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Monkey Chased The Weasel - Carton Brewing Company

Monkey Chased The Weasel
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BA SCORE
88
very good

103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%


Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
MONKEY CHASED THE WEASEL
Sour Ale
ABV: 3.9% | IBU: Sour | SRM: Ojo de Gallo

The backyard of our brewery has a mulberry tree that drops its fruit in the first days of summer. We moved into our building during early summer 2011, tracking a bright purple path through our new home with every laden step. It was then we decided: if mulberry was going to get that deep into the brewery, it probably should get into a beer as well. Stealing a process from Berliners, we let the lactics in a wheated mash sour up to a green apple/lemon level, accentuating the bright side of the mulberry profile. Meant for quaffing when there is no reason to avoid direct sunlight on balmy summer days, drink Monkey Chased The Weasel because there is more sun than moon at the top.

(Beer added by: claspada on 06-15-2012)
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dar482

New York

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a clear pale yellow.

The aroma has some apple, lots of tartness, some wheat, and lemon.

The flavor follows with apple and lemon tartness, some tartness, a bit of funk in there as well. The mouthfeel is thin, but in general quite refreshing.

The beer is a bit light on flavor, has a tartness of apple cider, but also some funk and wheat of a Berliner weiss.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2014 03:02:45 | More by dar482
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a glass at Good Beer in the East Village. This was a pleasant surprise. I haven't tried many good American-made Berliners, usually they're all bite, without much flavor. This beer, however, had a light creamy malt character with touches of fruit in addition to the well-balanced tart bike. Very cool beer. I hope to find more of this in the summer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2013 22:47:21 | More by tempest
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Iron Monkey in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a hazy pale straw yellow in color with some light amounts of slow visible carbonation with some hints of golden yellow + lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces to to a small patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness with notes of citrus/lemon and hints of wheat + light fruit (granny smith apple).

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of sour wheat with light notes of citrus/lemon and granny smith apple. Some light notes of lactic acid tartness/sourness which linger in the finish.

M: Light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Easy to drink and very refreshing on a hot summer afternoon/evening. I really enjoy this one and could really see myself enjoying quite a few of these. Definitely sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2013 22:24:32 | More by dbrauneis
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ehammond1


4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler

Acquired via trade
Thanks, YaKnowBrady!

A lighter than grapefruit flesh color with a quickly-forming, nicely carbed, small-bubbled white head. Not a lot of persistence or retention. Bit of stickiness.

Very nice aroma. A bit of tartness, mild fruit, definite wheat, some lemon, and just a tiny bit of an earthy hay character.

The wheat and earthy hay character carry the flavor, though there are nice citrus (lemon) notes throughout. Moderate lactic tart character. All the flavors come together very nicely. Incredibly drinkable.

Thinner to near-medium bodied with near-high carbonation. Disappearing but with a long wheat-flavored finish. Fantastic. Well crafted beer.

Excellent, interesting, tasty berliner. Would happily drink again.

Serving type: growler

08-14-2013 23:39:03 | More by ehammond1
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Morris Tap and Grill in NJ.

Pours cloudy hazy pale yellow gold. Ring of white foam. Peppery/rye like nose. Slight sour taste with a deep bite. Bitter hangs around. Interesting blend of a slight sour taste and a hop. Works very well together.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2013 11:30:04 | More by KTCamm
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finished off a very enjoyable tasting session at Tørst with this one.

Cloudy pale orange. Head is white, small bubbles with thin rim left behind. Bit dark, actually, for the style. But nice.

Smells very funky. Tart, vinegary, to the point of smokiness actually, which is a little bizarre. Hugely organic. Bit yeasty. Not bad.

Taste is tart, gets more tart and also funky and organic. Big apple cider note with cider vinegar edge. Gets a little bready and almost like a bread pudding with raisiny sweetness. Tart overall, a bit dry. Barnyardy. Mulchy at times too. Tastes nice, but has a few very odd moments through the palate.

Bit of body, gets a bit of a pull but not very puckering.

Decent Berliner weisse, very much in the organic school of beers.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2013 06:59:23 | More by laituegonflable
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Tørst.

A: Cloudy pale peach-hued body with a finger of creamy off-white head that, sadly, disappears completely and leaves not a trace. Pretty weak.

S: Musty, funky wheat - like the inside of a grain elevator. Some slightly rotten apples and flinty minerality as well. Really weird, and I like it.

T: Tart lactic acid up front, with apple, wheat, and earthy funk. Musty and leafy on the finish, with some nice lingering granny smith tartness on the aftertaste. Delicious and complex.

M: Creamy carbonation in a medium body. Excellent.

O: Bizarre and hugely enjoyable. I had this side-by-side with Hottenroth, and the contrast was striking: that beer was clean, crisp, and consistent; this one was heavy, variable, and just weird. I preferred this one.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2013 23:58:40 | More by woosterbill
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Jmamay22

New York

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an odd color of pink hued orange. Very strange. With a thin fizzy white cap that quickly dissipates. I imagine the pink hue is due to the mulberries, which turn from pink to red as they ripen.

The scent of the beer is fruity, with a sour apple and yeast flavor. Very subtle scent that is difficult to pick up. The flavor is much stronger and you certainly get bang for your abv. Very tart of green apple and lemon. A slight puckering finish with a lingering wheat flavor. I could willingly drink this all day all summer. Each sip refreshes you for the next. I love that the abv is low, which makes sense in the summer. Tons of flavor. Notes of pear, cherry and seriously tart.

Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, but very well carbonated. Highly drinkable and very flavorful. As I drink it I think it would also act as an excellent base for some summer punch.

Serving type: growler

07-20-2013 20:26:27 | More by Jmamay22
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siege06nd

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In Newark, NJ for work. Found this on tap at a local store. Poured from a 32 oz. growler into a hotel room tumbler because that's all I got, fool!

A. Pours a hazy peach color with a golden pinkish hue in the center that gradually fades to a very pale straw along the edges. Good finger of white, crisp head on the pour but that quickly dissipates to the faintest of rings. Very interesting color that screams "refreshing".

S. Apples, grapefruit, a tinge of peach, some barnyard funk, hints of light grain, and a little bit of cheese.

T. Similar to the nose, with apples, peach, wheat grain, some berry sweetness, drying yeast, and some tart funk.

M. Drying, tart, but with a crisp, sweet, refreshing finish. Carbonation is moderate-high.

O. This is an excellent Berliner. I'm not overly familiar with the style, but this one impresses. It's a great balance between tartness & funk, wheat & sweet. Its low ABV and crispness make this an excellent summer beer. Strong offering here from Carton, and I'm happy to have found this on tap at a local store.

Serving type: growler

07-17-2013 00:19:01 | More by siege06nd
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jerrytodd

New York

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light colored, hazy, decent head.

S: Tart with mild wheat/malt.

T: Lemon tartness with mild wheat malt backbone.

M: Slightly thin as you'd like with this style.

O: Really enjoyed this 8oz pour, drank it in near record time on this hot NYC night!

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2013 15:40:04 | More by jerrytodd
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.41/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a slightly cloudy, dark golden straw color with a half finger white foam head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spots of lace left behind.

Slightly funky aroma with a faint lactic/cheesy presnce.  Kind of bland really with subtle spice, citrus rind and bread.  A bit sulfuric as well but the nose is kind of one dimensional and weak.

Medium bodid with some tart, puckering acidity up front that's countered by citrus fruit and sourdough bread notes.  Flavors fall off mid-palate and there is an odd metallic adjunct flavor that overpowers.  Doesn't have traditional characteristics associated with the style. Lacking in bready yeast, fullness in body, lactic funk and wheat beer notes. Kind of bland really with some lactic funk and sour lemon acidity up front.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2013 02:35:30 | More by corby112
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/23/2012 at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ, served in a US pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains esters, citrus, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a mild sourness. Then some sweet citrus flavors come in. The hops presence is very mild and the malt character is thin creating some balance. The after-taste is sour and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a good beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2012 23:09:52 | More by TheManiacalOne
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metter98

New York

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Texas Arizona, Hoboken, NJ

A: The beer is very light yellow in color and has slight hints of visible carbonation. It poured with a very thin white head that quickly faded down into lacing on the surface and eventually completely disappeared, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are faint aromas of sourness in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has a light amount of sourness and tart notes of mulberries.
M: It feels light-bodied and rather tart on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down easily and is very sessionable. It is a good representation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2012 11:54:22 | More by metter98
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks go out to DSlim71 for hooking me up with this. I cant thank you enough for looking out for me when a new berliner comes onto your radar. Much appreciated my friend! Poured from a 1-liter swingtop into a berliner style bowl. The brew pours a clear golden color just a tiny shade deeper and darker than the typical berliner but still attractive looking. A soft creamy finger of white head sits atop the brew with solid retaining powers for the style. As the cap fades, it leaves some spots and a webby pattern of lace sticking to the glass. A light swirl brings a finger back to the surface.

The aromatics are pretty solid for the style. It opens with lemony lactic character that warns you that this is going to be tart. Deeper smells reveal sulfur initially that swirl out of solution and give way to a bit of floor malted pilsner character mixed with a hint of something along the lines of yogurt and a very faint touch of corn. As it warms up, a bit of fresh grainy quality is present almost like cereal. I can't quite put my finger on it, but there is a fruity thing going on through this that I can't quite pinpoint but it adds a very nice complexity to the nose of this brew. If we could reduce the focus of sulfur that appears at times in this brew, this would be flawless.

The taste is spot on for the style as well. It opens with a mild flavor of fresh wheat that persists as the baseline throughout this brew. Hints of tartness from the wheat are present that get really exaggerated by some lactic character that brings forth a fruity quality mostly like lemon. A very faint amount of sulfur is noted that transitions into almost a grassy note of hops but that dissolves very quickly into more of a earthy fruit flavor like pear or apple skins that mixes with hints of yogurt. The aftertaste returns to a fresh wheat grainy quality that contrasts the lemony tartness with just a hint of perceived sweetness.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderately high level of carbonation that keeps this brew light and refreshing. Super easy drinking to say the least but carries a surprising amount of complexity. This example is everything I look for in the style. I have never heard of Carton Brewing prior to Dan telling me about this growler he was sending me. My hat goes off to them, this brew is worth seeking out. I hope it is a staple in their lineup because I wouldn't mind having this again!

After the fact edit: freaking mulberries! Never would have guessed that based on how it didn't impart any discoloration in the brew.

Serving type: growler

08-03-2012 00:50:07 | More by stakem
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mdfb79

New York

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 06/07/12 notes. Picked up a growler of this at the Spirits in Middletown, NJ for $12.99. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat murky golden yellow color with one finger of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus, lemon, funk, wheat, bread, some lactic notes, and some hay/earthy notes. Nice sour citrus and funk in the nose; I like it quite a bit.

t - Tastes of tangy citrus hops, lemon, earthy notes, funk, hay, grains, wheat. Little more lactic and tangy than the nose. Again, very nice.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. It's very easy to drink.

o - Overall I was very impressed with this one. An easy to drink berliner that was very reasonbably prices. Not overly sour or funky, but could definitely have a few glasses of it and would like to again.

Serving type: growler

07-16-2012 21:25:38 | More by mdfb79
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joefuzz

New York

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straw gold with a small white head. Smells of tart peaches and apples with a slight barnyard ish funk. Taste is slightly tart green apples up front that mellows out to a very nice funky wheat base. Mouthfeel and carbonation are very on point for the style. Overall probably the most refershing thing I could have ordered on this 94 degree nyc day and at 3.9%abv I think I can drink it all day.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2012 20:34:21 | More by joefuzz
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

Carton Monkey Chased the Weasel pours a slightly hazy goldenrod, with a wispy bit of white foam lingering for a minute before dissipating. The nose has plenty of lactic tartness, along with a light berry aroma. The flavor profile opens with a touch of wheaty, grainy sweetness. A big lactic sour and funk note comes in next, and fills in the majority of the beer. The finish, where most berliner weissbiers lose me, is saved by a subtle fresh berry note that works very nicely with all that came before it. The body is appropriately light, and the carbonation, which doesn't leap out of the glass, has a certain pep to it. Monkey Chased the Weasel is one of the most enjoyable berliner weissbiers I've had. The addition of mulberries really helps it shine over more traditional offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2012 02:19:46 | More by axeman9182
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ixodus

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark gold in color, clear but not brilliant. Finger thick eggshell head with moderate retention and spotted lacing.

S: Cereal grains, wet hay, raw wheat, sour lemon. Funky with some mild tart undertones.

T: Funky at the front of the palate with some wet hay and must like flavors strong taste of cereal like grains rolls over mid palate quickly taken over by a lemony lactic sour tartness. Very flavorful and refreshing.

F: Smooth light-medium body with soft carbonation that finishes dry.

O: Overall a fantastic Berliner Weiss. Crisp, flavorful, drinkable, and refreshing. It's so nice to see a local brewery doing a Berliner! Keep up the good work guys.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2012 03:47:11 | More by ixodus
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the George St alehouse in new Brunswick.

Arrives in a pint glass with no foam present. Aroma is mild, some vinegar notes and maybe a kiss of malt sweetness.

Very pleasantly tart like a sour apple flavor. Lingering wheat malt finish. Finishes very dry and refreshing.

This is a very nice, understated sour. Not terribly complex, but a great beginner sour beer. Insanely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2012 23:17:59 | More by FickleBeast
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

growler poured into taster - thanks brad

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a crop of white head resting on top. Some splotchy lacing is left behind along with a cloud of filmy retention.

Funky and fruity in the nose with some pleasant lactic tartness. Wheat and soft malts with a touch of sweetness and barnyard mustiness.

Tart and snappy on the tongue up front with a mellowed sourness. Not very aggressive, with a tempering berry and green apple flavor that adds a dash of sweetness. Wheat and soft malts with a wet, yeasty funk on the back end. Finishes a little fruity and tart.

Lighter medium body, crisp and bubbly on the tongue - highly refreshing. I was waiting since March to try this and I'm definitely excited about this one. Nice balance between low alcohol, tartness and fruit - I want another growler!

Serving type: growler

06-16-2012 16:14:42 | More by xnicknj
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claspada

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a small quickly dissipating white head.

Aromas begin with the obviously solid backbone of wheat, semi-sour maltiness coupled with a light berry sweetness and some complementary tart fruitiness. As it warms you get more of the Brett sourness and emerging lactic notes. The fruit flavors never overwhelm and the acidity stays in check.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is lightly tart and semi-fruity.

Overall this is a super flavorful beer for being so light in ABV. I normally am not a fan of this style at all, but the addition of mulberries has added a freshing dynamic that elevates this beer to a new level. So impressed by Carton and super-psyched to see more great local beer from NJ.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2012 14:17:59 | More by claspada
Monkey Chased The Weasel from Carton Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.