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Bitter Monk - Anchorage Brewing Company

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245 Reviews
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Reviews: 245
Hads: 931
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 19.12%
Wants: 388
Gots: 112 | 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:
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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Reviews: 245 | Hads: 931
Photo of jdense
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork and caged bottle shared with crew at Barley Browns, back in Baker City, 10.27.11.

One finger pure white head, medium-quick dissipation, not a lot of lacing. Medium gold body, got murky at bottom of bottle re yeast from bottle conditioning, several streams of visible carbonation. Hugely complex nose, we let the bottle warm fully before pouring, I got at alternating times, Granny Smith apples, oak from chardonnay barrels, some wine notes, healthy dose of barnyard funk, musty hay from the Brett, not much in the way of malt, it's really subsumed by the wood and Brett notes. Taste mirrors nose, very interesting, apple sweetness from the Apollos, bretty complexity. Nice mouthfeel, on the light side of medium, pretty light for the style, good effervescence, extremely dry finish. My word, this is certainly one of the most interesting beers I've had this year, I'd call this Orval on steroids. Prohibitively expensive to have on more than an infrequent basis, but glad I was able to share this with the homeboys. Highly recommended, I'll be waiting to try other beers from this superlative brewer. Now if he can just replicate Venus...

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I don’t know the release schedule for Anchorage, so it was a nice surprise when the local liquor store got a case of Bitter Monk. Cheers!

Bottled six months before the date of this tasting: Batch #3, May 2013.

A: Bright gold with a substantial amount of haze; the head – a gorgeous, silky white – sits at half-an-inch for minutes, leaving webs of lacing here and there.

S: Phenomenal; this nose is absolutely slathered in aromas of pure, juicy fruit, like you’re cutting into a fresh grapefruit. White grape and lemon support. The brett and barrel are wonderful in their own right, giving off an herbal, woody funk of lemongrass, wildflowers, and cedar sawdust.

T: Every sip of this beer shines with bright, brilliant flavor. Prominent in the front of the palate are tastes of tangerine, grapefruit, overripe berry, and a subdued sharpness of olive juice from the brett. Notes of barnyard straw, white pepper, white grape must, and grass finish it. Mildly dry aftertaste.

M: Velvety-smooth; perfectly carbonated with a light-to-medium body.

O: Incredible: one of the best brett beers I’ve ever had. When a beer’s this great, there’s nothing more to say but wow.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.62/5  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.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

July 2011 Batch #1

A= The pour is a bright yellow color. The brightest yellow color I've ever seen in a beer. The head is thick and frothy looking and rises to a couple fingers high before falling to a frothy layer on top of the glass. The lacing is pretty good but it's not your typical sheets it's more of a spotty film.

S= Immediatly after opening the bottle I got quite a bit of Brett. Tons of brett in the nose and a nice hop blend to that compliments the brett in a unique way that I can't really explain. Interesting mix of brett and fruity hops. Unlike anything I've ever smelled.

T= The taste is again one of the most unique things I've ever tasted. Really nice mix of bright hops and a woody tannin barrel flavor. A tasty bretty flavor that actually seems to be maybe a little sour for typical brett only innoculation but that may be chardonnay. Really unique and interesting mix of flavors that all seem to work somehow in unison.

M= Bright carbonation as well as a thick lasting flavor that sheets on the tongue.

O= This is unlike anything I've ever tasted. Totally unique and very delicious. I always love it when a brewer comes out with a beer that is unique. This is one of those. Really unable to fully explain it. A tasty beer that is worth buying and buying. Try this beer. Hopefully the other beers from this brewery will be just as good.

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Photo of kjyost
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle acquired at Princeton Liquors, Maple Grove, MN. Poured into a large wine glass, with the first pour at 4C, the last at 18C.

A: Straw yellow and clear with a ton of little dabs of lacing.
S: Some very light citrus hops with a wine like nose of Brett and floral notes.
T: Very definitely a Brett beer with floral and light earthiness. Bitterness that builds that is earthy. Little hop nature of note, sadly... As the beer warms a strong aftertaste builds that is not exactly pleasant, though hard to describe...
M: Bitter, funky, enjoyable.
O: A great Belgian Brett pale ale, but knocked down by the advertised DIPA. Yes, I know it was old (6 mo+), but I didn't know that when I bought it due to a lack of bottling date. Not hoppy enough, but I sense the bitterness.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light golden colored with vibrant carbonation bubbles. Thin layer of minuscule white foam covers the top. I definitely get plenty of tart smelling Brett in the aroma. The flavor is a complex melange of hops,oak,and Brett. They are all dialed in just right and it works amazingly well. This is very refreshing! The body is very light and smooth,but it is packed with flavor. Excellent balance of sour Brett,bitter hops,and yet a smooth,refreshing beer.

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Photo of beer2day
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow pour with lots of haze. Very thick 2+ finger head, standing tall above the top of the glass. Retains very well and laces all around.

Bright nose with a complex feel. Chardonnay compliments the brett with a distinct oak component. Lemon and strawgrass underneath. Quite grassy, actually.

Complex flavor here, too. Definite Belgian feel, with sour flavors but the chard and oak really sweeten things up. Wood chips, light citrus, and earthy hops all come together. Finish is more sweet than dry, with light citrus again and a crisp accent from the chard. Complex and very unique.

Feel is about right for the flavors. Slightly thick and syrupy, but not overpowering.

One of the more unique beers I've tasted this year - and I mean that as a compliment.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz corked and caged bottle shared at Beachwood BBQ #bottlecherwednesday. Poured into a tulip, this beer is cloudy orange-yellow with a finger or so of white foam that settles to a thin layer that’s retained for the duration. Lots of sticky lace rings and streaks are left behind. A very complex aroma includes citrus and tropical fruit, brett funk, acidic white wine, oak, some caramel malt, and a little vanilla. The flavors are just as layered, with a great interplay between sweet and sour bolstered by bitter underpinnings. Yeasty, funky, citrusy, oaky, and vinous. Very enjoyable to sip and savor. Medium body, a bit creamy in texture, lively carbonation, drying, puckering, long finish.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Hazy deep orange, with some pink hues mixed in. Nice three finger off white, fluffy, and soapy head. Super sticky, and leaves frothy lacing, and the head sticks around.

Smell: Pink lemonade first. Umm… wut? WOW. Next comes a nice bretty funk, followed by a nice lemon zest. Some bready yeast and a light spiciness, but the chard barrel really owns the nose.

Taste: Amazing! More pink lemonade up front, followed by a clean oak barrels. A nice brett funk sets in, a long with some hay and a light pear tartness. Some spicy red peppercorn comes along next, and I get more traces of the chard barrels. Finishes with clean peppercorn, pink lemonade, and brett.

Mouthfeel: Like LoveBuzz, this is heavier than one might expect. Super juicy, with such a huge taste, it has to be sipped. All the while, this beer maintains a nice refreshing drinkability. A light tartness, but only just.

Overall: Another winner from Anchorage… this brewery now has my full attention after this and LoveBuzz.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head that has pretty good retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a hazy lemon yellow mixed with golden straw that is mostly lemon yellow when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind. Very little lacing after a few drinks. Almost non-existent.

Nose- Tons of Brett, tons of funk, tons of straw. Moldy cheese, mushrooms, and grass. Tart apple, cherry and strawberry. A little bit of earthiness. The funk and the sour fruit combine perfectly. I feel like I'm back at Zwanze Day already.

Taste- The sour notes of the aroma flit around the edge of the tongue with not nearly as much tartness as is expressed on the aroma. Notes of oak appear while an overall funk tends to dominate the middle (stinky cheese, straw, mushrooms, and grass). The IPA notes are somewhat subtle- some wood, some resin, a little bit of citrus, but Brett is the star of this show. This beer is so well integrated and so complex that it is a little difficult for me to separate everything. Definite Belgian yeast with a good amount of spice, wood, and bitter notes but it's much more accessible than a lot of yeast that I come across. It tucks itself warmly inside the overall Brett and gives it some backbone. There is orange, lemon, grapefruit, and pear but these are bullied by the Brett. Bananas, clove, and cinnamon on the finish. However, anything I write about individual notes seem to be a disservice to this beer. It changes with every taste and offers something new with every single one. More pine and resin are starting to assert themselves on the finish while the tart esters are beginning to fade (at least, for the moment). Orange peel, lemon peel, coriander. This beer is a delight to drink. Beyond solid, this is a really good beer. I generally find Belgian IPAs to have some undesirable aspect to them but this has such integration that I'm not finding these faults.

Mouthfeel- Fairly light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The clean, dry finish is exquisite. Light notes of syrup to the texture.

Drinkability- Extremely easy going to the point that it compels you. Clean and crisp. 13 bucks for a 750 mL bottle is quite reasonable.

Overall- Very solid beer, almost great. Probably the best beer that I've had in this style. If you slapped an import label and told me it was from Belgium, I wouldn't have any reason not to believe you on taste alone. Great balance and a must try.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle marked "JULY 2011", which is the only time this one was brewed, as far as I know. That seems to be the modus operandi for Anchorage.

Appearance - Aggressive pour yields a frothy orangish cream head of lots of tiny bubbles, one finger thick. Lacing is silky and fleeting after head sticks around for a little while, but eventually fades into a healthy layering of spotty foam on top of the beer.

Smell - A full two years after the bottling date, the brett has made itself quite at home in this bottle. Brett funk and tartness dominate the nose, but still allow for veins of citrus zest to shine through unexpectedly but pleasantly.

Taste - Again, the barnyard funk is on full display here. In addition to that yeasty characteristic, there is a pretty detectable flavor profile from the Chardonnay barrels--some dry grape elements, as well as oaky vanilla undertones.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation has fallen off a little bit in two years, but not terribly. Light but close to moderate with a medium body that is slightly on the chewy side.

Overall, a beer that I've been seeking for the better part of six months, due to how much I love everything that comes out of Anchorage it seems. This one isn't my favorite of their offerings, but it's darn close, and it's one that I really wish I could have tried fresh. It seems like the time has allowed the balance to flip from hop dominant with brett elements to the inverse.

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Photo of match1112
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy golden yelow with a georgeous three finger bright white head that never really goes away, just settles to a frothy cap with tons of sticky lacing. smell is amazing. there is sweet malts and hops mixed with the funk of brett and topped off with a nice chardonnay aroma. taste is also pleasing, you get all the flavors that the nose picked up, and they blend beautifuly. mouthfeel is that of a medium bodied creamy feel with nice level of carbonation. you also have a long dry bitter finish from the 100 ibu's. overall i really like this beer, but i think it would be better if they toned down the ibu's and turned this dipa into a saison.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew is thick with yeasty haze, golden, and supports a prodigious white head. The foam is soft and pillowy on top, & consists of large bubbles below. The retention is exceptional, and it leaves healthy strands of very dense lacing.

A bouquet of interesting aromas hit me from a distance when I first popped the cork, which I welcomed as a promising sign. When I finally stuck my nose into the tulip, the complexity I had first sensed was not readily apparent. I was getting mainly some light horsey brett and some effervescent, sweet-tart candy and lemon. This gradually refined to still modest barnyard brett melding with a lemony tartness. With time it gets more and more complex. The hops are mainly piny at first, but the citra shines increasingly brighter as I sip. I feel the boozy heat when I really dig in, and after a swirl. But I don't really smell it, and what I notice is exacerbated by my aggressive sniffing. With effort I find wee nip of malty sweetness. The Belgian yeast gently adds yet another layer of depth. And the oak barrel too. I may even detect the Chardonay...The complexity deepens immensely while the 25 ounces slowly slips away. And it all works, the various elements compliment each other well.

The Bitter Monk is a bitter beer. Hop Heads who also enjoy their hops bombs funked-out with brett and barrels and Belgian yeast, will love this one. To me the nose was defined by the brett. The taste is more American DIPA. It just keeps getting better. The dominant piny hop flavor later blends with citric hops. The vaguely sweet malty body was more pronounced than in the nose. The original Belgian yeast also comes through more clearly. The finish is dry and comes with a lingering bitterness that some will likely find harsh, though San Diego-style IPA fans will enjoy. ... By the end, it's all far more balanced and the bitterness has mellowed.

There is plentiful carbonation, medium-full body, modest warming, and a dry and bitter finish that I am not wild about.

If I could change this beer, I would tone down the bitterness overall, and the dry/bitter finish. But it is called the Bitter Monk, so it is what is says it is. The abrasive and penetrating bitterness lingers. But the complexity and balance is admirable if not amazing. Unless you absolutely loath brett, belgian yeast, or grapefruit rind bitterness, it would be crazy not to try this. Shelton Bros distributes it, so it should be widely available.

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Photo of daledeee
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A 750 ml bottle.

Poured into a chalice. Great bright yellow or gold with lots of bubbles. Nice white head and lacing.

Nose is yeast and citrus. Nice and fresh smelling but yet funky.

Taste...well taste treat. Plenty of grapefruit. I specially like the mix of grapefruit, brett and Belgian yeast. This beer is truly unique. The tastes are not overpowering and in your face like some IPA but the flavor lingers for some time on your palate. Mouth feel is beautifully crisp and clean. I would never guess this has 9%.

Truly a fine beer. I am sad they are only brewing this once. Everything I have had from these folks has been a taste treat. I can honestly say this brew is unique to anything else I have tried.

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Photo of mdlb44
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

All I can say is wow. This Beer is so unique. Perfect blend of Belgian Yeast, IPA Hop and Brett, Chardonnay aged goodness. Super smooth, full amazing flavor. Was waiting to try this for a while and was not let down!

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750Ml poured into a tulip glass

A- Pours a lighter color then I thought. A bright orange. A very hazy beer. A quickly dissipating head.

S- A lot more tropical then I expected. A barnyard hay like smell. An undeniable hop presence.

T- A very hoppy beer. The bitterness gets drowned by the other flavors. A tropical hop flavor. Apricots, papaya, grapefruit. A strong Brett flavor that helps take focus off the hops. A strong Belgian flavor and a massive smooth body that comes with Belgian yeast. Not too bitter, nor sour. A complex and interesting beer that keeps changing.

M- A lot of body to this beer. Bitter but not as bad as other DIPA's.

O- A pretty awesome beer. Very different and well done.

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Photo of kevanb
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I was so happy to find a bottle of this recently - it's by far the trickiest seasonal release from Anchorage get around here, for whatever reason. Bottled in May 2013. Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass - split three ways.

Pours a nice, vivid orange-amber combo of a color, with obvious cloudiness given the diverse yeast strains. It's bubbly at first, with thick carbonation that rises to the thickened, foamy bone-white head at the top, but it soon dissipates into nothing over the course of consumption. A pity - with the Belgian and Champagne yeast strains, I thought this would hold itself together a little bit more rigidly. Still, it's pretty appealing to look at, given the color.

My God, given the yeast and hop diversity, you could smell this thing as soon as we popped the cork open. Dipping my nose into the glass, I get a plethora of some of the finest flavors from American DIPAs, Belgian strong ales, and saisons that I've consumed over the past year. It's a culmination of world-class factors if I've ever witnessed one: passion fruit, guava, grapefruit, pears, and apples when it comes to fruit, followed by pine, marijuana, and violets on the herbal scope. The Brett and oak rounds out the flavors nicely, with notes of grape must, baking soda, tobacco, leather, wet hay, and some light, barnyard-esque dampness. Extremely complex.

The complexity continues in the aroma, but nothing really prepared me on how elegant and gently layered this beer - especially one this seemingly rustic and diverse - could be. Wonderful tropical fruits ranging from passion fruit to mangoes hit the palate, followed by grapefruit, pine, hemp seeds, sage, and floral textures. The bitterness from these esters is immediately cut by the Brett, which provides a leather, tobacco, and wet straw texture that is funky and flavorful. Afterwards, the oak spices and sweetness from the grape must, as well as the different yeast strains, round things up with notes pears, pineapple, tobacco, and baking soda. Finishes bready and yeasty, with a bit of spiciness and crispness. Keeps your mouth cleansed for the next sip. As far as this hybrid goes, this is a masterpiece.

It's definitely not cheap ($18-20), but it's absolutely worth every penny here. With everything I've written above, no final culmination should be necessary. This could easily become overrun by the Brett over time, so I'd recommend having this as fresh as possible. The diversity of flavor, as well as the multi-layered texture, is what makes this beer so damn refreshing and versatile. Beer and wine drinkers alike must try this when they can.

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Photo of silentjay
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a d'Achouffe tulip. The beer is an extremely hazy light orange. My mouth is watering just looking at the color of this beer. It sports a big majestic white head that lasts a little while before dissipating down to a chunky lacing. The nose is very fruity. Lots of pineapples and apricots hit you along with some marmalade and a hint of honey.

Medium body, firm feel, and bitter, fruity flavor. Harsh, bitter notes of orange and grapefruit greet you first. There is just enough of a malt backbone to balance it and keep it from getting astringent. On the back of the palate, the bitterness recedes a bit and is replaced by a refreshingly sour lemony character. The finish is dry and a little acidic. Very drinkable and very refreshing. The body seems light for such a strong beer, but it complements the fruity, bitter, slightly sour flavors perfectly.

I haven't explored very many Belgian-style IPAs, but this is an absolutely stellar beer. I'm definitely going to look for other examples of this style in the future and I'm really looking forward to trying some other beers from Anchorage, whose distribution to my area started not too long ago. I just love the combination of bitter and sour in this beer. You know there is sweetness there too, otherwise the beverage would be undrinkable, but it's buried under the other flavors. It's not that often I drink a beer and think ``wow, that's something I haven't tasted before''. Nicely done Anchorage!

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Photo of nataku00
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of cvm4
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden straw color with a lovely two finger eggshell head. The body is not translucent at all.

S - Very funky... Good amount of belgian yeast with a nice citrus aroma and the chardonnay barrels come out in full force.

T - Bitter, grapefruit, funk, belgian yeast with ever so tart dry white grapes in the end.

M - Medium bodied and high carbonation. Nice, crisp & dry finish.

O - A truly fantastic beer! Just wished the bottle was never ending.

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4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml C&C bottle. Very nice looking artwork.

Frothy, sea foam head pours out, bone white in color. Yellow-nearing-orange body. Head takes it's time settling down, leaving some nice lacing.

Very complex nose: brett, citrus, pineapple, spice and oak. Funky and fresh.

The first sip boggles the mind; this is a whole new ballgame here. Very oaky at first, with some dry cracker malts. Leads into tart citrus hops with a big, Brett funk. Very dry and funky. Faint essence of tropical fruit and spice, with a lingering hop bitterness.

An experiment that definitely works. I wasn't sure what to think of this beer at first, but the deeper I got in, the more I enjoyed it. Crafted perfectly. Very enjoyable. A little pricey, but worth it at least once.

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Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.