Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
Found a single bottle of this to finally try. My first beer by Boulevard Brewing Co. Poured into a teku glass from a 12oz bottle. Freshness date is listed as "10/12/13."
Pours a golden orange color complete with tons of carbonation, to the point where half of the glass was nothing but head before I had even poured half of the bottle out. Soapy and bubbly in appearance, and sticks all around the glass in thickened streaks. The head settles down eventually, although pouring in the extra residue at the bottom makes it last a bit longer. Slightly cloudy, although I'm saving the final dregs for later. No need to risk anything here. Very appealing in color, although definitely looks more like a Belgian-style golden ale than anything else. Lines of bubbles rise all alongside the glass. Not rating to style here, only how this is - which, in my view, looks great.
Nothing really resemblant of what I'd consider a "saison" to smell like, but it does retain many qualities of Belgian golden ale greats. Lots of fruitiness, complete with tangerines, mangos, passion fruit, oranges, apples, pears, and white grapes. A sharpness pervades the flavors, consisting of a bite-y, hoppy profile, as well as a sharp boozy sensation that is well hidden overall, but still present enough to add sweetness to the whole thing. Honey pervades, almost to the point where this would smell like a dessert wine if not for the hoppiness. Not too funky by any means, nor tarty... Again, pretty much not exactly a saison in the traditional sense, but not bad at all.
The flavor contains a lot of the aforementioned fruitiness, as well as alcohol and hop flavors, although there definitely are some key differences. There's a slightly more straightforward dry grainy sensation at the beginning, but the yeasty profile and syrupy, slightly sweetened malts dominate. Passion fruit, bananas, mangoes, oranges, and white grapes (kind of like muscat varietals) really open up, but then are cut off by a sharpened, slightly grassy bitterness, grains, and an astringency that is mild but provides an extra kick to the whole thing. The dryness melds into a grapefruit flavor, in fact, which is slightly tarty and finishes off the initial sweetness well. The extra dregs reduce the sweetness and and increase dryness. The profile is definitely juicy, but the finish is a little drier than expected, and while it lacks too much of a tarty flavor I enjoy in my saisons, the the bittered flavor works well and prevents this from being a sweetened, boozy mess. Alcohol is really well hidden, especially at 8.5%. Pretty chewy, which came as a surprise. Not hard at all to drink, as any saison-styled beer should be!
Not a bad take on the style, even if it's totally a hybrid in the same way that, say, Saison Rue is. However, unlike that one, this is far more drinkable. The fruitiness is really refreshing here, as well as the grassy hops and crisp grains. Everything works out well, except for my lack of maintaining sobriety in the long run, due to that devilishly hidden ABV. I'll be seeking out more beers from these guys in the future.
05-29-2013 07:05:11 | More by magictacosinus
4/5 rDev -3.8%
Chill hazed golden colored beer with a tall white colored head.
Smells of Belgian Candi sugar and yeast with a medium strong coriander scent. Mild floral scent. Faint menthol and mint aromas.
Starts out dry and spicy with a big coriander flavor. Good floral flavor this is quite dry despite the smell. This gets drier as you drink it. Faint ginger, mint and menthol flavors.
Mouthfeel is good.
Overall not a bad Saison at all.
05-28-2013 00:07:04 | More by Zorro
Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,070 ratings.