Saison-Brett | Boulevard Brewing Co.

3,252 Ratings

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 jsh420
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

fresh batch 2009-2 #02689 out of 13400

pours bright and somewhat hazy yellow gold with a big 3 finger pillowy head that fades down to a film and leaves noches down the glass

smell - dry hopped hell yes!! - beyond that very fruity some pepper & funk but the hops take center stage

taste - this is tough to rate - this bottle is fresh and while this is by far the best saison i have had hands down i feel that age would only make it better - the hops seem to over power the funk - very fruity banana peach pepper and the funky brett - if the brett was stronger this would be a mind blowing saison - good thing i have a couple to age

mouthfeel is great - light yet strong in flavors plenty of carbonation that gives that bite upfront and leaves you with the smooth creamy finish

drinkability - no matter what time of year or what the weather is i could drink this beer

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Photo of Reaper16
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a 2008-batch 1 bottle aged since October 2008, served into a Boulevard saison tulip/flute/whatever glass

Pours a gorgeous pale yellow with a just-right mix of clarity and cloudiness. The head, as usual for Smokestack Series beers, was utterly billowing. Huge heap of foam that, when dying, leaves behind large clumps of lace.

The Bret has been developing in this bottle for nearly a year now, and the initial blast of funk reminds you of that. Juicy pear and something astringent like acne cleaner are caressed by the barnyard aromas from the bret. The aroma has subtleties that are hard to pin down; they are fleeting, shifting in character from sniff to sniff. Spice and apple and hay. Complexity is the word that comes to mind.

Oh, wow. This isn't the first bottle of Saison-Brett that I've had, but I had never had a bottle as developed in bret character as this. The payoff is apparent on the palate. Light citrus and a decent sense of earthiness come from the generous-for-the-style dry hopping. Light, biscuit malt balances the hops. The phenols and esters are, again, tough to characterize as tasting like any one thing. Fruitiness meets bandaid sterility meets traces of vegetal characteristics. The musty flavors from the bret aren't overpowering. Just the perfect amount of funk and sourness to compliment anything else. I feel that I'm failing at this review because I'm not being specific enough... but this beer is nearly indescribable.

The feel is nice and on the lighter end of medium-bodied. Drinkability, for something as complex as this beer is, is very good. Its approachable at all times, and it never becomes too taxing or overstimulating to drink.

I'm so glad that I let this bottle develop. I can't imagine a better time than now to crack open a bottle of the original batch if you have one lying around. I don't think that its possible for the beer to get better than it is right now. A revelation.

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Photo of joepais
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Santa Jason for this want.
Bottle split among friends in tulip glasses. It poured a great two finger white head that lasted. It was a clear apricot colored brew till we added the lees then it clouded right up.

The Brett aroma was right up front. This strain has one of the best aromas of all I have experienced. There was a light sweetness to it as well as some fruitiness.
The flavor was sour but with a good balance of sweat fruits. The interesting thing was that as it warmed up it did get a little sweeter. It had a light to medium feel in my mouth with and good carbonation.

It drank extremely well and this brew is back on my want list. Try this beer its is great

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Photo of Cdubs9
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of goatgoat
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Batch 2009-1. Poured into a tulip.

Pours a crystal clear lemon yellow with honeyed notes. Bubbly playful effervescence. A huge unstoppable mounding white head and plenty of sticky lace.
Aroma is bright fruit with a nice funk kick. Tart lemon, and a perfume hint that is alluring rather than off putting. Taste follows, bright, flavorful with a nice funk.
Nice light mouthfeel, the dryness comes a little late in the finish.

A really nice saison. Tasty.

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Photo of spointon
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I poured this one from a 750ml brown bottle into my new DFH tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a rich honey-orange color with a light chill haze to the clarity. With a firm pour the white head rose a good 2.5" and took a long time to settle in. A beautiful showing of sticky lace on my glass.

S= Definite malt sweetness, but with the expected sour Brett kick. Still a few fruity esters and Belgian ale yeast kicking around in the aroma too.

T= Very flavorful without being overpowering. Started off with a light malty sweetness and some orchard fruits. The yeast gave a nice saison barn-yardy funk which midway morphed into a lightly tart masterpiece. The brett was a genius move for addition to this base beer. Neither the funk nor the sourness was overpowering, so they balanced off nicely. The malt base stood up just enough to support those two lead characters in this tasty play. Finish was lightly hoppy and fairly dry (but not puckering).

MF= Medium bodied though it felt lighter than it really was. The carbonation was perfect and gave a heady crispness to this that was unexpected.

D= Very balanced and yet incredibly flavorful. The ABV is shockingly hidden, making this a dangerous brew. I know the Earth will shake when I say this, but I think I liked this better than Orval. Certainly a world class beer.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
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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Photo of BigBlacke
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into my Levitation tulip. Pours a light caramel color with a 1.5 inch rocky head which dissipates very slowly leaving a profound sticky lace. Smell is of herbal, and earthly yeastiness. Brett with a capital B! Taste is of earthy spice, grass, and faint citrus. Saison Brett has a very carbonated stinging sensation. Almost like a fine champagne. For 8.5% abv, I could drink a ton of this stuff. Great saison made with passion. Love it!

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fugazme for sharing this one

Bottle 5379 of 11950 Batch 2008-1

A - Remarkably clear pale yellow with a big fizzy white head, almost 3-4 fingers worth. Reminds me of some other pale, fizzy yellow beers.

S - Mild barnyard funk, wet hay, lemon zest, spicy and floral hop aroma.

T - Herbal and musty, spicy hops, tart green apple, lemon zest, pale malt sweetness that blends with a honey alcohol flavor. Slightly funky and wonderfully complex.

M - Medium to full mouthfeel with prickly carbonation and a thick creaminess. Dryness lingers for awhile after each sip.

D - Wonderful blend of complex flavors. Glad I opened this when I did as the funk is at a very nice level right now. I hope I get to try more from this series.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured form 750 ml bottle into New Belgium Globe Glass.

A. Poured from 750 ml bottle with a loud pop. A fizzy big 3 finger head of light white head. Light golden color. Excellent retention, good lacing.

S. Bit of funk, lemon, citrus, sourness, yeast, malt. Complex smell.

T. Wow!! Spice, citrus, hop bitterness, sourness, sweetness, some sort of sweet spice. Incredibly complex flavors. The first drink I took was an amazing array of different flavors.

M. Delicous spicy sweet aftertaste. Light/medium bodied. Dry with medium carbonation.

D. Incredibly easy to drink. I tried cleansing my palate several times while drinking this beer so I could experience that amazing array of flavors on the first drink. This beer is delicous!

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Photo of OldPenguinHunter
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at a little liquor store in Puyallup, WA. Right? I know, I am just as suprised as you are. I had it while traveling, this is from notes.
2009 batch.

A: Golden, a little murkey, pours a good fluffy white head that simmers down to a light foam. good lacing.

S: Apples, light hoppy earthiness, nice bready notes. I thought there would've been a more pronounced funky-ness but there wasn't. I have to admit I was slightly dissapointed that there wasn't, despite the fact that this beer smells awesome!

T: A nice tart, dry body, mixed with a nice sweet malt. Good carbonation distributes and melts all the flavors into a nice harmony. Great, absolutley great.

M: Perfect.

O: I'd say ignore the expiry date. This beer can go if you let it. It just might get better! But, with that being said. This beer is fantastic now, and worth the price!

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ontap at McNellies Tulsa. 8.5oz served in a Boulevard Tulip.

A - Cloudy golden yellow with 2 fingers of white creamy foam. Draped lacing throughout the glass.

A - Brett fills the glass with musky cheese and dusty basement aroma. Bruised orchard peaches, pears, apricots, lemons, and faint spice.

T - Crisp lemon zest and various citrus flavors, very bright, apricots, peaches, pilsner malt, chalky yeast, musty basement yeast, mushrooms, fermented bananas, white pepper, mildly sweet, grassy hops lightly blanket over everything adding a nice layer of bitterness. Finishes extremely dry with some funky lemon in the background.

M - Creamy and crisp at different levels, moderate but soft carbonation.

So glad I found this on tap. Very earthy and funky with an incredible balance of crisp citrus and hops. Complex fruit and subtle malt in the middle. I love this beer.

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Photo of Beersilio
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dominic_Decoco
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of grub
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled june 21/09.

the bottle opens with a serious pop and starts to foam over almost immediately. after a few minutes we manage to get both glasses poured. the beer is a hazy orange with a big very fluffy off-white head. tons of thick chunk lace surround the glass the whole way down. it's nearly a solid sheet of lace really.

aroma is funk-tastic. horse blanket and leather. lemon and orange peel. bit of tobacco leaf. coriander. light belgian spice. white bread and cracker. raw oak. earthy. tons of depth, more than i'm really capturing here. suffice it to say that this one smells incredible.

taste is great. leather and horse blanket. the characteristic brett funk. orange peel and light citrus. white bread. cracker. bit of grain. just a hint of caramel, but very little sweetness. hint of lemon. again, lots of depth here.

mouthfeel is great. fairly light body. bone dry finish. despite the explosive opening, the carbonation seems a bit more restrained than i was expecting, medium-high or so.

drinkability is great. excellent balance, hiding almost all of its alcohol. great mix of saison and lightly funky brett character. i love the regular saison from boulevard, and this just brings it up another notch. great stuff.

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Photo of AD17
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
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 KI9A
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
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 woosterbill
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked & caged bottle (2009 batch 1), courtesy of Tr4nc3d, shared at tasting; poured into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: The first pour offers a crystal clear amber body with a voluminous two-inch head of soft, frothy white foam. Great retention and delicate lacing. Fantastic. Later pours introduce some haze and particulates, but this is still a great looking Saison.

S: Crisp, clean, herbal, funky, tart Brett. Nothing but Brett, but it's incredible the depth and complexity the yeast character contains. Wow.

T: Opens with some lightly malty sweetness that quickly give way to a tapestry of tart, funky, grassy, fruity, herbal, awesome Brett. Clean, dry, sparkling, slightly hoppy finish. Truly delicious.

M: I can't really tell what the body is like, since it explodes into a luscious cataract of soft, delicate carbonation. I'm a fan, but it's unquestionably overcarbonated.

D: 8.5%? Really? I could drink this regularly, in large amounts.

Notes: What a great beer. I wish I had another bottle so that I could taste this side by side with aged Orval and New Glarus R&D Golden Ale. It would be an epic battle of dry, refreshing, Bretty awesomeness. This was by far the best of the three Boulevard Saisons.



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Photo of zonker17
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 best by 2/2016 consumed 2/24/16. Super huge head that sticks around. Careful pour yields a golden ale. Perfumy lemon nose. Brett taste on the saison is combined with the lemon. High carbonation and medium feel. Wonderful.

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Photo of jessealmlie
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of _Adam_
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shatter
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of RussMTB
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dogfishandi
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 Vintage- 750ml bottle at about fridge temp poured into a darkness snifter. batch number 2011-2, best before 03-2013.

awesome pour. the cork was a bit of a pain but after the pour i was left with more than half the glass full of a huge billowy white soapy head. settles to a thick rocky layer, never going below atleast one fingers worth and tons of thick sticky lacing. the body is a cloudy, bright golden color with lots of visible sediment. a decent amount of carbonation bubbles as well.

intially i get pepper, floral notes, musty funk, some lemon citrus. the more this warms, the more footy, earthy, barnyardy brett funk comes out, a little citrusy hop, really nice.

spot on brett and saison flavors... peppery yeasty spice, lots of brett funk and again, more as it warms. some musty basement, barnyard, and floral, earthy funk. a touch of sweet grain is cut by a pretty substantial lemon citrus hop bitterness.

dangerously drinkable! i cant believe how fast i went through this bottle. a nice high amount of carbonation, a nice dry finish.

amazing beer, this is dead on what i imagined a brett saison would taste like, or every saison for that matter. every quality you would want is there. very impressed. now im even more eager to try the BBQ sitting in my cellar. do whatever you have to do to get this.

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Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.29 out of 5 based on 3,252 ratings.
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