Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BeardedRiker:
4.25/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I've very much enjoyed every single Smokestack Series beer that Boulevard has made. Their Tank 7 is an excellent saison, so much adored that my cousin asked for it to be his wedding present. A customer, I work in a liquor store, and I were talking about saisons and he talked about the Saison-Brett, of which we had just got. He highly recommended it and so I got it myself. Unfortunately, the weather turned a bit foul today while drinking it so I couldn't enjoy it with a blazing sun. Oh well, a damn good beer will always be a damn good beer.
The Saison-Brett looks very much like Boulevard's Tank 7. It forms a fluffy white head that fizzles away fairly quickly but a thin, perhaps centimeter or two amount of head stays on top throughout drinking. There's a lot of lacing too. My first pour brought about a slightly cloudy and golden beer with tiny yeast particles floating about. My second pour, after swirling it to get more yeast, brought about a more cloudy beer with more yeast.
Some interesting aromas going on with this one. Floral and lemon citrus hops, a little bit of black pepper spice, grassy sweetness, and that distinct Belgian yeastiness. The brett, as I guess I will now call it, bring some good funkiness to the nose.
I guess the taste of this beer is divisive, at least with those who don't appreciate good beer. I thought my mother and sister would at least think it was decent but they both loathed the taste, making disgusted faces after trying it, and my brother, who isn't much a fan of brett beers, liked it. The Saison-Brett has a good balance between its Belgian yeasts, the funkiness of the brett, and hops. Up front is slight bitterness and lemon zestiness from the hops. It's followed by Belgian yeast goodness, a sort of floral, if that can be attributed to taste, and herbaceous character. Do I detect jasmine? Not sure. This is what makes Belgian beers so interesting, and saisons particularly, in my opinion. The brett brings a mild funkiness to it that is sort of barrel-aged in character. At the end there's a delightful grassy sweetness and a bit of tartness. Even though it's 8.5% ABV, I couldn't detect booziness.
Medium-bodied with a medium-high carbonation. It all goes down smooth, the yeastiness giving it a more creamy feel. The finish is nice a dry.
I had no doubt I'd enjoy this beer and it didn't disappoint. Saisons are still my favorite Belgian style beer and Boulevard's offerings have helped with coming to that belief. This beer is a good use of brett. It's funky but isn't bold in its addition to the beer's other qualities, meaning it's a well-balanced and enjoyable beer. No doubt there will be many children named "Brett" after this beer.
Serving type: bottle
06-18-2012 04:22:34 | More by BeardedRiker
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4.51/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
2012 Bottle Reviewed with Three Lions from a 750 Ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance: big frothy bright white head over a sharp golden color sprouting carbonation.
Smell: lemon and other citrus with white and black pepper notes. Maybe a hi t of Cumin.
Taste: Extremely balanced. Less citrus in the taste. Pepper notes, earthy but not overly so. You get the flavor of the yeast here like a day old Challah bread. Lemon flavor is strong. Great taste. Top two of this style for me.
Mouthfeel: Very creamy truly almost like a Scottish cream ale. However it's also light and not overdone.
Overall: Because of the 8.5 Abv I couldn't drink it all day...Or could I? Nicely done.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2014 20:50:53 | More by Hab11
4.64/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bottle split with Hab11
2012 Vintage had in April 2014. I've had many of these over the years and I'm excited to see what one is like with a bit of age on it.
A: Poured into my Night Shift tulip a golden yellow color with a very, very big head which was slow to dissipate. Hab11's head disappeared almost immediately leaving light lacing on the glass; I'm still waiting for mine to settle down. Color is typical of the style; great carbonation.
S: Funky and floral at the same time. Nice barnyard funk going on but surprisingly a lot more citrus than I was expecting. Very nice lemon notes, possibly pepper in the background and more funk but lots of citrus. Very complex and intense nose. Glad I got an older one because it seems like one of the yeast strains is giving off a lot of citrus. I was hoping that Bruxellensis would be more dominant and drinking this would be like riding a horse but I'm excited about all the citrus notes. Going to give it a try.
T: Wow, it's like drinking a lemon drop. I think I prefer this beer young with lots more barnyard funk but this is exceptional. I'm quite surprised at what age has done to this beer. I wouldn't even know if was the same one if I didn't open and pour it myself. So much creamy, milky lemon like flavor. All lemon up front and then it subsides to reveal that typical barnyard funk I'm used to. I'm pretty amazed at this one really.
M: Creamy, frothy brew. This is awesome. What a beer.
O: So glad I picked this one up. Probably won't be able to sit on one again for long since I love this beer young with all of its horsey qualities but age has done wonders for this. Kudos to Boulevard for making a beer that is exceptional both young and old but that are such different beers to drink. Excellent.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2014 20:48:56 | More by ThreeLions
Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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