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Citra Bitter Monk | Anchorage Brewing Company

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Citra Bitter MonkCitra Bitter Monk

Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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

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Ratings: 1,051 |  Reviews: 284
Photo of leaddog
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.

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Photo of RMW66
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,

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Photo of Wizzle32
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wheels2532
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TooManyGlasses
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
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

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Photo of Frudel
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!

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Photo of goalie35
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bruno74200
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

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chico1985
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Nicholas_JD_11
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
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.

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Photo of threeviews
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)

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4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Korbynlehr
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nose is as the name says, bitter as the name says. The after taste is of a great peach smoothie either the best parts fading away softly. Great beer with a funky name and finish that makes the beer.

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4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy gold in color with a small thumb's worth of white bubbly head. There is little lacing when the head breaks after about five minutes.

Aroma is citrus strong, with fruits such as peach or apricot also in the mix. The brett adds a nice funkiness to this all and makes for a nice nose.

The taste follows the nose with those citrus and stone fruit flavors coming through nicely. There is a slight sweetness that really makes the flavors pop. On the back is the brett, and it makes for a nice bitter finish that makes for a nice sip.

The feel is very nice, medium body with a nice amount of carbonation. Almost feels like a mimosa in texture.

Wow, I'd call this one a winner. Yet to be disappointed by these folks. I wish I could get more of this.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ristaccia
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nickfl
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shelby415
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Just-the-sip
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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Citra Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 1,051 ratings