Saison - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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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
3.86/5 rDev -3.7%
Big thanks to yourefragile for sharing this one. Served in a Boulevard Smokestack cervoise. Pours a clear medium golden cot with a nice white head. Plenty of sticky lacing and a nice cap.
Nose has some light grains and faint pepper. A bit oxidized, but still nice. Just a touch of very light fruit in the background. Flavor adds in some semi-sweet grains and light straw. Moderate bitterness and a very crisp body. Light spice through the finish.
Probably a bit muted compared to its prime, but still quite enjoyable and easy drinking.
01-21-2013 00:42:07 | More by Thorpe429
4.35/5 rDev +8.5%
Golden Delicious apple peel with lemonade colored trim. The alabaster colored crown would make most Belgian saisons proud. Persistence is fantastic, thanks to an impressive amount of effervescent carbonation. Even without waiting to see what the lace looks like (great!), this is lovely beer.
The nose gets it done in fine fashion. Grassy and lemony Saaz hops dominate... at least it smells like Saaz. One source said that Amarillo hops are used, but I don't get that at all. A modest amount of clove-like spiciness is present as well.
Saison is yet another winner from Boulevard's Smokestack Series. It occurs to me that this is what Great Lakes Grassroots Ale should taste like, instead of the overspiced mediocrity that they ended up releasing. Even though it isn't as good, this ale reminds me of Saison Dupont. Maybe they used the same yeast.
Regarding grains, pale malt, wheat and corn impart minimal flavor and minimal sweetness. The flavor profile focuses on hops and yeast, which is as it should be. Although depth and complexity are a little lacking, Saison is delicious, incredibly drinkable and refreshing beer. Flavors include crackery malt, lemon zest, meadow grasses, clove and white pepper. The finish is borderline crisp and drying. It looks like 4.5 is an appropriate taste score after all.
The mouthfeel falls just short of greatness. It's light and sparkly (which is fine), but it doesn't have the same creamy voluminousness as the world's best versions. It's close, though. Very close.
This offering is at least as good as Long Strange Tripel among the Smokestack Series of beers. The highest compliment I can pay is that Saison looks, smells, tastes, feels and drinks like a well-brewed Belgian saison. The fact that it's available any time I have the urge makes me very happy indeed.
07-17-2009 21:22:46 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.18/5 rDev +4.2%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a one finger head that leaves a sheet of lace
Smell: Herbacious and grassy, with a hint of citrus
Taste: Herbacious and peppery from the outset, with citrus undertones; by mid-palate, the spicy pepper and coriander flavors raise several notches and dominate the finish, although there is a subtle yeasty flavor underneath
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with buoyant carbonation
Drinkability: Lovely and emjoyable with a nice range of flavors
06-17-2009 01:28:20 | More by brentk56
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
Another new boulevard I was able to try over the last week. This one was served chilled and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 02/07/2010.
The pour was very good for the style. Nice light, golden amber in color with a good sized head of white creeping up and over the top of the glass. Settling down gently we are left with some decent side glass lace and a nice rocky and cratered top. Aroma is light, earthy with nice notes of grain and hints of clove and banana. Warming brings out touches of pears, a light bit of peach and a nice peppery aroma that seems to pick up as it warms. Soft and subtle carbonation lead the way here, really just nicely done I have to admit. Perfect balance between the light body and the warm, subtle nature of the saison. Nice dry finish is loaded down with light fruit notes and a subtle and easy warming leaves it all but forgotten after a few moments.
In a world of big one offs and huge style differences this was a welcome change. I really enjoyed the warmth and easy drinking nature a high recommendation.
02-09-2010 01:09:06 | More by mikesgroove
4.4/5 rDev +9.7%
The beer pours a lemon-yellow color with medium haze. Stark white foam forms a billowing head that quickly topples the glass. Lots of lacing all the while.
Sharp, tart, and acidic aromas of lemons, under ripened berries, crab apples, and pears fill the nose with a slim pilsner malt base lying beneath. Dusty and lightly spiced for true Belgian fingerprints.
Flavors are more tart and fruit driven than what the nose reveals. Very dry, peppery, sharp, and lightly pungent. Hop flavor is earthy, herbal, and pungent as well. Much like Duvel but with more hop emphasis.
Dry to the point that the beer leaps off of the palate and evaporates completely well before the finish. Airy, spicy, and powdery, this beer is effortless to drink. Rising hop bitterness returns in the aftertaste and helps to keep the beer clean and crisp.
The beer is much to dry to be a classic Saison, but personally I prefer this 'Duvel'-ish character more than sweeter Belgian Ales.
10-08-2009 01:23:30 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev -0.2%
Bottle: Poured a hazy shiny blonde color ale with a huge pure white foamy head with good retention and even some lacing. Aroma consists of fruity and light funky ester with a solid floral malt backbone. Taste is also a well balanced mix between some floral malt with some light fruity ester and a somewhat yeasty spicy finish. Full body with some great carbonation and no alcohol could be detected. Very well done and another winner from a brewery that I would like to taste more beers from.
10-30-2008 13:27:11 | More by Phyl21ca
3.73/5 rDev -7%
Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale yellow body with a small, white head.
Smell: Aroma of pale malts and wheat charged with notes of dull citrus, a slice of multi-grain bread, dried flowers, rustic spices, and grass.
Taste: Pale malts and wheat malt with a touch of sweetness. Some spices, some dustiness. Faint hint of banana. Floral, grassy taste. Mild bitterness. Citrusy, semi-dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Fairly refreshing and easy to drink. Not a bad lil' saison.
05-14-2008 18:39:09 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.25/5 rDev +6%
Bottle from Rudy's in LaSalle, IL.
Review from notes.
Vivid orange, rapid carbonation trails, with intricate and sticky lacing. Constant foam, good retention on the whole. Strong cannabis and tangerine aromas, wheat, pepper, and dried orange peel. Complex and pungent nose, a strong suit of this Saison.
Banana, pepper again, lingering herbal sage, noble hop bitterness, crackery dry pilsner malt. Clean and dry feel, not overly spicy. Full effervescence, crisp and snappy. A very quenching and summery brew, perfect with an artisanal cheese. Stock up on this for spring and summer!
01-30-2009 02:08:30 | More by emerge077
4.2/5 rDev +4.7%
Batch # S727
A - Poured out a cloudy, orage/gold color with a small, white, head that left no lace.
S - It smelled of sweetness and light caramel malt. Also, a very fruity aroma.
T - It tasted very sweet and slightly bitter. It had a light caramel maltiness and was somewhat spicy.
M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.
D - This is an outstanding saison. Very smooth and very drinkable.
03-15-2008 03:35:48 | More by zeff80
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
4.22/5 rDev +5.2%
Picked this up in Wichita
Pours an effervescent gold with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Hazes as the bottle drains, good head retention & lacing
S: Appleskins & citrus hops, plus some pear & apricots as this warms
T: Appleskins, grapefruit, & phenols up front. Lemony hops & grapeskins, white pepper, pineapple, pears, a touch of booze & honey are there as this warms. Finishes with a touch of booze, grapefruitty hops & honey dryness
MF: Light/medium bodied with spritzy carbonation, skews hoppy
Drinks pretty good, but a 750 ml bottle was plenty for me. Saisons are not one of my favorite styles, but this one is pretty good. This is as good as most Belgian saisons I've tried
07-08-2008 04:12:15 | More by russpowell
4.45/5 rDev +11%
Bright hazy, straw yellow hue...huge head, enormous pillowy white...gorgeous stuff.
spot on smell of it, too...spice aplenty, fresh and lively lemon zest below. Delicate, yet vivacious. Lovely, ...
Tasting it...is heaven. Creamy. Soft. Sensuous. Amazingly light, uplifting, and astoundingly delicious. Incredible. Citrus fruit still is at play. Yeast and lush, yet sensitive malt adds to the delight. A lot going on here, but terrifically digestible.
This is a great acheivement among saisons, one of the best I've had from American craft brewers. This would go great with vegetables and fish, pasta, too, but nothing too spicy.
It's fun to find others in this style that give greater spice or more exotic fruit character, more intriquing twists, etc, but for downright refreshment, and rock-solid, classic smooth saison drinking, this hits the spot!
10-31-2008 10:30:07 | More by feloniousmonk
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
3.23/5 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
4.13/5 rDev +3%
Thanks to hwwty4 for this!
750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into wide-mouth glass, as suggested on the label:
Pours hazed/clouded golden yellow with a rich head that lasts most of duration before becoming wispy and leaves trailing lacing sticking to the glass.
The smell is fruity - lemon, orange peel and some banana - with a tang. There's a bready, grassy/barnyardy funk touch.
The taste is sweet becoming tart fruitiness finishing with an herbal dryness. Fruity and bready with a touch of honey/graininess and grassiness throughout. There's a hint of black peppery alcohol in the aftertaste.
It is effervescent, creamy and fuller end of light-bodied.
Thirst quenching and fruity - but not overly fruity. Nice earthy/barnyardy funky touch. This is a well-made, refreshing saison. Especially nice for a brewery that doesn't really specialize in Belgian-style beers. They nailed the style nicely. An enjoyable saison, to say the least!
12-31-2009 20:30:09 | More by jwc215
4.15/5 rDev +3.5%
Batch # S8053; Sampled June 2008
This is well carbonated as a soft pour still produces a four-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet Tulip glass. The beer is a hazy, straw color that shows more of the same with perhaps a touch of an orange tint to it when held up to the light. The aroma is spicy / hoppy with grassy hop notes, lemon zest, woody pepper, a slight musty woody spiciness, a touch of herbal honey, young ginger, a phenolic mix of clove and light plastic, a touch of orange blossom and just a nice herbal quality. Lots of pale malt character is noticeable in the nose as well; like fresh crushed malt, I get aromas of saltine crackers, a whole grain earthiness and an appetizing fresh bread character. This has a really vibrant nose; it is amply hopped and this pairs quite nicely with the malt and fermentation profile.
Peppery carbonation adds quite a pep to this beer. It still has a soft, pale-malt sweetness to it that is fairly light. This finishes with a deep, biting bitterness that lingers on in the palate along with some orange blossom notes. This has a perfect texture and heft to it for a Saison; nice and light, eminently quaffable, yet it has a slight, creamy viscousness to it such that it is not at all watery. Herbal hop notes provide flavors of pine, a touch of menthol and a light, zesty, green herbal / weed-like note (the last is the best I can do in words). Cracker like malt, a nice fresh dough note and light biscuit notes round out the malt / grain character of this beer. This also has a dry mineral-like quality to it as well as a substantial, underlying fruitiness that is reminiscent of Sauvignon Blanc grapes and slightly under-ripe pears.
Perhaps not an earth-shattering Saison, but damn, this is most definitely hitting the spot right now. It is so easy for me to plow through my 750ml bottle. This makes me want the Brett version that much more. A fantastic Saison, one which I would love to be a locally available beer. And there it is, before I know it my bottle of this beer has disappeared.
06-27-2008 02:12:00 | More by Gueuzedude
3.75/5 rDev -6.5%
750 mL bottle, opened while the Angels are in Kansas City for a 3 game set with the Royals, coincidence?
A: Pours a very hazy and bright yellow with a fizzy, but full pillowy white head. Very good head retention, minor lace.
S: White pepper, sourdough bread, grain husks.
T: Very heavy on the white pepper, spice and grassy hops, tons of yeast as well. I got some more malt and a lot of lemon mid-palate, some fruiter tastes come in as it finishes. Too astringently bitter at times for me though.
M: Spritzy, rather light-bodied for a saison, a hair too much carbonation, refreshing though.
D: A saison that is not too high in alcohol, this went quite well with the 100 degree weather. A provisional beer for late summer.
09-06-2009 20:14:28 | More by Halcyondays
Saison from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.