Saison-Brett, #5 in Boulevard Smokestack Series


“A traditional Belgian-style saison was the starting point for this limited edition ale, but then the fun began: It was dry hopped, followed by bottle conditioning with various yeasts, including Brettanomyces, a wild strain that imparts a distinctive earthy quality. Though this farmhouse ale received three months of bottle-age prior to release, further cellaring will continue to enhance the “Brett” character, if that’s a thing you’re after…”

#5 in the Smokestack Series, Special limited release, 750ml, 1pint 9.4 fluid ounces 8.5% alcohol/Vol. Cost about $11 (in Wichita, KS)

Boulevard Brewing Co. Kansas City, Missouri

I should have waited.

The best by date isn’t until early 2016.

I should have waited.

Saison-Brett Boulevard Smokestack Series
Saison-Brett Boulevard Smokestack Series

After the five minutes it took for the head foam to settle down (even with nose grease)…

The nose is strong and weird, probably the “Brett” but I’m not positive. I have never smelled this scent before. The Belgian lightness-aroma is there, but it’s subtle.

The color is a bright yellow-gold and very clear. So much foam!

First tastes are slightly sour but then taper to mild hops. As it warms to it’s proper temperature, the odd flavor becomes more apparent. It’s not what I would consider good, but not revolting either. The effervescence is pleasing when imbibed.

If I had waited, I would probably like it more. The odd pungent smell/taste is off-putting. No sediment was visible, but it was just..weird. I probably wouldn’t buy it again, I dont like waiting for my beer to get better. At least not while I’m in possession of it, I’ll buy something that had been aged no problem. I’m not in the habit of maintaining a “beer cellar.”

If I had waited, it probably would have made a world of difference.  

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