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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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captainbearcat

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

12-21-2013 17:47:37 | More by captainbearcat
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

01-28-2013 00:10:29 | More by jrallen34
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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

12-09-2011 02:43:03 | More by rab53
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Hazy golden-orange hue. Pours about a finger and half, bubbly white head. Settles pretty quickly. Peak and valley lacing.

S: Hay and wheat prominent. A little citrus, and coriander.

T: Hoppy, yeasty, and bitter. Slight tinge of citrus, sweetness, and spice.

M: Light body, dry bitter finish.

D: Sip and enjoy. The character will dictate it.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Interesting hue, nice head, and some solid lacing. Nose is hay and wheat with fruit and spice components. Yeasty and hoppy with citrus and spice. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 05:49:10 | More by bmwats
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful cloudy golden yellow. There is a big puffy two fingers of white head that dissipates slowly.

S: This beer is full of fun scents. I'm picking up brett, lemon zest, floral esters, wine characteristics, and a really mellow Belgian yeast sweetness. It's an incredible complex and intriguing aroma.

T: The fist blast is candy sweetness and lemony hops. Following quickly is the unmistakable brett. Next, I get blasted with huge bitters (probably from the chardonnay wine barrel treatment). I actually think this beer falls short in the finish. It's way too bitter.

M: Medium bodied beer. It starts of wet (for about a second) and finishes super dry, desert dry.

O: I think the look and smell of this beer are amazing, but the taste falls a bit short for my liking. I'm not a big fan of the ultra dryness of this beer either. But overall, it's still a decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 23:19:48 | More by trxxpaxxs
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McD0uche

California

3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 10.21.2012, from bottle to pint glass.

A: A nice golden color that is more orange in the middle of the glass and more yellow around the edges. After the pour, a nice two-finger head blew up and lived for a good while before disappearing. Lacing is pronounced.

S: Lemon, grapefruit, hops, earthy malts, and some grassy floral undertones. A little funkiness here and there.

T: Earthy malts typical in Belgians, with fruits, hops, and grassy/floral notes mixed in typical of IPAs. Starts sweet and ends with a bitter taste that lingers on the tongue.

M: Medium/light bodied, with the perfect amount of carbonation. Nothing overpowering or unpleasant.

O: This was good to me, and I'm not really a big fan of Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 01:50:23 | More by McD0uche
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suspect

New York

3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel Tulip. Split with my brother-in-law.

A: Bright golden color - relatively aggressive pour leads to a 2 finger head. Hazy, not clear.

S: Funk. Barnyard, funky, feet and some light malt flavor as well. We couldn't come up with why it smelled like feet and then we realized it was the Brett.

T: Brett rules. It's such a nice combination of funky barnyard, citrus zest and hoppy bitter mixed all in together.

M: Light body, nice carbonation.

O: Easy drinker, funky ass brett. I love this yeast when done well...this is middle of the pack Brett beer, which makes it excellent.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 06:14:45 | More by suspect
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is lightly hazed golden yellow with a white head and some bubbles. Nose has a strong clementine citrus and pineapple, strong perfume aroma, and a fair bit of lightly tanged yeast. Taste is also huge tropical fruits, light bitterness in the finish. Lots of pineapple, clementine orange, tangy yeast. Lighter perfume with a moderately bitter finish, quite dry in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 21:11:49 | More by cpetrone84
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a medium-sized Duvel tulip.

A: Clear gold body under an inch of creamy white head. Good retention, plenty of lace. Very nice.

S: Hops + brett. Citrus, dry hay, and more generic herbal indulgence. Powerful without a doubt, but somehow less than great.

T: Follows the nose: grapefruit, spruce, orange, hay, and bitterness. Very dry, very bitter, and very tasty.

M: Lively, frothy medium body. Creamy and nice.

O: This was enjoyable, but nowhere near $20 enjoyable. Surprisingly enough, it was my least favorite Anchorage beer I've tried (behind Whiteout Wit and Love Buzz). I won't be buying any more of their beers at such a price point, but would certainly recommend them as being worth trying once.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 00:11:34 | More by woosterbill
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with a hazy golden amber with a two finger white head that sticks around for a while and leaves a large amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is strong brett funk, some lemon zest, mango, grapefruit, and pineapple. The initial taste has a hint of sweetness with some funky oak flavors and lemon zest. Then the pineapple and mango come through. The finish has a good bitterness with some brett funk. The finish is quite dry. Overall a really smooth beer. Bitterness is a bit much, but afterall.. it is in the name. Interesting beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 02:43:20 | More by oriolesfan4
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AgentMunky

California

3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Batch #2 (June 2012).

A: Pours begrudgingly, glugging out of the small opening. A finger of churning, solid white head. The beer is milky, cloudy, pale, and lightly opaque. Some visible carbonation.

S: Plentiful, bitter, American hops. Solid IPA, but so far, nothing special.

T: Hmm. Interesting. The Brett is noticeable, but dampened (perhaps by oak aging?). There is substantial carbonation that helps to (only somewhat) cut the bitterness. Definitely 100+ IBUs. As it warms, it expands, and more of the Citra-Chardonnay fruitiness comes to the fore. I enjoy this.

M: Wood-dry, spicy, carbonated, and engaging.

O: I don't know...the holistic production didn't do it for me. Interesting -- good even -- but not particularly 'drinkable' and certainly not worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 03:27:11 | More by AgentMunky
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farrago

New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a big, three plus finger head of loosely knit foam, bleached white, its airy nature causes it to sizzle off at a steady pace, at the same time the lacing is wispy and even fluffy but that lasts a good long time. The gauziness to the liquid teases out some deepening orange hues to the base yellow, not many bubbles, somewhat flat visual appearance. The nose has a fresh directness to it, white grapefruit energizing pear, apple, and peach fruit scents, only lightly herbal, salt and pepper, dried bread crust, has a sourness to it and cleaner than expected, zips in and zips out. Medium-bodied, the carbonation never quite catches so it stays soft and does not percolate as it might otherwise. Cinnamon, nutmeg sprinkled on top of pear, apricot, peach, pineapple fruit. The white grapefruit, lemon citrus by far the most aggressive element, and here the grassiness turned up a notch, contributes to its overall sourness. Floral, notes of quinine and saline. Becomes more dry through the finish, has earthiness but, again, of a clean nature, no real funk. Glides well and there’s no rough spots at all. About as quaffable as one might expect from such a brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 03:02:40 | More by farrago
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark yellow with a big fluffy wihite head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a lot of brett and musty yeast with old fruits and bread. Some dirty sock comes out as it warms.

The flavor is a lot of brett with some old fruit and bready malt. There's a decent amount of bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I like it. The best Beligan IPA I've had. i like the use of Brett instead of traditional Belgian yeast. It also has good noticeable bitterness. Only downside is price at $17 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 07:30:26 | More by Beaver13
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Bierkraft. Pours up hazy fruity coloured body with a quarter inch of retained head. Funky aroma. It all works - the brett, the barreling with fruity nuances, the hopping. Easy mouthfeel and a pleasant drinker, as I finished it all over an hour's lunch.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 02:28:00 | More by Sammy
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match1112

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy golden yelow with a georgeous three finger bright white head that never really goes away, just settles to a frothy cap with tons of sticky lacing. smell is amazing. there is sweet malts and hops mixed with the funk of brett and topped off with a nice chardonnay aroma. taste is also pleasing, you get all the flavors that the nose picked up, and they blend beautifuly. mouthfeel is that of a medium bodied creamy feel with nice level of carbonation. you also have a long dry bitter finish from the 100 ibu's. overall i really like this beer, but i think it would be better if they toned down the ibu's and turned this dipa into a saison.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 23:21:53 | More by match1112
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 16:38:47 | More by Sean9689
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tectactoe

Michigan

4/5  rDev -7.4%

01-13-2014 14:04:24 | More by tectactoe
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SkiBum22

New York

4/5  rDev -7.4%

01-19-2013 16:33:50 | More by SkiBum22
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.4%

02-07-2012 00:41:54 | More by TimoP
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

4/5  rDev -7.4%

10-06-2013 00:39:43 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7.4%

02-17-2014 01:25:57 | More by Cynic-ale
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jtladner

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -7.4%

02-22-2014 21:38:05 | More by jtladner
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -7.4%

05-20-2013 17:58:54 | More by JamesStreet
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4/5  rDev -7.4%

07-03-2014 17:30:41 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7.4%

11-02-2013 18:56:19 | More by tdm168
Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 782 ratings.