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Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

2,298 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,298
Reviews: 651
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 538
Gots: 590 | FT: 47
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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hagbergl

Maryland

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had Boulevard's Saison-Brett on tap at Lord Hobo in Cambridge, MA this past weekend. It being a pretty rare beer to see around in bottles, never mind on tap, I had to give it a try. I'm really getting into Saisons...almost as much as IPAs. Saison-Brett was served in a tulip glass.

Appearance (4/5): Saison-Brett pours a hazy, bright yellow color and is topped with a one-finger white, bubbly head of foam that recedes quickly, forming a ring of white. Saison-Brett is the picture of a typical Saison; it looks nice, but there isn't anything incredibly special about its appearance...it's aroma and taste, on the other hand...

Smell (4.5/5): Saison-Brett smells...well, VERY Brett-y. Funky, peppery, notes from the Brettanoymyces yeast stand out, overshadowing the standard Saison aromas of lemon, grass, wheat, and herbal hops. They aren't completely overshadowed, though, meaning this beer has a strong and complex nose to it. Very interesting. Makes me want to drink it big time!

Taste (4.5/5): I am immediately struck by this beer's similarity to both Green Flash's Rayon Vert and Orval. The Brettanomyces character is just so bold, and in a great way. Brett funk flavor gives way, as in the nose, to herbal, earthy hops (this Saison is dry-hopped), notes of lemon, wheat, and some biscuity malt. Though this is quite a big beer at 8.5% abv, you cannot taste a trace of alcohol flavor. Instead, the tongue is bathed in a soft funkiness that really never becomes sour and evolves as the beer warms. What an ode to strangely balanced yet weird flavor of Brettanomyces!

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): I love the mouthfeel on this beer. The secret, as with all things with this beer, is the Brett. The Brett lends a light prickliness to the feel of this medium bodied beer that is just excellent. The medium carbonation is a good match for this beer and allows it to achieve a smooth and creamy feel. The drinkability is relatively high; this beer goes down easy and never feels 'hot'.

Overall (4.5/5): Saison-Brett is an excellent beer. It has all the elements of a very good big (high abv.) Saison, but the addition of Brett as an integral ingredient puts it over the top and makes it one of the most memorable examples of the style that I have had. If you're curious what a beer with Brett in it tastes like and you're adventurous, you can't go wrong purchasing a glass or bottle of this next time you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2012 02:11:31 | More by hagbergl
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CowboyRob

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-25-2012 20:38:10 | More by CowboyRob
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WankelEngine

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Duvel tulip

A: Pours a hazy golden-straw color. There is a vibrant white head of 1.5 fingers which bubbles away fairly quickly.

S: The aroma is potent; I can smell it as I pour. Tart funk springs out of the glass, followed by some farmhouse flavors and a touch of lemon/sour apple and vinegar. Mild notes of pepper and pear. Wheat and wet hay round out the aroma.

T: Nearly no tartness, just funk. The farmhouse/saison flavor is enhanced by a strong, earthy undertone. Bready malt follows and leads into some spicy notes. Belgian yeast contributes its signature flavors: banana, cloves and some esters. The Brett funk increases both as the beer warms and as I savor my sips. Strong wet hay, wool, and horse blanket complement the earthy character nicely. Sour apple is present but subdued.

M: Moderate-high level of some sharp carbonation, but it works perfectly for the style. Medium bodied with a little bit of estery alcohol.

O: Fantastic. Not the sourest beer ever, so I'm glad I have another in the cellar. Everything comes together perfectly. Sour complements saison.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 01:42:57 | More by WankelEngine
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mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden with a bone white frothy head. Nice torrent of carbonation rises from the center of the glass, pretty.

S: Brett brett brett all over this thing, way more than I expected. Soft damp wool, lemon rind, leaves & earth, slightly medicinal but never unappealing. Delicious, highly complex, beautiful.

T: The beer evolves over my palate for a good 15 seconds after every sip. A layer of crisp spicy phenolics, a sort of cucumber fruitiness in the middle, a wallop of soft living brett character in the finish with some herbal qualities. Absolutely delicious beer.

M: The carbonation is perfect for a beer of this magnitude. I was expecting a DuPont-esque volcanic carbonation but this is creamier and smoother. Awesome sipper but highly refreshing when you want it to be.

This beer exceeded my expections, would buy many again.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 01:32:05 | More by mattsander
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denver10

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a big white, foamy head. Vubbles continue to rise to the surface and nice lacing. A nice sweet and funky aroma; banana,candied sugar, cloves, and hay. Flavor offers some funkiness alongside some lemon, cloves, a little breadiness and a touch of some hops in the finish. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, an enjoyable brew. Well put together and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 22:15:38 | More by denver10
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Ultraman9000

California

4/5  rDev -7%

07-23-2012 05:29:38 | More by Ultraman9000
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apocalypsezombie


4/5  rDev -7%

07-22-2012 16:23:59 | More by apocalypsezombie
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from the tap at the Royale, St. Louis, MO
Vintage: 2012

Pours a nice solid golden color with slightly hazy body. Nice orange hues on the edges and a white 0.5 inch head forms that is quite dense yet recedes fairly quickly to a nice mat.

Aroma is of spice and funk. Nice and barnyard with nice fruity esters. Chalky yeast aromas and sweetness permeate the beer and mix in with some nice bready grain notes and some slight pear juice notes as well. The funk notes play nice with a slight herbal and grassy hop note. Spices, cloves and peppercorn are present in the nose.

Taste starts off with some good malty background. Grain and bread notes mixed in with some fruity esters. The beer is dry but delicious. Nice funk and barnyard notes mixe in with the fruity esters and compliment the clove and spices very well. Nice coriander notes punctuate a grassy and slightly citrusy hop backed finish. Dry, crisp and clean. Best saison out there.

I love Blvd. yearly offering of this saison. Great brett notes mixed in with a refreshing and juicy saison.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2012 15:14:33 | More by JoEBoBpr
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stairwell2811bre

Iowa

5/5  rDev +16.3%

07-22-2012 05:11:58 | More by stairwell2811bre
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Chirpie

Kansas

4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Bottle - Bought at Brown Bag in Olathe, KS - Bottle #9312

I had 4 bottles of the 2011 version and my memory was painting some rather lofty memories of it. More than a few said they'd nailed the 2012 and drinking it fresh instead of aging it was a perfectly reasonable thing to do.

So I cracked one open after having the willpower to leave the bottles I bought alone for a couple months.

The biggest difference out of the whole experience that I noted vs the 2011 version was the aroma. 2012 has an even more pronounced bready/funky smell. Had to be one of the better smelling beers I can recall. (If you like funk) I had just come off a disappointment with Love Child No 2 so this was a return to form in my mind.

The head dissipates quickly with medium sized bubbles. It doesn't hang around as long or lace as much as the Tank 7 it's loosly based on. The appearance is perfect pale yellow. The bubbles will come up from dead center at the bottom for an infinite period of time. Mouthfeel is baby bottom smooth.

The taste? Oh man! ^_^ Thank goodness Tank 7 is year round as a stand in, but this is just a great funky rendition that I still hate having only 3 more bottles to look forward to until next year. Very strong funky medicinal notes. Prickly near the end. Finishes smooth. No burn whatsoever.

If you like a good farmhouse ale, and want to know what a Brett(funked up) version will taste like, you can't beat this mana in a glass.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 20:41:39 | More by Chirpie
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illini4x4


4/5  rDev -7%

07-21-2012 19:35:10 | More by illini4x4
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ratty918

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7%

07-20-2012 02:51:20 | More by ratty918
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip
2012 bottle number 20779

A big thanks to alxndr33 for sending a couple of these over in a trade!

A: Pours a light straw colored with a huge billowing 3 plus fingers width of sea foam white head, which takes minutes to dissipate down to a drinkable level.   Leaves small amounts of spotty lacing.

S: Initially very tart, with sour apple and lemon notes.  Then some wheat aromas, a little bit of wet hay funk, some pepper spice, hint of pear.  The nose gets way funkier as it warms.  If the nose is any indication this one is going to be something special!

T:  A lot of wheat flavors upfront, initially not the tartness or the funk i was anticipating, and I kept waiting for those characters to come out, but they never did.  I do get some belgium yeast banana, significant hop bitterness, some spice, and a rather unique sweet character that lingers in the aftertaste (honestly its similar to the sweet maple syrup notes that occasionaly hit when drinking a CBS)  .  This is really unique, and I dont get many saison notes or brett notes, instead I get wheat followed by hop bitterness, and finished with malpe syrup sweetness.  The flavors as a whole are rather subdued though, milder than what I anticipated. Not really sure what to think about the palate profile, but definitely bonus points for originality.

M/D: Rather smooth and creamy, an interesting mouthfeel combination for the style, yet it still has a noticable carbonation. Fairly drying on the finish. ABV is well masked, drinkablitity is very good.  

O: Overall, this was a pretty interesting and unique offering. It smelled fantastic, but I wasnt blown away by the taste.  I would have liked more tartness or funk, preferably tartness.  Certainly above average, but for me there is no comparison to really any of the Fantome's I have tried. And to be Fantome and their various saison offerings are definitely still my gold standard for the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 00:56:28 | More by zac16125
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to egrace84 for sharing this beer! Thanks elliot!

poured into tulip.

reviewed from notes taken 7/17/12.

Appearance: Straw yellow bodied beer with a slighy haze to it, but you can still see through the beer. 2 fingers of white head.

Smell: Big wheat and hay notes. Mild funk. Yeasty and slightly fruity.

Taste: Mild brett funk and lemon tartness. Yeasty, bready, grainy, and fruity with bananas having the most infleunce. Little hint of pepper. Got alot of really nice flavors going on in this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Agressive carbonation thats just right. Nice dry finish, but the beer has a delicate element to it as far as the mouthfeel goes maybe some creaminess?

Overall: This is the #2 Saison for a reason! Great beer by Boulevard! It honestly my second favorite next to BBQ. Love those smokestack series beers!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 23:16:43 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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gtermi

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours a very cloudy golden body with a thick white head. As the head fades, it leaves a lot of lace on the glass and the head never fully goes away.

S: The smell is very nice. It has a good amount of funk, strong yeast scents and a bit of fruit.

T: Just like the smell, I get a strong amount of funky flavors, a nice amount of fruit and then a fruity yeast. As the beer lingers, I start to get a nice malt flavor.

M: This is a very smooth beer. It has a nice creamy mouthfeel and has a slight amount of crispness on the back of the throat and on the tip of the tongue.

O: This is just an amazing beer. It hits its mark on ever possible aspect of this style. I wish I could find this beer all the time because its one of the best I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 04:29:08 | More by gtermi
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gcotts

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

07-18-2012 21:12:20 | More by gcotts
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle acquired at Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove, MN. Poured fridge cold into a wine glass. 2011 bottle number 01262.

Pours a very hazy yellow with a decent white head that laces lightly. Nose is more to the saison side than the Brett in this bottle. Pepper, light brett notes that are more indistinguishable than merely "barnyard". Body is quite similar. Wheat, bread, pepper, a light buttery nature, barnyard. Finishes quite dry. Initially quite disappointed compared to some of the hype, though as time passed it grew on me to liking it. Sampled back to back with Elder Brett by Epic, and theirs was by far my favourite.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 18:45:25 | More by kjyost
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skipjack17

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-18-2012 18:25:08 | More by skipjack17
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JVan

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-18-2012 12:55:31 | More by JVan
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Somewhat hazy and yellow with a huge gushing head and decent lacing

S: There is some funk (and I should note that this is a 2011 vintage, so the Brett has had a year to do some work) like a cheesy funk with grassy grains and some faint citrus but man there is some funk; Saison-Brett with a year on it is a cheesy, funky, awesome-smelling beer

T: Dry and effervescent with more of that cheesy funk and plenty of wet hay, barnyard, musty goodness; man, this is good; on the finish, I was able to get past the funk and notice some grainy, breadiness, which balances things out a bit

F: Fairly creamy but a touch thin on the finish

O: Saison-Brett is an unbelievable, world-class beer; like I said, this has a year on it, and I can only imagine what another year or two would do to this

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 01:41:07 | More by dbossman
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ncaudle

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

07-16-2012 23:34:27 | More by ncaudle
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Durty Nellies. Appearance is a clear gold with sticky white head, nice lacing left behind. Aroma starts with funky Brett up front, very up front and aromatic. This weaves with lemon and sourdough bread. Lots of complexity in the nose with layers of funk and Brett pairing nicely with the Saison features. Taste is well balanced and refreshing. Brief tartness paired with wheat and bread, finish is slightly sweet. One of the better saisons I have had. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Over, this beer is well worth seeking out, especially if you want a nice balanced example of a bretted Saison.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2012 20:57:06 | More by homebrew311
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

07-15-2012 04:28:51 | More by bsuedekum
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ASUBeer

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-15-2012 02:08:36 | More by ASUBeer
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lpotter

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

07-14-2012 21:58:52 | More by lpotter
Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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