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Bitter Monk - Anchorage Brewing Company

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802 Ratings
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Ratings: 802
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 309
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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Photo of ADZA
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

ADZA, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of thebouch01
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

thebouch01, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Archemedies
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Archemedies, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

plumcrazyfx, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow with an ample fluffy white head
S: Smells of citrus a little acetic acid, some yeast as well
T: faint citrusy hop flavor with a little bit of sourness, some yeast flavor and a bit of flavor from the wine barrel. Aftertaste is of hop resin and yeast
M: average mouthfeel for an IPA, soft carbonation makes this one very drinkable
O: Very good, I wish it was fresher but it tastes very good at its current state. Very smooth and refreshing and highly drinkable.

SHODriver, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of mudbug
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%

From the C&C Bottle (Batch number one) into a Tulip results in a slightly hazy orange body with a huge frothy, rocky head that ever so slowly settles into what looks like rounded icebergs, thick lacing sticks all over the sides, very pretty indeed!
Oh boy this one has aroma in spades, you don't have to get anywhere near the glass. Wet hay, roses, grapefruit, lemons. Not subtle in the least, mouthwatering and pungent.
Taste is complex to say the least, an astringent bitterness upfront lemon peel,grapefruit rind, unsalted cracker, the funk is subdued with a pleasant wet hay earthiness. just a hint of white wine and oak. A long lingering slightly sour bitterness ends it all, but makes you want more.
Did I mention the aroma? Oh boy I could just sniff this all night.
Juicy, what alcohol?
A Masterpiece!
Edit for 2013 edition. Perfect and consistent in every way. This is no one off wonder, it's the real deal!

mudbug, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -19%

mdillon86, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of ArrogantB
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%

750ml bottle $12.99. I have been passing this by despite the rave reviews because it was $15.99. I saw it on sale and thought I was getting a deal so I bought it. Yes I am a sucker but this really is quite a good beer. Bright yellow orange color and a huge rocky head, looks good. The smell instantly reminded me of Russian River Temptation, heavy Chardonnay and brett. I think there was a hint of citrus in there as well. The flavor again made me think of Temptation and it must be that Chardonnay and brett combo working so well. There is a bit of bitterness in here from the hops and just the faintest hint of citrus. I have to wonder what the hops were like when this was fresh since this was apparently brewed back in July of 2011 but the hops are not completely gone. Overall, a very solid beer and I can see why everyone likes it so much.

ArrogantB, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of aasher
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

aasher, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of DSlim71
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

DSlim71, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of GeezLynn
4.45/5  rDev +3%

Golden blonde with a pristine white head. Impressive retention.

Pungent funkiness, hay, lemon and grapefruit, spicy Belgian yeast, wine barrel. Worth spending some time admiring.

Earthy dull bitterness, a little funk, but not as much expected by smell. Slightly medicinal. Citrus, especially grapefruit shows up underneath and extends into a lengthy bitter and tannic finish. Grapefruit really picks up steam at room temperature.

Feel is light, spritzy and dry. Carbonation is full, but on the softer side.

This started out a bit dull, but at a warm temperature, the citrus hops really shined. It easily topped the Midnight Sun 3767 for me. Great beer.

GeezLynn, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%

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!

woosterbill, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Destral
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Destral, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of FattyJLE
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

S - A nice combination of sourness, fresh ripened fruits, funkiness and a Sweet-tart like tartness.

A - Slightly hazy, light golden hue with a substantial bright white head and delicate lacing and some retention.

T - Very much like the smell with more of a citrus punch. The sour, tart fruitiness comes through very nicely in the taste with a perfect amount of hop bitterness. 100 IBUs well subdued by the other flavors involved. Additionally, for a 9% ABV, the alcohol was almost undetectable. Nice acidic dryness on the end.

M - Moderate carbonation. Medium body.

O - One of the more interesting beers I've had to this point, and rightfully so given all the different techniques, ingredients and blending of styles going into this beer. For such a big beer I was very impressed by how balanced and drinkable it was, while packing a creative and complex flavor profile. A real treat. Would definitely have again.

FattyJLE, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of augustgarage
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Dogfish Head oversized snifter.

Hazy amber liquid supports a delicate raft of ivory soft peak whipped foam. Superior retention and complicated webs of thick 3-D lacing...

Apricot, passionfruit, kiwi, and other fruit presents in the nose along with a long citrus note, yeasty phenolics, and a pungent undercurrent from the Brett. Quite a melange...

Potent funk presents on the palate with a ton of earth and pepper; strong floral notes suggest lavendar, orange blossom, jasmine, and rosewater as well. The bitterness comes on slowly at first but then grows over time. I'm guessing the Apollo hops are hard at work here, the resinous core of the beer militating back against the Brett. Crisp citrus and mint notes emerge in the finish along with a moderate alcohol kick. Pine and forest floor become more present as the ale warms.

Not-quite-full-bodied, effervescent, yet somewhat oily (as it should be).

The Brett. is once again very potent in this ale, threatening to dominate the flavor profile if not for the massive contrapunal force of the bittering hops. Not sure amidst this what the barrel aging contributes...quite a BIG beer though, which should appeal to hop-heads who are fond of funk...though it may alienate everyone else.

augustgarage, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of HosP
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%

Got a bottle of this from Scottfrie! Corked and caged 750ml bottle.

A- Pours very hazy bright orange in color. Nice fluffy white head with nice lacing.

S- Lots of citrus aroma mixed with some fruity notes. A little spice here and there.

T- Interesting beer throughout. Lots of hops upfront, mostly citrus and grapefruit. Blends nicely to some brett funk but still keeps some nice hop flavors to it. A great blend, but interesting.

M- Medium body. Moderate carbonation. A little dry.

O- Wasn't sure what to expect here, but really enjoyed it. Love the mix of hops and funk. Very much liked this and a big thanks to Scott for the beer!

HosP, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Bottle I picked up while in Vegas from the Whole Foods on S Las Vegas Blvd. 750ml bottle corked and caged, Batch 1 from July 2011 - into a tulip.

Poured a hazy golden yellow, we split the yeast amongst us and its sat 'curtain-like' in each of our glasses in suspension. Looked pretty cool! Voluminous white head, very effervescent with a great rocky head and spotty lacing. Nose has pungent lemon, funk/brett, white wine notes, pine, a touch of cat pee, citrus zest and background tropical notes (derived from the Citra I'll guess). Alot of grassy notes as well, somewhat of a Noble hop character to it. Certainly extremely unique for a DIPA. Taste again has substantial lemon, tropical fruits with light tart and vinous/barrel notes. Herbal hops again with less brett than the nose. Light spiciness in the finish, certainly a solid amount of Belgian and brett flavours all around - works phenomenally with the hop profile. Bitterness is there but not overpowering. Fantastic, and I'll most certainly seek out future batches if given the chance.

liamt07, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of peacebone116
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%

Thanks to my brother-in-law, babyismycat, for this clever Christmas present. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip on 2/3/2012.

A: Hazy light straw color with carbonation rising from the bottom to the top. A thick and fluffy off-white head sits atop, backing off slowly to leave beautiful strands of Belgian lace at the sides of the glass.

N: Notes of Belgian yeast esters, a bit of horse-sweat, green apples, and faint citrusy hops show through in a very complex aroma.

T/M: The flavor of this beer is just as complex as the aroma--the hops really show forth more in the flavor as light and lemony, but the there is a gentle tartness on the finish that does not linger. There are also hints of Belgian yeast esters and a nice balance of pale malt flavor. There really is so much going on with this beer that it is truly difficult to point out everything. The finish is dry, quick, and clean. The body is fairly light and refreshing with a nice prickle of carbonation.

Overall I am quite impressed with this offering. Very complex and delicious. It really blends several of styles together to achieve a very pleasant result with all of my favorite characteristics in one beer. Glad I still have one bottle left, but I am not sure how long I will want to let that one age.

peacebone116, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev -7.4%

TimoP, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of funkel81
3/5  rDev -30.6%

funkel81, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of nickhiller
4/5  rDev -7.4%

nickhiller, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -30.6%

acurtis, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of garrisonp
4/5  rDev -7.4%

garrisonp, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of jzeilinger
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%

A - pours a pale golden orange color with a massive three fingered fluffy white head and moderate carbonation.

S - Aroma is dry with earthy funk, oranges and grapefruit are present but in a "Brett" sort of way. The aroma reminds me of some very dry Saisons, the dryness in the aroma is white grapes and Chardonnay-like.

T - This is where this beer really shines. It's wonderfully complex and is a strange marriage between Saison meets American IPA meets Chardonnay wine...it's a weird combo but works incredibly well. There's a quick nip of malt sweetness on the tip of the tongue immediately up front followed by some grassy, earthy, funk. As quickly as the funky sourness begins, a massive wall of bitterness follows almost immediately and lingers intensely for a long, dry, bitter finish. The fruit flavors come predominantly in the form of pears and pink grapefruit with a slight bit of bitter lemon rind. Bitterness is very, very intense and therefore very lingering. As the beer warms to room temp, the oak flavor emerges and the Chardonnay grapes transition forward.

M - Medium body, sprightly carbonation on the tongue, and very dry in the finish. There is alcohol warming in the back of the throat that does create an intensive warming effect that slowly lingers for some time.

O - This is a very interesting and complex beer. I've been wanting to try this for some time now and happened to stumble upon it at my local bottle shop this evening. I grumbled at the price tag but now, I'm glad I ponied up the $17 bottle price, it's worth every sip. I can confidently say this is one of the most unique beers that I've had in a VERY long time, superbly brewed and considering the unique complexity dare I say "superbly engineered"? This beer isn't for everyone, it's adventurous, but if you really dig super dry Belgian beers with brett funk and you enjoy intense citrus bitterness from Citra hops, this is a must try. I'm going back for another bottle of this stuff.

jzeilinger, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Jwale73
3.5/5  rDev -19%

Jwale73, Feb 04, 2012
Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 802 ratings.