Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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3.83/5 rDev -7.9%
On tap at the Fallen Rock. A huge head, yellow body. Pleasant aromas and a nice bitterness. Served a bit cold, on a freezing night. Belgian yeast, the beverage seems more to me as a Belgian IPA, with some lemon and grapefruit and other nice fruit. Nothing overt.
02-13-2011 05:48:27 | More by Sammy
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
Best by 6/8/13.
Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, spices, yeast, pepper, and some chalky aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild tropical fruit flavor on the finish and a slight alcohol kick. There is a medium spice and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell that is tasty and easy to drink.
11-08-2012 03:24:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
Reviewed from notes.
Pours a hazy deep yellow with a billowing white head that settles down to just a thin layer. A bit of spotty lacing on the sides of my tulip. Nose brings some grassy, herbal notes as well as a bit of American hops. Slightly earthy and a bit of grain as well. The taste is fairly smooth with hops and the grassy character competing against one another just a bit. Mouthfeel is nice with a fairly dry finish. Drinks quite well. Very solid.
10-17-2010 14:24:12 | More by Thorpe429
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
"The way I understand it, the Russians are sort of a combination of evil and incompetence... sort of like the Post Office with tanks."
Lightly hazy sun-splashed goldenrod with a billowing crown of alabaster colored whipped cream that has all sorts of interesting surface topography. The foam is pretty sticky as well, as evidenced by an attractively decorated glass.
What could be better than a saison that uses boatloads of Amarillo and Simcoe hops? Never mind, that was a rhetorical question. The tropical fruit juiciness of Simcoe is especially noted.
Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale is yet another outstanding Smokestack Series beer from the good folks at Boulevard Brewing. My taste memory of Saison (R.I.P.) is murky at this point, but T7 seems to be a more than worthy replacement. It's also higher in alcohol, which could a positive or a negative, depending on your preference.
Flaked corn adds a bit of sweetness to the barley and wheat, without making the beer taste corny. Unfortunately, the hops have faded somewhat since this bottle is nearing the 'best by' date. That's my fault for waiting, not the brewery's fault.
There's still a good bit of hop flavor left. Pineapple-pink grapefruit-orange from Amarillo and Simcoe... bitter herbs and grasses from Tradition (Hallertau variant). Gentle white pepper notes put the finishing touches on this Americanized version of a farmhouse ale.
Slightly too much unmasked alcohol keeps the taste score from the next highest number, although a fresher and more hoppy beer would have covered that up to some extent. The mouthfeel, while far from Belgianesque, is more than capable. The carbonation contributes just the right amount of lift and energy.
The lesson to be learned here is that Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale is good beer even when approaching its 'best by' date. My suspicion is that the taste and drinkability scores would both have earned 4.5s if I had popped the cork last summer or fall.
01-26-2011 13:00:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.26/5 rDev +2.4%
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
07-02-2011 18:08:14 | More by brentk56
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
Bottle: Poured a hazy and cloudy beige color ale with a super large frothy head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with spicy yeast and semi-sweet malt backbone. Taste is very well balanced with great notes of fruity ester with lightly pepper yeast with a solid malt backbone that is just a tad too sweet. Body is full with limited filtration and great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Another great beer from a brewery that just keep surprising me.
12-14-2010 03:41:14 | More by Phyl21ca
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
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!
05-23-2010 15:34:59 | More by BEERchitect
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
In a day loaded down and filled with new beers, this one really stood out amongst the crown for me. For the style this was a A+ for sure.
Great pour, nice golden amber color with a huge, towering head of white that refused to part ways no matter what you did. Really just superb looking with tons of lacing down the sides of the glass and a rich and proper looking appearence. Nice elements of light clove, peach, hints of grain and fresh grasses and a nice little spicey punch to it. Warming brings out the wonderful light tart notes through the air that carry over so well into the flavor. Not over done at all, in fact it seemed to fit perfectly as the mellow sourness played off of the rich grainy and frsh flavor. Smooth, subtle and soft, this just worked on every level it possibly could have.
One of the best, most easily drinkable and most sublte, soft, and most intresting beers I tried this weekend. Would love to have this again.
02-07-2010 14:30:27 | More by mikesgroove
4.58/5 rDev +10.1%
Thanks for the bottle, Greg.
A: The pour is a cloudy golden color with a large white head that settles down to a more manageable layer.
S: Just about as good as it gets for a Saison aroma. Tons of yeast, spice, and fruit. A mild bread sweetness with some light straw notes. Tons of apples, lemon zest, pears, and maybe even a little candied citrus peel.
S: A nice lemon zest, orange peel, and straw player to open it up. A touch of sweet melon, some bready malt sweetness, and just a light bitterness. There is a fair bit of yeast flavor and only a mild spice note.
M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.
O: one of the best Saisons I've had. Tons to like about this beer.
09-09-2011 01:31:54 | More by womencantsail
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
A: 1.5 finger white head on a murky deep golden body.
S: very fruity with an excellent yeasty and earthy note making this one well rounded.
T: yeast, herbal, corriander up front which fades to a clove, pepper and citrus pulp finish.
M: lighter side of medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Semi dry finish.
Overall: very aromatous and flavorful saison. This is an excellent beer.
05-17-2012 23:46:42 | More by kylehay2004
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy, honey-colored body with a tall, dense, airy, white head that's notably long-lasting.
Smell: Spicy, citrusy nose of white grapefruits and lemons dusted with finely-ground white pepper. Additional notes of sliced bread, meadow flowers, white grapes, and just-picked orchard fruits.
Taste: Initial impression of white loaf bread with a few subtle wheat grain nuances. Light honeyish sweetness in the fore. Bright peppery spiciness throughout. Modest hint of apricot. Though chiefly citrusy in nature, the hops also present some soft floral undertones. Restrained, mild bitterness. Splash of chilled Riesling. Crisp, nicely drying finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.
Drinkability: Tasty, refreshing, well-balanced, easily drinkable -- I enjoyed it. A great late afternoon patio beer. Give it a try, won't you?
03-28-2010 18:16:31 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
Poured into a small tulip glass an orange tinged dull light golden with a large fluffy,sticky white head that left two full rings of lace behind as it settled verly slowly into a frothy mass.Big lemony citrus notes in the nose along with bready malt and light phenolic spice.Crisp and quite dry on the palate with citric undertones to go along with light phenols.A very good American version of the style,alot of the time I stay away from the style because of the dreaded funk,this is funk subdued.Nice job here.
10-31-2012 20:17:54 | More by oberon
3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
Served in a Finch's shaker pint glass at the Schaumburg Whole Foods.
Well, since it's $3 pints, why only have one? This follow-up pours a mostly clear goldenrod topped by a half-finger (at best) of white foam (my bartender seems to have overfilled the glass...). The nose comprises lemon zest, clove, black pepper, light yeast, and grass. The taste holds notes of lemon zest, clove, nutmeg, black pepper, orange peel, cardamom, earthy (/flowery) hops, honey, and that characteristic saison earthiness/mustiness. The body straddles the border between heavy light and light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable farmhouse ale. It may not be the paragon of the style, but I wouldn't mind putting back several of these in a row.
06-10-2011 00:09:37 | More by TMoney2591
Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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