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Monkey Chased The Weasel | Carton Brewing Company

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3.95/5
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328 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
cartonbrewing.com

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
MONKEY 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.

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Added by claspada on 06-15-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,595
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
328
pDev:
10.63%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Duffman79
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Rich_K
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of joe1510
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
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!

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Photo of bkwhoppa66
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dhay55
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of dheldman
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of von_kaiser
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1levelabove247
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ultimate
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tim725
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wallbj
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SharkNado
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Devman171
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of edhizdeid
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of blassor
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Suds_Suds
3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A light, tart and a slightly salty sour wet sock finish but in a good way as to not overpower. Could drink this all day.

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Photo of jfstilling
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Gotti311
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Monkey Chased The Weasel from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 328 ratings
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