Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Review: Boulevard Saison-Brett

Boulevard Saison-Brett
8.5% ABV
Boulevard Brewing Company, Kansas City, MO
25.4 oz btl 
Served in Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale snifter / Duvel tulip glass
Date on bottle: Best by 2015 (batch #2013-3)
Reviewed on 8/20/13 

This farmhouse ale pours an opaque bright gold with a thick bubbly white head that stays thick.  Lots of carbonation.  Heavy lacing.

Smell consists of hops, fruit citrus, some yeast, banana, spices, garden-like floral, mild malt, slight farm funk.

Taste consists of hops, banana, grapefruit, touch of grape, touch of berry, spicy breadiness, floral, dry farminess.

Mouthfeel is quite dry on the palate with a good blast of back-end bitterness.

Overall, a quite excellent farmhouse ale.  The corked bottle opened with a bit of a pressurized blast (thankfully, the beer didn't gush out)--an exciting start to this lively farmhouse ale.  It looks perfect in the glass: great color, lots of foam and bubbles, lively carbonation.  Midway through, I switched to the larger, more appropriate Duvel tulip glass to experience this beer more fully.  Great mix of flavors at work with hops, varied fruits, spices, breadiness, and a distinctive farmhouse funkiness (a good thing).  As it warms up, the dryness emerges even more, almost to champagne-like levels. 

My score: 95

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