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 cbutova
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared generously by Chico1985 during a tasting last night, notes taken.

A- Hazy golden yellow with a huge creamy white head that has good retention. A frothy pillow leaves a nice amount of thick, creamy lace.

S- Has a Belgian Strong Pale Ale yeast/spice vibe going on but sort of faint overall. There is some lighter fruit and the spice is like coriander and cinnamon.

T- Starts out fairly complex with good apple, citrus light fruit and spice (coriander, cinnamon). Hops are there just a bit. The finish intensifies with big yeast presence. Some alcohol as it warms and a decent amount of sweetness.

MF- Light end body with some cream to it. Moderate carbonation leads to a spicy finish with slight warmth and bitterness.

DB- A flavorful Saison. It is fairly complex and certainly makes you think a bit, a nice experience. Feels like several styles coming together to make one good beer. The intense finish makes it one to share with someone but don't hesitate to try this.

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Photo of Chico1985
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from Exiled, thanks! Batch S8254 split with cbutova.

Pours hazy light orange with a bubbly white head. Quite a bit of sediment on the 2nd pour. Retains well and leaves some lacing.

Scent is light Belgian-ness, spice, bready notes, light fruit, reminds me of a faint tripel. Some slight funky and tart aromas. Opens up more once it warms.

Flavors include spicy Belgian yeast, citrus/coriander, grassy hops, earthy hay notes and some hints of granny smith apple. Like the smell, it gains strength over time/as it warms. Creamy, highly carbonated.

Started out like an average/decent BSPA to me but more farmhouse aromas and flavors came to the rescue making this a bit more tasty and complex. Good saison overall, looking forward to trying the Brett edition.

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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 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 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 grittybrews
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy straw-amber into an oversized wine glass. Lots of visible carbonation with two fingers of fluffy white head. Gentle and slightly sweet aroma of banana with a hint of spice.

Moderate carbonation and a very light mouthfeel. Flavors of banana and dry caramel malt followed by mild pepper on the finish. Not overly sweet and not very hoppy, either -- just a hint of lemony citrus.

Refreshing and easy-drinking, but not a real standout (I did try to savor it more knowing that it had been discontinued).

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kudos and thansk to the almighty N8DIETZ for getting this beer for me.

Two streams of bubbling rising to the top, but a bit lack luster compared to other saisons. The head is maybe one finger thick after a hard pour, and dissappears before my first sip. The color is a pale pale hay with a little sediment hanging around.

The aroma has some earhty hops and just herbal notes like a little thyme and lots of wild growing grases. The aroma ismostly lightly toasted pilsner malt though.

The taste makes me think of a dry, well carbonated mouthfeel, pilsner. But then you get the earthy hop, and spicey herbal notes that add little too much complexity for a normal pilsner malt bill. This a classic saison. But I do miss the carbonation that seems to bring out the earthy hops and herbal flavors a little more.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch: S8254

A - this saison pours a golden wheat hue, very pilsneresque, atop sits a full finger rocky white head upkept by lively carbonation

S - malty up front with some yeastiness, followed up with some spicy citrus notes, reminiscient of nutmeg and coriander

T - the wheat and yeast are bigger on the palate than the nose, the spice is more subdued yet make their presence known

M&D - medium bodied and easy to drink, syrupy at moments a high quality saison, i will have to trade for the rest of the Smokestack series

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Photo of srandycarter
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Lemon colored, murky, white head leaves fast to disk. Lots of cling lace.

S - Malt, grass, just a touch of funk.

T - Citrus, a little malt, bright and fun.

M - Light body, good carc, decent coat and balance.

D- Not my fav but pretty good. Never know with Boulevard.

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

Thanks to thedominator for the nice extra in our recent trade!

Served cool into my Watou glass, Boulevard's Saison has a hazy golden yellow-orange color with thin, short-lived head.

Aroma is mild but pleasant with light tropical fruit, faint lemon citrus, and some spice.

The same can be said of the flavor. It's not nearly as potent as their Saison Brett but it's still a good version of the style. The fruit basket thing comes through here too but the pepper is more pronounced in the flavor than the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with lower than average carbonation for a saison, which I enjoy. It has some good sweetness but finishes pretty dry. It's relatively low in alcohol which makes it very easy-drinking, especially on a warm summer day like today.

Overall a really nice saison. It makes me wonder why it's now retired.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.74/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Mora2000 for this brew.

A - Pours an orange-yellow hue, with a decent white head that settles into a thin wispy cap, not much lace.

S - The aroma is lemony-bready-yeasty and absolutely delicious. This would be just as well classified as a (phenomenal) BSPA or Tripel.

T - I am stoked to have another bottle stashed away, because this is drinking so good right now. Again, I feel like it is quite similar to a BSPA or Tripel. Not terribly complex, and not fodder for a plethora of superlatives, but it is as enjoyable as it gets. It is so unbelievably hot today, here in Florida; no beer could've suited me better than this one.

M - Awesome. It achieves a delicate balance between bright effervescence and expansive creaminess, which is right-on for a Belgian pale style brew.

D - I really love this beer. It is such a shame that it was phased out in favor of the vastly inferior Tank 7.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.61/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well I bought all the remaining bottles of this stuff because I like it so much. Will trade a few and age a few more.

Looks very nice. Careful pour still left an ample, two finger head that lasted, eventually dissipating into about a quarter inch layer, thick and white. The color is golden yellow and the clarity is slightly partly cloudy, expected for a bottle conditioned ale. Really this one looked great in the glass and thus I rated it highly.

Smells spicy, some nice hops, sweet grainy and grass smells, a bit of fruit, and some indistinct but noticeable citrus. A bit underwhelming tho, even as it warmed, it didn't ever really wow me with the scent.

This one was really excellent in every way. Cold, it was slammingly good, almost malt liquor like poundability (tho of course I did not drink it that way). The moderate alcohol makes it oh so drinkable. As it warmed, the flavors only increased as the character changed slowly over the life of the beer. It was great, delicious cold, and better as it warmed.

The taste is definitely a 5, hands down. Spicey hops with sweet citrus, medium fruits, and grainy, wheaty malts made for a complex and delicious brew. There's perhaps just a touch of pepper and miscellaneous, indistinct spices too. (I like that in a beer). There's no alcohol taste or smell at all, the ABV is absolutely perfect IMO.

The mouthfeel is exceptional as well, another five. Smooth but tangy, thick but refreshing, very nice on the aftertaste and not at all overpowering or underwhelming in any way. It's quite carbonated, more so than most beers, but that's an asset in the case of this beautiful craft brew.

Drinkability: FIVE and a HALF! Damn, why did I discover this one when it's just been retired? It's got a bit of kick but doesn't overpower, leaves a pleasant aftertaste and goes down oh so smooth and delicious. I'm in love with this beer!

A class act beer all the way, in every way. Damn you Boulevard for replacing this with tank 7.

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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 spointon
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a brown 750ml corked and caged bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a strikingly clear, pale yellow gold color with a 1/2" snow white head. Subsequent pours brought a touch of haze and a larger 1" dense white head. Lots of lace stickage down my glass. A beautiful beer to behold.

S= As I first poured this, like so many saisons I got a faint whiff of skunk...but then it disappeared and never cam back so maybe I was just halucinating. Also noted citrus fruit along the lines of lemon, orange, and a hint of tangerine. Nice spicy phenolics all over this one, in a subtle yet complex way. Very nice.

T= Light on the malts up front, but that was no doubt intentional. What was there was lightly sweet. Fruity esters came next followed by a short but complex array of spicy phenolic notes. Hops were present but along the lines of light bitterness and spicy noble flavor. Finished dry with a long complex aftertaste.

MF= Very light bodied with a thin mouthfeel and moderately spritzy carbonation. Its good but makes me wish it finished out one point higher in gravity and had just a touch more effervescence.

D= Very drinkable. This is an excellent example of a saison. I like Hennepin alot, but I think this is a more accurate representation of the style, certainly closer to Dupont than most American saisons.

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Photo of philbertk
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Saison Bottle Conditioned Ale--Smokestack Series--No. 4--2009 25.4 oz. Corked Bottle. 6.20% ABV. 30 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Foamy lacy big dense white head. Clear bright pretty thin lemon gold flecked color. Floral mild Belgian note rich Farmhouse spicy hop fruit ester wild front. Effervescent crisp tangy dry sweet funky fruity tasty Golden Ale body. Rich refreshing mild hop spice citrus clean end. Nice gentle American Saison. Sampled 6/6/2010. 2 @ $8.49 Each.

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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 gordavidson
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A hazy yellow/ orange liquid with a thick and craggy white head that has some astounding retention.

S- Lemon, pepper, white bread, and cut grass. Rather faint, but enjoyable.

T- Lemon and pepper with a nice musty aspect. Slightly sweet. A little more meat to it than the aroma.

M- Astoundingly dry, with a clean aftertaste.

D- The dryness and the subtle sweetness really make this easy drinking. Not the most exciting saison, but it is well done.

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Photo of prototypic
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JosephLondon for the bottle. I'm very appreciative of the bottle since it's now retired. I had no idea.

Saison pours a light gold color. It's very hazy, and looks straw and yellowish when held to light. A soft, white head sits on top. It easily rises to two fingers in depth. Retention was on the shorter side. Lacing was sticky, and a little heavier than expected.

The nose is quite good. It's very earthy, and a little grainy. There's a bit of a musky scent, but there's no hint of Brett in this release. Lemon is nice and strong. It adds a very refreshing vibe to the overall smell. I like that. Hops are relatively strong. Wasn't expecting that, but I like it. I don't know what variation they are, but they smell like some form of noble hops. Alcohol is buried. Nicely done.

The flavor is impressive, as well. It's a little sweet and fruity up front. Lemon seems to be the primary focus. It's earthy throughout, with a strong, grainy presence. I'm not getting much musk here, and definitely no funk. Yeast is much more noticeable here. It does have a nice Belgian flavor. Hops add much to the mix. They're definitely a noble hop. Not sure which one. They liven up the flavor a lot. Clove and pepper spices round out the flavor. Alcohol is not noticeable. It finishes crisp and very refreshing.

Saison has a light body that leans medium. It's nice and smooth, but would improve if it were more substantial. Drinkability is very high. The flavor is good and it goes down super easy. I like how crisp it is. This would be fantastic on a hot day.

It's a shame that Boulevard is no longer brewing Saison. This is impressive stuff, and is certainly a positive in the Smokestack Series. It's not quite as refined as some of the best Saisons out there, but it's a very impressive American release. Very few non-Belgian Saisons are this good. If you run across a bottle out there somewhere, definitely pick it up.

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Photo of mmva321
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Pours a clear, clear yellow. Pale but consistent. A lot of head in the tulip; white and foamy.

I love auromas like this. Substantial with strong flavors, but subtle and not overbearing. Hearty yeasts mix well with some tinny hops. Light and bright. Not a lot of funk, but the are some grains and citrus notes as well.

Stong but maybe a little inconsistent and unrefined. Makes me interested to see where they go with Tank 7. The farmhouse flavor is a little more up front, mixing well with a granny smith apple flavor along with hints of clove. But it's an earthy beer with a lot yeast flavor and feel.

Thin, but very appropriate. Despite that, it still has that earthy feel. Slight hint of carbonation.

The taste is really all over the place. It hits the tounge with different tastes in different spots. I don't know if I like that in the saison style, but this is an easy drinking and interesting beer.

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Photo of nectar14
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this in Castle Rock, CO while visiting family there... nice surprise, since it is not available in San Diego.

A: Classic bright yellow/gold color with a fluffy, sudsy, copious white head. Good retention.

S: Blend of citrus, clove, white pepper, and grain.

T: Clean, balanced flavors of fruit and grain. Hops are way in the background.

M: Easygoing, smooth, well-carbonated.

D: Could have continued with glasses of this all afternoon.

Great, classic saison. Perhaps not with the same character and distinction as Dupont or Fantome, but a fine example.

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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 hardy008
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly dark gold color with a large foamy white head and a beautiful lace. Smells of lemon, banana, and cloves, and light pepper. The taste is the same as the aroma.

It is smooth and easy to drink. Light bodied, crisp, dry, and lower than expected carbonation. Another great beer in the Smokestack Series from Boulevard. Not quite as good as the Saison-Brett, but still very, very good. A pleasure to drink.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the corked 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is straw-colored and just a touch cloudy, with a nice, light carbonation rising from the bottom. A couple of fingers worth of creamy, bright white head that could hold a matchstick even ten minutes after the pour.
Aroma of light, sweet malt, a whiff of coriander and green apple, and a very mild mineral character from the yeast. Palate is delicate, with lightly sweet, bready malt accented by a touch of candi sugar up front. Notes of green apple and light coriander spice lead into a mildly bitter finish with a good dose of citrus hops.
Body is light and creamy, very well carbonated. Finish is a little dry and just a bit chalky. This is a highly drinkable beer, nice and light on the palate and easy on the finish. While not as complex as most true Belgian saisons, this is a good American interpretation of the style.

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Photo of corby112
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle received in a recent trade courtesy of thehand. Thanks again man!

Pours a hazy, dark golden ripe banana/yellowish orange color with golden yellow hints when held to a light source and a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of soapy lacing are left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with lots of peppery spice and crisp light fruit. There's also some bready yeast in the nose with hints of apple, banana and pear. There's also a slight tart character in the nose.

Spicy medium body that is fuller than I expected with lots of peppery spice and clove up front that linger over the slightly creamy body into a very dry finish. Slightly tart and earthy with hints of bready yeast and light fruit, specifically apple, pear and banana. Well balanced and the fruit/bread flavors become more prominent as it warms providing some sweetness. Subtle floral and alcohol presence but the ABV, although not very high, is well masked making it pretty quaffable.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saison pours a beautiful gold with nice foamy head that lingers. There appears to be some sediment in this beer. The beer is slightly sweet and also a bit spicy as well. It has some nice carbonation to it too. It's pretty drinkable, but has an aftertaste that lingers. Overall, Saison was a very decent beer.

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