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Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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2,680 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,680
Reviews: 673
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 584
Gots: 683 | FT: 45
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 ne0m00re
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

08/08/10- Had a 750 mL bottle marked number 10713.
A: Pale golden with a nce one-finger white head and constant bubbles.
S: Apple core mustiness, nice dry pale malt, lemon, bread, and mild cheese; not very strong overall, but very welcoming.
T: Dry lemon, green/underripe apple, toasted bread, champagne alcohol finish. Mild yet excellent.
M: Lighter body, very frothy, spritzy, goes well with the taste.
D: Excellent, even for a saison. Mild yet flavorful.
This one is every bit a world-class beer and arguably one of the best saisons I've had.

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

Immense thanks to monsterfat for this one. Batch 1-2009; No 09264 of 11925 bottles produced. Poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Sunglow body lit through with chartreuse yellow highlights. A massive rocky seashell head builds up a volcanic mesa of foam in the glass. Dense vine-like tendrils of ornate lace decorate the sides amidst a glistening backdrop of tears.

Tart citrus, bright yeasty phenols, and a fermenting hay note form the nose. A breath of Brett. emerges when you pop the cork but then subsides into the background.

Initially sweet, but also surprisingly bitter (clean, potent, vaguely citrus-like hops) with a distinctive earthy funk from the Brett. More cow sweat than horse blanket here...a hint of white pepper and even basil come out in the finish, which is sophisticated, long, and quite dry.

Medium-bodied, effervescent, and mildly astringent mouthfeel.

Brett. has the capacity to overwhelm or deaden this style, but the strength of the other ingredients in Boulevard's saison are such that the wild yeast adds a welcome balance and complexity to an already pleasant base.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Brown 750, corked and caged, with nice label. Batch 2-2009

Appearance: Poured in to my Duvel tulip, this this beer is a deep rich gold, with just a hint of haze and some tiny sediment in suspension. The head is massive, ivory colored, creamy, and lasts a good long while.

Smell: Wonderfully fruity and wild. Hints of sweet/tart lemon meringue pie and sharp, spicy bubblegum, backed up w/a wonderful Bretty fruity/earthy aroma. If this tastes anywhere near as good as it smells, than I'm gonna be a happy man.

Taste: The Brett is milder here than I expected from the aromas. Up front this is a dry (and I mean dry) hoppy saison...there are light notes of bitter lemon peel and sharp grassy bitter hops. There's actually just a hint of solvent in the apparent alcohol here as well. I've gotta say that the two main characteristics I didn't much care for in Boulevard's original Saison (the base for this beer) are present here: it's a bit light on the fruit and heavy on the hops for me. The Brett is actually pretty light, and kind of whispers in in the background. Boulevard has always pushed their saisons in the hoppier, slightly less fruity direction; I respect that, even if it's not my own personal preference. However, the slight solventy alcohol here is a bit off-putting. The Brett, while mild, is still pretty nice. As this warms, I'm getting just a hint of orange liqueur on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, cleansing, and on the heavy side of light-bodied

Drinkability: Medium to medium high

Conclusion: I tend to prefer my saisons dry, but quite fruity and yeasty, or slightly sweeter if they've got a big bitter hop kick. Here I think the hop bitterness works well w/the Bretty tartness, but I'd like a bit more fruit/yeast here as well. The back of the bottle suggests aging this for a few years to get the Brett to really come into its own; I think I'd like a bit more Brett presence here, and might hold onto my second bottle for a little while. In the end, for me, this is a good saison, but not quite great.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. "This is no. 05918 of a total of 13400 bottles produced." 8.5% ABV, Batch #2009-2, "Store upright, serve in the proper glass."

A huge thank you sweemzander for busting this bottle out for our pre-Milwaukee Brewfest tasting!

A - A light pour even creates outstanding head from massive carbonation. The head lingers for eternity with a loose whipped-topping-like sway resting on cocoa. Tons of lace clings to the whole glass. The beer is a lightly hazy golden yellow. Über sexy!

S - Simply amazing aroma! Full of barnyard funk with dry, blowing wheat fields, and horse blanket. Loads of citrus comes through with lemon, a bit of orange peel, and even some banana fruitiness. Pale malts back it up nicely. I could smell this all day!

T - A blast of lemon citrus, tiny orange peel, and black pepper hits the tongue instantly followed closely by a complex brett yeast funk. Lots of horse blanket and strong pale malt backing. Not as epic as the nose but still damn great!

M - Fully carbonated and light-medium bodied with a crisp, light finish. Smooth and refreshing with a citrus and light funk finish.

D - I could easily tackle a bottle of this, especially in the summer. This is a beer of phenomenal proportions. I love this saison!

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.9/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle with a batch number 2008-1, so this one has been sitting in my cellar for quite some time, maybe the brett has developed more than some of the fresher bottles I have had. Pours with a huge white head that is at least twice as tall as the amount of gold nectar collecting in the bottom portion of my glass. Retention is ridiculous, static almost and lacing is noteworthy as well.

Does not smell a whole lot different than a fresh bottle...still plenty of lemony saison yeast with a bright, floral hop presence. Honeyed, grainy malt background with all of this steeping below a nice, woody brettomyces aroma. Absolutely wonderful smelling brew.

Leathery brett is becoming more dominant as this one ages, but there is still plenty of complexity and brightness to the beer. You can tell this brew had a pretty heavy hand of bittering hops to begin with and some of the lemony fruitiness helps that linger on awhile. Dry, effervescent finish, carbonation is high and I like that in a saison. Malts are a little less neutral than some of the classic Belgian examples - still light, but contributes some sweetness and even some biscuity flavors. This beer is so easy to write about, so much going on. I think I like this beer at about the 1-1.5 year mark the best. I like a heavy brettomyces impact, but I dont want to lose all the other nuances either. Wonderful beer that I have no problem forking out the 12 buck for, one of the best beers I have ever had.

Photo of amanofbeer
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a killer beer, for starters, and it had better be for the price...

Chilled to about 40 degrees, estimated, and popped open, no over flow. In a snifter, about a 9 oz pour from the 750 ml bottle. It looks great. It pours a fairly clear gold for a bottle conditioned beer. the head is about 2 or 3 fingers at the first pour, and the lacing is smooth, not syrupy looking, and evenly distributed.

I was expecting a bit more, but it is good even if mild. The rich and bold Boulevard yeast smell is very present, and to a Smokestack Series lover, very inviting. The brett does not stand out in the smell so much. The alcohol is very present when you get the nose deep down inside the glass.

The Smokestack Series all have a very distinct and alluring flavor (from the yeast I would assume) that sits well on the palate. It is moderate and earthy. I would have liked a more distinct flavor from others in this series, but all the same, this yeast flavor works very well with the malt characteristics in this brew.

The gravity is perfect for a beer of this kind, with a medium body, and a pleasant warming in the throat. It feels in the mouth just like you would expect by looking at the lacing: not syrupy, but it remains on the palate.

Drinkability: Do I really only have 750 ml of this?! Bummer...I could drink more...but at 8.5 percent, 750 will be perfect.

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

This concludes my box of 6 Smokestack beers sent to me by Onion. When the trade started he told me he couldnt get me any Saison - Brett so needless to say I was very happily surprised when I pulled this baby out of the package. Big thanks to Onion, these 6 beers have all been phenomenal, keep up the good work!

Batch # 2009-2. Bottle no. 08294 of 13400.

A- In typical Boulevard Smokestack fashion, this beer sports a big white head that will stand out above the rim of the glass. Retention and lacing are a tad off from a few of the others in this line up, but still this is a sexy looking beer. Its a clear and pale yellow with lots and lots of active bubbles.

S- Well, the brett is there, and in a fairly big way (more that I expected anyway). Dusty, earthy yeast. It brings characteristics of hay lofts, mold spores, and old weathered wood. Lots of fruitiness is poking through the brett funk. Lemon, chalky Belgian yeast, apple skin, lots of spice and maybe some pear here and there. Quite the complex smelling saison.

T- Big dry, funky taste up front thats full of brett. The hay dust, cobwebs and chalky earth will give way to a fresher taste of lemon, flowery hops and orange. Finishes with a slight citrus rind bitterness with a long, lingering funk.

M- Very dry. It works so well with the funk. Aroma, smell and texture work together to create a full on experience. The only thing cutting the funky yeast is the fruity and floral saison characteristics.

D- This is quite a challenging saison. It will not be for everyone, but the most seasoned saison fans will adore this beer.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to one of my main drinking partners sweemzander for sharing this with me.

Upon popping the cork all seemed fine. Ah not so fast my friend. We got a slow gusher! Luckily we noticed before we lost any beer. However when I poured my share into my tulip I managed to get a little hasty and foam the fucker up like 7th grade science project. Cue sucking sounds and a mustache full of white head.

After all that I'm left with a hazy golden yellow beer with about three fingers of white head. Tons of soapy lace left behind.

The aroma is full on brett boquet. Lots of dry dusty wood and wet straw. Once past the funk you really get into the saison layers. A solid dose of lemon, beligian yeast, coriander and black pepper. A bit of fresh cut grass and black dirt as well.

The flavor has a solid brett punch as well but the lemon and dry wood seem to be a bit stronger. Fresh grass and bit of heat are present in the finish.

Medium to light body with loads of carbonation. Super dry finish.

Overall hands down the most complex saison I've ever sampled. I would love to get my hands on this one again.

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

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. Huge thanks to kstrickler and heliosphann for this one!

(A)- Pours a clear yellow-ish golden color that produced a mammoth fluffy white head with some good retention behind it.

(S)- Super dry with a funky bitter brett kick. Some light woody fruits of white grape, lemon, and maybe even lime. Plenty of dry hay and just a great old funktastic profile.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A great dry bitter hay/brett funk in the middle. Finishes dry too, but with some light tart fruits of lemon and lime.

(M)- A lively carbonation level that fizzes to life on the tongue. A good balance of dry, bitter, brett funk and tart fruits. A bit bitter at first, but your palate adjusts the more you have of it.

(D)- Definitely a unique saison with the brett addition. Dry, funky, and a good bitterness. Subtle fruits, but they come through. Probably could easily age further, but an enjoyable/unique take on the style. Cheers!

Photo of Duhast500
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

The color is a cloudy orange yellow with three or more fingers of foamy white head. and some think lacing.

The smell is has some really interesting fig and horse blanket flavor with some deep fruit flavors rooted in a funky fruit flavor.

The taste is true funk, some really interesting dark fruit flavor that are holding some strong horsey flavor as well. One of the first sours that I have had and a really interesting flavor.

The feel of this beer is a little mellow. It goes down well and really has a carbonated feeling as it goes down. Is a really drinkable beer.

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

Wow. Batch 2009-1. Poured into a tulip.

Pours a crystal clear lemon yellow with honeyed notes. Bubbly playful effervescence. A huge unstoppable mounding white head and plenty of sticky lace.
Aroma is bright fruit with a nice funk kick. Tart lemon, and a perfume hint that is alluring rather than off putting. Taste follows, bright, flavorful with a nice funk.
Nice light mouthfeel, the dryness comes a little late in the finish.

A really nice saison. Tasty.

Photo of Sweasty
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Boulevard took their rock solid saison to a new level. Saison-Brett pours a hazy gold. With a gentle pour a voluminous bone white head forms. The head eventually settles to a 1/4 inch ring. Plenty of sticky slightly clumpy lace clings to the glass.

This saison packs plenty in the aroma. There's a solid funk that's clearly not been phoned in. Plenty of bretty funk hits first. Sour cherries hit the nose first. An overall sour fruitiness flows throughout. A fair bit of bretty horse blanket is present as well. A well defined floral quality rounds out the funk. A light bit of spice - black pepper - rounds out the nose.

The funk in the nose is slightly more subdued on the palate. Bretty qualities are at the forefront. A light tart cherry quality hits first. A solid floral quality is present as well. A solid and ever present light sourness flows throughout. A more solid black pepper spiciness is present as well. The finish is bone dry with a lingering floral cherry note.

Saison-Brett is light bodied with an effervescent, champagne like, carbonation.

This is one hell of a beer. The drinkability is off the chart. The 8.5% abv is non existent. The bretty funk adds a wonderful complexity to an already spectacular beer. I bow to Boulevard for creating another wonderful brew.

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

Finally snagged 3 bottles of the S-B. Sigh, another very-hard-to-open cork from Boulevard. Poured into a Val Dieu wide-mouthed chalice. This is a hazy, golden wheat-colored beer topped with an airy but stable head. I find the aroma lovely but very light, well-balanced with grassy hops, light candy fruitiness, and a faint touch of brett; the normal Saison suffers from an unassertive nose as well.

The flavor makes up for it though. Easily as good as the original Saison, my favorite of the Boulevard line-up. Grassy, herbal hops are prominent from the start, though bitterness is not particularly high; spicy phenols add a very nice pepperiness overall; brett character is really not all that high (I could enjoy a lot more) but blends in well and adds a nice complexity; some citrus fruitiness is apparent at the close. Really, this beer is more than a sum of its parts. It is exceptionally balanced.

The mouthfeel exemplifies the best of the Belgian styles: light, carbonated, very spritzy. It feels no heavier than a 5% Orval. Very drinkable!

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

Hazy straw color with a soapy white head. The head was bone white and dense.

Funky yeast smell and the brett definitely adds a great dimension to the saison. There's a corriander spice.

The taste is belgian spice, lemon zest, and finishes with a great tart.

Mouthfeel is crisp but full. Good carbonation and refreshing.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and would definitely have it again when it's available to me.

Photo of ricke49
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a = absolutly beautiful. perfect golden yellow with very inpressive head and lacing.
s = intriquingly spicey and mellow
t= wonderful. I started drinking it at about 40 degrees...by the time it warmed to near 50 degrees it was perfect - a brillant creation from Boulevard.
m = nothing short of delightful.
d = as good as it gets.

I was very impressed with this offering from Boulevard. I was uncertain as what to expect, as it is the first "brett" I have tried. Could not have been better.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Mr. n8dietz for the Show me State haul. One of those many beers was this gem.

Be very careful when pouring this beer, beacause it will easily overwhelm you with suds. Once teh foam settles to a placid film, you might notice its a plain bubbly white. A copper and gold sunlit hue with loads of carbonatiopn add to the austere visual beauty of this saison. If the head head retention and stickage was better, the appearance would get a "5".

The aroma is wild meadow floral thanks to some good hopping and the Brett yeast I'd wager. But a nice punch of toasted malt sweetness makes you think of a bakery in the middle of a Missouri meadow.

The carbonation makes me think of toasted baking flour. But the wild flowers and grass add some punch to the middle of this beers palate. The finish stays earthy with spice to boot. But that carbonation really has an impact on the malts flavor profile. Not in a bad way, but a unique way.

I love this beers carbonation and how it adds interplay between the hops and malt. A saison worth getting your hands on.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a snifter, poured a hazy golden hue, with modest carbonation and one finger of white head, with decent lacing. Very spicy; grains of paradise, coriander, brett funk, biscuit, and orange peel. The taste was same as the aroma, evenly balanced palate with a yeasty finish and spiciness afterwards. The feel was a little on the thin side. I'd definitely go another session of this brew.

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

Thanks to gtreid for sharing. Poured into my ccb snifter.

A- pours pale golden yellow in color. Kind of hazey. 1/2 of my snifter was foam. The retention was solid and a fair amount of lacing left behind.

A- funky, barnyard, bretty, horseblanket, dirty socks(but n a good way if u can follow me on that one) and some lemon zest.

T- very funky! The brett really shines. Almost reminds me of a chardonay. There is a tartness that blends in with the funk. A biscuity maltness is also coming through. Lemon zest sneaks in towards the finish.

M- thinner side of medium with a pretty aggressive amount of carbonation. Crisp dry finish that leaves me with a mixture of tartness and funk.

D- pretty good on a hot day. The funk might limit it for me though.

Photo of Gtreid
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this one is a recent trade with greatfulbeerhead. 2009 vintage, poured into a CCB snifter.

A: Hazy, straw yellow. The pour created a massive 3 finger, fluffy head the retained well and left enormous amounts of lace.

A: Notes of lemon, orange, horse blanket, and funk. the Brett is there is a big way, and I get notes of biscuity malt and earthy citrus hops.

T: Tart, sour, lemony, pear, white wine, belgian yeast, and orange rind. Funky bretty goodness. The champagne like characteristics deliver the brett flavors nicely. Finishes dry and tart.

M: Aggressive carbonation, sharp. Light to medium body.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is somewhat limited for me, as with other brett brews. Overall, I really enjoy a good brett infused saison, and this one doesn't dissapoint. Very nice, and one that I would love to sip on a hot summer day. Skal.

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

Bob got to this one in the nick of time; the cork was twisted and mangled. When the wire on the cage got twisted, the whole thing ripped off and the cork blew through the ceiling. Still, this was not a gusher.

A - Great. Golden. Puffy white clouds of foam. Sticky lace.

S - Huge brett nose. And Saison honey-floral-barnyard aromas. The fusion of sour and funky makes for a beautifully pungent aromatic.

T - This is a beautiful beer, especially with a little age on it; it reveals notes of Champagne, pears, apples, and is deliciously tart and sour.

M - Very bright and effervescent, with a feel quite akin to Champagne.

D - This beer is fantastic with a year+ of age. It really doesn't get 'there' prior to that.

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

A: Light yellow-gold and mildly hazy, about 1/2 inch of foamy white head, nicely carbonated, a few pieces of white sediment that settled quickly.

S: Lemon peel and orange peel, characteristic Brett funkiness, yeast and light bread maltiness, light pepper and herbal scents.

T: Follows the nose with citrus peel and funk, yeastiness, and light spice. The pepper comes through more as a feel in the back of the mouth with almost a sinus-clearing effect. They just mowed here today, so thanks, Boulevard!

M: Medium-bodied, almost over-carbonated but it works for this beer.

D: Great drinkability. Wish I could have one every night this summer.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from a mini tasting with alex3891 on 06-20-2010.

Appearance - Batch 2009. Pours a hazy tangerine with massive amounts of head into a Bruery tulip. The head dissipates quite slowly leaving chunky lacing.

Smell - Lemon zest, earthy funk, cloves, white pepper, and a slight sourness.

Taste - Spicy - the clove and white pepper starts things out. Slight earthy funk, wet hay, must, lemon zest and citrus, and brett.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, loads of carbonation, finishes tart and dry.

Drinkability - Extremely so. A very good beer and am thankful I was able to try this thanks to Alex.

Photo of gory4d
2.95/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is supposed to be a saison? Not quite.

Pours orange with a massive white head that thins to a white cap, lots of lacing. The smell is cruddy brett, apricot, wet sand. The taste is lots of brett and not much more: ripe horse meat, old peaches, some dirt. It's thick and then it's chewy and then it's pasty. It's the last thing I'd want to drink after a hard day in the fields.

This is just another American brett beer. As such, it's fine. As a saison, it's lousy. Boulevard's Tank 7 is a much better example.

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

C&C'd 750 served in Kasteel goblet. Batch 1.

Cork comes out with a loud pop and a little "smoke."

A: Pours an absolutely glowing shade of yellow with some orange highlights. Huge head with a tight bead. Thick, luxurious head that can only come from a bottle conditioned beer.

S: Fresh lemon zest and spicy pepper. Brett character is obvious. Vague band-aid like aroma. Definitely a little bit of funk.

T: Estery, fruity sweetness. Citrus and spice. All the while there is a certain astingency present. Grassy and nutty flavors as well. A little warmth. Finishes with a slightly dry, grape skin-like flavor. Very complex.

M: Full mouthfeel. Tight carbonation leads to a creamy texture.

D: 750 will be no problem, but I wouldn't necessarily desire more after that.

This is just about as good as it gets. I had a little sip of this at a tasting and I just had to get my hands on a bottle. Now I wish I would have traded for more than one. I would recommend this beer to anyone who even remotely enjoys a saison. Boulevard might be my favorite brewery that isn't available in my area.

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

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. This is batch 2009-1.

Appearance: first pour was extremely foamy, maybe 4 fingers or so of foam in my little tulip. Body is a very slightly hazy light golden color with a nice effervescence. Head retention is inconveniently good, and large globs of lace adorn the glass as it slowly dissipates.

Smell: very interesting. I must say, I'm intrigued by the combination of a sour brett beer with a funky saison. The malt has a mild but classic orchard aroma like a good tripel: pears and apples. On top of this is the funk: a musty, dusty yet somehow compelling aroma. Last of all is the sour, which enhances the apple and brings a fresh, springy character. Smells like I imagine a farm in the springtime. I daresay intoxicating.

Taste: rather similar indeed to the aroma. There is a nice bitterness thrown into the flavor melange, and I think there might be a little floral or piney hop flavor as well, but it's hard to clearly discern behind all the other flavors going on. This is a very good, complex and tasty beer; solid in creativity and execution.

Mouthfeel: extremely creamy and supple. Exactly what I like in a beer of these characteristics: almost like a crazy-complex tripel of doom.

Drinkability: again, extremely drinkable, especially for a beer of this ABV. I admit that sometimes saisons can be a drag on my palate when the flavors start to accumulate, but the brett here does a great job of ameliorating this. Likewise, the funk helps reduce the pucker factor ... just a super drinkable brew.

Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 2,680 ratings.