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Boulevard Brewing Co
Kansas City, MO

Style: Belgian White (Witbier)
ABV: 4.4%

Jill’s Rating:
one beerone beerone beerone beerone beer   (Outstanding within its style.)

Pair With:
• Bass
• Crab
• Eggs
• Halibut
• Lobster
• Salads
• Salmon
• Shrimp
• Sushi
Another beer I found in Minnesota was Boulevard’s summer offering, Zon, a Belgian witbier. I really looked forward to drinking this one because even in the store, I could tell Boulevard cared about its product. They pack everything in small cartons so that too much light doesn’t hit their beer and adversely affect it. Color me impressed.

So I get into the Zon. It’s just a gorgeous pour—a sunny golden hue, and the beer is nicely cloudy, so I know they’re getting the style right. Decent head  … all looks good. Not a ton on the nose, but that’s all right. Let’s take a swig  … wow, this is pretty nice! They’ve put coriander and orange peel in, and they really help give the beer a nice flavor kick that spreads out across the tongue. That’s what stays with you while you drink this. Beyond that, the back end isn’t much—you don’t even really notice it going down your throat.

I found this one a little difficult to rate—do I give it four mugs? Do I go for the five? Ultimately, I’m going with the four. I do really like this beer, but I think it’s a good choice for a summer beer—not the perfect summer beer. Even though I like the extra flavors brought in to create this style, I think the coriander is almost a little too heavy, and that takes away from total summer refreshment.

Reviewed by Jill Jaracz on July 13, 2007.
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