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Monkey King Saison, Farmhouse Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

Monkey King Saison, Farmhouse AleMonkey King Saison, Farmhouse Ale

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191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 10.61%


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:
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(Beer added by: Kerrie on 03-05-2013)
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Reviews by tectactoe:
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
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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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 02:20:27 | More by WVbeergeek
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Two-6

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-13-2014 17:52:25 | More by Two-6
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LuvLagunitas

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 00:17:46 | More by LuvLagunitas
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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

04-05-2014 17:40:32 | More by Filabee
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Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

04-04-2014 00:36:35 | More by clager
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millertime5125

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

03-31-2014 16:19:51 | More by millertime5125
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remy4x6

Michigan

4/5  rDev +11.7%

03-31-2014 15:09:01 | More by remy4x6
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ortie

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

03-26-2014 00:03:46 | More by ortie
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Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

03-24-2014 14:06:35 | More by SteeleWright
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 19:06:40 | More by russpowell
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +11.7%

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Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of spices, some yeast. Taste has considerable spice, fruits, yeast, a bit of apple flavor to it. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 06:50:09 | More by tone77
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Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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Virginia

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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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Michigan

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Panama

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Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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Monkey King Saison, Farmhouse Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.