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Saison - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

275 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 14
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rio on 03-01-2005)
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good Saison. So far I have been pretty impressed with the Smokestack series.

This beer pours to a fairly hazy golden color with a peachy hue. Lots of carbonation going on here, though this is likely enhanced by the fact that this was poured into a Duvel glass with a laser etched agitator on the bottom. The head is a few fingers high and very fine and creamy. Good retention and a thick lacing that hangs on to the side of the glass resembling sheep's wool.

The smell is great. Obviously uses a fair bit of wheat. Just a subtle hay and barnyard funk, but not as much as a more traditional Saison (Fantome, Dupont, or Avec Les Bons Voeux). A bright and pleasant fruitiness. Just a hint of soapiness. Perhaps some more peppery spice would really set this one off as something special. As it is, it's better than I expected from Boulevard, even considering how much I enjoyed the last Smokestack I had (Double Wide IPA).

The taste is good. Very similar profile to the nose, though the earthy funk and spice is a little more in-your-face, which is a good thing. That being said, it doesn't taste moldy and overly funky like some Saisons can be. Good balance in that respect. Quite hoppy for the style, packing a bitter punch in the finish. Dry doughy finish with some yeasty clove notes. Perhaps even a hint of coriander. Good touch, though maybe slightly more aroma and slightly less bittering hops would make for better balance. I quite like it, however.

The body is fairly thin and dry with a very crisp carbonation, which also helps to set off the bitterness a bit. The alcohol cannot be detected, but nonetheless I was a bit surprised to see this was only 6.2% ABV. Easy to drink. Well done, Boulevard.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 04:20:43 | More by neonbrown82
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Saison from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.