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Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale
8.5% ABV, 38 IBU
Pale malt, malted wheat, and corn flakes
Magnum, Bravo and Amarillo hops

You can't help but love this beer right from the start.  This is a classy, old-fashioned label with a gorgeous color scheme.  The beer pours a bright golden straw color, hazy, with a thick Belgian-style head deserving of a traditional Farmhouse Ale - which leaves some fine lacing behind, like grandma's best doily. 



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This beer isn't anything new.  It's available year-round, so one might say that it's nothing special.  But I would beg to differ.  With a slight barnyard funk to balance out the initial malt sweetness, beautiful cidery Belgian yeast character, refreshing lemon rind and tangerine, and a dry, funky finish...  Refreshing as hell in the summer, but rich enough for a winter night in front of a fire.

At 38 IBU, it may be slightly more hoppy than a traditional Belgian or French farmhouse ale, but it integrates and balances the beer well.  The use of Amarillo hops lends a great floral, fruity character without overwhelming the flavor profile or seeming out-of-place.  I don't use the term "perfect beer" lightly.  But Boulevard seemed to get this one right on all levels - and whether by intention or just dumb luck - all the details are there.