Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; freshness date of January 27, 2013 printed very clearly in white ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“2119 0808 C BEST BY 01/27/13”), making this bottle about six months old on the date of consumption, given that the freshness date for this beer is set nine months from the bottling date.
Appearance (4.5): I’ll admit, this pours a head the way I think a saison should: four full fingers of crackling white foam, dying down slowly to a very, very rocky cap that eventually dies down to a little island of foam in the middle of a collar around the edge of the glass . . . the body is a hazy, rich amber color, somewhere between straw-yellow and orange. Meanwhile, the head leaves a web of splotchy lace all the way around the glass.
Smell (4.5): Very nice, rustic aroma going on here. Light and somewhat musty, with pale grains and a somewhat floral character rising from the beer. The malt has some of that chewy, bright character that can come from wheat malt handled well—really dig the nose. There’s a modest fruitiness here too, some juicy pear and peach tones. No spice detected.
Taste (4.0): On the front end, that wheat malt shows its face again, coming off lightly starchy with a mild tartness, and a little fruity. Quite a bit fruitier on the palate than in the nose, actually, showing a nice, juicy, pear and apple character in the middle before finishing with a surprisingly bitter mixture of white pepper, floral hops, and mildly chalky yeast. Not as much clove, coriander, or other spice character as you might expect for a saison, but I like this—it’s balanced and light. No trace of alcohol here.
Mouthfeel (4.0): Nice mouthfeel, slightly tingly and foams gently but fully on the way down. The body is on the light side of medium, and finishes somewhat dry—really matches the flavors and aromas of this beer.
Overall (4.0): This is a very good saison. I wouldn’t say it merits a 4.5 overall, but it’s better than just 4.0—it’s balanced and quaffable, especially for something that sits at 8% ABV. No sense of the beer’s strength whatsoever, to be honest. Some saisons are aggressively spicy and carbonated, prickling all over your tongue and extremely peppery. Others are lighter and softer, and this is an example of a saison that comes off as moderately fruity and wheat-forward, with a light tartness that matches the easy mouthfeel and modest fruitiness.
10-25-2012 01:10:10 | More by fmccormi
4.2/5 rDev +1%
12 oz. bottle, Boulevard finally shows up in the Southland,
A: Pours a dark gold with a fizzy 2 finger white head with good retention. Gobby spotty lace.
S: Tons of flowery peppery spice, light notes of bubblegum, clove and sage. Pungent and classic.
T: Citrus peel, yellow apples and some lemon. Again very peppery and dry tasting. Grassy for sure. Noticable earthy rustic hop appeal.
M: Medium-full bodied, frothy lush carbonation. Definitely has a creamy feel to it. Crisp, dry finish. Very mild hint of booze.
O: Quite a good American saison, for fans of the big spicy American style this is one to pick up.
10-23-2012 00:55:18 | More by Halcyondays
4.63/5 rDev +11.3%
APPEARANCE- Lightly-hazed deep straw with big rocky white head and sticky lace. Perfect.
AROMA- light and delicate,- citrus, lemon, white pepper, low grainy aroma, aromatic and perfumey. Not a whiff of alcohol despite the ABV.
FLAVOR- Just a tiny pop of pils malt sweetness gets scrubbed off the palate by carbonation and spicy yeast with a light mango and banana esters. Some citrusy hop mid palate and a dry, peppery finish. Totally lovely. Moderate bitterness aids the peppery finish. Alcohol pushes a floral presance into the sinuses.
MOUTHFEEL- appropriately light bodied and singing with carbonation, yet still has a rich, velvety mouthfeel, lightly astringent in the finish. Alcohol is apparent.
OVERALL- I drink this all the time despite the high ABV. Responsible for many nights that went too far. Definatly the best stateside saison I've ever had. Pretty-much textbook except for the beastly ABV.
10-22-2012 03:51:00 | More by JudgeRoughneck
3.95/5 rDev -5%
12oz bottle into a tulip.
Pours a hazy straw yellow with a two finger rocky head. Some of the best head retention I have every seen. Looks like whipped cream or meringue. Amazing!
Aroma is very perfumey with notable spiciness with lemon, orange, and coriander being predominant. There is also a very noticeable citrus/spicy hop aroma that is very complimentary to the spice and yeast. One of the better noses on a saison.
The flavor is a nice blend of bready malt and yeast esters. Bread and hay along with orange, lemon, and coriander all balance quite nicely. Citrus hops are noticeable but don't contribute much in the way of bitterness. The biggest letdown is the mouthfeel. It is a bit thick and sticky; not at all dry and light like a true saison. Alcohol is well hidden but the mouthfeel limits drinkability somewhat.
Overall, the appearance and flavor are really great but the mouthfeel needs work. If this could be lighter and dryer it would really be an outstanding American saison. Still, mouthfeel aside, it is a good beer that should be picked up should you come across it.
10-21-2012 02:29:28 | More by rangerred
Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,098 ratings.