Witchfinder
Holy Mountain Brewing Company

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #380
ABV:
6.1%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,467
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 7.43%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
82
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Holy Mountain Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
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SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: Pale and aromatic, with a soft minerality, Witchfinder is a refreshing young saison, brewed with pilsner malt and wheat, and fermented with a mixed culture of saison strains. Hopped with Saaz and Amarillo, this farmhouse style beer is full of floral and citrus hop notes, and juicy fruit esters.
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 82
Photo of stevoj
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle from last night’s share. Body is cloudy orangish-pink color capped with a soft white head. Nose is starts off with typical saison characters, some Brett and some savory spice. taste again leans hard on the saison and yeast, wh ile the spiciness plays in the background.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange with thin white bubbles dying to a thin ring.

I'm getting spicy herbal notes, and hickory? There's a light funk and woody flavor on the palate, but the smell is powerful of horse blanket and funky cheese.

Body is medium, soft yet crisp with a semi-dry finish.

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Photo of cbutova
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Seattle review dump. At the brewery.

A- Baby snifter pour at the brewery with a hazy golden orange body from the tap. A small foamy white head falls slowly to A small ring which leaves sheets of lacing.

S- Hard to really pinpoint super specific things but on the whole it has some tropical musty Brett, plenty of whole grains, spicy Saison hay notes and a hint of funky stone fruits.

T- Drops much of the fruity aspects from the aroma for a much more hay, barnyard (not funky one) spicy floral Brett profile and spicy Saison notes. The fermentation character is laid upon a bed of crusty whole grains and a light sweetness. Still some stone fruit feel like dried apricot and peach pits. Very herbal as well.

MF- Low carbonation is a bit underwhelming and seemingly drives the flavor to stray very much from the brighter aroma. Lacks texture with just a bit of a fluffy feel and a slickness. Herbal bitterness is fairly strong in the finish.

Brett fruits in the nose and Brett spice on the tastebuds. The body is underwhelming but all in all it is a well brewed Brett Saison showcasing what can be done with that Brettanmtces.

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Photo of atone315
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Straight up saison. Not exactly my favorite style so my ratings are affected but this one is true to it's origins. You want a saison? Drink this one!!!

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice aroma of hay, white pepper, lemon, and hay. Pours a pale hazy yellow with a white voluminous head.

The taste trends towards the phenolics and away from the fruit in the nose. Peppery and a hint of clove at the forefront. Lemon is there in the aftertaste with undertones of hay and slight musty funk. Light and effervescent body. Spot on carbonation.

A really well done saison with a nuanced use of Brett.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

really outstanding stuff, i have loved each of the few beers i have had from these guys, so refined and delicious. this one is pretty subtle, traditional, like a table beer of sorts, not too strong, too hoppy, too anything, its mellow and delicious and drinkable forever. very pale in color, a watered down straw looking color, shiny in the light, dull out of it, with a very fizzy soda looking head and wonderfully upbeat carbonation. aroma of white wine, slight bretty funk, dry citrus, and grassy hops that have to be saaz. it almost like a pilsener and saison hybrid with the saaz hops in the taste on top of the fresh dry european pils malt, that half of the equation makes for a pretty cool saison when the wild yeasts come in. i really like the balance between bacterial and bretty here, just a little acidic pucker, a dry rustic funk that doesnt overtake the beer, and a new school hop flavor as well beyond the saaz, citra maybe. infinitely refreshing, crisp, sauv blanc-like, just hoppy enough, light but flavorful on the grain, and effervescent and delicate on the feel. holy mountain nailed this one, and seems to have the wild saison category pretty darn well dialed in. brilliant beer, woefully underrated here on BA.

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Photo of brentk56
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Has a Belgian look, with a huge, billowy head capping the cloudy golden-colored liquid; gobs of splashy lacing hang around

Smell: The Brett really bounces in the aroma with the barnyard quite present; grassy, with pear tones, citrus pith and white pepper

Taste: Barnyard and grassy tones, forward, with pear, white pepper and citrus pith developing, through the middle; the bitterness and funk build, after the swallow, though the underlying malt base is very dry

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation; a nice Belgian mouthfeel

Overall: A very, very impressive Saison, with a lot of different flavors to contemplate; could easily pass for a Belgian

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden apricot in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate straw yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of finger thick head covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of funky barnyard + hay with a moderate amount of earthiness and moderate aromas of lemon citrus. Light to moderate aromas of herbal + grassy + citrus/grapefruit pith hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale, bready, and wheat malts without any discernible sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of lemon citrus and slightly stronger than moderate flavors of funky barnyard + hay with a moderate amount of earthiness. Finally there are light flavors of herbal + grassy + citrus/grapefruit pith hops in the finish which contribute a light amount of bitterness but the lingering flavor is the funkiness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Initially crisp becoming soft and smooth with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Overall I would describe this as a rustic funky farmhouse ale which is quite easy to drink and very enjoyable. There is just enough brett presence to give funkiness to this brew without being overpowering.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a golden yellow-ish orange color, with a big voluminous head, and lots of lacing.

Smells like grass, lemon zest and lemon rind, clove, slight Brett, and orange peel.

I'm impressed with the small sample of Holy Mountain stuff I've been lucky enough to try. This seems like there's a bit of Brett in the mixed culture here, it's got a little bit of that sharp cheesy Brett to it, with grass, clove, lemon and orange. It's got a surprisingly strong hop character to it, lots of pine and grassiness.

This is lighter bodied, crisp and super drinkable, with a higher level of carbonation.

I could drink a ton of this and it would make me super happy.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tuttle for scooping this up for me and winning another trade.

This stuff is pretty reliable, one of the most straightforward no frills saison made stateside.

Glowing yellow pour with substantial haze all over it and a virgin white head in the 3/5" range. Good dry fresh fields of farmland kind of aroma, mild wheat and lemon.

Taste, like pouring Dupont right in your mouth, definite belgian yeast feels in the most traditional way. Very dry malt bill, good yeasty impression that hits and washes away. I can't stress how traditional this is, the bretty also contributes to the bone dry mouthfeel.

It probably won't wow anyone, its not sour, there's no adjuncts, it doesn't seem to be super limited. But damn its good and reliable, great summer weather stuff.

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Photo of dar482
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a light to medium gold with a light haze.

The aroma offers musty funk, pear, light bready sweentness, Apple skins, ripe white grape

The beer hits of tons of carb to move the beer, earthy funk, gentle vinous character, soft and rounded minerality, white pepper spice, lemon seed, medium green vegetal hop bitterness, light crackery malts.

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Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016-07-28
750ml capped bottle served in a snifter. Any sediment should still be in the bottle. I don't see a date.

Pours hazy yellow with a moderately sized head and surprisingly good retention. Lots of active carbonation. Smell is green plants, a little funky spice.

Taste is actually surprisingly tart -- I wasn't expecting that. Aside from the lemony tartness, I'd say it follows the nose pretty well. It has an extremely dry and increasingly bitter finish. Interesting.

Mouthfeel is very dry, very carbonated. Overall, very nice beer.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Holy Mountain should be getting more hype right now. This one is just a basic saison, but it's so well done. I can only imagine what they could do with this as a base beer for fruiting and barrel aging projects.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale opacity is the name of the game here. Golden pear meat. Big billowy white head. Fluffy pillowy cloud blah blah good good stuff. Settles eventually and leaves wonderful lacing along the sides.

Nose is soft and funky with some pear and lemon. Much more gentle than the initial cap pop would have implied. Digging in there's some of that barnyard that the kids are talking about. But only if you dig.

Similar. Funky lemon and some soft pear again.

Soft and gentle initially it ends in a sharp bite of bitter hops and brett. Enjoying it overall.

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Photo of mactrail
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This version says "Refermented in the bottle with Brettanomyces" and ABV is listed at 6.1%. Lots of sediment in the 750 ml bottle. Hazy golden amber with a handsome pile of suds in the tall Timmermans goblet. Cereal and yeast aroma.

Tangy and a little fruity. The Brett flavor is clear and classic, and not overdone. No hint of tartness, just the usual dry finish. This has some wheaty taste but less fruit than many Saisons. A hint of pear skins and a bitter aftertaste. The last pour is very yeasty, should be careful with this stuff.

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Photo of draheim
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale yellow w/ a big fluffy white head that settles to a nice layer of foam and traces of lace.

Aroma is funky, earthy, a touch citrusy. Lemons and pears, freshly cut grass. Smells bright and cheerful.

Taste follows nose. Earthy, rustic, a little funky. Slightly minerally, has a hardness to the taste and feel from the water, the yeast, and/or the hops.

Mouthfeel, as stated, is crisp and sharp. Medium bodied.

Overall a really nice saison, understated but with personality. Recommended.

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Witchfinder from Holy Mountain Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 82 ratings