Monkey King Saison, Farmhouse Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 405
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 5
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
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Michigan, United States

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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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a soft gold to straw with a big fluffy white head. Aroma is yeast, slight pepper spice, and bread. Taste is yeasty, very light spice, some soft fruit underlying a soft, smooth malt base with bread tones. Mouthfeel is thin to medium and fairly carbonated. Overall, not a bad version, but pretty light in all aspects. (325 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (256 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a hazy pale yellow color with good vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Spicy, peppery, vanilla, apple, pilsner malts, pale malts,

Taste: You get the above mentioned flavors, but things finished off light and a bit watery.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, dry, a little chewy, a little watery, and some bitterness.

Overall: (572 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pouring a bright dark gold with a touch of chill haze at first, Monkey King appears filtered as the haze wears off quickly to reveal complete clarity. The clean white head that develops looks a little sparsely bubbled, though retention isn't bad. It seems that the constant bubbling activity rising from the bottom of the glass may be all keeping afloat the foam that leaves thin lacing in thin spotting.
There's a lot of malty sweetness, though lemon is the main component on the nose. Yeast makes for an interesting somewhat earthy and lightly funky note. A peppery bite is present and a note of grains can be found as well.
Grains come out up front along with that unusual sort of yeast note on the palate. Lemon isn't the main element, as it is in the aroma, but it's strong. There's an odd note that at first seems almost alcoholic but backs off. A bit of herbal hops bitterness rises up with the gentle peppery bite.
The feel is light in body and there's a good crispness. Carbonation is at the right level. Dryness pulls out into the finish a bit. (1,054 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (2,254 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with a coded bottled on date printed on the side of the bottle. Acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store. Another saison from New Holland. Expectations aren't so great, but I'm keeping an open mind.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a bright murky golden lemon colored body with some dark specks of sediment floating around, and lots of active carbonation. Two fingers of tightly packed bubbly white head. Looks alright for what it is.

S - Smell is of dry wheat, acidic vinegar tartness, lots of must yeast, some floral coriander / clove spice rack notes, hint of latex glove, some vinous white wine character, and a hint of bubblegum malt.

T - Taste follows the nose, but falls a bit short. Crisp bubblegum malt, husky grains, crisp yeast derived fruitiness, mild citrus, green apple, pear, peppery clove spice, white sage, subtle vinous white wine character, and some florals. Slightly medicinal.

M - Crisp and medium bodied, with coarse, scratchy carbonation. Prickly apple / pear fruitiness on the palate.

Overall, it's not bad, but fairly ordinary if anything. Still, it is clearly a step up from the New Holland Golden Cap. Worth a try if you are a fan of the style.

New Holland Monkey King Saison ---3.5/5 (1,268 characters)

Photo of Chaz
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nearly-brilliant, beautiful golden in color, topped with a very decent looking off-white head. Head falls after a few minutes, but there's plenty of lace, and it's a nice looker all around. A bit of haziness (wheat malt or… ?)

Nose is lightly spicy with hop profile reminiscent of a Noble hop offshoot, if not Saaz. Rather neutral apart from that -- somewhat yeasty… touch of coriander (ala a Witbier) and citrus zest. Hmmm.


Much more of the same spice and hop zing and lemony zest/rind on the first sip, and there's just enough base malt (pale, crystal, Pilsener style base) to give the spicy character plenty of room to move on the palate. Lighter carbonation. Yeast kicks in toward the end along with a trace of fusel alcohol character, and some nice 'white grape'/grapeskin ala Sauvinon Blanc.

Easy-drinker, lighter in body… dangerously drinkable and full of character at this strength.

Well-above average for the style. Really worth seeking for a domestic, Craft alternative to an import. (1,022 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy golden yellow with a one-finger white head.

S - Grass, yeast, lemongrass, and some faint malty sweetness.

T - Fruity, pear and apple right upfront. Yeast is very present throughout the drinking exprience with a slight funk. A very slig hop bitterness is present in the finish.

M - Light bodied with a very crisp dry aftertaste.

O - Not bad, not great. Would make a very enjoyable summer beer. (407 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into pint glass, after a bit added a wedge of meyer lemon.

Maybe it was that I just cut the grass, maybe it was the fresh chard steamed with basil, tomatoe, meyer lemon and pine nuts (with a salty slice of pizza on the side). Maybe it was the summer afternoon and the fat, aggressive Arogant Bastard I nursed last night... .but I really liked this beer.

Spicy, dry, and lightly fruity, but not cloying Belgian farmhouse ale.

A: Pours a bright straw color w a modest unfiltered haze. White head, that fades, not much lacing but a great looking saison.

S: Peppery, yeast spices, malty sweetness with fruit esters. White pepper, straw, and grain followed by citrus.

T: Nice flavor arc. Starts grainy, sweet then arcs to spicy dryness w a little hop bitterness. Refreshing and zesty, white pepper, lemongrass, and light fennel dominate faint background fruit esters. A bit of barnyard hay, cut grass, and funk too.

MF: Medium bodied throughout, great summerweight feel, with a clean and crisp aftertaste.

I really liked it. Well done. Better than other American experiments in the style thus far... (1,112 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a murky, cloudy beer with a head that fades pretty quickly. Aroma is quite fruity with notes of apple, together with a fresh bread-dough malt scent. Highly fruity flavor as well, with a light bitterness that leaves the taste a bit sweet. Phenols add a clovey, bandaid flavor that makes the finish moderately interesting. Could be better carbonated: that would probably help the head as well. As it is, it's a bit watery. (428 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/14/2013. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, grape, pepper, clove, wheat, straw, grass, herbal, light funk, and earthy yeast esters. Nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity; very pleasant. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, grape, pepper, clove, wheat, straw, grass, herbal, light funk, and earthy yeast esters. Slight earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, clove, wheat, straw, grass, herbal, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters; with a solid malt backbone; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good saison. Good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with a solid malt backbone; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,188 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, medium-high carbonation, light yellow in color, clear

Smell: flower, wheat, and banana

Taste: flower, wheat, and banana

Mouthfeel: sweet, light bodied and medium carbonation

Overall: More floral than a lot of the saisons I have had lately. Banana also sines through. I enjoyed this one and could see myself having a few on a hot day. (362 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Paid $2.19 for the single. Into a pint glass

A - Bright golden in color with a nice bubble stream. Head is a nice 1/4 inch that settles to a good lace ring.
S - Smell is good sugary yeasts and some spiciness kind of funky too.
T - Not bad its like the Black Tulip ale but lighter. Spiciness is real mild and yeast isn't very chalky it's sweet and smooth.
M - Light to medium easy to drink.

Overall it's a decent take on a Saison I dig the fruity yeasts and the lower carbonation. Tasty. (489 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy medium golden with apricot highlights and a foamy half inch white head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving watery sheets of lacing.

Pear, nectarine, lemon, belgian yeast, and confectioners sugar sweetness form the initial aroma. Peach, a hint of must and earthiness accent bready malt.

Fruity flavors abound, with pear and earthy hops at the base throughout. Tart tangerine, lemon, peach, and and coriander add complexity. There's some belgian yeast esters and clove that kick in late, just before the fairly dry white pepper finish. Fairly spicy. Musty barnyard character is somewhat of an afterthought.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation. There's a slight alcohol warmth.

Lots of interesting flavors going on, mostly fruity and estery. There's a bit of barnyard. The finish is a little too bitter, and a metallic note creeps in as it warms. Would be much better without that. (922 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Holland imperial pint
6.6% ABV, Pairings: shellfish, spiced cheeses, and citrus-laced vinaigrettes.

A - Poured from a bottle that looks like it was labeled by a hoard of drunken monkeys, Monkey King's crown of lace coats the glass above it's hazed-through golden beer.

S - Spicy white pepper and lemongrass character are the forerunners the aroma, showing the beer's yeast ester components but even through it's nicely balanced citrus (and faint pine) hop and smooth malt base, it smells wholly American - not a terrible characteristic but an observation.

T - Nimble white grape notes tip-toe through the fallout of a battle between spicy white pepper and citrusy lemongrass. The yeast esters are a bit extreme, overpowering most everything else including the timidly sweet malt base.

M - Carbonation leaps across the tongue playfully, washing some of the beer's spiciness down to a lingering dry finish that trails off gently.

O - Monkey King enters with a nicely balanced aroma of yeasty spice and a balanced hop and malt body that ends up being overrun by yeast spice character in the flavor. I like my saisons to display some authority but Monkey King is almost a flagrant dictator. (1,222 characters)

Photo of Kerrie
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Found this at my singles shop and was surprised to see that no one's added it to the site yet.

A- Pours a hazy golden color with about a finger of head, little retention, and short-lived lacing.

S- Smells sort of fruity, but nothing overpowering or distinct.

T- Tastes fairly good, though it reminds me of a hefeweizen. There's a strong banana/clove aftertaste. I don't believe I've had a Saison before, so I'm not sure if that's normal.

M- Creamy mouthfeel, yet still light and refreshing.

O- I'll have to try this again in the summer. It's an enjoyable beer, and I think I'll enjoy it more outside. (617 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

On-tap 6/29/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wild Belgian yeast, bananas, citrus, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wild Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character followed by some sweet flavors of banana and citrus. There is a very mild tartness in the background. The hops presence is also mild but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are better choices within the style. (897 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is really well made. its the safe side of saison though, i mean, not real funky or weird yeasty, not cloudy and raw, not wild in any way. its more reserved than that, more refined in some ways, faster, cleaner. its a blonde beer, bright and foamy, with a nose of white peppercorns and coriander, a light belgian fruit thing, and a pretty fair malt base. the flavor is similar, with the yeast lacking some of the fuzzy funk and grassy dankness that it can sometimes bring in the style. its a cleaner culture here, a regular brewers pitch and a quick fermentation. nothing wild or slow paced about it in the traditional sense, but i think the flavors come together really well, and that there is a role for saisons like this. its like a more approachable belgian ale to a non craft drinker, i think this has that kind of appeal. the more i drink it, the more i taste hefeweizen yeast too, very banana heavy in this, which really works. its also a year round sixer, which means its one you can get anywhere and drink a lot of. nice carbonation and a clean finish, not common in the style, but it works in this case. both refreshing and satisfyingly hearty. i liked this better than most have apparently. (1,205 characters)

Photo of Ernest_Hooper
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (806 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark straw-golden color with a big, fizzy head of white foam that dissipates to a thin layer. No lace but some dead yeast is hanging off the the glass half way down.
Smell is funky, a bit sour and some malt.
Taste is malt, grass, funk, yeast, saltines. Well balanced.
Medium bodied, not harsh, refreshing on a hot summer day. Clean finish. (348 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (371 characters)

Photo of Beerasaurus
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of Mavigo
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (922 characters)

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Monkey King Saison, Farmhouse Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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