JoeinDahlem (1347) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - 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 (450) - 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.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - OCT 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 tap. Huge fluffy white head. Nice mild Brett aroma. Dry pineapple taste. Classic brett B phenolics. Very dry.8,3,6,3,15:3.5
Rerate: On tap the 2008 Strong Ale Festival. 8,4,7,3,16:3.7
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted 10/6/08. 750ml Cork and Cage. Lively pop upon opening. First pour is hazy with a golden hue. Three fingers of white pillowy clinging head. Aromas of citrus and lemon. Peppery with undertones of cranberries and raspberries. Floral with a hint of eucalyptus. Herbal aromas. Rather full bodied with a crisp initial flavor. Slight lingering Brett tingle. Citrus with a wheaty note. Crisp body, but the yeast character really rounds and smooths the palate. Tart with apple and berry flavors. Mildly cloying. Second pour is the same hue with a rocky cavernous head. Tart fruit aromas with hints of apples and berries. Solid Saison notes. Big peppery and perfumy. Touch banana. Mild brett, which I’m okay with. Mildly drying finish. Well done and not too overt of the wild yeast. Good drinking and definitely repeat business!
vyvvy (4386) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
After trying this at a couple of tastings I waited for my rating from a full 750 bottle and am glad I can finally submit that rating. Pours golden / yellow with a huge white head. The aroma has very lightly toasted malt that’s quite clean, light grainy brett, hints of natural sweetness, some earthiness and light hoppiness. Medium body that seems a bit rich due to lots of gentle frothy carbonation spreading the flavor perfectly throughout the mouth. The flavor starts with light sweetness and mildly toasted malt. The brett and funk come just after that with smooth orange and spice. The finish has spicy hops, peaches and light funky brett traits. A very well done example of the style that is comparable to the true Belgium versions. I’m looking forward to trying this in a few months when the brett is in more effect. A hearty cheers and thumbs up to Boulevard for outdoing themselves on this one.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Multiple samples at Provisions Tasting, St. Louis. Tasted this side by side with their regular saison, which I enjoyed quite a bit, but found this to be considerly more complex. The "wine" attributes come out much more in this saison, with a finish that shares some characteristics with a pinot grigio. Notes of chamomile and grass on the nose lead into lemon zest, ginger, sour apple, and straw. Finish is tannic with a touch of toasty oak.
argo0 (11805) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(BCTC, draft, 2007 vintage) Big fluffy white head atop hazy straw body. Aroma is medium sweet, straw/hay, some yeast, light floral. Taste is medium sweet, straw, yeasty, light Brett. Light-medium body.
Ungstrup (29985) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2009 GABF 2007. A hazy light golden beer with a white head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of citrus as well as brettanomyces. The flavor is sweet with notes of wheat and citrus as well as lighter notes of spices, leading to a dry wheaty and brettanomyces finish.
TURDFERGUSON (3988) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft samples of both the ’07 and ’08. Also tried a bottle sample of the ’07 courtesy of EDA. Thanks Mike! Pours a hazy golden yellow with a thick white head. Nose has a good amount of floral hops and a good dose of brett. Flavor is very similar with a dry, baryardy finish. Very well executed saison.