Bitter Monk | Anchorage Brewing Company

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Bitter MonkBitter Monk
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4.32/5
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Bitter MonkBitter Monk
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States
anchoragebrewingcompany.com

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

Added by sprucetip on 08-26-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#522
Reviews:
275
Ratings:
1,036
pDev:
9.49%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
417
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134
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,036 |  Reviews: 275
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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Photo of mattreitz49
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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Photo of polloenfuego
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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Photo of BeerBucks
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

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

Photo of Peaches13
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle
Batch #3 May 2015, consumed just over 2 years old

A: Slightly hazy golden/orange with a beautiful, dense, lasting head. Very active carbonation, perfect for the style.

S: Bright citrus and stone fruit. Brett funk is there, but it's in the background. Slightly sweet white wine melds the flavors together well.

T: More tannic and funky than the aroma. Slight sweetness balances well with moderate bitterness. Certainly doesn't taste like a 100 IBU beer. Peaches, mango, and citrus mix together to create a complex, but not muddled flavor.

M: The body is moderate to full with strong carbonation, spot on for what I'd like in the style.

O: I love this beer. It's one of the easiest drinking 9% beers I can think of. The balance is stunning. The complexity keeps things interesting. The mouthfeel is perfect. Anchorage continues to impress.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Straw color with white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is grapefruit citrus without any hippiness. Taste is also a very pleasant grapefruit without any hoppiness.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance has a hazy yellow somewhat dark orange colored body with a half finger white foamy head that dies at a moderate pace, light somewhat foamy lacing graces the sides of the glass. The smell has some orange up front, somewhat grassy peppery lemon/citrus thing goin’ on in the background, light yeastiness comes forth after some warming. The taste is bittersweet through the previously noted flavors and an added hop note with some grapefruit coming in and punching my tastebuds, citrusy aftertaste, super dry finish. On the palate, she sits about a medium for the most part - hinging on a slight possibility to light, sessionable - maybe. Carbonation seems pretty good for the Belgian IPA style and for me as there’s an adequate harshness and yet its not overbearing whatsoever. Overall, this one is very well done and I would love to have it again with food or just sittin’ on my back porch as a summer sipper.

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Photo of 2GOOFY
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of amturnm7
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lochraneg
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gelasin
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of unclekeith
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites and I'm lucky to have this as an everyday drinker.

Bitter Monk evolves favorably with aging. For me, it peaks at about 18 months. The hop character hangs on for an impossibly long time; but it does eventually fade and the beer turns into a brett bomb around year 3.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apricot with lots of head.

Brett on the nose with dry grains and pineapple.

Some plant qualities with the most beautiful, smooth, crisp, and dry flavor. Floral. Just so easy.

Dry, crisp, carbonated.

An outstanding Brett ipa.

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Photo of N1Nkasi
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 1,036 ratings