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Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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2,645 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,645
Reviews: 673
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 577
Gots: 672 | FT: 44
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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Photo of Exiled
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle - Batch 2009-1

Thanks to Mora2000 for sharing this bottle.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a big white head. Smell is lemons, earthy hops, and some spices. Taste is lemons, spices, brett, and a slight hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel, and medium carbonation. Overall im glad I finally got to try this beer.

Exiled, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #2 (2009)
Poured from a 750ml cork and caged bottle into my De Dolle large snifter glass. Pours a very light colored and pale yellow, but of course...only in the appearance of the pour out of the bottle. Fills the glass a deeper golden, with a slight tangerine like color. Very large frothy white head rises quickly, but dissipates relatively fast too. Once it settles, it remains as a nice surface of cream, especially around the rim. Appearance is cloudy and fizzy throughout.

Aroma has a lot going on! Complex saison notes throughout, coupled with just a mild funk. Spices, oak, grass, citrus, wheat, yeast.

Flavor is very unique. It has the standard "Saison" flavors and complexity, but instead of the sweater versions, the Brettanomyces really alter that approach. On the other hand, the Brett isn't as "brett-like" sours...but adds an interesting sharp, grainy, earthy, funky characteristic. Some spices are noticable, light crisp citrus fruit, low booze, high carbonation. Medium to light body. This beer definitely should be drank above fridge temp. Overall though, it's very refreshing!

ShadesOfGray, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of crusian
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottle from some place in Dallas. Bottle number 08300 batch 2009-1
popped the cork and proceeded to divvy into two large wine glasses. (too many tastings, all I had left) first thing I think is OMG holy head. WAY too carbonated. with an attempt to stifle the head production, it is still 4 times the amount of liquid that enters my glass. And it sticks around... for a looong time. so... 10 minutes later, I am able to taste.
nice floral aroma of some roses lemon, and a mix of sweet feet. Yes I said feet. not too bad for a saison.
taste is very smooth, as expected from this style,with some lemon and rose flavors coming out. very nice, I could drink tis a while. Dont let it get too warm though as it tends to head south. bottle mentions earthiness, but I honestly dont taste it at all. overall a damn good beer. Those that dont typically like Belgians, like me, this is a nice bridge... go find some, it is worth it.

crusian, May 31, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2008-1. Summer sunshine yellow with Champagnesque carbonation that created at least eight fingers of eggshell colored foam during a gentle pour. It will be several minutes before there's more beer than foam. The head develops a gentle rockiness as it melts and is starting to grace the glass with ribbons of lovely looking lace. Second, third and fourth pours result in Matterhorn-like mountains of stiff-sticky foam that pull the score up one notch.

The aroma is out of this world! Looks like combining the outstanding Boulevard Saison with Brettanomyces was a great idea. The combination of pale grains, wild grasses, lemon zest and an ideal amount of sourish horseblanket funk is so impressive that the ultimate score is an easy call.

Saison-Brett is at least as good as the beer it was based on... if not a little bit better. It has been quite a while since I bought Saison and I'm hoping that it isn't really retired. If Tank 7 is its replacement, then it has some pretty big shoes to fill. Anyway, back to this beauty.

Brettanomyces is wonderful stuff, but it doesn't work as well when it overpowers the rest of the ingredients. No such worries here. The tangy-earthy-funky quality of the yeast is simply one part (one very important part) of a kaleidoscopic flavor profile.

Sourdough bread and lemon zest are still going strong, as is white pepper and clove on the spicy side of things. These guys must have used a Belgian ale yeast strain as well. Sweet and bitter are roughly balanced and the ABV has to be a misprint. It tastes and feels like no more than 6.5%. Drinkability is through the roof.

The mouthfeel is the only (minor) chink in the armor of excellence. As was anticipated on cork extraction, the boisterousness of the beer has faded quickly. It's now on the lazy side and lacks the lightly creamy expansive quality of the best Belgians.

Saison-Brett is yet another masterful creation in the Smokestack Series from BBC. It looks like this will be at least a semi-regular release, which pleases me to no end. If you have any interest in saisons or wild ales, seek this one out.

BuckeyeNation, May 30, 2010
Photo of GregSVT
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a snifter. Batch 2009-1, bottle 08299 of 11925.

A: Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a huge white head that fades very slowly leaving the glass covered in lacing.

S: The nose is mostly lemon zest, cloves, and an earthy scent. Smells like a nice hefe with a bit of hops in it.

T: The taste is lemon, grapefruit, bitter hops, and an earthy flavor.

M: The feel is loaded with carbonation and very crisp.

D: Not bad, very refreshing and there's something in this beer for almost everyone. It's got lemony citrus flavors for hefe fans and hoppy bitterness for the hop heads. ABV will probably get to you if you drink this by yourself.

I was a bit worried when I bought this since I'm not a huge fan of the idea of a sour beer but this one is not really sour. It's more about the citrus and hops and the brett adds to the complexity.

GregSVT, May 30, 2010
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 02088 of 13400

Poured medium orange/light tan, medium hazy, with a large head that subsided fairly slowly.

Definitely a funky, grassy smell, with spicy notes and clear hops. A touch of fruity aroma as well. You can smell the alcohol in the brew.

Taste is medium bitter with definite hops and yeast. Spices and fruit linger in a long aftertaste that ends in sweetness on the tip of your tongue. The complexity of the flavors is certainly tantalizing. Taste is this beer's strong point.

Mouthfeel is medium carbonation with a bit of a foamy feeling. The high alcohol is somewhat noticeable, but not too overpowering.

Drinkability was good but with a caveat: I certainly couldn't drink more than one of these, and would prefer to split the bottle with someone else rather than finish the whole thing.

This beer has grown on me over time, and I thus raised my rating of it just a touch in the drink and mouthfeel categories.

Re-reviewed on 13may2010, 2009 batch, bottle 1997. This beer has grown on me since I've decided that I like funky beers, wild ales, and beer brewed with brett. This batch is still quite tasty, nicely funky, and downright delicious. Ratings adjusted slightly higher.

AlCaponeJunior, May 29, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy orange color with large white head. The beer was a mini-gusher. The aroma is strong brett with some citrus. The flavor is yeast, brett, citrus hops and a medium hop bitterness. High carbonation and medium, soft mouthfeel. A very nice beer that is a great example of what brettanomyces tastes like in a beer.

Mora2000, May 29, 2010
Photo of Rayek
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my favorite tulip. Bottle 453 of 13400.

A: Cloudy peach with hyperactive carbonation. A light pour netted a gargantuan soapy and rocky eggshell head. Retention is most excellent and chunks of lace are left behind.

S: Super funky. Barnyard scents of musty straw and grass dominate. A lemon sourness comes out next. It becomes more and more pronounced as the beer warms. A pepper spiciness and a light whiff of alcohol finish things off.

T: Quite spicy. Clove, coriander and pepper get things going. Straw and hay flavors come on next with a distinct dryness. An extreme lemon sourdough flavor comes on late. Alcohol adds a slight warmth going down, but is otherwise masked. Finishes tart and dry, with lingering sour flavors.

M: The medium body is dry and quite grainy. Carbonation is vigorous, but not too daunting.

D: This is a nice Saison. It's on the strong side for the style, but eminently drinkable. The brett adds a nice funk that brings extra complexity. A nicely done beer overall.

Rayek, May 23, 2010
Photo of BMoney575
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 5-13-10
Bottle No. 07088 of 13400
Batch 2009-2

Pours a very cloudy light gold color, with a billowing white head with great retention. Lots of bubbles rising to the surface, with thick, slowly moving lacing.

Smell is very spicy, lots of wild yeast, a bit sour and very fruity. Tons of complexity, and very good. The hops are great at the end, adding a super sweet piny edge.

Taste is very barnyardy, thick earthy flavors give way to sharp hops and alcohol. The finish is very tart where the booze hits again, adding a pleasant warming sensation. Not as complex as the smell, but still god.

Mouthfeel is all fizzy carbonation, which suits the tartness and bitterness. Very smooth at the end.

Drinkability is good, light and flavorful, and not too overpowering.

Overall, a good saison and definitely worth picking up if you can find it.

BMoney575, May 14, 2010
Photo of djbreezy
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2009-2 poured into a snifter.

appearance - pours a cloudy gold with a substantial foam head, long and beautiful lacing spreads along the glass

smell - sour, citrus, funk, apple

taste - earthy yeast, funk, citrus, hops, a deceiving complexity

mouthfeel - smooth and medium body, slightly dry finish, lingers

drinkability - excellent taste, refreshing, unique, complex

djbreezy, May 05, 2010
Photo of craytonic
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brewery has blown me again, perhaps the best american Saison; certainly the only one to hold a candle to the great fantome; much better than anything CA or the rest of the US has produced. I let this one age for quite some time.

Appearance: Hazy, straw-golden pear, big, nice ivory head.

Smell: Nice serving of funk with a bit of spicy citrus lemon, tart apples & Arkansas black apples, yeast, lychee, wheat/grass, and lemon.

Taste: Smooth and medium-full, much better than I expected.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and medium-full

Drinkability: Off the charts

craytonic, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of washburnkid
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008. Thanks to dgb3 for cracking this one open.

Massive frothy white head at the pour. Body is translucent straw golden. Aromas were musty phenols with spice. Flavors were the same, with bitter herbals and a mellow earthiness characteristics balancing out the Brett, which at this point was heavily medicinal (see: band-aids). The body and carbonation are right on, making this a typically refreshing ale. I'm surprised at the lack of alcohol/solvency in the flavors. 8.5% is significant in my mind, but the balance of herbals and earth (as well as age) did well to cover up the potential heat.

The highlight of this beer was pairing it with a 3-year cheddar. The cheese seemed to mellow out the phenols, and bring out the slightly funky/dirty flavors. This beer was such a treat!

washburnkid, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of DAllspaw
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml Batch 2009-2.

Pours a perfect straw color with tons of head that takes a good while to dissipate. Be prepared with this one, once you remove the cage, drop a towel over the cork and slowly disgorge the cork to avoid losing any.

Smell is perfect blend of cake-like yeast with more hop aroma vs other saisons I've tried. Plenty of time to savor the aroma as you wait for head to die down.

Taste is exceptional. Certainly the musty yeast flavor is present but a generous dose of hops as well make this a very well-balanced ale. This will be purchased for special occasions, but budget permitting would drink often. Great beer. I'm a huge Hennepin fan and this one is right there, more a hoppy less funky version and great for a change of pace.

DAllspaw, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of afausser
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber wheat and peach toned straw. This one's a gusher and got everywhere, and after a brief intermission to clean the mattress it spilled all over, took an extremely slow pour to get in the glass. The head is a few inches big and is not gonna die down anytime soon. The carbonation is in swirls, streams, and clouds, and dare I say it, clouds that remind me of a smokestack, with thick plumes coming out fairly consistently. The carbonation moves so much, but the head stays extremely still and no movement is evident. This brew is absolutely amazing looking, with an entirely ridiculous head and carbonation. Webby and sticky, uneven patches of lacing.

Smell: Smells deliciously sour, and mouthwatering at that, with tones ranging from green apples to sour powder. Some grapefruit and pretty obvious brett, as well as just the slight amount of funk. Smells simple, light, and nice.

Taste: Taste is a slightly sour barnyard funk with heavy brett, and is combined rather nicely with fruit notes (particularly granny smith apples. The sourness is pleasantly present, and doesn't overwhelm, yet for someone who absolutely loves sours the way I do is amazing for being toned down a bit but managing to be full bodied. The funk isn't too overwhelming either--there are grass, hay, leather, and tobacco notes, but nothing that smells too much of horse. Increasing banana and some clove spice as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is excellent, I was almost terrified that this one would be overcarbonated, but it is very nice and well done, and easily drinkable, and actually fairly calm. It is a little on the foamy side...

Drinkability: This is an amazingly crafted and easily drinkable brew. It was an absolute pleasure to consume and as a whole, I really have few complaints. Its different elements blend together fairly amazingly. This is absolutely one of the best Boulevards that I have had to date, and is quite impressive--I would never guess the ABV.

afausser, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of abrand
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle 04393 of 13400 produced. Batch 2009-2.

The Saison-Brett pours a golden straw color with the most head I have ever seen in a beer. A very gentle pour leaves a fist size head that slowly fizzes away. Lots of carbonation leads to the cork popping out and the aromas hit the nose immediately. Lots of earthy tones are first sniffed with some nice bananas and raisins lingering. Some alcohol is present in the aromas but not overpowering. After the head fizzles away, I finally got to take the first sip. Taste is unbelievably good. Plenty of yeast and breads with a semi dry finish. No alcohol is tasted. I would love to see how the yeast characteristics continue to develop with more aging. Mouthfeel is dry and medium bodied. Drinkability is good. Taste is right on queue. A very refreshing saison that can be enjoyed year round. I hope Boulevard continues this as one of their smokestack series brews.

abrand, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of Lukafer
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well, I have traded this beer and I know it's in the top 100, but I have yet to taste it. So, here I go...

It pours a nice golden yellow, and the head is insane! By insane, I mean I poured into a pint glass, and half of the glass was head! So, after I let the head die down, I smell fruit and bananas and a little bit of clove, a lot of yeast and some sweetness, I love it! The taste is spicy, yeasty and citrusy, with some apples and a very little amount of funk, but it's delicious! The carbonation is too much, but if you age it I'm sure it will be okay. I could drink this all night long, good stuff!

Lukafer, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of EPICAC
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Saison pours a cloudy straw-golden, and is topped by an enormous, vigorous, fluffy, off-white head, which fades leaving copious lace. The aroma has notes of bananas, pepper, and Brettanomyces.

A clean, neutral graininess upfront moves into a sweet center with notes of banana and citrus. The finish is pretty sweet, but is cut by a mild bitterness, and earthy Brett flavors. This beer is light-bodied and highly carbonated.

I like Saisons with a touch of wild character, but this one was a tad too sweet.

EPICAC, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of Zaplt
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pour - crystal clear golden-yellow with a massive head (3-4 fingers) with absolutely beautiful lacing.

Aroma - sour citrus, tart fruitiness, grapefruit, apple?, *floral hoppy hops

taste - yum - hoppy - *herbal/spicy with layers of bret funk in the beginning- earthy grassy, funky - ends with a tart fruitiness -- (*lemon) that's a bit bitter resinous finish due to hops.

Feels dry and generously carbonated

Apparently it's all over - I love this beer. They did a great job of mixing all the aspects of this beer together in a very drinkable manner.

*Courtesy of fellow tasters

Zaplt, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this one on a trip to Arkansas...

A: Looks very good. A nice golden yellow with a thick white head that fades at a medium rate.

S: Smells hoppy and earthy upfront with grapefruit notes in the middle and pear on the backend. Not bad.

T: Hmm, interesting to put my finger on the flavor. Taste is better than expected. Sweet upfront with pear and booziness mixed in. Grassy bitterness on the backend. Good surprise.

M: Very good balance of carbonation. Leaves a little too much stickiness on your palate for this style, but still very good.

D: Goes down super easy. No complaints here.

All in all, this brew definitely surprised me. This is the first Saison I've gotten to try and love it. The smell was a bit deceiving because it smelled like it might be flirting with the IPA, but the taste is something all of it's own. Very delicious!

steve8robin, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is how I imagine a Saison tasted back when farmers were making it back in Belgium/France. Thanks to dontcostnuthin for the trade.

Pours a hazy golden color with a huge white foamy head and tons of lacing. A little too much head IMO.

Aroma has tons of funk. This is how I imagin a beer to smell like that came from a farmer that just wants something easy to drink while he's working hard.

Tastes awesome. Lots of funk. Slight tartnes and nice peppery note. This is how a saison should taste.

Mouthfeel is maybe a little too carbed. Probably why the head is so foamy.

Overall a tasty beer. Glad I got some. Seek this one out.

PeprSprYoFace, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of kbeals
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to rlcnmeyer for delivering me this brew at KBS Release Day!!

A- Pours a slightly hazy bright yellow. Tons of white fizzy head billow over the top of the glass. A continuous stream of bubbles rise up from the bottom to help keep the head around and provide awesome lacing.

S- Slightly fruity, namely apples with a hint of an earthy, grass like smell. A bit of funk but not much. The grass smell almost gives it an IPA characteristic but it is distintively different.

T- Starts off slightly bitter from the grass flavor but has a slight amount of sweetness from the apples. Finishes off with a slight amount of funk.

M- Light-medium body with tons of carbonation. Results in a prickly mouthfeel.

D- The 8.5% sneaks up on you pretty quick which hurts it just a bit. Overall though it was above average simply due to the aroma and flavor.

This was my first Saison and I was thoroughly impressed. Looking forward to trying these again in the future. Thanks again Randy!

kbeals, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of IrieJackalope
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to abrand for getting this bad boy out to me, definitely made my day.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Russian River goblet. Right after I popped the cork I could smell the funky, barnyardy, aroma. Lots of Brett character even before getting it into the glass. The color is amazing, golden, and hazy, with a good deal of carbonation. My mouth is watering even before starting to taste. The taste itself if amazing. Smooth and funky all the way through. Thoroughly enjoyed this one. Very drinkable, so much so that if it wasn't so geographically difficult to get I would probably have a bottle on hand as often as I could. Overall, this is a fantastic representation of one of my favorite styles.

IrieJackalope, Mar 21, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving notes - opened this one right out of the closet, should have cooled it down. The cap exploded off as soon as I had undone the wire cage and it bonked me on the head. Lost a good half-glass to gushing.
A - fine malt aroma. No sourness in the nose that I can perceive.
A- cloudy banana yellow with a billowing white head (three fingers plus) that dissipates rather quickly. However, a persistent quarter inch remains for the entire drink.
M - medium body and high carbonation.
T - Very mellow sourness in the flavor that seems to have been smoothed by the aging. Some subtle figs or some fruit appear in the background but also very subtle.
D - This beer goes down wonderfully smooth for its 8.5% abv. Aging made it very smooth with subtle complexities.

Yeastcakes, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale golden color, huge head that stuck around for a bit. Nice sticking to the sides of the glass.

S - This was where this beer really got me. Definately yeasty, with a sour like, almost tart quality to it. Earthy, grassy, and has that Brett funk to it.

T - Somewhat dissapointing given the small, not tart or sour at all, a pretty even drink with yeast and grass notes, culminating in a phenol type bite at the end. Not as much going on here as I would like, didn't deliver on the wonderful nose.

M - Fuller thank it looks, and the carbonation helps to keep it balanced.

D - Not real hard to drink, but it's not enjoyable enough to do lots of. Not unpleasant by any means though.

AgentZero, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 750ml bottle into my Orval glass. Bottle number 4144 of 13400.

The beer pours a medium cloudy honey gold with lots of carbonation. The head rises about 4 fingers of creamy off white head. There is very good retention and decent retention.

The aroma is light but balanced. There is a nice earthiness to it, a light yeasty sourness to it. I really like the aroma.

The taste is off from the aroma, I was hoping to get some nice sourness and there was none. It was more like just drinking a regular saison. Lots of earth and yeast with a light sour note at the end.

The feel is pretty full, very tannic feeling afterwards.

The drinkability is a little down just because its kind of boring to drink.

Overall, this was ok, expecting a little more.

jrallen34, Mar 14, 2010
Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 2,645 ratings.