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Monkey Wrench - Allentown Brew Works

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82
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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Allentown Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drcarver on 04-28-2011)
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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by peensteen:
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3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy peachy yellow colour, one finger of white head, some lace left behind. Smell is yeasty with fruity apple and lemon notes, citrusy, light pepper. Taste is intially tart and yeasty but quickly has a dry earthy flavour, apple, fruity with peach candy flavours. Medium carbonation, medium feel, decent weight. Quite drinkable and not bad, the sample was good enough. Shared by Sammy.

peensteen, Nov 21, 2011
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acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from NJ superstore,decent price $8. Passable saison. An enormous head on light yellow. Lacey. A little funky aroma, and the taste on balance is on the sweet side. Lemoney, a soft though average mouthfeel, above average carbonation. Pretty decent drinkability.

Sammy, Nov 25, 2011
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2.58/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Hazy, with a brownish, mustardy yellow color. Pours with aggressive carbonation and a thick white head. Head fades quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: Belgian yeast aromas of banana and clove with a touch of lemon peel. One dimensional.

T: Similar to the aroma with more banana, clove and some phenolic bitterness. The carbonation is over the top aggressive and enhances the bitter qualities.

O: I don't like this. There is nothing really bad about the beer, but every aspect seems a bit off. It smells and tastes of a belgian strong ale or triple. I don't get Saison here. Pass, even at the cheap price of 6.99/750ml.

Corkpuller, Mar 30, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. Can't believe this brew hasn't been reviewed. Absolutely fabulous.

A - golden colored body with a light super-fluffy head that laces both down the sides and throughout the top of the brew. Small fine deposits enter the beer toward the bottom even if decanted.

S - sour apple and over ripe pear. Can't really go into more detail because that is enough. Gets the salivary glands tingling.

T/M - Just like it smells. Nice and sour (almost lemony) with a sweet hint toward the back. No real aftertaste, finished clean. Hint of bitterness toward the end, but it is almost welcomed to cut the bitterness. A bit of spice as well.

O - great stuff drank on the perfect 80 degree sunny day.

drcarver, Apr 28, 2011
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3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A rocky and rigid rise of white foam sits high in the glass, perhaps with some help of some Belgian wild yeast influence. Muted orange is clear at first pour turning a bit dirty on sequent pours with a showcase of feverish effervesce filling the glass with a good density. The head sticks around for admiration, but doesn’t do much lace wise with a bit of spongy dabs here and there of modest coverage, a bit light for such a beast of a monster in size. There was a constant film covering on the drink at all times during consumption.

S: The nose is muted as well, light banana peels and dried green melon fruitiness. Really not much to offer along with some light graininess.

T: The flavor was sparkling with dry apple cider notes, dried honey and wheat with some banana again thrown in. Some warm green melon fruitiness is also about as well a light, and I do mean light muskiness. There is a warm sense of dry orange, spruce and yeastiness on the close but again as the nose is really muted with no one wanting to take charge or stand out. Appears to taste like it was dry hopped with a noticeable amount of citrus hops on the end which is quite strange and assertive per style.

M: Good sparkling amount of carbonation as evident visually. Light body with a dry flowery and acidic bite coming on the swallow.

O: Overall the flavor was muted, not as bright or pungently fruity as one expects per style. Average consumption rate and average interest holding rate. Perhaps my standards are a bit high for this drink being a Belgian favorite and its complexities. My gold standard continues to be Fantome, this comes in as average in regards. Not a bad beer overall, just in comparison with other gold standards per style may make it pale in comparison.

beerthulhu, Jul 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev +12%

Mudawg, Mar 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

st9647v3, Apr 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

bshiban, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Couldn't pass this one up since it was 5 bucks for the 750ml.

A - Not too bubbly in fact it seems a tad over carbonated with a 1/2 inch of head that quickly bubbles to a mild lace ring. Color is a bright yellow almost light beer with a mild haze.

S - Smells like a Hefewezien with mostly banana and clove. I am getting some lemon and funk but it smells like a triple to me.

T - Fruity yeasts give way to a mild bit of tart lemon and ten quickly to a hoppy finish. Very little funk from the spice and the finish is very bubbly like a champagne. Not bad.

M - Very easy to drink without cloying yeasts to muddle things up.

Overall a very drinkable Saison that doesn't seem very spiced or tart. Worth the price but it still does seem over carbonated...

DrDemento456, Aug 27, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Sammy, 750ml bottle into a tulip. At my 22nd birthday.

Opening this, the cork almost blew right through the ceiling - mega-carbed. Poured a pale golden yellow, huge white head with a patchy and thick lacing pattern. Nose is fairly simple and effective, some funky lemon notes and orange zest. Taste has some tart orange notes, lemon and general citrus zest. A light graininess and sweet citrus flesh in the finish. High effervescent feel, fizzles all the way across the palate - cleans the tongue quite well and worked well to have this to break up some bigger beers. Light feel. Sweeter and not as dry as most saisons I've had.

liamt07, Nov 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

dakx13, Jan 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

NJBeer265, May 22, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a golden-orange with a finger of head that dissipated very quickly. There are both sweet and tart notes in the nose. The flavor profile is dry upfront with a modest sweetness and a touch of lemon on the finish. A good example of the style, but nothing terribly exciting by any means.

57md, Apr 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

dokupe, Aug 19, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23%

dsnyder61, Nov 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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Stobin, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Memphis Taproom for their Thirstoberfest 2012, this one says it has brett in it.

Monkey Wrench Saison has a dull golden look with some light yellow shades set within. The head is minimal, barely even nothing, no stick on the way down. Smell is very hay forward with some grass and small brett notes popping out leading into a nice meld with the Belgian fruit coming from the yeast. A small grassy hay vibe and some banana in the tail end. Taste is a American born saison with some hefeweizen qualities surrounded by brett. The brett does not overpower, but also lets it's presence known, unlike some other beers that advertise brett but don't deliver, ahem, the new Mo Bretta Betta. This has some nice fruity appeal and some solid foundation with a nice brett backing. The mouth could use some work, this was kinda dead on the mouth with very minimal carb, the body, less than medium, with no heat from the 7% All in all a good beer, that I would try again, hopefully with some more ummpphhhh in the carb department.

BARFLYB, Oct 28, 2012
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3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A huge pffft and though it is not a gusher, some spumes of foam emerge from the bottle; in the glass, it is a murky goldenstraw color with the head leaving massive quantities of lace behind

Smell: Very yeasty, with banana, clove, some fusel alcohol and a phenolic character

Taste: Stone fruit forward, with banana, clove and grassy flavors emerging; after the swallow, the phenols bring Band-Aids and there is fusel alcohol in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with high carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: Quite a few flaws in this beer, unfortunately, that I cannot overlook even though it has some promising flavors, too

Thanks, bbpro47, for the opportunity

brentk56, Aug 20, 2013
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Monkey Wrench from Allentown Brew Works
82 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.