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Saison-Brett | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class
743 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
743
Ratings:
3,123
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
20.98%
 
 
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Saison-BrettSaison-Brett
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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

Added by Crosling on 04-13-2007

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Reviews: 743 | Ratings: 3,123
Photo of andilane
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I fucking love this beer. Peachy and fruit as hell. Everything I love about brett, everything I love about saisons. Excited to short term age one of these. So nice with cheese. <3

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

Had on tap at Reds Ale House. Very nice refreshing Saison. Little bit of tart, little bit of funk, overall a very nice refreshing and easy drinking beer

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Photo of metter98
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a half finger high head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of brett are present in the nose along with notes of lemony hops and peppery spices from the yeast.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the yeast is somewhat stronger and on par with the brett, contributing earthiness and flavors of peppery spices, the latter of which linger into the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This does an excellent job at blending the brett with the underlying aromas and flavors of the base saison as you get added complexities from the funkiness but these aren't overpowering. This has a nice appearance and mouthfeel, it's almost like a champagne among the wild ales.

Note: 2015 vintage

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Danny1217
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Burnt orange with a massive, foamy head with good retention.
S: Funky barnyardy brett b right up front on the nose, with the hoppy strong saison qualities of Tank 7 taking a back seat to the big funk aroma.
T: Earthy funk, citrusy and floral hops, a bit of the phenolic fruit primary yeast remaining. Good balance between all the components
M: Medium body with high carbonation yet a soft feel.
O: Brett doesn't mean sour, for some of you who are disappointed by the lack of acidity in a brett saison. Go drink some vintage Orvals and come back when you have learned. This beer is for people who appreciate the musty, funky flavor that comes out from bottling with brettanomyces.

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Photo of ELS
3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was really looking forward to this beer. I love a good sour, funky beer and this one has become the "go to" for Saisons with Brett. I also like your typical Saisons and Tank 7 is pretty good for the style. That is why it is with much apprehension that I say this beer just didn't deliver. I really don't understand the high scores. I find the smell faint with a slight peppery note (nothing special) and the taste is just a lot of Brett funk, a little biscuit, a little pepper and a little bitter. Some may call it complex, I call it a mess. Maybe I'm missing something? The majority is usually right. Either everyone is on crack or I'm just not getting this beer. I thought I knew funky beers but maybe I'm not the connoisseur I thought I was.

Finished the 750 ml bottle the next day and I have to say that I found the beer to be much better. The smell was more integrated, the taste wasn't so "in your face" but enjoyable funk and it went down a lot easier. Just shows you that a beer should be tried more than once.

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Photo of Scarfer_Brad
4.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

World Class! Funk master. delicious poured in to a Duvel Tulip pale straw color with a big light sudsy head. Smells of a hay field next to a field filled with flowers. Funky sweet and tart. a pleasure to drink. overall i wish i could have a bottle of this every week. one of my favorites

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle
A- Deep orange with fizzy head... lots of carb
S- At first I get rubbing alcohol, then a bit of citrus, and earthiness
T - Very earthy, funky, barnyard. I don't think I like brett that much... its ok, but not great
F - Medium... some stickiness
O- Brett is ok, but not my favorite bug.

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Photo of wolverine0712
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: When poured into my pint glass (messed up and should have used a tulip), the first thing I noticed was the excessive, foamy head (at least 3 fingers worth). The head retention was good and it had light lacing. The body was a hazy amber.

Smell: The earthy essence of the Brett is front and center; there is almost a little funk smell along with a little fruitiness. Overall, it's a nice smell.

Taste: The funky Brett taste is the most noticable aspect of the taste. There is also citrus, malt, and biscut flavors. It's a complex taste that mixes sweet and sour. It's a dry beer that has little bitterness.

Mouth: The medium bodied beer finishes dry and clean. The carbonation is there too.

Overall: This might be the best Saison I've had. The beer is balanced in all aspects. You could grab 2 bottles, drink one now, and save one for a year or 2 and probably have the same results.

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

I will have to come back to this. The tap blew out when they halfway filled up my growler, so not sure if that affected the taste. It didn't have near the sour profile that I thought it would, but still found it a good Saison

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I really tried to pour this one slower as saisons are often quite carbonated. I still get four fingers of rocky off white head. Head retention is crazy long. Body is a bright wheat colored golden orange. on the nose is a distinct yeast tone that is bready, along with that is some fruit tones and a bit of funkyness. It is slightly sour with first taste. The taste buds are immediately woke up and sent into an electric frenzy in anticipation of the super sour funk to come, but it is only slight and a little bit of a letdown. You do get a decent hop profile, some yeasty phelonic spice tones and even soft fruits. Just no dominant sour feel. Don't get me wrong this is very tasty, just not all that tart as I had hoped. This will no doubt develop with age as the description tells you. They did achieve an earthy feel very well here. Mouthfeel is along those same lines, quite dry and wonderfully earthy all over. This really is a perfectly drinkable brew.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"A traditional Belgian-style saison was the starting point for this limited edition ale, but then the fun began: It was dry hopped, followed by bottle conditioning with various yeasts, including Brettanomyces, a wild strain that imparts a distinctive earthy quality. Though this farmhouse ale received three months of bottle age prior to release, further cellaring will continue to enhance the "Brett" character, if that's what you're after..." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Saison / Farmhouse Ale with a Brettanomyces strain added. A popular annual release by Boulevard since 2007, released in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 51 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a boastful frothy foam and sudsy head of a pale straw white color over a mildly hazy amber body with ample carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is light and patchy. 4

(Smell) The Brettanomyces strain makes a considerable impact from the start, creating strong aromas of funk, earthy pepper, fermented stone fruit juices. Light pale and cracker malts with moderate barnyard, funk and peppery spices. Very pleasing aroma overall. Potency is moderate. 4.25

(Taste) Slick, syrupy pale and Belgian cracker malt backbone with a striking yeast and brett impact, moderately dry with tart peach and apricot juice, mild coriander and white peppercorn spice, moderate funkiness overall. Moderate citrusy and lemony hop background with a moderate bitterness. Quite a complex saison and a strong contender for one of the best Brettanomyces impacted beers out there. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, silky,clean and moderately dry. Carbonation is brisk, generating a moderate frothiness and a fully crisp finish. Body is medium/heavy for the style, medium overall. Balance is evenly sweet to tart to funky and spicy. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) Arguably one of the best constructed and tastiest saison ales out there, with plenty of yeast and brett character to balance out the traditional malt body. The dry hopping impact makes a tremendous impact and contributes citrus character to the already complex and lively body. Highly recommended beer. 4.25

Vertical Notes:

2014 (1 Year+ Aged): Pours an equally substandial sudsy head to the 2015 vintage, slightly lighter body color, closer to straw and substantial lively carbonation (Cork shot off automatically, beware!) Retention is good, lacing is light and patchy. Aromas showcase an increase in tartness and funk, increased effervescent notes of white pepper and fruit juice. The flavor has an increase in fermented fruit juices, funk and tartness, a reduced hop profile and slightly reserved pepper and spiciness but comes off more delicately balanced with the other flavors over the fresh vintage. Texture is silky, clean, slick, carbonation is equally brisk. A phenomenal vintage, even without the boldness of the hop profile, it comes through beautifully balanced and equally flavorful.

2013 (2 Years+ Aged): This vintage pours a sudsy head, shorter lived but equally easy to agitate, a slightly hazier body with ample, lively carbonation. Retention is above average, lacing is light and patchy. The aroma of this vintage has slightly less funk and tartness than the year ahead of it, although the pepper and fruit qualities are more pronounced. The flavor profile reflects this, with ample light fruit juices, mellow tartness, light funk and shallow spicy yeast profile. Texture is slick, lightly syrupy, smooth and clean. Carbonation is equally brisk with high crispness. Another fine vintage, although the flavor doesn't quite seem to hit the same depth of the newer two batches, with noted reservations in the malt body and in the full scope of the yeast and brett profile. It seems this beer's sweet spot lies around the 1-2 year mark.

Recommended Vintage: Fresh-1 Year Aged

Boulevard Brewing Co.'s
Saison-Brett
4.31/5.00

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Photo of Kadonny
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 corked and caged bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. I forgot to check bottle date, but this is a fresh bottle I just bought.

A: A cloudy medium golden color with a nice 2-3 finger white fluffy head. Nice full long lasting lacing.

S: Loads of barnyard, that brett jumps out right away. Musty with huge barnyard smells, loads of fresh fruit coupled with floral notes and some hops. Wow.

T: I am surprised at how much the brett yeast really affects the flavor with such a young beer, but it does. Huge flavors of wet hay, barnyard funk and yeast but it gets mixed with the huge fruit flavors. Pineapple, sour apple, lemon and some floral flavors which are tart but some underlying sweetness is still evident. Some pepper kicks in with some hops bitterness to deliver a bone dry finish that lingers with the barnyard funkiness. This is a world class beer.

M: Nice full lasting flavor provides some pricky feel with slight stickyness, but in the end it dries out nicely. Perfect carbonation, not much alcohol noted. Nice.

O: I'll repeat what another BA'er said. This may be the best Saison I've ever had. I love Tank 7, but the brett in this takes it to a whole other level. I still can't believe the amount of brett that comes out with such a young beer, can you imagine if you let it age a bit? Wow, brett monster.

Drink this beer, it's phenomenal. If you love brett, this is a must drink....and drink...and drink.

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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 CTbrew32
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

appearance- Golden yellow in color and cloudy. Very carbonated with a three inch head on a soft pour.

aroma- Definitely getting that brett aroma along with some citrus sweetness and cracker malt.

taste- The brett is big at first giving the beer a mildy tart/funky taste. The brett subsides a bit allowing citrus fruit flavors to shine and a bready malt backbone giving the sweetness a drying balance.

feel- Medium/ high carbonation, medium bodied, and semi sweet/dry mouthfeel overall.

overall- Great example of a straightforward brett saison. Nothing flashy here with just a few flavors that are just done right and are balanced perfectly together. Definitely should be considered a benchmark for the style.

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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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Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 743 ratings.