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Harvest Dance - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

749 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 749
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 107
Gots: 131 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bort11 on 10-30-2009

John Barleycorn is memorialized in English folk tradition as the personification of the barley plant, sacrificed at harvest time and then reborn as beer or ale. Our Harvest Dance Wheat Wine is a celebration of John’s Midwestern cousin, wheat. Beginning with a large portion of wheat malt, we add an equally generous helping of Hallertau and Citra hops and age the ale on both French and American oak. The result is a big, warming burst of tropical fruit flavors, highlighted by subtle wine-like notes, and rounding slowly to a long, dry, oaky finish.

23 IBU
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Ratings: 749 | Reviews: 291
Photo of Jacobob10
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap on 4/17/2015 @ One Mile House in New York, NY.

Served in a teku glass. Amber color with a large white head. Massive aroma leaps out of the glass filled with lemony citrus and earthy hops. Sweet, boozy flavor that coats the mouth and lasts for a long time. A big, full-bodied beer. Haven't had a wheatwine in years before this one but I am a fan.

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

Pours a beautiful hazy golden with a thick, fluffy, off-white head. Aroma is wheaty and yeasty with a subtle citrus note. Wheaty flavor has a strong, but not bitter, hoppy note and yeasty and citrus hints. Smooth flavor has firm body and an OK amount of fizz. Harvest this one!

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with some sediment floating around - it takes away from the lustrous sheen somewhat. The head is three fingers high, very foamy, and off-white in shade. Retention, annoyingly, is pretty decent. Due to how oily the head's structure is, lacing is inconsistent (but VERY thick where it does manage to stick to the glass). (3.75)

Smell: Very snappy smelling. I pick up lots of lemon, along with the classic Boulevard yeast character and plenty of bready yeast. Citra shows up with grassiness, rather than tropical fruits. I only pick up traces of oak, though the vibrant bread character makes up for that. (4)

Taste: The gentle hop flavors open it up. Like the nose suggested, it's mostly grassy, though I do get some fruity flourishes. This flavor is quickly subsumed by wheat bread and ester notes (apple, pear, and white grape - the usuals, basically). While it does finish with some oaky notes, they're very subtle and somewhat easy to miss. Despite the fact this beer isn't advertised as Belgian-style, it shows a greater mastery of a Belgian yeast strain better than many "Belgian" beers brewed in America. (4)

Mouthfeel: This goes down fairly well for nearly 9%, due to the one-two finishing combo of slight wheat astringency and gentle oak tannins. Still, the full body and mouth-filling carbonation means this is not a chugger by any means. But like any good Belgian-style beer, the finish is quite dry. It beautifully fulfills its role as a spring-time sipper, and that's what matters at the end of the day. (4)

Overall: Anything Boulevard puts in a 750 is likely to be quality. And indeed, this is a great beer. Rich yet eminently drinkable, I'm hard pressed to think of a beer that would be better suited to spring. Okay, I can, but right now I can't be bothered. Who cares - this is worthy of anyone's time. (4)

4.09/5: Don't fear the reaper

Photo of Beastcpa
2/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is too sour to enjoy. I try something else

Photo of biboergosum
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml, caged and corked bottle, @ 8.6 ABV, a treat to see this venerable Midwest American craft brewery's wares now available in Alberta.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden amber hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, densely foamy, and rocky off-white head, which leaves some chunky, random sudsy bike chain lace around the glass as it very slowly abates.

It smells of sweet, grainy wheat malt, field honey, mild oaky wooden notes - vanilla and char, mostly - a sugary mixed citrus bowl fruitiness, peppery yeast, and further leafy, herbal, and grassy hops. The taste is rather fruity right off the bat - apple, pear, lemon, and orange, sweet, all - with a well-honeyed bready wheat malt, mild white pepper spice, a fading phenolic yeastiness, and a sort of tropical herb-infused booze warming.

The carbonation is fairly noticeable in its alternating frothy and fizzy dualities, the body a stoic middleweight, as the fruitiness props it up for the most part, including its somewhat clammy smoothness. It finishes on the sweet side, but moderated in that very fruity way - sugary, yes, but balanced by acid and hop astringency alike.

A pretty tasty version of the style, everything nicely aligned, with the inherent fruit esters more or less running the show. I'm a tad disappointed in the lack of barrel characteristics, but then, I'm not. Overall, I'd have no problem taking this one to the soiree, and then dance with the one I brung.

Photo of adapt313
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a big, frothy head that holds for quite a while. Smells very bready, some peppercorn spice, bananas, cloves, and some fading tropical fruit notes. The taste follows the nose rather well, like an imperial hefeweizen with some earthy, wine-like oak notes. It's earthy, grass and hay, peppery, and loaded with fruit esters. Highly carbonated mouthfeel and dry, bitter finish make this drink lighter than the abv would suggest.

Photo of Billolick
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1/2 growler filled at DeCicco's in Armonk, NY

Hazed darker orange amber, moderate head, that leaves a tiny bubble film and fine strands of lace.

Spiced up nose with cinnamon glowing through.

Spice, fruit, complexity all in a lower carbonated flavor bomb. Notes of more cinnamon, ripe bananas and pineapple, mild red hot candies. Well crafted and quite enjoyable. Nice mellow dessert/night capper kinda brew

Photo of argock
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. Best by date on back label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear straw gold with 1-2 fingers of big-bubbled, ivory head, decent retention, and scraps of lacing.

S: Citrus and herbal-grassy, touch of lemon with pale malt, grainy, slightly tangy wheat background. Yeast esters contributed to the fruitiness and lend some peppery, lightly phenolic aromas.

T: Very refreshing for its size with grainy, slightly sweet pale malt up front cut with medium bitterness with varied flavor of lemon, lime, grapefruit, honeysuckle, and hay. Yeast esters bring some apple and pear flavors along with a mildly spicy, peppery finish. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Light and highly carbonated which help with the bigger ABV to keep it drinkable.

O: I enjoyed this beer, although I think they could cut another percent off of the ABV and really have something to put in their seasonal lineup to rival Tank 7 and Long, Strange Tripel. Another winner from Boulevard.

Photo of John_Beeryman
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smells like a hefeweizen, tastes like a tripel.

Photo of infinitebruner
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

February 17, 2015

750 ml bottle, snifter

A – Deep gold, starting to turn to amber, moderately hazy. About an inch of white froth that fades very slowly.

S – Hops are very strong, with aromas of passion fruit, guava, lime, grass, and some peppery spice. In the background there is a sweet, malty backbone, some grainy bread, as well as fruity esters, a hint of pear. Some white wine-like acidity, perhaps from the barrel.

T – Flour and grainy bread dough, malty sweet, and musky green grapes. Hops are only moderate, again with guava and citrus and a bit of lime. The alcohol is present, providing a mild bite. Hop bitterness is low but evident in the finish.

M – Highly carbonated, very sudsy and enveloping of the tongue, and medium-full in body. Dry throughout with almost no residual sweetness. Bitterness is low, only obvious in the finish.

O – Love the way this beer feels, and the French oak adds a lot of character without overwhelming it. Much like a heavier version of saison or biere de garde, seems very Belgian in inspiration. Excellent.

Photo of whatthehull
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard wheat wine style ale

Poured into a wine glass

A - a cloudy orange brown, three finger off white foamy head and a tiny bit of lacing

S - wheat, citrus (especially orange), strong malt note, very floral, nice slight hop note, Belgian yeast, citrus rind, sugar

T - straight bitterness up front, wheat, lots of Belgian yeast, hops, orange, grapefruit, no alcohol to speak of, wood, slight sugar, very grainy, lots of tropical like notes, tastes like a spring/summer day

M - medium body, decent balance, ok complexity, very carbonated, medium plus acidity and a very long citrusy bitter finish

D/O - light, easy to drink, very fruity but with tons of bitterness and carbonation. Very spring and summer type ale.

Final thought - $9 is a little high for the quality but the abv is very nice and almost undetectable in the ale which is nice and not nice

Photo of LazyBas7ard
4.99/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very good and unique wine wheat styled beer. It's very smooth going down and the taste is splendid. A personal favorite of mine.

Photo of Treyliff
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage, poured into oversized wine glass

A- pours a deep amber orange color with a two-finger foamy white head that retains nicely, leaving some lace behind, a bit of sediment in the bottom of the glass

S- tropical fruity aromas up front with a big hit of grapefruit juice, pineapple, mint leaf, and melon. Toasted woodsy notes gives some vinous white wine aromas, finishing with some sugary sweet malt

T- tropical notes continue into the taste with a flavor of grapefruit and pineapple juice, toasted oak follows with some white zif similarities, toasted wheat kicks in near the finish with a sweet malty and fruity finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a big foamy mouthfeel that continues into a foamy finish, abv is hidden very well

O- surprisingly very fruity, but it played well with the wood. This has held up nicely over 3 years

Photo of pat61
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has a white wine nose with a background of light bread without the crust, light malts, a faint trace of citrusy hops and a hint of alcohol. It pours hazy gold with a 1” quickly dissipating white foam cap that has wine aromas, pours hazy gold with a 1 finger head that quickly dissipates, gold and produces rich lace. On the palate the yeast driven esters tend more towards white wine than the barley wine fruit profile. There is an underlying sweetness with a balancing hop bitterness on the finish. The alcohol is big, with the malt flavors providing balance and pulling things together. Oak flavors with a touch of vanilla lurk in the background. Medium full body with medium high carbonation. Alcohol warming on the finish but not overly hot or solventy.

Photo of MartzMimic
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap at Oak & Oar OKC a clear apricot gold. The two fingers of creamy, white head stays for several minutes leaving heavy lacing as it settles to a thick foam. Nose is floral, spicy and a bit woody. As others have noted, it's similar to a saison with Belgian yeast, lemon and some pine. The mouth is medium light and very dry, almost off-putting. It's not like other wheatwines, but it is interesting. Well-crafted, but not something I would turn to often.

Photo of stortore
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle into a snifter.

Nice color, a little haze. A fairly hard pour yields a thick, aromatic head. A little foam remains after dissipating. Smell is a pretty good mix of the Citra and Hallertau hops, a little peppery. Smells a bit like a saison. Really good flavor and very diverse. Tastes most like a saison when a little more chilled. As it started to warm, It gave up some hefeweizen without the bananas and bubble gum. Once warmed, more solid wine notes and a sharper hop bitterness on the back end. To me, it was much less sweet than others of the style, but my sweet tolerance is high. Dry throughout. Good amount of carbonation. Seemed a little thin in the mouth, but not bad.

Good beer, well crafted. Unique compared to others I've had of the style. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of vfgccp
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by Jun 2015, opened Jan 2015.

A - Boulevard has really been impressing me lately with the way their beers look. Four fingers of chunky off-white head with nice retention and great lace. Apricot body with gold highlights.

S - Surprisingly hop-forward. Cilantro, pine, juniper, lemon pith, caramel, dried apricots, prune, yellow raisins, and woody booze.

T - Peach nectar, apricot, fig, oak, light booze, cilantro, pine. Sweeter than expected.

M - Thick and smooth. Very little carbonation.

O - Not bad, but the sweetness begs for a higher level of carbonation to balance it out.

Photo of Tafyob41
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Beer is delicious, but does not remind me of any other Wheatwine I've ever had. It is more of a farmhouse style. I would rate it higher if it was considered that.

Photo of richj1970
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml into tulip glass.

A: Pours a red tinted sunshine yellow with generous 3-4 finger fluffy white head that lasts a good while and leaves some nice chunky lacing. Surprisingly clear body.

S: Yeast esters, baked bread, and citrus and floral hops. This smells more like a saison than a wheat wine.

T: Lemon peel, oranges, light cracker malts, and citrus hops. A bit of grassy funk at the end. Much more hop forward than I was expecting.

M: Medium body and lots of carbonation. Steady stream of bubbles even minutes after the pour. Finish is light and crisp.

O: Enjoyable brew, but bills much better as a farmhouse ale or saison than a wheat wine.

Photo of avalon07
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a snifter. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A different, yet welcoming, aroma of light fruit, wheat, malt, and hops.

T: Tasted of wheat, citrus, mango, light malt notes, a vinous quality, and some oak as well. Much lighter and less acidic (and harsh) than some wheatwines. A sweet, fruity, and surprisingly complex flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Wheatwine hasn't always been my favorite style, but Harvest Dance is a better example of one. Very drinkable and well done.

Photo of babaracas
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange, thick off white colored head, half inch remains, rings of thick lace down the glass. Smell: this is an odd mix... really phenolic... heavy on clove and band-aid; next estery... banana pudding (and vanilla coming in here); finally, hopping is soft tropical fruit and mild grassiness. Taste: sugary mango-banana pudding, citrus peel note, clove, wheat bread. Medium-plus bodied, sugary but no alcohol. Powdery banana thing becomes a bit much over the course of the 750ml. Enjoyable but an odd combo. Not much from the oak, if anything.

Photo of TheBungyo
4/5  rDev -0.7%

2009 bottle.

Complex nose. Spicy, a little cheese, sugar.

Lots of sugar up front when I finally taste, with tobacco from the old hops, caramel, and a dry finish. I'm enjoying this but it feels so close to either being bad or good but never commits to either.

Just a little lacing. After five years the carbonation was still strong and flavor interesting. I'm definitely glad I had this.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i am really glad they made this one again. i have regretted not picking up a bottle since it was out last. this is a real cool beer, oddly light in palate and oddly dry for the style, unlike any wheatwine i have had before it. its also quite hoppy too, coming through almost as an ipa in that way, although more fruity than bitter for sure. the booze is warming but not sharp, and the wheat malt is fresh and flavorful, but also extremely light in weight. honey sweetness comes on mid palate, and the oak its finished on is really subtle, but mellows the edges nicely. i enjoy the dynamic nature of this, but also the fact the i can drink a whole glass of it without being full or sugared out. definitely the most unique expression of the style ive had, and maybe one of my favorites. bold beer again in the smokestack series. some of the best domestic beers out there have come from it.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of caramelized malt with some toffee notes and some residual sugars is enticing. Taste is dominated by caramelized malt with some grainy notes of wheat and some residual sugars with light aftertaste of toffee. Body is about average with good carbonation and light warming alcohol notes. Very flavorful beer but slightly lacking in terms of complexities.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

This one pours a very rich golden color that is rather clear and has an extremely, rich, ridiculously this head that settles slowly to pebble sized bubbles with moderate lacing.

The nose is fairly fruity, bready and spicy with notes of oranges, bay leaves and alcohol.

The taste is best described as compressed. The flavor is more bitter than you would expect in wheat style. IT attacks the palate with bitterness and alcohol that then fades to scrumptiously good tastes. The hopping is bitter, sharp and falls off clean to a nice bready dry malt finish and an alcohol warming to the stomach.

The moutfeel is rich and effervescent, quick sharp bubbling with a nice palate coating finish.

Overall this one is exceptional and unique. I am really liking it.

Pairing with gourmet popcorn. 2 parts salted butter 1 part extra virgin olive oil, Gruyere cheese, garlic powder, sea salty and spicy Mediterranean mix for bread dipping.

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Harvest Dance from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 749 ratings.