The Ox | Holy Mountain Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Holy Mountain Brewing Company
Washington, United States
holymountainbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A farmhouse ale brewed with citrus zest and dry hopped with Cascade. This batch was aged in several neutral wine barrels with a house mixed brettanomyces culture for several months. Refermented in the bottle with brettanomyces.

Added by Kurmaraja on 01-24-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,236
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
48
pDev:
8.07%
 
 
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15
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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of Zythophile
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle Date: none, but purchased 7/17
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Clarity is moderately opaque. Color changes, depending on the angle of the light, altering between some sort of yellow-green straw and iridescent gold. Too much head, as it foamed over when I opened it. FIne head, though.

Smell is Smarties and light funk. A bit of sweet corn and rice paper. Good, but not particularly interesting.

The taste isn't as funky as the nose would suggest. There apple blossom and a little lactic shading. Minor, indistinct citrus flavor. Sour hits late, and it combines with bitter nicely. As it warms up, there's more fruit, but it's less the meat than the other parts.

Feel is just overly foamy. The weight is good, and the aftertaste actually betters the taste, staying with the fruit from the warming. Not much alcohol for a sevener.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

#1000 for me on this site, so time to bring this one out of the fridge. It's a beaut. Easygoing and flavorful/fruity and light citrusy brett notes, some light oak, this is a great use of Cascade hops. Soft body, but a little pleasant zip on the finish. Delicious!

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Photo of Uconnelmo
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BMMillsy
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkrug5
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a slightly hazy dark orange, with a large fluffy head, and a lot of sticky lacing.

This smells incredibly citrusy- with orange and lemon, some sour grapefruit, wet oak, white wine, lemongrass, white pepper, and grassiness.

These guys do some of the best saisons in the world. This is super citrusy, with a dry and musty funk, slightly grassy, with lots of grapefruit/orange/lemon fruity flavors. There's a hefty amount of white wine, and a hint of oak.

This is really surprisingly juicy in the mouthfeel, with a good level of carbonation. It's really quite drinkable.

I can't get over how good Holy Mountain is. They are incredibly skilled brewers.

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Photo of redbarnbikes
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NolaHopHead
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kevanb
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, undated, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a bright orange color, golden hues, hazy and cloudy with a big foamy white head, about three fingers tall, super lively. The aroma is pleasant, lots of tangy and citrusy orange peel, soft and fruity Brett character, soft oak, mineral water, pale grain, a hint of peppercorn. The flavors are nice, tangy citrus peel, light spice, Brett is well developed, a hint of funk, very fruity and floral, pale grain, mineral water, light lemony acidity, lingering peppercorn. The mouthfeel is good, super lively medium body, tons of prickly and bubbly carbonation with a lightly tart and dry finish.

Verdict: A good saison from Holy Mountain. Nice expression of Brett, good showing from the orange peel, nicely developed flavors that are balanced well.

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Photo of larryi86
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- A slightly hazy golden orange with a huge white head

S- Mildly tart, some orange zest, nice brett funk, some oak, wheat, peppercorns.

T- Tart, lemons, orange zest, peppercorns, funky, oak, some wheat.

M- Smooth, crisp, light to medium body.

O- A great saison, very nice funk, just a little tart. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of yancot
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CanConPhilly
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Holy Mountain - The Ox
Oak-Fermented Saison

Thank you @larryi86 for hauling this back from Seattle!

L - the beer bursts from the bottle with great vigor, resulting in a massive creamy head. The beer itself has a darker golden hue.

S - Oranges, lemon, and oak.

T - A lot of balance going on here. The orange zest makes itself known, but there's a lot of funk and wood here that battles back. Slightly tart.

F - Medium. Carbonation is a little lower than I expected.

O - A perfectly balanced brew, and ideal for a summer's day.

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Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives hazy and goldenstraw colored with a one finger head that sticks nicely; webby lacing

Smell: Very funky, with horseblanket tones, lemongrass and hints of oak

Taste: Tart, up front, with lemon, bitter orange pith; the middle is pure funky horseblanket and the funky tones linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: About the Brettiest beer I have ever tasted; the other flavors are very light, which makes for a very refreshing beverage

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Photo of ADTaber
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cruzgator
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017-07-02
750ml capped bottle served in a large snifter. I don't see a date on it.

Pours clear golden with a huge head and tons of carbonation. Smell is grass and funk, oak, maybe some lemon.

Taste is more of the lemon, less of the funk, something a little creamy.

Mouthfeel is medium to light, fluffy, very pleasant. Overall, nice beer.

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Photo of McBAINx
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kccraftenthusiast
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass.

Look: golden straw colored with an inch head that dissipates rather quickly. Slightly opaque.

Smell: yeast, lemongrass, hints of oak.

Taste: tart lemon, bitter orange, brett funk, yeast, pretty dry.

Feel: medium carbonation with medium thickness.

Overall: very refreshing dry farmhouse ale with a balanced tartness and minimal sweetness. Great during the summer.

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Photo of shleepy
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gushed out a bit of foam as soon as the bottle was opened, but head quickly dissipated in the glass. Slightly murky golden color. Besides some (expected) bretty notes in the smell and taste, it's actually quite fruity and floral. A little sour, and seemingly completely dry; most "brett beers" that are not called "sours" still have some sweetness, which creates an unpleasant effect. This beer doesn't have that problem. Good stuff!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

another winner from these guys, i wish i could find their beer more readily, the only few i have had from them have been excellent. this one is is a brett farmhouse ale, dry hopped and brewed with orange zest, and its really good, albeit quite subtle on the dry hopping and the orange. the trend is for these elements to be over the top, lead the flavor and aromatic surge, but this beer is more balanced and refined than that, and these are accents primarily. a very lively pour from the bottle, clearer until the bottom quarter or so of it, and holding a tall white head. the dry hops seem mild in the aroma, wheat and pils type malts are far more apparent, and thats true in the taste too. i like a good grainy saison though, and this scratches that itch for me. a white wine note in the yeast, a little tang, but a lot more funk than their is acidity. slight pine and orange in the finish, mature brett that is a familiar strain to me, and a nice rush of carbonation on the swallow washing it almost clean. this is really nice beer, not as complex as it sounds like it should be, but not to its detriment. maybe the least dramatic of their beers that i have had, but equally high quality!

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Photo of madelf66
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NickThePyro
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CreightonSM
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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The Ox from Holy Mountain Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 48 ratings