Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by JudgeRoughneck:
1.56/5 rDev -63.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
20012 vintage sampled January 2014
Aroma- lemon, apricot, melon, hey, lightly phenolic, - all very pleasant and mild
Appearance- very pretty crystal clear deep gold with thick cap of rocky merangue head and sheets of lace. Would look awesome if not for the tons of floaters. Its like drinking a snow globe.
Taste- Frankly rather unpleasant. Dry and grainy phantom of what was once pils malt I'm sure. light notes of hey,citrus, and vanilla but man you really gotta get past the mouthfeel problems to notice. Not very bitter. Bone dry.
Mouthfeel- Hugely problematic. Medium-light bodied with palate-ripping astringency followed by searing alcohol heat. Effervescence not helping. When I try to hold this beer in my mouth to evaluate it, I feel like I am taking the Listorene challenge.
Overall- had big expectations of this beer but this is some angry angry brett. I have no idea why this needed to be an 8.5 percent beer but the alcohol is way over the top, solvent, and ruinous. Wouldn't even say it is sharp or acidic or really even very sour. It has none of the classic brett characters except a few notes I picked up in aroma. Undrinkable. I love Bouevard, Tank 7, and sour saisons but this is not good. Maybe I kept it too long, but it is vintage-dated and says "best by 2-2014". If others are having positive experiences with this beer than I suppose it is intended to be enjoyed fresh.
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2014 05:48:33 | More by JudgeRoughneck
More User Reviews:
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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