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RATINGS: 401   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (2315) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stef73 (531) - Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2016
De couleur jaune - oranger avec peu everfesssance.pris lors d un voyage au usa.on n’a des notes agrume comme le citron et le pamplemousse. Aussi on n’a un côté Brett . C est très spécial au goût et j’ai bien le Brett avec les agrumes . J ai bien aimer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (3019) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2016
Refrigerated 75 cl bottle, bottled on December 2015, poured ibto a tulip. Hazy golden with medium/big white head. Aroma is light Brett, medium body, medium carbonation, and thick small-bubble lacing. Taste is tart Brett, some funk, some herbal hops, some oak, some white wine, and slightly bitter dry finish. Not a favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VinegarStroke (381) - Napa, Alabama, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Bottle: Pale straw, light head with good lace. This is a funky sour IPA. Nice fruit on the palate. Moderate to high bitterness. High acidity. More like a Saison than a IPA. I imagine this is what a lit of IPA’s looked like back in the 19th century. You could drink tonnes of this little beast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (9985) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 19, 2016
Bottle shared at Klooster. Hazy orange with a white head. The bottle wasn’t super fresh so the hop character had fallen off somewhat, but the Brett was certainly highlighted, nice and funky with some light oxidised sherry notes present, caramel malt and some fruity hops lingering. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MetalNHopHead (1298) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAY 24, 2016
Well, goddamn it, I’ve only been wanting to try Bitter Monk for a while now. Knowing how much Anchorage loves Brett - a huge, distinct flavor profile - and knowing how much I love hops - an equally domineering taste sensation - I had doubts that a beer which mixes huge funk with huge hops could be cohesive tasting experience. Oh, me of little faith. Turns out, Bitter Monk mixes the perfect amount of bready, earthy yeast with dank, tropical hops. I never could’ve imagined a beer where barnyard funk and pungent lemon could share a glass. Bright and bone dry with a long finish. "And what rough monk, his hour come round at last, slinks toward Brussels to be reborn." Yeats couldn’t have said it better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (4951) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2016
Pours a cloudy golden yellow with big fizzy head. Aromas of tropical fruits, brett funk, and some citrus. Flavors of brett, tropical fruits, and a touch of winey notes.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
malrubius (2519) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Bottle from Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury. Hazy orange gold with white head and lace. Lemon pastry brett grass hay aroma (one of my favorites) with a little green grape or champagne. Tropical fruit pineapple apricot sweetness with grassy lemony grapefruit funk and dry bitter peppery grapefruit finish. NIcely attenuated soft carbo. Totally fucking amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2786) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2016
Large white head that lasts, clingy, lasting lace. Murky gold color. Spicy nose, citrus and that woody note. Body is medium, nice carbo level. Flowery hops, citrus, wood and perfume flavors, lightly sweet pale malts, spicy and tangy with mild brett notes. Dry finish with a spicy bite. Interesting but not really an IIPA in my book. Decent brew. Props to furthur for the 750.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stoned99 (1103) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2016
750ml bottle from Craft Beer Cellar shared with Jo. A few months old like 10 months later.. . Aroma: grapefruits, mangos, white wine, herbacy. App: cloudy golden, small white head, beautiful lacing. Taste and palate: medium body, light sweetness, velvety, soft carbonation, nice fruity brett finish. Overall: wow! Pretty good. Wish I could have tasted this fresher. This is really good. That nose is really good. Wonder how it was 10 months ago. Reminds me of Leo’s Early Breakfast wine barrel aged nose but even better. That mouthfeel is near perfect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkska101 (1634) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2016
Bottle from craft beer cellar shared with Alex batch from May 2015 A: citrusy, pineapple, tropical, mango, light barnyard, light grapefruit. App: hazy pale smallish white head. T/p: med body with moderate long bitter finish. Moderate carbonation. O: ok this score so well even being that old can imagine a fresh version of this. So fruity and delicious the brett is present but pretty subtle. I will buy again for sure.

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