Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Tank 7 Farmhouse AleTank 7 Farmhouse Ale

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Reviews: 874
Hads: 4,357
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 268
Gots: 1,090 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: grumpy on 06-19-2009

Most breweries have at least one piece of equipment that’s just a bit persnickity. Here at Boulevard we have fermenter number seven, the black sheep of our cellar family. Ironically, when our brewers were experimenting with variations on a traditional Belgian-style farmhouse ale, the perfect combination of elements came together in that very vessel. You could call it fate, but they called it Tank 7, and so it is. Beginning with a big surge of fruity aromatics and grapefruit-hoppy notes, the flavor of this complex, straw-colored ale tapers off to a peppery, dry finish.

38 IBU
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Photo of polloenfuego
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours straw gold with a bit of haze, a fluffy three finger head breaks incredibly slowly. 4.25

S: Belgian yeasts, breads, fruity, a touch of honey and some funk. 4.5

T: Earthy and a bit bitter on the front end, then the Belgian yeast comes in. Nice spices and a good hops finish 4

M: Fairly high fine carbonation. Finish is dry and crisp. 4.25

O: A nice farmhouse, I especially appreciated the nose and feel. Perfect lunch beer on a warm August day. 4.25 (462 characters)

Photo of BigGold
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First had with oysters on the half shell at Legal Sea Foods Long Wharf, Boston, Mass., poured from 12-oz. bottle, stamped "best by 01/31/2016," into tumbler. Great with oysters, would have been even better without accompaniment. (229 characters)

Photo of curasowa
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head that fades slowly with chunky lacing and a column of champagne-like bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: Bready, yeasty, a little sour apple, slightly grassy and a hint of lemon.

Taste: Crisp, fairly clean malt, then a building of yeast funk, fruity esters, lemon, some tartness then mild earthy bitterness on the back end with a little cardboard. Finish is slightly lingering, astringent, mildly bitter, peppery and just a hint medicinal.

The Rest: An awesome beer. Excellent balance, highly drinkable, a textbook Saison. (622 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle from a 4-pack picked up at the LCBO; best before Apr 22 2016 and served well-chilled.

Pours a foggy golden-yellow colour, causing nearly two inches of fluffy, resilient white foam to erupt from the surface. It fades unevenly - more quickly at the edge of the glass than the centre - leaving behind a mesa-like formation in the middle while the head dissipates in a long, drawn-out process exceeding ten minutes. The glass becomes caked with an arching pattern of soapy lace - this is just a flat-out gorgeous beer. On the nose I am getting a lot of citrusy lemonpeel, with accents of orchard fruit, floral hops and grainy pale malts. Yeasty and spicy, with touches of white pepper and coriander. An all around enticing aroma.

Very tasty stuff, with virtually no sign of the 8.5% alcohol whatsoever. Grainy pale malts act as a neutral backdrop for the flavour profile, which first features a fruity ensemble of apricot, pears and apple, with hints of orange and bubblegum. The citrus flavour remains strong through to the finish, though it becomes pithier and more grapefruit-like, and finally a bit earthy as the yeast moves in to dominate. It ends with a nice burst of spicy white pepper, leaving behind a dry aftertaste. On the fuller side of medium-bodied, with prickly carbonation that weakens considerably as you sip your way onward, making the mouthfeel increasingly smooth as it warms to room temperature. Dangerously drinkable, given the well-masked alcohol content, and overall deliciousness.

Final Grade: 4.37, an impressive A grade. Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale is a seriously good saison that blows a lot of the locally-made equivalents out of the water - making it a much-needed addition to the Ontario beer scene. This is a very-well crafted beer, and I'd feel pretty safe recommending this to any fan of Belgian-style pale or farmhouse ales. I hope that Tank 7 is in Ontario for the long-term, but I won't be holding my breath - it's probably a better idea to just stock up, while the stock is there. A must-try. (2,037 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355 ml bottle served just above fridge temperature into a pint glass. Last bottle of 4 that was purchased fro $13.50 CDN at the LCBO.

Appearance - Even a slow pour yielded a bright and cloudy golden color and a three finger swath of unrelenting white head. Ridiculous amounts of lacing left behind from this beers slow descent.

Smell - Surprisingly sweet and fruity with orchard fruits like peach and pear taking up the mantle. Some Belgian yeasty funk, but a sweeter take on the saison aromatically.

Taste - Bitter and earthy to start, then a certain dankness comes into the flavor before a moment of sweetness from some fruits like peach, apricot and pear come into lay. Then returns to a bitter concoction of earthy hops. tastes like some underlying candi sugar throughout which to me acts as a hybrid between two different but relates styles the saison and the tripel. Sweetened grapefruit comes into play a little more as the beer warms

Mouthfeel - Lively carbonation, although subdued, although initially a juicy finish before going dry like a saison usually does. Light body and exceptionally drinkable for a big 8.5% ABV saison.

Overall - A wonderfully crafted beer that bridges a gap (or rather straddles the line) between a saison and a tripel with the surprising fruitiness and sweetness. Alcohol is very well hidden making this a deceptively delightful beast. (1,376 characters)

Photo of MUTINY
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden-straw with 1" fluffy white head that recedes slowly. Retention is exceptional. Lacing is not bad.

S: Sweet floral notes, honey, hints of grapefruit & citrus rind, bready malt, a little bit of funk. Hints of spice. Quite deep nose.

T: More of the same. Comes on off-sweet with honey & citrus gradually bittering into the mid palate which is distinctly hoppy & floral. The finish is dry peppercorn & cedar. Excellent.

M: Carb is on the high side with a rich yet delicately textured body. Finishes very crisp & dry.

O: This is a very deep, thoroughly enjoyable Saison. (639 characters)

Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into tulip glass. Pours a hazy yellow color with a rocky white head. Smells of lemon peel, grass, yeast. Taste was a fruity, delicious saison. Lots of pear, apple, lemon, pepper, coriander. Lingering yeasty peppery flavor on the back end. Good amount of carbonation, so mouthfeel was light to medium, almost creamy. Overall, an outstanding saison. Really enjoyed this one on a hot, sweltering, Louisiana summer day. (437 characters)

Photo of brohler
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my favorite beer for a while. I loved it for that initial hop blast on the palette, followed by the typical farmhouse sweetness. It also has an awesome unfiltered straw color with a huge white head. (207 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass from a 25oz bottle.

Appearance: Hazy goldish-amber with medium to heavy bubbles on the body with a very seriously thick head rising at the very least two finger's length. Very sticky lacing....slightly uneven but no complaints.

Smell: Lemon feel, gets better as it warms up. Light yeast.

Taste: Little judgemental with this beer. Definitely improves as it warms up. .You feel lemon skin a touch sweet with a hard yeast feel and also a bit sour.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation. Rye bread after taste. The good stuff.

Overall: Picked this up not expecting much but I got a lot. Definitely one of the better Saisons that I have had. Salud my friends! (685 characters)

Photo of gcasher
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appears between golden and Amber with lasting fluffy white head. Lots of carbonation, Belgian style yeasty flavor. Refreshing and delicious. Nice body too. (158 characters)

Photo of crflamesfan
3.03/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good if you are having just one that is cold and on a hot day. Citrus notes, orange and cloudy. Nice froth that goes down quickly. My review is biased, as I am not overly fond of citrus beers. (195 characters)

Photo of galuskan
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very foamy. Typical for the style. Greatbeer and has held its quality even after being acquired by the big boys. Be careful as it drinks easy and sneaks up on you. (169 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Like a good farmhouse ale, Tank 7 has a head that froths up like dishwashing soap; its tiny bubbles are crammed together like bicyclists during Beijing rush-hour and they waste no time getting to work. A fraction of that hazy, golden liquid disappears with every sip but the glass stays full - it's just the proportion of beer to foam that changes. I suspect if I come back tomorrow the suds will still be there.

It's hard to know from smelling it what precise style of beer Tank 7 is intended to be (if, in fact, the brewer did have something specific in mind). The aroma has a generic blend of grain, spice, fruit and flowers that characterizes many Belgian-style ales. But this particular batch seems extremely under-attenuated; it smells more like wort than a fully fermented ale. There's a little sourness in there too.

Fortunately the taste is complete. Any notions of raw wheat and cereal grain are forgotten amidst a much fuller, richer maltiness as well as nuances of orchard fruits, cracked coriander, and a small but lasting tinge of vanilla. The true sign of a good warm weather beer: the taste gets better as it succumbs to the heat. Notes of pear, tangerine and orange become more noticeable and the flavour benefits.

Some Saisons (or whatever you prefer to call this) have a graininess that feels very coarse in the mouth and an ester profile reminiscent of spoiled fruit. Tank 7, however, has a plush honeyed quality that makes for a super smooth texture. The gentle trace of spice also enlivens the otherwise soft, sweetish mouthfeel and compliments any subtle bruised fruit notes (think of a compote you'd put over ice cream).

Tank 7 is a farmhouse ale lover's farmhouse ale. It is completely unabashed; zesty spice, ripe fruit notes, field-fresh grain, and an alcohol presence that, like a house spider, is noticeable but really shouldn't scare anybody. I'm not enamored with it like I've been other Smokestack Series offerings (i.e., Rye on Rye, Double Wide, Dark Truth, Long Strange) but I'm still happy I grabbed a four-pack. (2,055 characters)

Photo of Bugs318
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Lightly hazy, golden-amber with a fluffy thick white head that lasts. Lacing is negligible, but some head lasts for the entirety of the beer.
S: Yeast dominated with some spicy clove characteristics coupled with fermenting pears, some bubblegum, and also complemented by floral hops notes. Solid and elaborate bouquet.
T: Starts with mild grainy cereal notes, finishes with a peppery and floral dry linger.
M: Medium full bodied and nicely carbonated in a way that complements the dryness.
O: a fine example of a classic saison, even if boozer, but the 8.5% is well hidden. (582 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO in a 4pk for around $13.00 or so. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 2" high white head that lasts for around 3mins or so. Filtered clear and medium gold color

S- Nice farmhouse ale scent brought about by a nice selection of hops. Has that sour scent we all love so much from a farmhouse

T- Traditional farmhouse ale. A bit light on the hops as compared to a say Goose Island but very good none the less. Much more pepper then others though. Very little heat at all

M- Creamy and thick

O- Very good. Glad this 12oz format is around to save money. Starting to get sick and tired of overpaying for the 22oz bomber formats.

Food Pairing

This nice brew went well with..... Maple syrup pancakes

Enjoy (753 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip a ways back (from notes)

A hazy golden yellow with a tornado of bubbles coming off the bottom, three fingers of foam almost grows over the top, awesome retention with a table top island still left at the bottom, thick rings all the way down, not sure how to improve on the look of this one

S orange peel, apple, pear, pineapple, lots of spice and yeast, a little bubblegum and white pepper, floral notes, and a hint of dry cereal, hits the style well

T more spice and a little less fruit, a hint of booze but well concealed for 8.5%, heaps of yeast, not quite up to par with the nose but still great

M has a little weight to it but it fluffs up so fast its hard to tell, slick on the palate, the faintest bit of heat, fruit and pepper linger

O hits all the right style points and perhaps a little too easy going down but that's not really a complaint

I could drink myself into a stupor under a hot sun with this stuff, one of the better saisons I've had in recent memory (1,013 characters)

Photo of Zet
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A hazy golden colour with a thick head of foam. A nose full of american aroma hops, with citric, flowers and grass prominent. The taste is where this beer excels: a very rich, flavourful yet subtle mix of sweet, sour and bitter fruit flavours. Grapefruit and lemon are present, but i also noted hints of peach, fig, white grapes and even strawberry. This beer feels like an exploration, with new flavours in every sip. The pretty high abv of 8.5 is well hidden, so flavours are never concealed by alcohol. A pleasantly fruity bitter and dry aftertaste that lingers well. This is a very, very good beer. (602 characters)

Photo of Myotus
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle (best by date 23Nov15) into a Mikasa tulip. LOOK: Pours with two finger's worth of white foam that dissipates into a half finger's worth within 2 minutes (love that slow dissipation rate). Pale gold in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. Lacing and bubbles are subtle and the brew has a few scattered, tiny white particles floating around. SMELL: Has very strong aromas of citrusy hops that combine with mild pale malt, black pepper, and floral hop aromas. A hint of wheat malts and earthy yeast aromas can also be detected. TASTE: Initial taste is a combination of strong citrus hop and mild pale malt flavors. Mild floral hop and subtle wheat malt flavors flow in immediately after the initial flavors. Both malt flavors fade while both hop flavors persist as a hint of earthy yeast flavor and black pepper continue this symphony of tatse resulting in a pleasant spice bomb of an aftertaste. FEEL: Carbonation is somewhere in between high and moderate. Medium-bodied with an unpleasantly dry finish. The spicy aftertaste playfully agitates the tongue. Not the first farmhouse ale I have had, but it is the first I have reviewed. This one was great, I just hope the next one isn't as dry. (1,223 characters)

Photo of chad_e_martin
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is how you do a farmhouse.

Look: Hazy golden. Good head retention. Bubbles, oh the bubbles.

Smell: Sweet, fruity, zesty, and the right balance of malts, wheat, and hops.

Taste: It takes like it smells, but more complex. When I dream of creating a farmhouse ale, this is what I imagine. I'm picking up orange, lemon, coriander, wheat, hops, pepper.

Feel: It's zesty and spicy, but not extreme.

Again, this is how you do a Saison/farmhouse. It takes like the dog days of late summer. And that's a good thing. So much complexity to be enjoyed here.

98/100 (568 characters)

Photo of JaimeLondon
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good beer of a golden-orange body and a style that lies between a saison and an IPA. It's really hoppy, fruity and spicy. Some yeast and grainy notes too. (161 characters)

Photo of afroitguy
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the quintessential beer. Pours with a thick head and light amber in color. Smells and tastes like an ale should.. I lack the language to express it, but this is everything I would expect from a farmhouse ale. (216 characters)

Photo of clcross
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty saison. Nice tropical fruit notes mixed with very slight pepper and earth/grass.
Very drinkable, doesn't drink like a 8.5.
Delicious grapefruit finish.

Also, I actually had this in Disneyworld, so there's that. (222 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Cloudy golden in appearance with tons of carbonation. A semi-aggressive pour resulted in a monolithic, infinitely-dense block of white, crunchy foam, nearly 4 fingers width in height. As the beer warmed, the head only receeded in certain areas, much like snow when warm water is dripped down from melting icicles. Sweet floral, spice, yeast, and light tropical fruit notes on the nose with a noticable "peppery" aroma. Medium weight, and while still quite carbonated, very smooth in texture. Sweet, somewhat muted tropical fruit up front on the taste with strong hints of flowers, grass, and earth setting in as the beer warms on the palate. There's a bready, almost sourdough character on the back end. Still lively with carbonation on the finish, it goes down very smooth and leaves behind faint notes of sweet flowers and earthiness in its wake.

This beer was a real treat. One of the best saisons I've had, hands down. There's a complexity not seen (or maybe not as easily detected) in most of the other shelf saisons I've had in the past. Expertly balanced, and not overdone in any aspect. Great beer, right here. (1,147 characters)

Photo of safaricook
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Orange body, fluffy white fine bubbled head

Orange, peppery, earthy, herbal

Dry! Peppery, hop, bisquite malt

Creamy almost milky

I had saisons with half the abv that were more complex. However it is quite nice (213 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on draft. appears golden in color. Solid saison, good balance of the different flavors - grain, herbal spice, earthy hops. thinner body, higher carbonation as expected for the style. (185 characters)

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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 874 ratings.