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You Can Dance If You Want To

February 23, 2012
Harvest Dance Wheat Wine
Boulevard Brewing Co.-Kansas City, MO
Wheat Wine, Winter Seasonal
9.1% ABV

As much as we both enjoy beer, we are by no means alcoholists. We do not discriminate against other kinds of booze. In fact, we both thoroughly enjoy wine. When we heard that Boulevard had a beer that incorporated both…well, we were intrigued.

According to Boulevard, the impetus for the beer is from the English folk tradition about John Barleycorn. Barleycorn is the personification of barley, sacrificed and reborn as ale. The Harvest Dance is an homage to this fable, with a change in malts. This beer pays tribute, naturally, to wheat.

Pouring a golden hue, the first notes are bright and almost acidic on the palate (with a similar effect as biting into a perfect piece of pineapple.) The wine notes lighten the often heavy wheat beer qualities. The beer certainly mellows, as it begins warming to room temperature, but manages not to lose the tropical fruit notes. There are times in which you must defer to the experts; the beer can’t be better described than by Boulevard:

The result is a big, warming burst of tropical fruit favors, highlighted by subtle wine-like notes, and rounding slowly to a long, dry, oaky finish.

We feel that this bridges the gap between wheat beers and others, more crisp, styles. Wheat beer and non-wheat beer lovers will appreciate this “wheat wine” beer.