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Bitter Monk - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Reviews: 228
Hads: 867
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.36%
Wants: 376
Gots: 104 | 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:
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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Reviews: 228 | Hads: 867
Photo of Sean9689
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at home and split with Alex. Poured into Narke tulip.

A - Pours a mirky yellow/orange color, frothy white head, sticky lace, thin cap.

S - Bretty, hoppy citrus, tropical fruites. Lots of brett, lots of bitterness, and a nice balance of fruit (I'm guessing the hops & brett combo did this?..I like it).

T - Citrus, hoppy bitterness, loads of tropical fruit, nice level of funk, some oak. Very complex...also get some of the chard barrels too, which plays into the tropical fruits and brett. The alcohol is hidden well with everything else going on.

M - Medium, perhaps a touch too much carbonation, oily funk finish.

O - A solid brew, a unique take on a Belgian IPA, and it really seemed to work for me. The tropical fruity bitter funk is something I like and would have more often. At 9%, I couldn't plow through this as much as I'd like to. Very unique and enjoyable. (880 characters)

Photo of IHyphySF
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good friend told me that this was a beer geeks beer to try. So i had pretty high expectations on this one. The bottle itself with the belgian style double ipa with bret and aged in chardonnay barrels sounded right up in my alley except when it said belgian ipa cause i seem to have never liked anything with that title.

A: Super foamy head but disapates to a decently smaller head.

S: Heavy Bret and Chardonnay is present on the smelll but also it kind of mellows out and almost gives out a geranium scent to it.

T: Comes off hoppy with the geranium/chardonnay taste and then it goes down nice and smooth impressive for a belgian double ipa. It does have a nice bite of hops at the end but amazingly it isn't as sweet as i thought it would be and which is pretty pleasant for this style of beer.

M:Nice medium bubbles and goes down smooth compared to most ipas.

O:It was overall a very interesting and funky smooth beer one i would like to try on tap fresh but i am not sure i would pick it up again in a bottle because of the price. It was definitely a beer geek type of beer because it was really complex but interesting at the same time. (1,145 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from ChurchKey ($33). Orange infused golden straw appearance, quite hazy, medium off-white head, fairly nice lacing. Bretty nose, some candyish citrus peel, white wine, and musty/barnish hops on the nose. Very bretty and oakish. A bit more dry and acidic than your average IIPA. Hops are there, but are secondary. Sweetness is also there, but minor compared to the dryness of it. Bit of an odd duck in that its more of a barrel aged beer than an IIPA. Slightly alcoholic on the backside, perhaps even a little medicinal.Could stand to sit for a bit, but this isnt your average early/young overly hopped IIPA. This is something else entirely. While not hot, the 9% isn’t helping build this into a better beer.Body and mouthfeel are moderate.Finish is a little acidic, make that more than a little. It was almost as if this one was trying to do too much. Enjoyable, but overly complicated and busy. This was an expensive bomber from ChurchKey when I later found out could be had for half the price I paid at Whole Foods nearby. (1,034 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Bitter Monk is hazy gold with a huge white head leaving sticky lace.

Smell is very musty, very herbal, with sweet tropical fruits, marmalade.

Taste is bitter, herbal hops and lots of pineapple notes from the Brett. More must, a sharpness. Oranges. Pretty good, big BIPA, similar ABC profile.

Mouthfeel is oily but dry, very rustic, medium body.

Drinkability is pretty good, big flavors, but not as complex as the recipe and and barrel-blending suggest - as i often find with Brett. (526 characters)

Photo of JohnnyP3
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Batch #2, dated June 2012. Pours a very hazy light gold with a substantial foamy white head of about 2-3 fingers. Good head retention with lacing. Vigorous carbonation.

Smell consists of juicy hops and plentiful brett funk with some Belgian yeast. Citrus, orange and lemon peel and a hint of spice. Perhaps a hint of alcohol?

Taste produces a citrus blast upfront -- mouth puckering grapefruit and passion fruit. Very bitter finish augmented by some sourness and barnyard funk. That's what you get with 100 IBUs. Very little trace of the 9% ABV. Also getting some lemon/pepper taste. Very dry finish. Brett tastes linger at the end. The aging in the barrels produces some grape/chardonnay flavors in the middle and at the end with a hint of oak.

Mouthfeel is very lively from the strong carbonation and the amalgam of flavors. Really wakes up the senses.

Overall, a very interesting beer. Enjoyed the hop action. There is some serious brett sour/funk going up against it. Kind of like a battle of the titans. I have had several other beer in the triple digits for IBUs, and this one may very well take the bitterness cake. (1,140 characters)

Photo of
4.01/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml cracked 10 minuets ago. drinkin out of a 8oz stout glass.

i get

brett
french oak
stinky hops
dried mango. lil smoke. never mind. that's brett.

Beer is better than I gave it credit for. Just doesn't smell. I'm gonna go drink the rest of this now.

edit to add: de dolle? (279 characters)

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (1,176 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the label and spiel and pours a hazy yellow hue which leaves a two finger creamy head and lots of lacing,the smell is white wine,pineapple,funk,old cellar and fragrant herbal hops,the mouthfeel is just medium bodied and very easy to knock back with tastes of cranberries,pineapple,paw paw,grapefruit,a touch of marzipan and finished with sav blanc grape dry semi bitterness and overall i really like this brew and would definately buy or drink again cheers. (462 characters)

Photo of Gmann
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a big white head that left webby lacing all along the glass.

The aroma is unique and has 3 distinct aromas. The first is the belgian yeast which provides some clove and light phenols. Next comes a huge hit of brett along with the chardonnay oak barrel. Dry white grapes with some farmhouse funk. To cap things off is a a tropical fruit hop aroma. The brett dominates the aroma.

The taste is of a sweet pale malt with some light belgian yeast flavors. The brett comes in and funkifies everything. The brett goes well with the dry chardonnay oak flavor. The combination brings a nice tart flavor. The hops kick in toward the end. Some tropical fruit hops to go along with some pine. Definitely some resiny hoppy bitterness in the end. The brett not as strong in the flavor and the hops take on more of a presence.

There is a moderate feel with active carbonation. Good balance between sweet, tart and bitter.

A nice complex BIPA. The brett takes the show in this beer but the hops help to provide an offset. I would like to see a touch more clovey/phenols from the yeast. (1,110 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle. I've heard wonderful things about this being a "surprise of the year" beer so I had to give it a try, even at the (Philadelphia) expensive price point. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Golden orange hazy body with a creamy, fluffy white head atop. A full retention cap stays throughout and it has really super sticky lacing on the walls. Honestly, this is an absolutely gorgeous looking beer.

S: Citrus, zest, smarties candy, chalk, white pepper, funk and some barnyard hay-like qualities. A faint bitterness is towards the back end allowing the hops to shine through to remind you this is in the IPA family. Nice aroma, nothing mind-blowing but it certainly isn't anything bad.

T: Bitter hop zest and citrus oils are the first to hit the palate. A slightly spicy yeast note comes in, along with more smarties candy and chalkiness. Dry wood and crisp white grapes are towards the back end bringing in some of the barrel treatment. After the swallow, a bit of a burn is in the chest perhaps from the alcohol?

M: Nice carbonation, on the lower end of the scale giving this a real creamy smooth feel. Very dry and bitter in the finish. Not a complete determent but I would have preferred it more clean.

This was a very interesting beer, and the only comparison I could make was to Iron Hill's Savage IPA. Still, it's definitely a unique beer with lots of complexity and flavor. (1,408 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Glass.
Batch 1

A - Pours a cloudy medium orange with a two finger yellowish head. Spots of lacing are left on the glass.

S - Yeast, citrus - mostly lemons.

T - Hoppy citrus, slight pine, and still some yeast in the background.

D - Tons of carbonation, lighter body.

O - Nice since the yeast wasn't overpowering. Another winner for Anchorage brewing. (395 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got bitter with my inner monk with a goblet.

Appearance- My pour results in a dense and pillowy white foam. It recedes slowly, and leaves behind a big ring of just as dense lace. The opaque, yeasty body goes from a bright lemon meringue to a darker copper. This offering looks like it came to dominate.

Smell- The brett comes through big time! This beer has a huge sour nose with a bit yeasty, barnyard scent. I cannot say I get any hop notes, maybe a little citrus underneath. It is hard to say.

Taste- Again, the brett really takes center stage in this beer. Unlike the nose, however, there a citrus-y note in mid-drink that manages to peak through the sourness. I also feel a little resin in the finish. This guy is sour all the way down!

Mouth feel- This beer has a big body and really sticks to the cheeks. I feel like for how well the bubbles have been harnessed, it could be a little less slick. Other than that, this big beer certainly feels big.

Overall- Even though I enjoyed this beer immensely, I am unsure that Bitter Monk lives up to the IPA moniker. The brett especially comes through strong in this beer with the hops being more of an after thought than a main player. I would have this again, maybe my bottle has just gotten too old to really showcase its hop forward potential. (1,302 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm a skeptic of this class, but this one has gotten such hype I just had to try a bottle before it was all gone...

Appearance:
A dull, hazy orange with a white fluffy head. Tons of sticky lacing and some loose sediment at the bottom.

Smell:
Big notes of citra, but also a huge amount of yeast...this is where I begin to not like this class - too much competition between aromas. A little grapefruit, cardboard, and esters. This is one of the first that gives a fistful of hops to the face though.

Taste:
Still pretty good, lots of citrusy hops and a load of belgain yeast character as well. The thing that I really like about this beer is how it unfolds as you continue to drink it, surprisingly with lots of rounded out, balanced flavors.

Mouthfeel:
A touch of tartness, boosted hoppiness, and a tremendous amount of carbonation. The beer starts off a little harsh and then mellows out supremely. I'm honestly not sure how the wine barrel changed this beer, but I'm sure it didn't hurt this characteristic.

Overall:
Whoa pricey beer! However, glad I tried it before it was gone and it was definitely great to share. There is a lot of tasty citra hops and a well complimenting belgian yeast character. SOoOo overall it's $15 well spent, but still not my thing so I probably would pass on a round #2. (1,307 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber colour, nice golden tinge up to the light. Very opaque though. Head is hugely generous off-white with sparse bubbling and clumps of lace left behind. Marshmallowy top. Looks very decent.

Smell is just lovely. Loads of brett going wild, sourness with cassia, orange peel and underripe berry notes. Sour, but nice sweetness adding balance - citrus, berries and a touch of oatmeal on the back. It's really, really nice.

Taste starts out kind of sour, citric really, but develops into strong fruity mid-palate that's actually quite sweet, with peach, apricot and raspberries. Brett comes through late, giving kind of off mouldy cheese kind of flavour that doesn't quite mesh as far as the aftertaste goes. It's nice overall, but the finish could be toned down a bit, as it's a little on the astringent side. Otherwise the flavours are nice, just seems a bit off-kilter late.

Not bad on the feel for the most part, but you can sense that pull from the wilder yeast at the back and it gets to the point of puckering.

Not an everyday drinking beer, really, but well worth a taste. (1,096 characters)

Photo of Neffbeer
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Portsmouth Tulip

A: A light murky yellow body accompanied by an orange hue greats my glass with no discernible clarity. The mountain of dry hops is at fault I am assuming. There is a two finger white head that hangs on for a long time and slowly forms chunky mountains. It left behind a bunch of lacing along the sides of the glass as well.

S: I can seriously smell the beer from a couple of feet away. There is tons of citrus in the nose in the form of oranges, grapefruit, and mangoes. The brett kicks in pretty strongly as well with some must and funk. As I keep smelling it the oak barrels push through with an element of white wine.

T: The flavors are really intense as the hops kick in first with a zesty onslaught of citrus. Mid palate the oak really grabs hold and brings the vinous qualities with it. It finishes quite bitter and dry with a wave of brett-filled funkiness.

M: Spritzy and light it reminds me of a saison in feel.

O: Quite the unique beer and probably the only 'IPA' I have had that actually improved with barrel aging. I'd buy it again. (1,082 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle -- batch 1 -- served into a tulip glass

Pours a very hazy candy yellow color, like the color of yellow Skittles or banana Runts. Only, you know, all cloudy and such. A little less than one finger of white head like dishsoap. It's loose and thin but laces in spindly filigree.

The Brettanomyces isn't a background player in this beer. You can tell right off the bat, from the first smell, that this is gonna' be a pretty wild beer. Dried white flowers, basement must, lemon, and a touch of horseblanket. It's not too funky, but more in the wheelhouse of Orval. There's definite evidence here of dry-hopping too: pineapple and spearmint being the prominent lupulin aromas I'm picking up.

Soft, candied fruits shine brightest on the palate. I don't think that this is just a mental association, but it does have a white wine like aspect to these light tropical fruits. The Chardonnay barrel might be imparting actual flavor here beyond oak astringency; flavor that compliments the heavy dose of hops that this 100 IBU beer has. It feels like there should be some malts in this beer, but there's just a distant caramel malt character that gets overtaken on the finish by a sprucy, minty hop character. The Brettanomyces has gobbled up a lot of the malt sweetness, leaving this a pretty dry example of a double IPA. What prevents this beer from getting an even higher score for me is its level of booziness. The alchol is pretty strong in this beer, and it doesn't compliment things. It takes away from the Brett flavors, and overall feels kinda' strange without a more significant malt presence.

The body is in the medium range. It feels like it wants to be thicker, but the yeast has thinned the beer out a bit. Which is fine with me, as I prefer thinner IPAs. This is a dry beer for sure, which makes the hop flavors harsher. That may be perfect for your palate, but you might also be craving more sweetness as a backdrop.

Overall this is not as mindblowing as I had hoped it would be, but it is one of the more interesting and unique Belgian IPAs I've ever had. I'm excited to try Anchorage's other beers, as the alcohol level on this one isn't playing as well with the barrel/yeast flavors as you'd want. (2,223 characters)

Photo of litheum94
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml C&C bottle. Very nice looking artwork.

Frothy, sea foam head pours out, bone white in color. Yellow-nearing-orange body. Head takes it's time settling down, leaving some nice lacing.

Very complex nose: brett, citrus, pineapple, spice and oak. Funky and fresh.

The first sip boggles the mind; this is a whole new ballgame here. Very oaky at first, with some dry cracker malts. Leads into tart citrus hops with a big, Brett funk. Very dry and funky. Faint essence of tropical fruit and spice, with a lingering hop bitterness.

An experiment that definitely works. I wasn't sure what to think of this beer at first, but the deeper I got in, the more I enjoyed it. Crafted perfectly. Very enjoyable. A little pricey, but worth it at least once. (750 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this brew with me. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a clear golden color with a finger of white froth. As the cap fades, a wall of lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is bright with hops that are herbal. Some hints of catty quality mix with a floral aspect that blends into cheese. A hint of stinky feet is present along with minor woody notes and some juicy fruits. Some brett'd quality is evident throughout the nose that accents the herbal aspects of the hops.

The taste is very herbal and cheesy to catty from the hops. There is a dry woody flavor present that blends with an oily bitterness that clings to the inside of the mouth. This is a bold brew as far as Belgian ipas go but it blends together well. The aftertaste showcases grapefruit pulp/zest.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Bitter and enjoyable with a pleasant depth of flavors. The alcohol is integrated pretty well. The contrast of dry brett'd wood flavors and hoppy bitterness worked in this offering. At 5+ months old, id say this is holding up pretty well an would be interesting to see how it further developes. (1,158 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a hazy, medium golden amber with a thin white head that stays as a fine thick film with lacing. Aroma of Brett, white wine, apple, light citrus and light grassy hops. Flavor is also distinctive Brett, lemon, tangerine, stone fruit, mildly vinous, light coriander; finishes very dry with Brett and lingering hop bitterness with no distinct hop flavor. Medium bodied with peppery active carbonation. The yeast strain here leans more towards a saison yeast than Belgian, but there are light Belgian yeast and spicing elements present in the complex flavor. This is almos too dry for me, but the complexity of the flavor really made this enjoyable to drink. Dryness and light vinousness gives it a champagne like character, if champagne had Brett. Nicely made and interesting. (817 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a goblet. Thank you Keith for this one, appreciate it man.

A- Pours a very, very hazy dull yellow body with a decent sized white head that reduces slowly and leaves blotchy lacing. Opaque.

S- Very nice on the nose.. barnyard funk, belgian yeast, citrus rind, lemongrass primarily, some malt and fruit in the background, bananas and spices.

T- Upfront I get an even combination of the Brett yeast, citrus peel, and belgian spices. Funky, yeasty, and spicy notes all show up on the follow through. The IPA character of this beer eventually shows its head on the finish, in which a slightly bitter resinous note sticks on the tongue.

M- Medium mouthfeel, low carbonation. Easy drinker.

I did enjoy this beer - I really wish the taste followed the enticing aromas a little more, I was expecting more funkyness on the tongue. Overall very good and recommendable, though. (906 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Murky and hazy pale orange body. Big off-white head. Good retention.

Smell - Brett all over. Acidic notes and a lot of Belgian yeast. Pine hop profile isn't my favorite, but the Brett keeps it interesting.

Taste - Hops at first. Just a touch of sweetness before the Brett takes over. Surprisingly Bretty for how fresh the bottle is. A little tang in the back and quite a bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Dry and bitter. A little harsh as a result. The Brett accentuates the bitterness in the finish.

Overall - Excellent beer. Bretted to hell, but well done. The hops manage to come through despite being a Brett bomb. (691 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz./750ml bottle
Batch #1 July/2011
Served in a tulip
Thanks to my friend Matt for hooking me up with this.

Orangey-amber and slightly hazed appearance. The liquid was topped by a two-finger, bubbly, bright white, sea foam head. Excellent retention. The head faded to a substantial dollup of froth and eventually fell to a clingy film. Chunks of lacing stuck along the glass.

The nose was very unique. There was an interesting interplay between strong Chardonnay wine notes, Brettanomyces and crisp, bright, lemony hops. A powdery, dry, Belgian-like yeastiness was apparent. Smooth, grassy, Saaz hops came through as well.

The taste was crisp and bright. Somewhat sharp and hoppy with a lemony bite on the front end. The malt profile was light and pilsner-like. Lots of white wine and Brett in the center. Orange rind was also noticeable. The finish was crisp, piney and quite bitter, with strong oak and grapefruit notes. Super dry and tannic.

The mouthfeel was creamy, frothy and lighter bodied. Smooth and supple on the palate. The liquid contained a crisp, bubbly effervescence.

Bitter Monk is a very unique beer, and I applaud the folks at Anchorage Brewing Company in their efforts to push boundaries. However, the combination of intense Brett, oak and bitter hops was a lot to deal with (as was the $18 price tag). I would recommend splitting up a bottle amongst multiple drinkers, as consuming this beer in quantity can become a bit overwhelming. (1,486 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Tipples. Batch #3/May 2013 poured Sept. 28, 2013. Pours a cloudy yellow with small white head. Aroma of lemon zest, pineapple, dry oak, brett, orange peel. Very interesting. Flavor is big pineapple juice with definite Brett presence and lingering oak and pineapple. Bitter is there for sure. Juicy balanced by the effervescent mouthfeel, which makes it feel light on the palate for a DIPA. Very unique beer that delivers on the flavors it advertises. (462 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot of hype going into this one. Hope it doesn't disappoint.

Batch #1: July 2011

In a tulip, this bad boy has a hazy gold body that seems to just glow. The rocky cap of clean white foam on top is massive, retains well and leaves all kinds of sticky lacing.

I will preface by saying that I am not a big brett fan. The nose is very tropical smelling. Tropical as in fruit. The brett adds this nice tartness to the nose that compliments the fruit beautifully. If I close my eyes and smell, I can easily picture the beach.

The taste is quite nice, but doesn't blow me away. Like a good belgian ipa with some more complexities to it. Quite lemony, which I'm sure the brett contributes to. Bright citrusy notes with just a little sweetness. Lots of grapefruit, lots of spice notes and some light brett funk also. Some warm alcohol makes itself know as well.

Very, very dry. Mediumish bodied with lots of soft carbonation.

As usual, I got my hopes up and I was a bit disappointed. Didn't turn out to be the knockout I was hoping, but still a very good beer that is relatively unique from others in the style. I actually don't mind the brett too much in this. Pretty refreshing in a wine like way. The price is a bit steep though. Glad to have tried it, but probably won't grab it again. (1,289 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow with an orange hue. There is a finger of fluffy white head that fades to a layer around the glass.

Smell: Herbal and very saison like. There is some malt sweetness along with a hint of oak.

Taste: Some hops up front but they may have faded a bit since this beer was fresh. Herbal with some mild citrus notes. The finish is bitter from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really nice Belgian style ale. I was a bit fan of the herbal notes. I think the hops have faded, but I am still a fan. I would love to try this fresher if they bring out another batch. (690 characters)

Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.