Harvest Dance - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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4.43/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
03-07-2010 20:24:32 | More by KarlHungus
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
03-04-2010 23:40:56 | More by JoEBoBpr
3.8/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
03-04-2010 03:46:05 | More by BeanBone
3.6/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
03-03-2010 18:35:21 | More by Tone
4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
03-03-2010 01:30:57 | More by timbro81
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
02-20-2010 20:06:10 | More by allengarvin
4.53/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
02-13-2010 01:32:56 | More by Gehrig
4.3/5 rDev +6.4%
Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Bottle says best by 10/10.
A: Wow, this baby is carbonated. Opens with a loud pop. Pours a nice dark lemony orange with a huge 3-4 inch frothy white head that takes forever to recede. Leaves significant sticky lacing behind clinging to the glass. Nice, but knocked it down a notch for the excessive carbonation.
S: Very, very nice. Belgian yeast and sweet breads hit first, closely followed by pine and citrus hops. Dark dried fruit is in there. Cinnamon and other spice in the background. Nice complexity and balance here.
T: A bit jumbled at first...takes a bit to sort out. Definite wheat with soft hop notes--both pine and citrus--come forward first. Definite vinous quality...almost tanic. Hint of balancing malt, yeast, and tropical fruit. Different and not as nice as aroma.
M: Light to medium body. Moderate effervescence. Sweetly smooth at first with a dry, slightly acidic finish.
D: Another solid brew from Boulevard's Smokestack Series. Love the experimentation with style. Very drinkable, but take your time with this one as you'll want to linger and enjoy it.
Thanks to Kris D for introducing me to this one.
02-03-2010 05:55:46 | More by mwilbur
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
Go this cork to shoot like a rocket to the ceiling. Foamed over as well.
Poured into Bell's tulip
Pours a huge fluffly off white head. Very nice retention. Lots of splattered lace. Color is a hazed dark copper orange. There is sediment in the glass.
Aroma: Tons of wheat. It has funky brett like flavor to it. The french oak sticks out a lot. Has a lot of citrus fruit flavors. It does bring some wine notes to the table as well. Lemon zest, orange peel and pepper all stick out (reminds me a bit of a saison as well). A lot going on here.
Taste: A lot like the aroma. Reminds me of a saison with all the spice notes: orange peel, lemon zest, and pepper. Lots of wheat and yeast. It has a nice amount of oak flavors. This is a solid beer with a lot of flavors going on.
Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy. Medium to full bodied with a very nice amount of carbonation. Ends spiced, slightly dry, but ok for this beer.
Overall, this beer is bomb awesome. Very shocked that boulevard could pull off a style that not to many breweries make and do it so well. I highly recommend this one. Very drinkable.
02-02-2010 03:11:49 | More by mothman
4.7/5 rDev +16.3%
Poured from a Smokestack bottle ( 750ml bottle) into a weißbier glass.
This beer was so beautiful golden amber with bright golden edges and a gorgeous golden white head - about 4-5 fingers. It looks super carbonated, but don't let this fool you. It's not.
This beer smelled of your typical strong wheat - lots of banana, spice, and wheat sugars. You only taste that trailing though - thoroughly, don't worry you do taste it. However, what hits you first are the deep rich Hallertau hops with their beautiful lemongrass flavor. THis beer is very thick and has the perfect balance between bitter and sweet flavors. It really is. I give this beer a 5 for taste under no exaggeration - it's that good. It is so rich and fulfilling, I wouldn't suggest drinking anything else during a day if you drink this.
Back to the carbonation. This beer looks carbonated but really is not - my girlfriend who hates soda for its carbonation really enjoys this beer. It leads to an almost perfect drinkability - even more so that less powerful brews.
01-31-2010 02:16:42 | More by acelin
4.6/5 rDev +13.9%
Pours a creamy orange with floating bubbles and a thick bubbly creamy that dissipates slowly. Body looks like a shiny penny.
The smell is intense. Tons of rich aromas seep from the glass. Wheat, alcohol, citrus and malts.
Taste is terrific, tons of spices and flavor. Wheat, lemon zest, citrus, maybe some coriander and light malts. Very intense lively and spiced flavors. Fantastic beer.
Big carbonated and spicy mouthfeel. High carbonation but it works very well. Slightly dry finish, terrific wheat wine.
Very drinkable, great beer, definitely worth seeking out.
01-30-2010 01:50:32 | More by pmccallum86
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
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
01-30-2010 01:50:01 | More by dbossman
4.15/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
01-27-2010 00:37:46 | More by emerge077
3.98/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
01-25-2010 04:10:16 | More by BEERchitect
2.85/5 rDev -29.5%
Best by date 1-2009-10/10. Pours a four finger head over a one finger liquid. Head is yellowed over a cloudy light-copper colored liquid. Smells clovey, hay, earthy, with a dash of sour and some ligh fruity esters (pear and banana). Marangue, woody, and earthy.
Tastes clovey with wheat. Bleech. Gotta go searching to fill out the flavors on this one. Wet malt clear beneath the phenols and is accompanied by strong fruity esters. Peach and some pear. Has a raspberry jam or strawberry jelly character to it.
Strong carbonation and md light body. IMO, not very drinkable.
01-24-2010 06:54:21 | More by mentor
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
A: Tough to get the cork out! Light pout into a snifter produced a giant puffy head. Great lace. Cloudy, medium amber.
S: Citrus, green apple. Slight funk.
T: Lemon-lime, sour apple, funk, grassy. Alot going on here. Finished with a slight tart-bitterness-metallic?
M: Light body, a little bit of alcohol burn after the sip.
D: Dangerously drinkable with the big ABV. Serves well as a sipper, but, is light enough to keep going back to it. Nicely done!
01-23-2010 23:30:23 | More by KI9A
3.98/5 rDev -1.5%
750ml corked & caged. My first wheatwine. I sort of expected something like a barleywine, which is to say I expected no carbonation. The healthy "pop" of the cork & dense, active, sticky head are a pleasant surprise. It is a dark gold with very active carbonation. Smells of honey, hay, a touch of horse blanket, and a vague citrus. Tastes malty and nutty, with a slight acidic finish. The aftertaste is very pleasantly earthy. The mouthfeel is great. Sharply carbonated and then a light but viscous body. The drinkability is great. The alcohol is just a pleasant warmth going down and that earthy aftertaste is just what the Dr. ordered. Then he ordered me another one. Then I had a nap.
01-20-2010 01:14:57 | More by roblowther
4.25/5 rDev +5.2%
Aggressive pour into a snifter...shared with good buddy Brandon...
A: Pours a golden amber with hues of yellow and orange. Definitely opaque and a huge frothy four finger creamy white head forms and hangs on for a good while leaving excellent sticky webbed lacing. Gorgeous appearance!
S: Lemon and orange peel upfront with a little sweet tangerine, belgian yeast profile, very fruity but light fruit, green apple, white grape, apricot. Faint floral hops in the finish, very complex. Very saison-like...not sure if thats good or bad, but it smells good.
T: Follows the nose but with an added presence in the middle very akin to a hard cider....fruity and dry, but crossed with a saison as well. This is very nice and complex, my first experience with a wheat wine, but very nice.
M: Light medium body, very active carbonation but the bubbles are very fine and light on the tongue...almost dances on your palate. Very smooth and no detection of the 9%.
D: Incredibly drinkable, the carbonation holds it back just a touch. Overall a fantastic beer and if this is a true example of the style then I love wheatwine!
01-17-2010 22:12:41 | More by RedBrewer83
3.75/5 rDev -7.2%
After reading some of the reviews on this one, it seems like people get a much different opinion of this based on individual bottles.. After having this, I can understand.. This beer is not quite what I was expecting...
It took forever to get the cork out of this one and when it finally popped, I was afraid I was going to have a gusher on my hands but no...
Into the Chimay goblet it goes... A beautiful bright burnt orange with a huge thick head... Lots of carbonation here... I poured this slowly too... Didn't seem to make a difference...
Wow... This one smells like a Belgian to me all the way... The yeast seems to have taken over this bottle and wreaked havoc... This smells more saison or wild ale than anything else... Sort of surprising... There's lots of funk in the aroma along with the wheatiness and a little hops... They really seem to have faded quite a bit now..
As with the aroma, the first thing I get with this one is a funky rotten fruit taste with a quick follow up of toffee or sugar and then if finishes, just as the bottle suggests, oaky... Very earthy and farmhouse-like... Quite honestly, there's so much carbonation here I'm having trouble getting anything and it definitely distracts from the beer...the hops show up just every now and then and provide a little zing but for the most part, this one seems like its all about the yeast and sugar...
The mouthfeel kills this brew for me... Its just way too carbonated... Annoyingly so... It hurts the drinkability a little as well..
Overall, I liked the beer but the carbonation was a little much... A little less would have made this one a real pleasure...
01-15-2010 15:09:45 | More by Tilley4
4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
750ml corked & caged bottle into a Duvel tulip. Batch number 1-2009, best by 10/2010.
Greeted by a loud "POP" as I resorted to a pair of pliers to take out the stubborn cork. Brief overflow; monstrous head of soapy custard bubbles that leaves splotchy lace. The bright, fiery copper-orange body of Harvest Dance is split by a rising plume of carbonation that creates miniature convection currents to toss around unsuspecting yeast particles. Quite an inviting aroma, dominated by lemon zest and alcohol upon first sniff. Dig a big deeper and find a large, floral hop presence that balances nicely with an almost effervescent, CO2-rich pale malt and wheat note.
Rich layers of tangerine flesh and grated lemon peel hit the palate first, followed by a grassy, almost soapy hop bitterness and a blast of ethanol. Yeast & alcohol add more fruitiness to the mix, notably pear and granny smith apple. I can see the booziness being too much for some, but for me it borders on the right side of harsh, thankfully restrained just enough to add the right amount of warmth and flavor to the back of the tongue and throat. Harvest Dance has a great mouthfeel, too...slick and slightly chewy, but light enough from the carbonation to keep it at a drinkable level. This beer is definitely a sipper--I can feel the booze working after half a glass--but it's a damn tasty one that I will gladly revisit. As per most of the Smokestack Series, Boulevard hasn't missed a beat with this wheat(wine).
01-15-2010 02:10:36 | More by wagenvolks
3.68/5 rDev -8.9%
A wheatwine? This will be my first of the style....exciting.
A: Golden orange and cloudy. Exactly what I had expected - cloudiness of a wit and the basic color of a typical barleywine. With the following exception: SUPER carbonated, like the bottle was loaded with an extra half-pound of maltose and then was vigorously shaken for 2 months. The four-finger head slowly crumbles, but keeps a fine foam at the very top, and stays thick enough that it makes a mustache for the first half of the goblet.
S: Malty and fruity. The malts are unmistakable wheat but also sweet. A slightly sour grain smell, some citrus, a possible hint of banana and faint grassy notes are all present.
T: Slightly hot, but what would you expect from 9.1% ABV? Some vanilla as the goblet warms. Lemon tang provides a nice juiciness. Very bitter finish.
D: Medium-high. Very tasty, and really remarkable given the high alcohol content, but the alcohol content certainly limits the drinkability.
Overall, this was a great beer - better than most barleywines that I've tried. Definitely worth the search for another bottle.
01-13-2010 22:38:45 | More by SPThirtyThree
4.03/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
01-13-2010 03:04:32 | More by GilGarp
4.35/5 rDev +7.7%
Poured from 750ml bottle into Tulip.
A. Huge amount of carbonation, with the very loud pop when opened. Poured a massive 4 fingers of head that lasted forever. Thick lacing. Excellent retention. Dark orangeish light brown color.
S. Yeast, fruit, hops, citrus, wheat, alcohol, oakiness.
T. Oak, wheat, fruit, some alcohol. Fruitiness is tropical fruit, and pears. Yeast taste is similar to other belgian yeast used on Smokestack series beers.
M. Medium/full bodied. Dry crisp finish. Loads of carbonation.
D. Very good and very interesting. My first Wheat Wine. Too much carbonation IMO. Still have not been disappointed with a single Smokestack Series beer.
01-13-2010 02:35:18 | More by siradmiralnelson
3.75/5 rDev -7.2%
Batch 1-2009. Poured a corked and caged 750ml into my Smokestack goblet. This beer pours a hazy burnt wheat with a massive 4 inch head that just doesn't go away. I had to wait close to 5 minutes, just for the head to recede enough for some beer to actually settle out. As this beer recedes a crazy, sticky lacing is left all the way down the glass. If there were a category just for head retention this would be a 5. At all times there is a good 1-2 inch hat resting on top of the beer. The aroma is extremely complex. Up front is a good mixture of the Citra and Hallertau hops. Mango, pineapple, and just a slight bit of grass fill the nostrils first. Then comes the sweet orchard fruit with pears and red delicious apples. Sweet malts and Belgian candy sugar all come together with just a little bit of Dimetapp. The flavor profile is just as complex as the aroma; I just don't like it as much. The hops are a bit more subdued but still lend their tropical fruits. Overly ripe apples are abound along with yeasty biscuits, toast rolled together in a classic wheat profile. At the very tail of the flavor profile the Muscat grapes used to carbonate the beer really comes through, which leads to my biggest problem with this beer. It's really sweet. Its already a fairly sweet/sugary beer and the Muscat grape juice just makes it that much sweeter. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light for such a big beer and it has a definitely effervescent carbonation. I love it that Boulevard pushes the boundaries and I'm excited to see them do it with a Wheat Wine.
01-11-2010 01:08:24 | More by hwwty4
4.88/5 rDev +20.8%
Batch number: 1-2009, best by date: 10/10
Just an outstanding wheat/barley wine.
A: Pours with a thick white head, I think the wheat has something to do with this. Malt color is a light orange with some haze and not much yeast in the last pour.
S: Sweet aroma with depth coming from the yeast hops.
T: Taste is a good balance of malt, hops, and all the complex flavors from the yeast to the oak aging.
M: Nice long dry finish with all the flavors sitting on the pallet a long time.
D: Exceptional drinkability. It doesn't taste boozy considering the 9% Alcohol by volume.
01-10-2010 06:34:45 | More by McRobs
Harvest Dance from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 616 ratings.