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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Ratings: 825 |  Reviews: 306
Photo of thinwhiteduke
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Kromes
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Boulevard Tulip glass. A hazy orange/gold color with a thick and fluffy white head that leaves sheets of lacing down the glass.

Aromas of earthy and grassy hops with a little bit of pine.

At first there is a very sweet malt flavor with a mixture of vanilla, oak and grape in there also. The hops then kick in with some floral, citrus and grass flavors and cut through the sweetness. Very nice. The alcohol flavor isn't very apparent but the alcohol warmth is there in the finish. Finishes sweet with a lingering bitterness.

Medium body with alcohol warmth and a smooth, soft, and velvety feel.

I really liked this beer. I haven't had too many Wheat Wines and this beer makes me want to seek out more. Lots of flavors with the vanilla, grape, citrus, oak, and others. As with all the other Smokestack series offerings, this one is definitely worth picking up.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of TheCondor
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First wheatwine that I will be tasting or reviewing. This beer came out a little while ago, hitting the shelves in the area. Not sure how the general public has responded to it, because I see a lot of bottles still out there. But, alas, I bought and drank two of them. Side poured with standard vigor into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours a nice golden orange color with a big pillowy two finger head on each glass. Since I separated it into two glasses, I noticed there to be much more cloudy than the first, and with a little better head development. Lacing is phenomenal, leaves a mark on your glass for every drink you take.

Smell - Wheat (duh), bready yeasts mixed with some ginger or clove. Certainly a spicy zip to an otherwise bready yeast backbone.

Taste - Although not as potent as with the German weizens, this certainly has the yeasty banana esters. The first part of the drink is smooth yeast breads and some fruits, followed by a light zip from the spices and then the banana. Balanced, complex, delicious.

Mouthfeel - The banana esters carry over into the aftertaste. Medium/thick bodied with medium carbonation. Alcohol is well masked not only in the taste but in the mouthfeel as well.

Overall - I would certainly recommend to try this beer at least once. It's not anything to freak out about, make a special trip somewhere that carries it, or anything like that, but it is a solid beer that will get the job done. I would absolutely buy it and drink it again.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of FlyingKelly
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a 750ml batch # 2012-3 poured into a duvel glass

A: first glass, pours a clear orange amber with a finger if white fluffy head, second glass is cloudy with yeast and gave me a fat 2 fingers of fluffy white head... In the clear pour you can see carbonation bubbles rushing to the top of the glass. Head dissapates nicley And leavs pleanty of sticky lacing.

S: Belgian yeast and wheat, notes of bannan and clove, some oak and vinous character from the muscat juice. Wheat and Belgian yeast seem to dominate overall.

T: much like the aroma, I get wheaty notes accepted with Belgian yeasty spice notes if clove and light bannana, then I get a light bit if citrusy hop notes, but not as much as i expected, the oak and vinous notes seem to come in mostly on the finish.

M: medium body with high stinging carbonation, a little bit too high for my tastes, dry and oaky on the finish, with a lingering wine like quality.

O: this is not a bad beer, I not a huge fan off all the Belgian yeast notes... Also I wish the hops were a bit more prevelant, I am also not a huge fan of wheat beers, although I do tend to enjoy wheat wines... Decent brew.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ChrisKuhns
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours carbonated cloudy golden with a full white head into my snifter glasses from a 750ml bottle. Looked awesome as it carbonated fruit and wheat flavor heavily in the glass. There is a slight sour with a nice hit of hop along with clove. I definitely will like to get it again to be added to my cellar.

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Photo of bnes09
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
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 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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

A: Orange and murky. Great carbonation. HUGE thick head that leaves lacing and a strong film.

S: I smell orange, sweet malt, wheat, a bit of citrus hops but not a bunch, a tiny bit of pine. A touch of alcohol.

T: Breadiness comes through strong at first, along with a fairly strong alcohol taste. Orange, apricot, a little bit of butteriness and oakiness. Reminds me of a chardonnay.

M: Very lively and crisp but with a medium body. Sharpness on the tongue from the alcohol.

O: Just such a pretty looking beer. I wish the alcohol was a little more masked.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big fizzy over carbonated head fades semi quickly with spotted lacing, semi clear semi hazy nectar orange color slight golden rosy hue.

Nose not what I expected, some Belgian golden malts and sweetness, earthy slight saison like farmhouse, light booze and esters, grassy light spicy like hops that bring some light lemony and grassy, lemongrass, and a bit of wheat.

Taste starts fluffy and effervescent, some bitter spicy grassy hops kick in right away, with fair bitterness. Then big malts, golden Belgian malt flavors, some wheat flavor as well, a decent warning and tingly booze, plenty of esters with fruity flavors, and light phenols with the booze. A light grassy flavor again from the hops and light farmhouse like saison flavors as well from the yeast, hint of lemony and touch bubblegum. A grainy earthy yeast flavor also comes through. Finish is dry, effervescent, lingering bitterness and grassy earthy spicy hops, light esters booze and touch phenols, light citrus all lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, quite a kick of warming and tingly booze, and tons of carb.

Overall pretty good, but nothing like I was expecting which I thought it was a wheatwine but it's more like Belgian golden strong and saison combined. But decent flavors, complex and all merge well, although maybe a bit too much booze and carbonation.

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Harvest Dance from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87.2% out of 100 with 825 ratings
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