Lovely spring day was the order of the day today. Outside I went to enjoy beer #137, Space Monkey by Allentown Brew Works from Allentown, Pennsylvania. This is a Saison or Farmhouse Ale with a twist, Raspberry. The ABV clocks in at 7%. I love the label on this but then again who doesn’t think monkeys are funny, monkeys in space are even funnier.
Into my Troegs Sunshine Pils went this brew with a yellowish amber color, a bit like honey. A nice white head topped this but didn’t stick around. The nose, well it smelled like a raspberry iced tea. I have drank plenty of raspberry iced teas (both regular and diet) in my time so those aromas are quite familiar to me. I took a sip and surprisingly I got some Belgian yeast and a bit of bread like malt flavors (didn’t really get any of either in the nose) and then the sweet raspberry took over all the way to the finish. There was a very similar aftertaste here not quite unlike a raspberry iced tea, just more carbonated. It was medium bodied, crisp, and nicely carbonated. Pretty drinkable, but I could see how the sweetness here could turn people off.
A unique beer indeed. The best way to sum this up is that is was like drinking an alcoholic, carbonated raspberry iced tea. If you like those, you may like this. I kind of liked it but I’m not quite sure how many I could enjoy, maybe more on a hot summer day?