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Harvest Dance | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,263
Reviews:
306
Ratings:
825
pDev:
10.42%
Bros Score:
3.98
 
 
Wants:
118
Gots:
140
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 825 |  Reviews: 306
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch 1-2011. Best by 6-2012.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, citrus fruit, and wood. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is fairly tasty but strong.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i am really glad they made this one again. i have regretted not picking up a bottle since it was out last. this is a real cool beer, oddly light in palate and oddly dry for the style, unlike any wheatwine i have had before it. its also quite hoppy too, coming through almost as an ipa in that way, although more fruity than bitter for sure. the booze is warming but not sharp, and the wheat malt is fresh and flavorful, but also extremely light in weight. honey sweetness comes on mid palate, and the oak its finished on is really subtle, but mellows the edges nicely. i enjoy the dynamic nature of this, but also the fact the i can drink a whole glass of it without being full or sugared out. definitely the most unique expression of the style ive had, and maybe one of my favorites. bold beer again in the smokestack series. some of the best domestic beers out there have come from it.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a nice looking golden color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer was a little boozy somw grain on the nose also. The taste of the beer seemed a little spicy actually which I was surprised about. The flavors of sweet grains and wheat are blended with a semi spicy finish and a hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth but it gave off a good amount of boozy heat. Carbonation was minimal. Overall it wasn't a bad beer but I think I've had better.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of bananas from the yeast are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of bananas, wheat and yeast along with hints of sweet malts and oak.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. R
O: This beer seemed to taste more like a tripel compared to a wheatwine and wasn't nearly as drinkable compared to other beers in the style.

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3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can't get enough of these Smokestacks beers from Boulevard.

Harvest Dance beging with solid amber hue with golden highlights hovering on the edges. A large, froathy, persistant cotton-white head lasts the session, then some. Lots of lacing left behind. A moderate haze lingers but not as opaque as I had expected. Color also seems a bit darker (barley) than anticipated.

A bready, malty aroma seems half of barley, half of wheat and with the medium aroma of fresh tropical fruits, soft spices, and sweeter alcohols lingering in the nose.

Sweet breads, short breads, and angle food cake make for an appetizing base beer. Pineapples, lemons, oranges, appricots, and mangos begin to describe the complex fruity esters but still show restraint, not to dominate the malts. Orange peel, clove, corriander, and white pepper round out the smooth spicy notes; taking on a Witbier-like soft spiciness. Much more bitter as the beer fades into the throat, giving as much of a distraction as balance. Alcohols show some solventy notes as the malt presence fades and the esters rise.

Full and rich throughout, with the hop bitterness and alcohol trying to dry the beer in the finish. But the beer finishes more bitey than dry- I wish this were not the case.

Another good Smokestacks Series beer. Though I'll gladly try this one again, it's not the pick of the liter.

Thanks BlueOkie!

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4.11/5  rDev +2%
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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4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this over the weekend with a few BA's. Sadly my notes went through the wash, but i've salvaged enough for a coherent review...

It poured with a ton of foam, even the smallest trickle from the bottle resulted in a big glass of bubbles. As it settled it left a soufflé crown of rocky foam on top, with flecks of lace at it's edges. Retention was perfect, and the body was an attractive sunset orange.

Appley aroma, yeasty with some mild phenolic spice when swirled. Muddled nutmeg or cinnamon seemed to emerge later as it warmed.

Flavors were similar, apples and spice with a supple feel and a dry bitter finish. I'm guessing the wheat is responsible for the mellow smoothness. For all the crazy foam it had, it didn't feel super carbonated. Overall it was pleasant, light and easy drinking, especially for 9.1%. Would buy this again, seems like it would be a nice Autumn seasonal.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Just an incredibly impressive head, with plenty of lace behind; oh yeah, the liquid is a hazy amber color

Smell: Hop forward, with the Citra hops loudly proclaiming their presence; bready, underneath, bringing a hint of banana, mango and clove

Taste: The Citra hops bully themselves forward, on the front end, but the Wheatwine flavors don't take long to emerge, bringing whole wheat bread, banana, cinnamon, brown sugar and pineapple, by mid-palate; spicy, after the swallow, with pepper and clove elements joining; the finish is a nice blend of all the elements, leaving a lot of oak in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I just wasn't expecting this unusual take on the Wheatwine style; the hops really make the difference and the wheat elements are nicely balanced

Thanks, SalukiAlum, for the opportunity

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of caramelized malt with some toffee notes and some residual sugars is enticing. Taste is dominated by caramelized malt with some grainy notes of wheat and some residual sugars with light aftertaste of toffee. Body is about average with good carbonation and light warming alcohol notes. Very flavorful beer but slightly lacking in terms of complexities.

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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy/hazy golden orange color with a huge, four-finger, khaki, bubbly head of foam. It left behind soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and yeast. There were some fruity notes, too.

T - This is a spicy brew with a tropical fruit tartness. It had some sweet wheat flavors with a touch of yeast kick.

M - It was crisp and very sharp with a warm alcohol presence. A medium-bodied brew.

D - This is a very good wheatwine. I is delicious and surprisingly easy drinking.

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4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; batch 2012-1, best before 6/2013. Pours cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge lemon zest, orange zest, pineapple, tangerine, peach, pear, honey, wheat, bread, light pine, floral, grass, and herbal. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity hop notes with a moderate malt balance. Taste of big lemon zest, orange zest, peach, tangerine, pineapple, pear, floral, wheat, bread, pine, grass, and herbal earthiness. Fair amount of floral citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, floral, pine, wheat, bread, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of citrus and tropical hop complexity; with a solid malt balance still showcasing hop flavors; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, creamy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic wheatwine style. Fantastic balance and complexity of citrus and tropical hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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Harvest Dance from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 825 ratings
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