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Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,494 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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5/5  rDev +16.6%

bmurph20, Jun 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

hiphopj5, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a snifter.
2011 vintage (bottle No. 20182)

pours a hazy golden yellow while yielding a creamy, billowing 3" head. decent head retention and some patchy lacing evident. nose is something else. aromatic with strong notes of citrus (lemon), grass, with a strong herbal / funk presence.

taste follows the aroma. very herbal, grassy and citric with some spice (esp pepper) and a secondary note of pear or peach. really nicely crafted. medium-light bodied with high carbonation.

overall this is a really good - nay, great - saison. funky, complex, and tasty! grabbed another bottle which i'll throw in the cellar for a while, would like to see what some age does to this. easily my favorite out of the offerings i've sampled from the smokestack series.

(originally reviewed: 09-12-2011)

BostonHops, Jun 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

BeerHunter76, Jun 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

kenmyers70, Jun 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

markeyri, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of BeardedRiker
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've very much enjoyed every single Smokestack Series beer that Boulevard has made. Their Tank 7 is an excellent saison, so much adored that my cousin asked for it to be his wedding present. A customer, I work in a liquor store, and I were talking about saisons and he talked about the Saison-Brett, of which we had just got. He highly recommended it and so I got it myself. Unfortunately, the weather turned a bit foul today while drinking it so I couldn't enjoy it with a blazing sun. Oh well, a damn good beer will always be a damn good beer.

The Saison-Brett looks very much like Boulevard's Tank 7. It forms a fluffy white head that fizzles away fairly quickly but a thin, perhaps centimeter or two amount of head stays on top throughout drinking. There's a lot of lacing too. My first pour brought about a slightly cloudy and golden beer with tiny yeast particles floating about. My second pour, after swirling it to get more yeast, brought about a more cloudy beer with more yeast.

Some interesting aromas going on with this one. Floral and lemon citrus hops, a little bit of black pepper spice, grassy sweetness, and that distinct Belgian yeastiness. The brett, as I guess I will now call it, bring some good funkiness to the nose.

I guess the taste of this beer is divisive, at least with those who don't appreciate good beer. I thought my mother and sister would at least think it was decent but they both loathed the taste, making disgusted faces after trying it, and my brother, who isn't much a fan of brett beers, liked it. The Saison-Brett has a good balance between its Belgian yeasts, the funkiness of the brett, and hops. Up front is slight bitterness and lemon zestiness from the hops. It's followed by Belgian yeast goodness, a sort of floral, if that can be attributed to taste, and herbaceous character. Do I detect jasmine? Not sure. This is what makes Belgian beers so interesting, and saisons particularly, in my opinion. The brett brings a mild funkiness to it that is sort of barrel-aged in character. At the end there's a delightful grassy sweetness and a bit of tartness. Even though it's 8.5% ABV, I couldn't detect booziness.

Medium-bodied with a medium-high carbonation. It all goes down smooth, the yeastiness giving it a more creamy feel. The finish is nice a dry.

I had no doubt I'd enjoy this beer and it didn't disappoint. Saisons are still my favorite Belgian style beer and Boulevard's offerings have helped with coming to that belief. This beer is a good use of brett. It's funky but isn't bold in its addition to the beer's other qualities, meaning it's a well-balanced and enjoyable beer. No doubt there will be many children named "Brett" after this beer.

BeardedRiker, Jun 18, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big white fluffy head on top of a nice gold yellow body. Initial aroma gives you a bit of juicy fruit notes and some spice. Opens up quite a bit more on the palate. Nice balance of flavors but not quite as funky as expected, only slightly musty. Apple and citrus notes with some bubblegum notes. Pepper and lemongrass offset the sweetness. Crisp and bubbly mouthfeel makes for quite a refreshing beverage. Overall, truly an exceptional saison just a few shades shy of perfect.

Kinsman, Jun 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

bbrochu, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of mlazzaro
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 750ml bottle. Served slightly chilled in a tulip.

Pour clear as can be light straw color. Frothy head that holds nicely. Very fine bubbles lace the glass. Cork made a decent sound, but appears to have average carbonation.

Smell is subtle, but distinctly Brett. More of a citrusy - floral brett aroma. Very bright and pleasant.

Subtle flavor profile as well. Really rolls on the tongue. Start mild and thin, and ends with a sharper bite from Ph and carbonation. I expected more of a sour note, but that isn't the beer's fault. Tartness is there, just way modest. 8.5%ABV is both respectable and very well hidden. Slight white wine character, but an impressively clean tasting fermentation.

Its a very refreshing beer. Not much too it. I'm sure it was a complex process to make, but the outcome comes off quite simple.

mlazzaro, Jun 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

jjcote, Jun 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Josievan, Jun 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

thewimperoo, Jun 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

mrbill57, Jun 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

djtomain, Jun 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

sgttibbs, Jun 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

asafarc2, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of TheCondor
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle of Saisson from my Asiatic connection at the liquor store the other day. In Kansas City, when Boulevard releases their Smokestack Series beers, they are typically hard to get ahold of, unless of course you have the Asiatic connection like me. Really looking forward to this offering, I like Tank 7 (their other Farmhouse Ale), and Smokestack rarely disappoints. Poured with standard vigor from the bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Bottle 7223, batch 2012-01.

Appearance – Pours out a straw yellow/slightly golden color with a big two finger head that leaves excellent lacing. Retention is moderate. Tons of swirling sediment in the glass, and some bubble action as well in there. Very impressive presentation with this beer.

Nose – Sweet but funky at the same time. You can smell the Brett essence, but at the same time you can pick up the floral hops, citrus, lemon, and some herbs. Really complex and good.

Taste – One excellent tasting brew! Yeasts and breads, with a nice accompaniment of the floral, citrus, tart hops in the middle and at the finish. Like the nose, quite complex, and the citrus and floral notes become more pronounced as the beer warms. May take more than one bottle to really pin this one down. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel – Thick, chewy, finishes with a nice kick. Excellent summertime offering.

Overall – This is one outstanding beer. Being a porter lover, I typically stay towards the darker end of the beer spectrum, but this brew is quite a hit to me. I wish I had a case of it right now, and if I knew where I could get one I would go buy it. Highly recommended. Boulevard puts this one out of the park, much like the rest of the Smokestack Series.

TheCondor, Jun 10, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 750 from the 2012 vintage... Poured into a duvel glass

A: pours a hazy golden with a hint of amber. A gentle pour leavs me with a finger and a half of fluffy white head that dissapates nicley leaves very minimal spots of lacing.

S: a blend of light Belgian yeast and Brett over tropical citrus notes... a touch of sweetness to it.

T: much like the nose a blend of Belgian yeast and Brett funk, citrus notes a touch of caramel in there a well along with some floral notes. I'm just relived that the Belgian yeast is very wFell balanced here and not overly clovey or bannanay .... Everything works very well together here.

M: medium bodied with low medium carbonation, this brew is a little bit oily and slick.... Very very drinkable.

O: I'm not usually a fan of saisons but this one is pretty good. Very well balanced and drinkable with a nicley balanced yeast profile... And the Brett seems to just tie the whole package together nicley. Way better then stank 7.

PeterIngemi, Jun 10, 2012
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4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the 750ml into a pint glass

Look: Really awesome Belgian type head. It's cloudy. Which is sort of refreshing to see in this style. Straw yellow.

Smell: Herbal, floral- jasmine maybe. Apricot, and dammit, maybe a little pineapple. Sweet and pleasant. Clear as a bell. Bright.

Taste: Pleasant belgian yeast upfront and a little fruit and flower underneath. Similar to what was described in the scent. Very clear citrus fruits. Apricot.

Mouth: Drinkable. Thicker than most saisons, but don't let that scare you. No more filling than an IPA. Still a perfect summer brew.

Overall: It is so encouraging to see this beer come back again. Boulevard is on a roll lately. As a Kansas Citian I'm embarrassed to admit I probably talk more shit on my hometown brewery than needed, but this shows where Bully's true heart is at. It is beers like this, the Rye on Rye and the Double Wide IPA that make me want to boast of KC's beer scene. It is an exceptional take on the trending, but nonetheless classic, saison style. The Brett, in my opinion, should respect the taste buds of regular fans of the Saisons (such as the DuPont), but I also found it pleased the palates of my APA drinking buds.

jrenn, Jun 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

mfgreene, Jun 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

fistfight, Jun 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

wizo, Jun 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

stevec32, Jun 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

bobv, Jun 05, 2012
Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,494 ratings.