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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 906
Hads: 4,481
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 22.89%
Wants: 274
Gots: 1,184 | FT: 16
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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:
Beer added by: grumpy on 06-19-2009

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.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big fluffy white head atop a slightly hazy golden body. Tons of carbonation. Bananas first in the aroma, then a bit of grain. Smells Belgian to me. Bananas first in the taste, earthy bitterness builds middle through end. The bitterness is there long after the finish. Very dry with no signs of tartness. Plenty of carbonation up front with a medium to slightly heavy body.

Note: Mellows and opens up a bit as it warms up. Not nearly as bitter with some citrus notes showing up.

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Photo of jar2574
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chimay-style oversized wine glass. Pours a very cloudy yellow orange color with a large bubbly white head. Looks great initially, could use better lacing on the way down.

Smells great - spicy, grassy, yeasty and a little fruity. Tastes excellent as well. A very good saison - Belgian yeast, hops, spices, grassiness and slight bitterness.

Extremely drinkable. A good session beer. Even at that high ABV, the alcohol is completely disguised. One of Boulevard's best offerings.

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Photo of ncfranklin
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip. The label sais this one is a "Farmhouse Ale", but at 8% alcohol that's one of the bigger Farmhouses I've seen. Maybe they include that as part of it being a "American rendition" of this Belgian style. Fun smokestack bottle, as part of the Smokestack Series from Boulevard.

A: A slow pour still gives this a nice two and half finger frothy white head atop a very hazy yellow-gold body. Plenty of carbonation bubbles fighting to the top. Looks inviting, deceptively so of its ABV.

S: Sour funk dominates. Peppery spice notes, some lemon and grapefruit, but mostly funk. One of the strangest smelling beers I've ever had.

T: Surprising sweetness up front, before it gives over to sour and bitter flavors of lemon, orange peel, then grassy hops with grapefruit thrown in for good touch. Some phenol taste throughout.

M: Nicely carbonated, slightly dry, very nice. Only the faintest hints of alochol warming.

D: A fantastic Americanized Saison. Really funky and fun.

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Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Fallen Rock. A huge head, yellow body. Pleasant aromas and a nice bitterness. Served a bit cold, on a freezing night. Belgian yeast, the beverage seems more to me as a Belgian IPA, with some lemon and grapefruit and other nice fruit. Nothing overt.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has mellow yeast spicy smell it is also very grainy. The body looked super model hot. It was cloudy and gold with a lot of carbonation but settled in the foam just right. The flavor was pasture and grain like with some spice. This was a very refreshing beer but could be very versatile. The feel was medium and very drinkable.

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Photo of Fenris244
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy yellow in color, 2 finger soapy head, retention was ok, leaves a thin lace

Grassy and lemon aromas dominate, cinnamon and mineral aromas as well. Pear and apple aromas, damn this has a complex smell

Lemon and grassy in taste as well, mineral notes, malty note on the finish. Hop character is nice. Light citrus peel flavors, the alcohol is well hidden, dangerously well hidden.

Mouthfeel is light of all things, it's crisp and refreshing too, extremely drinkable and I wish I had more than 1 bottle.

It's a fantastically good beer and I'm gonna try and get this by the case

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Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip. Poured a semi-cloudy/hazy yellow with a very tall, fluffy, white head (partially due to an accidentally overaggressive pour on my part) that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma was very good, typical for the style, yeasty, spicy and grainy. The flavors were also pretty typical, the yeast dominates with a pleasant spicy aspect and had a dry finish.

The body was medium-light, clean and nicely tongue coating. Drinkability was very good, as I find all good Saisons to be. Overall, a very nice example of the style. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by date of 07/29/11

Clear golden color with a lot of particulate suspended in the beer. Two fingers of head forms and has excellant retention. The head never really recedes beyong a very thick cap.

Phenolic aroma with a slight herbal and floral elements. A bit of spicy alcohol as well. I can tell this is going to be one spicy beer to drink.

Yep this is heavy on yeast phenols. Has a spicy alcohol edge to it. A bit astrigent. Finishes dry with the slightest hint of pale fruit.

Light body with abundant carbonation. Makes the beer feel lively and airy. I like this direction.

An enjoyable beer with some strong phenolic elements going on. Has some excellant qualites.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my second introduction to the Saison style, the first being Dupont. I actually believe this is better than Dupont. And, even more impressive is the the fact that this is an American made rendition of a Saison.

Poured into my Dfh snifter, fluffy, cloud like head immediately fills my glass, and hangs around awhile before reseeding. Pours a light amber color, with nice barnyard, citrus, and banana scent. Taste- first the carbonation that you would want from a saison gets you, some apple flavors, some nice bitterness, and as it warms, some sweet and funky orange flavor. I love this beer, my best Saison so far.

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Photo of Impfan
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautifully refractive golden color, big mousse-like head, very fruity/spicy aroma, medium, spritzy carbonation.

Starts out fruity with pear that slides into a grapefruit hoppiness, and then moves into orange peel which is followed quickly by bubblegum and a clove-like spicy finish. There is also a nice touch of Brett barnyard funk.

All in all, a lovely saison style ale. I could see drinking a lot of this in the summer.

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Photo of Chaney
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahhhh... I friggin' love this style! Well, the bottle was slightly past its best by date, but nothing too offensive.

I got this corked and caged bottle a few months ago when I went back to Indiana to visit family.

A: Poured a mildly cloudy, golden-orange color with a massive 2 finger + head that was probably due to me pouring it so damn hard.

S: Wonderful farmhouse funkiness with a huge Belgian flair. Tons of grapefruit, with a soft filtered water with crushed asprin quality as well.

T: A bit of an alcohol burn, but I expected that at 8%.... I find saisons to be very transparent in this regard anyway. Nice citrus taste with Belgianiness oozing out of the very fabric of its creation! Very dry on the finish.

M: Very prickly on the carbonation which I totally dug. The citrus added just the right amount of sweetness as to add character to, but not overpower the very unusual, yet unique aftertaste.

D: I'm glad they are selling this in sixers now and definitely feel it is a wise decision. I'll grab more of this stuff when I head back to visit family again in the Midwest.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"The way I understand it, the Russians are sort of a combination of evil and incompetence... sort of like the Post Office with tanks."

--Emo Phillips

Lightly hazy sun-splashed goldenrod with a billowing crown of alabaster colored whipped cream that has all sorts of interesting surface topography. The foam is pretty sticky as well, as evidenced by an attractively decorated glass.

What could be better than a saison that uses boatloads of Amarillo and Simcoe hops? Never mind, that was a rhetorical question. The tropical fruit juiciness of Simcoe is especially noted.

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale is yet another outstanding Smokestack Series beer from the good folks at Boulevard Brewing. My taste memory of Saison (R.I.P.) is murky at this point, but T7 seems to be a more than worthy replacement. It's also higher in alcohol, which could a positive or a negative, depending on your preference.

Flaked corn adds a bit of sweetness to the barley and wheat, without making the beer taste corny. Unfortunately, the hops have faded somewhat since this bottle is nearing the 'best by' date. That's my fault for waiting, not the brewery's fault.

There's still a good bit of hop flavor left. Pineapple-pink grapefruit-orange from Amarillo and Simcoe... bitter herbs and grasses from Tradition (Hallertau variant). Gentle white pepper notes put the finishing touches on this Americanized version of a farmhouse ale.

Slightly too much unmasked alcohol keeps the taste score from the next highest number, although a fresher and more hoppy beer would have covered that up to some extent. The mouthfeel, while far from Belgianesque, is more than capable. The carbonation contributes just the right amount of lift and energy.

The lesson to be learned here is that Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale is good beer even when approaching its 'best by' date. My suspicion is that the taste and drinkability scores would both have earned 4.5s if I had popped the cork last summer or fall.

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Photo of boudreaux
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a warm summery, yellow haze; huge, billowy, tight soapy white head.

S: might be the best part of this beer; loads of bananas/banana bread aroma; good amounts of esters and lemongrass; also a touch of spice, citrus, and yeast

T: hints of lemon grass, various citrus, and some serious barley; perfectly balanced between malty sweetness and bitter dry-hoppiness; bananas and clove are present, as well; spiced notes and alcohol sit just underneath the other flavors

M: the sticky, tongue-coating feel of a malty brew combine with the refreshing, biting finish of a dry-hopped ale; a medium-heavy bodied beer that convinces you that it's crisp and light

D: Gotta say I'm willing to die if it means drinking 4-5 in a row; wonderfully smooth and easy to drink

Boulevard just re-defined my understanding of Saison/Farmhouse ales. I'd had only 2 or 3 before this one, but Tank 7 might be one of the best beers I've ever had, regardless of style.

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Photo of gatornation
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from a 12 0z bottle best by 07/11

A-pours a slight hazed straw yellow color with a brilliant white 2 finger head that recedes revealing nice lacing on side of glass

S- smell was nice it was clove ,banana,lemon zest,a slight hay and sour smell very nice

T- was outstanding its starts with tart lemon and clove ,then fruits like banana and apples,pears..it has a wheat barley hop finish a little pepper for a delicious saison

M- was good but a little to much carbonation got alot of bubbles but the taste was unmistakable belgian

D-high drinkability a little sour, a little funk, nice fruits,some pepper, nice zest crisp and very good..highly recommended

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Photo of tito42
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into an imperial pint from a 12-oz. bottle (from the 4-pack available locally). Best by 7/29/2011.

Appearance: Thick, white head with excellent lacing. Very bubbly. More than cloudy, this turns your glass into a snowglobe. The carbonation keeps kicking around some sediment, it's pretty amazing to look at, actually. Absolutely excellent head retention and lacing. This is what a great beer should look like.

Smell: Banana, clove, and lemon. A complex and strong aroma.

Taste: Spicy without overpowering, strong banana tones with a bit of citrus, complex and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Spicy with some bitterness but also light and smooth, which is surprising given the appearance.

Drinkability: My favorite beer at the moment. First had this one on tap at Fiorella's Jack Stack BBQ (Freight House location in downtown KC, blocks from the brewery) and it blew me away. I've had it in the 750 corked bottle and the 12-oz. capped bottle and love this beer every time. I desire this beer more than any other I've tried to date. I have a lot of world-class beers to try yet, but that's why I'm on here! Cheers!

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Photo of DelMontiac
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gently poured from corked and caged bottle (best by 05/2011) into a New Belgium globe yielding a beautiful glowing cloudy honey-yellow body topped with a peaked and pillowy snow white 3-4 finger creamy head - the kind that muffles most of the snap, crackle, and pop. Lacing is sticky, thick, and well maintained throughout the drink. Wonderful!

Tank 7 (dig the name) smells of lemon zest, pineapple, banana, and...hmmm...bubble gum. Pretty impressive compared to other saisons I've had.

This is one great tasting saison. The flavors are spot on with the aromas - lemon zest, pineapple, banana, and bubble gum. Very nice and appropriate hops on the finish. Some funky yeasty beasties backing up a slight sour breadiness. A slight touch of sour rounds the whole thing out. I have to restrain myself from taking huge gulps. Damn good.

This saison has a wonderful feel - smooth, medium body. Carbonation is mostly in the head and not all in the body which I totally dig.

I could drink this all day.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. I was happy I was able to find a small bottle of this instead of having to buy one of the bigger bottles. Poured into my Duvel tulip glass a very slightly hazed golden straw color with a bone white fluddy head. Such a rich aroma of wheat, slight pepper, grapefruit, along with some slight booze notes. Light mouthfeel with carbonation. Sweet start gives way to a nice belgian style yeast flavor of spices and slight fruit. Ends dryly with a lingering citrus rind bitterness. Minimal lace.

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Photo of Meerkey
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale, golden yellow, cloudy from the yeast.

S: Some tropical fruit -banana- , spice, and lemon.

T: More tropical fruits and bready malts, some spices and citrus

M: Crisp and tangy, tingly, favor fades slowly and pleasantly.

D: Something about it is kind of weird, but I still kind of like it.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to lnashsig for the chance to try this one.

Best before date cut off - "June, 201" Poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Somewhat pale golden yellow body, very lightly hazy with a snow white cap of soft rocky merengue. Polka-dotted lacing and faint legs.

Challa, white pepper (phenolics), and alfalfa (noble hops) in the nose. Pale malt, melon, and a bit more spice and citrus from hops...delicate aromatics.

Gentle sweetness on the palate followed by a very fresh whole-cone hop flavor suggesting citrus, hemp, pine and peppercorn. Faint gooseberry and white grape notes come forward as well lending this a white wine character. I would have guessed there were a bit of Nelson Sauvin hops in here if I didn't know better (actually they used Simcoe, Amarillo, and Tradition). The finish is slightly dry and mineral-laden.

Somewhat thin bodied, faintly creamy, well carbonated and suitably effervescent while still being refreshing.

Well crafted, though you wouldn't mistake this domestic take on the style for one from the continent. Hops take the stage here, and while the flavor and crispness they impart is welcome, I do wish they yeast wasn't playing such a secondary role.

I can see how the brewer decided this was an improvement on the original Saison that was in the Smokestack series, as the hops are definitely more complex here - still slightly prefer Saison Brett. from their line-up as it has a bit more "farmhouse" flavor...but this is great on a warm day (85ºF here on this Winter Sunday, making me wonder if Los Angeles fell into the Southern Hemisphere when I wasn't looking).

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Photo of Spineypanda
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden.
Smell hop aroma is present and citrusy with prevalent yeast notes.
Taste is extremely light alcohol is there but not strong. Very slight citrus taste and as it warms up the alcohol is more apparent.
Light uh creamy bubbly feel.
Probably won't buy again.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It was hell to get the cork out, but eventually I prevailed.

Appearance: The beer was poured very carefully and still yeilded a 3" head of pillowey white foam with a thick vortex of bubbles rising to make the head grow slightly after the pour. It was many minutes later that the head started to fall and left solid islands of lace on the edge of the glass. The beer itself is very clear and light yellow gold. Overall this is a very well presented beer.

Aroma: Smelling the foam I get some citrusy hops mixed with some sweet malts and some clean earthy notes. The hops are a pretty big player in the aroma as it is presented through this wall of foam. As the head falls, the beer is getting drier and is taking on a more wheat-like aroma.

Taste: The flavor is really light and clean with the citrus playing a big part of the flavor, but I feel that this citrus is not only from the hops but from some fermentation characteristics as well. The beer is really light on the palate with tons of carbonation and this makes it quite fizzy as it makes its way to the belly. The body is light to slightly medium, but considering that this beer is 8%, it is really light. The citrusy characteristics are there long into the finish, and the alcohol stays really reserved the whole time, just contributing a bit of spice throughout.

Opinion: This beer has a lot of characteristics of a tripel. We don't get too many farmhouse ales here in Texas, and I only really understand this style to know that it varies. This beer is on the big side, but it remains really approachable. There isn't anything about this beer that clashes against your palate, so it is well crafted, no doubt. I would definitely recommend this beer and would like to drink it again. Testimony...good beer!

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Photo of herman77
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy dark straw yellow with a big and bubbly bone white head that dies down to one fingers worth. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Floral, slightly spicy (black pepper). Sweet smelling belgium yeast, a bit of grassy/lemon scents.

T: Floral and earthy, grassy hops with a nice lemony zest. A bit of green apple. Finishes a bit tart with a bit of alcohol detectable.

M: Medium to lighter body. Moderate carbonation that is extremely soft and smooth. Very nice feel.

D: Pretty good drinkability. More of a summer night nightcap beer. You can tell its 8%.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 25 Jul 2010. Bottling code 710057. Served in the 0.3 L Unibroue snifter.

Like many of the Boulevard corks, had to use a pair of pliers to get this one off. Large ivory lacy head. Well carbonated. Slightly hazy brassy yellow color. Aroma is spicy, lots of clove, coriander, floral and grapefruit. Juicy and tangy, lots of grapefruit and citrus. Sweet and yeasty. A warming finish and aftertaste with a bit of hay. Medium body. Warming ethanol at the finish.

Like drinking sunshine.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Going to make this review a quickie.

Poured at 50 degrees into a tulip. A big topping of frothy soft bright white head is beautiful to look at. The color of the body is a hazy deep yellow that might look a little nicer if it had some orangey hues. Retention and lacing are both excellent.

The smell is a highlight of the beer to be sure, with notes of hay, sweaty funk, black pepper, bready malt, and some banana, clove, and subtle hints of stone fruits.

I wish the flavor encompassed everything I was able to smell. It's a bit more simple. A quick dose of bready malt, followed by apricot, banana, and finishing up with some indescript spice. Doesn't taste quite as funky as the aroma suggested, but overall I dig it.

Mouthfeel is around medium, a good consistency for the style. The head is very smooth, and it finishes quite dry. Carbonation levels are perfect.

The drinkability could be a little higher. I've had other Saisons that just feel lighter than this one and feel a bit more refreshing as a result. Overall, a great Saison from Boulevard, but it's not going to blow anyone away like Saison Brett.

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Photo of pwoods
2.38/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

I think this was an extra from Exiled. Thanks!

12oz. brown bottle poured into a Levitation tulip.

A: Pours a few tints darker than a pour gold color with nice clarity. 2 fingers of nearly pearl white head with good retention and some lacing.

S: Somewhat subtle but pleasant. Very fruity with plenty of yeasty esters. Not a lot of phenols from the yeast. Light pilsner malts.

T/M: Sharp grain bite and some phenols from the yeast, which is surprising after the aroma. Very peppery and there's a bit of alcohol bite as well. Yeasty esters are being dominated by the phenols but still there behind everything. Body is medium with high carbonation. This beer just get worse as I drink it and as it warms.

D: The phenols are nearly outrageous. If not for this, I think it be pretty drinkable. I actually had to drain pour it after it warmed up further.

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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 906 ratings.