Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Tank 7 Farmhouse AleTank 7 Farmhouse Ale

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93
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4,272 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,272
Reviews: 927
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 263
Gots: 1,042 | 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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Photo of mobius387
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to wilkins44 for this

poured into a boulevard tulip

appearance: pours a soft cloudy yellow with a big white head.

aroma: some light yeasty smells

palate: light bodied, flavors flood the entire mouth but mostly stinging feel to it

taste: not a very impressive flavor. nothing really sticks out, not bad by any means, it tastes fine, just nothing to give this beer an identity.

overall: ive only had the double wide in the smokestack, but that one was better for me. this one is good, just nothing that sticks out for me

Photo of mwilbur
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise. Bottle stamp says best by 03/11.
A: Pours a clear lemon (hint of green around the edges) with high carbonation producing a 3-4 inch frothy white head. Even with a gentle pour the head takes up over half the glass (uncool and knocked down a notch because of it). Good retention and lacing however.
S: Wow...definitely different here. Tons of dry hops and phenols. Pine with a hint of cigarette smoke. Faint hint of earthy mineral note in the background. Wish it was more like a traditional saison.
T: Dry and sweet hops. Lemon citrus, herbal mineral note, and hint of sugar water and toasted malt in the background.
M: Light body. Slightly oily. Fairly bland with an astringent hoppy bite at the finish. Not a great feel to it.
D: Light and fairly easy to drink. The dry hops combined with the sugar sweetness is off-putting for me. Definitely not your typical saison. Some may like this take, but it's not my cup of tea (or beer as it may).

Photo of brewskis
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a three finger head that dissipates fairly slowly and leaves. Lively carbonation. Smells grass, belgian yeast, little funk, a tiny bit of lemon or lime, pepper. Taste starts with bright flavors of lemon and grass. Then is followed in the middle by the belgian yeast, some peppery spice, slight breadiness. Then the finish is more of the belgian yeast, some light funkiness, some light citrus notes like lemon and grapefruit, more spiciness, some slight floral notes, sweet breadiness from the malt. Creamy, refreshing mouthfeel. High medium body. This was supposed to be drank by January, which was two months ago. Still in pretty good shape with some hop qualities, but I’m sure it is far better beer fresh. Not too bad.

Photo of ccrida
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a large chalice, Tank 7 is spirtzy dull gold with a white head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is kind of strange, there's a chlorinated wet dish rag vibe. Pretty yeasty as well, some overripe fruit, not particularly sweet, fairly hoppy, opening up better as it warmed from cellar temp.

Taste is a little soapy, a bit different from the nose regarding the dish rag, but it's not very good either. This one is just not working for me, kind of flabby. Best by 5/11 so it's not old, but it reminds me a bit of a tripel that's aged too long and broken down. The hops are there though, herbal nobles, providing a bitterness accentuated by the dryness of the alcohol. The west coast hop profile creeps out more as it warms, which was a big improvement from an average at best saison.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is ok, but this one just ain't coming together for me. To much noble hops I guess makes it kind of soapy, and it's a bit to strong to have the quenching digestibility I look for in the style.

Photo of rye726
3.46/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw with a white head. Good lacing. Nose has wheaty malts, citrus and a collection of spices. Taste has sweet malts, citrus fruits and more herbal spices. Body is a bit light, but still pretty easy to drink. Perhaps more of a Belgian Pale Ale, but still a decent beer.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out of bottle into a wide flute beer glass. Lots of bubbles on the initial pour, quickly dissipating head with just the edge of the glass graced by the lace. Bright orange color, opaque.

S - Floral hops and citrus.. mostly grapefruit. Pleasant and mellow.

T - No real flavors coming through, though still very nice... maybe a little orange. The bitterness coming into play at the end, which is good.

M - Soft, not quite creamy though.

D - While not a powerhouse, it is very nice to drink. For me it fits both a summer and winter drink. It's simple taste makes it refreshing for hot days, but the softness also makes it appealing to a cold night in front of the fireplace.

Photo of 1Adam12
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

made the mistake of over chilling the first bottle, so this is bottle number two. this reminds me of a heffeweizen. very citrusy. nice carbonation. sweet, much too sweet for me. much better slightly chilled than it was really cold however. very nice aftertaste that lasts quite awhile. the head was there until the very end of the beer. decent but not something i would drink again. not something i would recommend for someone that doesn't like em sweet.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FosterJM for sharing the at a bottleshare

Look: Straw yellow in color with a 1/4 inch head and ok retention

Smell: Grassy funk with some citrus

Taste: Damn near identical to the nose upfront is some funky yeast and grassy character wtih the citrus picking up in the middle and just before the beer finishes a touch of banana shows up

Mouthfeel: Thin body and medium carbonation

Overall: Good saison not great

Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

A: Yellow and bright. Big bubbly white head.

S: barnyard hay, lemon, and hops.

T: Fresh hops, lemon grass, funkiness, wet hay, pepper and spice. This is a lovely mix of flavors. The hops up front make it even better.

M: Light side of medium with a crisp carb bite. The texture strays away from "smooth" which is actually pretty nice for this style.

O: Love this beer. I've finally reviewed it after the 50th time I've tried it. Great beer and worth the four pack (although I'm drinking it on tap right meow).

Photo of chocosushi
3.51/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought 4 pack of Bottles from Freeman's Liquor
Poured from 12 oz to a Unibroue Tulip

A ~ Amazing Medium Straw/Gold with a 2 1/2" head.
Dissipates after about 90 seconds. Great suspension.

S ~ Hay, Dry aroma hops, Fresh Dough

T ~ YEAST, Preserved Lemons, Apples, Organic Sugar

M ~ So comfortable on the palate, aromas and flavor dance until the alcohol hits; flavors mask alcohol well when drank in 12 oz portion, but could see getting heavy handed in large bottle format.

Photo of CMW
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a straw yellow color with a generous white head and sticky lacing.

S - Very earthy, fresh cut grass, wheat, and a large amount of hops.

T - The hops seem to overpower the flavor. I can pick up some of the biscuity wheat flavors but the hops are dominant.

M - Very light and crisp. Has a little bite on the tongue.

D - I think the hops are a little much but still fairly easy to drink.

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Spice, like pepper and basil, that creates a sweet sensation on its own. Grapefruit, jolly rancher. Light-medium body. I think the essence of a saison is that it is light and drinkable. I'm afraid this is not nearly light enough (in alcohol, flavor, etc) to be a light summer drink. It is fairly well balanced, but why go overboard with the alcohol? Somebody explain... does it make it more "complex"? Somehow Belgian saisons and lambics accomplish tremendous complexity while still being light and refreshing. I appreciate subtlety, and I wish American brewers would start using more of it.

Photo of bonsreeb85
3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden straw colored body with a beautiful mountain of a head. An absolutely gorgeous looking beer!

Very aromatic she is. I am reminded instantly of bubblegum and orchard fruit. Very floral and fruity with hops a'plenty and a touch of honey, clove and pepper.

The taste is a bit stronger than most Saisons, and a bit defferent too. Lemon and grapefruit with some grass and barnyard flavors. A touch tart and the sweetness is understated. This beer is well hopped. Both clove and pepper spices really come through, as well as some honey and apple. Bone dry finish.

The carbonation is spot on for the style. Lots of C02. the body is a bit fuller than your average saison, but still manaages to be relatively light for 8 percent.

THis is not a homerun, but a decent brew and a welcome addition to the stellar line-up of Boulevard Smokestack Series brews.

Photo of corby112
3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle received in a trade with thehand. Thanks again man!

Pours a hazy dark golden ripe banana yellow color with golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light source and a thick 2.5 frothy, soapy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting cap leaving small spots of lacing behind.

Slightly spicy, perfumy floral aroma with lots of crisp, light fruit, citrus hops, bready yeast and slight earthy funk. Hints of banana, apple and pear along with some grapefruit and lemon peel. I'm also picking up a lactic creaminess in the nose along with subtle alcohol and an odd seed like presence.

Medium bodied with soft tongue tickling carbonation up front followed by a very spicy and hoppy presence along with crisp light and fruit notes, bready yeast, slight alcohol heat and a long dry finish. Peppery spice and coriander are very prominent up front and they linger throughout, along with a dry bitter hop character, into the finish. Hints of apple, pear and banana along with grapefruit and lemon peel countered by a slight malt backbone, bready yeast and alcohol warmth. I'm also picking up a slightly tangy, earthy funk that adds a subtle tart character. The floral, perfumy flavor along with the alcohol hints are a bit much for my liking but overall this beer is complex and drinkable with a well masked ABV.

Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - The aroma is mild, but very complex. At first you get some phenol spice. Then bready, malty characters. Some esters, and a distinct "farmhouse" character. A wonderful aroma. Again, pretty complex.

Appearance - Very hazy gold to amber color. Frothy white head poured two fingerwidths and dissipated to one fingerwidth. Looks good.

Taste - At first I get a combination of malt and spice from phenols. After time the phenols grow and I even seem to get some hop flavor and bitterness. Not much with the hops, but more than an average saison. The taste is not tart, and not that "funky" in my opinion. Phenols on the finish.

Mouth Feel - High carbonation, but only a small carbonic "bite." Medium to thin body. Smooth. Dry. Slight alcohol. Dry finish.

Overall Impression - This is good saison and another good beer in the Smoke Stack series, but not completely representitive of the style. Worth a try. In fact, I'm going to order a second glass now.

Photo of 1JTannerMan
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice summer brew. Appearance is an appetizing golden color with an unfiltered hue. The smell is a strong citrus. Excellent lacing and a very decent head. Taste has a strong grapefruit flavor which is great if you like that. A little much for me. Very smooth feel however. An overall great pick for a hot summer day. I think it would pair very nicely with barbeque.

Photo of gkunkle
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A hazy golden body holds up a 1.5" tall cream colored head of medium density. Lots of carbonation can be seen rising through the beer. Head retention is very good. This beer is appears as a saison should. Aroma is primarily of sweet saison funk, but I also detect citric hops. The taste starts with a slight sweetness and a touch of floral hops. As the beer crests the tongue I get a bit more citric hops and a bit of spiciness. The finish includes a touch of bitterness and funk. A decent funk flavor carries the beer across the tongue. Body is of medium thickness. Carbonation is not as aggressive as something like saison DuPont, but is is there in enough quantity to make this very drinkable. The 8% ABV surprised me. Overall this is a very good saison/farmhouse ale. I quite like the flavor profile, but as a saison enthusiast, I don't think this would make my top 3.

Photo of claytong
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

urine color with little head
hoppy smell
not bitter though, actually quite smooth. very mild fruit and banana bread. very mild in general. nice overall but for the price i doubt id get it again. check out colette by great divide. better farmhouse and better price

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has been in my cellar for a while. With spring in the air, it seems like a good time to break out a Farmhouse Ale. This one is dark yellow with a big foamy white head. The aroma is dominated by hops--just a few bready notes from the malt. The palate feels about right with lots of carbonation and nimbleness. The flavor profile again showcases the hops. The Amarillo hops provide a big citrus kick. Some pine notes are mixed in as well. The beer lacks a little freshness--that thirst quenching summerness of a farmhouse ale is wanting. I would like to see some more pale malt to balance this thing out. Some yeast and spice are proxies in that role. Overall, this is certainly drinkable and enjoyable, I would just like the citrus, piney hops toned down for a beer of this style.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to beertracker for the Boulevard brews.

A - Pours a very nice golden hue, with white fizzy head, decent retention, and some sediment.

S - It has an underwhelming nose, beer-y and vaguely spicy but that's about all.

T - Not my favorite Smokestack brew. The finish and lingering aftertaste is very strongly reminiscent of grapefruit juice; there is just far too much of that flavor. The brew is also very peppery and spicy, and is somewhat grassy and vegetal overall.

M - Bright and effervescent.

D - Almost mehhh territory, but not quite. Definitely a notch below the average Smokestack brew.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a glowing light orange color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Very faint, some grains, lemon

T: Grass, lemon, tartness, funky and some booze

M: Well carbonated. Has a tartness, light booze, feel of grass, lemon

D: Pretty good overall

Photo of Adamdc
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle with 'best by' date of 12/10.

A: Very thick white head about 1 1/2 inches thick sits atop yellow - yellow/orange body. Head hangs around for a long time.

S: I'm not getting the citrus that everyone else seems to be reporting but rather the saison yeast is prominent along with banana and lemon.

T: This is by far the bitterest saison that I've had. The yeast, banana and lemon are there but they're hiding behind the lingering hop bitterness.

M: It's pretty thick for a saison yet the crispness is very nice.

D: ABV seems a little high for a saison (I'm feeling a bit light-headed) but the crispness and thickness is very nice. Not my favorite but good nonetheless. I'm hoping the bottle of Saison Brett (of which Tank 7 is the base beer) is better than this.

Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Stub and Herbs. Poured into a chalice.

Pours 1/2 fingers of white head. Color is a slight hazed bright golden straw orange. Ok retention for the small amount of head there was. Left some lace.

Aroma: Big hay aroma. Very farmhous like. Also some brigh citrus scents.

Taste: A hug hay taste. This is by far te biggest farmhouse tasting beer I have had. It almost has a funky taste to it, but I miss the brett from the Saison-Brett.

Mouthfeel: very funky and a little crisp. Fairly light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a big farmhouse flavor.

Overall, I enjoyed th brett version more. This one has too much farmhouse flavor going on. This beer is actually starting to give me a slight buzz so 1 will be all I have.

Photo of MichialTanner1
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one from a 12oz/4 pack-size bottle into my S'Feuillien becker glass. It's a golden-orange color with a finger's width of white head. Upon putting my cheaters on, sediment swirls in the glass like a snow globe.

It smells like a combination of a hefe and chicken mess. I haven't drank a great many Saison-style beers, but this seems to be typical for the style. Not particularly consistent with the taste, but the beer was ultimately purchased for drinking.

Consistent with the hefe portion of my smell critique, the taste is clovey/yeasty and would've never guessed the ABV of 8%. I could sum up the taste by describing it as a "lite" tribute to a good Belgium triple.

Most of Boulevard's offerings have been average, IMO, but this one is better than that. I like it and the remaining supply of the 4-pack will likely be dissolved by the time this review is observed.

Photo of Sara24
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Piney. Allow it to warm up just a bit. Bitter back. Worth it.

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,272 ratings.