Saison-Brett | Boulevard Brewing Co.

764 Reviews

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

A - Brilliant golden body, mostly clear, with a touch of haze, and ferocious carbonation. Head is full and sticky, with lots of lacing. A beautiful beer to behold.

S - Lemon, coupling with pear and apple, mild floral elements, a hint of plastic and earthy tones complementing. A welcome, bretty nose, with lots of good things to dig into.

T - Follows the nose, with a nice earthy core over which glides lemon and pear flesh, apple skin and white wine, luscious fruits and spice. Delicious.

M - Very brisk carbonation, a bit of drying.

O - This is one tremendously satisfying beer. I love Tank 7, and this expands on it. Rich and layered, but superbly drinkable and pleasant. I have to get more of this one, when I next find it. It genuinely contests with the traditional saisons in quality.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw orange color with a large soapy head that rivals some of the best Belgians. It retains throughout.
The aroma features at first a touch of lemon tartness, followed by a pleasant floral aroma. There is also a significant helping of sweetness from the malts and peach like fruitiness.
This one is a real treat in the mouth. Interesting and complex. At the first sip one immediately notices the tartness from the brett. However, it is not overwhelming, really, only a touch. There truly is a lot more going on here than just sour. The malt presence is softly felt in the background. There is a dry fruitiness as was evident in the aroma. There is a touch of bitterness from the hops. Also, one thing that truly stands out for me is how peppery it feels in the mouth. Another thing that stands out is how dry the finish is. Overall, quite flavorful.
I would describe the body as medium. It is easy to drink and pairs well with just about any meal.
I think this might be truly one of the best and intense saison I've ever had. I hope to have it again.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep gold/pale amber producing a huge, to the point of being difficult to pour, clumpy, finely bubbled, lasting, white head that leaves chunky blotches & rings of lace. Loads of carbonation bubbling up long after the pour. Aroma is wet hay, earthy & phenolic (Band-aide) Belgian yeast funk, tart citrus (lemon /lime?), hints of pineapple & pear, peppery spice, some egg whites, thin banana, thin cloves & mild resinous hops. Taste is Brett mustiness, Band-aide phenolic, earth, citrus & pine hops, carbonation heavy peppery bite, more intense fruitiness than the nose adding peach & melon to the previously mentioned fruits along with a little green apple & grapefruit in the finish. The aftertaste is earthy, phenolic & fruity with a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with high carbonation, lively in the mouth, peppery, prickly, astringent in the finish & lightly dry aftertaste. Similar to, but not quite as hoppy as, Green Flash Rayon Vert.

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Photo of TH28
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is pale straw yellow and slightly cloudy. Aroma is earthy, horse blanket, typical brettanomyces. Taste is sweet biscuity malt with a definite earthy, horse blanket flavor, and some fruity yeast. Mouthfeel is light, highly carbonated, and very dry. Finishes wit

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Photo of McStagger
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 01/2017. Picked this one up on the cheap due to expiration but wanted to try the "Brett-ier" take on it anyways. Poured into stemless wine glass.

A: Finger plus of rich slightly off white head. Lots of froth and carbonation that settles into a fairly thick cap of foam. Head reaches up and clings to the glass. Beer itself is murky light orange in color. Moderate carbonation and a lot of tiny particulants floating in suspension.

S: Getting a bit funky. Basement, earthy, slight horse blanket and/or straw manure mix. Underneath is a pop of citrus ala key lime and lemon. Malt peeks through in the third level. Lightly sweetened, slightly honeyed. Smells breddy good.

T: Big hit of Belgian up front. Bubblegum, citrus, slight grass. Earth asserts on the mid palate along with a sizeable hit of Washington Delicious red apple. Even at a year plus, the hops pick up on the finish, with a slightly astringent note transitioning the taste towards red apple skin, bubblegum and earthiness. Aftertaste is very much red apple.

M: Light on the tongue. Carbonation sits on the palate and scrubs for several seconds before diffusing into a slight astringency. Dry finish.

O: At ten bucks a bomber I could buy this all day. And I probably will.

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

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Dated 2016

L: Pours a hazy medium to light golden color. Off the charts ridiculous fluffy white head. Lasts forever with a mountain of lacing.

S: Fruity and yeasty... pear and apple... fresh cut hay and lemongrass.

T/F: Very complex and fruity... the Saison base is very apparent. Lots of pear, apple, and apricot... lemongrass and citrus zest, with a bit of a peppery/herbal flavor. Very carbonated... almost champagne like. Finish is very dry. Only a bit of funk from the brett... very subdued which is not a bad thing and it let's all of the flavors come to light.

O: Just a fantastic take on their 'tank7' Saison. The brett compliments the beer way better than I'd expected, and this was a great bomber to share. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of superspak
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/22/2016. Pours lightly hazy bright golden yellow color with a 2-3 finger dense and rocky white head with insane retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts the whole glass. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Insane appearance. Aromas of big pineapple, peach, pear, lemon zest, orange zest, apple, hay, straw, floral, grass, peppercorn, clove, wheat, bread, light honey, musty funk, light leather, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops, fruity/spicy/funky yeast, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big pineapple, peach, pear, lemon zest, orange zest, apple, peppercorn, clove, hay, straw, floral, grass, wheat, bread, light honey, musty funk, light leather, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Big peppery/spicy yeast and light herbal/floral hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, citrus peel, pepper, clove, wheat, bread, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops, fruity/spicy/funky yeast, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/spicy yeast balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, dry, prickly/foamy, and lightly creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a world class Brett saison! All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops, fruity/spicy/funky yeast, and moderate pale malt flavors; super smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink for the ABV. An extremely delicious offering.

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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
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 trouble 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 Harrison8
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 jp32
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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Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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