Saison-Brett | Boulevard Brewing Co.

764 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 Franziskaner
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straw yellow colored with a very hazy complexion. There's a half inch of dense off white on top. Moderate lacing. Aroma is a blend of pale malt and tart Brett. The flavor is very balanced between the pale malt and tart Brett. The earthy saison yeast is noticed in the fade. The mouth is very dry and highly carbonated.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - A hazed, honey color. Beautiful in the glass
Smell - Citrus, sweet orange, spice, hay, funk, barnyard, yeast
Taste - Citrusy, some sweet fruity notes, Belgian yeast, spice, earthy, floral

Overall - one of the better saisons I've had in a while.

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Photo of jp32
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours brilliant golden in color with a huge, soapy looking white head. The head retention on top of the beer as soon as its poured, and thereafter, reminds me of what you'd see on top od a root beer float or a vernors float. You dont see heads this big and soapy very often.

The aroma is of yeast, pears, and is very herbal. Orange and cardamom are present.

The flavor profile is herbal and earthy. Grassy, rustic, biscuity, floral, earthy flavor. A slight alcohol warmth. Its not sour at all like I had expected it to be. I would call it more of an imperial farmhouse ale, if there was such a thing.

Good mouthfeel. Highly carbonated. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-on tap. chalice.

A: Milky frothy head is 0.25 inches, darker side of orange color, with a still display of carbonation. Decent film coating for a slight head.

S: Slight, tart and funky dry orange aroma with a defining barnyard scent. Hay, musky yeastiness, horsehair of moderate strength.

T: Flavor was lightly tart, bready malts, and funky oranges. Light horse blanket yeastiness, and barnyard scent gives this a definite wild side while maintaining drinkability. Hay, horsey-grass hopping comes on the finish with a nice lingering fade. A dry apple-pear yeastiness sneaks through in flashes.

M: Crisp mouthful, tingly on the tip of the tongue, with a light to medium consistency. Light funky dry fade.

O: Drinkability was good, while maintaing a sense of respectable wild side per style. The beer actually becomes easier to consume deeper into the experience. An easy A flavor, gently yet respectable, not overwhelming, with other factors of good support.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.52/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A: Poured a clear golden color with a billowing white head, could only pour half a glass as the head was taking over. Slowly dissipated but left excellent lacing.

S: The aroma jumped out of the glass, very strong. The horse blanket is there, more of a musty without any sweet fruit that I am picking up. There is a bit of spice that I struggled to make out.

T: Not really sour, tart, or sweet. There is some pepper in there with a musty blanket taste. I am wondering if it should have been drank earlier.

F: Lots of carbonation with a very dry finish and a lingering off taste on the back on my tongue.

O: Disappointing, was very much looking forward to this beer and did not find it that enjoyable. But I am guessing it was stale.

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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 AppaZappa
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This rating is for a 2014, best buy 2/2016. Basically, it was an overcarbonated brett bomb. Loved the brett-heavy taste, but the feel was a bit too effervescent. To be fair, I'm not sure that boulevard means for folks to hang on to this, but to the drinker, I've had this fresh and prefer it that way.

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Photo of Trevor11
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely amazing. Another under-appreciated piece of work from the astonishingly uncompromising brewery of Boulevard. Please do not overlook this beer since it is not on the top 250 anymore.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

10/2....pours hazy bronze, lighter side. Heavy white foam that sits high and lasts long. Belgian yeast nose. Taste is light and smooth. Subtle citrus. Light peppery bitter close. Foamy. Lighter mouthfeel. Very simple but a sneaky good flavor.

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Photo of SCbrewpubfan
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- 2014 vintage. As soon as the cage was lifted the cork was gone. Little scary. Pours a beautiful golden haze with a gigantic head.
S- nothing better than the smell of used band aids in the wee hours of the morning. Slightly funky.
T-thankfully the taste follows the smell. The Brett characteristics have really developed. Banana, vanilla, and tropical fruit dance together with a nice spicy finish. This doesn't suck.
F-this rating is so much easier when contemplating breasts. Bubbly and alive. Seems like it wants to hang around in your mouth (stolen from one of my breast reviews).
O- I've had my fair share the of this recently on tap, and this is so much better with a year under its belt. Be smart and stay away from the underage versions of this beer.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours an amberish orange with a fluffy white head, generous amounts of lacing as well

S: Unlike Tank 7, this has a earthy scent up front, followed by spice, a bit of malt, and some lingering citrus notes as well

T: The taste follows the nose, a sort of earthy herbal note on the front, followed by a bit of juicy citrus hop in the center, finishing with the Brett and a bit of pepper on the end, giving it a slight tartness

F: I would almost say this is a full-bodied beer, its big and chewy, but at the same time, the carbonation gives it a nice smoothness that helps it go down.

O: I've never had a Brett-style saison, and it definitely puts an interesting spin on the style. Would recommend everyone at least tries once.

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Photo of gr0g
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 release, 750ml bottle. Being a Belgian ale refermented with Brett, this developed a big-ass, poofy head. That pillowy head lasted ages and left plenty of lacing. Hazy orange-amber. Tons of Brett character on the nose: musty, leathery, peppery, with ripe apricot. Some herbal/minty hop character rounds out the aroma.

It tastes like Tank 7 is the base beer as the flavor profile is somewhat evocative of that beer: dry with lemongrass notes leading to a hoppy for the style finish. Saison Brett has more a peppery, "spicy" flavor to it, though, plus dried fruit notes. Citric hop character is also toned down compared with Tank 7. Despite being thoroughly carbonated, the mouthfeel is smooth and sudsy, not fizzy. This is just an awesome showcase for Brett. I've gotta pick up a bunch more to age.

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Photo of WellRested518
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

 I swear that my eardrums almost shattered with the way that this cork popped. Beautiful clarity with a gorgeous eggshell head and soapy lacing. Belgian must, wet hay, fresh leather, lemon, and pineapple hop-tea nose with a touch of white pepper. In the mouth you experience a mild hop bitterness with leather, grass clippings, lemon, and a drying brettanomyces character that clutches to the back of your throat. Carbonation is medium full, immediately crisp and creamy, with a cloying chalk bitterness at the finish of the drink.


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Photo of Ri0
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2014; poured 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - Pretty light cloudy golden straw yellow with a sea foam white 3 finger head created on a very gentle pour. Took me about 20 minutes and 3 pours to get half of my glass full. Retention is very nice and there is plenty of thick webbed lacing..

S - A nice tart funk with yeast, grass, and some floral hops and herbs. More citrusy scents and some spice mixed in as well. Brett has really added to the aroma.

T - A slight tartness along with sweetness. A nice citrus, lemon and floral hops with a wet straw/grass funk. Good amount of yeast, wheat, and some light spice to finish it off.

M - Light bodied with nice carbonation. Dry and clean with an easy drinking quality.

O - Enjoyed this Saison. Those who also like it should check out Jolly Pumpkin Bam Bier which is a favorite of mine.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml corked and caged 2015 bottle poured into tulip 11/9/15

A hazed golden yellow with about as many bubbles as you can fit in a glass, it explodes once it hits the side and even after a gentle pour I get a massive half glass of loose soapy foam that actually grows for a few seconds. great retention slowly falling to a thick film that leaves some random lace, about what I expect from the higher class of the style

S has lots of farmhouse going for it, the brett plays a big part but still lots of spice, floral notes, a hint of bubblegum and dried banana chips, some fruit hiding in the background, canned pineapple and just a little sweet apple, just a little grass and hay, smells great

T cereals and funk, spice is still strong but everything else is just a little toned down compared to the nose, earthy notes come out a little more

M medium bodied and explosive without completely turning to foam but in a saison I kinda expect this, just a little heat and just a little sticky on the lips with a yeasty finish

O great beer that I think is at just the right age, still hoppy but enough brett to add to the complexity, this ones going down a little fast for my own good

The only thing I can complain about is the price, shes expensive up here in Alberta but I have no regrets and should just be grateful to have top 250 beers pop up on the shelf out of nowhere

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Photo of thomda11
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my first "Brett" beer. I get the funky, musty flavor, but it is not overpowering--it blends nicely with the typical Saison characteristic. There is a nice undertone of lemon and the dry-hopping adds a nice floral pop and underlying bitterness. A fantastic beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.76/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ and served in a tulip, on to the beer:

Washed out orange in color, topped with a creamy collar which retains well and splashes lacing around the glass. The aroma...yep, that's the brett. The intensity of the aroma is mild, but it does bring little notes of lemon peel, tartness, and wool. I get a little more of a thrill from the taste. A light tartness cuts through much of the taste. It's funky, spicy, and it rides in a light body with the alcohol hidden well. If you're looking to be made a little funky, Saison-Brett may be the "easiest" one to find that can get you there.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage. 750mL Bottle.

Pours a beautiful golden color with a 4 finger, fluffy head, despite a gentle pour. Consumed out of my Duvel glass. Excellent lacing on the glass.

Aroma screams Brett! This is by far the dominant aroma on this beer. Some funk, spicy phenolic notes, some citrus, and baking soda.

Taste starts with a huge clean and crisp punch of carbonation. A slight lemon tartness builds but quickly dissolves before the palate perceives tartness. Then the Brett bomb comes in with its prized funkiness. The flavor profile on this beer changes slightly with every sip. Sometimes the Brett pulls through, other times the traditional saison spiciness wins. The finish is actually very dry, which pulls me in for another sip!

This is absolutely a world class beer. This ranks up there with the best Brett beers I’ve had (if not THE best). I really don’t see it getting much better than this. I could drink it all day! Sometimes saisons get a little too spicy and sweet, but the addition of the Brett really tames this one down and dries it out. Absolutely Fantastic! I see this pairing well with moules frites. It gets a 95/100 from me!

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Photo of zimm421
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. It appears a golden yellow color with a touch of orange. The head is fluffy, white and overflowing. It's truly beautiful. The nose is fruity, spicy and earthy and draws you in for more each time. The taste is peppery, grainy and lots of earthiness. The hay and barnyard is starting to come around. Will be even better in another year. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and dry, as expected. Overall, it's a great beer that doesn't try to be crazy over the top. Just simple, straightforward and brewed the right way.

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Photo of BWH3
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful bright yellow with champagne carbonation. Large rocky white foam. Not enough funk in nose or palette for my liking. Unbelievably drinkable at 8.5% Carbonation dances on the tongue. I'd like to cellar a bottle for a year to bring out the Brett. I'm sure I'd be a 5 then.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, caged and corked bottle, the ultimate find from this venerable mid-west border town brewery, now available way up here in Alberta.

This beer pours a mostly clear (I think), medium golden yellow colour, with a huge teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and generally creamy off-white head, which leaves, which leaves, well, it eventually leaves some full-on chunky 'lace' around the glass as it oh-so-lazily abates. Yay, bottle conditioning - this is like the supermodel of beers - looks fine, but good luck getting in there. Unfortunately, this turns out to be a spoon and sink affair for this reporter.

It smells of grainy, crackery pale and wheat malt, moderate earthy funk, underripe apple and pear, clover honey, white and black pepper dust, further untethered florals, a twinge of generic citrus flesh, and some mildly tart white wine booziness. The taste is bready, grainy pale malt, a sort of spicy wheatiness, amped-up funk of the bacterial infestation ilk (can you tell I'm near to finishing a home-made wine?), heady pome and citrus fruit frolicking amongst themselves, weirdly bitter and estery flowers, some separate edgy yeast, zippy mixed peppercorns, and that same over-attenuated Housewives of Pinot Grigio alcohol measure from the aroma.

The carbonation is so over the top that it's hard to really get into it here (ok, I will - I can't keep abreast of it, as its frothy fizziness just keeps coming and coming at me, long after the initial pour to, as noted already, no one's benefit), the body a decent middleweight for the style, and sort of smooth, as the Brett isn't typically into that kind of good sense. It finishes off-dry, a certain graininess defiant in the face of the strongly lingering funk, fruit, hop, and booze acridity.

Despite all its sideshow distractions, overall, this is one big and beautiful Americanized version of the style - the Brett struts its stuff, sure, but everything else keeps things more or less between the ditches. Aggressive, yet giving, in all its farmhouse-fresh goodness, this one is - glad to finally see what all the fuss is about.

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Photo of MTKATL
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a truly exceptional saison. It is deceptively light for its 8.5% abv. The "Brett" character is light, which I prefer. It does add a very nice earthy note to the beer. For those who prefer the Geuze style sours, you may find this too smooth. Worthy of its ranking, in my opinion.

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Photo of lambpasty
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 bottle opened in August 2015. This is the second 2014 bottle I've had, as well as two fresh bottles in 2015.

Poured from a corked 750 into a short Belgian tulip

A - Clear yellow-gold with an aggressive white head that never fully recedes. I don't think it's possible to pour this beer without at least a 2-3 finger head on it, which is not a bad thing. Moderate amount of lacing as the head deflates into a sticky 1/8 inch cap that never goes away. Trails of carbonation flow constantly from the bottom like a dry champagne. Overall a fantastic looking beer.

S - Straw, apricot, peach, floral honey and fruity esters. Mild spice. A bit of earthiness like old hay as the Brett shows its funky side.

T - Slight tartness opens the door for a mildly bittersweet apricot/peach overtone to show itself, leading then into a dry, almost champagne-like citrus backbone. Brett shows up again with some more old hay and bruised fruit flavors. As this warms it picks up some sweet Tripel-style booziness and really starts to open up and shine.

M - Light, dry and almost airy. With age this seems to get even more carbonated, but as it sits open for a bit it becomes more balanced.

O - The sweetness is never cloying, the alcohol is present towards the end but never thick, and the flavors are all spot-on. This is a beer that's excellent when fresh and only improves with age; I think personally I prefer this with 1-2 years on it. An excellent beer that exemplifies the style and really showcases what a mildly fruity Brett strain can do in a well-crafted saison.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Now this is an incredible beer. Pours a hazy yellow-orange with just a massive head, with incredible retention and lots of lacing; the bottle really POPS when you pop the cork. Smells of wet grain, lemongrass, pineapple. Tastes incredible. Pear and pineapple fruit, some zesty spice, a hint of black pepper, and that hay-flavored grain. Just delicious. It also has a fairly thin mouthfeel with tons of carbonation making this incredibly easy to drink...a dangerous brew!

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Photo of lic217
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Look: just about crystal clear, long lasting head, with plenty of lacing
Smell: Brett funk/earthy, with a little lemon
Taste: Brett funk, little citrus, dry, really started to shine as it warmed and lost a little carb. It gained a little more sweetness to balance the tart and started to taste a little fruitier.
Feel: great mouth feel, very carbonated
Overall: good, but a little to one dimensional in the Brett category until it warmed and lost some carbonation

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Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.29 out of 5 based on 3,213 ratings.
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