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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 885
Hads: 4,414
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 275
Gots: 1,129 | 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 thierrynantes
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer bottle (33 cl.), purchased from Bières & Chopes.

Appearance : yellow color with a white foamy head.
Smell : aroma has notes of hops, straw, malt
Taste & mouthfeel : flavor is sweet with notes of lemon, leading to a bitter finish.
Overall : a nice beer in the style Farmhouse Ale. (287 characters)

Photo of ludachris
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apricot sunshine is how I'd describe the colour of the body. It's hazy but still has an effervescent look. Its massive paper white head is fluffy, dense, and meringue-like. Thick sheets and chunky patches of lace are glued to the walls of the glass.

A sweet, slow, gooey tropical fruity essence oozes from the glass. I get apricot, mango, and grapefruit most. A bit grassy, a bit peppery, and lots of fresh dough are backing it. This reminds me so much of Charlevoix's Lupulus. I'm in love.

The taste is much more crisp, sharp, and concise than the nose would lead you to believe. The pepper comes in zingy and mixes with raw earthy tones, grass clippings and grapefruit rind. Its tropical apricot and mango character is equally as soft in the taste as it is in the nose. Its more of an overlay rather than a centerpiece. Its fruity quality is where the alcohol hides itself, giving it that slick, gooey feel.

Its 8.5% ABV adds weight its body but it still manages to finish of quick, dry, and clean. Medium bodied and a slightly below average level of carbonation. This isn't much of an issue because of how clean each sip finishes.

What a treat. This is my first offering from Boulevard and I'm very impressed. I'm even more impressed that I found this on the shelves of the LCBO, and fresh at that. This is one of the biggest Saison's I've had in terms of ABV and the weight of its feel and I loved it from beginning to end. (1,434 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful pour. One thick finger of white head. Cloudy golden colour with good carbonation. Good lace and a film of retention.

S - Banana, candy, sweet baking spice.

T - Some booze, candy, baking spice, banana.

M - Strong carbonation, maybe too strong. Sweet candy finish with some booze and a medium body.

O/D - A nice saison. The banana and spice end up being a bit harsh after a while, but otherwise it's balanced and the classic flavours come out nicely. Good stuff. (480 characters)

Photo of Cramshawbar
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With some of my favourites in similar style taken off the market, I am happy to have found this wonderful little perfection of a farmhouse ale.
Well done, with the right amount of carbonation and bitterness, this is something that will enlighten your summer nights. Don't let others bring you down, just because they didn't like it.
This one is a keeper! (355 characters)

Photo of bmeehan
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I thought this beer looked about a thousand times better than it ended up tasting. Its beauty is in its color and head, but that's it. I instantly forgot what it tasted like because it's got nothing outstanding about it and while I would drink it again because it didn't suck, it's just not a memorable beer. (308 characters)

Photo of dd43
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The head on this golden orange colored beer is beautiful: craggy and densely populated with tiny bubbles. After receding you are left without a cap and not much in the way of lacing. Aromas are fruity at first, but hard to place. Some Belgian candied sugar notes as well but not strong. Ester wise it's a little thin, but the finish is nice and dry with a touch of pepper, pretty nice saison in that regard. I wouldn't call it any sort of benchmark but this beer is worth trying and a four pack won't cause any buyers remorse. As an American made saison it's one of the better ones I've tried amongst some pretty poor representations of the style by other breweries. (666 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a slightly hazy golden hue with creamy bleached white head of 4 cm that fades slowly as I sample the beer.
Aroma is robust and spicy with cloves and citrusy fruit. The bready yeast is like scones or biscuits. A little of the wet blanket funk. Nose is complex and very appealing.
First sip reveals a very fine and tingly carbonation. Body is light to medium with a bit of a silky texture combining to make for a very drinkable beer.
Flavor is spicy with black pepper and cloves mixing with bready yeast and a bit of citrusy orange hits. Maybe just a bit of booze on the finish, but otherwise the finish dries out my palate after each sip.
An interesting and complex beer that is also very drinkable and enjoyable, im glad to have tried this one and would buy a second bottle if I saw it again in a store. (873 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle poured into a globe glass. This beer opens easily and with a profound pop from the bottle. The pour is lightly golden and with just a hint of haze. Clear in body and showing off a sticky white cap of dense foam.

Aroma offers an odd yeast character through the foam initially. Not much as for Belgian stlye esters and in fact reminds be a bit of a flaw. A little exposure mellows this aspect and allows for some suble fruit and spice notes yet doesn't show any tart/funky aspects either.

Taste bounces back a bit with some peppery spice and a hint of citrus. Body is full up front given the robust carbonation but thins swiftly on the back of the palate. As such, the 8.5% ABV comes as a surprise given the lack of sweetness/thickness coupled with the concurrent lack of ethanol notes. Still, I fall back to that odd aroma component I can't quite nail down. Then, a second pour yields a cleaner and more complex, and even 'Belgiany' aroma: then a fuller feel on the finish. Temperature couldn't have changed by a degree or two but some unwelcome volatiles have thankfully left the bottle.

Overall it's growing on me. Not overly spiced like many an American Saison yet not offering the rich character of a good Tripel either. This ale Is What It Is. And it is quite pleasant and sneakily drinkable.In the end this beer has yeast issues, and not in a good way (1,396 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very, very nice farmhouse ale here by Boulevard brewing. This is one of my new favorites of this year. Just enough flavor to keep it interesting, orange or other citrus zest, bread, cloves, possibly some belgian yeast.

The mouthfeel is magnificent. Big prickly carbonation keeps on popping and keeps you refreshed. If you're interested in this particular style of beer then this a must-try for you.

Additionally, the 8.5% abv is hidden extremely well... I never wouldve guessed it without reading the label. A few of these and you'll be feeling it! (557 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle into oversized wine glass. "best by 22/04/2016", consumed on aug 3 2015

a: beautiful hazy, bubbly golden yellow with suspended yeast. a finger of white, frothy head

s: huge spicy aroma up front (black pepper, white pepper, clove, cinnamon) with supporting hoppy grapefruit notes. bubblegum, vanilla, overripe banana, subtle apricot, bread characteristics follow afterward

t: follows the nose. super spicy lemony grapefruit at first, followed by a mid-palate of sweet vanilla-like notes as well as bready malt, bubblegum, and banana. bitter finish

m: medium, bubbly mouthfeel with a pronounced dryness at the end

o: a fantastic super-spicy saison with a nice grapefruity hop twist (699 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours straw gold with a bit of haze, a fluffy three finger head breaks incredibly slowly. 4.25

S: Belgian yeasts, breads, fruity, a touch of honey and some funk. 4.5

T: Earthy and a bit bitter on the front end, then the Belgian yeast comes in. Nice spices and a good hops finish 4

M: Fairly high fine carbonation. Finish is dry and crisp. 4.25

O: A nice farmhouse, I especially appreciated the nose and feel. Perfect lunch beer on a warm August day. 4.25 (462 characters)

Photo of BigGold
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First had with oysters on the half shell at Legal Sea Foods Long Wharf, Boston, Mass., poured from 12-oz. bottle, stamped "best by 01/31/2016," into tumbler. Great with oysters, would have been even better without accompaniment. (229 characters)

Photo of curasowa
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head that fades slowly with chunky lacing and a column of champagne-like bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: Bready, yeasty, a little sour apple, slightly grassy and a hint of lemon.

Taste: Crisp, fairly clean malt, then a building of yeast funk, fruity esters, lemon, some tartness then mild earthy bitterness on the back end with a little cardboard. Finish is slightly lingering, astringent, mildly bitter, peppery and just a hint medicinal.

The Rest: An awesome beer. Excellent balance, highly drinkable, a textbook Saison. (622 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle from a 4-pack picked up at the LCBO; best before Apr 22 2016 and served well-chilled.

Pours a foggy golden-yellow colour, causing nearly two inches of fluffy, resilient white foam to erupt from the surface. It fades unevenly - more quickly at the edge of the glass than the centre - leaving behind a mesa-like formation in the middle while the head dissipates in a long, drawn-out process exceeding ten minutes. The glass becomes caked with an arching pattern of soapy lace - this is just a flat-out gorgeous beer. On the nose I am getting a lot of citrusy lemonpeel, with accents of orchard fruit, floral hops and grainy pale malts. Yeasty and spicy, with touches of white pepper and coriander. An all around enticing aroma.

Very tasty stuff, with virtually no sign of the 8.5% alcohol whatsoever. Grainy pale malts act as a neutral backdrop for the flavour profile, which first features a fruity ensemble of apricot, pears and apple, with hints of orange and bubblegum. The citrus flavour remains strong through to the finish, though it becomes pithier and more grapefruit-like, and finally a bit earthy as the yeast moves in to dominate. It ends with a nice burst of spicy white pepper, leaving behind a dry aftertaste. On the fuller side of medium-bodied, with prickly carbonation that weakens considerably as you sip your way onward, making the mouthfeel increasingly smooth as it warms to room temperature. Dangerously drinkable, given the well-masked alcohol content, and overall deliciousness.

Final Grade: 4.37, an impressive A grade. Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale is a seriously good saison that blows a lot of the locally-made equivalents out of the water - making it a much-needed addition to the Ontario beer scene. This is a very-well crafted beer, and I'd feel pretty safe recommending this to any fan of Belgian-style pale or farmhouse ales. I hope that Tank 7 is in Ontario for the long-term, but I won't be holding my breath - it's probably a better idea to just stock up, while the stock is there. A must-try. (2,037 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355 ml bottle served just above fridge temperature into a pint glass. Last bottle of 4 that was purchased fro $13.50 CDN at the LCBO.

Appearance - Even a slow pour yielded a bright and cloudy golden color and a three finger swath of unrelenting white head. Ridiculous amounts of lacing left behind from this beers slow descent.

Smell - Surprisingly sweet and fruity with orchard fruits like peach and pear taking up the mantle. Some Belgian yeasty funk, but a sweeter take on the saison aromatically.

Taste - Bitter and earthy to start, then a certain dankness comes into the flavor before a moment of sweetness from some fruits like peach, apricot and pear come into lay. Then returns to a bitter concoction of earthy hops. tastes like some underlying candi sugar throughout which to me acts as a hybrid between two different but relates styles the saison and the tripel. Sweetened grapefruit comes into play a little more as the beer warms

Mouthfeel - Lively carbonation, although subdued, although initially a juicy finish before going dry like a saison usually does. Light body and exceptionally drinkable for a big 8.5% ABV saison.

Overall - A wonderfully crafted beer that bridges a gap (or rather straddles the line) between a saison and a tripel with the surprising fruitiness and sweetness. Alcohol is very well hidden making this a deceptively delightful beast. (1,376 characters)

Photo of MUTINY
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden-straw with 1" fluffy white head that recedes slowly. Retention is exceptional. Lacing is not bad.

S: Sweet floral notes, honey, hints of grapefruit & citrus rind, bready malt, a little bit of funk. Hints of spice. Quite deep nose.

T: More of the same. Comes on off-sweet with honey & citrus gradually bittering into the mid palate which is distinctly hoppy & floral. The finish is dry peppercorn & cedar. Excellent.

M: Carb is on the high side with a rich yet delicately textured body. Finishes very crisp & dry.

O: This is a very deep, thoroughly enjoyable Saison. (639 characters)

Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into tulip glass. Pours a hazy yellow color with a rocky white head. Smells of lemon peel, grass, yeast. Taste was a fruity, delicious saison. Lots of pear, apple, lemon, pepper, coriander. Lingering yeasty peppery flavor on the back end. Good amount of carbonation, so mouthfeel was light to medium, almost creamy. Overall, an outstanding saison. Really enjoyed this one on a hot, sweltering, Louisiana summer day. (437 characters)

Photo of brohler
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my favorite beer for a while. I loved it for that initial hop blast on the palette, followed by the typical farmhouse sweetness. It also has an awesome unfiltered straw color with a huge white head. (207 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass from a 25oz bottle.

Appearance: Hazy goldish-amber with medium to heavy bubbles on the body with a very seriously thick head rising at the very least two finger's length. Very sticky lacing....slightly uneven but no complaints.

Smell: Lemon feel, gets better as it warms up. Light yeast.

Taste: Little judgemental with this beer. Definitely improves as it warms up. .You feel lemon skin a touch sweet with a hard yeast feel and also a bit sour.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation. Rye bread after taste. The good stuff.

Overall: Picked this up not expecting much but I got a lot. Definitely one of the better Saisons that I have had. Salud my friends! (685 characters)

Photo of gcasher
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appears between golden and Amber with lasting fluffy white head. Lots of carbonation, Belgian style yeasty flavor. Refreshing and delicious. Nice body too. (158 characters)

Photo of crflamesfan
3.03/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good if you are having just one that is cold and on a hot day. Citrus notes, orange and cloudy. Nice froth that goes down quickly. My review is biased, as I am not overly fond of citrus beers. (195 characters)

Photo of galuskan
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very foamy. Typical for the style. Greatbeer and has held its quality even after being acquired by the big boys. Be careful as it drinks easy and sneaks up on you. (169 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Like a good farmhouse ale, Tank 7 has a head that froths up like dishwashing soap; its tiny bubbles are crammed together like bicyclists during Beijing rush-hour and they waste no time getting to work. A fraction of that hazy, golden liquid disappears with every sip but the glass stays full - it's just the proportion of beer to foam that changes. I suspect if I come back tomorrow the suds will still be there.

It's hard to know from smelling it what precise style of beer Tank 7 is intended to be (if, in fact, the brewer did have something specific in mind). The aroma has a generic blend of grain, spice, fruit and flowers that characterizes many Belgian-style ales. But this particular batch seems extremely under-attenuated; it smells more like wort than a fully fermented ale. There's a little sourness in there too.

Fortunately the taste is complete. Any notions of raw wheat and cereal grain are forgotten amidst a much fuller, richer maltiness as well as nuances of orchard fruits, cracked coriander, and a small but lasting tinge of vanilla. The true sign of a good warm weather beer: the taste gets better as it succumbs to the heat. Notes of pear, tangerine and orange become more noticeable and the flavour benefits.

Some Saisons (or whatever you prefer to call this) have a graininess that feels very coarse in the mouth and an ester profile reminiscent of spoiled fruit. Tank 7, however, has a plush honeyed quality that makes for a super smooth texture. The gentle trace of spice also enlivens the otherwise soft, sweetish mouthfeel and compliments any subtle bruised fruit notes (think of a compote you'd put over ice cream).

Tank 7 is a farmhouse ale lover's farmhouse ale. It is completely unabashed; zesty spice, ripe fruit notes, field-fresh grain, and an alcohol presence that, like a house spider, is noticeable but really shouldn't scare anybody. I'm not enamored with it like I've been other Smokestack Series offerings (i.e., Rye on Rye, Double Wide, Dark Truth, Long Strange) but I'm still happy I grabbed a four-pack. (2,055 characters)

Photo of Bugs318
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Lightly hazy, golden-amber with a fluffy thick white head that lasts. Lacing is negligible, but some head lasts for the entirety of the beer.
S: Yeast dominated with some spicy clove characteristics coupled with fermenting pears, some bubblegum, and also complemented by floral hops notes. Solid and elaborate bouquet.
T: Starts with mild grainy cereal notes, finishes with a peppery and floral dry linger.
M: Medium full bodied and nicely carbonated in a way that complements the dryness.
O: a fine example of a classic saison, even if boozer, but the 8.5% is well hidden. (582 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO in a 4pk for around $13.00 or so. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 2" high white head that lasts for around 3mins or so. Filtered clear and medium gold color

S- Nice farmhouse ale scent brought about by a nice selection of hops. Has that sour scent we all love so much from a farmhouse

T- Traditional farmhouse ale. A bit light on the hops as compared to a say Goose Island but very good none the less. Much more pepper then others though. Very little heat at all

M- Creamy and thick

O- Very good. Glad this 12oz format is around to save money. Starting to get sick and tired of overpaying for the 22oz bomber formats.

Food Pairing

This nice brew went well with..... Maple syrup pancakes

Enjoy (753 characters)

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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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