ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale hazy orange color with a big ivory-colored head. Good retention, chunky lacings.
The aroma is clean and refreshing with notes of lemon peel, tangerines, wheat crackers, mild brett and well integrated hop notes.
The taste is very refreshing with a gentle sweetness and a mildly tart complement. A light malty backbone is coupled with lovely fruit notes of lemon and tangerine. Clean brett aromas and well integrated hop notes. The finish is dry with a light bitterness to it and tart citric notes. No sign of the alcohol.
Moderate body, effervescent character.
A lovely beer - refreshing and easy to drink but still lots of character.
deyholla (9336) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a hazy gold with small particles and a nice thick white head. Aroma was quite earthy with some floral and citrus notes. Flavor had notes of flowers and fruity and a bit of underlying earthiness and spice. It was quite dry on the tongue.
MrChopin (3999) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2011 Batch 2008-1 bottle thanks to soonah!
Crazy foamy white head atop hazy gold-straw colored body that is heavily carbonated. Almost no saison left in the nose, just full on yet balanced brett in strong citrus, light hay, and a creamy note. The flavor is similar but dryer, hints of pepper and yeast in the finish to smooth the brett out. Lightly biting body, hints of soap and the brett goes into overdrive as it warms. Should have drank this sooner for more balance and nuance.
Multiple samples later and I like this way more.
frizzzzle (76) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light yellow, effervescent, with an explosion of frothy white head. Smells of tart apples and a funky musk. Flavor is pleasant and more mild than expected. Itís mostly sweet and faintly tart with a light grassy hop background. Despite the bubbles on the pour, the carbonation isnít overwhelming at all. Finishes slightly sticky, but itís by no means a heavy beer. Easily drinkable.
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy yellow. Nose is dank funk and horseblanket, spicey, clove, semi sweet malt, hay. Flavor is funky, near sour, mild grapefruit, grassy. Very nice.
TopTekeUWM (25) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
picked up the bottle in Indy. poured a pale yellow with white head. has the nose of citrusy spicy, and floral aromas. It felt overcarbonated at first but i let it settle down a bit and it became much better. beer finishes dry and the brett comes out nicely, not overpowering but a nice sour note that balances with the spicy flavors. Solid beer.
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.