Tonight I will be checking out a beer from Boulevard Brewing Company that I haven’t tried before. It is a version of their Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale that is infused with brettanomyces called Boulevard Saison-Brett. An occasional release as part of their Smokestack series of beers, Saison-Brett is aged for 3 months after being inoculated with brett, but if you are looking for a greater influence from the wild yeast, it is advised to continue to age the beer further.
Boulevard Saison-Brett is a pale golden colored beer, mildly hazy, with a large, bubbly off-white head floating atop. Clumps of sticky lacing cling here and there on the glass.
The nose is a mixture of spicy Saison yeast and leathery, smoky wild yeast. Highly attenuated malt and low hop provide little influence.
A bit of sweet pale malt starts thing off in the taste, lots of peppery spice notes, fruity esters in the apricot range, medium floral hop flavor and low hop bitterness. Some barnyard characteristics present themselves, but not as much as in the scent. Alcohol spice well-blended. Medium-light bodied, actively carbonated, with a fairly dry finish.
I would recommend picking up a couple of bottles of Boulevard Saison-Brett, and putting one away for a year while checking it out fresh as well. Currently it is drinking very well, with the wild yeast providing mainly fruity notes, but those looking for a more mature brettanomyces presence will need to let this beer continue to develop. Very solid Saison now, and worth drinking young, but I will probably pick up another bottle and let it evolve some more.
Boulevard Saison-Brett : A-
Boulevard Saison-Brett specs
Color (EBC): 12
OG: 17 Plato
FG: 2.5 Plato
Malt: Pale, Wheat
Hops: Magnum, Amarillo
Other: Flaked Corn