Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 906
Hads: 4,481
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 22.89%
Wants: 274
Gots: 1,185 | FT: 16
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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 smanders
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Been hearing about this one for a while; Costco had bombers for $7.99 = Winning!

Appearance: cloudy, copper-colored with dense, bulbous head. Attempted to share and all they got was "foam." Chunky lacing is all over the glass...

Smell: I'm in Europe, on the river, and the birds are chirping! Fresh hay, bready yeast, and a hint of spice. It almost makes you feel healthier just smelling it.

Taste: fruity/citrus notes, with just the most subtle touch of spice .

Mouthfeel: tons of carbonation with a light, crisp finish.

Drinkability: A great option on a hot day, sitting outside, enjoying the companionship of a good friend, or significant other. A wonderful representation of the style - Thanks Boulevard!!!

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Photo of beerforbears
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite beers for the end of a long day (or any day, really). A beautiful clear golden color, lots of bubbles, persevering foam, crisp carbonation, a blend of sweet and pleasantly acrid flavors in the background. Not much to complain about here!

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of dertyd
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a challice

A: wow the most beautifull beer I have yet to see poures a fogy golden orange color with a head that's like 4 fingers and so fluffy like clouds on top of this beautifull saison

S:sweet fruits with a little bittering hops,and some malt smells also verry balanced smell

T: first sip is sweet then you get that funky yeast flavor then here comes the spice and it all blends togeather with the perfect amount of carbonation what a great tasteing beer its like the flavors keep coming with every sip

M: crisp,mouth watering goodness

Overall: this may be one of the greatest beers I have ever tasted I recently fell in love with saisons and this is by far the best one I have tasted yet such a wonderfully ballanced beer

Live life drink beer!!!:-)

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Photo of philbe311
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - A standard pour yields four plus fingers worth of mammoth delicate uniform fluffy cloud like frothy goodness that turn rockier as it begins to settle a bit... Super star retention... The color is a fairly pale golden straw that shows some light amber hes when back lit... A good bit of carbonation with a rapid cyclone in the center of the glass and some moderate paced random strays though out elsewhere... Gobs upon gobs of lacing cling to the sides of the glass... Outstanding...

S - A subtle but enticing aroma... White pepper... Lemon zest... Hay and grassy notes... A bit of funkiness... Some additional light spice notes...

T - Belgian yeast... Lemon zest... A bit of candied sugar lingers beneath the surface and adds outstanding depth and complexity... The spice notes from the nose are present but are dialed down several notches... White pepper... Some sage and parsley... Stellar...

M - The never receding whipped frothy goodness is the first to great the lips in a very delicate fashion... Light bodied... Ultra lush... Ultra smooth... Just a bit of lively carbonation that adds to the experience... World class...

D - Drinkability is off the charts... I hate IVs, but I'd take an IV of this in a heartbeat... World class in most facets... I can't say enough good things about this brew and will load up on it every chance that I get... I will go further then recommended and state that this is a brew that all BAs should experience at least once... This beer rocked my world and you should give it a chance to rock yours...

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Photo of Impfan
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautifully refractive golden color, big mousse-like head, very fruity/spicy aroma, medium, spritzy carbonation.

Starts out fruity with pear that slides into a grapefruit hoppiness, and then moves into orange peel which is followed quickly by bubblegum and a clove-like spicy finish. There is also a nice touch of Brett barnyard funk.

All in all, a lovely saison style ale. I could see drinking a lot of this in the summer.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful, radiant pale yellow color that gives off a nice hiss as it hits the glass. some haze to it, with a fine fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. Very bubbly, with a champagne like quality.

The smell gives off some really earthy yeast flavors which i love in saisons, it's a bit rustic like a peanut. There are also lemony scents, and herbal hop aromas, and honey.

Delicious taste, this Saison packs a big punch of flavor. Crisply tart and refreshing, playing off of light yeast notes, and bright citrus flavors. I taste a bit of lemon, and sweet nectars from flowers. The flavors develop really well in this beer and it is exceptionally well balanced.

Very crisp, lush feel in the middle, and then finishes refreshingly dry. highly carbonated, which gives the body a bubbly, effervescent feel that is on the lighter side.

Despite being 8% ABV, this beer is very light and easy to drink due to the rich flavor and crispness. I could easily drink this beer all evening, and it would pair well with a wide variety of meals which makes it very accessible. I highly recommend you try this saison if you can find and afford it!

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Photo of dbell23
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Golden in color with a nice big fluffy head that subsided fairly quickly but never completely disappears. Slightly hazy with a kind of unfiltered look. Very good lacing. Nice looking saison.

Smell is somewhat subdued but still good. Fruity, yeasty, chalky sweetness, with maybe a lemony feel to it. Smells like a farmhouse ale but, as I said, somewhat understated.

Taste is great. Crisp fruity Belgian sweetness to start with a citrus/lemon slight hop finish. Very refreshing. No flavor seems to dominate. It's just really good like a saison should be. This beer reminds me of Saison DuPont with more alcohol.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Just the right amount of carbonation but a very smooth finish. It's smooth from the start and just gets better as you finish the serving. Perfect for this style.

Overall a very good saison. I generally like this style and this one is quite nice. I will definitely buy again. If you like farmhouse ales this one is a must try.

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Photo of boudreaux
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a warm summery, yellow haze; huge, billowy, tight soapy white head.

S: might be the best part of this beer; loads of bananas/banana bread aroma; good amounts of esters and lemongrass; also a touch of spice, citrus, and yeast

T: hints of lemon grass, various citrus, and some serious barley; perfectly balanced between malty sweetness and bitter dry-hoppiness; bananas and clove are present, as well; spiced notes and alcohol sit just underneath the other flavors

M: the sticky, tongue-coating feel of a malty brew combine with the refreshing, biting finish of a dry-hopped ale; a medium-heavy bodied beer that convinces you that it's crisp and light

D: Gotta say I'm willing to die if it means drinking 4-5 in a row; wonderfully smooth and easy to drink

Boulevard just re-defined my understanding of Saison/Farmhouse ales. I'd had only 2 or 3 before this one, but Tank 7 might be one of the best beers I've ever had, regardless of style.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, very cool bottle shape that Boulevard has been using of late. This pours a pale yellow color with some fine haze and a thick wet froth, good lacing too.

It smells ridiculously good, more American hops than usual for a saison, and well appreciated for it. Citrusy with an almost GumballHead quality, a little bit of pepper, some light spices and a little sweet malt in the background, overall a WOW.

This tastes nearly as good as it smells, Initially sweet and then blasts of hops flavors, the hoppiest saison I've tried. More esters than spices adding subtleties, all sorts of light colored fruit meat (from apples to lemons to a little grapefruit). This is a very good beer.

Creamy mouthfeel, lightly carbonated but it flows well, excellent stuff.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear goldenrod/yellow with a frothy white head that leaves cappuccino-like bubbly lace on the side of the glass.

S: Aroma features loads of soft citrus fruits, some grassy and herbal notes. Also a bit of soft barnyard funkiness, but not overdone. Quite rich and aromatic.

T&M: Definitely an American saison. Orange, lemon, sweet grapefruit, and peach are showcased through the wonderful fruitiness in this beer. Grassy and hay-like flavors contribute on top of a dry maltiness. There's an old cheese, barnyard flavor that's very subtle, adding an interesting and welcome dimension to the flavor. Absolutely an excellent example of the style.

D: Very easy to gulp, despite the higher ABV. I downed three pints of this in about 40 minutes without hardly realizing it. An absolutely excellent brew.

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Photo of mbunje
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass

A - crystal clear, golden straw color. Nice bubbles from carbonation yields a mid size head. Extremely clear an crisp looking.

S - fresh bread, yeast esters, citrus flower and pepper

T - juicy front, followed by a dry biscuit finish that tastes almost tripped-like. A little citrus mixed in here or there. The balance of sweet and dry is exceptional.

M - you feel more carbonation than you see. A bit of alcohol burn. This is medium bodied as it should be.

O - really fine job with excellent balance and good flavor complexity. Looks, smells and tastes beautiful. It says farmhouse but closely resembles a trippel. Sneaky strong 8.5%

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Photo of Rainbird
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Favorite farmhouse because of the balance and character it reveals in the mouth and going down. Rich and spicy and walks the line between golden and saison.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

In tulip at cellar temperature.

It's a pretty straw gold of great clarity, with some very small sediments visible if ya look close. Lots of carbonation streams. The foam is pure white, and is a good 4 cm high.It lasts an intermediate while and leaves some lacing behind...

The first thing to note about the aroma is that it is fruity. Green apples, grapes, lemons, pears, and mangoes abound along with some honey and bread. It smells sweet, but a tart sweet. There are even hints of spices like cloves, nutmeg, coriander, and cardamom. It's floral, too.

Fruity explosion of flavor... first sweeter fruits, but then the tart ones make me pucker a bit, haha. I get more intense citrus here, very lemon-like. In fat, it may be the most lemony beer I've tasted. Eventually, the fruits dry up into a satisfying bready finish.

The body is full, befitting this Belgian style.

Very impressed. A saison of balance, complexity, and intensity.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have recently got into this style of beer. I had never really had any until this last year but it is quickly becoming one of my favorite styles. This one is definitely leading the way. This one came in a four pack and I poured it into a standard pint glass. The color was a nice pale gold. It did have a lot of head which slowly subsided into a nice lacing pattern. I allowed it to be exposed to the air for a few minutes more then I took a whiff.

The smell was floral with a nice spiciness. You can smell those esters in there, to me that is what makes the Belgian styles so interesting. Lots of alcohol, but they don't overwhelm. Some fruit, maybe apricot? and of course the ever present clove that seems to dominate this style.

The taste was not surprising considering I picked up a great deal of the flavors from the aroma. You get that funkiness from the Belgian yeasts, clove, honey, and fruit. It had a really clean yet flavorful taste.

Overall one of the better Saison's I have tried and I am happy this is being distributed in my area. I am constantly searching for new and interesting brews. Nevertheless, this one stands up to most of the ones I have tried and would recommend this one for sure.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Notes...Boulevard never ceases to amaze me!!!! Tank 7 is another wonderful creations....I mean brew! The color is a golden cloudy, which is similar to most Saison's. The smell was similar to most belgium style ales...hints of clove and citrus. The smell of course fell in with the taste which was citrus/clove/bananna. There is a refreshing start which is followed by a spice/clove which hits the pallet perfectly...then dissapates...doesnt lag. I really like this beer.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

February 26, 2015

12 oz bottle, tulip

A – Deep gold, with a decidedly orange tint, quite hazy/cloudy though not sedimenty. An inch of pure white bubbly foam with moderate-long retention.

S – Lightly doughy malt and then a blast of fruity hop aromas. Grapefruit, lemon, mango, papaya, honeydew, and lime. The mango is most prominent. Strong peppery/spicy phenols from the saison yeast follow. Very complex and brilliant, fresh.

T – Sweet doughy malt and then tropical fruit hop flavors, mango and papaya being the most prominent with the backing of lemon-lime citrus. Belgian/saison yeast’s characteristic pepper phenols are high in the mix, combining with moderate-high hop bitterness to round out the sweet malt and fruity hop flavors. Again, very complex, very bright.

M – Extraordinarily dry, well-attenuated, enough sweetness up front to hold up a big hop bite on the back end. Deceptively big body almost hidden by the dryness and high carbonation. Very refreshing.

O – Had this before, long ago, but this time it’s a revelation. Complex, fresh, beautiful, and very drinkable, this stands with any of the best Belgian saisons.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the bottle, Greg.

A: The pour is a cloudy golden color with a large white head that settles down to a more manageable layer.

S: Just about as good as it gets for a Saison aroma. Tons of yeast, spice, and fruit. A mild bread sweetness with some light straw notes. Tons of apples, lemon zest, pears, and maybe even a little candied citrus peel.

S: A nice lemon zest, orange peel, and straw player to open it up. A touch of sweet melon, some bready malt sweetness, and just a light bitterness. There is a fair bit of yeast flavor and only a mild spice note.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: one of the best Saisons I've had. Tons to like about this beer.

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Photo of suspect
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Real Ale Snifter.

A: Pure golden color, hazy by nature. Lots of sediment. When I popped the cap, the foam came RUSHING out. Gentle pour after that led to a frothy white 2 finger head that fizzed down after a few minutes. Lacing is strong and thick.

S: Perfect blend of funk, wheaty grains, malts and bitterness with a lemon zest and grassy undertone.

T: MM! Follows the nose absolutely. Lots of funk, wonderful mix of malt and citrus. Really really well done.

M: Perfectly carbonated, bubbles lift the spice of my dinner right off the tongue and away. Crispy finish, no bitterness.

O: Really wonderful beer. I've been wanting to try this one for some time now and I'm glad I not only had the opportunity, but I have another one to enjoy!

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Photo of zhanson88
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at O'Dowd's in Zona Rosa out of the appropriate Smokestack glassware.

Appearance: Tank 7 is a slightly hazy light straw color with 2 fingers of white head. Great retention and chunky, fluffy lacing that clings all over the glass.

S: Bananas, cloves, slight citrus and tons of fruity esters. Really nice and flavorful scents. The esters in this one are more intense than most saisons...it must be from the higher %ABV. I like it.

Taste: Bananas, cloves and citrus are there in bulk, with a bunch of esters and peppery spices on the back end, giving a bit of an alcohol burn on the finish. Super, a very robust saison.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied, medium carbonation makes for a very smooth mouthfeel. Easy drinking and one of the most flavorful saisons I've tried. Overall, this is my favorite Boulevard beer. I come back time and again and it never disappoints. It has garnered somewhat of a cult following in KC which is well deserved. Terrific favors, and is very easy drinking, however if you don't watch out it will kick you on the teeth in a hurry.

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Photo of bsp77
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
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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Photo of joshg
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic light beer. The aroma makes you think this beer will knock you off your feet with citrus but that flavor passes quickly and mellows. A nice bitter bite at the end reminds you of the high ABV - without it you could down a number of these and regret it later.

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Photo of dougofthefuture
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap recently, and was excited to buy a bottle when it was finally available. Saison Brett is one of my favorites, and this is right up there too.

A - Stellar. Big fluffy white head. Cloudy straw colored body with beautiful lacing.

S - Mild hoppiness with a citrus sweet malt backbone strong enough to be enjoyed through my spring allergies. Very appealing. I'm impressed with what the dry hopping has done to a saison style.

T&M - The balance of the hops and citrus saison work ALMOST as well as the funk and citrus of the Saison Brett. They are meant to be together here. Perfectly carbonated to let the flavors play out. I almost wish there was a bit of funkiness here, but that might have been sensory overload.

D - I am splitting this with my wife, but only because I love her. I am drinking it slowly, but I could drink it all night - the balance is just perfect.

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Photo of tito42
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into an imperial pint from a 12-oz. bottle (from the 4-pack available locally). Best by 7/29/2011.

Appearance: Thick, white head with excellent lacing. Very bubbly. More than cloudy, this turns your glass into a snowglobe. The carbonation keeps kicking around some sediment, it's pretty amazing to look at, actually. Absolutely excellent head retention and lacing. This is what a great beer should look like.

Smell: Banana, clove, and lemon. A complex and strong aroma.

Taste: Spicy without overpowering, strong banana tones with a bit of citrus, complex and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Spicy with some bitterness but also light and smooth, which is surprising given the appearance.

Drinkability: My favorite beer at the moment. First had this one on tap at Fiorella's Jack Stack BBQ (Freight House location in downtown KC, blocks from the brewery) and it blew me away. I've had it in the 750 corked bottle and the 12-oz. capped bottle and love this beer every time. I desire this beer more than any other I've tried to date. I have a lot of world-class beers to try yet, but that's why I'm on here! Cheers!

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Photo of Zet
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 906 ratings.