Anchorage Bitter Monk Belgian Style Double IPA

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RATINGS: 446   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   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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3.8
williamstome (3141) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2020
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2020 Character of yeast, oak, white wine, and Brett, and fruits such as apricot, grapefruit, and tangerine. Nice aroma, great flavor, good mouthfeel.

4
ketchepillar (1218) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 20, 2020
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2020 375ml bottle. Grassy bitterness. Moderate amount of Brett. Very Orval like.

4.5
Kita (3202) - Koper, SLOVENIA - JUN 7, 2020
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2020 Cork-top bottle, 0.75l. Aroma of citrus, must, grape skin, brett and herbs. Pours clear golden color with medium sized soapy white head and average sparkling appearance. Taste starts light sweet and sour bready and ripe fruity, following is funky, vinous, resinous and peppery, mouthfeel is dry and spicy, while finish is moderate bitter. Medium body, oily texture and average carbonation in palate. Heavenly arctic bitterness...

4.3
Eructoblaster (6070) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2020
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2020 Bottle - 750ml. Beautiful golden cloudy body with a thin, lasting, white foamy head. Fresh malty/hoppy aroma with white wine, oaky, citrusy, and yeasty hints. Alcohol is discreet. Its sharp malty/hoppy taste is very similar to the aroma and ends with a long bitter/sour, moderately warming finish. Excellent.

3.9
azzurro (1666) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2020
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2020 Ordered online from SAQ, the last of the selection offered, a bit disappointing, considering the complexity behind this craft, not bad, but not for my taste.

3.8
puboflyons (4275) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 1, 2020
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2020 From the corked, caged 650 ml bottle with noticeable date. Slightly foggy looking golden color with a quick lasting white head that diminishes entirely. The aroma brings out toasted malts, white grape, and Brettnomyces. No booze for a barrel-aged 9 percenter. Light, crisp mouthfeel. The flavor is tart but clean and crisp. Ends medium dry.

3.8
GRM (5568) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 28, 2020
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2020 Brown bottle, 750 ml, purchased from the SAQ - Aylmer on November 1, 2019, savoured on January 28, 2020; eye: golden with a caramel hue, slightly veiled, no effervescence, small beige foam ring, no lacing; nose: wild yeasts, fruity, musk, white wine, lemon; mouth: wild yeasts, fruity, musk, white wine, lemon, semi-dry finale in bittering hops with presence of wild yeasts, full body, rather carbonated, mildly bitter, lightly sweet, slightly grated texture; overall: nice surprise

FRANÇAIS
Bouteille brune, 750 ml, achetée à la SAQ - Aylmer le 1 novembre 2019, savourée le 28 janvier 2020; œil : dorée avec une teinte caramel, légèrement voilée, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : levures sauvages, fruité, musc, vin blanc, citron; bouche : levures sauvages, fruité, musc, vin blanc, citron, finale semi-sèche en houblon amérisant avec présence de levures sauvages, corsée, plutôt carbonatée, moyennement amère, légèrement sucrée, texture très légèrement râpeuse; en résumé : belle surprise

4.2
AlainG (3051) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2019 Blonde dorée et voilée recouverte d'une mousse typique. Des arômes très forts de brefs et de houblons. Ensuite des pelures d'oranges. C'est rustique à fond. On perçoit des effluves de cuir et de vin blanc. Amères et âcres les saveurs au début. Après c'est fruité et les levures sauvages agissent en contre coup. C'est très sec, à la limite de l'astringence. Fort appréciable. *(Batch #5 Nov. '16) (2962-261119)

4
ametras (2701) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2019 750ml bottle. Slightly hazy light amber with a foamy white head. Flavors are sweet cereals, apricot, cherry, pineapple, funk, oak and alcohol with floral, herbal and spicy notes. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, smooth texture.

4.6
Boutip (7843) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2019 Bottle: Poured a bright yellow color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of funky Brett notes with some hoppy floral notes is super enjoyable. Taste is a mix of Brett notes with nice funky notes that pairs well with floral hoppy notes with a dry finish. Body is full with good level of carbonation. This is indeed a world-class Belgian style IPA saison. High level of drinkability with good level of complexity.


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