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Bitter Monk - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Ratings: 823
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 340
Gots: 91 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Sean9689
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.

Photo of kevanb
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A Belgian IPA aged with Brettanomyces in French Oak Chardonnay barrels. This has been a big want of mine and I finally managed to get a bottle and couldn’t wait to open it up. It has a really great painted label in a caged and cork bottle. It pours a really nice golden straw color with a monster 4 finger foamy head on top. Lots of lacing in the glass and the head reduces to a nice sliver of film across the top of the beer. The nose is really intriguing, lots of funk from the Brett and Belgian yeasts but followed with citrus hops and faint biscuit malts. The flavors are wild, lots of sour citrus notes from both the hops and Brett, nice coniferous flavors as well from the hops, clean yet exceptionally bitter finish. It has a nice big body and lovely mouth puckering tartness that goes down so easily.

Verdict: Amazing flavors, big yeast notes and hops of a traditional Belgian IPA taken for an amazing ride with the addition of Brett. A sour IPA that really hits the mark. Highly recommended for any hop head or Belgian lover.

Photo of baboiler
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Airyk12
5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of MrOH
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My wonderful GF bought this to celebrate her completing her first semester of grad school, and my getting promoted at work.

Hazy dark straw with HUGE creamy white head, excellent retention. Good lace that slides down the glass after a bit.

Pinepple, muskmelon, lychee, apricot, plum just loads of tropical and stone-fruit aromas. A slight piney note. Some burnt sugar. The brett contribution is small but noticeable. Katey says some chardonnay character is there.

BONE DRY. Huge dryness up front, then all of the tropical flavors come in. Oak pops up for a second, then a very bitter, slightly piney finish. Don't really get any brett personally, Katey says she gets a touch of sourness. As it warms, it softens a bit, and the bubblegum and stonefruit flavors from the primary yeast can come through. Brett funk is now noticeable, but still very subdued. Maybe an aged bottle would have more, although the hops would be gone by then. It's almost confusing to taste this.

Very light, high carbonation. Definitely suits the brew, but I would personally like a touch more body, not much, but I'm pretty sure this beer's gravity finished below 1.000.

Very intense. Definitely would never be a go-to of anything, but will definitely try to get another bottle or two to share with some folks who would "get it". Makes you have think about it as your drinking.

Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Ratman197
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle pourd a hazy gold with a lasting off white head. Aromas of straw, barnyard funk, lemon, light white grape and light oak. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw,barnyard funk, lemon, earthiness, light white grapes and a hint of oiak with a crisp dry bitter lingering funky citrus finish.

Photo of sideshowe
3.5/5  rDev -19%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of prefanrunner
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of shufon
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of beerhan
3.4/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle thanks to match1112 .

I had slightly higher expectations for this one but needless to say it was good and I respect it but I was not that into this beer.

A-Golden orange with a sticky white lacing and a big head.

S-Smells very oaky and a bit of oranges. Some pine and grape.

T-Very barrel forward to say. The chardonnay barrel treatment really shines through and is just a little too overpowering. This really is not an IPA but some sort of hybrid between like a saison and something else.

M-Nice carbonation that really allows the flavors to shine through.

O-This beer was good but I was not that into it. It is pretty drinkable for what it is but i think it is a one try beer for me.

Photo of kiki3drt292
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Chebyshev
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of gatornation
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle , batch #1 july 2011

A= pours a hazy golden straw color with a 2 finger white head a super fresh collar and great sticky lacing

S- lots of great smells from lemon grass,brett,sour funk.citrus hops, earth smells wood and wine

T- just like the smell its super complex with many layers of taste, what i like most is the earth and funk with oak and wine mixed with the citra hops, it has a bitter start but is mellowed with the yeast and brett,oak and chardonnay add a great balance to this

M- its a dry start crisp and bitter but also mellow in the middle it finishes dry and strong with hops in charge the brett is predent and is a great compliment to this dipa

O- a great and different brew that i loved for the style loads of tastes melded together

Photo of musicman575
3/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm a skeptic of this class, but this one has gotten such hype I just had to try a bottle before it was all gone...

Appearance:
A dull, hazy orange with a white fluffy head. Tons of sticky lacing and some loose sediment at the bottom.

Smell:
Big notes of citra, but also a huge amount of yeast...this is where I begin to not like this class - too much competition between aromas. A little grapefruit, cardboard, and esters. This is one of the first that gives a fistful of hops to the face though.

Taste:
Still pretty good, lots of citrusy hops and a load of belgain yeast character as well. The thing that I really like about this beer is how it unfolds as you continue to drink it, surprisingly with lots of rounded out, balanced flavors.

Mouthfeel:
A touch of tartness, boosted hoppiness, and a tremendous amount of carbonation. The beer starts off a little harsh and then mellows out supremely. I'm honestly not sure how the wine barrel changed this beer, but I'm sure it didn't hurt this characteristic.

Overall:
Whoa pricey beer! However, glad I tried it before it was gone and it was definitely great to share. There is a lot of tasty citra hops and a well complimenting belgian yeast character. SOoOo overall it's $15 well spent, but still not my thing so I probably would pass on a round #2.

Photo of mikereaser
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of nataku00
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a golden color with a slight haze to it, with three fingers of pillowy frothy snow white head. Head dissipates after a few minutes, leaving a lot of sticky lacing to an even thin layer of foam along the surface. Plenty of small bubble carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is interesting, definitely getting a bit of brettanomyces funk, wet earthiness, combined with some lemon peel, fresh pine and herbal notes. Some sweetness as well, probably from the yeast, fruity esters like green apple, pear, along with some biscuit malts.

Taking a sip, pine and earthy hop bitterness, with a tongue numbing amount of citrus, lemon and grapefruit peel. Mild funk comes through mid tongue, wet soil like. Not much malt on the tongue as it gets assaulted with more bitter astringent hops through to the very dry finish. Lingering bitter citrus and herbal hop bitterness on the tongue, staying for several minutes. This is a bigger hop bomb than many DIPA's I've tried.

Light body with some zesty but refreshing carbonation, but not enough to keep the tongue clean of the massive hops. Alcohol is well hidden, but this is a bit of a sipper due to the amount of hop bitterness. An interesting beer, but this may be overly bitter for my palate as it overwhelms much of the yeast and malt character that a Belgian IPA should have on the tongue.

Photo of jfstilling
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of champ103
3.06/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours nearly perfectly clear. A bit of haze forms. A two finger white head forms with excellent retention. Lots of spiderweb looking lace is left all the way down the glass.
S: Very soapy hops up front. Almost dish detergent like. Very phenolic, grassy, spicy, citrusy. Lots of hops.
T: Again lots of hops. Soapy, slick, resiny. Plenty of grassy hops. Alcohol and bitterness in the finish.
M/D: A medium body. Sticky, soapy, resiny, oily. There is heat from the alcohol, but not over barring. Still a slow sipper.

Certainly enjoyably. Just to much soapy hops for my liking. I wish more barrel and Bretty yeast would come out. A one time purchase.

Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 823 ratings.