ever witnessed one: passion fruit, guava, grapefruit, pears, and apples when it comes to fruit, followed by pine, marijuana, and violets on the herbal scope. The Brett and oak rounds out the flavors nicely, with notes of grape must, baking soda, tobacco, leather, wet hay, and some light, barnyard-esque dampness. Extremely complex.

The complexity continues in the aroma, but nothing really prepared me on how elegant and gently layered this beer - especially one this seemingly rustic and diverse - could be. Wonderful tropical fruits ranging from passion fruit to mangoes hit the palate, followed by grapefruit, pine, hemp seeds, sage, and floral textures. The bitterness from these esters is immediately cut by the Brett, which provides a leather, tobacco, and wet straw texture that is funky and flavorful. Afterwards, the oak spices and sweetness from the grape must, as well as the different yeast strains, round things up with notes pears, pineapple, tobacco, and baking soda. Finishes bready and yeasty, with a bit of spiciness and crispness. Keeps your mouth cleansed for the next sip. As far as this hybrid goes, this is a masterpiece.

It's definitely not cheap ($18-20), but it's absolutely worth every penny here. With everything I've written above, no final culmination should be necessary. This could easily become overrun by the Brett over time, so I'd recommend having this as fresh as possible. The diversity of flavor, as well as the multi-layered texture, is what makes this beer so damn refreshing and versatile. Beer and wine drinkers alike must try this when they can.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 20:39:28 | More by magictacosinus
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jono0101

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

12-09-2013 18:57:59 | More by jono0101
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quine

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

12-06-2013 18:04:58 | More by quine
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Thishops4u

Kansas

1/5  rDev -76.9%

12-06-2013 17:36:44 | More by Thishops4u
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Eighty

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +10%

12-05-2013 18:46:21 | More by Eighty
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

5/5  rDev +15.7%

12-01-2013 03:07:03 | More by Whiskeydeez
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vinny21bal

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

11-29-2013 19:10:46 | More by vinny21bal
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brewtus

Ohio

4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours hazy orangish yellow with a nice two finger head
S- lots of Brett, citra, belgian yeast, lemon, grassy,
T- oh yeah, great citrusy hops, pine, belgian yeast, grassy earthiness, substantial Brett, you can really taste the Chardonnay barrel, some funk
M- very nice, not too much carbonation
O- this is really really great, lots of complex flavors, much smoother finish than you'd expect from a 100 ibu belgian beer. Really glad I got to try this one. Definitely the gold standard for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 04:06:31 | More by brewtus
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Rick778

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

11-28-2013 03:19:50 | More by Rick778
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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

11-27-2013 13:43:16 | More by JohnnieNepal
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sblanton83

Michigan

4/5  rDev -7.4%

11-27-2013 04:47:28 | More by sblanton83
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Houser

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.4%

11-27-2013 02:21:57 | More by Houser
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Bobbydigi

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +10%

11-26-2013 02:37:02 | More by Bobbydigi
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goalie33

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

11-26-2013 02:34:45 | More by goalie33
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10%

11-25-2013 22:54:15 | More by Oakenator
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-lemon, funky Brett, apples, vinous, wheat bread

T-lemon, apricot, grapes, wine, oak,grassy,yeasty, funky Brett,slightly tart, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry

O-unique and delicious beer, great for enjoyable sipping, would definitely seek this out

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 21:54:38 | More by MDDMD
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StlHopHead77

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10%

11-24-2013 00:24:34 | More by StlHopHead77
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

11-22-2013 20:45:15 | More by Gushue3
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Skunkdrool

California

4.75/5  rDev +10%

11-22-2013 20:33:11 | More by Skunkdrool
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

11-21-2013 06:33:45 | More by zestar
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Acuity

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

11-21-2013 05:52:15 | More by Acuity
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BKBassist

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

11-19-2013 23:47:43 | More by BKBassist
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blindpiggie

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

11-18-2013 18:18:26 | More by blindpiggie
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david131

California

4.75/5  rDev +10%

11-17-2013 07:38:21 | More by david131
Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 782 ratings.