Misère Au Borinage | Holy Mountain Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Holy Mountain Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 68
Photo of augustgarage
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of alextastic
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Holderness
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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


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Photo of zonker17
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn Holy Mountain deserves some more hype. This basic saison was incredible. So much tartness balanced perfectly with the malt. It drinks very dry like champagne.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Despite the fact that the most movement this bottle has seen in the past couple of months was me carrying it from the fridge to my couch and opening it, it still champagne-fountained all over the living room. I wish it hadn't done that. But it was quickly forgiven once I got into the business of consuming it...

Once that geyser-ful excitement was over, the pour rendered a liquid abstraction of lemon/gold. A fine effervescent pointalism caps this molten straw and seems content to linger languidly like a flaxen-haired farm girl. As you wish.
More lacing and retention than I had expected.

Nose introduces a nuanced and gentle funk and light lemon tartness that's softer than a hard candy. The lemon wafts, the funk... propogates. Like spores.

You're going to get similar characteristics once you start sipping. The lemon tartness takes front stage, but the wheat helps to dull the edges somewhat and bring it in to an almost creamy core that bends in on itself before emerging with some of that spore-like funk. All wraps up nicely in an almost creamy bow and with some nods towards champagne's take on tart as well.

The carbonation is fine, and omnipresent, but not at all aggressive. Kind of a microcosm of the beer as a whole. Subtlety and nuance are the name of the game here. Bravo.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber packed back from Tacoma in February and finally opened. Pours a hazy pale gold, a big white 3 finger head that subsides after a minute, with minimal lacing. Lemon acidity and tartness, some good wet wheat and hay, faint barnyard funkiness. Taste follows but is even better, because of the way that the flavors unfold.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Holy Mountain's own description of this beer says it all: tart, dry, and funky. That's not marketing hype, that's exactly what Misere is.

It's not much to look at, IMHO. The not very appealing color is a cloudy yellow, but there is a decent head. But you're getting the beer to drink, not to look at, and flavor, aroma, and mouthfeel are all great in this beer. It hits a perfect sweet spot of tartness that wakes up your mouth, but isn't too sour. There's lemon in the tartness. The flavor is more complex than that, but I'm not the one to be able to name all the subtleties. It seems quite smooth and very well balanced. The body is on the light side, with good carbonation.

A lot of the most highly sought after beers are overpowering (DIPAs and BA Impy Stouts). This beer is different; it's a tribute to subtlety. Excellent stuff, Holy Mountain!

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Photo of souredonbeer
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing things happening here. Hands down the best bottled saison to ever come out of Washington and one of the best beers ever made in Seattle. Bright, tart and funky with a perfect mix of brett and light lacto sourness. Stands up to the best saisons I've had from HF and SARA.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I can't believe I am the first to review this amazing beer. Bought a bottle at the Beer Junction and after trying it I immediately wished I had bought another. This is truly one of the best wild ales/saisons I have had the pleasure of trying. Tart, but very smooth so although I would describe it as sour it's not mouth puckering. Rather it's just flat out delicious.

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Misère Au Borinage from Holy Mountain Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 68 ratings