thegreenrooster (2971) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 24, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is a cloudy but bright yellow with a large white head. Aroma is wonderful with a large citrus and a huge amount of pepper. Flavor is lots of lemon zest with some hot pepper and allspice. Its almost like drinking liquid perfume. I did not get a heavy brett but i’m sure with age this would come out more. At $12 this is an expensive but well worth it treat.
drfabulous (3374) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well well well. Boulevard delivers on this one Nice Saison fruity taste marked by the slight trace of funk. The Brett does not overwhelm. It helps the tartness and fruitiness of the Saison stand out. Maybe all mainstream/crafts should follow the lead of New Belgium and Boulevard. Do your mainstream stuff, but keep enough of the high end stuff in circulation as well. You know. So nerds like me can enjoy what you are doing but, in the case of Boulevard, not have to drink your mediocre portfolio. The Smokestacks are all excellent.
jarhedrwx (1) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 20, 2008 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Delicious and tangy like the rest of the Smokestack Ales including the ’regular’ Saison. Goes well with Gruyere Cheese or even a good thin-crust cheese pizza.
Appearance is golden and cloudy, with a very light and frothy tan head.
Aroma has a nice sweet bite to it which really makes the mouth water.
Flavor is zesty and stimulates the edges of the tongue nicely!
I just finished bottle #03927 out of 11950, I hope I am able to enjoy more of this unique brew!
Skinnyviking (6221) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Low white fluffy head. Clear light green body. Fruity sweet aroma. Dry hoppy fruity aroma with low carbonation and a long sweet aftertaste.
after4ever (5728) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750, corked and baled. Thanks, Theisti! Cloudy medium gold. Dense, creamy platinum blonde head. Absolutely impenetrable sheets of snow-white lace. Grass, flowers, and hay on the nose. Creamy body with flowers, hay and grass on the mid-palate. Long sweet finish. Wonderful stuff, even if it did suffer a bit in comparion with Homebrewcolin’s pro-am-winning saison, which we tasted horizontally with this.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - OCT 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, corked and caged. Batch 2008-1. Served in a Smokestack Chalice. Bottle conditioned. Poured a pale gold with two fingers of tight bubbled white head. Plenty of carbonation.
Great aroma. Citrus and spice with a little Brett funk. Medium bodied. More citrus, slightly sweet at the start but a dry finish. There is a bit of hop bitterness. More spice in the finish. Crisp and refreshing. Very drinkable. The last glass has a little more funk as the yeast is added in. It will be interesting to see what some age does to this beer.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2009 750ml bottle #00799. Cloudy orange/gold pour yields a huge, mousse-like white head. A faint pineapple tartness from the brett is detected on the nose. Mild yeast phenols and plenty perfumy. Orange peel. Lemon zest. Hay and straw as the beer opens up. Quite aromatic. Dry yeast and lightly tart brett on the tongue. Bright citrus zest. A hint of banana. Dried leaves, dried flowers and perfume. Lightly malty but rather dry. Some straw and grass. The malt and yeast are integrated quite well. Creamy texture. Excellent, lively carbonation.
Yeast pour on this one is quite nice. Earthiness. More funk. Earthy sweet tarts if that makes any sense. Lengthens out the finish as well. Finishes rather lengthy and dry. Excellent effort and one to age.
JoeinEscazú (1325) - San Jose, COSTA RICA - OCT 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2012 Re-rating after recent glass on draft. Was it always 8.5%? Seems unnecessarily high, but maybe that’s what the kids want these days. Still has that zest and funky hay that I remember, but also is a bit sweet where I remember dry. Function of higher gravity, perhaps? A shadow of its former self, I’m afraid. Original rating: Bottle No. 06281 of 11950, which actually seems like a lot of bottles. Pours a clear and bright yellow-orange... lovely. Funky nose with lemon, wet hay, earth. Mild bitterness with notes of lemon, orange and cider, going pretty dry on lively carbonation. Zesty edge is subtle and fits really well into the overall flavor. I wonder how this will taste in a few years? How will the brett character take over? I’d like to find out. Shame about the high price tag, though.
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, Pours bright and cloudy with a fluffy white head. Nice wild aroma, floral hops, sweet light malts spicy yeasts. Fantastic flavor slightly sweet but finishes dry, some clove and banana but not dominate or rough, great texture no notice of alcohol, this may be boulevards best offering ever.
zombywoof (440) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - OCT 16, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromatic Saison-pillowy lacey head and straw cloudy color. Nose of pertume, mint, banana and apple. Flavor of citrus, mint, sprucey hops. Bready astringent finsh. Pretty damned good.