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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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Reviews: 758 | Ratings: 3,176
Photo of Jacobob10
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage
Batch Number L012916-1
Best By Date 01-2018

This bottle has about 8-9 months on it. Enough time for the Brett to come out and show some muscle for sure.

First thing to note is the awesome appearance. Gold in color and hazy, but look at that head! What do you call it? Frothy? Rocky? Mountainous?! I don't know but I love it. Even with a slow pour the head was out of control and took a few minutes to die down.

The aroma is difficult for me to describe. The best I can come up with is earthy and funky. There is a faint lemon citrus quality to it that could be from the hops but it's hard to tell.

The flavor brings more earth and funk to the table. It's sharp and biting, yet incredibly drinkable. Finishes super dry with a lingering bitterness that stays with you even after the final sip.

This is a great beer and one that has been on my "wants" list for a long time. After 9 months in the bottle it's a total Brett showcase. Full of flavor and character yet light on the palate. The bottle was gone before I knew it. Cheers!

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2016 batch, poured from a 750ml bottle into a Belgian tulip glass. Pours a VERY hazy, and radiant golden color, with a beautiful and stable fluffy off-white head that lingers and leaves beautiful lacing all along the sides of the glass as you drink. The smell is very earthy, a little funky, grassy, and a spot of citrus. The Brett is very detectable, but not as POW as I was expecting. The taste follows but much more pronounced. Very earthy with a grassy hop flavor, subtle sweetness in the middle and a dry, ever so slightly lemony and grassy finish that stays on the palate. Complex, funky, and balanced. Feel is fluffy and smooth. Overall, damn near perfect. Not exactly what i expected, but that's part of what makes it so enjoyable; the unpredictability of Brettanomyces.

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Photo of philbe311
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 Edition

L - A bit of a gusher after popping the cork... A massive (4+ fingers worth) delicate airy head comprised of big chunky bubbles... Stellar retention... The color is a slightly hazy yet vibrant mix of lemony yellow and light amber... Mostly still with just a few streaks of carbonation seen towards the top of the glass under close examination... The overall look regal and rather sophisticated...

S - The brett is at the forefront and provides a robust earthiness and slight funky appeal... This sits a top the base Saison like a warm blanket... The yeast and spice components come the nose next... Lemon zest... Wheaty... Each whiff reveals a slightly new nuance... Rich, warming and robust... Loaded with depth and complexity...

T - The palate is lead by a initial burst of lemon zest... This is quickly replaced by the brett character... Then then traditional Saison characteristics being to shine through... Spicy... Earthy... Cracked wheat... Similar to the nose, each sip reveals a slightly different perspective...

F - Much more pronounced carbonation bite than expected (based on the appearance)... Crisp... Medium bodied... Even and consistent...

O - I've wanted to try this one for quite some time and wasn't let down in anyway... It's a very good Saison with loads of additional depth and complexity added by the Brett... Looks good... Smells good... Tastes good... Feels good... It checks all the boxes, but falls ever so short of being truly exceptional and world class... As it is, this one is just a really really good Saison...

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a wonderful beer that I have been wanting to try for awhile. It certainly lived up to my expectations.
The appearance is a pretty goldenrod with a really nice haze. It poured with a really lively white head that was pillow like and creamy.
The aroma is barnyard funk and straw along with a big zesty note along with some earthy notes from the yeast.
The tastes are pretty similar with the zest and straw being most prominent. Has no trace of alcohol despite being 8.5%.
The palate is medium plus with a great zest that really lingers. Also the earthiness really sticks to the palate Has a nice chalkiness as well. Just lasts like crazy. Probably my favorite aspect of this beer. No alcohol presence and it is super drinkable. Would think it is closer to 6.5%.
Overall this is amazing and I would love to get another bottle to age for a couple of years. One of the best saisons I've had.

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Photo of ABabbidge
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy golden color. Decent head with good lacing.

S: Citrus and a funky smell I can't place.

T: I'm new to saison so I'm having to ble with this. Lighter flavored than I expected. Pretty close to the nose. I get some citrus and funk. A little bit of malt and a mix of some other spices.

F: Refeshing. Dry finish and light carbonation.

O: New to saisons and I am having some palate overload with some new flavors. It's good but it's difficult to describe.

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Photo of TripleSun
3.86/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750m 2016 bottle

L - A hazed yellow color with a huge head. Had to watch myself during pouring otherwise would have gone all over the place.

S - I'm new to "brett beer" so I really didn't know what I was getting into except that it was a saison that was bottle-conditioned with a certain strain of bacteria. This type of beer is going to have to grow on me because currently I'm leaning towards dislike of the smell. Smells of cat piss, very funky but also had a tinge of lemon mixed in with the citrus nose.

T - Compared to the funky nose it was a lot easier to drink than I imagined. It was like a light saison with a bitter finish but was very citrusy mixed with slight funk.

F - Medium bodied, aged less than half a year on my bottle

I'm conflicted on this beer as of yet will need to explore more brett styles. Very intrigued though.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a deep golden yellow with a large foamy white. The head dissapates leaving a tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is yeast, clove, white pepper and tons of barnyard funk.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Starts with some light sweet malts followed by pear, yeast, clove, corriander and barnyard funk. Finishes with some white pepper spiciness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - Super solid Saison. Very easy drinking with a great balance of flavors.

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Photo of avalon07
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a 750 ml. bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a massive, creamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A very enticing aroma of fruit, yeast, malt, spices, and the typical saison funk.

T: Tasted of light malt notes, some fruit (pears), citrus (lemon), pepper, cloves, the advertised brettanomyces, the saison funk, a bit of lactose, and a very noticeable hoppiness, especially in the finish. A pretty well done flavor that's complex, light, and a little forceful.

F: A highly-carbonated beer with a mostly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a very well made, drinkable saison. It's one of the better American-made versions of the beer you'll see.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - standard brett golden hazy beer with white head that sticks and leaves a nice lacing
S - barnyard, hay, white wine, white grapes, pepper, coriander, lemon, funky
T - same as smell, hay, barnyard, white wine, grapes, coriander, hay, funky, bready, wheat, more booze on the tongue than on the nose
M - medium mouthfeel, alc present, aftertaste is barnyard, bread, etc
O - great beer. Very unique. Great brett character.

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Photo of dd43
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A dry-hopped, brett fermented and bottle conditioned version of Boulevard's vaunted Tank 7 saison. Yes please! This was a great beer, my only wish is I had bought more than one bottle when I had the chance. It elevates the base beer by having an even more dry and lengthy finish. I let the 2015 bottle I acquired rest for an additional six months before popping the top. Speaking of which, "contents under pressure" would be putting it lightly. Steer clear of the cork when removing it.

The brett contributes massive head development, as expected. Earthy character was really nicely balanced with floral notes and light citrus qualities from the hops. The grassy and hay like malt character also included lemon zest and a touch of under ripe melon and green grape at the front. This is a beer I would highly recommend to white wine drinkers as something different to try a little outside of their comfort zone. Carbonation was perfect, thirst quenching but not overly prickly despite the huge foam cap formed after each pour.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.09/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I expected sour notes out of this, given the "brett" part of its name, but this tastes much more like a bitter saison than it does a mix of two styles. Even I never should have expected the crossover flavor, I'm still left disappointed in that bitter finish. It starts relatively sweet and it's pretty to look at, but I'm not crazy about the floral scent and end taste. Not a bad beer, but not one I'd drink again.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a THICK white foamy head. Head retention is fantastic, with swaths of lacing left behind. The head and lacing looks like a bubble bath. A delicious bubble bath. The aroma is fruitful and well composed with notes of yeast spice, cloves, coriander, grass, floral, and a little lactic sour. The flavor profile is all over the place with notes of floral, coriander, cloves, yeast spice, and banana. Well composed with no one note standing out too much. The beer expands a little when it hits the palate, which is interesting. It has a medium consistency, with a slightly grainy texture. Overall, it's a tasty brew with some interesting notes. It certainly doesn't stand out in any particular way, although it does build well on the base Tank 7 to add a bit of complexity and drinking pleasure.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If I were paying money to get a bottle of this beer, I'd probably be a bit upset, because there are better saisons at this price.

Nothing to complain about, but also nothing to write home about. Typical Belgian character and slightly floral quality. Wish there was more funk or sour due to the brettanomyces.

I'd only buy this to lay away for a while in the off chance it improves

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straw yellow colored with a very hazy complexion. There's a half inch of dense off white on top. Moderate lacing. Aroma is a blend of pale malt and tart Brett. The flavor is very balanced between the pale malt and tart Brett. The earthy saison yeast is noticed in the fade. The mouth is very dry and highly carbonated.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - A hazed, honey color. Beautiful in the glass
Smell - Citrus, sweet orange, spice, hay, funk, barnyard, yeast
Taste - Citrusy, some sweet fruity notes, Belgian yeast, spice, earthy, floral

Overall - one of the better saisons I've had in a while.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours brilliant golden in color with a huge, soapy looking white head. The head retention on top of the beer as soon as its poured, and thereafter, reminds me of what you'd see on top od a root beer float or a vernors float. You dont see heads this big and soapy very often.

The aroma is of yeast, pears, and is very herbal. Orange and cardamom are present.

The flavor profile is herbal and earthy. Grassy, rustic, biscuity, floral, earthy flavor. A slight alcohol warmth. Its not sour at all like I had expected it to be. I would call it more of an imperial farmhouse ale, if there was such a thing.

Good mouthfeel. Highly carbonated. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-on tap. chalice.

A: Milky frothy head is 0.25 inches, darker side of orange color, with a still display of carbonation. Decent film coating for a slight head.

S: Slight, tart and funky dry orange aroma with a defining barnyard scent. Hay, musky yeastiness, horsehair of moderate strength.

T: Flavor was lightly tart, bready malts, and funky oranges. Light horse blanket yeastiness, and barnyard scent gives this a definite wild side while maintaining drinkability. Hay, horsey-grass hopping comes on the finish with a nice lingering fade. A dry apple-pear yeastiness sneaks through in flashes.

M: Crisp mouthful, tingly on the tip of the tongue, with a light to medium consistency. Light funky dry fade.

O: Drinkability was good, while maintaing a sense of respectable wild side per style. The beer actually becomes easier to consume deeper into the experience. An easy A flavor, gently yet respectable, not overwhelming, with other factors of good support.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.52/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A: Poured a clear golden color with a billowing white head, could only pour half a glass as the head was taking over. Slowly dissipated but left excellent lacing.

S: The aroma jumped out of the glass, very strong. The horse blanket is there, more of a musty without any sweet fruit that I am picking up. There is a bit of spice that I struggled to make out.

T: Not really sour, tart, or sweet. There is some pepper in there with a musty blanket taste. I am wondering if it should have been drank earlier.

F: Lots of carbonation with a very dry finish and a lingering off taste on the back on my tongue.

O: Disappointing, was very much looking forward to this beer and did not find it that enjoyable. But I am guessing it was stale.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into a Belgian flute.

We've got a gusher. Tons of sudsy foam. I have to pour and wait and pour and wait. And I'm still waiting. The body appears similar to pear or apricot juice, ruddy and unfiltered orange/copper. Closer to the stem some blonde hues show. 4

A bright floral bouquet on the nose with some peppery spice and a tart, Brett-y, slightly chalk-like element. There's some fruit aroma that reminds me of pears too. 4

This flavor gets things on track in a major way though. Sweet floral notes, peppery spice, light pear, and sugary sweetness. The flavors are varied and still work highly well together. 4.25

Peppery, juicy, white-wine like, sweet and floral. Many a sensation. Add light tartness and a dry, zesty finish. Throughout is a wine-like quality. 4.25

Besides the nuisance of the pours/foam and and the slightly underwhelming nose, this beer tastes and drinks excellently. A great brew.

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Photo of AppaZappa
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This rating is for a 2014, best buy 2/2016. Basically, it was an overcarbonated brett bomb. Loved the brett-heavy taste, but the feel was a bit too effervescent. To be fair, I'm not sure that boulevard means for folks to hang on to this, but to the drinker, I've had this fresh and prefer it that way.

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Photo of Trevor11
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely amazing. Another under-appreciated piece of work from the astonishingly uncompromising brewery of Boulevard. Please do not overlook this beer since it is not on the top 250 anymore.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

10/2....pours hazy bronze, lighter side. Heavy white foam that sits high and lasts long. Belgian yeast nose. Taste is light and smooth. Subtle citrus. Light peppery bitter close. Foamy. Lighter mouthfeel. Very simple but a sneaky good flavor.

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Photo of SCbrewpubfan
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- 2014 vintage. As soon as the cage was lifted the cork was gone. Little scary. Pours a beautiful golden haze with a gigantic head.
S- nothing better than the smell of used band aids in the wee hours of the morning. Slightly funky.
T-thankfully the taste follows the smell. The Brett characteristics have really developed. Banana, vanilla, and tropical fruit dance together with a nice spicy finish. This doesn't suck.
F-this rating is so much easier when contemplating breasts. Bubbly and alive. Seems like it wants to hang around in your mouth (stolen from one of my breast reviews).
O- I've had my fair share the of this recently on tap, and this is so much better with a year under its belt. Be smart and stay away from the underage versions of this beer.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours an amberish orange with a fluffy white head, generous amounts of lacing as well

S: Unlike Tank 7, this has a earthy scent up front, followed by spice, a bit of malt, and some lingering citrus notes as well

T: The taste follows the nose, a sort of earthy herbal note on the front, followed by a bit of juicy citrus hop in the center, finishing with the Brett and a bit of pepper on the end, giving it a slight tartness

F: I would almost say this is a full-bodied beer, its big and chewy, but at the same time, the carbonation gives it a nice smoothness that helps it go down.

O: I've never had a Brett-style saison, and it definitely puts an interesting spin on the style. Would recommend everyone at least tries once.

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Photo of gr0g
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 release, 750ml bottle. Being a Belgian ale refermented with Brett, this developed a big-ass, poofy head. That pillowy head lasted ages and left plenty of lacing. Hazy orange-amber. Tons of Brett character on the nose: musty, leathery, peppery, with ripe apricot. Some herbal/minty hop character rounds out the aroma.

It tastes like Tank 7 is the base beer as the flavor profile is somewhat evocative of that beer: dry with lemongrass notes leading to a hoppy for the style finish. Saison Brett has more a peppery, "spicy" flavor to it, though, plus dried fruit notes. Citric hop character is also toned down compared with Tank 7. Despite being thoroughly carbonated, the mouthfeel is smooth and sudsy, not fizzy. This is just an awesome showcase for Brett. I've gotta pick up a bunch more to age.

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Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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