Space Monkey | Allentown Brew Works

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79
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166 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allentown Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States
thebrewworks.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by yourefragile on 06-27-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
166
Reviews:
53
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
16.13%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
31
For Trade:
0
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1/5  rDev -70.7%

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2/5  rDev -41.3%

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2/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of nmann08
2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
2.1/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle from Abe's of Bethlehem, PA. Musty dark amber color tinged just the slightest bit... however it may be my mind playing tricks on me. Aroma is very yeasty, caramel malty and not much raspberry/beglian yeast at all. Very farmy. Kind of ackword aroma that is unique and difficult to descibe. Taste is artful, however unappealing to many palettes. Taste kind of rancid in my opinion. Mouthfeel is appropriate. This beer is just too style confused and it gives me a headache...

Maybe I got a bad bottle however I do not seem to agree at all with the other reviewers... This will need to be revisited on tap as a sample maybe. It wouldn't be the first time I've noticed huge batch inconsistency at BBW, ABW (FBW.)

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2.25/5  rDev -34%

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2.25/5  rDev -34%

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2.25/5  rDev -34%

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2.25/5  rDev -34%

Photo of number1bum
2.3/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Shared a bottle of this with mymrnngjckt.

Poured a very fizzy, highly carbonated light pink color, with a slightly pink-tinted off-white head. Head is very fizzy and takes a bit to settle down.

Smell reminds me of Lindeman's Framboise. Sweet raspberries and not much else. It doesn't smell bad, but it's awfully simple and devoid of any complexities I'd expect in something being called a saison.

The smell didn't lie in terms of the lack of complexity. Before I get to that though, I have to say that the vigorous carbonation destroys any chance to even look for more character. It's so fizzy in the mouth it's almost painful; it's also painfully simple, with sweet raspberry about the only thing I can really get out of it. It makes me think of raspberry-flavored pop rocks. I did not enjoy it at all.

Mouthfeel is damn near a disaster. So spritzy and highly carbonated it made it tough to drink, even if the flavor were better. I have to think that the use of raspberry juice is contributing to this overcarbonation. I would be scared to leave a bottle of this around for long. This bottle just hit the shelves within the last week and is already super-carbonated.

Needless to say, I did not enjoy this beer at all. This has absolutely no business being called a saison. It's a fruit beer, and not a very good one. I've been disappointed in nearly everything I've tried from this brewery. They need to stop fucking around and just make a standard style and do it well. I will be reluctant to waste anymore money on them.

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Photo of Dawkins
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of claspada
2.56/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a clear, copper color with a medium size white head of fluffy foam that left little to no lacing.

Aromas begin with It smelled of raspberries and Belgian yeast. Light biscuity, crisp, toasted maltiness but really takes a backseat to the artificial fruit smell.

The taste follows the nose with a lot of artificial raspberry flavor with a little Belgian yeast tart/spice bite. Not much more the the base beer, which I don't think it too stellar to begin with, is really masked by the sub-par raspberry flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium to light in body with medium carbonation; would prefer a bit more for the style. The finish was fairly crisp and dry.

Overall this was okay at best; to be honest I had a hard time finishing it even on a warm afternoon. Needs less artificial fruit flavor, more saison kick and a boost in carbonation to help enhance the dryness that I look for in the style. I cannot recommend this and will not be revisiting anytime soon.

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Photo of JoeBCBC
2.56/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a hazy ambery orange color with a 1 finger soapy head that dies down to a thin film quickly.

S- Smells of raspberries, grain, and metal.

T- Raspberry tartness dominates, with a sort of grainy, metallic, magic marker aftertaste. There is also some residual sweetness and a tinge of hop bitterness.

M- light bodied and highly carbonated; the way this beer should probably be.

O- A nice one to drink one after the other on a hot summer day. Not a very complex beer, but refreshing enough.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.72/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thrown in as an extra by Jwiss22 - what a nice guy!

Appearance -- Pours a ruddy orange with an abundant mauve head. Just enough haze to catch light. Quite dazzling.

Smell -- Tart raspberry dominates with saison yeast trying to make itself known. Also, some faint metallic odor. A bit displeasing.

Taste -- Tart raspberry, dry amber malts, faint fruit sweetness, mineral finish. That's about it. Incredibly dry, lacking much flavor.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light in body with sharp prickly carbonation. Very dry. A bit unpleasant.

Drinkability -- Allentown Brew Works would do better to call this a fruit beer. Really no saison character whatsoever. Dry, mineral, flat flavor profile. Was hoping that some more complexity would make itself known as it warmed, but no dice. Not a fan. Glad to be able to try, though.

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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of xnicknj
2.79/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours a clouded auburn with a huge white head. Fades into cloudy film with plenty of lacing on the glass.

Some scents of wheat and caramel drizzled bread, but quickly dominated by raspberries from top to bottom in fairly overpowering fashion.

Bitter hops up front with bready malt and burnt crust. Tons of raspberries with juice and hops. Everything seems to clash together with fruit and malt, although the end result seems pretty tough right now. Finishes sweet, dry, and hoppy.

Medium body, higher carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. Drinks okay, but definitely not something I'd get again.

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Photo of DIM
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: This was a bright, moderately dark golden orange color with hints of purple-y pink. It poured with a short lived fizzy head.

s: Raspberries dominate. They aren't artificial or medicinal smelling, but they are sweeter than I expected. For some reason raspberry yogurt comes to mind. I couldn't really find much in the way of saison aromas.

t: Lots of sweet raspberries, I expected something earthier, mustier, or more tart in a saison. As the berries fade some sweet grains emerge. The aftertaste is a faint, tart berry flavor.

m: Kind of heavy nad syrupy.

o: Not bad overall, there just weren't any saison charcteristics to be found.

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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Space Monkey from Allentown Brew Works
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