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Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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96
world-class

2,314 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,314
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 537
Gots: 596 | FT: 47
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: Crosling on 04-13-2007)
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Updated to full review on 5/27/2013.

Poured out of a brown 750 mL bottle into a Boulevard tulip glass. This is a fresh bottle of the 2013 batch, and the bottle reads "4100 cases produced".

Appearance - Body is the color of golden straw with orange highlights; a thin stream of carbonation bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. Looks like liquid gold. The head is a buttery color with small and large bubbles that expand as they evaporate, leaving rocky head that fades after about a minute. The final lacing is spotty.

Smell - I love the complexity that the brett brings to the Tank 7 recipe. Funk, orange citrus, some flowery notes--maybe lavender--and earthy peat as well. Phenolic character peeks through.

Taste - Again the presence of the brett makes for a yeast-dominated base, but it also makes this particular saison a little less drinkable, but not in a bad way. Some amazing beers aren't highly drinkable. There is some herbal bitterness and hoppy notes, even some essence of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied, with ample carbonation, but there is a lingering bitterness to the aftertaste that is a little too strong.

Overall, a stellar beer, but I think I prefer the versatility to the base Tank 7 recipe a little better. However, you can't change and evolve Tank 7 the same way you can Saison-Brett, so I'm looking forward to watching this one grow and re-reviewing.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 05:08:58 | More by LambicPentameter
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I left a 2012 a couple of years ago with my father, who returned it to me today. I had forgotten buying it, and it was such a treat to have a well-aged Saison Brett unexpectedly show up at my doorstep.

As others have commented, the head is huge. It takes patience to let it settle enough to indulge without getting a foam mustache. But that gives you time to take in the floral scent of this brew, which is surprisingly delicate.

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Though the flavor profile is different, what stands out is the artisanal quality of this brew, worthy of the greatest Belgian examples.

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A: Giant pile of uncontrollable soapy mile high pile of head atop a straight up orange beer. Three step pour process because of the massive foam. Head is rising about two inches, like a for over the glass.

S: Smell is awesome. Extremely flowery, but not overwhelmingly so. Not overwhelmingly anything.... Fermented mixed fruity berries including cherry, tantalizing citrus, and other warm summer aromas. Soft soapy bananas work their way through with creamy meringue but not necessarily of the lemon variety.

T: Taste, also very nice, brings many of the aromatic qualities with added bitterness and noticeable alcohol strength. Floral hops, brisk fruit, bready malts, spice and funky fruity Bret. Very enticing. A lighter version would be fantastic for outdoor summer drinking.

M: Semi-syrupy, slick, smooth and soft.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From about a year earlier ('13 bottle)
Gargantuan white frothy head, slightly hazy golden body, ample carbonation.
Smells perfumy, barnyard funk is there, some herb/ basil, light spice. Very nice, refreshing scent and yet complex to the nose. I'm hoping this tastes as phenomenal as it now smells, as well as how I recall it tasting the first and only time I tried this a couple of years ago..
It certainly does. First sip recalls how flavorful this is, with the spice notes just right, hop very well-balanced in the mix. There's the unusual bubble-gum-like flavor (to some may be like apple) and finish that must be credited to the use of the brettanomyces. Bready malts, juicy, and then a drier end with some prickly feel upon the finish. Much going on here, and it's all right.
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Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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