Space Monkey - Allentown Brew Works

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 148
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 7.96%
Wants: 2
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Allentown Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: yourefragile on 06-27-2010

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Reviews: 49 | Hads: 148
Photo of JoeBCBC
2.56/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a hazy ambery orange color with a 1 finger soapy head that dies down to a thin film quickly.

S- Smells of raspberries, grain, and metal.

T- Raspberry tartness dominates, with a sort of grainy, metallic, magic marker aftertaste. There is also some residual sweetness and a tinge of hop bitterness.

M- light bodied and highly carbonated; the way this beer should probably be.

O- A nice one to drink one after the other on a hot summer day. Not a very complex beer, but refreshing enough. (526 characters)

Photo of JMad
3.89/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a pint glass...

It pours a murky dark orange color with a soapy, foamy sky-rocketing head that clung to the glass. The smell consists of wheat, raspberry, a slight hint of metallic and grassy/ lemon hops. The taste is tart with flavors of wheat, some tart raspberry and metal with a slightly sour and grainy aftertaste. The beer is very light with a boatload of carbonation and a tart, dry finish. I really enjoyed this interesting take on the saison, the raspberry was a nice addition adding just a hint of tartness with nothing overpowering the flavor. (573 characters)

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. (1,108 characters)

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. (951 characters)

Photo of Thanby
3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden-sienna with a thick off-white head that laces and has a very slight purple color to it.

The nose had a solid amount of fresh raspberry, but it's not syrupy or overpowering like most fruit beers. A nice, light roasted caramel body comes through and ultimately has a dry note at the end.

First taste is a bit tart and slightly metallic. The body isn't as thick as I expected, but crisp and fresh. Some distinct malts are present, and I'm guessing the hops are citrusy enough that they get lost in the raspberry taste that surrounds everything.

Light body, very crisp and refreshing, lingering tartness. Overall a very nice refreshing and not overpowering (thankfully) raspberry beer. (713 characters)

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. (299 characters)

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. (643 characters)

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. (1,486 characters)

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. (776 characters)

Photo of BabySnakes
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pink/gold hue. Pinkish off white huge head.

Belgian yeast smell. Lots of raspberry aroma, then wafts of horse/barn.

Taste follows the aroma. Raspberry, sweet malts, and phenol-clove battle it out in that order, with Raspberry dominating.

Extremely smooth mouthfeel. I'm enjoying the body and the raspberry more than any of the other characteristics of this beer. Medium-high carbonation and a light body for a saison.

Overall a nice raspberry farmhouse ale. Not sure I will get this again. A phenol-medicinal-like flavor was overwhelming for my wife, which I did not find overpowering. (592 characters)

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. (1,044 characters)

Photo of matty
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is wine like.Taste is green apples,bread and a hint of sweetner.I don't taste any raspberries more green apple than anything.Overall an average beer that I could take or leave.It's not terrible but don't be disappointed if you never have one. (300 characters)

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

Cloudy amber in hue topped by bubbly white head that clings to the glass. Sweet aroma of bubblegum, raspberry, tartness, candy syrup. The taste is better than expected: light fruit (pears, maybe some banana), wheat, slight honey, raspberry pokes its head out finally towards the finish and a dry aftertaste with echoes of stale fruit ensues. Light in body with medium carbonation. The alcohol is hidden fairly well behind the sweet fruits and the dry body is what saves this beer from being too candy. It's worth a try but I wouldn't go beyond one pint. (553 characters)

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
2.1/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle from Abe's of Bethlehem, PA. Musty dark amber color tinged just the slightest bit... however it may be my mind playing tricks on me. Aroma is very yeasty, caramel malty and not much raspberry/beglian yeast at all. Very farmy. Kind of ackword aroma that is unique and difficult to descibe. Taste is artful, however unappealing to many palettes. Taste kind of rancid in my opinion. Mouthfeel is appropriate. This beer is just too style confused and it gives me a headache...

Maybe I got a bad bottle however I do not seem to agree at all with the other reviewers... This will need to be revisited on tap as a sample maybe. It wouldn't be the first time I've noticed huge batch inconsistency at BBW, ABW (FBW.) (720 characters)

Photo of rdub
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmm, interesting. This was in a corked bottle. I was expecting a raspberry bomb but was pleasantly surprised. The appearance was less pink than I would have thought. The smell was of nice raspberries and the taste was kind of basic. Not much of a saison and not much raspberry. It reminded me of a Magic Hat #9 but with different fruit. Mouthfeel was thin and spritzy and drinkability was very easy and smooth. Not as sweet as other reviews led me to believe. Glad I tried it and would try again. (496 characters)

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. (663 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saison! WIth Raspberries!

Appearance: Ruby-amber pour with an enormous off-white head, no lacing but the craggy peaks stuck around a while

Smell: Raspberries, brown sugar

Taste: Raspberries, light sourness, no funk. The raspberries seem very fresh, not artificial. Very thankful it isn't sugary.

Mouthfeel: Zingy, crisp and dry. Perhaps a bit fizzy.

Drinkability: Interesting, different and easy to drink. Certainly a good diversion, if nothing else. A bit more in the saison department and this would be compelling as it is currently one dimensional (raspberries). (570 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to Jwiss22 for this unique extra. Poured from the bottle into my duvel tulip.

A: Pinkish orange hue. Two fingers of bright white head. Little bits of lace remain.

S: Super sweet artificial raspberry is the dominating character. It smells a lot like cotton candy. There's just a hint of lemon and funk that can be picked out. A touch too sweet for a saison or any beer for that matter.

T: Very well balanced flavors of raspberries, lemons and light yeasty funk. The sweetness from the nose has been cut almost in half. Thankfully.

M: Light and bubbly body. Lots fo carbonation.

D: Overall a nice change of pace. Easy drinking and tasty. A full 750 would have been a chore but splitting it had me very satisfied. (728 characters)

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. (1,240 characters)

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. (397 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.72/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thrown in as an extra by Jwiss22 - what a nice guy!

Appearance -- Pours a ruddy orange with an abundant mauve head. Just enough haze to catch light. Quite dazzling.

Smell -- Tart raspberry dominates with saison yeast trying to make itself known. Also, some faint metallic odor. A bit displeasing.

Taste -- Tart raspberry, dry amber malts, faint fruit sweetness, mineral finish. That's about it. Incredibly dry, lacking much flavor.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light in body with sharp prickly carbonation. Very dry. A bit unpleasant.

Drinkability -- Allentown Brew Works would do better to call this a fruit beer. Really no saison character whatsoever. Dry, mineral, flat flavor profile. Was hoping that some more complexity would make itself known as it warmed, but no dice. Not a fan. Glad to be able to try, though. (818 characters)

Photo of younger35
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received a bottle of this gem from Gibby AND Stormking47 in less than a week apart. I have not had a brew from Allentown before and honestly have never heard of them. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a hazy pinkish orange with a big beautiful bubbly two fingered bright white head. A great cap and collar is maintained the entire beer along with
Smell- Nice big burst of raspberry right from the get go as it's fresh and vibrant. Super fruity and honestly a fairly natural smelling raspberry. A touch of a light funk underneath but it's soft and fleeting behind all that raspberry goodness. Honestly that's about it, not necessarily a bad thing but let's taste it first.
Taste- Whew! A slap of tart (fermented) raspberries right from the start that's somewhere between too much raspberries and too little. A light bit of bitterness hides within the beer as I get the lightest tinge of some coriander or even ginger. Buuuut... Much like the nose, that's about it. Some raspberry lingers well into the finish.
Mouthfeel- Very aggressive carbonation that is a bit too much for the beer. The body is light and delicate but the bubbles are intense.
Drinkability- Well, definitely not a Saison. The raspberry is totally dominate here and honestly doesn't let much else through. I love Fruit Beers, a lot, but if you're going to claim a Saison, then show something that says Saison. Not horrible as fruit beers go but overall not the greatest. Thanks Jeff and Josh! (1,483 characters)

Photo of number1bum
2.3/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Shared a bottle of this with mymrnngjckt.

Poured a very fizzy, highly carbonated light pink color, with a slightly pink-tinted off-white head. Head is very fizzy and takes a bit to settle down.

Smell reminds me of Lindeman's Framboise. Sweet raspberries and not much else. It doesn't smell bad, but it's awfully simple and devoid of any complexities I'd expect in something being called a saison.

The smell didn't lie in terms of the lack of complexity. Before I get to that though, I have to say that the vigorous carbonation destroys any chance to even look for more character. It's so fizzy in the mouth it's almost painful; it's also painfully simple, with sweet raspberry about the only thing I can really get out of it. It makes me think of raspberry-flavored pop rocks. I did not enjoy it at all.

Mouthfeel is damn near a disaster. So spritzy and highly carbonated it made it tough to drink, even if the flavor were better. I have to think that the use of raspberry juice is contributing to this overcarbonation. I would be scared to leave a bottle of this around for long. This bottle just hit the shelves within the last week and is already super-carbonated.

Needless to say, I did not enjoy this beer at all. This has absolutely no business being called a saison. It's a fruit beer, and not a very good one. I've been disappointed in nearly everything I've tried from this brewery. They need to stop fucking around and just make a standard style and do it well. I will be reluctant to waste anymore money on them. (1,528 characters)

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. (1,686 characters)

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Space Monkey from Allentown Brew Works
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