Space Monkey
Allentown Brew Works

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,975
Ranked #47,598
3.47 | pDev: 15.56%
Allentown Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a tulip. no freshness dating that i could find.

dull dk amber body, slightly cloudy. very good carbonation up the side of the glass. massive white foamy/creamy head leaving thick lacing.

aroma is a mix of champagne, slightly tart fruit, spoiled by a slightly unpleasant chemical smell.

taste follows the nose. the raspberry/champagne flavors are quite mild, and the chemical taste is also more muted than the aroma would suggest.

mouth is pretty close to full, finish is slightly dry and tart, but does leave a faintly unpleasant taste on the tongue.

overall, it doesn't taste like a standard saison. as a drink on it's own merits, the faintly chemical taste throughout is a bit of a spoiler. no idea how old this one is, a bottled date would be helpful Fegleys.

Apr 06, 2018
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Shade1951 from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very slightly red tinted amber, with almost no head or lacing. Fragrance is subdued. A hint of fruit and little else. Pleasant enough.

The taste, though, is pretty good! It is slightly tart, not quite sour. Blindfolded, I don't know that I would guess raspberry, but the fruit taste is definitely there. It's well carbonated, which helps the overall experience of drinking this brew.

I can kind of see this beer as a decent introduction to the world of sour ales for those who are afraid of trying sour ales, even though it is not categorized as one.

Oct 02, 2017
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice darker red/orange look with a nice white head from tap. Scent has some sweet raspberry and mostly Saison funk. The flavor is somewhat sweet and raspberry but I didn't know what was in it and I thought grape at first. It's soft for a 7% and a bit thin with decent carbonation.

Jul 17, 2017
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish copper color with very little head. The nose has raspberries and a touch of funk. The flavor is mildly sour with a hint of fruitiness.

Jul 23, 2016
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Golden with a reddish tinge. White head that fades and leaves little lacing.

S---Sweet with a lot of raspberries.

T---Strong raspberry flavor. Some hops are there as well.

F---Nice. Well carbonated and almost fizzy, like a fruit beer should be.

O---An excellent fruit beer. Perfect for a warm day.

Jun 15, 2016
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crisis1290 from South Carolina

3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love this beer ! The pour is a nice reddish color . The smell is no doubt raspberry and some citrus.
The taste is tart with a wheat and another type of citrus flavor ! This is not big sweet , but just enough to be very refreshing. In fact , I am not sure this shouldn't be classified as a fruit beer, but I could be wrong
Fruit beer or Saison, its a treat ! I am becoming a big fan of this brewery. That have been putting out some very solid products .

Mar 23, 2016
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours reddish golden color. There is a big sweet raspberry aroma hints of yeast. Flavors have big sweet raspberry flavors, some notes of Belgian candy. Nice body, but a little too sweet.

Dec 24, 2015
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Merticois from New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a gorgeous Strawberry Amber that looks fantastic in the sunlight. It has a very foamy 4-5 inch head from gentle-moderate pour. It takes a while for this to dissipate.

Scent - Raspberry, citrus, hops and some sort of malty scent that is hard to describe.

Taste - Somewhat similar to Bearded Lady by 3 Beards Beer Company. It's more tart and the wheat distinguishes it from the rye that Bearded Lady had. The yeast is not as notable as I was hoping for for this. It's not overly sweet but it still has a bit of a punch to the taste buds.

Mouthfeel - Pretty high carbonation that leaves the tongue tingling. There is also a bit of smoothness of from the wheat malts. Not as multilayered as some beers but not unpleasant.

Overall - Not sure how I feel. It's not bad but I don't know if I would get it again. Still, if you like Raspberry, this may be your kind of beer.

Sep 19, 2015
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DarthVorador from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A tasty brew, that hides its 7% well...I'm not a huge fan of fruit beers, but this one I like. Strong flavor of REAL raspberries over a solid base beer makes for a extremely quaffable brew. I would definitely buy this one again, well done Allentown Brew Works!

May 08, 2015
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no date.

pours a reddish copper color, big white head. actually a bit too much foam, hard to pour without overflowing glass. nice raspberry aroma, I'm surprised it's natural because of how strong it is. taste is a bit tart and puckering. not much sign of a saison in there at all. thin to medium body, good level of carbonation.

It's rare I like a fruit beer - but this one is good for a summerday.

Jul 13, 2014
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Boggdogg from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a bright amber color with an average white head which leaves a small ring of lacing that lasts throughout.
S-high point of the beer. Tremendously atomic with raspberries wheat and lemon.
T-very complex flavor with sweetness from raspberries up front sour lemons follow and finished with a pepper note.
M-medium body with a peppery after taste and very dry feel.
O-well brewed and complex flavored balanced well with sweet, tart and spice. Unlike any other beer I have had.

Jul 04, 2014
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Suds from Missouri

3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a reddish, clear brew with a flat-ish, white head. The aroma is of a sweet, slightly malty-mixed with tart raspberry. The wheat really comes through in the aroma. Also present are notable raspberry fruit characteristics. The taste is, at first, tart and refreshing. An underlying sweetness comes out after a few sips. The fruit is notable, and well represented. Medium to light in body. This is a nice, but not exceptional, beer.

Apr 05, 2014
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shandy glass.

A- Pours a clear golden body with a modest very light pink head that reduces quickly and leaves no lacing.

S- Strong raspberries, grains, cherries.

T- Raspberry notes dominate here - sweet raspberry juice, some grainyness, light vanilla, creamy aftertaste. Not bad.

M- Light and refreshing. Medium carbonation

I liked this beer - nothing amazing but definitely something I'd pick up on a hot summer's afternoon.

Mar 12, 2014
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microbrewlover from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a cloudy copper with a small white head which dissipates quickly. Heavy carbonation and light lacing on the glass.

Smell-Raspberries, apples, bubblegum also there is a wheat like, yeasty earthy wet straw smell.

Taste-Bubblegum, raspberries, apples, cloying sweetness moving to tartness. Slightly earthy and dank on the backend.

The mouthfeel is tingly, due to the carbonation. Slightly dry taste left in the mouth after swallowing.

Overall, this is an interesting take on a Saison; it is much more sweet than earthy or yeasty. Not bad at all and worth a try but this brew is so sweet I don't believe I could have more than two in a session.

Oct 25, 2013
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.02/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Poured a nice looking reddish-amber color with a 1-finger pure white head that tapered quickly and left nice lacing.

S- Big blast of raspberry. Some faint spice and malt.

T- Raspberry, lots of it.

M- Thin, minimal body. Soda-pop-like.

O- Saison? Hardly. This is a fruit beer at best and its best is not very good.

Jul 23, 2013
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orsulacp from Pennsylvania

3.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't reviewed a beer in a few years, very exciting. Nice clear orange body, the head is white and very small. The nose gets hit with the raspberry, acidic, smell, sadly the rest of what makes a farmhouse style beer is hidden. The taste starts out sweet and then has a great refreshing tartness, with a bit of yeasty grassy flavor hiding in the background. I think if the sweetness was tamed, the tartness stayed the same, and more of the yeasty grassy flavor was there the beer would rate much higher. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, which is good, the carbonation level is a bit low for the style. Overall it is worth drinking, I don't thing with the sweetness level it should be classified as a saison, but a fruit beer.

Jun 26, 2013
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FembotsUnite from Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with reddish undertones. What little head formed on the surface was white with almost no lacing and dissipated quickly.

Smell: Mild. Raspberry notes up front with a bit of wheat, pepper and citrus in the back.

Taste: Also mild. Could easily be mistaken for a raspberry hefe if not for the deep color. Fruity sweetness hits the palate first, then peppery spice. Finishes with a slight bitterness. The raspberry flavor lingers throughout.

Mouthfeel: Just what you'd expect it to be after seeing how it pours--light bodied and thin, almost watery.

Overall: Boring. This beer pours an attractive color and has a nice abv kick, but that's about all it has going for it. It would be a good choice for that Purple Haze or #9 drinker you know who needs to expand his or her repertoire.

May 03, 2013
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bleh. This is your standard fruit beer with a typical base beer that gets injected with a load of juice or flavoring. No real unique flavors or interesting tones. Typical. I definitely have written off fruit beers for all time, unless I know that they are highly rated and well received.

Aug 31, 2012
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metter98 from New York

3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is slightly hazy rosé-orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that faded away leaving some lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of raspberry juice in the nose.
T: Like the smell, flavors of raspberries really dominate the taste (similar to a fruit lambic but without any sweetness).
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is rather tart.
O: This beer isn’t that great compared to other saisons but is something to consider if you like raspberries, especially since the taste isn’t sweet and doesn’t seem artificial.

Jun 26, 2012
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy golden orange to rose in color. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy light pink head that reduces to a medium ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a light amount of sweetness as well as some tartness in the smell of this beer. I detect moderate amounts of raspberry (slightly artificial) along with some lighter notes of yeast and spices.

T: There is a light amount of malt body in the background for this beer which taste a bit like cereal grains. The beer exhibits both some sweetness as well as a fair amount of sourness. The raspberry flavor is somewhat natural and somewhat artificial with some yeast spice notes. Very light lemon/citrus hint as well.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Very light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is certainly not one of the best saisons that I have ever tried but it is interesting. Easy enough to drink and I like the fact that there is a little sourness with the raspberry which is not often found (raspberry is often super sweet in beers).

Jun 24, 2012
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thecheapies from Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rust-colored brew with a half-a-centimeter of white head. 3.5

Sweet raspberry aroma with a subdued saison yeast. Very mild spice, some grassy aromas. “Dead” grassy. 3.5

Brutely yeasty, sweet raspberry with effervescence, aspartame, chalkiness, strawberry, apricot, brawny alcohol, and nuttiness. Sweet in the finish, as well. Needs something to round out the sugars. Fruit saisons are tough to impress. This one falls short, but could’ve been great. 3.5

Heavy carbonation overtop of a medium body. Not the easiest drink. 3.0

Very average beer, as it turns out. I thought the flaws were ‘just off’, but then they kept adding up. Fun to try. Happy to never have again. 3.0

May 30, 2012
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear peach color with a very foamy head; plenty of lacing left behind

Smell: Raspberry fruit and yeast; sweet and tart

Taste: Raspberry, plain and simple, with fruity sweetness and tarty complexity

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Like others, I don't think much of this as a Saison, but as a fruit beer, it is very good and I have rated it as such

May 25, 2012
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B967ierhunter177 from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bold, clear copper with a thin head and no lace. It's aroma is musty hay and fruity. The flavor is mainly sour cherries with a bit of sweet malt. The mouthfeel is medium and has a mild warmth in the finish. Allentown Space Monkey is a good beer, recommended!

May 15, 2012
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Bethlehem

Poured a mostly clear copper color with a small foamy head that dissipated to a tiny ringlet, with no lacing to speak of. I'd seen this beer advertised fairly often, but I never really looked into it to see what it was. Apparently it's a raspberry saison. And that's what it resembled, pretty much, though the saison qualities weren't too strong. Aroma of bready yeast and berries. Taste is similar, with bready yeast, biscuity malts, obvious raspberry flavor that is actually right about spot-on--not too sweet or overpowering--slight Jolly Rancher tartness, and a bit of bitter skunk in the finish. More of a fruity amber ale than a saison, I'd say. Mouthfeel is light, and the beer is fairly drinkable. Not something I'd want to have again, but honestly not that bad overall for a fruit beer.

May 08, 2012
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goblue3509 from Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber orange color with a big frothy head. The head gives way to skim and leaves a little lace on the glass. The aroma is of sweet raspberries and a hint of yeast sweetness along with a slight grain. The taste starts out with a big tart raspberry taste with a hint of saison lemon grass. There is a slight grain taste at the backend. The majority of this beer is raspberries dominating. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it is an okay saison, mostly raspberry hiding any other saison flavors. A little more balance and it would have been a pretty solid beer.

Apr 15, 2012
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Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 178 ratings