Saison-Brett | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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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763
Ratings:
3,205
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
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Photo of TMoney2591
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass at Local Option.

I didn't expect to get this beer during this visit, but I'm not one to argue. It pours a partly-cloudy golden-brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, cracked wheat, coriander, light black pepper, mild Brett, and a vague sense of banana peel in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, the Brett mixing with the wheat, citrus, and spices to form a very pleasant sweetness with a swirl of spices. A pall of Belgian-style yeast hangs in the air, intermingling cooperatively at times with everything else. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a smooth feel, and a drying finish. Overall, a damn fine saison, one that uses the Brett to an immense benefit, rather than overdoing it and turning things into a damn Brett-bomb. This is some tasty-ass shit right here.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into a Belgian flute.

We've got a gusher. Tons of sudsy foam. I have to pour and wait and pour and wait. And I'm still waiting. The body appears similar to pear or apricot juice, ruddy and unfiltered orange/copper. Closer to the stem some blonde hues show. 4

A bright floral bouquet on the nose with some peppery spice and a tart, Brett-y, slightly chalk-like element. There's some fruit aroma that reminds me of pears too. 4

This flavor gets things on track in a major way though. Sweet floral notes, peppery spice, light pear, and sugary sweetness. The flavors are varied and still work highly well together. 4.25

Peppery, juicy, white-wine like, sweet and floral. Many a sensation. Add light tartness and a dry, zesty finish. Throughout is a wine-like quality. 4.25

Besides the nuisance of the pours/foam and and the slightly underwhelming nose, this beer tastes and drinks excellently. A great brew.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*****review from May 11, 2015*****

Enjoyed from my smaller Teku.. 3 finger foamy white head atop a pale golden mostly clear brew... obviously great retention with good lacing. Earthy and herbal.. spiciness is a bit pervasive IMO... Grainy pale malt ties everything together on the palate and ends with bitter greens on the finish... Fizzy carbonation.. Really well made

4.25/4.25/4.25/4/4





*****review from JohnGalt1, Oct 30, 2009*****

750 picked up today at the Boise COOP... WOOO HOOO!!! Boulevard is here in town!! Paid $13.... sharing with Brenda.. mine goes into a Delirium goblet.

3 finger foamy whipped egg white head... great retention... tons of lace.. the brew is lightly hazed golden... very pretty.

Nose is very floral.. some minor tropical fruits.. reminds me of geraniums and dandelion greens.. spicy and only mildly earthy funky...

flavor has plenty of the same flavors as demonstrated in the aroma.. but there is a pretty nice citric element.. green apple skin.. sorta has some menthol.. not as dry as I was expecting.. very pleasant and inviting... pear essence combines with some residual sweetness as it warms.

bigger body and a pretty much perfect carbonation right now... very nice..

I am sooo happy that we have access to Boulevard... I will be getting a few of these before they're gone... I think some time in the cellar will do well and only add to an already great beer.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to egrace84 for sharing this beer! Thanks elliot!

poured into tulip.

reviewed from notes taken 7/17/12.

Appearance: Straw yellow bodied beer with a slighy haze to it, but you can still see through the beer. 2 fingers of white head.

Smell: Big wheat and hay notes. Mild funk. Yeasty and slightly fruity.

Taste: Mild brett funk and lemon tartness. Yeasty, bready, grainy, and fruity with bananas having the most infleunce. Little hint of pepper. Got alot of really nice flavors going on in this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Agressive carbonation thats just right. Nice dry finish, but the beer has a delicate element to it as far as the mouthfeel goes maybe some creaminess?

Overall: This is the #2 Saison for a reason! Great beer by Boulevard! It honestly my second favorite next to BBQ. Love those smokestack series beers!

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a hazy yellow with an inch of white head, leaves good lacing.

S- Emphasis is on the yeastiness and brett, some fruit and earth, smells nice.

T- Lots of brett, which provides a lot of fruity flavors as well as some earthiness. Lots of yeast and some hay with just a tiny bit of spiciness.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth and dry feel.

O- A very good Saison, highly drinkable and refreshing stuff.

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Photo of Exiled
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle - Batch 2009-1

Thanks to Mora2000 for sharing this bottle.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a big white head. Smell is lemons, earthy hops, and some spices. Taste is lemons, spices, brett, and a slight hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel, and medium carbonation. Overall im glad I finally got to try this beer.

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Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at a private lil tasting, reviewed from notes. 2009 bottle.

A - Pours a light straw hue with a biiig fluffy white head that slowly faded to leave very nice lacing.

S - Strong, good barnyard funk with nice citrus (lemons) and tart apples.

T - Really nice saison flavours. Pronounced apples and lemons along with some light peppery spice towards the end.

M - Super carbonated and crisp. Good and refreshing.

O - This is definately sessionable considering it is a 8.5%. Quite shocking and dangerous. Would love to have again.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 ounce cork and cage bottle into a Shaker pint glass, this is Saison Brett 2015 with a "best by" date January 2017.

APPEARANCE: Pours a cloudy, golden color with a two-finger white head that slowly dissipated until a thin unbroken layer of bubbles remained, highly carbonated, strangely, there was no lacing on the glass.

SMELL: the most unique nose I have encountered, musty, wet hay, banana.

TASTE: initially you get the funky brett taste that is very earthy and musty, then some green apple and lemon, there is some spice and banana as well, this is a very complex beer.

PALATE: medium body and highly carbonated.

OVERALL: this is an excellent beer for the style, if you like the brettanomyces yeast strain-this is your beer. The Smokestack Series from Boulevard is awesome and I can't wait to try more.

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Photo of amphion1065
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle from 2011 into a Duvel tulip. Quite happy that Boulevard has made its way to Massachusetts, though this particular bottle came courtesy of Rempo.

Though I poured this quite gingerly, a billowing, frothy, three-finger white head formed and lasted. What little body lay beneath the head was a clear gold, almost champagne-like. Great lacing as well.

The aroma of apples was strong at first, and only became more potent as the beer warmed. I'd be hard-pressed to call this sour based on the nose. The brett funk is subdued in this beer, and in place of an overpowering tartness there's more of a citrus, lemon rind character to the smell. A yeasty sweetness follows on the funk nicely.

Brett is much more forward in the taste, though again the sweet fruit character is at the forefront. Sweet citrus fruits and apple compliment the bready yeast well. It's not exactly a spicy beer, but it is quite herbal; at times, I felt that this tasted quite similar to tea. I often feel that most saisons don't have enough funk to them, but this is obviously an exception. Again, the tartness is not terribly present, but it works.

The mouthfeel is great, lush and lively. The carbonation level is ideal, with an effervescence that approximates champagne. This is a very easy beer to drink.

I'm sorry I didn't pick up a few bottles of Saison-Brett this summer, as I imagine it would be a perfect warm weather beer. I still hope to pick up many bottles, as this is a great take on the style and a delicious beer.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Generous egg white whipped merengue head that lasts throughout with straying lace. Cloudy yellow gold appearance with aggressive/rapid carbonation.

Smell green fruits, straw, slight funk and citrus.

Flavour has a lemon zest sensation with juz 'nuff sourness, Finishes off with a spicy, peppery taste. All layered well.

Mouthfeel is quenching with prickly carbonation on the tongue. Sourness and spice through the nose.

Quality brew and seems to be difficult to find. Well worth the money. Enjoyed this on a beautiful sunny summer day in the yard-like I'm sure it was meant to be.

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Photo of philbe311
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 Edition

L - A bit of a gusher after popping the cork... A massive (4+ fingers worth) delicate airy head comprised of big chunky bubbles... Stellar retention... The color is a slightly hazy yet vibrant mix of lemony yellow and light amber... Mostly still with just a few streaks of carbonation seen towards the top of the glass under close examination... The overall look regal and rather sophisticated...

S - The brett is at the forefront and provides a robust earthiness and slight funky appeal... This sits a top the base Saison like a warm blanket... The yeast and spice components come the nose next... Lemon zest... Wheaty... Each whiff reveals a slightly new nuance... Rich, warming and robust... Loaded with depth and complexity...

T - The palate is lead by a initial burst of lemon zest... This is quickly replaced by the brett character... Then then traditional Saison characteristics being to shine through... Spicy... Earthy... Cracked wheat... Similar to the nose, each sip reveals a slightly different perspective...

F - Much more pronounced carbonation bite than expected (based on the appearance)... Crisp... Medium bodied... Even and consistent...

O - I've wanted to try this one for quite some time and wasn't let down in anyway... It's a very good Saison with loads of additional depth and complexity added by the Brett... Looks good... Smells good... Tastes good... Feels good... It checks all the boxes, but falls ever so short of being truly exceptional and world class... As it is, this one is just a really really good Saison...

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Batch 2009-2, bottle #11281 of 13400.

4.5 A: First pour yields a clear golden straw color. Three fingers of frothy, yet creamy cream colored head. Pretty good retention and tons of lacing.

5.0 S: Quite fruity, even for a saison. Lots of yellow apples and wild red apples. Peaches too. Then comes the yeasty aspects with pepper, clove, and general yeastiness. Funk is the third aspect in the nose with mustiness, a touch of horseblanket, a touch of brett, and a small touch of acid. Really impressive. Complex as hell with everything blending together well.

4.0 T: Again, very complex but it doesn't mesh as well as in the nose. Straw and musky funk up front. Brett comes through much better though. Fruitiness again with emphasis on wild red apple and peach. There's a touch of booziness in here as well. Peppery yeastiness. Sweet grainy malts. Hardly any bitterness.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Spritzy carbonation. Not as smooth as I'd like because of the booziness. Still, no major flaws.

3.5 D: Good beer, very complex, just not my cup of tea (beer). I did enjoy it very much, and I have another bottle to age. Maybe it'll become better for me.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New brewery, new beer: Boulevard Saison Brett! Excited about this one.

Cracking this open during the Oscars. Actually, my buddy popped the cork and it went flying – and then his arms were covered in the fizz that followed. Batch 2, brewed in 2011 (about a year old).

A: What a head on this one – a third of the glass is beer, the rest is a soapy off-white. The bubbles pop with ferocity (almost audibly, it seems), leaving little retention except for a creamy bulge over the nucleation site. Lacing is spotty, with oily soap-patches. Gold body, luminescent but a little pale.

S: Big funk, esters, Band-Aid, clover, leather, and light banana from the yeasts; just as Bretty as I’d hoped it would be. Earthy, with the fruity spice of lemon pepper (mostly lemon) from what feel like a dry-hopped profile. Breads, straw, and light wood (not heavy oak – more like DFH’s Palo Santo brew). Very earthy, herbal nose.

T: Sour, estery, alcoholic, and dry on the yeasts. Hops are dry and resiny with citrus rind, more Noble than anything. Malt thickness, with a great straw graininess and earthy grassiness; damn does it go down smooth. Next is applesauce and notes of brown sugar, bringing memories of sweet potatoes with butter and cinnamon. Finishes with fresh cream butter and an aftertaste of pepper and barley.

M: Comes off thick, mouth-coating, and oily. Froth every once in a while, leaving it drinkable and fluffy.

O: Very smooth and drinkable – I actually would have liked a little bit more funk, but it’s still packing quite a bit of punch at the moment. While it doesn’t jump out at you with extreme flavors, it does go down with smooth complexity (and there’s nothing wrong with that, I assure you). A beer that’s rich, but not overwhelming in character: that certainly makes an offering in this style memorable.

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Photo of owend
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A) four finger off-white head over a hazy golden body. Well carbonated, but less so than the forceful pop upon opening would suggest

S) juicy melon and brett mingle very nicely, with a hint of spiciness as well

T) mild brett flavor, with nice melon flavors the give way to a mildly spicy and dry finish. Personally I always hope for more pronounced funk, but a very fine balance nonetheless

M) medium bodied with a dry crisp finish

O) A very pleasing, complex saison. This is a refreshing sipper that would be perfect on a warm summer day. This would be a great introduction to brett

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Photo of dubinsky
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Crate and Barrel Bruges Snifter, Batch 2009-2. Review #800. Thanks to 321Jeff for this beer.

A - Pours a mostly clear orange/gold with a soft foamy white two finger head which recedes quickly. Not much lacing to speak of, but i'm not too concerned with it baring the style. Not too much carbonation visible.

S - The nose is awesome! Very Clean and bright. Fairly sour smelling, like a zinfandel wine, yet a bit sweet like a muscat. Candied orange peel, big barnyard presence, lemon and of course brett. I cant wait to try this one.

T - The taste although wonderful is way less tart than i expected from this brett beer. Its clean tasting with some candied orange with some very prominent barnyard and cut hay notes. The brett is pretty prevalent here, but i still think its bigger in the nose than in the taste. This is a sweeter take on a style that im increasingly growing to love that fantastically blends sweet, sour and dry all in one.

M - Mouthfeel is fairly soft and not over-carbonated as others are in this style. The carbonation is fairly smooth and refined. Dry on the finish.

O - This is wonderful Saison thats well balanced and extremely drinkable. What i really like is that i find it to be a unique take on the saison style thats sweeter than i have come to expect. This is probably my last beer as Passover is about to begin, and i cant think of a better way to go dry for a week with this one fresh on my mind.

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Photo of Agold
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer in the 100% satisfaction redux BIF. Have been really excited to try this for a long time. Opens with a loud resounding pop. I was a bit worried about a gusher, but the beer stayed put. Pours with a big billowy white head that has some great staying power with a bit of nice lacing, but there is definitely too much head here. Aroma is very nice and fruity with a lot of Belgian pale ale characteristics, not much funk or brettyness than I would have expected or wanted. Flavor is mildly sweet and fruity, but nice and dry and crisp, a bit more barnyard than the aroma (especially in the aftertaste), and a mild alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is very light with good refreshing carbonation. Exactly the dry effervescent beer I would have wanted.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.16/5  rDev -3%
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 CowsandBeer
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a TB Teku. 2014 bottle.

A: Pours a huge three fingers of bright white head. Thin and wispy with a pale golden body. Crazy good head retention.

S: Spicy white pepper phenols with a nice lemon tangyness and white grapes. The brett adds a nice horsey funk that blends quite well with the zesty yest and fruity hops at the beginning.

T: Like the nose tons of spicy yeast phenols up front with some nice dusty hoppyness in the middle. Horsey and biscuit malt finish. Little sweeter that I like though.

M/D: Drying mouthfeel with a nice prickly carbonation. On par for a saison. Very drinkable with only some warmth.

O: Solid Brett forward saison. Nice balance of zesty yeast phenols, lemony hops and Brett finish. Has more heft than I'm used to in a saison but still drinks fairly easy.

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Photo of joshuadlight
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty cool. I tried bottle 4500. Poured into a giant snifter.

I was really wary of this beer before I had it. I was terrified I would hate it. But by the time I finished it, I was left wanting more.
The head jumps at you, so be ready. Tons of bone white foam abound. Golden tripel kind of color.
Smells Galore! Ginger, cinnamon, vinegar, dill. Its all in there along with the barnyard earthy notes.
The taste is not nearly as acidic and sour as the smell makes it out to be. There is some horse blanket in there but it is oh so nice. Smooth and very drinkable, although this 750 corked bottle got me nice and buzzed.
If you stumble on to one of these, try regardless of the price. Its great.

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Photo of rodkin
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The final beer of the night, and a great way to conclude a fun, low-key tasting. Thanks for coming, friends!

Pours a nice straw color, clear and bubbly with a nice head that recedes slowly.

Smell is great. Earthy, very lightly funky, some spice, a bit of fruit - pear? peach? it's hard to place it. It's really nice though, very balanced.

Taste is excellent, and follows the nose. Really well balanced, with sweetness, earthy flavors, a bit of spice. I'd love to see how this one develops - it's really great right now. Super drinkable, I can imagine this one going well with food. Great beer for a warm summer day.

Mouthfeel is smooth, a little creamy, good carb.

Really, the drinkability on this one is just fantastic. Really pleasant, it's a great palate cleanser. If it wasn't for the price point, I could drink this all summer.

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Photo of crusian
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottle from some place in Dallas. Bottle number 08300 batch 2009-1
popped the cork and proceeded to divvy into two large wine glasses. (too many tastings, all I had left) first thing I think is OMG holy head. WAY too carbonated. with an attempt to stifle the head production, it is still 4 times the amount of liquid that enters my glass. And it sticks around... for a looong time. so... 10 minutes later, I am able to taste.
nice floral aroma of some roses lemon, and a mix of sweet feet. Yes I said feet. not too bad for a saison.
taste is very smooth, as expected from this style,with some lemon and rose flavors coming out. very nice, I could drink tis a while. Dont let it get too warm though as it tends to head south. bottle mentions earthiness, but I honestly dont taste it at all. overall a damn good beer. Those that dont typically like Belgians, like me, this is a nice bridge... go find some, it is worth it.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is nicely ripe with brett, candied orange, and peppery phenols. Smells nice.

Pours clear golden yellow with massive head. Looks nice. I might even venture that it's over-carbonated, but far better too much than not enough.

Flavor follows nose with a nice dryness, a spot of alcohol, a softly puckering sourness, and a soft bitterness. Brett is prominent with pill-like medicinal plasticness which lingers well through the dry finish. Moderately strong malt backbone tastes of clean toasty/grainy malt. Tastes good. Feels good. Good drinkability.

I would enjoy it with a healthier dose of brett, nevertheless it is a pleasant merge of Saison and wildness.

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Photo of Damian
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pint, 9.4 fluid ounce cork and caged bottle
Served in a tulip
No 06466 of a total of 11925 bottles produced
Batch number: 2009-1

The beer poured a slightly hazed, straw yellow color with a billowing, bubbly, chunky, bright white, four-finger head. Blocks of lacing stuck all along the glass. The head eventually faded to a thick, foamy dollop of froth.

The aroma was snappy and super citrusy. Clean and fresh like the country with a dry, powdery, Belgian-like yeast quality. Strong spice notes (including coriander) were also apparent. As the beer warmed, the aroma became more intense.

The taste was similar to the aroma. Clean, snappy and slightly acidic. Notes of lemon and orange peel came through strong. Spicy and peppery in the center. A healthy dose of brett funk appeared in the crisp, dry, tart finish. The finish was also somewhat earthy and funky with a snappy, citrusy (hoppy) bite. As the beer opened up, some sweet, candi-like notes were noticeable up front. This sweetness provided just the right amount of balance to an otherwise dry and hoppy brew. A slight alcohol warming appeared on the finish as well.

The mouthfeel was light and crisp with a lively, sprightly effervescence. Slightly creamy and frothy. This felt much more like a Champagne than a beer.

At 8.5% ABV, this beer was rather quaffable.

Saison - Brett is a terrific American interpretation of a saison. Tasty, refreshing and appetite whetting, it makes for a perfect treat on a warm fall day.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Tired Hands oversize wine glass. Bottle from 2013, batch 3 (it looks like?) Best by 02-2015.

Appearance: A very mild pour produced copious amounts of billowing rocky, soapy, cream-colored head, larger than 3'', which lasted for quite some time. The beer is pure gold in color, and clear.

Smell: Smell is of bread, sweet malts, hay, nuts, brett, dough, and earth. A slight fruity quality is also present.

Taste: Taste is much the same, with sweet malts, brett, and earth taking the center stage. Like a bittersweet pile of leaves ... but in a good way? Flavor duration is average, with moderate sweetness and light sour/bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Body is light-medium, with a thin texture. Carbonation is lively, bordering on downright fizzy. Finish is both slightly sour and also sweet.

Overall: I liked the Logsdon version a bit more, due to the increased fruity / citrus character I found within it. The Brett character is certainly subtle, but takes precedence over the Saison qualities. Would try again, often.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ML caged and corked bottle into a pint glass. From 2009 Batch 2.

a - Pours a nice golden color with an insane amount of white foam that has great retention. Lacing is left all over the glass and a little carbonation is evident.

s - Smells of yeast and some fruit at first. It has some sweet apple smells to it. Also a little of a sour note to it as well as some spices.

t - Taste of some sweet fruits, mostly apple at first, as well as spices. Also has a little bit of a bready taste to it and a bit of a sour taste as well.

m - Medium body with moderate carbonation.

d - Overall I enjoyed this saison a lot and thought it was very good. Having just tried the Fantome Saison today as well, I can say I liked that beer better and thought the sweet/sour combo was better done there, but this is still a very good beer. If you like that spice flavor you'd probably prefer this as well.

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