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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,623 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,623
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 195
Gots: 612 | FT: 13
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:
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

(Beer added by: grumpy on 06-19-2009)
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Reviews by mdcrouser:
Photo of mdcrouser
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Originally, I enjoyed this on tap this past summer at Jack's Stack, a local BBQ place here in KC - loved it then, so I'm really looking forward to it now.

I visited three different stores to find this one on release day, but I've got something to celebrate - more on that (much) later.

Wow that's a heady beer - I'm writing this to give my initial smooth pour a chance to die down. Two-and-a-half fingers worth of fluffy white head, anyway. After it finally died down, it left behind a thick lace - more like drapes, blocking the view from the outside.

What lies underneath is a beautiful golden yellow, sending small bubbles of carbonation skyward.

Earthy, with a grand dose of funk on the nose, underscored by a bit of lemon and some of that horse-blanket that's usually found in these funky beers. Really pleasant.

Similar to their other saisons as it has a light bit of florals and maybe some fruit. In contrast, you definitely pick up the hops here - added bitterness and a bit spicy in the mouth.

A really mild and smooth funk in the mouth - that's pretty awesome. Seldom have I had a beer that was so subtle in delivering such flavors.

I'm trying not to be a "homer" here, but I love this beer. A unique and enjoyable beer - it's nice to get truly excited about drinking a beer. Thanks BLVD for having a "persnickity" fermenter.

More User Reviews:
Photo of dbrauneis
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
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
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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 metter98
4.18/5  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 brentk56
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
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
2.38/5  rDev -42.9%
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
4.13/5  rDev -1%
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 mojohawk21
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of aszatk01
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MadScientist
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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 jono0101
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of brownbeer
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +11%
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 mnewth
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of npala86
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of ryankfife
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Breen
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
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 joemetric
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Cuvie62
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of bulldogg915
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,623 ratings.