Saturday, May 4, 2013

Boulevard Brewing Company Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Boulevard Brewing Company Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale. I’ve reviewed a couple of Boulevard Brewing Company beers since they’ve made it CA and found them to be very good.  A fellow beer blogger and reader of NorCal Beer Blog (Derrick Peterman – blog here) suggested I give this one a shot and I’m really glad he did. Looks like I’ll eventually make it through their entire line-up.

From the Boulevard Brewing Company website: “Most breweries have at least one piece of equipment that’s just a bit persnickity. Here at Boulevard we have fermenter number seven, the black sheep of our cellar family. Ironically, when our brewers were experimenting with 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 big surge of fruity aromatics and grapefruit-hoppy notes, the flavor of this complex, straw-colored ale tapers off to a peppery, dry finish.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance:  Pours a golden yellowish-orange with a large fluffy white head and great lacing.
Aroma: Citrus, sweet fruits, bready malt, Belgian yeast, spice, slightly hoppy, zesty and funky.
Taste: Tart fruits (lemon and lime), bready malts and grainy sweetness, spice, Belgian yeast funk, peppery and a slight citrus hop bitterness.
Overall: Refreshing and crisp, Boulevard Brewing Company Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale is a great combination of sweet and tart. Weighing it at 8% ABV this, my friends, is excellent drinking. I’d dare say I’ve found yet another beer to stock in my already crowded beer fridge. Check it out; Derrick was right (as if I had any doubt).


Mark Harvey
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