Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 2,422 | Reviews: 659 | Display Reviews Only:
4.03/5 rDev -6.3%
750 ml caged and corked bottle, 2011 vintage, bottle #21339, Batch 2011-2, best by date of 03-2013. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about an inch and a half frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is a bit spicy, the brew smells like peppery spice, bready malt, citrus peel, apricots, earthy yeast and brett. The brew tastes like bready malt, citrus peel, herbs/flowers, earthy hops, hay, brett and a bit of mint. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, and it's well carbonated. I think this is a good brew, I'd pick this up again in the future.
11-12-2011 00:56:07 | More by bluejacket74
4.05/5 rDev -5.8%
This became kind of a sensation which sold out quickly, but for some reason, it was under the radar around here. I bought one and kept it for about 6 months.
Poured into the typical glass and got the large head and clear pale yellow body.
Nose was spicy and anticeptic or bandaid. I found this a drawback but it did not affect the drink.
Taste was not as great as I expected. Lemon peel and hops with spice. The body was not as heavy as others. The carbonation was really good as you would expect. This is an easy beer to drink, but I didn't find it any more fulfilling that some of the easy ones to get like Hennipin or Tank 7. Not as wild as some of the other Bretts I have had.
11-07-2011 02:45:56 | More by daledeee
4/5 rDev -7%
Drank at Tapwerks in Oklahoma City (from notes)
A: Pours a light straw yellow with a massive white head that perfectly settled on the edges.
S: Spicy , earthy and a minty presence. There is a light farmhouse aroma, nothing wild, I may have for one reason or another expected it to be slightly more untamed. Slight funk that is subdued but there.
T: Relatively sweet and minty. My first reaction was not extremely fond of the mint presence I had. Perhaps this was completely from the play between the brett and the saison yeasts, but it was not my favorite saison that I have had and I may have had higher expectations based on the 'hype' surrounding this beer.
M: Highly carbonated and a light mouthfeel.
O: I have brewed a few great saisons that came out great and I felt let down on this one. I have also enjoyed some other American saisons more than this and didn't see what all the fuss was about. A good saison, just not standing out in any particular way for me.
11-05-2011 02:12:30 | More by alpinebryant
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
750 ml bottle poured into a pint glass
A - straw colored body with some light carbonation visible. massive fluffy head that looks like white cotton candy. big carbonation bubbles which recede in strange patterns slowly with some great lacing.
S - a mix of sour notes and what you would normally expect from a saison. sour apple dough malts lemon zest and spicy yeast are all in there.
T - sour notes that were prevalent in the nose are there but much more subdued. sour apple mostly and it sits in the back. earthiness holds the main body of this with some pine hops in there. really good stuff.
M - medium bodied with lots and lots of carbonation maybe too much. alcohol is definitely felt in the back of the mouth and a bit on the throat. nice dry finish here.
O - an excellent saison track this one down.
10-28-2011 01:33:16 | More by celticfutblclub
United Kingdom (England)
4.6/5 rDev +7%
One of the better beers I have ever had.
Poured into a typical pint glass. Giant head around three finger thick and stayed lively for the entire session. Big earthy taste from the yeast and was perfectly balanced in taste and apperance. Laced all the way down the glass and the taste maintained with temperature change. This beer does all Belgium styled beers a great justice and should be recommended to all who love beer.
I look forward to trying more Boulevard beers.
10-24-2011 22:31:29 | More by firedog23
4.22/5 rDev -1.9%
Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A - Pours a hazy yellow-orange with three full fingers of coarse white head. Great retention but minimal lacing.
S - Spicy and bready with a hint of earthy carrots. Has a very nice hoppy herbal quality to it reminiscent of a more concentrated czech pilsener. Mild hints of booze and citrus peel are evident as well. With warming, I definitely get a whiff of some of the "funkiness" from the brettanomyces.
T - Semi-sweet and citrusy up front with that killer brett funk jumping right into the fray early on as well. I also get some mild acidic tang. Again, earthy hops, and smooth bitterness through the middle. A little booze and lots of dry toasty barley sweetness through the finish.
M - Medium body. Carbonation is great. This is one of the few styles where I really appreciate lots of carbonation because it goes so well with the dry, spicy bite of the saison style. Finishes a little syrupy for my taste though.
Overall- Definitely one of the better saisons I have ever tried and certainly the best American-made saison I've had. Way to go, Boulevard!
10-24-2011 02:08:42 | More by rundocrun
4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
Received in a trade from lnashsig. Thanks a lot Lee!
2011 poured to a Duvel tulip.
Popped out the cork and the bottle started to foam immediately. Poured about 5oz or so and got about four fingers of white rocky head that hung around for about five minutes until there was nothing left but a mound of head in the middle of the glass over the laser etching.
Aroma is tart and and earthy funk with bready notes, a little citrus and a slight metallic aroma.
Taste has some citrus with lots of yeasty characteristics, and a tiny bit of fruitiness.
Great mouthfeel. Nice and sticky it keeps the the flavor around. Medium carbonation with a very smooth finish.
Overall I'd say I'd be fine working in the sun for 8 hours a day for 20+ pints of this guy!
10-21-2011 20:40:57 | More by hdelavega
4.58/5 rDev +6.5%
Thanks to JeepCop for this one. (2011 Vintage)
A: Pours a cloudy straw with hints of gold. There is an enormous pure white head that slowly settles. Some serious lacing clings to the glass as the beer drinks.
S: Smells sour and earthy. The Brett is pretty pungent in this brew, but there are underlying notes of honey and clove. I also get a bit of booze in the nose.
T: Starts off bready with some mild sour brett. The clove and honey start to come through nicely, but the wild yeast is always present. The great part about this beer is that the funk never gets too overwhelming. As the bitter brettanomyces starts to fade, the palate is left really dry.
M: Medium bodied beer that starts and finishes dry.
O: This beer is fantastic. I'm really enjoying it. It has a great balance of flavors and funk. If Boulevard distributed in my area I'd be buying this brew all of the time.
10-21-2011 20:25:08 | More by trxxpaxxs
4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
2011 vintage, poured into a Piraat tulip.
A massive head swarmed up instantly, causing me to stop the pour about 8oz in. The thick, bone white foam receded slowly, coating the sides of the glass. The body is hazy and the color or golden straw.
The nose has lots of funky, earthy overtones sitting on top of a yeasty (saison-ish) backbone.
The yeast flavor hits your palate first. This is followed closely by a slight hints of citrus and cloves. The funk is present pretty much throughout the entire drink.
The mouthfeel is medium, semi-sticky with moderate carbonation.
This is a pretty well known beer that lives up to the hype. A great example, maybe even the standard, of it's style.
10-14-2011 21:10:08 | More by mgbickel
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
25.4oz bottle, Bruery tulip, 2011 Batch 1 best by 3/2013.
The head on this beer is just glorious; it easily stacks three inches high and is a self-supporting structure of meringue-like bubbles ever so slightly off white. It literally conjures lace in my mind. If only it lasted and stuck just the tiniest bit better. Slightly hazed golden yellow is the color of the beer itself.
At first, to my admittedly Brett unexperienced nose, the scent is classic Saison. Soon I'm picking up something that's not just musty, but funky, something I don't think I've truly ever experienced. I don't remember this wool and horse must in Orval. I haven't been around horses much, though I am honestly reminded of old grey wool blankets. Hay or grass, and pale malt make it simple though with elegance and depth.
Again, there's the sense of a lovely pale strong ale with yeasty accents and citrus twinges before things just get crazy in my mouth. Bitterness builds as the sip goes on, bringing with it funk. Slightly foul, slightly fresh. Broccoli broth and wool blankets.
Still feels like a classic; wonderful prickle, effervescent and light of body, with no indication of the 8.5% ABV. It's going to take some doing to beat this beer.
Wow, Boulevard had better keep this one around. I am converted to brett and to a life-long Boulevard supporter (I was already quite a fan) by this beer. I know I have failed to capture the nuances of this great liquid, but it certainly deserves a high spot on beer geeks' lists.
10-13-2011 00:34:34 | More by brewerburgundy
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
It is a glorious Sunday afternoon....working on a work presentation outside and my neighbor brought over good tidings in the form of Boulevard Saison Brett. The beer was poured into a tulip glass. The appearance is a yellow hazy color with big cabonation that lead to a foamy head that is lacing. The aroma is quite interesting....lavender, corriander, orange peel are all possible scents. The taste is a crisp ale that has spice and tartness, not much malt...if at all. The combination helps to mask the higher ABV. Mouthfeel is good...higher abv and carbonation make this more of a sipping beer. Overall it is a good beer!
10-09-2011 20:40:02 | More by WoodBrew
4.6/5 rDev +7%
Bottle shared by Chaney- Thanks Brandon!
Review from notes:
Pours a light gold color with a great white one finger head. Excellent lacing and carbonation. Nose is grain, grass, lemon, funk. Out of this world nose! Taste is yeast, funk, lemon, clove, other spices, and some pepper. Amazing. Feel is super smooth and very drinkable. This doesn't feel like a 8.5% beer. Overall, this lived up to the hype for me. Glad I got to try it.
10-08-2011 18:04:43 | More by jayhawk73
Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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