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Bitter Monk - Anchorage Brewing Company

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788 Ratings
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Ratings: 788
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 268
Gots: 96 | 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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DovaliHops

California

4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2. Pours a very hazy, golden color with a hint of orange. Medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is WOW! Amazing aroma to this beer. Funky wild yeast with some tropical and citrus fruits. Nice pineapple with some orange and lovely hoppiness. The more I let my nose get familiar with this beer, the more french oak and chardonnay I get. Very complex. I could sniff this beer all day. Taste is initially tart with some white grapes and tart green apples. Some citrus and tropical fruit flavors...wow, just wow. A hint of butter. The hops, fruit, oak, and chardonnay flavors blend so well with a subtle funkiness that just makes me wonder how this beer will taste after the Brett works its magic over time. Gotta grab another bottle to sit on. So much complexities going on here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nice bite, yet slightly chewy. Drinkability is very high for almost 10%. Alcohol is present, but not very much so. Overall, this is just another great beer from a brewery I have grown very fond of over the last year. I have yet to find an Anchorage beer I didn't think was good.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 07:45:10 | More by DovaliHops
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mgironta

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer came out of a corked and caged bomber. The cork was pretty easy to get out and only had a slight pop. The brew poured with a gigantic head, about three fingers of pure white head that was thick and fluffy and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, almost straw yellow with lots of active carbonation visible. I thought the color was pretty light for a Belgian IPA. The nose was all brett…not that I’m unhappy with that. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a brett beer. Wow, this was really different. The brew started with a bit of grapefruit and tart citrus with a bit of barnyard funk from the brett. It was really light (body-wise) for a Belgian IPA and the booze and IBUs are really well-balanced out by the flavors. The finish was relatively quick with a hint of citrus. The body was probably the lightest that I’ve ever had with a good dollop of carbonation. This beer was just fantastic to me. It was an easy drinker despite the ABV and was complex and quaffable. I would definitely have this bad boy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 02:45:15 | More by mgironta
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jegross2

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company out of Alaska.
Score: 93

Bottle is from July 2011. Served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 05/29/12.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange color with three fingers of soapy, slightly off-white head that settles to a thin foggy layer atop the glass. Absolutely amazing lacing and retention. 5/5

Smell: A nice tropical citrusy IPA with a Belgiany sour twist. Tart white grapes, lemon zest, candied mango, orange, pineapple, fruity citrus and a little funky brett. Apples towards the back of the aroma too. Hint of oak. 4.5/5

Taste: Loads of bitter lemon zest, orange, mango and bitter/tart white grape. A little caramel malt on the midpalate, with earthy/grassy hops and a growing fruitiness in the finish as the beer warms/layers. There is a clovey residual aftertaste. The flavors get more tart as the beer warms up, with a a mild pucker effect from a growing sour lemonade flavor. Not oak or funk. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, high carbonation -- or maybe the life on the tongue from the zesty tartness, which really makes the bitterness perk on the tongue, is being deceptive in terms of the the true carbonation present. Juicy mouthfeel. Bitter and tart on the tongue. 4/5

Overall: One year after it's bottling, this beer is more of a sour with an IPA twist than an IPA with a sour twist. Quite an enjoyable hybrid. The artwork on the bottle is amazing.

Recommendation: Sour haters and casual beer drinkers should avoid this one, but all others are encouraged to seek out a bottle.

Pairings: Chicken pot pie.

Cost: $17 for a 750 ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 02:31:56 | More by jegross2
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ReeseMax3

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

09-14-2012 18:44:58 | More by ReeseMax3
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wethorseblanket

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

09-12-2012 22:22:32 | More by wethorseblanket
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Pinche_Oso

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

09-12-2012 16:13:12 | More by Pinche_Oso
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LiquidPoem


4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #2/June 2012

Pours with a nice head, lots of lacing, creamy, dissipated slowly. The smell is amazing; strong hop aromas blended with grapefruit and a funky cheese smell. Sips like a fizzy bready hop juice. Even though this was brewed in June it still has a lot of the citra character left. The belgian yeasts and brett work well together creating a sour pie effect. 100 IBUs, a real pucker-upper. Outstanding beer, well worthy of picking up. One of my favorite Alaskan breweries.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 03:17:23 | More by LiquidPoem
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JohnnyP3

Alaska

4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 05:54:08 | More by JohnnyP3
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass. Pours out a beautiful hazy gold with an inch of dense white head. Plenty of sticky lace gets left behind on the glass.

The smell is very inviting. Grapefruit, lemon rind, caramel and funk start off the smell. Oak, alcohol and grapes are hidden in the background.

Smooth and balanced for being 100 IBU. The lemon/grapefruit start the taste, followed by Brett funk and oak. The malts smooth it out with a French bread middle, with a hint of grapes from the Chardonnay barrel. The finish is slightly sour but still bitter. Only a hint of the 9% ABV is noticable. Goes down easy.

One of the best Belgian IPA's I've ever had. Very complex and worth the bottle price. I wonder how it would hold up after a year. Might be an interesting experiment.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 00:34:06 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

09-02-2012 15:55:32 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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theminutemen

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +10%

09-01-2012 19:36:12 | More by theminutemen
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jdmandel

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-28-2012 05:55:03 | More by jdmandel
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour from Wowcoolman’s tasting.

Batch # 2. Bottled 6/2012.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, herbs, spices, floral aromas, citrus, wood, wine, and some slight funk. Taste is much the same with a very floral and slightly fruity flavor. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is really tasty and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 01:07:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BeerShman

California

4.75/5  rDev +10%

08-27-2012 03:46:27 | More by BeerShman
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drewone

California

3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

08-26-2012 22:42:12 | More by drewone
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -19%

08-18-2012 14:43:38 | More by t0rin0
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cfh64

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-17-2012 23:37:47 | More by cfh64
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iwantsomerocks

New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mobile review from long beach island, NJ!

Bottled in July 2011..what? I guess some DIPAs don't give a shit how old they are. Holy hell, this is a truly astounding beer. The appearance is that of a Belgian strong pale. Smells like amazing citrusy goodness. Taste follows the nose..great citrusy taste with plenty of subdued hoppy goodness. A little buttery from the chardonnay aging. Truly great. I would seek this beer out ASAP.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 03:02:29 | More by iwantsomerocks
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

08-11-2012 02:55:45 | More by st9647v3
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erha2

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-09-2012 01:16:05 | More by erha2
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Geuzedad

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +10%

08-08-2012 00:08:47 | More by Geuzedad
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kell50

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

08-04-2012 04:29:48 | More by kell50
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chrisrose30

California

4.75/5  rDev +10%

08-01-2012 15:41:44 | More by chrisrose30
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

07-16-2012 16:46:01 | More by Thehuntmaster
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Neorebel

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bitter Monk's appearance is a hazy, pale amber hue. It's head begins as a fizzy soapy head but dissipates to a small ring sticking to the side of the glass. The aroma is nothing short of incredible and fascinating! The multi-layered hop scents, lemon, kiwi, and clove, all married to the brett/yeast earthy notes, wine-like characteristics, and a creamy hint to it make this one of the best smelling beers I have ever taken a whiff of. Taste - WOW! Not to be taken lightly this beer begins with the earthy brett, and quickly the piny hops jump in as well. The finish is pleasantly bitter with the flavor of the wine barrel revealing itself. The body and mouthfeel are not too overpowering, and it's got, I'd say a 7 on a scale of 1-10 in terms of alcohol heat. I am enjoying the warming sensations and pleasant buzz right away. Overall, the beer's a rare treat not to be missed. Top shelf- buy with confidence. I would also like to note that the beer was bottled in July 2011 and drank July 2012, with plenty of hop flavors very much present.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 06:06:20 | More by Neorebel
Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 788 ratings.