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 Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle brought by the brewery to Cole's, on the way to Cooperstown. Above average carbonation, certainly the Brett gives the base an added dimension of drinkability. A very good example of an American style saison, bolder spice taste.A but drying in the finish.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a lemon-yellow color with medium haze. Stark white foam forms a billowing head that quickly topples the glass. Lots of lacing all the while.

Sharp, tart, and acidic aromas of lemons, under ripened berries, crab apples, and pears fill the nose with a slim pilsner malt base lying beneath. Dusty and lightly spiced for true Belgian fingerprints.

Flavors are more tart and fruit driven than what the nose reveals. Very dry, peppery, sharp, and lightly pungent. Hop flavor is earthy, herbal, and pungent as well. Much like Duvel but with more hop emphasis.

Dry to the point that the beer leaps off of the palate and evaporates completely well before the finish. Airy, spicy, and powdery, this beer is effortless to drink. Rising hop bitterness returns in the aftertaste and helps to keep the beer clean and crisp.

The beer is much to dry to be a classic Saison, but personally I prefer this 'Duvel'-ish character more than sweeter Belgian Ales.

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Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a one finger head that leaves a sheet of lace

Smell: Herbacious and grassy, with a hint of citrus

Taste: Herbacious and peppery from the outset, with citrus undertones; by mid-palate, the spicy pepper and coriander flavors raise several notches and dominate the finish, although there is a subtle yeasty flavor underneath

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with buoyant carbonation

Drinkability: Lovely and emjoyable with a nice range of flavors

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy shiny blonde color ale with a huge pure white foamy head with good retention and even some lacing. Aroma consists of fruity and light funky ester with a solid floral malt backbone. Taste is also a well balanced mix between some floral malt with some light fruity ester and a somewhat yeasty spicy finish. Full body with some great carbonation and no alcohol could be detected. Very well done and another winner from a brewery that I would like to taste more beers from.

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Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Rudy's in LaSalle, IL.
Review from notes.

Vivid orange, rapid carbonation trails, with intricate and sticky lacing. Constant foam, good retention on the whole. Strong cannabis and tangerine aromas, wheat, pepper, and dried orange peel. Complex and pungent nose, a strong suit of this Saison.

Banana, pepper again, lingering herbal sage, noble hop bitterness, crackery dry pilsner malt. Clean and dry feel, not overly spicy. Full effervescence, crisp and snappy. A very quenching and summery brew, perfect with an artisanal cheese. Stock up on this for spring and summer!

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Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch # S727

A - Poured out a cloudy, orage/gold color with a small, white, head that left no lace.

S - It smelled of sweetness and light caramel malt. Also, a very fruity aroma.

T - It tasted very sweet and slightly bitter. It had a light caramel maltiness and was somewhat spicy.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an outstanding saison. Very smooth and very drinkable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
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 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 NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #S7332. Poured from a longstanding bottle that sat for at least three months, the yeast was nicely settled and the initial glass was crystal clear. I could see my fingerprints through the wide tulip glass! A second pour was only a touch more hazy, and it wasn't until almost the end of the third pour that the lees were disturbed. That was totally acceptable as well, and upon tasting it, the yeast seems to help soften the spiciness a bit, so don't worry if you pick up a bottle and can't wait to dig in.

The body was a golden-brass with an orange cast. Tiny effervescent bubbles raced towards the surface. The frothy white head slowly settled to a short, densely creamy cap, and then eventually eroded to a thin lid midway through the glass, leaving behind it massive walls of sticky lace.

The aroma is peppery, spicy, yeasty, clove-like, and sweetish.

In the mouth it's medium-full in body, and the natural carbonation leaves it initially delicately zesty, but then it warms immediately to become cottony soft and smooth.

The flavor is as the aroma suggests, with it's peppery spice and clove swirling within a straightforwardly grainy, sweetish malt that's backed by a bracing bitterness. Candy notes (sugar, clove, vanilla) are present as well, and there's some apple and banana on the tip of the tongue. Maybe even some pear. As might be expected, it finishes dry and spicy with a quick spritz of alcohol, and lingers with dull residual bitterness and spice. As it warms it becomes more complex, and exhibits notes of honey, chalky citrus rind, ginger, and some mineralish/earthy notes.

Overall it's a pretty solid saison. Two thumbs up. I'd like to see more fruitiness to it, and perhaps a little bit less pepper, but that goes to personal taste (and yeast choice). And I can't argue with the balance. It's quite drinkable!

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale yellow body with a small, white head.

Smell: Aroma of pale malts and wheat charged with notes of dull citrus, a slice of multi-grain bread, dried flowers, rustic spices, and grass.

Taste: Pale malts and wheat malt with a touch of sweetness. Some spices, some dustiness. Faint hint of banana. Floral, grassy taste. Mild bitterness. Citrusy, semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly refreshing and easy to drink. Not a bad lil' saison.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden Delicious apple peel with lemonade colored trim. The alabaster colored crown would make most Belgian saisons proud. Persistence is fantastic, thanks to an impressive amount of effervescent carbonation. Even without waiting to see what the lace looks like (great!), this is lovely beer.

The nose gets it done in fine fashion. Grassy and lemony Saaz hops dominate... at least it smells like Saaz. One source said that Amarillo hops are used, but I don't get that at all. A modest amount of clove-like spiciness is present as well.

Saison is yet another winner from Boulevard's Smokestack Series. It occurs to me that this is what Great Lakes Grassroots Ale should taste like, instead of the overspiced mediocrity that they ended up releasing. Even though it isn't as good, this ale reminds me of Saison Dupont. Maybe they used the same yeast.

Regarding grains, pale malt, wheat and corn impart minimal flavor and minimal sweetness. The flavor profile focuses on hops and yeast, which is as it should be. Although depth and complexity are a little lacking, Saison is delicious, incredibly drinkable and refreshing beer. Flavors include crackery malt, lemon zest, meadow grasses, clove and white pepper. The finish is borderline crisp and drying. It looks like 4.5 is an appropriate taste score after all.

The mouthfeel falls just short of greatness. It's light and sparkly (which is fine), but it doesn't have the same creamy voluminousness as the world's best versions. It's close, though. Very close.

This offering is at least as good as Long Strange Tripel among the Smokestack Series of beers. The highest compliment I can pay is that Saison looks, smells, tastes, feels and drinks like a well-brewed Belgian saison. The fact that it's available any time I have the urge makes me very happy indeed.

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Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Wichita

Pours an effervescent gold with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Hazes as the bottle drains, good head retention & lacing

S: Appleskins & citrus hops, plus some pear & apricots as this warms

T: Appleskins, grapefruit, & phenols up front. Lemony hops & grapeskins, white pepper, pineapple, pears, a touch of booze & honey are there as this warms. Finishes with a touch of booze, grapefruitty hops & honey dryness

MF: Light/medium bodied with spritzy carbonation, skews hoppy

Drinks pretty good, but a 750 ml bottle was plenty for me. Saisons are not one of my favorite styles, but this one is pretty good. This is as good as most Belgian saisons I've tried

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another new boulevard I was able to try over the last week. This one was served chilled and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 02/07/2010.
The pour was very good for the style. Nice light, golden amber in color with a good sized head of white creeping up and over the top of the glass. Settling down gently we are left with some decent side glass lace and a nice rocky and cratered top. Aroma is light, earthy with nice notes of grain and hints of clove and banana. Warming brings out touches of pears, a light bit of peach and a nice peppery aroma that seems to pick up as it warms. Soft and subtle carbonation lead the way here, really just nicely done I have to admit. Perfect balance between the light body and the warm, subtle nature of the saison. Nice dry finish is loaded down with light fruit notes and a subtle and easy warming leaves it all but forgotten after a few moments.
In a world of big one offs and huge style differences this was a welcome change. I really enjoyed the warmth and easy drinking nature a high recommendation.

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Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hwwty4 for this!

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into wide-mouth glass, as suggested on the label:

Pours hazed/clouded golden yellow with a rich head that lasts most of duration before becoming wispy and leaves trailing lacing sticking to the glass.

The smell is fruity - lemon, orange peel and some banana - with a tang. There's a bready, grassy/barnyardy funk touch.

The taste is sweet becoming tart fruitiness finishing with an herbal dryness. Fruity and bready with a touch of honey/graininess and grassiness throughout. There's a hint of black peppery alcohol in the aftertaste.

It is effervescent, creamy and fuller end of light-bodied.

Thirst quenching and fruity - but not overly fruity. Nice earthy/barnyardy funky touch. This is a well-made, refreshing saison. Especially nice for a brewery that doesn't really specialize in Belgian-style beers. They nailed the style nicely. An enjoyable saison, to say the least!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright hazy, straw yellow hue...huge head, enormous pillowy white...gorgeous stuff.

spot on smell of it, too...spice aplenty, fresh and lively lemon zest below. Delicate, yet vivacious. Lovely, ...

Tasting heaven. Creamy. Soft. Sensuous. Amazingly light, uplifting, and astoundingly delicious. Incredible. Citrus fruit still is at play. Yeast and lush, yet sensitive malt adds to the delight. A lot going on here, but terrifically digestible.

This is a great acheivement among saisons, one of the best I've had from American craft brewers. This would go great with vegetables and fish, pasta, too, but nothing too spicy.

It's fun to find others in this style that give greater spice or more exotic fruit character, more intriquing twists, etc, but for downright refreshment, and rock-solid, classic smooth saison drinking, this hits the spot!

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Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, caged and corked, the rear label lets me know the Batch Number( does this really help the consumer?) but there is no freshness info offered...pours slightly hazed, yellowy, with bubbles rising, the off white head is initially quite impressive, and shows nice retnetion including merainge, then fading to ta thick loose film and leaving quite nice lace on the glass. Light pepper, flowers and fruit in the nose. Quite tasty saison, with notes of lemon/lime, pepper, more ropical fruits and belgian yeast notes in the finish. As it warms up the mouthfeel really comes around in all its tasty saison goodness. Nicely done, more respectable Smokestack series offerings from Boulevard. If I could get em locally, they would be on my regular play list.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/20/08- Generously shared by BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Batch number on the back label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Medium golden colored pour with a ultra large four fingered plus head. Took a few minutes to empty the bottle into two Duvel glasses on a slow pour. Leaves nice small clumps of lace and some sticky patchwork as well.

Smell- Good sweetness level with powdered sugar, a touch of corriander and a bit of peppery spices. Mild funk in the back. Also a lemonade like scent.

Taste- Has a nice sweet and sour lemon flavor. Not too much sugar and nicely balanced with the mild peppery spices.

Mouthfeel- Very high carbonation level. Would be hard to drink the entire beer to myself. Medium dry citrus aftertaste.

Drinkability- The carbonation drops this down a bit. Otherwise it's a pretty good saison with some nice attributes.

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Photo of Tone
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy, pale yellow color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of lemon, tart malt, sweet malt, coriander, and some slight hops. So far, so good!. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with a very high carbonation level. Wow, even with the high carbonation this is more drinkable than I would have believed. Tastes of slight lemon, some sweet malt next, very slight hop background, and some coriander in the finish. Really smooth drinking and no dominate flavor, but instead a great mixture of flavors. This saison was not near as dry as I've come to expect. Overall, this was a great drinking beer for the style and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of tempest
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750ml from Princeton Liquors for $9. Split it with friends on a sunny afternoon and couldn't think of many beers that would have been better. It poured with a large white head of tiny bubbles and had great retention. The body was light and very drinkable, while the flavor remained complex. There was a delicious peppery citrus finishing hop, while mild vanilla, toasted French bread, and orange juice took over the flavor. A little more spice came out in the aroma, leaving no doubt this was a fine Belgian ale. My hat is off to Boulevard on this beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm starting to like this smokestack series.
This bottle is the saison and has a nice summary of the saison history and the beer itself.
Pours a slightly cloudy, light gold/yellow with a very rich looking head. Fluffy and white with good lacing and slight chunkiness. Lemon zest, orange flower and light bread make the aroma pleasant and light. Perhaps should have tried this in the summer, I think the refreshing side of the aroma would have come out more.
Yeasty. Taste is a good mix of coriander, citrus and clover. Malt stays in to sweeten it up a bit and the hops kill the lingering effects of the yeast. It's quite refreshing in that it's not as rich as some Sasions I've had. Very drinkable. I downed the whole bottle in about 45 minutes.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a large white head. The aroma is a mix of yeast with some citrus, mainly oranges and lemons. The flavor is similar with a slight funk mixed in with the citrus and yeast. Dry finish. Thin body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of biegaman
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright lemon yellow that even when completely shaded from the light remains a sunny, resplendent golden. The beer is, however, better suited to the light; its colour becomes lustrous, an even brighter more scintillating yellow, and its complexion completely glossy. With such a beaming tone one might easily overlook that their finger is hardly visible on the other side. In true Belgian fashion, its head is an enormous buttress of pillowy white foam.

The aroma is divine, ambrosial. It is a delicately soft scent, light on the senses, but intricate with fine-grained traces of spices, flowers and fruits. There is an understated wheaty graininess layered in apricot, citrus zest, green apple, rose hips and white pepper. It is the kind of scent whose essence enters your very core, goes directly to your heart and lifts your spirit. For each breath time seems doubled, or tripled, but never is it long enough.

I couldn't take just one first sip, I had to take several in very short sequence. The flavour is nearly as captivating as the bouquet, and equally as delicate. Despite a generic malt bill that contains only two-row pale malt, wheat and corn, there is an interesting use of hops (Magnum, Simcoe, Amarillo) and a clearly qualified yeast under propping the taste.

And the flavours, all co-existing as precise as the coloured bands of a rainbow, include: various herbs, ginger, apple, corn, pear, citrus and straw. Despite the vivid presence of such flavours the mouthfeel fails to turn 2-D into 3-D; they are tasted but not sensed. The texture could use more crisp wheat and graininess, to say nothing of spice, grassiness or yeasty phenols. Still, this 750ml bottle evaporates at the speed of a 330ml.

Boulevard's Smokestack Series is a collection of some of my favourite American-made Belgian style ales; for the length of this bottle, as far as I am concerned, Kansas City is located right in the heart of Wallonia. Anyone else who loves the style as much as I do is likely to feel the same way. We may no longer rely on Saisons for sustenance but I think, given this offering, in a pinch, we gladly could. Thanks Buckeyenation!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch # S8053; Sampled June 2008
This is well carbonated as a soft pour still produces a four-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet Tulip glass. The beer is a hazy, straw color that shows more of the same with perhaps a touch of an orange tint to it when held up to the light. The aroma is spicy / hoppy with grassy hop notes, lemon zest, woody pepper, a slight musty woody spiciness, a touch of herbal honey, young ginger, a phenolic mix of clove and light plastic, a touch of orange blossom and just a nice herbal quality. Lots of pale malt character is noticeable in the nose as well; like fresh crushed malt, I get aromas of saltine crackers, a whole grain earthiness and an appetizing fresh bread character. This has a really vibrant nose; it is amply hopped and this pairs quite nicely with the malt and fermentation profile.

Peppery carbonation adds quite a pep to this beer. It still has a soft, pale-malt sweetness to it that is fairly light. This finishes with a deep, biting bitterness that lingers on in the palate along with some orange blossom notes. This has a perfect texture and heft to it for a Saison; nice and light, eminently quaffable, yet it has a slight, creamy viscousness to it such that it is not at all watery. Herbal hop notes provide flavors of pine, a touch of menthol and a light, zesty, green herbal / weed-like note (the last is the best I can do in words). Cracker like malt, a nice fresh dough note and light biscuit notes round out the malt / grain character of this beer. This also has a dry mineral-like quality to it as well as a substantial, underlying fruitiness that is reminiscent of Sauvignon Blanc grapes and slightly under-ripe pears.

Perhaps not an earth-shattering Saison, but damn, this is most definitely hitting the spot right now. It is so easy for me to plow through my 750ml bottle. This makes me want the Brett version that much more. A fantastic Saison, one which I would love to be a locally available beer. And there it is, before I know it my bottle of this beer has disappeared.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 received in trade from jhammerly quite a while back.. Shared with SAS.. mine from my Smokestack goblet...

2 finger foamy head atop a very hazy straw gold brew.. great lacing.. pretty until the last sip.

Alot of yeasty fruitiness... spicy and citrus. orange and white pepper.. pale malts smell very dry.

Soft malts.. citric with a very big boned yeasty component.. honey essence with an herbal/citrus component.. American hops are used in this one.. but every thing else that make a Saison great is involved.. fantastic.. long finish.. yeasty and dry with something for everyone.

This saison is great.. better than pretty much any domestic variety that I've come across.... Thanks to jhammerly... one of my favorite traders.


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Saison from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 284 ratings.
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