Harvest Dance - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

766 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 766
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 106
Gots: 140 | 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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Reviews by smakawhat:
Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a De-struisse like tulip. Batch 2012-1, good till June 2013.

Slow decant even provides a real large head, ginormous kind of ridiculous with lots of retention and a sort of tan off white like color. The body flows with lots of small rising slow creeping carbonation, through a real nice orange amber hue. Head falls slowly with soapy retention.

Great simple nose on this beer. Mild caramel sweetness, and a light taffy powdery sugar. A real nice sense of light powder sugar comes out even more. It smells dense but in control.

Palate hits with a real nice fruit rush. Tropical thick punch and big hints of honey and lip smacking flavor. Mild clove sensations, with a real cinnamon slightly hot finish but with a great malty sweetness. Slight warming hits the palate without a boozy rush, and some playful carbonation just a bit. A real super caramel taffy quality to this.

Overall a real solid fantastic memorable wheatwine, will definitely seek this out in the future, very drinkable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 10/10.Poured into a snifter a clear orange infused glden with a huge blooming white head that sticks like glue as it settles into a frothy mass.Aromas are a mix of citrus,caramel/vanilla,and faint leather.Big chewey feel and not overcarbonated like I was thinking it might be in the mouth.Big caramel and honey sweet notes upfront with some of the leathery component coming thru as well,the finish is sharp and leafy with a big citric jolt as well.Complex to the hilt,with a good combination of sweetish deep maltiness and herbal,citric hop.The alcohol does play a part as the beer warms,but the hops really play a big role in this wheatwine.

Photo of brownbeer
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It was hard as hell to get the cork out of this bottle.

A- Autumn orange with huge white head that stays forever. Be patient.

S- Orange citrus, earthy wheat, citrusy hops. Almost has a saison like nature in some ways, like the yeast is playing a big part.

T&M- The soda like over-carbonation is distracting. Earthy, almost wild hop character, dry and grassy with a little bit of funk.

D- Tastes fine but the excessive carbonation takes away as you'll be belching frequently.

Photo of Beaver13
3.31/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle. After a big pop of the cork, it pours with a monstrous overflowing head after a normal pour. It's a hazy muddy golden with a huge white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is some yeasty funk, and wheaty rye like alcohol. As it warms (and the head recedes), I get some of the wood notes and some fruits and a tinge of sourness too.

The flavor is sweet wheaty malts, a little sugary fruit and a bit of a bitter finish that I didn't notice until it lingered on the tongue. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Given the carbonation level on pouring, I'm surprised that the mouthfeel is pretty smooth with low carbonation noticeable.

Overall, this is a pretty mellow beer (surprising given the alcohol), and nothing stands out like a huge impy stout. It is a little far on the sweet side for me. The pouring gets to be a bit annoying too - each pour, I get about an ounce of beer and tons of head.

Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown bottle, corked and caged.

The head does not lack at all, towering actually and rising above the rim. Slightly hazed pale orange amber glow when put to the light. Delicate perfumey aroma of raw honey, tropical fruit, wild flowers (lavender?) and a peppery alcohol. Smoothness is its middle name and with a body like that it runs pretty deep. Very bready with a thick malty start, dry though. A peppery flavor and fruitiness battle it out in the middle as the alcohol turns on the heat a bit. Yeast malt cake in the dry finish.

Of the maltier Wheatwines, a sipper for sure. I'd love to see what this beer tastes like in a year or more. Lovely now.

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 tigg924
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: golden-orange in color, hazy, 2 inch huge head, high carbonation

Smell: citrus rind, earth, alcohol

Taste: very citrusy--orange and lemons, pale malts, caramel and noticeable alcohol

Mouthfeel: bitter—slight sweetness at the end, high carbonation, light bodied for the style

Overall: An above average to OK wheatwine. I have been blown away by some wheatwines I have tasted, but this is not one of them. I would be really curious though to try this with some age. I will say the whole time I was drinking this I was thinking--I have had better in the style--yet I want more...I want more.

Photo of Mora2000
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first ever wheatwine so I am not sure how it compares to the style, but I really enjoyed the beer.

Pours orange-brown with a huge, dark white head. The aroma is strongly wheaty, with a lot of alcohol as well. You get some citrus and grassy hops, more than expected. The flavor is wheat with the same earthy and citrus hops that were in the nose. You also get some Belgian yeast. This beer is very carbonated and has a medium mouthfeel. A sipper that changes both flavor and aroma as it warms.

Photo of BigE90
3.36/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2010-1, best buy 7/2011

a) a bright orange transparent color with a good 3 plus finger head upon pouring into my Deschutes Tulip.

s) the fruits of apricot and peach stand out, more fruity versus a citriusy scent if that makes sense, in the distance is a little malt/biscuit and even smaller hop aroma.

t) the fruits are at the front, then comes biscuit/matlness, I don't really get any hoppiness from it and the no citruis qualities present including any banana which is what I would was expecting from a wheat beer. Almost has a belgium characteristic to it.

m) very light and refreshing, geat for a warm day, no bitterness but also not a lot of flavor coming through. Maybe because technically I am past the best by date??? Don't know.

o) I have had many a hef's but this is my first wheat wine beer and I am just not picking up any of the wood notes with it. Overall though very drinkable, especially for the abv but, I would not seek this one out again.

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

Harvest Dance opens to a sweet, fruity nose ripe with cherry, berry, orange, apricot, pineapple, and melon fruit esters, the pineapple and melon being especially noticeable here, lending the beer an immediate sweet-tart note. Huge dollops of brown sugar, confectioner’s sugar, and caramel add further layers of sweetness, mixing with the fruit esters to form a bubble gum overtone. Pink grapefruit, lemon, and light pine from the hops add further tart sweetness, as well as a touch of bitterness to help balance things out. All of this rests atop a biscuit and wheat bread that, though faint, does help bring some earthiness. As a whole, the nose is quite potent, and very interesting in its tropical citrusy overtones, though the bubble gum note does somewhat spoil this. Still, there are enough fruit esters in here for two to three bottles of almost anything else, bringing a promise of syrupy goodness.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a quick shot of fruit that copies that noted in the nose: cherry, berry, orange, and apricot fruits mix with surprisingly strong pineapples and melons. The sweet pink grapefruit from the hops, as well as the lemons, add further sugars and tartness. Brown sugar, pepper, and light hints of apple cider vinegar add bits of contrast, as does the biscuit and wheat bread base. In subsequent sips, where some of the initial nuance of the beer is lost, the fruits can come across somewhat like a soda, but are still very nice. The aftertaste is a long lasting continuation of the main mouthful, heavily emphasizing tropical citrus notes. Mouthfeel is a very dry medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is good beer, though I suspect that the pineapple and melon notes might drive some off. Luckily the bubble gum aromas did not translate to the tongue, which would have been disastrous. The beer may be a bit dry, but the massive fruit esters make it seem like apple cider champagne, and the result is so interesting that it’s worth a try.

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 Beerandraiderfan
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a 2009 bottle opened in Oct. 2011. Pours a little 'weird'. Kind of a hodgepodge of color. Gold, yellow, orange, brown. Nicely carbonated, 1/2" head. Aroma was also all over the place, banana, wheat, mild alcohol warmth, toffee and caramel.

Taste was nicely packaged, a little bit of citrus (not expected) and even some older hop notes, warm alcohol, vanilla, more banana, this one is actually wonderfully nuanced and complex, with a lighter body to it that isn't really all that challenging to drink at all.

I'd check it out again, and it really makes me wonder if this is a good intro for people not ready for massive barleywines.

Broke this out at elrogish's barleywine themed cabin weekend.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is admittingly the first Wheatwine I've ever had. Poured into a wineglass orange with a huge thick head. Most of this head can be contributed to me having just bought it and it was rolling around in the car. But the head had great staying value and great lacing. The smell was of orange and grapefruit scents. Which is what the taste was like. Being my first wheatwine, I can best compare it to a Belgian IPA without the Belgian yeast, and more of a straw dry feel in the mouthfeel. Very interesting.

Photo of turamarth
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into a New Belgium Globe glass.

Appearance: Like most smokestack products, this beer has a very explosive head. Almost hard to pour explosive. However, I'm not complaining. The head this beer produces is big fluffy, rockey with giant bubbles. A very nice head that leaves some big globulus lacing. The body of this has a nice semi-cloudy amber color, much alike its barley based cousins.

Smell: Right off the bat is a bouquet of bananas. This I seem to find a lot with beers that have a large wheat base. Some nice subtle tropical fruit notes, that I assume come from the citra hops. A very pleasant and appealing sweet nose.

Taste: Again the banana like flavors from the wheat come forth. The hop presence in this is very interesting too. The hallertau adds a nice round, grounded hop profile to this wine. It has an earthy quality to it. Contrasting to the Citra hops that give it a nice bouquet of tropical fruits and citrus notes, cutting over the rest of every thing. After the hoppiness there is the nice winy roundness to the beer. Finished with a nice, sweet dryness.

Mouthfeel: Probably the ONLY weak point in this beer, and that isn't even really a weak point. The carbonation does add a slight burn to the tongue. And make the beer slightly more fluffy than it should be. A nice thickness for this style I think.

Drink: Taste alone make this wheat wine super drinkable. Though it does seem at taste to be slightly more boozy than it is. That could deter some for drinkability. But, this beer is damn fine!

Photo of ianjsullivan
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ST: 750 poured into a snifter.

A: Light amber, almost orange, with a thick white head.

S: Strong wheat, lots of grapefruit, bubblegum, medicinal, stone fruit.

T: Spicy grapefruit, sweet red grapefruit, vanilla from the oak, alcohol ethanol.

M: Very full and creamy from the wheat.

O: Wonderful, complex flavor with a noticeable mouthfeel, Harvest Dance is a winner. I would buy it again, happily.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter) batch 2010-1

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy deep orange body with a strong pop of the cork. There is a matrix of microbubbles that glide up to the surface. The head is a bubbly antique white that last and last eventually fading to a thin film and sticking to the glass in thick sheets after each sip.

S- There is a touch of phenolic clove with some softer estery hints of banana and a club soda note in the finish. As the beer opens up the esters turn more tropical fruity with some perfumed juicy fruit gum qualities and a yeasty citra hops character.

T- The soft fruity notes have hints of pear with a soft bitter green hop flavor to the dry finish. There are some apricot and juicy fruit gum notes along with a bright lemon and green citra hops finishing with a carbonic acid note.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel is followed by a tight scrubbing fizz and no alcohol heat until it warms a bit and then it is just a gentle alcohol warming.

O- The nice fruity esters and bright juicy hops are really supported by the dry crisp finish. The fizz and citra finish is a great combination and the alcohol is really well hidden. Without a label I would have called this an IPA or Imp IPA not a wheatwine. But no matter what you label it, it was tasty.

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 GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1/2009. Best before 10/10

Served cool into a chalice. It has a great golden orange color with very good clarity. The head is out of control and just keeps builing. In fact, the first few gulps are pure foam just to keep it from over-flowing.

Aroma is slightly sour with hints of spice.

The flavor is an interesting balance of bitter funk. There is definately a sweet citrusy hop bitterness up front but it's followed by a wild yeast funky flavor that seems at odds. It's a bit like an over-hopped saison.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with OTT carbonation.

I haven't had more than a few versions of this style but this isn't what I would consider one of the best. That would go to the Portsmouth version.

Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to lnashsig for satisfying my Blvd fix. Batch 2010-1, best before July, 2011. Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Spirit Savers snifter.

Cloudy persimmon liquid with a half finger of cakey papaya whip foam. Pasty lacing, fast running light legs.

Biscuity malt, tart lemon-drop-like wheat notes, gooseberries, white wine and resinous, citrus-laden hops in the nose. Alcohols contribute some esters as well, without being solventy.

Candied ginger, bright tangerine zest, grapefruit juice, and white wine grapes on the palate. Fresh hops contribute a low but lasting bitterness and additional citrus flavor. Dry mineral-laden finish.

Medium-bodied, lightly oily, and well carbonated.

An excellent example of a style I'm not a huge fan of - this almost changes my mind. Another success from the Smokestack Series.

Photo of tdm168
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark orange with a huge, white head that has great retention and leaves great lacing on the glass

S - tropical fruit, spicy hops, some herbal aromas

T - spicy hops, tropical fruit, apricots, wheat, some yeast, alcohol, faintly herbal, bitter finish

M - medium bodied, warming alcohol, crisp but well carbonated

This was a really impressive beer. I'm not a huge fan of wheatwines, but this one has depth, character, and a really tremendous flavor profile. I thought for 9% the ABV was well hidden and only added warmth and body. The fruit and hop flavors are tremendous. They alone make this worth trying. In all this is a really good beer. It's impressive and worth your time.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

25.4oz bottle, Boulevard tulip, Batch 2 of 2011.

My first gusher. Pop, and as soon as I looked light colored foam was spewing forth. I poured and it simply overflowed the glass. Voluminous off-white foam, large bubbles on light orange beer. This beer needed a full size tulip, not this 25cl job.

Passion fruit and guava tropical hops, a shot of caramel, and a shovel full of wheat. Matte, stone fruity Belgian-like yeast and an untamed alcohol.

Candied fruit with coarse, spicy wheat. Apricot, lots of apricot as well as bitter, fumey alcohol. Significant hop bitterness.

Lots of soft carbonation. It isn't as prickly as anticipated, but it foams up in the mouth. Unsatisfactory. Medium-thin bitter body with that boozy thinness.

It's a rough and tough beer that seems to be trying to be a lot of things. The Belgian yeast is out of the deep outfield for me, I hadn't expected that. Its over carbonation affects the appearance significantly. I'm a bit disappointed to have to say that this is one of my least favorite Boulevard beers.

Photo of zaphodchak
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

From a re-sealed bottle (from a certain beer writer's secret stash) hidden behind the counter at Beer Monger's in Portland, OR.

Massive fluffy white head, despite having been open a while. Whitish to faint brown, hazy body. Nice lace.

Wheat-forward, sweet with banana, then hops and some peppery saison spice on the finish, outstanding.

Feels way too foamy, which cuts the taste.

Outstanding wheatwine, light bodied and kind of an imperial saison, quite interesting.

Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split during some saturday nfl playoff action

2009 vintage

this beer had a long trail to my liver - purchased in south bend, left at a friends house months ago and returned to me a few months later

appearance: served in my hopleaf tulip, bright golden orange body, heavy carbonation with a big foamy white head. awesome label.

smell: surprisingly quite hoppy, orange citrus, leafy green hops, belgian yeast, sugar

taste: not your average wheatwine - heavy lean to the belgian side and a real crowd pleaser. bright citrus hops remain 2 years in the bottle, belgian yeast, clove, white pepper, lots of fresh fruit, peach

mouthfeel: slick and oily, medium body

drinkability: nice.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Harvest Dance is a very interesting beer. I am sharing with my neighbor...who is also a Boulevard fan. The beer pours a fully primed hazy copper with huge head that is only slightly lacing. The smell includes subtle spice and hop....along with a slight white wine aroma. The taste has hop and spice with a white wine overtone. The mouthfeel is good...the beer was super primed...like popping a bottle of Champaign. Overall it was a pleasure to try this beer and certainly would suggest it to anyone looking for something different.

Photo of dbossman
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy; golden amber color; very quick foamy and thick head that dissipates stubbornly; head is frothy and laps up against the side of the glass with tremendous vigor; solid coat of lacing

S: Yeasty and slightly sour; a bit of alcohol; also remnants of banana and cloves; subtle citrus and coriander

T: Alcohol is masked well; a subtle citrus quality juxtaposed to a yeasty graininess; pleasant but nothing overwhelmingly great

F: Fairly good mouth coat; a surprising amount of creaminess; a touch thin on the back end of the mouth

D: Quite drinkable for the style; alcohol is very well masked

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Harvest Dance from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 766 ratings.