tgncc (2899) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From trade with Blutt59. Aroma is yeasty, bready, musty, funk, fruit, banana. The appearance is a hazy orange/gold, white head. The flavor is pepper, yeast, banana, other light fruit. The finish is pepper, resiny hops. Medium to medium thick in body, oily. Nice enjoyable beer overall. Thanks, Bob.
VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - JUN 4, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I had this on tap in the summer of 2009 and was depressed to hear that it was originally planned to be a tap release only. Fast Forward to early 2009 and Boulevard has decided to release this year round, replacing the Saison (not to be confused with the limited Saison Brett) in their everyday lineup. Itís a change well worth it, because this is one of the best examples of the Saison farmhouse style that Iíve ever tasted.
Popping the cork youíll immediately notice the aroma - clearly Belgian in character. Pouring the first glass, youíll notice a big billowing head that rises up almost out of the glass. Itís a beautiful beer. Your first taste youíll notice a little hoppiness, but with a sweetness almost like bananas. Loads of citrus and grapefruit come rushing through. Full flavored throughout, though first couple sips will probably notice the warmth from the 8.5% ABV.
Despite the high ABV, this is a superiorly drinkable beer, and now that it is finally available in bottles will likely become my beer of choice. Thus far itís in relatively limited release, but if you can find it do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle. Highly recommended.
malrubius (1862) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUN 2, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Peterís 2nd annual spring gathering. Yellow orange haze with white head. Peachy spicy peppery leafy lemon pastry aroma. Lamon pastry vanilla peppery spice with dry peppery finish. Soft effervescent palate. I was a little worried about this after reading about the disappointment regarding Boulevard changing their saison. Well, this was fucking excellent, amazing, beautiful, outstanding. Rating #1100.
rking (100) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A summertime favorite in our house. Only thing better is the saison-brett!
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light brass color with a white head. Aroma is spicy, clove, banana, and earthy. Flavor is spicy, clove, wheat, banana, and a spicy finish.
btalcott5 (3) - USA - MAY 21, 2010 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Similar to the pale with a sweeter taste... Fantastic beer for any occasion
Strykzone (5073) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
A cloudy golden pour with a big soapy head. This is a nice representation. Nice fruit, yeast, funk, soap (which actually works here), fruit. The fruit includes apples and pears. Nice black pepper spice. Hops noted as the beer warms. Enjoyable.
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to thirdeye11 (BA)!Gold with a nice, puffy white head. The flavor has grass, lemon, pepper, and light musk and sweat. Flavor of wheat, lemon, and dust with a lightly dry, bitter hop finish. Overly carbonated, however still a nice example that succeeds within the boundaries.
jtclockwork (8958) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Pilsner Peteís RBSG. Pours cloudy yellow almost like an unfiltered hefeweizen. Nose is fruits, barnyard, yeasts, earth and muted hops. Taste is coriander, other spices, apple, yeast and other fruits.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy dark golden ripe banana yellow color with golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light source and a thick 2.5 frothy, soapy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting cap leaving small spots of lacing behind.
Slightly spicy, perfumy floral aroma with lots of crisp, light fruit, citrus hops, bready yeast and slight earthy funk. Hints of banana, apple and pear along with some grapefruit and lemon peel. Iím also picking up a lactic creaminess in the nose along with subtle alcohol and an odd seed like presence.
Medium bodied with soft tongue tickling carbonation up front followed by a very spicy and hoppy presence along with crisp light and fruit notes, bready yeast, slight alcohol heat and a long dry finish. Peppery spice and coriander are very prominent up front and they linger throughout, along with a dry bitter hop character, into the finish. Hints of apple, pear and banana along with grapefruit and lemon peel countered by a slight malt backbone, bready yeast and alcohol warmth. Iím also picking up a slightly tangy, earthy funk that adds a subtle tart character. The floral, perfumy flavor along with the alcohol hints are a bit much for my liking but overall this beer is complex and drinkable with a well masked ABV.