Thursday, December 29

Beer Review: Boulevard Brewing Harvest Dance Wheat Wine Style Ale

"Beginning with a large portion of wheat malt, we add an equally generous helping of Hallertau and Citra hops and age the ale on both French and American oak. The result is a big, warming burst of tropical fruit flavors, highlighted by subtle wine notes, and rounding slowly to a long, dry, oaky finish."

Appearance: (4.5)
- Huge overflowing super light tan head slowly settling to a mound of centered foam over a cloudy IPA-like straw and zesty orange hue. Leaving lace all about the glass. Pretty beer.

Smell: (4.5)
- Zesty Belgian yeast aroma.. lemon zesty, citrus zing, light and subtle wheat malt notes and a bit of ginger and clove to boot. Earthy oak, and esters with a light alcohol aroma. This puppy smells great.

Taste: (3.5)
- Oaky wine-like esters, fruit, raisin, clove, and zingy lemon zest. Fruity tropical hops zest, and a great earthy bitterness peppered with sugars and spice. Overall quite interesting, but doesn't hold up to the aroma.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Quite the bubbly brew. Many bubbles expand the brew in the mouth. Medium body, chewy, and bitter dry. Enough sweetness keeps the juices flowing.

Overall: (3.5)
- I like the unique qualities of this beer. It looks amazing, smells amazing, but the flavor and feel fall just a touch short. This "wheat-wine" does have a best by date of 10/10, and I am a couple months past that, but for a strengthy beer, that shouldn't make much of a difference except for perhaps a little lack of aroma hops. Very good beer either way.

3.75/5 rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5 Rating Scale

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