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RATINGS: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Double IPA aged in French oak Chardonnay barrels with Brett. Deep within the tortured aberrations of a monk’s mind there lay a concept of a Holy Grail of beer -- a beer oft imagined but never tasted, strived for but never achieved. It’s Belgian heritage manifested in its yeasty complexity, softened and rounded in its cooperage Français and made to sparkle like the stars first seen by his distant predecessor Dom Pérignon. Bitter Monk Belgian Double IPA is such a beer. Redolent of citrusy hop bittering and massive malt infusion, this is a beer to ponder, to sip, and, even for a monk, to dream. Why then is the monk so bitter? What provokes that sly smile? What is he wearing under that flowing robe? A triple-fermented beer gives him three times the mystery. Remember, anything worth doing is worth over doing. Nothing exceeds like excess. Even for the cloistered. And what rough monk, his hour come round at last, slinks slowly toward Brussels to be reborn.


GothGargoyle's rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1700) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - OCT 25, 2012
Pale, slightly cloudy yellow with a pale head. Aroma is grapefruit, pine, mint, basil, hibiscus, mango, with a very subtle hint of funk. Slight creamy mouthfeel, nice balance of sweet, floral and bitter elements on the palate. Taste is passionfruit, jasmine, orange, lemon, grapefruit, grape skins.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (1528) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Bottle thanks to furthur. Clear gold; white head; some lacing. Tropical brett; dry, bitter. Light alcohol burn. Solid, fun.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (4343) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 8, 2015
750 ml. shared bottle. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, tropical, and yeast. Taste is pineapple, orange, yeast, malt, and spice. Nice one.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
furthur (455) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - AUG 6, 2015
Cloudy, beer the color of apple juice, super creamy white head and copious lace. Aroma sour apple, kombucha, pineapple, green grass. Taste is pineapple, mango and spruce, hops bitter finish. Something spice floats through, just at the finish. Palate is kind of thick, carbonation very soft and fine. In all, super tropical, juicy, and dry, bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thorongil2 (1770) - , Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2015
(tap)(with SHIG) hazy yellow colour with a small white head; aroma of funk, fruit; balanced flavour with a long, light bitter finish

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (3424) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Bottle at home. Pour is hazy golden with a big white head and sticky lacing. Tropical fruity - pineapple, mango, mandarins - some grass notes, biscuit lemon zesty, white pepper, and doughy aroma. Taste is lemongrass, dough, weedy, white pepper, herbal, lightly alcoholic, orange peel, and marmalade with a big bitter finish. Medium body with high carbonation. Pretty good, but not as good as some of Anchorage’s other offerings.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (3389) - California, USA - JUL 12, 2015
12 July 2015, tap at Anchorage Brewing. Yellow, clear, no bubbles. Nose is grapefruit citrus. Ned body and moderately fizzy. Sweet, tropical fruit, a bit bitter. Nice and fun.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (6245) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy orange with small white head that lasts leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is Belgian yeast and brett. Medium mouth with strong brett and honey, with light sweetness, hides alcohol well, very good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leepe_steven (202) - Lede, BELGIUM - MAR 4, 2015
this beer reminds me so much in every way of the orval trapist ale. This is also brewed with brettanomyces. Very enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2978) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle. Pours golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, yeast, brett, orange, and mild funk. Flavor was fairly bitter with citrus, brett, yeast, oak, orange peel, lemon and had some funkiness

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (9132) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle. Yeasty orange malt and cedar/orange peel aroma. Hazy golden yellow with large white head. Tangy orange, funky barnyard, yeast, malt and lightly bitter pine/orange peel flavor. Nice blending of Belgian funk and hops.


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