Sunday, January 23, 2011

Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale


This beer was sent to me courtesy of Mark Starr of http://youtube.com/TheGrandOleHopry1 (thanks, Mark!) This is the first-ever review of a saison or "farmhouse ale" on the show (although I have had a few in real life). Beers of this style are traditionally known for summer refreshers, so I thought it would be interesting and funny to review it outside in the snow and cold to put its refreshing ability to the test.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (621) - Albany, USA - JAN 23, 2011
The saison beer style (or "Farmhouse ale" style as it’s 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 - that’s 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 doesn’t taste like one since this isn’t a bitter beer at all, but a truly refreshing, juicy beer. Just like the aroma it’s tropical fruit and citrus from the beginning to middle. In the end and aftertaste I get a slight peppery, chalky spice - but it’s light and complements the fruit flavors very well. Very tasty and impressive.

Mouthfeel: Probably the "wettest" saison I’ve ever drank! Slight tingling on the tongue while it’s in the mouth, but it isn’t obnoxious (unlike some other beers of the style I might add).

Drinkability: I drank this on a cold winter’s day outside and it was STILL refreshing! I can’t imagine how awesome it would be during the summer. The 8% ABV is a typo, right? There’s 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 wouldn’t rank it among the best of the best as it didn’t blow my mind, but I really like it.

Grade: 9/10