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Harvest Dance - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 662
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 101
Gots: 113 | FT: 2
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 StoneBrewFanatic
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy gold color into my tulip glass with 2+ fingers of fluffy head, nice retention and lacing, very visible carbonation.

S - Wonderful combination of wheat, hops, tropical fruit, honey, clove, banana and oak.

T - Tastes really good, but the flavors are all mushed together and to be honest the heat on it from the alcohol is a little on the high side. Nonetheless, I get apples and pears, banana, clove, peppery notes, hops, sweet honey, and the various oak notes.

M - Well balanced, crisp and clean even with a heavier body

D - Very drinkable and very delicious, my only complaint is the heat on this one pronounced.

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

750mL corked and caged. Batch 2010-1 with a best by date of 07/2011.

Orange in color and slightly hazy, this brew had a huge head that lasted with great lacing and fine rising bubbles dancing up the sides of the snifter.

Lovely fruits and spices dominate the aroma. There's some citrus and floral aspects as well. I detect a light hoppiness.

Sweet pears, apples and peaches come to mind when I'm sipping this one. The spices are well chosen, with a peppery theme to them. Hops and malts are pretty balanced. There's a touch of yeast in there too and some grainy/wheat flavors. It's very tasty, better than I expected for the style.

Feel is medium to full with a slight warming. Somewhat dry in character even though there's a residual sweet, fruity aftertaste.

Drinks quite well. I'd certainly like to have this one again. Smokestack scores another hit on this one.

Just a quick add-on for my second bottle of this beer: Excellent stuff. I'm not changing a thing. Very easy to drink, flavorful, aromatic, and (from what I've read of wheatwines) probably an ambassador for the style. Not only is it downright delicious, it's also refreshing and easy to drink after a day's work (although I admit I didn't work all that hard today).

No surprise, since it's boulevard smokestack, It's just plain fabulous.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown color with lots of orange - big ass bubbling is frankly pretty surprisingly, although the difficulty I had getting the cork off would attest to the carbonation. Good chunkiness and stick to the foam.

Aromas are citric and herbal, with an earthy character that nicely complements the caramel sweetness. Riding high on the wave of Citra hopping is a touch of alcoholic pepper.

Somewhat hoppy, but this wheat wine is a hint different from the barleywine style. While sweetness

Photo of ChadQuest
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Beers with heads like this impress me. This one is just plain dense, small tight bubbles that are rather sticky. It's pretty clear also, great stuff.
The aromatics are great too, very stong and mixes of lemon, wheat, honey and peaches. Very good, i'd say one of the better wheat wine aromas by far.
The taste is good but doesn't have the same impact as the aroma does, it's really smooth but i think in comparison a bit more subtle then the aroma, this bottle is 2 months past it's best by date so maybe that factors in, but i'd assume that would effect the aroma more so. In any event alot of the same flavors come through but the Honey and wheat are more prominant.
The carbination is light and being "only" 9% this is one really drinkable Wheatwine, 750ml alone.

Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The back label indicates this is batch 1-2009.

The beer pours a honey apricot color with good head retention and lacing. This beer is very active out of the bottle, and it took some time for the large, rocky white head to subside and settle down. The nose is fairly sweet (as one would expect), with nuanaces of honey, sweet orange citrus and vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this sweet wheat wine, though in this case I get more of a range of tropical fruit on the palate as well (cherry, sweet peach and considerable sweet orange citrus). It's pretty good, though there was also some noticeable heat for the alcohol as well on the finish. However, in a 9% wheat wine, I almost expect that. Mouthfeel was medium bodied to full, with almost a creamy soft finish. Drinkability was pretty good, and despite the sweetness and high high alcohol, this beer wasn't the least bit heavy or tiring on the palate.

Have to confess that wheatwines are not one of my favorite styles, but I thought this was a pretty tasty beer nonetheless. Nicely done...

Photo of MEsquandoles
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL showing Batch Number / Best By Date : 2010-1 / 07/2011.

Golden apricot color, hazy by the end. Big head like Duvel.

Smell reminds me of their Tank 7 Saison. Tropical fruits, honey, and hay.

This really reminds me of their Tank 7 and Imp Pils with Orval - that's not a bad thing though! I wouldn't have thought Barley Wine at all, other than the label. Earthy. The wood is subtle but very nice. Could use some more complexity, but I enjoyed it.

Fairly dry for the abv. Not too sweet - the French and American oak, and unique hops, help with that too.

Very drinkable, I easily drank most of the 750 before starting the review. I think the high amount og wheat makes it deceptively light and drinkable.

Photo of david131
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 1-2009

A- Pours a hazy orange/golden color with a massive, thick, creamy bone-white head. Looks outstanding.

S- Caramel, cotton candy, and a decent amount of hoppiness. Smells like a slightly aged well made barleywine.

T- Loads of citrusy hops right up front with a simple malt backing... then nothing on the finish. Slightly metallic and empty on the finish. Very strange and empty.

M- A nice creamy body with a great level of carbonation. The finish is thin and slightly metallic, which kind of kills it.

D- Starts out fantastic, but the flat, boring, finish really seems odd and is disappointing. Not all that intriguing.

Photo of BMoney575
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 11-26-10
Batch 1-2009
Best before October 2010

Pours a hazy golden orange color, with a huge, dense white head that sits on top and doesn't move. Lacing is the entire head, and just stays there.

Smell all hop fruitiness, with a subtle but present malt backbone. Lots of citrus and bitterness, with just a hint of alcohol.

Taste is very sharp, tons of hops and booze. Definitely needs a lot of time in the cellar, and is hot, sweet, and slightly metallic right now.

Mouthfeel is thin, which does not help the huge hop imbalance.

Drinkability is decent, see above.

Overall, a cellar beer if I've ever had one. I wish I had another.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: The label art is awesome. Death dancing with a bunch of wheat. Which is usually how my nights end when drinking wheatwines. Hazy golden color with some yeast floating in suspension. Poured with almost 3 fingers of white head. Really nice sticky lacing. Visible carbonation emitting from the bottom of my tulip.

S: The nose is still fairly hoppy especially considering the style and age on the bottle. Nice sweetness. Earthy breadiness. Not the most complex nose but right to style.

T: The wheat and hops are really crisp and this beer has almost a year on it. Super well balanced even though this is probably the hoppiest example of the style that I have ever had. The alcohol is super well hidden as well which is nice/bad.

M: Fairly light in body for the style. Usually they are a bit viscous but this is nice and light with a good amount of carbonation.

D: The most drinkable example of the style I have ever had by far. I really enjoy the style but it is hard to get beers. Really a tasty beer. They need to make this again and again.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you n8dietz for picking this up for me.

This wheat wine has the most carbonation I've ever seen for this style of beer. Three fingers easy. It isn't until the beer is close to room temperature that the retention billows down. The color is a merengue toasted bread crust of caramel.

The is a spicey marmalade. Teh spice seems to first from the hops, then the alcohol adds some fire to the nostrils. The hops seem to imbue a more peppery fruit aroma. The alcohol is a bit scorching.

Mild bitter oranges and lots caramel and crystal toasted mlats are the first and second wave of flavor. The alcohol and the hops take over on the finish and the lingering flavors of this beer. The hops add a little more to the orange peel flavor and the alcohol gives the finish a lot of fruity warmth.

Fruity and spicey nightcap . Good for sipping.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another want off my list by BedetheVenerable. Batch Number 1-2009 Best By Date 10/10.

A- Im no longer surprised to see a huge, rowdy head form when I pour anything from Boulevard into my glass. This one follows suit with a big dollop of froth that has the density to stand out above the rim of my snifter. Orange pith in color with a murky figure.

S- Who doesnt like the smell of Citra in the morning? Its 10:23pm and it still smells good. Citrus fruit is the favored aroma here but its not, by any means, the only aroma. Some spicy hops and snappy wheat. Alcohol is there just enough to keep things massive. Even a very understated note of chocolate can be found.

T- Citra hops bring the ruckus with lots of tangerine and lemon-lime. With this beer probably being a year old I can imagine how hop forward it must have been. Perhaps too hop forward, as things are currently just about right. Wheat brings along what fruits and spices the hops forgot.
The bottle claims "a long, dry, oaky finish". They aren't lying. The finish is mighty oaky with flavors of wood pulp and shop class.

M- Thinner than I expected, and perhaps hoped, it would be. Despite the wild head, carbonation is about spot on, if a bit fluffy.

D- This is really nice stuff. This beer reminds me why wheatwines are one of my favorite styles. On a cool autumn evening this is just what the doctor ordered. Thanks Dan!

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.

Photo of JamesS
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a wonderful cloudy copper with excellent head and some decent lacing. Very deep malty scent, nice and wheaty with huge spice (pepper mostly) tones. Very nice taste, a wonderful deep and thick wheat maltiness with huge (almost too much) spice flavors (pepper again mostly). Goes down really smooth with almost no hint of the high ABV.

Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy dark amber color, almost cider like, tons of off white head, thick and creamy leaving a strong lace.

S-hints of caramel and bread up front, light notes of phenol spice, juicy citrus hops, grapefruit and orange juice.

T-follows the nose, light caramel malts and hints of bread, peppery spice is very light, juicy orange and grapefruit citrus with a light hop bitterness in the finish.

M-medium creamy boddy, soft on the palate and well carbonated with a pleasant lively finish and hints of driness, very inviting.

D-very enjoyable, well balanced and integrated with all flavors being subtle and well presented. Hints of booze in the back but still well done.

Photo of vkv822
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into snifter.

Pours a cloudy golden orange with yeast suspended throughout and a gigantic fluffy off white head. There is very active carbonation, so much so that it circulates the yeast. I's like a snow globe, made even better by being poured into a snifter!

The aroma is of wheat and yeast, with notes of spice and lightly fruity and floral hops. Reminds me a bit of a saison, though with a bit more heft and sweetness to it.

The flavor reminds me of a bulked up saison as well. There are quite prominent spice notes as well as notes of lemon, grassy and floral hops. I also picked up some orange peel. I pick up very little boozy warmth, which surprising considering the slightly higher ABV.

The body is smooth and full bodied, with surprisingly mellow carbonation considering the active carbonation rising in the glass and the large head. It has a nice dry finish as well.

This is a very well done beer, and for my first time trying this brewery and style I am quite impressed with both.

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

Dominant sweet notes of unfiltered honey and raw cane sugar, peppery and a little sharp with alcohol a bit prominent in the flavor. Some maltyness rears toward the end wiht hints of Grape Nuts. I've yet to come across a wheatwine that did not struggle to contain itself, and this is a worthy effort.

Photo of joepais
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Scoobydank for this one. I poured the brew into a DFH snifter. I was greeted with a sizeable off white colored head on top of a burned orange body. It certainly was pretty thing to behold. The aromas of sweet tropical fruit were very evident in my head along with some wonderful spices.

The flavor was reminiscent to the nose but with some malty candied sweetness thrown it for good measure. It was a delight to sip at with it medium body and ample carbonation.

A great wheatwine one I would not mind partaking in again. I did hate to see the bottle go

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.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours dark gold with a copper hue and a massive plumage of dense bone foam. The four inch pillow of froth took forever to settle and a thick cap remained for the duration with some of the most substantial lacing I've ever seen. Quite a sight in the glass.

Aromatics lead off with sticky malt, tropical fruit, and gummy esters. Bannana, pear, apricot, cotton candy, apples, and mango. Very nice.

On the chewy side of medium bodied with a tacky, resinous mouthfeel.

Ripe tropical fruits with plump, juicy malt and a nod of boozy strength lead off the palate. Plenty of tangerine, pineapple, peach, and a hint of pine. A trace of oaky dryness lays stealth under the fruit and malt bombing, and becomes more apparent as the brew warms and breaths.

Finishes with a juicy sweetness, resinous hops, and a trace of boozy heat.

Great beer. Love the tropical hops laced with the strength of the beer and livley character. I've never had this before but I would say this might be peaking now.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch: 1 2009
Best By: 10/10

A - this smokestack series pours a rich auburn with a huge white head that takes several pour, it is full of moderate carbonation and some sediment

S - a deep dark sweetness mix with some lighter fruits, balanced with a generous but not overpowering hop profile, deep alcohol aroma

T - sweet malt up front with some fruity and spicy notes, a bready wheatness lends a nice flavor as well as body

M&D - thick bodied beer that is smooth and coating, nearly syrupy at the finish, easy to drink despite a higher ABV, the smokestack series continues to impress

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Corked and caged brown 750 with awesome label: batch 1-2009

Appearance: Dark burnt orange beer, with a MASSIVE ivory cap with great retention.

Smell: TONS of fruit here! Up front is juicy applesauce, spice, light spicy phenols, and a ghost of funk. Hint of spicy herbal hops in the background.

Taste: Wow. Kinda unique flavor profile. There's some citrus fruit, dry (pilsener?) malt, medium booziness, and a dry herbal hop finish. This doesn't quite live up to the nose IMO. Hint of sour fruit in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full and a bit hot

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: Really glad I got to try this; I tasted it fresh at the brewery (on tap) and wasn't really sure then. The bottle said this was best before October 2010, so I thought I'd give it a shot now, w/some age on it. Eh, it's better, but it's still a bit of an oddball.

Photo of biggred1
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apricot with blonde highlights and a massive stiff, rocky eggshell cap that lasts a good while and leaves sheets of sticky lace on the glass. Peaches and apricots, wheat malt tang and lemon zest make up the fabulous smelling aroma on this one. The flavor is fruity up front with apricot and pear notes and dry, yeasty and mildly alcoholic in the finish. Full bodied and slightly sticky with ample carbonation. There are a lot of complex flavors melding together to form a really great beer. I think I'm going to hoard all the bottles of this that I can, it is drinking very well right now. This beer is really under the radar for how great it is.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottled shared at woodshop 5.1

Poured a amber brown with orangish highlights and had a big 2 finger head. It also left lots of bubbly sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma was big on grains such a wheat yeast and bready notes that was also a little spicy that was made up of cloves, coriander and pepper. There was also faint caramel and honey scents. The flavor was also a bit hearty with the bready yeasy malt make up that had coriander, caramel, and clove accents. In the background I got slight hops and honey that seemed to be aa little tart as well. The beer was medium body with tons of carbonation that had a grainy slight spice and tart finish. It was a taste and intresting smelling brew that astually drank damn good. I've had this one twice now and both times were quite enjoyable.

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

Poured into an oversize wine glass.

A: Hazy amber, with a fair amount of particulates despite a careful pour. A huge and dense cream head has great retantion and leaves big gobs of lace behind.

S: Quite spicy. Pepper, caraway, clove and coriander intermingle nicely. A dry bread scent, plus a bit of cut timber add extra complexity. Alcohol adds a light tingle.

T: Spicy, dry and a little boozy. The aromas transition nicely into the flavors. Spices dominate, but the wheat comes through with a crusty wheat bread flavor. Alcohol adds a lot of warmth, but isn't too powerful. The spice flavors; especially the caraway and clove, linger long after the beer is down the throat.

M: The medium-heavy body is slightly grainy and has frenetic, yet soft carbonation.

D: This is a nice wheat wine. I've only had three at this point, and this has been the best of the bunch. It's another excellent offering from Boulevard's Smokestack Series.

Photo of ppoitras
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle obtained via Local BIF from twiggamortis420. Corked and caged. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a DFH tulip, formed a 1 1/2" beige head above the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Meringuey head isn't going anywhere fast, snow-coning above the rim, with tons of hunky lasting lace. Aroma is wheat, effervescence, and light tartness. Taste starts with light banana sweetness, goes tart in the middle, and closes with sharp clove character. Alcohol heat and flavor is subtle. Mouthfeel is prickly bubbles, and drinkability is pretty good as well. This one could smooth out a bit, but an enjoyable brew.

Harvest Dance from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 662 ratings.