Harvest Dance | Boulevard Brewing Co.

825 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: 825 |  Reviews: 306
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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of birchstick
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orangish yellow color with a nice 1 finger head that retreats to form a thin white layer on the top. Smells sweet with lots of wheat, some lemon, and some bubblegum. The taste follows the nose really well. Starts off with some honey flavors that are mixed in with some wheat malts. Mixed in is a lot of bubblegum with some more of the honey and a touch of molasses. I am not too familiar with this style, however this is a delicious beer. It is an amped up wheat beer that was a nice change of pace for me.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of zaphodchak
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

From a re-sealed bottle (from a certain beer writer's secret stash) hidden behind the counter at Beer Monger's in Portland, OR.

Massive fluffy white head, despite having been open a while. Whitish to faint brown, hazy body. Nice lace.

Wheat-forward, sweet with banana, then hops and some peppery saison spice on the finish, outstanding.

Feels way too foamy, which cuts the taste.

Outstanding wheatwine, light bodied and kind of an imperial saison, quite interesting.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of scratch69
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured into a thistle glass.

Appearance- Cloudy golden-orange with a very thick foamy head. Large amount of lacing.

Smell- Very similar to a Saison. Yeast, wheat, lemon, and a hint of clove.

Taste- Starts off slightly sweet with citrus notes and finishes a little spicy and tart.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, crisp, and highly carbonated.

Overall- This is my first wheatwine and it is fairly enjoyable. It reminds me of a Saison with a toned down peppery taste.

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Photo of Docer
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (4.5)
- Huge overflowing super light tan head slowly settling to a mound of centered foam over a cloudy IPA-like straw and zesty orange hue. Leaving lace all about the glass. Pretty beer.

Smell: (4.5)
- Zesty Belgian yeast aroma.. lemon zesty, citrus zing, light and subtle wheat malt notes and a bit of ginger and clove to boot. Earthy oak, and esters with a light alcohol aroma. This puppy smells great.

Taste: (3.5)
- Oaky wine-like esters, fruit, raisin, clove, and zingy lemon zest. Fruity tropical hops zest, and a great earthy bitterness peppered with sugars and spice. Overall quite interesting, but doesn't hold up to the aroma.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Quite the bubbly brew. Many bubbles expand the brew in the mouth. Medium body, chewy, and bitter dry. Enough sweetness keeps the juices flowing.

Overall: (3.5)
- I like the unique qualities of this beer. It looks amazing, smells amazing, but the flavor and feel fall just a touch short. This "wheat-wine" does have a best by date of 10/10, and I am a couple months past that, but for a strengthy beer, that shouldn't make much of a difference except for perhaps a little lack of aroma hops. Very good beer either way.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of homebrew311
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review #700... Let's do this

A: this beer started with a difficult time removing the cork, I ended up having to use a cork screw, once open, I poured into a snifter and got 95% head after an overflow. Once it settled down, the appearance is slightly hazy orange with splotchy lacing and plenty of foam.

S: nose presents Belgian characteristics, primarily banana an clove followe by lemon zest and spicy year at the end. The aroma is more like a Saison than a wheatwine

T: starts off slightly sweet and then is dominated by lemon and orange, very estery, finish has a bit of spice and a bit of tartness. Again, not striking me as a typical wheatwine

Mf: high carbonation, medium body

O: well I was a little let down by this. I was surprised by the Belgian influence this beer seems to have, it appears that it is intentional.

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Photo of brystmar
3.23/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very active pour, tons of fizzy head, decent lace. Nose is pretty mild with wheat, booze, plenty of hops, and yeast. Spicy, but withdrawn.

Taste is spicy; hops meld with the wheat backbone but get clouded by the massive carbonation. Plenty of booze character. Medium-bodied but the excessive carbonation really kills any potential it might have.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Durge
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Ale House in Amesbury, MA. this brew shows a clear amber color with a healthy off-white colored head and gutsy lacing throughout. The aroma mixes refined fruity banana clove with a bubblegum hop that really entices the worthy observer. One of the undeniable scents in beer ken. The flavor brings on big bubblegum hop and biscuit clove over cloying lemon wheat sweetness. This stuff is near full bodied with fine carbonation and a luscious feel. A little thick to be sessionable but a no brainer flavor fest for the Belgian-esque full flavored brew.

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Photo of portia99
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (batch 2-2011) poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - This pours a nice clear golden/orangey color. A huge four fingers of foam rises immediately on the pour and threatens to overflow the glass. Tremendous staying power that makes this a multi-stage pour. Tons and tons of sticky lacing on the glass when the head finally gives up...well at least enough to get down to a manageable finger of rocky and foamy bubbles.

S - Wow...big aroma here. I'd say this smells more like a saison than a wheatwine though. Very spicey aroma bursting with cloves and pepper. Huge citrus hop aromas too - grapefruit, lemons, oranges - it's all here. Behind that is some yeastiness and even a bit of funk. Only problem is having to wait out the head to get a first sip of this.

T - Spicey and herbal on the firt sip - lots of cloves and black pepper as well as some nutmeg and a cool herbalness. Lemony tartness, oranges, mangoes, pineapple. Light base of bready malt, some alcohol. Actually, especially as this warms a bit the alcohol comes on strong and cuts through the other flavors significantly giving this a booziness that doesn't fit that nicely here.

M - Very healthy carbonation level on top of a light/medium body. Herbal and spicy flavors are the focus with tons of citrus and tropical fruitiness to match. Alcohol presence/warmth becomes a bit overdone when this warms up a bit and is a little bit distracting.

O - Overall this is a pretty nice beer. I love the play of flavors with the spicy/yeasty aspects mixed with the heavy citrus flavors. At first, this reminded me a lot of the Ithaca Thirteen which I think is a highlight of 2011...the booziness here makes this less enjoyable but doesn't kill this entirely. I know I'm knocking the booziness a bit hard here but I really find this to be a great beer. I guess I find the booziness to be an "obvious" flaw where other issues maybe aren't as apparent. Very good beer!

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of dawatts
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light copper murky color with tons of carbonation apparent. Huge fluffy head that sits at about 2 inches.

S - Lemons and fresh baked bread and a bit of sweetness in the back along wth some leather.

T - Lemons and oranges and some other citrus. Still a bit of fresh bread and leather like in the nose. Very refreshing for a 9%er. Slightly sweet but nothing like a barley wine. It a lot like a hoppier sweeter saison.

M - Highly carbonated but smooths out on the tongue.

O - A nice and refreshing higher alcohol brew. The alcohol is completely hidden in this beer somehow. The lemony and bready flavors would lend this beer very nicely to being served with a nice dinner.

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Photo of jrenn
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of Goliath
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy orange color with a huge 2inch head. The retention goes on and on and leaves some spotty lacing as it subsides.

The aroma is terrific. Huge citrusy hop notes hit me up front. It's lightly phenolic and boozey as well with a light dose of sweet grain.

The taste is nice. Again, some great citrus notes with a light hop bitterness. It's lightly spicey with a small touch of oak. It's earthy in that it's seemingly grassy and grainy and lightly sweet. This is unique and very interesting to me.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a high dose of large bubbled carbonation.

Overall this is an awesome beer. It's hugely unique and a real pleasure to consume. I love the nose and the taste has some fantastic subtlety to it. I'm really looking forward to the progression this beer will give me as it warms. Thanks for another great one.

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of sjccmd
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light copper with a huge frothy off-white almost cream colored head. Very sticky lacing.

Spice and citrus in the aroma. Sweet caramel notes along with pine. Earthy and slightly tart. The mix of Hallertau and Citra is interesting. Hallertau providing (I suppose) earthy spicy hop notes, and citra proving pine and citrus. Vanilla and oak as well. Very complex.

Blast of juicy hops. Tropical and orange with spice. Toast, biscuits, and oak take over immediately, leaving a slightly astringent alcohol warmth.

As it warms more fruit flavors surface along with earthy and spicy yeast. Thoroughly interesting but there may be a tad too much going on.

Mouthfeel is quite nice. Very carbonated but also silky from oats and flaked wheat. Coats the mouth with some sticky hop resin.

Overall another very good beer from Boulevard. Not their best, but still an excellent beer.

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Harvest Dance from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.04 out of 5 based on 825 ratings.
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