Saison-Brett | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Saison-BrettSaison-Brett
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
Ratings:
3,227
Reviews:
765
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
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673
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap special at Cole's with a Boulevard brewer there. Pours a whitish shade of pale.And lace. A little spice in nose, active carbonation (better a few samples of it later). Smooth drinking, creamy. Absolutely smoother than can be expected . A mild bitterness. Had this bottled 3 1/3 years later and found it a showcase of brett taste, but also very boozy.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sending me this one!

2011 vintage. Bottle # 00959. Best by 3/2013.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with a huge 3 inch fizzy off-white head that settles to a small cap. Random splotches of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour apples, spices, and the classic funky earthy brett smell. Taste is of grains, spices, yeast, and a subdued funky brett flavor. I was actually expecting this to be more sour and funky than it is. The aftertaste is of spices and yeast. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium body and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison with the brett addition, but I would like to try this one with a bit more sourness and funk!

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is one of the best saisons ive ever had, really really really. it pours a dusty blonde color with a splendid white head that floats like a cloud. the nose is pretty farmy, yeasty, properly sour from the brett, and herbal. flavor is quite similar to the nose, but it comes in waves. theres a great malted wheat flavor underneath it all that you taste right at first, then comes the funky yeasts and the sour is in the finish. also a decidedly czech malt doughy flavor that carries on throughout. there is everything from black pepper to pickled lemons on my palate, and i cant get enough of this. the feel is also near perfect, smooth and thick, expansive in the mouth, but not at all filling or heavy. i could drink this everyday if i could afford it. it went magically with an aged goats gouda from holland, and i am dying to drink another bottle of this. its that good.

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of metter98
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a half finger high head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of brett are present in the nose along with notes of lemony hops and peppery spices from the yeast.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the yeast is somewhat stronger and on par with the brett, contributing earthiness and flavors of peppery spices, the latter of which linger into the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This does an excellent job at blending the brett with the underlying aromas and flavors of the base saison as you get added complexities from the funkiness but these aren't overpowering. This has a nice appearance and mouthfeel, it's almost like a champagne among the wild ales.

Note: 2015 vintage

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

...drumb roll please...

Outstanding beer from Boulevard. Though solid, I didn't really think they had this beer in them.

The beer begins with a very heady pour. The glass housed 1/4 chalice of beer and 3/4 of foam. Loosely knit foamstance gives a froathy white spider-webbing over top of the hazy, deep-golden hue. Ample carbonation reveals much lacing. Inviting and mesmerizing.

Sharp and balanced aromas of lemons, pears, crabapples, pineapples, and lemongrass gives a lot of yeasty character. Nevermind the peppery phenols and wine-soaked cork vineousness. The aroma takes on a Duvel-like character, but with more fruitiness, hoppiness, and earthiness.

Flavors of aggressively attenuated pilsner malts bring a dry and evaporative malt flavor wihtout the breadiness that is usually associated with malts. In its place, theres the fruity esters that dominate upfront while white pepper, spicy and grassy hops, and alcohol flavors not only blanace the beer but add a ton of earthy and sharp flavors.

The dryness of the malts, ethynol of the alcohols, pepperiness from phenols, pineyness from hops all swirl together into a very dry and satisfying beer that never lays heavy on the tongue or becomes a burden to drink. Complex and flavorful dryness throughout. Finishes with a dry, lingering bitterness and lemony flavor.

This is an insanely complex and dry beer; much drier than most Saisons, but I like it this way. For such complexity the beer also comes across cleanly and pure- seems to be a controdiction of character: not so in this beer.

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3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, caged and corked bottle, the ultimate find from this venerable mid-west border town brewery, now available way up here in Alberta.

This beer pours a mostly clear (I think), medium golden yellow colour, with a huge teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and generally creamy off-white head, which leaves, which leaves, well, it eventually leaves some full-on chunky 'lace' around the glass as it oh-so-lazily abates. Yay, bottle conditioning - this is like the supermodel of beers - looks fine, but good luck getting in there. Unfortunately, this turns out to be a spoon and sink affair for this reporter.

It smells of grainy, crackery pale and wheat malt, moderate earthy funk, underripe apple and pear, clover honey, white and black pepper dust, further untethered florals, a twinge of generic citrus flesh, and some mildly tart white wine booziness. The taste is bready, grainy pale malt, a sort of spicy wheatiness, amped-up funk of the bacterial infestation ilk (can you tell I'm near to finishing a home-made wine?), heady pome and citrus fruit frolicking amongst themselves, weirdly bitter and estery flowers, some separate edgy yeast, zippy mixed peppercorns, and that same over-attenuated Housewives of Pinot Grigio alcohol measure from the aroma.

The carbonation is so over the top that it's hard to really get into it here (ok, I will - I can't keep abreast of it, as its frothy fizziness just keeps coming and coming at me, long after the initial pour to, as noted already, no one's benefit), the body a decent middleweight for the style, and sort of smooth, as the Brett isn't typically into that kind of good sense. It finishes off-dry, a certain graininess defiant in the face of the strongly lingering funk, fruit, hop, and booze acridity.

Despite all its sideshow distractions, overall, this is one big and beautiful Americanized version of the style - the Brett struts its stuff, sure, but everything else keeps things more or less between the ditches. Aggressive, yet giving, in all its farmhouse-fresh goodness, this one is - glad to finally see what all the fuss is about.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Boy am I excited to try this. Currently #126 of the top 250. 2013. 8.5% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with straightforward no-nonsense label art and branded hood-and-wire cap over a cork acquired locally at a SoCal beer store and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given its reputation as well as my high esteem for the brewery. Batch number/best by date: 2013-2/02-2015. Smokestack series.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured gently.

Yields a satisfying loud pop upon removal of the cork. No beer surges upwards thereafter.

A: Pours almost entirely foam; between the loud pop of the cork and this result there are definite indications of overcarbonation. Head has a healthy four finger (out of a possible five in the tulip) width. Beige. Soft and fluffy looking. It appears refreshing as a result. Light rings of lacing cling to the side of the glass as the head slowly recedes. Retention is quite good for the highish ABV - about 10+ minutes. Outstanding.

Body colour is a cloudy dull orange-copper. Translucent but nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Overall, it's not an ideal appearance for the style, nor is it unique or special - but no overt flaws are obvious.

Sm: Funky brettanomyces yeast with some accompanying biscuity yeast character. Clean malts. Straw/hay. Graininess, grassiness (mostly lemongrass). Bread dough. Light complementary floral hop character. It tickles my nose a bit; may induce sneezing. Dry pear fruit esters. A bit of crystal malt. Apple skin. Crackery malts. Light white pepper spice is a sign these brewers get the style.

No alcohol is detectable. A dry aroma of mild strength. Yeastiness is dominant, but I don't get much spice or clove from it; that said, the brett note does have depth. Pretty good for the style overall, but it lacks the complexity and subtlety observed in the aromas of the best beers in the style (i.e. Fantome, Dupont).

T: I get some pear and apple skin esters bouncing around beneath the clean cracker malt and lemongrass body. Doughy, bready, grainy, and grassy - with apt lemongrass flavours. White pepper and linked phenols. Pilsner malts. Orange lemon citrus tinges. Brettanomyces have depth here, exhibiting a light funkiness, some biscuity notes, and light spice - definitely the aforementioned white pepper but also a whisper of clove, nutmeg, and maybe allspice.

Hop character is delightfully complementary of the malts, with grassy hop character and floral hop character aided by hints of light fruit esters.

The spicing in particularly is delightfully subtle - but not as much as the best beers in the style. Not getting much in the way of overt alcohol. Nicely balanced.

Flavour duration and intensity are typical of the style. No obvious off flavours are noticeable. Feels cohesive and nicely layered.

Mf: Dry up front but it gets wet by the end, closing on a refreshing note. Crisp, which complements the pear and apple skin fruit notes wonderfully. It does have an overcarbonated bite to it, but it's forgivable. Smooth throughout with enough coarseness to enable full delivery of all the diverse flavours from the body. Well executed overall, but there's room for improvement. Good presence on the palate. Good body.

Mouthfeel gets more supple and luscious as it warms, yielding a fuller feel and superior flavour delivery.

Not oily, harsh, gushing, boozy, or hot.

Dr: Quite drinkable. Not the most complex or subtle saison out there, but quite nicely done for an American example of the style. Boulevard continues to have my attention. I don't know that this is one of the best 250 beers out there, but it's tasty brew I'd happily have again. I'll certainly have no trouble killing the bottle by myself. Hides its ABV nicely. Would be enjoyable and pleasant even for newcomers to the style.

B+ / VERY GOOD

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Photo of brentk56
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No. 1420 of 11950; Batch number 2008-1

Appearance: Pours a cloudy lemon color with a blizzard of a head that retains like packed powder with clumps of foam sticking the the sides of the tulip glass

Smell: Grapefruit perfume, with undertones of green apple, lilacs, pear and hay, but the Brett, at this stage of the game, is underwhelming (re-visiting this beer, in May of 2010, shows that the grapefruit has faded and the Brett is becoming more prominent)

Taste: Sweet and floral, up front, with a biscuity base and a developing green apple sourness that is complemented by grapefruit tartness; after the swallow, the tart and sour flavors combine in a complex interweaving, but the sweetness up front never really dissipates; leathery undertones throughout (the tasting 15 months later displays far less sweetness, but a lovely dry, tart character)

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation

Drinkability: A terrific Saison that will be interesting to follow as it ages and the Brett does its work; for my palate, it is drinking beautifully right now (as it is after some age, though in a very different way)

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Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy orangish golden color with over two fingers of white head that dissipates leaving a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Quite herbal and a bit like hay. Some hints of lemon in there too.

Taste: A bit acidic, but the dominant flavor is herbal, hay, and has a slight musty quality to it. There are some citrus notes with a very acidic finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, champaign like carbonation, dry finish.

Overall: I wasn't impressed given the high expectations I had. I just assumed I would love this beer. The mix of flavors threw me off. I guess this goes to show why there is more than one beer, different strokes for different folks.

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Photo of emerge077
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Far and away the grand slam of my recent beer run in the Kansas City area... review from notes.

Hazy orange body, suspended particles of yeast, very effervescent. Sparkly, sticky suds that leave a ringed precipice of foam around the glass, and copious intricate lacing on the sides. Distinct Brett in the aroma, funky yeast and leather, wet stone, citrus zest. As the glass sits, it develops a fresh herb and floral nose.

Similar to an Orval-Duvel-Saison Dupont hybrid, with a pleasant soft citrus in the taste. Light spicy undercurrent, almost suggests cinnamon like Orval. Dry bread dough yeastiness from the Brett. Very full bodied, yet lightly tart and lemony with a dry finish. Long lingering aftertaste. Savory and quenching with boatloads of flavor, it would be a crowd pleaser at a springtime picnic.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark yellow color ale with a super huge foamy head with great retention and some great lacing as well. Aroma of fruity ester with lightly sweet malt and some dry Brett notes. Taste is also a well balanced mix between some lightly sweet malt with fruity ester and a dry Brett finish. Body is quite full with perfect carbonation and no apparent alcohol even though it is starting to feel like 8.9% after more then one glass. Well made though a tad too sweet for my taste.

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Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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