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Brewed by Brasseurs du Monde / Le Picoleur
Style: American Pale Ale
Saint-Hyacinthe, Canada

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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Du houblon. Du houblon. Encore plus de houblon. C’est beau... nous vous avons entendu... et nous répondons à vos attentes! Voici La Houblonnière. C’est essentiellement une intense tisane de houblon... déguisé en bière blonde. Nous avons gardé les saveurs maltées et le taux d’alcool sous contrôle pour que vous puissiez expérimenter une explosion de houblon dans votre bouche. Boum! Hops. Hops. Even more hops. Alright... we got it... and we deliver. Here is La Houblonière. It is essentially an intense hop infusion... disguised as a blond ale. We kept the malt flavors as well as the alcohol content under control so you could experience an explosion of hops in your mouth. Boum!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11131) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2013
Bottle, bought @ Beer City, Belgium. Pours clear orange with a small, frothy, off-white head. Aroma has sweet resiny hops, grapefruit, green grapes. Medium carbonation, very dry and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has resin, grapefruit, hops oil. Quite bitter finish. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2012
My Bottom Line :
Earthy, coniferous hoppiness possesses strange tree bark and Pine Sol-like aromatics, a flavor display leading to portentous bitterness, alleviated somewhat by a comfortable mouthfeel.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A sheet of foam lasts atop the beautiful clear pale amber (clear before the yeast pour, of course).
-Hops also contribute floral qualities. This is not balanced at all, but that isn’t the point either.
-The hop character is overly coniferous; either the hop selection or the hop quality is a tad deficient for this type of brew, imho.
-Drinkability is reduced by the earthy, coniferous hop character. More citrus brightness and smoothness would have helped.
-Mouthfeel is really seducing, as is the appearance.

Bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7638) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2012
2012-06-09. Hazy dark orange body, headless. 3+ Sharp yeasty hop aroma, almost saison like is a bit strange. 7+ Flavour is similarly sharp, yeasty bitterness with whispers of citrus seed and tropical fruit. Bitterness grows as the glass goes on. 7+ Average plus palate is good for a cask but is nearly flat. Decent, but it does not really scream IPA to me. I am curious if this is what it is normally like or if maybe this cask is not representative of it. #7, Tasted Blind at Benelux Cask Days Event, Montreal

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (6900) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 24, 2014
Orangegoldenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig hopfig, fruchtig herb. Geschmack hopfig bitter, exotische Früchte, fruchtig malzig.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6594) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 10, 2013
Bouteille 50cl. Ambrée, col épais crémeux beige. Arôme est fruité tropical houblonné, résineux avec un malt caramel moyen. Palais présente un très beau profil houblonné américain - cascade / amarillo - . Le tout offre une amertume de bouche conséquente et agréable avec ici aussi une note résineuse qui perdure et qui donne vigueur à cette bière qui ne titre que 5.2%. Malt style cara, houblonné citronné sur le fini avec une pointe de levure.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (6548) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 2, 2013
Bottle, shared with my wife. Bright orange gold, medium off white head. Pungent coniferous hop character carries this beer along, with lightly sweet caramel alts in support. As an APA this satisfies my craving, but doesn’t blow me away like the label promised.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6122) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2012
Well, our brewers seem to have embarked on the hop frenzy train these past few weeks with sutff like Double Bonheur and Houblonnière. I can’t complain. This Houblonnière, a name I surely enjoy, shows up pale and golden with a fully hazy, almost opaque body topped by a generous, very dense white foam of tightly attached bubbles. It takes the straightforward American hops route that Québec’s bottled beer world was introduced to by Dunham Pale Ale Américaine not so long a time ago. A bold dry-hopping effort which throws flowery, very coniferous notes that feel both sprucey and soapy, an impression that is highlighted further in mouth as the bitterness lingers on together with a noticeable dish soap note. The bitterness is otherwise not all that intense, the beer clearly focusing on hop aromas, although bitter flavours are here heavily amplified by the malts voluntarily timid character, merely supporting the hop salad. If the malts maintain a very low profile, the yeast is not quite as neutral, nourishing the beer with a doughiness that detracts from the hops and beefs up the palate as unfiltered as it is. Is it perhaps that a not insignificant amount of wheat is used or I’m just feeling like the palate is a bit heavy, a bit proteinic for a hop-forward pale ale? All in all, a great effort to showcase the power of dry-hopping, but the soapy off-notes greatly remove from the enjoyment and the lack of something to attach ourselves to, a crispiness of the palate as an example, which would greatly increase our desire to come back quickly between the sips, is not quite there. And my, will this be bad a few months from now? I hope they sell out quickly.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (5972) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2012
Draught at Le Saint-Bock, Montreal, June 8. Pours a deep peach-copper with an average size semi-lasting frothy white head and good lacing on the glass. Mild but hoppy aroma along with fruit and pale malt. Flavour is herbal, hoppy and spicy along with fruit and pale malt.Average bitter finish. Average bodied. Not great but pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (5655) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2012
Bouteille de 500 ml achetée chez La Barik (Trois-Rivières, QC). Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes avec une pointe d’houblon résineux. Apparence: La couleur est blonde-orangé opaque avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un large col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de conifères avec une pointe de pamplemousse. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement houblonné. (Rating #4416)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2012
[4507-20120609] Cask. Light nutmeg spiced grainy citrus aroma. Hazy, orange brown body with no head. Tangy bitter citrus bite flavour up front with a lasting spiced aftertaste. Medium body. Interesting. (7/3/6+/3-/14) 3.3
(Cask Days @ Benelux, Montreal, QC)


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