When Boulevard Brewing Company's founder and owner John McDonald sold the company to Belgium's Duvel Moortegaat in late 2013 beer geeks across the country nearly exploded with angst at the change. We like the idea of locally owned companies, but given the results that Duvel has achieved with their ownership of Ommegang we're inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt. Early indications are that the move will see Boulevard shipping their beers into new markets and the beer we're most looking forward to seeing on the shelves in our favorite bottle shops is their Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale.
Tank 7 is one of the beers in Boulevards Smokestack series, boldly flavored beers that they referment in corked and cage 750 mL bottles. Tank 7 is a supercharged take on the belgian saison style. Packed with assertive American hops and clocking in at 8.5 percent alcohol it's an aggressive take on the saison tradition mixing hoppy notes of grapefruit and peach skins along with pepper, clove and a vigorous prickly fermentation. Despite it's heft, Tank 7 finishes clean and dry.