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Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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2,494 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,494
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 559
Gots: 643 | FT: 51
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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Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

denver10, Jul 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Ultraman9000, Jul 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

apocalypsezombie, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

JoEBoBpr, Jul 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

stairwell2811bre, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of Chirpie
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Chirpie, Jul 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

illini4x4, Jul 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

ratty918, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of zac16125
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

zac16125, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of gtermi
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

gtermi, Jul 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

gcotts, Jul 18, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

kjyost, Jul 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

skipjack17, Jul 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

JVan, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of dbossman
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
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

dbossman, Jul 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

ncaudle, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

homebrew311, Jul 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

bsuedekum, Jul 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

ASUBeer, Jul 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

lpotter, Jul 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

barbellsNbeers, Jul 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Jiatlas, Jul 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

goalie33, Jul 12, 2012
Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,494 ratings.