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Saison-Brett, #5 in Boulevard Smokestack Series

Saison-Brett

“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.  

Two Jokers Double-Wit, #8 In the Boulevard Smokestack Series

Two Jokers by Boulevard Brewing Co. Kansas City, MO
Two Jokers by Boulevard Brewing Co. Kansas City, MO

As the label says;
Two Jokers Double-Wit
Malt Beverage Brewed With Spices, 1 pint, 9.4 fluid ounces, 8.0%Alc/Vol, Cost about $11

They say there are two sides to every story, and that’s certainly true of Two Jokers Double-Wit. On the one hand, it’s a revival of the classic Belgian “wit,” or “white” ale, with lactic fermentation providing a refreshing tartness. On the other hand, it’s a modern, uniquely American brew; big, flavorful, and spiced with cardamom, coriander, orange peel, lavender, and grains of paradise.
Look closely now: it is two jesters on the label, or a single beautiful glass of ale?

 

 

I love beer, unabashedly. Moreover I love trying new beers or drinking ones with amazing flavor combinations. I gravitate more towards dark beers in winter, and saisons/white beers in the summer time. There are dozens of types of beers and they can be considerably confusing. My opinion of the Two Jokers is as follows, again- just my opinion.

In glass it’s very cloudy and orange-tan colored. Not a spray tan orange, like dark earthy orange. The spices were more notable as they lingered in the after flavor.

Very deceptively light nose when first poured, after it warmed up it became a little more telling. But still was betraying what body was had when drank.

This brew was very tart, but not in the pucker-lips-after-sucking-a-lemon way. More like tart for a white beer which lends it’s flavors more towards bright citrus feeling but less big fruit flavors. The orange peel is the flavor that comes through most noticeably at first.

I would love another, but this is a limited release so I’ll have to cross my fingers!