Saison-Brett - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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4.53/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
08-07-2014 04:04:39 | More by ern19
5/5 rDev +16.3%
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.
08-03-2014 06:56:41 | More by rajendra82
4.29/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
08-02-2014 23:47:27 | More by blankenhoney
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
08-01-2014 07:23:23 | More by MattyG85
Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 2,390 ratings.