BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2009 Bottle from a great guy by the name of mreusch. Poured a clear, golden-yellow color with rising carbonation and a billowing white head that left good lacing. Definite brett in the aroma, with hints of musty barnyard, hay, dried fruits (orange rind, tangerine, lemon peel), dusty spice (pepper, basil), and some dry, floral hops. Smooth, spicy entry with hints of peppers and some soft fruity undertones of orange, tangerine, and light lemon paired with a soft tartness provide a transition into a musty, dry, bretty barnyard yeastiness with hints of hay and cobweb that finishes with a dry, floral hoppiness. Moderate carbonation and a great dryness as a result from the brett and hops. Really an awesome beer, it takes Boulevards base saison and dries it out even more and gives it a bit of funkiness. Thanks Matt, I really appreciate the hook up.
bierkoning (10831) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from FlacoAlto, thanks! Pale blonde, pours an enormous foamy head. Sharp citric hops, soap and leather in the strong aroma. Firm and sharp leathery hopbitter flavor. Herbal with loads of lemon. Fairly sour. Herbal hopbitter aftertaste that lingers on and on. Lovely!
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Theisti. Thanks again, man! Pours a deep cheddar orange with a rocket-quick white head. Smells of musty vegetable plastic and monocot spring grass. Flavor is musty lemon cheddar and Brett that will only improve. Thick, full mouthfeel. Excellent beer. Definite cellar beer and a repeat.
MrBunn (2528) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours with a HUGE head of fizzy foam. The little bit of liquid at the bottom of the first glass of foam looks to be a kind of hazy straw color. Many streams of carbonation are also present. Aromas are pleasant... almost a Pine Sol lemon presence with a bit of pepper and some grass. Kind of ephemeral. Flavor is an odd mix of sweetness (just a hint at first) and slightly astringent cleaning product lemony hops/brett.
topherh (1914) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JAN 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy golden with a huge foamy head. POUR GENTLY. Aroma is lemony, hoppy, slightly spicy. Flavor is lightly malty, lemony, with a little bit of pepper. Not much brett maybe with some aging.
Butters (3930) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2012 Sampled at tronraner’s Xmas Eve^3 tasting. I had been wanting to try this one ever since I had my first smokestack series brew - thanks Suttree! Bottle 08551. Hazy dull yellow pour with good white head and some particulate. Clean but funky light pepper nose. Flavor of lemon citrus, and a little grassy hop adds a bitterness on the finish. Very high carbonation. I’m not really a fan of saisons, but this was a nice american offering of the style.
Rerate - Bottle 05911 - much better than i remembered. The brett is very good on this. dries it out quite a bit, but still sweet.
KI9A (9) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2009 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Poured a beautiful haze yellow, huge puffy long head.
S: Fruity, flowery, bready, slightly funky.
T: Amazing. Lemon, bread, hoppy, light roasted nuts, black-pepper bite. Not sure I ever rated a 5 on taste in well over 100 beers I reviewed, but, this nails it.
M: Clean, silky
D: Easy to down the whole bottle. ABV gets in the way, but, thats a burden I’m willing to shoulder. Another fantastic brew!
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 3701. The cork blasted out of the bottle before the cage was even loosened! Pours hazy gold with a nice thick head, medium lacing. Aroma is nice, sweetgrainy notes, whiffs of burlap and that wonderful brett funk. Faint aromas of barnyard, hay and earthy notes. Flavor begins rich and sweet, large malt profile and lots of hop pepper, almost hot on the tongue, giving way to a warm, lemony sour nout, here comes a big grassy note and a bitter, slightly earthy finish. A wonderful beer from Boulevard, and would undoubtedly be even better laid down for about two years.
sloth (2594) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a small white head, decent retention and lace. Hazy gold hued ale. Nose of sweet malts and faint citrus, brett?? Lightly medium body, lightly oily on the palate with some vigourous carbonation. Sweet malt flavors, citrus with light grain notes and just a tad peppery but i,m still not finding much brett action. Lightly swet, malty finish. Meh. Props to eaglefan for sharing.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Dark straw color with a hell of alot of head. Huge carbonation in this bottle. Citrusy, soapy aroma and a little funky. Lemony and very acidic up front, the acidity smooths out in the finish, not too bad.