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Monkey Chased The Weasel - Carton Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

246 Ratings
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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 17
Gots: 13 | FT: 3
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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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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

djrn2, Jun 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

acurtis, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -1%

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.

metter98, Aug 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Texasfan549, Jul 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

kjkinsey, Jul 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

ygtbsm94, Jul 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Knapp85, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

SocalKicks, Aug 14, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -1%

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.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%

first beer ive ever had with mulberry, and its a low alcohol summer berliner, how perfect! cleverly thought out, and well executed, this pinkish purple pale blonde white beer smells like tart fruit juice and a heavy sour lacto mash. its white wheat, low body, high refreshment, maximum drinkability. this is a perfect summer drink, tart enough to be refreshing without being sour enough to sit weird in the belly or be caustic when it warms up a little. the low abv makes it an all day beer, and i think the pint can is a nice format for it. a touch of white white acidity in the finish, along with the fruit, which i wouldnt immediately identify as mulberry, but it is a little different from other fruits, really juicy and tart. carbonation is medium, but its enough with how light the body is. overall a really fun beer, and a little something different. a great first impression from these guys as well. worth seeking out.

StonedTrippin, Jun 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Rifugium, Oct 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

oline73, Jul 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

mendvicdog, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

mdfb79, Jul 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

InspectorBob, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of corby112
2.41/5  rDev -38.5%

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.

corby112, Feb 02, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

tempest, Dec 27, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

stakem, Aug 03, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

dbrauneis, Aug 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

drewone, Aug 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

BARFLYB, Jul 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

billab914, Jun 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

ShanePB, Jul 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

iL0VEbeer, Jul 09, 2013
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Monkey Chased The Weasel from Carton Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.