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RATINGS: 390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   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.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
strattonspeaks (113) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Striking gold pour with massive white head. Punch you in the face yeast/Brett aroma. Taste is sweet with a sneaky tartness. More Brett. Nice earthy, grass notes with just a hint of bittetness. Crisp and lively. Beautiful beer.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (3125) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 21, 2016
Bottle share, thanks Steve. Golden yellow color with an ample off-white head. Strong aroma of pine, citrus, brett, and oak. Bright and funky. Tastes a little heavier in the bitters before getting lightly sweet and some more funk. Gets a little grassy and dry. Good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (3309) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle from Boise Co-op. Pretty solid throughout, excellent nose, silky body, lighter essences, floral, grassy, bubbly. Liking it.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (4436) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 17, 2016
750ml bottle thanks to Steve. pours out a hazy yellow topped with a white head. Nose is lots of Alaskan funk some citrus hops and lots spice. Taste is more of the heavy funk some wood and a nice citrus hop.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beertholomeus (1439) - California, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Pours a golden orange color with a white head. Citrus, funk, yeast, hop, floral and biscuit aroma. Tangerine, mango, orange, funk, floral, yeast, oak, chardonnay and biscuit flavors. Medium body and carbonation with a citrus, floral, hop and funk

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (6398) - Utah, USA - DEC 15, 2015
Bottle at Mikeys Holiday Party
Cloudy yellow with a medium sized white head, some lacing. Aroma of pine needles and citrus. Flavors of pine, lemon and sweet malts
OK

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (6482) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2015
Wonderful stuff. Loads of citrus and a nice hint of florals. Good malt backbone to carry the hops. Hazy orange pour with great head and lacing. If this is how it tastes in bottle I’d love to have it fresh. Bitter finish with some astringent peel and citrus tang. Bottle.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DandyWolfFloyd (860) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2015
Aroma - smacks of Pacific Northwest Hops (Warrior, Tomahawk, and Cascade) - Pine Nirvana! There is even some booze escaping as well as some Belgian yeast. Appearance - Gold hazy body with a tight head that sustains, lacing all the way down. Taste - is oiled up hops and a boozy Belgian malt & yeast. There is some grapefruit as well as some fig too. Even a bit of leather as well. Palate - is slick and boozy, definitely some hop oil. This is well balanced and ripe for a night cap. It’s a serious drink.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (4479) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 27, 2015
750 ml. Pour is hazy golden with a large topping of meringue. Big nose of lemon zest, toast, spicy pickle and earthy honey. Medium body is smooth with medium carbonation and a nice acidic-sweet balance. Tastes of funked white grape skins, pickle juice, resin and honey. Oak in the long finish is nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kambei70 (866) - - NOV 13, 2015
2015 bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. Nose is big malt, some mint, big grapefruit hops, some pine, oak, barnyard/ horse blanket, and a vinous tartness. Flavor is similar with wood, mint, caramel, grapefruit and pine in the hops, and a slight tartness. Medium to full in body and layered with flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sir__v (1471) - Lille, FRANCE - NOV 10, 2015
On tap @ CASK Pub & Kitchen, London - UK. Color: clear blond beer with no carbonation and small white foam. Smell: domination of floral notes, sweet hint and alcohol presence. Very strange nose. Taste: fully body, sweet caramel and floral taste. Sweet notes. Unfortunately too floral for me, and no Chardonnay notes... Aftertaste: alcohol and camomile finish. Very strange. Drinkable but really not amazing. I think the batch was bad.


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