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 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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Photo of infinitebruner
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

February 17, 2015

750 ml bottle, snifter

A – Deep gold, starting to turn to amber, moderately hazy. About an inch of white froth that fades very slowly.

S – Hops are very strong, with aromas of passion fruit, guava, lime, grass, and some peppery spice. In the background there is a sweet, malty backbone, some grainy bread, as well as fruity esters, a hint of pear. Some white wine-like acidity, perhaps from the barrel.

T – Flour and grainy bread dough, malty sweet, and musky green grapes. Hops are only moderate, again with guava and citrus and a bit of lime. The alcohol is present, providing a mild bite. Hop bitterness is low but evident in the finish.

M – Highly carbonated, very sudsy and enveloping of the tongue, and medium-full in body. Dry throughout with almost no residual sweetness. Bitterness is low, only obvious in the finish.

O – Love the way this beer feels, and the French oak adds a lot of character without overwhelming it. Much like a heavier version of saison or biere de garde, seems very Belgian in inspiration. Excellent.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard wheat wine style ale

Poured into a wine glass

A - a cloudy orange brown, three finger off white foamy head and a tiny bit of lacing

S - wheat, citrus (especially orange), strong malt note, very floral, nice slight hop note, Belgian yeast, citrus rind, sugar

T - straight bitterness up front, wheat, lots of Belgian yeast, hops, orange, grapefruit, no alcohol to speak of, wood, slight sugar, very grainy, lots of tropical like notes, tastes like a spring/summer day

M - medium body, decent balance, ok complexity, very carbonated, medium plus acidity and a very long citrusy bitter finish

D/O - light, easy to drink, very fruity but with tons of bitterness and carbonation. Very spring and summer type ale.

Final thought - $9 is a little high for the quality but the abv is very nice and almost undetectable in the ale which is nice and not nice

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Photo of Treyliff
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage, poured into oversized wine glass

A- pours a deep amber orange color with a two-finger foamy white head that retains nicely, leaving some lace behind, a bit of sediment in the bottom of the glass

S- tropical fruity aromas up front with a big hit of grapefruit juice, pineapple, mint leaf, and melon. Toasted woodsy notes gives some vinous white wine aromas, finishing with some sugary sweet malt

T- tropical notes continue into the taste with a flavor of grapefruit and pineapple juice, toasted oak follows with some white zif similarities, toasted wheat kicks in near the finish with a sweet malty and fruity finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a big foamy mouthfeel that continues into a foamy finish, abv is hidden very well

O- surprisingly very fruity, but it played well with the wood. This has held up nicely over 3 years

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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 MartzMimic
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap at Oak & Oar OKC a clear apricot gold. The two fingers of creamy, white head stays for several minutes leaving heavy lacing as it settles to a thick foam. Nose is floral, spicy and a bit woody. As others have noted, it's similar to a saison with Belgian yeast, lemon and some pine. The mouth is medium light and very dry, almost off-putting. It's not like other wheatwines, but it is interesting. Well-crafted, but not something I would turn to often.

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Photo of stortore
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle into a snifter.

Nice color, a little haze. A fairly hard pour yields a thick, aromatic head. A little foam remains after dissipating. Smell is a pretty good mix of the Citra and Hallertau hops, a little peppery. Smells a bit like a saison. Really good flavor and very diverse. Tastes most like a saison when a little more chilled. As it started to warm, It gave up some hefeweizen without the bananas and bubble gum. Once warmed, more solid wine notes and a sharper hop bitterness on the back end. To me, it was much less sweet than others of the style, but my sweet tolerance is high. Dry throughout. Good amount of carbonation. Seemed a little thin in the mouth, but not bad.

Good beer, well crafted. Unique compared to others I've had of the style. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by Jun 2015, opened Jan 2015.

A - Boulevard has really been impressing me lately with the way their beers look. Four fingers of chunky off-white head with nice retention and great lace. Apricot body with gold highlights.

S - Surprisingly hop-forward. Cilantro, pine, juniper, lemon pith, caramel, dried apricots, prune, yellow raisins, and woody booze.

T - Peach nectar, apricot, fig, oak, light booze, cilantro, pine. Sweeter than expected.

M - Thick and smooth. Very little carbonation.

O - Not bad, but the sweetness begs for a higher level of carbonation to balance it out.

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Photo of Tafyob41
3.23/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Beer is delicious, but does not remind me of any other Wheatwine I've ever had. It is more of a farmhouse style. I would rate it higher if it was considered that.

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Photo of richj1970
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml into tulip glass.

A: Pours a red tinted sunshine yellow with generous 3-4 finger fluffy white head that lasts a good while and leaves some nice chunky lacing. Surprisingly clear body.

S: Yeast esters, baked bread, and citrus and floral hops. This smells more like a saison than a wheat wine.

T: Lemon peel, oranges, light cracker malts, and citrus hops. A bit of grassy funk at the end. Much more hop forward than I was expecting.

M: Medium body and lots of carbonation. Steady stream of bubbles even minutes after the pour. Finish is light and crisp.

O: Enjoyable brew, but bills much better as a farmhouse ale or saison than a wheat wine.

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Photo of avalon07
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a snifter. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A different, yet welcoming, aroma of light fruit, wheat, malt, and hops.

T: Tasted of wheat, citrus, mango, light malt notes, a vinous quality, and some oak as well. Much lighter and less acidic (and harsh) than some wheatwines. A sweet, fruity, and surprisingly complex flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Wheatwine hasn't always been my favorite style, but Harvest Dance is a better example of one. Very drinkable and well done.

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Photo of babaracas
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange, thick off white colored head, half inch remains, rings of thick lace down the glass. Smell: this is an odd mix... really phenolic... heavy on clove and band-aid; next estery... banana pudding (and vanilla coming in here); finally, hopping is soft tropical fruit and mild grassiness. Taste: sugary mango-banana pudding, citrus peel note, clove, wheat bread. Medium-plus bodied, sugary but no alcohol. Powdery banana thing becomes a bit much over the course of the 750ml. Enjoyable but an odd combo. Not much from the oak, if anything.

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Harvest Dance from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.04 out of 5 based on 822 ratings.
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