Monkey Wrench - Allentown Brew Works
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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
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
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
3.95/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
11-23-2011 00:33:10 | More by liamt07
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
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
4.13/5 rDev +15.7%
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.
04-28-2011 22:32:05 | More by drcarver
Monkey Wrench from Allentown Brew Works
82 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.