Harvest Dance | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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824 Ratings
Harvest DanceHarvest Dance
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
Ratings:
824
Reviews:
306
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
10.4%
 
 
Wants:
117
Gots:
140
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 824 |  Reviews: 306
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly opaque orange brown with a massive tan head. Nice lacing as the head died down. Sweet malt and wheat aroma. Medium, bordering on creamy mouth feel. Wheat, bitter, malt in a nice blend with a malty middle with light fruits and bitter finish. The bitterness is a little too pronounced in the finish,but otherwise delicious. This brewery is becoming one of my favorites and this is one of my favorite annual beers.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from brewerburgundy courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2011 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass. Batch #2-2011, best by date of 06-2012.

A: The beer is a deep orange/gold color, with a very large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of citrus and floral hops along with some, wheat and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong but not over-powering burst of hops bitterness that is followed by some citrus and caramel sweetness. Then some breadiness comes in from wheat and a hearty malt character creating a good balance. There’s a touch of an alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

consumed on 7/8, while I was "on Hiatus." picked up in Chicago when I was there in 2011. enjoyed from my bells tulip while my wife enjoyed her pour from a half acre tulip.
batch 2-2011
best by 06-2012 (whoops - keep that in mind while reading this review)

a - looked identical to the long strange tripel that i just finished. brew poured a majestic transparent orange with a solid 3+ fingers of big frothy head. insane carbonation can be seen going wild in the glass. great head, retention, and chunky lacing...rather attractive.

s - big sweetness. belgian sweetness with a strong presence of wheat.

t - again, big sweetness. bananana bubblegum and wheat flavors. some spicy zing as well. hint of vanilla. booziness is also somewhat evident in the taste.

m - lively carbonation and pretty full bodied. a bit boozy.

o - another impressive beer from boulevard. i've long been a fan of boulevard, but for some reason haven't gotten around to this bottle, another perfect pairing with today. the time on the bottle doesn't seem to have done any harm to it.

bottle

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Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1-2011, bottled 06-2012 so very fresh.

A: Cork comes out with a huge pop. Pours a hazy straw with an enormous effervescent white head. Glass is 5% beer and 95% head. Fades reasonably quickly as least, leaving specks of lacing all over the glass.

S: Wheat with lots of grape skin. Quite hoppy too, mainly citrus like orange and lemons. A little bit of cloves to boot. Maybe a hint of oak?

T: Again, lots of wheat mixed with grape skin. Oaky throughout. Orange in the middle with some cloves. Finishes with a flourish of lemon and some more oak that lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Carbonation a bit too high, detracts slightly.

O: This one surprised me a bit, I'm not going to lie. Most wheatwines are basically pure wheat bombs. This one is balanced nicely. There are a lot of unique flavors that blend surprisingly well. The grape and the oak and the hoppiness really come together to make a very unique brew. I enjoyed it. Without the ridiculous carbonation it could have been a #1 wheatwine for me, Boogoop notwithstanding.

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Photo of CowboyRob
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of snaotheus
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml caged/corked bottle split between two large snifters. A significant amount of the super-yeasty dregs was left in the bottle. Batch number/best by date: 2012-1/06-2013. Thank you for having clearly labeled bottles, Boulevard.

Pours cloudy orange with a quite respectable, pale, slowly dissipating head. Dissipates into a concave bowl of head, clinging high on the glass. Smell is yeasty, floral, citrusy.

Taste is slight funk, banana, lots of citrus sweetness, tastes surprisingly light and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light, airy. Overall, pretty solid beer.

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Photo of JVan
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Briken
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange with a huge foamy head with great retention. Citrus, wheat and spice aromas. Flavors of tropical fruits, pineapple and light banana with notes of cherry. Gentle alcohol warming. Oak notes and semi-dry oak finish. High carbonation leading to a slightly foamy feel.

Other than the carbonation being too high it’s quite attractive when it dies down. It has a smooth, complex, and enjoyable aroma and flavor. A very nice warm evening sipping beer to be enjoyed slightly chilled.

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Photo of Coopersbeer
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Blargimus
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml C&C bottle poured into snifter. Best before 6/2012... oops.

Pours a surprisingly light and clear amber with tons of white head. Head takes a while to fade down. LOTS of visible carbonation.

Smell is mostly belgian yeast and fruitiness with a touch of wheat. No alcohol.

Wow, this taste! Very belgian, but with a brightness that's hard to describe. A surprising amount of citrus (maybe from the citra hops) but it's not hoppy or bitter at all. The dark fruits and incredible sweetness are in your face, but it's not completely overwhelming.

Thick and syrupy, but the carbonation perfectly balances it. A tiny but of alcohol warmth as it goes down, but 9.5% is remarkably well-hidden.

This is really good, maybe my favorite of the Smokestack Series so far.

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Photo of roadies
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of swfraser
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of dtx00
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Amp
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of sammo
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of gpawned
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of thebouch01
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of WritersBlock
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of carteravebrew
2/5  rDev -50.5%

Photo of BeerHunter76
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of shand
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of WhiskeeTango
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of JSchock7
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of dumptruck81
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of KDawg
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 750 into a tulip. Pours a solid gold color with a very foamy head.

Very aromatic with aromas of creams, cloves, spice, and some wheaty rye aromas.

Full bodied with a very good feel. Balanced with a good amount of spice flavors along with cloves and creams.

A really good beer. One of Boulevard's best efforts and I don't think that this would need any real age on it. It's just so good right now.

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