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Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,525 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,525
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 563
Gots: 649 | FT: 50
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 Dan25D
3/5  rDev -30.1%

Dan25D, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New brewery, new beer: Boulevard Saison Brett! Excited about this one.

Cracking this open during the Oscars. Actually, my buddy popped the cork and it went flying – and then his arms were covered in the fizz that followed. Batch 2, brewed in 2011 (about a year old).

A: What a head on this one – a third of the glass is beer, the rest is a soapy off-white. The bubbles pop with ferocity (almost audibly, it seems), leaving little retention except for a creamy bulge over the nucleation site. Lacing is spotty, with oily soap-patches. Gold body, luminescent but a little pale.

S: Big funk, esters, Band-Aid, clover, leather, and light banana from the yeasts; just as Bretty as I’d hoped it would be. Earthy, with the fruity spice of lemon pepper (mostly lemon) from what feel like a dry-hopped profile. Breads, straw, and light wood (not heavy oak – more like DFH’s Palo Santo brew). Very earthy, herbal nose.

T: Sour, estery, alcoholic, and dry on the yeasts. Hops are dry and resiny with citrus rind, more Noble than anything. Malt thickness, with a great straw graininess and earthy grassiness; damn does it go down smooth. Next is applesauce and notes of brown sugar, bringing memories of sweet potatoes with butter and cinnamon. Finishes with fresh cream butter and an aftertaste of pepper and barley.

M: Comes off thick, mouth-coating, and oily. Froth every once in a while, leaving it drinkable and fluffy.

O: Very smooth and drinkable – I actually would have liked a little bit more funk, but it’s still packing quite a bit of punch at the moment. While it doesn’t jump out at you with extreme flavors, it does go down with smooth complexity (and there’s nothing wrong with that, I assure you). A beer that’s rich, but not overwhelming in character: that certainly makes an offering in this style memorable.

BarryMFBurton, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

MasterSki, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow color with a finger of frothy white head. Head fades down very slowly leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of brett, lemon and citrus, funk, yeast, and some light spices.

T - Start off with some lemon and brett tartness and funk with a touch of sour. Through the middle, the grain and some wheat come through with a bit more tartness and a bit of spice. The finish is a mix of funk, yeast, grain, and some brett and lemon.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. It is smooth with a nice dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice Saison with some added complexity from the Brett, but it does not take over.

ngeunit1, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of aorloski
4.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am going to start this review by saying this is easily the best saison I've ever had and one of the best beers I've ever drank.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful golden yellow with a huge fluffy white head. Beautiful lacing.

Smell - Wow, amazingly sweet, spicy, funky and lemony.

Taste - Lemon zest, black pepper, barnyard funk, sweet sweet fruits, HIGHLY complex

Mouthfeel - Perfectly crisp and carbonated.

Overall - As i said, one of the best beers I've EVER drank, period.

aorloski, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of DrGonzo2012
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

DrGonzo2012, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of BeerCentralWA
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A -dark yellow with yeasty cloudiness
S- effervescent CO2 and yeast with tart notes. No sweaty horse blanket
T- tart and surprisingly clean. Expected more dirty farmhouse flavor. No yeasty breadiness. Cleanly acid and grassy notes.
M- Very very dry and effervescent. No warming. Must allow to warm up to room temp.

O- Really clean and dry iteration of this style. Great if you like your sours with less funk. I prefer weird farm flavors and sweaty dirt in it.

BeerCentralWA, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of dogfishandi
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 Vintage- 750ml bottle at about fridge temp poured into a darkness snifter. batch number 2011-2, best before 03-2013.

awesome pour. the cork was a bit of a pain but after the pour i was left with more than half the glass full of a huge billowy white soapy head. settles to a thick rocky layer, never going below atleast one fingers worth and tons of thick sticky lacing. the body is a cloudy, bright golden color with lots of visible sediment. a decent amount of carbonation bubbles as well.

intially i get pepper, floral notes, musty funk, some lemon citrus. the more this warms, the more footy, earthy, barnyardy brett funk comes out, a little citrusy hop, really nice.

spot on brett and saison flavors... peppery yeasty spice, lots of brett funk and again, more as it warms. some musty basement, barnyard, and floral, earthy funk. a touch of sweet grain is cut by a pretty substantial lemon citrus hop bitterness.

dangerously drinkable! i cant believe how fast i went through this bottle. a nice high amount of carbonation, a nice dry finish.

amazing beer, this is dead on what i imagined a brett saison would taste like, or every saison for that matter. every quality you would want is there. very impressed. now im even more eager to try the BBQ sitting in my cellar. do whatever you have to do to get this.

dogfishandi, Feb 18, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a couple of tulip glasses. Didn’t catch the batch # but it’s from the most recent one.

Pours a quite effervescent golden straw color, with a couple fingers of bright-white head. This retains with a sudsy finger sized cap of froth that leaves back spotty lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of strong must, earth, and lemon, yep, the Brett is right out there in the nose. This mixes in with a fresh floral character and a touch of bitterness, with flavorful spice and sweet grains riding along the back.

The taste is funk, spice, zest, earth, and a smack of lemon tartness. There is a touch of juicier feeling orange in here as well, along with crisp wheat character towards the rear of the profile. There is a nice flow to the flavors here, with more assertive character integrating well with softer notes and keeping this interesting. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lively crispness that dances around nicely in the mouth, being stronger on the tongue but then getting more smooth and silky on the edges. There is maybe just a smidge of alcohol here to the body (not bad at all for almost 9%) that draws out some of the earth and spicy flavors here.

I wasn’t quite as blown away as I thought that I might be from this but it certainly very good, with that Brett and base Saison being married together with a deft touch. Alcohol seems a little high for this to be hugely drinkable but I’d certainly never turn a glass of this down.

Kegatron, Feb 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

cdugan, Feb 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

fdkayti, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of John11486
5/5  rDev +16.6%

John11486, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Duff27
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a ridiculous three inch fluffy whore head on a mutrky pale gold body. Clumptastic lacing and very good head retention.

S- One of the funkiest smelling beers I've ever encountered although I have a feling there are some sweet notes hidden behind there.

T- Funky to the core. Bready and yeastiness as well. Hides the 8.5%abv incredibly well.

M- You'd think this would be highly carbonated but I'm not finding that. Mediium to medium thin mouthfeel.

D/O- Really hard to magine a better saison as this is an absolute treat. Great drinkability. Nice Valentine's Day treat with my girlfriend!

Duff27, Feb 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

alalvarez75, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These bottles were a little hard to come by...Thanks for the trade matt

Appearance:
Cloudy orange-amber in color with a huge plume of fluffy white foam on top. The head took awhile to die down, but left nice lacing and a fine, risidual blanketing.
There's obviously some sediment at the bottom.

Smell:
Oh sweet baby jesus...Potent citrus, alcohol and some funky barnyard brett. I'm assuming they used a similar saison base to Tank 7 to make this beer...with the brett addition they've hit a home run. It's really quite delicate and funky.

Taste:
Crisp and drinkable, barnyard funk, and a potent bitterness. This is the complete brettanized saison and it's got all the elements that I'm looking for. I honestly can compare it to much else...

Mouthfeel:
The initial sip is lemon drop sweetness that's instantly pulverized by resiny hops and a biting alcohol. I would say this beer is light-medium bodied and provides tremendous carbonation. The aftertaste that lingers is funky, dry, and bitter.

Overall:
Wow, this is quite the beer and I'm glad I could finally try it. Initially opening the bottle I'm blown away and can't wait to try one a few months down the line.

ThePorterSorter, Feb 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle # 17780 from 2011.

This pours a clear golden straw color with a tremendous amount of foam. There’s a yeasty, estery, funky aroma to this, familiar to anyone who has had Boulevard’s Tank 7 saison. Similar flavor on the mouth, yeasty, floral, estery with a dry finish. Wonderful character, with a lemony tang whispering underneath. As it warms it holds up.

elNopalero, Feb 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

shwillivanilli, Feb 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

leschkie, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of NickTickler
4/5  rDev -6.8%

NickTickler, Feb 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Reknirt, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of hoppymcgee
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

hoppymcgee, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of freduardo
5/5  rDev +16.6%

freduardo, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of mindspin315
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crazy amount of head...half the glass and even with a gentle pour. Hazy golden yellow body. Some carbonation visible through the haze.

The Brett is imparting some really nice aromas here. Not as strong as a lot of Brett brews, but a nice presence. Wet hay and horse blanket aromas. The Brett has more I would say of an outdoor kind of funk than a musty basement smell. The aroma is more earthy and outdoor than inside and musty. Like with many Saison/Farmhouse beers I get an apple skin and fresh cut apple aroma. Also a delicious lemony zest goodness on the nose.

Flavors I get are of lemon, light pepper notes which add a spiciness to the mouthfeel, vanilla, white grape, and apple skins. The mouthfeel is smooth, bready, carbonation makes itself known, and the mildest of tartness sits way in the background. Very refreshing, mild bitterness in the finish, and drys out quickly...keeps you wanting to come back for more.

The one surprisingly missing aspect is the sourness in the taste. The faintest tart flavor comes through, but the wild yeast is not giving any mouth puckering sourness. Very balanced and almost unbelievable that this beer is 8.5%. It drinks so easy.

[95/100]

mindspin315, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

GuisseppeFranco, Feb 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Fitzmke, Feb 04, 2012
Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,525 ratings.