At some point your beer fridge may not be able to keep up. The Boulevard Brewing Company has another two Smokestack Series limited releases — Saison-Brett and Love Child No. 5 — set to hit store shelves on Tuesday this week. [Boulevard provided The Recommended Daily with a bottle of each, pre-release.] The rest of Boulevard’s canned lineup (Ginger Lemon Radler, Pop Up IPA and Unfiltered Wheat) will also begin showing up around town on Tuesday joining Heavy Lifting IPA.
Saison-Brett (38 IBUs, 8.5% ABV) is the bigger brother to Tank 7, so named for the Brettanomyces yeast — a wild strain that is as close to a hallmark as wheat and pale ale for Boulevard these days. The Belgian-style farmhouse brew is dry hopped with Amarillo hops and then bottle conditioned for three months. But you’ll want to go a little further. Find a cool, dark place to store this brew (a basement or refrigerator will work fine) and uncover a little bit of earthy magic this fall. Boulevard recommends pairing Saison-Brett with Gruyere, English Stilton or portobello mushrooms. We’d suggest you find some Pad Thai or Thai food that’s got some heat.
Love Child No. 5 (13 IBUs, 8.2% ABV) will, like the previous four of its ilk, inspire strong feelings in drinkers. It’s a sour red ale in a Flemish-style. It’s also a blend of beer that has been aged in whiskey and wine barrels, stainless tanks and a foeder (a wooden barrel previously used for red wine). Brettanomyces once again makes an appearance and you’ll notice the funk — which is red-lining the gauge on the label. That’s not a euphemism. Boulevard offers three gauges — Funk, Sour, and Fruitiness — for the three predominant notes in Love Child. The Funk and Sour are are on the far end of the scale, while the fruitiness is present, but nowhere near as pronounced.
This year’s batch has notes from the oak and red wine that you’ll pick up as the beer warms a bit. Rather than pair this one with food, it’s best to determine how you feel about it without competition from your dinner.