Monkey King Saison, Farmhouse Ale - New Holland Brewing Company
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Reviews by tectactoe:
3.61/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-27-2013 16:38:49 | More by tectactoe
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3.56/5 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.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2014 01:06:34 | More by rangerred
3.53/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2014 20:42:53 | More by KFBR392
3.69/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
06-27-2014 16:33:18 | More by tigg924
Monkey King Saison, Farmhouse Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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