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Saison Houblon - Pike Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NWer on 07-06-2012)
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

roadhouse, Dec 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

n2185, Dec 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

AndrewMichael, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

drewone, Oct 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

kylehay2004, Oct 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

nickfl, Oct 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Bromine, Oct 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

elink00, Oct 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Hoppy_McMalt, Sep 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

rab53, Sep 24, 2013
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
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

buckyp, Sep 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

nakedninjaturtle, Sep 21, 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
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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
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Bubbalito, Sep 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

ezperkins2, Aug 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Braz, Aug 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

GoGata, Aug 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

TrojanRB, Aug 12, 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
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

GRG1313, Aug 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Geno206, Jul 05, 2013
Saison Houblon from Pike Pub & Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.