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RATINGS: 347   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidelis83 (1948) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Hazy pale, peachy gold pour with a 2-3 finger, creamy white head. Aroma is full of juicy citrus, brett funk and oak, some sharp vinous notes, spicy hops, a little pine, orange blossom, and a touch of tropical fruit. Flavor is cereal and bretty funk up front, followed closely by toast, light toast oak, more sharp, but fruitier vinous notes, hay, lots of fruity, floral, and citrus hops, with a touch of pineapple forward tropical fruit in there. Lightly bitter, oaky and slightly funky finish. Medium body with a fairly juicy feel up to the, dry, slightly acidic finish and has a nice, medium strength, but small bubbled, blanketing and spritzy carbonation. Pretty freaking good, its several steps out from your normal IIPA (Brett funk, oak, wine barrel, pale malts-probably no caramel, and likely a Belgian base yeast), but that definitely doesn’t detract form how enjoyable it is, in my book.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tmongoose (1283) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Bomber shared. Omfg pours a murky yellow with with white head. The aroma is funky Brett bready citrus malt, liquid heaven. The flavor is funky bready citrus. This beer is amazing one of the best overall beers ever. The flavors are so nicely blended. There are not enough adjectives for this beer.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopRedHead (352) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 26, 2014
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours golden orange with a lively, white head. What a nose; lemon peel, orange, lots of brett, lemongrass and some sourness. The age has let the brett take over. The flavours are a step aside from the nose, more focused on the farmhouse than the citric sourness. Lots of hay, damp wood, herbs and spices. Dry finish with a lingering bitterness. Impressive.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slothlovebeer (1) - - JUN 10, 2014 does not count
Don’t rate beer often. Am a IPA fan. Imperial IPA is hard usually too syrupie or punch u in the face hopps. This tastes like a perfectly balenced nonimperial IPA. Have given to people who hate ipas and even people who don’t care for beer. Consensus is we love it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HoppyBudgie (692) - SOLA, NORWAY - MAY 11, 2014
White head. Aroma is fruity and a touch bretty. caramel maltY flavor that starts like an belgian yeasty ale with some bretty notea and finishes off like an hoppy ipa. Nice oaky finish that balances everything nicely off. But for me too many elements so the direction of the beer is a little bit unclear. But a nice drink

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmzl (89) - SLOVENIA - APR 29, 2014

Look: Pours with huge, puffy, off-white (light yellow hue), medium sized bubbles head. It has a relatively messy, sticky, big bubble breakdown retention. Leaves a solid, thick but sticky top layer that goes down with lots of random lacing. Cloudy, dark yellow and a bit of orange hue.

Smell: Could smell some white wine-ish character on the cork. Very gueuze-like ripe lemon, grapefruit sour, fresh and makes everything lighter. Its a big one. Goes from mango, passion fruit, peach, light strawberries to pineapple, brett and hops did a number on this one. Also very pleasant funk, light leathery. Bit of caramel hidden beneath. It’s very rich, fresh and deceiving, doesn’t hint anything about the 100 IBU, 9 ABV beast hidden in the glass.

Taste: The transition is quite dramatic. Starts with light but well represented citric sour, goes to light-medium smooth caramel, propolis/molasses backbone past pineapple and other tropical notes (a lot weaker than in the smell) to a small, sharp spike of grape stems bitterness but the gentle funk caresses it fast. Ends with medium bitterness, dandelion, bit of medicinal and light sour, which stay strong for quite some time. In the after some wood oak creeps out.

Mouthfeel: Full light heavy body; suiting carbonation, lifts it up. Light alcohol spice but interestingly goes away when it warms up. Also very dry.

Overall: It was a big one, rich, fresh, demanding but still smooth and well roundup. As crazy and tiresome (lambics anyone?) the preparation of this beer looks, it has done it good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2417) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2014
Shared 750 ml. bottle, poured to snifters showing a hazed, orangey gold color, with a frothy, white head that gradually reduced to a bubbly ring & film, and left some dots & dashes as lacing. The nose was subtle, yeasty funk, an array of hints described as dank, earthy, weedy, and floral, and dominant, juicy & fresh, ruby grapefruit. The taste showed the same successful complexity, adding rindy & dry bitterness, a little vinous nature, and decent malt, together in a lively carbonated, medium body. Very nice!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
otaviobdm (4) - Recife, BRAZIL - MAR 30, 2014 does not count
Just perfect. The best DIPA i ever tried. Balance of bitter, citric, acid, winey, just so much complexity and perfectness for one beer!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jandd1983 (2552) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 1, 2014
It poured a cloudy yellow color with a small white head. The aroma was of lemon zest, some pineapple, dry oak, brett and orange peel. The taste was of big pineapple juice with some Brett presence, lingering oak and pineapple. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philym (999) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2014 Appearance: Clear golden/amber with 2 finger thick ivory head. Aroma: Leather, pineapple, gooseberry, funk, Brett, acetic (in a good way), citrus. Taste: Medium/high sourness, medium bitterness and low sweetness. Palate: Thick smooth texture, light/medium body, average/prickly carbonation, lingering dry bitter sour, grapefruit, pith, malty, citrusy finish. Comments: Very good and glass lace. Rating for batch #2 June 2012.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smith4498 (3025) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Pours hazy dark orangish color with off white head. Aromas of citrus fruits, brett, oak, belgian yeast and some funkiness. Similar flavors with the brett coming through nicely. Medium body with lively carbonation. Another excellent beer from Anchorage Brewing.


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