Bitter Monk | Anchorage Brewing Company

Bitter MonkBitter Monk
BA SCORE
4.32/5
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
pDev:
9.49%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
420
Gots:
133
Trade:
8
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -19%

Photo of stakem
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this brew with me. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a clear golden color with a finger of white froth. As the cap fades, a wall of lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is bright with hops that are herbal. Some hints of catty quality mix with a floral aspect that blends into cheese. A hint of stinky feet is present along with minor woody notes and some juicy fruits. Some brett'd quality is evident throughout the nose that accents the herbal aspects of the hops.

The taste is very herbal and cheesy to catty from the hops. There is a dry woody flavor present that blends with an oily bitterness that clings to the inside of the mouth. This is a bold brew as far as Belgian ipas go but it blends together well. The aftertaste showcases grapefruit pulp/zest.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Bitter and enjoyable with a pleasant depth of flavors. The alcohol is integrated pretty well. The contrast of dry brett'd wood flavors and hoppy bitterness worked in this offering. At 5+ months old, id say this is holding up pretty well an would be interesting to see how it further developes.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -19%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of imbibehour
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Batch #1 July 2011.

Minor pop off the bottle. One of the best forming heads I have ever witnessed. Perfectly uniform bubbles of white everywhere. A clumpy retention head sitting on top of a pale amber to glowing brass yellow twenty four carat gold edges with lots of rising carbonation present. I don't know what perfection is.. in many ways it is an anomaly. But this here looks like just a flat out perfection presented.. the head formation is what got me.

Nose is like a bretty grapefruit citrus ipa saison hybrid. Slightly vinous and green grape smelling. Great fantastic nose. Hop angle does not seem obvious, after some time funky sense wears off and becomes more citrus dominant, feeling mildly sour.

Taste is like drinking orange bretty bubblebath, and a mix of huge hoppy pine blast in the aftertaste. Drying hop rooftop feel, with medium texture just down the middle for thickness. Texture is almost vinous but taken over by pleasant hop dryness. Hot punching yeast all throughout.

One seriously slamming beer from this brewery what can I say. They are making some dam good beer up in Alaska.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of 22Blue
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of AlexFields
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of SadMachine
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgian style bomber, caged and corked, "Batch #1, July 2011". Very happy to find this fine brw at $16.99 @ Hudson Valley Bev, in Mahopac, NY

Open with an energenic "poof", pours cloudy, dull tangarine. Nice, sturdy, huge and near white head. Fluffy, puffy and very slow to rest, leaves a high collar and all sorts of high on the glass, sticky lace.

Bright nose of oranges, sour apple, green tea, limes, pepper, gin and some Belgian yeastyness. Gamey, musty, slightly sour note of the Brett also in play. Complex, flavorful and simply delicious brew. With the flavor of the sniff, continuing onto the palate. Hoppy bite in the rear, but shining through forcefully as things reach the finish.

Wow, dense flavors, complex, heady stuff. Love the style and this is one of the more intense and most well crafted versions. Get some stinky cheese, peppery salads, spicy thai food or whatever you like to eat and enjoy every sip of this one!

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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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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For a Belgian IPA, this definitely touches what I like for the style. There are numerous detractors though. First off, it seems a bit boozy. There just seems to be interference on the delivery of flavor. And it's kind of soapy. Eh. I've had a really intense day and I don't feel like getting into this. I've had better Belgian IPAs; recently even. This beer is "okay", but not really working for me much beyond that.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased at The Beer Belly in Albany, NY.

This one pours a hazy, murky pastel yellow/orange, with a half inch foamy head, and a good amount of sticky lacing.

This one smells like dry musty Brett, smarties, lemon, tangerine, orange marmalade, white wine, and pine.

This is everything I wanted it to be, a near perfect rendition of a hoppy Brett beer. The Citra hops shine through. They do more than shine through, it's a dirty Citra bomb, there's some orange, pineapple, and pine, and some really mild cattiness, with mingles well with the dusty citrus and chalky flavors of the Brett. There's some white wine flavor to it as well, some woodsy earthiness, and a chalky bitterness at the end. This is so utterly drinkable it's stupid.

This is medium bodied, with a very juicy mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

This met all of my expectations. I had been dying to try it, so I was worried it wouldn't meet expectation. It did, in a huge delicious way.

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Photo of mklisz
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lare453
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of liamt07
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle I picked up while in Vegas from the Whole Foods on S Las Vegas Blvd. 750ml bottle corked and caged, Batch 1 from July 2011 - into a tulip.

Poured a hazy golden yellow, we split the yeast amongst us and its sat 'curtain-like' in each of our glasses in suspension. Looked pretty cool! Voluminous white head, very effervescent with a great rocky head and spotty lacing. Nose has pungent lemon, funk/brett, white wine notes, pine, a touch of cat pee, citrus zest and background tropical notes (derived from the Citra I'll guess). Alot of grassy notes as well, somewhat of a Noble hop character to it. Certainly extremely unique for a DIPA. Taste again has substantial lemon, tropical fruits with light tart and vinous/barrel notes. Herbal hops again with less brett than the nose. Light spiciness in the finish, certainly a solid amount of Belgian and brett flavours all around - works phenomenally with the hop profile. Bitterness is there but not overpowering. Fantastic, and I'll most certainly seek out future batches if given the chance.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev -7.4%

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