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Boulevard Smokestack Series - Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale

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RATINGS: 1592   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Most breweries have at least one piece of equipment that’s just a bit persnickity. Here at Boulevard it’s fermenter number seven, the black sheep of our cellar family. Ironically, when our brewers were developing 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 flavorful surge of fruity aromatics and hoppy, grapefruit notes (Amarillo hops), this complex, straw-colored ale finishes long, dry and spicy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leafs93 (2028) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2016
Pours cloudy gold with a medium white fluffy head. Aroma is yeast, funk, citrus and earthy. Taste is light tart with a touch of sweetness. Light bodied, smooth and just fantastic all around. Good carbonation, lively throughout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nideblei (1) - - APR 30, 2016 does not count
Very good beer. It was called Typhoon beer in Shanghai, China, during a typhoon in 2014

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchMark (324) - NETHERLANDS - APR 29, 2016
Good one. Pale yellow with a creamy white head and lively carbonation. Nice balance in the fruit flavors and resinous bitter hops. It has a full flavor and still the alcohol is well hidden. Maybe a bit too rich for a saison but tasty none the less. Very Belgian with American hop caracter. I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FrankZappa7 (393) - GERMANY - APR 29, 2016
23-Apr-2016@ZBF. Strohgelb, fast klar, weisser Schaum. Aroma:Hefig, grasig, fruchtig. Antrunk fruchtig, blumig, recht hohe Restsüße.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jfb (5256) - Freising, GERMANY - APR 25, 2016
(draught) slightly opalescent golden colour with a frothy white head. aroma of cactus juice and yeast, with some notes of talcum powder, wheat, floral hops and a touch of plastic. flavour is mostly the same, heavy cactus juice and kiwi, with big notes of popcorn, some ethanolic herb extract, raisins and a medium-bitter finish. medium- to heavy-bodied with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nonshaugen (330) - Fetsund, NORWAY - APR 24, 2016
355 ml, bottle conditioned. At last, I was given the oppurtunity to taste a bottle of this iconic beer. Hazy, golden amber, lots of sediments, medium white head, some carbonation. Aroma notes are, not a big surprise, mainly those from the yeast, fruity banana esters up front. Mouthfeel is medium and dry, bitter at the back and pleasantly carbonated. Yeast is coming through in the taste as well, but is nicely balanced out with its beautiful, malty backbone. The 8,5% ABV is hiding itself, no alcohol flavour at all, be very careful not to have too many of these!! It’s just THAT drinkable and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OrthoDoc (112) - South Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2016
Tons of carbonation. Aroma of Belgium yeast and funky fruit. Taste is pleasant and smooth, citrus and farmhouse notes abound. Nice beer but not my go to style so maybe try again on a hot summer day. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (4337) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016
Pours a golden cloudy yellow with fizzy head. Aromas of fruity, funky, horsey goodness. Flavors of barnyard, grass, yeast, and citrus hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bijl (63) - NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2016
Goudgeel licht troebel....volle witte schuimkraag met grote bellen...even rustig schenken dus. Aroma: Hoppige citrus/grapefruit, bloemen, grassig/hooi, en lichtelijk wat Belgische gist esters. Smaak is in begin ietsje zuur daarna bitter van de hop... Grapefruit en bij de eerste slokken flink verwarmend. Moutig en ver weg tarwe. Een redelijke nabitter en een mooie zoetigheid. Allemaal prima in balans! Hij drinkt later echt makkelijk weg voor 8,5%. Redelijk body...romig. Wat zoet en sticky op het einde. Ik vind het een topper!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1214) - BELGIUM - APR 21, 2016
Saison de Boulevard .. quel joli programme !!! Niveau abv de 8,5 %, bravo. Contenance de 35,5 cl, merci. Mon exemplaire était juste à date, et ravi de faire ma connaissance … Malts d’orge et de blé, houblonnés à l’amarillo. Couleur doré moyen, à l’aspect très légèrement voilé. Bulles très fines, par milliers, partout, bien vives. Mousse blanche avec texture ferme en haut, superbe. Arômes de malt finement grillé, houblon amer, orge cru, herbes médicinales, pointe de thym. 1ère bouche bien souple, à la magnifique entame malt/houblon, avec une pointe d’oignon blanc. Arrière-bouche à l’amertume très fine, précise, superbe. 2ème nez un rien fleuri et bien malté. Bouche sublime, aux nuances multiples. Arrière-bouche complexe et fine, longue. 3ème avec des fruits blancs, des tanins, chêne neutre, tabac blond. Arrière-bouche à la grande harmonie et complexité. Longueur qui détaille toutes ces impressions, sur plusieurs registres. Jambes fines, serrées, groupées. Levure remarquable, dense, très belle ligne. Alcool grandiose, il contrôle tout et donne la mesure d’une grande bière. Finale gigantesque. CONCLUSION : oh Missouri, what a mystery .. Une aussi belle saison, aussi loin de sa base wallonne, c’est remarquable .. Mais je sais qu’il y a des wallons au Missouri !! Bravo à Boulevard, importé par Duvel Moortgat, qui n’est pas wallon lui, mais bien belge ...

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