kidmartinek (2971) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich, thick cloudy nectarine color. A mass of visible sediment swirls around in the glass below the persistent 3+" cloud white head. Aroma of yeast and wood primarily. Full bitter sweet yeasty flavor with a musty finish. The character is not heavy, but full. There is a slight fizz on the finish. A bit dry ending beckons for the next sip.
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle no. 157. Had a heck of a time trying to get the cork out of this one... Pours a nice pale orange color with a small head that sits pretty atop the beer. Tiny little bits of yeast floaties throughout the beer. Orange again in the aroma, from the dry hops - nice. A little spicy and flowery, too. Flavor is very pleasant. Slightly dry, definitely citrusy, with a little background touch of tartness and brett. Palate is lightly sparkling. A nice brew here, and very drinkable for its 8.5% - I didn’t notice at all until I started getting a little buzzed by the end of the bottle...
beernbourbon (1214) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pour is rich, almost clear golden color with a medium white head. Aroma is honey, hay, grass, lightly spicy, and orange. Flavor is spicy, rich, very subtle brett, and nicely floral. Not as much brett as expected but still an awesome beer. Really rich and full saison.
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale hazy yellow with a huge white head. Extremely refreshing aroma with passion fruit loaded american hops and light brett in the background. Mouthfeel has what we sweds call "små fina bubblor" which translates into something like pretty awsome mouthfeel. Flavour is peach, pinetree, oranges, lemons and all other sort of exotic fruit imaginable. Rather light and very fresh with a clean crisp and pleasantly bitter ending.
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy straw color with big white head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is lemony citrus and some spice. Flavor is similar with lemon, pepper, horse blanket and mild grapefruit hops. Medium mouthfeel and nice clean finish. Not my favorite style, but this was a very nice beer.
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 1 Bottle 8631 of 11950 and served in my big ole Karmeliet snifter: Initial pour is crystal clear topped by a HUGE fluffy head which left clinging lace upon the glass. The aroma is dandelions and rose hips, herbal old hops, pale grainy malts, orange zest and apple peels, light clean french oak, Grains of Paradise, very light barnyard esters, and a touch of lovely mint leaves.
The taste is more towards a base Saison with wheat husks, spent pale malts, old Saaz hops, and earthy yeast. The Brettanomyces is still mostly a background note but I could see this becoming more and more a player in due time. Musty and completely old skool, as I taste this, I think Dupont more and more every other sip. Again there is a lovely subdued mint note that I really dig. There is even a touch of earthy rocky character than rounds out the palate. Mystical and mild-blowing honestly .The mouth feel is sprite but hardly dancing around unrestrained. This beer has the potential to truly be world-class given time, unlike the muddled Double-Wit. This what is great about the American micro brew industry. Rejoice my friends!!!
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
BOTTLE #09666 of 11950
A lightly hazy golden color with a touch of burnt orange. Massive bubbly head that leaves a decent foamy layer. Good retention and good, but spotty, lacing.
Man, there is no hiding that brett yeast in the nose. Little bit funky, in a good way. Nice level of tropical fruits mixed with a touch of citrus oils. Nice spicey pepperey smell. Saaz hops, maybe? Nice grains and floral notes.
Very nice, complex, yet attractively inviting nose.
Brett funkiness is upfront. Some sweet citrusy flavors. Pineapples, pears, and green apples, mostly. Decent sized spicey hop bite. Floral notes mix with a slight touch of earthiness.
Good mouthfeel. Medium body with a decent creaminess. Would like it better if it were a little bit creamier feeling.
Very drinkable, overall. Would be a great summer brew, I believe.
Boulevard continues to impress with their Smokestack Series (this one is #5 in the series).
Hope I can let a bottle or two of this lay for 6 months to a year, as I think it will be even better then.
Lawsonciv (29) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 10, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle. Poured a cloudy orange-gold color with a white head. Aromas of hay, citrus, brett, pineapple, and some floral. Taste of citrus. Dry beer. Bready-malt. One of my favorites. A great Saison-Brett.
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2009 750ml bottle (thanks to ifinallybroughtagoodbeer123133!). Bottle # 10152 / 11952. Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of barnyard funkiness, hay, citrus, musty, and floral. Tastes of citrus, funky barnyard, and floral. Very nice.
fredandboboflo (1570) - East Setauket, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, extra thanks to tytoanderso. Aroma of brett, pineapple, tons of citrus, floral character. Flavor continues to be very citrusy with bretty notes that remain mostly centered on the pineapple rather than more intense funked up notes. Big bright citrus with some notes of grass, bread and grains. Dry and refreshing. Luscious.