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Bitter Monk - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Ratings: 793
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 270
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a teku glass, orange-yellow very hazy with a stark white head. I didn't let it foam up too much but it has good retention and leaves a thick chunky lacing.

Thin dry straw and crack-like grains, complex with white grapes, oak, bright citrus and mango hops. Brett brings in a mild mustiness and Belgian yeast spice notes of clove and coriander. Flashes of tartness with strong dry hopping, sounds familiar.

Base beer has a thin unobtrusive cracker-like malt adding subtle graininess, evident hop flavors of bright citrus peel, straw are complemented by the chardonnay barrels bringing out bright fruit notes. French oak and the highly bittering apollo hops add a pinching bitterness that gives the impression of drying with Belgian yeast flavors of coriander and powder. Brett adds a layer of complex mustiness and the finish is also tart from the wine barrels.

Medium bodied, the yeast is nicely balanced with active carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden, or just ignored given the complexity of this beer.

One heck of a ride, this is a Wild Ale more so than a Belgian IPA and I'm pleasantly surprised that the complexity comes more from the wine barrel aging and hops rather than the Brett. Bitterness is pretty sharp and tartness is balanced, the French oak also rounds out the Citra flavors nicely this is really a stellar beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 793 ratings.