Saison Houblon | The Pike Brewing Company

Saison HoublonSaison Houblon
BA SCORE
3.66/5
93 Ratings
Saison HoublonSaison Houblon
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States
pikebrewing.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by NWer on 07-06-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,298
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
93
pDev:
12.84%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
11
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of HerbGuy42
4.69/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mempath
4.56/5  rDev +24.6%
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

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Photo of sgttibbs
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of YieldToNothing
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of hickmancase
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of powdersoldier
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of staceya2
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of adkieffer
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of cts309
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RJLarse
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
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 +10.1%
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 andrenaline
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
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 NWer
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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 jaydoc
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Wrex68
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of elglueckert
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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Saison Houblon from The Pike Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 93 ratings
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