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Review by cjsell on 07/27/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 7 14 4 7 0
Batch S8317

Figured I might as well give this one a shot since I've been hankerin for saisons lately.

Pours a slightly cloudy, light golden color with a whole bunch of fluffy white head.

Nose starts off with a light funkiness. Also a hint of spice and a little citrus.

Taste is completely different than the aroma. Apple and other fruitiness play the starring role. Some spiciness comes through towards the end.

Mouthfeel is a little heavier than I prefer for a saison and stays lingering around.

Not in the class of the top saisons, but still a very tasty and drinkable beer. With the other saisons available to me I probably won't be picking this one up again, but I would recommend giving it a try.

Served In: Tulip

Review by beastiefan2k on 02/28/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2008
I took that picture for this beer, that was the first time I tried the Saison, a tasting where notalush (Brandon) provided the bottle. I have had this beer a few more times since moving to Kansas. Now it wont be made again, so its time to finally rate this beer. Bottle is stamped S8060, so it was bottled on the 60th day of 2008, so bottled on February 29, 2008, making it just about 2 years old. I think the was the second release of this beer. This was the 4th of the original Smokestack releases (and the best as far as I’m concerned). I think this beer embodies all that makes Boulevard a terrific regional/craft brewer. The cork comes off just right, does not give too much and needs just a little bit of strength. I believe Boulevard filters and then reseeds the bottles, this allows for a wonderful pour. The beer is slightly hazy with a muted golden color. This allows for a wonderful looking beer that has life in its color without murkiness, dirtiness and yet not a sterile, lifeless appearance. Can still see the carbonation bubbles shooting up towards the surface. The head that forms in my glass is not large but it never goes away. Probably the product of the hoping and wheat used in the brew. The aroma is strong with spicy dough and the a sweet yeasty dough. The Belgian-yeast-sweet aspect is central here. The yeast spice is very peppery in this beer. The flavor is a honey-malt centric. The hops seemed to have faded from this beer by now. The yeast dough is present as well. The yeast spice really comes out at the end of the flavor. Its a rather sweet Saison, not sweetness from residual sugars but a sweet presence from the malts combined with a great thicker yet soft body. The body is present but not heavy, leaves its presence on the palate. I am sad to see this go but life moves on. I think the stronger honey character is coming out from the age. Otherwise, there are not other negative signs. There is a light lemony character running throughout the beer, easing the sweeter aspects of the beer. The new Saison that will take over (Tank 7) is definitely more easy for more people to like (hoppy). I think this beer is simple yet right on the money. Definitely carefully structured, not haphazardly thrown together and aging well. The beer gets thicker and thicker as I keep pouring it. This is also my favorite label from the Smokestack Series. Unfortunately, this is the least alcoholic Smokestack and seemingly this is the cause for its poor sales.
750mL cork&wire, Darkness tulip/snifter glass.

Price: $4.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/26/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2009
750ml Bottle

Batch #S8060

I was lucky enough to get a bottle of this in a recent trade with turbine2475, thanks Jeremiah! Boulevard's Saison is straw golden and becomes very pale when backlit. There's just enough haze to stop me from seeing through the body. The carbonation starts off from single areas on the glass and explodes to the surface in multiple directions. The clean white head grew to three fingers without much coaxing and slowly fell to one finger where it stayed for the remainder. Beautiful chunk lacing is left in its wake. This is an excellent looking saison.

Wow! This is one spicy, fruity saison. Tart green apples are there throughout and bringing the most to the table of the fruit components. Slightly under ripe pear flashes through quickly right up front but disappears just as quickly. Then the complex spiciness comes along. Coriander and white pepper play the major roles with pinches of others here and there. I might even be getting some cardamom as well, the spicing is very complex but in no way overpowering. Digging my way through all the yeasty esters and spices I notice some sugar cookie like malts laying down a little sweetness.

The flavor has all of the delicious aspects as the nose. That sugar cookie like sweetness lays down a base and is met with mild white pepper. The slightly tart green apples bob and weave in and out with their most forceful showing mid palate. The spicing isn't as robust as the nose suggested but is still hanging around. Coriander, grains of paradise and white pepper are all accounted for (although I'm not sure what if anything was used in the brewing). The finish is lightly fruity and snappy peppery but falls short of the aroma.

While the mouthfeel is good but it's missing some of that zesty carbonation snap the best of the styles possess. The body is light and somewhat airy. There is a decent amount of carbonation but it falls just short of the best of the style. There's a slightly dry finish with a nice lingering spiciness.

I find saisons to be one of the most drinkable of styles. Boulevard's version is no exception. The bottle is going down very easily and I would like to have a few more. This is an incredibly easy warm weather sipper.

I'm very impressed with this homegrown saison. It stands up to the Belgian imports and is better than a lot of them. I'll be searching for more of these in the near future. This is my second from the Smokestack Series with the other two waiting in the wings and if they're as good as the first two I'm in for a treat. Thanks again Jeremiah, this is a damn fine beer.

Reviewed: 8/15/08

Served In: Tulip

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 0
Thanks to jhammerly for this one!

Poured into my Boulevard Smokestack Series goblet (thanks Jimi)

Pours a slightly hazy golden wheat color. Two fingers of white, pillowy/clumpy gorgeous head takes its rightful place atop... slowly dwindeling to about 3/8 of an inch - and at this point remains steady, fed by the constant streams of carbonation on the rise within. Impressive strands of lacing cling to the glass. A thing of beauty.

Aroma is of wheat fields, some barnyard funkiness/wet leather, candy sugar and spice - coriander, clove and white pepper come to mind. Mouthwatering fruits come into play - green grapes and green apples, hints at pear. Again - Nice. Spot on, IMO.

Taste is of wheat, clove, yeast funky-goodness, and pepper. Some small hints at fruit, that directly follow the nose - green grapes, underipened apples, some pear. A touch of hop bitterness makes it's hit and run appearance - mildly so. This taste subsides rather quickly, leaving a nice, clean slightly musky finish to enjoy...

Medium in body, smooth yet crisp, moderately dry mouthfeel. Carbonation is excellent. Dryness is mostly towards the finish. Very Nice.

This is well worth searching out. A true example of what a Saison should be (I am rather prejudice here - it is one of my favorite styles). Easy to drink, highly refreshing, no alcohol presence whats so ever... these qualities all support my opinion here... that being, this is an EXCELLENT Saison.
Must Try!
Jimi, a true winner here! Thanks!

Served In: Other

Review by Tip Top on 10/10/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2008
A - Pour produces two inches of bright white foam. It looks really soapy, but it's just staying there and not going anywhere. Nice sticky lacing that clings to the sides of the glass. Body is a light, pale yellow with a few streams of tiny bubbles coming to the surface. Nice looking brew.

S - Very yeasty and estery. Yeast provides a bit of spiciness, mostly of coriander and black pepper. Big punch of clove is found here as well. Wheat is very apparent and there's a touch of banana going on as well. Both herbal and grassy hops.

T - Yeast is at the forefront and it brings a lot to the beer. Light banana clove. Nice spiciness with both pepper and coriander. There is a spice laced throughout the entire experience. Pale malt is neither bready or biscuity, rather a bit sweet and light. Hops are a touch spicy and grassy.

M - Clean and crisp, this beer goes down very easily. It's about medium bodied, but drinks much easier. Slightly above normal carbonation helps this drink easier.

Overall - Well balanced and very drinkable. While drinking this, I couldn't help but imagine what the Brett version might be like. Hopefully I will find out soon enough.

Served In: Tulip

Review by tavernjef on 07/10/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 16 5 8 2008
Smokehouse series - Murky light banana yellow color with a very tall and impressive capping of starchy white foam that hardly moves from its place after pouring. Large shelves of sheeting lace sticks across the glass.

Aroma is sweet and paled in a light bread doughy malt tone with a touch of lemon cookies to it. Good amounts of spicy hops and high ended herbal grassyness.

Taste is crisp and lightly dancing with firm carbonation and with lots of calming, yet peppy spice of sea salt, lemon peels, white pepper, and grasses backed with a tenderizing pale malt sweetness. Slightly dry finish with a bit of spicy/grassy leftovers lingering fairly strong the longer it sits.

Feel is quick and crisp with an overall higher, medium body thats eager to take charge of the mouth and settle its spices on the palate with a delightful little dance of complexity. The balance level is very nice too, especially as it warms.

Had this with spicy sausage pizza and man it was a lot to handle between the two. As for the Saison from Boulevard they did a very good job on this one as its a pretty big step up from the norm for them. Kudos and cheers and drink up as this stuff is quite quenchable.

Served In: Goblet

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