Boulevard Smokestack Series: Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale – Boulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas city, MO, USA)

Boulevard Smokestack Series: Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale – Boulevard Brewing Company, 8.5% ABV, 355 ml., (Kansas city, Missouri, USA)


  • Style: Saison
  • Taste: Grain alcohol soapy banana wheat malt lemony unbalanced
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Bby
  • How much: $5.20 (after 5% off) – 355 ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Slow gusher. Pours cloudy marmalade orange with a largish foamy head, sticky lacing, 3mm retention, clusters of fast active streams.

Nose: very fruity muscat-banana wheat malt. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: lively-fizzy-tingly crisp-airy

Mid-palate: background alcoholic, soapy banana wheat malt, (lvl-5-sweetness), lemony grain alcohol

Finish: yeasty gag reflex, boozy, lingering wheat malt.

Summary: The initial first sips are bold and explosive with big banana wheat malt flavour and a huge fizz-foamy carbonation. Subsequent sips reveal a coarse alcoholic body that persists until the finish. Okay banana wheat malt flavour but too soapy and astringent to fully enjoy. Good appearance and nose but falls flat in balance.

Belgian White – Shock Top Brewing (St. Louis, MO, USA)

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  • My Rating: C

Belgian White – Shock Top Brewing (Anheuser-Busch InBev), 5.2% ABV – 473ml, (St. Louis, MO, USA)

On the front of the can:

“Ale with coriander, orange, lemon and lime peel. Contains wheat.”

  • Style: (spiced wheat ale) Witbier
  • Taste Profile: light citrus sweetness -> coriander/orange/bitter peel -> wheat/yeasty dryness/sour/tingly okay finish.
  • Where I got it : Legacy
  • How much: $3 (after 10% off), November 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Beer in a can = usually not good but then I read the small print of ingredients at the bottom and said why not? Pours translucent cloudy light orange a decent dissipating head, ringed retention, a plethora of activity.

Nose: Barnyard (mild pukey) wheat malts on the nose with a touch of citrus.

Attack: 4/10-light malt sweetness

Mid-palate: coriander, mild orange, mild bitter peel, faint notes of lemon/lime peel

Finish: wheat/yeasty dryness, light-med sourness, mild tartness, tingly almost clean finish.

Summary: The initial sips were underwhelming due to the lack of any prominent flavours. Subsequent tastings revealed a mellow wheat-citrus body which were decently pleasant. Just average I’d say.