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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 micromaniac129
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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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 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 Zach136
4.15/5  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.

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Photo of Ernest_Hooper
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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