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Bitter Monk - Anchorage Brewing Company

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789 Ratings
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Ratings: 789
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 269
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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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7.4%
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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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 04:21:49 | More by ThePorterSorter
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jegross2

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company out of Alaska.
Score: 93

Bottle is from July 2011. Served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 05/29/12.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange color with three fingers of soapy, slightly off-white head that settles to a thin foggy layer atop the glass. Absolutely amazing lacing and retention. 5/5

Smell: A nice tropical citrusy IPA with a Belgiany sour twist. Tart white grapes, lemon zest, candied mango, orange, pineapple, fruity citrus and a little funky brett. Apples towards the back of the aroma too. Hint of oak. 4.5/5

Taste: Loads of bitter lemon zest, orange, mango and bitter/tart white grape. A little caramel malt on the midpalate, with earthy/grassy hops and a growing fruitiness in the finish as the beer warms/layers. There is a clovey residual aftertaste. The flavors get more tart as the beer warms up, with a a mild pucker effect from a growing sour lemonade flavor. Not oak or funk. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, high carbonation -- or maybe the life on the tongue from the zesty tartness, which really makes the bitterness perk on the tongue, is being deceptive in terms of the the true carbonation present. Juicy mouthfeel. Bitter and tart on the tongue. 4/5

Overall: One year after it's bottling, this beer is more of a sour with an IPA twist than an IPA with a sour twist. Quite an enjoyable hybrid. The artwork on the bottle is amazing.

Recommendation: Sour haters and casual beer drinkers should avoid this one, but all others are encouraged to seek out a bottle.

Pairings: Chicken pot pie.

Cost: $17 for a 750 ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 02:31:56 | More by jegross2
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notchucknorris

California

4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy apricot color with a huge fluffy white head. Leaves loads of lacing down the glass. Looks pretty awesome.

S: Huge citrus hop aroma. Vanilla, lemon, grapefruit, nilla wafers, just a touch of Brett and some oak. Really complex and absolutely incredible.

T: A nice hit of Citra right away with some mango, white grape, and pink grapefruit. Some honey and caramel malts in the middle before a finish of peppery and earthy hops. Some oak and Chardonnay dry the finish a touch as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 20:24:53 | More by notchucknorris
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jsh420

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

batch 1
july 2011

pours cloudy golden yellow with a big chunky pillowy white head that had great retention and left lacing

smell is funky hoppy evergreen citrus tropical fruit - amazing!

taste - wow - an orval ipa - it works so well - the funk of the brett stands out and cuts through all other flavors bitter fruity hops and sweet malt

mouthfeel - medium body decent carbonation - smooth and creamy - could have used more bite

overall - one if not the best belgian ipa i have had - i can only knock it .5 for price @ 15 a bottle and mouthfeel - but i would gladly buy another bottle when the newest batch comes out this year

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 05:14:25 | More by jsh420
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -7.4%

04-20-2013 03:51:57 | More by hoppymcgee
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CoryR

Oregon

4/5  rDev -7.4%

06-15-2013 16:38:43 | More by CoryR
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

01-22-2013 07:15:33 | More by oglmcdgl
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very excited to pick up a coupple of bottles of this in Las Vegas. It came and went from our area in a big hurry.

A-A hazy, almost muddy golden apricot with a huge frothy head and some good sticky lacing.

S-Huge citrus, peppery brett. What a terrific blend of aromas.

T-Really outstanding in all ways. Citrus bitterness throughout but mostly in front, brett notes in the middle and finish, and long grapefruit bitterness in the finish. Belgian yeast notes underpuin all the flavors.

M-Medium bodied, nicely dry.

O-Tremendous beer. I love this marriage of big hops, good brett and Belgian goodness.

HV

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 20:07:57 | More by sholland119
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

09-27-2013 04:46:40 | More by SadMachine
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lupercmda

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

07-20-2014 17:32:06 | More by lupercmda
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jampics2

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +10%

01-21-2013 14:52:40 | More by jampics2
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

09-18-2013 03:44:37 | More by Kopfschuss
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Dicers

Texas

4/5  rDev -7.4%

06-18-2014 05:05:22 | More by Dicers
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vonnegut21

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

01-09-2014 02:35:59 | More by vonnegut21
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL corked and caged bottle into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Pours a very hazy dark yellow, with lots of carb and just over a finger's worth of big-bubble white head.

S: Quite funky, with lemon citrus, barnyard, grassy, peppery and yeasty notes. Reminds me quite a bit of a saison.

T: Follows the nose, but way more hop presence than the aroma – big citrus (orange and grapefruit) and a bit of tropical fruits. Then yeasty, with some fruity esters. A very nice Brett funk and barnyard as well – horse blanket, wet hay, and grassy. There is a subdued vinous character as well. The Brett and the citrus and the yeast esters mix superbly. Citrus hop bitterness (grapefruit rind) in the hang with some residual funk, and the finish is quite dry.

M: Medium body and carbonation sensation. The alcohol is noticeable, but even that seems to blend well with everything going on in here.

O: This was really, really good. Excellent beer. Lots of hop flavor, but still blends very well with all the wonderful Brett characteristics brought out here. Absolutely love this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 03:03:48 | More by macrosmatic
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +10%

03-26-2013 23:07:00 | More by Gambrinus1184
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bonbini26

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

03-19-2012 15:13:44 | More by bonbini26
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Kendo

New York

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a corked-and-caged 750 ml into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body surprises with its lightness of color: slightly hazed straw-apricot with a bright, eggshell-white foamy 1-finger head. A little bit of lace clings to the sides of the glass after each sip.

S: Interesting. There's a lot going on in the nose. Apricot. White wine. Lighter citrus and tropical fruit. Some funkiness.

T: I am pretty sure I have never tasted a beer quite like this. The first impression is actually the back end of things: the bitter finish (think grapefruit pith) that smooths out to a combination tart/sour/bitter aftertaste. Up front I get some fruitiness; not-quite-ripe-nectarine, a bit of apricot. White grape skins. Earthy hops with a hint of pine. After a few sips I've concluded that there's some tannins lingering with that tart/sour/bitter finish - likely the Chardonnay barrels. Also a bit of alcohol heat becomes noted as it warms up a bit. Vacillating b/w a 4 and a 4.5 on the taste score.

M: Active fizziness. Body is lighter than expected - call it light-to-medium in heft.

O: Interesting. Not necessarily my cup of tea, so to speak, but I can appreciate a well-made, unique beer. Bonus point given here, bumping from 4 - 4.5.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 01:19:55 | More by Kendo
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mrebeka

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

10-12-2013 19:55:31 | More by mrebeka
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy nectarine-yellow with two fingers of rich and rocky off-white head. Tons of lacing left behind.

Aroma of Juicyfruit gum, Belgian yeast, white wine, lemon and fresh earth.

Much like the aroma, tastes of Juicyfruit gum, tart lemon, white wine, Belgian yeast and a hint of spiciness. Finishes with a light medicinal tang. The 9% alcohol is well hidden in this one.

Lighter bodied and dry with a sharp carbonation.

I loved this beer. A lot of character and personality in every sip. Anchorage Brewing is doing a lot of things right.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 22:02:08 | More by Monkeyknife
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

10-12-2013 16:34:13 | More by Tucquan
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
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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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-lemon, funky Brett, apples, vinous, wheat bread

T-lemon, apricot, grapes, wine, oak,grassy,yeasty, funky Brett,slightly tart, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry

O-unique and delicious beer, great for enjoyable sipping, would definitely seek this out

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 21:54:38 | More by MDDMD
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

12-01-2012 04:06:24 | More by ElGallo
Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 789 ratings.