Providence of Sorrow
Holy Mountain Brewing
A Note on This Beer
Punch Magazine says Seattle’s Holy Mountain Brewing creates some of the best Saisons in America — part of the “‘farmhouse elite’ alongside California’s Sante Adairius, Vermont’s Hill Farmstead and Colorado’s Casey Brewing.”
For Holy Mountain, every small batch of beer is an exercise in experimentation, devotion to detail, and a chance to brew a craft unlike the one before. Today’s Saison, Providence Sorrow, is no different — a delicious, shining example of this expertise and creativity.
This Saison begins with pilsner malt, malted and flaked, golden oats, and malted spelt — rustic grains that gently balance additions of real orange peel, citrus-soaked Mandarina Hops, and earthy Noble Saaz Hops.
The blend ferments on house cultures for added sour-apple tang and aged in an oak foeder for true, sweet farmhouse funk. It’s magically complex, crisp, and clean; the kind of ale farmers in a Tolstoy novel would drink after a long day of wheat scything.
And, while some of us can only dream of warm, late summer days outdoors instead of cold ones in front of the computer screen, that salt-of-the-earth, fresh field terroir absolutely flows from this Holy Mountain Saison. The only problem is that we have a mere 36 cases to share.
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Packaged On June 17th, 2020
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Nuanced. Subtle, but oh so pleasing. Wrap me up in an any day, all day beer and this is it.
Loved having this. Excellent brew, none of the flavors demanded attention, blended into the background as friends talked, but in any lull there was still this great beer with many different layers to it. To me that’s closer to the pinnacle of beer than what we might first respond about when asked “how was it?”. Even more so for the farmhouse style saison. No more should be said. But since this is tasting notes this was well integrated, the brett was there as most prominent, the light wheat background ala Pilsner danced behind the scenes, bread notes & palette, and the aging or maybe the very light orange peel seemed to be sanding down the sharper sour edges (if they were ever there which I bet it would have had without Expert craftsmanship). A great use would be as a before meal bottle served to small group.
Tart, funky, citrus, oak.
Excellent saison. I’m not a huge saison fan but my neighbor is. Shared it with him and we agreed it was delicious - tart, oaky, a little citrus.
Amazing brett beer.
Bready. Malty. Effervescence.
An excellent farmhouse saison. Very complex. Starts crisp, finishes sour. Every sip was fantastic.
Solid saison with flavor twists reminiscent of Pilsner and wit from the hop additions.
Flavor is mild citrus, green apple, white grape, grassy and cereal malt, and some floral undertones. Very enjoyable and easy drinking. Good balance of light dry and tart. Some good unique elements in the flavor profile make it memorable. Definitely worth trying, very pleasant saison. I could drink this all summer.
Beautifully tart, light bodied Saison.
Holy mother that’s a good saison. Tart. A bit of funk. Complex. Just wonderful.
This one is complex, and is the epitome of an excellent Holy Mountain saison. Utterly drinkable, with golden color and even golden smell. The way this starts crisp, sends tart, and seems to roll about your mouth for the finish is just sublime.
Tart and more reminiscent of a sour beer than a saison. Nice spice notes and funky elements.