Saison-Brett | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Saison-Brett, based on our very popular Tank 7, is assertively dry hopped, then bottle conditioned with various yeasts, including Brettanomyces, a wild strain that imparts a distinctive earthy quality. Though this farmhouse ale was given three months of bottle age prior to release, further cellaring will continue to enhance the “Brett” character, if that's what you're after.

38 IBU

Added by Crosling on 04-13-2007

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#1,133
Reviews:
787
Ratings:
3,299
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
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Photo of BCB76
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of riptorn
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 2017 and best by Jan 2019.
Far as I know this was my first taste of beer fermented with Brettanomyces and wasn’t sure what to expect.
The description by thehyperduck (two reviews below this one) is pretty much spot on and I have little to add, other than:
Citrus peel was much less than a hint for me, almost imperceptible. White pepper didn’t come to mind, nor did apple.

If Brett is responsible for the musty, barnyard funk then it did its job and was almost, but not quite, too much.
I would by again if available.

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Photo of robotic_being
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thehyperduck
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL corked & caged bottle purchased at the LCBO last year; dated Jan 16 2017 and best before Jan 16 2019. I loved their Tank 7, so I've been looking forward to opening this one... but not quite as much as the bottle itself was looking forward to being opened, as the cork fired itself off the instant I lifted the cage! No gusher, though.

This beer pours a clear, deep golden hue, and its body is brimming with effervescence: even if I'd somehow missed the streams of bubbles incessantly rushing towards the surface, it'd be impossible not to notice that prodigiously generous two fingers of head that they're reinforcing. It's white, lumpy and pillowy, consisting of big, soapy bubbles that recede at a casual pace; clumps are left adhering to the glass as a beautiful webbed pattern of lace develops in between them. There's some moderately musty, barnyard funk coming off the nose, accompanied by hints of leather, white pepper and orchard fruit, particularly apple. Slightly phenolic, too, with weak suggestions of lemony tartness and herbal, earthy hops.

Quite a nice sipper; the Brett takes the lead here, which is exactly what the back label says to expect after a stint in the cellar. A leathery note lingers throughout the sip, mingling first with the grainy, bready malt backdrop sweetness, then with fruity hints of apple, apricot, lemon and orange peel by mid-sip. Assertively spicy on the back end, with herbal, resiny hop bitterness and a pointed earthiness coming through alongside white pepper and clove; the profile then concludes with a musty, leathery aftertaste that persists for a second or two. Medium in body, with moderate carbonation levels that provide a modest bite; the mouthfeel starts off with some zip to it, but softens out somewhat over the course of the glass as the effervescence exhausts itself. I found this pretty easy to toss back, but Tank 7 certainly has it beat in the 'drinkability' category.

Final Grade: 4.26, a superb A-. Boulevard's Saison Brett is one hell of a beer. Maybe it's just because this bottle sat around for so long, but the Brett really carried the load here - this would probably be a great intro beer for those who have little experience with this wild yeast, as its contributions are prominent without being overwhelming. All that being said, I didn't get the impression that this beer gained much of anything from 1.5 years of rest, but that was just my experience - it's a dry-hopped beer, and that aspect seems to have faded. Good stuff that I would not hesitate to pick up again... and if it comes back to Ontario, I'll make a point of drinking this brew fresh so that I can compare.

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Photo of Hopsohard
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheDoctor
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: Jan-19-2018 (Consumed Aug. 29)


A:
Pours a clear brass color with big, solid bone-white head. Good retention; swooping lacing. (4.25)

S:
Light toast and Brett funk, a bit of Citrus. (4)

T:
Faintly bready/spicy malt with rich spicy palate, some slight rubberyness that warms to spiced bread, herbal hops and earthy brett. (4.25)

M:
Medium body with moderate carbonation,spice-booze interplay and a lingering bretty/malty finish. (4.25)

O:
A rich, complex, sweetish saison that rewards patience.
It was definitely less pleasant to me before it warmed up a tiny bit (served at around 53°) and before I had had a few sips and eased into it. At first it was a little bit harsh and seemed to have some pretty sharp phenols coming through. As it opened up though (it's hot and muggy out and didn't take long) it morphed into a beer with a rich but fairly light toasted malt character and a lot of earthy spice and herbal bite at the end from the hop-brett combo. There is some citrus and fruit rind sweetness but it is mainly in the background. Alcohol is present but smooth.
An enjoyable big saison (almost like a Brett-saison triple or golden strong). Would have it again. (4.25)

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Photo of TylerJ
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BerryKumquat
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PJHOY
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of martini276
3.16/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of samEBC
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of desint
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KevBot89
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArrogantBasstard
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Horse piss pour and a half a glass of head. Lemon fresh smell. Spicy lemon funk, cinnamons, coriander, saddle blanket, and leather. Did we just become best friends? Yup. A national treasure.
Comparable: saison dupont (lighter and cleaner with more bubbles and less funk). Rating: Damn. I should have bought another bottle.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alex725
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drtth
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The very gentle 1st pour of the completely clear golden yellow colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 2 1/2” foamy off white head that recedes slowly and leaves lots of foam and lacing clinging to the the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a few of patches and legs of lacing, which mostly cling to the sides of the glass. Even mid-way through the beer there are still large patches of foam, a thin layer and an irregular island of foam on the surface of the liquid.

With the first loud “pop” of carbonation release as the cork is removed, the aromas reveal the presence of the Brett with some slightly musty and earthy character. In the background there’s some grapefruit, lemon and white pepper along with some nice floral, fruity character.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with that earthy, musty flavor up front but there’s also some tartness here. The biscuity sweetness from the malt mingles with the light touch of grapefruit, some other citrus, some white pepper and a bit of floral fruitiness. There is alcohol here but it is well concealed.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and gently prickly with the active, persistent carbonation. The fairly long finish begins as the sweetness recedes, leaving the peppery spices which linger into earthy and crisp on the mid palate with a dry, slightly bitter ending on the back of the palate.

Overall, although the Brett is clearly here and up front, it blends nicely with the underlying aromas and flavors of the base beer and so does not dominate in any way. For this beer, think of two words, complexity and balance. It’s also a beer that could be fairly refreshing on a hot summer day. That said, this is a beer for a special occasion or to make a bad day special. (If I wanted an everyday beer I’d choose the Tank 7 over this one.) Also it would be fun to have a few years of this beer to cellar for a vertical with different ages as the brett character develops and changes.

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Photo of Chilmer
2/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of bushbeer75
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt. 9.4 fl. oz. caged and corked brown bottle - Best By January 20, 2019

Before I begin my review please take caution in removing the cork from the bottle. For me, only a light twist of the cork sent it bouncing off the ceiling...so be careful.

Boulevard Saison Brett poured a gold hue while an easy pour produced an enormous off-white head that had very good retention. A generous amount of clumpy foamy lacing was left behind as consumed. The nose was clean, fresh and lemony. The taste follows the nose with citrus and light spice notes. A light grapefruit bitterness is present at the finish, The Ale has a medium body with very high carbonation and a dry mouth feel.

A good Saison, however, I would like to taste it after it ages a little more.

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Photo of khargro2
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of McBraniel
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zonian1
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DanGeo
3.69/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 3,299 ratings