Saison-Brett | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#655
Reviews:
783
Ratings:
3,285
pDev:
10.05%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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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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3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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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

Photo of SpaethJam
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MurphDog14
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lebriarjr
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brew-Ed
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CitizenGenet
3.56/5  rDev -16.8%
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 jmh21
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tigerbeer90
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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 MrUse
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Radome
4.28/5  rDev 0%
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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Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 3,285 ratings