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Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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2,708 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,708
Reviews: 678
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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Photo of psiweaver
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cracked this open a few nights ago and poured it into my Hair of the Dog glass.

this beer pours with a very fluffy and white head great rich yellow color. Fanstastic funky smell while still being nice and floral and spicy on the saison front.

Very tasty beer with great saison flavors and little funk sourness with the brett addition, i could drink this all the time very easy to drink with a smooth mouthfeel.

Highly enjoyed this bottle and will definitely be picking up 6 or so bottles to cellar highly recommend.

Photo of winegourmet76
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottle.

Color is somewhat cloudy, head is pretty thin but lacing is good.

On the nose, lemongrass and coriander, not much else. I can tell this is going to be good...

Ahhhh, the taste. Very aromatic, a lot of depth for the body and the Brett gives it that little bit of funk on the finish that leaves you wanting more. There is sort of a bubblegum flavor woven in there too.

For drinkability, I could drink several of these!

I am not usually a big Saison fan but this is an amazing brew that I wish I had regular access to. Well done Boulevard!

Photo of Kromes
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a hazy gold color with a huge dense head that just sits on the beer and doesn't move. The carbonation in this beer is incredible, it looks like the beer is alive.

S: You can really smell the Brett coming off of this beer. The horse blanket, funky, woody, fruity, cork aroma. There is also a nice hop touch to the aroma.

T: The initial taste is a touch acerbic, tart and fruity, the brett flavor isn't as strong as I would have expected. It shows up in the beginning and then fades as the traditional saison flavors kick in. There is also an alcohol flavor and warmth. The finish is somewhat hoppy and dry.

M: Nice high carbonation that adds to the peppery alcohol.

D: I really like this beer....it's too bad that it is a limited release. Very tasty and easy drinking beer. Definitely recommend picking this one up.

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

2009 Bottle

A: Vibrant orange body, white creamy head, sticky lacing

S: Christmas tree, Belgian spice and yeast esters

T: Sweet hay, hard peach, light brett, herbal hop notes, Belgian spice rack and white pepper

M: Great carbonation and dry finish are refreshing on the palate.

D: Even though it is late fall, I'm enjoying this as much as I would mid summer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #12605, Batch #2009-2 acquired from abrand, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wild Belgian yeast, some spices, light malts and touches of fruit and hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Brett yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of citrus and some spice. There's a complementary touch of sourness in the background creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while. Although there are better in the style, this is a nice complex beer that is worth drinking for a while.

Photo of Jmoore50
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

White Whale BIF Thanks Hophead101!
Bottle # 03434 of 11925 Batch 2009-1

Cork and caged bottle produces a very foamy and carbonated beer. It is a beautiful light golden color with a very rocky, thick, white head. It leaves a beautiful lacing around the glass, very thick. A beautiful beer all around.

It smells like Brett, a really dry must smell that is something that I have learned to love. It smells like a farm, or more accurately a farmhouse. Some wet hay, fresh cut grass, and lemon rind.

It is incredibly over carbonated, and it effects the taste at first. It has a very strong funky Brett character that is one of the most upfront characters. It has a presence of light biscuit malts and cracker, very good. This is an older bottle and the Brett is really starting to take over. Delicious.

It is overly carbonated probably due to the strain of Brett still producing carbonation, and I would guess that giving a bottle of this enough time it would eventually explode and kill all of your children.

I could drink a lot of this and at 8.5% that is a bit dangerous. A very good beer that I am very pleased to try.


Photo of BigBlacke
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into my Levitation tulip. Pours a light caramel color with a 1.5 inch rocky head which dissipates very slowly leaving a profound sticky lace. Smell is of herbal, and earthly yeastiness. Brett with a capital B! Taste is of earthy spice, grass, and faint citrus. Saison Brett has a very carbonated stinging sensation. Almost like a fine champagne. For 8.5% abv, I could drink a ton of this stuff. Great saison made with passion. Love it!

Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle obtained from unknown source, sorry. Corked & caged, Batch 2009-2, Bottle 06888 of 13400.

Poured into a Harpoon tulip, formed a 3 1/2" of eggshell froth over a scant 3/4" of clear golden brew. Head falls oh-so slowly, leaving plenty of sticky lacing. Aroma is vividly of earthy sweet pale malts and florals.

Taste continues the nose's sweetness, with a soft fruitiness in the middle, and closes with a lightly bitter earthiness. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, and drinkability is nice, but limited by the amount of time it takes for the head to fall. Reasonably controlled brew for a brett.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Gusher. Huge Foamy head with lots of lacing left, nice hazy golden color. Once it died down, it looks good.

S: Sour berries with some sweetness, lemons, obvious brett notes.

T: Sweet up front, with the familiar brett flavor following with citrus, confection, and then a somewhat abrupt finish, nice and dry. Nice saison yeast and malt base, very refined and beautiful.

M: Spritsy, light and nice. Best part of the beer.

D: Good beer, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it again, as there are plenty of beers in this style these days that are excellent.

Photo of mwilbur
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into a cervoise. Bottle # 7475 of 13400. Batch 2009-2.
A: Opens with a loud pop and starting bubbling out of the bottle. Pours a clear lemon-orange with immense carbonation producing a massive 4 inch bubbly white head. Excellent retention and lacing. My only knock here is the excessive carbonation.
S: Lemon, grass, soft citrus notes, mild funk, restrained pepper-spice, soft mineral, with a sweet and sour note in the background. Absolutely wonderful!
T: Unfortunately, doesn't quite live up to the aroma. Still a nice barnyard funk, lemon-citrus, and dry hops. Taste, honestly, is a tad watery.
M: I don't think I've commented on the feel of a beer's head before, but here goes...super soft, silky, airy foam. The head has an ethereal, other-worldly feel...tremendous. The beer itself is of light-medium body. Soft and clean feel. Hint of dry hop and brett sour bite.
D: Definitely a quality brew and one you should seek out now, but I have to say it's not one I'd label as exceptional. Perhaps it's my fault and my expectations were too high. Anyway...great, great brew from an outstanding brewery. Keep it going Boulevard! By the by, the ABV is extraordinarily well hidden...drinks like half of what it is.

Photo of andrewinski1
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle No. 07971. Poured into a tulip. The cork came out on it's own into my hand waiting to catch it, followed by gushing beer. What landed into the glasses was a lot of foam. Almost all foam. Once settled, the lacing was thick and stuck to the sides of the glass. Nice hazy light, golden color. Once the chaos stopped; this was a good looking beer.

Smells like sweet lemon, and a bit of funky must. The latter is not too overpowering; very subtle. This is a nice smelling beer.

The taste is sweet up front, with a bit of hop zest on the side. A hint of golden delicious-like apples is noticed in the followthrough.

Nice mouthfeel and highly drinkable. Body is light. Maybe a little sweeter than preferred, but otherwise glad to have this one.

Photo of Bendurgin
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Andy for cracking this one. First off this one was ready to pop! The cork was creeping up on this one and Andy didn't even have to touch it with a giant popped and this one shot up in the air. Poured into a tulip. This is a golden honey color with a giant rocky white head. Looks pretty good! Smell that funk! the nose is a big whiff of floral brett, bready aroma and a slightly floral hop aroma. Not bad at all. The brett in the flavor is present but not at all over the top. It adds just enough funk to compliment the slightly peppery and buttery flavor that finishes with a nice bitter hop finish. This is really great. The mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is what I would expect. This is very drinkable, a very light well done saison.

Photo of woosterbill
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked & caged bottle (2009 batch 1), courtesy of Tr4nc3d, shared at tasting; poured into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: The first pour offers a crystal clear amber body with a voluminous two-inch head of soft, frothy white foam. Great retention and delicate lacing. Fantastic. Later pours introduce some haze and particulates, but this is still a great looking Saison.

S: Crisp, clean, herbal, funky, tart Brett. Nothing but Brett, but it's incredible the depth and complexity the yeast character contains. Wow.

T: Opens with some lightly malty sweetness that quickly give way to a tapestry of tart, funky, grassy, fruity, herbal, awesome Brett. Clean, dry, sparkling, slightly hoppy finish. Truly delicious.

M: I can't really tell what the body is like, since it explodes into a luscious cataract of soft, delicate carbonation. I'm a fan, but it's unquestionably overcarbonated.

D: 8.5%? Really? I could drink this regularly, in large amounts.

Notes: What a great beer. I wish I had another bottle so that I could taste this side by side with aged Orval and New Glarus R&D Golden Ale. It would be an epic battle of dry, refreshing, Bretty awesomeness. This was by far the best of the three Boulevard Saisons.



Photo of KAP1356
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to sirpsycho for this one in an IP trade. Poured from a 750 ml. bottle numbered 09864 of 11925 from Batch 2009-1 into a Duvel tulip...

A - Pours a hazy golden-yellowish color with a 4 finger forthy slightly off white head that has incredible retention. Carbonation is skyrocketing towarss the top of the beer. Really great looking presentation.

S - Great nose. Standard saison aromas are there; bready, yeast and some slight citrus notes. But the addition of a solif Brett punch really brings this nose to a new level. Light pepper is present as well along with some great wheat notes and malt.

T - GREAT Brett flavor coming out front on this one with the barnyard funk I would hope for. Some nice floral hops make an appearance on the front as well. There's nice wheat and malt flavors come right behind that bringing on a really nice saison feel and taste.

M - Nice, light, airy feel but still a medium bodied beer. Solid carbonation makes it quite evervescent. Slightly dry finish as well.

D - Very easy drinking beer even with the amount of carbonation. Goes down smoothly and I really wish I had some more. Will have to look for multiples of this one again soon.

Photo of billab914
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch number 2009-1 poured from a 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. Despite pouring gently the entire glass was all foam at first. It took some waiting between several pours before I got enough in the glass. once it settled down It was hazy golden/yellow color with a huge, foamy and thick white head. it excellent head retention and left some of the thickest lacing on the glass I've ever seen.

The aroma has a bright citrus flavor coming through along with a bready, spicy, yeast flavor. A little bit of a tart fruity flavor comes through as well. A pleasant aroma for the style overall.

The taste starts off with some lemony citrus and some yeasty spices. About midway through the Brett character really starts coming through and lasts right through the finish. it gives it more of a tart, earthy, dry flavor to it that really enhances the complexity. It also has kind of a tart apple or pear like fruitiness to it as well. Very nice flavors, I really liked the Brett and how well it integrated into the beer instead of dominating it.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side and carbonation is high. Drinkability is excellent, it really had a great range of really good flavors to it that all worked together nicely. I was particularly impressed with the Brett and how it added so much to the beer but managed to really compliment everything instead of dominating it does in so many Brett added beers. Excellent beer overall.

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

Acquired from Dunt via Support Your Team BIG so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Batch 2009-2 Bottle 10807 of 13400
Poured in to my Portsmouth tulip

A: This beer pours a nice hazy gold color with a ridiculous 4 finger of off white, fluffy head. Head retains extremely well and leaves big chucks of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is a big dose of brett, flowery hops, loaded with wheat notes and hints of light malt.

T: Taste starts quite a bit of flowery hop notes - far more prominent when the beer is colder but evens out nicely as the beer warms. A nice sour brett funk comes through quick and sharp but then lends over to a mild wheat, pale malt flavoring that finishes this beer out.

M: Medium body, light to medium carbonation, oily resin feel with a dry yet sticky finish.

D: Goes down easily, mild nice, nice representation of style. This is a great beer to sit with for a long time.

Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gotta give a bunch of thanks to both COBeerBuff and TexasStout for sending me one of these.

Has a huge fizzy head that fades pretty quickly, forces a very slow pour, leaving a slight messy lacing. Under the Belgiany pillowy head is a hazy golden orange wheat honey colored.

The nose is mostly saison with a little funk. Light wheat and malts, little citrus and nice saison aroma, light peppery, a light sweet alsmost honey aroma. All that blends well with a nice light Brett aroma, some barnyard funk, a nice dry bready aroma, light citrus and orange peel.

Taste has a lot more Brett. Brett comes on strong, with some nice barnyard funk and little horsehair, some dry bready malts, tons of bubbles too making it very effervescent and airy. It has some saison flavor with nice wheat and malts, little sweetness and touh of warming booze. A nice slight bitterness, light lemon peel an orange citrus, slight acidity, and even slightly creamy. Touch of lingering funk at he end, but it finishes mostly clean with a little lingering sticky feel and booze warmth.

The body lighter with tons of bubbles and effervescent body.

It has a pretty good drinkability, all things considered. A little lingering sticky sweetness, little citrus and warming booze. Mostly dry finish, the crazy Brett funk is gone too.

Such an awesome beer done so well.

Photo of OakedCanuck
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into Trois Pistoles goblet.
Batch #2009-1. No. 08063 of 11925. From notes.

A - Very fluffy, white, pillow head that formed a plateau in the middle. 2 fingers with good retention and excellent lacing. Pale yellow to golden.

S - Citric zing, yeast, 'outside' smell. Tart fruits, pepper, some flowers.

T - Bretty yeast at the forefront. Lemon, orange, some lime zest. Minor spicy peppercorn and some biscuit.

M - High carbonation. Tart/dry/crisp. Extremely well-balanced.

D - Easy drinker with the alcohol very well hidden. Awesome beer.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. III Issue I:

It seems Brett is making a home in nearly every adventurous brewery in the US. Look back a decade ago and most brewers would not even think of letting this tasty little nasty near their tanks.

This beer must get daily calls from Brussels wanting its lace back, perhaps the best lacing and head retention we've seen from an American-brewed beer. Slightly hazy, pale yellow-orange color. Smells of apple skin, musty basement, wild herbs and animal feed grain. Heavenly smoothness from a light, fluffy body. Flavors range from lemongrass to apple cider, hop oil to medicinal herbs, cracker graininess to faint black pepper. Needless to say, very complex. Alcohol drops in with that black pepper spice and some pear-like fruitiness, yet shows little warmth from its size, just more of a clean breath of alcohol. Finishes bone dry with some tart remnants.

Brett & Boulevard, job well done. The massive complexities hide its strength, yet it stays dangerously quaffable.

Photo of Fnord
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Okay, I was unprepared for the quantity of head this beer produces. It slowly built up height until it towered over my glass, and started listing to one side. I averted a spill by using a fork to pull off the excess head. It's almost the consistency of whipped cream. As for the beer itself, it's transluscent gold with a whole lot of bubbles, obviously.

Smell - Honey, hay, alcohol, tart candy, and obvious saison funk.

Taste - Everything from the smell, but more intense. The sweet and tart flavors come out immediately, while the funk waits in reserve for the finish. The aftertaste is an interesting combination of horseblanket and hops. It starts to get a little sweeter as it warms up.

Mouthfeel - Thin body and high carbonation.

Drinkability - For an 8.5%, it's quite drinkable.

Notes - Wow, this is good. It may be my favorite Smokestack so far, which is saying a lot. The diversity of Boulevard's three saisons is interesting: the original is dry, this one is sour, and Tank 7 is sweet. I never considered saisons a diverse style until Boulevard came along. Props to them.

Photo of DaveJanssen
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 4/2/2010. Split a 750 three ways. Poured into tulips. Batch 2009-1.

Ar: Sweet brett, resin, mild barnyard, complex fruit, amazing, great complexity, mild cherry, floral, tart citrus (mild, lemon-lime) floral fruit, *spicy hop, *esters, *sweet bready malt

Ap: Very thick white head, great retention, clear gold with light yeast dusting, lace rings

T: Beautiful brett funk, fruity, complex, dry end, barn, leather, floral fruit, medium aggressive brett, very earthy, resinous, soft spice/herbal hop, brett bitterness at the end, very dry, candy sweet malt, mild alcohol, light lemon/lime, lightly perfumy alc, *subtle tartness, light cherry

M: high carbonation, light fluffy mouthfeel, light alcohol warmth, crisp bitter end, *generously carbonated

O: Great, lots of brett character, nice floral, fruit and earthy with soft spice end and bitterness, slightly less brett bitterness might be nice, *Dry brett (and alc) accentuates resin, *lower alc would be nice, *room to improve, doesn't need to be aged longer, can't think of a better brett beer with this much brett except orval

* = ideas form fellow tasters

Photo of webmanspidey
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle acquired in a trade around a year ago. This is a 2009 vintage that I've been storing in the cellar. The corked bottle opened pretty violently, but not too much went to waste.

This pours a cloudy dark yellow/light orange color into a chalice. Nearly half the glass is filled with very fluffy head. Smell is loaded with sour lemon and slight spiciness.

Taste is mostly fresh lemon, very crisp and light. There are hints of several spices but cloves are the most prominent. Alcohol is barely present, making this very drinkable. Mouthfeel is very fizzy and fluffy, as this is one of the more carbonated beers I've tried.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours pale gold with a yellow hue and a light chill haze. A massive explosion of dense white froth filled a Duvel tulip quickly during the pour. A solid foam cap and smeary lacing clung for the duration of the glass. A real beaut.

Aromatics are blasting with funky brett, grassy overtones, and biscuity malt. Fruity and dry with wet hay, pear, pineapple, bannana, white pepper, and lemon zest. Mildy horsey and woody. Very complex without the brett taking over.

Light bodied with a crisp, snappy mouthfeel. Effervescent and drying.

Crisp, biscuity malt with spicey phenols and earthy brett start the palate. Peppery with a tinge of menthol and plenty of apple, pearskins, and lemon pith. A rounded honey note rides underneath.

Finishes with lingering funk, fruit, and bone dry.

Great beer. So complex and refreshing. I'm really digging the high level of carbonation and the Brett is kept in check. Very well done.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Fin du Monde tulip.

Golden body that hazy a bunch of floaties with lots of carbonation. Huge 4 finger rocky head. Nice lacing left behind.

Nose is slightly funky with strawberry esters. A nice funky brett note as well. A bit of horse blanket/barnyard.

Tastes of strawberry esters, oyster like brett, a touch of horse blanket. Funk is subdued, but nice.

Mouthfeel is super creamy and finishes really dry. Light, and perfect for hot weather.

Delicious, and no trace of alcohol.

Photo of MisterClean
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a 750 @ Belmont Station in craftbeertown.

A - Very light golden with a fistful of head. Dissipates very slowly and leaves a 2 finger ring. Lacing is very nice to beautiful.

S/T - Brett, honey, some barny esters, and some submissive wood-like hops.

M - Light to moderate in body with a brett and malt forward mouthfeel. Some residual hoppiness lingers, but very well dominated by the brett.

D - A bit much for my first taste of saison with brett, but definitely worth the experience. The balance between brett and saison was there, but very interesting to find a beer that combined the 2 flavors.

Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,708 ratings.