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Saison Houblon - Pike Pub & Brewery

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83
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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pike Pub & Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NWer on 07-06-2012)
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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pike Saison Houblon
22 oz. brown glass bottle, no freshness dating
$3.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Appearance: Very hazy, almost cloudy golden amber body beneath a frothy head of off-white. Head retention and lacing are quite good. Standard sized bubbles can be seen racing towards the surface.

Aroma: Spicy, yeasty. Black pepper and some coriander and clove. Light, slightly sweet golden malt. Herbal and grassy hops.

Flavor: Fruity and floral upfront with a bit of sharpness. Some chalky yeastiness and peppery spiciness steps in, backed by some plastic and clove-like phenols. Hops linger behind those notes at the start, but then immediately appear midway. They're leafy, herbal, floral, grassy, and somewhat minty. It instantly dries at the swallow as the sweetness of the malt is removed and the spiciness and hops are left behind. Its floral component rises, and a solid bitterness lingers amidst spiciness and grassy and herbal hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp-yet-smooth with a slightly lower than standard carbonation level.

Overall: Fairly nice in general but a little "blocky". The components work together, but they're perhaps a little too full and stand out too much on their own rather than combining into a more unified flavor.

Photo of Takezo
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A bit anemic on the pallet, I expected more from the beer considering the touted IPA finish in the description.

Photo of Brew1fish
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

A bit hoppy for this style,,I like it

Photo of Alpha309
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a frothy head that makes it look like a pilsener; plenty of splashy lacing lingers

Smell: Grassy, with herbaceous coriander tones and a hint of caramel

Taste: Very herbaceous, up front, with strong coriander tones melding into grassy bitterness; the two angular flavor profiles clash through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I kept going back and forth on this beer; first admiring the bold flavors and then becoming concerned by the lack of balance; ultimately, it is an interesting experiment that needs a bit more finesse to pull off

Photo of Jgldillon
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, fairly opaque, golden-orange coloring with a ton of head on the pour. Seriously, as gentle as can be, and you end up with a massive, foamy, billowing, off-white head. Give it a minute, and it will settle out for you quite a bit, leaving a pretty intricate lacing along the glass. Aromas of citrus and herbs, with lemon zest, basil, grass, hibiscus, and subtle pepper, with some berry sweetness and farmhouse funk mixed in as well. Subtle, inviting nose. Flavors are spice forward, with nutmeg, basil, pepper, evergreen, and lemon grass all blending on a butter and caramel backbone, with a dose of funky farmhouse yeast character, some tart and sour notes, and a bit of hops bitterness at the tail end. Pretty balanced, and pretty layered. The beer is smooth and robust, but the flavor profile does provide some dry and almost astringent notes to clean things up a bit. The aftertaste has more of the citrus notes, with a steady herbal resonance lingering on. Smooth, slightly tart and dry finish, with a kick of the tart still there to keep your mouth watering a bit. Solid brew.

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of smanders
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Picked this up for less that $5 at TW in Chantilly. Love the bottled-on date!

Appearance: a cloudy, honey color with an white(ish) head.

Smell: loads of malt leap out of the glass, followed by typical saison aromas: grain, yeast, a hint of hops.

Taste: similar to the smell with a biting medicinal tone; almost like someone dropped a cough drop into the bottle. Less yeasty and crisp than other saisons.

Mouthfeel: lots o' bubbles (i.e. heavy carbonation

Drinkability: Usually saisons are light, crisp, and refreshing. This example was a bit more work due to the medicinal quality; too off-putting in my opinion, considering the myriad options in the style.

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Saison Houblon from Pike Pub & Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.