Clarette
Holy Mountain Brewing Company

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #122
ABV:
not listed
Score:
95
Ranked #2,240
Avg:
4.45 | pDev: 4.94%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
40
From:
Holy Mountain Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
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Rotating
Wants
  18
Gots
  7
SCORE
95
World-Class
Notes: Fermented in barrels with our house wild culture, refermented on cherries and raspberries.
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 40 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of gibgink
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lighter shade of pink with a decent head, and carbonation well throughout. Berry on the nose. The raspberry flavor toned down the flavor of the cherries, but the 2 flavors could be distinguished, which was pretty nice. Got to try side by side with Wraith, and the 2 beers are outstanding examples of a well done wild. Not too sour with a slight fruity influence.

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours hazy, with a raspberry, burnt orange tone; zippo on the head and flat as a pancake; no lacing

Smell: Funk and oak, layered in with cherry and raspberry aromatics

Taste: Lactic fruit flavors with the cherry more prominent than the raspberry; funky and acetic tones build, through the middle, with the oak building through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, no carbonation

Overall: This bottle apparently went through quite a voyage to get to my doorstep and I suspect that somewhere along the way the handling impacted the carbonation; my scores might have been somewhat higher if the beer had been properly carbonated

Thanks, HIGHPA, for making an extraordinary effort to give me the opportunity

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Photo of Stevedore
4.26/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Served in a minisnifter. Pours a light ruby-red body, like pink grapefruit, one finger white head, good retention, a bit of lacing. Smells of a moderate amount of raspberry, touch of grainy cereal, oak, a little bit of funk, mild vinegar on the aroma. Flavour is less raspberry forward, more wheat germ, grain, vinegar and a touch of lactic acid. Touch of cherry skin. Some complexity, but not so much the raspberry flavour, which seems to have been lost from the aroma. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, light and effervescent, creamy with a very nice carbonation, a bit dry and refreshing. Overall, not as raspberry forward or funky as I was expecting, but nevertheless a very solid fruited wild.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Having Phosphene, Barrel 7, and this in close proximity I'm struck by the balance of these beers. Restraint, nuance, complexity as they open, drinkability. Nothing in extreme.

Soft pink hue ... to use a very Seattle comparison, Chinook Salmon tone. Pretty with the tight bubbles that blossom as you swirl it, slightly sticky traces streak the glass. Raspberry in the foreground at cooler temps with cherry skin and that cinnamony note that seems to follow cherry taking over as it warms. The flavor is a bit light at cooler temps but as it warms because remarkably tannic, cherry adding grip and structure that takes the beer to a new level. Balanced oak, vanilla, dry mustiness (more like a vacation cabin that's been sealed for a season than barnyard).

Debate favorites between Barrel 7, this, Phosphene. I can't decide. All incredible and equals in many ways. Phosphene is probably more direct / brightly fruity, Barrel 7 softer, this grippier.

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Photo of S32
4.71/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic wild ale, definitely the best I've ever had from holy mountain. Had on tap at release.

Color: light pink, fluorescent and bright. Opaque. A beautiful pour.

Smell: more raspberry than cherry for me, with some nice sour funk to it. Quite aromatic.

Taste: tons of raspberry with a great balance of sweet, tart, and sour. Definite hints of cherry but more raspberry than anything.

A definite world class wild ale. It would be very hard to get me to trade a bottle. If someone told me it was cantillons newest offering, I'd believe them.

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Photo of souredonbeer
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the release. Pour is a reddish pink, aroma is pure cherry, raspberry, sour funk. Tastes like a top-tier fruit sour, not overly acidic. HM's house bugs are doing wonders. Can't wait to see what a bottle tastes like. Better execution than Barrel #7. Keep 'em coming!

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Clarette from Holy Mountain Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 40 ratings