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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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lic217
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
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 djchrismac
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.11/5  rDev +14.8%
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 bmoraymond
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Drew03cmc
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PHBoiler
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
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 olafphysics
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of micromaniac129
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
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 +12.8%
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 kdoughe2
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hashmads
4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mte1972
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Luke9
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jbh26
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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

Photo of Gidyup
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of remy4x6
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Kevin55
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Monkey King Saison Farmhouse Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 492 ratings.
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