Bitter Monk | Anchorage Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
1,029
Reviews:
271
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
9.45%
 
 
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420
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132
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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Bierkraft. Pours up hazy fruity coloured body with a quarter inch of retained head. Funky aroma. It all works - the brett, the barreling with fruity nuances, the hopping. Easy mouthfeel and a pleasant drinker, as I finished it all over an hour's lunch.

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3/5  rDev -30.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour from Wowcoolman’s tasting.

Batch # 2. Bottled 6/2012.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, herbs, spices, floral aromas, citrus, wood, wine, and some slight funk. Taste is much the same with a very floral and slightly fruity flavor. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is really tasty and very easy to drink.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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

these guys can do no wrong in my mind, especially with the wild ales they put out. for me, that triple fermentation really transforms the mouthfeel of most of their beers to be unique to them, and unlike anything else in the trade. so dry and fluffy, moderately acidic, woody but clean for a funky brew, just uncommon and awesome all the way around. i was a little skeptical on the ipa in that format, but its amazing. the hops are punchy and tangy and fresh and full of oils. lemon and lime notes in the nose and taste from the hops, with a more earthy forested thing in the finish. lots and lots of carbonation makes it move though the flavor layers a little quicker than would be idea, because they are all so good. you get white wine up front and way back, and between it notes of sweet oak and pale malt. hints of orange rind and belgian yeast are there for a moment, before the hops take center stage. its complex and intense, and the wild yeast is very similar to other anchorage cultures. i think i may prefer the tide and its takers and that ak alive they did with mikkeller, but this is an elite level brew, as interesting in flavor as it is in its process, and one i will definitely revisit. not even that bad on the pricing, well worth seeking out, there isnt much like it. if you do know of something similar, please let me know, i want more like this!

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out as a hazy golden color with a thick white head, the retention is clumpy. The lacing is sticky. The smell of the beer gets better as the beer warms up. There are aromas of lemon citrus and orange, some subtle oak and Brett on the nose. The taste of the beer is sweet with a slight tart bitterness with hints of honey in there. The mouthfeel is carbonated pretty well. Still very drinkable on the smoother side. Overall this is excellent. Really really good stuff.

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of nmann08
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with a hazy golden amber with a two finger 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. 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. Bitterness is a bit much, but afterall.. it is in the name. Interesting beer for sure.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of metter98
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color and almost resembles a variant of lemonade. It poured with a finger high white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of sourness in the nose along with some hints of citrusy hops.
T: The taste is quite sour but is also very balanced with the underlying malts so it isn’t overpowering. It is also complex with flavors of citrus and grapes.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is very well balanced and the sourness and complex flavors make it a very interesting beer to sip.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anchorage Brewing is quickly becoming the pretty girl on the block. Everything they allow me to taste seduces my palate and entrances me with its high level of complexity, full tart-bitter interplay, and powdery acidity that's impossible to refuse. What's there not to like with all that layered onto an imperial IPA base recipe?

The beer pours with a creamy lightness that captures a stern golden hue. As the refined carbonaiton separates from the citrusy liquid beneath, it builds a creamy, cottony foam that proves formidable of both Belgian ales and IPAs. Sticky lace adorns the glass evenly and artistically. This is a highly aesthetically appealing beer!

Mouthwatering aromas of citrus and tropical fruit provides a sweet and sour interplay that tingles the nose with lemons, limes, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, and mangos. Acidic white wine and white grapes continue to wash the nose with wave after wave of complex aromatics. Thin honeyish caramel notes inform the sweeter citrus notes but never seem sweet unto itself.

Creamy, sweet and dry all at the same time- the beer seems to put on a magic show in the mouth. Like "Pop Rocks" candy, the sweet, sour, musty, acidity pulls the taste buds in a lot of directions. Dried lemons and oranges provide a woodish dust taste to complement the zesty citrus notes. Savory sweetness of "Hawaiian Punch" seem to strike the sensetivities of the teeth and gums, and then make me beg for more. Finish with a bone-dry malt taste, the hops carry the beer with smooth bitterness and wineish vinous wood notes.

Creamy from start to finish, but the fine carbonation and dry malt textures evade sweetness in the mouthfeel. The beer is arid, and seems to float just above the tongue, but caresses the palate all at the same time- in true Belgianesque fashion. As the beer dissolves at mid palate, the cotton candy textures carry a whimsical perfume into the gullet and beyond. Powdery wood astringency, evaporation alcohol, and the dry malt-hop interplay keeps me revisiting the glass much quicker than a nine-percent beer should.

With the care and attention to brewing details, Anchorage is proving time and time again that they are not simply content to meet the standards of Belgo-American ales, but far exceed them. Wine barrels, brettanomyces, triple fermentation, exclusive hops and technique cause a ton of work for small rewards- but its far worth it!

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Photo of emerge077
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a red cup, looked dark orange on the way in with plenty of resulting creamy foam. Plenty of lace and lasting retention.

Tropical fruit melange in the aroma, hard to pin down any one fruit. Woody with slight hints of white wine. Really well melded, though aroma is more mellow than the taste.

Grapefruit, melon, papaya, bitter greenery, dry woody aftertaste.
Supple feel, juicy and medium bodied, very fruit forward. Resiny bitter aftertaste, complex and unique. A slight Brett presence, but it's in the background. Very tasty, highly recommended.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #1 (July 2011)

Appearance: Pours hazy and golden, with a frothy head that fades rather quickly, leaving some stringy lacing

Smell: The Brett has done its thing here, with tremendous barnyard funk adding complexity to the stone fruit, citrus and white wine grape elements; slightly bready

Taste: Slightly bready, up front, with the fruit and funk overwhelming the palate; barnyard funk, leathery tones, stone fruit, pear and citrus elements build until the mid-palate, when the bitterness and Chardonnay barrel elements take over; quite bitter in the finish, but a range of flavors linger, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I debated cellaring this one when I bought it a few years ago and I am glad that I did; the Brett has developed splendidly and the bitterness is still there; perhaps it is not as citrusy as it once was but the developing complexity makes it all worthwhile

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Photo of oline73
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow with an orange hue. There is a finger of fluffy white head that fades to a layer around the glass.

Smell: Herbal and very saison like. There is some malt sweetness along with a hint of oak.

Taste: Some hops up front but they may have faded a bit since this beer was fresh. Herbal with some mild citrus notes. The finish is bitter from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really nice Belgian style ale. I was a bit fan of the herbal notes. I think the hops have faded, but I am still a fan. I would love to try this fresher if they bring out another batch.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden orange color with a two-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled phenolic and funky with a nice caramel nose.

T - Good funky, yeasty bite upon first sip. Nice, sweet caramel backbone and a bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is a really great beer. Anchorage has done another great one.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company
4.34 out of 5 based on 1,029 ratings.
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