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Saison - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

280 Ratings
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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 14
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of wardough
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Highly recommended.

Photo of bort11
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jar2574
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Rio
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Saison from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.