Saison-Brett | Boulevard Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
95
world-class
3,227 Ratings
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%
 
 
Wants:
673
Gots:
868
For Trade:
59
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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a hazy yellow with an inch of white head, leaves good lacing.

S- Emphasis is on the yeastiness and brett, some fruit and earth, smells nice.

T- Lots of brett, which provides a lot of fruity flavors as well as some earthiness. Lots of yeast and some hay with just a tiny bit of spiciness.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth and dry feel.

O- A very good Saison, highly drinkable and refreshing stuff.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy gold with an ample 3/4" head that has good retention. No legs.

N: Tons of lemon zest, grapefruit, grass, straw, and some lavender. Oak, peppercorn, soap, and funk.

T: Very funky with a moderate bitterness and an underpinning of malt sweetness. Lots of firm farmhouse flavors here. Damn good.

M: Well carbonated and light.

O: This is a great representation of the style and worthy of its high ranking. Hits all parts of the tongue, and I would definitely buy more.

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Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.29 out of 5 based on 3,227 ratings.
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