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RATINGS: 1193   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 11, 2011
Hazy light tan. Thin head. The aroma is herbal, lightly spicy with mostly spicy American hops and a nice yeastiness. Herbal and very spicy on the palate, yeasty and quite hoppy. Good balance - a tasty assertive farmhouse ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Pour from a bottle was a golden orange color. Nice bountiful white head. Aromas were of lemon and some spice. Flavors are very good and solid with orange, grapefruit, and some bready belgian characteristics. Any fruity sweetness fades to some tasty bitter hops and a semi dry finish. Way above average Saison in my opinion and would buy one again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wombata (468) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 8, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2014 Bottled. Aroma: Bready, yeast, wheat, orange, peach and coriander Flavor: Spice, wheat, orange liquor, yeast. Persistent finish. Comment:Solid. Very filling, though a bit heavy from the mid-palate on. Less, refreshing or food friendly than it could be, so this may work better for those who prefer not to dilute their beer with food. I favor the Saison Brett. 8/2014. Bottle aged 1 year in basement. Aroma: Floral, dusty wheat, orange, peach Palate: Medium body Flavor: Floral, peach blossom, peach, bittering hop/resin kicks in mid-palate, Finishes with ripe ruby grapefruit with moderate bittering. Comment: Sweeter than I expected though balanced with hop bittering. US take on Belgium? May emulate Dupontís Bon Vieux that doubles its malt. 3.7-3.8 rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KapitiCritique (345) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - AUG 5, 2011
AROMA: amarillo dry hops, fruity, yeasty, bubblegum, citrus, bananas, sour milk; APPEARANCE: pale yellow, good lacing, head dissipated quickly; TASTE: bitter, sourish of trace of sugars or salt yet rounded PALATE: medium carbonation and medium body; OVERALL: Richer than usual for a saison, not as complex as Phantome or as delicate as a Dupont and not as complex as either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3505) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2011
On tap at the Hop Leaf in Chicago. Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thick white head. Aroma of bready/crackery malt, Belgian yeast, and floral hops. Flavor of bready malt, yeast, tons of peppery spices, lemon, and bitter hops. A very good saison. 7/4/8/4/14 [3.7/5]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2011
Bottle pours hazy straw gold with rich 4 finger head and champagne-like effervescence, head retention is phenomenal. Aroma is yeasty wheat, lemons, other citrus, and funk. Tastes like lemonade, spice, grapefruit, and has a slight sour finish. Very refreshing on a hot day like today! Body is medium, creamy, very fizzy, and with a long spicy sour finish. Overall, this is a delicious saison!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2571) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2011
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and served to a tulip with a hazed orange tone, decent, white, meringue-like head foam, and web-like cling to the lacing. The aroma was fresh fruitiness and citrus, as lemon and tangerine, spice, and a hint of yeast. The flavor added low but lingering hop bitterness, light sugary sweetness, and slight tartness. The carbonation was lively, and warming alcohol was present but subtle. The finale presented some dryness, with all notes holding their integrity even as the liquid warmed and slowly became scarce. Impressed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (2489) - Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2011
Bottle. A hazy shade of yellow with a fleeting white head. Fruity hops, yeast and citrusy aromas. A mildly bitter lemon zest, yeast, grapefruit, and farm house florally hops. I picture this as a lazy summer afternoon session beer for a jaunt out to the country....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (4095) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2011
Location: Draft at Flying Saucer - Little Rock, 6/30/11

Aroma: The aroma is fairly spicy, some yeast presence, and a fruity sweetness.
Appearance: It pours a hazy yellow color with a cloudy and creamy white head.
Flavor: The taste is Belgian yeast, grain, spice, and fruit, medium sweet, and lightly tart.
Palate: The body is medium, leaning toward the light side, somewhat smooth, slightly dry finish.
Overall Impression: Overall, I thought this was a nice beer. I could drink this one regularly, as it is a fairly quaffable saison. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. Well done, Boulevard!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2011
UPDATED: APR 1, 2014 20110716 750ml bottle date BB 05.2011. Pale golden with tall, clingy white head. Aroma is citrusy with a good amount of Amarillo, lemon zest, cut lawn, and some green apple. Heavily carbonated, perhaps a little more than I expect or want as it is already quite dry and the eff leads to some feeling of astringency, and also makes me quite gassy. Taste is nicely balanced mix of fruit and grass hops, very light biscuit malts, lingering spice from yeast and alcohol. The astringency gets a bit tedious, and I wish I was sharing this bottle. 20140401 - upping the score considerably from 8-4-6-3-14 because dammit itís just one of the very best commonly available US brewed beers. The carbonation isnít an issue as itís quite fine these days, so maybe that was a phase. And itís certainly a tad sweeter and less astringent than I recall. Anyway, Iíve had more than my fair share of these over the years, and itís a shame to see how low my overall was (3.5). $11 a 4 pack is a great deal. 12-pack cans for $30 would be the ultimate summer trouble maker.

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