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Boulevard Smokestack Series: Saison

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RATINGS: 378   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
The French-speaking region of southern Belgium is the birthplace of saison, the love child of a centuries-old tradition of small rural "farmhouse" breweries, where native yeasts and time-honored recipes combined to produce some of the world’s most distinctive beers. As a tribute to this artisanal institution, we offer our own brisk, unruly Saison. Truly an artful balancing act, it is both rustic and subtle, robust yet effervescent, spicy and fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11791) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2011
C&C 750 mL bottle, Batch S8228, from Woodman’s West Madison. Pours an amber color with a ton of visible carbonation. Large frothy white head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of yeast, bread, stone fruits and caramel. The taste is apricots, dates, other stone fruits, caramel, bread and an herbal hop finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - SEP 23, 2011
Bottle. Might be an older bottle. Still poured a hazy yellow color with a smaller white head. Aroma was citrus, lemon and grapefruit. Aroma was lemon zest, pepper, and citrus. Tangy aftertaste. Still a good beer no matter how old it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2011
750ml corked from Pick’s Liquors. Poured into a snifter. Batch 8109. Pours a cloudy golden yellow with lots of carbonation and not much head. Strong aroma of citrus, wheat and slight hop spice. Light sweet, light sour and light bitter. Has a slight hop spice and a nice citrus tang. Light bodied with a thin slick texture. Lively carbonation and not much of a finish. Overall, its not too bad for a saison (which is not my favorite style). Probably the worst of the smokestack series, but still not that bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2011
750 ml bottle from Woodman’s Madison, $3.99 Ar: Spicy flavors dominate the aroma, a bit of ginger and some orange zest. Ap: Very hazy golden orange pour with a big frothy head that sticks around quite a while. Great lace on this one as well. T: Lightly sweet with some mild cinnamon and ginger flavors. Very nice tart finish. P: Medium, slightly sticky body with very assertive carbonation. O: Excellent beer. Quite refreshing as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2011
750ml bottle from ericandersnavy, shared with jsprime. highly enjoyable dry, fruity, aged saison. wonderful afternoon beverage. thx eric!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3202) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Bottle on deep clearance, since Boulevard has pulled out of WI - Pours clear amber with a nice fluffy off-white head. Smells lemony and fresh, surprising since this bottle’s been in the store forever. Light spice, firm malt, and a smooth yeastiness. Dry, spicy yeast on the first sip, transitioning into some tropical fruit, honey, and a grassy, warm finish. Velvety carbonation and a nice hefty body make this a nice one to drink. Probably should pick up some more bottles of this before it’s gone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (11350) - Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2011
It is nice and fruity with a hint of spice, a great American saison with a Belgian heart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (9007) - Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a hazy golden color with some floaties and a medium sized off white head. The aroma was fruity citrus, herbal, slightly funky with hints of the farm in Asheville. The flavor was slightly fruity, floral, herbal, with some barnyard funk. This was a nice sessionable saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2011
Bottle at the Funky 6. Pours yellow, lightly hazy with a clinging, white head. Lots of fruits in the aroma with spicy and floral notes. Flavor has good sweetness, some must, yeast, lemon and pepper. Medium bodied with average to lively carbonation. Dry, sweet and lightly yeasty finish with lingering spices. Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2011
750ml bottle served in a tulip. Pours hazy peach orange with a medium sized white head. Good retention and decent lacing. Aroma is citrus fruit, belgian yeast, rose petal, and spice. Flavor is creamy sweet with light fruit and yeast on the palate. Tastes a bit like you are drinking a mimosa with a splash of grapefruit. Medium body, fizzy carbonation, creamy texture, off-dry finish. Really good. Why would you discontinue this fine brew? Very tasty nontheless and I could drink a bucketload of this.

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