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Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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2,755 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,755
Reviews: 688
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.26%
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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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Ratings: 2,755 | Reviews: 688
Photo of lnashsig
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the Boulevard beers I have not had before, but Tank 7 is one of my favorite saisons, so I am really excited to try this.

Poured into my Duvel tulip, pours a clear yellow/orange color, with crazy head that rushes to the top of the glass. This beer has the most amazing retention I have seen in awhile- just cloudy, sticky white foam that leaves lacing all over the glass. Smell- tart peaches, cloves, some definite barnyard funk, pepper notes, lemon zest. taste- lemon, clove, pepper, this is a little bit heavier in taste than Tank 7. The bretty funk is present, but it plays a background role. There are some complexities to this that make it tough to fully describe.

Mouthfeel- this is my only knock of this bottle- I expected a richer carbonation and drier finish, that I did not get. Not sure if that is something inherent about Saison Brett or not, but I would have like a different mouthfeel.

Drinkability- for an 8.5% beer, the abv is totally masked. Overall, this is a beautiful Saison, but still not as good as Cellar Door in my opinion.

Photo of corby112
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with a massive three finger frothy, pillowy white head. Very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with chunks of soapy lacing.

Funky, earthy aroma with a prominent brett character that compliments the earthy saison yeast very nicely. Hints of grass, straw and hay along with some zesty, peppery spice and crisp, light fruit, especially apple and pear.

Medium bodied and heavily carbonated at first with a funky, earthy brett flavor that adds dryness, complimenting the saison yeast characteristics. Nice bready yeast presence with hints of coriander and pepper along with some apple and pear. A nice amount of sweetness to counter the dry brett and grassy notes. Crisp, refreshing and very easy to drink. Very good.

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

Bottle labeled 2009-4

A - We had set this bottle on the table to be opened shortly after a couple other beers. After the cork inched up at least an 1/8", we knew it was time to open. The bottle opened with a deafening pop and a gush of beer. We lost very little, but I broke a tulip in the process--sorry again, Mike!

Anyway, cloudy pale straw color. Glorious rocky white head and, obviously, ample carbonation.

S - Earthy funk and barnyard characteristics dominate, but there is still ample sweet pils, along with lemon and pepper yeast character.

T - Lemon and brett open onto sweet round malt. Hay and more "rustic" malt characteristics mid-palate. Crisp peppery finish with earthiness from the brett lingering in the aftertaste.

M - Like all great saisons, this seems both bone dry and full on the palate. Effervescent carbonation adds to the lightness.

O - Really happy I hung on to a couple bottles from 2009. This was absolutely outstanding. There isn't a better brett-finished saison out there. Cheers,

Photo of kbutler1
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow straw color with a big fluffy white head. Lots of fruit int he nose; green apple, pear, apricot, and then florals and slight medicinal. Sweet fruit notes that then turn into the bretty floral flavors with some mild tartness. Light mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation. Overall rather refreshing. The brett is there but doesn’t totally dominate the flavor and nose.

Photo of jar2574
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap, a test batch for the 2011 edition. Can't wait for it to be introduced.

Great smell - peaches and barnyardy goodness. Good white head & retention. Moderate cloudiness. The lacing with this one was only OK, which is probably the only clear weakness I saw with this beer.

The taste is very nice. Crisp, with a slightly sour finish. Smooth, a good balance of malts and hops. Peaches and barnyard flavors dominate, as with the smell. On first impression the sourness in the aftertaste was a little surprising, but I got used to it 1/3 of the way into the beer. The smell could have been a touch more powerful - but that's because I enjoyed it so much.

So I'm really nitpicking here. It's a great beer and I'll grab many if I can find it when it's released.

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

This is from batch 2009-2, i have had this a while but wanted to both wait till another summer and let the bugs work inside some more.

Looks great, good lacing after a thick head, slightly hazy lemony straw yellow body. It very well could be picture perfect.
I waited to let this warm up a bit and the brett came out alot more, but it still is an balanced, awesome. along with the hay like funk there is lemon grass and crushed pepper.
There is so many spice flavors packed inside, clean and dry, yeasty, and bretty. The fruits that come to mind are pear and apples, crisp and clean.

I am so glad i waited till summer to pop this. this is a beer for the end of a hot day, to bookend a good one.

Photo of csiewert
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a trace of white foamy head that has good retention. The aroma is flowery and fruity. The taste is mellow with fruity and earthy notes. Mouthfeel is nice and balanced, with just the right amount of carbonation. Overall a great saison.

Photo of zrab11
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice clear gold color with nice foamy head

S- Has a very clean smell to it. smells of orange peel and lemon. typical saison smell

T- Very clean and refreshing with a nice grassy citrus taste. ALso alittle sweeter than normal saisons i have tried almost alittle honey taste.

M- Light bodied with decent carbonation. Very nice feel in the mouth

D-Overall this is a great beer of this style. Still trying to get into this style more.As its very good and drinkable but sometimes lacks a ton of flavor for me. but overall would drink this again

Photo of Lunch
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Russian River 'tion' glass.

Pours quite cloudy and is pale yellow or straw in color. Massive white head with soapy bubbles that leaves the glass coated in lace. Sticks around the entire time. Smell is a little more subtle than I expected, but Brett is certainly there and adds a nice sour aroma along with traditional Saision elements. Flavor is nice, but again is a bit subdued. Brett prevalent, but not terribly sour or tart. A bit funky and very summer is flavor. Lots of carbonation and great drinkability.

Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour yields a head of about 4 fingers of thick fluffy beautifulness. As it gives way I'm taken aback by the beautiful golden, straw yellow brew with some tight champagne carbonation.

Smells of apple skin, young pears, a slight funk, and a fresh fallen rain on a field of wild grass fill the nose. I'm getting excited. The head is still intense. With gorgeous lacing that looks like a painting of a true Belgian saison.

Taste: the initial reaction is a deep earthiness. Hello Brett! Hints of muted apples, lemon (grass)?, and a slight hop zest hit the palate as well. Nice carbonation. In all fairness the taste was underwhelming compared to the smell.

Huge ups to Joshvandy for trading with me for this bad boy!!!

Photo of scottfrie
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into Delirium tremens snifter. Batch number 2009-2.

A: A slow deliberate pour still resulted in a glass full of fluffy white head. After the madness died down into a soft thick layer with a sturdy butte left in the center, I’m left with a beautiful glass of hazy bright golden liquid with subtle tones of apricot along with sheets of sticking lacing on the glass.
S: I initially get huge notes of bubblegum in this one as the yeast is very fragrant. Through all the sweetness I’m getting notes of herbal hops and earthy spices as well a touch of mint and apple juice. After the second pour more of the fruit comes out I can definitely smell pears and other golden fruits.
T: This would be a fabulous saison as is (I have not had the pleasure of trying it) but the addition of the brett adds a wonderfully refreshing sourness to the brew. I get notes of barnyard funk, apple skins, vinous notes of white grapes, and an earthy, herbal, spicy hoppiness that rounds out the finish. The aftertaste is full of golden fruits and white wine mixed with hints of bubblegum, mint and funky hay. Very complex and refreshing.
M: A hefty but not overwhelming body with a soft creamy mouthfeel and carbonation that foams up into almost a mousse on the palate.
O: A wonderful beer and a great example of the style (and what can be done to the style). I would drink this often if it were available.

Photo of claytong
3.17/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I didn't like the taste of this one one bit. Just something about it soured the wrong way. Though if your very into sours, you will probably like this one. Someone who tried it with me mentioned a hint of jock strap and while it was just for humor, it did make me think twice.

Photo of dubinsky
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Crate and Barrel Bruges Snifter, Batch 2009-2. Review #800. Thanks to 321Jeff for this beer.

A - Pours a mostly clear orange/gold with a soft foamy white two finger head which recedes quickly. Not much lacing to speak of, but i'm not too concerned with it baring the style. Not too much carbonation visible.

S - The nose is awesome! Very Clean and bright. Fairly sour smelling, like a zinfandel wine, yet a bit sweet like a muscat. Candied orange peel, big barnyard presence, lemon and of course brett. I cant wait to try this one.

T - The taste although wonderful is way less tart than i expected from this brett beer. Its clean tasting with some candied orange with some very prominent barnyard and cut hay notes. The brett is pretty prevalent here, but i still think its bigger in the nose than in the taste. This is a sweeter take on a style that im increasingly growing to love that fantastically blends sweet, sour and dry all in one.

M - Mouthfeel is fairly soft and not over-carbonated as others are in this style. The carbonation is fairly smooth and refined. Dry on the finish.

O - This is wonderful Saison thats well balanced and extremely drinkable. What i really like is that i find it to be a unique take on the saison style thats sweeter than i have come to expect. This is probably my last beer as Passover is about to begin, and i cant think of a better way to go dry for a week with this one fresh on my mind.

Photo of zhanson88
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks go out to coldmeat23 for including this as an extra in a trade. Thanks a ton Chris, very generous. 2009 vintage, Batch 2.

Appearance: Saison-Brett pours an ever-so-slightly hazy golden straw color with a couple fingers of excellent white head. Both lacing and retention are marvelous. There is some yeast sediment that comes out as I near the bottom, which I will retract a bit for. Otherwise it's a gorgeous beer. Pretty nicely carbonated too, I might add.

Smell: I get lots of citrus up front on the nose, followed by lighter notes of clove and yeast. The barnyard smell is lighter than I had anticipated on this one. I get touches of it but nothing overwhelming. Smells very good.

Taste: Lots of citrus, clove and yeast up front. I'm pretty surprised this beer has this much of a citrus component being three years old. Very nice. I finally get more of that Brett/funk component on the back end. Light musty notes form, but nothing that comes close to overtaking the base flavors. The Brett is a nice complement to this beer.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Amazing mouthfeel. Between light and medium bodied with tons of ultra-fine carbonation. Extremely creamy on the palate. Overall, I wish the Brett presence was more up front rather than a complement. That being said, this is still a world-class saison from Boulevard. The citrus component is great, as well as the mouthfeel. Boulevard really is one of the Belgian-style leaders in the States.

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

Thanks so much to Ratman for bringing this one over on Saturday night. Batch 1 (2009). Truly an amazing beer, one I wish I had stocked up on (or bought period). Poured a hazy orange color with a nice white head. Nice funky aromas, barnyard, some citrus and Belgian yeast. Medium bodied and crisp, with nice funk, horseblanket, citrus zest. Awesome.

Photo of jpmclaug
2.71/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by khiasmus at a recent tasting. Poured into a tulip

Hazy orange-yellow color with a formidable white head, smells like belgian yeast mingling with some lemony notes and a bit of funk. Definitely has more belgian yeast qualities in the flavor, some banana, lemony notes and a bit more funk. Medium body with a good bit of carbonation. Not too drinkable to me personally. I was expecting it to be a bit more sour and the brett to be more pronounced. Anyhow I could see why some would love this but it isn't my cup of tea.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gift from AleWatcher as an invitational to the Blind Beer BIF #4. Thanks Jeff for filling a want!

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Pours a hazy orangey gold, with a huge frothy offwhite head of about three fingers. Head is very slow to drop.

Aromas of spicey yeast, lemon zest, sweet malt. Some funk. Screams "belgian!"

Flavors of orange and lemon zest, background bitterness, alcohol bite, hints of sweet malt. A little pepper. Something else lingering in there. The funk is brett, a little barnyardy. Finish lingers on a citrusy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, light mouthcoating bitterness. Not as dry as I'm used to for a saison.

Highly drinkable saison. Now one of my favorites.

Photo of SiepJones
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Chimay Chalice

A: Pours a murky gold color, nothing can be seen through the glass. Nice fluffy half inch of head on top.

S: Smells sweet almost perfume like. Sweet lemon scent and sugary yeast, a slight floral presence also.

T: The flavor is complex, the sugar and lemon I smell are there but they quickly yield to the Brett. The overall flavor is sugary sweet then bitter which gives this a floral flavor. There is no bitterness to this beer making it very easy to drink.

M: The body is soft, nice balance between thickness and carbonation. Sweet finish, with some good Brett flavor.

D: Very tasty beer, a little sweeter than I thought it would be. 8% abv is completely hidden. Overall a beer I want to drink again and again.

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

750 mL bottle into a tulip glass

Appearance: Nice and bright golden yellow with a huge fluffy head. I cant recall seeing a head as thick as this one. Just awesome.

Smell: A faint hint of funk on top of a typical Belgian nose. Not picking up a whole lot of spice

Taste: A bit sweeter than typical for this style with only a slight bit o sourness. The sour level is absolutely perfect. Maybe some green apple and white grape notes on the finish but not to dry at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice and crisp.

Drinkability: Prefect, The mouth fell and subtle sour notes make this one a joy t drink

Overall I love the complexity of this beer. Its just a delicate style and to get just right is amazing. Need More !

Photo of axeman9182
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle of batch 2009-2. Much thanks to msulinski for coming through with this bottle. It was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Saison-Brett pours a deep yellow/light orange color, almost entirely translucent. The rocky white head is absolutely *massive* (think 4+ fingers worth of foam), and has crazy good staying power. Lacing is a bit of a letdown though, especially for the style. Nose is very powerful, I can smell it even before I pour the bottle. It's pretty close to an equal blend of granny smith pale malt sweetness and the expected barnyard funk, with the scales maybe tipped just a bit in favor of the brett. The flavor largely follows, but the addition of a strong black pepper presence really elevates the beer. The mouthfeel is really superb. The body is exceptionally rich/smooth while still maintaining a dry finish, and the carbonation is very explosive, giving Saison Brett a sensation of lightness that belies its 8.5% ABV. This is my second beer from Boulevard, the first being BBQ, and I'm not sure which impresses me more.

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

2008 batch 1.

Pours a dark tangerine, very cloudy, obscuring everything behind it. A fluffy 1.5 finger head dissipates slowly, leaving a filmy, soapy top layer and some jagged, spotty lace.

Light pears, peaches, very spicy clove, coriander and a light tartness. Nice, sweet balance.

Sweet pear juice emerges in the flavor, along with a tart lemon funk and a dry finish. The brett adds an earthy, musky quality without being overtaken. Coriander, pepper and clove in small amounts.

Incredibly fizzy, it expands in the mouth like a balloon. The light, crisp body is just a little dry. Absolutely no alcohol is noticeable.

I could drink a 750 of this easily and quickly. Saison Brett is a beer I would drink in the middle of a hot summer day -- then fall into the pool drunk.

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

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass. 2009 bottle, from notes.

Appearance: This pours a golden yellow, mostly clean with a bit of haze in the middle. Lots of carbonation evident from the ever-present champagne carbonation rising up to support a generous fizzy head.

Smell: A lot of barnyard funk and light grain, then some tart green apples, white grapes, and lemon zest. Lightly spicy and a burst of grassy aromas toward the end.

Taste: Pale malt helps the flavor start sweet, then turn sour with some green apple and white grape notes. It turns funky with a good dose of barnyard and wet dog. Finally the grassy flavors come out to smooth out the finish.

Mouthfeel: This has a medium body with tons of crisp carbonation. Fairly dry, but not over the top.

Drinkability: This was well-made, but I did not completely connect with it. This is one worth coming back to revisit as I venture deeper into Saisons and sours.

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

Bottle into The Bruery tulip, Batch 2009-2. Review #800. Big thank you to Lane (Stepehens101) for sending this one my way more than a year ago!

Pours a beautiful, absolutely crystal clear orange-gold with a towering cream colored dense white head. Nice lacing, pretty good retention.

Nose is beautiful - clean, bright, and crystal clear. Candied orange peel, big barnyard presence, bright lemony acidity, a bit of vanilla from the yeast, fresh cut hay. This is everything good about farmhouse ales.

Taste carries the same initial brightness as found in the nose with more candy like orange notes, though quickly balanced by a slight mustiness from the prominent barnyard notes. Fresh hay in the nose is a bit grassier here, quickly drying out the finish and adding a light, refreshing bitterness, even after a couple of years. Brett takes a big role here, bigger than the nose, the very refined - fantastic blend that never gets too rough or coarse after the initial candy citrus notes are overwhelmed.

Mouthfeel is soft, refined, massaging the tongue with tiny bubbles over a light body. Very nicely balanced, plenty of carbonation without ever letting it get out of control. Dry on the finish. Beautifully drinkable, as perfect as I could ever expect - I had downed half a bottle before I even knew it. Lucky for me that my wife isn't a saison fan, since it left this one all to me. Balanced, complex, refreshing. Lived up to the hype.

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

Appearance - golden yellow, looks as though the suns rays are shining through this saison. Noticeable sediment rising with pour. Immense foamy head, probably due to the pour (or carbonation). Average to good lacing on the glass.

Smell - yeasty, lite citrus / acidic notes. Light and airy with summer back on the farm fishing the local pond coming to mind.

Mouthfeel - something unique about this beer as it swished around in your mouth. Creamy/ foamy carbonation with the flavor notes popping out one by one. Makes me wonder what light floral perfume feels like in your mouth.

Taste - again, the yeast is evident with light citrus and floral undertones. Mother Earth would be proud. Slightly sour with a lil' hop to the finish. Alcohol makes an appearance at this party but the complexity of Taste takes the center of attention.

Drinkability - I could drink this all night with ease.... until the alcohol kicks in and reminds me to slow down.

Photo of dgfair
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into Chimay goblet. Bottle courtesy of JeepCop. Bottle 00618 out of 11925. Thanks!

Beer pours a golden straw color with a perfectly pure white head that leaves very nice lacing and avows great head retention. The beer is crystal clear and very nice to look at. The smell is musty funky basement balanced with a very sweet aroma of dissolved candy sugar. A little bit of nice floral earthiness that comes in at the back to really bring a nice layer of additional complexity. The taste starts with a little punch of band aid funkiness followed by a peppery lemony sugar sweetness. The very nice funky Brett notes follow and really bring a nice bit of dusty earth in the finish. The beer is fairly alcoholic requiring it to be slowly sipped, but the flavors are so nice and complex that I keep going back for more. I also think it is slightly too carbonated for me. This was a little harsh before it warmed up, but the sweet and balance complexity really shows itself well one warmed. I would liken this to a funkier version of avec les bon veux and that is a huge compliment.

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Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,755 ratings.