Saison | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Rio on 03-01-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of maximum12
2.58/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

OK, Saison, you appear to be overcast yellow with a hint of sun. 80% opaque. Reeks of a light funk & hint of alcohol, not much else. Not promising?

Tastes of upland pastures, lemon, grass, sawdust, & a touch of funk - not real good. Dry as a Martian sandstorm, little head or carbonation (surprisingly). The tastes are subdued & don't play well together, just leaving me thirsty & disappointed.

Well. The Smokestack series has been hit or miss for me, two stinkers & three big winners. Chalk this one up as a latter. I didn't find anything interesting in this brew.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.81/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

750ml corked & caged bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip; shared at a tasting.

A: Clear medium-gold body with a nice finger of frothy head. Solid.

S: A little spicy, a little cheesy, and quite fruity - moldy apples and tart cranberries. Not that great.

T: Opens with some malt, then some fruity, then some spicy esters before a dull, nothing, slightly boozy finish. Disappointing.

M: Lively, medium body. A highlight, but not enough to save the brew.

D: I'm already tired of this after half a glass. Into the bucket it goes.

Notes: I had high hopes for this one, as it was highly recommended by others at the tasting who'd had it before (including Chris, who brought it - thanks!). We all quickly agreed that however good this beer might have been at one time, this bottle was a thin shadow of a Saison. Tank 7 and Saison-Brett are on deck, so let's hope that Boulevard gets their act together for the rest of the horizontal.


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Photo of errantnight
2.86/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

My first bottle from Boulevard's Smokestack Series, and the one I was most excited to try. I love Saisons.

Pours a beautiful dusty pale yellow with a creamy head, decent retention and lacing.

Aroma is an extremely floral, yeasty burst... of jasmine, perhaps, roses, soap? It's not overly spicy, and a little sweet. It's a bit off, the more it warms, the more the soapiness ramps up.

The taste seems unrefined... that's my first impression, and yes, I realize saisons are generally unrefined. In this instance, I mean that it seems like the yeast used was either stressed or restrained from doing what it does naturally... it's got a ton of esters running rampant here for a yeast-driven flavor backed by a clean pale malt backing with a nice dry, bitter finish, but the esters seem to be all the wrong ones. The soapiness gets entirely out of hand here, losing any spicy or clove notes to a barely tell-tale hint on the palate's fringe. The effect is a bit stupifying, as the body and balance and heft are all right there.

Overall, an increasingly unpleasant drinking experience. The flavors flattened as it went along, and got worse. Not an awful or undrinkable beer by any means, but a big letdown. Some more play is necessary with the fermentation temperatures.

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Photo of mothman
3.11/5  rDev -22.3%
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 akorsak
3.16/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to hwwty4 for this corked and caged bottle, Batch S7278. It's been in my cellar for quite a while (2 years, I'd guess).

A: The saison is a hazy golden color, clouded enough that I can't see through it. The ale is well-carbonated, 3+ fingers on first pour. As each iteration of the thick head disappeared, archipelagos of lace were left behind. The top finger of the glass is thick with dense foam.

S: The nose is pretty unremarkable. A strong caramel presence indicates that the ale might be past its prime, unfortunately.

T: The ale leads off with a strong caramel presence that I'm guessing doesn't belong. Luckily the middle of each sip through to its finish salvages things. Coriander features prominently there, along with with a black pepper bite. Unfortunately, the ale seems to have degraded (damn, damn, damn) with the caramel presence.

M: The coriander has a nice zip, refusing to fade after a few years. I can't say the same for the rest of the beer though.

D: I split the bottle with ksak. Otherwise I may not have gotten through it.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.16/5  rDev -21%
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 blackie
3.17/5  rDev -20.8%
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 mikereaser
3.21/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a clear straw yellow with 2 inches of foam that stuck around for awhile

S - slightly funky spicy saison aroma

T - slightly peppery finish, funky saison yeast, slightly bland and nothing too outstanding

M/D - nice carbonation and flavor, solid beer all around but nothing noteworthy

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Photo of katan
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mil bottle- no date. first of the foray into the smokestack series

A - Pours a light golden color with a light amount of hazing. I thought there would be more with the yeast. The head is vigorous and pearly white.

S - Yeasty and wild. The earthy, sweet, and spicy notes of the yeast lead the way.

T - Starts off light in flavor, with very little flavor. Not too sweet, nor too bitter. Finishes with a combination of grassy and wheat notes. Aftertaste reveals some bitter edge.

M - Holy smokes this thing has carbonated. I know that is to style, but it never ceases to surprise me. Almost a champagne effervescence to it.

D - Sits very heavy on my stomach from all this carobnation. ABV is certainly manageable. This is probably a single quantity session.

Probably not one I would seek out again. I think that that my trifle with this beer is that I'm becoming less interested in the saison style, rather than not liking this specific beer so much.

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Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice pale golden color and very long-lasting layer of foam, on top and on the sides of the glass, even after sitting for 15 minutes.

Really dry, as if all the malt evaporated. Unpleasant cardboard taste seems to have taken over from whatever flavors it once had. Some interesting hints of Belgian character. Leaves you with a bitter unbalanced taste.

Tasted another bottle 01/07/2012 (Batch 68093): Seems much less dry, with a yeasty nose. Slightest hint of Brett or some other bacteria, so maybe it just depends on how infected your bottle is. But this one is good, and I would have rated the stuff higher.

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Photo of Chaney
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
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 champ103
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow color. A large white head forms with good retention. Some light lace.
S: Yeast and fruit. Some banana with a hint of spice. There is a funk here, but it is not the great barnyard funk I have come to associate with the style. More of a chemical aroma.
T: Follows the nose. Light fruity flavors of banana and clove. Not much is here.
M/D: A medium body that is well carbonated for the style. At first a nice snap on the tongue. I good creaminess follows. Easy and smooth to drink. Quaffable for the style.

Not my favorite of the Smokestack series. Kind of bland for the style IMO. Not bad, worth a try. Saison Brett kicks this one out of the water though.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.37/5  rDev -15.8%
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 mentor
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz screw-top bottle with no label that was a test batch brewed in early 2007. Bottle obtained from one of the brewers after the Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Porus a clouody dull straw liquid with a light tan/tainted white head. Smells bready malty, lemony, and honey with a dash of old dried up mint.

Tastes some peppery on a wet malt sweet. Oranges, leon, pineapple, and hay (but all four are mild). Not alot here. Finishes wet with some fruity character. Md-light body, but not as crisp in the finish as I'd like. decent drinkability, but not a stunner.

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Photo of Vancer
3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours very well into the Corsendonk tulip, hazy golden yellow, and a massive white head bellows up. Plenty of sticky laces for the entire duration.

Very light aroma of fruit and malt. Very noticeable dry and crisp finish, after the initial taste of dried apple, pear and raison. But all these tastes are light, too light for my tastes. This brew seems more Belgian pale, Champaign like, than saison. Too bland.

I'll pass on this from here on - this is all fancy-smancy 750ml bottle than beer. For $10, get a sixer of good saison - Schlafly anyone?

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Photo of ffejherb
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged bottle into tulip on 8/15/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.

A - Poured a cloudy golden body wth lots of yeast particulates and lofty three-finger tower of dense white foam that yielded some patchy lacing.

S - Very citrus nose up front with a bit of spicy yeast and funky notes reminiscent of grass, hay and earthy must. There is also a sweet honey character and subtle malt presence.

T - Lots of earthy, spicy yeast with quite a bit of grass and hay, as well as some sour notes that develop in the middle and extend into the backend. Finishes with a really earthy, herbal and musty character with a hint of hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with a slight syrupy texture, although comes across as watery and thin. Definitely not as carbonated as other saisons I've had. Mild sourness and tartness on the palate in the finish with spicy, yeasty notes on the tongue.

D - Pretty good saison overall, but nothing to write home about. This particular brew was quite earthy and musty and perhaps a bit unbalanced.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.47/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - GOlden yellow with a huge, chunky white head. Excellent retention ang big chunky lace up and down the glass. Beautiful beer.

S - Very yeasty aroma with a peppery backing to it. Smells alot like a typical wit and is lacking some of the sourness you expect in a saison.

T - Light sweet initially quickly matched by a peppery tartness. Very spicy compared to other saisons I have head. The yeast is also very noticeable in this one. Finishes with a light tartness, but nothing that would be mouth puckering.

M/D - Very light feel in the mouth. Good carbonation and very easy drinking.

Little bit of a let down here. Not a bad beer, just not a good saison.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 5-14-10
Batch S8317

Pours a golden yellow color, hazy, with lots of little tiny floaters. The head is white and very thick, settling to huge chunks of lacing.

Smell is very Belgian, lots of spice, a fruity backbone with a good hit of booze. The end is very sharp with lots of hop bitterness.

Taste is very bland, maybe a little old, with sweet malt right up front. Fruity flavors next, with a strong, fermented, boozy quality. The finish is bitter with a slightly sour aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is slick and creamy, though the carbonation is on the low side.

Drinkability is decent, but the flavors are a bit strange.

Overall, I'm suspicious that this is an old bottle.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
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 SDDanC
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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 fear025
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma:A little hops in the aroma, very mild.

Appearance:Light yellow color. Very clear. Tons of head with good retention.

Taste:Very light flavored, lightly bitter. Slightly sweet wheat flavor on the foretaste. Slight pepper notes. It tastes a little like corn flakes, which makes sense cuz it has malted wheat and malted corn.

Mouthfeel:Light bodied, good carbonation.

Drinkability:Very refreshing, easy drinking saison. It doesn't really push many boundries for this style, but it's very pleasant.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Corked and caged 750ml bottle...nice label with a little ditty about the beer

Appearance: Enjoying this in my Chimay chalice. This beer pours a dark, hazy straw-gold, with a thick, lasting cream cap and effervescent carbonation.

Smell: The first aromas you get here are tart fruit, especially lemon, with kind of muddled spice/phenol aromas with a bit of white pepper as well. Just a tiny bit of earthy funk and sweet candy sugar tones as well. This is nice; nothing really stands out, however.

Taste: Clove and pepper spice, mild malt sweetness, hints of tropical fruit (lemon and maybe pineapple?) There's a surprising hop bitterness throughout, and it turns dry and hoppy on the finish. This ends fairly crisp, sharp, and dry, almost a tad astringent.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, crisp, dry hoppy finish...very effervescent in the mouth; seems like this could be fairly thirst-quenching on a hot day

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: I had this once before at a tasting and didn't like it at all. Now that I'm trying it again, it's grown on me quite a bit, but it still doesn't blow me away. The phenol/spice notes are definitely what this beer is about; tart fruit and yeasty tones are more in the background and the hopping, while bordering on acceptable for the style, is just a bit much for me in this style of beer. I'd like just a little more depth/complexity as well. That being said, it's a pretty good saison, especially for an American-made effort. However, if I see this and Hennepin side-by-side for 7.99 each, I'm going with Ommegang's offering just about every time.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my over sized wine glass from a 750ml corked and caged bottle

Pours a hazy light orange color with a beautiful two inch white eggshell like head. Great head retention that when fades leaves scattered soapy lacing clinging to the sides of my glass.

Smell is just like a saison with the likes of lemons, hay/barnyard, grass, pepper and spices, dried pears, and yeast.

A sweet lemon and honey taste upfront with some floral that follows, throw in some pears and apricot, hint of ginger and spices with some caramel malt thrown in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very crisp and highly carbonated. It cleanses the palate fully.

Saisons are a new style to me and I have tried a couple of them so far. Overall I would recommend people to try this. Very crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is dark golden brew with a towering eggshell cap of foam. Spicy, grassy hops in the effervescent aroma. A little tart and sour on the palate all the way through, more so than most Saisons. A hint of underlying malt complements the bitterness at the end.

This beer is a little rough around the edges, but overall drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
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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Saison from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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