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RATINGS: 354   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.

fidelis83's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidelis83 (2092) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leepe_steven (181) - 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 (2821) - 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 (8306) - 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 (4449) - 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 (970) - 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 (2446) - 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 (6336) - 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."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tmongoose (1501) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopRedHead (397) - 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.

   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.

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