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Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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2,780 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,780
Reviews: 691
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 613
Gots: 716 | FT: 54
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Crosling on 04-13-2007

Saison-Brett, based on our very popular Tank 7, is assertively dry hopped, then bottle conditioned with various yeasts, including Brettanomyces, a wild strain that imparts a distinctive earthy quality. Though this farmhouse ale was given three months of bottle age prior to release, further cellaring will continue to enhance the “Brett” character, if that's what you're after.

38 IBU
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Ratings: 2,780 | Reviews: 691
Photo of TheFizzinator
3.29/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Got a ton of unpleasant brett and band-aid qualities even from an '14 Saison-Brett. Might have just been at a bad spot at the time. But I love brett beers and this was very...underwhelming.

Photo of Qbdoo
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light gold color but, man, a massive frothy head with ridiculous lacing. Scent is intriguing but hard to pin down. Earthy and medicinal seem close but not that precise. It's a little fruity too, kind of an apple cider scent. The taste has these element as well but finishes with something I'll call funky, for lack of a better word. Texture is perhaps is best feature: light, bubbly, dry but almost sandy and creamy at the same time. I definitely like this beer and am glad I tried it, but the jury is still out as far buying it again.

Well, as I finish the bomber, my ratings go up. What a complex beer!

Photo of mbenjami1
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is such a wonderful beer possibly my favorite. It does best with a little age. Typically give it 1 to 2 years to get maximum complexity and funk. I would not recommend drinking it fresh. The freshest one I've had was very lacking in all the things that make the beer great. When had at the right time this is the kind of beer you can take a drink of, swallow, then exhale through your nose and get all kinds of flavor explosions for several breaths. Complex and funky are the operative words.

Photo of meanmutt
3/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Only writing this review because the system requires a review for an "outlier" score.

I am admittedly no expert on saisons. I've only tried a few dozen beers of this style, but I have enjoyed most of them. This particular beer just isn't for me though.

Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

amazing.
that should be enough but i will elaborate for those yet to try this beer.
been trying to get ahold of this one for a while so much thanks to @SteveB24 for sharing.
Boulevard starts with an excellent beer and kicks it up a notch by adding brett.
beautiful golden color with an aroma of that amazing saison yeast and brett clearly pronounced. tastes exactly how i want it to taste and more. just so well done if i ever have access to again i'll buy all i can to see how this beer does with age. definitely holds its own with the big brett boys.
job well done boulevard.

Photo of gshak
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2014 bottle, with a best-by date of 2016. Served at refrigerator temperature into my Duvel tulip.
A - Clear yellow, with streaming carbonation from the bottom of the glass, and a 2 fingers' width of thick fluffy white head that never goes away. Very, very, impressive 5/5
S - Fruity aromas from the hops and Brett, grains and wet hay. Smells sweet. 4.5/5
T - Perfect blend of sweetness, sourness, and graininess. The carbonation helps explode the flavors on the palate. A very pleasant sipper, perfect for a sunny SoCal afternoon. 4.5/5
M - Medium mouthfeel that feels much lighter due to the strong carbonation. Well done Boulevard. 4.5/5
O - Not really sure how I would improve upon this beer, except may be make it a bit lighter on the feel, and ABV, yet retain the fullness of aroma and flavor. Not sure what kind of a brewing miracle that would take. Until then, this works just perfectly! 4.5/5
Now, I need to try this fresh, at 2 yrs, and 3/4 yrs - for research's sake!

Photo of Zraly
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful in appearance and flavor. Snappy earth flavors with spice. Cracker malt. Dry finish. If you find this, buy it.

Photo of BatManuel
4.76/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Homerun by Boulevard. Love this brew

Photo of Locke
4.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured in tulip glasses. So much head. Funky nose. Great yeast/wheat taste.

Photo of ksedgwick
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is hands down my favorite beer.

Photo of lemmy187
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour slow and pray for anything less than a four finger head.....

Photo of LouZ
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got to try this on draft at a local watering hole. I am not yet a big fan of Belgian style, but based on ratings I wanted to give this a shot. I have to admit, I was apprehensive given some of the descriptions of it tasking like "funk" or "Band-Aid", but I enjoyed this more than expected. Pour was clean and clear with ample head; scent was ripe with that Belgian spice. Taste was malty and sweet up front, and I caught the Brett earthiness on the finish but by no means was it distressing. This was my first taste of a Brett beer, and I'll be trying more when possible. Coming from a non-saison drinker, this is a good brew.

Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this bottled and on tap and it is better bottled. The cork releases with a pop which gets louder as the beer ages releasing herbal and spicy hop aromas mingling with cidery, yeasty fruit aromas with a little barnyard funk that gets more pronounced as the beer ages. It pours a lively, hazy straw with a fizzy quickly dissipating, fluffy head. In older versions the head is more pillowy and persistent. Bread and biscuit malt flavors support and mellow the tart, citrusy funky, earthy saison yeast flavors. Mid-palate reveals some peach. The palate finishes dry and tart with a moderate hop accent. The Brettanomyces really shows up with a very finely bubbled, soft, moussey texture that becomes more luscious and alluring as the beer ages.

Photo of JCC78
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm not going to write up a fancypants review. It's damn good though.

Photo of Cih26d
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour slow. Very carbonated and will have large head. Let it breathe.

Photo of PaulyB83
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 Release Poured into a tulip glass.

A- I had heard you should pour this beer slowly and I'm glad I did as, even with a slow pour, the glass was mostly foam. A high pillowy white 4 finger head that sticks around. The beer is a bright yellow, good degree of clarity on the initial pour.

S- Big brett presence, with that earthy funk, nice lemon and grassy notes, getting even some spice and maybe just a touch of banana.

T- Again lots of brett here, big basement cellar funk, maybe a slight taste of band-aid, lots of lemon notes, grassy hops, slight pepper, spice, and banana.

M- Medium, not over carbed feeling despite the appearance.

O- At first I found the brett aspect of this beer to be too much but as it warmed it the flavors really came together.

Photo of Quicksilver
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very carbonated long lasting head. Nice funky yeast flavor with a touch of Brett sourness at the end. Real nice Saison. I would definitely buy again.

Photo of arizcards
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 2014 caged and corked 750 ml bottle from the Alpine , CA Frontier Liquor Store in early September for $14.99. Best by 2-2016.

Beer poured golden with a huge saison yeast strain inspired head that is leaving lacing in a big way.

Nose is musty and funky, with lemon and apple.

Taste is lemon, apple, sweet tarts, with a funky dry finish.

Mouthfeel is light and wonderfully refreshing for a big brew.

Overall this is an excellent beer. I am not a sourhead by any stretch but I do enjoy brews with a kiss of brett. Glad I had a chance to try this!

Photo of sunshinedaydream
2/5  rDev -53.4%

Looking at the good reviews that this beer gets, and being a fan of sours, it seems that I must have got a bad bottle.

Photo of TryThemAllOnce
2.5/5  rDev -41.7%

The other reviews had me optimistic about this... maybe it's a one-off, but to be honest - this beer was horrible. Something like transmission fluid with smelly socks kind of describes it. Purchased at Bev-Mo in champagne style bottle. Very expensive, very poor. Bummed. I have always enjoyed Boulevard's brews... until now.

Photo of silverblaze540
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

A - Tons of head, lots of lacing. Murky amber color.

S - Spices, citrus fruits, sweet fruits, malts, watermelon?

T - Malty on the front, bitter fruity aftertaste.

M - Creamy; medium to high burn from alcohol and carbonation.

O - Great beer; tons of favor, strong smell. Not very bitter.

Photo of JohnG190
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

2013 vintage. Pours a hazy gold with a huge white head. Lemon, biscuity malt, with a touch of funk on the nose. Hoppy, lemon, spice on the palate that finishes dry and slightly funky. Light bodied with great carbonation. Overall, the word that best describes this beer is complex.

Photo of bnes09
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gorgeous lemon color and mostly see-through. Pours an towering head which slowly dissipates to a foam caldera which remains for the rest of the drink. Covers the glass in large, detergent-like patches of lacing.

Bright and super fresh, floral, herbal and leafy aroma. Hints of lemon as well.

Right from the start, hops hit the tongue with an unrelenting assault. Make way for the yeasty goodness, mostly standard Belgian yeast with hints of Brett. Mildly acidic with a lemon juice quality. Finishes bone dry from the hops and acid with an ever-lasting, bitter aftertaste.

Medium bodied. Dry feel. High carbonation.

Big points for originality. Lost points due to lack of balance. I would consider this a Saison/IPA hybrid with slight hints of Brettanomyces. Don't get me wrong, I love a good IPA. I just think they over did it a little bit. The intense bitterness and slightly tart flavors create an overwhelming flavor, in my opinion. Nonetheless, I am enjoying it.

Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

A: orange-golden. Huge white, foamy head.

S: grains and lemons.

T: apple peels, apple juice, bitters, wet hay, grainy bread, white raisons, and orange peel.

M: medium body and carbonation.

O: the flavors aren't as strong as I'd hoped. Still a great beer.

Photo of Treyliff
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage, poured into Boulevard tulip glass

A- pours a crustal clear golden yellow color with a huge foamy and rocky white head that retains long after the pour, taking over five minutes to eventually settle, leaving lots of lace left behind.

S- yeasty barnyard funk aroma with highlights of wet hay, grain & earth. Musty wet basement mixes with some herbal aromas, along with apple skin, lemongrass, and pear. Good mixture of funk & fruit

T- Brett funk up front gives notes of earth, grain, hay & musty cellar. Fruity notes of apple cider, pear and lemon peel, candied belgian sugar sweetness leads to notes of banana and phenols on a dry finish

M- medium-light body with moderate spritzy carbonation leads to a big foamy mouthfeel, eventually leading to a dry and crisp finish, high drinkability

O- plenty of Brett funk, but held back enough to balance out the fruity and earthy notes of the base saison. I was already a fan go Tank 7, and this one was a winner with the addition of dry hopping and Brett yeast

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Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,780 ratings.