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Bitter Monk - Anchorage Brewing Company

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802 Ratings
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Ratings: 802
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 293
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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Photo of Kendo

New York

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

11-05-2011 01:19:55 | More by Kendo
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

03-19-2012 15:13:44 | More by bonbini26
Photo of Monkeyknife


4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

09-22-2011 22:02:08 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of MDDMD


4.36/5  rDev +0.9%

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

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

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

04-13-2014 03:18:13 | More by markgugs
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

12-01-2012 04:06:24 | More by ElGallo
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

10-21-2011 21:15:46 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of gatornation


4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

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

12-04-2011 23:12:30 | More by gatornation
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

11-04-2013 01:17:59 | More by Herky21
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

11-17-2013 07:38:21 | More by david131
Photo of bmwats


3.78/5  rDev -12.5%

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Hazy golden-orange hue. Pours about a finger and half, bubbly white head. Settles pretty quickly. Peak and valley lacing.

S: Hay and wheat prominent. A little citrus, and coriander.

T: Hoppy, yeasty, and bitter. Slight tinge of citrus, sweetness, and spice.

M: Light body, dry bitter finish.

D: Sip and enjoy. The character will dictate it.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Interesting hue, nice head, and some solid lacing. Nose is hay and wheat with fruit and spice components. Yeasty and hoppy with citrus and spice. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

05-05-2013 05:49:10 | More by bmwats
Photo of trxxpaxxs

New York

3.8/5  rDev -12%

A: Pours a beautiful cloudy golden yellow. There is a big puffy two fingers of white head that dissipates slowly.

S: This beer is full of fun scents. I'm picking up brett, lemon zest, floral esters, wine characteristics, and a really mellow Belgian yeast sweetness. It's an incredible complex and intriguing aroma.

T: The fist blast is candy sweetness and lemony hops. Following quickly is the unmistakable brett. Next, I get blasted with huge bitters (probably from the chardonnay wine barrel treatment). I actually think this beer falls short in the finish. It's way too bitter.

M: Medium bodied beer. It starts of wet (for about a second) and finishes super dry, desert dry.

O: I think the look and smell of this beer are amazing, but the taste falls a bit short for my liking. I'm not a big fan of the ultra dryness of this beer either. But overall, it's still a decent brew.

11-29-2011 23:19:48 | More by trxxpaxxs
Photo of brotherloco


4.43/5  rDev +2.5%

750ml C&C bottle. Batch #1 - July 2011. Served in a tulip.

Pours a cloudy gold with a giant pillowy 3+ finger white head. Good bit of lacing.

Aroma is a blend of citrus, white wine, and brett notes. A real floral and grassy character in the background.

Flavor tilts towards a light sourness that dominates the citrusy hops. Fruity middle that is medium dry. A very pleasant bitterness comes on in the finish and dissipates quickly, leaving a sharp tart aftertaste. Maybe a sting of booze in the finish but overall the alcohol is buried.

Medium bodied with soft natural medium carbonation. Amazing mouthfeel and incredibly drinkable.

Certainly the most unique DIPA I've tasted. Flavor is much more rounded out than a typical hop bomb. The hops are certainly present, but collaborate with all the flavor brought on by the brett and multiple fermentations.

09-22-2011 02:30:35 | More by brotherloco
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2/5  rDev -53.7%

01-06-2014 20:54:25 | More by ajzy
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

12-18-2013 16:18:48 | More by mpayne5
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

07-16-2013 06:31:53 | More by CoolEthan
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

11-18-2011 02:48:35 | More by Photekut
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-22-2013 18:44:13 | More by bobv
Photo of hardy008


4.4/5  rDev +1.9%

Lemon yellow with a large, bright white, 2 finger head with very nice retention and good lacing. The aroma has lemon, citrus zest, yeast. and Brett.

The taste is sweeter than expected with citrus and tropical fruits, yeast, and Brett. Nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. There is a lot of sweet malt which did not come through in the aroma.

Medium bodied, above average carbonation, and the alcohol i very well disguised. A very nice Belgian IPA. Too bad this is meant to only be brewed one time.

01-03-2012 02:49:02 | More by hardy008
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -13.7%

This was a very interesting twist on a double IPA. It looks like a belgian, but you get a lot of the hoppiness in the smell.

You also smell some sour from the belgian presence in this beer. The chardonnay presence in the smell was a little weird.

The taste is very good. You get the hoppy presence from some very different hop types. It was a little different than what you would expect from the double IPA. This is tempered by the belgian flavor. The chardonnay does a good job.

So, why not a higher taste score? This beer runs into a wall as it warms. In the same way that a warm chardonnay is undrinkable, this beer needs to stay chilled. When warm, you get a ton of wine flavor and bitterness.

This was a very good beer. Share it with a friend to avoid getting it to warm.

12-30-2011 01:13:19 | More by ummswimmin
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

04-20-2013 07:43:34 | More by Rollzroyce21
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

11-27-2013 13:43:16 | More by JohnnieNepal
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New York

4/5  rDev -7.4%

11-14-2012 21:31:23 | More by sneaks2210
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

10-07-2012 23:49:37 | More by BeerHunter76
Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 802 ratings.