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Bitter Monk - Anchorage Brewing Company

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794 Ratings
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Ratings: 794
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 273
Gots: 97 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

07-03-2013 00:32:20 | More by Reswald
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British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +15.7%

07-02-2013 15:32:22 | More by DaftCaskBC
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +10%

06-30-2013 03:23:09 | More by Rutager
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bmurray10

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

06-29-2013 04:29:02 | More by bmurray10
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SSEngelbrecht

Louisiana

4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: This beer pours deep golden orange with two fingers of foamy head typical for brett beers.

S: The smell is hard for my to pin down. I get citrus fruit, funky brett, and chardonnay.

T: The complex flavors belie the hard (for me) to decipher aroma. I tasted tangerine on the first sip, and then more lemon and white grape. the farmhouse funk is there in force, balanced nicely by the bitter hops. There's more going on here than I can accurately describe.

M: this is a light/medium bodied beer with effervescent bubbles. It is crisp and refreshing.

O: I'm not generally a fan of this style, although I've had a bit of Rayon Vert that I loved. The category for Belgian style DIPA aged in chardonnay barrels is pretty slim (I think), but this beer is exceptional by any standard. It didn't convert me to brett beers, but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and I learned some things by drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 23:52:40 | More by SSEngelbrecht
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

06-27-2013 06:50:46 | More by Ciocanelu
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dookiebrown

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

06-22-2013 16:27:02 | More by dookiebrown
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bouncepass

California

4.75/5  rDev +10%

06-22-2013 00:45:48 | More by bouncepass
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CoryR

Oregon

4/5  rDev -7.4%

06-15-2013 16:38:43 | More by CoryR
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djre4orm

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7.4%

06-13-2013 19:58:12 | More by djre4orm
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chase2634

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.4%

06-09-2013 14:27:11 | More by chase2634
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California

4/5  rDev -7.4%

06-08-2013 14:41:19 | More by smithj2154
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California

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

06-07-2013 15:43:00 | More by smitty5245
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California

4.75/5  rDev +10%

06-05-2013 20:46:39 | More by Hopbrizio
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California

5/5  rDev +15.7%

06-03-2013 03:08:09 | More by itsiilegal
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Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

06-02-2013 17:11:27 | More by lakersfan16
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle from June 2012 poured into a tulip

The carbonation is easy to see no matter how you pour this beer. Hazy lemony/orangy beer with a huge foamy white head almost like bath soap. The head dissipates quickly but can be easily regained with a swirl.

The nose is intoxicating. First you get the Citra hops, then some funky Belgian yeast, and you can get some orange and spiciness like a Saison as well. It really makes you want to continue smelling, but it's time to drink.

Almost every taste is different. It is such a fun beer to drink, but better to share. It became tough to tackle the entire 750 mL because it is such a big beer. The 9% is well hidden but the strong flavors attack the palate. I think this drinks like a Citra DIPA vs a Saison. You absolutely get the Chardonnay as it warms. I get the hop punch on the front end but it fades into the orange/spice notes. I'm sure some of this has to do with the nearly year old bottle but it held up magnificently. This beer would be a great 3 yr vertical as it is bottle conditioned. Worth seeking out especially for a bottle share.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 14:15:27 | More by PHBoiler
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DrewShalvoy

California

4.75/5  rDev +10%

05-30-2013 17:53:37 | More by DrewShalvoy
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

05-30-2013 02:31:19 | More by cardsfan
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Oregon

4/5  rDev -7.4%

05-29-2013 15:21:58 | More by anteater
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pugartheterrible

California

4.75/5  rDev +10%

05-26-2013 10:18:40 | More by pugartheterrible
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JamFuel

Sweden

5/5  rDev +15.7%

05-26-2013 08:52:51 | More by JamFuel
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Indiana

4/5  rDev -7.4%

05-23-2013 21:07:11 | More by bstyle
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Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

05-23-2013 05:10:35 | More by AaronBricking
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.4%

05-22-2013 19:54:20 | More by randylangford
Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 794 ratings.