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Saison Houblon - Pike Pub & Brewery

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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pike Pub & Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: NWer on 07-06-2012)
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Photo of mempath
4.56/5  rDev +23.6%
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

mempath, Dec 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

sgttibbs, Aug 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

YieldToNothing, Jul 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

hickmancase, Feb 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Bubbalito, Sep 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

powdersoldier, Jan 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

staceya2, Jun 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

dmorgan310, Jul 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

adkieffer, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of RJLarse
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of Pike Saison Houblon Farmhouse Ale in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold color, clear and shiny, with a creamy stark white head.

Smell is a soft sweet fruity aroma, sugary ripe pears and melons.

Taste is a sweet malt flavor upfront, with some fruity flavors on the swallow with a dry bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a slightly cloying character.

Overall a very drinkable beer. Broader taste spectrum than a pale or an IPA but with some of the same characteristics. I'm not much on the style, but this is good. I'd have it again.

RJLarse, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of fmccormi
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

fmccormi, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

NWer, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

mdaschaf, Aug 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

jaydoc, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Wrex68, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep gold hue with a crystal-clear body and a moderate, lazy effervescence. Head is two fingers of pillowy ivory foam. Quite nice.

Smell: nicely funky, spicy saison aroma. Some earthy hops are present, but are not particularly forward in the aroma. Overall it is quite nice and stylistically spot-on.

Taste: lightly funky and rather sweet. Hops are fruity with a little bit of citrus and the yeast character adds plenty of spice. It's a nice golden-ale-type saison, which I tend to like. Subtle and drinkable.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a tasty and drinkable saison. It would be quite refreshing on a hot day, but it also has a light sweetness that makes it drinkable anytime. Good stuff.

flagmantho, Jul 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

GoGata, Aug 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Hoppy_McMalt, Sep 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

woodenbones, Jul 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

RoryOMoore, Aug 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Geno206, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Empire Alehouse in Mount Vernon. Cloudy amber color and streaming bubbles up the glass. Gorgeous whipped cream cap of foam. A nice grainy, yeasty aroma.

Robust malty taste with a big bitter yeasty flavor. More bitter than practically any other Saison I've had, but overally it's sharp sweet, and sudsy and totally drinkable. Brewer says it is brewed with unspecified Yakima Valley hops. It is certainly hoppier than most in this category. A tasty drink with the chicken salad and beets at the Alehouse.

mactrail, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of draheim
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz (code 151D) into a tulip. Pours a hazy copper color w/ a big fluffy eggshell head, gravity-defying lace, moderate carb.

Aroma is funky Belgian yeast, spice, lemon zest, coriander. Typical saison aroma.

Taste is funky, spicy, earthy, a little metallic. Traditional, somewhat musty saison flavor w/ fruity eaters from the Belgian yeast. Some citrus and old-world hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, balanced.

Overall a good saison that falls just short of outstanding. Still a worthy effort from Pike.

draheim, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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.

GarthDanielson, Oct 02, 2014
Photo of Bung
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Bung, Jul 23, 2012
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Saison Houblon from Pike Pub & Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.