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Bitter Monk - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Reviews: 237
Hads: 892
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 19.12%
Wants: 379
Gots: 115 | FT: 7
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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Photo of Arenbeer
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Tulip Glass

Batch #1 July/2011

A- Pours a hazy light yellow with hints of orange and 2 fingers of fluffy bright white head on top. Tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass and some nice retention on the sides.

S- Lots of Belgian yeast notes up front like clove and banana with small hints of brett and funk but nothing crazy. But what I really like the most about this beer is the hop presence and the profile they give off. Slight citrus orange, tropical fruit, and pine aromas. They really blend nicely with the Belgian yeast and add a crazy element to the beer. There is a small amount of barrel present but it's nothing over powering and you need to dig deep to find it. Mostly musty oak and vinous grapes with a touch of alcohol.

T- Strange to say the least but in a really good way. Up front the first flavors I got were from the Belgian yeast that gave off flavors of banana, clove, but most of all a sweet breadiness. As the beer goes down and thins out in the mouth the bitter hops come out with pine, orange, citrus, and maybe some tropical fruits and slam the tongue with bitterness. The finish is what kind of makes it but is my least favorite part about this beer, the barrel flavors of oak and wine create a burning alcohol finish with touches of vinous grapes and a dry mouthfeel. The brett comes through in the flavor with a slight tart flavor and maybe some funk but no where near your average brett beer. Very subtle but flavorful.

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and dry bitter finish that is slightly tart as well.

Overall this is by far one of the most unique beers I've come across and would recommend it to anyone who's willing to try it. So complex and full of flavor, every sip is different.


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Photo of greenmonstah
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle marked Batch #1 July 2011

A - Pours a hazy yellow-caramel with a finger of frothy white head. Nice lacing and retention for this ABV.

S - Bitter and funky, with oak character. Enormously complex, with hop bitterness, green apple sourness, old yeasty brett funk with a leather twist, and a winey grape-oak chardonnay aroma.

T - Similar to the nose, but with very different emphasis. Sour and bitter both, with little hop flavor but plenty of bitterness. Herbal, funky, bitter, oaky, and vinous. Clear flavors of chardonnay and big brett funk flavor. Hugely acidic, with a strong finish of oak and leather. Complexity gets 5/5, but I don't especially love drinking it, to be completely honest. So fascinatingly woody, like biting into a tree trunk. I have to give it a 4/5 for all the flavors it brings to the table, and the fact that they honestly do work well together. I'd hate to knock it for what it is, so I've settled on 4/5, even though my taste preferences suggest a 3.5

M - Medium body with light but active carbonation. Acidity affects the feel by affecting the mouth in the way a sour apple or grape might -- gives you that weird feeling on your teeth.

O - Overall I love this beer for the experiment that it is, but don't particularly adore drinking it. It is a challenge to quaff, and would score low in drinkability. That said, I think is ends up being a brilliant beer overall because I've never had anything like it and at the same time, it didn't fall flat on its face. It really excites the taste buds. I'm very interested to see what Mr. Fletcher has up his sleeve in the future. This almost tastes like something Vinnie at RR would cook up, but perhaps without the restraint needed to make a perfectly balanced beer.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Update-Great not epic-
This is loosing much of the citra contribution as it's aging. What is left behind, while good, is more akin to a belgian strong golden and not a belgian/american dipa. Still complex, still quite good, but not the mammoth it is for the first month or so. But who knows, in a year maybe this Mother goes sour. boom goes the dynomite.
...but the first 1-2 months are the truth.

A: Pale murky orange colored brew, topped with a near true white head. Perfect sea foam lacing clings to a glass it should not be able to. Retention is quite good as well.

S: Oh my god. This smells amazing! Grapefruit and other citrus (tart tangerine) notes are very pronounced, Sour grapes and just a hint of oak follow. The nose suggest that this stuff could be sour.

T: This is BY FAR the best beer of it's style available today. A fruit salad of bitter citrus rinds blend into a spicy complex and astringent mix of flavors. The oak is present in a drying sense which is always a good thing. Flavors which just boarder on acidic accompany the lot in an a way which compliments everything else. The finish is extremely long (and remarkably bitter).

M: Long finishing sticky and carbonic.

O: I'm stunned by this beer. It is truly a beer to search for and an instant classic for me. I dare say I wouldn't mind aging a bottle for a year or more as well to see if that brett changes things things over time. Epic.

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Photo of mrandypandy
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml caged and corked bottle purchased on my current trip to Oregon. Poured into a clear plastic hotel cup. Classy.

A - Pours a very hazy orange, medium white head that leaves decent lacing. Lots of bubbles/carbonation visible.
S - The brett funkyness really comes through in the nose, with a fruity citrus character for good measure. There is something else I can't put my finger on... bubblegum perhaps?
T - Not as potent as the armoa leads this up to be. Citrus hops leads the way with an earthy barnyard quality in the finish. No oak, no chardonnay, nothing really "belgian" either. Strong bitterness.
M - Strange. I was expecting a much bigger body on this, but it's very light and thin. Watery almost. Good carbonation though.
O - Good, but not great. I was expecting more of the brett and belgian aspects to stand in the forefront, but the IPA and bitterness is what leads from the beginning. No real detection of the oak or chardonnay. However, I would certainly like to toss one in the cellar for a while just to see how it changes over time. Plus, I did seem to enjoy it more as I worked through the bottle...

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Photo of bfields4
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy straw yellow. Nice lively frothy white head.

Various citrus aromas are abundantly present. Lemony Belgian sour funk bit of hoppy grapefruit. A little sugary candy tartness too.

Tart to begin with starts off with the Belgian influence. Melds nicely into that sweet ipa style citrus bite. Pineapple, grapefruit and pear. As the beer progresses I get more of that Belgian candi sugar brett backing lurking around. The chardonnay barrels add a nice touch incorporating a little bit more of the white wine effects and finishes fairly dry and crisp I'm assuming with the help of that.

Beer starts off with great flavor and complexity comes on nicely as you delve deeper into its flavors. Good crisp body. Boozy, but not in your face with it. I know a lot of folks don't like this style, but I see some real opportunity here with this guy, Cali-Belgique, and Urthely Hop-It being three of my favorite beers and so vastly different within the same subcategory.

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Photo of HosP
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this from Scottfrie! Corked and caged 750ml bottle.

A- Pours very hazy bright orange in color. Nice fluffy white head with nice lacing.

S- Lots of citrus aroma mixed with some fruity notes. A little spice here and there.

T- Interesting beer throughout. Lots of hops upfront, mostly citrus and grapefruit. Blends nicely to some brett funk but still keeps some nice hop flavors to it. A great blend, but interesting.

M- Medium body. Moderate carbonation. A little dry.

O- Wasn't sure what to expect here, but really enjoyed it. Love the mix of hops and funk. Very much liked this and a big thanks to Scott for the beer!

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Beaumont Market in Portland, Oregon for $13. Taking my time, and pouring by parts into a Meyer's Duvel tulip, I managed to drink the whole 75cl bottle over the span of a couple hours. I didn't see this information in the other reviews so here's some bottle flash: "Ale 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. Batch #1 July/2011"

A: Slightly hazy guava in the glass, huge rocky white head, lots of clumpy lacing. Are you not entertained?! About as appetizing as a beer can look. 5/5

S: Brighter citrus consisting of lemon and lime, some nice wood, Brett earth in full display, and a definite grapiness. I honestly didn't know that this was done in wine barrels before the pour, so I checked the label to see if Nelson Sauvin hops were used. Nope, French Oak Chardonnay. The wine is easily appreciated. 4/5

T: Out of left field this suddenly becomes quite the DIPA. The nose promised a complex beer but the taste is pungent and aggressive with the hops right out of the gate. Big citrus and deep bitterness truly define tongue numbing. Only after going back for a sip or two can the earthiness and spice really be singled out and only then by thinking about it. I've used the term grapefruit frequently in the past when describing IPA's, but this is the truest representation I've ever had of eating a segment of the fruit, membrane and all. Even the long tingly bitter finish is intact. I think it's best to consider the taste as the sum of it's parts rather than individual components. The hops lend the great bitterness and citrus, the brett gives a true earthiness that can only be found in pith, the wine barrels further enhance the organic nature of raw grapefruit. I say again, this is grapefruit in a glass. As simple as that sounds, this is remarkable and unique. 5/5

M: Full, astringent, quaffable, and bone dry. 5/5

O: A stunner of a beer. The second beer I've had from Anchorage and the second home run as well. The brewer's talent seems incredible. The grapefruit segment I described in the flavor could be a happy accident but that just seems too uncanny to be chance. This beer was designed to be that way and that just might be the most impressive thing about it. I don't like Belgian IPA's. It doesn't matter this time though because Bitter Monk is in a league of it's own. Find me a valid comparison. I don't believe it exists. 4.5/5

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Photo of haazer
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up from Blue Dog.

A- Heavy pour produces a thick bubbly white head. Heavily carbonated brew, bubbles all over the sides of the glass. Nice golden orange color, somewhat turbid. The head becomes rocky and leaves sticky patches of lacing all over the glass. Great looking drink.

S- The brett is great here. Very funky, leather, and musty basement and some fruits. sour apple, pear, and some sour notes. Theres a faint hint of citrus, but its faded. A bit of earthiness too.

T- The barrel used here has a heavy influence on this beer. Loads of white wine notes, blended together with funky brett. Transitions nicely into some citrus flavors. The hops are all but faded at this point, but it still works. I love this beer.

M- Superb. Medium bodied beer with high lively carbonation, yet ever so smooth going down. Alchohol is very subdued. Very crisp and slightly dry finish.

O- I really badmouth this style, but this beer outdoes the others tenfold. I would love to try this fresh, but no gaurantee being imported from Alaska I suppose. Even so this beer was incredible. The hops were pretty much gone but it didn't matter. Theres enough going on in this beer to make it great. Nothing clashes either. Very well done.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy straw yellow. Smells a very citrusy lemon lime mixed with chardonnay. The taste is so complex but every aspect is discernable. The taste is slight pineapple, hoppy citrus, chardonnay, barrel and coconut, with a slightly funky and slightly bitter finish that has a resinous aftertaste. The mouth feel is creamy and fluffy, quite dry finish. Awesome beer, glad I finally got my hands on some.

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Photo of jethrodium
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber with a two finger pillowy white head that sticks around for a while and leaves a large amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is strong brett funk, some lemon zest, mango, grapefruit, and pineapple. Pretty awesome. You can definitely tell there is some citra used. The initial taste has a hint of sweetness with some funky oak flavors and lemon zest. Then the pineapple and mango come through. The finish has a good bitterness with some brett funk. The finish is quite dry. Overall a really smooth beer. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Awesome beer. It was a bit pricey ($14 for 750ml), but I think it is definitely worth trying at that price. Reminded me of a hopped up version of Orval.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
3.49/5  rDev -19.6%
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

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Batch #2, dated June 2012. Pours a very hazy light gold with a substantial foamy white head of about 2-3 fingers. Good head retention with lacing. Vigorous carbonation.

Smell consists of juicy hops and plentiful brett funk with some Belgian yeast. Citrus, orange and lemon peel and a hint of spice. Perhaps a hint of alcohol?

Taste produces a citrus blast upfront -- mouth puckering grapefruit and passion fruit. Very bitter finish augmented by some sourness and barnyard funk. That's what you get with 100 IBUs. Very little trace of the 9% ABV. Also getting some lemon/pepper taste. Very dry finish. Brett tastes linger at the end. The aging in the barrels produces some grape/chardonnay flavors in the middle and at the end with a hint of oak.

Mouthfeel is very lively from the strong carbonation and the amalgam of flavors. Really wakes up the senses.

Overall, a very interesting beer. Enjoyed the hop action. There is some serious brett sour/funk going up against it. Kind of like a battle of the titans. I have had several other beer in the triple digits for IBUs, and this one may very well take the bitterness cake.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found a bottle of this stuff the very same day it arrived. My bottle appears to be from batch number three, from May of this year. Glass: snifter. Temperature: cellar.

I am presented with two fingers of white fluff above an almost totally opaque golden straw color. Very, exceedingly cloudy. Looks kind of like liquid gold.

Oooooh, GOOD smell. INTENSE lemon and grapefruit, honey, fruity champaign, a bit of the hop scent of your typiccal DIPA, and a hint of pine. Woah!

It tastes sort of like lemon juice at first... acidic, sour, and sweet. Then the DIPA elements come in Substantial hop flavor and some bitter pine. It finishes with the same satisfying, biscuity aftertaste of some of my favorite DIPAs. I also feel like I just sucked on a lemon wedge, haha. I am thoroughly entertained by this ale. I might mention that it doesn't taste NEARLY as bitter as the 100 IBUs attributed to it would indicate. The sweet Belgian characteristics disguise the bitterness, much like the monk's robe.

It's got the typically spritzy carbonation of a Belgian ale. Feels right on.

Another imaginative triumph from Anchorage Brewing Company. It really IS equal parts Belgian ale and DIPA. I experienced the duality myself. Jeez, ABC should really expand their distribution and make their offerings easier to find, 'cause pretty much everything I've tried from them this year has been totally unique and at LEAST somewhat mind-blowing, if not mind-exploding.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml into an Allagash tulip at around 45 degrees. Going to let this warm up a bit while I appreciate the aroma. Pours a nice sun color with tones of hazy peach towards the middle of the glass. A big and bright white head rests on top, looks very light and airy. Bubbles rise from the depths of the glass up to the top, keeping the head stable and everlasting. Very awesome lacing down the sides of the glass, it's a stunning looking beer.

The aroma reminds me a lot of Midnight Sun/Ballast Point's 3767. That shouldn't be a surprise since that's also a DIPA aged in French Oak with Brett, although that beer used Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. There's a very impressive depth in the aroma, the french oak is immediately apparent, lots of vanilla and other oak notes. The brett funk is here too, a lot of straw and hay along with some nice citrusy lemon and grapefruit from the hops.

The flavor reminds me a lot of 3767 as well, they seem very close in flavor profile. There's a little bit of light bready sweetness at first, but the brett is contributing a lot to the flavor afterwards. Huge funky barnyard flavors, under ripe green apple, slight ink, along with a dry and prolonged sour taste. At the swallow there's a good burst of bright citrus, mostly lemon and grapefruit. There's a little bit of that trademark french oak vanilla/butter underneath it all, which kind of rounds things out nicely. It's a beer that confuses the palate, and is interesting at every sip.

Digging the mouthfeel too. A nice medium body that feels oily and smooth in the mouth, but there's plenty of carbonation as well. It's fairly high in the carbonation department, but I like that in beers like this one. It definitely dries out the mouth a bit, it's ultra dry! I always like beers that do that, but your mileage may vary.

A very well made beer. There's something about this combination of belgian/brett yeasts and IPA that I enjoy when it's done right, and the french oak adds an interesting component that tends to bring everything together. I am really glad I found another beer like 3767 since I enjoyed that so much, however at $15.99 per 750ml I'm not sure how often I'd revisit this.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I few months ago I opened a bottle of this that was several years old. I didn’t review it because it was an old bottle and most people say IPAs are better fresh. It turned out to be one of the better IPAs I ever had. Now I got a fresh bottle to review, and I was really excited. But to me, this wasn’t nearly as good fresh as the aged bottle. The following review is for the fresh bottle, as I didn’t take any notes on the aged one.

Appearance – Pours a cloudy opaque golden color with a very big head and great lacing.

Smell – Citrusy; too citrusy in my opinion as compared to the aged bottle (note that other reviewers were disappointed that this beer lost its citrus with age). Grapefruit, with lime, brett funk, oak, and a little chardonnay.

Taste – Taste follows the smell; grapefruit, lime, brett, chardonnay, and oak.

Mouthfeel – Nicely carbonated. This has a really bitter feel to it, which I didn’t get from the aged bottle. Some oily hoppiness as well.

Drinkability – This is a good IPA, but in my opinion it gets better with age.

I’ll re-review this in a few years if I can find another bottle to age, and likely bump up the score.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass

A: really golden color almost yellow nice white to tan head like 2cm head completely opaque

S: orangey tropical fruit to start lots of floral fresh hops almost a little white winey and bitter malt to finish

T: lots of light hops you can taste the Brett immediately almost like a mix of wine champagne beer and I don't usually like those first two things but this is balanced perfectly there a citrusy malty finish with a smooth bitterness that lasts

M: it's clean and light which makes it very drinkable but I feel like it should have a little more carbonation for a better feel

O: I usually don't like this style but this is really well balanced and drinkable the Brett is actually a positive for me as it works really well solid beer would buy again

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Photo of mgironta
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer came out of a corked and caged bomber. The cork was pretty easy to get out and only had a slight pop. The brew poured with a gigantic head, about three fingers of pure white head that was thick and fluffy and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, almost straw yellow with lots of active carbonation visible. I thought the color was pretty light for a Belgian IPA. The nose was all brett…not that I’m unhappy with that. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a brett beer. Wow, this was really different. The brew started with a bit of grapefruit and tart citrus with a bit of barnyard funk from the brett. It was really light (body-wise) for a Belgian IPA and the booze and IBUs are really well-balanced out by the flavors. The finish was relatively quick with a hint of citrus. The body was probably the lightest that I’ve ever had with a good dollop of carbonation. This beer was just fantastic to me. It was an easy drinker despite the ABV and was complex and quaffable. I would definitely have this bad boy again.

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

Really excited for this one. Belgian Double IPA with Brett aged in French Oak Chard barrels. Crazy.

Out of the bottle the Bitter Monk is a delightful golden-yellow with a slightly off-white, 2 finger head poured into a pint glass. The head is extremely dense and foamy. Lots of little carbonation bubbles rush upward through a slightly hazy appearance from a little yeast that got into the glass. The lacing left on the glass is clumpy and sticky.

The aroma is all over the place. A sour, tart Granny Smith apple-esque smell is the first smell that infiltrates my nostrils. This is supported by hoppy citrus aromas of lemon, lime, and grapefruit. There is plenty of a bready yeast aroma in there, too. It's very interesting smelling the tart Brett mingling with such a strong hop aroma. Really good.

Whoa, that is an exciting and unique flavor. Oh meh gah... This is possibly the most original flavor I've ever gotten out of a beer. The first taste on my palate is of strong, dank, citrusy hops on the sides of my mouth (heavy on grapefruit flavors). This is complemented by a sour of explosion of sour apple and lime that also lands on the sides of my mouth, as well as straight on my tongue. Layering on top of those complex flavors is a buttery, oaky creaminess, which lasts for just a bit before being washed out by the Brett sourness and citrus hops. All the while there exists a very earthy and floral flavor.
There is a lot of crazy shyte happening in this beer. Awesome.

The mouthfeel is varied and exciting. The body of the beer is medium-full with a very creamy feel on the tongue, but all the while there is a puckering sourness and a puckering dankness from the Brett and the citrusy hops. The finish is all bitterness as the hops take over the reins.

I sound like a broken record, but this is a really crazy beer and I very much enjoyed it. If you like taking a palate adventure when you drink beer, this is the beer for you. So hoppy, so tart, and so creamy. Very interesting and highly recommended.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange slightly hazy body with a creamy white head. Carbonation streams up from the bottom of the glass. Incredibly stick lacing.

Wow. The aroma is incredibly fascinating. Lots of brett and hops, but they seem to compliment each other so well that it is almost hard to distinguish which is which. Bright citrus and tropical fruits. Pineapple and slightly cheesy barnyard funk. Earthy basement aroma. Incredibly floral.

WOW! I was thinking that there was no way the flavor could be as interesting as the aroma, but I was so wrong. Juicy hops, funky and earthy brett all balanced together. Crazy tropical fruit flavors that I don't even want to reduce to pineapple or mango...incredibly unique. It's pretty hard to describe this flavor. I would have never imagined brett and american hops could work together so well. Finishes with earthy and spicy with a solid hop bitterness.

Exceptionally creamy, but not heavy mouthfeel. High carbonation but not fizzy. Sticky hop resin fills out the mouth.

This is one of most unique beers I've had...even after having Love Buzz. I can't wait to see what this brewery does next.

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Photo of MrOH
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My wonderful GF bought this to celebrate her completing her first semester of grad school, and my getting promoted at work.

Hazy dark straw with HUGE creamy white head, excellent retention. Good lace that slides down the glass after a bit.

Pinepple, muskmelon, lychee, apricot, plum just loads of tropical and stone-fruit aromas. A slight piney note. Some burnt sugar. The brett contribution is small but noticeable. Katey says some chardonnay character is there.

BONE DRY. Huge dryness up front, then all of the tropical flavors come in. Oak pops up for a second, then a very bitter, slightly piney finish. Don't really get any brett personally, Katey says she gets a touch of sourness. As it warms, it softens a bit, and the bubblegum and stonefruit flavors from the primary yeast can come through. Brett funk is now noticeable, but still very subdued. Maybe an aged bottle would have more, although the hops would be gone by then. It's almost confusing to taste this.

Very light, high carbonation. Definitely suits the brew, but I would personally like a touch more body, not much, but I'm pretty sure this beer's gravity finished below 1.000.

Very intense. Definitely would never be a go-to of anything, but will definitely try to get another bottle or two to share with some folks who would "get it". Makes you have think about it as your drinking.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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

Opened on September 29, 2011. Was pleased to see that this hit a local shop - in good quantities - because Anchorage Brewing Company starting up was one of the things I was most looking forward to in the beer world for 2011.

Pours a slightly hazy bright gold with a substantial head of four fingers. Very pillowy, with large bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Okay lacing.

White wine vinousness, prominent citrus (lemon, lime) notes, brett c., faintly earthy and woody. Very clean and appetizing. There's just a hint of sweet and bitter grapefruit in the background, reminding me that this is a Belgian IPA.

Pithy citrus and grapefruit bitterness washes over my palate. (Where was this hiding on the nose?) The lemon-lime sourness takes a backseat, but it's there, especially on the front of the palate, if you're looking for it. The brett has already dried this out, so the mid-to-late-palate really shines, screaming [pithy] grapefruit that transitions to a more citrus profile on the finish.

Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation. Some warming heat. Fairly dry, though there's a tiny bit of sweetness on the front palate.

This is a fantastic Belgian IPA. I still can't believe the contrast between the nose and taste, but both deliver in their own ways. I anticipate good things from this brewery. While I'm curious how the brett will treat Bitter Monk, I would drink now to experience the bright citrus/grapefruit bitterness.

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Photo of Kshock
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of tmzl
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours with huge, puffy, off-white (light yellow hue), medium sized bubbles head. It has a relatively messy, sticky, big bubble breakdown retention. Leaves a solid, thick but sticky top layer that goes down with lots of random lacing. Cloudy, dark yellow and a bit of orange hue.

Smell: Could smell some white wine-ish character on the cork. Very gueuze-like ripe lemon, grapefruit sour, fresh and makes everything lighter. Its a big one. Goes from mango, passion fruit, peach, light strawberries to pineapple, brett and hops did a number on this one. Also very pleasant funk, light leathery. Bit of caramel hidden beneath. It's very rich, fresh and deceiving, doesn't hint anything about the 100 IBU, 9 ABV beast hidden in the glass.

Taste: The transition is quite dramatic. Starts with light but well represented citric sour, goes to light-medium smooth caramel, propolis/molasses backbone past pineapple and other tropical notes (a lot weaker than in the smell) to a small, sharp spike of grape stems bitterness but the gentle funk caresses it fast. Ends with medium bitterness, dandelion, bit of medicinal and light sour, which stay strong for quite some time. In the after some wood oak creeps out.

Mouthfeel: Full light heavy body; suiting carbonation, lifts it up. Light alcohol spice but interestingly goes away when it warms up. Also very dry.

Overall: It was a big one, rich, fresh, demanding but still smooth and well roundup. As crazy and tiresome (lambics anyone?) the preparation of this beer looks, it has done it good.

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Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.