Holy Grail of beer? Dom Perignon? Tom Dalldorf is a bit on the dramatic side when describing this unique Belgian Double IPA by Anchorage Brewing Company. He wrote the verbiage on the bottle. Don’t get me wrong, I dig the beer. It’s great, and I don’t doubt the 96 rating on Beer Advocate. Actually, I think it deserves a higher score, but calling it the Holy Grail may be a bit of a hyperbole. This beer is unique, and not what you would expect from a regular 9% IPA. First off, it has Brettanomyces added, and second, it was aged in Chardonnay barrels, imparting a unique flavor that very few breweries come close to. There is a reason it is 10 bucks, or more for a bottle of this caliber. It takes extra effort, and triple fermentation to brew something this special. I can totally see an aging monk thinking about this beer continually, going to the cold storage room to check on the barrel, just making sure it is safe. Why is this monk so bitter? 100 IBUs from Citra and Apollo hops would cause many people to make the bitter beer face, but not as bitter as if you were chaste as well. Imagine a lifetime of chastity, at least certain monks can enjoy the fermented juice of the barley. Think of the cold storage room and the entry by the special abbey key leading to a very special place where warmth is only provided by consuming the brew within. Don’t be bitter, give this brew a try. Its unique, delicious flavor will have you wishing you bought a case!
The original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop.