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Monkey King Saison, Farmhouse Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

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68 Reviews
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Reviews: 68
Hads: 443
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 30.53%
Wants: 4
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
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New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale | 6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Kerrie on 03-05-2013

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Reviews: 68 | Hads: 443
Photo of CM31
2.05/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

An absolutely horrible and forgettable Saison. It has close to none of the qualities of a Saison and just falls flat in all attributes. It is hardly anymore interesting and eerily similar to a Miller or Coors...and that is not good...at all.
Worst Saison to date for me and the $11.99 price tag makes the beer taste even worse.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.51/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a light, hazy, straw yellow. Maybe not quite as hazy as expected. Smell is faint and subtly earthy. Taste is relatively plain. Nothing really stands out about it, maybe a touch grassy, maybe a touch biscuity or yeasty, but really quite simple and plain overall.

I've had many better farmhouse ales.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a well-hazed, orange-gold body with a brief, white head tapering down to a slim layer of fizz.

Smell: Grainy-scented malted wheat with a faint honey note, big (bold) banana, drip of citrus, heavy-handed dusting of ground clove and pepper.

Taste: Full wheatiness, with a sliver of honey glazed grains. Overbearing banana firmly affixed to peppery clove buds. Squirt of harsh lemon. Perfumy element midway. Moderate hop character and bitterness. The perfumy taste rebounds the pepper, the clove and holds until the grainy, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body, fluffy, even. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: I was not a fan of this new release. With its wheat qualities, punchy banana esters, and noted clove-like phenols, it really felt more like a hefe than a saison.

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Photo of jlindros
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a large fizzy 2 finger head that fades semi slowly, light spotty lacing, very clear tan color.

Nose brings lots of saison spices, more Americanized saison, little orange peel and lemon, touches of baking spices, potpourri like spices, with a little grainy bready malt, light sweet malt as well.

Taste brings more of the same, Americanized fake saison, with lots of spices, clove coriander cardamom like spices, lemon, citrus peel, zest, bitter orange peel, some sweet candy malt to go with it that has been dried to hell, bitter lemon zest all over, with a little yeast flavor, and the carbonation is even in the way.

Mouth is med bod, way too much carbonation.

Overall not very good, just a batch of spices and lemon with bad bitter zest and interfering carbonation, nothing even really redeeming about this beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a hazy dark straw color with a white head. Aroma is fruity, with citrus, unripe banana and clove factoring in. In the taste, unripe banana and lemon upfront; herb, pepper and a bit of malt sweetness round it out. Not really bitter and virtually nothing there to balance the malts. Too sweet, not at all as spicy, earthy or tart like great saison style beers. Light body with a medium carbonation. Overall this was an ok wheat but falls short as a Saison.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eh. This is a saison of that soapy variety that seems common amongst American brewers (but definitely not the Belgian ones). Seems to be a wad of spices thrown in there that don't really give a sharp display of flavor. Feel is good. Like I said: eh.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.07/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Fresh 12oz bottle served in a Leffe chalice. No bottle date.

Appearance: Orangish yellow with plenty of large bubble head and beautiful Belgian lace. Fair amount of sediment in the bottle that made its way into my glass.

Nose: Fruity, spicy, Belgian farmhouse funk, Belgian yeast, some off vegetal smell in the end

Taste: Slightly creamy, muted spiciness, sorta malty, no yeast flavor, slightly bitter in the beginning but that fades instantly, lemony

Overall: Well, it's not a Dupont Saison thats for sure. This one came as a recommendation from the seller at a local shop. It's ok but certainly not what a saison should or can be. Look to Ommegang, Goose Island and Allagash for those.

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Photo of BB1313
3.09/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden with a small white head that fades very quickly and leaves little lacing. The aromas are full of green apples and a crisp pear. Hints of orange peel and lemon zest. There's a decent maltiness that lingers as well. The flavors are very earthy and rustic. There's a subtle bitterness to this one blended with some fruity notes. I can pick up some grass and just a tad of funk. There's a decent spiciness coming from the black pepper. Slightly syrupy, but finishes dry for the most part. The carbonation is very active, fluffy, creamy, syrupy. Almost feels heavy, but it's medium-bodied. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

Not bad, but nothing special. It's crisp and refreshing, but doesn't rival the better examples of the style, IMO.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Has a hazy gold color with a white head. The mix of pepper spice and sweet fruit is more strange than pleasant. Still, the beer is enjoyable and it offers a unique flavor. Feels fizzy on the tongue and has an unfortunately abrupt finish that doesn’t cap off the unusual body very well.

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Photo of soju6
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy copper color with a small head that fades quickly to no lacing.

S: Has a mild malt and grain aroma with a bit of citrus and spice in the background.

T: Taste is a bit tart with a mild malt sweetness, grain and a bit of spice and fruit in the background. Mild bitterness with a lingering tart finish.

F: Moderate body, smooth with a bit of a sticky feel. Not lively as some Saisons, needs a bit of character.

O: Not a bad beer, but I was hoping a bit more.

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Photo of brentk56
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a prodigious head that fades noisily, leaving some webby lacing

Smell: Wheat bread and vegetal tones

Taste: Wheat bread with vegetal phenols, up front, with a developing hint of banana and clove; bready finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Unfortunately, a clunker; has elements of a hefe rather than a saison but really doesn't have much flavor whatsoever

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flute glass from the bottle.

Appearance : Hazy pear juice glow, with a very fluffy, dense head like shaving foam. 2 fingers at my measurement once it settles, and leaves lace on the sides. 80% opaque.

Smell : Orange pith, lemon drop, bready sweetness, pineapple juice, slight fennel. Medium strength bouquet.

Taste : Clove, spices, rank banana, pea hull...with a very present, very ominous solid white and green onion mix. This is the glaring flaw in the beer in my opinion. A bit sour, a bit vegetal. It finishes out on onion, fennel, chewed bubble gum, and banana string.

Feel : Intensely charged with carbonation, and when sipped from the bottle is like the fizziest soda I've ever drank. The carbonation helps keep the ale drinkable and exciting, but wow, this is really carbonated. Light bodied as a farmhouse ale should be, and ends slightly dry with a tight crispness.

Overall : I'll pass on this next time, too many off flavors, and way too veggie for me.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I picked up a six pack of New Holland's Monkey King Saison last week for $10.29 at Meijers. I heard this is suppose to be like an imperial version of Golden Cap, I think Golden Cap is a pretty good Saison, so I thought I should give this one a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so it should be fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle in a tulip.

A- The label looks ok, but I'm not a big fan of the faded pastel colors on the label, it looks a little odd. It poured a pretty hazy golden color that took on a little bit of an orange hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some nice lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by some grainy and wheat like malts with some Saison and slight Farmhouse ale like yeast aromas that seem to stick out a good deal. Up next comes a slight herbal and a medium spicy aroma followed by some citrus rind and some banana like aromas. This beer has a nice aroma that is fairly true to style and much more intense then Golden Cap, I liked it.

T- The taste seems to be not that similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness that had a honey like flavor and was followed by a large amount of yeast that imparts a medium spicy flavor along with a pretty noticeable banana flavors. Up next comes a grainy and wheaty malt like flavor On the the finish I get a slight earthy and herbal flavor followed by some lemon rinds and a lower amount of bitterness with just a little more sweetness and a banana and clove like aftertaste. This was a pretty average tasting beer, it tasted more like a below average Tripel then a Saison/Farmhouse ale.

M- Fairly smooth, a little dry, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty mediocre beer and an average at best example of the style, the taste reminds me more of a poorly made Tripel then a Saison/ Farmhouse Ale, but the other aspects seems to be pretty inline with the style. This beer had ok drinkability, it was a fairly smooth and not filling, but the flavors just couldn't hold my attention and one is enough for me, I have no urge to drink another one. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and the appearance, they were both nice and fairly true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, I wasn't a fan of it and it wasn't as true to style as it should be. I wouldn't buy this beer again since I didn't really enjoy and I wouldn't recommend this to anyone since I don't think it does a good job at representing the style. All in all I was let down with this beer, it looked like it was going in the right direction till I got to the taste and was let down. I like Golden Cap much more then this beer, the saison and farmhouse like flavors got lost in this beer and I think Golden Cap is much more refreshing and true to style. New Holland is a solid Brewing Company, but these last couple releases from them have been disappointing, hope this isn't a sign of things to come, better luck next time guys.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: A pristine barley-gold coloring has a medium sense of effervesce. A glass consuming pearl white head is dominate in the vessel with a monstrous size, rocky texture, all the while leaving a generous shellacking of lace behind.

S: Fresh oranges, sugar cookies with a hint of musky lemon at first. Some musky flowerys follow.

T: Flavor was lightly musky, sweetly toasted bread crust, dry oranges, with some sweet caramel fruitiness. Citrus, grapes, sage with some earthy musky tones followed by a freshly squeezed lemon finish that linger a bit after. Some citrus herb fade with a dry toasty sweetness.

M: Medium bodied, lacks a sharp crispness i usually assoicate by style. Slightly chewy.

O: Overall soft farmhouse attributes, sweet and musky tones meshing together with a toasted bread backing. Decent, but slightly misses the mark in terms of solid good recommendation.

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Photo of Mikus
3.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This ended up a good, clean farmhouse style. Some notes that came to the forefront were bubble gum, some clean and crisp wheat malt, and subtle peppery yeast notes. This was quite refreshing on a hot brew day, and I feel as though the mouthfeel on this really hit the spot. Excellent, amusing bottle art as well for what it's worth!

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Photo of thecheapies
3.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Honey gold color with a sorry excuse for head-generation. A ring of translucent white haloes the beer surface. Not your pretty saison look.

So light in the nose, like a Grisette, yet permeating with gentle spicing. Notes of coriander and white sage with a leafy hop that barely makes me stop to take notice. Vividly yeasty, as it is spicy, where the malts are here and just subtly resonate.

Drinks with a spicy bitterness without an overload of spice. Coriander and sage, again, with more coriander than anything. Slight bitter lemon peel, yeast/malt combo sweetness lingering, tangerine rind, and hints of grapefruit zest. Farmhouse yeast is obvious, but a little mucky. Too much wort-y malt sugars to allow complexity to follow up.

I like the candor of a soft body with a vibrant brushy carbonation, but this takes what should be easy drinking to extremes. Too much carbonation really suffocates you on the swallow and I want some relief--some smoothness.

Not a standup saison, but the flavors are developing, if not almost developed. The right ingredients are here, but it doesn't realize its full potential. They might not have even had enough to work with, all considering. It's okay, but okay, as far as saisons go, might not cut it.

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Photo of zdk9
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a little bit cloudy orange to golden. Very efferfescent. Large soda like bubbles formed a bit of head that dies off quickly. I'm out of glasses so this is in a wine glass which might negatively affect the head.

S- Yeasty. Lemon and honeysuckle.

T- Lots of yeast flavors- banana, fruit leather. A bit of zesty hops in the back of the mouth. Maybe a bit of tea. Sweet.

M- Bubbly and carbonated almost like champagne. A little syrupy.

O- It's decent. Maybe a little overly yeast flavored.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy wheat color with a one-finger head and lots of carbonation
S: Lemon drop, coriander and a hint of light grain
T: Largely matches the nose though there's an added spice component that seems a bit bitter and out of balance
M: Light, carbonated but just doesn't hit home
O: Drinkable but there are better domestic Saisons to be found

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden color with about 2 fingers of white head which becomes a thin white lace. Lots of banana on the nose, some faint earthy hop, lots of spicy yeast character. Pretty nice actually. Mild sweetness and finishes just dry enough. Sweet fruitiness rolls into a bit of spicy yeast snap and finally a dry underlying hoppiness.

Creamy and medium bodied with enough flavor to keep things interesting.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spicy, dry, and lightly fruity, New Holland further flirts with the Belgain styles, but with "American" character- this time, with the bone-dry Saison Farmhouse Ale.

Monkey King pours like many lighter Belgian Ales- with a bright straw color that shines through a signature unfiltered haze. Rising with a bleach-white froth, the head caps the beer confidently, constantly fueled by exuberent streams of carbonation from beneath. Light and random lacing clings to the glass ever so often.

Peppery and zesty, the beer's aroma favor the yeast spices although the beer does allow for dry malty sweetness and light fruit esters to support. White pepper, straw, and grain start the show while light apple and lemon follow close behind.

Grainy-sweet to taste, the flavor of raw barley and light malt coax the palate early, just before a turn to spicy dryness and hop bitterness. The taste of white pepper, lemongrass, and light fennel all pull ahead of the dried lime and apple esters. The earthen character of the beer grows along with assertive hop bitterness that stems from the grass and hay flavors earlier.

Medium bodied throughout, the beer slowly sheds is light sweetness and allows the dry grain character to show going into finish. Growing wood-ish bitterness, alcohol, and spice further reinforce dry textures and emphasize a clean and crisp aftertaste.

Where the beer does all that the Saison style perscribes, its much simpler, less raw and less earthy than more authentic versions. it also shows a fruitier side than those dry-spice ones of Belgium. This is what makes the beer taste "American" in the end.

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Photo of seedyone
3.5/5  rDev -2%

12/08/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. A bit heavier than my favorite saisons but not bad at all. Easy spices & negligible hops make for a slightly "less than" drink.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on paper last night, 7/3/13.

Head was about a finger and white. Body was a hazy straw yellow. Light lace.

I smelled yeast, wheat, spices and grass.

Taste started out with yeast. Sweet wheat and sweet grass followed. There was a light spice and bitter hints.

Light-medium bodied. No residue on the tongue, slight dry finish.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Brassy golden.mgreat clariy. Fine-nibbled white head. Good retention. Thin rings of lacing.

S: Yeasty and spicy. Church incense, white pepper. Pineapple, pulpy mandarin orange. Pithy hops. Crackery malts.

T: Tropical fruits abound. Pineapple, Clementine, juicy, banana. Modest tartness. Yeasty. Fleeting pithy hop character. Crackery malt. Dry. Pithy and yeasty finish.

M: Light bodied, acute scrubbing carbonation. Slight creaminess, very dry.

O: Decent. Not a lot of complexity offered, but it's perfectly crushable and inoffensive. However, the high price tag makes this a tough sell when there's much better out there for the money.

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Monkey King Saison, Farmhouse Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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