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Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

2,312 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,312
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 538
Gots: 595 | FT: 47
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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oline73

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy orangish golden color with over two fingers of white head that dissipates leaving a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Quite herbal and a bit like hay. Some hints of lemon in there too.

Taste: A bit acidic, but the dominant flavor is herbal, hay, and has a slight musty quality to it. There are some citrus notes with a very acidic finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, champaign like carbonation, dry finish.

Overall: I wasn't impressed given the high expectations I had. I just assumed I would love this beer. The mix of flavors threw me off. I guess this goes to show why there is more than one beer, different strokes for different folks.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 22:38:31 | More by oline73
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Bubba83

California

4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lucky enough to grab a couple bottles this year. Reviewing one of these 2011s. Bottle #8573. Cork was tough to get out and hit the ceiling, narrowly avoiding my eye. Poured into a tulip at 45 degrees. I was worried about it gushing but only lost a small amount of head, didn't gush too bad.

Looks perfect in all ways. The color is a gorgeous light golden orange. A bright white head tops it off, I poured carefully but it was still about 3 finger widths tall. The head looks pillowy and like it's just floating right on top. Hundreds of tiny bubbles just flow up through the glass, crazier looking than even champagne. Great retention and lacing, literally couldn't improve the appearance one bit.

Smells soooo awesome it's hard to contain myself. Green apple, pear skin, green raisin, mango, coconut, traces of barnyard funk. Big trace note of lingering banana. Some little hints of peppery clove in the finish. I think this is one of the best beers I've ever smelled, and definitely tops for the style.

Tastes fantastic too. A lot of the flavors come right through from the aroma, apple and pear first, then on to peach and apricot. Moving on through we fade into a decent hit of barnyard funk, more character from the brett than I'd have thought since the beer hasn't had all that much time to develop.

A medium feel with a big effervescence coming through from the bubbles. The feel is pretty nice and oily swirling it around. Maybe it could be a tad more mellow and that in turn could make it feel more drinkable, but it's great.

Overall I love this beer so much. I think it's got everything I love out of the Saison style, with the complexity from the brett that just puts it over the top for me. It truly is an exceptional beer. Can't wait to revisit this in a couple years.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 06:00:24 | More by Bubba83
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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a La Chouffe tulip.

A- Light golden, almost all head when poured. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

S- Citrus and spices primarily. Brett comes through as it warms and gives it a barnyard/funk aroma.

T- Tastes like a typical saison with a little Belgium pale ale mixed in, but then the Brett comes through and gives it a little sour, funky flavor at the finish.

M- Thin with a lot of carbonation. Bitter and funk leaves you with a dry mouth feel.

O- Kind of torn with this one. The funky aroma at first smell got my hopes up, but the sour didn't really come through in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 02:47:32 | More by kawilliams81
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jamescain

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Arnold’s tasting glass, thanks to texasclimber for sharing this one

Appearance: Very pale yellow, close to white, with a very fluffy white head about two inches high with apparent lively carbonation.

Aroma: An elegant mix of fruity aromas burst from my glass. There is not apparent brett funk, yet you can tell it is there if you know what you are looking for. The brett gives off more fruity aromas instead. There are tropical fruit notes and citrus mixed with the typical peppery yeasty notes.

Taste: Bready, yeastsy, peppery, citrusy and fruity, I’m not sure how many other adjectives I can use to describe the taste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean and refreshing. Very dry finish and high carbonation with a light body make this a definite easy drinking beer.

Overall: I was shocked with how much I enjoyed this beer. If you can find it I would highly recommend picking it up.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 15:07:29 | More by jamescain
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sweetwillyrolbar

North Dakota

4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From my Libbey Embassy Royale Poco Grande tulip.

Appearance: Pale straw/golden in color. Expected more haziness, but the first pour has excellent clarity. Subsequent pours get progressively hazier, and the last I couldn't see my hand through the glass. Soft, pillowy white head which takes its time settling. As the beer clears its way farther down the cup, the white foam utterly clings to the cup; excellent retention.

Smell: Slight white pepper, but very apparent funk of straw/dirt. (The earthy character I expected.) If you scraped a horses hoof of dirt on the underside and then smelled it.... divided by two. Some citrus, rather musty.

Taste: WOW. What a pick for my first brett beer. This pleasant, but unmistakably sharp bite of this beer just kicks you in the mouth. The phrase I've heard, "barnyard funk", is extremely appropriate. This flavor is, however, difficult to understand until you experience it. Wonderfully complex, with an array of flavors beginning to end. As for ABV... what ABV? Highly drinkable. Bit yeasty, and slight apple tartness. The funk dominates waaay more than the faint tart qualities.

Mouthfeel: Fuller than I had expected, but still light and appropriate for the style. Very appropriate carbonation, so refreshing yet flavorful.

Overall: I expected a lot from this beer and it lived up to expectation 100%. Simply one of the best examples for the style, in my experience. Elegantly & unapologetically funky.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 17:13:05 | More by sweetwillyrolbar
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srandycarter

California

3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky straw, Huge white small bubbled head that last forever. Lots of cling lace.

S - Citric funk. Sharp ripe smells.

T - Full barn sour taste, lots of sour citric, nice malt profile in there too.

M - Medium body, good carb, nice balance, sours to the end.

D - Very nice. Tasty!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 02:25:02 | More by srandycarter
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doughanson78

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Light amber/yellow. Hazy. Three finger head, very rocky, bright white, huge bubbles, great retention, nice lacing.

S: Slight sour qualities. Fresh cut grass. Citrusy. Apples, lemon, some light apricot. Little funk.Fresh cut grass.

T: Light spiciness. Light funk. Some grassy/earthy notes. Lemony. A slight fruitiness. Some tartness towards the end. Pretty yeasty. Peppery.

M: Light bodied, without being watery. Crisp. Very dry.

O: Good beer. Not a huge fan of the saison's. A refreshing beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 02:24:35 | More by doughanson78
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rsdaugherty

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into oversized wine glass, bottle #16501, batch # 2011-2
A – A hazy shady yellow brew with a touch of orange, moderate plus carbonation, 1 finger plus head faded to a thin layer but that took some time, moderate lacing 4
S – Pear, apple with notes of apricot, spice, white pepper & citrus with an overall musty character 4
T – A peppery apple pear lemon zest clove orgy, the brett is present but plays a secondary role. Crisp with a “dryness” but it feels wet. Floral apple peel finish. 4
M – Carbonation is bold and works with this brew, moderate mouth feel that is crisp with a dry finish 3.5
O – High ABV is masked well, a refreshing saison with a lot of complexity that is fun to drink, but the durability of flavor doesn’t keep my interest, a bit restrained 4

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 04:21:32 | More by rsdaugherty
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gatornation

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from bottle 2706,,BB 3/2013

A-pours a hazy sunshine yellow color with a huge head that slowly recedes with nice lacing and cap

S- was lemon and malt with a musty earthy smell,fruit and spices along with hops,a touch of baked bread

T- was malts and hops with just a small musty barnyard taste in every sip... picked up fruit like apples and pears,lemon grass and citrus hops

M- lots of carbonation in this one its tart with a dry finish a touch of funk in the background

O- its a good saison but it may need to be aged for awhile.. i drank one now and will age 2 more till next year.. a good saison pick some up

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 22:08:34 | More by gatornation
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Evenly hazy light gold color. Poured a massive 4 finger white head with excellent retention. Very active. Laced in big patches.

S: Sour barnyard funk. Wholesome pale malt. Lemon rind, fruity esters and some light spices round out the nose. Alcohol.

T: Crisp pale malt and sour funk. Some hop character comets through in the middle. Dry and slightly bitter in the finish. A little warming alcohol.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation; very active in the glass and on the palate. Dry finish with a little warming alcohol.

O: Very drinkable and enjoyable. Remarkably refreshing and even clean in the finish. ABV is masked well.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 16:30:21 | More by Haybeerman
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daveytheformer

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes.

Pours a mildly hazy bright yellow with a huge thick white head that fades to a good amount of lacing.

Smells like cloves, anise, peppercorns and bubblegum. Sweet and spicy with a strong yeast characteristic.

Tastes follow the aroma with a nice dry, earthy finish. Lots of sweet bubblegum with a light crisp malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is light to medium. Very pleasant.

Overall is really good and I plan on buying more to cellar.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 19:41:29 | More by daveytheformer
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jnewman83

Kansas

4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This, very simply is one of the best beers I've ever had. The aroma is unique, at lease compared to any beer I've had before, and reminded me of a field after a heavy rain....if that makes any sense. I'm currently cellaring a bottle that I plan on opening in celebration of graduating with my master's in December.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 02:51:42 | More by jnewman83
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Azurescens

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle, 2011 batch poured into Hair of the dog tulip, reviewed on 7/24/11.

A: Pours a clear golden color with hints of orange and a large white head that leaves patches of frothy lacing around glass. Lots of effervescent bubble racing to get to the surface.

S: Pale malt, barnyard funk, lemony citrus notes, some spice and slightly fruity esters as well. Hints of alcohol as it warms up a bit.

T: Slightly tart, crisp pale malt and funky notes, hints of herbal hops especially on the finish and barely any detectable alcohol.

M: Crisp and tart light body with moderate-high carbonation and dry finish.

O: Highly drinkable and amazingly refreshing, especially on this hot July evening. The funky notes from the addition of brett are a great complement to the base beer. The 8.5% ABV is really well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 00:48:09 | More by Azurescens
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UTCengOwl

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've known about this beer for a while... even brewed by own 3711 + Orval types. Saisons and brett yeast just seem made for each other. This one just doesn't disappoint in mixing them. Great, earthy balance. Mmm... Served from a corked and caged into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

This is clearer than I would have guessed. Orangeish yellow body. Effervescent carbonation coming out of the bottom. Huge, awesome white head. Doesn't have the density that I would prefer, but it just stays around. I have pillows of foam all over the glass, not just laces. Was a 4.0, but the head just won't die away.

The nose is... not as saison-y as I would have thought. The Tank 7 is a lot spicier from what I remember. The brett is right there, though. Not overpowering, but definitely present. Earthy and funky, well blended. A bit of underlying sweet citrus is there, too. This stuff controls the brett better than most anything else I've had. Still, I think I need a bit more of a kick from the nose to pump up the score.

The taste is also brett-dominated. Appropriately dry. Far too drinkable for the ABV... though you can tell it's there. The funk is the base of the taste. Earthy and horse blanket. Maybe a bit of sugar cookie and lemon back there. All well blended and something I keep wanting to drink more. This is great stuff and I'll enjoy downing the rest of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 01:46:16 | More by UTCengOwl
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Cantillon wine glass. Bottle generously provided as an extra by mizzouguy in the 'Hype Train BIF', thanks Joel!

2011 vintage, bottle #06631

A - The pour yields to a heavily carbonated brew, even a slow pour creates a rapidly rising pillow of foam. Being that the bane of saisons is a lack of carbonation, I am not disappointed in the level of carbonation in this. Just take it slow and steady while pouring. It finally settles to about 3 fingers worth of head, containing millions of minuscule bubbles and lasting pretty much the entirety of the glass due to the multiple streams of carbonation working together to sustain it. Despite the long lasting head, the lacing isn't very sticky, so there are haphazard clumps of foam sticking to the glass. Still pretty, however. The body is a sickly pale yellow, even lighter than a straw color, and is mostly clear.

S - The nose on this is quite pleasant, actually. I wasn't completely sure what to expect, but the Brett characteristics really accentuate and complement the saison base in this beer. At no point, however, did I feel the Brett dominated. It's incredibly balanced, and the Brett adds just the right amount of funk and tartness to make the already barnyard-ish qualities of a saison pop. You can still get the grass, lemon, and citrus of the base while getting that dank, somewhat stale barn and hay quality. Very interesting for sure.

T - The taste is an almost perfect translation from the nose. Almost immediately it begins with the more traditional saison flavors with the lemon and grass and even some pepper before entertaining some of the Brett influence. Moderate amount of funk and tartness, not really sour in the least, and even some nice malts. Overall pretty funky and very unique. The end leaves just a sliver of alcohol to prove that there really is some of the 8.50% showing through, and even some floral and pineapple notes from the hops.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately light with high carbonation. Almost a perfect mouthfeel right down to the bone dry finish that keeps you coming back for more.

D/O - Drinkability is high. This isn't the most sexy beer, but it's an interesting concept that has a near flawless execution. Although Brett beers and saisons aren't exactly near the top of my list of favorite styles, this is an excellently crafted beer that is worthy of praise. Solid and keeps me coming back for more. This is a beer that shows that craft beer can be considered in the same realm as wine and fine spirits.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 03:20:27 | More by nhindian
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sleestak4life

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

7fity of the 2009. Pours hazy straw yellow with a huge pillowy head. Aroma is brett-a-riffic with citrus and soap. Flavor is grassy and lemony, and definitely brings the funk. Dry finish and light on the standard saison spiciness. Effervescent carbonation and light mouthfeel. World class.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 17:00:37 | More by sleestak4life
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nataku00

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2011 bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer is very heavily carbonated light yellow/straw colored beer that generated a massive three plus finger head on a gentle pour. Slight amount of haze but tons of carbonation streams up from the bottom of the glass. Head retention was very good, with a finger of head lasting for a long time until the carbonation started to wain. Champagne like beer deserving of the cork.

Nose is heavy brettanomyces, funky dank barnyard, hay, and fresh cut grass. Some light citrus and floral hops make this a really interesting smelling beer.

Follows the nose and the name, the brett character is the main star, funky wet barnyard mixed with hay and grass and another assorted fauna hits the tongue first. Not overpowering though as there a good amount of herbal floral and light citrus hop character there as well. Light biscuit sweetness and a nice dry and floral finish.

Light bodied and highly carbonated but the bubbles were not aggressive and prickly on the tongue. Very refreshing for a warm day outside, which is when I had my glass of this beer. I'm glad this was my Boulevard beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 03:30:53 | More by nataku00
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KeefD

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow-ish orange color with a large white head that left some sheets of lacing on the glass. Aroma is dry, grassy, some notes of lemon and only a very light brett funk. Taste is pretty much the same, brett notes are very subtle, lightly tart, a touch of lemon and leather, but man this thing is dry and really crisp and refreshing. A bit of fruit and citrusy hops in the background. Nothing really stands out in the flavor, everything is just very light and mellow. I suppose I was expecting more brett/lemon character, but it's bone dry and not overly complex. Crisp, dry mouthfeel, carbonation is also lower than expected. Maybe I was expecting way more brett character,maybe this just needs more time in the bottle, but I'm not overly impressed. It tastes good, but just not much flavor overall. I say hang on to these bottles for a year and see what happens.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 16:14:30 | More by KeefD
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calebroberts811

Oklahoma

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super excited about this. Here it goes.

A - One of the prettiest beers I've ever seen. Bulging, rocky, tight white head with a good three fingers that lasted forever. Beautiful amber straw color with the perfectly appealing haze.

S - Enter the Brett. Funky, sour, biting pineapple with other tropical notes. Old wood and mustiness are forefront.

T - The dry-hopping makes for a very different saison experience and the slight bitterness compensates for the funkiness. But the compensation is complimentary and it becomes a simply delightful, clean, refreshing finish.

M - Tingly yet dense, refreshing yet substantial.

O - Bravo.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 16:30:41 | More by calebroberts811
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bbeane

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a PALM laser etched snifter... starts with a HUGE white head that disappears at a snails pace leaving behind a nice webbed lacing around the walls of the glass. Beer is golden in color mild activity

S- First wiff gives off a malty sweet aroma mixed with some light earthy notes and slight evidence of the brett. After some swirls of the snifter, the yeasty aroma overpowers all

T- Starts a bit tart and funky with a very obvious, but not obnoxious, hoppy bitterness. Finishes with the dry hopped flavor slightly intensifying along with growing earthy funk flavor

M- Very smooth, lightly carbonated with a light/medium body

O- Everything I had hoped from this one... good saison accompanied by a distinct brett characteristic. Anxious to let the others I have sit and mature

CHEERS

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 02:55:26 | More by bbeane
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mdvatab

Indiana

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

Poured from 750ml bottle into Ommegang chalice.
2011 Batch "Best By: 3/2013"

Aroma: Clove-like spiciness, lemon, honeysuckle sweetness, and light, musky grapefruit.

Appearance: Thick 3+ finger white miringue-like rocky head, which leaves significant Belgian lace. One of the best heads of foam I've seen on a brew. Body is slightly-hazy golden yellow with high effervesence.

Flavor: Appropriately sweet, lemon peel, white pepper, light tartness. Orange-like floral character. Notable light earthy funk. Bitter, yet clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice, crisp effervesence, medium mouthfeel, and light peppery heat which appears and hangs on after effervesence subsides.

Overall: A complex, yet refreshing beer, which is especially great during the summer months. The carbonation and light acidity would make this one work extremely well with food. It's an excellent mix of light sweetness, bitterness, crisp CO2, peppery phenols, and a dry finish. I'll be interested in trying another bottle of this vintage after cellaring it for a couple of years!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 02:37:54 | More by mdvatab
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claspada

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 11166/13400 from the 2009-Batch 2 thanks to my new favorite trading partner hoppymcgee.
Pours a gorgeous honey yellow with ample carbonation that creates at glorious eggshell foam cap. Aromas begin with a combination of pale grain bready maltiness with some grass, lemon zest and a subtle amount of wet hay and musty funk. Not nearly as funky as I was expecting.
The tastes begin with light sourdough bread and lemon zest hoppiness are still going strong; with some lighter white pepper and light spicy clove. This is a great blend of light sweet malt which highlights the Belgian yeast Saison flavors. As it warms you get a little more of the earthy and grassy flavors. The finish is fuller/sweeter than I expected but still finishes on the dryer side; the higher ABV maybe to blame for the fuller/sweet flavors. Citrus flavors really open up and become apparent as this warms. Just like in the nose, this brew is not nearly as sour and Bretty as I was expecting which I enjoy because it highlights the dry hopping and nice malt bill of the brew. Plenty of carbonation on this guy as well.
Overall I really enjoyed this beer. It is equally as good as the Saison Valtour that I had the other day but not as Brett influenced as I was hoping for/expecting judging from the name. Two years haven't added much funk so I assume this guy can/should be saved for at least 3 more years, so if you have one, hide it from yourself and forget about this for a while if your looking for more funk. I think it just fine right now though, highly recommend, definitely 1 of the top 2 Saisons I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 23:47:10 | More by claspada
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy orangish yellow colow with a thick slightly off-white foam head with really nice retention. There is ample amounts of lacing.

S: A decent amount of barnyard funk, with a small amount of wet hay. There is some tart cherry and granny smith apples as well. In the middle there is some nice malt character that comes through, mild white toast flavors. This tones down the tartness. On the back end, it is really dry with a hint of alcohol and some black pepper spice touching the back of the mouth and tongue.

M: Leaves a dry tart taste on the palate. A nice medium body with just enough carbonation.

O: This is a great Saison. Had a tasting of it while waiting in line for the Gratitude release and was happy to finally get my hands on another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 22:38:38 | More by IronCitySteve
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HaysAmerica

Kansas

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750ml bottle into the Boulevard signature glass for the style. Pours w/ a TON of carbonation! Huge amount of tiny little tightly compacted bubbles. White head for miles. The first glass was a almost clear while the last was hazy. Started off w/ a great golden straw color & eventually turning into a fabulous burnt orange w/ a bit of yellow around the lateral of the glass. The smell is of grapefruit, peppercorn, & yeast. A nice combo of several things coming together, namely the dry hopping!!!

Taste is very complex & one of my favorite beers. Grapefruit, peppery, earthy Brett character, lemon, & a nice bit of citrus hops. I love the fact that they not only hopped this well to start w/ but then also dry hopped this monster. Each glass was a pleasure to drink!

Overall, I can see why this is rated as an outstanding beer. The mouthfeel is light & the drinkability is extremely high. You'll feel the 8.5% ABV so be careful. But overall, this fits like a glove for the hot weather. My only criticism is, I think that Tank 7 (known for being the little brother of this bad boy) is actually my favorite. I'll wait to cellar the others for at least another 6 months to a year before trying. Maybe that'll change my mind. Either way, PROSIT!

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 02:13:31 | More by HaysAmerica
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AmericanGothic

Iowa

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a Unibroue tulip. 2011 vintage.

A: Pours a hazy yellow orange with two fingers of off-white head. Strong retention and lace, with vigorous carbonation.

S: Mellow tart aromas of green apples, backed by light fruit notes.

T: Wow. Leads with the tartness, but still allows the other saison notes to come through-- some creamy notes, light fruits, semi-dry biscuit. The flavor profile changes with each sip-- sometimes the tartness doesn't come up front, but waits until the middle or end. Some oak is apparent on the finish. About half way through the glass, the alcohol starts to poke through on the finish as well, but it does not get out of hand. Now the creamy fruits take another turn at the front. It's like a mood ring, constantly changing. Bubblegum gets a turn as well.

M: Extremely smooth mouthfeel, very creamy, utterly fantastic.

O: Oh yeah, this is a great beer. The smell is a bit timid, but the rest does not disappoint and the mouthfeel is really over the top. Worth seeking out. Pricey ($13/750 ml) but well worth it. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

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