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Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,732 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,732
Reviews: 684
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 598
Gots: 695 | FT: 48
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Crosling on 04-13-2007

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
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Photo of HattedClassic
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Pours a clear golden straw color with very white and vigorous head. Leaves a significant amount of lacing.

Smell:
A slight frutiness masked by what smells like moldy wood or at least the sort of smell of a fresh barn. I also get some lemon smells along with a tartness and some sort of yeast.

Taste:
A strong tart taste masks some fruity traces. I think the fruity flavor strongly resembles apricot and lemon. The hops are bitter but with a slightly musky taste that blends well

Mouthfeel:
Light bodied feel and semi-dry. There is also plenty of biting carbonation.

Overall:
A pretty good beer and good interpretation of the style. I tink the extreme tartiness might turn some people off though but letting the beer air out a little might let the fruit tones come out more.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.34/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beer pours an nice yellow straw color with quite a bit of haze and a white head.

The aroma is of lemon grass and barnyard. Not a bad balance.

The beer tastes very earthy and goat is ever present.

Medium mouthfeel.

The brett in this beer is very forward. I have never licked a goat but if I did this is how I imagine it would taste. It is just too overwhelming in this beer.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is one of the best saisons ive ever had, really really really. it pours a dusty blonde color with a splendid white head that floats like a cloud. the nose is pretty farmy, yeasty, properly sour from the brett, and herbal. flavor is quite similar to the nose, but it comes in waves. theres a great malted wheat flavor underneath it all that you taste right at first, then comes the funky yeasts and the sour is in the finish. also a decidedly czech malt doughy flavor that carries on throughout. there is everything from black pepper to pickled lemons on my palate, and i cant get enough of this. the feel is also near perfect, smooth and thick, expansive in the mouth, but not at all filling or heavy. i could drink this everyday if i could afford it. it went magically with an aged goats gouda from holland, and i am dying to drink another bottle of this. its that good.

Photo of Savearth
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Updated to full review on 5/27/2013.

Poured out of a brown 750 mL bottle into a Boulevard tulip glass. This is a fresh bottle of the 2013 batch, and the bottle reads "4100 cases produced".

Appearance - Body is the color of golden straw with orange highlights; a thin stream of carbonation bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. Looks like liquid gold. The head is a buttery color with small and large bubbles that expand as they evaporate, leaving rocky head that fades after about a minute. The final lacing is spotty.

Smell - I love the complexity that the brett brings to the Tank 7 recipe. Funk, orange citrus, some flowery notes--maybe lavender--and earthy peat as well. Phenolic character peeks through.

Taste - Again the presence of the brett makes for a yeast-dominated base, but it also makes this particular saison a little less drinkable, but not in a bad way. Some amazing beers aren't highly drinkable. There is some herbal bitterness and hoppy notes, even some essence of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied, with ample carbonation, but there is a lingering bitterness to the aftertaste that is a little too strong.

Overall, a stellar beer, but I think I prefer the versatility to the base Tank 7 recipe a little better. However, you can't change and evolve Tank 7 the same way you can Saison-Brett, so I'm looking forward to watching this one grow and re-reviewing.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of vitters03
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of JohnBender
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Prost76
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of FullObs
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Hopswagger
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle #11766

P:  A glistening golden apricot body with floods of zesty effervescence and a bountiful frothy crown of pure white head. Hazy and multitudes of floaters swimming around.  Retention is fantastic leaving a thick creamy top and life clinging lacing. Looks almost too good to drink...but not that good. 

S:  The nose presents a cornucopia of complex ingredients including basement funk, fresh citrus, moldy wood, medicinal aroma, licorice, a hint of dill pickles, fresh herbs and spices. The aroma has a timid funk that reminds me of a petting zoo and feeding the animals the pellet feed.  The aroma is outstanding and I can't get enough.

T/M:  First sip produces spicy yeast eaters, apple peels, honey, lemon, orange zest, and a peppery alcohol bite.  The earthy grain, citrus and herbal hops create a great dryness with a slight powdery film.  Fluffy and aggressively carbonated mouthfeel that lingehong teen tea, honey and lemongrass.

O:   Well what can I say other than "WOW!".  Super complex and completely harmonious. I enjoy the difference between glasses it gets fuller, funkier and spicier with each one. This is hands down my favorite saison. Well done Boulevard.  

Photo of danems64
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of WritersBlock
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My my. Poured only an 8th inch head but lasted well and stayed laced throughout. Body is a pretty clear gold with even a hint of green gold unless this bar's light is messing with me. Smells richly of malt with a little dried fruit and some tropical unamable funk. Taste is great, echoing the smell and also having hints of cola, pencil shavings, and melon rind. Lasts long on the palette. Nice job Boulevard, you did KC proud.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,732 ratings.