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Monkey Wrench - Allentown Brew Works

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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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Corkpuller

Pennsylvania

2.58/5  rDev -27.7%

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.

03-30-2012 22:05:05 | More by Corkpuller
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dsnyder61

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -23%

11-26-2013 18:02:30 | More by dsnyder61
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16%

01-15-2012 02:10:45 | More by acurtis
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16%

11-18-2011 18:29:40 | More by FreshmanPour77
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

07-18-2011 23:03:37 | More by beerthulhu
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NJBeer265

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9%

05-22-2014 20:17:12 | More by NJBeer265
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Stobin

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9%

07-03-2013 21:13:14 | More by Stobin
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ccrida

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -9%

01-11-2014 07:40:21 | More by ccrida
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LoveStout

New York

3.25/5  rDev -9%

06-30-2013 23:28:52 | More by LoveStout
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9%

07-04-2012 12:59:37 | More by jbaker67
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.36/5  rDev -5.9%

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

08-20-2013 00:20:58 | More by brentk56
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Luweezy

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2%

06-11-2013 01:53:01 | More by Luweezy
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bshiban

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2%

06-22-2013 19:41:01 | More by bshiban
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dakx13

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2%

01-12-2012 07:09:06 | More by dakx13
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2%

05-10-2013 18:52:36 | More by twenty5
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Tom_Gilman

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2%

01-21-2013 16:11:41 | More by Tom_Gilman
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2%

02-06-2012 16:46:18 | More by RoryOMoore
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

11-25-2011 01:30:48 | More by Sammy
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%

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...

08-27-2012 03:41:16 | More by DrDemento456
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

10-28-2012 06:00:38 | More by BARFLYB
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

11-21-2011 15:13:25 | More by peensteen
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JC333

New York

3.75/5  rDev +5%

06-29-2013 01:04:30 | More by JC333
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st9647v3

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5%

04-17-2012 00:58:42 | More by st9647v3
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dokupe

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +5%

08-19-2013 00:02:21 | More by dokupe
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YeastEnthusiast

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5%

05-10-2013 21:59:47 | More by YeastEnthusiast
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Monkey Wrench from Allentown Brew Works
82 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.