Space Monkey | Allentown Brew Works

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Brewed by:
Allentown Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by yourefragile on 06-27-2010

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pDev:
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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
2.1/5  rDev -38.6%
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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Photo of number1bum
2.3/5  rDev -32.7%
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 claspada
2.56/5  rDev -25.1%
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 -25.1%
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 -20.5%
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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Photo of xnicknj
2.79/5  rDev -18.4%
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 -14.3%
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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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up a few weeks back because I had never tried anything in a bottle from these guys. After the other beer that I tried from Allentown Brew Works, I was hoping that it was just an aberration and that this would be better. Sad to say, that wasn't the case, as I don't even think that this qualifies as a Saison.

A bit of head was the best attribute to this pour as I couldn't smell much, there wasn't any lacing to be seen, and the almond and pink hue wasn't anything memorable to behold. Practically no carbonation to this as the taste was that of a very tart raspberry puree or syrup. There's a bit of lemon and tonic water in this too but for a beer, that's not what I'm looking for. The cloudy, complex, floral funk of a Saison just isn't there and if I was given this blindfolded, I'd guess that it's a fruit beer and not something Belgian in nature. This almost reminds me of flat soda and there weren't any bubbles to be seen here, which is just sad given the potential of a raspberry Saison.

This is even too strong to consider for a session beer and I couldn't have more than one of these on a hot summer day. A big glass of water is needed afterward to wash one of these down, even though this has a thin mouthfeel. This is too sweet and tart because there isn't any body to back it up. I'm not giving up on these guys yet but I wish that what was available from them here would be of better quality. This just doesn't cut it with so many other choices out there.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.02/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It is 80 degrees out so a fruity saison sounded like heaven.

A: Deep golden honey color. A touch of white head. It poured quite thick which is weird for the style.

S: The nose has quite a bit of fruit in it but it comes across as fruit concentrate. Raspberries. That is the entire nose except for some sweetness from it. You really do not get any of the funky esters you would expect from a saison.

T: The fruit dominates and there really is not much else going on. I do not get any saison out of this beer. If this were a fruit beer it would be much better style wise.

M: A little too viscious for the style. Carbonation is a little too soft as well.

D: It is going down easy. Nice warmer weather beer but the thick body would limit that at a point. Needs a little work.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a two-finger, white head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of raspberries and yeast. Not much more.

T - Lots of raspberry flavor with a little sourness. There is a subtle yeasty spice.

M - It was crisp and fairly sharp. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is okay. I don't think I'd need to try another, though.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of younger35
3.09/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received a bottle of this gem from Gibby AND Stormking47 in less than a week apart. I have not had a brew from Allentown before and honestly have never heard of them. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a hazy pinkish orange with a big beautiful bubbly two fingered bright white head. A great cap and collar is maintained the entire beer along with
Smell- Nice big burst of raspberry right from the get go as it's fresh and vibrant. Super fruity and honestly a fairly natural smelling raspberry. A touch of a light funk underneath but it's soft and fleeting behind all that raspberry goodness. Honestly that's about it, not necessarily a bad thing but let's taste it first.
Taste- Whew! A slap of tart (fermented) raspberries right from the start that's somewhere between too much raspberries and too little. A light bit of bitterness hides within the beer as I get the lightest tinge of some coriander or even ginger. Buuuut... Much like the nose, that's about it. Some raspberry lingers well into the finish.
Mouthfeel- Very aggressive carbonation that is a bit too much for the beer. The body is light and delicate but the bubbles are intense.
Drinkability- Well, definitely not a Saison. The raspberry is totally dominate here and honestly doesn't let much else through. I love Fruit Beers, a lot, but if you're going to claim a Saison, then show something that says Saison. Not horrible as fruit beers go but overall not the greatest. Thanks Jeff and Josh!

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Photo of Rifugium
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Light brassy orange body, transparent, with two fingers of frothy, effervescent head that drops to an uneven coating with a collar that clings to the sides.
Moderate, fast nucleation.

Sweet & tart raspberry in the nose, with mild green apple cidery notes, a little yogurt or custard, some vanilla. Maybe a little latex. Not bad - complex nose with some interesting stuff going on.

Tart berry juice, seltzer-like dryness that just stays dry til the finishes & hangs on afterwards with serious conviction. Yeah, this is like straight up mineral water with some raspberry flavor. Aftertaste is bitter & dry, like salad greens.

Sparkling, effervescent mouthfeel that comes in sharp & is assertively dry, again. Really lingers on the palate.

This is definitely an interesting saison - based on the nose, I was expecting it to be more like a Flemish sour kind of sweet/tart balance, but it was just unflinchingly dry & bitter. I don't regret trying it & might even go for it again, for the experience, but I can't really say I enjoyed it that much. Didn't even find it all that complex, just kind of difficult.

EDIT: Did I mention boozy? Oh yeah - boozy too, in a kind of medicinal way.

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Photo of metter98
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
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).

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Photo of matty
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is wine like.Taste is green apples,bread and a hint of sweetner.I don't taste any raspberries more green apple than anything.Overall an average beer that I could take or leave.It's not terrible but don't be disappointed if you never have one.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a kitchen glass.

Space Monkey boasts a very light shade of bronze mixed in with watered down apple juice. A hard pour yielded nothing in terms of a cap and there is nothing to even stick to the glass either way. A small ring around the collar.

Smell is raspberry juice thats watered down and no saison qualities at all. Mislabeled is a understatement. A small scent of raspberry, that's it.

And with taste no saison but a small dose of raspberry so watered down it's like nothing. If this was labeled a fruit beer(Which it should be, it would probably sell better:) No earthy grassy hops and nothing resembling a Belgian style beer. Fermented raspberry juice watered down with a punch of alcohol to make you feel good.

All in all, this loses as a saison, but as a fruit beer for summer, i would grab a six of this if it were 3 beans cheaper as the taste is pretty one sided. Feel is light, carby, and felt. I wish this brewery spent more time on it's recipes besides their labels or contract disputes because of the former.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.35/5  rDev -2%
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

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip. 7% ABV, no date.

Thanks, yet again, to Beerwolf77 for another brew at our sampling!

A - A tall but loose off-white head billows up but sinks pretty quickly. A thin film is all that rests on the hazy, slightly pink-orange beer.

S - Thin and light tart raspberries on the aroma smell fairly fresh and real right away (not syrupy). Some very soft spice notes in the background but it's a very mild saison aroma if any. I like the fresh raspberries though.

T - Fresh tart raspberries flourish in the flavor but overtake all other aspects heavily. It isn't syrupy at all. Light pale malts and straw but no real spiciness in there. Way more of a fruit beer than a saison.

M - Heavily carbonated and medium-light-bodied with a dry and lightly tart finish that's very champagne-like. Nice for this beer.

D - This beer doesn't really have anything wrong with it other than the fact it's a fruit beer, not a saison. If you don't immediately expect a saison, it's fine. It's got a decent level of real raspberry flavor that's not sugary but it needs some other stuff in there to back it up. Also, why is this in a 750? That just seems odd to me. 12 oz bottles of this should be the max.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of BabySnakes
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pink/gold hue. Pinkish off white huge head.

Belgian yeast smell. Lots of raspberry aroma, then wafts of horse/barn.

Taste follows the aroma. Raspberry, sweet malts, and phenol-clove battle it out in that order, with Raspberry dominating.

Extremely smooth mouthfeel. I'm enjoying the body and the raspberry more than any of the other characteristics of this beer. Medium-high carbonation and a light body for a saison.

Overall a nice raspberry farmhouse ale. Not sure I will get this again. A phenol-medicinal-like flavor was overwhelming for my wife, which I did not find overpowering.

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Photo of Suds
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Space Monkey from Allentown Brew Works
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