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Belgian Saison
4.02 | pDev: 10.2%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 230 | Ratings: 284 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of ehammond1
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (2009)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

(Aged 4+ years)

Hazed, pretty, dark orange. Moderately-sized bone-white head. Lined, irregular lacing left down the glass. Very pretty saison. Nothing to complain about here.

Very standard, but exceptionally well done aroma for a saison. Dried grass and just a bit of lemon peel character combine nicely with grain and earth.

Moderate bitterness, dried grasses, some faded but present lemon and citrus notes, along with traditional, bready grains. It all comes together nicely. This is marvelously drinkable.

Medium bodied with near-high carbonation.

Fantastic. Excellent with food or on its own.

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Photo of blackie
3.17/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

reviewed from notes taken awhile back, large chalice serving...

a: golden amber in color with a low, short lived white head

s: crisp light barley with a dose of sweeter, maybe caramel malt, a little herbal, a little spicy - pepper mostly, a little fruity, notes of honey and maybe sweet citrus, a decent sniff but nothing to make me think this will be any more than an average attempt at the style

m: carbonation on the medium-high end, body lighter but with sugary slickness at the end that's not exactly pleasant

t: crisp pale malts and a slight toasted sugar sweetness, caramel, hops bring a grassy flavor and a lightly crisp acid bite to the finish, some yeasty spice but nothing really distinct or pleasant - kind of metallic, some fruity esters

o: a little unrefined for the style, nothing off really, just generally plain and sweeter than I expect from the style, and not as nuanced

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to Shagtastic for this bottle...

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with two full fingers of pure white head. The foam settles fairly quickly, leaving a ton of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is cracked wheat, lemon peel, fresh cut grass, mild clove, and some malt. This beer smells like a hybrid saison/hefe. I'm into it.

T: I get a lot of malty sweetness up front mixed with mild clove and banana. As it moves towards the middle, the carbonation and spice fades, making the beer sweeter. In the finish, all the flavors seem to fade at the same rate. It's moves off the palate quickly, with only a bit of lingering malt on the palate.

M: Light bodied beer. The carbonation is great, for a beer that has a few years on it. It's light and refreshing to start, a bit coating in the middle, and finishes smooth.

O: This is a decent beer, but I'm glad they decided to make Tank 7 their regular release, over this beer. I'm extremely happy to have tried this, but it far from my favorite Boulevard beer.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1692nd Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop snifter

Not sure what batch #
Thanks Vince for sharing at Steve's

App- A wonderful looking bright looking yellow with golden and peaches intermixed. A small capped 1/2" pure white headway there and stuck around for a bit. More stick than I thought. A bit of a clearer vs. hazy saison.

Smell- A good rep of the style. A nice mix of yeast and banana and wheats. A bit old in the nose. I'm pretty sure this was not a new bottle. A bit thick but used to that with Boulevard.

Taste- Being a Boulevard fanboy I was looking forward to this one and while it was a bit old, it still retained a lot of the saison flavors. Banana and small clove with a yeasty bread behind it. Balanced and not to cloying or bubblegum as well.

Mouth- A smaller medium body with a certain lightness. A lighter medium carbonation with residual yeast and wheat. Not really much of the spice remains.

Drink- Despite being an older bottle, this was flavorful and balanced. Glad I finally got to tick this one. Thanks vinny.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle. Batch S8317. I think this is last bottled batch from 3/2009?

Pours a slightly hazed orange copper with a thin white head that fades to a thin ring. Aroma is old, but has some fruity orange, Belgian yeast, lemon rind, grass and straw. Flavor is a little musty and stale, but otherwise this is a nice fruity and doughy saison. Medium body and effervescent carbonation. Slight taste of cardboard in the finish. Over the hill at this point, but still drinkable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to yourefragile for sharing this one. Served in a Boulevard Smokestack cervoise. Pours a clear medium golden cot with a nice white head. Plenty of sticky lacing and a nice cap.

Nose has some light grains and faint pepper. A bit oxidized, but still nice. Just a touch of very light fruit in the background. Flavor adds in some semi-sweet grains and light straw. Moderate bitterness and a very crisp body. Light spice through the finish.

Probably a bit muted compared to its prime, but still quite enjoyable and easy drinking.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle opened on 9.20.12.
Batch #S8228

A - Pours a murky medium orange with a three inch foamy off-white head with good retention.

S - Lemons, dulls spices, Belgian yeast.

T - Lemony, buttery, wheat, light yeast.

D - Great carbonation with a light body.

O - Pretty muted and lemony.

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Photo of Florida9
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark shade of yellow. Almost golden, but not quite. Clear at first, but gets cloudy on subsequent pours. Forms a moderate to large bubbly white head that reduces down to a thin surface coating. Some decent lacing.

S: Some light pale malts, a little grassy hops, some lemon, and a touch of yeast.

T: Starts off with a good dose of pale malt. Light toast, bread, and biscuit. Then some apple notes, light yeasty spice, and a notes of peach and lemon. Rather spicy on the finish.

M: Medium bodied, but this one has more body than the typical saison. Appropriate carbonation. Mild bitterness.

O: I enjoyed this beer. I found this one to have a bit more "meat" to it than the typical Saison while the yeasty qualities were toned down a bit. An enjoyable Saison.

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Photo of BirdsandHops
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with three fingers of white head that fades into a rocky head with decent lacing.

S: spices with candy sugar up front followed by a lot of dry, funky barnyard aromas.

T: similar to the aroma, spices and sweet fruit up front with funky, barnyard flavoes following. The finish is dry and bready.

M: light body with medium-high carbonation, this beer is light, dry, and clean.

O: despite being a couple of years old, this beer is still tasty and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow with some tiny floaties. Small head hangs on for a long time. Big flavor...some roughness...earthy, fruit rind, pepper...minimal malt and sweetness. At a tasting most tasters prefered this over the Brett, but I'm not convinced. The Brett varies each year and in the bottle vs on tap, and I've enjoyed much on tap at some of those crazy pre-GABF parties.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.16/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a nice white head. Lots of orange in the nose along with some vanilla. Slight vegetable. Medium mouthfeel. Malty, orange, wheat, f me where did the saison go?! Lots of caramel and orange. Slight hop note in the back end. It’s not bat but it suprises me that this is not more like a really saison.

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Photo of mothman
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch s8254

Pours a white head leaves some nice rings. Color is golden orange.

Aroma: very malty and bready. Funky with a must. Has a lemon and orange citrus. Very sweet. Orange dream sickle.

Taste: very bready and malty. Tons of oranges. Not so funky. Musty. Some spices. It tastes old. Odd.

Overall, I think this is past it's prime. It tastes old and I don't like that. I do like the oranges however. Not to saison like.

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Photo of DavidST
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. This pours a hazy light yellow color with a massive white head. The smells are great, banana, yeast esters, bubble gum, spices, some sweet malts. The feel is medium to thin. The taste is pretty great, semi sweet and light, lots of Belgian esters, fruit, citrus, good stuff.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BIG thanks to hannydawg for this beloved extra! According to the batch code, this was bottled Aug 16th, 2008. Wicked!

Pours a very hazy, medium orange color. Much hazier than Tank 7. The head isn't out of control. With a controlled pour, you can get a slight and massive head alike...which is nice to me. Aroma is fruity, with a little funk and even still some floral, grassy hops. There's some maltiness, almost nutty sweet. The taste has a nice surprising bit of hoppiness to it. Slight bitterness, with some earthy grass. Fruity yeasty notes are noticeable, along with a good funky barnyard note. Slight sweet nutty note as well. It's slick with a bit of creaminess, but it's still got a nice carbonation note too.

Really glad I got to try this, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It will remain on my wants.

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Photo of portia99
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle (batch S8317) poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

A - Pours a clear and bright golden straw color tinted with amber. Three fingers of thick, dense and whipped creamy white head shows outstanding staying power lasting for several minutes and dying slowly with tons of webby lacing left on the glass.

S - Super citrusy...filled with oranges, some lemons and limes. Spicy with some black pepper present, grainy malt, a bit yeasty. Love the citrus dominated aroma here.

T - A bit different than I was expecting from the aroma. Quite dry overall with some good earthiness at the base, grassy and bitter hoppiness - clean and crisp, touches of black pepper. Lemons and limes are noticeable but not approaching the dominance of the aroma. Lightly grainy and wheaty for a malt presence.

M - Very dry and crisp...well attenuated - practically no residual sweetness here. Very high carbonation level that gives a huge tingle and a bit of a foaming action in the mouth thru to the swallow.

O - Sat on this one in the cellar for a while...definitely worth the wait. Well balanced, full of flavor and complex...sad that this one won't be made again. Another excellent saison from Boulevard.

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Photo of gtermi
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was nervous to try this because the beer was really old, but I said screw it and bought it.

I poured it out into a Duvel tulip class and it had a lot of carbonation like a champagne. The head pours very thick too.
The smell of this beer is very nice too. I pick up a lot of sweetness, fruitiness and a slight bit of hops.
The taste is very nice. I pick up a nice bit of malt, some sweetness and a very mild after taste of hops. This is by far the smoothest beer I have ever had. With as huge of a head as it had, I didnt expect such smoothness.

Overall this beer was a nice find. I was nervous to drink this beer because it was over two years old, but it has aged well. I am grateful I got to try this beer before there are no more.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a 4 year old bottle from my cellar.
Poured into a tulip.

It is a cloudy gold. It poured with a nice frothy head that dissolved into a thin white lace. There were also bits of yeast to be seen swimming in the beer.

It had a sweet floral smell. A bit grassy.

It tastes of flowers, with some spicy notes. It's not overwhelmingly spicy. There is a nice sweetness as well.

This beer has a chalky yeast feel. It is full bodied with a pleasant carbonation.

This beer was a chance in my cellar since the abv isn't that high. It didn't get any better, but I can't determine that it got much worse. This is my last bottle of this since it was replaced by the Tank 7.

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Photo of SDDanC
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the cork popped with a good amount of pressure, surprising for the 2 years since it was conditioned. pours a hazy, light straw color with a prominent creamy head. right of the bat, the nose is filled with subtle citrus, a lemon zest almost, and some earthy spice. a good amount of malt comes through as well. on the tongue it is very dry and very spicy. the carbonation explodes through the gulp, releasing more lemon, leaving behind a cloying bite of spice. as it warmed up, the citrus definitely went down while getting more yeasty and slightly chemical. nail polish? gulped it down quickly after that.

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Photo of wnh
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazy straw topped by a large, creamy white head.

Aromas of light, clean citrus on the nose, surprisingly hoppy. This was tasted alongside six or seven other saisons, and the hoppiness became even more apparent when compared to the other offerings.

Very light on the palate, smooth and rounded and almost--almost--watery. Flavors of lemon peel and earthy pepper. Manages, however, to stay perfectly thin and quaffable, though not quite quenching.

A good saison, though I'm not terribly disappointed that Boulevard will be replacing this with Tank 7.


Re-reviewed 07.16.2010. Batch Number S7332

Very exuberant pop upon uncorking, with the cork flying across the room. Oops. Pours a hazy golden straw topped by a large foamy white head with good staying power. Very lively. Clears up eventually, becoming very bright.

Aromas of lemon peel, herbs, spice (coriander?), and sweet grain. Sweet on the whole but with an undercurrent of must.

On the palate this is surprisingly dry. There's some sweet fruit up front, followed briefly by juicy caramel, and then the beer seems to disappear with a quick, short, dry finish. Much more rustic than the nose suggests. The second time I've had this, but I'm surprised how good it is. My saison experience is limited, but this is closest to what I think a saison should be. Tasty, quenching, and I'd imagine somewhat restorative.

Medium to full bodied, firm and dense but sprightly carbonated. I can't seem to put this down.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Neat-o! A retired BLVD Smokestack tick! The girlfriend bought this some months ago while we were in Indianapolis. It sat around since then. She called while she was on her way home from work, asking me to have a beer ready. So I decided it was time for this one to be opened.

Poured into a Parra Duvel tulip.

This saison is surprisingly clear. Its a perfectly clear, honey-hued yellow. A big, billowy white head tops it off. This is a Boulevard Smokestack, so a huge head is to be expected. Copious lacing.

Pretty typical of a saison, I think. Although this one edges just above normalcy in the smell department. Tons and tons of ripe apple juice along with pear and some peach. Yeast esters are prevalent; lots of clove and chalky earthiness.

The taste is very nice. Its light and breezy; loaded with fruit juice flavors. Apple takes the show, but doesn't overpower other fruitiness like pear. The flavor starts out sweet and juicy, it then really cranks up the spicy yeast character. LOTS of spice, clove and white pepper on the finish. When it warms slightly a new level of fruitiness comes out. In a very Fantome way, strawberry makes an appearance. I really enjoy how the beer has these two facets that blend together. Alcohol, while low, can be tasted at the very back, but only as it warms and only if you look for it.

Carbonation is somewhere about medium, for the style (which I typically expect higher levels of carbonation from). The body is a touch fuller than it looks, but it still remains easily within the mid-range. Dryness is modest, this beer is mostly juicy.

A very nice saison. Its both very fruity and very spicy. Complexity is in no short supply here. At the time I thought this beer was not the wisest purchase. Now I'm glad we got to try it.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I just picked this beer up as Specs last night. I have been pretty happy with the smokestack series of beers from Boulevard, so I hoped that this would be no exception. Seeing that it got an A- out of over 200 reviews is promising...but I shant let that influence me. Away we go...

Appearance: Pours a pretty cloudy orange-juice color with a big fluffy white creamy looking head on top that is a solid inch and looks like it has no intention of going anywhere. There are tons of bubbles rising, so the head couldn't leave if it wanted to. After the head finally starts to fall and you drink some of the beer, the liquid starts to clear up some and there is some solid lacing left on the glass. This has turned out to be a pretty nice looking beer.

Aroma: I initially got some dry wheat-grain notes along with lemon zest and a pretty healthy amount of hops. This is through the foam. The hops are definitely a big player in the aroma of this beer and are giving some defined spicy Saaz notes along with what seems like a common British EKG or something.

Taste: The flavor is also pretty hoppy for this style...I think. I have never had a commercial one this hoppy, but this may be OK as this is a rather wide style as far as guidelines go. There is some lemon zest in the flavor along with a bitter orange peel flavor that may just be my perception of American bittering hops in here mixed with the Saaz bouquet. Overall the mouthfeel is light to medium with tons of carbonation. The malt is in the beginning of the flavor profile, but the bittering is running the show in the finish and to linger for quite some time. After about half the bottle, I am warming up a bit, but otherwise the alcohol only contributes a bit of prickling on the back of the throat to co-exist and ultimately enhance the bittering. An unusual presentation for a Saison.

Opinion: Well, as far as beer goes, this is a pretty good one, but I think that it is more like a Belgian Pale meets American Pale medley that leans toward the American side with the balance. It is a pretty good beer, but it certainly isn't trying very hard to be a Saison. If you like American Pales for the most part, but enjoy a Belgian beer now-and-again...give this a shot. If you are a big fan of Dupont or the will probably be disappointed.

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Photo of Chaney
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got one of these from OakedCanuck.... but I also got one when I went back to visit my family back in the Indiana. I'm happy to get to try this beer that is now retired and will never return. That's a shame... C'est le vie...

I guess this is basically "Saison Brett"... but without the brett.

A: VERY cloudy dark yellow color, with a rather anemic 1/2 finger head that basically gave me a few bubbles on top of the brew.... but that's about it.

S: Mild citrus and spices, but with a great deal of plastic. Something tells me that this brew was but a shell of what it once was.

T: Same as the taste, but the aftertaste is worth writing about: watery actually.... as opposed to a nice spicy citrus presentation like "Tank 7."

M: Fairly thin, but I've definitely had worse. The carbonation was fairly low, but it probably wasn't at its conception.

D: I'm glad I got to try this retired brew. I only wish I got to sample it in its prime...

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Duvel tulip...

Huge fluffy white 4 finger head sits atop a clear straw colored gold body. Enormous chunks of lacing. Nice looking beer.

Smells of dry rye bread, spices?, and Belgian yeast. A nice funk is present-- and delicious. Hay and barnyard notes. Fresh, bright, and citrusy... Not musty or dank. The taste is just as the nose foretold. Very very tasty. I have another bottle of this that I plan on saving for a few more years.

Body is medium-- loads of carbonation. Very easy to drink and bubbly on the way down. This is drinking very nicely now.

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Photo of chumba526
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to pop open this beer I have been aging for a little while.

It appears hazy orange with a large off-white foamy head.

It smells slightly citrus like: I get strong lemon and orange like smells coming from the beer. There is a slight malty sweet smell and a bit of fruity and peppery yeast smell from the beer as well. Strangely I get a bit of a white wine earthy smell from the beer.

It tastes initially of lemon and other citrus fruits. There is a slight malty sweet flavor and a bit of earthy dirt like flavor. There is the stereotypical and strong fruity and peppery yeasty flavor to the beer. This is a pretty good classical version of a saison.

There is ample carbonation and it has a thin mouthfeel.

The drinkability is fairly good. It goes down fairly smooth though I have had a few saisons that were easier to drink.

Overall a pretty good beer that added quite well.

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Photo of Mississipping
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into 1st rev. Smokestack Series glass

A: Hazy straw in color with a large white fluffy head that has nice retention and leaves a beautiful lacing behind. Quite hazy with some sediment.

S: Pretty typical Belgian farmhouse aromas ... citrusy, spicy, peppery, biscuity, musty. It's quite complex but doesn't really stand out here. As it warms, it gets a little more peppery and the fruit (lemon and apple) begin to dominate. This is done well.

T: The taste is very yeasty, which plays nicely with the citrus and barnyard complexities. Much like the smell, as it warms, the spiciness and peppery notes come to the fore, and a little more fruit makes its presence known. This got better and better as it warmed, just slightly.

M: A little on the lighter side with soft carbonation, and drier than I had expected. The alcohol content is hidden perfectly, which makes this almost too easy to drink.

Overall: Although this was an excellent saison, I remember it being better when I had it about two years ago. I think I let this one go past its prime, but all things considered, it held its own and was a perfectly enjoyable saison. If this was still available, it'd be one that I'd go back to again and again.

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Saison from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 284 ratings