Monkey King
New Holland Brewing Company

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,961
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
82
Ranked #42,205
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 11.91%
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
498
From:
New Holland Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  6
Gots
  79
SCORE
82
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Reviews by F1Rumors:
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4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Matches its description reasonably fairly. Coming from New Holland as a Farmhouse Ale, you always know that this is going to be pale and a bit sweet. Calling it fruity undertones might be a bit of a stretch, but is far from unfair.

On pouring, you get a clean, pale amber ale with a light, lacy head that dissipates quickly. Smooth, somewhat sweet ale. Clean taste, clean finish, very drinkable - give or take the sweetness, exactly the kind of ale I used to seek out at lunch time in my youth, would now drink with a salad, or to finish a pleasant lunch in the spring or fall. I'd prefer something with a little more crispness in the heat of summer.

I am probably going to look this up again at the end of next summer, though it will do nicely into the fall.

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Photo of simplejj81
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Mikus
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This ended up a good, clean farmhouse style. Some notes that came to the forefront were bubble gum, some clean and crisp wheat malt, and subtle peppery yeast notes. This was quite refreshing on a hot brew day, and I feel as though the mouthfeel on this really hit the spot. Excellent, amusing bottle art as well for what it's worth!

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of lic217
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
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 LuvLagunitas
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Act25
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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Monkey King from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 498 ratings