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RATINGS: 370   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
arondee (598) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Pours a golden yellow color with a big white head. Aroma is belgian yeast, hops, and barnyard funk. The taste is chalky, a little bitter from the hops, belgian yeast flavors and a subtle Brett taste with some oak. In theory this sounds like an awesome beer. I was super excited to try it. Sadly I really don’t like it. The belgian double IPA with Brett sounds exactly like it tastes and it doesn’t work at all for me. I did not enjoy this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (1251) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 1, 2015
750ml bottle pours cloudy orange with 2 finger head. Nose is dusty lime, juicy orange and citrus, some grassy herbs, light funkyness. Taste is herbal grassy orange zest, dusty lime, doughy oak, some soft white wine funk, juicy citrus. Finishes dry, doughy lemon lime, citrus zest, white wine, soft oaky smoothness, light hint of malt cracker. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drjay44 (3033) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2015
750 ml. corked and caged bottle. Batch 3 May 2015. Pours a medium, tiny bubbled, well retained off white head, with slight Belgian curtain lacing. over a slightly hazy, dark yellow (SRM 4) body......nose is pine, resin, citrus, herbal notes from the hops, light cereal from the malts, vinous notes from the barrel, hints of clove, light funk from the yeast......taste is slightly floral sweet, with barnyard, citrus notes primarily lemon, hints of orange, moderate funk, slight pine vinous tones, slight woodiness, mild sour notes, finishing with a moderate bitterness......mouth feel, medium body, alcohol warmth present. carbonation makes a creamy mouthful. This is a delightfully complex beer in both aroma and flavor. It is loaded with nuances and is not really an I/DIPA. It is a sour, Belgian, wood aged beer and really does not fit neatly into any of the RateBeer categories. That does not make it a bad beer, just hard to place as to style. BJCP 7/3/14/4/6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sdaniel90 (572) - Mexico City, MEXICO - SEP 19, 2015
Bottle, 75cl. Opaque golden/amber with a frothy offwhite head. Fruity hop aroma with hints of caramel, alcohol, resin, citrus zest. Medium to robust bodied with mdoerate to fizzy carbonation. Sweet and intensely bitter. More of a hoppy Belgian ale than a Belgian IPA. Citrus and alcohol bitter finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vaiz (3986) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2015
Bottle at de Molen. Hazy yellow pour. Aroma of white wine, bretty, fruity hops, some flowers and slightly cheesy. Flavor is bitter, fruity, a bit sourish. Amazing balance and lovely flavor. Great brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (7089) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2015
750ml bottle I stole from Johnny, I hate that prick .. . Tan .. Really a lot of foam .. Exacto.. Brett, balsa wood, citrus, and dried grass .. Mouth is uplifting, remember the finish .. . Another great brew by anchorage .. . . I eat bugs, what of it?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjgmd (1782) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2015
With Z, pours a rusty light golden pour with a beige head. Nose is sweet tropical fruit, rich in passion fruit. Taste is fruity conflated with spices and some mild tartness. Ends on a hoppy and yeasty finish . Quaff Score 7 /10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1711) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2015
Bomber. Pours a. Hazy golden orange with a white head and aroma of hops, brett, and fruits. Taste is of hops, brett, funk, fruits, and Belgian yeast leading to a spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (13755) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 1, 2015
Bottle @ home. Cloudy golden orange pour with a tall white head. Nice combination of melon and citrus on the nose. Some tangy pineapple and tropical fruits, too. A bit of pine and yeast as well. There’s a lot of white wine and bitter hop flavor to it. A bit too much oak and bitterness for me. Lots of lemon and grapefruit peel as well. Lacks the fruit character of the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewje41 (1576) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2015
Bottle poured and shared by Prufrockstar, via Furthur. Thanks guys! Pours a cloudy yellow color. Lemon, slightly sour, bretty. Lingering Belgian yeast finish. Incredible citrus fruit flavor throughout, thick body to it. Very nicely done. Loved it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (1578) - 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.

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