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Space Monkey - Allentown Brew Works

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BA SCORE
78
okay

136 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 17.16%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: yourefragile on 06-27-2010)
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Photo of TeamAlphaDoG
1/5  rDev -70.4%

TeamAlphaDoG, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of Rojada1988
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Rojada1988, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of salvy31
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

salvy31, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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

thecheapies, May 30, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +19.2%
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

brentk56, May 25, 2012
Photo of GeoffreyM
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

GeoffreyM, May 15, 2012
Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bold, clear copper with a thin head and no lace. It's aroma is musty hay and fruity. The flavor is mainly sour cherries with a bit of sweet malt. The mouthfeel is medium and has a mild warmth in the finish. Allentown Space Monkey is a good beer, recommended!

B967ierhunter177, May 15, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Rifugium, May 08, 2012
Photo of kwa357
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

kwa357, May 08, 2012
Photo of bacher468
2.5/5  rDev -26%

bacher468, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

JeffTheJuice, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of indiggio
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

indiggio, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of yergermeister
4/5  rDev +18.3%

yergermeister, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

ShemRahBoo, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of goblue3509
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

goblue3509, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of claspada
2.55/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

claspada, Apr 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

kimbo33, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of Mikeymcglynnigan
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Mikeymcglynnigan, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of st9647v3
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

st9647v3, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

DrDemento456, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Mudawg
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Mudawg, Apr 03, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -33.4%

ygtbsm94, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of nmann08
2/5  rDev -40.8%

nmann08, Mar 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

robieobie1, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Light brassy orange body, transparent, with two fingers of frothy, effervescent head that drops to an uneven coating with a collar that clings to the sides.
Moderate, fast nucleation.

Sweet & tart raspberry in the nose, with mild green apple cidery notes, a little yogurt or custard, some vanilla. Maybe a little latex. Not bad - complex nose with some interesting stuff going on.

Tart berry juice, seltzer-like dryness that just stays dry til the finishes & hangs on afterwards with serious conviction. Yeah, this is like straight up mineral water with some raspberry flavor. Aftertaste is bitter & dry, like salad greens.

Sparkling, effervescent mouthfeel that comes in sharp & is assertively dry, again. Really lingers on the palate.

This is definitely an interesting saison - based on the nose, I was expecting it to be more like a Flemish sour kind of sweet/tart balance, but it was just unflinchingly dry & bitter. I don't regret trying it & might even go for it again, for the experience, but I can't really say I enjoyed it that much. Didn't even find it all that complex, just kind of difficult.

EDIT: Did I mention boozy? Oh yeah - boozy too, in a kind of medicinal way.

OneDropSoup, Feb 09, 2012
Space Monkey from Allentown Brew Works
78 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.