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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,972 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,972
Reviews: 856
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 224
Gots: 845 | 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:
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: 3,972 | Reviews: 856
Photo of TheVag
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I opened one of these on a dishearteningly frigid evening, having spent the day complaining about the cold and watching football. Unlike the hearty farmworkers this type of beer would have been drunk by, I hadn't done a lick of exercise all day, not even a dog walk or some half-hearted vacuuming. Is it possible a glass of beer can make you feel guilty? I would say "yes."

I poured it into a frosty, wide-mouthed glass. The head is significant: it sits up like whipped egg whites and laced the glass very nicely. The color is amber-orange and somewhat cloudy. It has a dry, yeasty smell, and sort of ends there: there's almost no other scent of note past that, IMO. Initially, I thought I was tasting an alcohol-soaked clementine poked with coriander or peppercorns, but a few sips in realized--as described by others--it was more grapefruit overall. It feels snappy and a bit metallic, with a balanced carbonation and some gentle spice in the mix. Overall, I'd say it's definitely a precise and almost medicinal beer, perfectly suited to a warm early autumn day after you've toiled at whatever one ought to do to deserve this refined beverage.

Photo of RedHaze
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy straw color, with 3 finger pillowy head that lasts through the whole beer. Lacing is very impressive, leaving plentiful rings in my glass.

Smell; lots of tropical fruit aromas; lemons, over ripe papaya, grapefruit and melon. Mildly spicy, with a nice Belgian-esque yeastiness, bordering on musty.

Taste; the fruit really follows through into the flavor; cirtusy lemons and grapefruit, ripe melons, and pineapple. Herbal spiciness comes out through the middle, along with a mild pepper melding with a bit of chalky yeast and slight alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and slightly chalky due to the yeast. I was very happy when this made it to four packs, as a 12oz bottle is about perfect for this one, but a 750ml can become a little bit to much in one sitting.

Photo of tronester
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden, with a medium pure white head. Smells of spicy herbs and a bit of lemon. Taste is a hint of honey sweetness up fron, with a spicy yeast middle, and an herbal, flowery, dry hoppy finish. Surprisingly bitter for a saison, but in a good way. Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Drinkability is good. A bit more bitter than the average saison, this is an excellent beer I would get again.

Photo of stephens101
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Mcnellie's in OKC. Served in a very sharp looking Boulevard goblet (got to get my hands on one). Color is a hazy, golden orange. Smells malty, spicy and fruity with some orange and lemon and a distant yeast in the back. Tastes a bit grainy up front followed by a perfectly subdued funky yeast and some slight fruits in the back.

All is well blended on the pallate and it goes down easy and smooth, which is not the case with many of the Saison's I've had. A little alcohol lingers at the back of the throat, and a chalky coating exists in the mouth for a bit, and without knowing the alcohol content up front, I would have said somewhere around 6.5%, not 8.5%.

I'll admit it, Saison isn't my favorite style, by far. It seems I either really like em', or really hate em', with the ones in the latter category being the most prominent. That being said, this beer, as well as the Saison regular and the Saison Brett, are changing all of that very quickly.

Photo of Onenote81
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome bottle received as an extra from gwguest in a trade awhile ago. Thanks!

Best by 7/8/11 - printed on the side.

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass (the only one available at the time). Pours a cloudy deep gold with a large 3-finger white head on top. Excellent retention; left lots of lace behind. Very nice look. The nose has strong tones of pineapple, lemon cleaner, clove, and wet hay. More fruity than spicey.

Good crisp mouth, as expected with the style. Moderate heft. Mildly sharp finish. The citrus comes through in the flavor, but where the spices were absent in the nose, they make themselves known more in the flavor. White peppery bite at the onset, mild funk in the middle, and there's even a nice grassy hop smack on the end. Good beer. I like all the various nuances of this one. Unique and satisfying.

Photo of MagicJeff
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bomber into a snifter.

Appearance: Golden hue complimented with a nice 1/8 inch head retained throughout drinking.

Smell: Yeasty grapefruit with some banana. Slight spice on the tail end.

Taste: Grapefruit throughout with a spicy lingering finish. Slight clove. Pretty straight forward taste.

Mouthfeel: Despite the spice, not as dry as you would expect. Light to medium bodied with solid carbonation.

Overall: Great take on the farmhouse style. Not exactly blown away, but this beer is still solid.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium gold with a giant foamy rocky head. Good sticky lace.

Some lemon peel up front, then sweet grain, a little peach nectar, yeast and alcohol. Better aromas as you fight thru the head.

Nice brew. Some initial fruit sweetness intermingled with alcohol. Palate clears and bounces back between a little sweet graininess, yeast, fruit, and husk bitterness. A touch of funk. I like what I taste, but funny enough I find this not quite strong enough in depth of flavor. A little light compared to overseas counterparts.

Good carbonation, medium-ish in body, but actually on the lighter side. Slightly too thin.

Gotta give em credit. Got the right flavor profile, and the decent strength of tastes, but still thinned this out. It is no Fantome, but what is? An excellent domestic version of the style.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Golden color with lots of head and lacing

smell: lots of spicy notes and typical belgian yeast.

taste: very herbal, low hop profile with some spicy flavors. maybe a bit overdone.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: solid saison and would recommend

Photo of lushes22
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Nice straw color. Decent foamy white head which dissipates rather quickly.
S. Mainly lemon and pepper but a hint of orange as well.
T. Similar to smell. Real nice balance of lemon and pepper. A bit of a pleasant Belgian yeast taste which goes really nice with this. Alcohol hidden as you would never guess this is 8.5 abv.
M. Moderate carbonation which is nice for this style. Dry finish.
O. Really good farmhouse ale. Would go real nice in warm weather by the grill. Need to be careful though as goes down way to easy for the abv.

Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a clearish orange with good sized head and lace on top of a slightly yeasty, pepper-spiced ale that gives off some light tropical and sweet notes as well as a good dose of citric hops. The beer is smooth and has a rather filling body due to the yeast, and I get a good amount of plush tropical fruit tastes and some citric hops. I'm also getting touches of breadlike and sweet malt so there is some balance in this beer between fruit, sweet and dryness, as I find the finish to be dry and also a little heat thanks to the alcohol that complements finish. An easy to drink flavorful saison that hits all the notes.

Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really love a farmhouse -Jack D'Or being my favorite. This Tank 7 from Boulevard Brewing has its own distinct presence, and I rather enjoy it.

Smells a little creamier and a little less bright than some of the stompers I've been sipping -looks sweet and flavorful from the beautiful, tangerine-hued, unfiltered pour.

Tastes sweet and spicy, tangelo. Nice yeasts. Lacks a full-on barnyard stink I've come to love in some saisons. It's drying a tad in the middle, but just enough to warrant another sip. An aftertaste of nutmeg, cinnamon, and a hint of clove emerges. Not as refreshing feeling as some others in the style, and has a bit more of a body as well, but is delicious nonetheless.

Photo of rkat32
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle, best buy 8/14/2014. Initially reviewed on May 18, 2014.

A: Pours a hazy, light orange color with an impressive, foamy three-finger head. Excellent head retention.

S: Bright citrus notes and traditional spicy Belgian yeast esters: banana, clove, pepper.

T: Grapefruit, peach, clove, pepper, banana on the tongue. Taste is balanced nicely with a firm addition of bready, wheat malts.

M: Finishes dry, very refreshing, alcohol is barely noticeable. Just the right amount of carbonation – not too effervescent.

An excellent saison / farmhouse ale despite being on the high-end of the abv scale. Would definitely seek out again. As expected, pairs great with washed-rind cheeses.

Photo of Scotchboy
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 corked & caged, split with a mate in two pint glasses on Sunday 10/16. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a beautiful and inviting hazy straw color with tints of gold...effervescent, with a huge frothy white head that slowly recedes to a constant half-finger ring.

S: Tons of lemon & lemongrass, Belgian yeast, spices, citrus rind, and juicy hop character...I wouldn't describe it as 'funky', more 'fruity', with a distinctly Belgian presence.

T: Lots of lemon, orange and some grapefruit (from the hops) character...light herbal & grassy notes...spicy, a bit peppery and dry but still refreshing...very nice.

MF: Light, airy, wet, well carbonated, traces of bitterness and dryness on the finish...tastes 'even' and complimentary.

O: Hops take a backseat to the Saison here but they still really compliment the entire package. I really like what Boulevard has done here, a completely refreshing and tasty Farmhouse Ale. I've traded a lot of Boulevard saisons...might have to hang on to a few more.

Photo of MighHighBrewer
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle with "Best Buy Date" of September 2013 tasted on March 10th, 2013. Tasted from tulip glass. Note that they sell this beer both as a 750ml and as a four-pack of 12 oz bottles (at least at my liquor store).

A: Hazy and straw-colored. I dont see much (if any) of an orangish hue as you get with some Saisons. It's also more transparent than I expect. It's definitley not clear, but it's not as hazy as other Saisons. Head is solid: creamy with small bubbles. Overall, appearance is average. I love the characteristic orangish hue of Belgian Saisons coupled with the haze that's indicative of good yeast suspension. This beer has neither of those characteristics to my eye.

S: Initial smell is fruity - tropical fruits to be exact. I get some pineapple, mango...a little apple. Definitely an estery brew. I don't get much (if any) black pepper. Subsequent smells reveal a little more of the beer's yeasty character, although it's not as funky as some Saisons can be.

T: Initial taste: biscuity/bready, spicy, and sour. The beer is much more buscuity than it looks. It provides solid base for the sour apple and pineapple notes that dominate its sour characteristics. It's also pretty spicy. Get lots of black pepper. Subsequent tastes reveal more of a sweeness/honey taste. Very dry beer, as you would expect. Aftertaste is a little more alcoholic than I would like.

M: Very effervesent beer. Light/medium body, but very dry as indicated earlier.

O: Overall, I'm impressed. I think its appearance is this beer's weakest point while it's taste is its strongest. Things I liked: its tropical fruit aroma, its biscuit::sour ratio, and it's spicy notes. Things I didn't like: it's somewhat simple appearance (for a Saison). Also, I personally like my Saisons to be a bit sweeter and have a bit more of a yeast flavor than this one possesses. If I were to improve on this beer, I'd add some more honey to give it a slightly sweeter flavor and also keep more yeast in suspension to give it a bit more body. Overall though, I'm impressed. Not my favorite commercial Saison (that belongs to Funkwerks) but I'd say it's in my Top 5.

Photo of holj1x
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Kingpthethird
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Anthonyk948
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of brend2b
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of primaldiscord
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Johnruth10
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of varezal
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%

Review taken from notes July 2014.

12 oz brown bottle complete with a Belgo feel and look to it in terms of shape. Label is pretty straight forward with an elegant design. A very nice label. Much how an American Belgian should come. Poured into a stemmed Belgian style tulip glass.

A - glowing bright yellow on the pour which turns more yellow golden In the light. A fluffy white head is massive and sits very nice throughout the experience. Lovely particles float about this farmhouse ale leaving a pretty yellow haze in the body.

S - the tank 7 yeast stood out up front with a big doughy bread aroma followed by an earthy character. Typical but splendid Saison whiffs fill the nose of banana, clove and Belgian spices, and bubble gum. The malt balance was very good with a grain like hay. Citrus hops feel the backend with fresh lemon and orange.

T - grain and hay to start with a second sip really highlighting the banana and clove found in the nose. Hop presence is citrusy lemon and orange bouncing off one another very well. A slight nutty character is found within the depths of the mild bitterness the hops provide. Finish intertwines banana, clove, Belgian spices, pepper, and citrus. Tank 7 's yeast is blended perfectly with the ape itself giving a solid American farmhouse experience.

M - medium bodied and refreshing. Big on the Belgian style, Tank 7 has a smooth velvety feel, laying it's flavors across very well. Alcohol is hidden and the yeast is tasty. Thin but smooth with a semi dry finish.

O - a solid offering of an American made farmhouse ale that offers a classic Belgian aroma and flavor with letting you explore the real creativity of Boulevard 's yeast. I'd drink this again. Definitely a good offering.

Photo of MaryW
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Getalegup
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%

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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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