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Space Monkey - Allentown Brew Works

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 150
Avg: 3.39
pDev: 28.32%
Wants: 2
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Allentown Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: yourefragile on 06-27-2010

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Photo of metter98
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is slightly hazy rosé-orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that faded away leaving some lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of raspberry juice in the nose.
T: Like the smell, flavors of raspberries really dominate the taste (similar to a fruit lambic but without any sweetness).
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is rather tart.
O: This beer isn’t that great compared to other saisons but is something to consider if you like raspberries, especially since the taste isn’t sweet and doesn’t seem artificial.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was much better than the Monkey Wrench in my personal opinion. The beer poured out as a murky looking orange color with a white head on top. The smell of fermented raspberries came through on this one. The other aromas that the regular Monkey Wrench had were masked by the fruit in this one making this a much nice beer to drink. the flavors of raspberry come through nicely also. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Overall this brew was pretty good I thought.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear peach color with a very foamy head; plenty of lacing left behind

Smell: Raspberry fruit and yeast; sweet and tart

Taste: Raspberry, plain and simple, with fruity sweetness and tarty complexity

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Like others, I don't think much of this as a Saison, but as a fruit beer, it is very good and I have rated it as such

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Photo of zeff80
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a two-finger, white head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of raspberries and yeast. Not much more.

T - Lots of raspberry flavor with a little sourness. There is a subtle yeasty spice.

M - It was crisp and fairly sharp. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is okay. I don't think I'd need to try another, though.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Bethlehem

Poured a mostly clear copper color with a small foamy head that dissipated to a tiny ringlet, with no lacing to speak of. I'd seen this beer advertised fairly often, but I never really looked into it to see what it was. Apparently it's a raspberry saison. And that's what it resembled, pretty much, though the saison qualities weren't too strong. Aroma of bready yeast and berries. Taste is similar, with bready yeast, biscuity malts, obvious raspberry flavor that is actually right about spot-on--not too sweet or overpowering--slight Jolly Rancher tartness, and a bit of bitter skunk in the finish. More of a fruity amber ale than a saison, I'd say. Mouthfeel is light, and the beer is fairly drinkable. Not something I'd want to have again, but honestly not that bad overall for a fruit beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bleh. This is your standard fruit beer with a typical base beer that gets injected with a load of juice or flavoring. No real unique flavors or interesting tones. Typical. I definitely have written off fruit beers for all time, unless I know that they are highly rated and well received.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy golden orange to rose in color. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy light pink head that reduces to a medium ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a light amount of sweetness as well as some tartness in the smell of this beer. I detect moderate amounts of raspberry (slightly artificial) along with some lighter notes of yeast and spices.

T: There is a light amount of malt body in the background for this beer which taste a bit like cereal grains. The beer exhibits both some sweetness as well as a fair amount of sourness. The raspberry flavor is somewhat natural and somewhat artificial with some yeast spice notes. Very light lemon/citrus hint as well.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Very light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is certainly not one of the best saisons that I have ever tried but it is interesting. Easy enough to drink and I like the fact that there is a little sourness with the raspberry which is not often found (raspberry is often super sweet in beers).

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Photo of woodychandler
4.29/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My local trader, tone77, and I did another pick-up/drop-off the other day and this time our roles were reversed - I dropped off while he was at work. More bottles for me to keep the numbers aligned with The CANQuest (TM). So be it!

From the bottle: "Saison ale brewed with 100% natural raspberry juice".

My pour resulted in just better than a finger of foamy, cotton candy pink head with decent retention. Color was a hazy pinkish-amber. Nose was ... well, you had better like raspberries going into this one! This smelled like my late paternal grandmother's backyard raspberry patch! I poured a lot of this during the early-Spring Taste of PA fest and I can tell you, it is a real hit with a specific audience. A real panty peeler, if you get my drift. Mouthfeel was thick and full with a blast of raspberry tartness on the tongue. Finish was equally tart and highly refreshing. This would be an excellent beer for the summer, ABV notwithstanding.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a kitchen glass.

Space Monkey boasts a very light shade of bronze mixed in with watered down apple juice. A hard pour yielded nothing in terms of a cap and there is nothing to even stick to the glass either way. A small ring around the collar.

Smell is raspberry juice thats watered down and no saison qualities at all. Mislabeled is a understatement. A small scent of raspberry, that's it.

And with taste no saison but a small dose of raspberry so watered down it's like nothing. If this was labeled a fruit beer(Which it should be, it would probably sell better:) No earthy grassy hops and nothing resembling a Belgian style beer. Fermented raspberry juice watered down with a punch of alcohol to make you feel good.

All in all, this loses as a saison, but as a fruit beer for summer, i would grab a six of this if it were 3 beans cheaper as the taste is pretty one sided. Feel is light, carby, and felt. I wish this brewery spent more time on it's recipes besides their labels or contract disputes because of the former.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL cork and caged bottle. As with all of their recent bottles, labeled as a unified "Fegley's Brewworks", but smaller print says brewed by Allentown Brewworks. Description states, "Saison Ale brewed with 100% natural raspberry juice."

I didn't have a great experience with Monkey Wrench on draft, but hadn't tried that one or this guy in bottles yet so I was cautiously optimistic opening this up. Cork comes out easily and with great force, but isn't followed by any gushing. Pours from the bottle a pink champagne color and settles in the wine glass a hazed lighter golden amber color with an initially huge fizzy off white head that quickly fades to a finger thick layer with minimal lacing. Aroma is dominated by a slightly sour, not quite natural raspberry fruitiness. Behind that, more traditional earthy and lemony saison notes pop out, with minimal spice or wheat aromas.

The flavor unfortunately is a bit of a let down, walking a delicate line between raspberry soda and the nice idea of a raspberry spiked saison. The dominating flavor, like the aroma, is a slightly less than natural raspberry flavor, sweet and tart. Body is medium light, with fine, heavy carbonation producing a dry, clean finish with lingering tangy sweetness. Most disappointing is that I'd be hard pressed to call this a saison if I hadn't read the label. Closer to the finish, there is a stronger wheat and lemon-y zest background behind the fruit. However, there is also a mild buttery texture and flavor in the finish. Overall, if you like raspberries, this is probably worth a try at $7 a 750 once this hits local Wegmans and Whole Foods, but I wouldn't go into this expecting a great saison.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light raspberry-amber coloring is filled with a strong and rapid sense of effervesce. Even with a gentle pour the head dominated, an off-white ice berg sculpture towers 3 fingers high with a rock solid retention rate. Spongy dabs of modest coverage coats the glass for lace. Clarity becomes more dense with subsequent pours.

S: Even on the pour the raspberries were strongly evident, sweet and sugary with an almost fruit juice like aroma.

T: The flavor starts out sweet and sugary, quickly turning to a slight tartness of raspberries. The flavor appears very natural, nicely balanced with fruity tones and a low hop profile letting the natural raspberries shine. As a saison, better then average, as a fruit beer, good.

M: Active mouthful, bubbly carbonation. Nice slick feel of raspberry juice that was sweet upfront and tart on the swallow.

O: Not a fan of fruit beers, but if your gonna make one a saison style seems the way to go. While it loses something in translation saison wise, as a fruit flavored beer it works without being girlie or overbearing. Better then average consumption rate.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with pinkish hues and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is big on raspberries. Taste is also a bit heavy on the raspberry, a bit sourish, some lemon and hops are present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall makes for an interesting and decent brew.

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Photo of claspada
2.56/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a clear, copper color with a medium size white head of fluffy foam that left little to no lacing.

Aromas begin with It smelled of raspberries and Belgian yeast. Light biscuity, crisp, toasted maltiness but really takes a backseat to the artificial fruit smell.

The taste follows the nose with a lot of artificial raspberry flavor with a little Belgian yeast tart/spice bite. Not much more the the base beer, which I don't think it too stellar to begin with, is really masked by the sub-par raspberry flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium to light in body with medium carbonation; would prefer a bit more for the style. The finish was fairly crisp and dry.

Overall this was okay at best; to be honest I had a hard time finishing it even on a warm afternoon. Needs less artificial fruit flavor, more saison kick and a boost in carbonation to help enhance the dryness that I look for in the style. I cannot recommend this and will not be revisiting anytime soon.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks pretty nice with a good level of carbonation and a 1/2 inch of head that forms a thick lace.

S - Smells of sweet and tart raspberries, maybe a touch of lemon or lime from the farmhouse side.

T - Actually better than expected. Mostly tart raspberries and a clash of lemon as well with a bit of vanilla sweetness. Finish is crisp and sharp.

M - Light to medium drinks very well.

Overall I expected this to be just another raspberry knockoff but they did a very sweet job of making a farmhouse ale with raspberry flavors. Would buy again.

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Photo of xnicknj
2.79/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours a clouded auburn with a huge white head. Fades into cloudy film with plenty of lacing on the glass.

Some scents of wheat and caramel drizzled bread, but quickly dominated by raspberries from top to bottom in fairly overpowering fashion.

Bitter hops up front with bready malt and burnt crust. Tons of raspberries with juice and hops. Everything seems to clash together with fruit and malt, although the end result seems pretty tough right now. Finishes sweet, dry, and hoppy.

Medium body, higher carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. Drinks okay, but definitely not something I'd get again.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip. 7% ABV, no date.

Thanks, yet again, to Beerwolf77 for another brew at our sampling!

A - A tall but loose off-white head billows up but sinks pretty quickly. A thin film is all that rests on the hazy, slightly pink-orange beer.

S - Thin and light tart raspberries on the aroma smell fairly fresh and real right away (not syrupy). Some very soft spice notes in the background but it's a very mild saison aroma if any. I like the fresh raspberries though.

T - Fresh tart raspberries flourish in the flavor but overtake all other aspects heavily. It isn't syrupy at all. Light pale malts and straw but no real spiciness in there. Way more of a fruit beer than a saison.

M - Heavily carbonated and medium-light-bodied with a dry and lightly tart finish that's very champagne-like. Nice for this beer.

D - This beer doesn't really have anything wrong with it other than the fact it's a fruit beer, not a saison. If you don't immediately expect a saison, it's fine. It's got a decent level of real raspberry flavor that's not sugary but it needs some other stuff in there to back it up. Also, why is this in a 750? That just seems odd to me. 12 oz bottles of this should be the max.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no date.

pours a reddish copper color, big white head. actually a bit too much foam, hard to pour without overflowing glass. nice raspberry aroma, I'm surprised it's natural because of how strong it is. taste is a bit tart and puckering. not much sign of a saison in there at all. thin to medium body, good level of carbonation.

It's rare I like a fruit beer - but this one is good for a summerday.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):

A lively pop of the cork is followed by heady beginnings and a lace that crowns the hazy amber brew. Sweet, tart raspberries, vague spiciness, fresh grain and a bit of earth are all present in the nose. With bold carbon- ation and a fluffy body, the raspberry flavor starts with a quick sweetness, then moves more toward tart. Light spicy character melds with the dried hay graininess. There is some alcoholic warmth and a hint of esters on the breath. This brew is semidry, slightly tart and has a yeasty finish. While the Saison does not jump out at our faces, it does, however, work. Good use of fruit.

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Photo of Suds
3.44/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a reddish, clear brew with a flat-ish, white head. The aroma is of a sweet, slightly malty-mixed with tart raspberry. The wheat really comes through in the aroma. Also present are notable raspberry fruit characteristics. The taste is, at first, tart and refreshing. An underlying sweetness comes out after a few sips. The fruit is notable, and well represented. Medium to light in body. This is a nice, but not exceptional, beer.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rust-colored brew with a half-a-centimeter of white head. 3.5

Sweet raspberry aroma with a subdued saison yeast. Very mild spice, some grassy aromas. “Dead” grassy. 3.5

Brutely yeasty, sweet raspberry with effervescence, aspartame, chalkiness, strawberry, apricot, brawny alcohol, and nuttiness. Sweet in the finish, as well. Needs something to round out the sugars. Fruit saisons are tough to impress. This one falls short, but could’ve been great. 3.5

Heavy carbonation overtop of a medium body. Not the easiest drink. 3.0

Very average beer, as it turns out. I thought the flaws were ‘just off’, but then they kept adding up. Fun to try. Happy to never have again. 3.0

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Photo of DIM
2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: This was a bright, moderately dark golden orange color with hints of purple-y pink. It poured with a short lived fizzy head.

s: Raspberries dominate. They aren't artificial or medicinal smelling, but they are sweeter than I expected. For some reason raspberry yogurt comes to mind. I couldn't really find much in the way of saison aromas.

t: Lots of sweet raspberries, I expected something earthier, mustier, or more tart in a saison. As the berries fade some sweet grains emerge. The aftertaste is a faint, tart berry flavor.

m: Kind of heavy nad syrupy.

o: Not bad overall, there just weren't any saison charcteristics to be found.

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Photo of Jayli
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from SamuelJackson45 via LOKO 4 Locals so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
consumed 11/28
poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy deep amber, burnt orange color with a one finger of sudsy, soapy looking head. Nice head retention that leaves wisps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is raspberries and lighter yeast notes.

T: Taste is far more fruity than I would have anticipated. Strawberry, raspberry flavoring hit at the forefront - rather dominating. Yeast comes through to try to quell the fruitiness, light dank notes. The raspberry flavoring comes back in to finish it out.

M: Light bodied, moderate to higher carbonation, crisp and prickly, light feeling.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not filling, mild kick, an interesting representation of style. I enjoyed this beer more than I thought after the initial sip. The fruit flavorings are more sweet than tart. However, it's a light easy, crisp drinking beer.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It is 80 degrees out so a fruity saison sounded like heaven.

A: Deep golden honey color. A touch of white head. It poured quite thick which is weird for the style.

S: The nose has quite a bit of fruit in it but it comes across as fruit concentrate. Raspberries. That is the entire nose except for some sweetness from it. You really do not get any of the funky esters you would expect from a saison.

T: The fruit dominates and there really is not much else going on. I do not get any saison out of this beer. If this were a fruit beer it would be much better style wise.

M: A little too viscious for the style. Carbonation is a little too soft as well.

D: It is going down easy. Nice warmer weather beer but the thick body would limit that at a point. Needs a little work.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber orange color with a big frothy head. The head gives way to skim and leaves a little lace on the glass. The aroma is of sweet raspberries and a hint of yeast sweetness along with a slight grain. The taste starts out with a big tart raspberry taste with a hint of saison lemon grass. There is a slight grain taste at the backend. The majority of this beer is raspberries dominating. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it is an okay saison, mostly raspberry hiding any other saison flavors. A little more balance and it would have been a pretty solid beer.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up a few weeks back because I had never tried anything in a bottle from these guys. After the other beer that I tried from Allentown Brew Works, I was hoping that it was just an aberration and that this would be better. Sad to say, that wasn't the case, as I don't even think that this qualifies as a Saison.

A bit of head was the best attribute to this pour as I couldn't smell much, there wasn't any lacing to be seen, and the almond and pink hue wasn't anything memorable to behold. Practically no carbonation to this as the taste was that of a very tart raspberry puree or syrup. There's a bit of lemon and tonic water in this too but for a beer, that's not what I'm looking for. The cloudy, complex, floral funk of a Saison just isn't there and if I was given this blindfolded, I'd guess that it's a fruit beer and not something Belgian in nature. This almost reminds me of flat soda and there weren't any bubbles to be seen here, which is just sad given the potential of a raspberry Saison.

This is even too strong to consider for a session beer and I couldn't have more than one of these on a hot summer day. A big glass of water is needed afterward to wash one of these down, even though this has a thin mouthfeel. This is too sweet and tart because there isn't any body to back it up. I'm not giving up on these guys yet but I wish that what was available from them here would be of better quality. This just doesn't cut it with so many other choices out there.

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Space Monkey from Allentown Brew Works
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