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Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,238
Reviews: 647
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 543
Gots: 576 | FT: 44
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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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shaebs99

New York

5/5  rDev +16%

11-14-2011 15:58:56 | More by shaebs99
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afksports

New York

5/5  rDev +16%

11-14-2011 15:46:43 | More by afksports
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hu5om

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +16%

11-14-2011 14:41:53 | More by hu5om
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jamesgaither

Kansas

5/5  rDev +16%

11-14-2011 14:00:49 | More by jamesgaither
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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

750 ml caged and corked bottle, 2011 vintage, bottle #21339, Batch 2011-2, best by date of 03-2013. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about an inch and a half frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is a bit spicy, the brew smells like peppery spice, bready malt, citrus peel, apricots, earthy yeast and brett. The brew tastes like bready malt, citrus peel, herbs/flowers, earthy hops, hay, brett and a bit of mint. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, and it's well carbonated. I think this is a good brew, I'd pick this up again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 00:56:07 | More by bluejacket74
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daledeee

Iowa

4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This became kind of a sensation which sold out quickly, but for some reason, it was under the radar around here. I bought one and kept it for about 6 months.

Poured into the typical glass and got the large head and clear pale yellow body.

Nose was spicy and anticeptic or bandaid. I found this a drawback but it did not affect the drink.

Taste was not as great as I expected. Lemon peel and hops with spice. The body was not as heavy as others. The carbonation was really good as you would expect. This is an easy beer to drink, but I didn't find it any more fulfilling that some of the easy ones to get like Hennipin or Tank 7. Not as wild as some of the other Bretts I have had.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 02:45:56 | More by daledeee
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

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

Drank at Tapwerks in Oklahoma City (from notes)

A: Pours a light straw yellow with a massive white head that perfectly settled on the edges.

S: Spicy , earthy and a minty presence. There is a light farmhouse aroma, nothing wild, I may have for one reason or another expected it to be slightly more untamed. Slight funk that is subdued but there.

T: Relatively sweet and minty. My first reaction was not extremely fond of the mint presence I had. Perhaps this was completely from the play between the brett and the saison yeasts, but it was not my favorite saison that I have had and I may have had higher expectations based on the 'hype' surrounding this beer.

M: Highly carbonated and a light mouthfeel.

O: I have brewed a few great saisons that came out great and I felt let down on this one. I have also enjoyed some other American saisons more than this and didn't see what all the fuss was about. A good saison, just not standing out in any particular way for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 02:12:30 | More by alpinebryant
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celticfutblclub

Massachusetts

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

750 ml bottle poured into a pint glass

A - straw colored body with some light carbonation visible. massive fluffy head that looks like white cotton candy. big carbonation bubbles which recede in strange patterns slowly with some great lacing.

S - a mix of sour notes and what you would normally expect from a saison. sour apple dough malts lemon zest and spicy yeast are all in there.

T - sour notes that were prevalent in the nose are there but much more subdued. sour apple mostly and it sits in the back. earthiness holds the main body of this with some pine hops in there. really good stuff.

M - medium bodied with lots and lots of carbonation maybe too much. alcohol is definitely felt in the back of the mouth and a bit on the throat. nice dry finish here.

O - an excellent saison track this one down.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 01:33:16 | More by celticfutblclub
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firedog23

United Kingdom (England)

4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better beers I have ever had.

Poured into a typical pint glass. Giant head around three finger thick and stayed lively for the entire session. Big earthy taste from the yeast and was perfectly balanced in taste and apperance. Laced all the way down the glass and the taste maintained with temperature change. This beer does all Belgium styled beers a great justice and should be recommended to all who love beer.

I look forward to trying more Boulevard beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 22:31:29 | More by firedog23
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rundocrun

Iowa

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

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.

A - Pours a hazy yellow-orange with three full fingers of coarse white head. Great retention but minimal lacing.

S - Spicy and bready with a hint of earthy carrots. Has a very nice hoppy herbal quality to it reminiscent of a more concentrated czech pilsener. Mild hints of booze and citrus peel are evident as well. With warming, I definitely get a whiff of some of the "funkiness" from the brettanomyces.

T - Semi-sweet and citrusy up front with that killer brett funk jumping right into the fray early on as well. I also get some mild acidic tang. Again, earthy hops, and smooth bitterness through the middle. A little booze and lots of dry toasty barley sweetness through the finish.

M - Medium body. Carbonation is great. This is one of the few styles where I really appreciate lots of carbonation because it goes so well with the dry, spicy bite of the saison style. Finishes a little syrupy for my taste though.

Overall- Definitely one of the better saisons I have ever tried and certainly the best American-made saison I've had. Way to go, Boulevard!

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 02:08:42 | More by rundocrun
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hdelavega

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from lnashsig. Thanks a lot Lee!
2011 poured to a Duvel tulip.
Popped out the cork and the bottle started to foam immediately. Poured about 5oz or so and got about four fingers of white rocky head that hung around for about five minutes until there was nothing left but a mound of head in the middle of the glass over the laser etching.
Aroma is tart and and earthy funk with bready notes, a little citrus and a slight metallic aroma.
Taste has some citrus with lots of yeasty characteristics, and a tiny bit of fruitiness.
Great mouthfeel. Nice and sticky it keeps the the flavor around. Medium carbonation with a very smooth finish.
Overall I'd say I'd be fine working in the sun for 8 hours a day for 20+ pints of this guy!

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 20:40:57 | More by hdelavega
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JeepCop for this one. (2011 Vintage)

A: Pours a cloudy straw with hints of gold. There is an enormous pure white head that slowly settles. Some serious lacing clings to the glass as the beer drinks.

S: Smells sour and earthy. The Brett is pretty pungent in this brew, but there are underlying notes of honey and clove. I also get a bit of booze in the nose.

T: Starts off bready with some mild sour brett. The clove and honey start to come through nicely, but the wild yeast is always present. The great part about this beer is that the funk never gets too overwhelming. As the bitter brettanomyces starts to fade, the palate is left really dry.

M: Medium bodied beer that starts and finishes dry.

O: This beer is fantastic. I'm really enjoying it. It has a great balance of flavors and funk. If Boulevard distributed in my area I'd be buying this brew all of the time.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 20:25:08 | More by trxxpaxxs
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, poured into a Piraat tulip.

A massive head swarmed up instantly, causing me to stop the pour about 8oz in. The thick, bone white foam receded slowly, coating the sides of the glass. The body is hazy and the color or golden straw.

The nose has lots of funky, earthy overtones sitting on top of a yeasty (saison-ish) backbone.

The yeast flavor hits your palate first. This is followed closely by a slight hints of citrus and cloves. The funk is present pretty much throughout the entire drink.

The mouthfeel is medium, semi-sticky with moderate carbonation.

This is a pretty well known beer that lives up to the hype. A great example, maybe even the standard, of it's style.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 21:10:08 | More by mgbickel
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brewerburgundy

California

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

25.4oz bottle, Bruery tulip, 2011 Batch 1 best by 3/2013.

The head on this beer is just glorious; it easily stacks three inches high and is a self-supporting structure of meringue-like bubbles ever so slightly off white. It literally conjures lace in my mind. If only it lasted and stuck just the tiniest bit better. Slightly hazed golden yellow is the color of the beer itself.

At first, to my admittedly Brett unexperienced nose, the scent is classic Saison. Soon I'm picking up something that's not just musty, but funky, something I don't think I've truly ever experienced. I don't remember this wool and horse must in Orval. I haven't been around horses much, though I am honestly reminded of old grey wool blankets. Hay or grass, and pale malt make it simple though with elegance and depth.

Again, there's the sense of a lovely pale strong ale with yeasty accents and citrus twinges before things just get crazy in my mouth. Bitterness builds as the sip goes on, bringing with it funk. Slightly foul, slightly fresh. Broccoli broth and wool blankets.

Still feels like a classic; wonderful prickle, effervescent and light of body, with no indication of the 8.5% ABV. It's going to take some doing to beat this beer.

Wow, Boulevard had better keep this one around. I am converted to brett and to a life-long Boulevard supporter (I was already quite a fan) by this beer. I know I have failed to capture the nuances of this great liquid, but it certainly deserves a high spot on beer geeks' lists.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 00:34:34 | More by brewerburgundy
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WoodBrew

Illinois

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

It is a glorious Sunday afternoon....working on a work presentation outside and my neighbor brought over good tidings in the form of Boulevard Saison Brett. The beer was poured into a tulip glass. The appearance is a yellow hazy color with big cabonation that lead to a foamy head that is lacing. The aroma is quite interesting....lavender, corriander, orange peel are all possible scents. The taste is a crisp ale that has spice and tartness, not much malt...if at all. The combination helps to mask the higher ABV. Mouthfeel is good...higher abv and carbonation make this more of a sipping beer. Overall it is a good beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 20:40:02 | More by WoodBrew
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jayhawk73

Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Chaney- Thanks Brandon!

Review from notes:

Pours a light gold color with a great white one finger head. Excellent lacing and carbonation. Nose is grain, grass, lemon, funk. Out of this world nose! Taste is yeast, funk, lemon, clove, other spices, and some pepper. Amazing. Feel is super smooth and very drinkable. This doesn't feel like a 8.5% beer. Overall, this lived up to the hype for me. Glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 18:04:43 | More by jayhawk73
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Mississipping

Mississippi

4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage poured into a fantome tulip and paired with locally made Mississippi herb goat cheese ... absolutely perfect!

A: pours a completely clear golden color with a massive foamy, off-white head that fills 2/3 of the glass.  It takes forever for the head to subside so I can get a little more liquid in the glass.  Extremely impressive sea foam lacing left behind on the glass.  The head never settles completely, leaving a moderate film covering the surface.

S: Holy funk, Boulevard!  Really nice Bretty barnyard qualities are dominant.  Musty hay, horse blanket, and grass, accompanied by lemon zest and cracked pepper and a slightly spicy hoppiness.  There is also a touch of damp wood, gym socks, and mushrooms that really adds some complexity to the aroma.  Really an exceptional smelling farmhouse ale. 

T: The taste is funky as hell, too, but there is a significant amount of lemon zest that balances things out.  It starts out with a wonderful earthy taste, comprised of damp hay, grass, and something resembling celery and mushrooms, along with a nice, but subtle, hop profile.  Transitions slowly to a fresh lemon zestiness with some cracked pepper, both of which linger long after you swallow.  The Brett funkiness lingers as well, mainly in the sinuses, as if you were truly in a barn.

M: Medium-bodied with an excellent level of carbonation, that is slightly high, but very, very pleasant.  The higher carbonation makes it spritzy and accentuates the flavors.  As you roll it around in your mouth, foam forms just like when it was originally poured into the glass.  Slightly drying at the finish, but only on the back of the tongue.  The lingering flavors keep the mouth slightly wet between sips as it waters in anticipation.  

D: Absolutely exceptional example of the style.  This is hands down the best American made farmhouse ale, if not the best of its kind.  Wildly funky, yet not over the top.  Earthy, citrusy, herbal, and slightly vegetal.  Amazing complex yet perfectly balanced.  Try it if you can!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 03:19:51 | More by Mississipping
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DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

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

Poured from bottle 03166 into a schooner. Best before was 03-2013 - would have been nice to lay one down, but only had one, and it was time to drink!

A - pours a cloudy yellow ale with super-fluffy head; hard to get less than 50/50 beer to head even with a careful pour.

S - lots of lemon zest and yeast on the nose. Really powerful!

T - really interesting flavor: initially a hint of delicious skunkiness combined with some hops bitterness flowing into a smooth citrus body with lots of lemon rind and pepper in the finish.

M - light on the tongue with only mild carbonation (where did all the head come from?)

D - super refreshing, but also extremely complex thanks to the yeast; the skunkiness really stands out and combines well with the more traditional saison quality

Excellent beer; highly recommended. If you're a fan of Saisons or Farmhouse ales I'd highly recommend this one. It's really refreshing while managing to maintain some significant complexity. Impressive!

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 23:11:16 | More by DoktorZee
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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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amphion1065

Massachusetts

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

750 mL bottle from 2011 into a Duvel tulip. Quite happy that Boulevard has made its way to Massachusetts, though this particular bottle came courtesy of Rempo.

Though I poured this quite gingerly, a billowing, frothy, three-finger white head formed and lasted. What little body lay beneath the head was a clear gold, almost champagne-like. Great lacing as well.

The aroma of apples was strong at first, and only became more potent as the beer warmed. I'd be hard-pressed to call this sour based on the nose. The brett funk is subdued in this beer, and in place of an overpowering tartness there's more of a citrus, lemon rind character to the smell. A yeasty sweetness follows on the funk nicely.

Brett is much more forward in the taste, though again the sweet fruit character is at the forefront. Sweet citrus fruits and apple compliment the bready yeast well. It's not exactly a spicy beer, but it is quite herbal; at times, I felt that this tasted quite similar to tea. I often feel that most saisons don't have enough funk to them, but this is obviously an exception. Again, the tartness is not terribly present, but it works.

The mouthfeel is great, lush and lively. The carbonation level is ideal, with an effervescence that approximates champagne. This is a very easy beer to drink.

I'm sorry I didn't pick up a few bottles of Saison-Brett this summer, as I imagine it would be a perfect warm weather beer. I still hope to pick up many bottles, as this is a great take on the style and a delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 00:10:49 | More by amphion1065
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JonasJonas

Arkansas

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

Vintage 2011. Consumed 8-7-2011. Lots of hype with this beer. Outstanding ratings and reviews, which I always get excited about, but in the back of my head i wonder if all the reviews follow the initial good ones- not wanting to go against the crowd so to speak. Popped the cork, and a CRAZY huge head, just as expected. Smelled like tank7, perhaps even more pronounced barnyard aromas. Hay, dusty wood, that horse blanket thing, some tropical fruit from hops, and a faint balsamic tart smell - the brett. Tastes amazing. Refreshing. TONS of flavor. that tartness from the brett, the yeasty funk layers, and some earthy hops in the back. Mouth feel is great- not too carbonated, but a very bubbly drink. It really matched the hype. I hope the ones I tossed in the cellar will become more funky over time.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 18:36:34 | More by JonasJonas
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tobelerone

Connecticut

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

This is an opaque, cloudy orange colored beer with a huge fluffy head and tons of lace; the faintly musty, peppery, yeasty aroma is echoed in the taste. There is a hint of the brett in there too, but nothing is overpowering...very nicely balanced, somewhat lemony, full of flavor.

Really crisp, tart and refreshing with a dry finish and lively carbonation. I've had a few domestic saisons lately that have me a bit down on the style but this one (and Tank 7) turned me around on that quick. Really nice, drinkable, the alcohol is nowhere in sight.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 12:09:17 | More by tobelerone
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iflah45

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle, fought forever to get the cork off. Pours a golden straw color with some darker tinges. Thick fluffy 3 finger head with huge bubbly lacing.

Aroma is somewhat subtle, some barnyard funk, spicy notes, lemon grass.

Amazing taste with much lemon zest, sweet funky apple, dry spicy pear.

Very good amount of carbonation, smooth and light, dry finish.

Very complex saison, probably my favorite so far. Gotta love the classics like saison dupont but this is a fresh interesting take.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 18:24:25 | More by iflah45
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roodie

Texas

3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into my Duvel tulip. 2011 Batch

A: pours a golden hue, copious head, almost no lacing, but the color is shimmering and clear

S: subtle white wine type notes with a funk at the end of the nose, some citrus and apples

T: funk is more pronounced, more soapy too, ends with that light white wine like quality of dry citrus and apple. quite pleasant

M: spicy and crisp, bubbles on the tongue and is gone, very refreshing.

O: A beer I'd share a bottle of again, but not seek out personally. I'd rather have it on tap actually.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 01:42:02 | More by roodie
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fatmcb1

Texas

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

750ML Bottle (#154), 2011 Vintage into a snifter

Pours a highly hazy, yellowish orange color with BIG off-white head. Massive lacing all over the glass.

Nice fruit filled esters are most noticeable. Next there are notes of wild yeast strain, followed by peppery spices. Very complex!

The wild yeast and Belgian flavors strike first, but are balanced by lemon citrus flavor.

This is pretty light in body with a nice level of carbonation. The alcohol provides warmth, but never becomes too present.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I would certainly seek it out in the future, as it is my favorite saison to date.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 22:46:25 | More by fatmcb1
Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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