Bitter Monk | Anchorage Brewing Company

Bitter MonkBitter Monk
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94.8%
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4.32 w/ 1,029 ratings
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:
#506
Reviews:
272
Ratings:
1,029
Liked:
975
Avg:
4.32/5
pDev:
9.49%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
420
Gots:
134
Trade:
8
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Photo of shelby415
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
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4.75/5  rDev +10%
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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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4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
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4/5  rDev -7.4%
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4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
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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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4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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4.75/5  rDev +10%
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Anchorage Bitter Monk

A: This very American Belgian IPA from the saison kings in the north pours with an awesome, frothy, bone white, lingering head, which sits atop an almost murky orange juice-like color. Lacing is amazing, and the near turbidity cannot be stressed enough in how forward-thinking it was and how the cloudy style has come into popularity. Fantastic-looking. 5/5

A: Pithy orange juice and grapefruit, leathery funky Brett (complete with pineapple overtones) and a healthy dose of acidic stonefruit from the also buttery Chardonnay and French oak together all work in harmony. Orange peel, clove, and coriander are also present, plus a whiff of bakery. This is a masterful blending of the components at hand here. Phenomenal. 5/5

T: The Brett and barrel does dominate a bit more in the taste, upsetting the extraordinary balance the nose exhibited. That said, this is still stellar. Heavy citrus in the form of orange juice and grapefruit and even a leafy dankness not present in the aroma face quickly into a barnyard Brett and stonefruits (lots of apricot, peach, and nectarine here), then peppercorn and clove mingle flawlessly with butter and a slight acidity finishing with a pleasant and cleaning grassy bitterness as well as a touch of oaky tannin. Just a few notches below the brilliant nose. 4.5/5

M: Perfect. Simply perfect. Soft yet lively, creamy yet drinkable, smooth yet challenging; this is brewing mastery. It is refreshing but with a hint of booze and plenty of bitterness to force the drinker to sip. One of the best mouthfeels out there, a characteristic of most Anchorage beer. 5/5

O: This has been a longtime want for me, and I could not be happier to finally acquire it, and relatively fresh (Dec. 2015), too! Needless to say, it blew my expectations out of the water. In the new trend of wild hoppy beers, this still reigns completely supreme. There are few beers out there this well-put-together. Nearly flawless. Even with the hefty price tag, I will seek this out again. Ludicrously good. Pair with the equally forward-thinking Ornette Coleman's "The Shape of Jazz to Come." 4.75/5

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4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94.8% out of 100 with 1,029 ratings
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