Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 2,425 | Reviews: 660 | Display Reviews Only:
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
4.85/5 rDev +12.8%
2011 vintage poured into a fantome tulip and paired with locally made Mississippi herb goat cheese ... absolutely perfect!
A: pours a completely clear golden color with a massive foamy, off-white head that fills 2/3 of the glass. It takes forever for the head to subside so I can get a little more liquid in the glass. Extremely impressive sea foam lacing left behind on the glass. The head never settles completely, leaving a moderate film covering the surface.
S: Holy funk, Boulevard! Really nice Bretty barnyard qualities are dominant. Musty hay, horse blanket, and grass, accompanied by lemon zest and cracked pepper and a slightly spicy hoppiness. There is also a touch of damp wood, gym socks, and mushrooms that really adds some complexity to the aroma. Really an exceptional smelling farmhouse ale.
T: The taste is funky as hell, too, but there is a significant amount of lemon zest that balances things out. It starts out with a wonderful earthy taste, comprised of damp hay, grass, and something resembling celery and mushrooms, along with a nice, but subtle, hop profile. Transitions slowly to a fresh lemon zestiness with some cracked pepper, both of which linger long after you swallow. The Brett funkiness lingers as well, mainly in the sinuses, as if you were truly in a barn.
M: Medium-bodied with an excellent level of carbonation, that is slightly high, but very, very pleasant. The higher carbonation makes it spritzy and accentuates the flavors. As you roll it around in your mouth, foam forms just like when it was originally poured into the glass. Slightly drying at the finish, but only on the back of the tongue. The lingering flavors keep the mouth slightly wet between sips as it waters in anticipation.
D: Absolutely exceptional example of the style. This is hands down the best American made farmhouse ale, if not the best of its kind. Wildly funky, yet not over the top. Earthy, citrusy, herbal, and slightly vegetal. Amazing complex yet perfectly balanced. Try it if you can!
10-02-2011 03:19:51 | More by Mississipping
4.43/5 rDev +3%
Poured from bottle 03166 into a schooner. Best before was 03-2013 - would have been nice to lay one down, but only had one, and it was time to drink!
A - pours a cloudy yellow ale with super-fluffy head; hard to get less than 50/50 beer to head even with a careful pour.
S - lots of lemon zest and yeast on the nose. Really powerful!
T - really interesting flavor: initially a hint of delicious skunkiness combined with some hops bitterness flowing into a smooth citrus body with lots of lemon rind and pepper in the finish.
M - light on the tongue with only mild carbonation (where did all the head come from?)
D - super refreshing, but also extremely complex thanks to the yeast; the skunkiness really stands out and combines well with the more traditional saison quality
Excellent beer; highly recommended. If you're a fan of Saisons or Farmhouse ales I'd highly recommend this one. It's really refreshing while managing to maintain some significant complexity. Impressive!
10-01-2011 23:11:16 | More by DoktorZee
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
Thanks to Exiled for sending me this one!
2011 vintage. Bottle # 00959. Best by 3/2013.
Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with a huge 3 inch fizzy off-white head that settles to a small cap. Random splotches of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour apples, spices, and the classic funky earthy brett smell. Taste is of grains, spices, yeast, and a subdued funky brett flavor. I was actually expecting this to be more sour and funky than it is. The aftertaste is of spices and yeast. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium body and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison with the brett addition, but I would like to try this one with a bit more sourness and funk!
09-29-2011 04:33:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
750 mL bottle from 2011 into a Duvel tulip. Quite happy that Boulevard has made its way to Massachusetts, though this particular bottle came courtesy of Rempo.
Though I poured this quite gingerly, a billowing, frothy, three-finger white head formed and lasted. What little body lay beneath the head was a clear gold, almost champagne-like. Great lacing as well.
The aroma of apples was strong at first, and only became more potent as the beer warmed. I'd be hard-pressed to call this sour based on the nose. The brett funk is subdued in this beer, and in place of an overpowering tartness there's more of a citrus, lemon rind character to the smell. A yeasty sweetness follows on the funk nicely.
Brett is much more forward in the taste, though again the sweet fruit character is at the forefront. Sweet citrus fruits and apple compliment the bready yeast well. It's not exactly a spicy beer, but it is quite herbal; at times, I felt that this tasted quite similar to tea. I often feel that most saisons don't have enough funk to them, but this is obviously an exception. Again, the tartness is not terribly present, but it works.
The mouthfeel is great, lush and lively. The carbonation level is ideal, with an effervescence that approximates champagne. This is a very easy beer to drink.
I'm sorry I didn't pick up a few bottles of Saison-Brett this summer, as I imagine it would be a perfect warm weather beer. I still hope to pick up many bottles, as this is a great take on the style and a delicious beer.
09-23-2011 00:10:49 | More by amphion1065
4.55/5 rDev +5.8%
Vintage 2011. Consumed 8-7-2011. Lots of hype with this beer. Outstanding ratings and reviews, which I always get excited about, but in the back of my head i wonder if all the reviews follow the initial good ones- not wanting to go against the crowd so to speak. Popped the cork, and a CRAZY huge head, just as expected. Smelled like tank7, perhaps even more pronounced barnyard aromas. Hay, dusty wood, that horse blanket thing, some tropical fruit from hops, and a faint balsamic tart smell - the brett. Tastes amazing. Refreshing. TONS of flavor. that tartness from the brett, the yeasty funk layers, and some earthy hops in the back. Mouth feel is great- not too carbonated, but a very bubbly drink. It really matched the hype. I hope the ones I tossed in the cellar will become more funky over time.
09-22-2011 18:36:34 | More by JonasJonas
4.03/5 rDev -6.3%
This is an opaque, cloudy orange colored beer with a huge fluffy head and tons of lace; the faintly musty, peppery, yeasty aroma is echoed in the taste. There is a hint of the brett in there too, but nothing is overpowering...very nicely balanced, somewhat lemony, full of flavor.
Really crisp, tart and refreshing with a dry finish and lively carbonation. I've had a few domestic saisons lately that have me a bit down on the style but this one (and Tank 7) turned me around on that quick. Really nice, drinkable, the alcohol is nowhere in sight.
09-19-2011 12:09:17 | More by tobelerone
4.4/5 rDev +2.3%
2011 bottle, fought forever to get the cork off. Pours a golden straw color with some darker tinges. Thick fluffy 3 finger head with huge bubbly lacing.
Aroma is somewhat subtle, some barnyard funk, spicy notes, lemon grass.
Amazing taste with much lemon zest, sweet funky apple, dry spicy pear.
Very good amount of carbonation, smooth and light, dry finish.
Very complex saison, probably my favorite so far. Gotta love the classics like saison dupont but this is a fresh interesting take.
09-17-2011 18:24:25 | More by iflah45
3.9/5 rDev -9.3%
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into my Duvel tulip. 2011 Batch
A: pours a golden hue, copious head, almost no lacing, but the color is shimmering and clear
S: subtle white wine type notes with a funk at the end of the nose, some citrus and apples
T: funk is more pronounced, more soapy too, ends with that light white wine like quality of dry citrus and apple. quite pleasant
M: spicy and crisp, bubbles on the tongue and is gone, very refreshing.
O: A beer I'd share a bottle of again, but not seek out personally. I'd rather have it on tap actually.
09-16-2011 01:42:02 | More by roodie
4.47/5 rDev +4%
750ML Bottle (#154), 2011 Vintage into a snifter
Pours a highly hazy, yellowish orange color with BIG off-white head. Massive lacing all over the glass.
Nice fruit filled esters are most noticeable. Next there are notes of wild yeast strain, followed by peppery spices. Very complex!
The wild yeast and Belgian flavors strike first, but are balanced by lemon citrus flavor.
This is pretty light in body with a nice level of carbonation. The alcohol provides warmth, but never becomes too present.
Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I would certainly seek it out in the future, as it is my favorite saison to date.
09-15-2011 22:46:25 | More by fatmcb1
4.43/5 rDev +3%
750ml bottle served in a snifter.
2011 vintage (bottle No. 20182)
pours a hazy golden yellow while yielding a creamy, billowing 3" head. decent head retention and some patchy lacing evident.
nose is something else. aromatic with strong notes of citrus (lemon), grass, with a strong herbal / funk presence.
taste follows the aroma. very herbal, grassy and citric with some spice (esp pepper) and a secondary note of pear or peach. really nicely crafted. medium-light bodied with high carbonation.
overall this is a really good - nay, great - saison. funky, complex, and tasty! grabbed another bottle which i'll throw in the cellar for a while, would like to see what some age does to this. easily my favorite out of the offerings i've sampled from the smokestack series.
09-12-2011 01:40:54 | More by perrymarcus
4.78/5 rDev +11.2%
Had this beer at the Belgian Beer Festival in Boston. Served out of a pitcher into a 2 ounce tasting glass.
A.off white head. gold orange body
t. Spice. Clove
D.great and drinkable. I would love to drink this again. Great beer for those who think Saison sucks.
09-11-2011 02:50:03 | More by jneiswender
4.3/5 rDev 0%
A - HUGE POUR!!! Lots of great white foamy head! Brew is nice light yellow with moderate coludyness. Some nice open lacing too.
S - Lots of Brett in this one! Super sour and fruity. Great lemon and grapefruit scents. Some clove and other nice spices.
T - WOW. Very unique. Lots of big flavors. Lemon and ginger standout quite a bit. Some mild heat can be detected...
M - PERFECT! dry, but not too dry. Very smooth and delicious.
O - What a nice refreshing brew! Super glad I have a few more to savor and let rest for sometime to come.
09-07-2011 01:52:16 | More by chugalug06
3.53/5 rDev -17.9%
750ml bottle - best by 3/2013
A: Cloudy unfiltered beer that is light golden in color. Tall creamy white head that lasts a while.
S: Funky and earthy smelling. I cannot say that I detect any of the brettanomyces that the label promised. Though, it did say something along the lines that the brett fans may have to wait for the sourness to develop.
T: Tart, funky, and peppery taste on the palate. Based on the smell, I wasn't expecting much in the sour department and I was right.
M: Carbonated well. Smooth to drink, but leaves the mouth dry and the peppery spices give leave behind a little kick.
O: My first offering from Boulevard Brewing Company. Based on the very high ratings, detailed positive reviews, and promise of brett by the brewery, I was looking forward to this. This was a good beer, but not really what I was expecting. I have several bottles remaining that I plan to age and see if I just drank this one too early.
09-05-2011 06:04:08 | More by beerfan99
4.53/5 rDev +5.3%
Best by 03-2013. Tasted 09-2011.
Pours a cloudy orange tinted yellow with a massive, chunky 4-finger white head. Reduces somewhat quickly but leaves a solid ring, lace still sticking near the top of the glass from the first pour. And tiny yeast sediment settles at the end of the brew.
The nose is intensely vineous, very white Burgundy-like with fruity fresh apple, lemon and Bartlett pear aromas. There's some elegant light tobacco as well as a good dose of that vaguely sour barnyardy funk. The hops are light and add a bit of grassy artichoke, while the layers and layers of yeast in this give it rich, spicy and floral aromas- rose, white pepper, nutmeg, coriander.
The medium-bodied palate has a frothy carbonation and an amazingly elegant delivery. Everything in this is dried out- the malt is like dried crackers, the flavor is rich with dry spice rack, the hoppiness is purely aromatic. The bitterness is just enough to balance and sit completely in the background, while the creamy-yeasty Brett funk coats everything like a blanket. More flavors of tobacco, citrus oil and dried grass. The beer finishes long, dry, citrussy and peppery.
I said it in my last Smokestack Series review, and I'll say it again. The SS is the best beer line-up in the entire world. This Saison is perfect in just about every way. Intriguing aromas/flavors. Remarkably elegant delivery. And Boulevard's ability to add any ingredient/process they want to the production of a beer and balance it seamlessly.
Edit: upon reviewing this beer I noticed that this was review number 420... snootch to the nootch
09-03-2011 17:45:38 | More by TheWhiskerReview
3.28/5 rDev -23.7%
Mobile review of a 750 mL.
A - hazy yellow with a monster white head that just filled the glass and took forever to disappear. Tons of lace
S - little funk, lots of earth and bread notes
T - pretty mild vanilla and funk and then some strong alcohols. This was not enjoyable after a few sips.
M - medium bodied with heavy carbonation. The booze just destroyed the back of my throat and made my cheeks quiver. I don't know what happened, but this is not what I want in a
O - solid beer, but too strong and not dry enough for me. I want a clean crisp saison and some more funk and this didn't deliver. I'd give it another shot to make sure it wasn't a single bottle issue, though.
09-03-2011 13:51:28 | More by ChrisPro
District of Columbia
4.6/5 rDev +7%
Presently, as of 9/2/11, this is the 2nd highest ranking Saison in the world (crowd cheers and curtain drops...)
Bottle No. 21818.
This is the 2011 version. My brother brought me two of them back from Missouri this last month. I'm drinking one of his.
OakedCanuck gave me one of these in one of my very first trades (Vintage 2009) that I will keep in my cellar till it turns more sour than the foulest Granny Smith apple. Thanks Colin!
Bottled: 2/2011; Best by 3/2013 (bullshit!).
After removing the cage, the cork came out with little to no effort.
A: Poured out of the bottle a straw color, but the brew that collected into my DuClaw Colosuss glass was an extremely murky light, peppery, orange color, with a mild off-white head that would sink Noah's ark.
S: I could smell this thing forever! Not too sour, but the Brett was a very nice topping to a nice showcase of farmhouse funk. Sour apple dominates, with a nice collection of NON-dark fruit.
T: The Brett was apparently very young. As a matter of fact, if I didn't know it was in there, I wouldn't have believed it. Still, an AMAZINGLY smooth saison, with just the right amount of earthiness to this brew. A bit rough around the edges you ask? You bet... but that is part of it's charm.
M: Damn near perfect in terms of carbonation. Fruity, but not sugary... or bleached out sugary in the least. I have to say, this one played the sweet/non-sweet game like a fiddle! The lacing was moderate.
O: I could honestly drink this one all day, but for the sour lover, they will have to age this baby for a L-O-N-G time! One would have to have a microscope to detect any Brett on this brew. Then again... this IS the 2011 version.
09-03-2011 04:12:31 | More by Chaney
4.53/5 rDev +5.3%
Pours a sunny orange straw color, with a billowy bright white wrist-width worth of head. Lace was plentiful as you can imagine.
Light fruity aroma, yeasty, slightly peppery with a subtle but pleasant tart, barnyard funk, herbal and grassy.
Peppery and spicy taste, big yeast notes, slight fruitiness, light funkiness with a very mild tart note...sour apple like.
Crisp, effervescent, highly carbonated. Very refreshing, and wonderful.
I love Saison's, and have been dying to try this...but worried because I'm not into sours. But this was wonderful. The tart/funkiness wasn't over the top, and melded with the Belgian Saison goodness wonderfully! Can't wait to get more!!
09-02-2011 02:49:56 | More by EgadBananas
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
A: Great clarity, straw yellow (slightly darker though) with a huge avalanche of white heady foam. Leaves a nice creamy white cover on the surface and some impressive lacing. 4
S: Some very nice ripe fruity esters though subtle, mild alcohol. The subtly fruitiness this is emitting is awesome and almost intoxicating if you just keep sniffing. Very faint peppery spice 4
T&M: Very mellow fruity taste. Not what I was expecting from a Brett beer (but in a very unexpected and satisfactory kinda way!). This has almost the perfect combination of herbal peppery flavors with subtle fruity flavors. Very nice. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel and clean, super clean finish. Very refreshing. 4 / 4
O: Definitely better than I was expecting. I would definitely buy again. Probably one of the best American Saisons I’ve had. 4.5
08-29-2011 16:51:41 | More by julian
4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
Shared at a private lil tasting, reviewed from notes. 2009 bottle.
A - Pours a light straw hue with a biiig fluffy white head that slowly faded to leave very nice lacing.
S - Strong, good barnyard funk with nice citrus (lemons) and tart apples.
T - Really nice saison flavours. Pronounced apples and lemons along with some light peppery spice towards the end.
M - Super carbonated and crisp. Good and refreshing.
O - This is definately sessionable considering it is a 8.5%. Quite shocking and dangerous. Would love to have again.
08-28-2011 01:53:19 | More by rudzud
3.9/5 rDev -9.3%
JohnGalt1 is the man for sending this big want of mine! Very fitting to open this on our saison brew day where we intend to split the batch and add Brett to half!
A- Opens with a loud pop and pours, beautiful crystal clear straw golden color with an intensely large foamy head. Head does not want to leave anytime soon.
S- Wow.. This shit is as funky as Jules from Pulp Fiction. Nice sour and citrus aroma to round it out. Seriously, very acetic in my nose.
T/M- Sour goes out the window on the taste. Just a straight horseblanket and barnyard beer. This beer really helped me understand those terms on a whole new level. A bit heated to finish, which I DO NOT like in my saisons. Otherwise it has a tang of lemon and hop bitterness kick on the end to keep you awake. Medium body with carbonation that pops and tingles.
O- Good beer, would be amazing if lower gravity and more crisp. Need more of a refreshing kick on my saisons. Glad I finally got to try...
08-28-2011 01:39:14 | More by TheGordianKnot
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
Nice pillow of bright white head comes after a gentle pour. Lacing climbs the glass like it's trying to escape Alcatraz. Bright, cheerful bubbles rappel up the sides of my tulip.
Smell is funk, nothing else. Straight funk. It doesn't bite at your nose, but it makes itself none. James Brown would be proud.
Taste is 100% funk, with a hint of hops in the finish. Really not much to say here, if you like funk this is what you need, if you don't then you have no business here.
In summary, funk, do you like? If yes, proceed.
08-27-2011 18:28:46 | More by Nashvillain
3.98/5 rDev -7.4%
Poured into a goblet. Pours a hazy gold with an inch of everlasting head. Very nice lacing,
Smells like flowers, pale malts and a bit of the funky Brett. A little bit of earth in the finish.
The taste is thick with pale malts, caramel, grapefruit and funk. Lots of earthy goodness as well. Goes down thick and smooth.
I also grabbed one for the cellar and am very glad I did. Should age very well.
08-27-2011 02:19:21 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 2,425 ratings.