Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine and get 12 issues / year of fresh beer content delivered to your door each month.

Already subscribe? to manage your subscription.

Saison Houblon - Pike Pub & Brewery

Not Rated.
Saison HoublonSaison Houblon

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

24 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 24
Hads: 83
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | 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:
Beer added by: NWer on 07-06-2012

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 24 | Hads: 83
Reviews by n2185:
Photo of n2185
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quite an interesting and unexpected find here in Greensboro today.Poured into a large tulip glass a somewhat hazed burnt orange tinged golden with a large fluffy white crown that stuck like glue to the glass as it settled very slowly.Light yeasty spice in the nose along with some fruity esters,both are light but pleasant.Flavors are yeasty and lightly spiced with some medicinal hops thrwon in,not much funk to be had here wich really isn't true to style but that's fine with me.It's a little off in the style department but it's nice and well rounded,but like the other person who has reviewed this beer says it really seems like more of a tripel. (650 characters)

Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Number 1580 printed on the label if that means anything. Stumbled upon this beer totally by accident. No mention of it on the website. After I enjoyed this, went back to buy some more and they were all gone. Hope to run across this again.
Clear golden pour into Russian River stemmed glass.
Nice white foamy head.
Typical light somewhat astringent taste. Mild Belgian yeast flavors. Pleasant to the tongue. Aftertaste sweet.
And under $5 for the bomber!
What a steal. I can only hope I run into this again. I hope it isn't a limited brewing. I stand corrected if it isn't. (579 characters)

Photo of Lazaro
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Mantooth
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a plastic Oregon Brewer's Festival tulip sampler. Pours a lovely gold color, crisp and clear, with a billowy head that lingers. The nose is malty and grassy. There are hints of caramel in the background. The taste follows suit. All in all, this medium bodied brew doesn't disappoint for the price. Cheers! (331 characters)

Photo of sgttibbs
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Nice to see this venerable PAC-NW brewery back in business, at least as far as Alberta distribution goes.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a consistent rising effervescence, and a teeming tower of puffy, broadly foamy, and shiny ecru head, which leaves some chunky hovering cloud lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bready, mildly doughy pale malt, zesty yeast, mild coriander and black and white pepper spice, a twinge of sour lemon, and tame earthy, leafy, and lightly grassy hops. The taste is gritty, grainy pale malt, a further dry crackery character, still edgy yeast, mixed and matched peppercorns, a waning clove/coriander thing, and an adequately bitter leafy, weedy, and grassy hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite active in its probing and polling, fizzy and frothy twin axe attack, the body a solid middleweight for the style, and sort of smooth, I suppose, that acerbic Belgian yeast taking few prisoners, it would seem. It finishes off-dry, the inherent and complex-ish malt doing well to keep the yeast and hops from running too far away with it all.

A decent rendition of a farmhouse ale, the old-world sensibilities really hard to ignore (not that I was trying), and quite drinkable, the 13-proof alcohol not even yet arrived to the party. Worthy of a go, certainly, and not overly hopped, as one might have been expecting. (1,414 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a 1.5 finger white head on top with pretty good retention and lacing around the glass. Settles to a small cap.

S: Nice aroma, rather fresh with some grassy hops along with some light fruit and peppery spice.

T: Surprisingly fruity, with a little bit of apple and pear, some more grassy hops, yeast and pepper.

M: Light to medium bodied with active carbonation. Very crisp and easy drinking.

O: Liked this beer quite a bit, would certainly get it again. (515 characters)

Photo of marmstrong1212
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of mempath
4.56/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

a much more hopped up version of a saison...but i like it. still very
earthy/grassy....wild. you'd think it was some off-hand, brilliant IPA from a po-dunk area of these wonderful states. erase that. brilliant. nearly world-class. would love to have this on tap (262 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (1,275 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
2.96/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a huge foamy head on a clear light straw body.
The aroma is honey, wildflowers and a little mint. Nice
The taste is honey sweet, an odd bitterness and hay.
The texture is soft.
It has a weird flavor finish, but it's fine. (227 characters)

Photo of jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of RenzoD
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sort of a different approach to a Saison IMO. Has the fruity aromas, and the full bodied, hazy look with a very bubbly head. Taste is pretty basic upfront but the finish is very dry, almost bitter hoppiness. Im certainly no expert to the style but I can tell that it is a pretty unique finish for a farmhouse. I enjoyed the beer and recommend trying it. It isnt bad. (366 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Bright orange/gold pour, thinner than expected white layer. Stuck to the glass a little. Effervescent throughout though.

Aroma, pine and grapefruit forward. A small amount if yeast, white pepper and ester.

Taste, more sweet yeast spice here. Healthy dose of tangerine and pineapple. Light grass and pine/citrus bitter cut the sweetness quickly. Finishes extremely dry, white pepper, pine and grapefruit.

Heavy side if light bodied, maybe could have had just a tad more carbonation to lighten it up a bit. Either that or the malt bill could be lowered slightly. Still drank well and was quite refreshing after mowing the lawn.

Didn't start out too great, but ended up being pretty nice. (695 characters)

Photo of TrojanRB
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of JDeming
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Jgldillon
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of fmccormi
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 22oz pry-off bottle to a tall Ommegang flute; I was made to understand when I purchased this that it was fresh-fresh in early July, so I don’t think it’s any more than about two months old or so.

Appearance (4.5): Four fingers of pale tan head rise off of the pour, composed of a mixture of coarse and merginue-like foam that caps a pale copper-golden body that’s mostly clear, with just a chill haze. This shows excellent retention and exceptional lacing, with cascading rings and legs of fat lace all around the glass, along with a crested cap of foam on the surface. I like my saisons a bit hazier, but holy shit this looks good.

Smell (4.0): Spicy, fruity, light caramel, warm bread, sweet biscuits, and slightly nutty . . . there’s some juicy citrus (mango, mostly), some warm spices (clove, mostly), some fresh grassiness, and a nice, warm, rich but not sugary at all mixture of fresh-baked rustic bread, light caramel icing, and biscuits. Some acidic citrus comes through, too.

Taste (4.0): Warm spices (light clove, some white and black pepper, light coriander), some nice nutty and slightly caramel-y malt with dry, rustic wheat bread notes as well; a mix of herbal, strongly grassy, citrus pith-y, and slight juicy citrus (but more like yellow grapefruit flesh). Good balance of yeast phenols and very grassy hops, moderate malt body keeping things anchored. Fruity esters hang out underneath (apples, some peach and light pear flavor). Lemony tartness, modest citrus peel astringency. A moderate funk kind of emerges from the mix of esters, phenols, and grassy hops in the finish, which hang on for a while. This is a bit of an oddball in some ways, despite not doing anything particularly untraditionally, and I dig it.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Full carbonation offers a modest prickle and a strong tingle with a nice foaming character as it goes down; the body is medium-weight pretty much on the nose, somewhat oily, and extremely dry in the finish thanks to those grassy hops. Very drinkable.

Overall (4.0): As a saison, this has a solid but not exceptional base; as a pale, hoppy beer, it trends toward a hoppy, Old World pilsner minus the characteristics of a lager; but as a whole, it comes together in an unexpectedly slightly funky manner that’s interesting and a nice departure from both the typical saison and the typical pale, hoppy beer. I think it helps that the hops have probably mellowed a bit from when this was fresh, too, because unless this was insanely dry-hopped whatever hops character is in it now would have been a bit harsh when fresh. Right now, this is a really good, highly enjoyable, hoppy saison—if you’re up for something that isn’t necessarily 100% on-style in either direction of the spectrum. (2,778 characters)

Photo of Bromine
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Braz
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of RBorsato
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of tfsimpkins
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Saison Houblon from Pike Pub & Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.