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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 74 | Ratings: 482
Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.31/5  rDev +20.7%
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 F1Rumors
4.21/5  rDev +17.9%
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 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 Ryan_Graham
4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
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 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 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 Oopssorryy
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
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 breakingbland
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
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 JuicesFlowing
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a IPA glass.

Look: A hazy murky lightly burnt orange body holds up a soapy cream colored head that is slow to recede. Massively thick bands of lacing cover the glass.

Aroma: Banana, and a very nice aromatic assortment of fruit like orange and maybe even something tart like raspberry. Yeast and mustiness on the back end.

Taste: The fruitiness dominates with cantelope being a surprising player. Banana is faint, and in the finish black pepper emerges.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body, spritzy.

Overall: Pretty good. I can only drink saisons every so often, but I have nothing but good things to say about this one.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
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 LuvLagunitas
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
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 Vixie
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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 WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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 WoodBrew
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Beerasaurus
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Mavigo
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
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 PorterLambic
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark straw-golden color with a big, fizzy head of white foam that dissipates to a thin layer. No lace but some dead yeast is hanging off the the glass half way down.
Smell is funky, a bit sour and some malt.
Taste is malt, grass, funk, yeast, saltines. Well balanced.
Medium bodied, not harsh, refreshing on a hot summer day. Clean finish.

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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 mrfrancis
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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 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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is really well made. its the safe side of saison though, i mean, not real funky or weird yeasty, not cloudy and raw, not wild in any way. its more reserved than that, more refined in some ways, faster, cleaner. its a blonde beer, bright and foamy, with a nose of white peppercorns and coriander, a light belgian fruit thing, and a pretty fair malt base. the flavor is similar, with the yeast lacking some of the fuzzy funk and grassy dankness that it can sometimes bring in the style. its a cleaner culture here, a regular brewers pitch and a quick fermentation. nothing wild or slow paced about it in the traditional sense, but i think the flavors come together really well, and that there is a role for saisons like this. its like a more approachable belgian ale to a non craft drinker, i think this has that kind of appeal. the more i drink it, the more i taste hefeweizen yeast too, very banana heavy in this, which really works. its also a year round sixer, which means its one you can get anywhere and drink a lot of. nice carbonation and a clean finish, not common in the style, but it works in this case. both refreshing and satisfyingly hearty. i liked this better than most have apparently.

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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 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 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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Monkey King Saison, Farmhouse Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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