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
Gots:
132
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Photo of Rizzy17
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of YupikHops
4.84/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of n2185
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a nice cap with decent lacing.

S: Sour candy--like lemon drops--hit first with pineapple and orange citrus notes following. Belgian spices, sweet hay, Chardonnay, and a bit of barnyard mustiness come through as well. Smells amazing.

T: There's a lot going on here--tart and sour fruit, musty and funky barnyard flavors, resinous pine hop notes, Belgian spices, grapefruit and citrus rind, Chardonnay, and a moderately bitter and lightly boozy finish.

M: Body is on the lighter side of moderate with lowish carbonation, this beer avoids being watery and has a slick feel--quite drinkable.

O: A damn good beer, overall. So much going on in this beer and it all works well together. I might like a little more carbonation and a little less bitterness, but those are nitpicks.

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Photo of crobinso
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of msumike89
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | 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 jmg480
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brpendergast85
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 22Blue
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlira
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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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Photo of Prospero
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of chrissy820
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

L-a Golden orange haze
S-a funky yeasty barnyard smell
T- funky barnyard goodness. The best tasting Brett I've had to date.
F- fluffy, full nicely carbonated mouth feel.

Overall Brett is not my favorite yeasty but this is a lovely Belgium IPA

Poured into a lost Abbey taku glass

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Photo of sloelco
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spoony
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle (Batch #3, May 2015) into a tulip.

A-The beer pours with a nice, tall, dense head of white foam. The retention is OK, not great, and it leaves some splotchy lacing on the glass as a I drink. The beer has a light haze and it is straw colored; very pale.

S-The aroma is awesome. Massively juicy hops, fruity brett funk, and oak combine for wonderful things here. I sniff pineapple, peach, light lemon (which provides just a bit of tartness), and a mild funky brett. Oak is subtle here but it gives just a little bit of dryness and added acidic bite to the hops. Alcohol is well concealed for 9%.

T-The taste doesn't quite live up to the smell, but it is pretty dang good. Less juicy hops and more dry, funky brett are noticeable here. The hops are still tropical, but there is more bitterness and medicinal alcohol heat that doesn't pair completely with the rest of the beer. The finish is long, lightly bitter, and slightly spicy.

M-The feel is light to moderate on the palate with an active carbonation.

O-What a great smelling beer. One of my favorites ever. The barrel, hop, and brett combo makes for nice complexity and lovely flavors that I could sniff over and over again. The brett is much dryer on the tongue and it almost overpowered the rest of the beer on my palate so the taste doesn't quite reach the smell, but this is a complex, tasty brew that drinks well on a late-July day like today.

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Photo of NickThePyro
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rightcoast7
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dnb128
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Carlson8tor
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer not too bitter more citrusy. Goes down smooth, the Brett give the beer an interesting yeast flavor. The aroma was very strong and flavorful. The head lasts forever. Great beer!

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Photo of crackshot
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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