Saison - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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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
4.5/5 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
4.15/5 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
4.35/5 rDev +8.5%
POured from 750ml bottle corked and caged bottle( Thanks mreusch) into a New Belgium snifter. Poured a hazy golden yellow color with a thick white sticky head. Smell is lemon zest with a slight medicinal and floral aspect and little yeasty feel. Taste is more citrus with a light ether earth feel, also picked out some spice. Real light body with a dry clean aftertaste, the carbonation is fairly moderate. Really easy drinking beer that is easy to pair with food and the hot summer weather.
06-22-2008 08:23:15 | More by sfoley333
4.33/5 rDev +8%
Had a heck of a time getting the cork out of the bottle. I couldn't twist it at all with my hands. I had to grip it in my teeth and twist the bottle. But after it popped (and some foam spilled out), I poured it into a Duvel glass. The color is a bright gold, with a fair amount of cloudiness. The tall head fades fairly quickly, with some moderate lacing left behind. Nice hoppy aroma, accompanied by a lot of phenols. The taste is loaded with grassy, herbal hop flavor, some modest fruitiness, and a lot of yeasty, slightly medicinal notes. The finish is very dry, not just from the hoppiness, probably indicating a very well-attenuated beer. Light bodied, with a crisp mouth feel.
A well-done saison. By far the best Boulevard beer I've had.
06-13-2008 02:18:59 | More by allengarvin
4.2/5 rDev +4.7%
Many thanks to BeerTruth for this one.
Pours a straw yellow color, just a touch of chill haze but still good clarity, with a big and pillowy soft white head. Head retains quite well and leaves some spotty stick, too.
The nose is floral, it's fruity, it's yeasty, it's somewhat earthy, a touch spicy, a tad sweet, and a little tart. It's really nice.
Taste has a dry, herbal bitterness and earthiness to it that is the dominant flavor throughout. It's a little musty almost. There is quite a bit of lemon and citrus flavor, and maybe other unknown fruitiness, as well, along with some spice and yeast. Citrus has a bit of sweetness to it and becomes more dominant as it warms. Don't love the flavor as much as I liked the nose, but it's still quite nice and very complex.
Mouthfeel is on the light side of a medium body, and it's crisp and somewhat dry. Clean, citric finish.
This is quite enjoyable and I found it very refreshing. I'd be glad to have this in my fridge anytime.
06-06-2008 19:27:18 | More by number1bum
4/5 rDev -0.2%
I poured this from 750ml bottle into a Hennepin tulip glass. Color is pale and clear yellow with about an inch of white head that fades to 1/2 inch quickly.
The smell is of citrus and hay. Taste is good, but on the mild side. It becomes more pronounced as the beer warms, giving it a little more bite.
Mouthfeel is good, not great. To give a frame of reference, Hennepin's crisp carbonation is the best of all Saisons. This has a little less carbonation.
Overall this a good drinkable beer. However, I paid $8.49 for a 750ml. (And that was thanks to a 10% discount from the good man at McKinney's Kegs and Barrels.) For the price, I would rather have a four pack of Hennepin any day.
06-05-2008 00:48:27 | More by ztprez
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
4/5 rDev -0.2%
My first Saison here, so really looking forward to a different experience. As with the other Boulevard Smokestack Series bottles this one has some nice label art on the front. This one depicts a colorful painting. Says 6.2% abv. Pours a hazy orange into a tulip with a huge bubbly and frothy white head indicating some big carbonation. Retention is excellent with a spotty lacing left behind. Sour apples, malts, yeast and a sweet breadiness floats to the nose. Tastes dry and a bit boozy up front with a smack of apples, grapes, coriander and yeast following very quickly. Has a slight phenolic essence which is almost hidden amongst some other fruits and ends with some spicy bitterness. Medium bodied and dry going down which creates a pretty different experience for me, one which I really dig and will return to in the near future.
05-30-2008 19:04:11 | More by stephens101
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
4.05/5 rDev +1%
Thanks to wolffman17 for the opportunity to try this one. Served in a standard pint glass. Poured a hazy straw gold. Three inch tight, white head with copious amounts of watery lacing present throughout the tasting. Scent of citrus, clove and a light grassy smell. Flavors consistent with nose; however, citrus character comes across as grapefruit on the palate, as well as a light, peppery bite in the mix. Finish is slightly bitter with a lingering aftertaste. Mouthfeel was on the thinner side for the style, and only lightly effervescent considering the head. Drinkability is excellent. Extremely refreshing and light bodied without deviating away from the characteristics of the style. Wish this one was available locally as it would make a wonderful warm weather staple.
05-26-2008 15:12:09 | More by Jwale73
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
4.33/5 rDev +8%
Hazy yellow on the pour with lots of head that retains and laces fairly well.
Smell is spicy lemon, definitely some cloves in there.
Taste up front is fruity, mostly lemon, but the spice quickly comes through on the follow. Cloves, coriander, maybe some black pepper. Very tasty.
A great year round brew to make you think of a hot summer day.
At 6.2% ABV, this is the lowest alcohol Smokestack Series beer. Drinkability is good... might be possible to go through a couple of these in a night, if you have the budget for it.
05-08-2008 03:11:50 | More by kcillini77
4.18/5 rDev +4.2%
750 ml bottle poured into snifter.
Appearance: Gorgeous golden yellow with thich foamy white head. Good lacing.
Smell: All saison spice - pepper, floral, herbal. Some citrus notes.
Taste: Very complex. Some saisons are definitely spiced. I'm not sure if this one is...I tend to think it is all the yeast. It seems like the brewers controlled the fermentation temperture well enough to produce these wonderful esters.
Mouthfeel: Solid medium body with playful carbonation.
Drinkability: This is not high-powered, but it still goes down well. The peppery feel and carbonation create a nice chorus.
04-08-2008 02:47:24 | More by psinderson
3.88/5 rDev -3.2%
750ml. Pours a cloudy yellow/orange apple juice color. 4 fingers of creamy white head turns rocky, leaving plenty of lace. Head is creamy again after settleing.
Lemon zest and wheat on the nose. Sourness. A faint hint of auto grease and rubber, that's all I can think of for that scent.
Lemon is first. Peppery spices and bready yeast. A faint and mild banana smoothie flavor is in there, but it's not a sweet one. Noticeable herbal hop bitterness, and some serious floral notes. Huge citrus finish hits about 10 seconds after swallowing.
Light in body and very creamy smooth carbonation.
Tasty, and very drinkable. Perfect for one of the first warm days this spring. I am excited to try some of the other Smokestack series. Good work Boulevard.
04-06-2008 03:53:36 | More by iasanlee
4.13/5 rDev +3%
This is the first of Boulevard's Smokestack series I've had the chance to sample.
Poured from a 750m corked bottle into a Leffe Chalice glass; deep-gold to orange hue; big, beautiful long-lasting white head. Fruity, yeasty aromatics remind me ALOT of Saison Dupont. Peppery. Very nice appearance in glass, great lacework and lively carbonation. Not brilliant in clarity, but that is certainly OK for a farmhouse-style ale.
Wow. I would otherwise think this beer was brewed in Hainaut province, Belgium, not KCMO! Quenching, crisp, dry finish. Flavor profile is definitely hoppy, with nice complexity from Pils malt underneath the yeasty spiciness. I like to smell the glass once the beer is gone, and this one makes me pine for some more liquid in the glass. There is a great malt backbone to this. Saisons can be spiced, but this one gets all of it's character from the yeast. Not quite as dry or alcoholic as Fantome, but this is an American-made Saison of great character. The body is on the medium side of light.
Grab this one if you can, it is a limited release (batch S7332). Great job by Boulevard.
03-30-2008 22:22:45 | More by Yotus
4.15/5 rDev +3.5%
Picked up in Wichita but it should be coming to Oklahoma next month. Batch #S7332. Nice pop as I ease the cork out. Carefully poured into Tripel Karmeliet snifter but the head still won. Its big and creamy and sits atop a nice golden amazingly clear beer that is alive with some serious carbonation. Smells of a soft maltiness, subtle yet noticable fruitiness that is entwined with a yeatiness, and minimal hop spice. Pleasantly light in the mouth with some effervescence. Tastes of soft maltiness with a more noticable hop spiciness. Balanced but leans more toward the hops. Subtle fruit flavors noticed in the aftertaste that mingle with the hops spice. Easy drinking, soft without being weak. A very nice example for the style. Will definitely revisit this one.
03-26-2008 03:40:01 | More by timbro81
4.33/5 rDev +8%
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.
03-25-2008 04:20:43 | More by neonbrown82
4/5 rDev -0.2%
The golden yellow hue seemed like it was iridescent. Smell was very wheaty, citrusy and slightly sweet. Very tasty -- citrus and light sweetness, hint of spice and finishes with slight hop bitterness. Dry finish can affect its drinkability, but overall, this was very pleasant and enjoyable.
03-19-2008 19:28:43 | More by WaveRebel51
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
3.98/5 rDev -0.7%
Thanks to my uncle for sending this to me.
Again, another cool looking bottle from Boulevard.
Popped the top (which was damn near impossible) and got a floral and fruity aroma.
A pale yellow in appearance.
Taste was relatively tart with some fruit. Definitely one of the better saisons I've had - and this is not one of my favorite styles.
01-29-2008 00:10:03 | More by jdubjacket
4.35/5 rDev +8.5%
I bought this a few months back and let it sit down in the cellar. This is the 3rd review of the smokestack series. This Saison does well. It's well balanced.
A: Pours a cloudy, darker-than-a-macro lager gold. It foams up to one finger. All throughout the drinking process, there is a nice white cap. Carbonation is screaming to the surface like a scuba diver that just ran out of air. I'm impressed with how well it stays capped.
S: Cloves, some hoppy bitterness, oranges and bananas.
T: Very well balanced. Pick up some yeast tones. There is a big coriander and clove taste in there. It finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness-medium bitterness. Touch of sweetness from the malts. Dry and hoppy finish.
M: Well carbonated. Goes down well.
D: A great beer to drink with a nice meal. It's well balanced so that it doesn't kill your taste buds.
01-12-2008 02:34:51 | More by wardough
4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
Corked and caged 750 mL bottle. Number 4 in the Smokestack series, batch # 57278. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Tall bright white frothy head. Very lazy recede to a solid cap. Solid wall of froth is left on the glass with each sip, but not much stickage on the side of the glass.
Smell is grassy and herbal. A bit lemony as well. Taste is very dry, and slightly vinous. White grapes and that tasty wild yeast bite that is sort of like fresh hay.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp. A nice clean carbonation. This is very enjoyable, and I can easily drink the bottle in one setting. I have tried the Saison with Brett, and I think the Brett yeast gives a bit more bite. I hope Boulevard bottles that one as well.
12-09-2007 04:54:27 | More by bort11
3.68/5 rDev -8.2%
Got the 750 ml bottle.
Poured it into an oversized wine glass. 1 1/2 inch white head. The beer is a golden, cloudy, yellow-orange color. Looks lively.
Great smell. Smells like citrus. Zesty. Reminds me of summer and we're in the middle of a grey November day, so that's nice.
Smooth, well-balanced taste, but perhaps a touch too bubbly. Not as spicy as my favorite Saison. The aftertaste is a touch soapy, the powerful yeast flavor isn't as tasty as it could be.
But this is pretty damn good, especially for Boulevard.
11-28-2007 02:01:49 | More by jar2574
3.9/5 rDev -2.7%
From the label of this 750ml corked bottle:
Saison - Bottle Conditioned Ale
No. 4 in the Boulevard Smokestack Series
Batch Number S727
According to the label, this beer is a, "brisk, unruly Saison. Truly a balancing act, it is both rustic and subtle, robust yet effervescent, spicy and fruity. A votre sante!"
a: A clear yellow gold body similar to a pilsner or some apple juice maybe. Frothy, thick white head settles slowly and deposits patches of lacing around the glass.
s: Floral hops, earthy yeast, some fruity sweetness.
t: The taste is strongly of floral hops, though the bitterness is kept rather low. There is a bit of spiciness and a slight sourness in the finish.
Not too complex, but quite tasty.
m: Very crisp finish, very clean with a light body.
d: Drinkability is good, I really like the prominence of the hops.
Alcohol is well masked.
This is my first of the Smokestack series, I've been very excited ever since I first heard about their development. About time Boulevard did this.
The Saison is a good beer, its not amazing or particularly unique, just a well crafted, balanced beer.
11-26-2007 02:24:49 | More by BradLikesBrew
Saison from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.