Harvest Dance | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Harvest DanceHarvest Dance

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
John Barleycorn is memorialized in English folk tradition as the personification of the barley plant, sacrificed at harvest time and then reborn as beer or ale. Our Harvest Dance Wheat Wine is a celebration of John’s Midwestern cousin, wheat. Beginning with a large portion of wheat malt, we add an equally generous helping of Hallertau and Citra hops and age the ale on both French and American oak. The result is a big, warming burst of tropical fruit flavors, highlighted by subtle wine-like notes, and rounding slowly to a long, dry, oaky finish.

23 IBU

Added by bort11 on 10-30-2009

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Photo of Hades-GreatDivide
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome Belgian style ale. Very unique and smooth. Has a citrus flavor to it. Do not pour into a normal glass or you will have a volcano of head overflowing onto your floor. Definitely one of the best I've came across in 2012. If I had to compare this brew with something I've had before it would come close to three philosophers belgian ale.

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Photo of huricrane47
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has a flavor that i have never experienced before. It is almost like white grapes and papaya with tons of fruity bitter hops and sweet barley. The new Citra hops are really nice and the wheat helps to enhance the fruity flavor! The oak adds a very subtle dryness and can be tasted slightly during the sip. The color is a mix between gold, brown, and orange with a very thick white head. The head will actually come out of the glass without pouring over the sides. The beer smells like white grape juice and wheat mixed together. Beer as innovative as this is one of the reasons why i love drinking so much. I recommend stocking up on this beer and let it age! Incredible!!!

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.92/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes:

Poured into a thistle glass...

P: Hazy brownish orange with a slightly reddish tint. A mountain of off white meringue head with unreal retention and beautiful bubbly webbing. Small amount of bubbles cascading to the top.

S: Powerful bouquet of funky wheat, hay, clove, coriander and earthy hops. Partners of this senseational brigade are lemon, yeast and once aggregated a burst of banana and bubblegum advance full force. Also, has a somewhat mentholated spice to it.

T/M: Mind blowing, decadent syrupy bubblegum and bananas explode onto the palate. Carbonation is tongue tingling with a strong presence of apple and orange peel bitterness to round of this smooth finish.

O: Wow!! Simply amazing beverage that is at the top of my list of all time favorites. I truly look forward to engulfing this lush brew again and again.

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Photo of Curtis
4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awww Belgian! Have to agree with the last review... be ready for the volcano of foam! Talk about head retention! I was able to read reviews on two other beers before I got my first clear tsaste. Pours an unexpected light golden color. Dark bottle, grim reaper label, for some reason I expected a much darker color and a corresponding bite. When i saw the color, I knew I was in for a treat. Flavor was great -very similar to their other Belgian-influenced styles (Long Strange Triple especially) with light orange peel and corriander, never overwhelming, smooth flavor, good finish. Mouthfeel was smooth, but dissipated a little too fast. How do you fix that? Not a knock, just an observation. The only thing not a 5 was the aroma at 4.5. It was very good, just a little too light - I wanted more actually. Slightly stronger aroma and this wold be a straight 5 vote in my book. Why did I keep this one in the basement for so long without drinking it? Boulevard Brewery never ceases to amaze. Each new one I try makes it more difficult to decide which is my favorite. They may have out done themselves with this one and I fear what they will do to me next. Some may consider this mild... I consider it exceptional.

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Photo of zillarunner
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It's smoother than a baby's bottom. Another awesome beer. John Barleycorn would be proud (listen to the Traffic Version).
This is one of the beers we like to finish with.

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Photo of McRobs
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch number: 1-2009, best by date: 10/10

Just an outstanding wheat/barley wine.

A: Pours with a thick white head, I think the wheat has something to do with this. Malt color is a light orange with some haze and not much yeast in the last pour.

S: Sweet aroma with depth coming from the yeast hops.

T: Taste is a good balance of malt, hops, and all the complex flavors from the yeast to the oak aging.

M: Nice long dry finish with all the flavors sitting on the pallet a long time.

D: Exceptional drinkability. It doesn't taste boozy considering the 9% Alcohol by volume.

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Photo of DexterP236
4.84/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Golden amber color that has a light head.

S- Rocked by a citrusy aroma

T&M- Smooth and flavorful. Light on the carbonation, enough to shock the taste buds to pay attention though.

Alcohol doesn’t taste heavy but don’t let that fool you. Definitely a great wheat wine.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always love me some Boulevard...

Poured this one into a congac sniffer, and it produces mounds of light tan head, and has a caramel/copper colored body.

The aroma is a cross between piny hops and original bubblegum.

The flavor and feel is chewy orange flesh mixed with some rind, along with candied sugar and honey. Feels a bit warm in the end.

Altogether a great wheat wine, and would recommend this to any friend!

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Photo of phillipzayas
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Appearance: It pours a golden straw color with a heavy VERY DENSE soapy head that yields to creamy and lacy as it settles.

Aroma: BANANA ester throughout when you pop this baby open. Absolutely amazing. Reminded me of the aroma of a Duvel, but without the bullshit.

Taste: Very complex, yet surprisingly simple. Not very yeasty, but it has a very complex wheat malt flavor. Yeast obviously contributes to this, but its not the predominant factor in the flavor. Flavor lingers nicely in your mouth. A slight pucker to this one, but in character for this style of beer. AMAZING.

Food pairing: Meat and Cheese. OH BABY SOME MEAT AND CHEESE! I'd actually have it with a nice light cheese, nothing too strong. Maybe a feta or gouda. This would pair nicely with some foul or a slow cooked venison.

Overall impression: Orgasm in a glass. What can I say?!?!

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Photo of acelin
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Smokestack bottle ( 750ml bottle) into a weißbier glass.

This beer was so beautiful golden amber with bright golden edges and a gorgeous golden white head - about 4-5 fingers. It looks super carbonated, but don't let this fool you. It's not.

This beer smelled of your typical strong wheat - lots of banana, spice, and wheat sugars. You only taste that trailing though - thoroughly, don't worry you do taste it. However, what hits you first are the deep rich Hallertau hops with their beautiful lemongrass flavor. THis beer is very thick and has the perfect balance between bitter and sweet flavors. It really is. I give this beer a 5 for taste under no exaggeration - it's that good. It is so rich and fulfilling, I wouldn't suggest drinking anything else during a day if you drink this.

Back to the carbonation. This beer looks carbonated but really is not - my girlfriend who hates soda for its carbonation really enjoys this beer. It leads to an almost perfect drinkability - even more so that less powerful brews.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very pretty brown-orange-golden combination with a huge billowing off white head and a very small amount of lacing. Smells very complex -- for one second it smells like a very interesting deep red wine and then for the next instant the wheat malts flow through and the next a very zesty citrus. Tastes very complex as well -- grape skins, orange, lemon zest, wheat, malts, interesting Citra and noble hops contribute an almost muted bitterness that is very well balanced. There are a few spices in there -- pepper and something else. The yeast is very apparent as well. The alcohol does not come through (which I think is a good thing.) Mouthfeel is medium with a very light carbonation. Drinkability is high. Drank the whole 750ml and wanted more. What a great beer. One of the most surprising experiences I have had with any kind of craft beer. I was expecting this to be a horrible beer and I can't believe I was totally blown away.

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Photo of pjf4611
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic, tastes like a double heff or something. Super smooth body with great fruity characteristics. Hides its alcohol superbly. Definitely going to seek more of this out.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Golden ale with a copper tinge, a slight cloud and lots of soda like carbonation. Topped with 2 fingers of vanilla tinged head, the brew leaves a sticky lacing.

Amazing scent. Been so long since I've had anything from Boulevard, yet its reminiscent of other brews by them. I get a Belgian fruitiness, candied lemon and phenols, much like a strong pale Belgian ale. Creme brulee in the most gentle way, nothing harsh as the scents meld together perfectly. Perhaps a hint of nail polish.

Wow. The scent is on the tongue but is so powerfully up front and centre, like a sudden in your face close up. Belgian yeasts, phenols, pineapple jam, perhaps a hint of Brett, nail polish, some creme brulee. Light sweetness, little burn in the throat. Alcohol well hidden on the tongue. Fruity and floral.

So light for its true ABV. Still some weight to it, little carbonation, but smooth and light in texture. Dry finish.

My wife picked this up at Bruis'in Ales in Asheville, and flew it all the way to Chiang Mai,Thailand where I am drinking it. Amazing brew. Highly recommended. Drank August 9th, 2015.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bort11 for the trade!

Lemme start by saying that I've never come across a wheatwine that I have enjoyed. No. That's no typo I don't like wheatwines. But this one? Damn good!

Appearance: Poured into tasting glass. Poured a nice golden amber color with a nice fluffy white head.

Smell: Interesting hints of apples, pineapple, honey, banana and hops.

Taste: Nice tropical fruit taste with hints of pepper, oak and honey. WOW!

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: I hate wheatwines. Not anymore. This is a fantastic brew and I will be looking for more!

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Photo of JamesS
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a wonderful cloudy copper with excellent head and some decent lacing. Very deep malty scent, nice and wheaty with huge spice (pepper mostly) tones. Very nice taste, a wonderful deep and thick wheat maltiness with huge (almost too much) spice flavors (pepper again mostly). Goes down really smooth with almost no hint of the high ABV.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a creamy orange with floating bubbles and a thick bubbly creamy that dissipates slowly. Body looks like a shiny penny.

The smell is intense. Tons of rich aromas seep from the glass. Wheat, alcohol, citrus and malts.

Taste is terrific, tons of spices and flavor. Wheat, lemon zest, citrus, maybe some coriander and light malts. Very intense lively and spiced flavors. Fantastic beer.

Big carbonated and spicy mouthfeel. High carbonation but it works very well. Slightly dry finish, terrific wheat wine.

Very drinkable, great beer, definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of bnes09
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful orange, transparent color. Towering, foamy head which never gives up and coats the glass with soap bubble-looking lace.

Big wheat bread aroma in perfect balance with the ginger, pine-like hop. Smooth yeast in the nose adds some extra depth.

Sturdy wheat backbone, smooth and breadlike. Assertive hop character, herbs and pine needles. Peppery. Yeast flavor does a great job at adding complexity and mellowing the flavor. Exceptional balance.

Medium bodied, very smooth with a semi-dry finish. Lively, well balanced carbonation. Lingering grain texture.

Great wheat wine. All the complexity you could ask for in perfect balance.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A restrained pour yielded a massive, nearly overflowing light tan head atop an amber-golden body. After settling down, Harvest Dance offered a highly durable head with dense, fluffy lacing throughout the trusty Duvel tulip; outstanding look, if one that required some patience.

Fruity nose, both sweet and dried; spicy, with cinnamon and pepper; malty and decently hopped. Excellent and aromatic. Delicious taste, very fruity, smooth, malty. It has a distinct Brett funky flavor, with a heavier, more barleywine flip side; vinous flavor, fairly sweet but not cloying. Fabulous.

The texture is tremendous--primarily wheat, but with a barleywine bite. But the wheat mouthfeel predominates, blending adroitly with the heavier barleywine flavor.

One of the very best Smokestack Series offerings I've had, Harvest Dance is nothing short of outstanding. A must try.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has a white wine nose with a background of light bread without the crust, light malts, a faint trace of citrusy hops and a hint of alcohol. It pours hazy gold with a 1” quickly dissipating white foam cap that has wine aromas, pours hazy gold with a 1 finger head that quickly dissipates, gold and produces rich lace. On the palate the yeast driven esters tend more towards white wine than the barley wine fruit profile. There is an underlying sweetness with a balancing hop bitterness on the finish. The alcohol is big, with the malt flavors providing balance and pulling things together. Oak flavors with a touch of vanilla lurk in the background. Medium full body with medium high carbonation. Alcohol warming on the finish but not overly hot or solventy.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter) batch 2010-1

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy deep orange body with a strong pop of the cork. There is a matrix of microbubbles that glide up to the surface. The head is a bubbly antique white that last and last eventually fading to a thin film and sticking to the glass in thick sheets after each sip.

S- There is a touch of phenolic clove with some softer estery hints of banana and a club soda note in the finish. As the beer opens up the esters turn more tropical fruity with some perfumed juicy fruit gum qualities and a yeasty citra hops character.

T- The soft fruity notes have hints of pear with a soft bitter green hop flavor to the dry finish. There are some apricot and juicy fruit gum notes along with a bright lemon and green citra hops finishing with a carbonic acid note.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel is followed by a tight scrubbing fizz and no alcohol heat until it warms a bit and then it is just a gentle alcohol warming.

O- The nice fruity esters and bright juicy hops are really supported by the dry crisp finish. The fizz and citra finish is a great combination and the alcohol is really well hidden. Without a label I would have called this an IPA or Imp IPA not a wheatwine. But no matter what you label it, it was tasty.

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Photo of biggred1
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apricot with blonde highlights and a massive stiff, rocky eggshell cap that lasts a good while and leaves sheets of sticky lace on the glass. Peaches and apricots, wheat malt tang and lemon zest make up the fabulous smelling aroma on this one. The flavor is fruity up front with apricot and pear notes and dry, yeasty and mildly alcoholic in the finish. Full bodied and slightly sticky with ample carbonation. There are a lot of complex flavors melding together to form a really great beer. I think I'm going to hoard all the bottles of this that I can, it is drinking very well right now. This beer is really under the radar for how great it is.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

This one pours a very rich golden color that is rather clear and has an extremely, rich, ridiculously this head that settles slowly to pebble sized bubbles with moderate lacing.

The nose is fairly fruity, bready and spicy with notes of oranges, bay leaves and alcohol.

The taste is best described as compressed. The flavor is more bitter than you would expect in wheat style. IT attacks the palate with bitterness and alcohol that then fades to scrumptiously good tastes. The hopping is bitter, sharp and falls off clean to a nice bready dry malt finish and an alcohol warming to the stomach.

The moutfeel is rich and effervescent, quick sharp bubbling with a nice palate coating finish.

Overall this one is exceptional and unique. I am really liking it.

Pairing with gourmet popcorn. 2 parts salted butter 1 part extra virgin olive oil, Gruyere cheese, garlic powder, sea salty and spicy Mediterranean mix for bread dipping.

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Photo of bort11
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. This is from the very first batch. Poured into a proper Boulevard Smokestack chalice. I think this glass was made for this beer.

Head from the first pour is billowing and fluffy. It challenges the edge of the glass. It is slow enough to recede that it enhances the creaminess of the texture. There isn't really any lace on the glass, but the surface maintains a foamy cap. Color is a bright and hazy burnt orange. There are a few random flecks of yeast sediment.

Smell is dry and slightly yeasty. That's a nice and tart Belgian yeast. There is a mildly sweet, but mostly tart grape skin. Taste is also super dry. This has been aged on oak and resinous characters stands out here. It is hopped with some Citra, which is a new type of American hops. It has tightly blended fruit flavoring. I get a lot of grapes, but there is also some mango and papaya. The wheat and the yeast gives it soft tart tanginess in the finish.

Mouthfeel is so soft, it feels more delicate than it really is. Carbonation has a tight density. As stated, the retained head adds to the creamy smooth texture. Boulevard has another outstanding beer here. They do extreme beers, extremely balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip. Batch 2-2011; best by 6/2012.

Appearance: hazy golden body with a mammoth effervescence. Head pours four fingers of pillowy ivory foam which seems to be *growing* rather than dissipating. For sure!

Smell: very wheaty aroma with plenty of banana and clove character. Bright, citrusy hops are also present. Think, maybe, a dry-hopped weizenbock. Each individual element is quite nice, but the culture clash present here ... really just works for me.

Taste: big bright bitterness right off the bat, which actually smooths out toward the finish. Malty in all the right ways, it is sweet but not cloyingly so; it has a good malt backbone to handle all the other flavors thrown on top. I have always liked Citra hops and this is a great application of them.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, which is surprising (I would have expected more), but a gargantuan carbonation yields a nice creaminess. Delightful.

Overall: this is a wonderfully tasty and deceptively drinkable beer. I would definitely have this again (and again, and again ...).

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Photo of Durge
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Ale House in Amesbury, MA. this brew shows a clear amber color with a healthy off-white colored head and gutsy lacing throughout. The aroma mixes refined fruity banana clove with a bubblegum hop that really entices the worthy observer. One of the undeniable scents in beer ken. The flavor brings on big bubblegum hop and biscuit clove over cloying lemon wheat sweetness. This stuff is near full bodied with fine carbonation and a luscious feel. A little thick to be sessionable but a no brainer flavor fest for the Belgian-esque full flavored brew.

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