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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,254 Ratings
THE BROS
95
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Ratings: 3,254
Reviews: 757
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 176
Gots: 485 | FT: 12
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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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

brentk56, Jul 02, 2011
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!

BEERchitect, May 23, 2010
Photo of fossage78
4/5  rDev -4.1%

fossage78, Today at 01:17 AM
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

TheFightfan1, Today at 01:14 AM
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a week or two ago at the Joe Canal's in Parsippany, having never had this before. I think it's great that Boulevard is available in this neck of the woods now and I was eager to see if this matched up with the other beers that I've had from them before. It certainly did and was an example of this style that was easily accessible and true to form at the same time. Along with a recessed feel of alcohol, those attributes made this a beer worth savoring and sharing.

The pour to this was solid - the dark blonde hue, plentiful head and gorgeous carbonation all combined for an appearance that one would expect from a Saison. Lots of straw in this and an subtly strong grapefruit undertone that just stopped short of making me pucker up. This had the look, mouthfeel, and lightness of champagne and reminded me a lot of the Brooklyn Local offerings that also come in a big bottle. Low on spice and funk but with just a hint of them to bring this beer to the next level, I was amazed at how well this went down without feeling watered-down or full of yeast.

The booze is here and by the time I got to the end of this (I did split part of it with a friend), I could feel a nice, gentle amount of warming take hold. No matter - this was great stuff and a treat for those of us here on the East Coast who are new to Boulevard. Good enough to be confused with an import and simple enough for anyone to enjoy, this is what a good Saison should be about. The aroma wasn't anything memorable but everything else was and I'll probably give this a go again sometime soon in the near future.

JerzDevl2000, Yesterday at 07:03 PM
Photo of Ronan201
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Ronan201, Yesterday at 06:51 PM
Photo of john0721
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

john0721, Yesterday at 04:13 AM
Photo of MisterHooks
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

MisterHooks, Tuesday at 08:54 PM
Photo of oaRsirhC
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%

oaRsirhC, Tuesday at 03:26 AM
Photo of damiandev
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

damiandev, Monday at 07:28 PM
Photo of GreenMind
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

GreenMind, Monday at 12:39 PM
Photo of Jeffh84
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Jeffh84, Monday at 04:09 AM
Photo of Benpenglase
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%

Benpenglase, Monday at 03:24 AM
Photo of Justin8mypants
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Justin8mypants, Monday at 01:12 AM
Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

JeffTheJuice, Sunday at 08:34 PM
Photo of jpd7374
4/5  rDev -4.1%

jpd7374, Sunday at 04:54 PM
Photo of bkwhoppa66
4/5  rDev -4.1%

bkwhoppa66, Sunday at 03:36 AM
Photo of blvdlover
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

blvdlover, Sunday at 03:25 AM
Photo of Jacobob10
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

25.4 oz bottle
Best by 05/2015

Hard to find many faults with this beer. Beautiful appearance with a hazy pale orange color and large fluffy white head. Good head retention with a small amount of lacing. The aroma is excellent. Loaded with lemon, orange, and grapefruit citrus combined with freshly cracked black pepper. Flavor is citrus and spice with a very dry finish. Light to medium body with lots of carbonation. Definitely on the hoppier side for the style, but an above average saison for sure. An Americanized version of a farmhouse ale where the hops outweigh the funk.

After hearing much about it, I finally had the pleasure of trying this now that Boulevard is being distributed in NJ. Paired excellently with a Thai Massamun curry dish I was eating. Will definitely purchase again and a beer worthy of keeping stocked in your fridge at all times.

Jacobob10, Sunday at 02:10 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

wlynch, Sunday at 02:01 AM
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

conundrum2k, Sunday at 12:48 AM
Photo of Jonada
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Best before May 2015. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color with 4+ fingers of an off white rocky head with good retention and lacing. Body is very lightly hazy with a good amount of visible carbonation.

Smell: Grapefruit, peppery saison yeast, coriander, grass and pear.

Taste: Similar to the aroma. Citrusy, grapefruit hops hit right away followed by more yeast driven notes of pepper, spice and maybe a slight funkiness. Some grassy notes in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Light medium bodied with a somewhat soft mouthfeel and medium lively carbonation. Relatively mild lingering bitterness.

Overall: Really good hoppy saison. Not worth going to great lengths to get, but definitely with picking up if you come across it.

Jonada, Saturday at 05:36 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

pbhuss, Saturday at 03:41 AM
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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,254 ratings.