Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale

Image courtesy of Boulevard Brewing Company

Image courtesy of Boulevard Brewing Company

I’ve never had a bad beer from Boulevard Brewing Company of Kansas City, MO that wasn’t good.  Tank 7, a farmhouse ale, livers up to what I expect from Boulevard, and that’s a (better than) good beer.  Part of the Smokestack Series of bigger, bolder beers from Boulevard, Tank 7 is light gold with a slight haze and some fine suspended particles, floats a huge white head and displays energetic carbonation.  The tart, lemony bouquet hides a little spiciness in it.  Tank 7 is sweet, but bitter.  I guess that’s bittersweet, but definitely sweet.  It’s tangy, citric and substantially malty for a light gold saison.  And dig those doughy, yeasty notes in the exhale.  8% ABV doesn’t hurt it either.  I like Tank 7.

85/100 Saison

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Booyah Farmhouse Ale

Image courtesy of Milwaukee Brewing Company

Image courtesy of Milwaukee Brewing Company

Yes!  More beer from the heartland!  Booyah, a farmhouse ale from Milwaukee Brewing Company is an amber/honey colored beer with a fluffy, whipped egg white head with an ivory cast to it.  Carbonation is picturesque, and Booyah’s sedately hoppy bouquet has sweet fruit and summery floral notes, with a deep-down earthy quality to anchor the whole thing.  It’s a tad mediciney, in that the alcohol pokes through and there’s a bitter quality apparent in the nasal exhale, but Booyah is not bad, and it seems appropriate for the saison style.

80/100 Saison

Coup D’Etat

Image courtesy of Revolution Brewing

Image courtesy of Revolution Brewing

Coup D’Etat is a French-style saison ale, and man, it’s good!  Chicago’s own Revolution Brewing produces Coup D’Etat, and this bright yellow, slightly hazy brew is addictively good.  Plenty of lively carbonation, slippery lacing  and a single layer head grace Coup D’Etat and are an enticing opening act.  Further in to the experience, a citrusy bouquet greets the nose, along with a mild sweet-spice note.  Tangy on the tongue with a mild bitterness that lingers on the back of the tongue and a warming 6.7% ABV, Coup D’Etat is more proof that Revolution Brewing is a major player in the Midwest, nay, in the nation!  I got mine in a 22 oz. bottle, but look forward to trying it on tap!

90/100 Saison

Red Sky at Night Saison

This beer by Clipper City Brewing is light honey-colored, kind of flat and lifeless with just a thin ring of foam at the edge of the glass.  No lacing to mention.  There is a clovey taste to it, and a spicey, sugar taste as well.  I want to say its good, but different is as good as I can say.  I’m not real up on saisons, but Boulevard Brewing makes a really good one, and Red Sky is nothing like Boulevard’s.  I guess what I want to say is Red Sky is a little flat, a little “eh”.