Saison-Brett | Boulevard Brewing Co.

763 Reviews

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 BMoney575
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 5-13-10
Bottle No. 07088 of 13400
Batch 2009-2

Pours a very cloudy light gold color, with a billowing white head with great retention. Lots of bubbles rising to the surface, with thick, slowly moving lacing.

Smell is very spicy, lots of wild yeast, a bit sour and very fruity. Tons of complexity, and very good. The hops are great at the end, adding a super sweet piny edge.

Taste is very barnyardy, thick earthy flavors give way to sharp hops and alcohol. The finish is very tart where the booze hits again, adding a pleasant warming sensation. Not as complex as the smell, but still god.

Mouthfeel is all fizzy carbonation, which suits the tartness and bitterness. Very smooth at the end.

Drinkability is good, light and flavorful, and not too overpowering.

Overall, a good saison and definitely worth picking up if you can find it.

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

Batch 2009-2 poured into a snifter.

appearance - pours a cloudy gold with a substantial foam head, long and beautiful lacing spreads along the glass

smell - sour, citrus, funk, apple

taste - earthy yeast, funk, citrus, hops, a deceiving complexity

mouthfeel - smooth and medium body, slightly dry finish, lingers

drinkability - excellent taste, refreshing, unique, complex

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

This brewery has blown me again, perhaps the best american Saison; certainly the only one to hold a candle to the great fantome; much better than anything CA or the rest of the US has produced. I let this one age for quite some time.

Appearance: Hazy, straw-golden pear, big, nice ivory head.

Smell: Nice serving of funk with a bit of spicy citrus lemon, tart apples & Arkansas black apples, yeast, lychee, wheat/grass, and lemon.

Taste: Smooth and medium-full, much better than I expected.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and medium-full

Drinkability: Off the charts

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

2008. Thanks to dgb3 for cracking this one open.

Massive frothy white head at the pour. Body is translucent straw golden. Aromas were musty phenols with spice. Flavors were the same, with bitter herbals and a mellow earthiness characteristics balancing out the Brett, which at this point was heavily medicinal (see: band-aids). The body and carbonation are right on, making this a typically refreshing ale. I'm surprised at the lack of alcohol/solvency in the flavors. 8.5% is significant in my mind, but the balance of herbals and earth (as well as age) did well to cover up the potential heat.

The highlight of this beer was pairing it with a 3-year cheddar. The cheese seemed to mellow out the phenols, and bring out the slightly funky/dirty flavors. This beer was such a treat!

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml Batch 2009-2.

Pours a perfect straw color with tons of head that takes a good while to dissipate. Be prepared with this one, once you remove the cage, drop a towel over the cork and slowly disgorge the cork to avoid losing any.

Smell is perfect blend of cake-like yeast with more hop aroma vs other saisons I've tried. Plenty of time to savor the aroma as you wait for head to die down.

Taste is exceptional. Certainly the musty yeast flavor is present but a generous dose of hops as well make this a very well-balanced ale. This will be purchased for special occasions, but budget permitting would drink often. Great beer. I'm a huge Hennepin fan and this one is right there, more a hoppy less funky version and great for a change of pace.

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Photo of afausser
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber wheat and peach toned straw. This one's a gusher and got everywhere, and after a brief intermission to clean the mattress it spilled all over, took an extremely slow pour to get in the glass. The head is a few inches big and is not gonna die down anytime soon. The carbonation is in swirls, streams, and clouds, and dare I say it, clouds that remind me of a smokestack, with thick plumes coming out fairly consistently. The carbonation moves so much, but the head stays extremely still and no movement is evident. This brew is absolutely amazing looking, with an entirely ridiculous head and carbonation. Webby and sticky, uneven patches of lacing.

Smell: Smells deliciously sour, and mouthwatering at that, with tones ranging from green apples to sour powder. Some grapefruit and pretty obvious brett, as well as just the slight amount of funk. Smells simple, light, and nice.

Taste: Taste is a slightly sour barnyard funk with heavy brett, and is combined rather nicely with fruit notes (particularly granny smith apples. The sourness is pleasantly present, and doesn't overwhelm, yet for someone who absolutely loves sours the way I do is amazing for being toned down a bit but managing to be full bodied. The funk isn't too overwhelming either--there are grass, hay, leather, and tobacco notes, but nothing that smells too much of horse. Increasing banana and some clove spice as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is excellent, I was almost terrified that this one would be overcarbonated, but it is very nice and well done, and easily drinkable, and actually fairly calm. It is a little on the foamy side...

Drinkability: This is an amazingly crafted and easily drinkable brew. It was an absolute pleasure to consume and as a whole, I really have few complaints. Its different elements blend together fairly amazingly. This is absolutely one of the best Boulevards that I have had to date, and is quite impressive--I would never guess the ABV.

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Photo of abrand
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle 04393 of 13400 produced. Batch 2009-2.

The Saison-Brett pours a golden straw color with the most head I have ever seen in a beer. A very gentle pour leaves a fist size head that slowly fizzes away. Lots of carbonation leads to the cork popping out and the aromas hit the nose immediately. Lots of earthy tones are first sniffed with some nice bananas and raisins lingering. Some alcohol is present in the aromas but not overpowering. After the head fizzles away, I finally got to take the first sip. Taste is unbelievably good. Plenty of yeast and breads with a semi dry finish. No alcohol is tasted. I would love to see how the yeast characteristics continue to develop with more aging. Mouthfeel is dry and medium bodied. Drinkability is good. Taste is right on queue. A very refreshing saison that can be enjoyed year round. I hope Boulevard continues this as one of their smokestack series brews.

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Photo of Lukafer
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well, I have traded this beer and I know it's in the top 100, but I have yet to taste it. So, here I go...

It pours a nice golden yellow, and the head is insane! By insane, I mean I poured into a pint glass, and half of the glass was head! So, after I let the head die down, I smell fruit and bananas and a little bit of clove, a lot of yeast and some sweetness, I love it! The taste is spicy, yeasty and citrusy, with some apples and a very little amount of funk, but it's delicious! The carbonation is too much, but if you age it I'm sure it will be okay. I could drink this all night long, good stuff!

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Photo of EPICAC
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Saison pours a cloudy straw-golden, and is topped by an enormous, vigorous, fluffy, off-white head, which fades leaving copious lace. The aroma has notes of bananas, pepper, and Brettanomyces.

A clean, neutral graininess upfront moves into a sweet center with notes of banana and citrus. The finish is pretty sweet, but is cut by a mild bitterness, and earthy Brett flavors. This beer is light-bodied and highly carbonated.

I like Saisons with a touch of wild character, but this one was a tad too sweet.

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Photo of Zaplt
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pour - crystal clear golden-yellow with a massive head (3-4 fingers) with absolutely beautiful lacing.

Aroma - sour citrus, tart fruitiness, grapefruit, apple?, *floral hoppy hops

taste - yum - hoppy - *herbal/spicy with layers of bret funk in the beginning- earthy grassy, funky - ends with a tart fruitiness -- (*lemon) that's a bit bitter resinous finish due to hops.

Feels dry and generously carbonated

Apparently it's all over - I love this beer. They did a great job of mixing all the aspects of this beer together in a very drinkable manner.

*Courtesy of fellow tasters

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Photo of steve8robin
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this one on a trip to Arkansas...

A: Looks very good. A nice golden yellow with a thick white head that fades at a medium rate.

S: Smells hoppy and earthy upfront with grapefruit notes in the middle and pear on the backend. Not bad.

T: Hmm, interesting to put my finger on the flavor. Taste is better than expected. Sweet upfront with pear and booziness mixed in. Grassy bitterness on the backend. Good surprise.

M: Very good balance of carbonation. Leaves a little too much stickiness on your palate for this style, but still very good.

D: Goes down super easy. No complaints here.

All in all, this brew definitely surprised me. This is the first Saison I've gotten to try and love it. The smell was a bit deceiving because it smelled like it might be flirting with the IPA, but the taste is something all of it's own. Very delicious!

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is how I imagine a Saison tasted back when farmers were making it back in Belgium/France. Thanks to dontcostnuthin for the trade.

Pours a hazy golden color with a huge white foamy head and tons of lacing. A little too much head IMO.

Aroma has tons of funk. This is how I imagin a beer to smell like that came from a farmer that just wants something easy to drink while he's working hard.

Tastes awesome. Lots of funk. Slight tartnes and nice peppery note. This is how a saison should taste.

Mouthfeel is maybe a little too carbed. Probably why the head is so foamy.

Overall a tasty beer. Glad I got some. Seek this one out.

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Photo of kbeals
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to rlcnmeyer for delivering me this brew at KBS Release Day!!

A- Pours a slightly hazy bright yellow. Tons of white fizzy head billow over the top of the glass. A continuous stream of bubbles rise up from the bottom to help keep the head around and provide awesome lacing.

S- Slightly fruity, namely apples with a hint of an earthy, grass like smell. A bit of funk but not much. The grass smell almost gives it an IPA characteristic but it is distintively different.

T- Starts off slightly bitter from the grass flavor but has a slight amount of sweetness from the apples. Finishes off with a slight amount of funk.

M- Light-medium body with tons of carbonation. Results in a prickly mouthfeel.

D- The 8.5% sneaks up on you pretty quick which hurts it just a bit. Overall though it was above average simply due to the aroma and flavor.

This was my first Saison and I was thoroughly impressed. Looking forward to trying these again in the future. Thanks again Randy!

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Photo of IrieJackalope
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to abrand for getting this bad boy out to me, definitely made my day.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Russian River goblet. Right after I popped the cork I could smell the funky, barnyardy, aroma. Lots of Brett character even before getting it into the glass. The color is amazing, golden, and hazy, with a good deal of carbonation. My mouth is watering even before starting to taste. The taste itself if amazing. Smooth and funky all the way through. Thoroughly enjoyed this one. Very drinkable, so much so that if it wasn't so geographically difficult to get I would probably have a bottle on hand as often as I could. Overall, this is a fantastic representation of one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.81/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving notes - opened this one right out of the closet, should have cooled it down. The cap exploded off as soon as I had undone the wire cage and it bonked me on the head. Lost a good half-glass to gushing.
A - fine malt aroma. No sourness in the nose that I can perceive.
A- cloudy banana yellow with a billowing white head (three fingers plus) that dissipates rather quickly. However, a persistent quarter inch remains for the entire drink.
M - medium body and high carbonation.
T - Very mellow sourness in the flavor that seems to have been smoothed by the aging. Some subtle figs or some fruit appear in the background but also very subtle.
D - This beer goes down wonderfully smooth for its 8.5% abv. Aging made it very smooth with subtle complexities.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale golden color, huge head that stuck around for a bit. Nice sticking to the sides of the glass.

S - This was where this beer really got me. Definately yeasty, with a sour like, almost tart quality to it. Earthy, grassy, and has that Brett funk to it.

T - Somewhat dissapointing given the small, not tart or sour at all, a pretty even drink with yeast and grass notes, culminating in a phenol type bite at the end. Not as much going on here as I would like, didn't deliver on the wonderful nose.

M - Fuller thank it looks, and the carbonation helps to keep it balanced.

D - Not real hard to drink, but it's not enjoyable enough to do lots of. Not unpleasant by any means though.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 750ml bottle into my Orval glass. Bottle number 4144 of 13400.

The beer pours a medium cloudy honey gold with lots of carbonation. The head rises about 4 fingers of creamy off white head. There is very good retention and decent retention.

The aroma is light but balanced. There is a nice earthiness to it, a light yeasty sourness to it. I really like the aroma.

The taste is off from the aroma, I was hoping to get some nice sourness and there was none. It was more like just drinking a regular saison. Lots of earth and yeast with a light sour note at the end.

The feel is pretty full, very tannic feeling afterwards.

The drinkability is a little down just because its kind of boring to drink.

Overall, this was ok, expecting a little more.

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Photo of jbone78
3.36/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not really sure if some age would help this, but it wasn't at all funky. I was expecting some real funk out of this bottle. Poured into my glass, it had some sediment floating, which I liked and that gave it some haziness to it. Had a strange bubblegum flavor that lead into a spice flavor and finished pretty clean. Carbonation was right on, but I wasn't impressed with this Saison.


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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2009-2, Bottle #07440. 750 ml. bottle poured into my RR glass.

A: This beer pours a hazy golden color with massive head that does not want to settle. Carbonation is very vigorous, and the glass is coated with sticky lacing.

S: The aroma is very light. There are some lemon and grassy tones, with a fair amount of Brett funk. On the nose, Hops are barely present.

T: Malt shows with some fresh bread and honey. Barnyardy character takes control with some lemon and grapefruit. Heavily hopped, the beer finishes with more citrus, flowers, and grass.

M&D: Lighter bodied than I would have expected. It is, however, very flavorful. The best part is the finish. Dry and crisp, this is the perfect aperitif brew. It is very drinkable, and a great example of what Brett has to offer for those who are just getting into the style.

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Photo of gford217
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750mL bottle, 2008 batch 1, courtesy of maximum12 poured into a tulip.

Massive pop when the cork opens up and no surprise when the pour generates a gigantic fluffy white head that goes absolutely nowhere. The body is a slightly hazy golden yellow and as bubbly as champagne.

The aroma is extremely refreshing and bright with lemon zest, Belgian yeast and some spices as well. The brett adds some complexity but doesn't dominate and it's still more citrusy than earthy.

The taste is even more refreshing but with a more prevalent brett presence. The initial taste is off lemon zest and hops with the Belgian yeast forming a solid barckbone before the finish brings the earthy funk to the forefront.

To say the mouthfeel is lively would be a massive understatement. Crazy amoiunt of carbonation, maybe too much though it doesn't take away from things.

This is definitely one of the better saisons I've ever tasted, extremely refreshing but also very complex. A home run from Boulevard.

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Photo of glid02
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased from Hyvee in Columbia, MO. Forget the batch number but was purchased in May 09.

Pours a slightly hazy lemon-yellow color with a billowing white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light funk backed by good amounts of sweet malt and sweet citrus fruit. Also present are light amounts of leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors serve as the backbone and are quickly joined by good amounts of citrus hop and lighter amounts of funk. Midway through the sip some leafy and earthy hop flavors join in and dry things out a bit, carrying through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is great. This is one of the easiest-drinking saisons I can remember having.

Overall this beer delivered what was promised. A very good saison with a hint of brett, well worth a shot.

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Photo of randawakes
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried a bottle at the Flying Saucer Beer Emporium in Houston, tx, poured into wine glass. Fan of bretts, so I had to try this one.

Smell and taste the rose hips, brett strains are evident but are not as potent as the MSB 3767. Felt like a smooth belgian IPAish with spice and multitudes of sweet flavors.

Overall not as impressed as I had hoped for, not enough wild strain here for me, at least.

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Photo of trbergman
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a cervoise.

A - Pours a pale gold with solid half-inch of bone-white head.

S - A bit of bready malt, cidery apple, pear, some barnyard funk.

T - Lightly bready malt, with tart apple and pear fruitiness. Grassy, herbal hoppiness and assertive bitterness. Refreshing brett funk. Very nice.

M - Light-bodied. Bottle conditioning leads to a mouthfeel that's both creamy and crisp.

D - Delicious, light, and refreshing. A must-try for saison lovers.

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Photo of mmva321
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009-1 batch. No. 09628 of 11925.

Poured into a tulip.

Even an unaggressive pour yields a large amount of head. Four fingers in a narrow tulip. It's a white and foamy head with great retention that leaves a great amount of lacing all the way down. The body itself is a great looking amber tinted yellow. It's a little murky and consistant.

A citrus tang makes its presence know right away. Orange and lemon to be more precise. But these are merely the accents of a strong base of yeast and dry hops and a good amount of funk. There is also a smooth sweetness that helps blend all the auromas. Vanilla perhaps? I only wish it were a bit stronger.

The taste of this beer, for me, happens in stages. As it sits on the tounge, I get mainly the yeast and funk. When I swallow, I initially get citrus flavors, mainly orange and lemon, which blend with the initial yeasty flavor. Near the end, the hops really come through, adding a real bitterness to the equation. They all blend well together, and this is a very refined beer, but I think I'm missing some characterisitic or flavor that could really bridge and meld these flavors together into a better whole. Just this side of greatness.

Feels consistent and good for the most part. A very light body with a slight amount of carbonation. Ends a little watery for me.

Overall, this is a delicious saison that is very nearly a great beer but is just missing that knockout element that a beer like Sofie had. Still, a strong beer and one of the better saisons out there.

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

This beer is amazing.

A - Poured a golden straw with a white haze. Nice head that continues to cover the surface of the beer all the way down. Good Lacing.

S - The wonderful sweet wheat. A light tart orange peal comes across as well as a spicy hop aroma.

T - This has an amazing taste. Sweet bread pudding is the malt notes that thins out to a nice straw. Lots of Spice, from orange peel to banana. Noble Hops come through nicely to dry out the finish.The spicy saison notes blend so well into the perfect amount of funk from the brett.

M - Lots of carbonation. Body feels quite light for the amount of flavor in this beer.

O- Quite amazing. I love the nice brett finish of the beer. I need more.

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Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.29 out of 5 based on 3,205 ratings.
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