Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Maxwell:
4.23/5 rDev -1.9%
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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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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