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Harvest Dance - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

609 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 609
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 100
Gots: 95 | 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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afausser

Montana

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Extremely hard to uncork, and then is quite a gusher, which unfortunately wastes a good deal of the bottle. Split with crellmoset, his glass has a crazy amount of head, whereas mine is a more normal pour. Mine ended up with about a finger of head, which disappeared within a minute or so of pouring. Looking across the room, his is still about 2 inches tall, hm. Additionally, his has extremely active carbonation and is going crazy, swirling around the glass, whereas mine is fairly still, with an about average amount of carbonation floating to the top of the glass. Of course, I got the bottom of the bottle, which also contains an extreme amount of sediment. There's about a centimeter of snow white head left around, and very little lacing. The top of my glass is scattered with a pretty pattern of popping, effervescent carbonation bubbles and it's rather pretty to watch the constant rising carbonation bubbles fighting the falling sediment. Interesting...

The color itself is a peachy amber color. I guess with all the excitement I left that out. I cannot emphasize enough how different the two pours are, though. I'm far more of a novice at this than crellmoset is and my pour was easy, his was terrifying, and while his is, as he describes, "tempestuous," mine reminds me almost exactly of a lava lamp.

Smell: Spice and pine hop profile in the nose, with a good deal of several types of orange, as well as more subtle lemon and grapefruit. Banana and pineapple are also somewhat present. As it warms, mango and passion fruit come out, as well as--of course--heavy wheat, but this is more and more tropical as it warms. It's hard to rate this to style, as all I've had before is the extremely excellent and almost perfect (in my opinion) Founders Nemesis...but this is pretty nice. A slight green apple sour note, but it's not overwhelming.

Taste: So...this is pretty damn sour. Is it infected? I wonder because of how it was gushing earlier, but who knows? And it's pretty good....sour green apples, but also some grapes. The wheat flavor is intact from the nose. There's also a pretty strong pear note, which complements the wheat nicely, as well as heavy lemons. Every time I think I've figured out what the dominant note is, something else comes along to change my mind.

Mouthfeel is decent on this...light and crisp carbonation serves this medium bodied brew well.

Drinkability alcohol apparent but goood....

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 03:17:22 | More by afausser
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL pours a hazed honey color with a massive 4:1 ratio of foam to beer, even with a fairly gentle pour. Retention is off the charts and lacing comes in sheets, even going so far as to form an inverted shelf of head on the second pour! Most impressive and probably one of the coolest labels ever made. Absolutely a 5.0+.

Nose is light and clean with sweet malted wheat and grains leading the way. There is a significant punch of grassy noble hops not too far behind. Honey drizzled biscuits and candied yams come to mind. Released carbonation factors into the aroma as well as a light fruit smell with some alcohol. Dont get much yeast or oak that is purportedly used.

Sweet grains and tangy, zesty wheat interplay perfectly with a spicy, hay-esque and floral hop flavor. Not an abundance of bitterness and the lingering sweetness is really the only minor flaw I can find in this beer. The alcohol is a touch hot and lends a light tropical aspect. This is easily the best Wheatwine I have had and another surefire winner in Boulevard's Smokestack series. I will be anxious to see how this one ages, as it is drinking mighty fine right now.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 03:29:04 | More by twiggamortis420
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COBeerBuff

Kansas

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Popped the cork with ease, which is a nice change from many of Boulevard's Smokestack beers. This is one from a case purchased in November 2009.

Appearance: And the popping cork was correct. There is a ton of carbonation in this brew. Pours a nice clear golden yellowish-orange with 3 fingers worth of bright white head. There is no dissipation and the lace is gorgeous, which is slightly awesome in my book. I hate beers that end up with the ring in 2 second flat.

Smell: This smells awesome. It's kind of like walking into the fruit portion of a farmer's market on a fresh spring day. The citrus and tropical scents are otherworldly, and you can definitely pick up some fresh picked grains as well. Not to be out done, there are definitely some hops in the nose as well. The label mentions Hallertau and Citra, but I couldn't discern those very well amidst the other scents present.

Taste: This is a superb wheatwine. The first notes are equal parts fruit and hops, which makes for any amazing combination on my palate. As the beer sits, the maltiness of the wheat definitely becomes more apparent, and all this combines to make for a very well put-together brew.

Mouthfeel: BA uses the terms "soft and fluffy" to describe the mouthfeel that a wheatwine should have. This beer matches those to a T. The initial bite is tempered by smoothness, and gives this beer a nice wine character, while still maintaining that it is resoundingly a beer.

Drinkability: This is the only drawback in my opinion. This one drinks too smoothly and too well. It's 9.1% ABV is remarkably well hidden, and the light, effervescent mouthfeel makes this beer a "lion in sheep's clothing." Polishing off an entire 750mL on a work night would not be out of the question, but the consequences the next day would make you seriously ponder how you managed to go back for glass after glass of such a heady beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 01:05:54 | More by COBeerBuff
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htomsirveaux

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottler tried 31 Jan 2010.

A parchment colored head completely fills the 0.4 L Kur Pils snifter. Well carbonated. Slightly hazy orange honey color. Aromas of bananas, floral, citrusey, ethanol. Ethanol is noticeable and upfront in the taste. Quite a bit of clove and spice. Touch of green banana towards the finish. Spicy sweet finish. Citric hoppy bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Medium body.

Like all the smokestack series so far, recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 03:53:01 | More by htomsirveaux
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again, as with seemingly all of the Smokestack beers, I had trouble removing the cork. When I finally got it open, I was rewarded with a beautiful golden color and a good two inches of rocky white head. Aromas of wheat, dark spices, and maybe golden delicious apples. On the palate, I found a nicely balanced strong wheat beer, with alcohol, sweet malt and some nice spiciness. Another good effort from Boulevard.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 01:27:50 | More by emmasdad
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BigMcLargeHuge

Arizona

2.95/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Courtesy of Oddefellowe. Pours deep gold with tall nearly explosive off white head. It smells a touch infected with bright notes of wheat, sharp yet not strong acidity, a mild level of banana and bubble gum. The taste is bright and punchy with thin wheat mixing with a bit of acidity and then moving into smooth somewhat sweet banana. If it is infected it wasn't much of a distraction.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 03:11:50 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
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nickd717

California

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from the Wine & Cheese Place online.

Phenomenal appearance - pours a crystal clear bright copper color with a large lasting white head.

Aroma is wheat, bready pale malt, yeast, oak, and floral hops. Very inviting.

Really nice flavor with a shitload going on. Wheat and bready malt along with a complex hop character - fresh citrusy and floral notes - as well as oak, pepper, and mild spice. Very well-balanced and never overwhelming.

Palate is excellent. Medium-bodied with a lighter, crisper mouthfeel than I expected from a beer like this. Very lively carbonation.

Overall I enjoyed this beer tremendously. It's one of the better in the Smokestack series - a series which has produced some damned good beers. I also have to say it's one of the better wheatwines I've had. Very drinkable for 9% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 22:10:54 | More by nickd717
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL corked and caged bottle courtesy of my usual Boulevard Brewery hookup thehand - in fact, I think he's provided me with 12 of the 13 Smokestack series thus far! Good man, great trader, highly recommended ... this beer was poured in to a cervoise.

Appearance: I struggled mightily with the cork, and after finally liberating it from its narrow-diameter prison, it produced a hearty, bellowing crack and a torrential gush or foam - we have a gusher! About 5% of the beer foams and sputters out of the mouth before I begin to pour, and the massive spongy, sandy head - three fingers? Four fingers? Who knows? - has amazing staying power, largely because it's being continually replenished by a fierce, aggressive, billowing stream of razor-sharp and tempestuous effervescence. It leaves tons of smooth, pillowy, satiny lacing, three-dimensional and clumpy, draping and sloping down the sides of the glass towards the surface. Is this infected? Who knows! But it's attractive, particularly in its gorgeously translucent copper-hued body ... amber waves of grain?

Aroma: Fairly mild, with a lot of florally, slightly fruity notes. Lots of sweet, slightly roasted malt notes, honey and caramel, intermingling with estery fruit notes, a few green overtones.

Taste: Quintessential wheatwine with a kicker. Tons of sweet honey-like malt notes, grainy and wholesome, saccharine-sweet, but with a few nicely spicy, "attenuated" grain notes that betray to the spice and huskiness behind them. Light fruits - pineapple and pear mostly - provide a great estery punch, and, surprisingly, a lot of dark fruits, somehow - raisiny, plummy almost, which is both interesting (plus) but also a little out of place (minus) - are on the whole nice. The kicker is a slightly astringent note, in a mildly harsh alcohol but mostly chemically sort of way, which is what largely knocks this one down 4.0.

Mouthfeel: Thick, without being sticky, and initially with a huge amount of carbonation, such that the end result is a fairly creamy, lightly fluffy-bodied brew. Maybe this one's not infected? And this infusion, this torrent, this explosion of carbonation was done to insure that the drinker was left with a crisp, light, fluffy wheatwine? Hell, who knows.

Drinkability: A surprisingly enjoyable brew. The taste had a few detractors, and I can't help but think that what was an accident (the sheer volume of carbonation) actually turned out to be a bit of a blessing, cutting through the thickness in the mouthfeel and providing a basis for a gorgeous appearance. The abv% is actually remarkably low for a wheatwine (9.1%? really?), but it's definitely there after a while. Regardless, this is a solid brew, one that showcases the better sides of a wheatwine (with a few missteps). Worth a try, as most Boulevard brews are. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 04:33:04 | More by CrellMoset
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Josievan

Iowa

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Harvest Dance's color is that of amber waves of wheat. The amount of head on here would frighten even the grim reaper who dances on the bottle.

Smell: The smell of the beer is nicely varied. Wheat is clearly the base grain, and earthy hops and malt are noticeable as well.

Taste: Harvest Dance is a delicious blending of great beer flavors. The taste of hops, malt, and wheat are are all prominent, but balance out in the end. This results in a hearty yet subtle brew. The 9.1% is suberbly covered up.

Mouthfeel: Harvest Dance is medium-bodied with a relatively low carbonation level. There's a tad bit of viscosity.

Drinkability: This goes down amazingly easily for the high alcohol content. Many characteristics of a session beer are here, minus the 9.1%.

Notes: The Boulevard Smokestack Series continues to surpass my high expectations. Harvest Dance is my first wheatwine. This beer strikes me as a sort of malty IPA, only made with wheat, and with the bulk and substance of a barleywine. This combination makes for an appetizing drink that I think would be especially good in autumn, harvest time. It may sound blasphemous to say this in the middle of spring, but part of me wishes it were fall, so as to make Harvest Dance all the more enjoyable.

Harvest Dance's excellence makes me interested in pursuing the wheatwine style. Because if this beer is any indication, wheatwines are unique beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 02:45:29 | More by Josievan
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Cubsfan1087

Iowa

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers, but Harvest Dance is a fairly decent beer. It pours a dark cloudy orange color with a head that sticks around. The taste is also very wheaty, also a little bitter. The 9.1% alcohol is hidden nicely. A good beer for those who like wheat beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 06:06:32 | More by Cubsfan1087
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Boulevard Harvest Dance Wheat Wine

Enormous head on this ...beautiful, really...creamy cap, rocky, pillowy, tapioca craters...nice. hazed, golden orange, bright yellow at the bottom. Looks promising. Leaving lace. Lovely.

Aroma: gorgeous! Peach fuzz and lemon meringue, nicely spiced ...orange and apricot. Love it.

Taste: smooth and sexy. Same fruit flavors detected in the nose comeback, matched with the smooth texture of the wheat malt. Damnably delicious. Mmm.
So good, can I find any way to improve this...who am I to suggest there's anything better? 9.1%, but much more easier-going than other strong wheat wines I've had lately. Starts tropical fruit, gets dry, and now the alcohol gets a bit of a burn. But still really cool down the tongue. And yeah, there's some oaky-ness, ...one of my favorite beers in quite a long time, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 09:19:26 | More by feloniousmonk
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, a bit toned down golden pour. Huge head. Holy cripes, that is huge. Non sticky and a quick swirl will bring back a good size foam.
Light pear in the nose. Some florals and spice, honey. A touch of biscuit.
Somewhat fruity taste, not citrus, more like pear and crab apple. Well carbonated kind of takes away from the taste. A bit musky in the finish but it is quite clean. Not as sweet as the honey aroma would indicate.
Too big of bottle for one person. It gets old about half way down. Alcohol is well hidden with herbal spice.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 06:22:03 | More by Mebuzzard
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice wheat wine, not too profound but rather quaffable and pleasing.

Presentation: 750 ml brown corked bottle. Label design with Boulevard Smokestack branding and an illustration of the grim reaper dancing with a bunch of barley. Back label notes the inspiration and background of the brew, main brewing intent and ingredients. Notes batch number 2009 and best by date (10/10) , and Alc. by Vol. (9.1%). Served in a snifter.

A - Pale amber to medium amber pour, with a tremendous frothy head, nice retention and lacing.

S - Nice and a bit shy. Wheat and malty nose, fruity and boozy. A touch of oak spiciness.

T - Nice if a bit tamed range of malt and wheat with fruity notes. Spices, clove, orange with a hint of vanilla coated oak in the gently touch of alcohol.

M - Medium to medium-light body, low but nicely integrated carbonation, tingly in the finish. Lightly creamy with a crisp finish and a soft boozy touch.

D - It's a bit thin as a sipper but pleasing in any case.

Notes: It's a pretty solid and nice wheatwine, I guess I prefer a broader and thicker sense in them. Not the top of the crop from Boulevard but a rather reliable brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 03:32:01 | More by Daniellobo
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 01:06:50 | More by Jason
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mmva321

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: The first thing I see is head... and more and more head. A hands worth of creamy, off-white head. A little annoying actually. But the body seems to glow an orangish amber color; it's absolutely beautiful.

S: The wheat gives the smell a hearty scent. There are also some spicy citrus notes (mostly lemon) that make the scent pop. Cloves and yeast round out the smell. Hearty, bready and spicy.

T: Hearty wheat comes right out to begin with. It's a lot more bitter than the smell lets on. The hops that were masked in the scent come through here. The lemon is still present, along with the hint of oak barrel. Finishes a little dry. Strong, but a little unwhelming.

M: At the same time creamy but also very carbonated. It's hearty, which is very appropriate. I also like the creaminess, but when it is competing with the high carbonation, it becomes a little disconcerting.

D: Heavy, but satisfying. One of the stronger entries I've had of the non-limited Boulevard Smokestacks.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 03:28:03 | More by mmva321
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daledeee

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a nice big 750 ml bottle bottle that I thought my son would help me with, but he backed out when I opened it. Now I have it all to myself.

This beer has a beautiful off white head that boiled over the glass and a nice dark orange clear body with lots of carbonation bubbling up through the glass.

The nose is nice spicy and citrus.

Taste is citrus rind and hops and spice. It reminds me of a tripel and a pale ale mixed into one beer. This is very appealing. I served this at just the right temperature. Mouth feel is nice and carbonated as well. As I finish this beer I am so glad my son passed. This is one of the best beers I have had in some time. The first wheat wine I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 22:20:42 | More by daledeee
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice amber copper color with big sticky white head. Great retention and lacing. Smell is largely clove, with some spicy fruity notes, some musty and almost smokey notes. Taste is really interesting, some big leafy and citrus hops but also some clove, spice, some tobacco, some sweetness in there too. I'm really impressed. I like this better than the other wheatwine I've had, i.e. Nemesis. MF is a bit over-carbonated, but it definitely keeps it going. Coating, lingering aftertaste. Good drinkability, though the ABV and robust flavor limits a bit.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 07:26:09 | More by LordAdmNelson
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backfat

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

first off, what a bad ass label. that is all.
pours a gorgeous hazed copper with a fluffy and very lively three finger, pearl head with intense lace. a very beautiful beer. smells toasty and sweet. coriander, bread, and sweet yeast. the taste is dominated by a grassy/earthiness flavor and high carbonation stings. then very nice toasty oak tones set in with a malty, sweet balance. banana (nice), dark and tropical fruit. aromas of funkiness and barnyard/hay as it warms. a bit clingy on the teeth. a bitter finish that lingers for minutes after consumption.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 20:42:34 | More by backfat
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is a massive three inches in height, and recedes extremely slowly into thick, chunky lacing that sticks around until the beer is gone. This beer looks a lot like a really good hefe, and I like that. The aroma is of yeast, banana, pale malt, some earthiness, and alcohol. Up front the taste is maltier than the aroma with the earthy yeast tones kicking through in the finish. There is a nice overripe fruit thing going on that I find pleasing. The alcohol that is present in the aroma is nowhere it be found in the taste. The mouthfeel is full bodied with carbonation that is a bit too high, and seems to get in the way of the taste but only slightly. Overall, this is a very good beer, and one of the better beers I've had from the Smokestack Series.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 20:24:32 | More by KarlHungus
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - There was a loud pop when opening the cork. Pours a nice extremely carbonated dark amber color with a nice 1 inch head that is retained forever. The head is white and very dense.

S - Delicious wheat malt sweetness. Very smooth with some fruit hints like pear and apple. There is also some nice tartness in the nose and some mild yeast esters.

T & M - Very crisp and and delicious. Sweet wheat malt hints with some nice yeasty flavors. Hints of fruit juice and some nice candy sugar. Similar to some Saisons in my opinion except for a little more punch in all flavors. There is some tartness throughout the middle of teh beer and it finishes with a mild but dry bitterness. There is also a nice fluffy mouthfeel as expected. A nice spiciness is also felt at the end of the sip.

D - Very high in terms of flavor but the ABV might get you.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 23:40:56 | More by JoEBoBpr
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BeanBone

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy and golden-orange body. Up top, there's a simply massive off-white head that spills over the top of the glass that makes me wish I had used a weizen glass. The head fades slowly and leaves good lacing.

Aroma: Mildly citrusy, tropical fruit-like, leafy and slightly acrid hops over vanilla, damp wood, mild caramel malt, and medium booze.

Flavor: Up front, the hops take the lead once again, with the same character found in the nose and medium bitterness. Underneath, there's golden fruit, oaky vanilla, and a biscuity and wheat-like malt backbone. There's mild alcohol throughout adding a dash of spice and some extra complexity. Biscuity malt, leafy hops, and mild booze in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with smooth medium carbonation and a drying finish. Medium-light alcohol burn in the throat.

Drinkability: While it's nowhere near as slow as a true sipper, it still takes a little time to plow through 750ml of this.

Verdict: While perhaps a little muddled, Harvest Dance is tasty enough, nicely drinkable, and pleasantly different. Though this is my first Wheatwine, it seems like a solid start.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 03:46:05 | More by BeanBone
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Tone

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. One and one half inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. There is also suspended sediment present. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, slight hop, hint of wheat, and slight citrus. Fits the style of a Wheatwine. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, slight sweet malt, slight citrus, hint of hops, wheat, alcohol, and slight metallic flavor. Overall, good aroma, body, and complexity, but metallic flavor hurts.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 18:35:21 | More by Tone
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timbro81

Oklahoma

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice glass @ 48 degrees. This is my first Wheatwine, here goes. Pours a dusty copper with an impressive head that is fed by a hefty amount of carbonation. Smells of light fruity esters mingling with a light malt sweetness. Subtle amount of earthy/floral hops noted as well along with some alcohol. Noticably effervescent in the mouth. Light candied apples, sweet malts, light caramelized sugar sweetness, black pepper and honey are picked up in the taste. It is what I imagine an Imperial Saison would taste like, not sure if such a thing actually exists. Full bodied with a dry finish that hangs out for a while. Opens up nicely as the head sttles down and the beer warms up a few degrees. Very interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 01:30:57 | More by timbro81
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allengarvin

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice. The beer is a cloudy orange color, with a dense, thick head on top. The aroma is not real large, but full of notes of candied citrus and a gentle spiciness. Initial sweetness gives way to citric, peachy bitterness. The yeast character gives some very nice medicinal, spicy phenols. Light oakiness at the finish, but it's not especially woody. Fruity, bitter finish.

Excellent offering from Boulevard, who continue to impress with their limited editions.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 20:06:10 | More by allengarvin
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A restrained pour yielded a massive, nearly overflowing light tan head atop an amber-golden body. After settling down, Harvest Dance offered a highly durable head with dense, fluffy lacing throughout the trusty Duvel tulip; outstanding look, if one that required some patience.

Fruity nose, both sweet and dried; spicy, with cinnamon and pepper; malty and decently hopped. Excellent and aromatic. Delicious taste, very fruity, smooth, malty. It has a distinct Brett funky flavor, with a heavier, more barleywine flip side; vinous flavor, fairly sweet but not cloying. Fabulous.

The texture is tremendous--primarily wheat, but with a barleywine bite. But the wheat mouthfeel predominates, blending adroitly with the heavier barleywine flavor.

One of the very best Smokestack Series offerings I've had, Harvest Dance is nothing short of outstanding. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 01:32:56 | More by Gehrig
Harvest Dance from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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