The Ox

Saison Holy Mountain Brewing Company

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The Ox, a Belgian-style Saison by Holy Mountain Brewing Company

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The Ox is a Belgian-style Saison brewed by Holy Mountain Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a tulip glass from a bottle.

Appearance

Pours a cloudy orange-gold with an inch-thick head of soapy, white froth that fizzes away rapidly. Lace doesn’t appear on the glass; a steady stream of bubbles rises to the top.

Aroma

Aroma is faint but previews funky Brettanomyces and a hint of citrus.

Flavor

The taste follows the nose but features a lot more pop with a lack of sweetness that allows the citrus and yeast to drive the flavor. Lemon and orange fuse with Brett for a tangy palate that approaches a wild ale. Finishes dryly with an astringent bite of lemon juice cresting atop a drop of honey. The bitterness lingers momentarily.

Mouthfeel

Mouthfeel is crisp and effervescent with a medium body and medium-high carbonation.

Overall

The Ox is an amazing brew. This saison is light and refreshing with a lively feel. Its flavors just dance on the tongue. Though lofty in price, this is a great summer ale and most definitely worth a try.

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About the Saison

Also known as a Farmhouse Ale, the Belgian Saison originated as a rustic ale provided for farmhands in French-speaking Wallonia. The modern Saison by Dupont was produced in the 1920s. Its mouthfeel is dry and ranges from light to medium with high carbonation. Typically golden in color, the style can also appear amber or brown. Its palate is either bittered or soured with citrus fruit flavors, earthy or spicy hops, and possibly spiced. Darker versions may be a little sweeter. Regardless of the variation, the Saison yeast character is an absolute must.