Saison-Brett | Boulevard Brewing Co.

3,243 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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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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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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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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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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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%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.6/5  rDev +7.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -35.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden straw hue with lively carbonation. A stark white head forms quickly and stays put.

Aroma: Bready, floral, with a sour finish from that wonderful brett. Light citrus. Enticing.

Taste: Citrus, spice, an aged quality, bread, rose. Yeah, there's some horse blanket there, but it's beautifully complex. You feel like you're farmwalking, kinda near the barn but closer to the orchards.

Mouthfeel: Mmmm. I never know how to talk about this category, but it's light- to medium-bodied. The carbonation works well with the spice to keep it interesting.

Overall: The saison brett is earthy and grounded yet light and breezy. At 8.5%, this is something to save for special occasions, just like I saved it for my day off so I can review it while I'm sitting around listening to Bill Frisell. And it turned out to be a great combination.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage
Poured into a standard tulip glass

Appearance: (4.5)
Pours a hazy, straw yellow with some lovely orange highlights. As soon the beer is poured, a gigantic, 3.5 fingers tall pure white head erupts. The head has great retention and as it recedes, it leaves some nice lacing behind. Pretty great looking Saison.

Aroma: (4.25)
As soon the beer hits the glass, your nose is treated to blast of Brettanomyces; Since this beer is relatively fresh, the Brettanomyces smells a tad young. Surprisingly, the earthy, leather tinged tones of the Brett already have taken on some of the mature Brett characteristics of tangy pineapple and soft floral tones. These fruity Brett notes really sync up nicely with the orange forward hop aromatics. Playing counterpart to the lightly citrus-y hops, is some traditional spicy saison yeast phenols; predominantly white pepper, pear, as well gentle tones of banana and clove. Beneath the yeast is a solid cracker like malt backbone.

Taste: (4.25)
Follows the nose pretty close; your palate is immediately greeted by a quick smack of slightly herbal, orange forward hops. Following closely behind is some spicy saison yeast; overt tones of white pepper and faint banana. The Brettanomyces soon dominates the flavor profile with its traditional characteristics of musty barnyard funk; wet hay and dry leather. Before the very dry finish is a soft, cracker like malt backbone. The long, bitter finish offers lingering notes of orange blossoms, white pepper, damp hay, wet earth and a gentle biscuit tone. The 8.5% is hidden masterfully well.

Light bodied with crisp, lively carbonation.

Overall: (4.25)
A fantastic example of a true to form Saison; its refreshing, spicy and funky with a strong, but well integrated Brettanomyces presence. I really like this Saison, but it doesn't really offer any surprises to the seasoned Saison drinker. Very well executed. Highly recommended.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.29 out of 5 based on 3,243 ratings.
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