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Rye on Rye Maple (2020)

Rye on Rye Maple (2020)

Courtesy of Brian, cheers mate! 12 oz bottle, best before 16 March 2021, 2020 vintage. 16 IBUs, limited release with maple syrup and aged in Templeton rye barrels. Mid-brown pour with a decent head considering the ABV. Of course this fades, but it leaves a thin film on the surface of the beer, and a few tiny pieces of lace on the glass. Nose has the whiskey notes that one would expect, but no real trace of maple. Initial tastes are reversed. Nose also gives up much more alcohol than the tastes...

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale

Tank 7
Farmhouse Ale

Additional notes 06/17/23 Since those original notes from 11 years ago I've come to adore this beer. Put simply, it (along with Saison Brett) is one of the great beers brewed in the USA. Original notes 01/21/12 Part of the usually tremendous, Smokestack Series, the beer pours with a magnificent, bright, golden orange marmalade colored pour with a huge head in the Duvel chalice. Looks wonderful. Smudged dot-matrix 'Best By' date on the neck is unreadable, along with another illegible number -...

Long Strange Tripel

Long Strange Tripel

A beer, which on the one or two other occasions I have drunk it, I enjoyed it so much that I never got around to reviewing. I just didn't want the experience of drinking it to be interrupted by note taking. Boulevard really has made some excellent beers in the Smokestack series over the years. This time I planned the review. The bottle was purchased from Binny's in Clybourn, Chicago, IL along with a few other gems. Cork is released from the cage and bottle with a healthy 'pop' and a good deal...

Saison – Brett

Saison – Brett

750 mL corked & caged bottle courtesy of PittBeerGirl as part of Secret Bunny 2010. Batch number 2009-1, bottle 00220 out of 11925. I loosened the cage on the bottle, turned around to get a glass of water and 30 seconds later the cork flew out and hit the kitchen ceiling. Good level of carbonation! Beer gives a light orange, mid-butterscotch pour. HUGE head that sat there like an ice-cream. Super looking. Nose is true to the description of a Saison with Brett, but quite mild. Tastes reflect...

Saison – Brett

Saison

750 mL corked and caged affair courtesy of thirdeye11 - thanks Chad. Pop on opening is encouraging with a good amount of gunsmoke. Proper carbonation in these beers is vital to their success. Pour gives a fairly standard (but good looking) appearance with some white, frothy head and some decent lace. Body is a clouded, orange marmalade hue with a little chill haze. Light pepper, low funk and some Belgian yeast in the nose. The beer is very dry indeed. Not much funk at all, and the white pepper...

Saison – Brett

The Sixth Glass

750 mL corked & caged bottle with the Batch #68100. Pretty BIG pop on opening with some gun smoke. Poured in several stages into the Terrapin 22 oz snifter. Body is a dark orange, murky color with a light tan ring of lace but none on the glass. Thin film of fine bubbles on the surface of the beer. Subsequent aggressive pours produce more frothy head. Nose has some significant sweet alcohol and a little Belgian candy. This comes through exactly the same in the tastes. It actually seems more...

Saison – Brett

Double Wide I.P.A.

Thanks go out to stopbarking for the chance to crack this, 750 mL corked and caged, champagne style, dimple bottomed bottle. Batch D8240. VERY complicated beer for me to review. I'm really not at all sure where I stand on this one but here goes... Opening the bottle causes a pretty big pop and significant gun smoke. This is generally a good sign, although a little surprising for a double IPA (despite the bottle conditioning). Pour is dark orange, well carbonated affair with great lace and...

Saison – Brett

Dry Stout

12oz stubbie bottle - a single. Pretty sure that this was left over from the CEO/Old Farts BIF, thanks to Vancer. Black body with some orange highlights deep in the sampling glass. Head is gone quickly to reveal little or no lace. Nose is promising with plenty of character with some milk chocolate malt notes. First taste is quite bitter and the mouthfeel is rather thin. Typical mild roast with a touch of smoke - not much. A definite yeasty character which the label suggests is coming from the...

Saison – Brett

Unfiltered Wheat

Thanks go out to Vancer as part of CEO/OLD Farts BIF. 12oz single in the typical Boulevard stubbie bottle. Hazy orange body with a distinct honey/orange hue. Large initial head with some serious fizzy carbonation. No lace and the head is gone within a couple of minutes. Looks a bit lifeless in the glass. Very bland without much taste at ALL. Perhaps a slight, dilutd citrus angle. In fact, the word "diluted" seems to be appropriate to me. Watery mouthfeel. Sorry, but not much to get me excited...

Saison – Brett

Pale Ale

12oz single from a recent trade from Vancer and the CEO/Old Farts BIF, thanks! Pale orange pour with some head and lace but both fade very quickly. Slightly sweet, with a mild bitterness in the finish, but this is bland in the extreme. Lacks much other taste apart from a simple, metallic bitterness. Could pass as decent homebrew, but not much else.

Saison – Brett

Lunar

12oz stubbie bottle. I'm drinking this a few weeks after the best before date - I doubt that it will matter much. Thanks go out to Vancer as part of CEO/Old Farts BIF. Disappointing pour. The beer has the appearance of a Belgian Dubbel or perhaps even a Delerium Nocturnum. Odd combination of prickly carbonation and TOTAL lack of head. What's that about?? The flat appearance, dirty color and lack of life make this beer look drab. Very uninteresting. Taste is an usual combination of a Dunkel and...

Saison – Brett

Bully! Porter

Best before 01/16/06. Highly carbonated pour leads to a dark brown body and a airy and bubbly head that leaves some lacing. Sweet and malty aroma that promises much. Surprisingly the taste does not really reflect the aroma. The initial tastes are much, much more bitter than the smell suggests, or that the style would normally allow. I like my Porters more creamy and mild in thier nature and this drinks a little more like a stout. Mouthfeel is that of a thin Porter. Drinkability OK, but not...