Holy Mountain Brewing // The Seer Foudre Aged Saison // Seattle, WA // 6.5% ABV
It's New Years Eve, baby! And I think we are all happy to say hasta luego to the clusterfuck that has been 2016. While NYE is usually all about the bubbly, I needed a beer that I felt could ring in the new year with meaning. There are always other options besides the classic champagne: sparkling cider, a brut rose, or even prosecco. But what about us beer drinkers? A wild yeast ale or open fermentation saison often have a higher amount of carbonation giving that bubbly and light mouthfeel associated with counting down the clock. Lucky for me, I live right down the road from Holy Mountain, who specializes in saisons, wild yeast, and funky fermentation. What do you see for the future in 2017? Contemplate with me over a glass of The Seer.
The Seer is fermeneted with the house saison cultures and aged in an oak foudre with brettanomyces. After 4 months, it's dry-hopped with Galaxy and EKG and conditioned in the bottle with more brett.
Color: Bright lemon yellow and higher carbonation.
Smell: Lemon, sour yeast, memories of Summer.
Taste: A delightful mouthfeel with light bubbles that dance across the tongue. Sour only for a moment when the brett kicks in only to end slightly hoppy. The oaky flavor settles in with the earthy malt and yeast.
Overall: The owls are not what they seem. Not your average saison but everything that you should want in a saison. Crisp, sour, bright, bitter, and refreshing.