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Monkey Wrench Saison - Bethlehem Brew Works

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Monkey Wrench SaisonMonkey Wrench Saison

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BA SCORE
79
okay

41 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 12.61%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bethlehem 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 04-23-2010)
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Photo of JerseyKirk
2.35/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Looked great. Poured a huge super carbonated white head. Unfiltered pale gold color.

S: Just ok...no Belgian yeast flavors that I love.

T: Alcohol city. It's boozy quality ruins this beer. I'm down with high alcohol beers but this ruins the palate cleansing qualities of saisons.

M: Highly carbed but just ok body.

O: Will never get again. I love saisons...this is not a good one.

Paired with Thai Curry Chicken and Thai Basil Beef.

JerseyKirk, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of deapokid
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

deapokid, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of dsnyder61
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

dsnyder61, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of akorsak
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A half a tulip at TJ's (the keg kicked).

A: The saison is golden, clear, clearer than even a saison should be. The clear body makes it very bright. A finger of white head lasted for 3/4th of the glass.

S: The nose is very musty, chalky even, in its yeastiness. There aren't many other spices that stand out.

T: The saison is a little spicier based on my first sip. The yeastiness is still prevalent, creating the powdery musty flavor that the ale can't shake. Peppery spices and sweeter sugars do hang around but they aren't the centerpiece of the ale, they just can't shake the chalkiness.

M: The mouthfeel struggles to get started, chalky and musty and all.

D: Meh. It might work in a pinch but otherwise I wouldn't reach for one. There isn't enough saison-ness to stand out in a crowded field.

akorsak, May 18, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours out as a hazy golden color with a fluffy white head. The smell of the beer has a spicy yeasty aroma, there wasn't much of a funk or anything to it. The taste was good at first, as it warmed up it started getting very strange. It started showing some funky elements which I wasn't a fan of. The mouthfeel was pretty good, overall it started off well but by the end I wasn't really into it. The Raspberry Space Monkey was better.

Knapp85, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -12%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of pisano
3/5  rDev -12%

pisano, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of ColForbinBC
3/5  rDev -12%

ColForbinBC, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of 1p5v
3/5  rDev -12%

1p5v, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -12%

djrn2, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear dark golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: The aroma isn’t that strong and has hints of spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but isn’t quite as spicy and also has some hints of grainy malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation along with a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer feels lighter bodied compared to other saisons and also has a weaker taste.

metter98, May 06, 2012
Photo of ccrida
3.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Judiciously removing the cork here proved to be a mistake, as it's mostly lifeless. Murky yellow with a faint white skim.

Smell is oddly appealing. Yeasty, skunky, slatey and latic. Moderate strength.

Taste is saisonish, yeast and mineral wise. Fruit, but sloppy.

Mouthfeel sucks. Flat and watery. Such an epic fail here, I'm surprised the taste and smell are OK.

Drinkability ok. Really not bad smell and taste wise, but the citically terrible mouthfeel really hampers this beer overall.

ccrida, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear dark golden yellow (heading towards orange) in color. The beer has a two finger tall white head that reduces to a thin layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: The overall smell is quite mild for this beer, there are definitely some hints of spices along with just a light note of brett-like funkiness. Also there is a hint of honey sweetness.

T: The flavor is also quite mild with some hints of light spiciness (maybe coriander). Not much of the funkiness that I would expect for the style. Some sweetness upfront.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Dry in the finish.

O: Overall this beer is alright but nothing special and pales in comparison with some of the other saisons I have had recently. Unfortunately both the smell and the taste are a little too mild for me.

dbrauneis, May 05, 2012
Photo of Crimzy711
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Crimzy711, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of anteater
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

anteater, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of LoveStout
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

LoveStout, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of OddNotion
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on a complete whim, looked kind of interesting. Lets see.

Poured into my Fantome Tulip.

Appearance: Pours a reddish, golden, orange. Minimal head which is a little unexpected for a saison. Not bottle conditioned. Quite active bubbling.

Smell: A lot of raspberry upfront with the saison in the background playing a secondary role. The raspberry is almost medicinal in smell, not quite, but almost.

Taste: Very very sweet, all I taste is raspberries. I could see this being a huge hit with non craft drinkers and more down the path of those who like wine coolers. Honestly the raspberry is all that is there. I am not offended by it, but it seems there is no real beer flavor. More like a desert. While it is cold there is a good amount of metallic flavor.

Mouthfeel: Nice and light and bubbly, good for the style.

Overall: Nothing special but as I said I feel this is something for those who do not like beer. Maybe a good thing to show someone who is not in to beer but you want to show that it can be more than that colorless odorless BMC. If the underlying saison stood out more and the raspberry took more of a back seat this could be a very interesting beer. At this point it is more like raspberry juice.

OddNotion, May 27, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle. My experience with the draft version was sub optimal, let's see if this any better. First I nearly put am eye out with the cork suggesting this will fare better with carbonation than draft. Appearance is adequate for a saison, cloudy pale gold with a large fizzy white head that has nice retention. Aroma is strong spicy and sweet. Flavor fares a liitle better than draft with a stronger yeasty spicy body with sweet citrus and malt flavors quickly scrubbed away by extremely over active carbonation. Finish lingers with a slightly unpleasant wheat and grain taste yet however. Better than the draft version, yet still an average saison at best.

yourefragile, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Quotations, Media, PA

Kinda confused while reading some other reviews on this...either the recipe changed or this was mislabeled at the bar (possible since the Quotations staff doesn't exactly seem 100% on the ball). This was listed specifically as a raspberry saison, and that's definitely what it tasted like, though not many reviewers seem to be gleaning that from their respective sessions. Well...I'll just review it as it came to me.

Poured into a pint glass, a hazy, hazel brown with ruby tints, and a small head that receded to almost naught. Aroma was not too strong, but contained raspberry, toasted grains, and was slightly metallic, almost like a witbier. Raspberry up front in the taste, but not too overpowering; a leafy bitterness and a bit of musky hay follows soon after, providing some sense of balance, so that it doesn't come off too sweet. Light-medium mouthfeel, pretty mild, with a somewhat bland aftertaste, but still decent overall.

Rifugium, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of magine
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poure into a Duvel glass.

Pours a cloudy golden orange, no head no lace. Not the best looks.

Brew smells of spicy yeasts, corriander and belgian fruits. Good nose.

Brew tastes pretty good; spicy and yeasts along with the corriander. A good tasting brew, just not a top tier saison. Its pretty good.

A little dissapointed with this one. Its pretty good, just not something to seek out again.

magine, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of Act25
3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass results in a hazy yellow honey color with a 3" head that hangs around with solid lacing. Good looking Saison.

Smell: Food beer - yes. Good and welcoming - yes. Dominant combo of lemon and spices, pleasant and inviting.

Taste: Strong biscuits, wheat, coriander, lemon zest, apples, banana, and a bit of barnyard stink are what make this a typical saison. Bitterness not so much. Alcohol in the background. Complex and interesting.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated! light to medium bodied. Very crisp. Aftertaste is short.

Overall: easily drinkable, complex flavors keeps it interesting. Worth sharing.

Act25, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of sideshowe
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

sideshowe, May 08, 2012
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

mvanaskie13, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

orangesol, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of vonnegut21
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

vonnegut21, Sep 20, 2013
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Monkey Wrench Saison from Bethlehem Brew Works
79 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.