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Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,933 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1933
Reviews: 627
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.21%


Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Saison-Brett, based on our very popular Tank 7, is assertively dry hopped, then bottle conditioned with various yeasts, including Brettanomyces, a wild strain that imparts a distinctive earthy quality. Though this farmhouse ale was given three months of bottle age prior to release, further cellaring will continue to enhance the “Brett” character, if that's what you're after.

38 IBU

(Beer added by: Crosling on 04-13-2007)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2008 21:04:33 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 04:33:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 14:30:41 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 03:33:07 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 18:53:44 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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)

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 00:53:41 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 03:16:01 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

...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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 03:47:19 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 20:09:52 | More by Thorpe429
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 16:05:20 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2013 21:46:04 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml "Champagne" bottle with cork and cage. Batch #: 2008-1

The first pour is crystal clear gold. A three fingered head rises up in the glass, threatening to foam over, but never does.

The aroma is sweetish and yeasty with some grainy malt character, a bit of delicate yeasty (peppery) spiciness, and some mildly floral and grassy hops.

In the mouth it's decidedly medium bodied with a 'foamy' zest on the tongue due to a just-slightly-elevated median carbonation and very fine bubbles from natural bottle-conditioning.

The flavor offers a very nicely balanced, soft combination of sweetish malt and slightly tart yeast character. It's fruity, but not really all that more fruity than a regularly fermented ale; and the Brettanomyces character is restrained. It's just mildly mineralish and chalky, and certainly not overtly funky. It's very rounded! Some grassy and floral hops, and perhaps even some slightly herbal hops, appear in the finish; and it rounds out dry and leafy with a touch of yeasty chalkiness.

Stunningly focused and rounded, this is a really impressive Brett-laced saison. The Brett seems to just add to what's already there, rather than acting as the central focus. Well worth trying!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 00:28:56 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

No. 10434 of 11950.

Hazy pear-ish color, a soft green meets faded yellow, with a nice, cloudy white head.

Big funk in the nose, sour, but fresh, ...citrus zest, with spice. Funky lemon meets cat piss...in a good way.

Once in the mouth, surprisingly smooth, even irrisistible. Plump malt at play here, dry hops make an apppearance, constant refreshment in the form of the tantalizingly delicious fruit flavor. Beautiful Saison. Drinks like a dream, even at 8+%.

Wonderful stuff! Good job, Boulevard! An all around excellent ale, fullish body, but light, as well, and unfailingly flavorful and refreshing. What a winner!

And thank to BuckeyeNation, what a pal!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 10:32:45 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this a long time ago. Was it from coldmeat23? This was the first release - Batch 2008-01. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - Voluminous off-white foam settles to a thick cap and splotchy lace. Hazy peach body.

S - Sharp, spicy farmhouse yeast, toasted grain, yeasty bread, musty, earthy brett character, and some light sour lemon notes. Pretty potent nose considering this is nearly four years old.

T - Taste is a bit mellow, with perhaps the first oxidation notes creeping in. That being said, it's still quite good, with pale malts, light lotion, citrus, stone fruits, and a mildly sour lemon finish. Brett character seems less intense here, with more of the base saison cutting through.

M - Pleasant active carbonation, slightly grainy and chewy medium body, super dry finish, and absolutely no alcohol presence.

D - Intensely drinkable at 8.5%, and still going pretty strong. I was worried this would follow the trend of fast-fading American Wild Ales, but this has held up and kept its flavor pretty well. Still, I don't think I'd push it to five years, so drink up if you're still holding onto the first batch.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 21:39:37 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #12605, Batch #2009-2 acquired from abrand, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wild Belgian yeast, some spices, light malts and touches of fruit and hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Brett yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of citrus and some spice. There's a complementary touch of sourness in the background creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while. Although there are better in the style, this is a nice complex beer that is worth drinking for a while.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 02:48:22 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Far and away the grand slam of my recent beer run in the Kansas City area... review from notes.

Hazy orange body, suspended particles of yeast, very effervescent. Sparkly, sticky suds that leave a ringed precipice of foam around the glass, and copious intricate lacing on the sides. Distinct Brett in the aroma, funky yeast and leather, wet stone, citrus zest. As the glass sits, it develops a fresh herb and floral nose.

Similar to an Orval-Duvel-Saison Dupont hybrid, with a pleasant soft citrus in the taste. Light spicy undercurrent, almost suggests cinnamon like Orval. Dry bread dough yeastiness from the Brett. Very full bodied, yet lightly tart and lemony with a dry finish. Long lingering aftertaste. Savory and quenching with boatloads of flavor, it would be a crowd pleaser at a springtime picnic.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 02:56:38 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scored this at Goebbels in Wichita, love that store...

Batch# 1, 2008, bottle # 11026 pours an slightly hazed, effervescent gold/bronze with a finger+ of fluffy eggshell colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Apples & dirt,

T: Apples, mushrooms, restrained funk, & grapefruit up front. The brett starts to assert itself as this warms, tartness, lemons & grapefruit, & a bit of honey sweetness from out of no where. Finishes tart with, apples, some lemony hops, white & black pepper & a bit of peach

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, balances well

Very good drinkability, pretty refreshing for the ABV, people looking for sour will feel that this falls short, but this worked for me

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 03:07:21 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 1. Shared at a recent sour tasting.

Whoa, stand back. This beer is 100% head. OK, I let it settle for several minutes to reveal a yellow beer with a slight haze to it. Big soapy thick white head. Carbonation off the top of the chart, hard to find a more carbonated beer than this, lots of lacing left all over the glass from this beer.

Strong brett aroma. Slight funk, lots of sourness. Smells good.

A mix of strong lactic and citric acid with a really full back funk and musk. There is also a slight sweetness. This wasn't as sour as I was expecting. The other batches may be slightly sour. Overall the body was thin and the mouthfeel was fine. Overall, its a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 21:05:52 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy orange color with large white head. The beer was a mini-gusher. The aroma is strong brett with some citrus. The flavor is yeast, brett, citrus hops and a medium hop bitterness. High carbonation and medium, soft mouthfeel. A very nice beer that is a great example of what brettanomyces tastes like in a beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 04:47:13 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Sycamore.

A - Poured out a clear yellow. It was fairly fizzy with a small,white head.

S - It had a great funky/sour smell from the Bret.

T - The taste is an amazing blend of sweet grains and sour Bret. There was also a citus kick with some hop spicness.

M - It was sharp, crisp and fizzy on the tongue. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good saison. The Bret makes it very interesting and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 14:33:34 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gotta give a bunch of thanks to both COBeerBuff and TexasStout for sending me one of these.

Has a huge fizzy head that fades pretty quickly, forces a very slow pour, leaving a slight messy lacing. Under the Belgiany pillowy head is a hazy golden orange wheat honey colored.

The nose is mostly saison with a little funk. Light wheat and malts, little citrus and nice saison aroma, light peppery, a light sweet alsmost honey aroma. All that blends well with a nice light Brett aroma, some barnyard funk, a nice dry bready aroma, light citrus and orange peel.

Taste has a lot more Brett. Brett comes on strong, with some nice barnyard funk and little horsehair, some dry bready malts, tons of bubbles too making it very effervescent and airy. It has some saison flavor with nice wheat and malts, little sweetness and touh of warming booze. A nice slight bitterness, light lemon peel an orange citrus, slight acidity, and even slightly creamy. Touch of lingering funk at he end, but it finishes mostly clean with a little lingering sticky feel and booze warmth.

The body lighter with tons of bubbles and effervescent body.

It has a pretty good drinkability, all things considered. A little lingering sticky sweetness, little citrus and warming booze. Mostly dry finish, the crazy Brett funk is gone too.

Such an awesome beer done so well.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 22:35:47 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle No. 01148 of 11960, batch number 2008-1; Sampled November 2008
This is very well carbonated, as an exceedingly careful pour has me staring at four-fingers of foam that slowly grows to six fingers of foam and starts to pour over the sides of my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass. I only lose a touch of beer to the billowing, off-white / cream colored head. The beer is a clear, orange gold color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, bright, yellow-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma has an awesome grassy hop / malt note to it, ample touches of lemon zest, some tropical fruit and lychee notes, lots of cracker like grain notes and an underlying, musky Brettanomyces signature that cant quite hide despite the expressive malt and hop character. After 5 minutes or so I still have five-fingers of head on top of my beer, so I guess I'll continue to enjoy the aroma. Other noticeable notes of tangerine, a phenolic, almost plastic like, musty, butyric acid funkiness, phenolic soaked cotton-balls as well as a wild, weed-like / grassy note that is quite nice.

Lightly sweet tasting and this has a certain fullness to the body that lets me know that the Brettanomyces has a lot of residual sugars to work with (this thing will likely go bottle bomb at some point). This is not sweet though, just not dry. What sweetness is here accentuates hop flavors of tangerine, lychee, bergamot as well as some light herbal notes and a definite floral influence. Interestingly the foam tastes heavily of a phenolic Brettanomyces character, but the Brett does not play nearly as significant a role in the flavor of the beer. The Brett does play a role here in the flavor though as it contributes a spicy, phenolic character that provides some balancing sharpness to the finish. This last, mixes with a bitterness from the hops that also sharpens the finish which provides a balance to the sweet malt and fruity hop notes found up front.

This is pretty tasty, I do wish that it finished a bit drier (especially since as this ages it will get more and more carbonated, it is already over carbonated, and could become a bottle bomb, though with a champagne bottle this is not too likely). Visually perfect for a Saison, the ample carbonation projects a magnificent head, with lots of lacing and lots of staying power. Despite being a bit thicker and a bit sweeter than I generally prefer in a Saison, both these components work quite well in this beer; the extra touch of hop character (especially the American bent) certainly helps with this. It will certainly be interesting to see how this develops as the hops fade and the Brett becomes more prominent, especially if it can keep from becoming explosive. Taken as a sum of its components (at least as far as aroma and flavor go), this beer is not nearly as good as it is in the complete whole; e.g. it is lacking in funky aromatic notes, isn't nearly dry enough, nor is the texture perfect. On the whole though this beer just works quite well and is very enjoyable. I am glad I have a couple bottles of this to age.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 04:01:52 | More by Gueuzedude
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to mhewes feel trading out of his way to get this for me.

Pours a clouded yellow gold with a white head. Nose is citrus and funky mostly. Very airy. Flavor is a high amount of citrus and a lot of funk. If you don't like the funk, don't step up to this one. It's not overdone, but there is enough of it. Feel has a full carbonation that lays on the softer aide. Liquid is typical. A good saison. I haven't had the regular version, but this one is working for me nicely.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 01:13:16 | More by RblWthACoz
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Halcyondays

California

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, thanks to Andrew for opening this, 2009 Vintage, Batch 1,

A: Pours a deep goldenrod with a huge white head, looks very overcarbonated, I don't like waiting to taste the beer, and this one made me wait.

S: Sweet orange and citrus, hints of barnyard, white pepper.

T: As with the nose, a lot of sweet candied oranges, prominent herbal almost sage type flavours with a hint of Brett.

M: Surprisingly not overcarbonated in the slightest. Very smooth, elegant, medium-bodied. Scrubbing bubbles, think champagne, this aspect would make it great with food.

D: I'm glad I finally got to try this legendary brew. I've had Boulevard's regular saison before so this was naturally the next step, shame I had to wait 10 months. Not life changing, but a very well made domestic saison.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 01:19:33 | More by Halcyondays
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is one of the best saisons ive ever had, really really really. it pours a dusty blonde color with a splendid white head that floats like a cloud. the nose is pretty farmy, yeasty, properly sour from the brett, and herbal. flavor is quite similar to the nose, but it comes in waves. theres a great malted wheat flavor underneath it all that you taste right at first, then comes the funky yeasts and the sour is in the finish. also a decidedly czech malt doughy flavor that carries on throughout. there is everything from black pepper to pickled lemons on my palate, and i cant get enough of this. the feel is also near perfect, smooth and thick, expansive in the mouth, but not at all filling or heavy. i could drink this everyday if i could afford it. it went magically with an aged goats gouda from holland, and i am dying to drink another bottle of this. its that good.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 23:56:04 | More by StonedTrippin
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Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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