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Kelsey Roth of Craft Beer Cellar – Boulevard Tank 7 The Saison

September 7, 2015 by tablecritic in Wine and Beer Reviews

The Chefs’ Table Series: Craft Beer Pairing – Boulevard Tank 7 The Saison

Kelsey Roth, Marketing and Communication for Craft Beer Cellar’s brand team and Certified Cicerone® chose Boulevard Tank 7 The Saison to pair with seared scallops dish prepared by executive chef Tom Hupe of One Bistro in Norwood, MA. Kelsey explains that the seared sea scallops, shiitake mushrooms, Parmesan cheese, red onions and the squash ravioli bring a lot of earthiness, pepper, and sharp bold flavors to the table and the Tank 7 is able to stand up to it.

The Saison or Farmhouse style is one of the most nebulous in beer. Since the style originated not in commercial production breweries but on actual working farms in Belgium and France, the brewers often worked with the ingredients they had on hand. As a result, the style varied wildly from farm to farm. The style almost became extinct as brewing moved from the farm to commercial facilities. Saison Dupont is recognized as the beer that saved the style and is now the standard for the style, but creative variation still occurs quite often. Boulevard out of Kansas City, MO brews this particular Saison. It’s relatively high in alcohol, clocking in at 8.5%, but is still light in body.

The seared sea scallops, shiitake mushrooms, Parmesan cheese, red onions and the squash ravioli bring a lot of earthiness, pepper, and sharp bold flavors to the table and the Tank 7 is able to stand up to it. Saisons are all about the yeast which produce some nice lemon and pepper notes that resonate well with the Parmesan, cranberries and red onion. An earthy, herbal note from the hops compliment the earthy flavors of the mushrooms, squash and truffle oil while the sweetness of the malts balance the arugula, garlic and onions. Saisons are known for their dryness and high carbonation which make them a great companion to the rich scallops and ravioli.

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