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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,919 Ratings
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95
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Ratings: 2,919
Reviews: 732
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 145
Gots: 355 | FT: 12
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Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Most breweries have at least one piece of equipment that’s just a bit persnickity. Here at Boulevard we have fermenter number seven, the black sheep of our cellar family. Ironically, when our brewers were experimenting with variations on a traditional Belgian-style farmhouse ale, the perfect combination of elements came together in that very vessel. You could call it fate, but they called it Tank 7, and so it is. Beginning with a big surge of fruity aromatics and grapefruit-hoppy notes, the flavor of this complex, straw-colored ale tapers off to a peppery, dry finish.

38 IBU

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Soilworker

Idaho

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Smokestack Series Goblet.

A: A pale gold with hues of orange. Pours a one finger thick white head which has moderate head retention. After a while a small island of head begins to form in the middle.

S: Yeasty spiciness and fruity aromas dominate this one characterized by notes of corriander/clove. There are definite undertones of citrus grapefruit hops, light ripe banana peel, and perhaps some pepperiness from the alcohol.

T: The overtone on this one is a grapefruit hoppy bitterness that is persistent throughout. Starts out with a spicy maltiness and then maintains about the same spiciness but some hoppy bitterness fades in. Finish is just like the bottle says: dry and spicy with a lingering bitterness and warming alcohol sensation in the throat and stomach. I may have made it sound like the hoppiness is very prevalent. That is not the case here, it is balanced well with the maltiness.

M: Quite dry and somewhat full-bodied. Still light enough to be refreshing and crisp.

D: Strong ABV on this one and but goes down easy enough and is enjoyable enough to enjoy for a portion of the night. Not the most drinkable beer in the world but pretty decent.

Notes: A decent saison though I liked their old saison a bit more when compared to this farmhouse ale. Quite complex overall but I find the bitterness to be a bit overpowering at times, would be better if this was more subdued throughout in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 01:20:48 | More by Soilworker
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked bottle, batch 710071, best before March 2011.

The cork? I pulled it off with my hands after some constant twisting so not as stubborn as some of their other 750s but hell. I wouldn't want it to come out too easy or I'd be suspisious of the beer's condition.

The initial pour and I see a light golden coulored brewwith an impressive 2 finger head of foam. Lacing to be determined after the foam settles down.

The smell is earthy to a point and then the citrus, of the lemon kind, take over. A light dashing of some clove that I can sense but it's mostly a nice lemon twang in this Saison.

The taste is lemon and earthy malt..that completely dominates. Very very little spice if any. Weird as hell for the style but damn....as simple and uncomplicated/complex as the flavours are, they are simply, in one word, delicious! It leans towards the hoppy avenue but the hop character is anything but bitter, say, as in an IPA. To me, it's more of a mild tartness that is supported by the more than equal to the task presence of the malt that tastes a lot like some honey like sweetness. No mention of honey at all on the label but I'm sensing it. Wow. This is *really* good. For a beer and for the difference compared to most samples of the style.

This develops a light haze after the first pout but the foam and now, lacing, continue to impress me.

Medium bodied with the same for the carbonation...a nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability? I saw the 8%abv and was a bit put off because I think it's a bit high for the style but man, it is *so* tasty that I reckon the abv didn't come into play at all. Very damn drinkable.

Bottom line? Are the Saisons you've tried too spicy for your palate? Give this one a go. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 23:00:16 | More by Bitterbill
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was going to break out something insanely rare for review #500, but decided against it at the last minute. This beer I am sure is just as good as any other, regardless of rarity. Tank 7 pours out a hazed golden color, and wears a quick to rise frothed head. The nose is full of musty wood, barnyard funk, tropical fruit, and pepper. The taste is nearly identical, but extremely dry, and with a whole hell of a lot of hops backing things up. The carbonation is high, which adds a great level of complexity to the big hop presence. Mouthfeel is really crisp, only furthering the drinkability of this brew. I have to say that this is one of my favorite styles of beer, and goddamn, this brewery knows how to make their Saisons. I will have to refer back to my review of Saison Brett to see which one rated higher. I cannot wait to see how this one stacks up against the soft shelled crab I am about to partake in. Cheers, and happy #500!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 01:26:01 | More by jamie2dope
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a burnt hazy orange brown. Gigantic foamy head on this one. A island of murky froth forms on top and stays around. Lots of carbonation.

S - Wow! Beautiful aroma! Sour bananas, huge sour hay bouquet, funky barn yeast. Phenols come through as it warms. Classic Saison!! I could make a cologne out of this!

T - Different than the nose. Caramely hops up front then transforms into a tangy honey hay. Tart honey. The barn yard flavor comes through as it warms. This beer needs to set and warm for full flavor. Bold hops throughout, from top to bottom. The citrusy hops sticks to the side and back of the tongue.

Medium body for the style. Might be slightly watered down, but pretty close to the style. The complexity of this style breeds different characteristics. The nose on this one is nothing short of a masterpiece. Although I love the hops on the palette, it seems to distinguish other flavors that are begging to come through. Boulevard is really making quality beers. I tend to disregard Boulevard, but they are really going out on a limb and making quality beers. I tip my hat to this one. If you're a Farmhouse person this beer is a treat, especially on the nose.
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Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 02:01:09 | More by StaveHooks
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budgood1

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. corked and caged.

pours out a an glazed apricot colour....cloudy, hazy with an inch thick whipped cream head with hardy durability and lovely lacing. spicy and citric in the nose...hints of clove and banana with a complimentary pine and grapefruit hop whiff. very lively on the tongue with lots of citric zest flavours...lemons, grapefruits and tangerines with a separate juicyfruit crush of flavour form some agressive hopping. a boozy peppery spiciness is sort of lost in the mix but makes itself known better in the belly with a slight warming sensation. slightly tart finish, mainly dry with a lingering spiciness and hoppy conclusion. lively and spritzy mouthfeel with a lush and curvy body. real nice. drinkability is real nice, lots going on with this one...which prods me to keep sipping even though i know that i should slow down a bit due to the high ABV.

a beefed up and hoppy saison; maybe not even a real saison but it has enough overall characteristics to be considered thus i guess. not as sour as i thougth it would be since it's labeled a farmhouse ale, but i'm ok with this. surprisingly quenching and refreshing for a high ABV ale. would make for a nice treat on a late afternoon warm spring day or a boozy boost on a colder, windy and wet spring day. either way this is pretty good and much more enjoyable than the first smokestack series beer i tried, the DWIPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 21:44:40 | More by budgood1
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with a gorgeous egg shell head with excellent retention. Lemon, grapefruit, pepper, yeast, cloves, and coriander make for a very nice aroma. The flavor is sweet and mellow, and matches the aroma nicely.

Well carbonated, medium bodied, and refreshing. The alcohol is well hidden for 8%, and sneaks up on you gradually. I will be buying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 22:24:53 | More by hardy008
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hawks10

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz draft at Dark Lord Day 2010...

Pours a hazy pale golden orange with two fingers of soft, bright white head which leaves some lacing...

Spicy and sweet aroma...bready, citrusy malt with a spicy yeast aroma. Earthy and complex...

Initially sweet and somewhat fruity, that gives way to a prominent spicing, slightly bitter with earthy hops, but mostly leans towards the spicy yeast...a slightly bitter earthy aftertaste lingers in to the finish...

Medium bodied and creamy, good carbonation leaves a nice crisp tingle on the palette, enjoyable...

Pretty good saison, a bit too spicy for my tastes, but refreshing and something I would probably try again...

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2010 00:25:15 | More by hawks10
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allengarvin

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very difficult cork to extract. I couldn't turn it at all. I had to resort to pliers, and still it was a lot of work. Hardest cork I've ever pulled.

This beer is a cloudy orange color, with a dense head atop it. Aroma is nice, with a lot of very citrusy hop notes (unusual for a saison, but appetizing), some light phenols and fruitiness lurking behind the hops. The flavor offers an intense hoppiness, quite citrusy just like the aroma. Lightly spicy yeast character is there if you look for it, but hops rule here. The finish is very dry. Body is nice and quite effervescent, pairing nicely with the well-attenuated dryness.

Not a lot of identifiable saison-ness here. Given it blind, I'd assume it was an IPA, though a light-bodied one. It's still quite drinkable. Quaffable even, despite the strength.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 02:28:20 | More by allengarvin
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL corked and caged bottle courtesy of thehand - thanks! Poured in to a cervoise.

Appearance: An unassuming, simply golden body, transparent to a fault and full of average speed, medium sized carbonation, very uniform. It's attractive both absolutely speaking and really in terms of its simplicity. The head - initially two-fingers tall and never fading below half a finger - is great, easily the best aspect of this beer's appearance. Frothy, foamy, and with great retention and better cling, the lacing on the sides of the glass is huge, sticky, three-dimensional, casting dense snowy patterns along one side of the glass and streaky, blotchy patterns along the opposite side. Reasonably remarkable in its straightforwardness and accuracy to style.

Aroma: Tons of bright, dry cloves and generic though pleasant leafy and springy notes. The way the spicy notes intermingle with the biscuity, simple sweet malt notes evoke freshly baked bread, raw honey, banana esters, and green peppercorn. It's just a deliciously fresh, raw, verdant, inviting smell.

Taste: Bright, springy, and sweet. It's almost an Imperial Pilsner in its simplicity and straightforwardness. Moderately sweet but simple malts - biscuity, slightly honey-like, completely simply sweet - are accompanied by a great leafy, herbal, and spicy spring-like note. Again ... it's not over the top, and not overwhelmingly complex, but it is overwhelmingly good. I want to capitalize good there, but I feel italicizing it would be more appropriate, so consider it italicized since I'm not allowed html tags. I get cloves, grass, hay, thyme, and slight chives, all wrapped up in a delicious Curacao orange peel note - nothing too over the top, too intense, or too faint. Just good, straightforward flavor.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth and soft, almost creamy in places, but all this before it fluffs up, erupts, slowly, resulting in a gently crisp mouth, buoyantly smooth but assertively prickly. I prefer the initial sensation to what it ends with, which is sort of erratic, though becomes more pleasant as things settle down.

Drinkability: A huge step up over the regular saison, though 8.0% is nothing to sneeze at and it should be approached with caution. That being said, I think the word I've probably used the most above is "straightforward." It's simple. It's unassuming. It's well-made. And for that, it's a pretty darn good beer. Honestly, it's almost too simple, or too deceptively simple, and sometimes it's nice to have a certain measure of complexity in a beer that you have to work for (or is that only the line of a beeradvocate used to deconstructing things and writing reviews?), but I won't knock it much for that. One that's definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 04:40:59 | More by CrellMoset
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katan

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml into a smokestack goblet

A - Pours a light golden color, to almost straw. Incredible head formation, dirty white, about 1" in size. Very bubbling. Appears to be bottle conditioned, some yeast.

S - Wild spicy nose, some white pepper, lots of yeast. Some orange, earthy notes are present as well.

T - Starts off with a light dry malt note, immediately matched with a very spicy note. Peppery, yeasty. Mid-stream builds more of a floral note, some grapefruit from hops. Finishes grainy, dry, even a bit edgy.

M - Moderate beer body, but a very strong carbonation profile. Very edgy on the tongue. Biting. Finishes clean.

D - Easy drinking for a saison of this weight - can be a hair filling due to the potent carbonation. ABV will sneak up on you. Flavors aren't overwhelming.

A very enjoyable saison. I have to say I think I like it more on draft - not sure I know why.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 02:34:24 | More by katan
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glid02

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Central Market in San Antonio, TX. Batch 79338 according to the bottle.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a towering white head. Eventually the head settles into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of light and sweet malts with large amounts of sticky citrus aromas and lighter amounts of musty and earthy aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Flighty pale malt aromas kick things off. Soon afterward large amounts of slightly musty citrus flavors join into things - orange and grapefruit. Midway through the sip very light earthy hop aromas take over for a moment before ceding control back to the citrus flavors. The ending is mildly bitter and leaves mildly tart citrus flavors lingering on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with surprisingly grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly (and the next one) and could drink this all night.

Overall I was very impressed with this beer, a different beast than the saison brett but just as good. Well worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 23:32:46 | More by glid02
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dougofthefuture

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap recently, and was excited to buy a bottle when it was finally available. Saison Brett is one of my favorites, and this is right up there too.

A - Stellar. Big fluffy white head. Cloudy straw colored body with beautiful lacing.

S - Mild hoppiness with a citrus sweet malt backbone strong enough to be enjoyed through my spring allergies. Very appealing. I'm impressed with what the dry hopping has done to a saison style.

T&M - The balance of the hops and citrus saison work ALMOST as well as the funk and citrus of the Saison Brett. They are meant to be together here. Perfectly carbonated to let the flavors play out. I almost wish there was a bit of funkiness here, but that might have been sensory overload.

D - I am splitting this with my wife, but only because I love her. I am drinking it slowly, but I could drink it all night - the balance is just perfect.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 00:07:42 | More by dougofthefuture
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip forma 750 ml bottle. Have yet to be disappointed by a Smokestack Series. Except that their corks are made for Superman to open.

A - Pours a nice strong and bright golden yellow with some nice orange tints and a huge head that is about 2 inches talk and is very dense and sticky. Looks great.

S - Nice clove sweetness mixed with some nice strong pear apple and almost pineapple aroma. Very nice spices are also very well represented. Some pepper and a bit of coriander. There are also some surprising sweet malt hints and hop character like a DIPA mild but similar.

T - Nice malty and grainy sweetness is present along with some fruit hints similar to the smells. Very funky combination of flavors. There is some nice tart hints as well and some vinous character like a sparkling white. There is some yeast flavor but not as much as one would expect form a saison. The finish is tart with a nice sweet balance as well and some nice bitter and hopy finish. Very surprising finish.

M & D - Nice fluffy and crisp feel. Good and well balanced profile. Refreshing and not too intense with ok ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 23:46:02 | More by JoEBoBpr
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bort11

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had Tank 7 numerous times on tap and in the bottle, and I have to say bottled is a bit better. Something about the bottle conditioning adds just a little bit extra. Still, very good either way.

750 ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Smokestack tulip. Huge white head, light and fluffy. Spots of lace all over the place. Color is a hazy apricot orange. Very active carbonation, streamers fly up from the bottom. Just very pretty to looks at.

Smell has a mildly sweet fruit, oranges and tangerines. A little dry funkiness, not extremely sour but more musky. Taste also has a light citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Very refreshing beer and easy to drink. I love it that this is a regular offering. This goes well with meals as well as on its own.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 05:06:08 | More by bort11
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Rayek

Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip.

A: Hazy deep gold with an active bead. A Soapy and rocky eggshell head starts huge and slowly settles to a 1/8" thick pillow. Leaves intermittent patches of lace.

S: Musty, earthy and fruity. A fresh hay aroma hits first. Next up is a pear, apple and lemon fruitiness. A light barnyard scent rounds things out.

T: Straw and cracker malt flavors start things out. The sweet fruits from the nose fade into the background. As the beer warms, spice becomes more pronounced with a coriander and lemon bite. Sourdough bread flavors hit at the end, as well as a light alcohol flavor and a mild warmth as the beer goes down.

M: The medium body is dry and grainy. The carbonation is quite prickly and has about the right amount of vigor.

D: This is a nice Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard. The flavor is very complex and the alcohol well masked. The beer was a very nice compliment to the cool and windy spring day I drank it on.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 00:33:07 | More by Rayek
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, honey-colored body with a tall, dense, airy, white head that's notably long-lasting.

Smell: Spicy, citrusy nose of white grapefruits and lemons dusted with finely-ground white pepper. Additional notes of sliced bread, meadow flowers, white grapes, and just-picked orchard fruits.

Taste: Initial impression of white loaf bread with a few subtle wheat grain nuances. Light honeyish sweetness in the fore. Bright peppery spiciness throughout. Modest hint of apricot. Though chiefly citrusy in nature, the hops also present some soft floral undertones. Restrained, mild bitterness. Splash of chilled Riesling. Crisp, nicely drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Tasty, refreshing, well-balanced, easily drinkable -- I enjoyed it. A great late afternoon patio beer. Give it a try, won't you?

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 18:16:31 | More by ChainGangGuy
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mwclark2

Arkansas

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL champagne bottle.

A: Pours a clear straw color with big cream colored head. Head is tenacious with pretty Belgian lacing.

S: Citrus hops with a Belgian lambic funkiness.

T: Bright hoppiness up front with fruity notes. Long finish with floral notes. Telltale Belgian fermentation flavor. No perceptible alcohol flavor. As I drink more the bitterness begins to accumulate, and so does the floral finish. After a few drinks the initial brightness doesn't pop as much but the earthy Belgian flavor and floral tones persist.

M: Not much in the way of residual sweetness or body. Very quaffable.

D: Very enjoyable. It doesn't taste alcoholic so it's very easy to drink. The overall flavors are very much what I like in a Belgian farmhouse ale. This one is a bit hoppier than most, but it's not in-your-face about it, which I like. The hops lend a subtle punch to the aroma and finishing bitterness. Boulevard has another hit on its hands here. I'm definitely gonna pick up another one of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 02:50:24 | More by mwclark2
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is fruity and floral - candy orange, orange blossom - and herbal. Some lemongrass, hibiscus, and garden herb. Smells very nice.

Pours slightly hazy gold with massive head. Looks great.

Flavor follows with distinct candy orange, moderate lemongrass, and some hibiscus. Nice sweetness accompanies tart/sourness. Moderate maltiness, fruit, and floral tones. Finishes dry and herbal/tart. Tastes quite good. Feels good. Good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 00:24:23 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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acelin

Kansas

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into small Boulevard tasting glasses.

Poured a straw yellow with a large white head. Very hazy, although clearer than most Saisons.

Smelled of grass, lemon, belgian yeast (raisins) and mild hops.

Tasted much the same. Not too funky, very clear and tasty with high carbonation.

Mouthfeel was amazing, as was drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 20:12:35 | More by acelin
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BeanBone

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nicely hazy and thoroughly effervescent golden body capped by a massive dense head. The head fades slowly into a big creamy dollop that endures until the end of the glass, leaving great patchy lacing on the way down.

Aroma: A mix of bright citrus, spicy yeast, pale malt, and just a hint of alcohol.

Flavor: Up front, perfumey notes, spices (coriander and a dash of pepper), and lots of fruit (including apples, zesty citrusy, and pineapples). The malt backbone underneath is pale and just a little wheaty. Some lightly bitter hops balance everything relatively well. That big ABV is masked well, adding just a hint of spice. Grainy malt and golden fruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with slightly sharp carbonation and a drying finish. Just a hint of burn from the alcohol in the throat.

Drinkability: This drinks much faster than the ABV would suggest, so keep that in mind.

Verdict: An amazingly solid Saison, Tank 7 is complex and simple at the same time. It drinks fast and refreshes well, yet has a deep well of flavors and a well-hidden punch. Any American brewer that can produce a Saison this good should be very proud.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 00:16:31 | More by BeanBone
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champ103

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy copper/orange color. A large egg white head forms and rises to over two fingers. The rocky foam has great retention. Lots of spiderweb looking lace is left in rings around the glass.
S: Earthy and yeasty aromas up front. Banana and clove. Floral and grassy. There is a light lingering grapefruit bitterness.
T: You really need to let this warm up. At first, I got almost nothing. Just some banana, spice, and yeast flavors. As this warms lots of hops come out. Floral, grassy with a sharp grapefruit finish. Some bread and biscuit as well. Subtle, but complex.
M/D: A medium body, but a little to much carbonation. Very dry. Easy to drink. This bottle will be gone in no time.

Another wonderful offering from the Smokestack series, and another great saison as well. This really does become much more complex as it warms up. Something I highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 19:18:26 | More by champ103
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elniko

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 into tulip glass. Marked best by 12/2010.

A: Poured with huge pillowy head and ridiculous lacing. Slight hazy golden hue. Beautiful looking brew.

S: Earthiness apparent with a little fruitiness and coriander spice mixed in. Really nice.

T & M: Taste just slightly disappointing after the wonderful appearance and nose. Fruitiness from the nose apparent in the taste with a rather dry mouthfeel that I would expect from this style. Subtle hops apparent in the finish.

D: For the ABV highly drinkable, this brew definitely met my high expectations. The Boulevard Smokestack Series continues to impress.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 00:56:15 | More by elniko
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TexIndy

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle (one of the hardest corks to get out ever) into a tulip. Batch 7-9303 best by 10/10. Was a hazy golden yellow color with great carbonation. It had a massive white head that took a long time to get down to a constant thick foam cap fed by the car. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma is very good. Spicy with lots of coriander and clove (maybe a touch of ginger?) and fruity as well. Very dry. The taste is also very dry with the spice dominating from start to finish. The fruity aspects are there but overpowered by the spice (not necessarily a bad thing in general but I would have preferred a little more spice offset). Very peppery. Medium to creamy mouthfeel was lots of carbonation. Dry, peppery after-taste.

Overall, a really good saison that I highly recommend. Another excellent outing in the Smokestack series. Gonna age one and see how it develops. Really good as-is but I have a feeling it might be great with some aging and mellowing of the spice. Rotation - coming to TX any day now. Got this from ummagum as an extra. As-is couple a year maybe more after cellaring.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 03:51:45 | More by TexIndy
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a large white head. The aroma is Belgian yeast, spices and some citrus. As the beer warms, you get some flowery aromas. The flavor is citrus - mainly lemons and oranges - as well as yeast, spices and flowers. Medium mouthfeel, low to medium carbonation and a very dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 04:33:01 | More by Mora2000
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into multiple glasses. Thanks to homebrewhawk for this (and the glass!) from our recent trade!

Batch Number 79338
Best By 12/10

A: Pours a hazy pale gold, with a massively soapy, three finger mountain of foam on top that (of course!) left tons of sticky lace in the glass. Carbonation is active.

S: Aromas of citrus, fresh cut grass, lavender, spices, and honey. Excellent!

T: Exactly as above. As it warms, I noticed much more of a honey flavor.

M: Smooth and pillowy. Sweet, dry, and crisp with a velcro-like stickiness that plasters itself all over the inside of my mouth.

D: Yet another fantastic Boulevard Smokestack beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 14:25:37 | More by GbVDave
Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,919 ratings.