Bitter Monk | Anchorage Brewing Company

BA SCORE
96
world-class
1,027 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
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
Ratings:
1,027
Reviews:
271
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
9.68%
 
 
Wants:
420
Gots:
131
For Trade:
8
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,027 |  Reviews: 271
Photo of itsiilegal
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of DucksFan16
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Re-rate on 02/05/2016. Poured from a growler that was filled at the brewery about an hour prior. Served from a snifter glass. Almost perfect in every way. Absolutely outstanding DIPA, one of the best anywhere. My first time having this on tap.

Original rating years ago 4.5 (from bottle).

 294 characters

Photo of PHBoiler
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle from June 2012 poured into a tulip

The carbonation is easy to see no matter how you pour this beer. Hazy lemony/orangy beer with a huge foamy white head almost like bath soap. The head dissipates quickly but can be easily regained with a swirl.

The nose is intoxicating. First you get the Citra hops, then some funky Belgian yeast, and you can get some orange and spiciness like a Saison as well. It really makes you want to continue smelling, but it's time to drink.

Almost every taste is different. It is such a fun beer to drink, but better to share. It became tough to tackle the entire 750 mL because it is such a big beer. The 9% is well hidden but the strong flavors attack the palate. I think this drinks like a Citra DIPA vs a Saison. You absolutely get the Chardonnay as it warms. I get the hop punch on the front end but it fades into the orange/spice notes. I'm sure some of this has to do with the nearly year old bottle but it held up magnificently. This beer would be a great 3 yr vertical as it is bottle conditioned. Worth seeking out especially for a bottle share.

 1,099 characters

Photo of DrewShalvoy
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of cardsfan
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of anteater
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of pugartheterrible
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of JamFuel
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of bstyle
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of AaronBricking
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of randylangford
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Kreko7
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of JamesStreet
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of thampel09
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of 2dogbrew
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of littlebeer
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of cadaugherty
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of sirsteve42
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of dvmky
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of bmwats
3.79/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Hazy golden-orange hue. Pours about a finger and half, bubbly white head. Settles pretty quickly. Peak and valley lacing.

S: Hay and wheat prominent. A little citrus, and coriander.

T: Hoppy, yeasty, and bitter. Slight tinge of citrus, sweetness, and spice.

M: Light body, dry bitter finish.

D: Sip and enjoy. The character will dictate it.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Interesting hue, nice head, and some solid lacing. Nose is hay and wheat with fruit and spice components. Yeasty and hoppy with citrus and spice. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

 609 characters

Photo of cgentzkow
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of HeadyTheElder
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of MastaShonuf
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of shangwang
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company
4.34 out of 5 based on 1,027 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.