Style: Saison/Farmhouse ale
Fun Fact About the Brewery:
Pike Brewing is one of Washington's oldest microbreweries. Founded in 1989 by a couple of old farts, they set up shop below the famous Pike Place Market in the heart of Seattle and started brewing English style ales with a furious passion. Pike Place Market may be a bit of a tourist trap these days, but places like Pike Brewing help keep a true pioneer spirit alive amongst all the goofy tourist shit.
I've become fairly familiar with the farmhouse ale style and one taste of the Saison Houblon is all it takes to realize that this is definitely a very NW take on this Belgian style. It's way, way hoppier than a typical saison, and therefore not quite as refreshing. Has a bit of a bitter tinge to it. But, that's not necessarily a bad thing depending on your tastes. Saisons were originally created to be a low alcohol content, highly refreshing break time drink for farm workers in Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium some hundreds of years ago. So, if they hopped into a time machine and somehow showed up in Seattle looking for a saison, they'd be pretty bummed on this. But, myself, as a member of the current times, finds it to be a pretty solid ale overall.