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RATINGS: 1009   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2009
Batch 2008-1, bottle #806 of 11950 into a Boulevard Smokestack series glass. Pours a gorgeous light orange gold with a enormously thick white head that leaves a thick lacing. Aroma is nice of brett, fruits (mostly apples and apricots), some lemon and various spices. Flavor is sweet on the heavy side. Mouthfeel is ok, slightly creamy but also high in carbonation and they are fighting it out. Semi dry finish. Overall, a little disappointed. After waiting for 9 months for this to age, it doesn’t deliver on the quality I hoped.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5541) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Sampled from 750 ml bottle (00902/11950) and shared by moelikebeer. Pours a semi-hazy golden straw colored brew with a decent sized white fizzy head that slowly dissipates to a thin film top. Aroma of golden grain malt with some wheat character, sour fruits, a hint of lemon, coriander and a touch of clove. Taste is medium bodied, some carbonation with flavors of barnyard funk, some golden grain malt with some dry wheat, lemon zest and a touch of coriander. Finish is semi-dry with a sour fruit and yeast aftertaste that slowly disappears.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Batch 2008-1, bottle 8677 of 11,950, into an Ommegang chalice. Enjoyed this one on 1/27/2009. Pours a pretty-much perfect meringue/bubble bath 2-finger head. It’s bright white and tops a slightly cloudy lemon-pineapple body. Staying power is huge. Lacing is good. Carbonation is moderate in strength and speed. Wonderful slightly soapy spice. A little mild clove, a bit of coriander and very mild citrus zest. Not picking up Brett in the nose a whole lot but this is very even-keeled and plentiful. A little warmth is needed for the Brett to emerge as a mild yet solid backbone to excellent Saison yeast electricity, subtle spice of ginger and austere lemon citrus. Orange zest is on deep background. This is extremely well-constructed. The clean yet bright spicy feel is what makes the Saison style so interesting overall. This is a little tightness with mild sweetness and huge yeast electricity. Hops are really quiet - a little pine but very mild considering this one has been dry-hopped. Still, they contribute in body to the clean dryness of the offering. A bit of bone-dry oakiness emerges with warmth. Brett is slow to develop, but it’s definitely there. One of the better new-world Saisons I’ve encountered. A bit of everything...the floral and piney hops (subtle, but they’re there...especially with warmth) mesh with the dry oak to leave a lasting impression. Savor this one - surprisingly it doesn’t drink entirely quickly. Still, it’s awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (43533) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2009
Bottle 75cl. @ Papsoes blindtasting. [ Bottle #8. ]
Unclear medium yellow orange color with a large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is fruity, citrus, barnyard, leather, wood notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet, light to moderate acidic and moderate bitter with a average to long duration, and a dry finish. Body is medium, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is soft. [20090501]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2835) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 6, 2009
This poured a cloudy yellow appearance with a white head. I assume my rating sheet was "Loganed" with a dancing hot dog, or moose, or something. The aroma contains some citrus namely lemons, vinegar, and coriander. The flavor has a slight funk to it with some vinegar and yeast notes. Otherwise some lemons and spices. Overall this is a nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2009
2006 Vintage from the keg at Logan’s Pre GABF Party, Denver 10/10/2007 Fruity and sour aroma. Large white head. Golden coloured and hazy in appearance. Smooth on the palate and sour with a crisp and slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Typical saison pour with a hazy, golden color and a very full, even with a slow pour, white, creamy, dense, rocky head which settles in a long time to a small dense froth and leaves lots of Belgian lace. Nose is fragrant with a lot of fresh herbs (chamomile, sage), fresh floral leaves, some light barnyard/hay funk, deceivingly prominent white pepper, dry bready/crackery malts, light tangy/lemony citrus, faint yeast esters (banana); lots of things going into this one. Flavor is similar to the nose but with a long progression; flavor starts with a sharp lemony tartness (which actually is very nice), light honey, and white pepper begin the progression with similar fresh herbal notes as the nose and crackery malts filtering in next. Towards the finish the light hay funkiness and a moderate, spicy bitterness. Palate is lively to fizzy but seemed less due to the creamy mouthfeel, nearly medium body , and the drying finish; the initial prickliness is balanced by the early, quenching tartness and the finishing dryness and mild warmth. Finish long and continues the herbal notes, the apparent dryness, some lingering bitterness, and just hints at lemons and white pepper. Not one aspect of the beer was great, but everything was put together so incredibly well and everything made me want another sip. The warmth was more than I usually like for a saison but with the brett tartness, it actually accentuated the spicy and herbal notes. Nowhere near what I typically ask for in a saison, but certainly a well crafted beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (5813) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Bottle Pours out a hazy gold topped with a cream white head. Aroma was of lets guess some brett, light grass, and some spice. Tast was more of the aroma. Lots of bubbles on the tounge. Bottle # 08539 Thanks Ditmier

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Thanks to Matt at the FW Gingerman for splitting this beauty with me. Pours cloudy deep gold with a big fluffy cumulous cloud of a head. Aroma is definitely very funky with rotten fruit, grass, wet dog, and earth grain/malt. Tastes similar and funky with a bit more malt than the aroma lets on with strong crackery, biscuity pilsner malt flavors (along with the same aroma characteristics). Finishes dry and fairly bitter, with burning hay. Very refreshing, does NOT seem that strong, creamy mouthfeel. Like a lot of Boulevard beers, it sometimes seems TOO flawless. Sometimes you want a few imperfections showing up here and there. If you like brett, then this is your beer for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5800) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2009
25 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark gold with a large fizzy white head that showed excellent retention leaving thin wispy lacing. The nose is nice and bretty with notes of hay, pale malt, and some light leafy hops. Earthy and bretty flavor with tons of funkiness, this is really well done. Great dry finish with excellent attenuation. I like that there’s minimal to no spicing, letting the brett and malts shine. Mouthfeel is dry and medium bodied with perfect soft fizzy carbonation and a lengthy finish. Overall this might be my favorite beer from Boulevard by a wide margin.

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