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RATINGS: 393   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   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.

fidelis83's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidelis83 (2270) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stoned99 (959) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkska101 (1518) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haddon90 (1602) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (3233) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (3531) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (4941) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beertholomeus (1536) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (6539) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (6741) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DandyWolfFloyd (977) - 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.

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