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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomciccateri (1034) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 10, 2006
A 12-oz. experimental bottle. ASarted with spicey, estery aromas eminating from the dense dark gold liquid, topped by a lasting white head. The light-bodied brew offered a tangy/spicey character where pale malt competed with corriander-like flavors to produce an overall dry, flavorful brew. Given some adjustments, it could find a following among the Midwest’s Boulevard fans.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 5, 2006
12oz sample bottle. Hazy and golden with an orange tint and yellow pale gold highlights. Clinging white head. Citrus and yeast nose. Floral with notes of apricot and grass. Slightly musty. Full and dry body. Lively yet dull, nay, rounded. Citrus notes consist of the usual lemon and orange zest. Bready yeast and peppery spices. Slightly tart and somewhat earthy. Quite nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011
In short: A clean Saison with nice floral/grassy hopping and expected dryness. By-the-book beer, flawless execution.
How: Bottle 750ml. A few times. A very full fresh bottle, a full bottle aged about 1 year and a few times at tastings
The look: Partly cloudy yellow-blonde body topped by a very small white head
In long: Nose has a nice floral and grassy noble hops signature over some tropical fruits. Taste is crisp and clean. This is not a very rustic Saison. Very well attenuated (as all Saison should be) but without a rustic/wild yeast signature. Crisp bready pale malts provide body without adding much sweetness. Some light notes of tropical fruits just to make it more refreshing. Floral and dry grassy noble-style hopping to make a dry finish with only a short and sharp mild bitterness. Highly sessinnable. Their Saison With Brett is an entirely different story that has been told in an entirely different rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5887) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 28, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2008 Bottle at St. Louis Microfest - another test batch beer from Boulevard. Poured slightly hazy yellow with a pillowy head. Aroma had lightly roated wheat and spices - a bit like Zon with pepper added. The beer is medium bodied with carbonation bordering between soft and fizzy. Taste is peppery, dry and tart - there is some dry lemon, grainy malts and light spicy hops in there as well. One of the better American interpretations of the style. I hope Boulevard puts this one into production - I would buy quite a bit of this. (7/4/7/3/15 - 3.6) P B Rerate Notes: /B Notes from the bottle. Pours hazy golden / orange with a large white head. The aroma has graininess, fruit esters, spice and Belgium yeast. Medium crisp grainy body with a generous amount of prickly carbonation. The flavor starts with aroma traits with the graininess and spice up front. The finish is crisp and refreshing with lingering earthiness from he malt and and yeast. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3595) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 17, 2006
test batch bottle from the St Louis Microfest. Lightly hazy golden yellow with a soapy white head and tons of lacing. floral nose with lots of peppery notes, corriander, lemon. flavors are very tart-peppery with lots of citric twang. This actually tastes more authentic than i was expecting. Like a more tart/bolder version of Zon. Finish is lightly metallic but not detracting. body is pillowy and fluffy. I would have to say this is a very good representation of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 26, 2006
On tap at the 2006 Best of the Midwest Brewers’ Festival. Cloudy bright gold with a big white head. Has a very yeasty aroma. Mostly bread dough aroma. Very easy to drink. Way more hops than most of this style. Coriander flavor is present, but mild. Has a dry bittering finish. While not a true saison by my standards, this is an enjoyable good beer. Should do well for them commercially in spite of the name.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2006
Sampled at 4th Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Beer poured a hazy, light gold with a small, frothy, white, mostly and quickly diminishing head. The aroma was malty with moderate notes of lightly husky, toasted grain; hoppy with light notes of herbs and lemon zest; miscellaneous notes of moderate fresh bana, light coriander, wood and trace DMS. The flavor was lightly sweet, moderately bitter with a long, moderate-to-heavily bitter finish with a slightly husky finish. The body was light, the texture was watery and the carbonation was lively with a lightly alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13404) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2006
On tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Fest poured a hazy yellow with a lasting white head. Aromas of lemon, light spice and yeast. Palate was light bodied. Flavors of lemon and spices with a dry finish.

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