Albino Monkey | Strangeways Brewing

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Albino MonkeyAlbino Monkey

Brewed by:
Strangeways Brewing
Virginia, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
White Ale brewed with spices.

Within the strangest existence, there is great depth of character. Such is indeed the case for the Albino MONKey. Ordained in the traditional order of Belgian wheat beers, Albino MONKey's wheat malt backbone is shrouded only by its sublimely complex sweetness. Its offerings of spicy hops, coriander, orange peel and white pepper spices need not be understood to be appreciated. Simply follow its divine path. Your obedience will be rewarded.

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 65
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap in a goblet, the beer is a hazy, orange-gold coloring, with a thin, foamy, white head. Aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, apple, apricot, caramel, coriander, and hints of citrus. Flavors are solidly spiced forward, heavy on the coriander and nutmeg. Orange rind and caramel sweet follow, with a bread backbone. Smooth, light, and creamy feel, with a spiced and fruity aftertaste. Smooth, light, almost filmy finish. Solid beer.

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Photo of teromous
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The bottle says 5% ABV and 25 ABU but I don't see any date listed.

Appearance: Hazy body that is a darker shade of orange with notes of burnished gold and a touch of light brown in the center. The head is a very thin creamy textured pure white head. The very short head lasts nicely and leaves some nice spots of lacing.

Aroma: I pick up light clove and quite a bit of bubblegum. It's not the traditional coriander-laden wit despite the label saying that it contains both coriander and orange peel. Neither of these make an appearance in the aroma but what is present is nice and provides a classic Belgian yeast character.

Taste: It's a very nondescript beer. There is a bit of the clove that was present on the nose but the pepper, wheat, coriander, and orange peel just don't show up.

Mouthfeel: It is a rather dry beer for a wit and the hop character adds a bit of roughness to the edges.

Overall: The beer was a bit of a mess and didn't characterize well as a wit. While it did have a nice character provided by the yeast the spices appeared to be nonexistent and the wheat was downplayed to the point where it was missed. This isn't a beer I would recommend or drink again.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass. Has a cloudy amber color. Very little head or lacing. The smell and taste is what you would expect from a decent witbier. What makes this one somewhat different from other witbiers I have had is that it has a mild hop bitterness finish.

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Photo of Beejay
2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: A murky amber range in color, with barely any head. The white head that does come up dissipears almost immediately.

S: Coriander, dried orange peel, clove, and a touch of banana. Something slightly odd in there.

T: Orange peel, a touch of coriander, and something really funky in there. There is something in the finish I can't quite pin down, but I don't like it. It isn't exactly tannin, or metallic, but something off.

M: Medium with moderate carbonation. A little cling in the finish.

O: Overall... meh.. So far I haven't been impressed with this brewery. Especially when there are so many better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Strangeways "Albino Monkey"
On tap at the brewery, 18 December 2014
$8/20 oz. glass

Notes: Appearance: Very cloudy orange-ish brass body beneath a bright white head. I can only chalk it up to a dirty glass, but the head was short lived and left no lacing behind. Aroma: Coriander, wheat. Flavor: Coriander, wheat, some fruit (apple, banana), mild phenolic resembling plastic. Drying, spicy finish. Overall: Basic Belgian-style witbier that's easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of rjs246
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Strangeways is known for their adventurous brewing, but their year-round offerings Albino Monkey witbier and Woodbooger dark ale are consistent, delicious and very very drinkable. This is one of my favorites in the area.

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Albino Monkey from Strangeways Brewing
3.56 out of 5 based on 65 ratings.
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