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

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.62%
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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andrenaline, Jul 14, 2013
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csmartin6, Aug 14, 2013
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3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, 11.5% ABV. Wow - where do I start? First off, this is an ode to one of the few artists, who, upon encountering them on satellite or standard radio alike, I immediately switch the station. Second, the way-too busy label here states that this beer is like the titular band's music, without actually elucidating via any followup; and third, this is my 3000th review, one for which I somewhat agonized over choosing the properly edgy, duly qualified offering. Looks like you beat out Bud Light Chelada, gents.

This beer pours a clear, rather dark red-brick amber hue, with two fingers of tightly puffy, somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves a thorough array of pockmarked iceberg profile lace around the glass as it gently settles.

It smells of maple syrup, biscuity, sweet caramel malt - very Belgian waffle-esque, really - natural vanilla, a wheaty graininess, one amped up to near spirituous levels (maybe bourbon, maybe rum), and faint earthy, leafy hops. The taste is egregiously sweet, with concentrated, resinous maple sap, more saccharine vanilla, a diabetes-abetting, timidly biscuity wheat and caramel maltiness, very little in the way of any sort of hops, and surprisingly even less play from the purported alcohol, beyond a simple, obfuscating warming. Eep.

The carbonation is quite understated, if actually present, and if so, no more than a subtle hum, the body a hearty medium-heavy weight, in the same way that pure, unadulterated maple syrup coats your murmuring arteries, and smooth, I suppose, by the same quivering metric - creamy, even, if we're throwing out discordant accolades here. It finishes still way too bloody sweet, the maple maybe reining it in a bit, but not enough to allow anything else, other than the lingering sugary vanilla, to express its oppressed self.

Not quite the over-wrought sugary beast that I was anticipating, but sweet enough to be put in the general vicinity. The biscuity ESB character goes a fair way in making this at least a wee bit palatable at first, but one that is mostly overtaken in the end. A hefty offering, this much is true, and if you're really into the maple, then this is indeed the thing for you. As for the 'American Dark Wheat Ale' designation - wow, so this is how I finish - a wheatwine instead, perchance?

biboergosum, Jul 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Sammy, Jul 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

markcp, Sep 07, 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
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

randallpink, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of ChrisCage
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours with a hazy consistency and with low amounts of carbonation upon what I see...I guess I'll find out afterwards. The color is a reddish/muddy brown one, and with an underlying tone of dark maple syrup. The head leaves much to the imagination, as I did not get that rich creamy head that I expected....instead I get a thick ring with a thin patchwork of foam connecting it all.....the lacing follows suit, albeit a little better. There are small circular patches of foam that cling to the glass.

S- Maple syrup and lots of it! There are several underlying aromas to compliment this, such as fresh vanilla beans, melted butter, fresh sugar cane, dark rum and even a raisin aroma that starts to border a maderia or ruby port. The only negative aspect of the overall smell is the booziness....however, it really has to get a pass, as this is an Imperial! There is no hop presence noted....just straight up dark sweetness!

T- This follows suit to the aromas quite closely.....again.....maple syrup, and lots of it! There is a yeasty, velvety butter richness that is underlying throughout the taste, to keep all of these flavors in check. Vanilla, hints of milk chocolate, dark rum, black plum, raisins, and I do agree with a previous reviewer, butterscotch.....almost leaves a lingering flavor, such as a Werther's candy will do! Again, no hop presence detected, and there is an alcoholic aspect to this one, but this is a double digit brew!

M/O- Full bodied would best describe this beer, with a dense, yet smooth carbonation. It is syrupy and cloying to say the least, coating the palate with a hit of a broad spectrum of rich flavors. Most definitely a desert beer, I shuttered when I first sipped this, but with every taste, I find I'm enjoying it more and more....perhaps that is the booze kicking in but it really is a nice beer to have over an evening. It goes very well with the Double Gloucester cheese I have accompanying it, as it really helps cleanse the palate in anticipation of the next taste! I would get this again.....it becomes a highly drinkable beer with a little time and would be a great brew to share with somebody!

ChrisCage, Today at 12:03 AM
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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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5/5  rDev +28.5%

ThinkAgain, Jul 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

mmurphy525, Dec 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Hoagie, Dec 30, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

CurtisD, May 16, 2014
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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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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

liamt07, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of SebD
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice amber/nut brown color to it. It has a nice thick beige head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of maple syrup, vanilla, bourbon and dark rum spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has alot of sweet maple syrup, vanilla, some bourbon notes, slightly boozy, some warming from the alcohol, a touch of wheat malts and faint spices.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a great overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

SebD, Jul 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

lwadd, Dec 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Docrock, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On-tap during Sessions 2013 festival.

Beer is chestnut brown in colour with a small tan head.

Smell is maple, maple and maple. Smells like pancakes and maple syrup- or the other way around. For me, this is not a good thing.

Again, the taste is tonnes and tonnes of maple. Wheat, booze. Quite hot.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Sticky.

Overall? Not my thing. I don't really like maple, so I guess I am not the ideal candidate for this beer, but it is not well executed. Way too strong and too much maple.

jrenihan, Jun 27, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Second beer in the Treble Clef Series.

Appearance - Pours a dark mahogany brown with a finger width of bubbly beige head.

Smell - Maple syrup, bourbon vanilla, wheat... like a stack of pancakes!

Taste - Whoa maple! Lots of sweet maple syrup, along with vanilla and wheat to back it up.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Leaves the same feeling in your mouth as maple syrup does.

Overall - An excellent dessert beer by Flying Monkeys. I'm happy that the maple plays a starring role (as opposed to other beers that use maple and it can hardly be found). Definitely meant to share with others, as the sweetness will be too much for one person.

leaddog, Sep 02, 2013
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4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml loud bottle poured into tulip 22/8/13

A has a reddish brown glow when held to the light, a finger of dense foam sticks around for a few sips leaving some polka dot lace

S massive amount of maple, bourbon, vanilla, butterscotch, caramel, and brown sugar, this one has everything sweet going for it, a little unburnt tobacco, honey and just a little booze but for 11.5% its well hidden

T more booze and very faint chocolate, I also get some cereal I didn't smell, somehow its even sweeter then the nose

M thick and syrupy with a little heat, my lips are stuck together and my palates like a slip'n'slide, finishes sweet, surprise, surprise

O a little much for one person but the bottle did warn me that I should share it, dose well in all areas but I have a feeling I'm going to be hung over with all this sugar

would make a great desert beer to split with 3 or 4 people, a little to much sugar for one person but I managed

wordemupg, Aug 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

JMBSH, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of korguy123
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Early "preview" last night on tap at the Garage Party at the brewery.
This monster was a real nice way to polish off the night.

Murky rich brown maple syrup coloured pour. Thin wisps around the top. Zero lacing with excellent legs.

Smells right off the bat with maple syrup, vanilla, some bourbon.

Zero alcohol in the taste, big wallop of maple, brown sugar, vanilla, some caramel. VERY sweet, I found myself wondering if I could drink a bottle to myself as I did with the BNL stout.

Medium to full body, slick on the tongue.

korguy123, Jun 15, 2013
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Flying Monkeys City And Colour Imperial Maple Wheat from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.