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Flying Monkeys City And Colour Imperial Maple Wheat - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.88%
Wants: 9
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Second installment of the "Treble Clef Series" Collaboration Beer

High-alcohol imperial maple wheat ale brewed with maple syrup and infused with fair-trade, organic bourbon vanilla pods.

"We created the beer recipe in spring when the sap was running and local maple syrup farms were rocking. We'd wanted to use these great maple flavours for a while," Flying Monkeys founder Peter Chiodo said in a statement. "Dallas Green is a native son of St. Catharines, so the maple added the perfect touch of Ontario to this beer."

(Beer added by: korguy123 on 06-15-2013)
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

bigox420, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of Jeffo
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from the LCBO in the summer of 2013. Took me a whole year to get to it.

From a 750ml bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Opens a slow foamer, but a careful pour yields a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with good retention. A clear maroon red with medium level of carbonation. Head fades to a full cap and coats the sides of the glass. A faint wisp and ring remain leaving some falling dots of lacing down the glass. Pretty solid.

SMELL: Maple syrup. That’s mostly it. There are faint hints of caramel and toffee under it, but this is a maple syrup bomb if I’ve ever smelt one. As it sits, some butterscotch and hints of vanilla come out, but that just might be me interpreting the maple differently. I was definitely looking for something else to go off of as well. Despite it’s one dimensional character, I kind of liked it.

TASTE: Maple syrup, obviously, and some butterscotch flavors up front, into a sweet and somewhat boozy finish. Bold and lingering aftertaste of sweet caramel, butterscotch, lots and lots of maple syrup, and some hop bitterness as well. Notes of vanilla as well, most likely from the bourbon vanilla pod addition. Bold, sweet, and lots of maple, with some spicy alcohol poking through as well.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes somewhat mouth-coating. Some heat lingers as well. Full and creamy for sure.

OVERALL: Let’s call a spade a spade here. This is just like BNL except it’s maple on a wheatwine instead of chocolate on a stout. This is all maple all the time. The only difference here is that the overdose of maple is much more tolerable here than the overdose of chocolate was in BNL. Being a big maple fan myself, I rather enjoyed this and was able to polish off the whole bottle without issue. Definitely a one dimensional beer here, but one I enjoyed. You might want to have an army of the half-willing on hand when you open this. Even the brewers suggest getting a crew together for this. I figured I’d be crew enough, and I was. Cheers!

Jeffo, Oct 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

KAF, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of markcp
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

markcp, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -22.9%

kscaldef, Jun 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Jspriest, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

KrisDLSmith, May 27, 2014
Photo of CurtisD
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

CurtisD, May 16, 2014
Photo of artemh
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

artemh, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of craftbeersweden
3.5/5  rDev -10%

craftbeersweden, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Intrigued to say the least!
A - deep rootbeer orange brown, no head to speak of, looks flat to be honest, but at 11.5% a certain level of that is expected
S - big rich true maple aromas, brown sugar, mild breadiness, definitely a olfactory pleaser
T - rich maple syrup, candied dates, whole grain bready maltiness, a little nutty, and generally rich
M - it was essentially flat, not sure if this is a one off issue or a common thing, super sticky sweet as expected, and barely a hint of any alcohol much less the beefy 11.5%
O - aside from the flat factor this is what I was hoping for, a rich maplely flavourful brew that is very easy and dangerously drinkable, more of a dessert kind of brew but you should have guessed that going in

joemcgrath27, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of TerryW
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cola coloured brew under a moderate head that quickly disappears. Lots of lace though, so not too bad looking that way.

The aroma of this beer is immediately all over you. Tons of maple syrup, a little burnt caramel, lots of vanilla. Appetizing, but a little foreboding, too. It's clear right away that this is something on the extreme side.

Sure enough. Crazy sweet. Lots of maple, lots of vanilla, slightly herbal. Some bitterness from a burned finish. Did I say sweet?

Nonetheless, it all hangs together. Drinkable despite being extreme. But - fair warning given - this won't be to all tastes. It's a dessert beer suitable for after dinner. And given the size of the bottle, this is something best shared.

TerryW, Mar 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

RYthebeerGUY, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Shared a 750 ml bottle with a few friends, which was a good call. I doubt I could get through the entire bottle. A red amber color with minimal tan head, this heavy-duty brew smells incredibly sweet and rich, like breakfast in a bottle, with maple butter, raisin, floral vanilla, strong alcohol, and hints of wood and smoke apparent. Tastes like buckwheat pancakes and syrup, a little roasted flavor is apparent along with a vague woodiness. Mostly though, its just cloyingly sweet and boozy, with low carbonation and a thick syrupy body that makes you want to pour this over ice cream, although somehow I experienced the body as less thick than expected. There is a lot of maple flavor left over post-fermentation and no detectable hops (in fact, the label neglects to mention hops in the ingredients ... Presumably at least some were used for bittering purposes). Not bad and reminds me of some of the uber-sweet dopplebocks I've tried, albeit dominated by a maple character and spicy alcohol with an interesting hint of smoke. Too sweet for me but nevertheless a unique experience.

CalgaryFMC, Feb 17, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of maple notes is quite dominant with light residuals sugar notes also perceptible. Taste is also dominated by woody maple notes which are dominant but also kind of pleasant is maybe tad over the top. Residual sugar notes are also present but not overly so with alcohol not really discernible. Body is lighter than expected with heavy filtration and medium carbonation. I am usually not that fond of overly sweet beer but the maple aromas kind of kept me interested in this beer.

Phyl21ca, Jan 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Hoagie, Dec 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

mmurphy525, Dec 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

lwadd, Dec 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

curewhatalesu, Dec 21, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Leffe goblet. ABV 11.5%.

A - Poured a murky copper brown with minimal head and minimal lacing.

S - Perfectly toasted whole wheat bread, maple syrup, vanilla, and spiced rum. Wow this smells good. It really smells like toast dipped in maple syrup with a shot of rum.

T - Sweet, maple syrup, whole wheat bread, hint of vanilla, some spice, some herbal hops. As it warms some alcohol is noticeable in the finish.

M - Medium light carbonation. heavy body, sticky, smooth, slight burn in the finish.

O - Definitely the best maple syrup infused beer I've ever had.

decimator, Nov 15, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

DamageCase76, Nov 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

RedAleMan, Nov 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

kjyost, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of mick303
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 bottle into a wine glass. Poured basically no head was able to coax some lacing and bubbly film out of it. Colour is a darkish chestnut brown with some dark maple syrup look. No visible carbonation, fairly clear. 4

S – a really rich aroma with a strong maple syrup on pancakes character, behind that some raspberry, wheaty body, with fresh pancakes, jammy with some hops providing rich berry fruit notes. Some alcohol presence for sure. 4.25

T – start is a nuanced sweet maple syrup not with a wiff of woodsmoke pancakes, a bit too sweet, blueberry, and the alcohol is moderately spicey and hot. Wheat is a pleasant character on the palate with some silky, very syrupy feel with a noticeable heat, bourbony vanilla is there with a nice compliment, some light hops are there with some syrupy fruit, cherry, and earthy jamminess. A fair bit of heat but the flavor is quite good but could have some more balance. 4

M – a very thick syrupy body, an alcoholic maple syrup wouldn’t be a stretch, it is quite hot and syrupy, but quite a rich pleasing warmth of it, spirituous for sure. 4

For a beer to encapsulate fresh pancakes and maple syrup this is as close as Ive come across. The maple character is quite steller and has lots of depth. I’m quite new to Wheatwines, but certainly want to try some more after this. Rich and syrupy with a rich maple vanilla character, good spiciness and the wheaty body works well as a robust sipper, rounded enough to be very pleasant. 4.25

mick303, Oct 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

deonreds, Sep 25, 2013
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Flying Monkeys City And Colour Imperial Maple Wheat from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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