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 tommy5
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jtee
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a 750ml bottle served straight from the fridge at 10 degrees Celsius into an oversized wine glass. Best by date: 16.01.2019

Look: Absolutely gorgeous. The beer pours a brilliant amber-gold with 8cm of dense, rocky, ivory head that settles into a thick cap within 6-ish minutes. Great lacing and overall persistent head. The level of clarity is mind-boggling considering the beer has been dry-hopped. Effervescent.

Smell: Strong and well-balanced. Beautiful and delicate nose with a complex yeast profile. Citrusy esters, floral, fruity, and earthy hops, with additional notes of peppery spice, musty cellar, and faint barnyard. Low intensity grainy malts.

Taste: Strong and balancing towards bitter following the aroma seamlessly. Complex, quite tart, and highly attenuated. Citrus fruit, peppery spice, earthy & spicy hops, and a layered yeast character. The finish is moderate in length, medium intensity, and leaning towards bitter. Damn delicious!

Feel: Medium body with high carbonation. Drying, prickly, and crisp with a restricted, smooth alcohol warming. Strong presence while occupying the palate, but once it's gone it leaves the mouth feeling refreshed and ready for another sip.

Overall: Mind-blowing. I feel stupid posting straight fives, but I don't know how a beer could get any better than this. It looks stunning, smells enticing as well as intriguing, tastes delicious with perfect mouthfeel, and it nails the style yet takes it to another level. High drinkability and well-hidden alcohol (full 750ml for myself with no probs). Every bit worth the high price. I should've bought more when I had the chance.

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Photo of BlueSpader
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL into a tulip

Full-disclosure--this is my favorite stateside brewer...

As fine a pour for the style as you will find. A solid, two-fingered (maybe three?) head of pillowy foam. As it settles, it gives way to excellent lacing that endures fairly well. The color is a spectacular hazy gold.

The aromas start with citrus, followed by tropical notes (pineapple) then juicy tree fruits (golden apple and pear). In true saison style, peppery and vinous/oaky notes show up, followed by funky brett and just a touch of hops.

The fruitiness follows through on the palate, but with less bitterness, and more sourness. Winter apple, pear, and white grape are followed closely by dry, peppery and crackery yeast notes, with a touch of grassiness. The brett funk from the nose is there, though a bit more subdued. Just a hint of booziness shows up at the end, especially as the brew warms. The hops are there--but pretty laid back.

The mouthfeel is medium and--dry dry dry, and not in a bad way. The peppery yeast, touch of hops, brett bunk, and crackery malt all conspire to provide as crisp and dry a finish as you will find in the style. When combined with the classic light Boulevard carbonation, it's damn good. Can 8.5% be described as sessionable? This beer would be exhibit no. 1.

Boulevard strikes again, with a funkier take on its Tank 7 masterpiece. Get it again and again.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml cork and cage bottle from the LCBO. Among the most expensive bottles of beer I've bought from a wholesaler at $18.85 CDN for this beer. Cost may restrict me from having a second bottle, although we will see. Reputation and expectations are high for this, widely considered one of the best accessible Saisons in the world. Served fairly cold into a tulip.

Appearance - pours a brilliant hazy rich golden beer with hues of orange. A tremendous three finger white cap is poured (even though I was gentle) and recedes at a glacial pace making the top of the beer covered with foam for the duration. A kaleidoscope of lacing patterns accumulate around the glass. Fantastic looking beer.

Smell - it's a saison all right with a signature yeasty and earthy aroma with plenty of floral notes for good measure. A little more earthy than most due to the Brett, some orchard fruits make it into play here as well.

Taste - straddling a super fine line between bitterness and sweetness from orchard fruit and something close to honey, the earthy undertones make this a cut above. Flavors are consistent with a little pepper appearing as the glass warmed some. Earthy pear is the most prominent flavor combination in the beer.

Mouthfeel- rich, alcohol is imperceptible, full bodied yet refreshingly light. Hits all the right notes.

Overall - a very enjoyable and world class saison that lives up to expectations and the hefty price tag associated with it.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not sure why this is rated higher than Tank 7; this is a perfectly enjoyable saison but it didn't make my eyes pop open like Tank 7, Dupont or Sofie did. That said I was glad to see it on tap at a local watering hole and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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Photo of Jerk_Store
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of needMIbeer
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brendanjames
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sparx1100
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cruzgator
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mkh012
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cramshawbar
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I guess I should have waited before opening, to allow more aging...
Boulevard is one of my favourite breweries, so much so, that even the $19/750mL price tag didn't scare me away. I couldn't wait to pop this bad boy open (the 2017 version).
The floral tones are strong in this one, balanced nicely with some of the fruit found in Tank 7, on which this is based. Only Tank 7 is better.
With a strong, well retained head, funky nose and boozy taste that almost kicks into gueuze territory, this is lovely beer. But again, not as good as Tank 7 and with a really hefty price tag to boot. Of course it isn't worth $19, except as a one off. Or perhaps I should have waited before opening, to allow more aging...

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Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Watkinsmike83
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of delgotit99
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mtn
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Taybeh
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 2+ year old bomber sitting in my fridge whose time had finally come, into a Sweetgrass tulip. This is extremely good and well made. The Brett is more fruity than farmyardy funky, so it is a little less wild than I was expecting, but the integration with the Tank 7 base is perfect and everything works together, superbly. It has compelling floral and orchard fruit notes on the nose, with some good bubblegum yeast notes, as well. On the tongue, nicely layered with all sorts of development of flavors over the course of the mouthful and great integration. Very dry on the finish. Alcohol is well hidden, carbonation is on the high side, body is substantial but not at all heavy. Excellent use of the Brett.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TonyTwins
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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