Saison-Brett | Boulevard Brewing Co.

762 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 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 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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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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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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Photo of biboergosum
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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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 largadeer
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes scribbled on a piece of paper as I drank this with friends.

Appearance: Clear and golden with a huge frothy pure white head.

Smell: Dry and grainy, bit of zesty lemon, hay, subtle brett at this point, just a hint of barnyard.

Taste/mouthfeel: Soft grain flavor with restrained fruitiness beneath it. Earthy, subdued yet complex, light citrusy zing. Ultra-dry on the palate. Slight husky grain in the finish. Not much brett yet, but it may develop more with age. Regardless, this is a phenomenal American saison.

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Photo of kojevergas
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.


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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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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 zeff80
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Sycamore.

A - Poured out a clear yellow. It was fairly fizzy with a small,white head.

S - It had a great funky/sour smell from the Bret.

T - The taste is an amazing blend of sweet grains and sour Bret. There was also a citus kick with some hop spicness.

M - It was sharp, crisp and fizzy on the tongue. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good saison. The Bret makes it very interesting and delicious.

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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 Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Straw yellow with a very large amount of white head.

S: Lots of earthiness coming from the brett here, as well as some citrus and a few earthy hops.

T: Not much of the typical saison spice, the main focus here is definitely the earthiness of the brett. Perhaps the brett was let shine a little too much, as I didn't detect many of the other saison signatures.

M: Medium bodied with a good dose of carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable and very refreshing on a hot summer evening.

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

Bottle number 01126 of 11950. Batch 2008-1.

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass.

Pours a massive 4 finger pillow top head. Bright white. Leaves some good splattered lacing. Color is a gorgeous golden straw yellow. There is a vortex of carbonation bubbles due to the etching. Some yeast sediments floating around as well.

Aroma is very complex. I can smell the 'farmness' There is orange and lemon zest. The 'funk' is also present. There is also a sour aroma that I noticed after a deep inhale.

Taste is just as complex as the smell. Very fruity. Earthy hops. Has the brett funk that is so amazing. Slight alcohol flavor as well. There is some kind of fruit that really stuck out, but I could figure out what it was. There are also slight touches of honey.

Mouthfeel is stunning. Very smooth, not bitter or crisp. A tad citrusy. Well rounded and well carbonated. End's with the slightest sticky aftertaste. Just great!

Overall, probably one of the best, if not the best, saisins that I have had. Easy to drink, ever so enjoyable. I wish it was easier to find, but I will just have to stock up on the next batch. I highly highly recommend.

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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 jlindros
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gotta give a bunch of thanks to both COBeerBuff and TexasStout for sending me one of these.

Has a huge fizzy head that fades pretty quickly, forces a very slow pour, leaving a slight messy lacing. Under the Belgiany pillowy head is a hazy golden orange wheat honey colored.

The nose is mostly saison with a little funk. Light wheat and malts, little citrus and nice saison aroma, light peppery, a light sweet alsmost honey aroma. All that blends well with a nice light Brett aroma, some barnyard funk, a nice dry bready aroma, light citrus and orange peel.

Taste has a lot more Brett. Brett comes on strong, with some nice barnyard funk and little horsehair, some dry bready malts, tons of bubbles too making it very effervescent and airy. It has some saison flavor with nice wheat and malts, little sweetness and touh of warming booze. A nice slight bitterness, light lemon peel an orange citrus, slight acidity, and even slightly creamy. Touch of lingering funk at he end, but it finishes mostly clean with a little lingering sticky feel and booze warmth.

The body lighter with tons of bubbles and effervescent body.

It has a pretty good drinkability, all things considered. A little lingering sticky sweetness, little citrus and warming booze. Mostly dry finish, the crazy Brett funk is gone too.

Such an awesome beer done so well.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml "Champagne" bottle with cork and cage. Batch #: 2008-1

The first pour is crystal clear gold. A three fingered head rises up in the glass, threatening to foam over, but never does.

The aroma is sweetish and yeasty with some grainy malt character, a bit of delicate yeasty (peppery) spiciness, and some mildly floral and grassy hops.

In the mouth it's decidedly medium bodied with a 'foamy' zest on the tongue due to a just-slightly-elevated median carbonation and very fine bubbles from natural bottle-conditioning.

The flavor offers a very nicely balanced, soft combination of sweetish malt and slightly tart yeast character. It's fruity, but not really all that more fruity than a regularly fermented ale; and the Brettanomyces character is restrained. It's just mildly mineralish and chalky, and certainly not overtly funky. It's very rounded! Some grassy and floral hops, and perhaps even some slightly herbal hops, appear in the finish; and it rounds out dry and leafy with a touch of yeasty chalkiness.

Stunningly focused and rounded, this is a really impressive Brett-laced saison. The Brett seems to just add to what's already there, rather than acting as the central focus. Well worth trying!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a couple of tulip glasses. Didn’t catch the batch # but it’s from the most recent one.

Pours a quite effervescent golden straw color, with a couple fingers of bright-white head. This retains with a sudsy finger sized cap of froth that leaves back spotty lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of strong must, earth, and lemon, yep, the Brett is right out there in the nose. This mixes in with a fresh floral character and a touch of bitterness, with flavorful spice and sweet grains riding along the back.

The taste is funk, spice, zest, earth, and a smack of lemon tartness. There is a touch of juicier feeling orange in here as well, along with crisp wheat character towards the rear of the profile. There is a nice flow to the flavors here, with more assertive character integrating well with softer notes and keeping this interesting. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lively crispness that dances around nicely in the mouth, being stronger on the tongue but then getting more smooth and silky on the edges. There is maybe just a smidge of alcohol here to the body (not bad at all for almost 9%) that draws out some of the earth and spicy flavors here.

I wasn’t quite as blown away as I thought that I might be from this but it certainly very good, with that Brett and base Saison being married together with a deft touch. Alcohol seems a little high for this to be hugely drinkable but I’d certainly never turn a glass of this down.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #12605, Batch #2009-2 acquired from abrand, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wild Belgian yeast, some spices, light malts and touches of fruit and hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Brett yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of citrus and some spice. There's a complementary touch of sourness in the background creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while. Although there are better in the style, this is a nice complex beer that is worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a light, straw-colored body flecked with fine particles and topped by a very large (seriously), white head.

Smell: Delicate malt base to support notes of honeysuckle blossoms, melon juice, citrus, and spice. The funkiness remains light, with lesser notes of well-maintained horseblankets, fresh leather, and only a teeny tiny drop of butyric acid.

Taste: Pilsner malts, light pale malts, and maybe even some soft white wheat garnished with a dusting of sweet table sugar. Fruity tastes of melon garnished with lemon zest. Light florals throughout. Restrained hop bitterness. The funkiness from the Brettanomyces, though pleasant, present, and appreciated, is fairly understated, providing refined tastes of top-shelf cobwebs and recently-cleaned basements. Very small pinch of pepper. Drying, fizzy finish with some lingering fruity hints.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Give it a try! Boulevard's standard saison was all-well and fine, but the kind addition of Brett really helps it to sing.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Edition

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with very significant amounts of active visible carbonation streaming and flowing from the bottom of the glass along with medium golden yellow highlights. The beer has a four finger tall foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a two finger tall cap covering about 90% of the surface of the beer along with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pale malts, spicy/peppery saison yeast, and light fruits (apple and pear). Noticeable moderate amounts of brett are present as well along with a faint aroma of barnyard funk.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts with some light to moderate flavors of lemon/citrus and light fruit sweetness (apple and pear). That is followed by moderate but building flavors of saison yeast with that distinctive flavor and notes of black pepper. Moderate flavors of brett and funkiness in the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness. Light notes of acidic prickliness.

O: This beer sets the standard for saisons with brett in them in my opinion. Beautiful saison flavors and aromas that are enhanced by the presence of brett but not overwhelmed by it. Easy to drink with the slightly heavier than normal ABV for the style very well hidden.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2008-1. Summer sunshine yellow with Champagnesque carbonation that created at least eight fingers of eggshell colored foam during a gentle pour. It will be several minutes before there's more beer than foam. The head develops a gentle rockiness as it melts and is starting to grace the glass with ribbons of lovely looking lace. Second, third and fourth pours result in Matterhorn-like mountains of stiff-sticky foam that pull the score up one notch.

The aroma is out of this world! Looks like combining the outstanding Boulevard Saison with Brettanomyces was a great idea. The combination of pale grains, wild grasses, lemon zest and an ideal amount of sourish horseblanket funk is so impressive that the ultimate score is an easy call.

Saison-Brett is at least as good as the beer it was based on... if not a little bit better. It has been quite a while since I bought Saison and I'm hoping that it isn't really retired. If Tank 7 is its replacement, then it has some pretty big shoes to fill. Anyway, back to this beauty.

Brettanomyces is wonderful stuff, but it doesn't work as well when it overpowers the rest of the ingredients. No such worries here. The tangy-earthy-funky quality of the yeast is simply one part (one very important part) of a kaleidoscopic flavor profile.

Sourdough bread and lemon zest are still going strong, as is white pepper and clove on the spicy side of things. These guys must have used a Belgian ale yeast strain as well. Sweet and bitter are roughly balanced and the ABV has to be a misprint. It tastes and feels like no more than 6.5%. Drinkability is through the roof.

The mouthfeel is the only (minor) chink in the armor of excellence. As was anticipated on cork extraction, the boisterousness of the beer has faded quickly. It's now on the lazy side and lacks the lightly creamy expansive quality of the best Belgians.

Saison-Brett is yet another masterful creation in the Smokestack Series from BBC. It looks like this will be at least a semi-regular release, which pleases me to no end. If you have any interest in saisons or wild ales, seek this one out.

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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Big thanks to Lee for this one!

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a very large, foamy white head. Had to wait a few minutes to even attempt to drink any. Great retention and sizeable lacing down the sides.

S: Grassy with nice elements of fruity zest and some light spices, mostly pepper. The brett gives it a little funk, but not as much as I was expecting. I assume that as the beer ages, the funk comes out more.

T: Similar to the aroma, sweet fruit and citrus zest right away, mostly orange and lemon. The brett comes out a little bit, giving it a little bit of an earthy/barnyard flavor. The spices are on the light side.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Extremely smooth and easy drinking. No sign of the abv at all.

O: Really impressed with this beer, lived up to its reputation for sure. A beer I could drink everyday. Would love to see what happens to a bottle with a little bit of age on it.

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4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scored this at Goebbels in Wichita, love that store...

Batch# 1, 2008, bottle # 11026 pours an slightly hazed, effervescent gold/bronze with a finger+ of fluffy eggshell colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Apples & dirt,

T: Apples, mushrooms, restrained funk, & grapefruit up front. The brett starts to assert itself as this warms, tartness, lemons & grapefruit, & a bit of honey sweetness from out of no where. Finishes tart with, apples, some lemony hops, white & black pepper & a bit of peach

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, balances well

Very good drinkability, pretty refreshing for the ABV, people looking for sour will feel that this falls short, but this worked for me

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Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.29 out of 5 based on 3,197 ratings.
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