Citra Bitter Monk
Anchorage Brewing Company

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Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States
Belgian IPA
Ranked #1
Ranked #1,063
4.32 | pDev: 9.49%
Nov 07, 2022
Aug 26, 2011
Citra Bitter MonkCitra Bitter Monk
Notes: 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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Rated: 4.44 by Khaack from New York

Nov 07, 2022
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Fairly clear, medium gold colored body; fair carbonation; thin, patchy head yet lasting; a few strings of foam hang down the glass. Outstanding aroma; light citrus and brett funk combination; Belgian yeast scent with a bit of raw oak; light, grainy toastiness. Wonderful taste; deft touch of citrus and dry white wine; mild note of brett funk; mild bitterness. Medium-heavy body; soft and spongy on the palate; bold dryness undercuts a slight juiciness.
The age of this beer is unknown to me, but the contents sure are fantastic. Elements of depth and complexity ooze and meld together with this beer, combining bits of lime and white wine with a bit of graininess and a nice touch of bitterness all wrapped up with a slight wild yeast character.

Pouring temperature: 47 °F; bottling data: Batch #6; Citra dry hopped version; aged in French oak chardonnay barrels
Apr 07, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by david64 from Florida

Feb 13, 2022
Rated: 4 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Jun 21, 2021
Rated: 4.45 by HopBelT from Belgium

Jun 21, 2021
Rated: 3.99 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Jun 05, 2021
Rated: 4 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Apr 30, 2021
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Reviewed by wedge from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Batch #6

Cork was a struggle and there was barely a pop, but pours with a bit of a head. Hazy gold with a fine creamy ring on the surface.Aromas of dusty funk, grapefruit, mango, and cedar. Big grapefruit, dry chardonnay. musty/leathery Brett...juicy sweetness balancing out the funky sour edge. Light carbonation, tart and dry. Good.
Apr 04, 2021
Rated: 4.41 by SushiSakeBeer from Oregon

Mar 11, 2021
Rated: 3.9 by Pchoate3 from Colorado

Jan 18, 2021
Rated: 4.31 by ppavlick from New Jersey

Apr 10, 2020
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Reviewed by TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Medium: Batch #5 cork + long tulip glass.
Opacity: Slightly hazy and veiled.
Color: Golden with strong activity.
Head: Foamy 2-3 finger.
Legs: Light but decent swirl reaction.
Smell: Oak/White wine/Hay/Flowery/Apricot.
Taste: Wheat/Peach/Brett yeast/Clove/Herbal.
Feel: Barnyard/Barrel aged/Light funky/Dry hoped.
Body: Medium slick and silky, quite smooth.
Carbonation: Moderate crisp, a bit lacking for a Belgian.
Overall: Aged very well for 5 years, just very slightly vinous, and probably the hops went dull though it improves the balance. Superb quality Belgian IPA cross Saison.

Visual 7/10 - Flavors 9/10 - Sensations 9/10 - Balance 8.5/10 -
Freshness 5/10 - Intensity 8/10 - Complexity 9/10 - Appreciation 9/10
Mar 19, 2020
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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
From the corked, caged big bottle with no apparent date. Sampled on March 1, 2020.

The appearance i a slightly cloudy looking golden color with a short lived fizzy white head. No lacing.

The aroma emits Brettanomyces right away with an oily, toasted malt, and white grape presence. No alcohol considering this was barrel aged.

The mouthfeel is generally light to medium and smooth.

The flavor has a tartness to it immediately with the sour-like Brett character kicking in but it ends very refreshing and clean. No alcohol in the taste either. I'm not a huge fan of Brett but this is nicely balanced all around.
Mar 01, 2020
Rated: 4.36 by smithj4 from New York

Feb 06, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by mrcraft from California

Jan 02, 2020
Rated: 4.48 by Old_Dead_Oak from Wisconsin

Dec 27, 2019
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle: Poured a bright yellow color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of funky Brett notes with some hoppy floral notes is super enjoyable. Taste is a mix of Brett notes with nice funky notes that pairs well with floral hoppy notes with a dry finish. Body is full with good level of carbonation. This is indeed a world-class Belgian style IPA saison. High level of drinkability with good level of complexity.
Dec 01, 2019
Rated: 4.29 by drrone from Utah

Nov 16, 2019
Rated: 4.31 by kingjohnh from New Mexico

Nov 03, 2019
Rated: 4.94 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Oct 10, 2019
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Reviewed by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L: Filtered gold with a white head quickly dissapating to a ring with good but oily lacing.

S: Bretty but not biscuity or too funky - this is Belgian tartness with citrus and grapes on the nose

T: Wine and sourness, citrus fruits and carbonation. Bright and clean.

F: Medium sticky body with decent carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this thought it's not my go-to style.
Jun 26, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by eddiefl from New York

Jun 07, 2019
Rated: 4.07 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

Jun 01, 2019
Rated: 3.99 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Mar 25, 2019
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Reviewed by leaddog from Canada (AB)

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Batch # 5 bottled November 2016.

Appearance - Pours a pale straw with three fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - wild brett yeast, vinous aromas, oak, grape musk, spicy citrus and tropical hops, citrus fruits of orange and tropical fruits (mango, peach, and hint of pineapple), and bready malts.

Taste - wild brett yeast followed quickly into the vinous aromas, oak, and grape musk. The spicy citrus and tropical hops come through next followed by the orange and tropical fruits of mango, peach, and hint of pineapple. The bready malts finish the brew off.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant stickiness alongside the vinous characteristics and citrus and tropical hops.

Overall - A well executed and flavourful brew from Anchorage. Worth a go as you won't be disappointed.
Mar 10, 2019
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Reviewed by RMW66 from Australia

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A- Clear gold color with 2cm white head that dissipates over several minutes with slight lacing

S- Brett funk on the nose is dominant with subtle oak and peppery fruity yeast

T- Nice well balanced sour with some oak and peppery spice.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation and medium length.

O- I really enjoyed this - well balanced sour with medium length and nice finish,
Feb 26, 2019
Rated: 4.12 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Feb 15, 2019
Rated: 4.31 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Feb 15, 2019
Rated: 4.31 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

Feb 15, 2019
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750 ml cork and caged - Batch#5 - November 2016. Pours a uniform hazy golden to pale orange/peach colour with short lived off white head.
Aroma is very saison like - Belgian yeast, fruity and tropical, but floral and grassy with a touch of funk.
Taste follows xcitrus sweet, floral and a touch spicy - grassy with peach and mango and a tart bitterness that coats but does not overwhelm.
Medium full mouthfeel, well carbonated and hiding the 9% very well -refreshing and drinkable. Absolutely great.
Feb 03, 2019
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2015 cork and cage bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a clear golden color with a one finger foamy white head that has decent retention

S- Brett funk on the nose gives aromas of barnyard & dried hay, followed by white wine and French oak. Undertones of fruity hops and peppery fruity yeast

T- funky yeast gives notes of dried hay, as well as some earthy tones, followed by oak and vinous white wine. The finish gives a peppery spicy yeast that lingers, along with fruity white grape

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that finishes bubble and dry

O- amazing complexity that all seems to come together brilliantly
Jan 29, 2019
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Reviewed by Frudel from Canada (QC)

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Batch #5 / Nov 2016
Slight pop at opening.
Golden liquid with a white head.
Absolutely delightful aromas coming to the nostrils, citrus, exotic fruits along with some funky brett notes.
Taste is complex while very very well balanced, I didn't know what to expect from this beer but wow it's amazing. Dry, bitter and just the right amount of funk.
One of the best Anchorage I've drank!
Dec 09, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by goalie35 from Canada (AB)

Oct 22, 2018
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Reviewed by Bruno74200 from France

4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Batch #5 brewed in november 2016 so almost two years ago
Well, this is an amazing beast!

It pours a slightly hazy golden colour with a thin white head.

I could let my nose for hours in the glass as the overwhelming sense of beauty emanes from this nectar of gods. Amazingly complex, it shows some fruitiness: pineapple, citrus as grapefruit; a certain vinous character is a great addition to the mix and to finish the whole thing, the bretts notes permit to balance the whole things out.

The taste follows with an incredible complexity and balance.
The 100 ibus are there but so well put in the whole thing. Some spiciness is present from the yeast

The fine champagne-like carbonation goes well with the completely dry mouthfeel of the ale.

Is this the big brothers of all this new 'brut ipas' ? Anyway this is a marvelous things to drink. I am glad that I shared the bottle
Sep 29, 2018
Rated: 4.27 by Gkruszewski from New York

Sep 13, 2018
Rated: 4.21 by TheCrowsEye from California

Aug 23, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by Chico1985 from Massachusetts

Aug 01, 2018
Rated: 4.43 by Nicholas_JD_11 from Canada (ON)

Jul 23, 2018
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Sparkling gold with a moderate white foam settling to a uniform bubbly blanket with a moderate ridge.

Smell is bright french oak and white wine with lemon and grapefruit zest, grass, toasted seeds, and a slightly spicy peach funk.

Taste has a bit more phenolic Belgian yeast on the front end that resurfaces on the back end with a bitter Bretty bite. In the middle is tart lemon and orange, as well as wild floral herbs and grass. Unexpected accents of peppery spearmint and amaretto come out on the exhale. Very unique, but also a bit boozy as it warms.

The crisp, medium light body is tingly and prickly with a semi-dry finish.

This batch #4, December 2015 bottle was much better than the abominable Love Buzz Saison I bought around the same time.
Jun 22, 2018
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Reviewed by threeviews from Florida

4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Teku 3.0 glass

A - Initial pour is relatively clear golden with a single, creamy, white finger head...moderate retention (4.5)

S - This is outrageous! The contribution from the Chardonnay barrel aging is quite prevealent as well as the hops (Simcoe and Citra). The Brett is also a big player in the aroma. (5.0)

T - A beautiful balance of hops, barrel and Brett. (5.0)

M - Medium mouthfeel that drinks well below its ABV (5.0)

O - Not only is it hard to source on the East Coast, this beer holds up very well. A gorgeous beer that is hard to find (~$15/bottle), but worth every penny. Gabe & Co. is one of the best breweries in The States. I hope everyone gets to try something from this brewery. (4.75)
Feb 08, 2018
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