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RATINGS: 885   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Saison-Brett, based on our very popular Tank 7, is assertively dry hopped, then bottle conditioned with various yeasts, including Brettanomyces, a wild strain that imparts a distinctive earthy quality. Though this farmhouse ale was given three months of bottle age prior to release, further cellaring will continue to enhance the “Brett” character, if that’s what you’re after.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6083) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2009
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!!!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 12, 2009
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.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lawsonciv (29) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 10, 2009
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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2009
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2009
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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4500) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Pours a lightly hazy golden with a medium bubbly white head. Aroma of funky barnyard notes, lots of citrus character, perfume and lots of floral notes. Flavor of mixed citrus, perfume, floral, bready malt, barnyard and light funky notes.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1180) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2009
750 mL bottle. Great aroma of grassy fields, flowers, tart apples. Orange pour with a sufficient white puffy head. Dry taste with a sweet tart like flavor with other fruits integrated such as apricot, pineapple, and musk melon. Very easy drinking beer. Very good. I’m still a bit partial to Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux, but this comes in at a close second. Mindblowingly good!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joet (2188) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 2, 2009
Drank a lot of this at GABF. grassy, spice, heather. hints of barn yard , off crisp texture and with light medium effervescence, aroma is full, YUM.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boto (1879) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - OCT 29, 2009
750ml bottle: This one opened with a very loud "pop", but didn’t overflow at all. This one poured a hazy golden color. There was a large, fluffy head that leaves some nice lacing. The aroma is nicely balanced. Brett, pineapple, other fruits, earthy, some citrus, hint of spice. Interesting taste. The first thing that hits you is a bit of sourness, and then a little bitterness. Medium body. Earthiness, a little yeast, citrus among the other flavors. Nice!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2013 My Bottom Line:
This Wild Ale’s expansive effervescence propels the coniferous brettanomyces through the straw-like cereals, floral hops and pineapple subtleties for a world-class brew.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam garnishes the misty bright golden.
-The brettanomyces and hops team up for a wonderfully spicy, herbal display of harmony.
-There is no sign of the alcohol in this one.
-This is superbly executed and highly pleasurable.
-Fruitiness is reminiscent of pears and green apples at times.

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