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Monkey Wrench Saison - Bethlehem Brew Works

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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +6.5%

An enormous head on light yellow. Lacey. A little funky, and on the sweet side. Lemoney,honeyish, a soft though average mouthfeel, above average carbonation. Decent drinkability. Would like something a little bolder and tht would be more interesting.

11-20-2011 22:56:16 | More by Sammy
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -12%

03-20-2012 11:46:01 | More by djrn2
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metter98

New York

3.18/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

05-06-2012 12:21:31 | More by metter98
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -12%

01-15-2012 02:13:39 | More by acurtis
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -14.1%

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.

06-04-2011 21:46:36 | More by Knapp85
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zeff80

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev +9.4%

A - Poured out a slightly cloudy, golden yellow color with tons of carbonation (maybe too much). It had a huge white head of bubbly foam that took quite awhile to recede.

S - It smelled of yeast, grains, caramel and some fruity aromas.

T - Good flavor - yeasty with a little funkiness, sweet caramel and grains. Just a touch of hop bitterness.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. Again, it was a little over carbonated. A medium bodied ale.

D - This is an okay saison.

08-09-2010 01:13:53 | More by zeff80
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +7%

I had this on tap at Al's of Hamdpen in Enola, PA-served in a cervoise.

A creamy light golden color with slight medium amber accents, thick cap of white with visible carbonation and tight bead w/ lace that sticks ok. The smell is very belgian yeast driven with some fruit which has a banana odor nd lemon notes with slight pepper and toasted honey aroma. the feel is very good with big body and lively carbonation w/ moderate high effervescent presence w/ slight creamy texture and very dry slightly fruity finish.

The taste is good with slight bread and banana with a mild pepper accent and a goodly amount of citrus rind w/ the belgian yeastiness continuing throughout and slight creamy backdrop is created with mild bitter/dry finish. I was happy to try this and overall it is a tasty saison which is well brewed with slight belgian yeast flavor and subtle dry malt w/ some yeast, it is drinkable and overall solid.

04-06-2011 17:07:08 | More by Slatetank
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

07-15-2011 11:13:45 | More by Rifugium
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mactrail

Washington

3.58/5  rDev +5%

Big foam-up after popping the cork. Lots of suds and a very nice sprizzly mouthfeel. Hazy light amber in the tall Petrus glass. Quite rich on the tongue with loads of carbonation.

Flavors are tangy but slight. Yeasty, but not much hint of the Belgian flavors. Faintly fruity, grassy, a little touch of applejack. Wheaty like a Weisse, and slightly citrusy like a Wit. Has a kick at the end, not so much bitter, neither hops nor the Belgian stuff.

A pleasant quaff but not much for a Saison. More like a wandering and boozy version of a Wit. From the big bottle bought at Old Philly Ale House for $11.

06-02-2012 04:46:06 | More by mactrail
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +9.4%

Appearance: pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a 3" head that hangs around while the glass gets emptied.

Smell: lemon and spices are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: wheat, banana, coriander, lemon zest, tart green apples, and a bit of late arriving funk makes this a decent saison. Bitternss is mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Very crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short.

Overall: easily drinkable, this saison goes down quickly in the bomber bottle. Decent flavors keeps it interesting. Worthy of a try.

04-17-2011 18:39:46 | More by Gavage
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +11.4%

Appears a transparent light gold wth a 3 finger white head that quickly fizzles out. Tiny bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of subtle funk, mild cork, rubber, juicy fruit gum, vanilla, cloves, and grains of paradise.
Taste is of the aromas with an obvious Dupont yeast nod. Phenolic with spicy bubblegum and wheat standing out amongst the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy, earthy, mineral filled, a bit syrupy, and semi dry.

08-01-2010 02:01:59 | More by weeare138
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.38/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

07-10-2010 00:18:09 | More by yourefragile
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

04-11-2013 03:35:13 | More by orangesol
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

05-18-2010 01:50:13 | More by akorsak
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

05-05-2012 21:51:54 | More by dbrauneis
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ccrida

Oregon

3.19/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

12-26-2013 06:35:33 | More by ccrida
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -12%

01-25-2014 14:39:39 | More by ColForbinBC
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

11-25-2011 14:58:01 | More by deapokid
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petermethot

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

06-26-2013 15:13:21 | More by petermethot
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +6.5%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #47 (Dec 2010):

Very expressive pop of the cork leads to a tower of foam from a gentle pouring; hazed, pale golden color. Smells of salt-water taffy, lychee nuts and sun-burnt grass. Epic crispness, this is the kind of carbonation you want to see ... snappy with a bite. Very dry palate. Dry grassy grain and wild herb flavors mingle well in the beginning. Faint raw honey, white tea, light biscuit graininess and a chalky yeast are the core flavors here. Spicy herbal back end wraps up the bone-dry finish. Pretty complex and somewhat drinkable, and certainly within the style.

03-04-2011 23:15:39 | More by BeerAdvocate
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LoveStout

New York

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

06-30-2013 23:40:54 | More by LoveStout
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

09-10-2012 23:54:53 | More by Molson2000
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

06-03-2013 00:40:29 | More by st9647v3
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vonnegut21

New York

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

09-20-2013 15:07:35 | More by vonnegut21
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev +7.9%

750ml bottle.

Pours hazy straw with almost all head in the glass. After a slow retreat a rocky head of porous white remained and settled to a solid skim coat with lots of ropey lacing.

Aromatics lead off with honey-drizzeled malt, spice, and loads of phenols. Bannana, bubblegum, cloves, and some cut grass.

Light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel and a sticky edge.

Sweet malt, spice-dusted biscuits, and bannanas start the palate. A mild bitterness steps forward with cloves and bubblegum following through.

Finishes a bit sweet with plenty of Belgiany phenols.

Tasty, but a bit ho-hum and certainly not dry enough for the style.

09-15-2011 23:34:51 | More by brewandbbq
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Monkey Wrench Saison from Bethlehem Brew Works
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