Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Reagan1984:
4.53/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to Thorpe429 for providing this in trade. 2011 Vintage Bottle # 09353
A light/fluffy aggressive head builds in my glass and tops a bright brass/golden colored beer with excellent clarity and a decent amount of escaping carbonation.
Oh the Brett it’s there center stage in the aroma. Some sharp spice tones, black pepper, a sense of Sweettarts. Some floral and herbal notes.
I am shocked at how herbaceous this beer is. Floral, perfume, spice, light lemon. Really complex. A subtle soft sweetness lies just beneath all the herbal notes. Lemon peel just pokes out now and again. The brett provides depth, but there isn’t a harsh “funk” Not cedar, but perhaps pencil shavings, some honeydew melon. I continue to be shocked by the floral nature of this. Once it warms a bit the pale malt flavors peak out from beneath all the other happenings. Yet another layer.
The body and feel is very delicate. The complexity of this beer is a perfect match for the light nature/structure of the beer itself. The softness here is very intruiging.
Well, after several sips, it’s clear why this beer is so highly praised. It’s fun to drink as you continue to discover all the nuances. I find that I could continue to list things I taste and smell in the beer.
Serving type: bottle
04-27-2012 22:58:55 | More by Reagan1984
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5/5 rDev +16.3%
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.
Creamy smooth mouth, medium carbonation, refreshing, complex. For me this is the best saison I've ever had. 5's across the board when I get this impression. Extra bottle to cellar a bit (not for much longer).
...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.
Still the best of the style I've tasted, although if aging I'd recommend no more than 6-8 months. I like this better "fresh."
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 23:01:05 | More by TBoneJones
4.64/5 rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Poured a cloudy gold with minimal head. Caramel and dates move into flowers and pepper, with some cherry esters and a wiff of funk. Sweet with a mild tartness and some alcohol on the finish. Low hop bitterness and mild Goldings-type hop aroma. More complex and more Belgian than the Tank 7. The complexity imparted by the brett and whatever other bugs they threw in there make it a true saison.
Serving type: on-tap
07-22-2014 16:47:16 | More by Natureboy
4.36/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Wonderful sasion.Light golden yellow in color. BIG head even when poured gently it's amazing. Great aroma. Light and fruity. Wonderful summer beer. Like it more than Tankhouse 7 which is a good beer. Definetly will have to go out by some more to keep stocked away for a later date.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 01:16:45 | More by mjwellman
Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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