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87 96 80 7 50 56
Saison - Brett by Boulevard Brewing Co.
Saison / Farmhouse Ale
8.50 % ABV


 
Review by everetends on 07/01/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 2010
Old Review
750 ml bottle I got from the great BitterPachyderm. Finally got around to this beer. Was going to have this last night, but fatigue got the best of me and tonight is the night. Served up in a tulip glass. Lets do it.

A: Big ole pop once the corked cleared the bottle. Gotta pour pretty gently, this baby will foam up on you. Has a very vibrant golden yellow with a hue of copper running through it. Not clear, has a nice haze to it. The body has a very steady stream of carbonation bubbling around in here. The head was a good two fingers due to my overzealous nature on the pour. Falls to a good finger an stays around for the game. The head is crisp white and has a very soapy texture and look to it. Little bit of soapy lace sticks to the glass. Very nice indeed.

S: Smells like a saison for sure. Has a really nice musky quality coming out first. Very earthy yeast and grains forward, but there is that nice barnyard quality going on here. Touch of leather and horse poo. Maybe just a little bit of wet wood. Behind all of that,there is a light sour quality. Almost like a touch of sour grapes hiding in the background. The sour is present but very beautifully added as just a compliment in the nose, making the saison take the lead. Very, very nice.

T: Absolutely a lot like the nose. Nice amount of yeast in here, has a nice Belgian like quality to it. Little bit sweetness coming across with the grains. A little bit of spiciness in some peppery goodness. The musk translates in the flavor with some of that leather, wet wood, dust, and horse blanket notes. Yet again, just a touch of sour to add some nice and new levels to this beer. Very light amount of sour fruit, plum skin and sour white grapes. Oh so nice, and so summer in the countryside. Just beautifully representative.

M: Medium in body with a seriously heavy carbonation presence. The heavy carbonation mixed with the level of dryness this beer reaches, it can be a bit much at times. A little abrasive on the throat but still very good. Touch of alcohol heat that is a bit high for a Saison and could be tamed a bit. Aftertaste is funky barn notes and light sour fruits.

D: In one word this beer is amazing. The sour is just so well placed and the Brett doesn't overpower the Saison. It just has a touch of that sour goodness coming across, but it is just enough to add a new dynamic to this beer. So funky with a nice and light sourness. The flavors, aromas and look are great. Just a delight of a summer/hot weather beer. My only gripe is lower the ABV a bit, it doesn't need all that. Thanks, Mason. this was amazing.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 08-18-2009 02:40:27

Served In: Tulip

Review by Sean9689 on 11/08/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 11 18 4 8 0
750ml bottle - batch 02.
Poured into tasting glass.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a fizzy white head. There some lacing evident along the sides of the glass and some retention as well. A nice cap of head remains after the pour for quite some time.

S - Slight brett funk, Belgian yeast notes, floral notes, hint of cloves.

T - Similar to the nose. Brett funk, sweet malts, yeast, straw, slight floral hops, pear, subtle fruity notes as well. Sweet finish, floral/fruity mixed with a touch of funk.

M - Light, fizzy carbonation, not quite as dry of a finish as I was expecting.

D - Super-easy to drink. I could finish this whole thing by myself, but I was nice and had to share with the g/f. Glad I live close to a bunch of this to pickup whenever I want.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
96 3 12 19 5 9 1989
Thanks go to EmperorStan for this beauty!

Bottle No. 05304

Pours an ever-so-slightly hazy, brassy golden color. Monstrous, pillowy, finely bubbled head quickly takes shape - and I don't believe it has any intention of going away. After 5 minutes or so, it has receded to about 1/2 of an inch, leaving strands and clumps of lacing in its wake, frothy and lumpy is the head that remains - and this is constant, thanks to the steady streams of carbonation rising from beneath.

Aroma is mouthwatering. Strong aromas of fresh, sweet green hay, lemon rind, apple blossoms, green fruits (grapes, apples). Somewhat sweet and spicy - candy sugars, coriander, small hints of white pepper. Behind it all, and entertwined so well, is that musty aroma of wild yeasts at work - nicely subtle, yet ever so recognizable - lending a certain yet slight sour aspect to the overall experience.
Phenomenal.

Taste is excellent - I had almost forgotten about the dry hopping of this - my first sip quickly brings this back to my attention. Good citrus hop notes - tangerine and to be specific. Fruity - sweet apple, pear, pineapple and lemon. Flowery. Lightly spicy, more clove with a dash of white pepper than anything else. Lightly phenolic. Sugary - candy sugar, and this blends with the tartness of it all - not sour, tart - thanks to the brett. not really funky/musky... yes, there are hints, but not as much as the nose led me to believe.

Moderate in body, smooth yet crisp, 'zingy' mouthfeel. Carbonation is perfect. Clean and somewhat dry finish.

I absolutely love this. Looks and aroma is fantastic... in the looks department, this is perfect - just as a Saison should look. The aroma, while somewhat different, is soooo mouthwatering, I'm going to score it as perfect also - not spot on for style, but my god, how could anyone not rate it as perfect?!?
The taste, while very good, does not live up to the aromatic billing - but far from disappointing. Refreshing, sweet, slightly dry, soooo damn quaffable.
I believe some time will only prove what I am hoping for - more dryness, and perhaps the funky tart will become more pronounced. With the sugary sweetness of this, I believe it will develop these characteristics - prime candidate for the cellar.
Andrew, I can't thank you enough!!!!
A MUST TRY.

Served In: Other

Review by joe1510 on 11/03/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 2 12 18 4 9 0
750ml
$12.49
Brown Derby,
Springfield MO

#10918 of 11950

The cork pulls free with a loud POP. A soft pour down the side of the glass produces a half glass full of bubbly white head that any Belgian offering would be proud of. This fizzy and crackling head sits atop a straw golden body with a mild haziness to it. The carbonation doesn't appear super active with only a few streams of large carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. The head eventually crackles to a one finger cap and leaves sticky, chunky lacing down the glass. What a good looking brew!

Wow! The brett plays a great role in the nose of this beer. When I first poured this beer it was very perfumed. As it gets air the perfume transforms into wildflowers a little bit of clean horse and handfuls of tart tangerine and grapefruit. Pale malts keep the base of this beer simple and let the brett characteristics shine through in this newly bottled brew. The tartness in the nose reminds me of Sweet Tarts at times and wildflowers at others but the tangerine is unmistakable along with lemon drops. I'm on the fence here between a 4.5 and 5. The more my nose is in the glass the more it leans toward a 5.

This beer explodes on my tongue but just doesn't have the same vividness to earn the 5 that the nose did. I don't even know where to begin with this saison. There are all kinds of sweet and tart play over the tongue with the fruitiness being the main culprit. Tangerine, lemon drops, green apple skins and multi colored Sweet Tarts all bring sweetness and counteract it with their tartness. Candi sugar and faint sugar cookie like malts lay down the malty backbone. The funky brett isn't quite there yet but there are notes of wildflowers and the finish is on the verge of turning over. The swallow brings a solid hoppiness that I wasn't expecting and leans toward the herbal and grassy side of the spectrum. Those wildflowers come out more and more as this one warms.

The body is light and the carbonation a little high making for a frothy feel to the brew. The finish is slightly dry and leaves a little hoppy bitterness. My only complaint, and it's a minor one, is the slightly high carbonation. Besides that we're good to go.

Drinkability is way up there. The fruitiness, tartness, and high carbonation all lend to this being a ridiculously easy drinker. One bottle is not enough. This one is disappearing far faster than I can even comprehend.

It's funny because this saison doesn't quite have the characteristics that most of the best ones do. The dryness isn't as Sahara-like as some of my favorites and the brett hasn't totally developed yet but this is one phenomenal beer. I really can't get enough of it. The dry hopping and clean tart tangerine notes put this one over the top.

Reviewed: 12/1/08

Price: $12.49 Served In: Tulip

Review by tangfoot on 09/14/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 11 16 4 8 2009
Batch 2009-1, bottle #11925

Not a gusher, but I thought it was going to be when the cork about exploded out of the bottle. Huge head of giant off-white bubbles atop a cloudy light amber body.

Awesome smell. The brett is all over the place, even from several feet away. The brett and sourness are the dominating aromas, but behind them you get some real traditional saison smells; yeasty funkiness being the most prevalent.

Whoa, definitely not what I was expecting from the smell. The taste is very subdued and creamy. Very much a saison, and not so much brett or sourness. I'm a little disappointed that it isn't more in-your-face, but this is a damn fine beer. It is light and refreshing; just a hint of spiciness and alcohol, finishing with a lingering yeast flavor at the end.

Just the right amount of carbonation makes this one tingle the tongue and make you want more.

I had some more expectations for this in regards to the sourness, and perhaps it will develop over time if given the opportunity to age, but as it stands today it is a fine saison and very drinkable.

Served In: Wine Glass

Review by bakes on 03/21/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 11 16 4 8 2008
SAP: Six months later, the bottle 8 bottles after yours (#01140) has been unleashed.

The cork came out with a decidedly loud POP! and I awaited a gusher that never came. Whew. Poured it into the Duvel tulip and a bright straw gold nectar appeared, with a quickly rising, foamy head that hangs on like an 8 year old on a roller coaster. The aroma is just... damn, sniffing it again and again. A fresh, grass/leafy hoppiness overlies a brilliant apricot/tangerine/grain malty sweetness, the Brett coming in to give everything a hint of bitter cellar sort of hit, faint phenol, maybe Earl Grey tea in the maltiness as well, an almost lemongrass or gypsum like powdery note... and it all works together so well.

It starts out with a firmly bitter bite on the tongue, but the flavors are more like the aroma - there's that tangerine and Earl Grey tea malt, some fresh, bright herbal hoppiness, hints of alcohol, and then the Brett shows up, slightly phenolic but adding a depth of funkiness, faint horseblanket, a spiciness that fairly jumps up the nose, bringing with it a fine whiff of lemongrass - ever smell an unused lemon herbal teabag? Sort of like that. The finish is relatively dry, with a fine lingering tangerine in herbs with Brett in the background. Mouthfeel is sprightly with a nice residual chewiness.

Not having tried this when SAP did, and not having that way with words either, I can say that comparatively and to my taste buds, it would seem to have dried out a bit, with less residual sugar. The herbal hoppiness is wonderful and is more present than the Brett, so it still has a while to go for the Brett to really take over. From the flavor balance, it has some room to do so without losing the aspects that make it good. Thanks to TipTop for the bottle - here's to the equinox.

Served In: Tulip

Review by SAP on 11/20/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 10 15 5 7 2008
Bottle No. 01148 of 11960, batch number 2008-1; Sampled November 2008
This is very well carbonated, as an exceedingly careful pour has me staring at four-fingers of foam that slowly grows to six fingers of foam and starts to pour over the sides of my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass. I only lose a touch of beer to the billowing, off-white / cream colored head. The beer is a clear, orange gold color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, bright, yellow-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma has an awesome grassy hop / malt note to it, ample touches of lemon zest, some tropical fruit and lychee notes, lots of cracker like grain notes and an underlying, musky Brettanomyces signature that cant quite hide despite the expressive malt and hop character. After 5 minutes or so I still have five-fingers of head on top of my beer, so I guess I'll continue to enjoy the aroma. Other noticeable notes of tangerine, a phenolic, almost plastic like, musty, butyric acid funkiness, phenolic soaked cotton-balls as well as a wild, weed-like / grassy note that is quite nice.

Lightly sweet tasting and this has a certain fullness to the body that lets me know that the Brettanomyces has a lot of residual sugars to work with (this thing will likely go bottle bomb at some point). This is not sweet though, just not dry. What sweetness is here accentuates hop flavors of tangerine, lychee, bergamot as well as some light herbal notes and a definite floral influence. Interestingly the foam tastes heavily of a phenolic Brettanomyces character, but the Brett does not play nearly as significant a role in the flavor of the beer. The Brett does play a role here in the flavor though as it contributes a spicy, phenolic character that provides some balancing sharpness to the finish. This last, mixes with a bitterness from the hops that also sharpens the finish which provides a balance to the sweet malt and fruity hop notes found up front.

This is pretty tasty, I do wish that it finished a bit drier (especially since as this ages it will get more and more carbonated, it is already over carbonated, and could become a bottle bomb, though with a champagne bottle this is not too likely). Visually perfect for a Saison, the ample carbonation projects a magnificent head, with lots of lacing and lots of staying power. Despite being a bit thicker and a bit sweeter than I generally prefer in a Saison, both these components work quite well in this beer; the extra touch of hop character (especially the American bent) certainly helps with this. It will certainly be interesting to see how this develops as the hops fade and the Brett becomes more prominent, especially if it can keep from becoming explosive. Taken as a sum of its components (at least as far as aroma and flavor go), this beer is not nearly as good as it is in the complete whole; e.g. it is lacking in funky aromatic notes, isn't nearly dry enough, nor is the texture perfect. On the whole though this beer just works quite well and is very enjoyable. I am glad I have a couple bottles of this to age.

Served In: Tulip

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