Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 711
Hads: 2,944
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 628
Gots: 789 | FT: 60
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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Reviews: 711 | Hads: 2,944
Photo of beergoot
3.2/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Apricot yellow body with a volcanic rush of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass; thick, chunky head. Very spicy, peppery aroma; funky citrus; vinyl. Taste closely mirrors the aroma; some yeast-like tones; heavy phenolic presence. Medium body; coarse on the palate; mostly dry finish.

I've had this beer several times before, especially four-five years ago. It wasn't within my usual sphere of beer preferences but I recall it being intense and interesting. I honestly can't say how this current version compares to some of the earlier versions, yet it seems rather rough and overly intense. There's a strong phenolic element that isn't balanced out by any other desirable flavors. This sample leaves me with feelings of vinyl and burnt rubber more than anything else. It has some redeemable qualities, yet the harsh phenols leave little room for appreciation for anything else this beer offers. Harsh and bruising. (930 characters)

Photo of SFC21
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great base saison, and as expected the Brett is the featured player. The funky yeast dominates the finish and lingers long after the swallow. I like Brett though I am not as fanatical as others, so I wouldn't mind dialing it back a tad, but overall a really tasty saison (270 characters)

Photo of ajm5108
4.76/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lots of hay / earthy aroma from the yeast, flavor starts out with a wave of citrus (mostly lemon peel) followed by the pepper & grass flavor, which is dry but finishes with some faint heat. Light and crisp, with a delicate bouquet of flavors. Boulevard makes the best American saisons out there. (297 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2015. Oh, it's brett'd Tank 7...probably too much to hope that the brett has improved on that mess in a short amount of time. Pours a hazy gold with big fluffy white head, settles in a minute to a nice cap; a few rings of thick lace on the glass. Smell: floral, dried pineapple, soapy, sugar cookie, band-aid-ish; notes of hay and candied grapefruit peel save this. All of these are kind of barely here, at proper temps. Taste: sweet... sugar cookie, dried pineapple, grassy, some snappy grain, mild grapefruit-y citrus zest and acidity. Peppery finish. Worth another shot with an aged bottle to see if brett can do more with the underwhelming, too-sweet and over-hopped base beer. (682 characters)

Photo of TheFizzinator
3.29/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Got a ton of unpleasant brett and band-aid qualities even from an '14 Saison-Brett. Might have just been at a bad spot at the time. But I love brett beers and this was very...underwhelming. (189 characters)

Photo of Qbdoo
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light gold color but, man, a massive frothy head with ridiculous lacing. Scent is intriguing but hard to pin down. Earthy and medicinal seem close but not that precise. It's a little fruity too, kind of an apple cider scent. The taste has these element as well but finishes with something I'll call funky, for lack of a better word. Texture is perhaps is best feature: light, bubbly, dry but almost sandy and creamy at the same time. I definitely like this beer and am glad I tried it, but the jury is still out as far buying it again.

Well, as I finish the bomber, my ratings go up. What a complex beer! (605 characters)

Photo of mbenjami1
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is such a wonderful beer possibly my favorite. It does best with a little age. Typically give it 1 to 2 years to get maximum complexity and funk. I would not recommend drinking it fresh. The freshest one I've had was very lacking in all the things that make the beer great. When had at the right time this is the kind of beer you can take a drink of, swallow, then exhale through your nose and get all kinds of flavor explosions for several breaths. Complex and funky are the operative words. (497 characters)

Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

amazing.
that should be enough but i will elaborate for those yet to try this beer.
been trying to get ahold of this one for a while so much thanks to @SteveB24 for sharing.
Boulevard starts with an excellent beer and kicks it up a notch by adding brett.
beautiful golden color with an aroma of that amazing saison yeast and brett clearly pronounced. tastes exactly how i want it to taste and more. just so well done if i ever have access to again i'll buy all i can to see how this beer does with age. definitely holds its own with the big brett boys.
job well done boulevard. (578 characters)

Photo of gshak
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2014 bottle, with a best-by date of 2016. Served at refrigerator temperature into my Duvel tulip.
A - Clear yellow, with streaming carbonation from the bottom of the glass, and a 2 fingers' width of thick fluffy white head that never goes away. Very, very, impressive 5/5
S - Fruity aromas from the hops and Brett, grains and wet hay. Smells sweet. 4.5/5
T - Perfect blend of sweetness, sourness, and graininess. The carbonation helps explode the flavors on the palate. A very pleasant sipper, perfect for a sunny SoCal afternoon. 4.5/5
M - Medium mouthfeel that feels much lighter due to the strong carbonation. Well done Boulevard. 4.5/5
O - Not really sure how I would improve upon this beer, except may be make it a bit lighter on the feel, and ABV, yet retain the fullness of aroma and flavor. Not sure what kind of a brewing miracle that would take. Until then, this works just perfectly! 4.5/5
Now, I need to try this fresh, at 2 yrs, and 3/4 yrs - for research's sake! (978 characters)

Photo of LouZ
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got to try this on draft at a local watering hole. I am not yet a big fan of Belgian style, but based on ratings I wanted to give this a shot. I have to admit, I was apprehensive given some of the descriptions of it tasking like "funk" or "Band-Aid", but I enjoyed this more than expected. Pour was clean and clear with ample head; scent was ripe with that Belgian spice. Taste was malty and sweet up front, and I caught the Brett earthiness on the finish but by no means was it distressing. This was my first taste of a Brett beer, and I'll be trying more when possible. Coming from a non-saison drinker, this is a good brew. (626 characters)

Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this bottled and on tap and it is better bottled. The cork releases with a pop which gets louder as the beer ages releasing herbal and spicy hop aromas mingling with cidery, yeasty fruit aromas with a little barnyard funk that gets more pronounced as the beer ages. It pours a lively, hazy straw with a fizzy quickly dissipating, fluffy head. In older versions the head is more pillowy and persistent. Bread and biscuit malt flavors support and mellow the tart, citrusy funky, earthy saison yeast flavors. Mid-palate reveals some peach. The palate finishes dry and tart with a moderate hop accent. The Brettanomyces really shows up with a very finely bubbled, soft, moussey texture that becomes more luscious and alluring as the beer ages. (750 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 Release Poured into a tulip glass.

A- I had heard you should pour this beer slowly and I'm glad I did as, even with a slow pour, the glass was mostly foam. A high pillowy white 4 finger head that sticks around. The beer is a bright yellow, good degree of clarity on the initial pour.

S- Big brett presence, with that earthy funk, nice lemon and grassy notes, getting even some spice and maybe just a touch of banana.

T- Again lots of brett here, big basement cellar funk, maybe a slight taste of band-aid, lots of lemon notes, grassy hops, slight pepper, spice, and banana.

M- Medium, not over carbed feeling despite the appearance.

O- At first I found the brett aspect of this beer to be too much but as it warmed it the flavors really came together. (765 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 2014 caged and corked 750 ml bottle from the Alpine , CA Frontier Liquor Store in early September for $14.99. Best by 2-2016.

Beer poured golden with a huge saison yeast strain inspired head that is leaving lacing in a big way.

Nose is musty and funky, with lemon and apple.

Taste is lemon, apple, sweet tarts, with a funky dry finish.

Mouthfeel is light and wonderfully refreshing for a big brew.

Overall this is an excellent beer. I am not a sourhead by any stretch but I do enjoy brews with a kiss of brett. Glad I had a chance to try this! (564 characters)

Photo of TryThemAllOnce
2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

The other reviews had me optimistic about this... maybe it's a one-off, but to be honest - this beer was horrible. Something like transmission fluid with smelly socks kind of describes it. Purchased at Bev-Mo in champagne style bottle. Very expensive, very poor. Bummed. I have always enjoyed Boulevard's brews... until now. (325 characters)

Photo of silverblaze540
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

A - Tons of head, lots of lacing. Murky amber color.

S - Spices, citrus fruits, sweet fruits, malts, watermelon?

T - Malty on the front, bitter fruity aftertaste.

M - Creamy; medium to high burn from alcohol and carbonation.

O - Great beer; tons of favor, strong smell. Not very bitter. (293 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

2013 vintage. Pours a hazy gold with a huge white head. Lemon, biscuity malt, with a touch of funk on the nose. Hoppy, lemon, spice on the palate that finishes dry and slightly funky. Light bodied with great carbonation. Overall, the word that best describes this beer is complex. (280 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gorgeous lemon color and mostly see-through. Pours an towering head which slowly dissipates to a foam caldera which remains for the rest of the drink. Covers the glass in large, detergent-like patches of lacing.

Bright and super fresh, floral, herbal and leafy aroma. Hints of lemon as well.

Right from the start, hops hit the tongue with an unrelenting assault. Make way for the yeasty goodness, mostly standard Belgian yeast with hints of Brett. Mildly acidic with a lemon juice quality. Finishes bone dry from the hops and acid with an ever-lasting, bitter aftertaste.

Medium bodied. Dry feel. High carbonation.

Big points for originality. Lost points due to lack of balance. I would consider this a Saison/IPA hybrid with slight hints of Brettanomyces. Don't get me wrong, I love a good IPA. I just think they over did it a little bit. The intense bitterness and slightly tart flavors create an overwhelming flavor, in my opinion. Nonetheless, I am enjoying it. (984 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

A: orange-golden. Huge white, foamy head.

S: grains and lemons.

T: apple peels, apple juice, bitters, wet hay, grainy bread, white raisons, and orange peel.

M: medium body and carbonation.

O: the flavors aren't as strong as I'd hoped. Still a great beer. (260 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage, poured into Boulevard tulip glass

A- pours a crustal clear golden yellow color with a huge foamy and rocky white head that retains long after the pour, taking over five minutes to eventually settle, leaving lots of lace left behind.

S- yeasty barnyard funk aroma with highlights of wet hay, grain & earth. Musty wet basement mixes with some herbal aromas, along with apple skin, lemongrass, and pear. Good mixture of funk & fruit

T- Brett funk up front gives notes of earth, grain, hay & musty cellar. Fruity notes of apple cider, pear and lemon peel, candied belgian sugar sweetness leads to notes of banana and phenols on a dry finish

M- medium-light body with moderate spritzy carbonation leads to a big foamy mouthfeel, eventually leading to a dry and crisp finish, high drinkability

O- plenty of Brett funk, but held back enough to balance out the fruity and earthy notes of the base saison. I was already a fan go Tank 7, and this one was a winner with the addition of dry hopping and Brett yeast (1,026 characters)

Photo of kellyej
4/5  rDev -7%

A: Weak head, light amber color
S: Hay, anise, clove, all spice, grape skin
M: Dry, light body, refreshing
T: Sour with hints of allspice, clove, anise; background note of hairspray and empty raisin box

Awesome beer!! (221 characters)

Photo of Benish
4/5  rDev -7%

2014 batch. Poured into tall snifter glass.

Appearance: Instant foamy white head while pouring. At least 4 inches thick which dissipated slowly to a quarter inch bubbly foam. Hay and light orange in color.

Smell: Hops dominate the smell. Pick up tropical fruits and esters. Never thought I'd use this as a description: but smells kinda like a barn full of horses, must be the Brett.

Taste: once again mostly hops - very bitter with some fruity tones. Not as much Brett as I expected. The bitterness is instant and finishes through. The Brett is subtle, I think should have waited longer for it to shine through. The Saison itself is tasting excellent. It really is a unique combination of the hops and the Saison itself - not exactly balanced (not in a bad way). Picked up notes of yeast and that malty sweetness I recognize in saisons. A very subtle spiciness present.

Mouthfeel: maybe a bit gritty in a way; medium bodied, certainly not something that feels light.

Overall: anyone who has a 2014, I recommend giving it another half year or so. This is the first time I tried this and I figured I should have waiting longer before opening this. Its good, but if you want solid Brett character, just wait a bit longer. (1,230 characters)

Photo of ArkansasTraveller
3/5  rDev -30.2%

Not gonna reiterate what everyone else has said about this beer. My first taste reminded me of the smell of my laundry detergent. I'm a fan of Boulevard, but not this beer. (172 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Saison Brett Pours a hazy golden color with a huge white lacing fluffy head. There is a big bold aroma filled with flower and spice notes. The taste is dry, very spicy, big pepper notes, flower like flavors, hints of sweetness. Great flavors, blends together perfectly. Overall its the best Saison I had to to date. (319 characters)

Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev -7%

Slightly hazy golden pour with a foamy two-finger white head. Nice slightly sour aroma of yeast and lemon. Really nice flavor of pepper and yeast. Can also taste a bit of biscuit and clove. Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Finishes dry and crisp. (253 characters)

Photo of Vixie
3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 dated bottle

Pours a very nice gold color with a huge white head. The cork nearly flew out of the bottle when I opened it, although it has been sitting for a couple of days. The head seems to be in no hurry to go away.

Has a sweet floral scent at first, then becomes a bit grassy with hints of fresh hay. It has the outdoor smell I associate with this style.

Starts out a bit fruity, maybe apple and pear notes. There is some spice there, seems to be pepper like. Has a bit of grass and earth notes to it. Finishes a bit dry with some lingering hop bitterness.

Goes down smooth and easy, moderate carbonation feel.

This is my first experience with brett, and it is a positive one. I was worried this beer would be too funky, but it seems to keep that well in check. The brett adds some interesting flavor notes to the beer, it is earthy and funky, but in a good way. It is very drinkable for the abv, and is yet another example of why I think Boulevard is one of the few US breweries that gets the Belgian style of beers right. (1,037 characters)

Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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