Monkey King Saison, Farmhouse Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 421
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 30.06%
Wants: 4
Gots: 63 | 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 mrfrancis
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Beerasaurus
3.81/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of LuvLagunitas
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
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 tone77
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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 brutusmuktuk
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
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 beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
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 mfnmbvp
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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 ONUMello
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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 TreyIsWilson
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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 thecheapies
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
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 Franziskaner
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
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 leprechaunandfatman
4.31/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice beer fresh from the brewery, but even nicer as the spices and fruitiness blend together. A bottle with about two years on it is just excellent!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.86/5  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.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.81/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
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 WoodBrew
3.81/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.11/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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 soju6
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
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 CFHMagnet
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Act25
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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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Monkey King Saison, Farmhouse Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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