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Flying Monkeys / Little Known Brewery Je Ne Sais QuoiFlying Monkeys / Little Known Brewery Je Ne Sais Quoi

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Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Sammy on 05-22-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by thehyperduck:
Photo of thehyperduck
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473 mL can from the LCBO; dated Jul 6 2017, listed at 4.2% and served slightly chilled. The back label says that this beer is "meant to be enjoyed, not defined", but I'll be damned if some smart-ass can is going to tell me what to do.

Pours a lightly fogged medium gold colour, generating just over a finger's width of foamy, lumpy white head that holds in place for more than ten minutes. A thick cap and frothy collar are the eventual remnants, with lots of lovely lace also having been deposited; looks very good. The aroma is mildly fruity, with citrusy grapefruit and orange leading the way ahead of apricot and earthy, piney hop-derived notes; hints of bready pale malt and lightly caramelized sugars also come through.

A balanced session ale; not too interesting, but quite pleasant to drink. Bready pale malts and faint caramel sweetness serve as the backdrop, with grapefruit and lemon citrus combining into a pithy bitterness that creeps forward on the back end. Earthy pine resin and subtly floral hops join in shortly thereafter, fading quickly at the finish, with only a faint hop bitterness lasting into the aftertaste. Light-bodied, with relatively high carbonation levels that prickle the surface of the palate continuously, giving this session ale a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 3.87, a solid B+. The back label tries hard to make this beer seem more mysterious than it actually is - but in reality, Je Ne Sais Quoi is just an ordinary session IPA. A relatively good one, sure... but there is no shortage of equivalent quality session ales in Ontario, and I wouldn't say that this one does much to distinguish itself from the rest. Good, but not superlative; I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a hop-forward, sessionable ale to quench their thirst during the remaining dog days of summer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

473ml can (@ 4.2% ABV) - so, this is Flying Monkeys' most recent gambit at re-approaching that oh-so-unfair Alberta market, then?

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, chunky, and rocky bone-white head, which leaves some random garden floral pattern lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of grainy and gritty pale malt, a stoic hard water flintiness, muddled domestic citrus rind, an even further mixed-up tropical fruitiness, and very tame leafy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is sharply rendered orange, white grapefruit, and lemon citrus pith, more edgy wet stoney notes, acrid pine and spruce needles, a hard to discern crackery and biscuity graininess, mild yeasty esters, and more weedy, earthy, and wet pinecone-esque verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite active in its palate-pinging frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and sort of smooth, with a certain hoppy acridity taking things down more than a simple single notch here. It finishes rather dry, said hops finishing the job with a cringing acuity.

Overall, well, Imma just gonna go ahead and define this, 'Flying Monkeys', as it certainly comes across as a well-made (you're fucking welcome) session IPA, FWIW. Nice and hoppy, obviously not too boozy, and hardly lacking in mouthfeel, which is the common problem, as such. Yeah, good stuff, except for all the stupid obfuscation surrounding it, parce que je ne sais quoi.

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Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StormAles
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jbarraza
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spinrsx
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can from the LCBO for around $3

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Photo of mattsander
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of byronic
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rukeli76
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an enjoyable session IPA. In contrast to some examples of the style, this one avoids being too perfumy and packs some bitterness and malt sweetness.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

473 ml can served cold into a tulip. Purchased for $2.95 CDN and advertised as 4.2% ABV.

Appearance - Pours a bruised peach skin color beer with some haze and a nice finger and a half verging on two fingers of fluffy eggshell white head. Good retention and some streaky lacing stays behind.

Smell - Fairly assertive aromas, lots of citrus namely grapefruit with some dank earthy aromas accompanying. It's hop water but with a more robust and full aroma.

Taste - Like the nose, with more assertive grapefruit and earthy hop flavors, leading me to be surprised at the ABV. Middling bitterness turn full bitter towards the end, but never quite becomes too much so that it's unbalanced or unappealing.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light bodied, plenty of carbonation and drying finish.

Overall - Pleasantly surprised with this one. I find I don't often really enjoy a lot of these "session IPA's" with sub 5.0% ABV and assertive hops but not much else. Je ne Sais Quoi is one of the few that do seem to strike the required balance to make this something I could enjoy drinking in larger quantities. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a pale yellow gold with about a finger's worth of head. Head broke leaving a cap and collar and some nice lacing.

Smell is citrus pith and pine hops along with some nice biscuity malts.

The pine hops come through a bit more strongly than the citrus on the tongue, but the leader of the adventure is the biscuit malts.

Feel is light with good carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry and leaves a piney/pithy aftertaste.

A decent session IPA, to be frank a little dull, but immensely goes down fast. I'd have a few of these in the future.

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Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of leaddog
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours an golden amber with three fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - citrus hops, caramel, bready malts, citrus, and lemon.

Taste - Citrus hops followed by the caramel. The bready malts, citrus, and lemon help to finish the brew off.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes sticky with a pleasant lingering bitterness from the hops.

Overall - A pleasant IPA that is refreshing on all ends. In my opinion, this is a great ISA which is easily sessionable.

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Photo of nullbort
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pmicdee
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wordemupg
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bf_89
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of xactofork
2.73/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

Flying Monkeys / Little Known Brewery Je Ne Sais Quoi from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 18 ratings