Saison-Brett | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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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:
3,249
Reviews:
773
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
10.02%
 
 
Wants:
677
Gots:
870
For Trade:
59
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Bright orange/yellow. Nicely carbonated, two finger light head that tries to leave behind some lacing.

S-Lemon, wheat, grass and funk. They all go together wonderfully.

T-Similar to the nose. Not a mouthpuckering sour, slightly tart. Grass is more present here than the nose. No bitterness.

M-Light to medium bodied, smooth with nice carbonation.

O-A very good beer. Would be a nice way to get into sours, the balance is wonderful and it is very refreshing.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Bittercreek, Boise ID. Served in a large teku-style snifter.

A: Gold color with yeasty haze, bright white head with good retention and excellent lace.

S: Musty characters and lighter funk, pale malt and grains, hay, faint lemon, hints of juicy fruit , lemongrass.

T: There is a sweetness to the backbone of this beer, not sure if thats malt character or part of the Brett funk. Moderate lemongrass character, musty dust, pale malt, very little bitterness, hints of apple cider, dry finish with notes of spices and pepper.

MF: Good mouthfeel, light and creamy and fluffy (bottle-conditioned), dry finish, smooth.

O: A well-crafted offering, I believe that a year or two would change this beer considerably. On-tap, the Brett is a nice component.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into tulip - 2011 vintage

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a billowing, voluminous white head which threatens to grow right out of the glass. Retains into a layering of creamy film with walls of lacing strewn about the glass.

Super funky and bright scents with plenty of brett invading the senses. Horse blanket and grass with some lemon and orange peel. Light sweetness, biscuit malt. Touches of tartness lurking underneath.

Snap of tartness and bretty funk right up front. Lemon and orange peel with some juicy citrus and a dash of hops, followed by a wave of yeasty funk. Grassy and spicy throughout. Soft malt backbone with crackers and biscuits. Faint sweetness and hops towards the finish.

Fuller medium body, higher carbonation, lively and dry on the tongue. I've had this beer a number of times and seem to enjoy it more each time - if this was available here I'd buy this regularly.

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3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of BARFLYB
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been waiting for this one for a while, it just never crossed my path, until now.

Saison Brett pours out very bright golden in color with a shine to itself up upon light. A nice off white head reaches half an inch and sticks around. Some sediment seen floating around, but still clean looking beer. Smell is overrun with brett, a very nice effervescent scent coming from it with some pale malt backing and biscuits. Some faint fruit shows up to with some barnyard characteristics with warming. Taste is very good, meaning I really liked it. I've had a lot of saison/brett beers recently, a lot running middle of the pack. Boulevards got it going on while this bottle has 2 years on it. Bright brett notes, funkiness, damp blanket, hay, earth, orange, lemon, citrus. Some pale malt backing rinses everything out at the end while the brett stings the tounge a bit, which Im all for, spicy. Feel is at about medium with sparkling carbonation and a spicy aftertaste. I could do a half bottle of this, but a whole one would be a bit much, sharing is caring.

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Photo of polishkaz
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of HattedClassic
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Pours a clear golden straw color with very white and vigorous head. Leaves a significant amount of lacing.

Smell:
A slight frutiness masked by what smells like moldy wood or at least the sort of smell of a fresh barn. I also get some lemon smells along with a tartness and some sort of yeast.

Taste:
A strong tart taste masks some fruity traces. I think the fruity flavor strongly resembles apricot and lemon. The hops are bitter but with a slightly musky taste that blends well

Mouthfeel:
Light bodied feel and semi-dry. There is also plenty of biting carbonation.

Overall:
A pretty good beer and good interpretation of the style. I tink the extreme tartiness might turn some people off though but letting the beer air out a little might let the fruit tones come out more.

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3.34/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beer pours an nice yellow straw color with quite a bit of haze and a white head.

The aroma is of lemon grass and barnyard. Not a bad balance.

The beer tastes very earthy and goat is ever present.

Medium mouthfeel.

The brett in this beer is very forward. I have never licked a goat but if I did this is how I imagine it would taste. It is just too overwhelming in this beer.

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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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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Updated to full review on 5/27/2013.

Poured out of a brown 750 mL bottle into a Boulevard tulip glass. This is a fresh bottle of the 2013 batch, and the bottle reads "4100 cases produced".

Appearance - Body is the color of golden straw with orange highlights; a thin stream of carbonation bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. Looks like liquid gold. The head is a buttery color with small and large bubbles that expand as they evaporate, leaving rocky head that fades after about a minute. The final lacing is spotty.

Smell - I love the complexity that the brett brings to the Tank 7 recipe. Funk, orange citrus, some flowery notes--maybe lavender--and earthy peat as well. Phenolic character peeks through.

Taste - Again the presence of the brett makes for a yeast-dominated base, but it also makes this particular saison a little less drinkable, but not in a bad way. Some amazing beers aren't highly drinkable. There is some herbal bitterness and hoppy notes, even some essence of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied, with ample carbonation, but there is a lingering bitterness to the aftertaste that is a little too strong.

Overall, a stellar beer, but I think I prefer the versatility to the base Tank 7 recipe a little better. However, you can't change and evolve Tank 7 the same way you can Saison-Brett, so I'm looking forward to watching this one grow and re-reviewing.

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Photo of rockinjt2222
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.29 out of 5 based on 3,249 ratings.
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