Harvest Dance | Boulevard Brewing Co.

824 Ratings
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: 824 |  Reviews: 306
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2/5  rDev -50.5%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a De-struisse like tulip. Batch 2012-1, good till June 2013.

Slow decant even provides a real large head, ginormous kind of ridiculous with lots of retention and a sort of tan off white like color. The body flows with lots of small rising slow creeping carbonation, through a real nice orange amber hue. Head falls slowly with soapy retention.

Great simple nose on this beer. Mild caramel sweetness, and a light taffy powdery sugar. A real nice sense of light powder sugar comes out even more. It smells dense but in control.

Palate hits with a real nice fruit rush. Tropical thick punch and big hints of honey and lip smacking flavor. Mild clove sensations, with a real cinnamon slightly hot finish but with a great malty sweetness. Slight warming hits the palate without a boozy rush, and some playful carbonation just a bit. A real super caramel taffy quality to this.

Overall a real solid fantastic memorable wheatwine, will definitely seek this out in the future, very drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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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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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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 10-07-2012
Freshness: Best by 06-2012
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle, corked and caged
Glassware: Cervoise glass
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Clear, orange/golden colored clear beer, with tons of bubbles in the glass. The head is massive and off-white, showing excellent retention and very good lacing.

S: Aromas are mainly of hops -- citrus and pine, plus wood and oak notes and some fruity sweetness.

T: Taste is hoppy but also sweet, with citrus fruits and spiciness. A pleasing balance of flavors. Features a nice warming of alcohol.

M: The high carbonation lends to a crisp mouthfeel, on a medium body. Finishes moderately hoppy and also fruity, balanced well between sweetness and bitterness.

O: I liked this beer -- my first wheat wine. Reminded me a lot of a barleywine. This bottle was a few months past the 'best by' date, so I imagine the hop profile has faded off somewhat, but I like barley-wines aged to take off that bitter edge, so this one tasted good to me. Recommended

Thanks to fLax for this one!

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3.31/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice golden slightly copper with a very vigorous white head that sticks around for a long time, and laces quite nicely
S: Esters, fruity, some slight spice. Very little apparent hop aroma
T: Hard to put a finger on it. Wheat beer, but strong wheat beer, with some added kick and spice. Aftertaste had some definite bitterness and alcohol kick to it.
M: Medium-high carbonation, thin body.
D: It is one for sipping for sure, would not be an easy chug.

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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz [750 ml] brown bottle corked and caged – best by date of 6/2012 and consumed 7/27/2012

Boulevard Harvest Dance Wheat Wine Style Ale poured a cloudy red color into a snifter producing a huge 2 ½ finger off-white bubbly head that held very well and left behind plenty of lacing. The nose is first hit with the citrus and hallertan hops, then a hint of spicy clove. The taste matches the nose, dominated by hops and followed by wine like tropical fruits and a dry oaky finish. The mouth feel is medium; smooth, crisp with a light tingly carbonation and light warmth from the alcohol.

Nice job Boulevard – I will have another!!

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have had this bottle since February, finally cracked it tonight. Batch 2010-1, best by date of 07/11 on the bottle. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my DFH snifter.

a - - Pours a hazy burnt orange-brown color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of tropical fruits, citrus hop, wheat, fruity malts, bready malts, oak, some grapes, and wine. Pretty nice and fruity; I like it quite a bit.

t - Tastes of same tropical fruits, fruity malts, citrus hops, grapefruit, alcohol, bready malts, wheat, some oak, and some light wine. Alcohol is more prevelant here, but just as fruity as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation, with some heat from the alcohol in the body. A little too hot and a little too much carbonation, but otherwise nice.

o - Overall a pretty nice barleywine. Lots of fruits and while there is some alcohol in the taste, it gets better as it warms up. A little less heat and carbonation and this could be even better. Would certainly have it again.

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3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 Bottle release.

Pours a cloudy orange color with a white head. Sweet bready malt on the nose with a touch of banana.

Aromas begin with a light citrus quality, honey/candy sweeteness, floral hops and a touch of spicy yeast. As it warms I get some green apple, grape skin and a coninuously emerging caramel maltiness.

The tastes begin primarily sweet and malty forward dominated by caramel and slightly sour wheat bread with an emerging toasted bread note. As it warms there is a hint of banana along with citrus peel, floral hops and a touch of spice bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with medium-low carbonation. Finish is semi-sweet and citrusy bitter forward.

Overall this is a decent beer that is probably best drank fresh. I dont think saving this for a year did it any good. While the alcohol and sweetness probably subsided, most of the hop character also did. There is still some but for a Citra-forward Wheat Wine I would have enjoyed more but that's my fault. Will try to revisit and consume fresher next time.

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3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle, Batch 2010-1, best by 07/2011. It's got some age on it, but it still should be good. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a cloudy dark gold/orange color with about an inch off-white head that went away quickly. Not much lacing. The brew smells like wheat, citrus (oranges), white grapes, clove, and some tropical fruit. It tastes like white grapes, oak, peppery spice, cloves, and some wheat/bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with low carbonation. I think this is a decent enough brew, but nothing really impressed me about it. Maybe I should try a fresher bottle next time. $8.99 a bottle.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a white head. Sweet bready malt on the nose with a touch of banana. A light citrus quality, a hint of vanilla, floral hops, and a touch of yeast. There is a light alcohol heat to the palate, but otherwise the booze is fairly well hidden. Primarily a sweet, malty beer dominated by caramel and wheat bread with a nice toast note. A hint of banana along with citrus peel, floral hops, and a touch of bitterness.

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Harvest Dance from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.04 out of 5 based on 824 ratings.
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