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RATINGS: 1297   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Most breweries have at least one piece of equipment thatís just a bit persnickity. Here at Boulevard itís 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Caskalefan (155) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2011
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Tap @ The Sushi Bar, McCall, ID: Pours a hazy gold color with a huge white head. The nose is lively and snappy, lots of pepper and citrus, lively yeast and a muddy faint malt note. Big citrus and esters in the flavor with a nice lively mouthfeel. Creamy finish with an herbal yeasty quality. Very nice saison.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1353) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2011
UPDATED: APR 7, 2011 The saison beer style (or "Farmhouse ale" style as itís also known) is hit or miss with me. Beers of this sort I seem to love or hate. The good thing is when I find one I like I REALLY really like it and Boulevard Tank 7 is a perfect example of this. Such a tasty, complex and highly drinkable beer - thatís what I consider high quality.

I poured a 12oz bottle into an oversize wine glass. This beer was sent to me from Mark Starr of "The Hopry."

Appearance: Bright, almost nuclear/fluorescent yellowish/orange (the beer seems to glow). Perfectly homogeneous haze. Beautiful bright white frothy head that never dissipates and leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell: Reminds me of Pliny The Elder or other west coast-style double IPAs with intense tropical fruit and citrus notes. I get mango, orange, passion fruit, and a slight Belgian peppery aroma. Very inviting.

Taste: While it smells like an IPA, it definitely doesnít taste like one since this isnít a bitter beer at all, but a truly refreshing, juicy beer. Just like the aroma itís tropical fruit and citrus from the beginning to middle. In the end and aftertaste I get a slight peppery, chalky spice - but itís light and complements the fruit flavors very well. Very tasty and impressive.

Mouthfeel: Probably the "wettest" saison Iíve ever drank! Slight tingling on the tongue while itís in the mouth, but it isnít obnoxious (unlike some other beers of the style I might add).

Drinkability: I drank this on a cold winterís day outside and it was STILL refreshing! I canít imagine how awesome it would be during the summer. The 8% ABV is a typo, right? Thereís no way it could possibly be that strong. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.

Overall, a very impressive beer and an extremely satisfying one, too. I wouldnít rank it among the best of the best as it didnít blow my mind, but I really like it.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2434) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 22, 2011
750 ml bottle. Straw/golden color. Poured a little cloudy, with high carbonation. Smells of spices, citrus rind, and yeast. Starts spicy sweet, followed with caramel and finishes dry with noticeable hop bitterness. Enjoyable Farmhouse Ale...EFA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbutler1 (1376) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IndianaRed (2758) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 20, 2011
On Tap at Brewforia Beer Market, Meridian, ID. Hazy golden with a small fleeting white head. Classic farmhouse aroma. Yeasty and musty. Lots of soft fruit notes as well as I the flavor. Bananas, pears, and a little tangerine and a bit of spice. Not as lively carbonated as I expected, nor as dry. Soft slightly sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2011
750 btl. Pours a slightly hazy golden with a foamy white head. Nose of yeast, citrus, cake and some belgian spice. Delicious. Full bodied, fruity, a touch of hops. Finish is mildly dry and a nice spiciness. Iím looking forward to the rest of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3222) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Bottle from a trade with drfabulous. Pours slightly hazy straw color with white head. Doughy Belgian yeast aroma with some spices. Sweet, doughy flavor with some grassy hops and a little black pepper. Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Thanks Jeff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4935) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2011
On tap at Monks, Sioux Falls, SD. Yellow, with an almost light green tint. Thin white head. Sweet doughy aroma, some true to style Belgian-like esters. Clean, smooth body, with some pleasant funkiness. Bready, with a slight lemon-pepper, herbal edge. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
erickomosa (68) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Big white head, hazy appearance. Dry spicy, fruity, milky yeasty aroma. Very effervescently sweet taste with a dry fruit-spicy finish. Wonderful big mouth feel. Super.

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