Monkey King Saison, Farmhouse Ale - New Holland Brewing Company
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3.61/5 rDev +1.7%
New saison / farmhouse ale from New Holland... To be honest, I don't really know how to set my expectations for this one, so I'll go in with none at all. Pours a cloudy yellow color with some less-than-vibrant gold hints streaming up and down the edges. The white crown is pretty wispy and doesn't waste much time fizzling into nothing.
The nose has an aberrant, chalky kind of yeast smell to it. Familiar enough, yet different in some nebulous manner - pretty hard to hone in on exactly what is "off" about it. It has a fair helping of Belgian inspired spicing; clove and coriander, mainly. It also has a light fruit backbone that's hard to pick out and can be easily overlooked if you're sniffer's not on top of its game. Maybe some mild banana and faint apple skins in there. Mild funk and yeast aromas pander in and out, sometimes appearing stronger or weaker than before, almost in seemingly random spurts. Overall, not a huge, explosive, or complex aroma like many saisons carry, but nothing too offensive, either.
I take a taste and two things immediately come to my mind: (1) yeast and (2) bread. I don't know why. I take another sip just to be sure, and certainly enough, I taste yeast and bread. Very heavy on the yeast and emitting a strong bread-like flavor when coupled with the malt. Some light fruits meander in; apples and rotten banana. The fruits add flavor but surprisingly don't add much sweetness, if any at all.
Lots of woody funk, keeping pace with the yeast overload that was experienced first. Barnyard, wet wood, hay, with a musky and cheesy, damp cellar aftertaste. I certainly wasn't expecting this amount of funkiness, although again - it's different than your typical "Brett" funk flavors - not exactly up to par, to be honest. The finishing earthy hops ensure the beer finishes dry, funky, and with a lightly bitter aftertaste. Crispy mouth feel, medium body, ample carbonation.
Not bad, but not incredibly enjoyable, either. Lots of funk - lots more than I was expecting, anyway. But it's not the wonderful Brett-like funk that I'm used to. It's less refined and a not quite as user-friendly. Very hard to describe the exact differences, but there's still something a bit weird with it. If only my palate could talk.
03-27-2013 16:38:49 | More by tectactoe
3.69/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
06-27-2014 16:33:18 | More by tigg924
3.11/5 rDev -12.4%
Yellow gold colored with a nearly instantaneously vanishing head. Lively carbonation. Good clarity. I smell the pepper like saison yeast and light, biscuity malt. There's a definite candy like sweetness in the aroma. The heavy carbonation pricks the tongue and the mouthfeel is a bit salty and sticky. It's like a somewhat peppery club cracker.
10-05-2013 02:37:55 | More by Franziskaner
3.81/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
04-14-2014 02:20:27 | More by WVbeergeek
3.63/5 rDev +2.3%
Pouring a bright dark gold with a touch of chill haze at first, Monkey King appears filtered as the haze wears off quickly to reveal complete clarity. The clean white head that develops looks a little sparsely bubbled, though retention isn't bad. It seems that the constant bubbling activity rising from the bottom of the glass may be all keeping afloat the foam that leaves thin lacing in thin spotting.
There's a lot of malty sweetness, though lemon is the main component on the nose. Yeast makes for an interesting somewhat earthy and lightly funky note. A peppery bite is present and a note of grains can be found as well.
Grains come out up front along with that unusual sort of yeast note on the palate. Lemon isn't the main element, as it is in the aroma, but it's strong. There's an odd note that at first seems almost alcoholic but backs off. A bit of herbal hops bitterness rises up with the gentle peppery bite.
The feel is light in body and there's a good crispness. Carbonation is at the right level. Dryness pulls out into the finish a bit.
05-23-2013 11:47:10 | More by Brenden
3.8/5 rDev +7%
The monkey king was quite nice. The beer poured a clear golden yellow with thin white head that left some head. The scent was mostly floral with subtle fresh hop backdrop. The taste was an infusion or potpourri, hop and Belgium semi sweet malt. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this was a tasty beer, especially in the Illinois August sun.
08-24-2013 00:08:25 | More by WoodBrew
3.55/5 rDev 0%
Pours an effervescent amber with a sliver of cream colored head. Great lacing above average head retention
S: Over-ripe pears & more green banana
T: Follows the nose, a little green banana as well & dryness up front. More pears as this warms & a well as green banana & tart wheat. Finishes with a touch of banana taffy, a touch of Golden delicious apples & faint grassyness
MF: Light/medium bodied with too much carbonation
Worth a try, but more of a training wheels Saison
03-21-2014 19:06:40 | More by russpowell
Monkey King Saison, Farmhouse Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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