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Bitter Monk | Anchorage Brewing Company

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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:
#511
Reviews:
272
Ratings:
1,029
pDev:
9.49%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
421
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133
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 1,029 |  Reviews: 272
Photo of VinceMig
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of THoff94
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fruity and sour. Almost tastes like a mix of sour and IPA.

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Photo of TheBrewViking
4.94/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect Belgian IPA in my opinion

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Photo of AkAndy
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenGap
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sixpoint
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I few months ago I opened a bottle of this that was several years old. I didn’t review it because it was an old bottle and most people say IPAs are better fresh. It turned out to be one of the better IPAs I ever had. Now I got a fresh bottle to review, and I was really excited. But to me, this wasn’t nearly as good fresh as the aged bottle. The following review is for the fresh bottle, as I didn’t take any notes on the aged one.

Appearance – Pours a cloudy opaque golden color with a very big head and great lacing.

Smell – Citrusy; too citrusy in my opinion as compared to the aged bottle (note that other reviewers were disappointed that this beer lost its citrus with age). Grapefruit, with lime, brett funk, oak, and a little chardonnay.

Taste – Taste follows the smell; grapefruit, lime, brett, chardonnay, and oak.

Mouthfeel – Nicely carbonated. This has a really bitter feel to it, which I didn’t get from the aged bottle. Some oily hoppiness as well.

Drinkability – This is a good IPA, but in my opinion it gets better with age.

I’ll re-review this in a few years if I can find another bottle to age, and likely bump up the score.

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Photo of fredmugs
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of SierraFlight
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz corked and caged bottle shared at Beachwood BBQ #bottlecherwednesday. Poured into a tulip, this beer is cloudy orange-yellow with a finger or so of white foam that settles to a thin layer that’s retained for the duration. Lots of sticky lace rings and streaks are left behind. A very complex aroma includes citrus and tropical fruit, brett funk, acidic white wine, oak, some caramel malt, and a little vanilla. The flavors are just as layered, with a great interplay between sweet and sour bolstered by bitter underpinnings. Yeasty, funky, citrusy, oaky, and vinous. Very enjoyable to sip and savor. Medium body, a bit creamy in texture, lively carbonation, drying, puckering, long finish.

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Photo of BeerMeBro720
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured this into a snifter.
The appearance was a nice looking hazy orange color with a light carbonation to be seen rising to fill a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. The lacing stuck nicely around the glass in a speckled even sort of way.
The smell had a sharp peppercorn to brisk lemongrass and a refreshing sort of citrus blend.
The taste had a sharp dry spicy refreshing citrus over top of the peppercorn and lemongrass.
The mouthfeel had a dry yet refreshing sort of brisk carbonation rolling across my tongue. It saturates but is quite dry as well.
Overall, as a Belgian IPA, I say it works. I say its very well done.

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Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of impending
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MammothTarantula
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of hopazoid
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of millelacsmark
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of BrandynB
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Viperman1316
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of BelgianBeerPope
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -19%

Photo of Ian707
2.96/5  rDev -31.5%

Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 1,029 ratings
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