Sunday, November 15, 2009

138. Boulevard Saison-Brett

Our first beer from Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, MO; this one is No. 5 in the Smokestack Series, and the bottle reads no. 01047 of 11925.

Saison-Brett is a hazy golden color with a pillowy white head and effervescent carbonation—bubbly and bright, even in appearance. The nose brings with it citrus, fruit, lemon, yeast esters, and candy, along with some light hop aromas. Starting very Belgian, Saison-Brett has a sweet candy front that is simultaneously dry; the middle brings some hop bitterness and low levels of funkiness before finishing with citrus, lemon, and some light metallic flavors. The initial sweetness continues throughout the flavor profile. The body is medium with a bright lively carbonation that is bright and sharp on the palate, helping to enhance the dryness of the beer. With warmth, the Belgian esters increase in the nose; the bottom half of the bottle had some sharp tannic bite and an increased funkiness as it warmed—both balanced will with the Belgian and saison characteristics of the beer. Overall, a well crafted and delicious beer.

From the bottle: “Our gold medal-winning Saison was the starting point for this limited edition ale. It was then dry hopped, followed by bottle conditioning with various yeasts, including Brettanomyces, a wild strain that imparts a distinctive earthy quality. Though this farmhouse ale was given three months of bottle age prior to release, further cellaring will continue to enhance the ‘Brett’ character, it that’s what you’re after.”

There is nothing about the Saison-Brett on the Boulevard website, although they have information on the Saison. Go figure. I can tell you it is currently #77 on Beer Advocate’s Top Beers on Planet Earth. How’s that for a description?

ABV: 8.5%


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