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Harvest Dance - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

645 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 645
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 101
Gots: 107 | 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 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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 22, 2010
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.

brewandbbq, Sep 20, 2010
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

sinstaineddemon, Sep 02, 2010
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.

BedetheVenerable, Aug 13, 2010
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.

biggred1, Jul 05, 2010
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.

Gobzilla, Jun 30, 2010
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.

Rayek, Jun 22, 2010
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.

ppoitras, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Big thanks to JJFoodie for this bad boy!

Pours a mostly `clear, somewhat hazed, orange amber topped by lots o' thick, cream-colored froth, which leaves some thick lacing behind as it dies away. The nose is packed with sweet wheat (how's that for a season finale twist), along with lesser amounts of sweetgrass, butter, and sugary caramel. This caramel returns with quite a vengeance in the taste, along with all that wheat, some floral hoppiness, toffee, and a mixed bag of miscellaneous spice rack staples. The overall taste is a combination of light and buttery sweetness and a relatively weak piney bitterness. It's all good. The body is a firm medium, with moderate carbonation and a partially dry finish. A very solid and tasty wheatwine, if I do say so myself. And I do.

TMoney2591, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beertracker for the Boulevard hook-up.

A - It pours a cloudy reddish-goldenrod hue, and requires a careful pour to avoid a catastrophic over-foam. Regardless, it winds up with a huge head.

S - Lots of sweet honey-ish aroma, and surprisingly it is not full of banana notes. After a while, it is just generally spicy and dry, and the malt becomes somewhat pilsener-like.

T - Great balance of sweetness and dry-astringency, some pronounced hops, leafy and very fresh tasting. Refreshing.

M - Dry finish. Very dry. And very carbonated. Probably not the best feel for the flavor, not tremendously enhancing.

D - Overall, not bad, but not what I hoped for or expected.

ktrillionaire, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 10/10.Poured into a snifter a clear orange infused glden with a huge blooming white head that sticks like glue as it settles into a frothy mass.Aromas are a mix of citrus,caramel/vanilla,and faint leather.Big chewey feel and not overcarbonated like I was thinking it might be in the mouth.Big caramel and honey sweet notes upfront with some of the leathery component coming thru as well,the finish is sharp and leafy with a big citric jolt as well.Complex to the hilt,with a good combination of sweetish deep maltiness and herbal,citric hop.The alcohol does play a part as the beer warms,but the hops really play a big role in this wheatwine.

oberon, May 31, 2010
Photo of afausser
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

Drinkability alcohol apparent but goood....

afausser, May 31, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

twiggamortis420, May 28, 2010
Photo of COBeerBuff
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

COBeerBuff, May 24, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottler tried 31 Jan 2010.

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

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

htomsirveaux, May 20, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

emmasdad, May 13, 2010
Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
2.95/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

BigMcLargeHuge, May 03, 2010
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
Harvest Dance from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.