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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 Mebuzzard
3.83/5  rDev -5%
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.

Mebuzzard, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Daniellobo, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Jason, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of mmva321
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

mmva321, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of daledeee
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

daledeee, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

LordAdmNelson, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of backfat
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

backfat, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of KarlHungus
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

KarlHungus, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

JoEBoBpr, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of BeanBone
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

BeanBone, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Tone, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of timbro81
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

timbro81, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

allengarvin, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of Gehrig
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Gehrig, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of mwilbur
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

mwilbur, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of mothman
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

mothman, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of acelin
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

acelin, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of pmccallum86
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

pmccallum86, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of dbossman
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

dbossman, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

emerge077, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Thanks BlueOkie!

BEERchitect, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of mentor
2.85/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

mentor, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of KI9A
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

KI9A, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of roblowther
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

roblowther, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of RedBrewer83
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

RedBrewer83, Jan 17, 2010
Harvest Dance from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 623 ratings.