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Harvest Dance - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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628 Ratings
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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 100
Gots: 97 | 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 nickd717
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

nickd717, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of CrellMoset
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

CrellMoset, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of Josievan
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Josievan, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Cubsfan1087, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

feloniousmonk, Apr 17, 2010
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
Harvest Dance from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.