Saison Houblon | The Pike Brewing Company

Saison HoublonSaison Houblon
BA SCORE
60.2%
Liked This Beer
3.66 w/ 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:
#30,646
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
93
Liked:
56
Avg:
3.66/5
pDev:
12.84%
Alströms:
None
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
11
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
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 GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev +3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +3%
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 oberon
3.66/5  rDev 0%
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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +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 atrocity
3/5  rDev -18%

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 drewone
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
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 IPAchris
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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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Photo of n2185
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of maximum12
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Bung
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Saison Houblon from The Pike Brewing Company
Beer rating: 60.2% out of 100 with 93 ratings
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