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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 Patrickbrusil
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%

Golden sunset in color with a nice fluffy white head. Smells malty and a tad sweet with slight hints of citrus.

The taste and mouthfeel are SMOOTH. You can feel the wheat gently rolling down your throat as if you inhaled a big Whiff of clean air fresh from big sky country. The ABV is not noticeable in the least.

Patrickbrusil, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of FightingEntropy
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

Sunset orange beer with golden highlights around the edges. Fluffy white head lingers and bubbles nicely on top until a slow dissipation to just beer. Fresh wheat in the nose with spice and lots of soft fruit--orange peel, mango, pear. Clear, clean spice from the yeast that continues in the taste. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but a nice twang from the wheat and spice, but the fruit lessens compared to the nose. Very nice beer. 9% is completely unapparent.

FightingEntropy, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4.03/5  rDev 0%

Pours a golden reddish orange with a bunch of white frothy head. Looks great. Smells wheaty and boozy. A really nice aroma. Tastes sweet and malty. Lots of wheat on the tongue. Boozy but light and tasty. Very well carbonated. Overall pretty enjoyable especially on a cold day.

Urbancaver, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of draheim
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%

750mL bottle (batch 2010; best by 7/2011 - eh, close enough) poured into a Hennepin glass. Slightly hazy orange color with a fluffy white head that leaves behind nice sticky lacing. Effervescent carbonation erupts from the bottom of the glass - this thing looks like the Deepwater Horizon down there.

Aroma is light fruit, wheaty malt, floral citrusy hops and Belgian yeast.

Taste is bright, crisp, and fruity with a definite hop bite on the finish. Nice dry tropical citrus taste with a vinous quality. Lots of orange flavor, nice velvety mouthfeel.

This is the only wheatwine (and the second Harvest Dance) I've ever had, but I have to say, I love it. This is a beer I would keep stocked at all time, especially if Boulevard put it in 4-packs of 12oz bottles for say $11. Just saying.

draheim, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of theboozecruise
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%

Poured into a goblet, it's a hazy orange color with a bubbly white head. The head has fantastic retention and really nice lacing as well. High marks.

The aroma is earthy with a definite wheat feel and a bit of grapefruit hops.

The taste is more of the same except the hops come through a little stronger. The wheat base adds a solid body to the beer.

A really easy drinker even though the alcohol is a little noticeable.

Very good beer!

theboozecruise, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of StaveHooks
4.03/5  rDev 0%

Batch # 2010-1

A - Pours a turbid glowing orange with a milky wet head.

S - Dank wheat, mild but pungent hops, citrus peel and sugary fruit, pears, over ripe apricots, clove, white pepper, hints of alcohol. A potent perfume floral scent comes out as it warms.

T - Starts off with lemon citrus. Sugary apricots and various stone fruits, doughy wheat bread resides under the citrus hops. The hops cling to the sides of the tongue and wick away any sweetness, yet the fruit esters stay. Finishes dry with an herbal and almost minty character.

M - Super soft and creamy, heavy side of medium. Flows across the palate nicely.

Very complex. There's a rawness but it's weaved together in a delicate way. It's fruity, raw, mellow, sweet, dry, bitter, and much more.

StaveHooks, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of BigE90
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

BigE90, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%

Batch number 1-2009. Best by Oct. 2010. A style that can withstand the age- I have faith that this was stored pretty favorably. Low shelf, low light, cooler room. Tasted July 2011.

Pours almost all head- fluffy, off-white and receding to a hazy orange-apricot body. Solid retention and moderate lace throughout. Gets cloudier and yeastier towards the bottom of the bottle.

Nose is like a late-harvest white wine- rich and sweet with syrupy apricot, honey, baked pear and ripe mango aromas with a lovely undertone of woody, earthy vanilla. Other notes include toffee and alcohol (sweet and peppery).

Palate displays a rich and striking balance between the honeyed malt, the dry earthy straw, and the woody-boozy spice tones. Somewhat electrifying for such a full-bodied and creamy, almost nougat-like, brew. Frothy carbonation, mild bitterness, sizable booze but the sweeter sort- reminiscent of juicy white raisins

An intense return to the honeyed malt on the long dry and finally oaky finish- waves of clove, tobacco and toffee and little droplets of tropical sweetness.

Amazing, complex and showing beautifully for its age- gets oakier and spicer towards the yeasty bottom of the bottle, which is almost a whole different experience completely. I'm definitely picking up the last few of these in Nashville for the cellar.

TheWhiskerReview, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of Wisconsuds
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%

7/19/11. Boulevard Smokestack Series Harvest Dance Wheat Wine. A corked & caged 750 mL bottle into my Maredsous tulip. Batch #2010-1, best by 07/2011 (Hurry up & drink it!)

Pours with a huge, bathtub-foamy-soap amount of head. Leaves willow-tree lacing. A constant stream of bubbles floats from south to north - almost champagne like. Color is a golden orange.

Smells of lemon & a mysterious wheat maltiness. Fresh hops are there as well, but are stacked in the nosebleed section. Orange-y & hoppy.

Almost tastes like an oak-aged IPA. The oak is slightly muted, but with the dry lingering finish, you can tell it's there. A very intriguing beer; it's hard to put your finger on exactly what you're tasting with each swallow. Each sip leaves you wondering what other flavors you can make out.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated. This could almost pass as a wild ale, or a drab sour even. It's champagne-ish effervescence is welcoming. At some points during the session, I felt like there was a grassy presence as well - maybe it's the yeast?

In conclusion - a highly enjoyable ale with not much else like it. I really hope they create this again. Also - how cool is that label art? Would seek out again.

Wisconsuds, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of Forb
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%

Corked from a 750ml bottle...

Appearance: An extremely massive head is presented first and foremost. Coloring is a deep, rich, orange / amber / copper haze.

Smell: Sugary, orange, spiced coriander aura wrapped within an earthy pine scent.

Taste: A strong alcohol bash to the palate amid a mostly malt based brew.

Mouthfeel: Mediocre body and carbonation.

Overall: A sipper.

Forb, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

(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.

rhoadsrage, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of colt45n
4/5  rDev -0.7%

A- Starts with a fluffy white head with nice retention and lacing. Beer is a light amber color

S- Smells sweet, orange and coriander, spices

T- Very smooth, some sweet malts with some light hop presence... bit of the alchool comes through

M- Soft, light bodied with light carbonation

Overall I like this one, def a different style with the wheat combined, very enjoyable

colt45n, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of corby112
2.45/5  rDev -39.2%

Pours a clear dark copper color with golden orange edges and a massive 2.5 finger frothy off-white head that takes forever to settle into a lasting cap/ring. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy aroma with a floral/piny hop character along with sweet, leathery malt and booze in the nose. Perfume-like with a surprisingly strong resinous, oily hop character. I'm not picking up much wheat character just paler malts than would be found n a barleywine.

Medium bodied and slightly oxidized with tight carbonation up front and a prominent dry, earthy hop presence. Pretty bitter with lots of earthy pine and only faint citrus sweetness. Lots of heat and boozy sweetness with sweet malt notes underneath. Hints of caramel, toffee and dark fruit. Not as earthy, leathery as expected with a but more wheat character than the aroma suggests. Faint spice with some bready yeast and orange peel. The bitterness from the hops give this beer a bit of complexity but overall it's too boozy and a bit of a mess.

corby112, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of bbeane
4/5  rDev -0.7%

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with a pillowy white head with nice retention and lacing. Beer is a light amber color with a fair amount of sediment

S- Smells sweet, orange and coriander, spices, very similar to that of a double white

T- Very smooth, some sweet malts with some light hop presence... bit a booziness comes through mid swig

M- Soft, light bodied with light carbonation

O- Tasty, but I honestly thought it would be a bit more intense... more flavor. I got this as a gift so I can't factor in price, but I wouldn't have paid top dollar for this one

CHEERS

bbeane, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of machostacos
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured from caged and corked bottle into my favorite tulip. Best by July 2011. This is my first wheat wine - I trust Boulevard to set a decent benchmark!

A: Golden orange/amber, slightly hazy; lots of streaming bubbles; thick, tight eggshell head shrinks down to a slight film and a ring that clings to the edges of the glass. Excellent, beautiful lacing.

S: Immediately reminds me of the Tank 7 - probably a similar yeast strain. Light, summery, floral character - freshly picked wild flowers, stale bread, sun tan lotion (there's a first), peppery & spicy alcohol, mild woody character (might have something to do with the sun tan lotion smell), and a little bit of Band-Aid. Complex. Interesting.

T: Very Belgian - bright floral & mildly citrus hops shine first with a classic Wit flavor from the wheat and pilsener malts. Sweeter than the nose would suggest - quite sweet, in fact. Rather vinous. Am now understanding the "wine" in the name. There's the wood - vanilla and oak cut through toward the end. Spicy barrel character in the finish, with a bittersweet lingering aftertaste. I'm also detecting some dried candied apricots and pineapple in the aftertaste. An incredibly complex and delicious beer! (Quick note: serve this at cellar temps to really open up the flavors - mine was too cold at first)

M: Creamy and chewy, quite rich and slick. Good carbonation - a bit biting.

O: I am quite pleased with Harvest Dance; Boulevard, once again, does not disappoint. I know their beers, especially in the Smokestack Series, tend to possess a Belgian bent, so I will keep that in mind when I sample my next Wheat Wine, whatever it might be. This is, I believe, a great benchmark to have moving forward, and certainly an enjoyable beer, especially if you like their Tank 7 since they share many qualities.

machostacos, May 29, 2011
Photo of gford217
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a hazy orange with a pillowy white head that recedes slowly to a one-inch cap and leaves great lacing.

Aroma is hoppier than I was expecting with some oranges and lemons together with some earthy, almost spicy, hops. There is a spicy honey-like sweetness with some sugary malts and oak.

The taste is definitely sweeter than the aroma for me. That said, there is still come citrus hops up front but it gives way to a warming honey and sugar sweetness with a spicy, oaky finish. Little bit of alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, almost effervescent, which is a tad too much for my taste, but it's not too distracting.

I've yet to be disappointed by a Boulevard Smokestack beer and this is no exception. It's not the best wheat wine I've had but I like the hop-forward character.

gford217, May 16, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

augustgarage, May 15, 2011
Photo of Fenris244
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

Poured into my stone old guardian snifter

A vibrant hazy orange in color, very thin head, almost no retention, does leave a little ring of foam on the sides of the glass. I love to color of this beer.

Very orangey in aroma, little bits of clove and brown sugar, some lemon peel and cinnamon round it out nicely

Orange and lemon peel at first, the citrus flavors come through nicely. Followed by a bit of a floral flavor with the hop bitterness, some spice and a slight warming from the higher alcohol.

Medium in body, smooth, almost zero carbonation and I didn't mind at all.

Overall, its like a hefe on roids, citrus flavors were nice and the alcohol wasn't overpowering like I thought it might be, solid beer.

Fenris244, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of afinepilsner
4.03/5  rDev 0%

750ml brown corked bottle
9.1% abv

Harvest Dance was orange in color and hazy. It had a large beige head with good retention and decent lacing. The smell was citrus hops. The taste was citrus (grapefruit) with some pepper and a little sweet malt. The finish was dry with some some residual citrus, peppery spice, and a bit of throat warming alcohol. It was medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Overall this is a good beer and worth a try.

afinepilsner, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of Bitterbill
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%

$7.95 for the 750ml bottle, 2010-1, best by 07/2011.

A huge pop when I removed the cork, it pours foamy. 4 fingers worth in my Lost Abbey Goblet. The beer looks very nice; a medium golden colour that has just a slight bit of haze to it and when the foam starts calming down, nice lacing is left in its tracks.

There's lots of cloves in the nose. Also, notes of wheat, yeast, a sugary sweetness, and a hint or 2 of some citrus. A pretty darn good smell.

Some sweet notes initially, followed by a definite spice attack of some white pepper, cloves that hit up front and at the back end, wheat and yeast, some lemon zest...and smack damn in the middle is a healthy alcoholic kick. It kind of burns going down.

In a blind tasting, I'd have guessed this was an amped up Saison as it carries many of that styles characteristics but I'm enjoying the sipping. Good beer.

Medium to medium big bodied, plenty of carbonation, it has a good mouth feel. Drinkability isn't the greatest because of the alcohol but the one bottle will be enjoyed for some time. I like it and the price was right. And as always, the label of Boulevard's Smokestack Series is tres cool.

Bitterbill, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%

Pours a very pretty brown-orange-golden combination with a huge billowing off white head and a very small amount of lacing. Smells very complex -- for one second it smells like a very interesting deep red wine and then for the next instant the wheat malts flow through and the next a very zesty citrus. Tastes very complex as well -- grape skins, orange, lemon zest, wheat, malts, interesting Citra and noble hops contribute an almost muted bitterness that is very well balanced. There are a few spices in there -- pepper and something else. The yeast is very apparent as well. The alcohol does not come through (which I think is a good thing.) Mouthfeel is medium with a very light carbonation. Drinkability is high. Drank the whole 750ml and wanted more. What a great beer. One of the most surprising experiences I have had with any kind of craft beer. I was expecting this to be a horrible beer and I can't believe I was totally blown away.

TheKingofWichita, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of UTCengOwl
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%

Found this at the Sunrise Mini Mart. Had never been there before and they have a great selection. Thanks guys! Served this in a Great Divide balloon glass. From batch 2010-1.

The pour is a warming, soft orange with a huge white head. Very much like a wheaty saison without the cloudiness.

The nose also reminds me of a pepper saison. I guess I know where this review is going. There are hints of both the noble hops and citrus hops. Good balance... but I wish it was less of a saison and more of its own beast.

The taste is similar to the nose, but more complex. There's a wonderful oakiness at the end of the sip and a bit of booze upon getting larger gulps. Still, great carbonation and quite drinkable.

Is is the first commercial wheatwine I've had and it's quite good. However, I wish it would share a bit more in common with its barley cousin... and a bit less with a saison. Still, I can't complain.

UTCengOwl, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

As I keep saying, I have been really happy with the SmokeStack series from Boulevard, so I certainly hope that this beer is no exception. I just got it tonight, so I hope that it has had time to settle. Let's see what this one has to offer:

Appearance: Pours a very clear slightly orange-golden color with a huge 3" head of off-white bubbles. There are tons of bubbles rising to maintain the head, but they are doing so rather slowly indicating that this beer may be a bit thick. there is a pretty decent amount of spotty lace left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: I initially got a decent amount of the dry wheat and subtle alcohol, but the aroma of this beer is really reserved through the head and when the beer is cold. There is a little bit of spice that I think are hop derived coming out as the beer is sitting a bit.

Taste: The flavor is much more bold than I thought from the aroma, but it is still very clean and reserved. There isn't a whole lot of depth in the cold beer. There is some hops in the beginning of the flavor mixed with the dry wheat that you would expect for this style. It doesn't take long for the alcohol to set in and add a little bit of pepper to set in on the back of the throat with the dry malts and hops. There is a clear warming that sets in late after the sip that I think is contributed by the hop spiciness too, but the hops are reserved in the finish so that the malty attributes are the showcased elements. Overall the beer is surprisingly attenuated. The body is solidly medium, but this is a bit surprising with the style that it is and how the bubbles looked rising to the top earlier. There is plenty of carbonation, so the beer comes across almost stupidly drinkable for the style and all that it is.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer overall. I almost hate to say this as there are so many beers that are in the "*wine" style that are stupidly bold, but this beer is really reserved overall. The hops are there in the flavor but don't do much for the finish. That is OK with me, but it seems a little lame for the style. I don't know...this beer is clean and well balanced...which I like a lot. It is just very reserved for what it claims to be, so I would recommend trying it, but don't expect an assault to your palate.

SkeeterHawk, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of bmwats
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Cloudy, ruddy, brown hue. Pours a giant, foamy, whitish head. Settles slowly, leaving some persistent sticky residue behind as it does. Nice beer ring lacing.

S: Malt, yeast, and honey.

T: Peaty malt forms the base. A little honey and orange citrus.

M: Peaty, bittersweet, and dry. High alcohol profile.

D: Goes down easy.

Atmosphere is very good. Decent appearance, great head, and plenty of lacing. Nose is not too complex, but a little grain with some nice sweetness. Flavor is bittersweet combination of grain, citrus, and honey. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

bmwats, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of BatDaddy
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%

Batch #:1/2009
Best by date: 10/2010

Poured into a snifter - first time I've tried this particular style. Served at cellar temp.

A - A semi-delicate pour yields a massive bubbly white head. Pours a hazy bright amber orange, like a color in a sunset.

S - Floral and fruity. Notes of honey, apples, citrus fruit, hops, yeast, and some spice. Bit of alcohol as well.

T & M - Surprising smoothness. Lots of malt. Very dry. Fruit flavors are there, but very muted and I can't quite pin them down. Bready with a slight sweetness, but a peppery presence seems to dominate over the fruit and sweetness, especially on the finish. Warming alcohol presence.

D - Quite tasty and overall smooth but very potent as well. A sipper for sure.

Really wish I had tried this fresh so I could compare this one, especially since Boulevard has pulled out of this area. Oh well - being a fan of wheat beers in general, this one did not disappoint.

BatDaddy, Feb 18, 2011
Harvest Dance from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 623 ratings.