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


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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Blonde houblonnée

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. Boom!

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Beerhunter111 (21993) - P´Castle, GERMANY - MAR 24, 2014
Orangegoldenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig hopfig, fruchtig herb. Geschmack hopfig bitter, exotische Früchte, fruchtig malzig.

fiulijn (20992) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2017
Tasting at Matt’s
Cloudy blond color. Dry, highly carbonated, hence I believe it fermented out of control; strong bitterness wirh amounts of chicory bitterness.
Very unprofessional.

mcberko (18441) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 5, 2017
500mL bottle, pours a hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma brings out notes of cardboard, some herbal hops and biscuity malt. Flavour is similar, with subdued hop flavour that leaves a very aggressive astringency and crisp biscuity malt. Very aggressive bitterness that is too sharp. Meh.

Oakes (18209) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 5, 2017
Hazy, amber. Thin head. On the aroma, the hops come across as lychee and mint. Bitter, with a minty accent, and a slight herbal accent. It gets a bit harsh in terms of bitterness, but ok hop note.

thewolf (12714) - 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.

jercraigs (10651) - 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

DuffMan (10560) - 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.

olio (10434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 9, 2016
50 cl bottle.
Pours clear golden color with a huge white head. Very citric aroma, floral hops, some lemongrass, pale malts and pine. Very strong carbonation here, citric fruits on the flavor, grassy, lemony, some gooseberries and faint herbal notes. Refreshing but way too grassy and herbal for my taste, also the carbonation is at disturbing level.

sebletitje (10252) - 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.

MartinT (10014) - 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.


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