Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
4.26/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a standard tulip glass
Pours a hazy, straw yellow with some lovely orange highlights. As soon the beer is poured, a gigantic, 3.5 fingers tall pure white head erupts. The head has great retention and as it recedes, it leaves some nice lacing behind. Pretty great looking Saison.
As soon the beer hits the glass, your nose is treated to blast of Brettanomyces; Since this beer is relatively fresh, the Brettanomyces smells a tad young. Surprisingly, the earthy, leather tinged tones of the Brett already have taken on some of the mature Brett characteristics of tangy pineapple and soft floral tones. These fruity Brett notes really sync up nicely with the orange forward hop aromatics. Playing counterpart to the lightly citrus-y hops, is some traditional spicy saison yeast phenols; predominantly white pepper, pear, as well gentle tones of banana and clove. Beneath the yeast is a solid cracker like malt backbone.
Follows the nose pretty close; your palate is immediately greeted by a quick smack of slightly herbal, orange forward hops. Following closely behind is some spicy saison yeast; overt tones of white pepper and faint banana. The Brettanomyces soon dominates the flavor profile with its traditional characteristics of musty barnyard funk; wet hay and dry leather. Before the very dry finish is a soft, cracker like malt backbone. The long, bitter finish offers lingering notes of orange blossoms, white pepper, damp hay, wet earth and a gentle biscuit tone. The 8.5% is hidden masterfully well.
Light bodied with crisp, lively carbonation.
A fantastic example of a true to form Saison; its refreshing, spicy and funky with a strong, but well integrated Brettanomyces presence. I really like this Saison, but it doesn't really offer any surprises to the seasoned Saison drinker. Very well executed. Highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
09-01-2013 05:40:59 | More by flayedandskinned
More User Reviews:
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
District of Columbia
4.41/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
750 mL bottled purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquors in Dupont Circle NW D.C., unknown brewing/bottling date but 2014 vintage (Batch #/BBD - SB14058-02-2016); drank over 30 minutes
A: 3/3 - pale yellow-to-golden coloration; impressively clear for a beer that is "assertively dry hopped;" pours from the bottle with huge frothy white head that barely settled down during drinking; tight, small white bubbles pouring off the bottom of the glass
S: 11/12 - lots of Amarillo on the nose - grapefruit, tangerine and lemon/lime; some peppery/spicy Belgian yeast and ripe/musty pineapple from Brett; pils malt and wheat with some alcohol notes to boot
T: 16/20 - low hop bitterness but really bright, refreshing citrus flavors immediately hit on first sip and continue to develop on the palate; as the flavor profile expands; the Belgian pils and yeast rear up - peppery, estery and coriander that evolves into a mild barnyard funk profile; mild alcohol flavors clean up to finish exceptionally dry and refreshing
M: 4/5 - very high carbonation; effervesent; light body
O: 8/10 - classic light Spring/Summer saison that is the staple shelf hoppy American saison for me; unfortunately, I don't as much musky funky Brettanomyces character as I would like, which will probably develop over time because Brett was only added at bottling; also with a nice price tag ($13.99/bottle) for the DMV
TOTAL - 43/50
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 01:04:27 | More by MNishCT77
Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 2,284 ratings.