Spring Belle | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Spring Belle marries the crisp, spicy flavor of a traditional farmhouse saison, with its citrusy hop notes, to the fresh floral aromas of chamomile, rose petals, and elderflower.

Added by jhartley on 01-01-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
133
pDev:
8.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of burtonryan
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ovaltine
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard Brewing Co. "Spring Belle"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY 07/02/15"
$2.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ on 8/22/15 - 20 days past the best by date, and now 69 days past

Boulevard must be doing quite well with their bottling line as I only find minor oxygenation in the flavor of this now probably 8 month old beer; and to be honest, I'm not even sure what I'm finding is oxygenation because it's got such a floral character to it, and it might be something related to that. I don't find any oxidation in the nose either, but again that's most likely because it's so floral, with a very rose-like aroma. It's not overly bright though, which is great because that would've probably ruined it.

The flavor displays the same floral character, and I'm not sure if I'm finding some hops in there as well (perhaps a bit of grassiness). Again, it's at a pleasant level, and although you know it's there you wouldn't necessarily pick it out as a "flower beer" if it was just handed to you. Beyond that it's pretty simple as a fairly solid, straight-forward golden malt base supports everything else, the Belgian character is just enough to give it a little life with some sweetish clove, and it's backed by a firm bitterness and yeasty spiciness (soft black pepper, coriander) that keeps everything dry throughout. It's a little bit basic in that way, but it's a very good "basic", with those three components (malt, yeast, floral) giving it plenty of character. Everything works quite nice together, giving it a synergy that leaves it rounded, balanced, and polished.

Although I initially scoffed at the price of $2.49 (and now still do realizing that I was charged full price for old beer - I thought I could trust Total Wine & More), I now feel that it's completely worth it. The floral character is quite unique, and the flavoring to do that probably added to the cost; as I'm assuming did the slower, cooler ferment to keep the yeast in check. It's not a beer I'd drink often, but I'll look forward to enjoying one of these after work on the front porch next spring.

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Photo of jmills3
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aussiebeer
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluehende
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Antg8989
4.44/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with a white head. Laces better than expected. Definitely smells floral. Tastes full bodied finishes a little bit spicy. Overall, this confirmed my liking of saisons.

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Photo of ordybill
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. I normally love most Boulevard beers but this was just OK for me. It had an very bright golden yellow color that was over the top compared to the flavor. It had a floral and yeast aroma but it didn't seem to blend well. The floral smell flowed into the flavor and it was not that great. Overall, an average beer bordering on so-so.

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Photo of Dweedlebug
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerthulhu
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

- Saison brewed with chamomile, rose petals and elderflowers. Served in a spiegelau ipa glass. Best by 07.02.15. Consumed 07.01.15. close one.

A: Pristine lemon-brass coloring with a raging, quick-paced rate of macro-effervesce. Foamy, off white head has a cottage cheese like texture, firmly holding while leaving a very good coverage of lacing as a calling card behind.

S: Strong aroma of freshly sliced lemons, fresh bread followed by some lightly dry flowery notes, rose-water, of good duration and strength.

T: Strong flowery taste, floral lemon peel with a lightly dry grainy backing of pilsner and hay notes. The flowery taste is fresh and more noticeable then on the nose, dried blueberries, fresh shrubbery with some dried daisies and sunflower. Some dry rose petals which are very distinguishable here, mingles with a herbal tea and flowering finish with at touch of bittering saffron and grassy notes from the hops.

M: Good crispness tingly carbonation, sharp with a light creaminess and dry pilsner like grain feel on the tongue.

O: This is not for everyone, or for those looking for a traditional musty saison with a yeasty flair. This has a very strong flowery taste which is the focus of this drink, the malt bill is a bit thin here, but perhaps to let the flowery aspect through a bit more. This is differently an unique experience with a flower laced beer i have yet to experience on this level. Nothing says spring like a glass full of liquid flowers. An unique try but not one you are going to do repeatedly, but one that surely sets itself apart from other examples of flower type beers.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EstefanJones
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barflybastard
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of einman
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of my favorite seasonal beers to have ever come from boulevard, there is so much going on here. I have always thought these guys did saison styles especially well, and this is a very good and also creative example of that. Looks the part, pale wheat colored, cloudy almost milky in the glass, with a solid inch of white head nice and thick. The nose is indeed very floral, I heard this was aged on flowers, and that seems to make sense. There is an herbal quality to the nose and a vegetal bitterness to the flavor that could likely be from the flowers. The yeast is nice too, far from one dimensional it's rustic and and tart, and gets the best out of the wheaty malt base. Hops compliment the flowers well, and there really is a lot going on in here. I think it could have easily gone into a corked 750ml bottle and gotten a sexier label and people would be rating it higher, it's amazingly good but the presentation is cheap looking. Fizzy and refreshing, fits the season perfectly, and I enjoyed this as much as any other beer from boulevard I had yesterday, and there were quite a few...

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another interesting seasonal from Boulevard and Co.

Looking like : A semi hazy amber golden glow actually similar to apple juice in appearance, with a stark, fluffy four finger head that rests at 1 finger in 3 minutes' time. The lace left behind is in flecks and specks.

Smelling like : It's got some real hop aroma but with a very yeasty quality offsetting it. Like...I'm getting lots of buttered (and slightly burnt) popcorn, fresh baked bread, orange peel, orange muffin, and dirty hop leaf. The volume is medium strength, but unimpressive.

Tasting like : I can "feel" the yeast on my tongue, if that makes sense. Not that it's palpable but that it's present. Tickling carbonation crawls like a spider across my pink organ (that's just dirty), and dries faintly at the back near the tonsils. Some fruit peels, probably limes or something; some kind of flower (oh yeah, the kind it has on the front of the label); the odd buttered popcorn/bubble gum combination comes out in the taste a bit, and then more yeast towards the back with some light bread crusts.

Feeling like : Already described a bit, but yes, prickly crawling carbons across the palate and semi-dry finish with yeasty afterthoughts.

Overall it's like : Like a pale ale with some yeasty and slightly fruity qualities. There's very little bubble gum going on like most Saisons are supposed to have, and more of a burnt popcorn/buttered vegetable type of thing going. It's not bad, it's just not really that great.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. This Saison pours a lightly cloudy yellow with a moderate white head of dissipating foam that dies down to a thin layer and a moderate ring with little lacing. Nose of light pepper, melon, light bittering hops, light floral notes, and light sweet malts. Flavors exceed the nose with a light honey flavor to the front and sides, which gives way to a light white pepper and garden melon flavor reminiscent of honeydew. Slight floral notes and light bittering hops comes in the background keeping this interesting. Lightly dry finish and great mouth feel with a little above medium carbonation. A little too refined for the style, but still VERY nice. Improves with warmth making me go back and change my ratings. Interesting spring brew I would try again.

Cheers

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Photo of kraticus41
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ejk99
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Spring Belle from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 133 ratings