Saison-Brett | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

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

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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

Photo of lcmcclain
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

Photo of hegg4345
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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Photo of Greasy
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GiselesGazelle
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Korbynlehr
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StormAles
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Keepnitrl
3.74/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Overly hoppy aroma and instant bright crisp mouth feel. It would be fun to see how this ages

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Photo of Gregf51
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of noplay20
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Derek
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
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 +14.5%
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 -5.6%
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 Bf_89
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HawkGX
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tommy5
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jtee
5/5  rDev +16.8%
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 BlueSpader
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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