Saison-Brett | Boulevard Brewing Co.

3,231 Ratings

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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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2013 vintage, poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip.

Saison-Brett pours a bright, golden straw color, very cloudy with a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass. A big, billowy white head rises out of the glass, nearly 3 fingers high, that has moderate retention and leaves some spotted lace behind. The aroma is clean, pale grain, bretty funk, fruity yeast, citrus with some light alcohol. Lots of bretty funk, pale grain, biscuit, lemon peel, lingering berry flavors with just a touch of alcohol. It's very straightforward, clean, simple and balanced, very easy to drink. The mouthfeel is nice, lots of lively carbonation, soft, creamy body that coats the mouth nicely, and finishes a little bristley.

Verdict: A nice American take on the Saison style, and a good use of brett. It's simple and straightforward, but refreshing and easy to drink and one I certainly enjoy each year. Definitely worth checking out for anyone who loves Belgian style beers or any beer with Brett.

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

75cl C&C bottle from 2013 bottling; shared with Doug while we were brewing our Citra APA. Poured into a Bell's snifter today, 9/9/2013. Review #203.

Looks like a typical saison, except it is über-carbonated. Pours a nice hazy darker straw-gold body with a massive >3cm white head that actually exceeded the capacity of the glass. We had to hold our glasses over the sink, and this is with gentle pours. That's the only real detractor from the overall experience. Otherwise this is a great-looking, very refreshing saison in terms of appearance. Great lacing on this.

Smells really, really great. Good bits of hay, earthiness (assuming from the Brett) and some lemon zest balanced out very well by light breadiness. That saison yeast does a nice job of adding the typical Belgian-style peppery spiciness to this saison. Smells really, really aromatic yet light and ephemeral. I like it!

Flavour on this is very similar to the nose. A nice bready malt sweetness is more than balanced out by the mild funkiness, lemon zest and some fruit skins (grape and apple). This tastes like what Grassroots Arctic Saison smelled like and should have tasted like. A good yeasty pepperiness finishes this flavour profile off. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is excessively creamy, but very welcome. Medium bodied, very, very well carbonated to the point where it's almost absurd. Finishes a bit dry and peppery, which is balanced out by the mild acidity on the palate. Very creamy and thick yet so refreshing.

I really enjoyed drinking this beer. It's a perfect hot summer brew-day beer.. it's like a lawnmower beer on steroids. I honestly think this will get even better after a year, as more of the Brett notes would be expected to come out, which would make this beer taste even more complex and interesting. Nice work, Boulevard. Glad I have one more bottle to see how it does in another year.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 from Tasty Bev. in Raleigh, NC.

This brew pours with an extremely aggressive head, which I was luckily prepared for due to my experience with Tank 7, and figured Brett would only make it worse. Still, pours with quite a bit of clarity into a dark golden color.
The smell is lots of Belgian yeast, citrus from the hops and the persistent funk of Brett. Very farmhouse sans the 'horseblanket'.
The flavor comes on strong with a sort of earthy citrus rind taste. The sweet and funky tones get balanced out well by the spice of the yeast and malt combination.
This beer is so refreshing that I am glad I did not cellar it and wait. Here in the last throes of Summer, on a bright and warm day, this kind of brew really takes the cake.

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml 2013. Super lively golden pour, immense billowing white head. Neatly sticks to the glass.

Aroma, Citrus zest, leafy hops. Some bready malt and hay. Lesser earthiness and yeast. Kind of hoppy smelling for a Saison.

Taste, Light bread, sweeter malt, some wheaty like clove and corriander. Sharp grapefruit zest and herbal bitters. Finishes dry and horse blanket-y.

Lively carbonation, heavy side of light body. Alcohol hidden completely. Easy to drink.
Nothing uber complex or out there, but rock solid how it should be. Up at the top of the American versions of the style that I've had.

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

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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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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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012 served in a snifter

The color is light to almost clear yellow with a yeasty sediment wafting about. The head was fizzy and effervescent like Alka Seltzer, with a ton of lacing.

The scent was airey and buoyant with Apple, lemon and pear.

The feel and taste were driven by an acidic and phenolic tone. It's was almost like a cider in the natural earthy sweetness of Apple's and then a clovey, yeasty underpinning. Not really vinegar, per se, there's medicinal taste that detracts from the overall experience.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.29 out of 5 based on 3,231 ratings.
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