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Saison-Brett | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

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
Reviews:
749
Ratings:
3,149
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
20.75%
 
 
Wants:
661
Gots:
858
For Trade:
61
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Reviews: 749 | Ratings: 3,149
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

VICTORY BEER!

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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Photo of WellRested518
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

 I swear that my eardrums almost shattered with the way that this cork popped. Beautiful clarity with a gorgeous eggshell head and soapy lacing. Belgian must, wet hay, fresh leather, lemon, and pineapple hop-tea nose with a touch of white pepper. In the mouth you experience a mild hop bitterness with leather, grass clippings, lemon, and a drying brettanomyces character that clutches to the back of your throat. Carbonation is medium full, immediately crisp and creamy, with a cloying chalk bitterness at the finish of the drink.

 

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Photo of Ri0
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2014; poured 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - Pretty light cloudy golden straw yellow with a sea foam white 3 finger head created on a very gentle pour. Took me about 20 minutes and 3 pours to get half of my glass full. Retention is very nice and there is plenty of thick webbed lacing..

S - A nice tart funk with yeast, grass, and some floral hops and herbs. More citrusy scents and some spice mixed in as well. Brett has really added to the aroma.

T - A slight tartness along with sweetness. A nice citrus, lemon and floral hops with a wet straw/grass funk. Good amount of yeast, wheat, and some light spice to finish it off.

M - Light bodied with nice carbonation. Dry and clean with an easy drinking quality.

O - Enjoyed this Saison. Those who also like it should check out Jolly Pumpkin Bam Bier which is a favorite of mine.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml corked and caged 2015 bottle poured into tulip 11/9/15

A hazed golden yellow with about as many bubbles as you can fit in a glass, it explodes once it hits the side and even after a gentle pour I get a massive half glass of loose soapy foam that actually grows for a few seconds. great retention slowly falling to a thick film that leaves some random lace, about what I expect from the higher class of the style

S has lots of farmhouse going for it, the brett plays a big part but still lots of spice, floral notes, a hint of bubblegum and dried banana chips, some fruit hiding in the background, canned pineapple and just a little sweet apple, just a little grass and hay, smells great

T cereals and funk, spice is still strong but everything else is just a little toned down compared to the nose, earthy notes come out a little more

M medium bodied and explosive without completely turning to foam but in a saison I kinda expect this, just a little heat and just a little sticky on the lips with a yeasty finish

O great beer that I think is at just the right age, still hoppy but enough brett to add to the complexity, this ones going down a little fast for my own good

The only thing I can complain about is the price, shes expensive up here in Alberta but I have no regrets and should just be grateful to have top 250 beers pop up on the shelf out of nowhere

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Photo of thomda11
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my first "Brett" beer. I get the funky, musty flavor, but it is not overpowering--it blends nicely with the typical Saison characteristic. There is a nice undertone of lemon and the dry-hopping adds a nice floral pop and underlying bitterness. A fantastic beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.76/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ and served in a tulip, on to the beer:

Washed out orange in color, topped with a creamy collar which retains well and splashes lacing around the glass. The aroma...yep, that's the brett. The intensity of the aroma is mild, but it does bring little notes of lemon peel, tartness, and wool. I get a little more of a thrill from the taste. A light tartness cuts through much of the taste. It's funky, spicy, and it rides in a light body with the alcohol hidden well. If you're looking to be made a little funky, Saison-Brett may be the "easiest" one to find that can get you there.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage. 750mL Bottle.

Pours a beautiful golden color with a 4 finger, fluffy head, despite a gentle pour. Consumed out of my Duvel glass. Excellent lacing on the glass.

Aroma screams Brett! This is by far the dominant aroma on this beer. Some funk, spicy phenolic notes, some citrus, and baking soda.

Taste starts with a huge clean and crisp punch of carbonation. A slight lemon tartness builds but quickly dissolves before the palate perceives tartness. Then the Brett bomb comes in with its prized funkiness. The flavor profile on this beer changes slightly with every sip. Sometimes the Brett pulls through, other times the traditional saison spiciness wins. The finish is actually very dry, which pulls me in for another sip!

This is absolutely a world class beer. This ranks up there with the best Brett beers I’ve had (if not THE best). I really don’t see it getting much better than this. I could drink it all day! Sometimes saisons get a little too spicy and sweet, but the addition of the Brett really tames this one down and dries it out. Absolutely Fantastic! I see this pairing well with moules frites. It gets a 95/100 from me!

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Photo of zimm421
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. It appears a golden yellow color with a touch of orange. The head is fluffy, white and overflowing. It's truly beautiful. The nose is fruity, spicy and earthy and draws you in for more each time. The taste is peppery, grainy and lots of earthiness. The hay and barnyard is starting to come around. Will be even better in another year. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and dry, as expected. Overall, it's a great beer that doesn't try to be crazy over the top. Just simple, straightforward and brewed the right way.

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Photo of BWH3
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful bright yellow with champagne carbonation. Large rocky white foam. Not enough funk in nose or palette for my liking. Unbelievably drinkable at 8.5% Carbonation dances on the tongue. I'd like to cellar a bottle for a year to bring out the Brett. I'm sure I'd be a 5 then.

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Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 749 ratings.
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