Strykzone (5352) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy gold hue with a huge soapy white head that has staying power and leaves globs of soap on the glass. Aroma is fruit, yeast, must, and some clove. Flavor is similar to the aroma with some soap and spices. A mild bitterness that was just a bit funky. A delicious beer and one that I wish I had the patience to age. This will be delightful in a few years. An excellent beer from KC.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 from Wine and Cheese online, someplace in Kansas. Pale orange and cloudy pour, with a big sticky head that looks more like what you’d find atop an IPA than a saison. Strong lemon zest aroma, as Ethan noted, slightly sweet but soon mellowed out by the yeasts. It’s fairly mild at the outset, and not really too bretty at this stage, but it’s certainly pleasantly yeasty and dry as it gets to room temp. Nice lengthy finish with some pepper.
emacgee (4289) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to JCB for sharing this one. Pours a pale hazy gold with a 2 or 3 finger frothy white head. Leaves a sticky lace as the head fades. The aroma is lemon rind, sweet, pungent spicy citrusy esters, mild earthiness to it, some yeasty influence in there as well. Not quite as funky as I would like. The flavor is spicy, peppery, lemongrass, earthy, definite citrus hop character. Dry spicy palate.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle. Number 3,377 of 11,950. Pours a hazy, crisp, bright golden with a gigantic frothy white head that lingers forever and leaves a chunky lacing. Mass aroma of flowers and hay. Zesty, fruity, pepper, lemon hops. Definitely dry hopped. Lots of banana yeast. It really does have a perfume elemant to it. Taste is similar to the aroma. Upfront and loaded with a zesty lemon mixed with a wheat maltiness. Flowery and hay, spicy, alfafa sprout taste. Crisp, earthy, bubbly, strawlike, and sticky palate with a mild lingering spice/bitterness. Slightly tart, but very clean and dry. Overall, a zesty, hoppy, bubbly, and clean beer that makes me feel like jumping into a big pile of barnyard hay. Great beer, comparable and maybe better than the Smokestack Saison...might have to compare side by side. I just wish I knew exactly what ’bret’ was...
thegreenrooster (3432) - 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 (4546) - 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 (7556) - 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 (6513) - 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.