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
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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
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
Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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