Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
3.8/5 rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Batch 2012-2, best by February 2014
This is the third time I've had Boulevard's Saison Brett, the first being their initial release of it and then aged a year in the bottle. I was impressed then by the substantial pineapple and wild yeast influences that were present, but find the 2012 release to be less complex and more noticeably alcoholic than its original incarnation. Perhaps aging would solve these problems, and this is a solid enough beer to warrant this attempt.
Pours a substantial 4cm head of medium and large-sized bubbles to create a towering cap of foam that vaguely resembles angel food cake atop the body of the beer. Head retention is excellent, on par with a hefeweizen, and only about twenty minutes later has it fallen to the point of being a 0.5cm cap atop the beer's body. Lacing is significant, in all manner of shapes, and sizes. Body is a rich yellow-gold color out of the light, a deep pale yellow when shone into. Carbonation appears to be extremely vigorous based on appearance, as it rapidly filters through the hazy, semi-opaque body.
Aroma of moderate level Brettanomyces-influenced composting hay/organic matter/mustiness (note: not burnt plastic here), old pineapple, pale malt sweetness with a bit of cracker character; not much hop presence that I can detect.
Front of palate is slightly sweet from pale malts, notably influenced by Brettanomyces in the molding grain characters, and surprisingly bitter from the hops. Mid-palate intensifies the Brett characters of compositing organic material and bittering European hops on top of a barley-wheat malt base. Back of palate easily detects the ethanol along with subtantial hop bitterness and modest pale malt sweetness. Aftertaste of notable hop bitterness, ethanol, and some interesting Brettanoymyces-influenced composting hay. The flavor was enjoyable, but the ethanol too heavy in the back; could be more complex, but perhaps aging would accomplish this.
Beer is medium-bodied, with very high carbonation, which completely foams the beer up on the palate such that it is entirely bubbles across the tongue, perhaps too much so: it is consistently prickly and fizzy despite the bubbles. The resulting mouthfeel is that you're drinking the head of the freshly poured beer: not exactly desirable and kind of amateurish. Closes out semi-dry, with notable ethanol burn on the back of the palate and in the nostrils. In general, this was over-carbonated, and a tad too alcohol-heavy for its own good.
Serving type: bottle
10-21-2012 02:19:32 | More by falloutsnow
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4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
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.
Though the flavor profile is different, what stands out is the artisanal quality of this brew, worthy of the greatest Belgian examples.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 23:52:39 | More by Mimetic
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 17:54:43 | More by tastybeer
Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 2,316 ratings.