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Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 723
Hads: 2,999
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 637
Gots: 817 | FT: 64
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 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 MOVERTON1284
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 Vintage. Light in color, very crisp and refreshing. I get very little sour/funk from the brett, pretty clean beer overall. Good overall carbonation and taste. (163 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)

Photo of ern19
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Really glad I was able to find a bottle out here in the middle of nowhere.

A: Slightly hazy, straw yellow

S: The citrus and hop notes hit you first, followed by a little barnyard from the brett, with a very slight vinegary sharpness at the end.

T: Definitely changed a lot as it warms up. The first sip reminded me of just a regular wheat beer, spices, a touch of hops. I noted immediately that there was little alcohol presence to speak of. As it warms, the funky Brett notes started shining through, with a little boozy-ness on the finish, though not as much as the hefty 8.5% would suggest. It's a superbly balanced and delicate beer, a far cry from the hop-bombs I'm used to.

M: Very light and refreshing. (715 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The golden colored body that was poured out of the 750 ml bomber, was cloudy. The bomber was capped with a cork, and wire cage, and the long pop, and the ample gun smoke were evidence of a good seal, and generous carbonation. The head that formed atop the pour was four fingers thick, and very stubborn. The smell was very rustic, ad the beer was clearly blessed with smells of wheat crackers, horse blanket, hay, orange peel, and white pepper. This is just exactly what I want a Saison to smell like.

The taste was dry, biscuit like, with an unmistakable presence of Brett. There was some bready sweetness, and a hint of pepper and lime juice in the finish. The combination of sweet, tart, spicy, and funky was very well done. The body was fluffy, light, and quenching, and the 8.5% ABV was very well hidden.

There are very few non Belgian beers that approach perfection for this style, but this one certainly does. (918 characters)

Photo of blankenhoney
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 edition enjoyed from a teku

A: Pours a hazy and light golden shade of orange with a MONSTER head

S: Bright lemon peel, yeasty/musty funk, and a peppery spice. Really nice.

T: Crisp, dry, and refreshing: citrusy and a generic Belgian funk I associate, rightly or wrongly, with saisons.

M: Light and effervescent, but creamy too

O: Loved this one. This is the first saison I've reviewed (and the first I've tried in a long time), so everything was pretty much new to me. (478 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. 2014 vintage bottle.

Appearance: Big pop from the cork. Pours a bright and fairly hazy golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge gushing white head that takes up most of the glass and slowly settles into a smaller foamy layer. Leaves a lot of clingy lacing.

Smell: A very funky, yeasty, spicy, and fruity Belgian style aroma with hints of Brett, pepper spices, and fruit esters. Belgian yeast with clove, peppers, and funky Brett yeast giving some sour cherry hints. Big mix of fruit esters with hints of lemon, orange, green apples, banana, white grapes, pear, grapefruit, mango, tangerine, and peach. Earthy and floral hop scent with hints of grass. Sweet hints of candied sugar and honey. Pale malt with hints of wheat, straw, grains, and cracker. A very complex and good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma previews, a nicely funky, yeasty, spicy, and fruity Belgian farmhouse style taste with big notes of Brett, spice, and zesty fruit. Belgian yeast with hints of farmhouse funk, clove, peppers, and Brett yeast giving some sour notes. Big taste of fruit esters with notes of lemon zest, green apples, orange, banana, pear, white grape, grapefruit, mango, peach, and tangerine. Earthy and herbal hop scent with some subtle notes of grass. Some candied sugar notes as well. Pale malt background with some notes of wheat, straw, grains, and cracker. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the heavier side of medium. Lots of prickly carbonation. Fairly tart and spicy with a drying finish. Alcohol presence is mild.

Overall: A very good twist on a Belgian style Saison. Good mix of fruit esters and spices with a nice kick of Brett funk. (1,714 characters)

Photo of Mimetic
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I left a 2012 a couple of years ago with my father, who returned it to me today. I had forgotten buying it, and it was such a treat to have a well-aged Saison Brett unexpectedly show up at my doorstep.

As others have commented, the head is huge. It takes patience to let it settle enough to indulge without getting a foam mustache. But that gives you time to take in the floral scent of this brew, which is surprisingly delicate.

Saison-Brett is a yeast-worshiping beer, to the extent that it reminded me of a hefeweissbier. But the alcohol comes through to sharpen its edges, and there's none of the unpleasant belch-provoking fizz of that German hangover remedy.

Though the flavor profile is different, what stands out is the artisanal quality of this brew, worthy of the greatest Belgian examples. (804 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Giant pile of uncontrollable soapy mile high pile of head atop a straight up orange beer. Three step pour process because of the massive foam. Head is rising about two inches, like a for over the glass.

S: Smell is awesome. Extremely flowery, but not overwhelmingly so. Not overwhelmingly anything.... Fermented mixed fruity berries including cherry, tantalizing citrus, and other warm summer aromas. Soft soapy bananas work their way through with creamy meringue but not necessarily of the lemon variety.

T: Taste, also very nice, brings many of the aromatic qualities with added bitterness and noticeable alcohol strength. Floral hops, brisk fruit, bready malts, spice and funky fruity Bret. Very enticing. A lighter version would be fantastic for outdoor summer drinking.

M: Semi-syrupy, slick, smooth and soft.

O: Great! (832 characters)

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

From about a year earlier ('13 bottle)
Gargantuan white frothy head, slightly hazy golden body, ample carbonation.
Smells perfumy, barnyard funk is there, some herb/ basil, light spice. Very nice, refreshing scent and yet complex to the nose. I'm hoping this tastes as phenomenal as it now smells, as well as how I recall it tasting the first and only time I tried this a couple of years ago..
It certainly does. First sip recalls how flavorful this is, with the spice notes just right, hop very well-balanced in the mix. There's the unusual bubble-gum-like flavor (to some may be like apple) and finish that must be credited to the use of the brettanomyces. Bready malts, juicy, and then a drier end with some prickly feel upon the finish. Much going on here, and it's all right.
Creamy smooth mouth, medium carbonation, refreshing, complex. For me this is the best saison I've ever had. 5's across the board when I get this impression. Extra bottle to cellar a bit (not for much longer).
...Update: Just popped the other cellared '13. Still fantastic. Much of the same impressions, although a bit more prickly, spicy and dry-finishing than I recall upon having this when purchased like last time.
Still the best of the style I've tasted, although if aging I'd recommend no more than 6-8 months. I like this better "fresh." (1,327 characters)

Photo of Natureboy
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a cloudy gold with minimal head. Caramel and dates move into flowers and pepper, with some cherry esters and a wiff of funk. Sweet with a mild tartness and some alcohol on the finish. Low hop bitterness and mild Goldings-type hop aroma. More complex and more Belgian than the Tank 7. The complexity imparted by the brett and whatever other bugs they threw in there make it a true saison. (394 characters)

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

Wonderful sasion.Light golden yellow in color. BIG head even when poured gently it's amazing. Great aroma. Light and fruity. Wonderful summer beer. Like it more than Tankhouse 7 which is a good beer. Definetly will have to go out by some more to keep stocked away for a later date. (281 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottled purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquors in Dupont Circle NW D.C., unknown brewing/bottling date but 2014 vintage (Batch #/BBD - SB14058-02-2016); drank over 30 minutes

A: 3/3 - pale yellow-to-golden coloration; impressively clear for a beer that is "assertively dry hopped;" pours from the bottle with huge frothy white head that barely settled down during drinking; tight, small white bubbles pouring off the bottom of the glass

S: 11/12 - lots of Amarillo on the nose - grapefruit, tangerine and lemon/lime; some peppery/spicy Belgian yeast and ripe/musty pineapple from Brett; pils malt and wheat with some alcohol notes to boot

T: 16/20 - low hop bitterness but really bright, refreshing citrus flavors immediately hit on first sip and continue to develop on the palate; as the flavor profile expands; the Belgian pils and yeast rear up - peppery, estery and coriander that evolves into a mild barnyard funk profile; mild alcohol flavors clean up to finish exceptionally dry and refreshing

M: 4/5 - very high carbonation; effervesent; light body

O: 8/10 - classic light Spring/Summer saison that is the staple shelf hoppy American saison for me; unfortunately, I don't as much musky funky Brettanomyces character as I would like, which will probably develop over time because Brett was only added at bottling; also with a nice price tag ($13.99/bottle) for the DMV

TOTAL - 43/50 (1,410 characters)

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

I prefer this beer at a colder serving temp- at about 45°F. It brings out the spiciness, fruit, clove and mouth feel.

Poured a bright lemon color in a Pretty Things Balloon glass with a 2F head.

A complicated aroma- clove and fruit, noticeably lemon.

Great mouth feel: very carbonated in a way which enhances the overall drinkability.

Taste:Distinct fruit- citrus- a blend. Funk as the beer warmed up. I couldn't quite identify the citrus flavors. In this beer there is a unique taste combo of fruits.

Wonderfully finished by a spicy hoppiness.

Overall- quite distinctive. It's a Saison- masterfully brewed to bring out an outstanding flavor profile. (657 characters)

Photo of McThulhu
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage into my lucky Tabasco mug.

Look is pleasing, I'm glad this is a Farmhouse with some character. Bubbly, cloudy but bright. Head is very fluffy and dominates the glass but has nice latticing as it dissipates.

Smell is funky, but not as funky as I had hoped it would be. But BLVD isn't normally in the business of being funky. Mouthfeel is nothing special, it's not oily and it's not chunky so it's okay in my book.

Taste like very pleasing, there's the funk I was looking for in the smell. Citrus, and that taste you get in your mouth when you hit the rural, manure-plastered parts of Minnesota, but in a good way. As you have probably noticed, the 8.5% ABV is deceptive, as I am not even through two glasses yet and this review has pretty much gone pear-shaped (shout out to Paul Allen, the voice of the MN Vikings on KFAN! Shout out to The Common Man Dan Cole and Tenna-B on The Common Man Progrum. Shout out to Boulevard Brewing Company, get on that Tech N9ne beer, and soon! McThulhu goin hard on the beer review tip, watch out!) (1,047 characters)

Photo of SARWildhop
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious farmhouse funk without too much sweetness. Bitter enough to stand up to most fooods, but light enough to enjoy at any part of the meal. Would love to get my hands on a few bottles and age them. Deceptive ABV... Enjoying this at Dogwood Cafe in Jamaica Plain, MA before a Sox game. (292 characters)

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a teku. 2013 vintage.

Still a decent amount of funk after a year of aging. Superbly creamy and medium full body. Nice touches of spice and a hint of sourness. Lots of yeasty, floral smells. Some dryness but not overly so. Smooth. Wonderful head. Just a superbly done craft beer. (291 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: huge amount of head with large bubble carbonation that is slow to dissipate. The color is pale yellow and quite cloudy.

S: definite fruitiness, peach, kiwi, little lemon to me. There is also a funky wet hay scent in there. There are also herbal scents in there, but I do not know my specific herbs that well.

T/M: grass a citrus taste, pretty well balanced and light, with a large amount of carbonation that is a bit biting to my tongue. I do get the farm feel (dirt and hay) and what I call earthiness of a Saison, and as the beer comes to temp, there is a little more lemon taste in the back. The smell intrigued me a lot, but the scents don't translate into the taste, for me.

O: enjoyable beer that I think hits the style pretty well in my estimation. It has been a while since I had a Brett, and was hoping to get a bit more "funkiness" out of the beer, right or wrong, but it was a more standard Saison. (915 characters)

Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 723 ratings.