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:
#3,264
Reviews:
306
Ratings:
825
pDev:
10.42%
Bros Score:
3.98
 
 
Wants:
118
Gots:
140
Trade:
1
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Photo of KDawg
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of McCord
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of flagmantho
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip. Batch 2-2011; best by 6/2012.

Appearance: hazy golden body with a mammoth effervescence. Head pours four fingers of pillowy ivory foam which seems to be *growing* rather than dissipating. For sure!

Smell: very wheaty aroma with plenty of banana and clove character. Bright, citrusy hops are also present. Think, maybe, a dry-hopped weizenbock. Each individual element is quite nice, but the culture clash present here ... really just works for me.

Taste: big bright bitterness right off the bat, which actually smooths out toward the finish. Malty in all the right ways, it is sweet but not cloyingly so; it has a good malt backbone to handle all the other flavors thrown on top. I have always liked Citra hops and this is a great application of them.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, which is surprising (I would have expected more), but a gargantuan carbonation yields a nice creaminess. Delightful.

Overall: this is a wonderfully tasty and deceptively drinkable beer. I would definitely have this again (and again, and again ...).

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

WARNING: Reviewing an old bottle here.

750ml, Batch 1-2009, BBD 10/10. Poured into a Victory GM tulip.

A: Pours a hazy, dark orange color. Lots of carbonation. Four fingers of nice Boulevard bottle carbonation. Fluffy white head. Lingers for a while. Leaves some nice lacing stickiness.

S: Through the head I get strange bready notes. It's almost like a barleywine with some caramel and toffee notes. There is some hop aroma too but it's subdued for sure. Wish I had a fresher bottle.

T: Tastes like a light barleywine. I guess that is from the wheat. Definitely get nice sweet malt flavors of caramel and toffee. There is no real bitterness up front. Hops have died that much. It's sweet and easy drinking malt bomb now. Hints of citrus, mostly orange for sure. Rather pleasant.

M: Medium bodied.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of yamar68
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml to tulip. After 10 months in the bottle, served cold, this thing pours a massive off white, loose head - great lacing, subtle beading. The nose is reminiscent of a farmhouse ale - estery, clove, black pepper, cereal, dead hops. The taste takes a similar direction. Very well rounded and easy to approach. The freshness of the wheat has succumb to a yeasty tartness. Quite good and very different than its former self.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, batch 2-2011, best by 06-2012, poured into a Duvel tulip. Enormous white head; this bottle is unbelievably carbonated. The head is over 4 fingers and is both bubbly and creamy, with extreme retention. I have to mark the appearance up a notch just for this amazing head. Slightly hazy golden body.

The aroma is close to a witbier with the banana and clove, but much sweeter overall. The grape comes through as well, adding to the sweet essence of the aroma.

The flavor is a fairly even mix of wheat, banana, grape, and the spiciness from the yeast. Only the slightest hint of oak in the background and the hops add some complexity to the mix but their flavors are also muted as best.

Dense texture in the mouthfeel but very little notice of the alcohol for the high abv making it very drinkable. Overall, a very good brew that I enjoyed.

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of DexterP236
4.84/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Golden amber color that has a light head.

S- Rocked by a citrusy aroma

T&M- Smooth and flavorful. Light on the carbonation, enough to shock the taste buds to pay attention though.

Alcohol doesn’t taste heavy but don’t let that fool you. Definitely a great wheat wine.

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Photo of PintPal
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The loud pop of the cork releasing hints at the loads of carbonation present, and the huge billowing aromatic head confirms this. The beautiful amber red body sparkles with carbonation bubbles floating to the top.

Fruit and wheat dominate the aroma. Mango seems like the dominate fruit with a pleasant wheat backbone and a hint of alcohol. i love this aroma, very pleasant.

The mouthfeel is very light and smooth for such a high abv beer. It is almost silky as it slides through the mouth, just a bit of carbonation running across the palate.

The taste is huge wheat malts with just a hint of tartness to them. Banana and mango seem to follow the wheat providing just a hint of sweetness from the yeast used. The high abv doesn't really show in the taste making this deceptively drinkable and very refreshing.

Overall I really enjoy this beer and would gladly drink it again.

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Photo of ChocolateJesus
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Rhettroactive
2.47/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From 750mL C&C bottle to snifter on 2/4/12
*From notes

-- Thanks, John --

A: A good pour = a huge head. Massive - over 3.5 fingers of the white goodness fill the glass. It's a clean 24k gold in hue.

S: Sharp, intense wheat and plenty of over-ripe banana. A bit too much for me.

T: This ain't much better. It's a pure, unadulterated wheat bomb. There's an epic ton of banana, clove and all the things I've come to hate about beers like this. Regardless, I know how to grade to style, and this is just overdone.

M: Very gueuze-like. Too bubbly and not enough heft. For a beer like this, and with the ABV it's packin', there needs to be more body and depth here.

O: Nope, no more for me, thanks. Boulevard's Harvest Dance is an out of balance and not overly drinkable foray in to the wheatwine category, one that produces signifiganly more misses then hits.

Sadly, this falls into the former.

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