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Bitter Monk - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Ratings: 731
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.39%


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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Gmann

New York

4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a big white head that left webby lacing all along the glass.

The aroma is unique and has 3 distinct aromas. The first is the belgian yeast which provides some clove and light phenols. Next comes a huge hit of brett along with the chardonnay oak barrel. Dry white grapes with some farmhouse funk. To cap things off is a a tropical fruit hop aroma. The brett dominates the aroma.

The taste is of a sweet pale malt with some light belgian yeast flavors. The brett comes in and funkifies everything. The brett goes well with the dry chardonnay oak flavor. The combination brings a nice tart flavor. The hops kick in toward the end. Some tropical fruit hops to go along with some pine. Definitely some resiny hoppy bitterness in the end. The brett not as strong in the flavor and the hops take on more of a presence.

There is a moderate feel with active carbonation. Good balance between sweet, tart and bitter.

A nice complex BIPA. The brett takes the show in this beer but the hops help to provide an offset. I would like to see a touch more clovey/phenols from the yeast.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 00:17:44 | More by Gmann
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mcallister

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost looks like a wit beer. Unfiltered, opaqe and a dark pissy yellow with heavy carbonation leaving a 3 finger loosely wound head. Splotchy lace behind.

Ahh lovely aromas, brett is very apparent, that lovely wet horseblanket barnyardy mustiness melds nicely with rich oak and pear aromas with hints of apple from the chardonnay? Tropical fruit aromas start to come through pineapple with hints of papaya, with more of that sweet woody oak and brett. Very nice.

Wow oak tannin and hop bitterness galore, completely suck all the moisture out of my tongue, I likey. Big hops very tropical with some citrus side notes. Again pineapple, papaya, light mango with a bit of a pink grapefruit twist on the finish. Brett laden through the middle and into the finish yet very well integrated with the hops and barrel aging. The oak flavors are young and vibrant but don't overpower the hops. Light apple and pear with some chardonnay flavors within but somewhat drowned out by the ridiculous amount of hops. Long finish with great carbonation. A fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 20:55:13 | More by mcallister
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Muted and heavy hazen pale pear, yellowy gold hue capped tight and tall with a white crown of crunchy foam. The cap slowly sinks to a heavy skim and patchy lacing grazing the goblet in globby shapes.

Very huge and dry aroma of white grape, lime, fresh wild flowers, lemon, white peach fuzz, white grapefruit, spritzy tangerine, and earthy basement yeast. Also packed in is a wonderful little touch of good Ol' 9% ABV.

Taste is highly complexed with lots of high ended dry citrusy flavors and yeasty actions mixing like a spiked fruit punch, minus the sweetness. There is, however, a bit of caramel sweetness poking about within a orangeified candied citrusy kerfuffle behind the drying citrusy hoppyness. It's delicately woven but nearly brutish in its punch as it stands tall and long across the palate with a tempered tone of lemon, lime, Chardonnay white wine, grapefruit, tangy tangerine, pineapple, and then lays out the yeasty funk with a wonderfully handled and smooth Brett-ish tang and wild flower zip of spice. Immensely yummy and excellently complex!

Body is smooth, bold, peppy, large, lofty, dry with a nice mild play of tang in the middle to keep it all in check as it takes over the palate with a great character of citrusy things and yeasty candy tartness.

Ummm...excellent stuff! Period.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 01:52:18 | More by tavernjef
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silentjay

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a pretty hazy orange/straw that gives life to a huge fluffy white head that looks great in my Duvel tulip that recedes rather quickly leaving behind tons of lacing.

aroma first hits of tart and funk with some light citrus and tropical fruits mixed in. lots of brett, a little bit of light oak.

wow. the funky/sour flavors are there, but the hops are holding their own. tastes come in waves. when you first sip its all sour due to the aroma coming in, as you swish it around your mouth the hops add significant bitterness but a huge amount of tropical fruit and juicy citrus. some dry wine on the swallow and then a long lingering hop flavor while the tongue is still tingling and lips puckering from the sourness.

medium bodied with a great level of carbonation and it continues to coat your mouth long after the swallow.

From the aroma, I thought it was going to be all funk and sour, but the hops really do come through and make this a complex and unique beer. love it. I bet as the freshness fades, though, the complexity brought on by the hop bill will diminish. It will probably still be a decent sour beer, but just not as unique and complex.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 03:26:16 | More by silentjay
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Halcyondays

California

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, in a New Belgium globe,

A: Pours a translucent light orange with a gorgeous soft cloud of white foam which lasts forever akin to a Duvel. Great, thick full lace.

S: Tons of wildflower and spice, spring meadow. Light oak notes, sweet vanilla perfume obviously from the Chard barrels.

T: Sweet malt initially with a lot of esters - apple, Asian pear, kumquat. Dry spice in the mid-palate with a strong leathery classic Brett presence throughout. Great vanilla finish.

M: Medium to full-bodied, very smooth. Easy to drink for how big it is. Well balanced with a great long aftertaste.

O: This is the real deal folks. One of the best BIPAs I've ever had. $15 a bottle is tough, but here it's worth it. This beer is an experience and a great first impression from Anchorage.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 02:44:57 | More by Halcyondays
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timtim

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy, glowing, peachy, light honey color with a white head that holds and leaves tons of lace. very pretty. nose is bright, fresh fruit up front. mainly pineapple and grapefruit with hints of pear in the background as well as orange. wine barrel and hops are intertwined extremely well in the nose, and... taste as well. fruit all over the place harmonizing with phenolic yeast spice. malt sweetness peeks it's head through and plays with the other flavors that are coming off as slightly sweet and very bright. bretty peppery twang in all the right places. this is very well done. finishes dry and light. warming sensation, but to me, miles from hot. well balanced neo-belgo-india-american goodness. very fun hybrid of styles. i like where this brewery is going.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 21:16:36 | More by timtim
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, after trying their Whiteout Wit and deciding I needed to pick up every beer this brewery brews. Shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a very hazed orange-yellow colour, light, but dark, in that it retains all the light it collects. Head is a wondrously full crown of frothy white, like fairy floss, leaving intricately intense and insane lacing. It looks full, insane, intense and exciting.

Nose is bright with big hoppy characters, perhaps just underpinned with a fragrant funk of spicy acidity. The mainline is tropical fruits and citrus, giving fresh rubbed zest, slight bubblegum characters and a fruit sweetness. All this is balanced with a gorgeous funk, giving organics, acidity and barnyard aromas. It's an amazingly complex and gorgeously realised aroma. It is hard to imagine better.

Taste is light and dry, with a touch of acidity from the brett, but mostly realised with a dry body and sharp bitterness from the hops. Despite the crsipness on the finish, lingering tones of pineapple and other tropical fruits come through on the finish, lending a fragrant and exciting finale to the beer. Feel is very light, as brett tends to do, drying out almost to extremity.

Another exceptionally unique and very nice beer from Anchorage. They have a really good handle on beers to brew with funk and finesse. This is bitter and robust and fruity, but also dry, funky and sharp, giving a wonderfully cacophonic whole.

I love this brewery. I can't wait to see what they do next.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 06:30:14 | More by lacqueredmouse
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inflatablechair

Idaho

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all, this beer is beautiful to look at. The only thing that could make it more beautiful would be clarity; it's pretty hazy. Perhaps it could have used more time to settle. Anyways, it's between straw and orange in color and just barely translucent with a large Duvel-esque head.

It smells of Brett and citrus rind. The Brett is very faintly barnyard funk with more of a lean towards phenols. The citrus is on the lemon/tangerine side of things. Afterthought: there's a little bit of yeasty spiciness too.

The taste is a little jumbled. Quite bitter, which you'd expect from the 100 IBUs stated on the label. It's not sour at all -- only bitterness detected on the tongue. Combined with the smell, it's like chewing on a lemon rind while riding a horse. IN A GOOD WAY.

The beer is quite dry for a DIPA. Not thin by any definition, but not sweet either. A little under-carbonated, which is surprising, given the large, pillow-like head.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed drinking this beer. Going forward, this is the beer I will think of when I think of Belgian IPA, even though it's a double IPA brewed in Alaska.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 03:31:28 | More by inflatablechair
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice hazy slightly muddled golden color with some mild light brownish hints. There is a nice head that is about 1 inch tall and has some nice medium size bubbles. It is also a bit soapy and nice and sticky.

S - Tangerines and citrus notes are very prevalent. Very nice grassy hop notes. There is some slight sweetness from the hop resin. Some slight mango and some papaya. Behind all this nice hoppyness there is a nice belgian yeast note with some slight cloves and spice. There is also a nice Belgian malt back bone behind that.

T & M - Starts off with some intense hop juice notes. Quite bitter. Very nice for the hop heads (like me). There is citrus notes such as some slight lemon and some nice orange and grapefruit rind. There is also some slight tropical notes in the hops and some nice fresh grassyness. There is also on the back end a more bready and traditional belgian flavor. Notes of cloves and some slight spice. Coriander is present as well. Overall a very crisp and fluffy mouthfeel that is very refreshing.

O - Very nice brew. Nice intense hop juice with some underlying and calming belgian pal ale notes. Very good brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 21:15:46 | More by JoEBoBpr
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse. $14. 750mL brown glass cork and caged bottle. No date (lowers my over-all score).

Pours a hazy golden color with thick bleach-white head. Very foamy, presumably from the brett. Nose is dominated by brett, woody, a little fruity, a touch earthy, but somewhat honeyed. Palate is low in carbonation, and prickly with alcohol, bitterness and drying funk. Lemon rind, woody texture, pale honey sweetness, and funk.

Notes: As with most Funkified IPAs, the brett takes over the beer and overrides the hoppy characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 02:31:23 | More by SFLpunk
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, opaque orange/yellow. Bright white head, nice sporadic lace. BIG funk! It's almost tart, but tows the line beautifully. Some citrus, but the hops can't overpower the funk. The taste is where it's at though. Big funk still, BUT, it's wonderfully bitter, with plenty of citrus, bordering on tart...towing the line yet again. Getting some subtle oak and dry wine notes. Crisp, almost effervescent carbonation. Crisper than it technically should be, but it works. Their Love Buzz Saison wasn't this crisp, but I wish it were!

Damn. I've been infected with Brett...and I like it. I still hate sours, but Brett beers are quickly becoming a thing of beauty to me. This Bretted IPA is blissful.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 01:45:43 | More by EgadBananas
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05Harley

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in July, 2011

Purchased @ Hill Farmstead (Harvest Festival), Greensboro, VT

Price - $12/bomber

The appearance is a hazey golden color with a fluffy two inch white creamy head that lasts. A steady stream of bubbles and thick legs round out the look.

The aroma begins unmistakeably with a layer of belgian yeast funk which sets the tone followed by white grapefruit, lemons, spices and wood. Not too strong and quite pleasent.

The flavor is a slap in the face with brett yeast, pine hops, lemon and a pepper finish. A slight sourness is noticeable, however lacking is the citrus fruit and sweetness.

The mouthfeel is very bitter and dry, but I mean it is a Double IPA. The carbonation is close to perfect here thanks to the yeast working in the bottle. The body is light to medium with a crisp clean finish.

I'm glad I got the chance to have this. As the name implies it's bitter (100 IBU's) with an authentic belgian feel and not over carbonated. I experienced exactly what I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 23:24:42 | More by 05Harley
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from ChurchKey ($33). Orange infused golden straw appearance, quite hazy, medium off-white head, fairly nice lacing. Bretty nose, some candyish citrus peel, white wine, and musty/barnish hops on the nose. Very bretty and oakish. A bit more dry and acidic than your average IIPA. Hops are there, but are secondary. Sweetness is also there, but minor compared to the dryness of it. Bit of an odd duck in that its more of a barrel aged beer than an IIPA. Slightly alcoholic on the backside, perhaps even a little medicinal.Could stand to sit for a bit, but this isnt your average early/young overly hopped IIPA. This is something else entirely. While not hot, the 9% isn’t helping build this into a better beer.Body and mouthfeel are moderate.Finish is a little acidic, make that more than a little. It was almost as if this one was trying to do too much. Enjoyable, but overly complicated and busy. This was an expensive bomber from ChurchKey when I later found out could be had for half the price I paid at Whole Foods nearby.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 17:57:58 | More by CuriousMonk
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a bright orange-yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A very citrusy and hoppy aroma, with some traces of malt as well.

T: Tasted of citrus, malt, Belgian yeast, and hops - more hops than I expected for a BIPA. While it doesn't exactly match up with the classic examples of the style, this is still a tasty beer.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a crisp, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a complex, completely drinkable, very well made beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 12:12:26 | More by avalon07
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle with my wife. This beer is golden straw colored with a big big white head. Beautiful

The nose is mainly brett, sour with a citrus freshness in the back I want more but only because of all the possibilities, belgiana. Brett, hops barrals

Don't be fooled this is all sour starts light and refreshing great mouth . The flavor of hops come in, I'm not able to distinguish which overall finish bitter earthiness.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 00:52:43 | More by bishopdc0
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cavedave

New York

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live review

A four finger foam factory finally deflates and remains a thick cap atop a very cloudy, dark straw colored beer.

Smell is a strong aroma of lemon and funk, neutral sweet, hints of citrus pith, floral, and even a bit of pine. Exceptionally alluring.

OMG this is one strong flavored, in your face blast of funkitude and hopaliciousness. It starts with a bitch slap of lemon and hormonal essence, barnyard, gains momentum with some righteous bitter, hits stride with piny resinous goodness, lets some sweet join the fun, and bitter citrus to emerge, and ends with brett, pine, and herbal bitter scraping furrows in my palate. Complex, exotic, and staggeringly delicious.

Bright carb. powers the flavors here, and it's highly viscous, though well attenuated (thank you Mr. Brett), with a finish that is magnificent and clean.

Super Friends set a high mark to equal for Brett IPA's, but Bitter Monk is another candidate for the IPA Hall Of Fame. If you see this, get it, you will enjoy it for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 21:16:33 | More by cavedave
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zoolzoo

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, lighter side of golden...almost straw colored. Huge white white head, quickly forming. Sticky lacing, lots of rings.

S: Lemony funk, brett - plopped right down on some citric hop flare. More funk than anything else...yeasty, peppery.

T: All of the traits described on the bottle except the DIPA part make the biggest initial showing. Brett is prominent, along with a suggestion of lemony citric qualities than I cannot attribute to hops. Big part of a wild ale up front. A strong bitterness emerges mid sip which begins to hint toward the base beer under all the funky stuff. Citric hop qualities are muted. This is sort of a Belgian IPA gone crazy, or something.

M: Medium body, high amount of carbonation. Very lively on the tongue.

O: Good. Kind of all over the place, though interesting. I personally dont think brett sits well within an IPA. You might disagree.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 20:42:12 | More by zoolzoo
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OutFox

New York

4.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just got these into my shop in Jersey City NJ.

Batch #1 July 2011 bottling.

25th Review!

A - Corked and caged 750ml bottle. Hazy golden with quite a nice head. Poured into a wine glass.
Great retention and good lacing.

S - Holy f'in crap. This is a complex mess. Hops, Brett, oak, Chardonnay, yeast, I dunno this is ridiculous. I almost dont have the words for this I mean you smell so many different aspects at one time. Ive heard people call this a religious experience in a bottle and before I even taste this I know why. Holy sh!t.

T - Wow. I mean same as the nose with even more complexity than I could even imagine. The Brett/Chard aging gives it a different sort of weight. The hops dont come through till almost the end and it has this sort of stinging Brett acidity that is amazing. I havent had a sip in 3 minutes and I can still taste this beer.

M - It has the sort of middle weight without having to use the malt sweetness that is just doesnt exist in Belgian style Double IPAs

T - I dunno what to say. I was expecting greatness from this beer and it more than delivered. Cheers to Anchorage Brewing company for doing something completely out of the box.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 01:02:40 | More by OutFox
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Kshock

California

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice light yellow color with good retention with a pearl white head. leaves some lacing on the glass.

S- Very floral with oak qualities, hint of chard. Very nice combination of aromas, enjoyed this a lot.

T- great fruity citrus, drys out a lot very qucikly. Bone dry on the end. finish is grapefruit.

M- Very light and fluffy. great carbonation, very dry.

O- Really unique beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 19:30:38 | More by Kshock
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a glowing citrus yellow and orange color, with tons of haziness. Pretty.

Amazing chunky brett and citrus hop aroma. Simcoe and Citra all over this one. And the Simcoe doesn't dominate with its uber bitterness either. Soft touches. Really get the plethora of hop smells all over the place from simple grapefruit, to tropical, to piney.

Same with the taste. Lots of bretty goodness, lots of citric hop tastes, perfect amount of bitterness, lightly sour, not overpowering the hop quotient here. Has almost a chardonnay or white wine like aspect to it from the spritziness. Hid the alcohol quite well. Everything just melds so nicely, great interplay.

The most unique dipa I've ever tasted. And not just unique, its f'n awesome. Don't know how belgian it is, the yeast certainly doesn't seem belgianesque, and the hops are definitely west coast stylee.

Pricey, I mean, the beer just nailed it, but still half point deduction for the price.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 18:11:51 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From Green's on Piney Grove, that bane of my wallet. Shared with no one, and poured into a big Tripel Karmeliet glass one autumn night just after another birthday. Bottle has a wealth of information and reads: Batch #, July/2011. The cork releases with a very loud pop. Here we go.

A. Dusty pale gold, a fine finger tall white foam which never falters over an hour of drinking. Minor lace - but the eternal head is impressive and quite worth nothing.

S. Good heavens. Very Allagash Little Big Beer. Massive pungent tart-ester sharpness, acidic, loads of bitter green hops, Brett, pineapple-citrus, a hint-o-funk, lemongrass, lactic, hot alcohol, unripe apple, Citra hops, phenolic, (if you want to get boring)... and the Chardonnay...!!! Ultimately a tad more hop forward, but this works together extremely well. Aggressive, complex, balanced, unusual, fun. Top marks. Memorable.

T. Woah... this is a BIG DEAL. Think of a super amped up & drier Raging Bitch, but with a better, less distracting and more Belgian hop profile. Never mind the Citra, this just works. Meanwhile, the Chardonnay / oak combo is doing yeoman's work on my tastebuds and the Brett adds more complexity to an already stunningly ambitious brew. Lots of grapefruit, but always in context. There is very strong white wine flavor here, which absolutely works for me, and the dryness of the beer is pronounced even more by the highly bitter (but NOT medicinal or abrasive) hop presence. This is a superbly crafted beer that never goes too loud on one channel, although if you don't like lots of lingering bitterness and white wine this will probably not be your thing. It is mine.

M / O. Frankly the mouthfeel is dead on. Perfect, soft carbonation aids a dry, wine-heavy beer that has an everlasting finish of rolling leafy hop bitters and dry oak, with that sour, fun Brettanomyces and wine combination that I am just loving. You know there is booze here, but with something this delicious, who cares?

Bitter Monk is admittedly an odd beer, but if the stars align and you like:

Belgian IPAs
Big, bitter DIPAs with American Hops
Complex, sour beer (Jolly Pumpkin, Fantome)
Oak and White Wine

Then you will be transported to the Seventh Heaven of Beer. At some level, this stuff becomes very subjective.

Let me wrap up. My fascination with this beer stems from the fact that I know this sort of triple-fermented, barrel aged, funk-ified beer is extremely hard to get right and in balance, but frankly, Anchorage has just nailed it here. This is a beer that swings for the fences and connects with a Grand Slam. Know what you are getting into before laying down your $15 bucks, but if you can dig it, you will dig it deep.

Bottom line: One of the best new beers I've had in 2011, and instantly makes me want to buy more Anchorage beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 00:46:20 | More by kkipple
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zeff80

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden orange color with a two-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled phenolic and funky with a nice caramel nose.

T - Good funky, yeasty bite upon first sip. Nice, sweet caramel backbone and a bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is a really great beer. Anchorage has done another great one.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 01:27:00 | More by zeff80
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MADhombrewer

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml cork and caged bottle poured into a HOTD tulip. Bottle is dated batch #1 July 2011

Appearance- Nice light orange color with a beautiful white head. Lacing is all over the place. 4.5/5

Smell- A funky orange aroma is the first thing I smell. Bits of grassy hops as well. 3/5

Taste- Belgian yeast with lots of citrus hop flavor. Lots going on here. Alcohol hits you pretty fast. Big bitterness that evens in the end. There is a small sourness that the brett imparts. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel- Very even mouthfeel. 4/5

Overall- Good beer. I can see why everyone is loving this. I don't know if the Belgian IPA style is really my thing. Maybe it is the brett that is turning me off slightly. 3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 03:10:13 | More by MADhombrewer
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UnknownKoger

California

4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from cork and caged bottle into Bruery tulip. Color is golden yellow. Huge head! Dissipates fairly quickly into a nice foamy island with a ring around the glass.

Smell is absolutely fantastic. Hops and brett right in the nose. Some funky sweetness. This is mouthwatering.

Taste is really unique and pretty outstanding. There's the bitterness of the hops right upfront, but it's balanced extremely well by the brett and the oak aging. This is complex and delicious.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Very well carbonated and light and springy. This feels and tastes great.

Overall, this is a very exciting beer, and I would buy it again without a doubt.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 01:52:01 | More by UnknownKoger
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chodinheaven

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big foamy white head on top of a hazy yellow beer with orange highlights. Looks like a wheat beer really. The head dissapates slowly, leaving patchy rings of lacing with it as it goes. Chardonnay is definitely present in the smell, with a sharp note that reminds me of fresh tangerines at first. The wine smell masks others, but alcohol comes through softly. Floral hops faintly work their way to the top as well. Interesting smell for a Belgian IPA. The chardonnay really takes the stage here.

Lots of flavors hit all at once and then the complexity lingers on. The chardonnay barrel aging definitely had an effect on this beer, giving it some wine like characteristics that play pretty well with the three yeasts and intensly bitter citrus and piney hops. The citra hops are the most evident of the three used, giving an orange citrus flavor that is distinct from the chardonnay and slight resiny hop taste. This is one of those beers that you can just tell a ton of ingredients were put together to make a pretty cohesive and complex brew. It is rich with flavor and there is never a dull sip. The backbone that levels all the flavors out evenly is the biscuity maltiness found smack dab in the middle of it all. Its not as noticeable due to the plethora of other and more intense flavors, but its there, and it holds this beer together. Surprisingly not as boozy in the taste as I had expected so this one will sneak up on you at 9% and very drinkable. The bitterness threatens to take over on each sip, but the malts, chardonnay flavors, citrus, and three unique yeasts hold out and make a name for themselves. That characteristic double IPA flavor of hops is definitely there though, and a major player in the complexity of this beer. There is a smokiness to them as well that could be part of the oak barrel aging. Between the bitterness and the sweetness from the orange citrus, this beer has a unique balance to it. Its extremely bitter on the back and sides of the tongue and then lingers forever, but there is a certain sweetness that the chardonnay and the citrus bring to the beer that compliments that sharp bitterness. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a little wine-like bite that finishes the character off. It finishes dry but lingering, a good combination that led to reapeated sips.

Unique beer. Worth a shot if you have a spare 15 bucks or so. Great to share, celebrate with, or just enjoy being challenged with in your spare time. I will most likely be checking out Anchorage's other offerings if I can find them. This was a pretty impressive first.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 05:24:27 | More by chodinheaven
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