Monkey Chased The Weasel
Carton Brewing Company

Monkey Chased The WeaselMonkey Chased The Weasel
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #335
Ranked #8,718
3.98 | pDev: 10.3%
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Very Good
Monkey Chased The WeaselMonkey Chased The Weasel
Sour Ale
ABV: 3.9% | IBU: Sour | SRM: Ojo de Gallo

The backyard of our brewery has a mulberry tree that drops its fruit in the first days of summer. We moved into our building during early summer 2011, tracking a bright purple path through our new home with every laden step. It was then we decided: if mulberry was going to get that deep into the brewery, it probably should get into a beer as well. Stealing a process from Berliners, we let the lactics in a wheated mash sour up to a green apple/lemon level, accentuating the bright side of the mulberry profile. Meant for quaffing when there is no reason to avoid direct sunlight on balmy summer days, drink Monkey Chased The Weasel because there is more sun than moon at the top.
Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 340 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of dsa7783
dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single, 16 ounce can copped from Route 22 in Union. Pours a lucid, golden hue with moderate frothing. Asserting aroma and mouthfeel redolent of hibiscus and ginger. Good stuff.

Jun 28, 2020
Photo of Tony210
Tony210 from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light straw color with a slight purple hue, minimal head. Aroma is citrusy, slight funk and sourness. Flavor is light lemon zest, some grape must, sour cherry, light grapefruit. Light bodied and effervescent, has a lingering sourness that is a little like wet cardboard on the finish.
Overall a very light bodied beer, fairly enjoyable, love the low abv, might buy again...

16 oz can dated 5/12/20
3.76 rating

May 13, 2020
Photo of Act25
Act25 from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glad to see this back, now reviewed in my missing lineup from my hometown brewer: Carton.
My partner Victoria loved this as most sours, but this scored and soured higher.
a) Clear pale yellow body, small white head, short last, little lace.
s) Lemony, bright sour nose.
t) Super packed with complex, berry, grape, lemon, yeast, grass, cider, and white wine like flavors.
f) Bright effervescent, clean delightful. Great summer sour - like champagne.

Jun 23, 2019
Photo of SmashAdams
SmashAdams from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After drinking through about a case of this I have really come to love it. The flavors are subtle, nuanced, and perfectly balanced. I can't say mulberry is an identifiable flavor but I had mulberries in my yard as a kid and the smell of this beer just makes me think of summer. Great refreshing and super drinkable beer. yb

Jul 09, 2018
Photo of AZBeerDude72
AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A:Gold with light head and no lacing.
N: Sour apples with champagne.
T: Sour notes up front with a very bubbly feel overall.
M: Light
O: Very refreshing beer, sour but not over the top. Very clean and good for summer.

Jun 22, 2018
Photo of MacMalt
MacMalt from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16 oz. can into Carton teku glass. It pours a slightly hazy, golden straw color with a frothy, milk-white head and lacing that clung to the glass through the pour. It has an interesting smell of sour wheat and some funky spice. I'm not familiar with the smell of mulberry but I guess that was present, as well. The taste was also truly unique: like combining chardonnay with a marzen: it is both fruity and sour, and malty in an earthy way. It's quite difficult to describe. There is also a funky spiciness that reminded me of a Belgian Pale Ale. It is light and crisp, with lively carbonation, and at only 3.9% ABV it is extremely drinkable. This may be the strangest review I've written on BA. This is an unusual beer but a thoroughly enjoyable one.

Jun 24, 2017
Photo of JerzDevl2000
JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traded for this beer a while back and finally got around to it on this balmy night, knowing that there was hardly any alcohol in this. For being so "weak" up front, I really enjoyed this as the flavors meshed well together and there was enough body and carbonation here to make this lively without feeling forced at the same time!

Good pour to this as the beer had a straw hue, frothy head, and a good amount of bubbles in it and as was expected, hardly any lacing left behind once I took some sips. Lots of Mulberry, blueberry, and sour apple in the nose with even more in the taste. Juicy, sour, and lively, this was so light while not being terribly tart in addition. Enough bready malt, white grape, and lemon acidity could be felt, which rounded this out as there was mild funk and spice in the back once the beer went down. Plenty of citrus juice and some citric acid was what I could pick out in the mouthfeel, keeping me from enjoying too much at once!

This was as session as a beer of that sort could be, though I only had one can on hand. Would be nice to give this another go as there wasn't anything else I've ever had quite like this - nursery rhyme aside, this was a great take on the style that begged for another helping. Like a chardonnay with faint hops and malt, this was another reason why Carton has put New Jersey on the proverbial craft beer map. Fun stuff!

Sep 20, 2016
Photo of Slack
Slack from Virginia

3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw to golden in color and a bit cloudy. Very minimal head and no lacing.

Citrus, berry, acid and some random sweetness.

Taste is similar to the nose, lemon, berry, acid tartness, and minor malt.

Mouth is medium light and crisp with average carbonation and a super dry finish.

Very drinkable and not overwhelmingly sour. Perhaps not the best weiss to a purist but very satisfactory. I would recommend trying this if available.

Aug 21, 2016
Photo of joe1510
joe1510 from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz Can

Huge thanks to the man, the myth, the legend, SammyJaxxxx! Monkey chased the weasel sports a body of slightly tarnished bronze. Pale orange takes hold when backlit and the mild haziness diffuses the light enough to make the whole body glow. The dirty white head is easy to rouse on the pour, and like a lot of Berliners, it fizzles out fairly quickly to a couple islands floating about the body. It's a good looking beer.

The nose is packed full of wheat. There's some of the fresh cracked variety but mostly that damp wheat-y twang. There is a nice accompaniment of slightly acidic, slightly sweet berry that I'm unfamiliar with but can only assume is mulberry. The sweat and sour play over the damp wheat is an enjoyable aspect over the twang-y wheat. It's fairly simple but also mouthwateringly appetizing.

The damp wheat is acidic and punchy out of the corner. It backs off slightly in the middle when a touch of mulberry sweetness joins the party, a good balance at this point. The acidity, both wheat and berry, picks up again before the finish. Again, though a little simple, this beer tastes good. My only knock is that the finish seems to disappear. It's acidic, you swallow and then nothing. There isn't much backend.

The body is on the light side of the spectrum and the carbonation is soft to the point of being nearly unnoticeable besides a little snap on the swallow. The tartness is refreshing and makes for a highly drinkable libation. The finish slowly dries up and leaves behind a touch of the tart. I could drink numerous amounts of this beer in the blazing hot sun.

Monkey Chased the Weasel is a fun, quenching, delicious summer drinker. Its wheat-y all the way through and the mulberries and a unique twist. Have many of these at the ready 'cause tit's a "one after the other" beer. Thanks again, SammyJaxxxx!

Jul 17, 2016
Photo of IvoryFoxhole
IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can purchased 6/24/16. Poured into Kane Belgian ale glass. Diehard competitors!

L: 2F foamy head with poor retention, little lacing or ring. Beer is a clear pale gold.

S: Yes, the sour predominates, sour apple and lemon as described, plus a tart grape (I assume that's the mulberry, no idea what that tastes like). Sour fruit with yeasty notes, which sounds a lot like a white wine, but the malt bill ensures it smells considerably different.

T: Tart grape (mulberry?), tart apple, tart lemon and lime. Belgian yeast. Wheat backbone. Sour finish, just and I mean just short of astringent. Doesn't dry as fast as it should, maybe.

F: Light-bodied, light to medium carbonation(maybe could use more). Good construction. More or less in balance, probably depends on your toleration for sour flavor. Crisp and refreshing, but hard to really pound because of the sourness.

O: I love Carton's creativity and I am a fan of Russian River sours, at least, so this is all right by me. I think maybe the sourness could have been controlled a little better, perhaps by quicker drying on finish. In any case, glad I tried it and sad I missed Dune Fruit, which apparently was similar. I'll try anything Carton makes.

Jul 07, 2016
Photo of PhillyBoy23
PhillyBoy23 from New Jersey

4.73/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer. My official brew of summer. Light and refreshing with just the right amount of pucker for a sour. Sad it won't be back this year but hoping the new sour is even better.

Feb 09, 2015
Photo of HopBomb515
HopBomb515 from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden straw with a pinkish hue to it. Tons of active carbonation, thin light pink head fades fast and leaves no lacing. Tart in the nose. Lemon, sour apple, berry and a little funk. Tart on the taste, lemon, sour apple, and a hint of mulberry in the finish. Straight forward but great. Sharp carbonation carries that tart flavor and gives a highly carbonated feel all the way through the finish and some dryness at the end. Great beer for the style with a nice twist with the mulberry.

Nov 02, 2014
Photo of daryk77
daryk77 from District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

decent, didn't do it for me but I do like the effort to get different styles out to the people. Liked it up front but the finish lingered a bit too long.

Aug 25, 2014
Photo of wethorseblanket
wethorseblanket from California

3.9/5  rDev -2%

Sixteen ounce can shared by Ron - thanks.

A: Pours a hazy faint and light reddish orange with a thin white head which fades rapidly to the rim leaving spots of lace.

N: Fruity with tart wheaty and malty notes.

T: Mostly tart wheat with fruit (mulberries) like a blackberry and some lemony citrus.

M: Light body and light carbonation. Finishes wheaty and tart.

O: A nice light Berliner Weisse.

Aug 17, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
UCLABrewN84 from California

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

Thanks to Thebrewracho for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a hazy light orange-red with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, berry, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour berry and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, light, and easy to drink.

Serving type: can.

Aug 17, 2014
Photo of BMMillsy
BMMillsy from Florida

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can shared at the Swamp Head Batch 600 release. Pours a purplish pink color with a creamy white head on top. Aroma of mulberries, sour vinegar, wheaty malts, and berliner like yeastiness. Flavor follows with big notes of mulberries--wow they go really well in this style--wheat malts, yeasty tart berliner notes, some lemon peel, and some floral notes. Really light bodied with high carbonation. While I’m not a fan of the style generally, this was very nice. I would have it again for sure.

Aug 04, 2014
Photo of KFBR392
KFBR392 from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with half a finger of head which quickly dissipated and was not present while drinking. The color is light orange, peach color. Active carbonation is a touch light for the style.

Smell: Sprite tropical fruits and some light berry sourness greet the nose. Toasted malts with some semi-sweet bready notes open up on the body. The mulberries are felt throughout, providing some light tartness but remaining balanced and controlled throughout. There is also some apple and banana fruit notes that get picked up on the back end.

Taste: This brew wastes on time amping up the tartness on the front, with accents of berries, white grapes, prairie grass, and bright fruits that get accentuated by the carbonation. The sourness drops off after the front, but plenty of earthy berries and crisp fresh fruits are left lingering on the palate. Some malt sweetness picks up on the back end and really evens out the palate, making you want to go back for more. Some biscuit and lingering tart fruits sit on the palate long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: This brew peaks in tartness on the front, but a complex back end makes up for the fading tartness. Carbonation is low overall, but does its job when it needs to. An outstandingly drinkable sour.

Overall: A versatile and complex sour that I really enjoyed. The mulberries play well and plenty of other fruit and sweet malts throughout create an exciting experience for the drinker. I think this brew would play well with a newbie to sours or a hardened fan of the tart. Well done.

Jul 26, 2014
Photo of nrs207
nrs207 from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - This is different than any beer I've had. It's got a hue that I'm not used to seeing. Almost reminds me of De Garde Imperial Plum Bu. Really inviting.

S - Light tartness, like fruit, extremely refreshing smelling. Smells like something I could just crush.

T - Follows up the nose. You get a nice sourness, certainly nothing insane. The fruit is in there for a nice contrast from a lot of the beers in this style. Really on point.

M - This is the best part about this. It's so refreshing, drinkable, and just awesome. The fruit balances the sourness and it melds into something great.

O - I haven't had too many Carton beers, but this is definitely one of, if not the best. Boat is awesome as well. Would definitely recommend this batch. Perfect for a nice summer day.

Jul 21, 2014
Photo of Davepoolesque
Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pourded into a wine glass, pinkish hued in color, with a half of finger of large white bubbled head. Smells of wheat and not much else. Easy drinking that's for sure. A slight sour crispness to it. Super duper crushable. Don't know what a Mulberry taste like, but there is a little bit of a berry taste to it. This was really nice summer beer. Not super tart, but definitely an above par berliner.

Jul 21, 2014
Photo of themind
themind from New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is an excellent sour. I feel Carton is really stepping up there game and have some fantastic brews. If you like sours this is a very good beer with a kinda citrus twist. Overall if they canned this, I would buy it!

Bottom Line: Enjoyable beer.

Jul 15, 2014
Photo of thedoubler55
thedoubler55 from New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice hazy yellow in color, you can see the bubbles from the carbonation in the beer so there is a little transparency, started off with a little white head at the top that turned into a crown very quickly, not to much lacing was visible.

S: Wheat, Lemon, some hint of grapes and apples as well, sour note is present throughout.

T:The sourness hit me on the first sip, lots of wheat and lemon, and the sour is super present on the the palate, slight hints of apples on the tail end.

M: Light/Medium bodied, a good amount of carbonation.

O: Was not a fan of this brew, but I would say it wasn't terrible, I guess I am not a fan of sour beers, not to hard to drink but just something I didn't enjoy.

Jul 15, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

first beer ive ever had with mulberry, and its a low alcohol summer berliner, how perfect! cleverly thought out, and well executed, this pinkish purple pale blonde white beer smells like tart fruit juice and a heavy sour lacto mash. its white wheat, low body, high refreshment, maximum drinkability. this is a perfect summer drink, tart enough to be refreshing without being sour enough to sit weird in the belly or be caustic when it warms up a little. the low abv makes it an all day beer, and i think the pint can is a nice format for it. a touch of white white acidity in the finish, along with the fruit, which i wouldnt immediately identify as mulberry, but it is a little different from other fruits, really juicy and tart. carbonation is medium, but its enough with how light the body is. overall a really fun beer, and a little something different. a great first impression from these guys as well. worth seeking out.

Jun 30, 2014
Photo of Tucquan
Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2014-06-29 at the brewery.

A - Orange-straw with a hint of pink depending on how you hold the glass. 1-finger head that fades quickly with zero lace.

S - Sourdough-wheat bread, grass, hint of fruit. Certainly has the smell of a good Berliner Weiss.

T - Quite tart. Echoes the smell pretty well but the wheat malt presence is stronger as is the fruit flavor, which definitely is mulberry. I've been picking and eating them off the trees all this month of June while hiking and I can easily identify their flavor in this beer. Mulberries are delicious and have a balance between sweet and tart, which works really well here. The brewer did an excellent job of letting the mulberry flavor poke through to compliment the Berliner Weiss style without turning this into something even remotely close to the undrinkable-for-me, "Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss". I'm quite impressed.

M - Light body and light-medium carbonation. Crisp, refreshing and puckering.

O - It was a three-hour, one-way drive from my house to the brewery to try this, as well as the other brews on-tap. I also worked in a hike at the beach at nearby Sandy Hook, and then drove back home. I brought back this brew, Boat and 077XX. All are very good, but from a uniqueness standpoint, this stands above the others. I think my wife is really going to like this one when she tries it. I certainly do.

Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Jonada
Jonada from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

64oz growler served in a DFH signature glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color with 1 finger of white head that dissipates almost instantly to a super thin collar. Body is slightly hazy with light amounts of visible carbonation

Smell: Light berry, wheat, mild lacto caracter and apple.

Taste: Moderate dry tart sourness upfront with a slight berry sweetness that comes through in the middle. Flavors are lemon, berry, grain with some funky, cheesy character as well. There's a mild but odd bitterness that comes through in the aftertaste that detracts from the overall taste a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low medium carbonation. Finishes tart and dry. Incredibly high drinkability.

Overall: Tasty, refreshing and crushable. Sightly weird aftertaste kept it from scoring higher, but this is still a great summer beer.

Jun 29, 2014
Photo of dar482
dar482 from New York

3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a clear pale yellow.

The aroma has some apple, lots of tartness, some wheat, and lemon.

The flavor follows with apple and lemon tartness, some tartness, a bit of funk in there as well. The mouthfeel is thin, but in general quite refreshing.

The beer is a bit light on flavor, has a tartness of apple cider, but also some funk and wheat of a Berliner weiss.

Jan 02, 2014
Monkey Chased The Weasel from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 340 ratings