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Space Monkey | Allentown Brew Works

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Brewed by:
Allentown Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 162
Photo of zrab11
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice red/pinkish color with a very small thin white head

S- Has a nice aroma of yeast and saison funky smell. Also get some lemon and raspberry aroma as well.

T-Starts off with a nice raspberry flavor then followed up by a yeasty lemon flavor and then finish's with some more raspberries

M-Medium body with Great carbonation

D-Overall i liked this brew better than some on this site. Im not sure its a saison but it is very tasty and very drinkable. At 7% i could have 3 or 4 of these a night. A very interesting brew that id love to have again

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Photo of mattgreger
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6pack of this brew at Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting, Pa.

The pour on this orange, with a hint of pinkish/red. It had a nice thin white head. There wasn't much lacing, just a little bit at the start of the brew remained.

The aroma on this brew is very sweet, full of raspberry sweetness, and sugar. It has a touch of lemon and saison funkiness. The aroma is actually almost too sweet, but we will carry on.

For how the aroma on this brew was with sugar, the flavors made up for it all. It actually had a nice balance of the yeast funkiness, lemons, and raspberries. It actually took the aroma and complimented it quite a bit. Letting this brew sit for a few minutes to warm was a great move, once the air has touched this brew, cuts the aroma a bit and gives balance to the whole brew.

The mouthful is light-bodied and super crisp. Its got a lot of bubbly carbonation with a great, dry finish.

The is a great brew, the original aroma of the brew kind of had me worried a bit. It was very easy to drink and was very satisfying.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When i poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a dark amber color body, with a little bit of fizzy head. The smell is dominated by raspberries. The taste has a nice tart taste of raspberries, with a little bit of hop notes. This beer has a good mout feel, rolls off the tongue very nice. Overall this is a good drinkable beer.

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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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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 JMad
3.89/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a pint glass...

It pours a murky dark orange color with a soapy, foamy sky-rocketing head that clung to the glass. The smell consists of wheat, raspberry, a slight hint of metallic and grassy/ lemon hops. The taste is tart with flavors of wheat, some tart raspberry and metal with a slightly sour and grainy aftertaste. The beer is very light with a boatload of carbonation and a tart, dry finish. I really enjoyed this interesting take on the saison, the raspberry was a nice addition adding just a hint of tartness with nothing overpowering the flavor.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light raspberry-amber coloring is filled with a strong and rapid sense of effervesce. Even with a gentle pour the head dominated, an off-white ice berg sculpture towers 3 fingers high with a rock solid retention rate. Spongy dabs of modest coverage coats the glass for lace. Clarity becomes more dense with subsequent pours.

S: Even on the pour the raspberries were strongly evident, sweet and sugary with an almost fruit juice like aroma.

T: The flavor starts out sweet and sugary, quickly turning to a slight tartness of raspberries. The flavor appears very natural, nicely balanced with fruity tones and a low hop profile letting the natural raspberries shine. As a saison, better then average, as a fruit beer, good.

M: Active mouthful, bubbly carbonation. Nice slick feel of raspberry juice that was sweet upfront and tart on the swallow.

O: Not a fan of fruit beers, but if your gonna make one a saison style seems the way to go. While it loses something in translation saison wise, as a fruit flavored beer it works without being girlie or overbearing. Better then average consumption rate.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.29/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My local trader, tone77, and I did another pick-up/drop-off the other day and this time our roles were reversed - I dropped off while he was at work. More bottles for me to keep the numbers aligned with The CANQuest (TM). So be it!

From the bottle: "Saison ale brewed with 100% natural raspberry juice".

My pour resulted in just better than a finger of foamy, cotton candy pink head with decent retention. Color was a hazy pinkish-amber. Nose was ... well, you had better like raspberries going into this one! This smelled like my late paternal grandmother's backyard raspberry patch! I poured a lot of this during the early-Spring Taste of PA fest and I can tell you, it is a real hit with a specific audience. A real panty peeler, if you get my drift. Mouthfeel was thick and full with a blast of raspberry tartness on the tongue. Finish was equally tart and highly refreshing. This would be an excellent beer for the summer, ABV notwithstanding.

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Photo of Thanby
3.61/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden-sienna with a thick off-white head that laces and has a very slight purple color to it.

The nose had a solid amount of fresh raspberry, but it's not syrupy or overpowering like most fruit beers. A nice, light roasted caramel body comes through and ultimately has a dry note at the end.

First taste is a bit tart and slightly metallic. The body isn't as thick as I expected, but crisp and fresh. Some distinct malts are present, and I'm guessing the hops are citrusy enough that they get lost in the raspberry taste that surrounds everything.

Light body, very crisp and refreshing, lingering tartness. Overall a very nice refreshing and not overpowering (thankfully) raspberry beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with pinkish hues and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is big on raspberries. Taste is also a bit heavy on the raspberry, a bit sourish, some lemon and hops are present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall makes for an interesting and decent brew.

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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 JerzDevl2000
3/5  rDev -12%
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 aerozeppl
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
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 BabySnakes
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
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 BARFLYB
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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 matty
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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 JRed
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber in hue topped by bubbly white head that clings to the glass. Sweet aroma of bubblegum, raspberry, tartness, candy syrup. The taste is better than expected: light fruit (pears, maybe some banana), wheat, slight honey, raspberry pokes its head out finally towards the finish and a dry aftertaste with echoes of stale fruit ensues. Light in body with medium carbonation. The alcohol is hidden fairly well behind the sweet fruits and the dry body is what saves this beer from being too candy. It's worth a try but I wouldn't go beyond one pint.

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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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Photo of rdub
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmm, interesting. This was in a corked bottle. I was expecting a raspberry bomb but was pleasantly surprised. The appearance was less pink than I would have thought. The smell was of nice raspberries and the taste was kind of basic. Not much of a saison and not much raspberry. It reminded me of a Magic Hat #9 but with different fruit. Mouthfeel was thin and spritzy and drinkability was very easy and smooth. Not as sweet as other reviews led me to believe. Glad I tried it and would try again.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):

A lively pop of the cork is followed by heady beginnings and a lace that crowns the hazy amber brew. Sweet, tart raspberries, vague spiciness, fresh grain and a bit of earth are all present in the nose. With bold carbon- ation and a fluffy body, the raspberry flavor starts with a quick sweetness, then moves more toward tart. Light spicy character melds with the dried hay graininess. There is some alcoholic warmth and a hint of esters on the breath. This brew is semidry, slightly tart and has a yeasty finish. While the Saison does not jump out at our faces, it does, however, work. Good use of fruit.

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Photo of craytonic
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saison! WIth Raspberries!

Appearance: Ruby-amber pour with an enormous off-white head, no lacing but the craggy peaks stuck around a while

Smell: Raspberries, brown sugar

Taste: Raspberries, light sourness, no funk. The raspberries seem very fresh, not artificial. Very thankful it isn't sugary.

Mouthfeel: Zingy, crisp and dry. Perhaps a bit fizzy.

Drinkability: Interesting, different and easy to drink. Certainly a good diversion, if nothing else. A bit more in the saison department and this would be compelling as it is currently one dimensional (raspberries).

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to Jwiss22 for this unique extra. Poured from the bottle into my duvel tulip.

A: Pinkish orange hue. Two fingers of bright white head. Little bits of lace remain.

S: Super sweet artificial raspberry is the dominating character. It smells a lot like cotton candy. There's just a hint of lemon and funk that can be picked out. A touch too sweet for a saison or any beer for that matter.

T: Very well balanced flavors of raspberries, lemons and light yeasty funk. The sweetness from the nose has been cut almost in half. Thankfully.

M: Light and bubbly body. Lots fo carbonation.

D: Overall a nice change of pace. Easy drinking and tasty. A full 750 would have been a chore but splitting it had me very satisfied.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
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 zeff80
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
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 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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