Space Monkey | Allentown Brew Works

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Allentown Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States

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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3.09/5  rDev -9.4%
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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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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3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL cork and caged bottle. As with all of their recent bottles, labeled as a unified "Fegley's Brewworks", but smaller print says brewed by Allentown Brewworks. Description states, "Saison Ale brewed with 100% natural raspberry juice."

I didn't have a great experience with Monkey Wrench on draft, but hadn't tried that one or this guy in bottles yet so I was cautiously optimistic opening this up. Cork comes out easily and with great force, but isn't followed by any gushing. Pours from the bottle a pink champagne color and settles in the wine glass a hazed lighter golden amber color with an initially huge fizzy off white head that quickly fades to a finger thick layer with minimal lacing. Aroma is dominated by a slightly sour, not quite natural raspberry fruitiness. Behind that, more traditional earthy and lemony saison notes pop out, with minimal spice or wheat aromas.

The flavor unfortunately is a bit of a let down, walking a delicate line between raspberry soda and the nice idea of a raspberry spiked saison. The dominating flavor, like the aroma, is a slightly less than natural raspberry flavor, sweet and tart. Body is medium light, with fine, heavy carbonation producing a dry, clean finish with lingering tangy sweetness. Most disappointing is that I'd be hard pressed to call this a saison if I hadn't read the label. Closer to the finish, there is a stronger wheat and lemon-y zest background behind the fruit. However, there is also a mild buttery texture and flavor in the finish. Overall, if you like raspberries, this is probably worth a try at $7 a 750 once this hits local Wegmans and Whole Foods, but I wouldn't go into this expecting a great saison.

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Space Monkey from Allentown Brew Works
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