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Bitter Monk - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Ratings: 818
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 328
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:
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to dogbones for the bottle!

Poured a bright yellow/orange with a huge frothy white head. Good lacing down the glass and lots of bubbles.

The overpowering aroma is a pleasant dry white wine. Oakiness, some citrus zest and just a touch of the brett shine through.

There is quite a bit going on in the flavor and it's different than the nose. The wine comes through much less here although there are still some wine notes with a moderate amount of oak. A bit of a citrus burst, but this really doesn't taste like 100 IBU's. The character I get most of the spicy Belgian yeast which slightly overpowers all the other flavors which I'd probably like better. I do like the slight brett undertone though.

Good mouthfeel and pretty solid carbonation.

A little disappointed by this one especially after the appearance and aroma. The Belgian yeast cuts through all the other flavors and I'm not a huge fan of Belgian yeast in a lighter ale. Very complex and definitely interesting, but just an ok taste.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse. $14. 750mL brown glass cork and caged bottle. No date (lowers my over-all score).

Pours a hazy golden color with thick bleach-white head. Very foamy, presumably from the brett. Nose is dominated by brett, woody, a little fruity, a touch earthy, but somewhat honeyed. Palate is low in carbonation, and prickly with alcohol, bitterness and drying funk. Lemon rind, woody texture, pale honey sweetness, and funk.

Notes: As with most Funkified IPAs, the brett takes over the beer and overrides the hoppy characteristics.

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3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, lighter side of golden...almost straw colored. Huge white white head, quickly forming. Sticky lacing, lots of rings.

S: Lemony funk, brett - plopped right down on some citric hop flare. More funk than anything else...yeasty, peppery.

T: All of the traits described on the bottle except the DIPA part make the biggest initial showing. Brett is prominent, along with a suggestion of lemony citric qualities than I cannot attribute to hops. Big part of a wild ale up front. A strong bitterness emerges mid sip which begins to hint toward the base beer under all the funky stuff. Citric hop qualities are muted. This is sort of a Belgian IPA gone crazy, or something.

M: Medium body, high amount of carbonation. Very lively on the tongue.

O: Good. Kind of all over the place, though interesting. I personally dont think brett sits well within an IPA. You might disagree.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For a Belgian IPA, this definitely touches what I like for the style. There are numerous detractors though. First off, it seems a bit boozy. There just seems to be interference on the delivery of flavor. And it's kind of soapy. Eh. I've had a really intense day and I don't feel like getting into this. I've had better Belgian IPAs; recently even. This beer is "okay", but not really working for me much beyond that.

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Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 818 ratings.