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RATINGS: 1243   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hero12 (180) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Hazy yellow pour with a decent white head. Sweet hoppy aroma. Taste is very sweet, almost a molasses taste, and a subtle hop finish. Carbonation is fairly high, and it is light bodied. Saisons arenít my favorite kind of belgian, but I really enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BroSpud (1775) - , Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2011
12oz bottle. Pale golden pour with a white head poured into a Delirium Tremens goblet. For whatever reason this one totally hit the spot tonight. Iím not usually that big on Saisons but I really enjoyed this. Slightly spicy aroma with pear and apple flavors. Dry with just the right amount of sweetness and no alcohol taste despite an 8% ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3614) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Clear yellow gold color out of the bottle with a foamy white head and a light spicey nose. Some lemon rind flavors with spice and subtle yeast. Nice, clean farmhouse beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
halfonit (1199) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 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. Not really my style of beer but itís a decent saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1454) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2011
750 ml caged and corked bottle, Batch number 711105, best before 12-2011. Served in a goblet (as recommended by Boulevard), the beer pours a hazy gold color with an inch white head. The head stays around a long time, and thereís a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and fruity, it smells like mango, lemon peel, pears, bananas, yeast and sweet malt. The taste is mostly fruity too, the brew tastes like pears, bananas, peppery spice, yeast, citrus (lemon, orange) rinds, bready malt and also an earthy flavor. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, itís well carbonated and quite refreshing to drink. At $9.99 a bottle, Iíd buy this again. Definitely worth trying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boesky (52) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Pours a lovely translucent copper. Good head retention. Nose is slightly sweet and herbal. Hits the tongue with a lively burst of citrus and straw, but finishes with a lingering dry spiciness. An outstanding hybrid of tradition and innovation, a new favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hivemind (716) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2011
750ml bottle w Erica at Stifflerís. Light gold color with big, big uneven, white head. Aroma is weak yeast and some cutting vinegar smell. Really sharp, barnyardy taste upfront and actually a lot of bitterness. Short legs. Straight yeast and grass, kind of shocking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davey101 (716) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 13, 2011
12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Smudged best by date appears to be 03/31/12. I swirled and poured in the dregs. A - Golden yellow body with a great thick white head. Really awesome lacing and retention. Slightly cloudy with a bit of brown sediment/yeast on the bottom of the glass. S - Lots of tropical fruits and citrus. I get mango, pineapple, pears, and plenty of lemon. This is followed by wet grass, grainy yeast, and some spices and herbs. Very fresh and clean. T - Follows the nose with the citrus and tropical fruits. The finish is a pleasant mix of grass and yeast and subtle spice. The alcohol is slightly noticeable in the aftertaste. Very crisp and lively, the carbonation and mouth feel are excellent. O - Not my favorite of styles, but this is an excellent saison. Very simple and clean, and can roll with some of the best Belgians out there. Well done Boulevard!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2645) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2011
12oz bottle, BB 3/31/12, so I believe this is 6 months old. Poured the whole beer out into a large wine glass. Head fades fast, usually not the case with this beer. I have had this many times on tap and bottled as well and the head is often humongous and long lasting. The beer is a golden color with some protein in suspension and a few visible carbonation bubbles. Pretty golden gelatin. With a little time the hops have died down, which I like. Fresher the beer has some very green and bitter hops, which have died down and allowed the sweeter Belgian beer to come to life. Yes, I said sweeter, there is a mixture of sweet bubblegum hops with pear esters and some residual Belgian sweetness. So, while sweeter its still a very fun beer and I can handle it (but I could see other die hard Saision lovers dinging this beer for that). Along with that comes a little sticker mouthfeel and a heavier body. At the end of the flavor lots of bittering hops that really hit me hard. So, while it is not drying, the bitterness balances out some of the sweetness. And its a great mix of malty Belgian sweetness. To reiterate, fresher there are greater green hops covering up the sweetness and while sweet its a good it is bookended by hops to balance it out. This is a sure bet locally since this is the "specialty" draft one is most likely to run into. This is the base beer for the Saison brett and hoped very differently. Its amazing how different the 2 beers are but the residual sweetness of the beer is a perfect home for some Brett B. I have also tried a Saison Brett dry hopped with Amarillo, which was an interesting experience in the circle of the base beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dzimm27 (136) - - OCT 11, 2011
Smells of grapefruit and a slight touch of funk. There are a fair amount of suspended particles in the light golden/yellow clear appearance. Tastes smooth and funky, pretty clean though, the flavor is nice and strong but the aftertaste gets a little weak. There is a decent amount of carbonation and the light head that remains laces on the glass similar to most highly carbonated beers. Another review had a comparison to Delirium Tremens - I would agree this is a fairly close match, but I might prefer this more (Delirium tends to give me a headache for some reason). Overall an enjoyable Belgian style beer.

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