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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 KajII:
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3.17/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a murky dark apricot orange with an average (1-2 finger) off white creamy head that was mostly lasting, reducing to a large puddled film and medium collar with good spotty lacing.

The aroma was of sweet biscuit malts and a funky Belgian yeast with notes of toffee, coriander, a somewhat pronounced fruity ester (apple, peach and banana) and a definite presence of alcohol.

The taste was extremely malty sweet with a note of toffee at first, and then proceeded to have a strong presence of yeast, a bit of fruitiness with a mildly spicy and bold alcohol finish. The flavor hung around for an average time with the yeasty fruitiness giving was to a strong sweet alcohol warming sensation...

Mouthfeel was just about medium in body and a tad syrupy in texture with a good lively carbonation.

Overall this was a pretty good brew with the strong yeast flavor and fruity esters blending very well with the sweet malts. However I feel the high ABV that is quite prominent in this brew, was a bit too much…


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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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