Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Tank 7 Farmhouse AleTank 7 Farmhouse Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,276 Ratings
THE BROS
95
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Ratings: 4,276
Reviews: 928
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 262
Gots: 1,044 | 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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Ratings: 4,276 | Reviews: 928
Reviews by Vancer:
Photo of Vancer
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Itap, this K.C. brew came out in a challis, a clear amber with a frothy inch head of ivory. Nice looking start to a fine sip session, as the 8% is well hidden and could be a sneaker.

More saison than farmhouse, the juicy bubblegum and citrus jumps out and lingers for the quaff. Fruity pear and apple show up, then subside as a woody hop appears in the finish. Nice balance of flavors and body. A tasty brew to start with the evening.

I'd go for a bottle of this, but I'm afraid it would come in the $12 for a 750ml range, just a bit too much for this brew.

More User Reviews:
Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium yellow in color with moderate to significant amounts of visible carbonation along with some lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a four finger tall fluffy foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a dense finger tall cap in the center with a half finger thick layer covering the remainder of the surface of the beer. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of spicy (peppery) yeast along with moderate notes of lemon citrus and some biscuit + pale malts. Light to moderate amounts of herbal and earthy hops as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of biscuit and pale malts that gives a slightly hay-like taste with light to moderate notes of lemon citrus. There are moderate flavors of spicy/peppery yeast along with some herbal + earthy hops which impart just a touch of bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a very nice Saison and one that I would gladly drink over and over again. Wonderful flavors and very easy to drink + refreshing - the alcohol is well hidden. One of the best examples of the American take on a traditional saison.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tank 7 is definately a modern take on a traditional Belgian Farmhouse. Because of aggressive phenolic character and high hopping rates, this beer shows a lot of layering.

Tank 7 pours with a medium golden hue and haziness that makes it look like a Witbier. A froathy and airy white head has great retention and lacing. A very solid appearance.

Mouthwatering aromas of citrus, vinous, American hops, and a peppery twang. The malt character gives a slight sweet scent with low grain character.

True pilsner malts give a soft confectionate sweetness and a pleasant grain flavor. The malts only act as a springboard for the more powerfull flavors of sharp, bitter, and citrus hops by contributing flavors of lemon, orange, grapefruit, and pineapple. Esters exacerbate the fruity hops with apples, under-rippened berries, lemons, and white grapes. Not stopping there, the yeast gives a lot of phenolic (almost plastic or medicinal) at times and perhaps a light soapy note. All these flavors layer upon themselves allowing for new flavors to be explored in every sip.

Creamy and soft up front but the beers bitterness, light astringency, and acidity builds and breaks down the beer's texture, allowing for a palate cleansing and refreshing finish. A minty note rises in the finish and aftertaste, giving a tea-like taste.

Tank 7 is a remarkable beer that belongs with the experimental Belgian IPA's. And, it's certainly better than most.

Thanks again BlueOkie!

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from a growler in a snifter. This fine saison pours a luminous yellow golden color with a firm fluffy white head that later dissipates to a fine pool of foam and excellent lacing. Nose of sweet pale malts, earthy yeasty goodness, white pepper, spicy hops, and notes of citrus fruits. Flavors are complex. Sweet light malts collide with grapefruit and citrus flavors from the hops with a peppery flavor that persists to the end being rounded out by a light grain character. Crisp and lightly dry finish is aided by excellent carbonation making for a great mouth feel.

VERY ENJOYABLE!

One of the best examples of the style I have had.

Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus, grapefruit and yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of lemony citrus along with slight hints of peppery spices towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite citrusy for a saison and goes down very easily. It is a very nice beer for the summer months.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of 1withself
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the perfect Saison. This beer made Boulevard one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of livelyterry
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first review on BA. :-)
Pour: Tall head that lasted forever…
Smell: Nice aroma, bready, yeasty, yummy.
Taste: Some citrus in beginning…
Overall: Really enjoyed this beer… Will buy when available..

Photo of BB1313
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best by 8/27/15. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a beautiful shiny golden; fluffy eggshell white head that sticks around leaving great retention and sticky lacing. Bubbles are constantly swimming to the top. Very nice aromas. I'm picking up some grapefruit and lemon. There's a subtle hop aroma. Yeast notes are there. Some spices. The aromas have a nice sweetness going on. Flavors are sharp and crisp. Very vibrant. More citrus notes. Some banana. Clove and coriander is in the mix. Subtle black pepper notes. Some grass and subtle pine notes. Floral notes too. Finishes clean dry with a subtle hop bite. Mouthfeel is great. It's full-bodied with active carbonation. Very creamy and fluffy. Very smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Fun to drink.

This is a great brew. Boulevard really seems to know what they're doing with these styles. Well executed. Recommended.

Photo of brentk56
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a clear golden colored liquid covered by an inch or so of foam; although the head wasn't impressive for the style, the lacing action was decent

Smell: A range of interesting aromatics - grassy and lemony from the hops, biscuity from the malt and peppery from the yeast

Taste: The malt stays in the background, with a subtle hint of sweetness at the outset; quickly, the peppery, herbal flavors arrive to dominate the profile, though by mid-palate, the beer takes on a lemony/grassy character; after the swallow, the malts re-emerge to provide a bit of peach character but the finish is dominated by the lemony/peppery elements

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: A wonderful blend of flavor elements combine to make this an excellent example of the style; a bit hoppier than most Belgians but still a cut above most of the domestic examples of the style I have tasted

Photo of Yokoono76
2.45/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

A: 4 finger head, funny, the carbonation on the bottom is a perfect circle floating to the top. The head goes down quickly. Nice mellow golden color.

S: Citrus aroma, slightly mettallic, grapefruit.

T: Bitter, bitter, bitter! Hoppy with some grapefruit and other citrus. The bitter taste stays with you as you drink it. Gets more bitter as you drink on.

M: great carbonation, good feel.

O: I was so disappointed in this beer. I was really bitter and just kept getting more and more bitter as I drank it. The grapefruit is nice and refreshing, but the hoppy, bitterness overwhelms any other tones within the beer. I will not be buying this beer again.

Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a small tulip glass an orange tinged dull light golden with a large fluffy,sticky white head that left two full rings of lace behind as it settled verly slowly into a frothy mass.Big lemony citrus notes in the nose along with bready malt and light phenolic spice.Crisp and quite dry on the palate with citric undertones to go along with light phenols.A very good American version of the style,alot of the time I stay away from the style because of the dreaded funk,this is funk subdued.Nice job here.

Photo of MadScientist
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This beer pours a pale gold with excellent clarity. The long lasting white head settles to about a half a finger of compact bubbles leaving lacing on the glass.

s: Get your nose to the glass as soon as you pour, the aroma goes from almost a rock solid American IPA then transition in some of those saison fruit and spice aromas. That pretty well some up what I get here with citrus and piney American hops aromas with spicy, peppery and orange Belgian yeast aromas. The dominating hops and yeast aromas are well balance. There is also a soft alcohol aroma.

t: The moderately-high hops bitterness and spice dominate the flavor with moderate fruit flavors of orange and American hops. The hops are citrusy and piney while the spice is mostly pepper. There is a touch of that bubblegum brett flavor.

m: This is light and fluffy on the palate with a moderately-light body and high carbonation.

o: An awesome American interpretation of the Saison style. A World class beer!

Photo of brownbeer
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer.

A-Golden-hay color with a rather rich aroma.

S- A bit funky, white pepper, cucumber, and lemon grass.

T- Taste is earthy with an added fruitiness similar to rinds and a dry finish.

D- Very enjoyable. Expect no less from the Smokestack Series.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE- Lightly-hazed deep straw with big rocky white head and sticky lace. Perfect.

AROMA- light and delicate,- citrus, lemon, white pepper, low grainy aroma, aromatic and perfumey. Not a whiff of alcohol despite the ABV.

FLAVOR- Just a tiny pop of pils malt sweetness gets scrubbed off the palate by carbonation and spicy yeast with a light mango and banana esters. Some citrusy hop mid palate and a dry, peppery finish. Totally lovely. Moderate bitterness aids the peppery finish. Alcohol pushes a floral presance into the sinuses.

MOUTHFEEL- appropriately light bodied and singing with carbonation, yet still has a rich, velvety mouthfeel, lightly astringent in the finish. Alcohol is apparent.

OVERALL- I drink this all the time despite the high ABV. Responsible for many nights that went too far. Definatly the best stateside saison I've ever had. Pretty-much textbook except for the beastly ABV.

Photo of Breen
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pour/Appearance: Thick, 3 finger, head that maintained itself through a good beginning of the pour, nice lacing as it came down, golden color.

Smell: Great floral notes and a bit of citrus at the beginning, strong grass through the remainder.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, but not overdone. You almost instantly pick-up on the floral/herb notes as well as the semi-sweet grass. There's a slightly dry finish.

Overall: Great beer, ordered a second where I'd normally rotate to try something new. The taste and smell bouquet described is _almost_ overpowering, but Boulevard got it right in balancing things out to make it an enjoyable saison ale.

Photo of warnerry
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a tulip. Best by 12/17/11; consumed 8/28/11

A - Pours a hazy straw folks with two fingers of white head. Head has nice persistance and leaves great lacing.

S - Nice aromas of Belgian yeast and citrus, both lemon and orange. A bit of spice and a faint bubblegum aroma as well.

T - Nice bright taste with a bit of a hop bite on top of some nice Belgian yeast funk, a bit of pepper, nice citrus and very faint sweetness.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a dry, crisp spicy finish.

O - Really enjoyed this one. Nice flavor combination. Crisp and bright but with a nice depth as well.

Photo of Beaver13
3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by 5/16/12. Pours golden with a bunch of floaties and a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet wheaty malts and some fruit and honey with a little funky yeast and some soapy floral notes.

The flavor is sweet wheaty malts and earthy yeast with a dry bitterness (big for a saison) in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with spritzy carbonation.

Overall, an OK saison. It doesn't seem well balanced to me.

Photo of generallee
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The body has a light orange amber color with a hazy yeast presence. It’s topped off with a soft soapy head which slowly settles down to thin creamy covering. Lacing is mostly slick and slides down the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has nice notes of lemon grass, wet hay/barnyard, sour dough bread, grassy hops and a touch of orange peel.

Taste / Palate: The flavor perfectly matches the aroma. The balance is spot on and it has a light hop finish. The feel is lively and we’ll carbonated.

Photo of merlin48
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle courtesy of Fugazme. Pours into the Boulevard tulup a hazy golden body with a healthy vanilla head that is thick and creamy. Good retention falls into attractive sheet and spiderweb lacing.

Aroma is very nice for the style, with grassy, herbal, and minty notes being complimented by lemony citrus and a subtle honey maltiness.

Excellent mouthfeel has a light medium to medium body and spritzy effervescent carbonation. Feels like a good saison.

Taste has a dominant herbal hop bitterness, a good trait for the style. Lemony citrus and minty and grassy notes add to the effect. Honey-like malt sweetness adds a pleasant balance. Subdued hints of vague spices add intrigue. Finishes dry and herbal.

A most excellent American saison, one of the better domestic versions I've sampled. Might rate this one higher if i had more bottles to appraise.

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Best by 12-17-11" etched onto the neck of the bottle. 12 ouncer courtesy of the Boulevard guys...great guys, great brewery....thank you Boulevard for the beer love..

Pours lightly hazed dull golden, off white head, going to a tiny bubble thicker film and moderate spotting of fine lace.

The nose is where things gain interest... pineapple juice, bananas, lime, honey all come to mind.

Lots of lemony pepper spice, lime, ginger, gin, coconut all dancing on the tongue. Fresh, bright and solidly hitting the note, especially as its about 80 degrees out at 10 PM in my neck of the woods.

Very tasty, complex and bracingly refreshing...my kind of beer...please distribute this to NY or NJ or Mass or CT or VT sometime soon

Photo of Homebrew35
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a massive 5 fingers of a white foamy head. Hazy pale to straw colored body. Awesome lacing throughout, good retention.

Smells like a citrus, lemony spiced wit beer. Herbal, floral and slightly spicy yeast.

Very wit beer like. Malty and bready. Citrus and floral again in the taste. This gets a bit malty and sweet as it warms and the overcarbonation gets out. Some alcohol is present but not overwhelming.

Highly carbonated and very prickly on the tongue. Medium bodied after the carbing dies down. Medium dry finish.

Overall this is a good beer. Good flavors and fairly drinkable for the abv.
$3 a 12oz bottle

Photo of tigg924
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy, bright golden-yellow in color, 1.5 inch creamy head, high carbonation

Smell: big time lemon and fresh lawn

Taste: lemon really jumps out and dominates especially in the beginning, fresh lawn and pepper come in next—followed by bitter citrus hops at the end. The hops are bitter, but not offputting.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, dry, funky and slightly bitter..the bitterness grows to the end but is in no way mouth puckering.

Overall: What little I have had from Boulevard, I am loving. This beer leaves a really pleasant aftertaste that I cannot put my finger on. However, it makes it a beer I like to savor. I barely notice the alcohol under all the flavor. Perhaps slightly hoppier than most, but this one jumps to near the head of the saison pack. I will get this again.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a large white head. The aroma is Belgian yeast, spices and some citrus. As the beer warms, you get some flowery aromas. The flavor is citrus - mainly lemons and oranges - as well as yeast, spices and flowers. Medium mouthfeel, low to medium carbonation and a very dry finish.

Photo of 1Adam12
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

made the mistake of over chilling the first bottle, so this is bottle number two. this reminds me of a heffeweizen. very citrusy. nice carbonation. sweet, much too sweet for me. much better slightly chilled than it was really cold however. very nice aftertaste that lasts quite awhile. the head was there until the very end of the beer. decent but not something i would drink again. not something i would recommend for someone that doesn't like em sweet.

Photo of bsp77
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Light gold with sparkling suspended yeast. Huge foamy stark white head that leaves a great deal of sticky lacing.

Smell: Very fruity, sweet and tropical, with banana, citrus and peach. Some pepper, clove and light tartness.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, but much drier. The fruitiness (banana, citrus, peach) is still apparent but the clove, pepper and spicy hops are more dominant. Light lingering tartness enhances the flavor and complexity.

Feel: Highly carbonated with a crisp body and an extremely dry finish.

Overall: Just an outstanding Saison.

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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,276 ratings.