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Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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2,732 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,732
Reviews: 684
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 598
Gots: 696 | FT: 49
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 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.

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

Body is a hazy gold. Pours easily to a half inch head into a Triple Karmeliet chalice. Foamy head has good retention, leaving lots of lacing. As it dissipates, it interestingly produces an island of foam in the glass, as well as a ring around the edge of the beer.

Aroma of wet hay, coriander and other spices, caramel, and bret with a little band-aid.

this builds on the taste of the classic saison style, with light sweet malt, bread, a nice wild berry taste, some citrus peel and a little hop bitterness in the finish.

Body is medium with good carbonation, giving this a slightly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel.

This is a delightful saison, and very drinkable.

Photo of thagr81us
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks to mattisloco for sending me a bottle of this in a past trade! Bottle 8062 of 11925. Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured golden yellow with a five finger pure white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, spices, green apple, funk, and slight sour. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, funk, slight spices, and alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a very good brew. Definitely had a great flavor going on here. The saison spices in this worked really well with the added wild yeast. The aroma was quite nice and inviting too. Defniitely glad I got to try this one as it is an absolute must try!

Photo of aasher
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is batch 2009-2. This beer pours a muddied apricot into my Founders snifter with a light white, pork rhine looking head. It smells of serious barnyard funk and a lot of yeast. That basically sums it up. This is exceptionally smooth and is light in body. It drinks very, very smoothly. This is a great saison. To compare this to others would take a longer look.

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

Reviewed from notes 1/28/2011

Special thanks to exiled for sending this my way

A: yeasty/bready, earthy, fruity scents of apples and oranges

Ap: hazy orangeyellow with a huge frothy bubbly head, dissipates slowly, very nice full glass lacing

B/T: highly carbonated, fresh, crisp, champagne-like

Af; apples, citrus, slight grassiness, but not overwhelming

O: not your daily drinker, but definitely would be worth a repeat


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

A---Great head and retention on this one. Lacing is sticky icky-icky.

S---Faint nose of lemon and pepper, not too funky

T---Brett is definitely obvious in this one, good flavor, tasty.

M---Silky mouthfeel on this one.

D---Recommended. Tasty Saison...

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

Batch 2009-2
Poured from bottle into Tulip

A: Pours a wonderful gold color with a medium haze and starts off with about a one finger head that diminishes down to a fine layer that remains throughout. Very generous lacing, leaving almost a full curtain of lace by the end of the glass.

S: The smell is very nice and upfront with fruit essences such as apples, grapefruit, grapes, and oranges. There is also some subtle hints of spices like nutmeg and also some earthy tones, almost like a rich soil. Exactly what a Brett should smell like to me.

T: The first thing I notice is the citrus/grapefruit taste, followed by apple and a faint "salad" flavor, that others have noted as grass. This all comes together to transport my mind to a breakfast table at Grandpa's farm.

M: The carbonation is a bit more pronounced than I have had with other Saison's, but isn't overbearing. The alcohol is a bit pronounced, but doesn't command your attention.

D: This is one of my favorite Saisons, but this is not a style that lends itself to an "everyday" beer. This is more of a good beer on a Saturday afternoon after you've been in the barn all morning restoring your classic car.

Photo of beagle75
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.
Batch number 2009-2

A: Hazy, medium golden color--it appears to be lit from within--with two fingers of persistent opalescent-white foam head. Very heavy lacing forms visible relief on the inside surface of the glass.

S: Fruit-forward, with fresh melon, green apple, and candied lemon. Spicy clove and nutmeg are also detected, as well as some faint, earthy Brettanomyces character that intensifies slightly as the beer warms. Finally, there is a clean, sugary thread detected that is hard to pin down. No alcohol is detected in the smell.

T: Begins off-dry, with crackery malt and bright vinous fruit early. Flavors dry out considerably before too long, becoming completely dry by the by the peppery middle where occasional whiffs of delicate alcohol and goat pasture are also present. The finish is remarkably clean, slightly earthy, with restrained bitterness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly sticky yet cleansing on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: A fine, full-bodied, and unapologetic saison, this beer is intensely fruity, fairly peppery, and even malty. Given the name, Brettanomyces qualities are surprisingly restrained. I went in expecting an overboard experience in the vein of North Coast's funky saison La Merle, but instead discovered more nuanced qualities akin to The Bruery's Saison Rue. Each beer seems to have some thin areas in the flavor profile, but Boulevard's offering features a more interesting and appealing smell. At $15 the bottle seems a little pricey for what it is, considering the competition.

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

750ml into 6oz wine glass, tasting split 3ways.
2009 batch 1

Very pale thing bubbles, aroma is thin yeast with bitter citrus/lemon.

I'm not a frequent Saison drinker and, at once my palate was a bit overwhelmed with the yeast flavor component. However, with a little more time a patience there are a number of flavors, the predominent for me were yeast/lemon/spice(pepper?). Really a nice flavor that has a good spike to it while remaining wellrounded.

just excellent mouthfeel. Well carbed and a bit thin which I enjoyed. I've read reviews where this has been overcarbed and didn't experience this at all with this bottle.


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

Poured clear golden color with a large frothy off-white head that was lasting with excellent lacing. Heavy brett yeast and fruit aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy blalanced sweet & sour flavor with a medium to heavy sour & sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid complex drinkable beer.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.92/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with a big, rocky off white head. In the aroma, small tartness, white grape like and a small earthiness. In the taste, dry earthiness, small white grape tartness, and somewhat spicy, mostly a blend of cinnamon and black pepper. A spicy bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a light dry yeasty and spice aftertaste. It hides the alcohol, somewhat Fantome like, and fantastic!

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

141st review on BA
C/C 750ML
11,616 out of 13,400
Batch 2009-2
Bottle to Chimay Goblet

App- A superb gold color with a one finger head that didn't last long. This color was a bit darker than tank 7 and had more head to it.

Smell- So many things to it. Of course the brett is right up front with lemon (lemongrass), citrus, yeast and very earthy.

Drink- A very well done beer with the balanced subtle flavors that I was hoping for and expecting. I was not dissapointed at all. The yeasty brett balances out the other flavors very nicely.

Mouth- A low to medium body with a high carbonation. A very nice feel to the palate. Bubbles just keep popping.

Drink- Well constructed saison. I really appreciated this one a lot. Need to compare it to Fantome for NYE.

Photo of Richardberg
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1.5yr old bottle poured into a highball.

A - light orange, slightly hazy, mostly transparent. Medium white head, thick, decent retention, but lacing doesn't stick around.

S/T - typical farmhouse yeast smells, though not too strong. Brett / horse blanket hit you a little later. Also some white pepper; kind of coppery; finishes bitter. Tasty stuff, but aftertaste lingers somewhat uncomfortably.

M - medium body, decent carbonation, not much else pro or con

D - very drinkable. Nice balance of aromas, but overall was expecting something a little more interesting given the reputation + age.

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

750ml 2009 bottle from forgetfu - thanks for the trade!

Pours a zippy straw yellow with a couple fingers of head which leaves a few spots of lace.

Nose is really lemony with a hint of spice and a nice earthy funk to it, hint of metallic twang and a touch of barnyard, a lot less Brett in the nose than expected.

Lemon and orange, hint of unripe apples, really balanced Brett infusion which gives off a bit of leather, pennies, barnyard and a musty earthiness like a cellar. Quite a round body, sweet and juicy, hint of caramel in the malt profile, dry finish. Sparkly carb that carries the weight, surprisingly drinkable for its weight but its still 8.5%, not exactly traditional saison quaffability. Really a fine brew, worth the accolades.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty clear golden color with a humongous white head. Tons of stick here, crazy frothy, and overall just beautiful. The white foam is rocky and craggy, everything you want to see. Well done.

Aroma is initially tamped down, but with a serious amount of patience I was able to get notes of horse blanket and lemongrass that accompany a light grain and pale malt sweetness. A little more potency before I'm offering my next higher score.

The flavor is fairly robust for the style, with white pepper added to the above mix of aromas. Really enjoying the Brett component as it is a tough ingredient to get right, but this is a great level of funk for a saison. Aside from the grassy citric notes, there is a prominently musty flavor that might impede drinkability for some but not myself personally. Reminds this Iowa boy of horse feed. Also a green apple/pear component. Very complex.

The flavor and mouthfeel take a hit for me because it is so wildly carbonated that it takes away from my experience. I get a touch of metallic flavor in my mouth, the finish is cut short, and the body suffers in terms of not being lush and creamy like the finest Belgians. If this beer is going to score up there with the best, it should bubble more delicately in the mouth and giver the other ingredients a chance to shine in the finish.

Photo of Luk13
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden pour with frothy white head. Aroma is very bretty, some pear, and saison yeast too. Taste is pretty rough, lots of alcohol and brett, reminds me of Bruery Saison Rue, but slightly better. Palate is good, a bit hot at times, but well carbonated and saison like (I like the brett caracter here). A very good saison, but not the best.

Photo of bobsy
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to the mighty Eric for bringing this long-time want over. I love a good season, and I love Brett.

Slightly hazy yellow pour with a multiple finger rocky white head that laced nicely. Bright citrus aroma mixing with light leather, cider and brett funk. What really surprises me about this one is that the brett character is more understated than I expected. While it comes as a bit of a shock, its an excedingly pleasant one because this is an incredibly drinkable and balanced beer. There's a really cool citrus character mixing in with straw and dry funk. Like I said really balanced without having anything too incredible or complex going on. Heavy body doesn't betray the alcohol, and the carbonation bulks things up nicely.

Not the world beater the ratings led me to believe, but its still a damn good beer!

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

Third time having this beer. Figure its about time I reviewed it. Thanks to zimmerbloke for the bottle. This one is batch #2 from 2009.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip, the huge voluminous head I expect on this beers filled 80% of the glass. I love the look of the froth on this thing. Its sugar cube white and has the big rocky body of freshly proofed bread yeast. It takes several pours until I get half a glass of the crystal clear pale yellow liquid and was happy enough to take a seat on the couch. Clumps of the sticky foam stick around the inside of the tulip. It doesn't get any better than this. 5/5

S: Lemon, daffodils, and earthy funk are all there in spades. Promises of great things to come are made. 4.5/5

T: There's the bright citrus that was in the nose, the floral aspect isn't as strong, but oh the brett! The little bit of funk and dirt that it lends is there and a great nuance but I wish it was a little stronger and more up front. Luckily I've got a 2009 batch #1 I'm going to sit on for a little while longer and let the wild yeast open up some more. Its also still a little sweet at this point for my taste. Hopefully some more time in the bottle will dry it out more. Don't get me wrong, its still a good beer, but I think this'll be a GREAT beer with another year or so in the bottle and hit my own personal sweet spot. 3.5/5

M: Crisp, clean, and well carbed. Damn good. 4/5

D: I like this beer a lot. Its something I really enjoy with food but can still chill with a glass of it. Like I've already mentioned, this is only getting better. 4/5

Photo of treyrab
3.13/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer poured generously by a freezing cold soul outside in March at the Rosso e Marrone release at Captain Lawrence. First time trying this beer, thus I was rather excited.

A: The cork pops off (no - flies off) with force with some minor creepage out the neck. The beer was cold, probably 35F, otherwise I suspect more would have gushed out. Pours a hazy marigold yellow with a HUGE white head.

S: Smell is plain, mainly with soft Brett and pepper. Not very complex. Some wet hay, grass, pepper, and Brett.

T: Nothing too sexy here. Dry as hell with the Brett, pepper, and grass.

M: Overcarbonation would be an understatement. Way too much carbonation - almost champagne-like. The kind of carbonation that gets stuck in your throat when you try to chug a cold can of soda too fast.

Overall, a decent beer. I wouldn't seek it out again as I have had many better Brett infused Saisons/Belgians.

Photo of hawks10
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml brown bottle - Corked & Caged - Batch 2009-2 - Bottle #07085/13400 - Poured into my Boulevard Brewing Co. chalice...

Pours a golden apple juice color with tons, actually an almost uncontrollable amount of frothy white head which takes forever to dissipate, leaving chunks of lacing behind...

Nice! Brett is very apparent in the nose, the first thing I notice. Much stronger presence than the bottle I had about 8 months ago, good sign! Earthy with hints of southern Wisconsin countryside in summer, sightly funky. Spicing is low (which is good) and there are some slight, sweet fruit aromas in the background. Complex and very nice, perfect Saison aroma in my eyes!

Herbal and dry to start. The brett is quite strong compared to the last time I tried this. A bit of spice and quite dry. Slight twist of fruit hits very quick on the lips at first but fades fast, leaving the earthy hops and brett to dry out, slightly spice and bitter the beer. Yeast and a bit of pepper all with an underlying funkiness. Loads of complexity but all ends up dry...

Medium bodied with a pretty high level of carbonation. Spicy and dry with a lingering bitterness, a bit of alcohol heat shows up after a while...

This beer has really improved since I first tried it almost a year ago...the Brett was understated when the beer was young, but now it comes out full force in aroma (excellent) and flavor (a bit too much)...would have liked a bit less bitterness and dryness in the finish, otherwise, fantastic beer!

Photo of kenito799
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, batch numbered, 3 years of age. Rare tasting.
When the cork popped the foam threatened to escape but just barely did not. It's alive!
Golden clear brew with active carbonation, massive white foamy, rocky head forms and lingers endlessly. Lacing everywhere. It is beautiful.
Aroma is brguilingly floral, orange blossom comes to mind. Tangy orange peel as well, hints of spices, clove. Definite barnyard funk but restrained.
The mouthfeel is crisp, light and tangy, with a softness. The funkiness is gorgeously apparent at the first sip, tart, with a wonderful range of tangy floral flavors changing in the mouth. The finish is long with an aggressive bitterness, citrus pith.
Fantastic beer.

Photo of cbutova
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage, bottle 8481 shared by Chico1985.

A- Hazy golden hue with a massive, super foaming head that has big retention. Creamy cloud leaves a big pile of thick lace.

S- A great characterization of Brettanomyces. Nice and funky farm feel. Fruity as well, as expected. Some citrus, a bit of spice. Almost like a lambic funk feel. Straw.

T- A bit more traditional. The Brett is certainly here and funky but not as influential as in the aroma. A good amount of citrus zest and yeast spice comes through from the regular yeast. A pretty big amount of fruit. Hops are sneaky but there.

MF- Ultra foamy Bretty feel foaming up immediately. Very high carbonation on a light body. Some residual bitterness and warmth.

DB- Kind of has a fruity, non-sour Geueze feel if you can imagine that. A good addition to what was already a solid beer. I wish the funk was in the flavor more but it was still complex and enjoyable.

Photo of Chico1985
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #8481/11925 from batch 2009-1. Received in a trade from Exiled.

Foam monster! Pours orange with huge foamy white head, takes multiple pours to just get a few ounces of beer. Eventually calms down and settles at about a finger leaving good lacing.

Pure brett in the nose. This would be a good example if someone asked what brett smells like, hand them of a glass of this. Sugary sweet, funky, musty fruits.

Taste overall consists of light fruit, funk, barnyard. Once it warms more flavors come out through the pure brettiness. Apricot, peaches and lemons come to mind. Earthy/herbal hops. Bready and biscuity notes. Small hints of vanilla and apples. Pretty complex.

Uber-carbonated, foams up in the mouth big time, kinda killed some potential here. A bit of alcohol shows through as it warms.

A good representation of the use of brett without it being a sour bomb. Mouthfeel needs some work but a nice saison.

Photo of psiweaver
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,732 ratings.