Boulevard Smokestack Series: Harvest Dance Wheat Wine

RATINGS: 433   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Our Harvest Dance Wheat Wine is a celebration of John Barleycorn’s cousin wheat, the great staple crop of Middle America. Wheat wines are a somewhat recent stylistic development, akin to barleywines in strength, but brewed with a large portion of wheat malt, which provides a soft mouthfeel to balance the big body of these warming brews. We add a generous helping of Hallertau and Citra hops, and age the beer on both French and American oak, resulting in a beer that opens up with a warming burst of tropical fruit flavors, adding subtle Sauvignon Blanc notes before rounding slowly to a dry, oaky finish. This is a perfect beer for sharing with friends and family as we gather together for the fall and winter holidays. Pairs well with aged cheeses or seasonal squash and pumpkin dishes.

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esp0r (2920) - NORWAY - FEB 7, 2016
Bottle enjoyed at home
Copper, some haze, big light tanned head. Smell of wheat, fruity yeast esters, hay, cardemomme. Medium sweet, quite spicy at first, then som flour and wheat, fruity tendensies, apple and cardemomme. Oaky before it leaves with a nice finish. Nice!

Beer5000 (6482) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 2, 2016
750 ml bottle. More than less clear golden body with a big, foamy white head. Smooth and nice aroma of citric fruit, wheat and spicy yeast. Flavor is sweet pale malt, wheat, citric fruit, mature fruit and decent bitterness with notes of wood towards the end. Fine balanced body and pleasant aftertaste that also have some notes of grapes. Alcohol is well hidden. Well made.

fuzzcro (295) - Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2016
My first experience with wheat wine. I will drink it again. This was a very pleasant brew....pours cloudy but the flavor is crisp and clear. Glad I tried it!

Geokkjer (7627) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2016
Bottle. Pours hazy golden with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, some citrus, vanilla and grapes. Flavor is sweet and fruity with some citrus, grapes and malt. Medium body, average carbonation.

jw0406 (1275) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2015
750 ml bottle pours a hazy Amber color with a small white head. Aromas of tropical fruit, sweet malt. Full bodied, a nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

TheBeerGod (6216) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2015
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Murky amber with a tall, foamy tan head. Aroma is big floral hops and yeast with fruit notes, malt and soft wine notes. Taste is floral hops, tropical fruit, white wine, yeast, malt, light grains and oak. Body is medium with a moderate, bubbly carbonation. Slightly dry during the finish while the alcohol comes forth a bit. Ends with more floral hops, big fruit, yeast, malt notes, white wine, oak and grains.

deepeary (405) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2015
One year old 750 ml bottle, about 3 months past is BB date. Pours clear apircot withe white, bubbly head. On the nose I get lots of peach, tropical fruit and some wheaty bubblegum notes, vanilla some hoppy citrus whiffs that remind me of Tank 7 farmhouse ale. Taste is peachy wheat malt, some astringency on the finish. Bitterness makes it drink a bit like Tripel. Nice beer, unique. Not much oak and the hops have surely faded. Wish I drank it fresh.

MetalNHopHead (1976) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - SEP 19, 2015
In the continued spirit of pairing beer reviews with music, I wrote my review of Harvest Dance with Bell Witch’s "Bails (of Flesh)." A great fit, I think. Band and brewer alike package their goods with reaper imagery, and use the reaper conceptually. Each makes you marvel at how something so heavy can be so enjoyable. Alright, let’s venture away from the music comparison for a moment. Harvest Dance has more Belgian influence than Barleywine influence. If you can be okay with that, you’ll probably like the tropical fruit flavors, oak-like vinous notes, and surprisingly smooth body. So yes, Harvest Dance is different. Still, Boulevard tries to warn you. Wheat Wine sounds unique from Barleywine - handy for marketing purposes. As it turns it, it is altogether different. For me, that’s a great thing.

HuskerTan (2201) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - SEP 13, 2015
Bottle. A- Bubblegum, subtle hops, citrus. A- Orange color, hazy liquid, white foamy head. T- Bubblegum, pepper, spices. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, soft finish. O- Definitely unlike any barleywine I’ve ever had, by far. Way more like a tripel for me. Granted this bottle was 2 months past the best by date but I felt like all that really impacted was the tone of the Citra and Hallertau hops. Not a bad beer but for the style and my preference it was as bit of a sad story.

reggiedunlop (3724) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2015
Pours a clear golden orange with a huge white head...decent lacing...light sediment throughout. Aroma has soft stone and citrus fruits and honey...mild booziness. Flavor follows suit and has nice subtle oak, vanilla and underlying orange blossom and apricot...delicious. Mouthfeel is full and silky with a dry earthy/oaky finish that warms.

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