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RATINGS: 357   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   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.

Enegaard's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Enegaard (68) - Copenhagen, - JAN 29, 2013
Bottle from Ølbutikken, Copenhagen, end December 2012. This is the most complex fragrant and tasting beer that I have ever had and I love it! The first thing that hits is the white wine barrels, then an incredibly well blended mix of hops, sweet fruits and a slight brettyness that fits so well in there. And that’s just the aroma. The taste is simply amazing, sweet, sour, bitter, complex! For every sip a new layer appears, the white wine is there all along, grapes, hoppy freshness, you defenitely don’t taste the 100 IBU’s or the 9% alchohol. The brett is very well blended with the wine and hops and gives it almost and avocado fatness, while linking with the hoppy bitterness, giving it an olive oil’ish bitterness on the side. My brain can’t really keep up with all the tastes I get out of this amazing brew, but they just keep coming. On my top three of beer experiences, maybe even the best.. Worth the money!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (3346) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (3310) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (6034) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2956) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (8992) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (4795) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle: Clear, bubbly gold with a tight, white head. Sour yeast, lemon, white wine aroma. Taste is bretty, wood, citrus zest, lemon... Lemon-peel bitter....a bit of pepper. Remarkably sour/bitter. Sharp and bitter throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nocturne (1156) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2014
750ml bottle from a 2012 batch. Pours a clear golden shade with a dense, pillowy white head. First up on the nose are some peachy hops that have been waiting two years to escape. Then Chardonnay plays in. Grassy and floral too. Taste is lemon, lime, tangerine, white grape. Malt is balanced really well. The barrel really does wonders for it, but I’m not sure if the whole Belgian aspect comes through. The brett hasn’t taken over as much as I expected. Very nice but I think I’d prefer a young bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
radiomgb (2502) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
Orange-peach in colour, large lingering White head, excellent lacing. Aroma of peaches, yeast, light spice, light alcohol. Flavour of Brett, yeast, candied fruits, peaches, sweet. Bitter mouth, medium body, med/high carb. Finishes very long, bitter and sweet. Oh my god, this is so good. Incredible balance, unreal.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (7071) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"nice blend of funky brett and a s@@@load of hops. citra hops stand out, among others. belgian yeast, brett, and hops make this beer dry as a bone, but intensely flavorful and smooth all at the same time. just as i thought their beers might taste the same, this one stands out a bit."

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