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Boulevard Smokestack Series - Saison

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RATINGS: 377   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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.


4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (954) - Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Pours clear golden with a large, sudsy white head. Smells bready, yeasty, strong earthy tones, some hoppiness and a bit of malt. Tastes damn near perfect; earthy, bitter, fruity and sweet, a bit spicy. Light-bodied with a wet texture and active mouth-carbonation, Boulevard Saison finishes with a touch of funk.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
presario (4626) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2009
Big bottle. Great lasting clumpy head. Big Saison nose. Great flavour. One of my favourite Saisons. This is delicious and with an ABV you can have more than one.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AJofDenver (71) - Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2010
The aroma is very fruit foward banana orange peel. The appearance is a bright golden color that ia over the top cloudy-but in a good way! There is a small amount of pepper with a fruit/ citrus closing.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KUEric (886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 7, 2008
750 ml bottle. It was quite the saison. I was impressed with its foamy white head atop the yellowy-brown-gold beer heavy with carbonation. Lots of lemon, wheat grass, spices, and a little apple on the nose. A great aroma. The flavor wasn’t any worse though. Similar flavors to the aroma, just right. Nothing dominated the palate, but it was very flavorful.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
greedycheater (80) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Murky yellow pour with a healthy stark white head that lasts through dinner. Light barley aroma with hints of fruit - peach or apricot perhaps. Medium bodied. Mildly bitter and hoppy to start with none of the typical punch-you-in-mouth effect of brews dominated by hops. Flows creamy over the tongue and hits the back of the mouth with a little dry hop burst. The same sensation I got from Red Seal, only a lot better. And a lot better than the popular wheat they brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere (6129) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2008
Objectively speaking: An awesome example of which one glass was not enough.
I like: Very fresh opening. Healthy white head. Charming meringue notes combine with the wheat to form a remarkably refreshing package. The yeast whispers spicy messages. Crisp hay-like maltiness. Remarkably attenuated for an American example.
I dislike: I only dislike how hard it is to take possession of.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2008
Pour is hazed light golden yellow with a big fluffy white head...smell is dry and funky...horseblanket, straw, cloves, coriander, cardamom, pepper....this is probably the best nose I have ever smelled on an American saison...the taste is dry...some horseblanket, leather, dust, lavender, and hints of vanilla....the finish stays super dry....wow....I am blown away by this...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bbrock81 (304) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - JUL 7, 2008
750 mL bottle. What a wonderful beer this was! A bright yellow with a huge, thick head. Aromas of citrus, apple, a good bit of spice, some malt and a hint of hops. Flavor tracked the aroma, but was a fair bit milder. Very good; grab some if you’re able to.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeinDahlem (1326) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 22, 2008
Nothing flashy, just one of the better saisons I’ve had in any country. Lovely, hazy orange color with thick, white head. Aroma is an interplay of a subtle, yeasty spiciness, cereals, citrus notes and grassy hops. Begs you to sip. Moderately bitter flavor with hints of pepper and citrus from the yeast, dry finish. Delicious. Instant classic in my book.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2008
750 ml bottle from the Flying Saucer in KC. Pours a very hazy bright yellow. Big and thick white head. The aroma is of pineapple and citrus, yeasty, grassy, sweet and spicy. Its very creamy and medium to light body. It tastes like it was meant to be drank on a farm. Spicy, hay like, peppery, fruity citrus pineapple, and a pretty dry finish. An awesome beer that is getting me into saisons.


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