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Monkey Chased The Weasel - Carton Brewing Company

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 289
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 3.3%
Wants: 40
Gots: 14 | FT: 2
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Carton Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: claspada on 06-15-2012

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.

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Photo of PhillyBoy23
4.73/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer. My official brew of summer. Light and refreshing with just the right amount of pucker for a sour. Sad it won't be back this year but hoping the new sour is even better. (186 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.57/5  rDev +16%
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. (2,548 characters)

Photo of nrs207
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - This is different than any beer I've had. It's got a hue that I'm not used to seeing. Almost reminds me of De Garde Imperial Plum Bu. Really inviting.

S - Light tartness, like fruit, extremely refreshing smelling. Smells like something I could just crush.

T - Follows up the nose. You get a nice sourness, certainly nothing insane. The fruit is in there for a nice contrast from a lot of the beers in this style. Really on point.

M - This is the best part about this. It's so refreshing, drinkable, and just awesome. The fruit balances the sourness and it melds into something great.

O - I haven't had too many Carton beers, but this is definitely one of, if not the best. Boat is awesome as well. Would definitely recommend this batch. Perfect for a nice summer day. (775 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden straw with a pinkish hue to it. Tons of active carbonation, thin light pink head fades fast and leaves no lacing. Tart in the nose. Lemon, sour apple, berry and a little funk. Tart on the taste, lemon, sour apple, and a hint of mulberry in the finish. Straight forward but great. Sharp carbonation carries that tart flavor and gives a highly carbonated feel all the way through the finish and some dryness at the end. Great beer for the style with a nice twist with the mulberry. (493 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2014-06-29 at the brewery.

A - Orange-straw with a hint of pink depending on how you hold the glass. 1-finger head that fades quickly with zero lace.

S - Sourdough-wheat bread, grass, hint of fruit. Certainly has the smell of a good Berliner Weiss.

T - Quite tart. Echoes the smell pretty well but the wheat malt presence is stronger as is the fruit flavor, which definitely is mulberry. I've been picking and eating them off the trees all this month of June while hiking and I can easily identify their flavor in this beer. Mulberries are delicious and have a balance between sweet and tart, which works really well here. The brewer did an excellent job of letting the mulberry flavor poke through to compliment the Berliner Weiss style without turning this into something even remotely close to the undrinkable-for-me, "Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss". I'm quite impressed.

M - Light body and light-medium carbonation. Crisp, refreshing and puckering.

O - It was a three-hour, one-way drive from my house to the brewery to try this, as well as the other brews on-tap. I also worked in a hike at the beach at nearby Sandy Hook, and then drove back home. I brought back this brew, Boat and 077XX. All are very good, but from a uniqueness standpoint, this stands above the others. I think my wife is really going to like this one when she tries it. I certainly do. (1,376 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.18/5  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. (750 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
4.17/5  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. (1,055 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (871 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
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! (776 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (814 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of ixodus
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pourded into a wine glass, pinkish hued in color, with a half of finger of large white bubbled head. Smells of wheat and not much else. Easy drinking that's for sure. A slight sour crispness to it. Super duper crushable. Don't know what a Mulberry taste like, but there is a little bit of a berry taste to it. This was really nice summer beer. Not super tart, but definitely an above par berliner. (397 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with half a finger of head which quickly dissipated and was not present while drinking. The color is light orange, peach color. Active carbonation is a touch light for the style.

Smell: Sprite tropical fruits and some light berry sourness greet the nose. Toasted malts with some semi-sweet bready notes open up on the body. The mulberries are felt throughout, providing some light tartness but remaining balanced and controlled throughout. There is also some apple and banana fruit notes that get picked up on the back end.

Taste: This brew wastes on time amping up the tartness on the front, with accents of berries, white grapes, prairie grass, and bright fruits that get accentuated by the carbonation. The sourness drops off after the front, but plenty of earthy berries and crisp fresh fruits are left lingering on the palate. Some malt sweetness picks up on the back end and really evens out the palate, making you want to go back for more. Some biscuit and lingering tart fruits sit on the palate long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: This brew peaks in tartness on the front, but a complex back end makes up for the fading tartness. Carbonation is low overall, but does its job when it needs to. An outstandingly drinkable sour.

Overall: A versatile and complex sour that I really enjoyed. The mulberries play well and plenty of other fruit and sweet malts throughout create an exciting experience for the drinker. I think this brew would play well with a newbie to sours or a hardened fan of the tart. Well done. (1,540 characters)

Photo of themind
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is an excellent sour. I feel Carton is really stepping up there game and have some fantastic brews. If you like sours this is a very good beer with a kinda citrus twist. Overall if they canned this, I would buy it!

Bottom Line: Enjoyable beer. (254 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (838 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.97/5  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. (766 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can shared at the Swamp Head Batch 600 release. Pours a purplish pink color with a creamy white head on top. Aroma of mulberries, sour vinegar, wheaty malts, and berliner like yeastiness. Flavor follows with big notes of mulberries--wow they go really well in this style--wheat malts, yeasty tart berliner notes, some lemon peel, and some floral notes. Really light bodied with high carbonation. While I’m not a fan of the style generally, this was very nice. I would have it again for sure. (493 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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! (825 characters)

Photo of jerrytodd
3.94/5  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! (254 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%

Thanks to Thebrewracho for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a hazy light orange-red with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, berry, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour berry and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, light, and easy to drink.

Serving type: can. (533 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (1,011 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.9/5  rDev -1%

Sixteen ounce can shared by Ron - thanks.

A: Pours a hazy faint and light reddish orange with a thin white head which fades rapidly to the rim leaving spots of lace.

N: Fruity with tart wheaty and malty notes.

T: Mostly tart wheat with fruit (mulberries) like a blackberry and some lemony citrus.

M: Light body and light carbonation. Finishes wheaty and tart.

O: A nice light Berliner Weisse. (397 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (657 characters)

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Monkey Chased The Weasel from Carton Brewing Company
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