Saison - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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4.9/5 rDev +22.2%
Very yellow straw color, kind of cloudy. Smells wonderful, I didnt think there was wheat in this, but I swear I smell wheat, and the hops are very strong. Its like a mix between smelling a wheat beer and a pale ale.
Taste: Beautiful malt taste, a lot like a wheat beer, but without the wheat. A really strong but not too bitter hop taste, much less I guess than an IPA. The hops really hit on the end of it, with a fruity almost orange flavor at first.
A little more carbonated than most ales, but still very nice.
Would drink again, & I know where I can buy more of these!
02-22-2009 07:17:16 | More by acelin
4.9/5 rDev +22.2%
Drank from a 750 ml/1 pint, 9.4 fluid ounce bottle
Batch number: S8254
Served in a tulip
The beer poured a near crystal clear, straw yellow color with an impressive bright white, super foamy and bubbly, three-finger head. Eventually the head faded to a thick dollup of froth. Huge chunks of lacing stuck all along the glass.
The aroma was signature saison, except on steroids. Crisp and fresh with a powdery, distinctly Belgian yeast note. Citrusy and slightly herbal. Grassy, saaz style hops were also noticeable. A hint of funkiness came through as well.
The taste was quite similar to the aroma. Remarkably crisp and smooth. Citrusy with strong notes of clove, coriander and orange peel. Semi-sweet and tangy. Slightly musty. Spicy and peppery in the center. The ultra-clean finish was crisp, smooth and quite lemony with just a kiss of grassy, earthy hops for balance. A gentle warming from the alcohol appeared as the beer opened up.
The mouthfeel was spot-on for the style. Silky smooth with a crisp, lively, velvety, Champagne-like effervescence. Light and sprightly yet not at all airy on the palate.
Drinkabilitry was simply off the charts. Not only was this beer amazingly smooth and refreshing, but it was packed to the brim with flavor. I could drink this all day long and not get tired of it.
I have sampled both the Saison and the Saison-Brett by Boulevard and I definitely prefer the former. The Saison may not be one of the most exciting beers I have ever tried, yet it is definitely one of the most well made. In fact, I found this beer to be nearly flawless in every sense. While many may disagree, I feel this is the new benchmark for the style.
12-06-2009 22:44:10 | More by Damian
4.78/5 rDev +19.2%
Big thanks to Mora2000 for this brew.
A - Pours an orange-yellow hue, with a decent white head that settles into a thin wispy cap, not much lace.
S - The aroma is lemony-bready-yeasty and absolutely delicious. This would be just as well classified as a (phenomenal) BSPA or Tripel.
T - I am stoked to have another bottle stashed away, because this is drinking so good right now. Again, I feel like it is quite similar to a BSPA or Tripel. Not terribly complex, and not fodder for a plethora of superlatives, but it is as enjoyable as it gets. It is so unbelievably hot today, here in Florida; no beer could've suited me better than this one.
M - Awesome. It achieves a delicate balance between bright effervescence and expansive creaminess, which is right-on for a Belgian pale style brew.
D - I really love this beer. It is such a shame that it was phased out in favor of the vastly inferior Tank 7.
07-26-2010 01:54:24 | More by ktrillionaire
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
4.7/5 rDev +17.2%
Obtained on my recent visit to Seattle of all places.
Pours a beautiful straw color with outstanding rocky head.
Lemon, coriander, floral, and absolutely perfect nose. So beautiful.
Starts with bright bready flavors then you are hit with a tonne of lemon peel and pulp. The graininess reappears and the the finish is bracing and bone dry. The subtleties in flavor are enumerable and hard to describe.
What a treat on the hottest day of the year here in Central PA such a thirst quencher with phenomenal complexity. Beautiful beer and the best I've had in a long while. Highly recommended.
08-11-2009 01:28:05 | More by bosco7
4.68/5 rDev +16.7%
750ml corked bottle in tulip
Aroma- sweet fruit, ripe apple and pear. malty sweet and simple. spicy "saaz" hop aroma. delicate clean hops and malt. some funk, mellow.
App- large white creamy foam. 1" foam stays awhile. clear. golden in color
Taste- spicy (high carb at first). sweet pils, hops (spicy as well), funky. sweet but dry finish. hoppy and resinous but balanced. coriander, ginger but subtle. complex malt- wheat/bready and delicate. refreshing acids ad subtle funk but very clean. some citrus.
Mouth- high carb. dry. some alc in throat. resinous. creamy.
Overall- really good, but not as refined as it could be. best american example of saison. compares to saison dupont (I opened a saison dupont after finishing this beer)
01-31-2010 07:19:46 | More by hobojon
4.68/5 rDev +16.7%
Well I bought all the remaining bottles of this stuff because I like it so much. Will trade a few and age a few more.
Looks very nice. Careful pour still left an ample, two finger head that lasted, eventually dissipating into about a quarter inch layer, thick and white. The color is golden yellow and the clarity is slightly partly cloudy, expected for a bottle conditioned ale. Really this one looked great in the glass and thus I rated it highly.
Smells spicy, some nice hops, sweet grainy and grass smells, a bit of fruit, and some indistinct but noticeable citrus. A bit underwhelming tho, even as it warmed, it didn't ever really wow me with the scent.
This one was really excellent in every way. Cold, it was slammingly good, almost malt liquor like poundability (tho of course I did not drink it that way). The moderate alcohol makes it oh so drinkable. As it warmed, the flavors only increased as the character changed slowly over the life of the beer. It was great, delicious cold, and better as it warmed.
The taste is definitely a 5, hands down. Spicey hops with sweet citrus, medium fruits, and grainy, wheaty malts made for a complex and delicious brew. There's perhaps just a touch of pepper and miscellaneous, indistinct spices too. (I like that in a beer). There's no alcohol taste or smell at all, the ABV is absolutely perfect IMO.
The mouthfeel is exceptional as well, another five. Smooth but tangy, thick but refreshing, very nice on the aftertaste and not at all overpowering or underwhelming in any way. It's quite carbonated, more so than most beers, but that's an asset in the case of this beautiful craft brew.
Drinkability: FIVE and a HALF! Damn, why did I discover this one when it's just been retired? It's got a bit of kick but doesn't overpower, leaves a pleasant aftertaste and goes down oh so smooth and delicious. I'm in love with this beer!
A class act beer all the way, in every way. Damn you Boulevard for replacing this with tank 7.
07-20-2010 22:30:36 | More by AlCaponeJunior
4.63/5 rDev +15.5%
Sampled this at the Boulevard brewery on a hot August day, it was ambrosia! Silky mouthfeel, poured like a champagne and was semi cloudy. Some fine ales have a "halo" type haze when looked at in the right light, this one had it. Everything was in perfect balance, the malt, citrus, some tartness. Since then I have purchased a couple 750 ml bottles and they have almost the same characteristics as the brewery draw, just not as "silky" in the mouth for some reason. Buy it with confidence!
01-01-2010 21:04:48 | More by 7thstreetbrewery
4.55/5 rDev +13.5%
Thanks raverjames for this one. My first beer trade!!
Looks great poured into a white wine glass. Very active carbonation, fluffy, white, and retentive chunky head. Huge gobs of lacing dress it up and make it look really prestigious. Nice pale golden in color. Clear pouring at the very top of the bottle.
This one certainly smells great. More like a traditional belgian saison in the nose, rather than an american style. Dry, fruity, white grapes, candy sugar, metallic hops, light buttery biscuit. The taste follows the aroma well. A little sweeter than I had expected, but bone dry. Bitter and watery at the very beginning then it blooms into a rich and complex beer. Tinny/copper hops dry out the tongue just before the light fruitiness comes out. The hops open up more and leave a little fading bitterness as the flavor subsides. I just want to keep taking sips. A little bit of hay/dirt builds up as the drink progresses. If it were just a little more subtle and bitter it would be a solid 5 in taste. Mouthfeel is perfect. Drinkability is also very good. I enjoy this beer a lot.
01-15-2009 23:42:07 | More by Rudgers73
4.5/5 rDev +12.2%
A - golden, slight haze, big fluffy white head, tons of carbonation streams, very lively, lot of lace sticks around on my goblet.
S - fresh lemons, dry, earthy, floral, peppery, smells great!
T - more of that earthiness, some gentle sweetness starts things off and rounds out the flavours, before finishing dry, love the lemony character, hopping is not overly agressive, herbal, and mostly just blends in and adds complexity, clean pepper, aftertaste is lingering dry lemon and herb
M - light and refreshing, high carbonation but still soft, finish is dry, but not overly so, alcohol is completely hidden
D - Wow, this is a kick ass saison!
I've been enjoying Boulevard beers for a few years now. And while I've had some pretty good ones, including the impressive Double Wide IPA, I still had my doubts as to how they would pull off a saison. This has all of the flavours I dig in a saison, really nice stuff, and they nailed all of the important characteristics (carbonation, body, dryness, hops) without overdoing any of them. I can't say anything bad about this beer, nor can I suggest any improvements. Spectacular!
05-18-2009 19:34:08 | More by markaberrant
4.5/5 rDev +12.2%
So glad I grabbed this from the splendid Neil St. Piccadilly. Two dense, pillowy fingers of white froth top a cloudy blond body; good duration and lacing. Good farmhouse aromas; this smells just as Saison should. The taste is top-notch--very smooth, lemony, creamy, light--really delicious.
The whole Smokestack series has been a fine achievement for Boulevard. Saison is no exception, a very tasty and enjoyable addition to the series. Highly recommended.
01-06-2009 20:43:01 | More by Gehrig
4.5/5 rDev +12.2%
Available on tap at the brewery only, and only then as an occasional 'test brew' offering. Poured a nice golden color, with good head of tiny, off-white bubbles that persisted for a while before fading away to a thin layer across the surface. Some carbonation was visible, but the beer's nice, hazy appearance made it a little harder to see much carbonation.
Grainy aroma, with a bit of a sweet smell, like honey, and a citrusy smell mixed with a bit of a spiciness hanging in the back. A soft malty base to the taste, somewhat reminicent of bread or pie dough, with a bit of a wheat flavor to it. The citrus flavor seemed to take center stage to me, a good flavor of orange (I believe our tour guide identified one of the ingredients at orange peal), with a subtle spiciness to it. Moderate hop bite towards the end. Nice, full mouthfeel, and very crisp.
An excellent brew, and one they've toyed with before. Once they get the new brewery up and running, I hope this gets considered for a full-line beer. I do plan to hit the brewery to try this one again, though.
03-01-2005 17:40:32 | More by Rio
4.5/5 rDev +12.2%
Received as an extra in a trade from timbro81. Thank you!!!
750ml cage and corked bottle.
A: not an overwhelming amount of head considering the vigor of the pour, actually just over 1 finger's worth. perfect! it's a medium heavy snow white head muddled with bubbles. color is a golden straw color, slightly opaque but with visible carbonation. spotty wet lacing that marbles the glass all the way around.
S: typical "saison" grassy smell, mixed with a variety of peppery spices, with a slightly buttery yet sour citrus aroma topped off by the characteristic yeasty smell which is only mildly phenolic.
T&M: nice and crisp and refreshing especially on this HOT 95F Seattle day. carbonation is dead on. The taste is a wonderful collaboration of citrus, lightly hopped with a dry yeast profile and a peppery spicing that has a somewhat grassy sourness as an aftertaste. this just rocks my mouth on this crazy hot summer day!
D: ABV is unknown to BA but the bottle states 6.2%. I'm actually sitting here wondering how I could rate this beer any less than 5 for drinkability and nothing's coming to me. For the style of beer this is, it's perfectly drinkable and redrinkable....knock em back!
06-29-2008 03:23:32 | More by julian
4.47/5 rDev +11.5%
sampled may 24/08 as part of biegaman's annual summer saison tasting, with a mix of BA/RB represented. i contributed this one, which i got from bort11 as part of the Brews N Tunes 3 BIF. thanks tim!
750ml bottle, corked and caged. batch S72.
pours golden yellow with a big white head. the head drops slowly and leaves spotty lace.
aroma is great. light caramel. floral. light spice. bread and crackers. orange peel. light alcohol. just a bit perfumey, but not enough to turn me off to it.
taste is great. really like this one. orange peel. corriander. flowers, but not too perfumey. low bitterness level. bit of alcohol. bread and crackers. bit of lemon and grapefruit. the spice is subdued, not in your face, and i really appreciate and enjoy that.
mouthfeel is great. medium carbonation level. just under medium body with a nice dry finish.
drinkability is great. nicely balanced. not too spicy or perfumey. great balance of all the elements. a great example of the style. i must find more of this one. thanks tim!
05-28-2008 19:29:43 | More by grub
4.47/5 rDev +11.5%
Pours a lightly hazy straw topped by a large, creamy white head.
Aromas of light, clean citrus on the nose, surprisingly hoppy. This was tasted alongside six or seven other saisons, and the hoppiness became even more apparent when compared to the other offerings.
Very light on the palate, smooth and rounded and almost--almost--watery. Flavors of lemon peel and earthy pepper. Manages, however, to stay perfectly thin and quaffable, though not quite quenching.
A good saison, though I'm not terribly disappointed that Boulevard will be replacing this with Tank 7.
Re-reviewed 07.16.2010. Batch Number S7332
Very exuberant pop upon uncorking, with the cork flying across the room. Oops. Pours a hazy golden straw topped by a large foamy white head with good staying power. Very lively. Clears up eventually, becoming very bright.
Aromas of lemon peel, herbs, spice (coriander?), and sweet grain. Sweet on the whole but with an undercurrent of must.
On the palate this is surprisingly dry. There's some sweet fruit up front, followed briefly by juicy caramel, and then the beer seems to disappear with a quick, short, dry finish. Much more rustic than the nose suggests. The second time I've had this, but I'm surprised how good it is. My saison experience is limited, but this is closest to what I think a saison should be. Tasty, quenching, and I'd imagine somewhat restorative.
Medium to full bodied, firm and dense but sprightly carbonated. I can't seem to put this down.
08-28-2011 19:35:25 | More by wnh
4.47/5 rDev +11.5%
Pours a slightly hazy, pale yellow color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of lemon, tart malt, sweet malt, coriander, and some slight hops. So far, so good!. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with a very high carbonation level. Wow, even with the high carbonation this is more drinkable than I would have believed. Tastes of slight lemon, some sweet malt next, very slight hop background, and some coriander in the finish. Really smooth drinking and no dominate flavor, but instead a great mixture of flavors. This saison was not near as dry as I've come to expect. Overall, this was a great drinking beer for the style and definitely worth a try.
03-19-2009 03:03:24 | More by Tone
4.47/5 rDev +11.5%
750 ml corked and caged bottle.
Pours into a pilsener-type glass a rich golden color with an orange tinge and a luxurious white, fluffy head that clumps and sticks all over the glass.
Yeast derived spice (clove and coriander) and tropical fruit jump out on the nose along with some hop spice.
The taste is where this beer really stands out. Tropical fruits and peppery spice and a nice earthy element take center stage. Spicy hops and cork round it out. It has some of the earthy elements that wild yeast often contribute, but I know this beer has developed these on its own without their aid. Rustic is a word that really describes it well. The finish is properly dry with some rounding bitterness.
I really love this beer. It's the closest to the classic Belgian examples (like Saison Dupont) that I've found stateside. I know others favor the bigger, bolder, higher ABV examples these days, but I like that this one stays in line with the original intention of this beer style, which is refreshing, drying, and farmhouse-esque. I've heard it's being replaced with the Tank 7, which is a travesty in my opinion, but the majority has spoken. This one will be sorely missed by me.
01-05-2010 22:10:30 | More by bump8628
4.47/5 rDev +11.5%
Hazy looking vanilla tinged yellow body. Pillowy white head. Lace is quite full and sticky. Great aroma of lemon peel, coriander and citrus. Also get nice smelling yeastiness. On the palate, this beer comes off at once as quite the refreshing and enjoyable beverage. Lots of stuff going on here: Earthy fruitiness, lemon zest, leather, cork, honeyed malts and cedar. Damp earth. Very complex. Body is medium. The beer feels light and active. This is really enjoyable.
06-04-2008 04:03:52 | More by Bighuge
4.47/5 rDev +11.5%
Pours a very clear golden color with a light nice big frothy 2 finger head. Color is much lighter than expected but still nice.
Aroma is nice: Slight yeast spiciness and mildly hoppy. Really fresh and zesty tasting with pepper and citrus aromas. The noble hop presence is stronger than a classic style but it's nice a nice American rendition.
Nice and well balanced flavors all around: nice lower sweetness, mild yeast spiciness, some lemony citrus , pepper, orange peel and subtle underneath of honey.
Feels great in the mouth. Soft, smooth and velvety. Carbonation is strong but layered enough to make it very quafable. A great all around drinking beer for savoring, quenching thirst and generally drinking any day.
01-31-2009 04:20:28 | More by NoLiberty
Saison from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.