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RATINGS: 1101   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Nice and light with a bitter wheat lead. Mild citrus and bread. Could use a little more original spice blend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Thanks to ridglens on this one, and all of the other Boulevards Smokestack series stuff. This is an extremely refreshing light citrusy brew, and for 8%, that is good stuff. Funky earthy with a sweet very light finish. I could drink this all day, and can imagine on tap it is even better. You need to pisk one of these up if your a saison fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2213) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - AUG 8, 2010
Draught @ brewery tour: This one poured a slightly hazy golden color. There was a good sized white head on it that left some lacing. This one has a complex nose. Grassy, earthy, spicy, yeasty, floral, some lemon. It has an equally good taste. I like the little kick of bitterness in there. A bit of citrus and slight piny hops, earthiness, coriander, This is a very nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1467) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Bottled. Sticky frothy white head on top of a light clear orange. Light aroma, yeasty with toasted grain notes. A bit of sweet flavor, peach fruit backed with a little pepper and an earthy grapefruit hop character. Finishes dry. Nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1271) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2010
A-pours a light golden yellow, slightly hazy with a pure white bubbly head. S-very nice nose, lemon, earthy yeast aromas, touch of honey, grassy herbal hop presence with a light peppery spice in the back. T-not as big as the nose but still nice, earthy saison funk up front, the lemon is behind with a touch of sweet honey, plenty of grassy herbal hops in the back and a light peppery spice to balance in the finish. M-smooth and creamy, medium body, moderate to strong carbonation balances the nice mouthfeel with a good crisp finish. D-this has all the nice flavors you want to see in a saison, the earthy funk is done just right with a good amount of sweetness and a nice herbal presence. the spice is a little light and the finish wasn’t as dry as some of the top notch saisons, but very tasty and drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2010
750ml Bottle: Complex aroma of Belgian yeast, fruit, pale malt, pepper, spice, light hops, light citrus, peach, slight lemongrass, and band-aid. Poured yellow/gold/slight amber in color with a large, creamy, off-white head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is light to medium bitter. Tastes of Belgian yeast, pollen, light pepper, light spice, slight hops, band-aid, and light fruit. Medium body. Lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Belgian yeast, hops, slight fruit, and pollen finish is dry. 8%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WVHouseofBeer (790) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2010
A pretty tasty and refreshing brew. My roomies drank wine while I enjoyed this American-styled French/Belgian delight and its safe to say they were jealous. The beer pours a hazy golden color with carbonated, bubbly white head and medium body. In terms of flavor, I picked up a bit of citrus, yeast, and something undetectable that is wholly Saison. While my bottle had seen it bumps and bruises, I can imagine one in perfect shape (and held in the right conditions) would prove to be even better. While I was satisfied with Tank 7, there were at least 10 others bombers I could have picked up before this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - AUG 4, 2010
On tap at Rich O’s. This beer is solid and right on key as far as the saison guidelines go. If you’re a saison fan you will really enjoy this. I, however, am not. Still a tasty beer though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (5943) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Corked bottle and served in my NB worthy glass: Pours a slightly hazy golden hue topped by a huge fluffy white head which deposited constant spotty lacework upon the glassware. The initial aroma is that of lemon and tangerine zest. Upon further inspection I found traces of herbal noble and freshly cut grassy hops, some biscuity pale and wet hay malt, a touch of mineral deposits, esters of light banana covered by grains of paradise with a hint of band-aid phenols. The taste starts moderately acidic, fruity, grainy and veggie (corn methinks). Some light handed spiciness and even minty subculture comes about before being tossed out with the used water by those ever increasing Amarillo hop characteristics of bitterness and fruitiness. What is missing is a more classic yeasty tone that would have likely rounded the flavor profile out a tad. The mouth feel is sprite and light, works well enough within the framework of the flavor combinations but then there is a more than noticeable alcohol and medicinal note upon the finish which distracts.

This brew starts nice enough but seems to lose focus on the palate. The rind like fruity character, hop spice, and completely unwelcoming medicinal overtones just goes overboard when this beer warms closer to room temperature. All that said, I have had much worse in forced Saisons (like Upland’s and Three Floyds) and see some hope for this Tank 7 when the hops fade a bit. I would much rather still have the retired Boulevard Saison or the Saison w/brett (batch #1 is so f’ing YUMMY, Mystical and mild-blowing )

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2010
Golden pour with a thick moussey white head. The nose is intensely spicy and a little bit fruity. A bit of soft hoppy bitterness. Minerally and a little bit fruity. The fruity flavour is chewy and well integrated with the spiciness. The nice bright hoppiness really comes out as it starts to warm up. Pretty nice brew.

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