Anchorage Bitter Monk

I’m finally home after a day of academy. Today, it was all classroom stuff which makes the day drag. After academy, I started prepping stuff for dinner tonight. Katie gets out from work late, so I’m making her dinner when she gets out. The menu is filet mignon with a red wine/ruby-red port herbed demi and herbed compound butter paired with asparagus wrapped in prosciutto with a fig balsamic reduction and a parmesan risotto. Hopefully she likes it. Since everything’s prepped for that, I’m relaxing on the couch and ready to do a beer review from a brewery that I’m not one bit familiar with.

ABV: 9%

Style: Belgian IPA

Trivia: This Belgian IPA features Brettanomyces. I don’t think I’ve ever had a Belgian IPA with wild yeast. This should be very interesting.

Random: I tried to see what the brewery said about the beer, but they don’t have a website yet. Seriously? What brewery doesn’t have a website yet? That’s like not having a cell phone. Very odd.

This beer came out of a corked and caged bomber. The cork was pretty easy to get out and only had a slight pop. The brew poured with a gigantic head, about three fingers of pure white head that was thick and fluffy and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, almost straw yellow with lots of active carbonation visible. I thought the color was pretty light for a Belgian IPA. The nose was all brett…not that I’m unhappy with that. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a brett beer. Wow, this was really different. The brew started with a bit of grapefruit and tart citrus with a bit of barnyard funk from the brett. It was really light (body-wise) for a Belgian IPA and the booze and IBUs are really well-balanced out by the flavors. The finish was relatively quick with a hint of citrus. The body was probably the lightest that I’ve ever had with a good dollop of carbonation. This beer was just fantastic to me. It was an easy drinker despite the ABV and was complex and quaffable. I would definitely have this bad boy again.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

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