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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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Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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

Added by grumpy on 06-19-2009

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml Bottle
"Best By" Date of April 2016
Reviewed on June 25th, 2016
Served in a Tulip Glass

Poured a hazy orange-gold body. A massive eggshell colored head formed, slowly collapsed, and left tons of lacing. One of those beers that just looks full of life... quite the looker.

Sweet fruit up front. Pineapple, peach, sweet lemon, and mild grapefruit. Classic Belgian Ale aroma followed the fruit. Yeast, pepper, and coriander.

Tart notes of sweet citrus hit the tongue first. Belgian yeast quickly took center stage. Peppery up front but notes of coriander smoothed things out. Definitely sweeter than other saisons. The sweetness is not necessarily cloying but it does take away a fair amount of drinkability from this brew. Semi-dry finish with lingering flares of the initial citric notes.

Well carbonated. More of a sipper than I anticipated.

Well crafted Belgian-American infused ale. I won't lie, there were times I felt like I was drinking a Tripel, but that is a good problem to have. However you want to classify this, it is a well-crafted ale worth every Belgian-lover's time and money.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow/orange body, plenty of carbonation and a *prodigious* coarse white head, dots of lace, a film of sediment gathers on the bottom of my glass, but somehow I don't mind... this time. Body has a good amount of white pepper, as well as as some lighter citrus (lemon) notes, light malt. The flavor is heavy, nearly blanketed, with white pepper spice. A few grain and chalky yeast notes break the monotony, but don't add much to the enjoyment. The barest of lemon and fruity notes shine through. Good carbonation that produces burps of a milder version of the flavor, and offers a refreshing crispness to offset the bludgeoning pepper flavor.
Cloying is usually a word reserved for sweetness, but the amount of spice in this definitely merits its use. White pepper dominated the flavor, but despite that the look, feel, and mostly aroma saved this one.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer is straw in color with a slight haze and active carbonation. The head is white and extremely fluffy with great retention. The aroma gives a mild alcohol backing, a mixture of floral, citrus, and spicy smells, there is even a hint of clove, all of this gets overpowered by a yeasty smell. The beer flavor is a mixture of fruitiness and spicy, a slight bread flour taste, and a mild alcohol finish with a slight bitterness. The beer oddly feels soft yet slightly drying. The head and carbonation mix to make the beer very fluffy feeling.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a hazy yellow gold with a huge, creamy white head. Retention is phenomenal and there are a ton of thick hanging rings of lacing. Smell is grapefruit, banana, clove, rubber and barnyard funk. Taste is similar with some pepper on the finish. Feel is light and very refreshing. Can't believe this is 8.5%, it is so smooth. Overall this beer is great. Saisons are not a favorite style of mine, but this is one of the best I've had. The hoppiness and the funk go together perfectly and are very well balanced.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a hazy pale gold with three plump fingers of puffy white head that leaves foamy splashes of lace as it recedes.

Smells of honeyed lemon, peach, pineapple, bubblegum, dusty white pepper, white bread and mild piney hops.

Tastes of lemon and orange zest, spiced honey, banana chips, stone fruit, peppery yeast, more soft bready malt and more gentle resiny hops.

Feels soft and fluffy. Surprisingly light bodied with frothy carbonation. Finishes off-sweet.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Very tasty, and easy enough to drink that extreme caution needs to be taken.

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

Nice medium gold beer covered in a foamy white head that leaves ribbons of lacing. There is the aroma of banana, clove, cherries, and Belgian yeast. The taste is sweet with massive amounts of banana and clove with a bit of fruitiness in there as well. There is a yeasty taste that ends with a peppery and bitter finish. I love this beer. It is really Belgian with a bit of an American twist.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle best by 10/24/16. DFH Tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy bright gold with 2 fingers foamy white head. Very actively carbonated. Retains about one finger right down to the bottom, very frothy. Lacing is epic.

Aroma: Immediately upon pouring I got some hoppy graprefruit and slightly tropical notes, then quickly it moved into traditional Belgian territory, with a bubblegum, coriander, and yellow cherry territory.

Taste: Initial arrival is very Belgian, lots of that bubblegum and vinous/grapey quality; across mid-palate it turns slightly citrusy, with a surprising amount of hop there in the middle; malts are expressive and crisp, crackery. As it transitions into the ending, there is a big bomb of medicinal hop goodness and a touch of alcohol. Granted, I have had only a few saisons, but this feels like a saison and an IPA mixed together. Not as hoppy as a white IPA, more Belgian character than that, but quite a bit more bitter than I would expect a saison to be.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of midweight, but high carbonation makes it feel even lighter. Quite refreshing on a summer night with no air conditioning, which says a lot given that it's 8.5% ABV. Lingering bitter and medicinal character - perhaps that is not a hop medicinal taste, but some kind of ester or phenol? Very clean, otherwise. Not slick.

Overall: Given the reviews and how ubiquitous this beer seems to be, I expected to like it a whole lot, I expected to like it more than Hennepin. But the alcohol and hops both come out pretty strongly on this one. Granted, I have not had many saisons, but it seems like a style that should be a big beer without feeling like a big beer. The lingering bitter and spicy finish is apparently more true to style. I'm not saying this tastes like a tripel, but it still feels like a big beer. That said, the appearance and aroma are out of this world, and although I prefer Hennepin, I fully expect to buy this beer again. Quickly becoming a favorite style for me.

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Photo of Tenessee_Jed1972
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a very tasty farmhouse ale. Big head, much carbonation.. Very fruity, with a dry finish in my opinion. A very good representative of this style. Very refreshing.

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Photo of DrSchnitzengiggle
4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look: slightly cloudy, golden/amber in color. pours a big head, lots of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.
Smell: Belgian yeast, fruit.
Taste: excellent. very tasty. lots of fruit and spice. a little bitterness on the back end. alcohol is well hidden.
Feel: Silky smooth.
Overall: I'm not crazy descriptive with my reviews, but this is delicious. It's one of my favorite beers, and one that I will continue to go back to. Would I recommend this? 100% yes.

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Photo of vinicole
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange. Light frothy head.
Typical farmhouse yeast aroma. Tangerine pith and spice.
Bubble gum and fruity esters. Spice again with earthy flavours. Mildly bitter. Complex.
Mildly effervescent. Smooth and easy drinking.
Not to my taste but I can tell that this is a classy beer.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of tea, copper, clear. The head of the powerful, dense, fine bubble, extremely durable, leaves on the glass ornaments.
Aroma: a little village, lots of citrus, resin, floral notes, fresh and refreshed.
The taste of beer is slightly acidic and slightly sweet at the same time, quite meaty, citrus fruits, lightweight resin and very delicate accents country.
Gentian unfolded, fruit. Saturation of high alcohol perfectly hidden.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Obviously unfiltered. Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a bone white head that never goes away and laces the glass well.

S: Sweet and musky. Notes of ground peppercorns, lemons, honey, sandalwood and yeast. Slightly soapy.

T: Very clean and crisp, the beer hides it's alcohol content well. It's spicy, floral and slightly bitter, with flavors of bananas, sage, basil, clove and cilantro. It has an all around clean mid-palate that's fruity and slightly sweet but finishes with a dry, tropical, yeasty kick.

It has sort of a bubblegum aftertaste I find a little too cloying and abrasive.

F: Slightly rough. Very bubbly and well carbonated.

O: An enjoyable farmhouse ale. I'll admit it's thirst quenching, but it gets a little carried away with the spice, bubblegum and banana flavors at times, but thats just my opinion. I gave two bottles to some friends and they enjoyed them enough to ask me to show them where they could buy it too, so they must have liked it.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Boulevard's Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale last week for $2.89 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this one for a while and not that it's in Michigan I have my chance to see if it lives up to it's reputation, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks nice, it has a clean and classic look to it and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a hazy orange color that takes on more of a golden color when held to the light with over three fingers worth of fluffy and chunky off white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left lots of patchy lacing behind. This is fantastic looking beer, this is just how a good saison or farmhouse ale should look.

S- The aroma start off with a higher amount of medium yeast with a big fruity aroma being the first to show up and they impart a big stonefruit, citrus rind and pineapple like aromas and that leads into the yeast which impart a a little bit of bubble gum aroma with a typical saison yeast like aroma along with a little bit more juicy and bright fruit aromas and a slight bit of pale malts and a grassy aromas showing up towards the end. This beer has a good aroma, I like the fruitiness, but I wish it had a little funk to it.

T- The taste seems to be Similar to the aroma, but lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with that same fruity aspects that I got int the aroma being the first to show up and this time taste takes on a little more of that stone fruit like aspect and it's followed by the yeast which is a little lighter and imparts a typical saison yeast flavor with no bubblegum this time. Up next comes some hops which impart a slight citrus rind and grassy flavors with a slight bit of herbal hops which impart a higher amount of low bitterness with a saison yast and stone fruit aftertaste and just a little bit of those malty flavors show up. This is a good tasting beer, no flavors are to overpowering, but I still wish it had some funk to it.

M- Smooth, slightly refreshing, a little crisp, medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and goos example of a Saison, it had just about everything that i look for in the style and the balanced seem to be right in line with the drinkability. This beer had good drinkability, I could have a couple of these, especially on a warm day. What I like the most about this beer is the balance, no single flavor is too overpowering. What I like the least about this beer is that it's labeled as a Saison, maybe it's because I'm so use to Jolly Pumpkins Farmhouse Ales that I always expect a little funk in there, to me that's what sets apaprt a regular saison from a Farmhouse ale and I wish it was labeled as a Saison. I would buy this beer again when looking for a good saison and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the style. Good job guys, this is a tasty Saison.

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Photo of FBarber
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy opaque gold thick three finger white foamy head dissipates to a half finger white head that sticks around.

Smell is full of aromas of belgian yeasts, coriander, pepper, lemon zest. Typical of the style and very inviting.

Taste is initially yeasty quickly giving way to a very bitter finish. Lots of hops here, kind of off-putting, particularly for the style. Some notes of lemon rind and pepper come through. Overall not really a great flavor profile for a farmhouse ale.

Feel has lots of carbonation, leaves a bit of a tingle. Otherwise its pretty light in the mouth. Not super drinkable given the carbonation - more of a sipper.

Overall, this one is just ok. There are too many great farmhouse ales readily available to ever try this one again.

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Photo of fx20736
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single bottle from AJ's, Apr 2016. Served in a Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

Look: Hazy peach, white head, film

Smell: cloves

Taste: cloves, stone fruit

Feel: assertive carbonation

Overall: Nicely Belgian

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Photo of Sandalwood
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2016 pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a huge white frothy head. There is quite a bit of a thick soapy lacing. The odor for me is spicy, clove, bread like, slight citrus, tropical fruits, slightly floral, hay. The taste for me is citrus lemon, spice, cloves, herbal, hay, slightly tropical fruit. There is barely any bitterness.

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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into glass stein.
A-Wonderful golden cloudiness I love to see in this beer.
Huge puffy head lasts forever. Trace of lacing.

S-Citrus peel, yeast, coriander & spice.
T-Lemon peel, earthy herbals, peppery spice, just hints of banana.
M-Some tiny bits of sediment present with medium body & creaminess,
above average carbonation.

O-A very yummy beer, easy drinking & at 8.5% it could slip up on you.

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Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with a BB date of May 2016 served in a snifter.

Cloudy light apricot-colored body topped by a durable head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Aroma: Fruity and grassy elements stick out in a complex mix.

Flavor: grapefruit hop notes, but mild bitterness with more tartness and some sweetness. Peppery, yeasty and hoppy finish.

O: excellent for style.

Feel: Medium+, soft carbonation in near medium body; semi-dry finish.

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Photo of Billydoughnuts
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've yet to find a Belgian I really like, just not my style. However, this one is one of the best that I've tried. I put it in the same class as tripel Karmeliet(sp) and Duvel. Nicely balanced but I'm just not a big fan of the yeast I believe

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Photo of BrewsingBuffalo
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: A sizeable, pillowy, and creamy white head sits atop a hazy-gold body. Excellent head retention with abundant lacing. Effervescent. Simply a pleasure to look at.

S: Banana, earthiness, bubblegum, spiciness, pear, apple, bread, pepper, orange

T: Apple, pear, pineapple, orange, lemongrass, pepper, earthiness, herbal, and some wheat character

F: Creamy, prickly- plenty of carbonation, but not too much. Light on the palate, unbelievably easy to drink.

O: Fantastic. Superb drinkability, complexity, and an all around great brew. Recommended.

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Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 10/31/2016. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon zest, grapefruit, pear, pineapple, peach, orange peel, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon zest, grapefruit, pear, pineapple, peach, orange peel, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate yeast spiciness and floral/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, grapefruit, pear, pineapple, peach, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from carbonation and bitter/spiciness as well. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible saison! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of azdback
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Complete transparency... I can't stand this style. That being said, it was managable. I guess I have to have 150 characters to make this official so I'm rambling :-/

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Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a very cloudy golden peach with a massive soapy head that hangs around. nose; heavy clean grain (pilsner), floral tangerine, grass, & herbal musk (i really can't pick out anything particular). taste; belgian yeast, lemongrass, tangerine, light citrus pith, banana, hops, & light green apple. gum & white peppercorn spice on the finish. strong carbonation & medium mouthfeel. a bit of a funk builder, but the fruit juice keeps cutting the middle nicely. at 8.5%, it's pretty well-balanced and tamed for a bigger-than-usual farmhouse ale. available almost everywhere i've been in georgia, and a fairly decent standout.

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Photo of Sconnie25
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I purchased a four pack of bottles of this from France 44 in Minneapolis, MN. Tank 7 pours a cloudy orange hue with a thick head that leaves a great lacing. The aroma is very earthy and floral with hops and spices creating a great scent. The flavor has a floral bouquet at first and then finishes with a slight hoppy and spicy bitterness. This would be a great beer for a Summer evening.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This brew pours a cloudy orange with a fluffy two finger head and lots of lacing. The head sticks around for a long time.
The smell is sweet, (bubble gum), fruity and floral. Lost of straw and earthy smell. Floral hops, mild grapefruit and lemon.
The taste follows the nose with lots of peach, lemon, light grapefruit and floral hops. Light sweet malts and floral hops in the finish. A little peppery too. A nice complex brew that is perfect for summer.

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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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