Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by mdcrouser:
4.68/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Bottle No. 04539 of 11950 - July 2008
I'd been reading about with ever-increasing anticipation about the arrival of the Brett. I actually called ahead just to make sure my local liquor purveyor had stock. And when the reply was "we've got four cases," I was pretty sure that I'd be set. Upon arrival, those cases were almost hidden (a future resource?) behind the larger Smokestack display. And so I purchased, with the cashier noting that I was helping to pay for the recent brewery expansion, but more excited about trying this beer than any I can remember.
Given the mildly cloudy golden color, the inexperienced eye might mistake this for the slightly cloudier wheat. But a chunkier head tells you that something distinctly different is going on here. And it doesn't fail the tongue either. Hints of lavender and honey bite slightly toward the middle tip of the tongue, pushing the hops back ever-so-subtly, making you exhale to recycly all of the flavors while still fresh in your mouth. The hoppiness then opens up once it comes to temperature. A slightly sour tinge is on the very back of your tongue, making you simply want the next drink.
No. 06932 of the 2011 batch - June 2011
A full two inches of frothy white implodes on itself, leaving chunks of lace hanging on to the sides of glass - like it has been flocked. It actually forces a second pour to fill the glass. Below is a subtley cloudy, but nearly translucent gold.
Fresh and funky, with citrus, hay, earthiness, and the ubiquitous horse-blanket to the nose.
Hoppy citrus is at the fore, with a crisp bitterness sitting on the tongue. The Brett is not as forward as I remember it from the 2008 - funky no doubt, but in a complex and reserved, even muted way.
Drink slowly and breath it all in - that's when I especially enjoy it, balled up at the back of the throat. Leaves the mouth wet, juicy, dripping.
Hype aside, I love this beer.
No. 08817 of the 2011 batch - June 2012
The second bottle I bought in 2011, it made its way up from the basement fridge after a day of hard work.
The excitement of opening this bottle once again hasn't waned. Still really heady poured into my Smokestack glass. Upon doing so, I don't see much difference from year to year.
The nose has mellowed some, but hasn't lost the straw and lemon.
The Brett is still very much present and funky, but is that much more intertwined with the citrus and earthiness slides across the tongue like velvet, having matured a year.
That depth creates one of the most enjoyable beers in the world.
No. 08687 of the 2011 batch - June 2013
The third bottle bottle I bought in 2011 came upstairs with me after spending the majority of the day solo with our two kids under three years old. They're in bed and I'm listening to K-State baseball in the NCAA regionals on the radio.
Poured to the Boulevard Smokestack tulip. Two+ inches of thick head, with heavy lacing.
Still funky, horsey, earthy, but overall seems to have mellowed from what I remember.
Tongue-warping - I'm getting a spicyness and bubblegum up front this year, supported by that welcomed earthiness.
Brilliantly good - each iteration, whether fresh or aged a bit, has become one of my favorites. Leaves the mouth literally watering for more.
No. 06927 of the 2011 batch - May 2014
So this is how the fourth 2011 bottle goes down. On a Friday night with the windows open, sitting on the couch with this beautiful bottle and half-full tulip glass. Still with a ridiculous head.
Further mellowing has taken place, with the spicyness having retreated to be still present, but overtaken by the horsey earthiness, faded by hints of the bubblegum, some grapefruit.
Aging provides a wholly different experience than when fresh - like drinking an entirely new (or old) beer.
Serving type: bottle
12-10-2008 04:27:35 | More by mdcrouser
More User Reviews:
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
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.
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