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Monkey Bizz-ness - Big Boss Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

26 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 26
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%


Brewed by:
Big Boss Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: atsprings on 05-12-2009)
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humuloner22

North Carolina

2.63/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

I may have gotten a bad batch, but it was right after a release party, so I don't know. Anyway, I can definitely see where they got the name but this beer was flat. I mean it had no head and no lacing after the pour and I poured it fairly aggressively.

I probably gave it too high of marks, but I have been to the brewery a few times and was overall happy with what I have tried there, but this one was not so great. Maybe it was the alcohol that killed it but, it was not sudsy, even Dupont was foamy.

Appearance: No head whatsoever, but the color is glorious.

Smell: I can tell that is where the get the name from, lots of bananas in the profile, sweet, almost cloyingly sweet.

Taste: fruit, bananas, but some other fruit in the taste, but not as much as you find in other saisons, and no funk, which I like, overall this was a disappointing beer. It clings cloyingly to the mouth and not in an enjoyable way at all. Sickening, maybe this one had died but I was not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 00:46:46 | More by humuloner22
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a near copper body beneath the foamy, off-white head which dissolves to leave almost no traces of its existence. Hints of yeast and lively bubles of carbonation continue to dance about the glass.

Zesty fruit such as lemon peel, hints of pepper, perhaps grass, and a touch of yeast highlight the aromas.

The flavor is much more spiced, and fairly well. The fruit is more subued, but there also seems to be a toasted malt quality in there. As advertised, the yeast is rustic tasting and perhaps there is just a hint of grapy must.

Medium in body with generous carbonation and a drying, spritzy finish.

Not a bad brew. Not sure it's spot on for any style be it Saison/Farmhouse or otherwise. Seems to have quality of a Belgian Pale as well, but certainly one to appreciate.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 00:21:34 | More by CHADMC3
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StayWounded

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I wasn't too familiar with this style, but tried it on tap in Raleigh after a friends wedding. I loved the spice characteristics I tasted. I felt like this could be a good "christmas" beer due to the spices, though I believe it is only available during summer. Appearance was a nice golden color with a decent head.

I agree with my friend's wife that this is a beer to watch out for, if you don't pay attention you will get far more inebriated than you expect.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2011 23:16:13 | More by StayWounded
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery's tasting room

Pours a pale gold with a thin lacing of head. Nose is subtle straw. Taste is wheat with mild spices; clove and coriander. Light bodied and lightly carbonated.

I was excited to try this beer as it's one I hadn't had before, but I can't say it was all I hoped for. I did not detect any spice characteristics that I would associate with a saison; more like a belgian pale or belgian strong pale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2011 11:44:39 | More by tdm168
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NCBeerFan

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites from Big Boss, although after trying many other saison/farmhouse ales, this brew reminds me more of a Belgian strong ale....regardless, it's a really solid effort and an excellent summertime treat!!

Pours a hazy, orange  with a couple of fingers of head, with small, uniform bubbles moving along the sides of the Big Boss pint glass. Pleasant aromas of bananas, sour apples, caramel, and the trademark Belgian yeastiness on the nose. The taste closely follows the nose, but the sour apples tend to be the most dominant, with the hops bringing a  subtle, dry finish, that is reminiscent of saisons.  This is such a highly drinkable beer, but at 9% abv, it's one that will creep up on you. I just hope these guys do their wood-aged version, Wooden Monkey, before too long....and a bourbon barrel-aged version would be a welcome variation as well. 

Serving type: growler

07-02-2011 19:59:18 | More by NCBeerFan
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Boto

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ brewery. This one pours a fairly clear, golden with a tinge of orange color. There was a small off white head that leaves just a bit of lacing. The aroma is good. There are notes of earthiness, malt sweetness, fruit, floral and spices. The taste is very good. It is just slightly sweet, earthy, spicy, very faint fruits. A nice brew.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2010 00:30:41 | More by Boto
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MetlGuy

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Charlotte Oktoberfest in a sampling glass.

A - Golden and cloudy with a small white head but good lacing.

S - Belgian spices and candy sugar.

T - Belgian spices with a mild sweetness and a definite presence of alcohol. No sourness at all.

M - Good body with a low to moderate carbonation.

D - Good example of a Belgian farmhouse ale.

Serving type: on-tap

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2009 22:37:05 | More by MetlGuy
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porterwoobie

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: light gold color. cloudy and hazy. one finger white head, no lacing

S: very fruity, somewhat of oranges and citrus fruits. some mild spiciness.

T: some sweetness and fruity. also can taste a little bit of spiciness. no alcohol is noticed as the fruity esters dominate the palate.

MF: medium bodied, moderately high carbonation.

Drinkability: not a type of beer that i would drink a lot of, but i would get this beer again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2009 20:47:57 | More by porterwoobie
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GJ40

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled at Tyler's Durham in a standard pint glass.

A - Golden and cloudy with a small white head but good lacing.

S - Belgian spices and candy sugar.

T - Belgian spices with a strong sweetness (too much in fact) and a definite presence of alcohol. No sourness at all. I thought it was decent but unbalanced and confused. The flavors seemed to be coming from all over without much regard for each other.

M - Good body with a low to moderate carbonation.

D - In the neighborhood of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale but raw and not very clean. Maybe this one needs more time. A decent beer but not one I'd try again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2009 11:43:25 | More by GJ40
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Swing-top growler poured into a Duvel snifter a hazy pale orange with a nice off-white head that diminishes to a ring and leaves slight lacing. Aroma is a nice blend of sweet malts, orange peel, slight citrus and a touch of booze. The taste is a nice crisp complex blend of sweet malts and spice with just a hint of sourness, a bit of citrus hops make their presence known while keeping a low profile. The beer is medium bodied with a decent alcohol presence that is not overbearing at all, the beer still possesses all the refreshment you expect from the style. I've always looked forward to the release of Surrender Monkey, and even under its new name, this one doesn't disappoint. I'm looking forward to the bottle-conditioned bombers that are coming in the next few months.

Serving type: growler

05-12-2009 23:45:47 | More by atsprings
Monkey Bizz-ness from Big Boss Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.