Monkey King Saison, Farmhouse Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

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Monkey King Saison, Farmhouse AleMonkey King Saison, Farmhouse Ale

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 402
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 5
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Kerrie on 03-05-2013

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a soft gold to straw with a big fluffy white head. Aroma is yeast, slight pepper spice, and bread. Taste is yeasty, very light spice, some soft fruit underlying a soft, smooth malt base with bread tones. Mouthfeel is thin to medium and fairly carbonated. Overall, not a bad version, but pretty light in all aspects. (325 characters)

Photo of Mikus
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This ended up a good, clean farmhouse style. Some notes that came to the forefront were bubble gum, some clean and crisp wheat malt, and subtle peppery yeast notes. This was quite refreshing on a hot brew day, and I feel as though the mouthfeel on this really hit the spot. Excellent, amusing bottle art as well for what it's worth! (332 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark straw-golden color with a big, fizzy head of white foam that dissipates to a thin layer. No lace but some dead yeast is hanging off the the glass half way down.
Smell is funky, a bit sour and some malt.
Taste is malt, grass, funk, yeast, saltines. Well balanced.
Medium bodied, not harsh, refreshing on a hot summer day. Clean finish. (348 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.51/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a light, hazy, straw yellow. Maybe not quite as hazy as expected. Smell is faint and subtly earthy. Taste is relatively plain. Nothing really stands out about it, maybe a touch grassy, maybe a touch biscuity or yeasty, but really quite simple and plain overall.

I've had many better farmhouse ales. (309 characters)

Photo of zdk9
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a little bit cloudy orange to golden. Very efferfescent. Large soda like bubbles formed a bit of head that dies off quickly. I'm out of glasses so this is in a wine glass which might negatively affect the head.

S- Yeasty. Lemon and honeysuckle.

T- Lots of yeast flavors- banana, fruit leather. A bit of zesty hops in the back of the mouth. Maybe a bit of tea. Sweet.

M- Bubbly and carbonated almost like champagne. A little syrupy.

O- It's decent. Maybe a little overly yeast flavored. (499 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Brassy golden.mgreat clariy. Fine-nibbled white head. Good retention. Thin rings of lacing.

S: Yeasty and spicy. Church incense, white pepper. Pineapple, pulpy mandarin orange. Pithy hops. Crackery malts.

T: Tropical fruits abound. Pineapple, Clementine, juicy, banana. Modest tartness. Yeasty. Fleeting pithy hop character. Crackery malt. Dry. Pithy and yeasty finish.

M: Light bodied, acute scrubbing carbonation. Slight creaminess, very dry.

O: Decent. Not a lot of complexity offered, but it's perfectly crushable and inoffensive. However, the high price tag makes this a tough sell when there's much better out there for the money. (680 characters)

Photo of CM31
2.05/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

An absolutely horrible and forgettable Saison. It has close to none of the qualities of a Saison and just falls flat in all attributes. It is hardly anymore interesting and eerily similar to a Miller or Coors...and that is not good...at all.
Worst Saison to date for me and the $11.99 price tag makes the beer taste even worse. (327 characters)

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.07/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Fresh 12oz bottle served in a Leffe chalice. No bottle date.

Appearance: Orangish yellow with plenty of large bubble head and beautiful Belgian lace. Fair amount of sediment in the bottle that made its way into my glass.

Nose: Fruity, spicy, Belgian farmhouse funk, Belgian yeast, some off vegetal smell in the end

Taste: Slightly creamy, muted spiciness, sorta malty, no yeast flavor, slightly bitter in the beginning but that fades instantly, lemony

Overall: Well, it's not a Dupont Saison thats for sure. This one came as a recommendation from the seller at a local shop. It's ok but certainly not what a saison should or can be. Look to Ommegang, Goose Island and Allagash for those. (691 characters)

Photo of jlindros
2.85/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a large fizzy 2 finger head that fades semi slowly, light spotty lacing, very clear tan color.

Nose brings lots of saison spices, more Americanized saison, little orange peel and lemon, touches of baking spices, potpourri like spices, with a little grainy bready malt, light sweet malt as well.

Taste brings more of the same, Americanized fake saison, with lots of spices, clove coriander cardamom like spices, lemon, citrus peel, zest, bitter orange peel, some sweet candy malt to go with it that has been dried to hell, bitter lemon zest all over, with a little yeast flavor, and the carbonation is even in the way.

Mouth is med bod, way too much carbonation.

Overall not very good, just a batch of spices and lemon with bad bitter zest and interfering carbonation, nothing even really redeeming about this beer. (824 characters)

Photo of Chaz
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nearly-brilliant, beautiful golden in color, topped with a very decent looking off-white head. Head falls after a few minutes, but there's plenty of lace, and it's a nice looker all around. A bit of haziness (wheat malt or… ?)

Nose is lightly spicy with hop profile reminiscent of a Noble hop offshoot, if not Saaz. Rather neutral apart from that -- somewhat yeasty… touch of coriander (ala a Witbier) and citrus zest. Hmmm.


Much more of the same spice and hop zing and lemony zest/rind on the first sip, and there's just enough base malt (pale, crystal, Pilsener style base) to give the spicy character plenty of room to move on the palate. Lighter carbonation. Yeast kicks in toward the end along with a trace of fusel alcohol character, and some nice 'white grape'/grapeskin ala Sauvinon Blanc.

Easy-drinker, lighter in body… dangerously drinkable and full of character at this strength.

Well-above average for the style. Really worth seeking for a domestic, Craft alternative to an import. (1,022 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a IPA glass.

Look: A hazy murky lightly burnt orange body holds up a soapy cream colored head that is slow to recede. Massively thick bands of lacing cover the glass.

Aroma: Banana, and a very nice aromatic assortment of fruit like orange and maybe even something tart like raspberry. Yeast and mustiness on the back end.

Taste: The fruitiness dominates with cantelope being a surprising player. Banana is faint, and in the finish black pepper emerges.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body, spritzy.

Overall: Pretty good. I can only drink saisons every so often, but I have nothing but good things to say about this one. (635 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a hazy pale yellow color with good vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Spicy, peppery, vanilla, apple, pilsner malts, pale malts,

Taste: You get the above mentioned flavors, but things finished off light and a bit watery.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, dry, a little chewy, a little watery, and some bitterness.

Overall: (572 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is really well made. its the safe side of saison though, i mean, not real funky or weird yeasty, not cloudy and raw, not wild in any way. its more reserved than that, more refined in some ways, faster, cleaner. its a blonde beer, bright and foamy, with a nose of white peppercorns and coriander, a light belgian fruit thing, and a pretty fair malt base. the flavor is similar, with the yeast lacking some of the fuzzy funk and grassy dankness that it can sometimes bring in the style. its a cleaner culture here, a regular brewers pitch and a quick fermentation. nothing wild or slow paced about it in the traditional sense, but i think the flavors come together really well, and that there is a role for saisons like this. its like a more approachable belgian ale to a non craft drinker, i think this has that kind of appeal. the more i drink it, the more i taste hefeweizen yeast too, very banana heavy in this, which really works. its also a year round sixer, which means its one you can get anywhere and drink a lot of. nice carbonation and a clean finish, not common in the style, but it works in this case. both refreshing and satisfyingly hearty. i liked this better than most have apparently. (1,205 characters)

Photo of seedyone
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

12/08/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. A bit heavier than my favorite saisons but not bad at all. Easy spices & negligible hops make for a slightly "less than" drink. (166 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a murky, cloudy beer with a head that fades pretty quickly. Aroma is quite fruity with notes of apple, together with a fresh bread-dough malt scent. Highly fruity flavor as well, with a light bitterness that leaves the taste a bit sweet. Phenols add a clovey, bandaid flavor that makes the finish moderately interesting. Could be better carbonated: that would probably help the head as well. As it is, it's a bit watery. (428 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy medium gold with a very fluffy two finger white head but unfortunately it is very quick to fade away leaving just a small ring of lacing around the sides of the glass.

Aroma is spicy as a Saison should be with peach and orange peel along with a bit of pepper. It is a little limp, though, and one dimensional.

The flavor carries the peach notes over from the aroma along with the Belgian spiciness. A little more in the way of citrus juiciness and less spice along with light bread. The mouthfeel is where this beer tends to be lackluster. It is not real crisp and dry like a good Saison should be. A bit too oily and sticky on the finish.

Overall, while this beer can't stand up to some of the better Belgian examples of the style, it is decent and priced nicely. I am a huge fan of the style and this makes for an affordable go-to beer. (891 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a golden orange color. Half a finger of head on the pour which settled in to a thin ring on the edges of the glass. Good amount of active carbonation but probably a touch slow for the style.

Smell: Interesting front of banana, white grapes, apricot, and prairie grass. Bright light fruits continue to build on the body. Buttery, creamy yeast rounds it out. Not overly complex but an interesting tilt on the style.

Taste: Bright front of banana, cloves, prunes, apricots, and straw. Oak, white pepper, lemon and some mossy hops show up on the body. Yeast has a rustic earthy flavor which masks the palate pretty well. Continuing bright fruits and some dry tobacco round this one out.

Mouthfeel: Lower carbonation makes for a very easy drinking saison. Bright fruits throughout are a unique twist.

Overall: An interesting saison to say the least. Really interesting hop/fruit flavors and aroma throughout set this one apart. Solid offering from New Holland. (984 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

On-tap 6/29/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wild Belgian yeast, bananas, citrus, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wild Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character followed by some sweet flavors of banana and citrus. There is a very mild tartness in the background. The hops presence is also mild but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are better choices within the style. (897 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, medium-high carbonation, light yellow in color, clear

Smell: flower, wheat, and banana

Taste: flower, wheat, and banana

Mouthfeel: sweet, light bodied and medium carbonation

Overall: More floral than a lot of the saisons I have had lately. Banana also sines through. I enjoyed this one and could see myself having a few on a hot day. (362 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a hazy dark straw color with a white head. Aroma is fruity, with citrus, unripe banana and clove factoring in. In the taste, unripe banana and lemon upfront; herb, pepper and a bit of malt sweetness round it out. Not really bitter and virtually nothing there to balance the malts. Too sweet, not at all as spicy, earthy or tart like great saison style beers. Light body with a medium carbonation. Overall this was an ok wheat but falls short as a Saison. (460 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a cloudy gold with a fizzy white head that recedes to a thin, stable mousse fairly quickly.

S: Aromas of minerals, crackers, biscuits, spicy yeast, and lemony, grassy hops are present on the nose.

T: Notes of spicy yeast, banana, candied lemon peel, caramel, grass, herbs, crackers, biscuits, and minerals fill the mouth. The finish is spicy and sweet with mild notes of caramel, spicy yeast, banana, and candied lemon peel.

M: Medium in body and smooth. Carbonation is airy and active. This ale feels lighter and thinner than it really is.

O: Not a bad saison/farmhouse ale by any means. It definitely lacks the complexity of some of the higher end examples of the style, but for what it is, this is a really respectable offering from a very consistent, and in my opinion, underrated brewery. (806 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Paid $2.19 for the single. Into a pint glass

A - Bright golden in color with a nice bubble stream. Head is a nice 1/4 inch that settles to a good lace ring.
S - Smell is good sugary yeasts and some spiciness kind of funky too.
T - Not bad its like the Black Tulip ale but lighter. Spiciness is real mild and yeast isn't very chalky it's sweet and smooth.
M - Light to medium easy to drink.

Overall it's a decent take on a Saison I dig the fruity yeasts and the lower carbonation. Tasty. (489 characters)

Photo of Beerasaurus
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich golden color out of the bottle, not much head or lace. Aroma is extremely sugary sweet, with a bit of a herbal note. The sweet smell seems a bit similar to the Black Tulip aroma. Taste is sweet upfront with herbal spiciness on the back end. Altogether very smooth. Not as much kick on the back end like other saisons or farmhouse ales. Mouthfeel is light, very spring like, a welcome offering after a long, cold winter here in the Midwest. Overall, a good effort, but lacking the depth and complexity of a DuPont or Boulevard saison. (546 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazed golden hue with a bright white head, forms thick like clouds floating above the edge of my wannabe mason jar. Fine lacing the carbonation is on par so far to be a nice saison, based on the look. Faint citrus and spicy yeast just a hint of pepper in the background, light summery almost like some wheat beers. Flavor has spicy kick of Belgian yeast citrus notes, and black pepper bitterness not much in the way of heat or spice from the peppercorns...yeast driven dry powder character light herbal hop tea finish. Mouthfeel is easy on the palate no super rough edges it's like Saison light in a good way, very much not an astringent experience carbonation is smooth not as champagne like as a Belgian version but I get this one. Overall perfect for warm weather refreshing with a bit of flavor, that's what I'm looking for these days, plus there's not many beers from New Holland that I dig...this is decent. (922 characters)

Photo of LuvLagunitas
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy yellow with a thin white head. Not too much lacing. Looks fair for a saison.

S: Bready and yeasty come across quite strongly. A little sweetness in the back end, maybe banana?

T: Sweetness and mild yeast. A tinge of lemon fades into thick bread tones. Even smokey after the flavors sit for awhile. Very good. Different for the saison/farmhouse ale style.

M: Light, even for a farmhouse. Almost like sparkling water. Doesn't leave much behind in the mouth except for a clean slickness.

O: Its alright. I've always wanted to try New Holland, because their name is synonymous with good beer. Not overly impressed by this one, for it's a little odd for the style. Almost like a lager. Doesn't rate too high on my list, but it was quite session-able and enjoyable overall. (780 characters)

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Monkey King Saison, Farmhouse Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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