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Monkey Bizz-ness | Big Boss Brewing

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Monkey Bizz-nessMonkey Bizz-ness

Brewed by:
Big Boss Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by atsprings on 05-12-2009

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 38
Reviews by CHADMC3:
Photo of CHADMC3
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a near copper body beneath the foamy, off-white head which dissolves to leave almost no traces of its existence. Hints of yeast and lively bubles of carbonation continue to dance about the glass.

Zesty fruit such as lemon peel, hints of pepper, perhaps grass, and a touch of yeast highlight the aromas.

The flavor is much more spiced, and fairly well. The fruit is more subued, but there also seems to be a toasted malt quality in there. As advertised, the yeast is rustic tasting and perhaps there is just a hint of grapy must.

Medium in body with generous carbonation and a drying, spritzy finish.

Not a bad brew. Not sure it's spot on for any style be it Saison/Farmhouse or otherwise. Seems to have quality of a Belgian Pale as well, but certainly one to appreciate.

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Photo of Mantooth
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm a big fan of local NC brews... I always give them a chance, they've got the guts to live the dream and brew for a living. I've had Big Boss brews I liked a lot more than this one... It's too thin for the style, not enough flavor or carbonation. That being said - it could be the draft here is off - wine maestro in Statesville, NC. I'll always give NC brews a second chance. Support local beer!

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Photo of Psberrier
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery's tasting room

Pours a pale gold with a thin lacing of head. Nose is subtle straw. Taste is wheat with mild spices; clove and coriander. Light bodied and lightly carbonated.

I was excited to try this beer as it's one I hadn't had before, but I can't say it was all I hoped for. I did not detect any spice characteristics that I would associate with a saison; more like a belgian pale or belgian strong pale.

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Photo of Renegawam
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of VeganUndead
2.91/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of tkirkhart
4.65/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It was a very hot day, my daughter had brought a six-pack of North Carolina locals back from a trip there. I only had one Monkey Bizz-ness in the 6 and it was an incredible start to the taste test. Not a single, of the other 5 local NC brews, stood up to this one. Working on getting more....great beer!

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Photo of adam_e
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of cmq103
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of RyanAU
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of humuloner22
2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

I may have gotten a bad batch, but it was right after a release party, so I don't know. Anyway, I can definitely see where they got the name but this beer was flat. I mean it had no head and no lacing after the pour and I poured it fairly aggressively.

I probably gave it too high of marks, but I have been to the brewery a few times and was overall happy with what I have tried there, but this one was not so great. Maybe it was the alcohol that killed it but, it was not sudsy, even Dupont was foamy.

Appearance: No head whatsoever, but the color is glorious.

Smell: I can tell that is where the get the name from, lots of bananas in the profile, sweet, almost cloyingly sweet.

Taste: fruit, bananas, but some other fruit in the taste, but not as much as you find in other saisons, and no funk, which I like, overall this was a disappointing beer. It clings cloyingly to the mouth and not in an enjoyable way at all. Sickening, maybe this one had died but I was not impressed.

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Photo of SlowWideTurns
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a modest head; plenty of lacing strips drape the glass

Smell: Sugar cake, apricot, pear, phenols and a touch of overripe banana and black pepper

Taste: Sugar cake infused with toffee, up front, with fruity flavors developing (pear, banana and a touch of apricot); peppery spices build in the middle, bringing holiday tones of clove, cardamom and ginger, as well; yeast phenols arrive in the finish, though the sweeter tones linger

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Found this summer seasonal in the back of the fridge and this makes for a nice holiday beer, just the same; not that much of a farmhouse character, though; more of a spiced BSPA

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Photo of GJ40
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled at Tyler's Durham in a standard pint glass.

A - Golden and cloudy with a small white head but good lacing.

S - Belgian spices and candy sugar.

T - Belgian spices with a strong sweetness (too much in fact) and a definite presence of alcohol. No sourness at all. I thought it was decent but unbalanced and confused. The flavors seemed to be coming from all over without much regard for each other.

M - Good body with a low to moderate carbonation.

D - In the neighborhood of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale but raw and not very clean. Maybe this one needs more time. A decent beer but not one I'd try again.

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Photo of ekalb31
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of OldhouseRecs
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of planbee
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. It pours a cloudy orange-amber with a thin, milk-white head and lacing. It smells of Belgian yeast, coriander, pear, and a whiff of caramel. It has a nice, fruity taste of apple, pear, and banana, with coriander, clove, and pepper. It finishes with a nice peppery bitterness. This ale is medium-bodied, heavily carbonated, and it punches with an ABV of 9%. Overall, there is nothing subtle about this Saison. The flavors are strong, as are the carbonation and ABV. If they could be toned down a bit, this would be a nice Saison.

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Photo of EasyReader
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of porterwoobie
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: light gold color. cloudy and hazy. one finger white head, no lacing

S: very fruity, somewhat of oranges and citrus fruits. some mild spiciness.

T: some sweetness and fruity. also can taste a little bit of spiciness. no alcohol is noticed as the fruity esters dominate the palate.

MF: medium bodied, moderately high carbonation.

Drinkability: not a type of beer that i would drink a lot of, but i would get this beer again.

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Photo of bluerabbit
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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