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Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

2,315 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,315
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 537
Gots: 597 | 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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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours with a very aggressive and massive head which has me thinking that the brett has been busy in this beer. The head is slightly off white and made up of a gradient of bubbles going from small to large and creating a creamy crown that stretches above the lip of the glass. The head also takes forever to calm down in the glass, which makes drinking the beer a bit difficult. The head leaves a lacing of large soapy bubbles on the sides of the glass, leaving a roadway of lacing moving across the glass. In color, the beer pours a pale golden yellow to straw yellow with a maelstrom of bubbles whirling around and feeding the massive head. The beer’s body actually looks stunningly clean and clear, with only the slightest hint of a yeast haze. On the nose, the beer smells of hay and sweet funk with bits of pineapple citrus and slight sweaty horse. This beer smells bretty and beautiful with nice grassy spice notes and hay-like character. On the tongue, the beer tastes of spicy funk and bitter, chalky grass with bites of acidic citrus. The flavors begin as spicy malt, moving quickly into grassy bitter notes with splashes of funky pineapple with touches of chalky bitter flavors and big hay-like hops. A slight sweet caramel malt sits beneath everything, and the finish alcoholic pineapple across the palate. The aftertaste rings with slight citrus funk and touches of hay. In the mouth the beer feels medium in body with some thickening of the palate. The carbonation is rich and creamy on the tongue and helps to keep the sweet funk in check. The mouth is left with acid-neutralizing spittle swimming on the tongue and a slight dryness from the grassy bitters. Overall, this is a lovely, funky, complex saison with some nice weird characters. The alcoholic finish is the only complaint I have with this beer. This is a superb saison.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 01:03:26 | More by Maxwell
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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.

Saison-Brett is a yeast-worshiping beer, to the extent that it reminded me of a hefeweissbier. But the alcohol comes through to sharpen its edges, and there's none of the unpleasant belch-provoking fizz of that German hangover remedy.

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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.

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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..
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...Update: Just popped the other cellared '13. Still fantastic. Much of the same impressions, although a bit more prickly, spicy and dry-finishing than I recall upon having this when purchased like last time.
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Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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