Championship Ale
Boulevard Brewing Co.

Championship AleChampionship Ale
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 9.46%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
58
From:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  2
Gots
  20
SCORE
87
Very Good
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vfgccp from New York

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by Jan 2015, opened Jan 2015

A - Great head for a saison; four fingers of thick, pillowy white foam with ok retention and outstanding lace. Clear, pale yellow body. Nice carbonation in the glass.

S - Soft bready wheat, touch of lemon, biscuity yeast, touch of tart white grapes, light apple juice.

T - Smooth and lightly sweet. Tart apple juice, wheat, grape skins, soft green bitters.

M - Smooth medium body. Relatively low carbonation for the style.

O - Not perfect for the style, but pleasant and well balanced with great drinkability.

Jan 04, 2015
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TheCondor from Missouri

3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked this up as a special favor from a friend in the business. Very excited to see a championship of any sort return to Kansas City. Side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into the pint glass.

Appearance - One of the most magnificent beers I have ever observed. Strong emotions gazing upon this beers presentation. A massive, four finger head towers over the pour, with excellent head retention over halfway through the drink. So much lacing is present it appears someone has melted glue onto the side of my glass. Pours a hazy yellow color with carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Liquid gold!

Smell - Like a farmhouse, which is to say, kind of like a farm. Grains, yeast, and some funk combined with some lemon notes.

Taste - Lemony funkiness. Some grains, breads, and a cracker-y taste to go along with the lemon. Kind of tastes like Tank 7, another Boulevard product.

Mouthfeel - Heavily carbonated, finishes fresh, clean, and smooth. An excellent warm to hot weather brew.

Overall - Certainly not Boulevards best offering, but still a good beer. Its appearance is spectacular, the rest of the beer struggles to keep up with it. I got it more for the bottle and for the sentimental reasons than anything else. Pretty pricey, I doubt anyone outside KC would want to fork over that kind of dough for this brew, but I will.

Aug 07, 2014
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Go Royals! 750ml bottle. Poured out a slightly cloudy golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of caramel, wheat, grains and spices. Sweet caramel & toffee with a spicy/yeasty kick.

Jul 20, 2014
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mdcrouser from Missouri

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up the day it was released, celebrating Sporting KC's season last year. Drinking it while watching the Royals on TV.

Hazy golden, with a nice white head (thick on a heavy pour), leaving long trailing legs on the sides of the glass.

Lemon, hay, somewhat horsey on the nose. Not overpowering at all - in fact, somewhat difficult to find, leaving me to bury my nose in the glass until I do.

On the tongue, a bit grassy, hay, lemon, orange peel, a unique bitterness - I could almost liken it to hoppy, farmy, fruity cousin of a good kolsch, because it retains remnants of that maltiness too. It reminds me a lot of the first saison Boulevard produced, but with more citrus and malt.

Drying, subtley prickly, popping the tongue.

Enjoyable for a warm summer evening.

Jun 21, 2014
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SPazZTiK from Kansas

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light yellow in color. Liquid is more clear than cloudy. Heavy foam that takes a while to dissipate.

Smell: Bitter, grainy aroma. Hint of lemon.

Taste: Pleasant taste. Initially fresh, clean, and crisp but not overly hoppy. Grainy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very easy to drink. Heavily carbonated. When you let it sit on your palate it has a bite that isn't present in quick sips.

Overall: A very enjoyable beer. Had one at the Sporting KC game last night to celebrate as well as one today for the formal review. Goes down smoothly and easily, and has a taste that would compliment most food. Highly recommend, but maybe not for the $19 price these bottles are going for.

Jun 19, 2014
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CowsandBeer from Nebraska

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Russian River "tion" glass. Best by 02/2015.

Appearance: Pours three fingers of poofy, thin head. Quickly fizzes away to a bubble ring. Hazy straw body.

Smell: Tart lemon, musty hay and grainy malts. Peppery yeast phenols and some candy sweetness.

Taste: Starts with a nice lemon tartness up front and that nice musty hay from the nose. Earthy, grassy hop bitterness leading into some spicy yeast phenols of cloves, white pepper, sea salt and candy sweetness. Very pleasant malt finish of grains and crackers.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light/medium feel with lots of prickly carbonation. Thirst quenching with excellent drinkability. Dry body.

Overall: Another excellent saison from the team at Boulevard. The stand out note to me is the excellent lemon tartness which I'm assuming is from the Mandarina Bavaria hops. Really brings to mind what this style is all about, thirst quenching and easy drinking. Would pair great with food and even better after a soccer game.

Jun 18, 2014
Championship Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 58 ratings