Harvest Dance | Boulevard Brewing Co.

305 Reviews
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 mothmanscott
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing, almost clear coppery amber, swimming with fine particulates amongst rising effervescence, producing a huge, 3+ fingers (so rapidly developing as to be difficult to pour), billowy, off-white, long lived head that leaves chunky motes, streaks & wisps of lace. Aroma is wheat, a wide assortment of sweet fruity esters: apple, banana, cherry, lemon, melon, orange, peach, pineapple and possibly others I can't define. I also detect some grapefruit & faint pine. Taste is sweet, heavy to wheat with some soda biscuit hints, yeast, fruity notes are numerous but are not as diverse as in the nose: heavy to orange, with fainter lemon, apple, peach & pineapple. Finishes semi-sweet, with a vinous dryness & some pepper, but more heavily to alcohol, spice (the alcohol portion of which is probably responsible for the dryness). Aftertaste is fruity, alcohol spice & bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with high carbonation, thick with chewy creaminess, alcohol warmth & spice. Many of the reviews I have read state that the alcohol is well hidden but I must respectfully disagree as I can detect it not only as warmth in the mouth & gut but also in the spiciness & bitterness that it produces.

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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 hman43
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours dark golden with a fluffy slightly off white head.

Smell: It has aromas of citrus highlighted by orange, a wheat profile with citrus fruit, vinous (white wine), and oak aromas.

Taste: There are tropical fruit flavors, wheat, vinous (white wine) and oak. The combination of flavors is very complex and works well together.

Feel: It has a chewy feel, not as heavy as traditional as expected. It has alcohol warming with a dry finish.

Overall, it is a unique favorable beer complex in aromas and tastes that is slow drinking and quite tasty.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a medley of colors, yellow, gold, orange, light brown and red. Solid carbonation yielding one half inch of head. Aroma was a little bit of everything too, wheat, caramel, toffee, even some belgian stuff going on very understated.

Taste dropped some oxidized malt and citrus notes, kind of neat to get those two together, unexpectedly, ages well, a little bit of banana bread, vanilla, not overly malty another good summer wheatwine end of the night kind of beer. Not overly sweet like some.

Pretty cool, lighter body compared to your average barleywine, would bang again.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear amber with a two finger foamy white head. The head leaves tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aromas of banana, pineapple, candied sugar, and white pepper.

T - The taste is sweet malts and citrus upfront. The sweetness is followed by a nice hoppiness with a light peppery bite.

M - Medium bodied with medium/high carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel. Dry finish.

O - This is a very nice Wheatwine. Dangerously drinkable at 8.6%.

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4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A slow pour still generates a three finger head that climbs over the top of my glass and down to the table. The head is a soft wheat colored light tan. Body is a glowing amber that is more on the orange side of the tone. Lots of dots of lace are left behind. Nose is zesty with a solid spice and grainy profile. There is a bit of hop life on the aroma as well. This beer has a lovely crispness as the wheat, hops and spice all team together nicely up front. As you drink some ammonia and dandelion characteristics develop on the buds. Even further down the palate it comes off kind of like cleaning solution but not harsh. Some orange rind and lemon zest are there as well. Mouthfeel is crisp and well refreshed. This is a super drinkable brew with well hidden alcohol and unique style.

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Photo of JAck199
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure how old this 750ml has a best by june '15. Nice head pours chunky with a nice copper color.
nose has a faint white wine with light hop. Drinks smooth with a clean finish. Will buy again.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 30/8/15

A thick looking golden liquid, thick particles suspended throughout looks like jello, just a few bubbles but they pump out a two finger foam that has no retention and leaves zero lace

S candied pineapple, mango, peppery spice, banana chips, soapy bubblegum, wheaty cereal, some hay, and heaps of toffee, has a Belgian blond thing going for it, not getting much from the barrel aging other than a little wet wood and vanilla, smells pretty bad ass

T some oak comes out, still very fruity, spicy, grainy, faint Belgian influence that I'm not really sure plays a part in the actual ingredients, a little booze and a grassy, herbal thing that works well

M lighter side of heavy, fluffy but stops short of foam, very soft feel that I should expect from the style, faint heat and a little grit in the mouth but the lips stick together

O interesting brew with an amazing nose and follows through everywhere else, complex and intriguing, drinkable and unique

Its funny that this one has a BB date from last month and I doubt its even close to its peak, hops still evident, booze could mellow out further and I'm guessing everything will mesh together down the road better then today. Not a cheap bottle of beer but I might grab another to sit on for a few years as this ones sparked my interest.

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Photo of Zach136
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium clarity gold, off white head good lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Light booze, toffee, and some fruit/bubblegum notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ bodied, not too sticky. Not too much booze.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Orange transparent body, off white head that pours huge, fades slow, and laces extensively.

S - Grain nose, peppery, minerality, a hint of floral hops.

T - Fruit and nutty bread flavors, floral grassy hints, and a slightly bitter close.

M - Clean and moderate. Given the ABV, I expected more clinging weight or warmth or burning, but this is deceptively easy to drink.

O - An interesting beer, with novel hopping that delivers a unique combination of flavors. I'll pick this up again when it comes around.

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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 Voonder
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden yellow in colour, cloudy with gorgeous white head which dissipated rather quickly. Smell not very strong, wheaty, some coriander and orange peel. Very earthy. Taste is still wheaty, slightly citrusy, but bitterness comes quickly and finishes off with strong warm alcohol (which is there in a good way). Not as complex as I would've liked, but still solid beer fitting the style pretty good. Mouthfeel is pretty thin to me, carbonation is on the spot though. Overall, pretty good beer, don't think will go that way soon, will try to get something else of the style.

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Photo of Rutager
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Always an interesting style! Pours a rich gold with a little orange and a touch of haze. Topped with 1.5 fingers of frothy white head that lasts a while. Light orchard and citrus fruits, some musty old barrel, and some spicy yeast notes on the nose. Taste has a ton of sweet citrus fruit, some dried tropical fruit mix, some sweet wheaty malts but the finish comes in somewhat dry and clean. Great stuff and interesting (as I expect from a wheatwine).

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Photo of macpapi
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice lighter orange color with a full, white head. Lots of bubble retention.

Very nice and full aroma. Wheat and tropical fruits--mango, papaya--are noted. Also a bit of a citrus presence from the hops. This beer has a definite tropical aura.

Taste is strong, deep, sweet, and fruity. The fresh wheat flavor is not terribly full in body, but the remainder of the taste options really help to flesh out this beer's overall character. Hops, citrus, tropical fruits, and alcohol potency are all noted at some point of the swallow. There is a bit going on here.

Mouthfeel is defined by moderate carbonation and the sharp and biting presence of hop and citrus essences.

Overall, this is a damn good beer. A sipper, no doubt. If you let it warm a bit in the glass, you will be exposed to its full and complex array of impressive attributes. This is a great example of what the style can be and a good beer to open, pour, sit back and relax while giving yourself time to appreciate it.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an orange body with two finger head and lace patches. Citrusy, lemon peel aroma that gives off that bubblegum and clove vibe I get from wheat ales along with hints of wood and booze. A fuller, fluffier wheat body with touches of oak make the beer very smooth going down the hatch. There are notes of tropical fruit (pineapple and mango are only two that I seem to recognize) and malt sweetness (caramel, toffee, maybe dark fruits) balanced in the beer and finishes dry, somewhat hoppy and spicy.

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Photo of thebeers
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fairly clear, apricot-golden color with a lasting thick white head. Refreshingly light and fruity aroma with peaches, banana, honey and hefeweizen yeast all carrying over to the taste. Syrupy mouthfeel and peppery prickliness in the aftertaste. A very pleasant beer.

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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 JayQue
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good one from the Smokestack Series. Pours from a corked and caged bottle a hazy golden yellow into a pint glass, Good sized white head with spotty lacing and good head retention. Aroma is a bit mild but there is some citrus hops and a little oak.

Flavor is more robust. The wheat is the dominant flavor. It is kind of like a hoppy hefeweizen with the oak and citrus hops taking a back seat. There is no hint of the high abv. This beer is crisp and rich and goes down very smooth. Well worth a try!!!!

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap on 4/17/2015 @ One Mile House in New York, NY.

Served in a teku glass. Amber color with a large white head. Massive aroma leaps out of the glass filled with lemony citrus and earthy hops. Sweet, boozy flavor that coats the mouth and lasts for a long time. A big, full-bodied beer. Haven't had a wheatwine in years before this one but I am a fan.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful hazy golden with a thick, fluffy, off-white head. Aroma is wheaty and yeasty with a subtle citrus note. Wheaty flavor has a strong, but not bitter, hoppy note and yeasty and citrus hints. Smooth flavor has firm body and an OK amount of fizz. Harvest this one!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with some sediment floating around - it takes away from the lustrous sheen somewhat. The head is three fingers high, very foamy, and off-white in shade. Retention, annoyingly, is pretty decent. Due to how oily the head's structure is, lacing is inconsistent (but VERY thick where it does manage to stick to the glass). (3.75)

Smell: Very snappy smelling. I pick up lots of lemon, along with the classic Boulevard yeast character and plenty of bready yeast. Citra shows up with grassiness, rather than tropical fruits. I only pick up traces of oak, though the vibrant bread character makes up for that. (4)

Taste: The gentle hop flavors open it up. Like the nose suggested, it's mostly grassy, though I do get some fruity flourishes. This flavor is quickly subsumed by wheat bread and ester notes (apple, pear, and white grape - the usuals, basically). While it does finish with some oaky notes, they're very subtle and somewhat easy to miss. Despite the fact this beer isn't advertised as Belgian-style, it shows a greater mastery of a Belgian yeast strain better than many "Belgian" beers brewed in America. (4)

Mouthfeel: This goes down fairly well for nearly 9%, due to the one-two finishing combo of slight wheat astringency and gentle oak tannins. Still, the full body and mouth-filling carbonation means this is not a chugger by any means. But like any good Belgian-style beer, the finish is quite dry. It beautifully fulfills its role as a spring-time sipper, and that's what matters at the end of the day. (4)

Overall: Anything Boulevard puts in a 750 is likely to be quality. And indeed, this is a great beer. Rich yet eminently drinkable, I'm hard pressed to think of a beer that would be better suited to spring. Okay, I can, but right now I can't be bothered. Who cares - this is worthy of anyone's time. (4)

4.09/5: Don't fear the reaper

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Photo of biboergosum
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml, caged and corked bottle, @ 8.6 ABV, a treat to see this venerable Midwest American craft brewery's wares now available in Alberta.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden amber hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, densely foamy, and rocky off-white head, which leaves some chunky, random sudsy bike chain lace around the glass as it very slowly abates.

It smells of sweet, grainy wheat malt, field honey, mild oaky wooden notes - vanilla and char, mostly - a sugary mixed citrus bowl fruitiness, peppery yeast, and further leafy, herbal, and grassy hops. The taste is rather fruity right off the bat - apple, pear, lemon, and orange, sweet, all - with a well-honeyed bready wheat malt, mild white pepper spice, a fading phenolic yeastiness, and a sort of tropical herb-infused booze warming.

The carbonation is fairly noticeable in its alternating frothy and fizzy dualities, the body a stoic middleweight, as the fruitiness props it up for the most part, including its somewhat clammy smoothness. It finishes on the sweet side, but moderated in that very fruity way - sugary, yes, but balanced by acid and hop astringency alike.

A pretty tasty version of the style, everything nicely aligned, with the inherent fruit esters more or less running the show. I'm a tad disappointed in the lack of barrel characteristics, but then, I'm not. Overall, I'd have no problem taking this one to the soiree, and then dance with the one I brung.

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Photo of adapt313
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a big, frothy head that holds for quite a while. Smells very bready, some peppercorn spice, bananas, cloves, and some fading tropical fruit notes. The taste follows the nose rather well, like an imperial hefeweizen with some earthy, wine-like oak notes. It's earthy, grass and hay, peppery, and loaded with fruit esters. Highly carbonated mouthfeel and dry, bitter finish make this drink lighter than the abv would suggest.

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Photo of Billolick
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1/2 growler filled at DeCicco's in Armonk, NY

Hazed darker orange amber, moderate head, that leaves a tiny bubble film and fine strands of lace.

Spiced up nose with cinnamon glowing through.

Spice, fruit, complexity all in a lower carbonated flavor bomb. Notes of more cinnamon, ripe bananas and pineapple, mild red hot candies. Well crafted and quite enjoyable. Nice mellow dessert/night capper kinda brew

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Photo of argock
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. Best by date on back label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear straw gold with 1-2 fingers of big-bubbled, ivory head, decent retention, and scraps of lacing.

S: Citrus and herbal-grassy, touch of lemon with pale malt, grainy, slightly tangy wheat background. Yeast esters contributed to the fruitiness and lend some peppery, lightly phenolic aromas.

T: Very refreshing for its size with grainy, slightly sweet pale malt up front cut with medium bitterness with varied flavor of lemon, lime, grapefruit, honeysuckle, and hay. Yeast esters bring some apple and pear flavors along with a mildly spicy, peppery finish. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Light and highly carbonated which help with the bigger ABV to keep it drinkable.

O: I enjoyed this beer, although I think they could cut another percent off of the ABV and really have something to put in their seasonal lineup to rival Tank 7 and Long, Strange Tripel. Another winner from Boulevard.

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