Saison - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by mactrail:
3.23/5 rDev -19.5%
Nice pale golden color and very long-lasting layer of foam, on top and on the sides of the glass, even after sitting for 15 minutes.
Really dry, as if all the malt evaporated. Unpleasant cardboard taste seems to have taken over from whatever flavors it once had. Some interesting hints of Belgian character. Leaves you with a bitter unbalanced taste.
Tasted another bottle 01/07/2012 (Batch 68093): Seems much less dry, with a yeasty nose. Slightest hint of Brett or some other bacteria, so maybe it just depends on how infected your bottle is. But this one is good, and I would have rated the stuff higher.
09-28-2010 03:40:46 | More by mactrail
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4.2/5 rDev +4.7%
Hazy gold-orange with a pillowy white head.
Yeasty nose with orange, banana, and rose petals. Clean, bold, and distinct.
Earthy yeast with a nice hint of funk on the palate. It has a solid pale malt character with a peppery hop finish. I wouldn't mind if it were a bit drier for this style.
It's a shame this is being discontinued, though you can't deny Tank 7.
02-07-2010 00:25:57 | More by brownbeer
3.68/5 rDev -8.2%
Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Delirium tulip. Batch number S8317
A. nice medium golden hazy color. Poured rather vigorously to create a nice pillowly white head that dissipated into a small layer of bubbles that lasted throughout the glass.
S. Smells Belgian. Not as spicy or funky as other saisons I've had but not off putting in the least.
T. Smooth upfront and easy drinking with the trademark spicy aftertaste on the front middle of the tongue that lingers. It is pleasant and not hit you in the face.
M. Dry and goes down very easily. The high carbonation level gives a good bite until the spicy aftertaste hit you.
D. A great entry level saison that is neither boring nor mind blowing. After having the Brett-Saison that is way more funkier, I don't see why this should be a Smokestack beer. There is nothing wrong with it but I think this would work nicely as a regular offering from Boulevard rather than a Smokestack. If given the choice between the this and the Brett version go Brett.
10-18-2009 03:35:56 | More by weatherdog
4.75/5 rDev +18.5%
I could drink this beer by the gallon, everyday...
The appearance is average, pale gold and cloudy, with yeast, I guess, floating within. The smell is similar to every saison I've ever had. The taste, however, is beyond good, with some grassiness and lemon and a very slight tartness (perfection), as is the mouthfeel, creamy with just the right amount of carbonation.
This is a beer that, when I'm drinking it, I forget about whatever else I'm doing (reading that book, listening to that song, watching that TV show), no matter how much I may love any of them, this beer just overwhelms everything else until I drain the bottle (I logged on to BA, which I haven't done in a while, just to review this beer, which is also something I haven't done in a very long time). It's that good.
08-23-2009 08:10:34 | More by skybluewater
3.8/5 rDev -5.2%
750ml bottle with caged cork seal.
Pours a hazy gold with 2 fingers of pillowy head. Nicely carbonated.
Smells of slight spice and citrus greet the nose. Nice musty and funk undertone.
Tastes quite bitter - more than expected. Peppery finish lingers after sipping. Nice base of farmhouse-type funk holds up the citrusy, peppery flavor.
Soft mouthfeel up-front with crisp finish after swallowing. Funk and citrus lingers.
Very drinkable - nice refreshing beer.
10-13-2009 00:38:13 | More by shark262
4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
Large bottle, caged and corked, the rear label lets me know the Batch Number( does this really help the consumer?) but there is no freshness info offered...pours slightly hazed, yellowy, with bubbles rising, the off white head is initially quite impressive, and shows nice retnetion including merainge, then fading to ta thick loose film and leaving quite nice lace on the glass. Light pepper, flowers and fruit in the nose. Quite tasty saison, with notes of lemon/lime, pepper, more ropical fruits and belgian yeast notes in the finish. As it warms up the mouthfeel really comes around in all its tasty saison goodness. Nicely done, more respectable Smokestack series offerings from Boulevard. If I could get em locally, they would be on my regular play list.
08-07-2009 21:07:27 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev -0.2%
Pours a hazy golden straw color with a large white head. The aroma is a mix of yeast with some citrus, mainly oranges and lemons. The flavor is similar with a slight funk mixed in with the citrus and yeast. Dry finish. Thin body and medium carbonation.
01-29-2010 04:17:42 | More by Mora2000
3.63/5 rDev -9.5%
Pours light gold with a bit of haze and a big white head. Yeasty banana, clove, coriander, and bread in the aroma. Spicier than the nose advertises; pepper and citrus flavors all over the place. Some apple tartness, but this is driven home by an unexpected over-the-top carbonation. Fruity and spicy, just a bit out of whack.
12-05-2008 18:49:37 | More by magictrokini
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
Acquired via trade
(Aged 4+ years)
Hazed, pretty, dark orange. Moderately-sized bone-white head. Lined, irregular lacing left down the glass. Very pretty saison. Nothing to complain about here.
Very standard, but exceptionally well done aroma for a saison. Dried grass and just a bit of lemon peel character combine nicely with grain and earth.
Moderate bitterness, dried grasses, some faded but present lemon and citrus notes, along with traditional, bready grains. It all comes together nicely. This is marvelously drinkable.
Medium bodied with near-high carbonation.
Fantastic. Excellent with food or on its own.
05-16-2013 23:20:23 | More by ehammond1
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
Thanks to thedominator for the nice extra in our recent trade!
Served cool into my Watou glass, Boulevard's Saison has a hazy golden yellow-orange color with thin, short-lived head.
Aroma is mild but pleasant with light tropical fruit, faint lemon citrus, and some spice.
The same can be said of the flavor. It's not nearly as potent as their Saison Brett but it's still a good version of the style. The fruit basket thing comes through here too but the pepper is more pronounced in the flavor than the nose.
Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with lower than average carbonation for a saison, which I enjoy. It has some good sweetness but finishes pretty dry. It's relatively low in alcohol which makes it very easy-drinking, especially on a warm summer day like today.
Overall a really nice saison. It makes me wonder why it's now retired.
08-08-2010 01:09:06 | More by GilGarp
3.95/5 rDev -1.5%
Big thanks to Jw347 for sending this one my way in a box from the gods.
Pours a nice slightly cloudy yellowy/light orange color with a stark white head that retains pretty well. Big bubbles. Leaves good lacing.
Nose is a bit dull, but not bad. Some slight funk, mostly belgian yeast, a bit of a soapy kind of sugar in the nose too. Some spice.
Taste is pretty good. Belgian yeast and grain with a good light fruit flavor. More of a mushy kind of light fruit profile. The spice is more subdued in the taste than the nose implied. A good dry finish, but could be much drier.
Mouthfeel is akwardly undercarbonated here, kind of slick in the mouth. Not bad, but just not quite right.
Drinkability is solid, but this one is a low abv brew. I wish it was a touch more carbonated.
Overall a good offering, but there are better saisons out there for sure. Certainly an enjoyable brew, and not a bad shot at the style, just nothing amazing. It needs a little more carbonation, some more funky barnyardy action, and a bit more dryness on the finish. As I said though, an enjoyable brew.
01-09-2009 01:37:54 | More by AKBelgianBeast
4.4/5 rDev +9.7%
Batch Number S8228.
It pours to a misty saffron topped with a thick, stick puff of bone colored suds.
It noses of lemon poppyseed muffins, hay, cereal, apricots, and grapefruit. There is definitely an American edge to the hopping.
It begins in the mouth with a parched notion of soup crackers and hay. It sweetens- just a touch at first- with flaked maize and rock candy. It grows gradually fruitier, with a prolonged stop at lemon. Around this time, the yeast adds subtle phenols of peppercorn and sage. Hops come in assertively, toting dry grassiness, juicier pineapple and apricots, and a drop of wintergreen oiliness. Most of the complexity is hop-derived.
Medium bodied with a tautness that is partially belied by the steady, moderate carbonation. The texture is fleecy and rich, yet the brisk hops closure demands additional sips.
This is one of, if not THE best American Saisons I've had. And it is certainly American in nature.
11-15-2008 03:54:23 | More by cokes
3.88/5 rDev -3.2%
Fresh bottle brought by the brewery to Cole's, on the way to Cooperstown. Above average carbonation, certainly the Brett gives the base an added dimension of drinkability. A very good example of an American style saison, bolder spice taste.A but drying in the finish.
08-01-2008 21:12:42 | More by Sammy
4.18/5 rDev +4.2%
Obtained in trade from JosephLondon (thanks!). Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip glass. Smokestack Series #4, batch "S8228."
Lightly hazy amber liquid with bright golden highlights. Off-white, very tall (settling to three fingers), rocky merengue-like head with puffy aerated lacing.
Slightly grainy aroma; wheat, corn, and hay with lots of citrus (Amarillo hops?) and a bit of pleasant funk. Hints of cotton candy and coconut. Very simple, but pleasant.
Lemon, lime, and a tropical fruit - papaya or pineapple (as suggested by the brewer's notes) - and quenching light malt on the palate, with notes of pepper, sourdough, and moderate hops coming later. Nice dry finish.
Mouthfeel is creamy but still fairly light-bodied, and offers excellent effervescence combined with a lush acidity.
This is one of the most balanced domestic saisons I've had, but it seems to be missing a bit of "barnyard" complexity displayed by the best Belgian versions. Looking forward to trying Saison-Brett for comparison.
10-16-2009 23:40:18 | More by augustgarage
4.18/5 rDev +4.2%
Split a big bottle of this with my buddy Chad at the Brewhaus.
A - Murky lemon yellow with a giant crisp white head. The head looks really nice and shows excellent retention, and tons of really crusty lace sticks to the glass. This one almost seems to glow from within the depths of it's murky sunshine hue. Good lookin' brew.
S - Sharp lemon twang and yeasty funk hit the nose right off the bat. This is lemony almost to the point of witbier territory, and I can appreciate some level of spice too. There are some really peppery and spicy hops in the nose that make this more complex as it warms up a bit.
T - Nice crusty bread malt flavors and tangy hops make this an extremely fresh tasting brew. Vanilla, lemon chiffon, lemon rind, nutmeg, and white pepper make up the flavor profile.
M - On the lighter side of medium bodied, the carbonation makes this seem almost fluffy in the mouth. Crisp and clean with a tart but neutral finish. This is the textbook definition of fresh and clean. Like crisp linen that has been hung out to dry on a fine spring day.
D - Killer. Saisons are always eminently drinkable, and this one doesn't disappoint. Chad and I took out this 750ml bottle far too quickly, but since it was midnight, rainy, and I was on the scooter we passed on a second bottle. I've only had two or three saisons, and while this isn't up to the level of the amazing Saison DuPont, it is a damn fine beer in it's own right.
08-29-2008 14:04:40 | More by pmcadamis
3.83/5 rDev -4.5%
Beautiful labels, with an impressionist style painting which looks very rustic, and inviting. The bottle reads batch number S8228, which doesn't help me much, as I couldn't find anywhere on their website to get information about my bottle. At any rate, the review:
A: Sunny, golden color, topped by a long lasting foamy white head. Steady streams of carbonation ascend.
S: Yeasty, peppery, and peach in the nose.
T: Pepper spiciness, yeasty earthiness, and a semi-sweet fruitiness that I can't identify. It's not the peach from the nose, but that's about all I can say. I'm still getting acquainted with the Saison style, and I have had a somewhat difficult time identifying some of the more subtle flavors. I do know that I quite like the style, and furthermore, I really like this example.
M: Medium bodied, with a high level of carbonation. A somewhat dry finish. Very refreshing.
D: Quite high level of drinkability for me. The low alcohol level, combined with what I imagine to be a fantastic pairing with food, make this an ideal beer for me to keep in my rotation. As the first Boulevard offering I've sampled, this has impressed me, and I will assuredly try more of their beer, Smokestack Series, and otherwise.
Thank you for coming to Wisconsin, Boulevard. You will be appreciated here!
12-09-2008 03:47:19 | More by dancinwillie
4.3/5 rDev +7.2%
Batch #S7332. Poured from a longstanding bottle that sat for at least three months, the yeast was nicely settled and the initial glass was crystal clear. I could see my fingerprints through the wide tulip glass! A second pour was only a touch more hazy, and it wasn't until almost the end of the third pour that the lees were disturbed. That was totally acceptable as well, and upon tasting it, the yeast seems to help soften the spiciness a bit, so don't worry if you pick up a bottle and can't wait to dig in.
The body was a golden-brass with an orange cast. Tiny effervescent bubbles raced towards the surface. The frothy white head slowly settled to a short, densely creamy cap, and then eventually eroded to a thin lid midway through the glass, leaving behind it massive walls of sticky lace.
The aroma is peppery, spicy, yeasty, clove-like, and sweetish.
In the mouth it's medium-full in body, and the natural carbonation leaves it initially delicately zesty, but then it warms immediately to become cottony soft and smooth.
The flavor is as the aroma suggests, with it's peppery spice and clove swirling within a straightforwardly grainy, sweetish malt that's backed by a bracing bitterness. Candy notes (sugar, clove, vanilla) are present as well, and there's some apple and banana on the tip of the tongue. Maybe even some pear. As might be expected, it finishes dry and spicy with a quick spritz of alcohol, and lingers with dull residual bitterness and spice. As it warms it becomes more complex, and exhibits notes of honey, chalky citrus rind, ginger, and some mineralish/earthy notes.
Overall it's a pretty solid saison. Two thumbs up. I'd like to see more fruitiness to it, and perhaps a little bit less pepper, but that goes to personal taste (and yeast choice). And I can't argue with the balance. It's quite drinkable!
03-08-2009 01:21:16 | More by NeroFiddled
4.13/5 rDev +3%
Poured from the corked 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is straw-colored and just a touch cloudy, with a nice, light carbonation rising from the bottom. A couple of fingers worth of creamy, bright white head that could hold a matchstick even ten minutes after the pour.
Aroma of light, sweet malt, a whiff of coriander and green apple, and a very mild mineral character from the yeast. Palate is delicate, with lightly sweet, bready malt accented by a touch of candi sugar up front. Notes of green apple and light coriander spice lead into a mildly bitter finish with a good dose of citrus hops.
Body is light and creamy, very well carbonated. Finish is a little dry and just a bit chalky. This is a highly drinkable beer, nice and light on the palate and easy on the finish. While not as complex as most true Belgian saisons, this is a good American interpretation of the style.
03-02-2010 05:45:49 | More by ElGordo
4.15/5 rDev +3.5%
750ml bottle, steve's on university. the appearance of boulevard on the shelves here was a nice surprise
opened during some early nfl action
appearance: poured into a hopleaf tulip...bright golden-straw body, clear and shiny. nice frothy white cap with strong retention
smell: yeast, white pepper, lemon peel, white peach...fresh zesty aromas - nice standard saison
taste: this saison is super creamy and coating - lots of corriander and white pepper compiment the bold yeast punch, fresh citrus, pine, peach, lemon peel. A little light on relentless funk but a nice easy drinking saison
mouthfeel: lively and smooth, very creamy
11-23-2008 20:40:02 | More by dirtylou
4.13/5 rDev +3%
Thanks to JosephLondon for the bottle. I'm very appreciative of the bottle since it's now retired. I had no idea.
Saison pours a light gold color. It's very hazy, and looks straw and yellowish when held to light. A soft, white head sits on top. It easily rises to two fingers in depth. Retention was on the shorter side. Lacing was sticky, and a little heavier than expected.
The nose is quite good. It's very earthy, and a little grainy. There's a bit of a musky scent, but there's no hint of Brett in this release. Lemon is nice and strong. It adds a very refreshing vibe to the overall smell. I like that. Hops are relatively strong. Wasn't expecting that, but I like it. I don't know what variation they are, but they smell like some form of noble hops. Alcohol is buried. Nicely done.
The flavor is impressive, as well. It's a little sweet and fruity up front. Lemon seems to be the primary focus. It's earthy throughout, with a strong, grainy presence. I'm not getting much musk here, and definitely no funk. Yeast is much more noticeable here. It does have a nice Belgian flavor. Hops add much to the mix. They're definitely a noble hop. Not sure which one. They liven up the flavor a lot. Clove and pepper spices round out the flavor. Alcohol is not noticeable. It finishes crisp and very refreshing.
Saison has a light body that leans medium. It's nice and smooth, but would improve if it were more substantial. Drinkability is very high. The flavor is good and it goes down super easy. I like how crisp it is. This would be fantastic on a hot day.
It's a shame that Boulevard is no longer brewing Saison. This is impressive stuff, and is certainly a positive in the Smokestack Series. It's not quite as refined as some of the best Saisons out there, but it's a very impressive American release. Very few non-Belgian Saisons are this good. If you run across a bottle out there somewhere, definitely pick it up.
04-30-2010 01:26:34 | More by prototypic
4.45/5 rDev +11%
Found this one in the good 'ol Springfield, IL. Nice looking 750 ml bottle, corked and everything. Apparently, this particular one was part of batch # S8093. Here's hoping...
A: Nice hazy, almost straw color. A little bit of yeast, but certainly not opaque.
S: Light, bready yeast, as well as citrus and spice. Orange, faint lemons, coriander, just a touch of clove for good measure. Wonderful aromas.
T: Full flavored. The same spices and fruits as before, as well as a bit of peppery pineapple. Some wheat malt and yeast also present. Great range of flavors yet still quite subtle. Very nice indeed.
M: Nice and light, yet silky smooth. Fantastic malt backbone with just enough hops to wash it down nice and clean, with a sweet, almost medicinal and yeasty aftertaste. Pleasant, but was not expecting it to linger as long as it did.
D: Nice and smooth, leaves me wanting another sip. Need I say more?
An absolutely fantastic offering from Boulevard! It's nice to see a Midwestern brewery tackle an (in America) up and coming style. This is my first sampling of the Smokestack series, and I can't wait to try the next one. Will definitely be buying this again. Bravo!
12-02-2008 10:02:38 | More by PirateUlf73
4.08/5 rDev +1.7%
Picked up a 750ml from Princeton Liquors for $9. Split it with friends on a sunny afternoon and couldn't think of many beers that would have been better. It poured with a large white head of tiny bubbles and had great retention. The body was light and very drinkable, while the flavor remained complex. There was a delicious peppery citrus finishing hop, while mild vanilla, toasted French bread, and orange juice took over the flavor. A little more spice came out in the aroma, leaving no doubt this was a fine Belgian ale. My hat is off to Boulevard on this beer.
05-19-2009 23:03:48 | More by tempest
Saison from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.