Monkey King Saison, Farmhouse Ale | New Holland Brewing Company

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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

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Reviews:
71
Ratings:
474
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
30.53%
 
 
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Photo of StoutHunter
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I picked up a six pack of New Holland's Monkey King Saison last week for $10.29 at Meijers. I heard this is suppose to be like an imperial version of Golden Cap, I think Golden Cap is a pretty good Saison, so I thought I should give this one a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so it should be fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle in a tulip.

A- The label looks ok, but I'm not a big fan of the faded pastel colors on the label, it looks a little odd. It poured a pretty hazy golden color that took on a little bit of an orange hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some nice lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by some grainy and wheat like malts with some Saison and slight Farmhouse ale like yeast aromas that seem to stick out a good deal. Up next comes a slight herbal and a medium spicy aroma followed by some citrus rind and some banana like aromas. This beer has a nice aroma that is fairly true to style and much more intense then Golden Cap, I liked it.

T- The taste seems to be not that similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness that had a honey like flavor and was followed by a large amount of yeast that imparts a medium spicy flavor along with a pretty noticeable banana flavors. Up next comes a grainy and wheaty malt like flavor On the the finish I get a slight earthy and herbal flavor followed by some lemon rinds and a lower amount of bitterness with just a little more sweetness and a banana and clove like aftertaste. This was a pretty average tasting beer, it tasted more like a below average Tripel then a Saison/Farmhouse ale.

M- Fairly smooth, a little dry, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty mediocre beer and an average at best example of the style, the taste reminds me more of a poorly made Tripel then a Saison/ Farmhouse Ale, but the other aspects seems to be pretty inline with the style. This beer had ok drinkability, it was a fairly smooth and not filling, but the flavors just couldn't hold my attention and one is enough for me, I have no urge to drink another one. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and the appearance, they were both nice and fairly true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, I wasn't a fan of it and it wasn't as true to style as it should be. I wouldn't buy this beer again since I didn't really enjoy and I wouldn't recommend this to anyone since I don't think it does a good job at representing the style. All in all I was let down with this beer, it looked like it was going in the right direction till I got to the taste and was let down. I like Golden Cap much more then this beer, the saison and farmhouse like flavors got lost in this beer and I think Golden Cap is much more refreshing and true to style. New Holland is a solid Brewing Company, but these last couple releases from them have been disappointing, hope this isn't a sign of things to come, better luck next time guys.

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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 mfnmbvp
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with a coded bottled on date printed on the side of the bottle. Acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store. Another saison from New Holland. Expectations aren't so great, but I'm keeping an open mind.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a bright murky golden lemon colored body with some dark specks of sediment floating around, and lots of active carbonation. Two fingers of tightly packed bubbly white head. Looks alright for what it is.

S - Smell is of dry wheat, acidic vinegar tartness, lots of must yeast, some floral coriander / clove spice rack notes, hint of latex glove, some vinous white wine character, and a hint of bubblegum malt.

T - Taste follows the nose, but falls a bit short. Crisp bubblegum malt, husky grains, crisp yeast derived fruitiness, mild citrus, green apple, pear, peppery clove spice, white sage, subtle vinous white wine character, and some florals. Slightly medicinal.

M - Crisp and medium bodied, with coarse, scratchy carbonation. Prickly apple / pear fruitiness on the palate.

Overall, it's not bad, but fairly ordinary if anything. Still, it is clearly a step up from the New Holland Golden Cap. Worth a try if you are a fan of the style.

New Holland Monkey King Saison ---3.5/5

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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 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 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 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 thecheapies
3.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Honey gold color with a sorry excuse for head-generation. A ring of translucent white haloes the beer surface. Not your pretty saison look.

So light in the nose, like a Grisette, yet permeating with gentle spicing. Notes of coriander and white sage with a leafy hop that barely makes me stop to take notice. Vividly yeasty, as it is spicy, where the malts are here and just subtly resonate.

Drinks with a spicy bitterness without an overload of spice. Coriander and sage, again, with more coriander than anything. Slight bitter lemon peel, yeast/malt combo sweetness lingering, tangerine rind, and hints of grapefruit zest. Farmhouse yeast is obvious, but a little mucky. Too much wort-y malt sugars to allow complexity to follow up.

I like the candor of a soft body with a vibrant brushy carbonation, but this takes what should be easy drinking to extremes. Too much carbonation really suffocates you on the swallow and I want some relief--some smoothness.

Not a standup saison, but the flavors are developing, if not almost developed. The right ingredients are here, but it doesn't realize its full potential. They might not have even had enough to work with, all considering. It's okay, but okay, as far as saisons go, might not cut it.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a murky, cloudy beer with a head that fades pretty quickly. Aroma is quite fruity with notes of apple, together with a fresh bread-dough malt scent. Highly fruity flavor as well, with a light bitterness that leaves the taste a bit sweet. Phenols add a clovey, bandaid flavor that makes the finish moderately interesting. Could be better carbonated: that would probably help the head as well. As it is, it's a bit watery.

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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 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 Franziskaner
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Yellow gold colored with a nearly instantaneously vanishing head. Lively carbonation. Good clarity. I smell the pepper like saison yeast and light, biscuity malt. There's a definite candy like sweetness in the aroma. The heavy carbonation pricks the tongue and the mouthfeel is a bit salty and sticky. It's like a somewhat peppery club cracker.

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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 rangerred
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy medium gold with a very fluffy two finger white head but unfortunately it is very quick to fade away leaving just a small ring of lacing around the sides of the glass.

Aroma is spicy as a Saison should be with peach and orange peel along with a bit of pepper. It is a little limp, though, and one dimensional.

The flavor carries the peach notes over from the aroma along with the Belgian spiciness. A little more in the way of citrus juiciness and less spice along with light bread. The mouthfeel is where this beer tends to be lackluster. It is not real crisp and dry like a good Saison should be. A bit too oily and sticky on the finish.

Overall, while this beer can't stand up to some of the better Belgian examples of the style, it is decent and priced nicely. I am a huge fan of the style and this makes for an affordable go-to beer.

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Photo of BB1313
3.09/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden with a small white head that fades very quickly and leaves little lacing. The aromas are full of green apples and a crisp pear. Hints of orange peel and lemon zest. There's a decent maltiness that lingers as well. The flavors are very earthy and rustic. There's a subtle bitterness to this one blended with some fruity notes. I can pick up some grass and just a tad of funk. There's a decent spiciness coming from the black pepper. Slightly syrupy, but finishes dry for the most part. The carbonation is very active, fluffy, creamy, syrupy. Almost feels heavy, but it's medium-bodied. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

Not bad, but nothing special. It's crisp and refreshing, but doesn't rival the better examples of the style, IMO.

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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 ONUMello
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy wheat color with a one-finger head and lots of carbonation
S: Lemon drop, coriander and a hint of light grain
T: Largely matches the nose though there's an added spice component that seems a bit bitter and out of balance
M: Light, carbonated but just doesn't hit home
O: Drinkable but there are better domestic Saisons to be found

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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 soju6
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy copper color with a small head that fades quickly to no lacing.

S: Has a mild malt and grain aroma with a bit of citrus and spice in the background.

T: Taste is a bit tart with a mild malt sweetness, grain and a bit of spice and fruit in the background. Mild bitterness with a lingering tart finish.

F: Moderate body, smooth with a bit of a sticky feel. Not lively as some Saisons, needs a bit of character.

O: Not a bad beer, but I was hoping a bit more.

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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 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 Act25
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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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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 TreyIsWilson
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy golden yellow with a one-finger white head.

S - Grass, yeast, lemongrass, and some faint malty sweetness.

T - Fruity, pear and apple right upfront. Yeast is very present throughout the drinking exprience with a slight funk. A very slig hop bitterness is present in the finish.

M - Light bodied with a very crisp dry aftertaste.

O - Not bad, not great. Would make a very enjoyable summer beer.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden color with about 2 fingers of white head which becomes a thin white lace. Lots of banana on the nose, some faint earthy hop, lots of spicy yeast character. Pretty nice actually. Mild sweetness and finishes just dry enough. Sweet fruitiness rolls into a bit of spicy yeast snap and finally a dry underlying hoppiness.

Creamy and medium bodied with enough flavor to keep things interesting.

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Monkey King Saison, Farmhouse Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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