Saison-Brett | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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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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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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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, caged and corked bottle, the ultimate find from this venerable mid-west border town brewery, now available way up here in Alberta.

This beer pours a mostly clear (I think), medium golden yellow colour, with a huge teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and generally creamy off-white head, which leaves, which leaves, well, it eventually leaves some full-on chunky 'lace' around the glass as it oh-so-lazily abates. Yay, bottle conditioning - this is like the supermodel of beers - looks fine, but good luck getting in there. Unfortunately, this turns out to be a spoon and sink affair for this reporter.

It smells of grainy, crackery pale and wheat malt, moderate earthy funk, underripe apple and pear, clover honey, white and black pepper dust, further untethered florals, a twinge of generic citrus flesh, and some mildly tart white wine booziness. The taste is bready, grainy pale malt, a sort of spicy wheatiness, amped-up funk of the bacterial infestation ilk (can you tell I'm near to finishing a home-made wine?), heady pome and citrus fruit frolicking amongst themselves, weirdly bitter and estery flowers, some separate edgy yeast, zippy mixed peppercorns, and that same over-attenuated Housewives of Pinot Grigio alcohol measure from the aroma.

The carbonation is so over the top that it's hard to really get into it here (ok, I will - I can't keep abreast of it, as its frothy fizziness just keeps coming and coming at me, long after the initial pour to, as noted already, no one's benefit), the body a decent middleweight for the style, and sort of smooth, as the Brett isn't typically into that kind of good sense. It finishes off-dry, a certain graininess defiant in the face of the strongly lingering funk, fruit, hop, and booze acridity.

Despite all its sideshow distractions, overall, this is one big and beautiful Americanized version of the style - the Brett struts its stuff, sure, but everything else keeps things more or less between the ditches. Aggressive, yet giving, in all its farmhouse-fresh goodness, this one is - glad to finally see what all the fuss is about.

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Photo of MTKATL
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a truly exceptional saison. It is deceptively light for its 8.5% abv. The "Brett" character is light, which I prefer. It does add a very nice earthy note to the beer. For those who prefer the Geuze style sours, you may find this too smooth. Worthy of its ranking, in my opinion.

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Photo of lambpasty
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 bottle opened in August 2015. This is the second 2014 bottle I've had, as well as two fresh bottles in 2015.

Poured from a corked 750 into a short Belgian tulip

A - Clear yellow-gold with an aggressive white head that never fully recedes. I don't think it's possible to pour this beer without at least a 2-3 finger head on it, which is not a bad thing. Moderate amount of lacing as the head deflates into a sticky 1/8 inch cap that never goes away. Trails of carbonation flow constantly from the bottom like a dry champagne. Overall a fantastic looking beer.

S - Straw, apricot, peach, floral honey and fruity esters. Mild spice. A bit of earthiness like old hay as the Brett shows its funky side.

T - Slight tartness opens the door for a mildly bittersweet apricot/peach overtone to show itself, leading then into a dry, almost champagne-like citrus backbone. Brett shows up again with some more old hay and bruised fruit flavors. As this warms it picks up some sweet Tripel-style booziness and really starts to open up and shine.

M - Light, dry and almost airy. With age this seems to get even more carbonated, but as it sits open for a bit it becomes more balanced.

O - The sweetness is never cloying, the alcohol is present towards the end but never thick, and the flavors are all spot-on. This is a beer that's excellent when fresh and only improves with age; I think personally I prefer this with 1-2 years on it. An excellent beer that exemplifies the style and really showcases what a mildly fruity Brett strain can do in a well-crafted saison.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Now this is an incredible beer. Pours a hazy yellow-orange with just a massive head, with incredible retention and lots of lacing; the bottle really POPS when you pop the cork. Smells of wet grain, lemongrass, pineapple. Tastes incredible. Pear and pineapple fruit, some zesty spice, a hint of black pepper, and that hay-flavored grain. Just delicious. It also has a fairly thin mouthfeel with tons of carbonation making this incredibly easy to drink...a dangerous brew!

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Photo of lic217
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Look: just about crystal clear, long lasting head, with plenty of lacing
Smell: Brett funk/earthy, with a little lemon
Taste: Brett funk, little citrus, dry, really started to shine as it warmed and lost a little carb. It gained a little more sweetness to balance the tart and started to taste a little fruitier.
Feel: great mouth feel, very carbonated
Overall: good, but a little to one dimensional in the Brett category until it warmed and lost some carbonation

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Photo of andilane
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I fucking love this beer. Peachy and fruit as hell. Everything I love about brett, everything I love about saisons. Excited to short term age one of these. So nice with cheese. <3

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 bottle served cold in a teku. Bottled 01/2016 so this one is 6 months old.

Poured a very hazy orange straw with a massive pale white head. Tons of Belgian lacing. Nose is spicy hops, Brett funk and malty swetness, orange peel and herbal. Taste follows the nose but with tons of Brett and stone fruit. Peaches, apricots, and Brett for days. Soft carbonation and medium to heavy body. Delicious.

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

Had on tap at Reds Ale House. Very nice refreshing Saison. Little bit of tart, little bit of funk, overall a very nice refreshing and easy drinking beer

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Photo of metter98
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a half finger high head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of brett are present in the nose along with notes of lemony hops and peppery spices from the yeast.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the yeast is somewhat stronger and on par with the brett, contributing earthiness and flavors of peppery spices, the latter of which linger into the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This does an excellent job at blending the brett with the underlying aromas and flavors of the base saison as you get added complexities from the funkiness but these aren't overpowering. This has a nice appearance and mouthfeel, it's almost like a champagne among the wild ales.

Note: 2015 vintage

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Danny1217
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Burnt orange with a massive, foamy head with good retention.
S: Funky barnyardy brett b right up front on the nose, with the hoppy strong saison qualities of Tank 7 taking a back seat to the big funk aroma.
T: Earthy funk, citrusy and floral hops, a bit of the phenolic fruit primary yeast remaining. Good balance between all the components
M: Medium body with high carbonation yet a soft feel.
O: Brett doesn't mean sour, for some of you who are disappointed by the lack of acidity in a brett saison. Go drink some vintage Orvals and come back when you have learned. This beer is for people who appreciate the musty, funky flavor that comes out from bottling with brettanomyces.

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

I was really looking forward to this beer. I love a good sour, funky beer and this one has become the "go to" for Saisons with Brett. I also like your typical Saisons and Tank 7 is pretty good for the style. That is why it is with much apprehension that I say this beer just didn't deliver. I really don't understand the high scores. I find the smell faint with a slight peppery note (nothing special) and the taste is just a lot of Brett funk, a little biscuit, a little pepper and a little bitter. Some may call it complex, I call it a mess. Maybe I'm missing something? The majority is usually right. Either everyone is on crack or I'm just not getting this beer. I thought I knew funky beers but maybe I'm not the connoisseur I thought I was.

Finished the 750 ml bottle the next day and I have to say that I found the beer to be much better. The smell was more integrated, the taste wasn't so "in your face" but enjoyable funk and it went down a lot easier. Just shows you that a beer should be tried more than once.

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Photo of Scarfer_Brad
4.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

World Class! Funk master. delicious poured in to a Duvel Tulip pale straw color with a big light sudsy head. Smells of a hay field next to a field filled with flowers. Funky sweet and tart. a pleasure to drink. overall i wish i could have a bottle of this every week. one of my favorites

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle
A- Deep orange with fizzy head... lots of carb
S- At first I get rubbing alcohol, then a bit of citrus, and earthiness
T - Very earthy, funky, barnyard. I don't think I like brett that much... its ok, but not great
F - Medium... some stickiness
O- Brett is ok, but not my favorite bug.

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Photo of wolverine0712
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: When poured into my pint glass (messed up and should have used a tulip), the first thing I noticed was the excessive, foamy head (at least 3 fingers worth). The head retention was good and it had light lacing. The body was a hazy amber.

Smell: The earthy essence of the Brett is front and center; there is almost a little funk smell along with a little fruitiness. Overall, it's a nice smell.

Taste: The funky Brett taste is the most noticable aspect of the taste. There is also citrus, malt, and biscut flavors. It's a complex taste that mixes sweet and sour. It's a dry beer that has little bitterness.

Mouth: The medium bodied beer finishes dry and clean. The carbonation is there too.

Overall: This might be the best Saison I've had. The beer is balanced in all aspects. You could grab 2 bottles, drink one now, and save one for a year or 2 and probably have the same results.

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Photo of donspublic
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I will have to come back to this. The tap blew out when they halfway filled up my growler, so not sure if that affected the taste. It didn't have near the sour profile that I thought it would, but still found it a good Saison

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I really tried to pour this one slower as saisons are often quite carbonated. I still get four fingers of rocky off white head. Head retention is crazy long. Body is a bright wheat colored golden orange. on the nose is a distinct yeast tone that is bready, along with that is some fruit tones and a bit of funkyness. It is slightly sour with first taste. The taste buds are immediately woke up and sent into an electric frenzy in anticipation of the super sour funk to come, but it is only slight and a little bit of a letdown. You do get a decent hop profile, some yeasty phelonic spice tones and even soft fruits. Just no dominant sour feel. Don't get me wrong this is very tasty, just not all that tart as I had hoped. This will no doubt develop with age as the description tells you. They did achieve an earthy feel very well here. Mouthfeel is along those same lines, quite dry and wonderfully earthy all over. This really is a perfectly drinkable brew.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"A traditional Belgian-style saison was the starting point for this limited edition ale, but then the fun began: It was dry hopped, followed by bottle conditioning with various yeasts, including Brettanomyces, a wild strain that imparts a distinctive earthy quality. Though this farmhouse ale received three months of bottle age prior to release, further cellaring will continue to enhance the "Brett" character, if that's what you're after..." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Saison / Farmhouse Ale with a Brettanomyces strain added. A popular annual release by Boulevard since 2007, released in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 51 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a boastful frothy foam and sudsy head of a pale straw white color over a mildly hazy amber body with ample carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is light and patchy. 4

(Smell) The Brettanomyces strain makes a considerable impact from the start, creating strong aromas of funk, earthy pepper, fermented stone fruit juices. Light pale and cracker malts with moderate barnyard, funk and peppery spices. Very pleasing aroma overall. Potency is moderate. 4.25

(Taste) Slick, syrupy pale and Belgian cracker malt backbone with a striking yeast and brett impact, moderately dry with tart peach and apricot juice, mild coriander and white peppercorn spice, moderate funkiness overall. Moderate citrusy and lemony hop background with a moderate bitterness. Quite a complex saison and a strong contender for one of the best Brettanomyces impacted beers out there. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, silky,clean and moderately dry. Carbonation is brisk, generating a moderate frothiness and a fully crisp finish. Body is medium/heavy for the style, medium overall. Balance is evenly sweet to tart to funky and spicy. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) Arguably one of the best constructed and tastiest saison ales out there, with plenty of yeast and brett character to balance out the traditional malt body. The dry hopping impact makes a tremendous impact and contributes citrus character to the already complex and lively body. Highly recommended beer. 4.25

Vertical Notes:

2014 (1 Year+ Aged): Pours an equally substandial sudsy head to the 2015 vintage, slightly lighter body color, closer to straw and substantial lively carbonation (Cork shot off automatically, beware!) Retention is good, lacing is light and patchy. Aromas showcase an increase in tartness and funk, increased effervescent notes of white pepper and fruit juice. The flavor has an increase in fermented fruit juices, funk and tartness, a reduced hop profile and slightly reserved pepper and spiciness but comes off more delicately balanced with the other flavors over the fresh vintage. Texture is silky, clean, slick, carbonation is equally brisk. A phenomenal vintage, even without the boldness of the hop profile, it comes through beautifully balanced and equally flavorful.

2013 (2 Years+ Aged): This vintage pours a sudsy head, shorter lived but equally easy to agitate, a slightly hazier body with ample, lively carbonation. Retention is above average, lacing is light and patchy. The aroma of this vintage has slightly less funk and tartness than the year ahead of it, although the pepper and fruit qualities are more pronounced. The flavor profile reflects this, with ample light fruit juices, mellow tartness, light funk and shallow spicy yeast profile. Texture is slick, lightly syrupy, smooth and clean. Carbonation is equally brisk with high crispness. Another fine vintage, although the flavor doesn't quite seem to hit the same depth of the newer two batches, with noted reservations in the malt body and in the full scope of the yeast and brett profile. It seems this beer's sweet spot lies around the 1-2 year mark.

Recommended Vintage: Fresh-1 Year Aged

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Photo of Kadonny
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 corked and caged bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. I forgot to check bottle date, but this is a fresh bottle I just bought.

A: A cloudy medium golden color with a nice 2-3 finger white fluffy head. Nice full long lasting lacing.

S: Loads of barnyard, that brett jumps out right away. Musty with huge barnyard smells, loads of fresh fruit coupled with floral notes and some hops. Wow.

T: I am surprised at how much the brett yeast really affects the flavor with such a young beer, but it does. Huge flavors of wet hay, barnyard funk and yeast but it gets mixed with the huge fruit flavors. Pineapple, sour apple, lemon and some floral flavors which are tart but some underlying sweetness is still evident. Some pepper kicks in with some hops bitterness to deliver a bone dry finish that lingers with the barnyard funkiness. This is a world class beer.

M: Nice full lasting flavor provides some pricky feel with slight stickyness, but in the end it dries out nicely. Perfect carbonation, not much alcohol noted. Nice.

O: I'll repeat what another BA'er said. This may be the best Saison I've ever had. I love Tank 7, but the brett in this takes it to a whole other level. I still can't believe the amount of brett that comes out with such a young beer, can you imagine if you let it age a bit? Wow, brett monster.

Drink this beer, it's phenomenal. If you love brett, this is a must drink....and drink...and drink.

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Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.29 out of 5 based on 3,171 ratings.
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