craftbeerdesign (2132) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
sample at SAVOR on 6/5/10. deep yellow pour with a 1/4" white head. citrus nose with Belgian yeast. medium carbonated body with more citrus and yeast notes. slight dry finish with light fruits.
BlackForestCO (961) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a lightly hazy, pale golden-yellow color with an inch and a half thick, dense white head that slowly receded to a thick layer and left some spotty lacing. Lightly dusty aroma with hints of straw, barn yard yeast, light clove spice, banana, soft apricot, and a moderate floral hoppiness. Smooth, lightly dry entry with some immediate hints of grapefruit and apricot that is overtaken by a dry leathery flavor paired with a spicy yeastiness with hints of clove and pepper that lingers into the finish where it is paired with a moderately dry hoppiness with some light fruit lurking beneath the surface. Moderate carbonation and dryness imparted by the yeast/hops creates a relatively light mouth feel. Overall, it’s an interesting take on the style, but it wasn’t as traditional or well executed as Boulevards first saison. Pretty good, but I would choose the original.
nimbleprop (3850) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at SAVOR 2010. Pours a lightly hazy yellow with a cloudy white head. Nice nose, light lemon zest, light spice, hay. Flavor is sweet, light spice, a little yeasty. Finish is chalky.
HopBurp (73) - Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really liked this one. I could describe this as a belgian style hybrid IPA and Saison. Grapefruit citrus up front, orange spice finish, hops are big but finish is smooth and not bitter. Very nice
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 bottle shared by Maxxdaddy at his apt. This is a nice hoppy saison but it doesnt compare to the beauty of the original saison they stopped making. Pours a hazy orange with a nice big wheat cloudy head, white with good lace. Aroma is slightly mineral, salt spice and pepper with big citrus, and floral hops, strange yeasty spiciness, and a slight orange or yuzu kick with some sappy oily hop resins- leather and strange cardamon and other spices- yeast seems like a cross between dupont and a lost abbey saison yeast strain. Flavor is light sweetness, doughy yeast and ok malt backbone, malts are in the way a bit in the middle and end- not quite as dry as the original, but still has a good yeast and hop profile- orange, lemon, light carapils, leather, spices, earth tones, light sugary sweet middle - dextrose powder (?) ok earthy spicy almost prickly finish with more hops. Pretty good, but not fantastic.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
SAVOR, 75cl bottle. Clear straw body with small white head. Aroma is medium sweet, straw/grapefruit, light pepper. Taste is medium sweet, straw/grapefruit, some peach, light bread. Medium body, light resin.
tgncc (2497) - 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.
eclaycamp (192) - , Kansas, 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. It’s a change well worth it, because this is one of the best examples of the Saison farmhouse style that I’ve ever tasted.
Popping the cork you’ll immediately notice the aroma - clearly Belgian in character. Pouring the first glass, you’ll notice a big billowing head that rises up almost out of the glass. It’s a beautiful beer. Your first taste you’ll 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 it’s in relatively limited release, but if you can find it do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle. Highly recommended.
malrubius (1507) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Peter’s 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!