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Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

Style: Belgian Saison

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 TexIndy
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-review on 8/11/09
Batch 2008-1; #1507 of 11950 bottled.
Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into my Duvel tulip. Opened with a loud pop. Was a hazy yellow color with bits of yeast floating. Carb geyser in center from the laser etching. Good lacing. It has a huge bubbly white head that slowly settled to a thick foam fed by the carb. Increasing score to 4.5

The 6 months of aging definitely helped. The brett has developed and now has the funky, earthy aroma that you expect from it. Still not full fledged funk like a sour or wild ale but a good dose nonetheless.

aroma was a bit of a let down. The brett hasn't really developed yet so missing that great funky, earthy aroma that you usually find in brett beers. The apples and base saison aroma are now less dominant. Increase to 4.0 - the funk is now in front but still too light if going to lead. The saison aroma is now barely there so missing that now. The taste is similar to the aroma but now with more funk and the apples and base saison lessened a bit. Also has a sweeter finish than I remember. Really enjoy the flavor on this one now. Love the funk so bump to 4.5. Mouthfeel good. Not too dry and good carb. Bump to 4.5

Overall, a much improved beer with some aging on it. Improved scores all around and would now recommend and seek out again. This was my last one but curious how this would taste in 6 months.

***Original 2/11/09 review below***

Batch 2008-1; #1403 of 11950 bottled.
Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into my DT snifter. Opened with a loud pop. Was a hazy yellow color with bits of yeast floating. Good amount of carbonation and some lacing. It has a huge bubbly white head that slowly settled to a thick foam fed by the carb.

The aroma was a bit of a let down. The brett hasn't really developed yet so missing that great funky, earthy aroma that you usually find in brett beers. What is there is good but not up to my hopes. Slight funk, musty, apples and base saison aroma. The taste was similar to the aroma. Some funk with apples and base saison but lacking a sour hit. Frustrating almost in that you start to get the sour but it never builds. Mouthfeel good. Not too dry and good carb.

Overall, at this stage, just an average beer...but it has potential. I have a second bottle that I'm going to age to see if the brett takes off later in the year. I'll re-review then and see what happens. For now, as is it's a mild recommendation. If you can age it then I'd fully recommend it.

A-4.0 S-3.5 T-4.0 M-4.0 D-3.5

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Photo of brentk56
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No. 1420 of 11950; Batch number 2008-1

Appearance: Pours a cloudy lemon color with a blizzard of a head that retains like packed powder with clumps of foam sticking the the sides of the tulip glass

Smell: Grapefruit perfume, with undertones of green apple, lilacs, pear and hay, but the Brett, at this stage of the game, is underwhelming (re-visiting this beer, in May of 2010, shows that the grapefruit has faded and the Brett is becoming more prominent)

Taste: Sweet and floral, up front, with a biscuity base and a developing green apple sourness that is complemented by grapefruit tartness; after the swallow, the tart and sour flavors combine in a complex interweaving, but the sweetness up front never really dissipates; leathery undertones throughout (the tasting 15 months later displays far less sweetness, but a lovely dry, tart character)

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation

Drinkability: A terrific Saison that will be interesting to follow as it ages and the Brett does its work; for my palate, it is drinking beautifully right now (as it is after some age, though in a very different way)

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle #10387 a cloudy lemon yellow color with a massive bright white column of foam leaving thick lacing glued to the sides of the glass.

A big musty and, earthy brett aroma along with green apple, lemon zest, sourdough bread, soap, floral hops, and new leather.

The taste is quite complex. The funky, tart, earthiness of the brett along with green apple, lemon, tropical fruit, sourdough bread, and white pepper.

Medium bodied, dry, and sharply carbonated.

One of my favorite Saisons. Sometimes, a 750ml bottle is just too much. This was not one of those times. I savored this beer to the last drop. A must-try Saison from Boulevard.

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Photo of Riggo
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful honey-golden color with a lively brilliant-white head that falls to a collar and sticks around for a while. good lacing.

amazing, lively smell--floral and fruity. first thing that comes to mind is granny smith apple peels but it's mixed with a mineral quality and musty and acidic funkiness. grass, white pepper, oranges and lemons. probably much more that i can't put my finger on.

on palette it's bright, citric, and fruity followed by an earthy, funky, medicinal finish. notes of apple, pear, hops, honey and perhaps cherry medicine.

mouthfeel is simultaneously creamy smooth and tightly carbonated--an aggressive prickliness dances on the tongue. drinkability gains points from the bright, refreshing, zesty quality but the pretty aggressive funkiness cuts those numbers back a bit.

this seems funkier than the first couple of times i tried this beer. if i'm not mistaken the brett character grows stronger with age so that could explain it. the brett may be a tad aggressive but essentially a real game-changing product for this brewery. really exciting stuff coming out of kansas city.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 2008-1, bottle 8677 of 11,950, courtesy of trade with hwwty4. Thanks Bill! Into an Ommegang chalice. Enjoyed this one on 1/27/2009.

Pours a pretty-much perfect meringue/bubble bath 2-finger head. It's bright white and tops a slightly cloudy lemon-pineapple body. Staying power is huge. Lacing is good. Carbonation is moderate in strength and speed.

Wonderful slightly soapy spice. A little mild clove, a bit of coriander and very mild citrus zest. Not picking up Brett in the nose a whole lot but this is very even-keeled and plentiful.

A little warmth is needed for the Brett to emerge as a mild yet solid backbone to excellent Saison yeast electricity, subtle spice of ginger and austere lemon citrus. Orange zest is on deep background. This is extremely well-constructed.

The clean yet bright spicy feel is what makes the Saison style so interesting overall. This is a little tightness with mild sweetness and huge yeast electricity. Hops are really quiet - a little pine but very mild considering this one has been dry-hopped. Still, they contribute in body to the clean dryness of the offering. A bit of bone-dry oakiness emerges with warmth. Brett is slow to develop, but it's definitely there.

One of the better new-world Saisons I've encountered. A bit of everything...the floral and piney hops (subtle, but they're there...especially with warmth) mesh with the dry oak to leave a lasting impression. Savor this one - surprisingly it doesn't drink entirely quickly. Still, it's awesome.

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Photo of marcpal
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

There once was a man that went by monkeyknife, that and that fine genteleman had this in a surprise box on my driveway on a Friday after a long day of work.

I am far from a saison expert but I am a big fan of trying out the good ones and I have heard good things on this.

Caged and corked 750ml bottle.
Bottle #1125 of 11950. 2008 Bottling.
Bottle graphics: 9.5/10.

Poured into a couple pours of an an enormous dogfish brandy snifter.

A: Have to start on appearance before pouring, not even on the fine bottling. The carbonation was seen beautifully through the dark glass itself. Upon pouring gently, a vastly bubbly mauve body let is bubbles build into a poofy white soap suds head that was there to the last drop.
Great looking in all aspects, lets hope it carries over to sucking it down. OK, lacing was blah, but who cares about lacing on a saison.

S: That is the brett I have come to know. Spicy and fruity on the back of the nose, bringing about a pepper sneeze almost. The banana phenols are pervasive from start to finish and my personal favorite part of this beer.

T: Spicy again, something of a belgian atmosphere coming from the clove dominance. The fruity flavors are smooth and delectable. Orange, pear, and banana are all present and accounted before. Brett-laden and earthy in flavor. It has a sweet, sour, and bitter palate from a hop battle. Same types of character as it warmed but somewhat more pronounced and even a little smoother. One knock I do have, and I am searching, is that it started a bit too sweet and didn't showcase the hops.

Complexity is flawless which marks a good saison: funky, dry hopping fruitiness, fruity, clove, spicy. Its all there. Any harshness, and there was not much, completely dissapated by the end. The creme de la creme of this is the hop flavor and grapefruit tone that appears at the bottom of the glass.

M: Sweet and spicy. Carbonation combined with the spice is what really cleans and sticks at the same time to the back of the mouth. Like a good saison, dry. The carbonation and fizz is like the invisible man- you don't see it there but it is there on the tongue with each sip.

D: Oh yeah, drinkable. Like a tease knowing this will be the only bottle I will likely drink. The booze is not intense but noticeable. I advise those that can to get a bottle of this and enjoy it right away. It drank far far too fast.

Thanks a lot Tim. Best state-side saison I have had the pleasure of, hell, it is there with any saison I've had touch my lips.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Stine from RB for this one.

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle No. 01079 of 11950.

Pours a hazy sunny yellow with a cloud like bright white head that never really seems to die down. Spiderwebs cling everywhere on the sides of the glass, this is a great lookin' brew. Aroma is a wonderful blend of pepper, lemongrass, and good ol' Brett. Faint citrus and a good dose of the farm in the nose as well. Just a pleasant fresh bouquet of everything I was hoping for. Taste begins clean with a dash of sweet apple and pear followed by dry hay and spicy pepper. Midway is pretty grassy with a good amount of sour lemon. Aftertaste is lip smacking good, bready and sweet, just a great tasting Saison from start to finish. Mouthfeel is the only area that seems to suffer, but I say that loosely because it still got a 4 from me. Light and fluffy with a carbonation that's a bit too strong, but still not bad at all. Wow, I need more of these puppies as soon as possible. Just an easy drinking full flavored saison that's leaps and bounds above the rest. Get your hands on this one for sure, now.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy pale bright orange color. The head is a huge three inches in height. It looks like a cloud on top of the beer. Retention is great with foam sticking all over the glass until long after the beer in gone. The aroma is of barnyard funk, wet wool, leather, oranges, sour apples, and the huge sour/tartness only bretta can provide. The aroma is very beautiful. It is so complex and so strong that I find myself losing myself in it. The taste is a bit mellower than the aroma. It has more the the saison characteristics (e.g. barnyard funk, leather, wet wool), and not as much of the bretta. It is still very nice, but it lacks to wow power the aroma has. The mouthfeel is overly carbonated which seems to get in the way of the taste. Overall, this is a very, very good beer. I truly hope I have another opportunity to drink it

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

so, through the kindness of a couple of BAs I managed to get 2 bottles of this beer. Both times I was given the advice to let it sit a bit to allow the brett to develop as fresh it didn't have much of a brett character. Well, I can attest to the fact that bottle 05058 not only poured beautifully, it has developed a wonderfull peppery / acidic / hint of tart cherry note to go with aspicy medium dry peppery saison brew.

A solid tastying brett inspired saison from boulevard. This one oppened with a solid pop but no gushing. I'm looking forward to how this develops with another year on it.

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Photo of errantnight
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well I was a bit skeptical after the disappointing Saison from Boulevard, and a few reviews that seemed to indicate some time was needed to bring out the brett character...

Wow. This is a phenomenal saison. It's really as simple as that. A hazy straw with a tinge of orange, rich craggy head with organic lacing.

The aroma is a BALLOON of brett brux. Huge, delicious grapefruit overtones against a floral, lightly spicy background. If this loses any points in aroma and flavor... it's that it's a bit too one-note... but boy, what a note.

Mouthfeel is spot on, it's briskly carbonated, medium bodied, dry.

It's not the most complex saison ever, but the subtle perfume notes that so overwhelmed the brett-less saison here play delightful second-fiddle to a boldly constructed brett forward flavor. A great introduction, a great saison, a great beer. More, please.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to beerbeagle for sending this bottle my way. I have long neglected the boulevard series without much reason as to why. This is my first foray into them. Served chilled around /degrees and poured into a wine glass, this one was consumed on 01/17/2009.

The pour was magnificent. Rich golden yellow in color with a huge billowing head of white that just came up over the top and reached a height of around three inches and would not settle down for anything. Amazing clarity here let you really get a good look at the carbonation bubbling up through the glass.

The aroma was essentially perfect here. Rich fruit notes, apricot and peach were leading the way here and really pushing the envelope. Light sour notes, some vingar, mostly light apple notes comign through with a delicate base of grain and light pepper like notes. Smooth, light, wonderful carbonation here as I take a sip I sit back and instantly relax. Smooth fruit flavors roll across the tongue, brett perfectly balanced here as to not overwhelm but to silently pucker the lips and let the real body of the beer do the talking. Easily a session Saison as the alcohol was nowhere to be at all and I enjoyed sip after delicate sip of this wonderful beer.

Overall this was a fantastic beer. It was subtle, wonderfully balanced and perfectly placed. I was not blown away as much as I was really impressed and respecting the wonderful creativity that was put into this one. If only more subtly created and well balanced beers like this were made, we would be in a much better place.

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Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Saison ever! Recommended by the best guy working at the local St. Joseph Missouri Hy Vee.

A: Hazy yellow with a massive billowing head. Possibly the best looking beer I've ever seen.

S: Bready, earthy, some citrus. A wierd taste is also apparent that I'll assume is the brett, as I've never had brett or a saison before.

T: Very nice. This beer just flows. Baked bread...very yeasty..some sourness, but not overwhelming. A little mix of banana/ lemon flavor.

M: Stellar. Very fluffy and well carbonated.

D: I could drink this all night and if it wasn't $12 a bomber I probably would.

Edit July 24, 2009: This is the best Saison I have ever had!

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Photo of waltonc
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to tytoanderso for throwing this in as an extra in a trade. What a fantastic discovery - this is one of the better beers I've had. Pours hazy straw lemon color with big white head. Smells and tastes light, lemon, yeast, pears, and not too dry. Brett funk is present, but well under control. It plays a role but doesn't overbear.

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Photo of abfraser
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to waltonc in yet another epic beer drinking event.

A: Pours like a classic saison, nice hazy yellow, with a big frothy white head.

S: Fruity, with some pear-like aromas. Lemony and citrusy. Yeasty with a nice funk.

T/M: This stuff is awesome. I'd put it up there with any of the great Belgian saisons like Fantome or DuPont. The smell is all there in lemony, peppery and bready light body. Nice clean, crisp, and refreshing.

D: Could very easily have drunk this entire bottle.

A benchmark beer. Exactly what a saison should be.

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Photo of KI9A
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a beautiful haze yellow, huge puffy long head.

S: Fruity, flowery, bready, slightly funky.

T: Amazing. Lemon, bread, hoppy, light roasted nuts, black-pepper bite. Not sure I ever rated a 5 on taste in well over 100 beers I reviewed, but, this nails it.

M: Clean, silky

D: Easy to down the whole bottle. ABV gets in the way, but, thats a burden I'm willing to shoulder. Another fantastic brew!

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Photo of JEdmund
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
Clear, golden yellow with a tall, rocky head--light and foamy; lots of carbonation

Smell
Definitely a slight and funky difference from the regular saison; notes of lemon and bread

Taste
Tart and dry, with lemon and cracker notes; really tasty and enjoyable; punchy flavor that ends cleanly; earthy hops and spice throughout

Mouthfeel
Lovely carbonation gives this an airy, light texture--very Belgian

Overall
I'm doubly impressed by Boulevard for crafting this fine ale. The Brett really adds an interesting layer to an otherwise solid beer.

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2-year Tasting: March 27, 2011
Bottled 2008; Cellared April 2009
2009 Batch 1, #505

Pours out with a massive head that settles into an impressive merengue. A torrent of carbonation sparkles through the golden body. The smell is light but inviting, with the Brett clearly at work and producing an intriguing aroma. Body is light as air with the full head providing a pillowy and smooth body. Flavor is a subtle mixture of those lemon, crackers, and brett found in a fresh bottle. It seems to have really gelled together and also lightened up in intensity; however, the finish is where this beer really stands out. The brett is on display here, but it’s never a wallop of farmhouse funk like it can be in other beers. Just a slight bite of alcohol heat in the finish as well as some white pepper panache. Ends dry and light.

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2011 Batch #3 - #09591
Fresh tasting - June 25, 2011

Knowing that this is based off their Tank 7 and not their original saison, I’m really surprised, as they seem worlds apart. Guess that shows what Brett will do to a beer. Where Tank 7 is really fruity/yeasty/hoppy in aroma, Brett is is much subtler with its dry leaf, must, and white pepper character. If I breathe deeply, I can find some fruitiness in there too, but not much. Taste is also more subdued and less of an explosion like Tank 7. Those unique smells are just as present in the flavor. It’s really kind of hard to describe it all, but it works. The finish has a bright note of citrus balanced with fresh dough. Body and carbonation are dialed in nicely, with enough bubbles to keep it velvety soft, but not too much to interfere with the flavor. Slight alcohol and pepper bite lingers on the tongue.

Now that I’ve had the pleasure of having this a few times, I would definitely say it’s a great beer, though not my favorite. I might even like Sofie more than this, but Tank 7 reigns as supreme saison in my book.

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Photo of RodBurg
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to thehand for hooking me up with this bottle in a trade. Pours a clear golden with a billowing fluffy white head and thick lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell is much different than what I expected. Has a crisp spicy, peppery, almost hoppy aroma to it. There's also a bit of a fuity sweetness with the brett funk hiding in the background.

Great blend of spiciness, sweet fruits and lemon. The peppery notes hit at the end along with the horseblanket funk that is much more pronounced than in the smell. Nice prickly carbonation.

Love this stuff. Out of all the Smokestack brews, I was looking forward to this one the most. It didn't disapoint.

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Photo of emerge077
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Far and away the grand slam of my recent beer run in the Kansas City area... review from notes.

Hazy orange body, suspended particles of yeast, very effervescent. Sparkly, sticky suds that leave a ringed precipice of foam around the glass, and copious intricate lacing on the sides. Distinct Brett in the aroma, funky yeast and leather, wet stone, citrus zest. As the glass sits, it develops a fresh herb and floral nose.

Similar to an Orval-Duvel-Saison Dupont hybrid, with a pleasant soft citrus in the taste. Light spicy undercurrent, almost suggests cinnamon like Orval. Dry bread dough yeastiness from the Brett. Very full bodied, yet lightly tart and lemony with a dry finish. Long lingering aftertaste. Savory and quenching with boatloads of flavor, it would be a crowd pleaser at a springtime picnic.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous straw golden color to this one. Very clean looking. Three fingers of foam on top-looks like an ice cream soda. Fantastic aroma-it just poured out of the bottle once the cork was "popped". Sweaty/bready/yeasty all rolled into one. Deep black peppery bite to it. Just a great flavor-a perfect balance between sweet and sour. Very smooth and subtle maltiness. The sweaty aroma runs right into the flavor. Very pleasing spicy bite to it. No real hop bite but the spiciness makes up for it and accentuates the whole thing. Good mouthfeel-the lingering dryness is never out done as there is still a decent sweetness behind it all. Wow what a beer! I think this might be the first brett beer I have ever had KNOWING it had brett in it. Wild, weird and wonderfully funky. I need to try and homebrew a bunch of this. Simply great. Big thanks to jtrockchalk for the Secret Santa super treat!

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Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scored this at Goebbels in Wichita, love that store...

Batch# 1, 2008, bottle # 11026 pours an slightly hazed, effervescent gold/bronze with a finger+ of fluffy eggshell colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Apples & dirt,

T: Apples, mushrooms, restrained funk, & grapefruit up front. The brett starts to assert itself as this warms, tartness, lemons & grapefruit, & a bit of honey sweetness from out of no where. Finishes tart with, apples, some lemony hops, white & black pepper & a bit of peach

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, balances well

Very good drinkability, pretty refreshing for the ABV, people looking for sour will feel that this falls short, but this worked for me

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Photo of cschepers
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caged & corked bottle #6762 of 11950. Poured into the good ole' 20oz. wine glass from Walter-Mart (I'd break any nice beer goblet, but the cheap glasses will last forever).

A - pours cloudy yellow-orange. Giant fluffy off-white marshmallow creme head. Lots of carbonation rising through the glass early.

S - Fruity grapefruit rind and... yellow mustard? Must be either my ongoing battle with a sinus infection, or the brett. Or maybe both.

T - The brightness of the dry hopping is evident upfront. Passes into a giant wave of fruit & spice. Bit of banana, grapefruit, orange, strawberry, clove. Basically, if its a fruit, you'll taste it. The sour/tartness of the brett and pepper & phenols do a little dance in your mouth. The brett wins, but it really isn't overpowering, even as the beer warms and gets towards the end. Its a good, balanced funk. Lots and lots going on here, and all of it very tasty.

Had the regular Saison the other night, the brett version is a bit less peppery & dry. Fruitier hops, too. I suppose the aging and wild yeast must have toned that down a bit, or at least buried it in the fruit salad.

M - Sweet, sticky, tart, pungent, its all there. Lots of carbonation, really fluffs up the mouthfeel. Not as dry as you'd expect from a saison, but very nice.

D - Way, way high. Very complex, but just as easy to drink. Didn't even notice the alcohol until I finished the bottle & stood up. If you have access, or know someone who has access to this, it is a definite must-get. Should age really nicely, if you have the patience to wait to drink another.

Man, Blvd. is on a bit of a roll. The Smokestack beers were a bit of a revelation of their talents, and this beer is another step up. They should be proud of themselves... but not so proud that they don't keep putting out great beers like this one!

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Photo of bgebhards
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Chalice

A-Light yellow with a very nice head atop.

S- Floral accents, hops, and some fruits covering through.

T-So smooth and satisfying, very complex

M-when removed the cork it popped nicely and kept carbonation well

D-probably one of my favorite beers, loved the hop nature along with the sweetness and smooth flavor.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle No. 04539 of 11950 - July 2008

I'd been reading about with ever-increasing anticipation about the arrival of the Brett. I actually called ahead just to make sure my local liquor purveyor had stock. And when the reply was "we've got four cases," I was pretty sure that I'd be set. Upon arrival, those cases were almost hidden (a future resource?) behind the larger Smokestack display. And so I purchased, with the cashier noting that I was helping to pay for the recent brewery expansion, but more excited about trying this beer than any I can remember.

Given the mildly cloudy golden color, the inexperienced eye might mistake this for the slightly cloudier wheat. But a chunkier head tells you that something distinctly different is going on here. And it doesn't fail the tongue either. Hints of lavender and honey bite slightly toward the middle tip of the tongue, pushing the hops back ever-so-subtly, making you exhale to recycly all of the flavors while still fresh in your mouth. The hoppiness then opens up once it comes to temperature. A slightly sour tinge is on the very back of your tongue, making you simply want the next drink.

No. 06932 of the 2011 batch - June 2011

A full two inches of frothy white implodes on itself, leaving chunks of lace hanging on to the sides of glass - like it has been flocked. It actually forces a second pour to fill the glass. Below is a subtley cloudy, but nearly translucent gold.

Fresh and funky, with citrus, hay, earthiness, and the ubiquitous horse-blanket to the nose.

Hoppy citrus is at the fore, with a crisp bitterness sitting on the tongue. The Brett is not as forward as I remember it from the 2008 - funky no doubt, but in a complex and reserved, even muted way.

Drink slowly and breath it all in - that's when I especially enjoy it, balled up at the back of the throat. Leaves the mouth wet, juicy, dripping.

Hype aside, I love this beer.

No. 08817 of the 2011 batch - June 2012

The second bottle I bought in 2011, it made its way up from the basement fridge after a day of hard work.

The excitement of opening this bottle once again hasn't waned. Still really heady poured into my Smokestack glass. Upon doing so, I don't see much difference from year to year.

The nose has mellowed some, but hasn't lost the straw and lemon.

The Brett is still very much present and funky, but is that much more intertwined with the citrus and earthiness slides across the tongue like velvet, having matured a year.

That depth creates one of the most enjoyable beers in the world.

No. 08687 of the 2011 batch - June 2013

The third bottle bottle I bought in 2011 came upstairs with me after spending the majority of the day solo with our two kids under three years old. They're in bed and I'm listening to K-State baseball in the NCAA regionals on the radio.

Poured to the Boulevard Smokestack tulip. Two+ inches of thick head, with heavy lacing.

Still funky, horsey, earthy, but overall seems to have mellowed from what I remember.

Tongue-warping - I'm getting a spicyness and bubblegum up front this year, supported by that welcomed earthiness.

Brilliantly good - each iteration, whether fresh or aged a bit, has become one of my favorites. Leaves the mouth literally watering for more.

No. 06927 of the 2011 batch - May 2014
So this is how the fourth 2011 bottle goes down. On a Friday night with the windows open, sitting on the couch with this beautiful bottle and half-full tulip glass. Still with a ridiculous head.

Further mellowing has taken place, with the spiciness having retreated to be still present, but overtaken by the horsey earthiness, faded by hints of the bubblegum, some grapefruit.

Aging provides a wholly different experience than when fresh - like drinking an entirely new (or old) beer.

A 2014 bottle on August 8, 2015 - Saturday night on a hot summer weekend.

Huge head on an easy pour, leaving legs for days.

Gone rogue funky, horsey, with lemongrass.

Mellow, yet still explosive. Subtle, with a long draw.

Beautiful beer, wonderfully crafted, wholly enjoyable.

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4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Snifter

A-Light yellow with a nice big white foamy head sticky lace all the way down the glass.

S-Very spicy/peppery with small sweet fruit, floral hops and cloves

T-I'll be getting more of this, tastes like the nose would suggest very smooth nice and earthy hop flavors, cloves with a good alchol note in the finish.

M-Good carbonation extremly complex flavor

D-This is one I would like to keep on hand for just whenever the mood hits, one of those if I wanted it nothing else would do.

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4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poures a pale yellow, cloudy with a thick and very active head. lacing it thick and patchy. floating Brett yeast gathers in the bottom of the glass.

smells floral, grassy hops and a peppery nose with a hint of cloves and the bret yeast. wow this smells good.

taste is an explosion of complex flavor, the yeast is overpowering the spiciness, strong reminicense or pepper and clove. a grassy hop is present in the finish

mouth is clean and crisp, carbonation is medium/heavy and drinks easy. I drank a glass with a bowl of venison chili and it paired amazingly well. definitely worth whatever price you have to pay for it.

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Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 3,297 ratings