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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Tank 7 Farmhouse AleTank 7 Farmhouse Ale

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925 Reviews
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Reviews: 925
Hads: 4,573
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 22.89%
Wants: 287
Gots: 1,258 | 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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Reviews: 925 | Hads: 4,573
Photo of BrownAleBollocks
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Pour is hazy yellow to straw colored. Aroma is spicy, floral and hops with malt balance. Taste is hay like with spice upfront and malt with hop balance and mild spice in the middle and finish with herb and earth notes throughout. Mouthfeel is medium with a good carbonation to cut. Overall a wonderful saison and a beloved offering from Boulevard.

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Photo of WynnDavis
5/5  rDev +20.5%

A fantastic American version of a proper classic European Farmhouse Ale.

Appearance: Golden straw color with a tight white lacing and bubbly head.

Nose: Pepper, lemon, dry cracker/bread, crisp apple skins.

Taste: Incredible depth and balance to this beer. It does not fizzle out like many American attempts at this style. This is a full-bodied, crisp and refreshing example of one of my favorite beers of all time and definitely a world class example of the style. Boulevard has impressed me with their consistency and portfolio as a whole.

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Photo of Jack_Frost79
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was a little hesitant to award 5s when I joined BA, and I rated this one a 4.75. Since that time, I have been exposed to hundreds of great craft beers from all over. I went back and adjusted this up. This is my favorite beer.

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Photo of afroitguy
5/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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Photo of Irasema
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By far one of my all time favorite beers. I prefer it on tap. I love the boulevard glass it's poured in. Always great. It's good in a bottle when I want it at home. It's aroma is fresh and the taste lingers on my tongue for minutes. This beer is a favorite at most local bars and pubs for a very good reason.

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Photo of jacewg
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer easily 100 times by now. First time sitting down to review it.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange. Very clear. Big fluffy white head and falls to a small ring over the course of drinking. Nice, spotty lacing.

Aroma: Hints on a lot of different angles. Lot of peach, grapefruit, and tropical fruit aromas. Hints of spice and yeast. Very fruity. Apples, pears, other light fruits. Everything melds perfectly. Perfect interaction of American hops, malt, and Belgian yeast

Taste: Opens with just a touch of booze that never feels out of place. Slight hints of funk with lots of bready malt sweetness/yeast character that transitions into a dry, fairly bitter finish. Finish brings out lots of orange/grapefruit zest character that lingers pleasantly.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol is well hidden. Manages to maintain a slightly creamy mouthfeel while being light-bodied and effervescent at 8.5%. Way too easy to drink for what it is.

Overall: The quintessential American take on a Belgian-style. Not a thing I would change.

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Photo of el_senor_chris
4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In my opinion, the best beers in a 750mL. The hop bouquet is robust and citrus-full. I like this better than most other saisons because it doesn't have the overt, hot alcohol flavor in present in most belgians. The addition of wheat to it's grain bill gives it a fuller mouth-feel, but it is well balanced and finishes clean. Despite its higher ABV, it can easily turn into a session beer if your local bar has it on tap.

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Photo of NickandToni
4.93/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You will see as my reviews add up over time that I love FARMHOUSE ales. I tell a story to my customers about learning to taste coffee to my first experience from college drinking to my first great bottle of beer. That bottle that changed my expectations of beer was Saison Dupont.

That all being said, this is the best American Farmhouse beer I have ever had.

Look: Butterscotch
Smell: Sweet and Musty
Taste: Yeast, spice, and peppery
Feel: Pleasant and enjoyable
Overall: Even if you are not a farmhouse ale lover, this will represent the category perfectly

Thank you Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Photo of DJDGB
4.93/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

I buy this weekly and I also get it on tap at my local pub. Always appreciate it in a goblet or tulip glass. Air it out and hold it to the light and you get a nice amber color from the start. Never skunky with just the right amount of piney taste to it. Flavorful and the aroma is simply magic from the first sip to the last. Best served very cold but holds its tone even with table time. Highly recommended out of the smokestack collection but the price is a bit much for those on a budget. Don't let it deter you though its worth every penny.

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Photo of theveganbrewer
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Yellow, nice head, great lacing. Bits of yeast floating around from an overly aggressive pour. Stunning.

Smell - Belgian yeast & spice, bread, citrus zest, apple, bubble gum, and pear.

Taste - Bubblegum, bread, apple finished with a nice pepper.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is almost medium, high carb, crisp. A little bit tart and sweet at times.

Overall - Excellent. Nice combination of tart and sweetness. Will be going back to buy a lot more of these.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of TurtleJuice
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- mostly sunny, partly cloudy.

S- nose has a hint of Trippel, a bit of the alcohol and slight hoppy aroma.

T- refreshing deliciousness with the perfect amount of carbonation for a hot day...warning: alcohol is well hidden.

M- small bubbles burst to reveal a flavorful and still thirst-quenching finish

O- excellent beer for the style. Great American representation of a traditional Belgian farmhouse ale.

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Photo of kaidasz
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can i say about my new favorite beer. this one caught me by surprise as i've never tried saison's. the drinkability, flavor, appearance were all off the charts. i will be trying the 6th glass and bbq ales shortly from boulevard as they are light years ahead of my local tx breweries w/their smokestack series of beers.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! Does not get much better than this. A PERFECT US SAISON! Wow! Does not get much better than this. A PERFECT US SAISON! Wow! Does not get much better than this. A PERFECT US SAISON!

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Inviting aroma is a mix lemon, sweet tarts, grass, and light peppery notes. Alcohol and malt character is barely noticeable. Overall a complex, yet clean aroma. Barely hazy pale yellow colored beer holds a swarm of carbonation that supports a tall, dense, bright white head that holds doesn't budge. Light flavors of lemon, spicy yeast and faint grassy/earthy notes. Lightly sweet up front, but that fades towards the end as the mild bitterness kicks in. Finish is dry with minimal alcohol warmth. Moderately light body with high carbonation support the dry finish. No tart character, which is fine with me. Overall a complex, delicate, high drinkable beer. Extremely thirst quenching. A great warm weather beer.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Maudite snifter and even with a gentle pour there is still a huge head that settles ever so slowly. The aroma is mouth watering. It smells of sweet grass, pepper and ritz crackers. The carbonation tickles the nose just a bit and makes the pepper and spice just a bit stronger, so good.
On to the taste. This is an outstanding Saison. The taste follows the aroma spot on. The crisp pepper bite and crackers then comes the earth tones and a touch of citrus. After it warms up closer to room temp there is almost a bubble gum sweetness that shows up.
The finish is very sharp is and a wonderful dryness lingers long after the sip is gone. This quality alone makes this the most interesting, best tasting saison ever. If the taste alone doesn't warrant another sip the finish makes you pick the glass right back up and enjoy some more. The drinkability is beyond great and the is one that is just as good out of the bottle as on draft. It's gonna be hard to keep these in the fridge

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a Smokestack tulip glass.

Appearance - Body is a brilliant golden color, with the haze allowing light to filter through giving straw highlights and hints of amber. Head is thick and sticky, with nice lacing and a pronounced residue as the head slowly dissipates.

Smell - Light floral notes hover on top of an underlying barnyard funk. Suggestion of brett, although I don't think this beer uses any. Citrus fruit, perhaps grapefruit and lemon zest. This smell is intoxicating and balanced--it really speaks to me.

Taste - Yeasty, bready funk with grass. Subtle hop bitterness with a permeating bite from the spice and alcohol. Maybe some white pepper as well. Also, something reminds me of whipped egg whites, almost like an unsweetened meringue.

Mouthfeel - Pleasant and refreshing but with good body. Very drinkable, in spite of it's relatively high alcohol content.

Overall one of my favorite beers to drink. It's bright enough to be refreshing in hotter weather, but still has enough body and heft to it to make it a solid drink in colder weather as well. If I had to be stranded with only one type of beer to drink ever, for the rest of my life, Tank 7 might be that beer.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A quintessential Saison, hits all the read notes with the bready, earthy malt and the dry fruit. Mostly citrus in this instance. Great mouthfeel, crisp medium carbonation, finishes pretty clean. A great American take on the style.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my second introduction to the Saison style, the first being Dupont. I actually believe this is better than Dupont. And, even more impressive is the the fact that this is an American made rendition of a Saison.

Poured into my Dfh snifter, fluffy, cloud like head immediately fills my glass, and hangs around awhile before reseeding. Pours a light amber color, with nice barnyard, citrus, and banana scent. Taste- first the carbonation that you would want from a saison gets you, some apple flavors, some nice bitterness, and as it warms, some sweet and funky orange flavor. I love this beer, my best Saison so far.

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Photo of machostacos
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into my favorite tulip glass.

A: Golden straw yellowish/orange with a huge creamy bright white head that dissipates to a film that rests atop its golden-hued body. Nice lacing. Very hazy from the yeast-ies floating around.

S: Over-ripened bananas, fresh grass, lemon zest, breadiness and a little spicy quality, with a slight funkiness from the Belgian yeast. Smells like a saison should!!! This one is hopped with Amarillo and Simcoe (among others) and the citrusy quality is evident, though lightly. It adds a very fresh and zesty character to an already outstanding saison aroma. Nice and complex - like sniffing a bit of country sunshine. Just lovely.

T: Incredible. You definitely taste the citrus hop character that's intermingled with an incredible traditional saison - banana, freshly mown grass, a little spice, hay, lemon, and wheat. This beer totally defies the 8% abv rating - it's completely undetectable in the aroma and taste. Finishes a bit dry. Very refreshing. Just...wow.

M: Full bodied yet light - Tank 7 coats your mouth well and has a slight chewiness without feeling heavy. Good carbonation certainly helps to lighten up the body a bit.

O: Wow. This is simply the best saison I've had yet. It's everything the style should be and a little bit more. I'll certainly be returning to Tank 7, and I'm thankful that Boulevard has introduced the 12oz bottles as the 8% abv can sneak up on you. Boulevard has proven itself again with this outstanding beer, and is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of With_a_B
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%

Appearance: Clear golden colored with some haziness, an inch or so of foam, nice carbonation, great lacing

Smell: An interesting range - nice.

Taste: Complex and simply fabulous, great mix of hops character, somewhat similar to Trillium Congress Street.

Mouthfeel:: Medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Wow, simply a great beer. Fantastic flavors.

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Photo of MammothBrew
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden yellow with orange tints. Head measures one finger deep. Spotty lacing is occurring. Also, has tiny speckles floating all throughout the beer. Almost resembles spices of some sort.

S: Very earthy: grassy, mild clove, lemon, orange, etc. Malt as well.

T: Definitely clove, citrus, mild malt flavor, spices of some sort. Picking up the ginger in this one too.

M: Light body with high carbonation. Leaves a nice clove/ginger zing in the mouth, not over the top though.

O: I'm not really familiar with the style but I loved this beer. Very drinkable with a nice mouthfeel. I can see it being perfect for any season.

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Photo of phillipzayas
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: It pours a golden straw color with a heavy soapy head that yields to creamy and lacy as it settles.

Aroma: Yeasty. Full of white fruit notes, slightly piney and citrus from the hops. A mysterious spiciness comes through. Is it grains of paradise? Nutmeg?

Taste: It's a surprisingly complex beer. Most farmhouse or saison style beers tend to be bright and easy drinking with herbal or fruity notes lightly dancing through the character of the yeast. This one has all of it's faculties turned up to 11. The hops are pronounced and finish with a lingering dryness. The malt is sweet and present in order to balance it out. There is a distinct alcohol warming due to the high abv. (much higher than other beers in this style)

Food pairing: This beer screams for cheese. We had it with a herbed goat cheese and it was the perfect companion. It accentuates the earthiness of the cheese while having just enough acidity to cut through the creaminess of the cheese. Perfection.

Overall impression: She's a little like a girl you'd meet at a Widespread Panic concert dancing on the lawn. She looks great. She's very earthy and granola. You'd like to hang out all night, but you know you'll just end up in trouble if you make it an all-nighter.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a corked and caged 750 into my Boulevard Tank 7 tulip. Thanks Boulevard for such a lovely glass and a even lovlier beer to put into it. This beer pours a super hazy golden straw with a massive, rocky, bright white head that leaves lacing stickier then the vast majority of Double IPA's. Absolutly beautiful. The aroma is amazing. It hits you up front with big notes of mango and pineapple finishing with freshly ground white pepper, hay, damp grass, a bit of clove and just a slight medicinal aroma at the finish. The flavor is amazing. Big fleshy fruits up front leaving freshly cut mango lingering on the palate. Next comes what you expect from a Saison. Massive hay notes, cut grass, ground pepper, yeasty biscuits, a touch of clove and some freshly zested lemon. Beautiful. This is one big, bad mother of a Saison. At 8 percent, the alcohol is masterfully hidden. The mothfeel is full but doesn't have that stereotypical dryness that I prefer in my Saisons. Its something little but hey, we have to find flaws in everything don't we. This is easily (well besides Saison-Brett) my favorite Boulevard brew. Thanks Boulevard guys and gals for living up to my hopes.

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Photo of 95stategrad
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As far as Farmhouse/Saisons made in the US, this is on par with Hennepin and just about as good as it gets. I'm still completely sold by the relatively high alcohol content as I just don't think that is true to style (can't serve 8% beer as a "refreshment" to field workers, they'd pass out in the fields after lunch!), but the flavor cannot be denied. And Boulevard has at least resisted over-hopping like so many US brewers want to do with this style. This is legitimate stuff. From the funky/horsey aroma when you open it to the slightly peppery finish, it's all there. Very few brewers in the US "get it" as far as Farmhouse ales go. These guys are on the list. Well done. Having said that, Farmhouse/Saisons are not for everyone. If you don't like the style, this beer probably won't change your mind.

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Photo of chad_e_martin
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
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.


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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 925 ratings.