1063. John Harvard's Houblon Saison

1063. John Harvard's Houblon Saison

Sometime in mid-July Jadyn and I were in Harvard Square. We stopped in to John Harvard's for a beer or two.

Beer Stats:
Brewery: John Harvard's Brew House
Alcohol: ?
Serving: Tap
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance: 4.0 | Smell: 2.5 | Taste: 4.0 | Mouthfeel: 3.5 | Drinkability: 4.0


This saison pours a hazy, peach-infused, straw-golden color. It's topped by a fluffy, sudsy head that fades, but leaves lacing as it goes. The aroma is fairly mild. There's a bit of grassy, grainy malts, a hint of yeast, and bananas and citrus that appear on swirling. For a beer called Houblon Saison, you would expect to detect some hops in the aroma, but none are evident.

There's a fruity, banana sweetness upfront, along with some clove spiciness also contributed by the yeast strain used to brew this beer. The finish is slightly grainy, has notes of citric hops, and has a coda of herbal hops. Houblon Saison is medium-bodied, and is highly carbonated.

Aside from the lack of hops in aroma, this was a fine beer. There's a nice balance between Belgian yeasty flavors and the herbal hops.