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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 Tilley4
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

After reading some of the reviews on this one, it seems like people get a much different opinion of this based on individual bottles.. After having this, I can understand.. This beer is not quite what I was expecting...

It took forever to get the cork out of this one and when it finally popped, I was afraid I was going to have a gusher on my hands but no...

Into the Chimay goblet it goes... A beautiful bright burnt orange with a huge thick head... Lots of carbonation here... I poured this slowly too... Didn't seem to make a difference...

Wow... This one smells like a Belgian to me all the way... The yeast seems to have taken over this bottle and wreaked havoc... This smells more saison or wild ale than anything else... Sort of surprising... There's lots of funk in the aroma along with the wheatiness and a little hops... They really seem to have faded quite a bit now..

As with the aroma, the first thing I get with this one is a funky rotten fruit taste with a quick follow up of toffee or sugar and then if finishes, just as the bottle suggests, oaky... Very earthy and farmhouse-like... Quite honestly, there's so much carbonation here I'm having trouble getting anything and it definitely distracts from the beer...the hops show up just every now and then and provide a little zing but for the most part, this one seems like its all about the yeast and sugar...

The mouthfeel kills this brew for me... Its just way too carbonated... Annoyingly so... It hurts the drinkability a little as well..

Overall, I liked the beer but the carbonation was a little much... A little less would have made this one a real pleasure...

Tilley4, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of wagenvolks
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

750ml corked & caged bottle into a Duvel tulip. Batch number 1-2009, best by 10/2010.

Greeted by a loud "POP" as I resorted to a pair of pliers to take out the stubborn cork. Brief overflow; monstrous head of soapy custard bubbles that leaves splotchy lace. The bright, fiery copper-orange body of Harvest Dance is split by a rising plume of carbonation that creates miniature convection currents to toss around unsuspecting yeast particles. Quite an inviting aroma, dominated by lemon zest and alcohol upon first sniff. Dig a big deeper and find a large, floral hop presence that balances nicely with an almost effervescent, CO2-rich pale malt and wheat note.

Rich layers of tangerine flesh and grated lemon peel hit the palate first, followed by a grassy, almost soapy hop bitterness and a blast of ethanol. Yeast & alcohol add more fruitiness to the mix, notably pear and granny smith apple. I can see the booziness being too much for some, but for me it borders on the right side of harsh, thankfully restrained just enough to add the right amount of warmth and flavor to the back of the tongue and throat. Harvest Dance has a great mouthfeel, too...slick and slightly chewy, but light enough from the carbonation to keep it at a drinkable level. This beer is definitely a sipper--I can feel the booze working after half a glass--but it's a damn tasty one that I will gladly revisit. As per most of the Smokestack Series, Boulevard hasn't missed a beat with this wheat(wine).

wagenvolks, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of SPThirtyThree
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%

A wheatwine? This will be my first of the style....exciting.

A: Golden orange and cloudy. Exactly what I had expected - cloudiness of a wit and the basic color of a typical barleywine. With the following exception: SUPER carbonated, like the bottle was loaded with an extra half-pound of maltose and then was vigorously shaken for 2 months. The four-finger head slowly crumbles, but keeps a fine foam at the very top, and stays thick enough that it makes a mustache for the first half of the goblet.

S: Malty and fruity. The malts are unmistakable wheat but also sweet. A slightly sour grain smell, some citrus, a possible hint of banana and faint grassy notes are all present.

T: Slightly hot, but what would you expect from 9.1% ABV? Some vanilla as the goblet warms. Lemon tang provides a nice juiciness. Very bitter finish.

M: Astringent.

D: Medium-high. Very tasty, and really remarkable given the high alcohol content, but the alcohol content certainly limits the drinkability.

Overall, this was a great beer - better than most barleywines that I've tried. Definitely worth the search for another bottle.

SPThirtyThree, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev 0%

Batch 1/2009. Best before 10/10

Served cool into a chalice. It has a great golden orange color with very good clarity. The head is out of control and just keeps builing. In fact, the first few gulps are pure foam just to keep it from over-flowing.

Aroma is slightly sour with hints of spice.

The flavor is an interesting balance of bitter funk. There is definately a sweet citrusy hop bitterness up front but it's followed by a wild yeast funky flavor that seems at odds. It's a bit like an over-hopped saison.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with OTT carbonation.

I haven't had more than a few versions of this style but this isn't what I would consider one of the best. That would go to the Portsmouth version.

GilGarp, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured from 750ml bottle into Tulip.

A. Huge amount of carbonation, with the very loud pop when opened. Poured a massive 4 fingers of head that lasted forever. Thick lacing. Excellent retention. Dark orangeish light brown color.

S. Yeast, fruit, hops, citrus, wheat, alcohol, oakiness.

T. Oak, wheat, fruit, some alcohol. Fruitiness is tropical fruit, and pears. Yeast taste is similar to other belgian yeast used on Smokestack series beers.

M. Medium/full bodied. Dry crisp finish. Loads of carbonation.

D. Very good and very interesting. My first Wheat Wine. Too much carbonation IMO. Still have not been disappointed with a single Smokestack Series beer.

siradmiralnelson, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of hwwty4
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Batch 1-2009. Poured a corked and caged 750ml into my Smokestack goblet. This beer pours a hazy burnt wheat with a massive 4 inch head that just doesn't go away. I had to wait close to 5 minutes, just for the head to recede enough for some beer to actually settle out. As this beer recedes a crazy, sticky lacing is left all the way down the glass. If there were a category just for head retention this would be a 5. At all times there is a good 1-2 inch hat resting on top of the beer. The aroma is extremely complex. Up front is a good mixture of the Citra and Hallertau hops. Mango, pineapple, and just a slight bit of grass fill the nostrils first. Then comes the sweet orchard fruit with pears and red delicious apples. Sweet malts and Belgian candy sugar all come together with just a little bit of Dimetapp. The flavor profile is just as complex as the aroma; I just don't like it as much. The hops are a bit more subdued but still lend their tropical fruits. Overly ripe apples are abound along with yeasty biscuits, toast rolled together in a classic wheat profile. At the very tail of the flavor profile the Muscat grapes used to carbonate the beer really comes through, which leads to my biggest problem with this beer. It's really sweet. Its already a fairly sweet/sugary beer and the Muscat grape juice just makes it that much sweeter. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light for such a big beer and it has a definitely effervescent carbonation. I love it that Boulevard pushes the boundaries and I'm excited to see them do it with a Wheat Wine.

hwwty4, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of McRobs
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%

Batch number: 1-2009, best by date: 10/10

Just an outstanding wheat/barley wine.

A: Pours with a thick white head, I think the wheat has something to do with this. Malt color is a light orange with some haze and not much yeast in the last pour.

S: Sweet aroma with depth coming from the yeast hops.

T: Taste is a good balance of malt, hops, and all the complex flavors from the yeast to the oak aging.

M: Nice long dry finish with all the flavors sitting on the pallet a long time.

D: Exceptional drinkability. It doesn't taste boozy considering the 9% Alcohol by volume.

McRobs, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of homebrewhawk
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

750ml corked and caged bottle. Served in a Tank 7 tulip. Lots of carbonation. Poured a hazy gold with a massive overflowing head. Fantastic aroma of tropical fruit along with some citrusy spice. Aroma reminded me of a California Sauvignon Blanc. Flavor starts of with some wheaty spice and more citrus. There is a fair amount of hop bitterness. Dry finish. Medium bodied and very drinkable for the ABV. Wood comes out a bit in the finish as it warms. A very unique and tasty beer.

homebrewhawk, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of jsh420
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%

batch 1-2009

pours cloudy golden orange with a huge pillowy 3+ finger head that slowly fades into chunky clumps

smells very fruity like a tropical mix drink

taste - i thought the nose was fruity - apricot peach passion fruit upfront then a dry dry funk that most farmhouse ales have along with a good amount of booze - best wheatwine of the 3 i have had

mouthfeel is light because of it being very carbonated - this beer almost melts in your mouth

drinkability - i split this bottle with a few people but i could have drank the whole thing

jsh420, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of champ103
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

A: Pours a hazy copper/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Plenty of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Earthy wheat is up front with some spices (almost like rye). Funky yeast. A bit of passion fruits, melons, pears, and apples.
T: That earthy wheat flavor and spice again. Plenty of sweet, malty fruitiness. Some bready yeast as well.
M/D: A medium body and crisp carbonation. Maybe a little to crisp for my tastes. The alcohol and prickly carbonation makes this a slow sipper, but an enjoyable one.

I really enjoy this every time I have it. This style really has not grown on me, but this seems like the cream of the crop. Something I would recommend.

champ103, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Thanks to hwwty4 for this!

750 ml cage-corked bottle, best by 10/10, poured into a wide-mouth glass, as recommended.

Pours hazed orange amber with a huge, foamy white head that descends leaving some vanishing patchy lacing.

The smell is of big citrus, tropical fruits with some coconut and cinnamon.

The taste is of a flash of sweetness turning to citric bitterness. Sweetness comes and goes. Booze mixes in, but not in raw or masking way. Oak gives vanilla with some coconut and vanilla. There's a wheat tang. Finishes fruity and dry.

It has an effervescent, crisp, medium-to-full body.

A slow, boozy, enjoyable, complex, unique sipper!

jwc215, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%

This is my first ever wheatwine so I am not sure how it compares to the style, but I really enjoyed the beer.

Pours orange-brown with a huge, dark white head. The aroma is strongly wheaty, with a lot of alcohol as well. You get some citrus and grassy hops, more than expected. The flavor is wheat with the same earthy and citrus hops that were in the nose. You also get some Belgian yeast. This beer is very carbonated and has a medium mouthfeel. A sipper that changes both flavor and aroma as it warms.

Mora2000, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of Beaver13
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%

750ml bottle. After a big pop of the cork, it pours with a monstrous overflowing head after a normal pour. It's a hazy muddy golden with a huge white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is some yeasty funk, and wheaty rye like alcohol. As it warms (and the head recedes), I get some of the wood notes and some fruits and a tinge of sourness too.

The flavor is sweet wheaty malts, a little sugary fruit and a bit of a bitter finish that I didn't notice until it lingered on the tongue. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Given the carbonation level on pouring, I'm surprised that the mouthfeel is pretty smooth with low carbonation noticeable.

Overall, this is a pretty mellow beer (surprising given the alcohol), and nothing stands out like a huge impy stout. It is a little far on the sweet side for me. The pouring gets to be a bit annoying too - each pour, I get about an ounce of beer and tons of head.

Beaver13, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of hckyfn9999
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured a hazy, golden orange with a huge white head. There are also little particles of sediment suspended in the liquid. Aroma was fruity with a Belgian-like spice. Taste is much more hoppy than I was expecting from the aroma. Very fruitty and citrusy with some spice and some oakiness. Another solid beer from Boulevard in the Smokestack Series.

hckyfn9999, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev 0%

Big ole 750 picked up today at the COOP.. poured into my Kasteel tulip.... Tons of carbonation but not over done... big 3 finger head is a pillow off white... great retention and lacing... The brew is hazy orange.

Nose is like a saison mixed with a German hefe... pears and apples combine with a bit of banana and maybe some mild clove.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a bit of tannic woodiness... a bit of sweetness mid palate, but finishes fairly dry.

The abundant carbonation makes the body feel lighter than it is...

Overall, I appreciate this beer for what it is... but I tend to like wheatwines that more follow bigger hoppy barleywine tradition... that said, I will certainly buy more of these while I have access... really pretty pleasant and drinkable.

4.5/4/4/4/4

JohnGalt1, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter. Opened with an explosive pop. Batch 1-2009 and best by 10/10 on back label. My first wheatwine. It was a cloudy orange color with floaters. Massive carb streams. It had a 4 finger head that very slowly whittled down to a constant foam cap fed by the carb streams. Great lacing.

The aroma was very spicy with layers of fruit, yeast, oak. Very Belgian and saison-like. Really like it. A good swirl and sniffer. I got a lot more spice than fruit in mine while several others described it the other way. Not sure why the difference. The taste followed the aroma and was peppery spice with good fruit and sweet malt base. The spice adds great flavor but doesn't overpower or lead to a dry or overly spiced finish. Mouthfeel was crisp with too much carbonation which led to constant burbing to make room. Over carbonated but it's batch #1 so they'll work out the kinks.

Overall, an excellent beer and another solid Smokestack offering. My first wheatwine so can't say how it compares to others in style but if this is a good representation then I've found another style that I love. Highly recommend. Rotation - avail here in TX. Believe it's rotating in the series and not a permanent member. Gonna try at least one more fresh and then get another to cellar.

TexIndy, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of Bierguy5
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%

750 ml bottle, 9.1% abv. Pours a cloudy copper color with some orange hues. Huge white airy head indicating lots of carbonation. Lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Lots of lace left on the glass here.

A citrusy and clove aroma up front here. Sort of reminds me of a witbier. Some notes of oak and alcohol.

Some tartness up front. Some fruity flavors. A bit of an oaky note. Some yeasty like flavors giving it an almost Belgian feel. Good amount of citrusy and earthy bitterness at the finish.

Light to medium body. The overcarbonation really detracts from the beer here. Some alcohol warmth. Overall, this can be a really nice beer but the carbonation is too detracting.

Bierguy5, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of Mdog
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%

Appearance: Cloudy orange, particles, gigantic head.

Smell: Somewhat light, lemony and cloves would be the best description.

Taste: Quite dry, lemon citrus, mild sweetness, and a little spiciness.

Drinkability: Very light feeling for a strong beer.

Got out the Duvel tulip as the Boulevard smokestack series all seem to have enormous heads. The tulip still wasn't enough, difficult to pour without getting 90% head. Very light body, reminded me almost of a grape wine with the dryness. Interesting, but not my favorite from the smokestack series so far.

Mdog, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of bfields4
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a light golden with a slight haze. A huge head comes right away.

Very citrusy. Nice orange with hoppy grapefruit. A nice Belgian beer esk spiciness.

Orange zest and lemon hit the mouth right away. Lemongrass and pepper spice are prevalent. The wheat brings out a nice sweet honey and bread quality.

A very drinkable beer maybe a little high on the carbonation for at least what I was expecting. Highly Belgian influence. Not really what I was expecting.

Tastes, looks and smells much like a heavily hopped and malted Belgian wit which i guess makes sense. Not a bad thing at all

bfields4, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of katan
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%

750ml bomber into a tulip

A - Pours a hazy very dark golden to almost golden brown color. Head formation is massive - huge. 2 to 3 inches in my tulip. Bright white in color. Hopefully this wasn't that bad of a pour. Very very carbonated looking, and not filtered for sure.

S - A strong yeasty and bready note dominates the nose. Almost carries a beligan and/or bavarian yeast strain note, very spicy. No hopping detected.

T - Starts off with a very wild yeast note, overcoming any sweetness in the beer. Very saison like in its character. Dry through the mid-stream. Gets a bit more bitter, but then develops a sweet/phenolic tone. Finishes with more of the dry bready yeast finish.

M - Moderate beer body, but very strongly built when combined with its deep carbonation profile. The aftertaste is more coasting and clinging than I expected as the sugars come through. Very tart/bittering to the tongue.

D - A zinger all the way around. It is pretty potent in terms of ABV. Also, I would find that it is a bit filling by its strong carbonation. Lastly, the wild saison like flavors make his beer a certain "single quantity" addition to your evening.

katan, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of kylejohnson03
3.95/5  rDev -2%

Corked and caged, 2009 vintage.

Difficult review, as I have never had a wheatwine before. So I am just reviewing this for what it is, not against the style.

Pours a burnt orange color, with a huge three finger head that almost spills out of my glass. As it settles a bit, I enjoy the sweet fruity smell that screams belgium. Yeast, peppery, and just enough of an oaky/woody taste just to let you know its there. Finishes with hoppy-citrus notes. Drinks incredibly smooth and thin, and without looking at the bottle I would swear it was no higher than 6% abv.

Wish I had something to better compare it, but its an enjoyable brew and I will gladly go finish off the bottle and likely pick up again. Another great smokestack offering from Boulevard!

kylejohnson03, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.03/5  rDev 0%

Batch 1 - 2009, Best by Date 10/10.

Nose is fruity and floral with sweet syrupiness like a light orange blossom honey or so. Smells good.

Pours honey amber, clear, with massive, massive head. Look quite good.

Good solid malt center - ripe with sweetness and malty goodness. Significantly honeyish. Soft alcohol warmth. Floral and fruity as in nose; soft like blossoms, but assertive like a full orchard of them. Peach, white grape/wine, apple, pear, fig, kiwi... very fruity. Tad bit of peppery spice that lends a farmhouse vibe. I didn't notice the oak until I read the label and why yes, it is oaky.

Tastes good. Feels good. Good drinkability. Not what I expected from a Wheat Wine, but not bad. Smokestack Series is always worth a try.

MrHungryMonkey, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

Like many others that have reviewed this beer, this is my first wheatwine.

A: This beer threw me off. I expected a darker color, but it looks like a wine coole. No idea what a wheatwine should look like, so I gave it a 3.5 to be fair. It's a really light colored beer; it looks like someone added a little bit of caramel to a straw colored Saison.

S: Super fuity: I get orange, grapefruit, and a conglomeration of other tropical fuits. An earthy malty smell shines in the nose as well. That must be the wheat malt.

T: This is really good. Grass and fruit assault the palate. There is an IPA esque hop presence up front. These hops are grassy, pine, and grapefruit tasting. A malty caramel hits the mouth next. Apple flavors also become dominate in the middle of the mouth. Apples stay throughout the tasting complimenting the what malt.

M: This does follow the style description, in that the mouthfeel is really fluffy and smooth. Interesting.

D: If you drink IPA's or even EPA's this will go down like water.

My biggest knock on this beer is the head. It was aggitating to pour a glass and not even see beer at the bottom. The whole glass was filled with head! I've never seen that before. I'm a barleywine fan and this did let me down a little by comparison. I was expecting a thick ale, but unless Boulevard totally screwed this up, a wheatwine is not too thick. Still, this was enjoyable and I wish I would have drank it during early fall, where I could see it really hitting the spot.

johnnybgood1999, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%

Opened with a resounding pop! Pours a very effervescent with 4+ fingers of fluffy sand colored head. Great head retention & good lacing

S: Apple peels & blossoms, just a hint of banana bread

T: Apple peels, treacle, cakeyness & some figs up front. Boozey warmth, honey malt, dryness, some Calvados character here as well as this warms up, along with peach, apricot & pears in more muted tones, plus lemony hops smacking the edge of your tongue. Finishes bready, dry with much orchard & tropical fruittyness, lemony hops, bitterness & a touch of honey, sooo close to pulling a 5.0

MF: Medium bodied, slick with low, but noticeable carbonation. Becomes chewier & warmer as this warms up

Drinks fairly easy for the style & ABV, great offering from Boulevard, one of the better takes on this style I've had.

russpowell, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of mhaws000
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

This is my only experience with a wheat wine but I am certainly going to look for more as this was quite enjoyable. Color is slightly hazy orangish yellow, pours with a huge amount of head but most of it dissapates quickly and only a small amount lasted through the first few sips. The nose on this one came across as tons of pineapple finished off with some grassy notes and a little peppery spice. Tastes like honey mixed with what I imagine fresh cut grass would taste like, toss in some black pepper. Hops are definitely present but not up front as is the case with most barley wines. Really nice complexity, as it finishes with a variety of different spicy notes lingering on the palate. The biggest surprise to me was the lightness of body of this beer. I was expecting something much heavier considering the alcohol content. Overall this was a great buy, just like all of the smokestack series purchases I have made so far. Highly drinkable, possibly dangerously so at 9.1%. I strongly recommend giving it a shot.

mhaws000, Dec 15, 2009
Harvest Dance from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 623 ratings.