Saison-Brett | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

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 Bierguy5
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. 8.5% ABV. Batch 2008-1, part of the Smokestack Series. Pours a hazy gold color, with a thick fluffy white head. Lots of active carbonation. Great retention and lace.

Starts oddly enough with a whiff of American hops. Hints of tartness and a bit of funk. An afterthought of white pepper with a yeasty component as well.

A bit tart up front. Some residual sweetness, and a bit earthy. Some peppery flavor. Good amount of bitterness. Doesn't seem to be a great deal of brett character.

Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. If this were attenuated more, could really be nice. still, pretty good in my book.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle No. 01148 of 11960, batch number 2008-1; Sampled November 2008
This is very well carbonated, as an exceedingly careful pour has me staring at four-fingers of foam that slowly grows to six fingers of foam and starts to pour over the sides of my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass. I only lose a touch of beer to the billowing, off-white / cream colored head. The beer is a clear, orange gold color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, bright, yellow-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma has an awesome grassy hop / malt note to it, ample touches of lemon zest, some tropical fruit and lychee notes, lots of cracker like grain notes and an underlying, musky Brettanomyces signature that cant quite hide despite the expressive malt and hop character. After 5 minutes or so I still have five-fingers of head on top of my beer, so I guess I'll continue to enjoy the aroma. Other noticeable notes of tangerine, a phenolic, almost plastic like, musty, butyric acid funkiness, phenolic soaked cotton-balls as well as a wild, weed-like / grassy note that is quite nice.

Lightly sweet tasting and this has a certain fullness to the body that lets me know that the Brettanomyces has a lot of residual sugars to work with (this thing will likely go bottle bomb at some point). This is not sweet though, just not dry. What sweetness is here accentuates hop flavors of tangerine, lychee, bergamot as well as some light herbal notes and a definite floral influence. Interestingly the foam tastes heavily of a phenolic Brettanomyces character, but the Brett does not play nearly as significant a role in the flavor of the beer. The Brett does play a role here in the flavor though as it contributes a spicy, phenolic character that provides some balancing sharpness to the finish. This last, mixes with a bitterness from the hops that also sharpens the finish which provides a balance to the sweet malt and fruity hop notes found up front.

This is pretty tasty, I do wish that it finished a bit drier (especially since as this ages it will get more and more carbonated, it is already over carbonated, and could become a bottle bomb, though with a champagne bottle this is not too likely). Visually perfect for a Saison, the ample carbonation projects a magnificent head, with lots of lacing and lots of staying power. Despite being a bit thicker and a bit sweeter than I generally prefer in a Saison, both these components work quite well in this beer; the extra touch of hop character (especially the American bent) certainly helps with this. It will certainly be interesting to see how this develops as the hops fade and the Brett becomes more prominent, especially if it can keep from becoming explosive. Taken as a sum of its components (at least as far as aroma and flavor go), this beer is not nearly as good as it is in the complete whole; e.g. it is lacking in funky aromatic notes, isn't nearly dry enough, nor is the texture perfect. On the whole though this beer just works quite well and is very enjoyable. I am glad I have a couple bottles of this to age.

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Photo of SmithwicksNut
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No. 10746 of 11950

A: a wonderful gold color with cloudiness consistent with a dry hopped beer. Very thick white head but when first poured the head took most of the glass and over flowed.

S: Big hop aroma similar to an IPA. After a few sniffs very faint phenols come through.

T: Big hop bitterness. As you go through the beer the alcohol starts coming through. Hops really sits on the back of the tongue. A dry finish to the beer.

M: A meduim bodied beer, low carbonation with a hint of warmness from the alcohol.

D: a very good beer that is quite enjoyable for those who love hops.

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

No. 10434 of 11950.

Hazy pear-ish color, a soft green meets faded yellow, with a nice, cloudy white head.

Big funk in the nose, sour, but fresh, ...citrus zest, with spice. Funky lemon meets cat a good way.

Once in the mouth, surprisingly smooth, even irrisistible. Plump malt at play here, dry hops make an apppearance, constant refreshment in the form of the tantalizingly delicious fruit flavor. Beautiful Saison. Drinks like a dream, even at 8+%.

Wonderful stuff! Good job, Boulevard! An all around excellent ale, fullish body, but light, as well, and unfailingly flavorful and refreshing. What a winner!

And thank to BuckeyeNation, what a pal!

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

Pours a nice yellowish golden color with a big chunky white head. Fantastic amount of lacing from the top to the bottom of the glass, fantastic looking beer. Aroma is floral, spices, brett, and citrus. Nice sweetness with a little bite at the end. Finishes quite dry.

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

A big thanks to mhewes for going out of his way to get this for me.

Pours a clouded yellow gold with a white head. Nose is citrus and funky mostly. Very airy. Flavor is a high amount of citrus and a lot of funk. If you don't like the funk, don't step up to this one. It's not overdone, but there is enough of it. Feel has a full carbonation that lays on the softer aide. Liquid is typical. A good saison. I haven't had the regular version, but this one is working for me nicely.

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

Batch 2008-01. Numbered bottle. This is a great beer, and I'm very interested to see how this ends up as the sourness increases from the Brett. Right now its delicious, andd the Brett is there, but its definitely a subtext to the other flavors. This is a beautiful beer as well with a hazy golden/orange color that almost glows in the glass and has a beautiful pure white head that leaves some lacing. The aroma is a wonderful mixture of the dry hopping and the peppery, fruity Saison notes, and the Brett. Smells of Lemon, coriander, white pepper, orange and grapefruit citrus- very juicy- and a slightly funky sourness. Lovely flavors of bright, juicy tangerine, lemon, an earthy bitterness, and and some herbal flavors with an underlying sourness that is light, but bright- not at all washed out. Fantastic! Smooth and creamy with that bright tangerine sourness in the background. Very easy to drink and no hint at all of the abv. I love this!

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle No. 03073 of 11950.

This a dry hopped version of Boulevard's Saison with Brettanomyces added.

a: Cloudy yellow/amber body with a massive fluffy white head that makes pouring a 2-3 step process.

s: Sweet malt, citrus hops, and a touch of spice in the finish.

t: Sweet Belgian malt and citrus hops with notes of coriander and orange peel and a mild sourness in the finish. Barnyard, lavender, this list goes on and on...

m: Medium body, not the high carbonation or prickly tartness that you find in other Brett beers.

d: Superb. So proud to be from KC right now. I love the direction Bully is going in and I can't wait to try the Bourbon Barrel Quad and the upcoming Single Wide IPA.

Saison w/ George Brett combines citrus hops, a spicy saison, and a touch of sourness that all come together to form a unique and pleasing beer.

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Photo of peabody
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy yellow amber with almost no suds.
Very floral aroma with butter and flowers and a strong yeast. Lemony citrus aroma.
Kind of a weird taste. Clovey cinnamon and bitter hops. Star of Anise is in there just a little bit.
Mouthfeel is clean and only leaves an oily taste in the aftertaste.
Alcohol is almost not present and the drinkability is good here.

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Photo of sfreshnock
3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BA NCTRNL for hand delivering these all the way to Chicago!

Bottle 03266 of 11950.

Being a native Kansan I could not wait to get my hands on the new Smokestack. Been drinking Boulevard Pale and Wheat since before I was legal, so I know what to expect from them. Saison with Brett is no different. Extremely balanced but still with defined flavors. Great presentation from label art to pour.

Poured gently into a tulip and let the frothy head settle. The funk is not in the aroma, even as it warms, not inviting but not bad either. Spicy hop flavor washed away by a sweet/tart wave. I don't really get any leather/horse blanket funk until the aftertaste, which stays around for awhile. It is still very minor even as it warms. Real sticky mouth feel, keeps you licking your lips and roof of your mouth. More aggressively hopped than the original Saison with more body. Brett is extremely well balanced and according to the label with become more pronounced with age. I with I had a case cause I want to follow this up with my second bottle which is going away until August. I will update this review at that time.

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Photo of Goliath
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle No. 05056 of 11950

Certainly looks like their saison. Pours a pale orange/yellow color, and is slightly hazed. A one inch bright white frothy head forms and lingers with decent retention leaving some bubbley lace on the sides.

The aroma is ok, more saison than brett though. Some fruity esters, citrus with some spice. The citrus quality is great. A little sweet as well. I'm not really getting any brett though, maybe when it warms a touch more.

I'm diggin the taste. It's a little different than most bretty beers in that it's really playing the acid up and showcasing the citrusy component of the saison. So I'd say really citrusy, orange and lemon. It's almost got like a bitter grapefruit finish (that's the brett). So slightly tart, but remarkably clean and slightly dry.

I love the mouthfeel too. It's really crisp, tons of carbonation really feels good and is kind of cleansing. But it's medium bodied with a nice fine bubbled carbonation kick.

Drinkability is fairly high. It comes off as more bitter than tart to me. I dig the flavor though and I love the mouthfeel. I would certainly drink it again. I do wish it had a bit more in your face brett though, maybe I should age a bottle.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle number 8949 of 11950.

Poured a corked and caged 750 into my Boulevard goblet. This beer pours a slightly hazy, golden pale straw with a huge 3 finger fluffy white head. This beer has great head retention leaving about a inch of a foamy head all the way down leaving behind beautiful lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is fruit esters, especially tart apples, a light grain bill, and just a hint of light funk coming through on the end of the nose. The taste up front also has the tart apple, fruity esters, a hint of spice - almost peppery and a really great musty flavor. The funk isn't overpowering but it comes through very well. The mouthfeel is light with just a bit of astringency. This is another home run in the Smokestack lineup. I will say that this bottle is on the funkier side of the 3 that I have drunk already. Each bottle seems to be developing on its own time.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked and caged. Batch 2008-1. Served in a Smokestack Chalice. Bottle conditioned. Poured a pale gold with two fingers of tight bubbled white head. Plenty of carbonation.
Great aroma. Citrus and spice with a little Brett funk. Medium bodied. More citrus, slightly sweet at the start but a dry finish. There is a bit of hop bitterness. More spice in the finish. Crisp and refreshing. Very drinkable. The last glass has a little more funk as the yeast is added in. It will be interesting to see what some age does to this beer.

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Photo of Hullabaloo2
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma - The saison yeast comes through more so than the brett. The brett "funk" is much light than what I was expecting. I get other spice aromas with some malt. Very floral.

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy gold/amber color with a frothy white head about 1 finger width thick. The head dissipated to about 1/2 finger width. There is quite a bit of visible carbonation. Nice head retention.

Taste - Nice farmhouse flavor. Because of the brett this beer is pretty dry, but still the sweetness of the malt and esters come through. This saison is tart from the brett, but I wouldn't say that it's sour. Very nice balance in my opinion. The characters from the aroma follow through into the taste very well. I am also getting a slight citrus note. There is a slight bitterness in the finish, but the brett is the lingering flavor.

Mouthfeel - Dry, but not thin. There is a nice body on this beer. Heavy carbonation. Dry finish with a slight perceived bitterness.

Overall Impression - After looking forward to the Smokestack series for over a year I was pretty disappointed in the series. I felt that the saison was one of the better of the four, but not much better than average. With the brett added this beer is given the character that it badly needed. This had been turned into a pretty great beer. For an 8.4% ABV the alcohol is well hidden. I could drink several pints of this. I would put this in my regular rotation if I could. I will go get a couple more bottles while it's still there. If you have the chance to get a bottle I highly recommend that you buy it.

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Photo of stephens101
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I owe this one to serendipity. Had no idea it was even out, and there it was, beseeching me to grab it off the shelf. All the smokestack series have been exceptional brews. I expect this one to be no different. Very limited. I'm reviewing bottle # 9825/11950. Let me say it once again, there's something deeply satisfying about uncorking a beer bottle. That "pop" that once only the wine snobs got to enjoy, can now be enjoyed by the common man.

As with the Doublewide IPA, this one has a prolific head that just doesn't stop. I slow poured this one into a snifter, and it still overflowed the rim. Retention is excellent, and big chunks of lacing are haphazardly left around the glass. Color is a subdued, somewhat hazy orange.

The nose is complex and filled with the robust, interesting and much welcomed brett funk. There's some citrus and some spice as well. Overall expectations just rose a bit. On to the palate. I taste yeasts, hay, some lemon tartness, orange peel, an essence of sweet bread in the background and some malts. There's a slight bitterness in the aftertaste, and some estery and phenolic essences also involve themselves. The taste and aroma are both complex and exceptional.

As mentioned before, this one's highly carbonated. Mouth-feel is crisp and medium to full-bodied, but is damn drinkable despite it's 8.5% abv.

Unique, tasty, well balanced, well crafted, and I good go on and on. If you are lucky enough to have Boulevard distributed to your area, I would seriously try and seek this one out before it's all gone.

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Photo of bort11
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, #03902/11950, poured into my Smokestack goblet. Bright white head stands a good fingers width. Recedes to a slight filmy lace. Color is a very hazy apricot-orange.

Smell is a mild Brett funk sour. A bit like wet hay on a hayride. there is toasted malt backbone keeping the balance. Taste is a balance of fresh alfalfa, green grass, hints of lemon and toasted biscuit.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and bubbly. Slightly sticky texture. The label says that aging will bring out more of the Brett. I'll get back to you in a year.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Tripel Karmeliet Goblet
TEMP: Chilled to approx 45 degrees
BOTTLE #09666 of 11950

A lightly hazy golden color with a touch of burnt orange. Massive bubbly head that leaves a decent foamy layer. Good retention and good, but spotty, lacing.

Man, there is no hiding that brett yeast in the nose. Little bit funky, in a good way. Nice level of tropical fruits mixed with a touch of citrus oils. Nice spicey pepperey smell. Saaz hops, maybe? Nice grains and floral notes.
Very nice, complex, yet attractively inviting nose.

Brett funkiness is upfront. Some sweet citrusy flavors. Pineapples, pears, and green apples, mostly. Decent sized spicey hop bite. Floral notes mix with a slight touch of earthiness.

Good mouthfeel. Medium body with a decent creaminess. Would like it better if it were a little bit creamier feeling.

Very drinkable, overall. Would be a great summer brew, I believe.
Boulevard continues to impress with their Smokestack Series (this one is #5 in the series).
Hope I can let a bottle or two of this lay for 6 months to a year, as I think it will be even better then.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap special at Cole's with a Boulevard brewer there. Pours a whitish shade of pale.And lace. A little spice in nose, active carbonation (better a few samples of it later). Smooth drinking, creamy. Absolutely smoother than can be expected . A mild bitterness. Had this bottled 3 1/3 years later and found it a showcase of brett taste, but also very boozy.

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Photo of zeff80
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Sycamore.

A - Poured out a clear yellow. It was fairly fizzy with a small,white head.

S - It had a great funky/sour smell from the Bret.

T - The taste is an amazing blend of sweet grains and sour Bret. There was also a citus kick with some hop spicness.

M - It was sharp, crisp and fizzy on the tongue. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good saison. The Bret makes it very interesting and delicious.

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Photo of jdubjacket
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split between me, my dad, who is wanted is 14 states and idolizes Steve Guttenberg, and my uncle, who knows a little something about electricity, during my trip to Kansas City. According to my uncle, the bottle had been aging for about nine months. But he doesn't know where he is half the time, so take that for what it's worth. Pours a pale yellow color, with a rich, creamy head on top. Smell is complex...floral, fruit, grain, and peppery. Taste is even more complex. It's earthy, a hint of dried fruit, and horse blanket. After aging, the bret and horse blanket undertones become relatively subdued and make this beer very drinkable... but not with family. A very drinkable beer that requires some aging, but is well worth the wait.

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

Bottle given to me by the owner of Boulevard Brewing after the Boulder Strong Ale festival. Many thanks for the opportunity and nice meeting you at the festival.

Pours a three finger lamost white head over a cloudy dull dead-grass yellow liquid. Many streamers and the head clings and caves in clumps. Smells sweet, pineapple, unripe green apple, and citrusy with minimal funk. Peppery and saaz-like hoppy aroma. Horse blanket is not heavy and dank, but present.

Up front, it tastes sweet with peppery zing (almost like a bohemian pils) and a flavor that I can only describe as a heineken-like hoppiness (not a fully skunked heineken, but a little bit along the way). Drying grassy and phenol finish is tough for me to handle (for most, it would not be unpleasant, but I'm not fond of phenol edginess...blech). Aftertaste lingers of light fruits, such as pear and some pineapple. Horse blanket brett character is quite strong, much more so than the aroma belied.

Strong carb and light body. Pretty easy drinking and likely to be a great quencher this summer.

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Photo of Crosling
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the saison with brettanomyces. Yellowish color with a massive & perfect head. Intriguing aroma of damp socks, horseblanket, lemon oil and wild mountain fruit. Nice & dry on the palate with hints of Torrontes. Exotic & wild, like a blend of papaya and pineapple. A really lovely example of the style Boulevard should be proud of.

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