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Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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2,710 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,710
Reviews: 679
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.49%
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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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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. Bottled February 2012.

Beer is a slightly hazy golden colour. Medium sized white head. Moderate retention.

Smell is floral and fruity. Tart brett scents mix in very well with the expected saison scents. A little funky, but not as much as I had expected. Very nice.

Brett is right upfront in the taste, a little bit tart, with some funk and barnyard flavour. White pepper, some other spice flavours. Lemon. Fruity. Some bitterness from the hops, a bit grassy. Quite dry. Funky aftertaste. Complex indeed.

Medium bodied, pretty low carbonation level, particularly for the style. The result makes it feel a bit heavier than it is. Alcohol pretty well hidden.

Overall, a really good beer. I am interested to have a bottle sit for a year and see how the flavour develops.

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4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked/Caged 2012 Bottle poured into Tulip, got two more in the cellar but wanted to taste this fresh.

Pours a thick head with lots of distinct bubbles, lacing died off as the beer warms and gets near the end of the glass.

First off is all the brett funk on the nose, army blanket, burlap, grains, but underneath and as it cools is tons of fresh lemon, pepper, some vague warm spices, and some Noble hops earthiness. Complex to say the least and extremely enjoyable and captivating to see the different layers.

Taste is all sweet lemon sorbet and spices once it warms and you get used to the funk. First sips are all brett again though, same grains, burlap etc, but it's very in balance with everything else. Very nicely balanced for a saison, just enough sweetness to keep you drinking with just a touch of dryness.

Carbonation is light to medium, for such a high ABV beer it feels surprisingly light in the mouth but certainly not thin. For a saison it's just where I want it to be for easy summer drinking.

Excited to see this beer develop over the next couple months/year, had a 2011 Saison Brett a couple weeks ago and it was much more funky/brett forward.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had Boulevard's Saison-Brett on tap at Lord Hobo in Cambridge, MA this past weekend. It being a pretty rare beer to see around in bottles, never mind on tap, I had to give it a try. I'm really getting into Saisons...almost as much as IPAs. Saison-Brett was served in a tulip glass.

Appearance (4/5): Saison-Brett pours a hazy, bright yellow color and is topped with a one-finger white, bubbly head of foam that recedes quickly, forming a ring of white. Saison-Brett is the picture of a typical Saison; it looks nice, but there isn't anything incredibly special about its appearance...it's aroma and taste, on the other hand...

Smell (4.5/5): Saison-Brett smells...well, VERY Brett-y. Funky, peppery, notes from the Brettanoymyces yeast stand out, overshadowing the standard Saison aromas of lemon, grass, wheat, and herbal hops. They aren't completely overshadowed, though, meaning this beer has a strong and complex nose to it. Very interesting. Makes me want to drink it big time!

Taste (4.5/5): I am immediately struck by this beer's similarity to both Green Flash's Rayon Vert and Orval. The Brettanomyces character is just so bold, and in a great way. Brett funk flavor gives way, as in the nose, to herbal, earthy hops (this Saison is dry-hopped), notes of lemon, wheat, and some biscuity malt. Though this is quite a big beer at 8.5% abv, you cannot taste a trace of alcohol flavor. Instead, the tongue is bathed in a soft funkiness that really never becomes sour and evolves as the beer warms. What an ode to strangely balanced yet weird flavor of Brettanomyces!

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): I love the mouthfeel on this beer. The secret, as with all things with this beer, is the Brett. The Brett lends a light prickliness to the feel of this medium bodied beer that is just excellent. The medium carbonation is a good match for this beer and allows it to achieve a smooth and creamy feel. The drinkability is relatively high; this beer goes down easy and never feels 'hot'.

Overall (4.5/5): Saison-Brett is an excellent beer. It has all the elements of a very good big (high abv.) Saison, but the addition of Brett as an integral ingredient puts it over the top and makes it one of the most memorable examples of the style that I have had. If you're curious what a beer with Brett in it tastes like and you're adventurous, you can't go wrong purchasing a glass or bottle of this next time you see it.

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4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Duvel tulip

A: Pours a hazy golden-straw color. There is a vibrant white head of 1.5 fingers which bubbles away fairly quickly.

S: The aroma is potent; I can smell it as I pour. Tart funk springs out of the glass, followed by some farmhouse flavors and a touch of lemon/sour apple and vinegar. Mild notes of pepper and pear. Wheat and wet hay round out the aroma.

T: Nearly no tartness, just funk. The farmhouse/saison flavor is enhanced by a strong, earthy undertone. Bready malt follows and leads into some spicy notes. Belgian yeast contributes its signature flavors: banana, cloves and some esters. The Brett funk increases both as the beer warms and as I savor my sips. Strong wet hay, wool, and horse blanket complement the earthy character nicely. Sour apple is present but subdued.

M: Moderate-high level of some sharp carbonation, but it works perfectly for the style. Medium bodied with a little bit of estery alcohol.

O: Fantastic. Not the sourest beer ever, so I'm glad I have another in the cellar. Everything comes together perfectly. Sour complements saison.

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4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden with a bone white frothy head. Nice torrent of carbonation rises from the center of the glass, pretty.

S: Brett brett brett all over this thing, way more than I expected. Soft damp wool, lemon rind, leaves & earth, slightly medicinal but never unappealing. Delicious, highly complex, beautiful.

T: The beer evolves over my palate for a good 15 seconds after every sip. A layer of crisp spicy phenolics, a sort of cucumber fruitiness in the middle, a wallop of soft living brett character in the finish with some herbal qualities. Absolutely delicious beer.

M: The carbonation is perfect for a beer of this magnitude. I was expecting a DuPont-esque volcanic carbonation but this is creamier and smoother. Awesome sipper but highly refreshing when you want it to be.

This beer exceeded my expections, would buy many again.

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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.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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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.

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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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.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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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.

Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,710 ratings.