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RATINGS: 406   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   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 monks mind there lay a concept of a Holy Grail of beer -- a beer oft imagined but never tasted, strived for but never achieved. Its Belgian heritage manifested in its yeasty complexity, softened and rounded in its cooperage Franais and made to sparkle like the stars first seen by his distant predecessor Dom Prignon. 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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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (9647) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Cloudy yellow-gold, lacy white head. Incredible fresh pineapple nose with subtle sour/funky undercurrents. Wow, I could keep my face in this all day! Soft sweet malts, fresh pineapple, tart guava, light funk, gooseberries. Crisp, bitter, briskly carbonated, bright and beautiful-- the best of the "belgian" IPAs Ive tried.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
McWorta (1558) - 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (4879) - 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saeglopur (1825) - 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 doesnt keep up in my opinion, while still enjoyable. Overall I dont get the DIPA much, this is pretty much a sour ale, but a very enjoyable one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sebilinz (1927) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Werckmeister (2473) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stef73 (577) - Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2016
De couleur jaune - oranger avec peu everfesssance.pris lors d un voyage au usa.on na des notes agrume comme le citron et le pamplemousse. Aussi on na un ct Brett . C est trs spcial au got et jai bien le Brett avec les agrumes . J ai bien aimer

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (3250) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2016
Refrigerated 75 cl bottle, bottled on December 2015, poured ibto a tulip. Hazy golden with medium/big white head. Aroma is light Brett, medium body, medium carbonation, and thick small-bubble lacing. Taste is tart Brett, some funk, some herbal hops, some oak, some white wine, and slightly bitter dry finish. Not a favorite.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VinegarStroke (381) - Napa, Alabama, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Bottle: Pale straw, light head with good lace. This is a funky sour IPA. Nice fruit on the palate. Moderate to high bitterness. High acidity. More like a Saison than a IPA. I imagine this is what a lit of IPAs looked like back in the 19th century. You could drink tonnes of this little beast.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (11629) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 19, 2016
Bottle shared at Klooster. Hazy orange with a white head. The bottle wasnt super fresh so the hop character had fallen off somewhat, but the Brett was certainly highlighted, nice and funky with some light oxidised sherry notes present, caramel malt and some fruity hops lingering. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MetalNHopHead (1583) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAY 24, 2016
Well, goddamn it, Ive only been wanting to try Bitter Monk for a while now. Knowing how much Anchorage loves Brett - a huge, distinct flavor profile - and knowing how much I love hops - an equally domineering taste sensation - I had doubts that a beer which mixes huge funk with huge hops could be cohesive tasting experience. Oh, me of little faith. Turns out, Bitter Monk mixes the perfect amount of bready, earthy yeast with dank, tropical hops. I never couldve imagined a beer where barnyard funk and pungent lemon could share a glass. Bright and bone dry with a long finish. "And what rough monk, his hour come round at last, slinks toward Brussels to be reborn." Yeats couldnt have said it better.


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