Monkey King Saison, Farmhouse Ale - New Holland Brewing Company
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3.94/5 rDev +11%
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.
08-09-2013 23:11:03 | More by breakingbland
3.88/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
09-22-2013 06:28:11 | More by TMoney2591
3.85/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
04-13-2014 00:17:46 | More by LuvLagunitas
3.83/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
03-31-2013 01:06:03 | More by Ernest_Hooper
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
3.8/5 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
Monkey King Saison, Farmhouse Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.