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Bitter Monk - Anchorage Brewing Company

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806 Ratings
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Ratings: 806
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 322
Gots: 96 | FT: 7
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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4.75/5  rDev +10%

JeffZeltwanger, Dec 26, 2013
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Elprico, Dec 26, 2013
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stephensinner, Dec 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Jamison85, Dec 21, 2013
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captainbearcat, Dec 21, 2013
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headyhopzhead, Dec 21, 2013
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csmalley, Dec 20, 2013
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ACB, Dec 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

mpayne5, Dec 18, 2013
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4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a teku glass, orange-yellow very hazy with a stark white head. I didn't let it foam up too much but it has good retention and leaves a thick chunky lacing.

Thin dry straw and crack-like grains, complex with white grapes, oak, bright citrus and mango hops. Brett brings in a mild mustiness and Belgian yeast spice notes of clove and coriander. Flashes of tartness with strong dry hopping, sounds familiar.

Base beer has a thin unobtrusive cracker-like malt adding subtle graininess, evident hop flavors of bright citrus peel, straw are complemented by the chardonnay barrels bringing out bright fruit notes. French oak and the highly bittering apollo hops add a pinching bitterness that gives the impression of drying with Belgian yeast flavors of coriander and powder. Brett adds a layer of complex mustiness and the finish is also tart from the wine barrels.

Medium bodied, the yeast is nicely balanced with active carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden, or just ignored given the complexity of this beer.

One heck of a ride, this is a Wild Ale more so than a Belgian IPA and I'm pleasantly surprised that the complexity comes more from the wine barrel aging and hops rather than the Brett. Bitterness is pretty sharp and tartness is balanced, the French oak also rounds out the Citra flavors nicely this is really a stellar beer.

rawfish, Dec 18, 2013
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sipplication, Dec 16, 2013
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djtomain, Dec 16, 2013
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fthegiants, Dec 16, 2013
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target88, Dec 14, 2013
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MattLatuchie, Dec 14, 2013
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wr3ck00n, Dec 14, 2013
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Beergelden, Dec 13, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy orange with a nice foamy head.
S - Tropical fruit, juicy grapefruit and lemon. Funk with a hint of bubblegum
T - First taste is like the noise. Great mix of citrus, pineapple, mango, and grapefruit. Notice the pepper and a nice hint of yeast and sour character. Bitterness is blended with a wonderful mix of flavors.
M - Medium body, the finish is on the dry side but finishes well, easy to drink.
O - I have only tried a few Belgian IPAs and this by far is a great one.

patpbr, Dec 13, 2013
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4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 750ml/25.4oz cork-and-caged bottle to a stubby, stemmed tulip. Not sure on the exact bottling date, but I purchased this a couple of weeks ago and was told at the time that it is from the most recent batch. So, fresh-ish? Ehh, it’s a brett beer. It’ll be weird no matter what.

Appearance (3.5): A perfect two fingers of bone-white foam rises off the pour easily but not too aggressively, capping a glowing, moderately hazy, orange-tinted, light amber/straw-colored body. As the head dies down (at an average pace), it leaves a couple of small splotches of thin lacing here and there, and the remnants of a collar near the top of the glass. It looks beautiful right out of the gate, but retention and lacing are more or less average.

Smell (4.25): Nice musty tones, some dusty cereal grains, light peasant bread and slightly fruity wheat tones, some tangerine flesh, lemon juice, light orange peel, and all around just a very well-integrated aroma considering all of its far-flung components.

Taste (4.75): Holy shit nuts, what is going on here? All of the what’s in the nose is in here, too, but along with crazy fruit tones and tangy, citrusy bitterness. Musty, dusty cellary notes mixed with lightly tart, fruity wheat tones, some chewy, fresh-baked peasant bread come out of the gate first, but they’re quickly washed over by tart citrus flesh and zest and a really zingy finish that bridges hop flavor and bitterness remarkably well. Red grapefruit flesh, bitter orange peel, limeade, and tart brett flavor all mix together and swirl around and finish out with a seriously excellent grapefruit rind bitterness. As it warms, an earthy character comes out, that underpins everything else smoothly and cleanly. Crazy. Absolutely no booze. No off-note esters or out of place phenols from the yeast. Just extraordinarily well-integrated brett, malt, and hops. No way this is 9% ABV . . .

Mouthfeel (5.0): . . . because it drinks so damn ridiculously easy. Downright refreshing, honestly: just shy of medium weight with a soft but mature carbonation that foams modestly but fully, tingles lightly but all over, and leaves a dry, but not at all parching finish. I’m convinced this could not have a better feel, to be honest.

Overall (4.5): You’ve got to be kidding me. This beer is the kind of thing that gives me faith in craft brewing—that not everyone is doing their own version of the same old lineup, that some people are succeeding at executing the “what if” fantasy kind of beers (and doing it well), and that there are brewers making beer that’s essentially almost perfect on a regular basis. Absolutely, highly recommended. And yes, it’s worth the price.

fmccormi, Dec 13, 2013
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chrisxdodge, Dec 12, 2013
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bcm75, Dec 11, 2013
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rogerdandy, Dec 10, 2013
Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 806 ratings.