ABV: 8.5 IBU: 38
Boulevard Brewing Company Tank 7
What the brewers say
A straw colored, light-to-medium bodied beer with an earthy, spicy, grapefruit aroma and flavor, a soft, sweet malt flavor and a prominent hop bitterness. 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.
What our panel thought
Aroma: “A strong, excellent aroma with moderate saison spice character. Citrusy orange, lemon, and grapefruit with moderate wheat and Pilsner malt sweetness and some floral notes. Lots of earthiness and some banana esters. Hops seem more American than is typical.”
Flavor: “Tastes like a lemon Sweet Tart! Malt sweetness with lemon and slightly spicy notes. Earthy without being funky. An almost rose-like hop note and nice, big fruity banana esters. Highly carbonated with a crisp, dry finish.”
Overall: “Strong flavors, but very nice. Floral, perfumey, citrusy, and insanely lemony. A balanced, complex, refreshing beer. Lots of carbonation: It stings and leaves you wanting more.”
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