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Monkey King Saison, Farmhouse Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

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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 rangerred
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy medium gold with a very fluffy two finger white head but unfortunately it is very quick to fade away leaving just a small ring of lacing around the sides of the glass.

Aroma is spicy as a Saison should be with peach and orange peel along with a bit of pepper. It is a little limp, though, and one dimensional.

The flavor carries the peach notes over from the aroma along with the Belgian spiciness. A little more in the way of citrus juiciness and less spice along with light bread. The mouthfeel is where this beer tends to be lackluster. It is not real crisp and dry like a good Saison should be. A bit too oily and sticky on the finish.

Overall, while this beer can't stand up to some of the better Belgian examples of the style, it is decent and priced nicely. I am a huge fan of the style and this makes for an affordable go-to beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber with a sliver of cream colored head. Great lacing above average head retention

S: Over-ripe pears & more green banana

T: Follows the nose, a little green banana as well & dryness up front. More pears as this warms & a well as green banana & tart wheat. Finishes with a touch of banana taffy, a touch of Golden delicious apples & faint grassyness

MF: Light/medium bodied with too much carbonation

Worth a try, but more of a training wheels Saison

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Photo of mntlover
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy pale orange color with a thumb sized white head. Leaves some light lace behind.

Aroma is light wheat notes some peppery spice very light fruitiness. Some hay notes but no real barnyard funk.

Taste is wheat malts some fruit notes, light fruit lemon, orange some light spice clove and pepper. No real funk either more like just a spicy wheat.

Mouthfeel is Sasion like light body fairly peppy carbonation.

Overall an average Saison not a bad spicy wheat beer, just wouldn't pick it up expecting a good saison. But an easy drinker.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Gear54
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle into a pint glass. Got this from a variety pack sold directly from the 8th at location.

Light Amber in color with 1/2 finger of foam and little lace

Smell is yeast pale malts and citrus. Nice combo

Taste follows well. A bit spicy with good malt and citrus. Nice sour notes give this exactly the profile one would expect from the style.

Overall a nice drinker for warm weather.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
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:

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy light yellow golden color with white head. Bread, yeast, and some light cloves on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with banana and some bread.

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Photo of Brenden
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving some patches of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruity yeast are present in the nose—bananas seem to stand out in particular—along with notes of spices.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of fruity and spicy yeasts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: This saison is a lot fruitier compared to many of the other beers that I've had in the style—the fruitiness is akin to what you would expect in a tripel.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
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

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Photo of Chaz
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Act25
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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...

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Photo of allengarvin
3.64/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, copper/orange color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast, slight herbal, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, slight citrus, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight earthy malt, hint of yeast, hint of hop, slight pale malt, and a hint of grass. Overall, good blend, complexity, and decent appearance, but weaker aroma and body.

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Photo of Kerrie
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to pils glass. Pours straw colored and a bit hazy, almost clear but not quite. A few inches of rocky head is produced. Aroma and taste are somewhere in the neighborhood of a hefeweisen or triple: yeast, bread, bananas and spice, clove. Not as tart or fruity (was looking for citrus, pear, or apple) as I was expecting, but still really enjoyable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +5%

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.

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Monkey King Saison, Farmhouse Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.