mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - JAN 7, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle(s) from Gomerís Leeís Summit. Read otakudenís review, mine canít do this justice. Shines like yellow straw in the sun. Head is soft and creamy and lingers perfectly, finally fading into lacing as you drink it away. The small bubbles of carbonation constantly rising seem like evidence of the lively brett. From the second it hits your tongue it dances through to the finish. So much going on i canít describe it well- yeast and light spices, brett earthiness, classic saison flavors, tart (and yet soft!) fruits... itís just too complex for my vocabulary. Hops are not overdone at all, i almost forget about them with so much else iím trying to pinpoint but then they provide a wonderful, slightly dry finish. With some age the fruity characters fade into barnyard funk. I love it fresh, as opposed to over 6 months old, but think it is going to be killer with a couple years of age. So buy as much as you can, drink half now, cellar half for a few years.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Sample Date: 7/18/2009 Source:Other) Bottle 09752 of 1150 courtesy of Immy. Bretty floral perfume in the aroma. Earthy funk and spicy Belgian yeast character. Cloudy yellow golden with huge rocky white head. Grainy flavor with Brett and a earthy funk towards the finish. Very peppery spiciness. Finish is quite dry and spicy.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle #07538/13400. cotton candy head with translucent gold body, huge nucleation. aroma is livestock, lemons and a background of perfumed flowers. flavor is sharp brett that cuts across the palate leaving citric skid marks in its berth. bitterness lingers a short spell then closes on a dry end.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Up to bat today is one of my favorite Belgian styles: the saison, aka the farmhouse ale. Even better, this one has the blessed kiss of the Brettanomyces family of yeast. Oh yeah, come to Kristyn! You think Iím joking? The bottle of Boulevard Saison with Brett that I supped lovingly on was #10503 of #11950 bottles produced. Thatís it. No more. A limited release of a rare beer brewed for taste and the discerning palate, a state of mind everyone is capable of with just a wee bit of an open mind and a sprinkling of curiosity marked by a fun sense of adventure. Now that is the spice of life.
She pours resembling the whitish pith of oranges with a very generous head of soft foam which clings in scattered clumps to the sides of my glass. As the center of her brew clears, a wonderful nose of crisp sliced lemons, zesty, pithy, and rindy at the same time tickles my nose. Toasted meringue swings in for second place, followed by a parade of sourdough, white pepper, granny smith apples, buttered toast, sawdust, fresh leather, and a touch of saddlebag. A dab or two on my neck and I am ready for a night out on the town, yes maíam. Wiping the drool from my chin, I lovingly take the first of many spine-tingling sips. Are those harps I hear? Once more, fresh lemon takes center stage, proudly sporting all her individual charms of zest, pith, and zing while white pepper adds a dash of spice to the background. Pervading her whole palate with many thanks given to that dashing princess-charming, Brettanomyces, is sawdust, fresh leather, and a touch of dry baled hay. Complimenting her lemon presence is an emerging addition of white grapefruit while each quaff dries my palate which I lovingly quench with each tender sip. White pepper gentle tinges my breath, while a faint tartness hints of the granny smith apples that were in her nose. Choosing to offer its silent support, toasted bread is only there if you look for it, and I really had to look for it. Thatís okay though; malt is not the star of this show, and rightfully so.
Even though I knew our love affair would eventually have to come to an end, I sure as heck didnít want it too. Just little longer under the sheets, if you please. But my wishes were not answered, and as I cradle my empty glass, I thank the beer goddesses and gods for this moment of beervana. If you ever chance upon any of the Boulevard big beer series in 750ml bottles, grab as many as you can. Youíll thank me for it later.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 2 2009 bottle: Pale orange pour with a large, fluffy white head. Nose is massive amounts of dried citrus peel, coriander, clove, wet hay and some dry woodsiness. Crisp body, flavors consist of some lightly spiced citrus, dirt and finishes bone dry. Good stuff
nickd717 (3587) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 2, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Review #1400. This was really my first beer of the new year, as I had it on the night of 1/1, although I was drinking some Moonlight Toast after midnight passed on 12/31. This is a phenomenal beer, well worthy of the milestone rating. Bottle #7153 via trade on BA thanks to Ineedabeerhere. The bottle was a gusher as my it was uncorked. Brought my Bruery tulip over to save as much of the foam as I could. It was hard to pour this stuff without getting a crazy amount of foam and very little beer. Once you succeed in pouring it though, it pours a hazy golden color with a massive foamy white head that takes awhile to fade. Aroma is bretty and yeasty, along with honey, pale malt, citrus, spice, and earthy notes. Flavor is awesome and complex. Lots of brett in there, but itís not ridiculous. Bready pale malt, honey, spice and pepper, lemon, and floral hops. Medium-light and prickly on the palate, extremely crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is very high. Overall this is a beer that just doesnít have many flaws to it. This is about as good as the saison style gets.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazed super straw yellow at first with a six finger airy white head. Turns to more of milky yellow towards the bottom of the bottle. Aroma of Brett, sweet malt, yeast, grains and eucalyptus. A bit of a fizz bomb in the mouth. Taste of peppery yeast, Brett, earthy hops, straw, mild fruit. Mildly sweet and mildly funked up.
OzarkElmo (303) - Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle No. 05596 of 13,400 in 2009. Consumed 12/31/2009. Pours a light, hazy orange with sizeable head, sticking around awhile. Aroma of citrus, floral hops, yeast - very flavorful yet pleasant. Slight malt & spice presence - just right for me. Moderately carbonated with excellent, complex flavor with no part being overwhelming. Finish is fruity, crisp and dry - very appealing with alcohol hidden quite well. This is a world-class offering in my opinion - great brew by the Boulevard crew. Well worth the wait until New Yearís Eve and well worth the price - SALUDE!
dchmela (2711) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy MReusch. Hazy light gold pour with a thick white fluffy head. Funky tart apple, sour, bretty aroma. Light tart, sweet malt with hints of fruit in the taste. Finshes dry and funky. well done and easily drinkable.
craftycarl21 (2269) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy peach pour with a big frothy head- nice looking brew. Aroma holds some definite bretty funk, yeast, orange peel, clove and other spices, and some really nice floral presence, presumably from the dry hopping. Flavor is magnificent; awesome earthy and bretty notes mix beautifully with a citrus and nectar fruit quality. Also excellent spice and yeast presence. Palate is wonderfully drinkable, but still complex, for a bretted beer. Excellent stuff, my favorite saison so far.