Monkey Bizz-ness | Big Boss Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Big Boss Brewing
North Carolina, United States
bigbossbrewing.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by atsprings on 05-12-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
38
Reviews:
15
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
13.24%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 15
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 dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ZEB89
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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 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 Boto
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ brewery. This one pours a fairly clear, golden with a tinge of orange color. There was a small off white head that leaves just a bit of lacing. The aroma is good. There are notes of earthiness, malt sweetness, fruit, floral and spices. The taste is very good. It is just slightly sweet, earthy, spicy, very faint fruits. A nice brew.

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Photo of jak
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of atsprings
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Swing-top growler poured into a Duvel snifter a hazy pale orange with a nice off-white head that diminishes to a ring and leaves slight lacing. Aroma is a nice blend of sweet malts, orange peel, slight citrus and a touch of booze. The taste is a nice crisp complex blend of sweet malts and spice with just a hint of sourness, a bit of citrus hops make their presence known while keeping a low profile. The beer is medium bodied with a decent alcohol presence that is not overbearing at all, the beer still possesses all the refreshment you expect from the style. I've always looked forward to the release of Surrender Monkey, and even under its new name, this one doesn't disappoint. I'm looking forward to the bottle-conditioned bombers that are coming in the next few months.

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Photo of Agentveba
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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 FUwolfpacker
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of GTB
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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 Lob
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of KajII
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 OldhouseRecs
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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 RyanAU
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of EasyReader
5/5  rDev +35.1%

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 bluerabbit
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Renegawam
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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