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Saison-Brett | 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): 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:
#609
Reviews:
778
Ratings:
3,264
pDev:
10.05%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
677
Gots:
873
Trade:
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Ratings: 3,264 |  Reviews: 778
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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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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4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Fireman_RK
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
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 +0.2%
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 Jerk_Store
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 3,264 ratings
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