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RATINGS: 410   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Enegaard (75) - Copenhagen, - JAN 29, 2013
Bottle from Ølbutikken, Copenhagen, end December 2012. This is the most complex fragrant and tasting beer that I have ever had and I love it! The first thing that hits is the white wine barrels, then an incredibly well blended mix of hops, sweet fruits and a slight brettyness that fits so well in there. And that’s just the aroma. The taste is simply amazing, sweet, sour, bitter, complex! For every sip a new layer appears, the white wine is there all along, grapes, hoppy freshness, you defenitely don’t taste the 100 IBU’s or the 9% alchohol. The brett is very well blended with the wine and hops and gives it almost and avocado fatness, while linking with the hoppy bitterness, giving it an olive oil’ish bitterness on the side. My brain can’t really keep up with all the tastes I get out of this amazing brew, but they just keep coming. On my top three of beer experiences, maybe even the best.. Worth the money!


4.8
dpswanson (5) - Fremont, California, USA - MAY 28, 2017 does not count
Excellent beer with a very unique style. Strong citrus hops aroma, hop heavy start with the finish of a Belgian Strong. Highly recommended from someone who typically does not go for IPA style beer. Complex, aromatic and most importantly, tasty.

4
Capa (3303) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2017
Hazy golden with a white head. Effervescent and bright. Mango, citrus, white wine, peach. A good musty and tart bite. Medium bodied. Clean Brett profile. Great stuff. Wife says it’s a breakfast drink. I agree.

4.5
copestx (227) - Vesterbro, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2017
Batch #4 from Dec. 2015. Aroma of stone fruit and oak, taste is heavenly brett, oak and chardonnay, stone fruit, green apples, and faded piney hops. Any list of best US breweries that doesn’t include Anchorage is a joke, so tired of east coast IPA factories getting so much hype when Anchorage is the absolute master of Brett and consistency (two things that don’t typically go together). This beer is yet another master class in fermentation. Complex but also balanced. So much wonderful stuff going forward on here!

3.9
Slubgob (329) - West Hartford, USA - JAN 8, 2017
Bomber into wine glass. Very hazy orange yellow, fine white foam clings to edge.nose is mostly sour Brett, bit of orange, barest hint of funk. In the mouth, reads mostly as a door ale,I don’t really get IPA. More orange flavor, sour funk. Just enough sour to make it clean without being off putting if you’re not a sour fanatic. Maybe some herbs on there, sage or bay? Lingering citrus finish. Drinks very easily, and invites many sips to tease spay the layers.

4.3
McWorta (1627) - LUXEMBOURG - AUG 26, 2016
Golden light opalescent with a large frothy white head, excellent lacings. Aromas of straw, wood, hay, wet leather, citrus, floral-earthy notes develop. Pretty complex and interesting aroma profile. Effervescent, smooth and full bodied. Light sweetness paired with a burst of citrussy, piney, woody and white grape flavours building a harmonic bitter-acidic taste sensation. Lasting juicy finish.

4.5
superspak (5603) - Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2016
750 ml bottle into tulip glass; Batch #4, bottled in 12/2015. Pours fairly clear golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge lightly tart/sour lemon, lime, pineapple, peach, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, guava, grapefruit, orange peel, peppercorn, white wine, oak, hay, straw, musty funk, leather, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, citrus/tropical hops, wine barrel, and moderate pale male notes; with great strength. Taste of huge lightly tart/sour lemon, lime, pineapple, peach, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, guava, grapefruit, orange peel, peppercorn, white wine, oak, hay, straw, musty funk, leather, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness, Large amount of peppery yeast spiciness and citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, pineapple, peach, apricot, passion fruit, grapefruit, citrus rind, peppercorn, white wine, oak, leather, musty funk, and floral/grassy/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, citrus/tropical hops, wine barrel, and moderate pale male flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors lingering after the finish. Very drying from bitter/spiciness as well. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, sticky/resinous, lightly grainy/creamy, and acidic/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an insane Belgian IPA! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, citrus/tropical hops, wine barrel, and moderate pale male flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink for the big ABV. A really amazing offering all around.

4
Saeglopur (2178) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JUL 30, 2016
750 ml corked bottle, bottled Dec 2015.
Golden-amber, hazy body, with a big, creamy, lacing, white head.
Amazing aroma of Brett, barrel, white wine, citrus candy, berries,
Tastes of sweet ripe fruits, lemongrass, barrel, white wine, barnyard, grass.
Medium, oily mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation.
Finishes dry, medium sour, wooden, vinous, subtly sweet malty.

Tasty. The nose is really amazing, just how I like a Brett beer. Tasty doesn’t keep up in my opinion, while still enjoyable. Overall I don’t get the DIPA much, this is pretty much a sour ale, but a very enjoyable one.

3.9
Sebilinz (2345) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JUL 30, 2016
Bottle. Thanks to Werckmeister. Golden slightly cloudy body with white head. Aroma is very nice fruity brett. Taste is fruity and dry with nice fruits and hints of wood. Aftertaste is nice sour fruity and bitter. Nice one.

3.9
Werckmeister (3188) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUL 30, 2016
0,75l bottle at home shared by 4, from trade with fabiand, big thanks for that one. Batch No 4, 12/2015. dark yellow lightly hazy color, small white head. smells lightly funky, some wood, marzipan, nutty, light green apples, peach. very nice smell. full body, slick mouthfeel, soft carbonation. tastes of spices, light wood, peppery, peach, acidic, herbal. finishes rather dry, lightly alcoholic and rather spicy with some herbal and peppery notes. good stuff, liked the smell quite a bit more, would love some more sourness on the taste. overall still very nice beer.

4.1
stef73 (620) - Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2016
De couleur jaune - oranger avec peu everfesssance.pris lors d un voyage au usa.on n’a des notes agrume comme le citron et le pamplemousse. Aussi on n’a un côté Brett . C est très spécial au goût et j’ai bien le Brett avec les agrumes . J ai bien aimer


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