The Seer

Saison Holy Mountain Brewing Company

5

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

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The Seer 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

The Seer pours an opaque yellow-gold and is topped by a puffy stack of white foam that offers good retention. Patches of sticky lace cling to the glass while bubbles continuously rise; indicative of its effervescence.

Aroma

Brettanomyces really bring the funk out in the aroma and is backed by lemon zest and clove.

Flavor

Complex palate starts with a pop of citrus and transitions to the aforementioned Brett yeast, spiced with pepper. Dry hopped, the funk and spice are complemented nicely by a taste of floral and herbal hops. Finishes a touch sour with lemon and hop oil. A light wheat base brings it all together.

Mouthfeel

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry with a medium-light body and high carbonation that just comes alive on the tongue.

Overall

While not quite a traditional saison, everything else about The Seer is superb. Its feel is perfect. The palate and aroma masterfully blend yeast and spices with hops. And that complexity produces a great tasting brew that’s light, refreshing, and easily quaffed. Well done!

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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.