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Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 728
Hads: 3,039
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 20.98%
Wants: 645
Gots: 824 | FT: 65
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: 728 | Hads: 3,039
Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, straw gold body with billowing head and lace patches left behind. Aroma has some notes of barnyard funk and yeast with touches of tropical fruit sweetness and spice but this isn't an overly funky or sour aroma (although I swear I get sour apple in the aroma like those sour candy balls one had as a kid). Medium-bodied, fluffy, almost creamy mouthfeel at times, there is minor sour, acidic, funky vibe in beer but it is not overpowering or dominant. It is more of a mellow yet pervasive sour funkiness that is balanced with a tropical fruit (pineapple, mango) sweetness, a sweet aspect that is more than typical compared to other saisons, and a citric, hoppy finish.

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Photo of whynot44
4.89/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy light gold color - a little like pineapple juice - with a substantial foamy white head that lingers a ll the way down. No real lacing, just occasional clumps of foam on the glass.

The aroma is funky, floral and fruity all at the same time - hints of tropical fruit, wet blankets, crackers, hay, some vague floral notes, pine - really hard to describe and seems to change as you drink.

The taste is also complex, slightly sweet and sour at once, grapefruit, pineapple, crackers, earthy, phenolic and more but nicely blended and none overpowering. Finishes nicely dry and slightly peppery.

Very nice sipping brew, especially for warm weather. Medium bodied, highly carbonated, very drinkable.

Overall a very enjoyable brew as it is, I'd like to try it with a year or two of age.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably the best Saison I have ever had. Funky Brett, crisp apple and dry as hell. Similar to Rayon Vert but a bit brighter in the flavor profile. Simply a beautiful beer that I need to find more of to put away for a year or two. Highly recommended. Loving Boulevard right now.

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Photo of ScotB260
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saisons are completely baffling to me. Hard for me to describe the flavor a and smells. Nonetheless, this is by far the best one that I have had.

Cider and pineapple flavors stick out, with a bready aftertaste.

Based on my experience with Saisons, I'm not sure if I am into the style, but this beer if definitely worth drinking.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 25.4oz/750ml cork-and-cage bottle to an oversized wineglass (Jester King stemware); it looks like this was bottled on January 30, 2015, and the marking indicates it’ll be plenty good through January, 2017 (“BATCH NUMBER/BEST BY DATE: L013015-2 01-2017”). This was purchased two days ago and promptly went into the fridge, so it’s had a chance to rest at a cool temperature.

Appearance (4.75): Four solid fingers of tight, custard-colored foam rise off of the pour immediately, capping a cloudy golden-orange body. As the head recedes—slowly—it leaves fat splotches of foam and thick legs all around the glass, along with a good centimeter of lumpy, fluffy foam at the surface.

Smell (4.25): A mixture of light, sweet fruit and floral tones (d’anjou pear, white grapes, honeysuckle, and a little lavender), along with light, honeyed biscuits and fresh-cracked wheat flesh out the confluence of malt and yeasty esters. The brett is still pretty young, clearly, but it’s there, adding a little minerally, vinous character that plays well with the base beer’s structure.

Taste (4.25): . . . and while it’s still young, for sure, there’s definitely more brett on the palate than in the nose. The dry-hopping is also clear, here, with the pithy, citrusy, little bitter tang of orange zest, which melds nicely with the vinous, mineral tones supplied by the brett. There’s a mild, tangy, phenolic funk that floats behind the vinous and zesty flavors. Some malt structure props up the hops and yeast, offering floury biscuits, and more raw wheat kernels. A little warming alcohol creeps up toward the end, along with a moderately bitter, citrus zest flavor—which isn’t all that surprising, considering this is a saison clocking in at 8.5% ABV. The brett definitely lightens up the base beer, tamping down the strongly fruity esters of Tank 7 and turning them into drier floral and lightly funky tones. The brett’s young, but this is still a damn good saison.

Mouthfeel (4.5): The body comes in at a medium, velvety weight that immediately lightens up with an expansive, fluffy foaming action, which persists until it washes out. The hops and phenols, boosted by the alcohol, dry out the body significantly before the wash. In spite of its size and all of its different pieces, this is incredibly easy and satisfying to drink.

Overall (4.25): Right now, this is a lovely saison and a nice riff on the original beer—but the brett is clearly still pretty young and it has amazing potential. From here on out, though, the brett will transform the beer into something far different from the original Tank 7. When it’s young, you get a nice glimpse of both sides, and it presents a very nice balance of New and Old World renditions of the style without jumping the shark. Nicely done, Boulevard. (Yes, I’ll be buying more.)

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Photo of Dentist666
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Saison-brett 2014.
Poured into tulip.
Pours hazy golden beer with bubbly, fluffy white headб good retention.
Smell is rather intense: brett tones - horse sweat, saison tones - floral, citrus, pineapple, spices.
Taste of stale saison with some brett funk. Medium body and carbonation. Dry and slightly bitter palate due to dry hopping.

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Photo of stevoj
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very well done and deserving of it’s high praise. Pours with a towering fluffy head, aroma of tangy, piney hops. Taste is smooth and buttery with mild astringency coming from the hops. Nice lingering flavor lasts on the tongue. 4.5 stars.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 ounce cork and cage bottle into a Shaker pint glass, this is Saison Brett 2015 with a "best by" date January 2017.

APPEARANCE: Pours a cloudy, golden color with a two-finger white head that slowly dissipated until a thin unbroken layer of bubbles remained, highly carbonated, strangely, there was no lacing on the glass.

SMELL: the most unique nose I have encountered, musty, wet hay, banana.

TASTE: initially you get the funky brett taste that is very earthy and musty, then some green apple and lemon, there is some spice and banana as well, this is a very complex beer.

PALATE: medium body and highly carbonated.

OVERALL: this is an excellent beer for the style, if you like the brettanomyces yeast strain-this is your beer. The Smokestack Series from Boulevard is awesome and I can't wait to try more.

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Photo of bluehende
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had as a draft at a tasting. Very nice saison with a small amount of brett characteristic. If you are not a big brett fan, but like a little funky this is very good.

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Photo of smcolw
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Some spots of lace from an initially frothy head. Orange-amber color and cloudy.

More hoppy than sour to the nose. Quite a bit of yeast.

Superb balance. This is not an in-you-face saison. There's some fruitiness at the beginning. There's a yeast bite but it's overall very light (as is the body). The finish is hoppy but lightly so.

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Photo of marieli
3.61/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Started at 56 degrees. Never had a Saison before and I did not care for it much. But I can see why people who like this style say it's world class. Gotboff to a bang as the cork rocketed off. It poured a murky gold. The head was ridiculously tall and had the texture of honeycomb merengue that clung to the sides of the glass for dear life. Smell and taste featured citrus and some earthiness. There's also a bit of sourness. I get the "funky" comments. Mouthfeel was medium and the texture was the best feature for me. Overall I do not like IPAs and this reminded me too much of that. Still, an interesting beer that I wanted to like. I have another bottle I will revisit in about a year.

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Photo of Seabass1964
3.54/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not my style and really don't understand the appeal, but I guess Saisons have to grow on you. Kind of sweet, spicy, very funky. High carbonation, huge out of control head. Barnyard? Don't really detect that, but I guess I'm not familiar with wet horse blanket.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.9/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is as fantastic a saison as I can imagine. The 5 is within that style. The secret here is in the carbonation - different characteristics come out depending on the level of carbonation. Swirl this as it warms. Each time a new head will form, remain for enough time for s new whiff and taste and each time it's different. This is one that can find itself suitable to most any taste. I feel like folks who gave this a lower score (as in a 3) didn't give it a fair chance. I had a taste I didn't quite care for. I swirled it again and the next was quite an improvement. Fantastic saison. Highly recommend.

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Photo of beergoot
3.2/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

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Photo of SFC21
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
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

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Photo of ajm5108
4.76/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of babaracas
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of TheFizzinator
3.29/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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!

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Photo of mbenjami1
5/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of gshak
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

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Photo of LouZ
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of WoostaBia
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 Vintage. Exceptional beer. After untying the wire, the cork popped immediately and hit my ceiling, lucky no accident. Bone dry, light sourness, crisp and refreshing beer. Brett cleaned any trace of malty sweetness. No trace of the characters of the base beer. Awesome beer that will always be a staple to try every year.

2012 Vintage- 9/7/15- Happy Labor Day. Wow, this is a special beer.!I thought it might have too much diminishing returns due to age. This beer was excellent revising it to 5/5. The beer was very dry with every character that is familiar faded, more bubbly and crispier. Clean flavor with the Brett found in he smell and taste in perfect level. I want to always have a bottle of this beer and enjoy several vintages years. Any year of this beer is a revelation. This is such a well crafted beer with the base beer being Tank 9 - a beer I always carry then the Brett, other microbes and age do the rest.

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Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 728 ratings.