Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev -7%
On-tap special at Cole's with a Boulevard brewer there. Pours a whitish shade of pale.And lace. A little spice in nose, active carbonation (better a few samples of it later). Smooth drinking, creamy. Absolutely smoother than can be expected . A mild bitterness. Had this bottled 3 1/3 years later and found it a showcase of brett taste, but also very boozy.
08-01-2008 21:04:33 | More by Sammy
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
Thanks to Exiled for sending me this one!
2011 vintage. Bottle # 00959. Best by 3/2013.
Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with a huge 3 inch fizzy off-white head that settles to a small cap. Random splotches of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour apples, spices, and the classic funky earthy brett smell. Taste is of grains, spices, yeast, and a subdued funky brett flavor. I was actually expecting this to be more sour and funky than it is. The aftertaste is of spices and yeast. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium body and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison with the brett addition, but I would like to try this one with a bit more sourness and funk!
09-29-2011 04:33:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
A: Straw yellow with a very large amount of white head.
S: Lots of earthiness coming from the brett here, as well as some citrus and a few earthy hops.
T: Not much of the typical saison spice, the main focus here is definitely the earthiness of the brett. Perhaps the brett was let shine a little too much, as I didn't detect many of the other saison signatures.
M: Medium bodied with a good dose of carbonation.
D: Quite drinkable and very refreshing on a hot summer evening.
09-24-2009 20:09:52 | More by Thorpe429
4.55/5 rDev +5.8%
Batch 2008-1. Summer sunshine yellow with Champagnesque carbonation that created at least eight fingers of eggshell colored foam during a gentle pour. It will be several minutes before there's more beer than foam. The head develops a gentle rockiness as it melts and is starting to grace the glass with ribbons of lovely looking lace. Second, third and fourth pours result in Matterhorn-like mountains of stiff-sticky foam that pull the score up one notch.
The aroma is out of this world! Looks like combining the outstanding Boulevard Saison with Brettanomyces was a great idea. The combination of pale grains, wild grasses, lemon zest and an ideal amount of sourish horseblanket funk is so impressive that the ultimate score is an easy call.
Saison-Brett is at least as good as the beer it was based on... if not a little bit better. It has been quite a while since I bought Saison and I'm hoping that it isn't really retired. If Tank 7 is its replacement, then it has some pretty big shoes to fill. Anyway, back to this beauty.
Brettanomyces is wonderful stuff, but it doesn't work as well when it overpowers the rest of the ingredients. No such worries here. The tangy-earthy-funky quality of the yeast is simply one part (one very important part) of a kaleidoscopic flavor profile.
Sourdough bread and lemon zest are still going strong, as is white pepper and clove on the spicy side of things. These guys must have used a Belgian ale yeast strain as well. Sweet and bitter are roughly balanced and the ABV has to be a misprint. It tastes and feels like no more than 6.5%. Drinkability is through the roof.
The mouthfeel is the only (minor) chink in the armor of excellence. As was anticipated on cork extraction, the boisterousness of the beer has faded quickly. It's now on the lazy side and lacks the lightly creamy expansive quality of the best Belgians.
Saison-Brett is yet another masterful creation in the Smokestack Series from BBC. It looks like this will be at least a semi-regular release, which pleases me to no end. If you have any interest in saisons or wild ales, seek this one out.
05-30-2010 14:30:41 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.47/5 rDev +4%
No. 1420 of 11950; Batch number 2008-1
Appearance: Pours a cloudy lemon color with a blizzard of a head that retains like packed powder with clumps of foam sticking the the sides of the tulip glass
Smell: Grapefruit perfume, with undertones of green apple, lilacs, pear and hay, but the Brett, at this stage of the game, is underwhelming (re-visiting this beer, in May of 2010, shows that the grapefruit has faded and the Brett is becoming more prominent)
Taste: Sweet and floral, up front, with a biscuity base and a developing green apple sourness that is complemented by grapefruit tartness; after the swallow, the tart and sour flavors combine in a complex interweaving, but the sweetness up front never really dissipates; leathery undertones throughout (the tasting 15 months later displays far less sweetness, but a lovely dry, tart character)
Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation
Drinkability: A terrific Saison that will be interesting to follow as it ages and the Brett does its work; for my palate, it is drinking beautifully right now (as it is after some age, though in a very different way)
02-04-2009 00:53:41 | More by brentk56
4.72/5 rDev +9.8%
A big thanks to beerbeagle for sending this bottle my way. I have long neglected the boulevard series without much reason as to why. This is my first foray into them. Served chilled around /degrees and poured into a wine glass, this one was consumed on 01/17/2009.
The pour was magnificent. Rich golden yellow in color with a huge billowing head of white that just came up over the top and reached a height of around three inches and would not settle down for anything. Amazing clarity here let you really get a good look at the carbonation bubbling up through the glass.
The aroma was essentially perfect here. Rich fruit notes, apricot and peach were leading the way here and really pushing the envelope. Light sour notes, some vingar, mostly light apple notes comign through with a delicate base of grain and light pepper like notes. Smooth, light, wonderful carbonation here as I take a sip I sit back and instantly relax. Smooth fruit flavors roll across the tongue, brett perfectly balanced here as to not overwhelm but to silently pucker the lips and let the real body of the beer do the talking. Easily a session Saison as the alcohol was nowhere to be at all and I enjoyed sip after delicate sip of this wonderful beer.
Overall this was a fantastic beer. It was subtle, wonderfully balanced and perfectly placed. I was not blown away as much as I was really impressed and respecting the wonderful creativity that was put into this one. If only more subtly created and well balanced beers like this were made, we would be in a much better place.
01-18-2009 03:33:07 | More by mikesgroove
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
...drumb roll please...
Outstanding beer from Boulevard. Though solid, I didn't really think they had this beer in them.
The beer begins with a very heady pour. The glass housed 1/4 chalice of beer and 3/4 of foam. Loosely knit foamstance gives a froathy white spider-webbing over top of the hazy, deep-golden hue. Ample carbonation reveals much lacing. Inviting and mesmerizing.
Sharp and balanced aromas of lemons, pears, crabapples, pineapples, and lemongrass gives a lot of yeasty character. Nevermind the peppery phenols and wine-soaked cork vineousness. The aroma takes on a Duvel-like character, but with more fruitiness, hoppiness, and earthiness.
Flavors of aggressively attenuated pilsner malts bring a dry and evaporative malt flavor wihtout the breadiness that is usually associated with malts. In its place, theres the fruity esters that dominate upfront while white pepper, spicy and grassy hops, and alcohol flavors not only blanace the beer but add a ton of earthy and sharp flavors.
The dryness of the malts, ethynol of the alcohols, pepperiness from phenols, pineyness from hops all swirl together into a very dry and satisfying beer that never lays heavy on the tongue or becomes a burden to drink. Complex and flavorful dryness throughout. Finishes with a dry, lingering bitterness and lemony flavor.
This is an insanely complex and dry beer; much drier than most Saisons, but I like it this way. For such complexity the beer also comes across cleanly and pure- seems to be a controdiction of character: not so in this beer.
06-12-2009 03:47:19 | More by BEERchitect
4.03/5 rDev -6.3%
Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark yellow color ale with a super huge foamy head with great retention and some great lacing as well. Aroma of fruity ester with lightly sweet malt and some dry Brett notes. Taste is also a well balanced mix between some lightly sweet malt with fruity ester and a dry Brett finish. Body is quite full with perfect carbonation and no apparent alcohol even though it is starting to feel like 8.9% after more then one glass. Well made though a tad too sweet for my taste.
02-06-2010 03:16:01 | More by Phyl21ca
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
Thanks to Richard for opening this one over the weekend.
This review is from a Batch 2 bottle.
A: A great looking pour on this beer! The color is golden and pretty hazy with a huge, fluffy white head.
S: An incredible amount of fruitiness to this beer (which I was not really expecting). A lot of pineapple, apples, and citrus which seems like an odd combination but works quite well together. There's a mild spice and yeast component which at least lets you know the beer is a Saison. The brett seems to provide a touch of farmhouse character, but nothing overwhelming.
T: Again, the sweet fruits really come through. The pineapple and citrus flavors are quite intense and work well with the yeasty, slighty spicy flavors and the dry, lightly bitter finish. Again, the Brett does not provide a lot in the way of "funk," but it does give a touch of wild character and it does help to dry out the beer.
M: The beer is quite light and soft on the palate, like a Saison should be. The high carbonation help makes this a very refreshing beer.
D: Easily the best Saison I've come across. I enjoyed that it was a bit more reserved on the pepper notes and had an increased level of fruit and dryness. A very solid beer and I'm glad I've got one of my own at home.
02-03-2010 18:53:44 | More by womencantsail
4.22/5 rDev -1.9%
Appearance: Pours out a light, straw-colored body flecked with fine particles and topped by a very large (seriously), white head.
Smell: Delicate malt base to support notes of honeysuckle blossoms, melon juice, citrus, and spice. The funkiness remains light, with lesser notes of well-maintained horseblankets, fresh leather, and only a teeny tiny drop of butyric acid.
Taste: Pilsner malts, light pale malts, and maybe even some soft white wheat garnished with a dusting of sweet table sugar. Fruity tastes of melon garnished with lemon zest. Light florals throughout. Restrained hop bitterness. The funkiness from the Brettanomyces, though pleasant, present, and appreciated, is fairly understated, providing refined tastes of top-shelf cobwebs and recently-cleaned basements. Very small pinch of pepper. Drying, fizzy finish with some lingering fruity hints.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Highly carbonated.
Drinkability: Give it a try! Boulevard's standard saison was all-well and fine, but the kind addition of Brett really helps it to sing.
07-21-2009 16:05:20 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
Served in a tulip glass at Local Option.
I didn't expect to get this beer during this visit, but I'm not one to argue. It pours a partly-cloudy golden-brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, cracked wheat, coriander, light black pepper, mild Brett, and a vague sense of banana peel in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, the Brett mixing with the wheat, citrus, and spices to form a very pleasant sweetness with a swirl of spices. A pall of Belgian-style yeast hangs in the air, intermingling cooperatively at times with everything else. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a smooth feel, and a drying finish. Overall, a damn fine saison, one that uses the Brett to an immense benefit, rather than overdoing it and turning things into a damn Brett-bomb. This is some tasty-ass shit right here.
08-15-2013 21:46:04 | More by TMoney2591
Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 2,387 ratings.