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Saison | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Rio on 03-01-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews:
230
Ratings:
284
pDev:
10.25%
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Photo of neonbrown82
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good Saison. So far I have been pretty impressed with the Smokestack series.

This beer pours to a fairly hazy golden color with a peachy hue. Lots of carbonation going on here, though this is likely enhanced by the fact that this was poured into a Duvel glass with a laser etched agitator on the bottom. The head is a few fingers high and very fine and creamy. Good retention and a thick lacing that hangs on to the side of the glass resembling sheep's wool.

The smell is great. Obviously uses a fair bit of wheat. Just a subtle hay and barnyard funk, but not as much as a more traditional Saison (Fantome, Dupont, or Avec Les Bons Voeux). A bright and pleasant fruitiness. Just a hint of soapiness. Perhaps some more peppery spice would really set this one off as something special. As it is, it's better than I expected from Boulevard, even considering how much I enjoyed the last Smokestack I had (Double Wide IPA).

The taste is good. Very similar profile to the nose, though the earthy funk and spice is a little more in-your-face, which is a good thing. That being said, it doesn't taste moldy and overly funky like some Saisons can be. Good balance in that respect. Quite hoppy for the style, packing a bitter punch in the finish. Dry doughy finish with some yeasty clove notes. Perhaps even a hint of coriander. Good touch, though maybe slightly more aroma and slightly less bittering hops would make for better balance. I quite like it, however.

The body is fairly thin and dry with a very crisp carbonation, which also helps to set off the bitterness a bit. The alcohol cannot be detected, but nonetheless I was a bit surprised to see this was only 6.2% ABV. Easy to drink. Well done, Boulevard.

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Photo of WaveRebel51
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The golden yellow hue seemed like it was iridescent. Smell was very wheaty, citrusy and slightly sweet. Very tasty -- citrus and light sweetness, hint of spice and finishes with slight hop bitterness. Dry finish can affect its drinkability, but overall, this was very pleasant and enjoyable.

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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 jdubjacket
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my uncle for sending this to me.

Again, another cool looking bottle from Boulevard.

Popped the top (which was damn near impossible) and got a floral and fruity aroma.

A pale yellow in appearance.

Taste was relatively tart with some fruit. Definitely one of the better saisons I've had - and this is not one of my favorite styles.

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

I bought this a few months back and let it sit down in the cellar. This is the 3rd review of the smokestack series. This Saison does well. It's well balanced.
A: Pours a cloudy, darker-than-a-macro lager gold. It foams up to one finger. All throughout the drinking process, there is a nice white cap. Carbonation is screaming to the surface like a scuba diver that just ran out of air. I'm impressed with how well it stays capped.
S: Cloves, some hoppy bitterness, oranges and bananas.
T: Very well balanced. Pick up some yeast tones. There is a big coriander and clove taste in there. It finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness-medium bitterness. Touch of sweetness from the malts. Dry and hoppy finish.
M: Well carbonated. Goes down well.
D: A great beer to drink with a nice meal. It's well balanced so that it doesn't kill your taste buds.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of bort11
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750 mL bottle. Number 4 in the Smokestack series, batch # 57278. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Tall bright white frothy head. Very lazy recede to a solid cap. Solid wall of froth is left on the glass with each sip, but not much stickage on the side of the glass.

Smell is grassy and herbal. A bit lemony as well. Taste is very dry, and slightly vinous. White grapes and that tasty wild yeast bite that is sort of like fresh hay.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. A nice clean carbonation. This is very enjoyable, and I can easily drink the bottle in one setting. I have tried the Saison with Brett, and I think the Brett yeast gives a bit more bite. I hope Boulevard bottles that one as well.

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Photo of jar2574
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got the 750 ml bottle.

Poured it into an oversized wine glass. 1 1/2 inch white head. The beer is a golden, cloudy, yellow-orange color. Looks lively.

Great smell. Smells like citrus. Zesty. Reminds me of summer and we're in the middle of a grey November day, so that's nice.

Smooth, well-balanced taste, but perhaps a touch too bubbly. Not as spicy as my favorite Saison. The aftertaste is a touch soapy, the powerful yeast flavor isn't as tasty as it could be.

But this is pretty damn good, especially for Boulevard.

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

From the label of this 750ml corked bottle:

Saison - Bottle Conditioned Ale
No. 4 in the Boulevard Smokestack Series

Batch Number S727

According to the label, this beer is a, "brisk, unruly Saison. Truly a balancing act, it is both rustic and subtle, robust yet effervescent, spicy and fruity. A votre sante!"

a: A clear yellow gold body similar to a pilsner or some apple juice maybe. Frothy, thick white head settles slowly and deposits patches of lacing around the glass.

s: Floral hops, earthy yeast, some fruity sweetness.

t: The taste is strongly of floral hops, though the bitterness is kept rather low. There is a bit of spiciness and a slight sourness in the finish.
Not too complex, but quite tasty.

m: Very crisp finish, very clean with a light body.

d: Drinkability is good, I really like the prominence of the hops.
Alcohol is well masked.
This is my first of the Smokestack series, I've been very excited ever since I first heard about their development. About time Boulevard did this.
The Saison is a good beer, its not amazing or particularly unique, just a well crafted, balanced beer.

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Photo of Rio
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Available on tap at the brewery only, and only then as an occasional 'test brew' offering. Poured a nice golden color, with good head of tiny, off-white bubbles that persisted for a while before fading away to a thin layer across the surface. Some carbonation was visible, but the beer's nice, hazy appearance made it a little harder to see much carbonation.

Grainy aroma, with a bit of a sweet smell, like honey, and a citrusy smell mixed with a bit of a spiciness hanging in the back. A soft malty base to the taste, somewhat reminicent of bread or pie dough, with a bit of a wheat flavor to it. The citrus flavor seemed to take center stage to me, a good flavor of orange (I believe our tour guide identified one of the ingredients at orange peal), with a subtle spiciness to it. Moderate hop bite towards the end. Nice, full mouthfeel, and very crisp.

An excellent brew, and one they've toyed with before. Once they get the new brewery up and running, I hope this gets considered for a full-line beer. I do plan to hit the brewery to try this one again, though.

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Saison from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 284 ratings
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