Farmhouse Houblon
Microbrasserie Le Castor

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #419
ABV:
7%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,279
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 10.02%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
35
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Microbrasserie Le Castor
 
Quebec, Canada
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
  7
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Reviews by SebD:
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SebD from Canada (ON)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 19, 2015
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Farmhouse Houblon has a label depicting a woman bicycling through a green, rolling countryside on a warm, sunny day - the contents of the bottle look as though they were designed for exactly that activity. Bright, light, clear and well carbonated, this thing is refreshing just to look at!

Ahh yea, that's the stuff. I'll confess an amount of personal bias for this (Orval-like) combination of floral, grassy-green hops and funky, farmhouse Brett - this aroma has it featured on the main stage. Each element is championed equally; it beautifully blends fresh flower blossoms with tart festering fruits.

One can taste the grain, hops and yeast in and of themselves, but it's the bready, fruity, floral and funky nuances they impart that are truly appreciated. It's amazing to think these tastes of passionfruit, peach nectar, lawn clippings, roses, straw, wool and leather all trace back to those basic three ingredients...

Fermentation is a truly magical thing. Bubbles sparkle on the palate, scrubbing it free of that earthy hop bitterness and every drop of the 6.3% alcohol. Frankly, combined with the tartness, it can be a bit piercing at times and rushes the flavours out rather quickly. Still, there's fireworks in this mouthfeel.

Farmhouse Houblon - half the name is in English, the other French. It's appropriate for a beer that's part bitter, hop-forward, experimental American-inspired ale and part rustic, classic, true-to-form Old World Saison. Le Castor has ensured the best of each without compromising either. Great beer.

May 30, 2016
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle - it looks like Central City hasn't cornered the market on summer dress sporting lasses riding old-timey bicycles on their labels, eh?

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy off-white head, which leaves a bit of isolated sudsy island chain lace in places around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of slightly cheesy funk, grainy and crackery pale malt, a hint of spicy rye breadiness, earthy yeast, some surprisingly forward grassy, leafy, and floral green-ass hoppiness, and maybe a touch of dark berry flesh. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, musty and cheesy Brett funk, a still zingy rye malt thing, real Turkish delight, mixed tropical fruit notes, and more verdant leafy, weedy, and fresh grassy hops.

The bubbles are fairly restrained in their ennui-stricken frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and sort of smooth, as the funk and hop contingent takes its foot off of the gas for the moment. It finishes trending dry, that same twin axe attack of hop 'n funk steering us according to their whims.

Overall, this is a very well-made hoppy and funky farmhouse ale, the two disparate essences somehow coalescing into a singular flavour force (yeah). Hmmmm, a cheese plate does sound like a good idea right now, even if I haven't exactly put in a long, hard day, as such.

Jun 10, 2016
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into tulip 17/6/16

A slight haze in a bright yellow body, bubbles pop up everywhere but slowly, a thumbs width of foam falls to a thin film leaving a fair amount of random lace

S more funk then I was expecting, cheesy, gym sock, spicy yeast? ,maybe the rye malt? still has some citrus and grassy hops, bubblegum, hard to place tropical notes and the funk sets in before you figure it out

T the funky farmhouse comes out even more but there's still a fair amount of hops rounding things out, neither really dominate, I think I caught this one at its awkward age in between stages

M lighter side of medium, a little foamy but somewhat expected from the style, just a little grit , yeasty finish lingers

O nice mix of hops and yeast, my glass is almost gone at this point so you could say its drinkable for sure

Solid funky version of the style, I liked it start to finish and its one of those beers you want super fresh and again well aged

Jun 18, 2016
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Marc for the bottle!

Nice look to this one, cloudy yellow, fluffy white cloud of head. Typical saison funk in the nose, notes of overripe fruit and bubblegum. Taste was herbal and earthy, hay, overripe stone fruit, notes of bubblegum and umami. Decent drinkability, fairly crisp, light-medium body. Pretty good overall.

Sep 15, 2015
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peensteen from Canada (ON)

4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed golden blonde, 2 fingers of white head, lots of lace here. Smell is a mix of fruit and funk, musty and hoppy, citrus fruit, lemon, orange and brett. Taste is bitter upfront, a bit herbal and spicy, orange and mint, fruity giving way to some funky brett flavours, lemon and dry bitter aftertaste. Medium-high carbonation, medium body, drying feel. One of the better hoppy saisons in recent memory, perhaps a touch too bitter at times but still very good.

Sep 10, 2015
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 17, 2016
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Bugs318 from Canada (QC)

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tastes vinous, almost as if wine BA.

Jun 13, 2015
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safaricook from Netherlands

4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a fine Saison. It is rusty but not that much that it makes you think of rusty nails. It is dry as it should be towards the finish but there is also a malty sweetness. The real finish is hoppy, which is a nice twist once you get accustomed to it. The sweetness is also in the aroma and surrounded by some belgian type esters and phenols. Well balanced for such a extreme style.

May 27, 2016
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SmithyAlan from Canada (QC)

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 21.01.16

Pours a nice hazy yellow body with an airy white head. Bit of saison funk, overripe melon and some lemon. Hops have faded obviously but still a nice, tasty ale.

Oct 12, 2016
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groleau from Canada (QC)

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 19, 2015
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JonnyBeers from Canada (BC)

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 08, 2016
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GoHabsGo from Canada (ON)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 30, 2016
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yancot from Canada (ON)

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 01, 2016
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
Bottled on: June-22-2015


A:
Pours a cloudy white gold that reminds you of clover. Big, heathy, creamy 3+ finger dollop of beige head that settles to globs, but is easily roused. Very good retention; speckled lacing. (4.25)

S:
Juicy tropical fruits. Lychee, juicy mango, sweet citrus, and pineapple, bubblegum, some barnyard (a hint of it, really). (4.5)

T:
Dusty fruit juice. Muted presence of everything in the nose, dusty and musty mango and lychee, some bright herbals. (4.25)

M:
Slightly dry, but juicy; fine velvet prickle, unobtrusive evaporation to luscious cream. (4.25)

O:
Great saison.
This is a fine, bright beer that is utterly wholesome and utterly refreshing at once. Bright tropical fruit aromas takes you in and a round, dryly bitter, earthy lychee pulp flavor shows you out.
Very drinkable. Nice soft feel and imperceptible finish.
I am actually going to go get more tomorrow to see how it tastes in a couple months when the brett's more present and the hops are a little more muted. Well worth trying. (4.25)

Jun 28, 2015
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LanceH from Canada (ON)

4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apr 13, 2016
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Kmat10 from Canada (AB)

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 04, 2015
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Simon212 from Canada (ON)

4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 09, 2017
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Jotora from Canada (ON)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 05, 2016
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Beervana from Canada (BC)

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nov 12, 2015
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Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 27, 2015
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Socialiste from Canada (QC)

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 17, 2016
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BakaGaijin from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 12, 2015
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MaltyPythonsHopCircus from Canada (BC)

4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright yellow gold with a foamy billowing head. Looks gorgeous in the glass. Aroma has some tropical fruit on top of some grainy notes. Flavour is grainy, funky, somewhat barnyard like. Hops come through nicely and complement the farmhouse theme. Feel is prickly and medium dry. Overall, well balanced wonderful saison

Aug 14, 2016
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MatChar from Canada (QC)

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jul 04, 2015
Farmhouse Houblon from Microbrasserie Le Castor
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 35 ratings