Flying Monkeys City And Colour Imperial Maple Wheat | Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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Flying Monkeys City And Colour Imperial Maple WheatFlying Monkeys City And Colour Imperial Maple Wheat

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Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Second installment of the "Treble Clef Series" Collaboration Beer

High-alcohol imperial maple wheat ale brewed with maple syrup and infused with fair-trade, organic bourbon vanilla pods.

"We created the beer recipe in spring when the sap was running and local maple syrup farms were rocking. We'd wanted to use these great maple flavours for a while," Flying Monkeys founder Peter Chiodo said in a statement. "Dallas Green is a native son of St. Catharines, so the maple added the perfect touch of Ontario to this beer."

Added by korguy123 on 06-15-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 16
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2.08/5  rDev -46.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of JohnnieNepal
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

huge sweetness level, seemed over the top but as advertised

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Jeffo
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from the LCBO in the summer of 2013. Took me a whole year to get to it.

From a 750ml bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Opens a slow foamer, but a careful pour yields a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with good retention. A clear maroon red with medium level of carbonation. Head fades to a full cap and coats the sides of the glass. A faint wisp and ring remain leaving some falling dots of lacing down the glass. Pretty solid.

SMELL: Maple syrup. That’s mostly it. There are faint hints of caramel and toffee under it, but this is a maple syrup bomb if I’ve ever smelt one. As it sits, some butterscotch and hints of vanilla come out, but that just might be me interpreting the maple differently. I was definitely looking for something else to go off of as well. Despite it’s one dimensional character, I kind of liked it.

TASTE: Maple syrup, obviously, and some butterscotch flavors up front, into a sweet and somewhat boozy finish. Bold and lingering aftertaste of sweet caramel, butterscotch, lots and lots of maple syrup, and some hop bitterness as well. Notes of vanilla as well, most likely from the bourbon vanilla pod addition. Bold, sweet, and lots of maple, with some spicy alcohol poking through as well.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes somewhat mouth-coating. Some heat lingers as well. Full and creamy for sure.

OVERALL: Let’s call a spade a spade here. This is just like BNL except it’s maple on a wheatwine instead of chocolate on a stout. This is all maple all the time. The only difference here is that the overdose of maple is much more tolerable here than the overdose of chocolate was in BNL. Being a big maple fan myself, I rather enjoyed this and was able to polish off the whole bottle without issue. Definitely a one dimensional beer here, but one I enjoyed. You might want to have an army of the half-willing on hand when you open this. Even the brewers suggest getting a crew together for this. I figured I’d be crew enough, and I was. Cheers!

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3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On-tap during Sessions 2013 festival.

Beer is chestnut brown in colour with a small tan head.

Smell is maple, maple and maple. Smells like pancakes and maple syrup- or the other way around. For me, this is not a good thing.

Again, the taste is tonnes and tonnes of maple. Wheat, booze. Quite hot.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Sticky.

Overall? Not my thing. I don't really like maple, so I guess I am not the ideal candidate for this beer, but it is not well executed. Way too strong and too much maple.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of TerryW
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cola coloured brew under a moderate head that quickly disappears. Lots of lace though, so not too bad looking that way.

The aroma of this beer is immediately all over you. Tons of maple syrup, a little burnt caramel, lots of vanilla. Appetizing, but a little foreboding, too. It's clear right away that this is something on the extreme side.

Sure enough. Crazy sweet. Lots of maple, lots of vanilla, slightly herbal. Some bitterness from a burned finish. Did I say sweet?

Nonetheless, it all hangs together. Drinkable despite being extreme. But - fair warning given - this won't be to all tastes. It's a dessert beer suitable for after dinner. And given the size of the bottle, this is something best shared.

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3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, 11.5% ABV. Wow - where do I start? First off, this is an ode to one of the few artists, who, upon encountering them on satellite or standard radio alike, I immediately switch the station. Second, the way-too busy label here states that this beer is like the titular band's music, without actually elucidating via any followup; and third, this is my 3000th review, one for which I somewhat agonized over choosing the properly edgy, duly qualified offering. Looks like you beat out Bud Light Chelada, gents.

This beer pours a clear, rather dark red-brick amber hue, with two fingers of tightly puffy, somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves a thorough array of pockmarked iceberg profile lace around the glass as it gently settles.

It smells of maple syrup, biscuity, sweet caramel malt - very Belgian waffle-esque, really - natural vanilla, a wheaty graininess, one amped up to near spirituous levels (maybe bourbon, maybe rum), and faint earthy, leafy hops. The taste is egregiously sweet, with concentrated, resinous maple sap, more saccharine vanilla, a diabetes-abetting, timidly biscuity wheat and caramel maltiness, very little in the way of any sort of hops, and surprisingly even less play from the purported alcohol, beyond a simple, obfuscating warming. Eep.

The carbonation is quite understated, if actually present, and if so, no more than a subtle hum, the body a hearty medium-heavy weight, in the same way that pure, unadulterated maple syrup coats your murmuring arteries, and smooth, I suppose, by the same quivering metric - creamy, even, if we're throwing out discordant accolades here. It finishes still way too bloody sweet, the maple maybe reining it in a bit, but not enough to allow anything else, other than the lingering sugary vanilla, to express its oppressed self.

Not quite the over-wrought sugary beast that I was anticipating, but sweet enough to be put in the general vicinity. The biscuity ESB character goes a fair way in making this at least a wee bit palatable at first, but one that is mostly overtaken in the end. A hefty offering, this much is true, and if you're really into the maple, then this is indeed the thing for you. As for the 'American Dark Wheat Ale' designation - wow, so this is how I finish - a wheatwine instead, perchance?

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3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle split with a friend. From notes.

A - Reddish ruby pour. Half finger of tan head with mild carbonation left no lace and a film of retention.

S - French toast! Alcohol, lot's of maple. Very interesting.

T - Maple and French toast again. Really, really sweet but nearly as bad as I expected based on early reviews of this beer. No real hint of the ABV, but still quite sweet as well.

M - Good carbonation, viscous, and a sweet finish.

O/D - Half the bottle was more than enough. I felt like I had a toothache while drinking this. The maple component was strong though, and it tasted alright, and that aroma of French toast was quite interesting, but still, too sweet, yet hard to knock it too much.

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3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of maple notes is quite dominant with light residuals sugar notes also perceptible. Taste is also dominated by woody maple notes which are dominant but also kind of pleasant is maybe tad over the top. Residual sugar notes are also present but not overly so with alcohol not really discernible. Body is lighter than expected with heavy filtration and medium carbonation. I am usually not that fond of overly sweet beer but the maple aromas kind of kept me interested in this beer.

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3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From that handsome devil, Liamt07. Cheers!

Appearance. Pours a murky brown with almost a finger of dark khaki head.

Smell. Sweet maple and butterscotch, a touch of booze, not too much else.

Taste. Just a ton of maple here, quite sweet, butterscotch, a bit of booze and some fruity notes, both light and dark.

Mouthfeel. Full body, only a little sticky on the lips, smooth low carbonation. Best part of this beer...

Overall. Sweeeeeeet. Not bad but you better like maple.

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Photo of hunterjames
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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