Monkey King Saison, Farmhouse Ale | New Holland Brewing Company

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Monkey King Saison, Farmhouse AleMonkey King Saison, Farmhouse Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Kerrie on 03-05-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
474
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
30.53%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
75
For Trade:
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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 474
Photo of datsolution
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
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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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Yellow golden body with slight haze, awesome white fluffy rocky head, streams of fine bubbles. Nose is mostly spice, with mild wheat-like malt acting as a backbone. Black pepper is the vastly dominant flavor, with ambiguous spice and yeast following up, faint tang and chalk on the finish. Light-medium bodied, prickly carbonation.
Obligatory yeast, out of control spice, odd tang towards the end... did not care for this one.

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Photo of Reggie1014
3.07/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pale yellow color. Smells of yeast and spice. Taste up front is fruity, mild citrus with a backend of pumpkin type spices. Feel is seltzer, carbonation. Too much of a medicinal feel for me.

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Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving some patches of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruity yeast are present in the nose—bananas seem to stand out in particular—along with notes of spices.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of fruity and spicy yeasts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: This saison is a lot fruitier compared to many of the other beers that I've had in the style—the fruitiness is akin to what you would expect in a tripel.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of mntlover
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy pale orange color with a thumb sized white head. Leaves some light lace behind.

Aroma is light wheat notes some peppery spice very light fruitiness. Some hay notes but no real barnyard funk.

Taste is wheat malts some fruit notes, light fruit lemon, orange some light spice clove and pepper. No real funk either more like just a spicy wheat.

Mouthfeel is Sasion like light body fairly peppy carbonation.

Overall an average Saison not a bad spicy wheat beer, just wouldn't pick it up expecting a good saison. But an easy drinker.

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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 TX-Badger
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy light yellow golden color with white head. Bread, yeast, and some light cloves on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with banana and some bread.

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Photo of brentk56
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a prodigious head that fades noisily, leaving some webby lacing

Smell: Wheat bread and vegetal tones

Taste: Wheat bread with vegetal phenols, up front, with a developing hint of banana and clove; bready finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Unfortunately, a clunker; has elements of a hefe rather than a saison but really doesn't have much flavor whatsoever

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flute glass from the bottle.

Appearance : Hazy pear juice glow, with a very fluffy, dense head like shaving foam. 2 fingers at my measurement once it settles, and leaves lace on the sides. 80% opaque.

Smell : Orange pith, lemon drop, bready sweetness, pineapple juice, slight fennel. Medium strength bouquet.

Taste : Clove, spices, rank banana, pea hull...with a very present, very ominous solid white and green onion mix. This is the glaring flaw in the beer in my opinion. A bit sour, a bit vegetal. It finishes out on onion, fennel, chewed bubble gum, and banana string.

Feel : Intensely charged with carbonation, and when sipped from the bottle is like the fizziest soda I've ever drank. The carbonation helps keep the ale drinkable and exciting, but wow, this is really carbonated. Light bodied as a farmhouse ale should be, and ends slightly dry with a tight crispness.

Overall : I'll pass on this next time, too many off flavors, and way too veggie for me.

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Photo of Gear54
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle into a pint glass. Got this from a variety pack sold directly from the 8th at location.

Light Amber in color with 1/2 finger of foam and little lace

Smell is yeast pale malts and citrus. Nice combo

Taste follows well. A bit spicy with good malt and citrus. Nice sour notes give this exactly the profile one would expect from the style.

Overall a nice drinker for warm weather.

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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 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 BrownAleBollocks
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a soft gold to straw with a big fluffy white head. Aroma is yeast, slight pepper spice, and bread. Taste is yeasty, very light spice, some soft fruit underlying a soft, smooth malt base with bread tones. Mouthfeel is thin to medium and fairly carbonated. Overall, not a bad version, but pretty light in all aspects.

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Photo of Mikus
3.39/5  rDev -5%
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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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 jasonpeckins32
2.51/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a light, hazy, straw yellow. Maybe not quite as hazy as expected. Smell is faint and subtly earthy. Taste is relatively plain. Nothing really stands out about it, maybe a touch grassy, maybe a touch biscuity or yeasty, but really quite simple and plain overall.

I've had many better farmhouse ales.

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Photo of zdk9
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a little bit cloudy orange to golden. Very efferfescent. Large soda like bubbles formed a bit of head that dies off quickly. I'm out of glasses so this is in a wine glass which might negatively affect the head.

S- Yeasty. Lemon and honeysuckle.

T- Lots of yeast flavors- banana, fruit leather. A bit of zesty hops in the back of the mouth. Maybe a bit of tea. Sweet.

M- Bubbly and carbonated almost like champagne. A little syrupy.

O- It's decent. Maybe a little overly yeast flavored.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Brassy golden.mgreat clariy. Fine-nibbled white head. Good retention. Thin rings of lacing.

S: Yeasty and spicy. Church incense, white pepper. Pineapple, pulpy mandarin orange. Pithy hops. Crackery malts.

T: Tropical fruits abound. Pineapple, Clementine, juicy, banana. Modest tartness. Yeasty. Fleeting pithy hop character. Crackery malt. Dry. Pithy and yeasty finish.

M: Light bodied, acute scrubbing carbonation. Slight creaminess, very dry.

O: Decent. Not a lot of complexity offered, but it's perfectly crushable and inoffensive. However, the high price tag makes this a tough sell when there's much better out there for the money.

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Photo of CM31
2.05/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

An absolutely horrible and forgettable Saison. It has close to none of the qualities of a Saison and just falls flat in all attributes. It is hardly anymore interesting and eerily similar to a Miller or Coors...and that is not good...at all.
Worst Saison to date for me and the $11.99 price tag makes the beer taste even worse.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.07/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Fresh 12oz bottle served in a Leffe chalice. No bottle date.

Appearance: Orangish yellow with plenty of large bubble head and beautiful Belgian lace. Fair amount of sediment in the bottle that made its way into my glass.

Nose: Fruity, spicy, Belgian farmhouse funk, Belgian yeast, some off vegetal smell in the end

Taste: Slightly creamy, muted spiciness, sorta malty, no yeast flavor, slightly bitter in the beginning but that fades instantly, lemony

Overall: Well, it's not a Dupont Saison thats for sure. This one came as a recommendation from the seller at a local shop. It's ok but certainly not what a saison should or can be. Look to Ommegang, Goose Island and Allagash for those.

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Photo of jlindros
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a large fizzy 2 finger head that fades semi slowly, light spotty lacing, very clear tan color.

Nose brings lots of saison spices, more Americanized saison, little orange peel and lemon, touches of baking spices, potpourri like spices, with a little grainy bready malt, light sweet malt as well.

Taste brings more of the same, Americanized fake saison, with lots of spices, clove coriander cardamom like spices, lemon, citrus peel, zest, bitter orange peel, some sweet candy malt to go with it that has been dried to hell, bitter lemon zest all over, with a little yeast flavor, and the carbonation is even in the way.

Mouth is med bod, way too much carbonation.

Overall not very good, just a batch of spices and lemon with bad bitter zest and interfering carbonation, nothing even really redeeming about this beer.

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Photo of Chaz
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nearly-brilliant, beautiful golden in color, topped with a very decent looking off-white head. Head falls after a few minutes, but there's plenty of lace, and it's a nice looker all around. A bit of haziness (wheat malt or… ?)

Nose is lightly spicy with hop profile reminiscent of a Noble hop offshoot, if not Saaz. Rather neutral apart from that -- somewhat yeasty… touch of coriander (ala a Witbier) and citrus zest. Hmmm.


Much more of the same spice and hop zing and lemony zest/rind on the first sip, and there's just enough base malt (pale, crystal, Pilsener style base) to give the spicy character plenty of room to move on the palate. Lighter carbonation. Yeast kicks in toward the end along with a trace of fusel alcohol character, and some nice 'white grape'/grapeskin ala Sauvinon Blanc.

Easy-drinker, lighter in body… dangerously drinkable and full of character at this strength.

Well-above average for the style. Really worth seeking for a domestic, Craft alternative to an import.

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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 Flounder57
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a hazy pale yellow color with good vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Spicy, peppery, vanilla, apple, pilsner malts, pale malts,

Taste: You get the above mentioned flavors, but things finished off light and a bit watery.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, dry, a little chewy, a little watery, and some bitterness.

Overall:

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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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Monkey King Saison, Farmhouse Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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