sthlm (1224) - Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottle] Pours gold with a small white head. Aroma is big on yeast, with an unidentifiable sweetness. There also is green grape and grapefruit. Fairly sweet up front, a little hot, lots of graininess, and a lingering bitterness. Nice mouthfeel, smooth, and has a fairly long finish. Fairly solid, but really failed to impress much.
wedgie9 (1824) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted on 1/28/11 from a 750mL corked and caged bottle at Lush West Town. Pours cloudy light orange with a thick white head that slowly recedes to thick, even lace. The nose is cereal and wheat malt with signature spicy saison yeast, some orange and lemon peel, and light dustiness. The flavor is bittersweet up front, moving to spicy yeast, strong orange and lemon peel, and light hops bitterness on the back. The body is medium with a sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a long citrus and hops finish.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of 3/4. Thanks, Mike! Pours a beautiful, bright golden-straw color; hazy, with visible lines of effervescence replenishing the head; a big, textured, fluffy white head at that, with great retention and lacing that coats the glass; awesome pour on this. Juicy grapefruit, white pepper, and tropical fruit in the aroma; the citrusy hoppiness pairs seamlessly with the yeast character, and the overall core is nicely dry; hugely engaging nose. Medium body with high, fluffy carbonation and a modest, integrated alcoholic warmth; a touch of overt alcohol showing. Lots of citrusy bitterness at the front of the tongue, held up with some bright, juicy citrus and grapefruit hop flavor at the core, alongside white pepper, a doughy yeastiness, and (again) a brush of ethanol in there; I could definitely do without the booze, but it does its job lightening the body of a beautiful (though assuredly American) saison and doesnít stick out all that much. Drink this cold, as that note builds with temperature. A long finish of dry, citrus bitterness and a doughy yeast character. Yum.
SSSteve (3719) - - JAN 28, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. hazy gold with a large white head. creamed corn aroma with some spicy citrus hops. creamy palate with a dry finish. flavor is a bit herbal with sweet marshmallowy malts and dry citrus hops. a great saison with perfect balance.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy yellow gold pour with a nice head. Aroma of citrus peel, lemon, light funk, grain and earthy notes. Flavor is Slightly sweet and funky, with lots of citrus and a bit of hop bitterness. Very nice.
Guerde (1161) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(botlle from Oslo) Pours a yellow and gold with a thin white head. Aroma of a McDonaldís cheeseburger with pickles, but this quickly transitions to more favorable scents of mint, grapefruit, light bubblegum, and a bit of bready yeast. A little bit of musty basement. Taste is bready, with plenty of grapefruit, blood orange, and lemon zest. Finish is quite bitter with some lingering bready yeast. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is rather lively. Alcohol shows in aroma and flavor. A pretty good saison, but no Dupont. Thanks Al!
Caskalefan (145) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Chad9976 (1126) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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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Gription79 (2228) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.