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Boulevard Smokestack Series: Harvest Dance Wheat Wine

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RATINGS: 435   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Our Harvest Dance Wheat Wine is a celebration of John Barleycorn’s cousin wheat, the great staple crop of Middle America. Wheat wines are a somewhat recent stylistic development, akin to barleywines in strength, but brewed with a large portion of wheat malt, which provides a soft mouthfeel to balance the big body of these warming brews. We add a generous helping of Hallertau and Citra hops, and age the beer on both French and American oak, resulting in a beer that opens up with a warming burst of tropical fruit flavors, adding subtle Sauvignon Blanc notes before rounding slowly to a dry, oaky finish. This is a perfect beer for sharing with friends and family as we gather together for the fall and winter holidays. Pairs well with aged cheeses or seasonal squash and pumpkin dishes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 29, 2010
In the bottle at Bill B’s summer beer tasting party. Dark gold with a large white poofy head. Aroma of celery seed in a potato salad. Great Brussels lace. Thick and long head retention. Syrupy thick body. Big wheat and caramel taste. Still a bit of kilter with the hops, so I suspect this might still improve with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
elihapa (1547) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUN 28, 2010
6/25/10 notes: bottle, thanks to Rod. Pours light amber-orange in color. Flavor has mild creamy notes of banana, pear, apple, butterscotch. Flavor has lemon meringue, mixed orange fruit, a bit syrupy sweet. Body is a bit lighter than expected. The wheat contributes smooth textures to the mouthfeel. Balanced, sweet, interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (6753) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2010
First pour is 90% foam. That head is light golden in color with the consistency of shave cream. The beer itself is clear gold with a hint of amber. The aroma is a fruit salad, but a spiked one as alcohol is also evident. The flavor also offers lots of fruit and alcohol. It also features wood, yeast, rich malt, spice, peppermint candy. Aftertaste was wood with just a bit of hops. This was a very interesting beer and one that was unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6956) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2010
750 ml bottle courtesy of mreusch. Thanks, Matt. I continue down my path of the Smokestack series with just a couple more to go after this (both in the fridge to boot!). Pours a darker glowing orange dark amber, well hazed, with touches of fire. A big cakey bubbly beige head sits atop, laces well and stays fairly large. Aromas are an estery fruit feel, apple and pear, a light spucy yeastiness, faint honey and bready malts, light floral hopping, a little banana sneaks in. Yeasty and floral, with fruity esters beneath. Initial is medium bodied, gentle sweet malts of bread, vanilla tannins from the oak, honey, estery pear and banana mix with yeasty spiciness, a touch of orange, a touch of pepper and cloves, with a gentle lightly bitter finish, a touch of spice and sweet malts and fruity esters do linger some. A bit of warmth, the floral hops grow on the back with a decent booziness, the hops do help fight back the sweetness though, a bit citrusy but more floral and spice over time. Pretty spicy, but I guess that is what gives it some life in an otherwise drab and fairly annoying style that is Imperial Wheat beers. Ok. Considerably better than their Two Jokers.. Which, although a Wit, is still an Imperialized Wheat Ale. Ok. The oak adds some life, spice and vanilla, and the fruit elements are pretty good overall and complex for a wheat beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 5, 2010
Bottle... Poured hazy, golden with a white head. Aroma of esters, citrus-banana, wheat malts and sugary, earthy tones. Tasted very wheaty with a residual sweetness that was enhanced by fruit tones. Grassy, earthy, with a hint of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Pours a hazy golden orange color. Huge pillowy white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma is orange zest, cinnamon and clove. Flavor is similarly spicy, with some coriander and sweet caramel malt. A little spicy bite on the sides of the tongue in the dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Pours to a deep amber body with a tall starch white head and sexy lacing. There is a ton of rapid champagne carbonation in the body. The aroma is hugely German Hefe. Lots of wheat, cloves, and earthy yeast. The flavor is wheat laden yeasty earth and dusty malts. The palate is not overly carbonated, unlike what I’d have expected given the appearance. Medium bodied and somewhat slick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (12570) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAY 18, 2010
Corked bottle from Ericandersnavy, thanks! Orange color. Pours a firm head. Loads of tangerine and banana in the aroma. Firm grassy, slightly herbal hopbitter flavor, almost pushing away the tropical fruit. Dry out effect in the aftertaste. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thefederalist (307) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Pours a light copper with a gigantic loose head which lingers some time and leaves lots of lacing in the glass. Aroma of noble hops, wood, and dry white wine. Flavor is sweet-tart with a lingering mild bitterness. The alcohol is almost undetectable. Mouthfeel is that of a summer wheat ale, deceivingly light for a beer with this enormous gravity. Well done, lads.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Draught. Boulder Strong Fest 2010. Orange and white head. Spice , caramel, pine sol sweet. Flavor is sweet easy to light bitter ending. Dry and long.

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