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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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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 10.34%


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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Mavigo

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Beerasaurus

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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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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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Ernest_Hooper

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +7%
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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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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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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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breakingbland

Michigan

3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
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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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The aroma finds a good Saison and farmhouse style. Its yeasty and malty with a good spiciness. Smells dry and sweet.
It tastes good. This rustic saison also has a mildly assertive hop character to really adds depth to this saison beer. Yeasty ester gives a mild fruitiness plus pepper spices and malts.
The beer drinks dry with a sprizy brightness but by beers end it seemed to sweeten.
The color is hazy golden straw with a bright white head. Carbonation is pretty robust also.
It's a good beer and worth seeking.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 10:45:18 | More by micromaniac129
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a blonde glass

Bright golden and orange hues with a thin white head

Smell gives banana, some citrus, and some herbaceous notes

The taste is almost exactly what a standard saison would taste like. I typically go for more effervescence and some more assertive flavors. This beer would appeal to Belgian drinkers as it definitely drinks more like a Belgian to me.

If this is your style, you can't go wrong with it. New Holland is a very solid brewery, and this delivers for a standard saison.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 05:17:51 | More by PHBoiler
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Zach136

Georgia

4.16/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a New Holland High Gravity flute.

A - Burnt orange hazy body. Thing quickly -almost instantly - dissipating head. Zero Lacing. Totally uncharacteristic head for the style.

S - Orange Juice, orange peel, and green apple. Light hint of grassy hops. Aroma is prominent, but not as much as others of the style.

T - Bitter orange, some earthy green pepper and lemon peel. No hop, funk or acidity.

M - Light body, solid carbonation, dissipating finish, refreshing.

O - Great Saison, but nothing mind blowing.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 01:38:33 | More by Zach136
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Ryan_Graham

Iowa

4.19/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow color. No head. Spicy, wheaty, fruity smell that I can't really put my finger on. Wow! Great taste! Was not expecting that at all! Awesome wheat feel with a full-bodied finish. The aftertaste is solid and lays heavy on the back of the tongue. I was very surprised by this beer. It's not world class by any stretch but it's damn good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 00:58:10 | More by Ryan_Graham
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Monkey King Saison, Farmhouse Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.