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RATINGS: 397   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   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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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sitzds (318) - - JAN 22, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2015 22oz corked and caged bottle shared at Beachwood BBQ #bottlecherwednesday. Poured into a tulip, this beer is cloudy orange-yellow with a finger or so of white foam that settles to a thin layer that?s retained for the duration. Lots of sticky lace rings and streaks are left behind. A very complex aroma includes citrus and tropical fruit, brett funk, acidic white wine, oak, some caramel malt, and a little vanilla. The flavors are just as layered, with a great interplay between sweet and sour bolstered by bitter underpinnings. Yeasty, funky, citrusy, oaky, and vinous. Very enjoyable to sip and savor. Medium body, a bit creamy in texture, lively carbonation, drying, puckering, long finish.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MetalNHopHead (1207) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (4888) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
malrubius (2450) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2765) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stoned99 (1016) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkska101 (1560) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haddon90 (1603) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - MAR 5, 2016
Bottle at Mikkeller Bar in San Francisco. Pours a hazy light orange color with a thin, laced head. Piney aroma. Some spruce and hops. Little bit of citrus. Hops/citrus mix in the flavor. Some Belgian in it as well. Slightly bitter. Freaking amazing and different Double IPA. I cannot wait to go to ANC and try the rest of their stuff!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (3244) - Meridian, 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 (3595) - 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 (5178) - 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.


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