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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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81
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241 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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loupap

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-19-2013 00:40:46 | More by loupap
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Jedi8625

Michigan

4/5  rDev +12.7%

06-08-2013 21:01:27 | More by Jedi8625
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larbush

Illinois

4/5  rDev +12.7%

05-03-2013 19:54:00 | More by larbush
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jeff96gt

Indiana

4/5  rDev +12.7%

05-25-2013 21:15:20 | More by jeff96gt
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ToddGingerich

Indiana

4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-29-2013 16:59:37 | More by ToddGingerich
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Brendog9

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12.7%

06-24-2014 23:38:17 | More by Brendog9
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jbierling

Michigan

4/5  rDev +12.7%

04-20-2013 04:04:19 | More by jbierling
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J_Barrett

Michigan

4/5  rDev +12.7%

01-12-2014 19:40:33 | More by J_Barrett
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jimmy13

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +12.7%

03-10-2014 00:01:37 | More by jimmy13
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Blueribbon666

Ohio

4/5  rDev +12.7%

05-31-2014 11:50:14 | More by Blueribbon666
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brauseboof

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +12.7%

03-28-2013 22:57:43 | More by brauseboof
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JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

4/5  rDev +12.7%

04-03-2013 18:11:19 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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bbeane

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.7%

09-12-2013 23:49:06 | More by bbeane
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chrishensley

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.7%

08-16-2013 01:22:07 | More by chrishensley
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Ragnarok88

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +12.7%

07-02-2013 20:38:08 | More by Ragnarok88
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breakingbland

Michigan

3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Poured a beautiful golden color, slightly cloudy. The scant head dissipated into a ring of foam.

Aroma: Sour and funk predominate, along with some sweetness and a hint of hops. Not a strong aroma overall but very pleasant.

Taste: The taste followed the aroma but with the hops being expressed relatively more in the taste than in the aroma. Sour and hops linger.

Mouthfeel: Fine-bubbled carbonation with an overall medium body -- appropriate for this style.

Overall: This is a refreshing beer. It is quite good even though it has a fairly simple flavor profile. If there was just a bit more malt presence, this beer would approach my ideal farmhouse/saison. I will definitely look for this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 23:11:03 | More by breakingbland
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Despite the regal, Caesar-like bearing of the eponymous primate on the label, I feel the name (at least here on the site) could have been truncated to a more simplified version... Regardless, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises orange peel, ginger, fruity Belgian yeast, coriander, very light clove, and a light dusting of confectioners' sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger orange component (complete with added flesh), a twist or two of lemon, and a few pinches of black pepper. There's a lovely balance between fruit, yeast, and spice here, all in high concentrations. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a very nice saison, one that, as [previously stated, deftly balances the fruit, the yeast, and the spice in large amounts, much like a thoroughly capable international statesman. Good times.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 06:28:11 | More by TMoney2591
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LuvLagunitas

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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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Ernest_Hooper

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color is a perfect gold but it appears a bit more filtered than what I prefer in saisons. Taste is quite nice and the body is full yet slightly under-carbonated. All together a solid offering from New Holland that would be right at home on a summer evening.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 01:06:03 | More by Ernest_Hooper
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
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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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 00:08:25 | More by WoodBrew
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Beerasaurus

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 21:38:43 | More by Beerasaurus
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2014 16:50:54 | More by mrfrancis
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Mavigo

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a short off white head that dissipates quick, leaving small amounts of lacing.

S - Smells of wheat, lemongrass, hops, yeast, grains, citrus peels

T - Tastes quite sweet, tastes of wheat, belgian yeast, hints of fruit, like white grapes, grass, grains, stronger hoppy finish

M - Medium bodied with lots of carbonation, a bit too much but it doesn't kill the beer

O - Overall, it was alright, a fairly good saison, though I have had quite better so thus this is just another bottle to me, but I'd recommend it. Buy local everyone.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 17:02:54 | More by Mavigo
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

07-28-2013 13:48:10 | More by sgttibbs
Monkey King Saison, Farmhouse Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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