4 Pines Dunkel Monkey - 4 Pines Brewing Company
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Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 2
3.63/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a deep mahogany colour, clear with cream-coloured crown of foamy head on top. Looks like a good dunkel.
Lots of banana on the nose, with vanilla. Some spice phenols as well with notes of cinnamon, clove, star anise and maybe some pepper. Sweet, decent balance. Very pleasant.
More banana on the palate, as was promised. Quite malty-sweet with a touch of caramel, cinnamon towards the back. Sweetness dries up quite a bit towards the back which is good as that banana might have become a bit sickly. Almost gets a tartness towards the back. Pleasant dunkel weizen character.
Decent body, a little tingly. Quite light and fluid.
Not really my thing. Could have used a bit more chocolate character as the more I sip the more tart it seems. Also strikes me as a fairly middle of the road dunkel rather than the innovative twist that they promised. Decent beer though.
Serving type: on-tap
11-29-2013 03:54:07 | More by laituegonflable
3.73/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
They called this an "infused double dunkelweizen". 6.1% ABV, infused with chocolate and lactose. Tried on-tap at the GABS festival in Melbourne.
Pours a clear, bronze-brown colour, really surprisingly clear for a weizen of any description. Solid heft to the body, with a yellowed-beige head of decent foam. Not much lacing. Looks good though.
Nose is like a pleasant dunkelweizen. Plenty of banana, rounded off, with sharper phenolic notes coming through and a little more roast than would probably be called for traditionally. Some apple skin comes through slightly as well.
Light and rounded on the front of the palate, it doesn't give off much flavour. On the mid it's better, we get some sweet, toasted banana bread characters and a clean, dustiness which cuts through the sweetness somewhat. Back is quite full, promoting the banana with some biscuit sweetness and a mild dark malt character. In fact, the afterpalate is quite long, but it doesn't do much. I don't get a lot of chocolate from it, but it could be subtly enhancing the darker notes in the beer.
Feel is very smooth and pleasant.
Overall, it's a pretty decent dunkelweizen. Do the additions help? Maybe in some imperceptible ways, but I didn't get a great deal out of them myself, and it didn't necessarily live up to its "chocolate banana milkshake" description. I'm just happy to take this as a decent dunkel and move on.
Serving type: on-tap
07-03-2013 01:00:12 | More by lacqueredmouse
4 Pines Dunkel Monkey from 4 Pines Brewing Company
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