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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 TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (756 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)

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 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 joefuzz
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (399 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 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 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 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 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)

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Monkey Chased The Weasel from Carton Brewing Company
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