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Harvest Dance - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

623 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 623
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 98
Gots: 98 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: bort11 on 10-30-2009)
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Sammy, Jun 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

t0rin0, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch 1-2011. Best by 6-2012.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, citrus fruit, and wood. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is fairly tasty but strong.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

djrn2, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of welosiped. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazy golden-yellow color with a good white head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose is pretty nice with a bit of hops in the finish, preceded by a bit of sweetness, citrus, and some mild spice. The flavor has a bit of light pale malt and white with a touch of hops and some mild fruit. Body is medium with a dry finish. Wow, a wheatwine that's actually pleasurable rather than just being somewhat I can palate. What a novel concept. Thanks, Boulevard.

Thorpe429, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -0.7%

zestar, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

nmann08, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of bananas from the yeast are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of bananas, wheat and yeast along with hints of sweet malts and oak.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seemed to taste more like a triple compared to a wheatwine and wasn't nearly as drinkable compared to other beers in the style.

metter98, May 31, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Just an incredibly impressive head, with plenty of lace behind; oh yeah, the liguid is a cloudy amber color

Smell: Hop forward, with the Citra hops loudly proclaiming their presence; bready, underneath, bringing a hint of banana, mango and clove

Taste: The Citra hops bully themselves forward, on the front end, but the Wheatwine flavors don't take long to emerge, bringing whole wheat bread, banana, cinnamon, brown sugar and pineapple, by mid-palate; spicy, after the swallow, with pepper and clove elements joining; the finish is a nice blend of all the elements, leaving a lot of oak in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I just wasn't expecting this unusual take on the Wheatwine style; the hops really make the difference and the wheat elements are nicely balanced

Thanks, SalukiAlum, for the opportunity

brentk56, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1-2009. Harvest orange with butter rum borders and near riotous bubbles that are racing up to a massive crown of pale cork colored foam. The head is decently creamy and is doing a respectable job sticking to the upper reaches of the chalice. In the end, the crown is Alps-like rocky and chunks of suds are sticking all over the damn place.

The aroma is primarily citrusy (Citra hops) and minimally herbal-earthy (Hallertau hops). The grains don't make much of an olfactory impact. Then again, alcohol doesn't either. Warming opens things up in fine fashion, allowing the hops to shine even more brightly.

Harvest Dance Wheat Wine Style Ale has quite a bit in common with a DIPA. The brewers must have added a ton of hops (especially Citra) because hop flavor and bitterness are still going strong after more than one year in the bottle. Alcohol is masked very well too, especially since there are no strong flavors from the malt to cover it up.

Specifics include rock candy, white grapefruit and lemon zest, clover honey, and several staves worth of toasted oak. This is pretty simple big beer, but the flavors fit together beautifully. It also helps that the finish strongly favors dry and crisp over sticky and sweet, which is unusual for barleywines and wheatwines. Good design decision.

Each subsequent pour results in a controlled explosion of foam that threatens to overflow the glass. It also requires several minutes of waiting for things to settle down enough for another sip to be possible. Warming emboldens the beer, but doesn't otherwise change it. In some ways, I'm reminded of one of my favorite single malts (Talisker 10). Both are peppery and fiery, yet still mellow and impressively drinkable.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly light for the style and the ABV... and it works. Wheatwines should have a lighter touch than barleywines, after all. The carbonation isn't as ferocious as feared. Actually, it's well done once several minutes have passed since the last pour.

Even though the final score won't necessarily reflect it, Harvest Dance is one of the best wheatwines that I've had so far. The taste score *just* missed the next highest number. It might be the alcohol talking, but what the hell, 4.5 it is. I'm not sure if Boulevard has plans to release this Smokestack Series beer yearly, but it would be great if they did.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 03, 2010
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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.

Phyl21ca, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can't get enough of these Smokestacks beers from Boulevard.

Harvest Dance beging with solid amber hue with golden highlights hovering on the edges. A large, froathy, persistant cotton-white head lasts the session, then some. Lots of lacing left behind. A moderate haze lingers but not as opaque as I had expected. Color also seems a bit darker (barley) than anticipated.

A bready, malty aroma seems half of barley, half of wheat and with the medium aroma of fresh tropical fruits, soft spices, and sweeter alcohols lingering in the nose.

Sweet breads, short breads, and angle food cake make for an appetizing base beer. Pineapples, lemons, oranges, appricots, and mangos begin to describe the complex fruity esters but still show restraint, not to dominate the malts. Orange peel, clove, corriander, and white pepper round out the smooth spicy notes; taking on a Witbier-like soft spiciness. Much more bitter as the beer fades into the throat, giving as much of a distraction as balance. Alcohols show some solventy notes as the malt presence fades and the esters rise.

Full and rich throughout, with the hop bitterness and alcohol trying to dry the beer in the finish. But the beer finishes more bitey than dry- I wish this were not the case.

Another good Smokestacks Series beer. Though I'll gladly try this one again, it's not the pick of the liter.

Thanks BlueOkie!

BEERchitect, Jan 25, 2010
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Texasfan549, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

kjkinsey, Jan 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

GRG1313, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a white head. Sweet bready malt on the nose with a touch of banana. A light citrus quality, a hint of vanilla, floral hops, and a touch of yeast. There is a light alcohol heat to the palate, but otherwise the booze is fairly well hidden. Primarily a sweet, malty beer dominated by caramel and wheat bread with a nice toast note. A hint of banana along with citrus peel, floral hops, and a touch of bitterness.

womencantsail, Aug 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

jaydoc, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gently, quietly slips out a clear, light orange-toned body with a large, foamy, off-white head.

Smell: A weighty scent of malted wheat with some sugary, honeyed, tangy traces. Little varied accents of spices, some pepper, coriander - even a curious hint of cinnamon. For me, there was a big ole whiff of fresh lemon in the nose.

Taste: Sweet hunks of toffee candy folded into a lightly tangy taste of malted wheat. While there's a big sweetness in the beginning, it soon dries out. Light vanilla and floral character. Fruity, citrusy boost of lemon curd, as well as some spiciness, with the hops, alcohol, yeast, wheat, and oak aging all contributing. Hint of soft hay. Moderately bitter, and, from sip to sip, it remains fairly so until the bitterish, drying finish closing out with a bit more fruit and wheat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. For all its fullness, there's still some crispness to it.

Drinkability: A joy to pour down the ole gullet. Go on, friends, and embrace a heavy-handed dose of wheat. I sure as hell did.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a nice looking golden color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer was a little boozy somw grain on the nose also. The taste of the beer seemed a little spicy actually which I was surprised about. The flavors of sweet grains and wheat are blended with a semi spicy finish and a hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth but it gave off a good amount of boozy heat. Carbonation was minimal. Overall it wasn't a bad beer but I think I've had better.

Knapp85, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

oberon, May 31, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Big thanks to JJFoodie for this bad boy!

Pours a mostly `clear, somewhat hazed, orange amber topped by lots o' thick, cream-colored froth, which leaves some thick lacing behind as it dies away. The nose is packed with sweet wheat (how's that for a season finale twist), along with lesser amounts of sweetgrass, butter, and sugary caramel. This caramel returns with quite a vengeance in the taste, along with all that wheat, some floral hoppiness, toffee, and a mixed bag of miscellaneous spice rack staples. The overall taste is a combination of light and buttery sweetness and a relatively weak piney bitterness. It's all good. The body is a firm medium, with moderate carbonation and a partially dry finish. A very solid and tasty wheatwine, if I do say so myself. And I do.

TMoney2591, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this over the weekend with a few BA's. Sadly my notes went through the wash, but i've salvaged enough for a coherent review...

It poured with a ton of foam, even the smallest trickle from the bottle resulted in a big glass of bubbles. As it settled it left a soufflé crown of rocky foam on top, with flecks of lace at it's edges. Retention was perfect, and the body was an attractive sunset orange.

Appley aroma, yeasty with some mild phenolic spice when swirled. Muddled nutmeg or cinnamon seemed to emerge later as it warmed.

Flavors were similar, apples and spice with a supple feel and a dry bitter finish. I'm guessing the wheat is responsible for the mellow smoothness. For all the crazy foam it had, it didn't feel super carbonated. Overall it was pleasant, light and easy drinking, especially for 9.1%. Would buy this again, seems like it would be a nice Autumn seasonal.

emerge077, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy/hazy golden orange color with a huge, four-finger, khaki, bubbly head of foam. It left behind soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and yeast. There were some fruity notes, too.

T - This is a spicy brew with a tropical fruit tartness. It had some sweet wheat flavors with a touch of yeast kick.

M - It was crisp and very sharp with a warm alcohol presence. A medium-bodied brew.

D - This is a very good wheatwine. I is delicious and surprisingly easy drinking.

zeff80, Nov 08, 2009
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Harvest Dance from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 623 ratings.