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Saison Houblon - The Pike Brewing Company

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Reviews: 26
Hads: 87
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 22.1%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: NWer on 07-06-2012

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Reviews: 26 | Hads: 87
Photo of andrenaline
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to joemcgrath27 for this treat. Pours a pale hazy golden colour, two thumbs of huge soapy head with relentless retention and sporadic lacing. Nose is fruity bubblegum hops, and tart citrus rind.uch like the nose with tart citrus rind and fruity yeast esters, hints of bubblegum and candied lemon drops linger. Lighter bodied with loads of carbonation and a touch of dryness on the finish. I thoroughly enjoyed this brew, loads of fruity saison with the perfect balance of hops. Well done.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted 4 June 2015. Pike was one of the breweries that got me into craft. Recently moved back to Seattle, and trying out a few beers I've not had before.

This is a rich, juicy, flavorful saison, full of sweet blooming yeast aromas. It's a little too bitter for my tastes - I know the name says so, but I don't think hops generally add much to saisons. Otherwise tasty.

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Photo of ChugMan
2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - Huge foamy head left tons of lacing. Great! Clear golden orange body + tiny bubbles
S - After an initial blast of Budweisery-ness, the aroma settled to familiar saison territory: yeasty, cracked baguette crust, somewhat sweet. Granulated sugar and rainbow bell peppers. Nice.
T - Too bland for the style. Uniformly bitter. Green pepper, clove, baguette. A bit of fusel also? Hmm.
M - Carbonation is nice, afterfeel is sticky, annoying.
O - This is a hopped-up pilsner barely passing for farmhouse. Cripes, did I get an old bottle? Where's the funk? The floral? The CHARACTER? Boring but not totally offensive, and the great presentation makes this a decent stepstone to stronger examples of the style.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

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Photo of RenzoD
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.96/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
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

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of smanders
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

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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Photo of mempath
4.56/5  rDev +22.9%
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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at drewone's tasting.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, floral, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with floral and herbal flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a better hop presence in the aroma in my opinion.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  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.

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Photo of draheim
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bfg75 for this extra is our first (of many future) trades. Pulled out in advance of another tasty beer to prime our palates...22 oz. bomber split with my saison-indifferent wife.

Pour is light, clear, yellow as a noonday sun, but not as hot. The nose is one of the better I've seen, er. smelled on a saison: Nice white pepper, light fruits, spicy saison yeast, almost a hint of piney hops. Nice way to kick off a beer experience.

Saison Houblon would be awesome with a good Thai dish. The peppery spiciness washes everything I've eaten in the last six years away & leaves only itself standing. Lovely...except that's really it. Nuttin' else. Light & spritzy, this is easy to drink, & would be an excellent beer to sip while shooting Coors Light cans with the .45.

Good beer. If this had a bit more going on, I'd be happy to jack up the score, but hey, either way, I'm not complaining. Nice stuff.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of fields336
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no freshness. Poured into Hennepin tulip/chalice. According to http://tinyurl.com/d8sf5zz it is a saison/ IPA hybrid.

A: orange/ dark gold color, with a huge foamy thick 3 finger off white head sits on top, looks like a milkshake. the beer is cloudy and unfiltered. nice lace around the rim and sides of the glass. a pile of foam stays in the center of the glass too.

S: spice, clove,orange, pepper, citrus, banana, pine, sweet malt, floral, grassy, herb, honey.

T: clove, herb, honey, pepper, piney/resiney bitterness, sweet bready malt with a lingering taste of rose petal and pine on the end. Truly a delicious beer. the hops give it that extra saison "fruity/citrusy" punch

M: nice medium bodied beer, maybe a tad undercarbonated.

O: I love both of these styles, I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of pixieskid
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle caught my eye while grocery shopping today...at 4.50 a bomber it was in my random pickup range, so I gave it a chance.

Honestly, itt's been a while since a WA state brewery surprised me like this.
Dry, earthy, slightly tart, and of course a some PacNW flair: nice hop aroma and bitterness round it out.
Overall; would love to see this in the six pack format, but odds are it is a one off or seasonal, or at the least a bomber only like the rest of their Belgian Styles. Would be curious to know a bit more about this beer (nothing on their website)...

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Photo of oberon
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear honey-gold color with about a half-inch of white head that had good retention and left moderate lacing.

The aroma had a bold yeast scent that was stronger than you generally see in the style, actually the yeast scent reminded me of the type of yeast you get in a Tripel. There was the expected earthy grainy malts you find in the typical Saison. The flavors were pretty much the same. Again, this seemed to me to be a Saison made with a Tripel yeast, as it had some of the fruity aspects you'd find in that style. There was just a slight bit of funk at the back that I'm not sure was designed into the brew, but added a nice little kick nonetheless.

The body was good, as I find Saisons to typically have, but this one was slightly tangy and had a very dry finish. Overall, a nice take on the style. Certainly worth trying if you see it.

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Saison Houblon from The Pike Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.