Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by portia99:
4.55/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
750ml corked and caged bottle received from Springdogg in a trade. Thanks Marc, really appreciate this one! Poured into a Harpoon 100 Barrel Series goblet. Batch 2009-1, Bottle 5992 of 11925.
A - Pours a hazy, pale gold with the slightest hint of orange. A huge, wild, white, 4 finger plus head erupts from this one, even with a careful pour. Head lasts forever...takes at least 3-4 minutes to recede to a level where I can even consider taking a sip of this. Love a beer that you can overpour so the head reaches an inch over the top of the glass but still retains its shape and form without losing any over the sides.
S - The aroma on this beer is amazing. It's a really good thing that this beer smells so great, because it is really potent. You can smell this beer from across the room. There is a ton of complexity here - I get lots of spicyness - nutmeg, cinnamon, orange peel, almost pumpkin pie like in a way. Good amount of Brettanomyces funk, some sweet candy sugar, and agave nectar. Not getting much for hops, though not entirely sure - could be contributing to the spicy aromas. Wow - this is a really interesting (in a great way) beer.
T - Quite spicy in flavor too. Definite nutmeg and cinnamon, some black pepper. Lots of Brett character - gives some funk - horse blankety and bitter, a hint of sourness. Some touches of phenolics/higher alcohol are also present. This is quite a good saison. Flavor for me is really good, but doesn't quite live up to the expectations created by the aroma...perhaps the aroma is just so good, the flavor didn't stand a chance of matching it.
M - Tons of prickly carbonation. Gives a really full mouthfeel for the style. Spices and some fruitiness remain in the aftertaste forever - really great.
D - This beer is great on its own, but I really think it deserves to be paired with food, particularly a good selection of cheeses. With food, I think I could drink this all night. The 750ml bottle is not really hanging around very long though - it is going down very easily on its own. Really liking this - saisons are one of my favorite styles...this one really stands out as a great one.
Serving type: bottle
09-02-2009 23:59:13 | More by portia99
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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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