Monkey King Saison Farmhouse Ale | New Holland Brewing Company

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Monkey King Saison Farmhouse AleMonkey King Saison Farmhouse Ale

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 492 |  Reviews: 77
Photo of lic217
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It is llight yellow and very clear, with a fast fadin head. It smells a little soapy. Taste is complex and pleasant. Some light flowery hops, some fruity esters, starts sweet and ends dry with a touch of bitterness. Nice prickly carbonation.

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Photo of dd53grif
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DMcGirr
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of the reason for the existence of the Bottle Backlog at Chez Woody is my frequenting the FGBS here in Lancaster, PA. They not only have the county's best selection, but their singles section is enticing to the point that I am constantly buying new things to drink & review. This is a prime example.

From the bottle: "Monkey King and his band of winged monkeys carried Dorothy's group to Glinda's South Country, where they discovered their paths home."; "A soft, medium-body saison with subtle pepper character and fruity undertones,"; "Pairings: shellfish, spiced cheeses and citrus-laced vinaigrettes."

I was reading the BJCP style guidelines since I am not a huge fan of Saisons & I wanted to do this right. According to them, "[c]larity is poor to good though haze is not unexpected in this type of unfiltered farmhouse beer." Knowing that, I decided to do some in-bottle agitation before Pop!ping the cap. Once I had it open, I started a fairly aggro pour, but it was unnecessary since the head was foaming up almost uncontrollably. I backed off and watched as it formed a massive three-finger cap of foamy, fizzy, bone-white head that slowly fell, leaving nice lacing in its wake. Color was a hazy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose had a funky lemony tartness & now I was intrigued. Mouthfeel was medium, but incredibly soft on the tongue, which was quite surprising, given all of the carbonation. The taste had a light peppery spiciness and a light fruitiness, almost like bananas. Had I gotten a Hefeweizen/Saison hybrid? It was certainly different, but not what I normally get from a Saison. Finish was semi-dry, with the spicy esters from the yeast being the primary contributor.

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Photo of blissfulNemo
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bear1964
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer starts out by looking great when poured into a glass, 3 finger bubbly white head sit atop a bright Golden brew. The aroma holds some spice and a tart green apple smell, taste follows with a refreshing tartness and a spicy forefront with hints of clove. Light mouthfeel that's easy drinking but with a lot of flavor going on, the tartness and bubbles work very well for a beer that's good anytime.

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Photo of Cotton_27
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JorgesThemeSwimming
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hashmads
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Spreetaper
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Knickerbocker (New Holland)

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Oopssorryy
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale gold, with one of the best head formation I've seen in person. It's thick, tightly packed, and frothy all in a perfect white coloration. While the head does dissipate a tad, I've still have a good half inch of head near the bottom of my glass. The lacing is spotty, but where it does lace, it does so thickly. You can watch small streams of carbonation rise quickly to the top of the beer, to join the head through out the entire drinking experience. This beer smells very sweet, in a floral sort of way. There is a bit of a sour note I can detect, along with what I can only describe as caramel. Interesting a in such a lightly colored beer.

As the packaging eludes to, you are hit with a wave of peppery spice, that is amplified by the biting carbonation. You do gets notes of fruit in the beginning, but these are largely wiped away by that huge spice profile. Once you swallow you get a swell of the fruit flavors that die off quickly again in favor of a more earthy quality. It finishes quite dryly on this earth like note, and leaves no flavors in mouth.

The mouth feel is the real let down for me. While it compliments the spice qualities in the beer, it's extremely invasive, and biting. With just a little less this could have been an extremely easy drinking brew, but as is, it's best enjoyed with small sips to keep the tastebuds from being overly offended.

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Photo of ikidunot
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vixie
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear straw yellow with around a half inch of white head. The head doesn't stay around too long, leaving lacing across the top.

The smell does remind me a bit of outdoors, which I expect from the style. Can smell fresh cut grass along with some funk, giving it a farm like smell.

Fairly fruity up front, mainly citrus like. There is some pepper spice, and a touch of funk. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness.

High carbonation makes it almost burn in the mouth, makes it feel a bit fuller than the color would suggest.

A nice version of the style. It is not quite as complex as other examples, but does hit the key notes I expect for the style. Worth a try.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.76/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a beer glass, pours a foggy light yellow color with a finger thick foam head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Sweet fruit aromas present.

Slight bitter taste with a sweet fruit note to it,.

Mild carbonation that makes for smooth drinking.

Overall, a right balance of sweet with an almost tart taste with some bitter. Makes for a refreshing drink.

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Photo of Botulizard
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mtomlins
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of K3lso1123
2.99/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drstalker
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of datsolution
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: Yellow with a slight haze. A nice white head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Smell: Distinct yeast/bread aroma.
Taste: Tastes a lot like the smell with a slight almost IPA bitterness at the end.
Overall: For a guy who prefers dark beers, not bad. A good change of pace beer but wouldn't go out of my way to purchase it. It was a gift from my son who lives in Michigan and I appreciated the opportunity to try it.

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Monkey King Saison Farmhouse Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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