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Monkey King Saison, Farmhouse Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 2
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Kerrie on 03-05-2013)
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Photo of Chaz
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Chaz, Yesterday at 03:44 AM
Photo of runner72
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

runner72, Tuesday at 03:33 AM
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3.8/5  rDev +7%

dditto2, Nov 22, 2014
Photo of km02600
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

km02600, Nov 22, 2014
Photo of nipiazza
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%

nipiazza, Nov 21, 2014
Photo of lillitnn92
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

lillitnn92, Nov 21, 2014
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

JuicesFlowing, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of Flounder57
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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.


Flounder57, Nov 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

BPMeyer27, Nov 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

RavenForBeer, Nov 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

kplooki, Nov 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

pigpen892, Nov 01, 2014
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3.32/5  rDev -6.5%

Joestradamus91, Nov 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Mphis, Oct 29, 2014
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1/5  rDev -71.8%

LakersGotRings, Oct 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

rspauldi, Oct 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Hellpop65, Oct 19, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev +10.4%

Fordknox, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of Mike412
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

Mike412, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of JasonL02
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%

JasonL02, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

StonedTrippin, Oct 16, 2014
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3.28/5  rDev -7.6%

Melocollo, Oct 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

nyrblue2, Oct 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

jbh26, Oct 08, 2014
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Monkey King Saison, Farmhouse Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.