presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2009 My favourite beer of 2009! Botlle from Bottleworks on Poperinges patio, on tap at Falling Rock and a keg at the Babblebelt pre-GABF party. 01946. And I thought the clean Saison was amazing! Maybe my best beer for 2009! Giant head on dark cloudy gold. Great funky hop nose. Reminds me of Orval....very.....very tasty. SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2011
2011 Vintage. Pours golden straw yellow with a large fluffy white head. Smells hoppy, earthy, funky, with a solid wheat malt backbone. Taste is malty sweetness, with a strong hoppy dryness with a nice funkiness underneath that will improve with age. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and decent mouth-carbonation, Boulevard Saison-Brett (2011) finishes with some funk dryness. LazySl0th (3) - - AUG 22, 2012 does not count
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2013 This brew has a great spicy, brightness. Initial taste is of grapefruit and spice, then finishes with a dry saison funk. Awesome summer brew with a nice abv punch. This is Tank 7?s big brother. Hats off to Boulevard. firedog23 (73) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2012
This is why Boulevard is one of the best breweries out there. Pours a nice, thinly colored yellow with a moderate head. Big earthy taste from the Brett followed with some pineapple and carries some staying power. At 7.7%, this could cause one to drink it all day long and not regret the hangover. Great interpretation of a Saison. Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Gorgeous, slightly hazy amber/peachy color, 2- 3 fingers of frothy, lacy head. Amazing, complex aroma and flavor of pear, white grape, peach, graham cracker, pineapple, guava, horseblanket, barnyard funk, clove and coriander, earthy hops, and even a touch of banana.
Creamy body (for the style) with lots of mouth-coating goodness in the very lengthy, dry finish.
This one is about as wonderful as a saison gets.
mheltcel (2) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 29, 2013 does not count
Light color, unfiltered, absolutely delicious. It doesn’t have alot of flavor upon opening. However it finished with an amazing taste that was very easy on the palate. Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Pours out a nice clear blonde with some very, very mild haziness to it an enough carbonation to lift an F-18. The head is thick, white and frothy; in fact it might be what you’d expect angels to be floating on in heaven!
Grass, apples, mild tangerine, lemon zest and other earthy aromas come through.
Sharp and bitter, the hops come out as it hits the corners of your mouth. It’s sweet overall and very carbonated. Apple and pear flavors do come through in the background.
This is medium to light bodied.
Overall, this is an excellent beer and represents the style well in my opinion. If you think otherwise, then lend me your taste buds!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone rajendra82 (1098) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2014
The golden colored body that was poured out of the 750 ml bomber, was cloudy. The bomber was capped with a cork, and wire cage, and the long pop, and the ample gun smoke were evidence of a good seal, and generous carbonation. The head that formed atop the pour was four fingers thick, and very stubborn. The smell was very rustic, ad the beer was clearly blessed with smells of wheat crackers, horse blanket, hay, orange peel, and white pepper. This is just exactly what I want a Saison to smell like.Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2006
The taste was dry, biscuit like, with an unmistakable presence of Brett. There was some bready sweetness, and a hint of pepper and lime juice in the finish. The combination of sweet, tart, spicy, and funky was very well done. The body was fluffy, light, and quenching, and the 8.5% ABV was very well hidden.
There are very few non Belgian beers that approach perfection for this style, but this one certainly does.
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2007 BCTC 2006 and BCTC 2007. At BCTC 2006 I had the Boulevard Saison and Saison With George Bret side-by-side. At BCTC 2007 I had the Saison With George Bret 2006 and 2007 side-by-side. Very cloudy blonde-yellow body with a small white head. Brett explosion on the nose. Mouthfeel is full yet very silky. Taste is very very funky. Rather grassy with a lemony twist. Light fruity note. Minimal hops presence. But overall this is all about the bretty yeast and amazing mouthfeel. The aged 2006 had a fuller body and a little sourness that made it even more drinkable. I’m not sure if there is a beer I could drink more often without getting tired of. Even my beloved Orval could become tiresome if I was to drink 6/day for two years. But not this one. Nothing aggressive, just perfect refreshing wild funky beer that doesn’t overdo anything. In terms of brett-oriented beer it gives a run for its money to the Luciernaga. The staff and the stand told me they will soon start bottling it. If they can make it almost as good as the draft versions then I’ll be as happy as four fags sitting on an upside-down bar stool. beastiefan2k (4033) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUL 22, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2013 BCTC - 2007 version on tap. Probably the highlight of the fest for me, I am not saying top rated but the highlight for sure. Yellow murky with a small head. Aroma is all damn brett and fresh as hell (what I like to refer as cherry juice with sourness) it completely dominates. Taste is herbal and grassy outside of the sourness, a nice dichotomy. Very light and quaffable though. I had the 06 version as well (no notes) and I remember it less grassy.8/4/7/3/16.
Re-rate: JB shared an 2006 version, 3 years old (consumed 01/2009) at Indra’s Strong Ale tasting. This was a bottled, in-house and it was so damn bretty at this point. Lots of general funk with thick musky floral aspects. Aged very nicely so far and give me much hope for my bottles.9/4/8/3/17.
My first rating from a bottle but I have had this a lot. 2008 bottle number 12000 out of 11950 (hilarious, I know). This was a 3-year old bottle that was split three ways including notalush. Popped the cork and the head rushed up the neck, just enough to turtle but did not gush out. Perfectly done Blvd. The beer is a beautiful orange-ish glow to the beer, too thick to see through, and has a large, foamy head. Otherwise, its all amazing tropical and wild brett. Absolutely no sign of age. Love this damn beer. 9/5/9/4/18.
Final Update (6/2013): Last year I did a blind tasting of different vintages of this beer aged in different conditions (fresh, cellar, wine fridge, closet). This year we made the tasting even bigger (2011 @ 63; 2011 @ 70; 2012 @ 70; 2013; 2011 @ 55; 2012 - store; 2012 @ 55; 2008 - closet). That is a range of first batch to most recent and a mix of different cellar temps for the past 2 years.
Bottom Line: fresh bottles are slightly above average for this beer with a strong hop presence and not much brett. The best bottles are those that mesh the dry hop with the brett. So, delicately aged for 2 years or the year old bottle that sat on the store shelf. Worst was the first batch, age very present.
This is definitely the beer I have the most experience with and its as close as to the best beer as far as I am concerned.