TheBeerGod (6284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Draft at WBF Raleigh on 5/2/09. Called Monkey Business Farmhouse Ale. Cloudy gold pour. Short white head. Aroma is rather spicy and yeasty. Taste is equally spicy with more yeast notes, flowers, and fruit coming through. Light candyish sweetness as well. Light-medium feel and very bubbly. Ends with more spices, yeast, light grain, fruit and sweet malt. Listed as a saison, if I recall the fest notes correctly. emacgee (4711) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2009
WBF sample. Pours a hazy soft yellow with a one finger offwhite head. The nose was yeasty, peppery, spicy, Belgian yeast for sure, orange peel, some coriander. The flavor is yeasty, orange peel, Belgian/earthy feel, spicy, slightly sweet, nice flavor. Spicy crisp palate. durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2009
On tap at World Beer Festival, renamed "Monkey Business.’ I thought this was a sold farmhouse/saison beer. Spicey, with funky yeast and some citrusy fruit. Some banana and perhaps a bit too much clove. Hazy light orange pour with decent head. I could drink a lot more of this. Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2008
This was one of the worst beers I’ve ever head. On tap at Village Draft House in Raleigh, NC. My friend Jen ordered but I couldn’t resist due to the funny name. It tasted like dirty alcoholic soapwater. It looked normal, but taste normal it did not. my friend Jen could barely bring herself to finish it. "I surrender monkey" was said many times as we surrendered to its awfulness and couldn’t proceed to drink anymore. Now, thinking about maybe something was up with the tap or we were given a dirty glass but do not surrender and order this beer. try another. ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Brown pour, with a yeast aroma. Clove, coriander, and esters. Decent in a pint glass , but could be better in proper glassware.
Suttree (6537) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2008
Earlier Rating: 7/13/2007 Total Score: 3.7
they upped it to 9.2% :) on draft from horiblows. pours dark dark amber with little head and lacing. earthy mouth-feel with sweet finish. very nice! Not sure why they call this a farmhouse ale
Cloudy orange, decent white head. Spicy and very fruity aroma - cherry and blueberry and maybe some coriander. Flavor is notes of clove, white wine, some banana and pineapple and perhaps some herbal, oregan-ish notes. At the Raleigh WBF. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - APR 24, 2008
On tap; poured an orange that was so dark it was almost brown. Aroma of yeast, clove/spice and must. Flavor of belgian yeast, fruit and spice. Easy drinking. Some minimal sweetness. Just ok for me Perm (151) - Tryon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2007
This one was terribly disappointing -- Farmhouse ales are generally my favorite overall style.
I’m not sure what they were going for, but in my opinion it just didn’t work. Disjointed and lacking depth. Immy (1958) - Virginia Beach, USA - OCT 30, 2007
On tap at Tyler’s, Durham, NC. Dark, hazy amber with no head. Mild, wheaty nose, some banana. Wheaty flavor, lightly toasty, a touch of funkiness. Grows a bit more saison-like as it warms, with some spicy clove emerging. Odd, but a nice beer. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Draft at 42nd St Oyster Bar in Raleigh, NC. Poured a clear dark orange brown color. Darker than I had anticipated. Head was thin and off white. Aroma was of subdued clove and alcohol. There was also an occasional whiff stale beer, akin to what the last few drops in the bottom of a bottle smell like after a day or two at room temperature. Dry on the tongue. Flavor was clove/spice dominated with easily perceived alcohol and a bit of banana. There was also a pleasant dash of brown sugar at the end which asserted itself more as the beer warmed. Plenty of alcohol and clove survived well into the finish. Pretty good.