Dogbrick (7113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at The Royale in St. Louis as part of "The Funk" Tuesday beer tasting. The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with a medium thick off-white head that dissipates steadily. Spots and strings of lacing. Aroma of citrus, hops and hay. Medium body with flavors of citrusy hops, yeast, clove and sweet malt. The finish is sweet citrus and cloves with a yeast aftertaste. Above average Saison all around.
MeadMe (1221) - Riverview, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Pours a vibrant goldish yellow with a huge pillow like head. Wonderful retention and insane lace.
S: Nice and floral. Strong spicy notes with lots of citrus.
T: Heavy on the white pepper, notes of thyme, lemondgrass, and real bold citrus. Hints of yeast, clove, and banana. The finish has some strong floor stripper like phenols that at times over whelmed.
M: Zippy carbonation, a bit bitey in the finish.
D: Not too bad, if the phenols were not there it would be real real nice.
after4ever (5856) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Quinn’s. Pours a cloudy medium amber with a dense and frothy white head. Sweet tangy orange and tangerine nose, almost sugary with the hoppy citric acids. Creamy medium body with tons of lively carb. Toast, caramel, and plenty of white pepper and mild piney resin on the mid palate. Peppery, resiny finish. Great, refreshing saison.
Nuffield (3612) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy yellow with substantial white head, irregularly formed. Tasty lemon and citrus qualities with layers of spice. Moderately dry but teasing with fruits to suggest sweetness. Some decent yeast qualities. Good summer beer, easy drinking.
msante79 (2194) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Barleys Brewhaus. Pours pale golden orange with white head. Aromas of citrus, clove, banana, spices, and light hops. Flavors of citrus, banana, clove, spices, light hop bitterness, and some light malts. Pretty solid saison as you would expect from Boulevard.
douglas88 (5471) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle at the Bayou. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a large white head. A nice spicy, lemon and yeast nose. Fruity as well. The flavor was very good; spicy lemons, a bitter finish, some light fruit, soapy, smooth with a rich creamy mouthfeel. I liked this a lot.
AJofDenver (71) - Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The beer has a cloudy, golden and soft sparkling appearance. The aroma of this beer starts with a roasty citrus and finishes with subtle spice. The taste has a hint of pepper with a mixture of cooked fruit. One of the best beers within the Smokestack Series.
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml. Light golden body with large frothy, white head, slowly diminishing. Aroma of toasted grain, hay, cereal, bread, floral hops, resin and lemon. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately bitter and lightly acidic. The finish is lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, creamy texture turning sticky with lively carbonation. Taste of orange and clove. Good beer, but too sweet for the style. The spice seems forced. The regular saison is closer to style and superior — dryer, better balanced, more flavorful.
Tmoney99 (9977) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a hazy orange color with an average creamy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate tart citrus and yeast aroma. Light to medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet citrus flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectation where met.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A by-the-book strong blonde Saison. Good beer. No surprise here.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed relatively fresh a few months after the beer release. Sent to me by tytoanderso, thanks a lot Tyler
The look: Cloudy blonde body topped by a medium white head with medium retention
In long: Nose has typical moderately wild Saison yeast and spicy floral hops. Taste has crisp pils-like sugary malts, dried apples, candied apples, pie crust, yeast, pears, fresh baker bread, floral hops, dry grass, a light spicy touch. Substantial dense foamy body. The yeast is working but at the end there is still some residual sugar. The news is that Tank 7 will now replace Boulevard’s previous regular Saison (simply known as Boulevard Saison). Tank 7 is a good beer but it is inferior and less sessionnable than its predecessor. Boulevard, I love your brewery, I love your beer. But phasing out your previous excellent Saison to replace it with this stronger less enjoyable beer is a mistake. Just about everybody I’ve talked to preferred the old Saison. And if the opinion of dozens of ratebeerians is not something you take into consideration then please also consider the following. I have a gun.