Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #40
Ranked #703
4.31 | pDev: 9.98%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Notes: 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
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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. 2015 vintage, best by date on label is '02-2017'.
Very cloudy, straw colored body. Big body white head upon pouring, which slowly dissolves to fluffy partial cap and ring. Leaves behind some spotty lacing.
Aroma of Brett. Barnyard, leather, and tobacco.
Taste closely follows the smell in providing a flavor of Brett, barnyard, horse blanket, leather and tobacco.
Medium mouth feel, with dryness. Very good carbonation.
This beer has a slightly tired taste but it still expresses the power of Brett.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Daemose for sending this one! Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. 2012 vintage bottle, consumed on 9/3/17. Poured from 750mL bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Mildly hazy gold, until some of the yeast trub gets poured into the glass – then it becomes rather turbid. A half-finger of white head fades fairly quickly to a ring of foam, though there's quite a bit of visible carbonation stays around.

S: Musty barnyard and horse-blanket Brettanomyces funk with some lemony citric acid tart and pineapple as well. Biscuity malts, maybe a mild wheat character. Mild black pepper. Not a huge aroma, though appealing enough. It's less Brett-forward than I expected for this long in the bottle.

T: Lemons and citric acid tart, and Brett funk with basement and barnyard, but less fruity than the nose. Biscuit malts with a touch of caramel and oxidation – but this stays mild. Saison yeastiness with a touch of black pepper. Mild pineapple from Brett as it warms through the drink. It finishes with fruity acids mixed with the residual funk.

M: Average body, low alcohol presence. The carbonation sensation seems pretty good, especially considering the age on the bottle.

O: A pretty decent saison. As mentioned, this wasn’t quite as funky as I’d hoped. I’ve had bottles of aged Rayon Vert from Green Flash that the Brett has taken over almost completely. But even as this is, it’s good and the age hasn’t created almost any issues.

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Photo of detpizzaboi
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2016 bottling, best by 1/1/18, opened 3/2/19. This is a beautiful saison. Beautiful golden yellow, medium head, massive earthy hoppy juicy aromas. Nice high carbonation hits the tongue, mellow, earthy, grassy, hoppy, sour, funky, as the carbonation recedes the hop flavor fills in beautifully. A real treat to drink, and enjoyed 14 months beyond the best by date. At $12 in the bottle shop, a real steal.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip. Best by 1/16/19, so well inside the wire here.

Bit of a gusher when I popped the cork, lost about 10% of the beer. Hazy yellow/orange body with massive white head leaving layers of lacing.

Mostly a clean and fruity aroma. There is a hint of the brett funkiness. Apple and fruit smells as it warms, making for a very pleasing blend.

Dry, spicy, bitter taste. Some sweetness. Not detecting any funkiness on the tongue.

Medium to full on the mouth, the finish dries out the mouth.

Overall, a good beer, and I'm glad to have got to try it. Not something I would want a steady diet of though.

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Photo of riptorn
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
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 thehyperduck
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
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 TheDoctor
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

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

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 ArrogantBasstard
4/5  rDev -7.2%
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 drtth
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
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 bushbeer75
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
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 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 CitizenGenet
3.56/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Much-hyped beer from my hometown of Kansas City.

I aged this for about 8 months.

The entire time I was drinking this, I kept being reminded of Weihenstephaner Hefeweiss. Smooth, fruity, cloves, slightly sweet, and even looks the same.

The more I think on it...

Hell, just get the Weihenstephaner Hefeweiss.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage, 750ml poured into a chalice.

Golden colored with a mild haze, huge Rocky white head. Tropical fruits and yeasty funk are forward. Earthy hops. Bready. Taste follows suit with a long and funky finish. Bone dry. Light, crisp body with highly expressive carbonation. Light creaminess. I'm the world of funky saisons, this has long been a standout.

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Photo of Radome
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from a 750 ml bottle into a wine glass.

L - Light golden color with just a touch of haze and maybe a greenish tint. Beautiful, high-piled off-white head is rocky, thick and solid.

S - Aromas of cracked grain (pilsner?), a low barnyard and assertive black pepper. Fresh and crisp impression, but not as aromatic as I hoped.

T - Flavors similar to aromas, but with Brett barnyard taking a much bigger share of the overall impression. There is a low grassy hop note that compliments the pepper. The mi-palate has a sweet, honey-like note that softens the sour bite briefly, then the sourness comes back in the dry finish.

F - Medium body. Creamy, full carbonation. Medium hops bitterness. Moderate sourness is not acrid or puckering. Alcohol presence seems surprisingly low for the 8.5% ABV.

O - This is a very enjoyable saison with a Brett presence that manages to be strong without overpowering all other characteristics.

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Photo of GiselesGazelle
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage, a few months passed the best by date, but that's okay. We wanted the brett to mingle. Poured into an oversized wine glass. This bottle was ready to burst! Unwound the cage and the cork literally removed itself without prompting. Sorry, ceiling.

Appearance - hazy, pale golden-orange. Finger or two of head that quickly dissipates (unlike Tank 7), thick trailing lacing.

Smell - lemon, orange zest, pear, red apple. Somewhat subtle musty funk on the nose, wet malt, not especially prominent. Wonderful fruity profile. The fruit aroma is really the shining star here.

Taste - lightly tart up front, but not what I'd call "sour" - there's a subtle distinction. A lot less tart than I would have expected from a well seasoned bottle of brett. Some bright citrus, grapefruit, orange zest/peel. Pear. The bitter notes pull through, leading to a chalky finish with cracked pepper. Otherwise not especially spicy.

Mouth feel - heavily carbonated with a bombardment of fizz on the tongue, though it does not retain foam. The brett lingers leaving the tongue to feel dry. Feels more juicy on the palate as it warms towards room temperature. As the head quickly recedes, so does the carbonation. Lost most of its fizz by the time I reached the bottom of the glass.

Overall - great improvement on the Tank 7, which I sampled two days ago. The funky tartness adds a nice layer of complexity, and the seasoned brett developed a nicely mingling ester profile, leading to more prominent fruit both on the nose and in the mouth. The finish initially felt more dry on this one, but I suspect that's a product of its age. I think it holds onto its carbonation longer if its a bit younger, but that's okay. Definitely worth splurging on this one over the Tank 7.

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Photo of Derek
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, This has so much more depth than the tank 7. It's still a bit dry and boozy, but the funk gives it some real character.

2015 vintage, the cork hit the ceiling! Bottle didn't gush, but it poured a huge head, has some retention and good lace.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I love this beer! Purchased at the new Edmund's oast beer exchanged for $14 for a 750 ml. Poured into a pint glass.
A: pours a crystal-clear golden body, fantastic frothy plus three-finger foam head, heavy carbonation, super heavy stringy lacing
S: hints of citrus, Peach, a slight Barnyard Funk from the Brett, pepper, a light malt, cracker
M: medium body with a semi dry finish
T: white grape, apricot, Peach, hints of tangerine, slight citrus fruit, light malt, slight funky brett, pepper
O: fantastic brew, wonderful balance of brett and hops, great creative style. Will buy more.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle with a best by date of January 2019

Appearance - golden colored body with white head

Smell - citrus, brett funk, floral essence

Taste - citrus, grapefruit, lemon, lime, apple, brett funk

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, full carbonation, brett funk upfront, citrus in the back. Refreshing

Overall - nice saison here, brett adds some complexity to the base beer. Id like to see what more age does to this beer

Price Point - $10.99/750ML bottle

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Photo of Jtee
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a 750ml bottle served straight from the fridge at 10 degrees Celsius into an oversized wine glass. Best by date: 16.01.2019

Look: Absolutely gorgeous. The beer pours a brilliant amber-gold with 8cm of dense, rocky, ivory head that settles into a thick cap within 6-ish minutes. Great lacing and overall persistent head. The level of clarity is mind-boggling considering the beer has been dry-hopped. Effervescent.

Smell: Strong and well-balanced. Beautiful and delicate nose with a complex yeast profile. Citrusy esters, floral, fruity, and earthy hops, with additional notes of peppery spice, musty cellar, and faint barnyard. Low intensity grainy malts.

Taste: Strong and balancing towards bitter following the aroma seamlessly. Complex, quite tart, and highly attenuated. Citrus fruit, peppery spice, earthy & spicy hops, and a layered yeast character. The finish is moderate in length, medium intensity, and leaning towards bitter. Damn delicious!

Feel: Medium body with high carbonation. Drying, prickly, and crisp with a restricted, smooth alcohol warming. Strong presence while occupying the palate, but once it's gone it leaves the mouth feeling refreshed and ready for another sip.

Overall: Mind-blowing. I feel stupid posting straight fives, but I don't know how a beer could get any better than this. It looks stunning, smells enticing as well as intriguing, tastes delicious with perfect mouthfeel, and it nails the style yet takes it to another level. High drinkability and well-hidden alcohol (full 750ml for myself with no probs). Every bit worth the high price. I should've bought more when I had the chance.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL into a tulip

Full-disclosure--this is my favorite stateside brewer...

As fine a pour for the style as you will find. A solid, two-fingered (maybe three?) head of pillowy foam. As it settles, it gives way to excellent lacing that endures fairly well. The color is a spectacular hazy gold.

The aromas start with citrus, followed by tropical notes (pineapple) then juicy tree fruits (golden apple and pear). In true saison style, peppery and vinous/oaky notes show up, followed by funky brett and just a touch of hops.

The fruitiness follows through on the palate, but with less bitterness, and more sourness. Winter apple, pear, and white grape are followed closely by dry, peppery and crackery yeast notes, with a touch of grassiness. The brett funk from the nose is there, though a bit more subdued. Just a hint of booziness shows up at the end, especially as the brew warms. The hops are there--but pretty laid back.

The mouthfeel is medium and--dry dry dry, and not in a bad way. The peppery yeast, touch of hops, brett bunk, and crackery malt all conspire to provide as crisp and dry a finish as you will find in the style. When combined with the classic light Boulevard carbonation, it's damn good. Can 8.5% be described as sessionable? This beer would be exhibit no. 1.

Boulevard strikes again, with a funkier take on its Tank 7 masterpiece. Get it again and again.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml cork and cage bottle from the LCBO. Among the most expensive bottles of beer I've bought from a wholesaler at $18.85 CDN for this beer. Cost may restrict me from having a second bottle, although we will see. Reputation and expectations are high for this, widely considered one of the best accessible Saisons in the world. Served fairly cold into a tulip.

Appearance - pours a brilliant hazy rich golden beer with hues of orange. A tremendous three finger white cap is poured (even though I was gentle) and recedes at a glacial pace making the top of the beer covered with foam for the duration. A kaleidoscope of lacing patterns accumulate around the glass. Fantastic looking beer.

Smell - it's a saison all right with a signature yeasty and earthy aroma with plenty of floral notes for good measure. A little more earthy than most due to the Brett, some orchard fruits make it into play here as well.

Taste - straddling a super fine line between bitterness and sweetness from orchard fruit and something close to honey, the earthy undertones make this a cut above. Flavors are consistent with a little pepper appearing as the glass warmed some. Earthy pear is the most prominent flavor combination in the beer.

Mouthfeel- rich, alcohol is imperceptible, full bodied yet refreshingly light. Hits all the right notes.

Overall - a very enjoyable and world class saison that lives up to expectations and the hefty price tag associated with it.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not sure why this is rated higher than Tank 7; this is a perfectly enjoyable saison but it didn't make my eyes pop open like Tank 7, Dupont or Sofie did. That said I was glad to see it on tap at a local watering hole and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I guess I should have waited before opening, to allow more aging...
Boulevard is one of my favourite breweries, so much so, that even the $19/750mL price tag didn't scare me away. I couldn't wait to pop this bad boy open (the 2017 version).
The floral tones are strong in this one, balanced nicely with some of the fruit found in Tank 7, on which this is based. Only Tank 7 is better.
With a strong, well retained head, funky nose and boozy taste that almost kicks into gueuze territory, this is lovely beer. But again, not as good as Tank 7 and with a really hefty price tag to boot. Of course it isn't worth $19, except as a one off. Or perhaps I should have waited before opening, to allow more aging...

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Photo of Taybeh
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 2+ year old bomber sitting in my fridge whose time had finally come, into a Sweetgrass tulip. This is extremely good and well made. The Brett is more fruity than farmyardy funky, so it is a little less wild than I was expecting, but the integration with the Tank 7 base is perfect and everything works together, superbly. It has compelling floral and orchard fruit notes on the nose, with some good bubblegum yeast notes, as well. On the tongue, nicely layered with all sorts of development of flavors over the course of the mouthful and great integration. Very dry on the finish. Alcohol is well hidden, carbonation is on the high side, body is substantial but not at all heavy. Excellent use of the Brett.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Saison Brett 2016 certainly ratnks up there with one of the loudest Uncorkings. Pours a hazy gold color with enormous foamy white head. Aroma: floral hops. Taste: bittersweet, grapefruit, pineapple, fruity, grain & a hint of funk. No alcohol flavor but a touch of heat & plenty of carbonation tingle produce an interesting effect.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

.750ml bottle into Libbey Tulip
Bottled 1/28/15 it's been sitting in the cellar for some time
L- Pours a slightly hazy blonde with a huge white foam head, that leaves plenty of lacing
S- sweet grainy bready aroma, floral notes, along with pineapple,
T- similar to the nose, with plenty of funkiness as well, which is complimented by the dry bubbly mouthfeel of the Brett
F- medium-bodied, dry and effervescent, with a tight bubbly feel
Overall a great Saison, further enhanced by the Brett character

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Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 3319 ratings