Misère Au Borinage
Holy Mountain Brewing Company

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Holy Mountain Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #40
Ranked #759
4.42 | pDev: 5.2%
Jul 11, 2021
Dec 15, 2015
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Notes: Foudre-aged grisette, brewed with a large quantity of both raw and malted wheat, and aged for many months with a mixed culture of Brett and Lacto in one of our foudres. Misère (mee-zair) was then refermented in the bottle with Brett and allowed to condition for three months. This grisette is nicely tart, dry, and funky. Definitely our best batch of grisette to date
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4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by Zythophile from District of Columbia

Bottle Date: June 2019
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Medium-light orange-yellow color. Mostly cloudy, although it is possible to see a silhouette behind the liquid. Lots and lots of very fine head, although there could be more lacing.

On the nose, there's rice and corn sweetness. The funk has a little skunk, but it's actually not that bad. The sweet corn sometimes tilts more toward regular old popcorn. Along that line, there's a toasted white bread thing going on. It's interesting (in a good way).

There's astringency right away, then all the other tastes pull level really quickly, and it's surprisingly complex surprisingly quickly. There's still grain and funk, but there's also a good, clean citrus punch... that's sorta like a citrus punch. (I'm not trying to be clever by doubling my words. btw.) The grain plays well with the citrus, as it's as though it's a white toast with a lightly sour orange marmalade on it. Isolating things more, the citrus is orange with lemon and kumquat. Light herbal element, like cilantro. Sweetness is moderate, although sneaky. Bitterness is present but minimal.

Aftertaste sees a savory grain flavor push citrus down. Very well integrated carbonation. What's weird is that the weight is medium-heavy for the type, although I could almost chug it. It's not heavy on ABV, yet alcohol is difficult to pick out.

Easily one of the better farmhouse ales I've run across.

Jul 11, 2021
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4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by hops_for_thought from New York

Poured from a bottle (June 2019) into a Belgian glass

L: perfectly clear straw gold, with a very thick white head. Effervescent, good white lacing

S: very crisp, clean farmhouse nose. Expected funk led by lemon, slightly floral, small amount of pepper. Herbal, some hay, flour

T: follows the nose beautifully, led by a flavorful lemon note that delivers a great balance of tart without skewing acidic. Some honey lending a nice sweetness, flour/white bread toward the medium/long finish, really nice

F: like the nose and taste, very crisp and refreshing. Medium/high carbonation, light mouthfeel, slightly drying

O: phenomenal beer. Delivers on all fronts, simply gorgeous and incredibly flavorful. Easily surpassed high expectations, need to get back to Seattle and grab more

May 15, 2020
4.5 by BEER88 from Washington on Apr 21, 2020
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4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Roguer from Connecticut

Beautiful large, frothy, snow white head. Decent retention, and very nice lacing. Body is a light, lemon-yellow hue, very lively, and slightly hazy.

Musty nose at first, rustic, dusty, and full of Brett. Then, the oak comes through, along with a noticeable sourness. Light lemon, straw, honey, dust, earth, oak, flowers; it's a fantastically deep and complex nose, really ranking up there with some of the best funky saisons out there.

Flavor is similar; incredible depth for the low ABV. Light honey, must, lemon, light vinegar, oak, nuts, wheat, oak, vanilla, and a touch of dark bread.

Almost creamy on the palate; soft, yet very lively. Absolutely a delectable brew.

Apr 20, 2020
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4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by flagmantho from Washington

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: nice golden hue with a moderate haze and two fingers of frothy white foam atop. It looks pretty!

Smell: quite tart and nicely funky, there's also a touch of sweetness which balances out the tart. I like it, although the sourness does bury any characteristic grisette aroma.

Taste: lots of funk and sourness, but that sweetness comes in to make everything delicate and balanced. There's a candylike quality to this beer, and I really like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big fizziness. Not creamy, per se, but fizzy and light; it complements the tartness well.

Overall: I really like this beer. Like I said, the mixed culture ends up burying the grisette character, but it's still a wonderful beer.

Mar 11, 2020
4.25 by Hopsohard from California on Jan 04, 2020
4.5 by eddiefl from New York on Jan 26, 2019
4.31 by rbrefbeerman from California on Dec 24, 2018
4.35 by fthegiants from California on Oct 08, 2018
4.5 by NWer from Washington on Sep 25, 2018
4.74 by Ajlvt from Washington on Aug 01, 2018
4.43 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Jul 03, 2018
4.66 by grilledsquid from California on Jun 22, 2018
4 by petermethot from New Jersey on Jun 22, 2018
4.15 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on May 27, 2018
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4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by augustgarage from California

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Brasseurs De Garde tulip.

Chartreuse liquid of moderate clarity suffused by a furious swarm of micro-bubbles which fuels and sustains three fingers of magnolia soft peaks. Thick tendrils of lace form crenellations toward the lip of the glass; superior retention.

Bright, tart, and funk aromas vie for attention, suggesting Meyer lemon, champagne vinegar, and river stones. Drosophila materialize at once.

Bracingly sour palate entry, concentrated and truly puckering on first taste, but then expanding outward across the taste buds with wonderful diversity from the mixed culture. Lacto and Brett are well balanced, with neither dominating at this point. Some dough-like sweetness from the Sacch yeast, but finishes dry, with the wheat lending a nice crackery/lemon note. Low bitterness, but some faint grassy/earthy hop notes. Superbly refreshing with wildflower and herbal notes as well.

High, but not excessive carbonation combined with the wheat lend body to this fairly low ABV table beer.

Outstanding farmhouse ale, nearly as complex as the best Belgian examples, but with superior freshness and expert handling (and perhaps some luck?) of the mixed culture and foudre aging.

May 05, 2018
4 by oline73 from Maryland on May 05, 2018
4.49 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Apr 25, 2018
4.08 by WesMantooth from Ohio on Apr 24, 2018
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4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by alextastic from California

Had this on tap at Monkish. Pleasant surprise, as it wasn't listed on their online tap list that day. Truly a delicious beer. Complex and perfectly balanced, both in aroma and in flavor. Everything you'd hope for in a grisette. Hope to have more someday.

Apr 22, 2018
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4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Holderness from Massachusetts

2018 vintage, this time aged with a Saccharomyces culture

L -- Pours a moderately hazy golden straw body with a two-finger white head produced with gentle pour. First beer I've gotten that geysered a little when I opened it (and I had just picked it up from the brewery!). Good retention and some lacing
S -- Perfumey floral, quince, pear, barnyard funk, wet hay, apple peel, hint of sulfur
T -- Very funky and complex, with a decent yeast bite as well. Has an almost tongue-numbing spearmint/black licorice/fennel quality to it that I can't quite put my finger on. Also getting some dried lemon peel and wheat
F -- Dry with a white wine-like astringency. Medium mouthfeel, highly effervescent. Tartness is present but not overbearing
O -- Glad to have snagged the last bottle of this available at the brewery! Definitely very funk-forward, much more so than I'm used to in American wilds


Apr 14, 2018
4.44 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Mar 31, 2018
4.3 by Noles9585 from Washington on Mar 05, 2018
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4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by lloydboss from Illinois

January 2018 release enjoyed February 2018.

edit: opened my 2nd bottle Memorial Day weekend 2018. thus may be my favorite HM brew, just delicious

Feb 25, 2018
4.5 by psoriasaurus from Thailand on Feb 24, 2018
4.25 by Fusebuddy from Wisconsin on Nov 24, 2017
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4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by zonker17 from Texas

Gentle pour produces light yellow clear pour with modest head. Funky citrus nose with clear presence of wood. Clean tart flavor with citrus highlights. Thin body and moderate carbonation.

Mar 04, 2017
4.49 by dddddddd from Washington on Feb 22, 2017
4.22 by nmann08 from Virginia on Feb 19, 2017
4.94 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey on Feb 06, 2017
4.5 by Zekenyce from New Jersey on Feb 06, 2017
4.31 by grover37 from District of Columbia on Jan 14, 2017
4.14 by BMMillsy from Florida on Nov 21, 2016
4.75 by NickThePyro from Washington on Oct 20, 2016
4.5 by Kurmaraja from California on Oct 19, 2016
4.26 by vfgccp from New York on Sep 10, 2016
4.5 by cj8311 from Maryland on Aug 20, 2016
4.27 by IrishColonial from Texas on Aug 15, 2016
4.85 by EdgarGerik from Venezuela on Aug 08, 2016
4.22 by JoeMans from New York on Aug 07, 2016
Misère Au Borinage from Holy Mountain Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 74 ratings