Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Reaper16:
4.7/5 rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
a 2008-batch 1 bottle aged since October 2008, served into a Boulevard saison tulip/flute/whatever glass
Pours a gorgeous pale yellow with a just-right mix of clarity and cloudiness. The head, as usual for Smokestack Series beers, was utterly billowing. Huge heap of foam that, when dying, leaves behind large clumps of lace.
The Bret has been developing in this bottle for nearly a year now, and the initial blast of funk reminds you of that. Juicy pear and something astringent like acne cleaner are caressed by the barnyard aromas from the bret. The aroma has subtleties that are hard to pin down; they are fleeting, shifting in character from sniff to sniff. Spice and apple and hay. Complexity is the word that comes to mind.
Oh, wow. This isn't the first bottle of Saison-Brett that I've had, but I had never had a bottle as developed in bret character as this. The payoff is apparent on the palate. Light citrus and a decent sense of earthiness come from the generous-for-the-style dry hopping. Light, biscuit malt balances the hops. The phenols and esters are, again, tough to characterize as tasting like any one thing. Fruitiness meets bandaid sterility meets traces of vegetal characteristics. The musty flavors from the bret aren't overpowering. Just the perfect amount of funk and sourness to compliment anything else. I feel that I'm failing at this review because I'm not being specific enough... but this beer is nearly indescribable.
The feel is nice and on the lighter end of medium-bodied. Drinkability, for something as complex as this beer is, is very good. Its approachable at all times, and it never becomes too taxing or overstimulating to drink.
I'm so glad that I let this bottle develop. I can't imagine a better time than now to crack open a bottle of the original batch if you have one lying around. I don't think that its possible for the beer to get better than it is right now. A revelation.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2009 07:26:29 | More by Reaper16
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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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