Sunday, December 23, 2018

December 23rd, 2018 - Saison - Brett & The Rainmaker

Good afternoon!  The Meista here today pairing "The Rainmaker" by Swedish prog rockers The Flower Kings and an aged, 2016 Saison - Brett (Special Limited Release Ale) from Boulevard Brewing Company!   
Album Info:
  • Artist: The Flower Kings
  • Title: "The Rainmaker"
  • Recorded: February through May 2001
  • Release date: September 18, 2001 (6th studio album by The Flower Kings)
  • Record company: InsideOut Music
  • Production: Don Azzaro
  • Album cover art: Ioannis
  • Personnel: Tomas Bodin (keyboards), Hasse Fröberg (vocals), Jonas Reingold (bass guitar), Jaime Salazar (drums), and Roine Stolt (vocals, guitars, percussion, and additional keyboards)
  • Additional musicians: Hans Bruniusson (percussion) and Ulf Wallander (soprano saxophone)
  • Musical style: Progressive rock with elements of art rock, hard rock, and jazz fusion
  • Sound: With heavy influence from Yes, early Genesis, and a sprinkling of Frank Zappa, The Flower Kings were one of the leaders of the neo-prog movement of the 1990s and early 2000s.  With "The Rainmaker", they further explore their dynamic use of polyrhythms and time changes, harmonies, and complex melodies.
  • Major themes: Life and death, spirituality, love, hope, knowledge, etc.
  • Tracks:
  1. "Last Minute On Earth"
  2. "World Without A Heart"
  3. "Road To Sanctuary"
  4. "The Rainmaker"
  5. "City Of Angels"
  6. "Elaine"
  7. "Thru The Walls"
  8. "Sword Of God"
  9. "Blessing Of A Smile"
  10. "Red Alert"
  11. "Serious Dreamers"
Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Boulevard Brewing Company (Kansas City Missouri)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Saison - Brett 2016 (Special Limited Release Ale)
  • Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale 
  • Serving: 25 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 8.5%
  • IBUs: 38
  • Ingredients: 
  • Pour: The Saison - Brett pours a cloudy golden-orange yellow with a huge, billowy, bright white head with good retention and lacing.
  • Nose: The nose of the Saison - Brett is fruity, earthy, and funky.  There are multi-layered aromas fruit ester (green apple, apricot, pear, lemon, soft banana), wet leather, horse blanket, wheat.
  • Taste: It has bold and complex flavors of fruit, spices, earthiness, and funk.  There are notes of orange peel, pear, dried apricot, green apple, Chardonnay, white pepper, and barnyard funk.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and well-carbonated, the Saison - Brett's mouthfeel is very crisp, somewhat tart, and funky with a dry finish.
Overall pairing: The Boulevard Saison - Brett 2016 is a wonderfully complex and flavorful brew, perfect for the progressive depth and musical prowess of the amazing Flower Kings and their wonderful "The Rainmaker" album!  


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