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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Monkey’s Uncle is COTU’s take on a classic beer style from Belgium – the Tripel. Pilsner malt is the primary building block, providing a light crisp body and straw color. Small amounts of German Munich and Vienna malts add further color and sweetness. Belgian Candi Sugar, added during the boil, contributes more fermentables, while at the same time lightening the body further. Lightly hopped, this beer was fermented with a yeast strain originating from one of Belgium’s celebrated breweries.

Fresh lemongrass, grown by our friends just down the street at Village Garden, was added at the end of the boil, resulting in a refreshing treat. We hope you enjoy it.

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3.5
jgb9348 (6780) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2016
Hazy golden and straw coloured body with a rather large, four centimetre tall just off-white head. Aroma of light lemons, grass, hay, yeast and a bit of honey along with some smooth hops and mellow wheat scents. Medium-bodied; Strong grassy and floral flavour at first with some herbs and lemon flavours coupled with some light but smooth sugars and a bit of yeast near the end. Aftertaste shows a lot of dry elements along with a bit of the grassy and funky flavours from the yeast and a smooth sweetness that shows some lemons as well. Overall, a nice and robust beer with a lot of flavours, most of them being smooth and subtle, but finishing dry and grassy for sure. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Costco in Pentagon City (Arlington), Virginia on 26-June-2016 for US$7,99 sampled at home in Washington for my daughter’s fourth birthday party on 20-October-2016 - Happy Birthday Claire!

4.2
tsd08460 (1343) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2016
Bomber from Whole Foods Market Fair Lakes Aroma: Belgian yeast, floral, bread Appearance: clear golden with a white head Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lemongrass Palate: medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish, Tasty

3.8
Maverick34 (3454) - New York, USA - JUL 27, 2016
Bottled. Poured a shiny golden with white head. Some spicinesss and sugar, medium bodied. Pretty good

3
tia (2228) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2016
Tap at the volleyball club. Caramel with cream head. Smells like bubblegum and wheat. Sweet and floral.

3.8
TheBeerGod (6318) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2015
Bottle. Amber pour with a tall, fizzy white head. Aroma is rather sweet and slightly fruity with malt and candi sugar being dominant. Taste is big lemongrass, yeast, fruit notes, toasted malt, grains and light booze. Body is medium with a strong bubbly carbonation. Ends with a lot more lemongrass, sweet malt, fruit notes, yeast and light candi sugar.

4.2
obguthr (7082) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Apricot, coriander, lemongrass nose. Cloudy amber, medium sticky yellow head. Malty apricot flavor initially. Fruitiness subsides leaving bready malt, finishing with lemongrass and lemon zest. Full bodied, appropriate warmth. Put together very well, nice texture, flavor, and transitions.

2.9
Drake (14492) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2013
Bomber. Pours a hazy orange color with a thin white head. Good head retention. Aroma of huge lemongrass and tropical notes, caramel, mild spice. The taste is lemongrass, spice, tropical fruits, burnt sugar, bitter hops. Medium bodied, lingering spice. Not bad, but a bit overdone with the lemongrass.

3.4
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Bomber from Once Upon a Vine, Richmond. New brewery to me, and figured a lemongrass tripel was an intriguing first encounter. Cloudy gold pour, fluffy head and moderate lacing. Nose was quite yeasty, bready, and sharp in places. But interesting this wasn’t so much from any pronounced lemongrass as from a kind of generic, almost woody spice. Prickly mouthfeel, underdeveloped tripel that relied on sweet yeast and fruit, finished off by that layer of sharpness.

3.8
Kinz (3787) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2013
Fortunate to literally get the last bottle of this left at the brewery. Last keg was blown there too. Medium hazy gold, decent head. Aroma of honey malts and light "Belgian" yeast spiciness. Flavor is a match. Couldn’t tell if there was lemongrass here or not, but I’m sure it added something to the profile. Not sure how "tripel" this was, but definitely an enjoyable golden belgian ale. Nice balance of mild fruitiness, spice, and malt flavors.

3.3
riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Nose of honey grain belgian yeast sulfur and soft lemongrass. Pours hazy golden thin head decent lace. Flavors of honey light belgian yeast soft lemongrass some alcohol heat. Kind of whatever. Meh.


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