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Harvest Dance - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

694 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 694
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 104
Gots: 119 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to miikezombie for sending me the want.
The beer pours a orange-amber-gold color if that makes sense, extreme clarity with continuous bubbles. It forms a hyuge white bubbly and frothy head that is very sticky. The nose really comes into its own as the beer is a bit warmer, belgian style yeast with clove and banana as well as citrus rinds and a touch of alcohol. The taste definitely puts forward some citrus hops with bready notes and a touch of alcohol. It has a medium sticky body that coats the mouth as well as noticeable carbonation. Very good.

Photo of EvanWilliams
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of billab914
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by siege06nd. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tasting glass. It poured bright orange in color with a big foamy white head to it. Great lacing as I drank it, loved the color too.

The aroma mixes a peppery, earthy spice with some citrusy hoppiness and bready, sweeter, wheat. I get a good amount of banana and clove flavors to it with a bit of oak as well. The banana and spice flavors were a little strong.

The taste shows a lot of the earthy spice and citrusy notes to it. The yeast plays a big role with more of the banana and clove flavors coming out. The sweeter, bready, wheat flavors are there as well. Decent flavors to it, but nothing really outstanding.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being high. Overall it was a decent beer, but not really an outstanding one. The banana and spice were all a little overdone and overshadowed some of the wheat malts and hoppiness for me.

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

Mildly cloudy golden hue with an enormous bubbly, frothy off-white head. Belgian yeasts, whole grains, citrus, bananas, clove and some spice in the aroma. Smells almost like a good hefeweizen, leveled and flavorful. Heavy citrus, booze, wheat, banana and clove on the initial sip. Definitely a big hit on the citrus, while pale sugared fruits follow. Some sweet, bitter undertones float along with the rest of the medium to full sized body. Aggressive carbonation gives this brew a big kick. Quality wheatwine styled beer.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of zhanson88
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Latest 2011 batch.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous warm orange-honey color...mostly clear with a slight haze and tons of carbonation. Seriously, the highest carbonation I've ever seen in a beer. About 3" of off-white head forms, which has ridiculous retention and lacing.

Smell: Smells very Belgian. Some yeast characteristics give it a strong citrus component. Cloves, banana, maybe even some pear and green apple. I do get a hint of a buttery scent too, as well as some alcohol, which takes away slightly.

Taste: Some wheatiness, citrus, yeast, and pale fruit scents (pear and green apple). Alcohol is a bit stronger on the palate than the nose, but no off flavors. Very flavorful and interesting.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Medium bodied and high carbonation leads to a good feel. Soft feeling and pillowy in the mouth. Overall, one of the more interesting beers I've had lately. Very yeasty and fruit forward. Nice one from Boulevard.

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

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of TDrabek
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I used a sniffer.

A - An inviting cloudy bronze color with an aggressive off-white head. The head recedes quickly with light lace to a thin, parting layer.

S - Sweet with hints of spice, light floral, oak, and citrus.

T - Smooth and balanced wheat, oak, and citrus. Dry and subtle leave with a light spice.

M - Full with light carbonation; nothing flat.

O - I'm from KC and honestly I've never been the biggest fan of the beers they have on tap in the bars, but this beer, I believe, is worlds above those. It has a full and balanced flavor, aromatic, and smooth.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Chaney
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother gave me 2 of these for Christmas.

Date: 2/2011; best by 6/2012... bullshit.

I poured this into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Ahh... the Boulevard carbonation bill - gotta love it! It poured with a massive, frothy white head which started to form the second it hit the glass. The liquid itself was a cloudy, yet bright orange color.

S: Lots of grass.... smelled like a Belgian IPA even. Candy sugar galore, and with a nice hop profile (Citra hops!) and a bit of oak.

T: Extremely smooth.... the smoothest in this style for sure! I mean, seriously, this didn't have that compact sugar bill that many wheat and barleys have. It was almost a very, very hoppy, grassy saison actually...or... Belgian IPA.

M: Spritzy and then some. Wheaty and then some. The sugar bill was low due to the overwhelming carbonation bill, and the lacing was somewhat splotchy.

O: This was not like any Wheatwine I've ever tried. High quality stuff for sure and much more in step with the "wheat" part of the "wine" than any others of this style that I've ever tried.

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3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch Number 2010-1. Best by 07/2011. Thanks to bigswo for this fine ale. Poured into tulip glass.

A: Pours light golden straw color with a finger and a half of off white foam. Pretty good retention and no lacing.

S: Creamy, candied citrus, honey, pale malts which smell like crackers, a little grassy/grainy, some awesome cherry, and a bit of caramel malt.

T: Spice and candied/sweet citrus, lemon and banana, earth, and pale biscuity malt. Has some sort of peppery/wheaty aftertaste.

M: A little syrupy with medium-full body and medium-light carbonation. Warming, but hides the alcohol.

O: Interesting flavors, and pretty drinkable for the style/ABV. Shows some nice complexity as it warms. I haven't really enjoyed the other wheatwines I've tried, but this is pretty good. Reminds me vaguely of a Sauternes.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of tigg924
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Harvest Dance from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 694 ratings.