Harvest Dance - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Reaper16:
4.47/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
750mL bottle served into a 2009 Boulevard Smokestack Series chalice
Pours a honeyed orange that reminds me of a Halls menthol-lyptus cough drop. You can see clearly the streams of bubbles from the nucleation but the beer isn't really transparent. The head, oh God the head, is enourmous. A gentle pour yielded foam that was initially larger than a full hand. It settles nicely into a two finger expanse that never quite dies from that point. The top is frothy and rock and generally consistent with sea foam. The lacing is understandably spectacular. Steven Pauwels and the Boulevard crew are masters at beer head, as evidenced by every single beer in the Smokestack Series. You will never see a beer of this style that looks better.
The massive quantities of wheat show up in the nose first off. Tangy, zippy smells balanced by the expected banana richness. What is entirely unexpected out of a wheatwine is the abundance of citrus aromas. In addition to the German hallartau hops that give this beer the leafy hop aromas that it has, Boulevard has chosen to use Sierra Nevada's own Citra hops. The mango-pineapple-grapefruit loveliness of those hops are an alluring and effective choice for this beer.
This is pretty fucking good. Its not simply a wheat bomb, there is plenty of malted barley flavor to go around. The malt background is so rich and is a strong background for the yeasty banana tastes and the hop attack. This beer is grounded in earthy, astringent hallaurtau which serves to highlight the bright, papaya, mango fruitsplosion of the citra hops. This is all so GOOD. The citra hops are so amazing in Harvest Dance! It actually reminds me of Ballast Point Sculpin in the aftertaste. The oak aging plays a key component here. There is a lightly smoky, meaty quality that actually accentuates the banana, amazing as that sounds. The oak barrels were specifically used previously to hold French chardonnay if I remember correctly. There is a light grape to the back end that feels brusque from the oaky smoke.
The mouthfeel is solid. There is a lot of carbonation, which makes it very easy for the beer to get foamy in the mouth the same way as Dr. Pepper does. There is a slight issue with the alcohol in this beer. Its tastes a little bit more boozy than the 9% that it is. Its never harsh, so you could say that I am nitpicking. As far as drinkability goes, I imagine that this is drinkable enough for the style. The bottle is disappearing quickly and the ABV is not unreasonable.
Boulevard have proven themselves time and again to be masters of wheat. They just know how to make it do great things. Harvest Dance Wheat Wine is no exception. Its insanely flavored yet very balanced. Easy to drink for the style but also very complex. This is fantastic. You really must obtain some, drink some and age some.
Serving type: bottle
11-12-2009 04:03:13 | More by Reaper16
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3.94/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Back label says Best By 6-2013. Didn't even think to check the date when I bought it.
A- Pours a medium amber color with a full inch of off-white head that retains very well before slowly dropping to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam.
S- Yeasty, spicy aroma with lots of fruity phenols. Little hints of butterscotch and other candy-like smells.
T- Tangy and sweet wheat with a noticeable alcohol taste. Still, pretty smooth and drinkable but the promising aroma has lead to a not-so-exciting flavor. More candy notes like in the smell but the booze takes away from their character.
M- Medium-high carbonation makes for a spritzy quality which I always like but the alcohol bite slightly stings the back of the throat. The body leans toward the lighter side.
O- I think I'm starting to dislike wheat wines more than I have in the past. It seems like it's a style you really have to nail to be enjoyable yet I haven't had enough examples frequently enough to know what needs to be achieved. Guess I'll just have to keep trying different ones out.
Serving type: bottle
01-04-2014 03:54:43 | More by Immortale25
4.21/5 rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750 ml bottle was poured into a wine glass.
Appearance: This beer poured a three finger head that reduced to a small puffy late. It is a hazy orange color with some clarity and tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.
Smell: Caramel, wheat, fruity, citrus, tropical, oak, floral, and grassy.
Taste: Caramel, vanilla, toffee, citrus, tropical, oak, wheaty, fruity, and delicious
Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little bitter,a little dry, malty, fruity, chewy, medium bodied, and medium to high carbonation.
Overall: This wheatwine is very delicious, enjoyable, and tasty. Makes me want more.
Serving type: bottle
11-29-2013 04:33:29 | More by Flounder57
Harvest Dance from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 575 ratings.