Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 875
Hads: 4,360
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 268
Gots: 1,091 | 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 barleywinefiend
3.56/5  rDev -14%
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 (261 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, as I pick up considerable clove, honey, orange citrus, light cherry and some noticeable spice. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, with the clove clearly dominating. However, the moderate sweetness is balanced nicely by the light hoppy bitterness and underlying spice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, spice and clove infursed finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability is pretty good.

On tap or out of the bottle, this is an enjoyable beer. Glad to see boulevard beers available here in Baltimore at long last. (698 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip stem, the beer is a light, bright, slightly hazy, pale yellow coloring, with a steady flow of carbonation bubbling and a dense, small bubbled, frothy white head. Aromas of sweet fruit and a spicy blend, with some clove and allspice in abundance. Bready yeast scents, also. The flavors have a strong roasting to them, with the clove and slightly sour yeast flavors following quickly on the tongue. Sweet berry fruits, and a slight highlight of honey balance the flavors. The aftertaste has a split second of sour, but a good showing of the spice blend. The finish is slow and slick, with a slight linger to it. Very good flavors, and one of the more sessionable Farmhouse brews I've had, despite the higher ABV. (746 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 rhoadsrage
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a stemmed strange)

A- This beer pours a hazy lemon yellow body with strands of microbubbles gliding up to a thick creamy meringue of light beige head.

S- The very fragrant, even during the pour, saison yeast with some apricot esters and dried orange peel is very nice.

T- The dry fruity esters have a citrus clove hint that comes through as the beer opens up. The peppery green hop finish is dry and crisp. There is a pithy bittern aftertaste with some juicy dry grapefruit hops flavor.

M- The creamy mouthfeel has a medium mouthfeel and a soft carbonation. There is a mineral water crispness as the beer warms.

O- The great aroma and thick head are very impressive but the taste is a bit too bitter in the finish detracting from the other great flavors. The fruity esters are large and try to balance but are a bit outshined by the bitterness. (863 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hwwty4 for this 750 mL corked and caged bottle. After being disappointed with the original saison, I am anxious to dig in.

A: The saison is a hazy golden yellow color, a radiant straw hue. Despite the haze, the ale remains translucent. A two finger head of white foam has left a ring of lace encircling my glass.

S: Belgian yeast sweetness and peppery aromas waft out of my glass. A little bit of grassiness adds zest.

T: The saison has a lively flavor, aided by higher carbonation levels. Fruity esters and pepper provide a sweet, musty base that nicely uses the yeast strain. The fruitiness I recall from the ale they call Trailer 7. Pale malts, a mild mix of grains, lend a balancing aspect to the saison. Beyond the yeast, the saison takes on a bittersweet, anise-like turn near the end of each sip. A grassy dose of hops sets the ale up for a strong finish. Nicely done by Boulevard.

M: The musty flavors leave a strong impression on my palate, sweet and bitter, funky and smooth. The lasting mustiness has hop elements, a melange of flavor.

D: The saison doesn't feel like it's 8%. It does, however, have a rich flavor and pleasant finish. Thanks Bill, this one is very nice. (1,196 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Poured into a chalice a cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger creamy/foamy white head, with lots of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast, slight hop note, coriander, bananna. The taste is malty, yeasty, slightly hopped, with some nice spice notes, slightly peppered. Medium Body. Drinkable, a nice Saison. (372 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle

Pours a very light yellow color with a massive head that dissipates quickly

massive citus/grapefruit smell on the noise. reminds me of a typical farmhouse but with a big big nose. taste is EXCEPTIONAL for a farmhouse...granted this isnt my favorite style but this is the almost perfect beer in rating in style. citrus, lemon, grapefruit... with a dry aftertaste. very drinkable and enjoyable. amazed that this is 8.5%.

overall an exceptional farmhouse brew. (481 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Notes...Boulevard never ceases to amaze me!!!! Tank 7 is another wonderful creations....I mean brew! The color is a golden cloudy, which is similar to most Saison's. The smell was similar to most belgium style ales...hints of clove and citrus. The smell of course fell in with the taste which was citrus/clove/bananna. There is a refreshing start which is followed by a spice/clove which hits the pallet perfectly...then dissapates...doesnt lag. I really like this beer. (475 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

... Today was one of the longest days I've had in a long long time... 14+ hours and hauling ass from beginning to end.... Thankfully the wife hit the COOP today and got me a few nice brews... Thanks babe.

I shared this with my carpool buddy to celebrate our first 3 day weekend since mid summer... cheers homeboy.

3 finger foamy white head... great lacing... fantastic retention... the brew is a slightly hazed straw golden.

Nose a very interesting mash-up of citrus hops... fruity esters... and a bit of dusty saison elements... a bit of sugar cookie maltiness.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a bit more maltiness... earthy.. biscuity maltiness... still plenty of pithy citrus zest... quite a bit of peppery phenols that I wasn't necessarily getting in the nose... the body is big for the style yet seems to still be about right given the adequate carbonation... really very drinkable... maybe dangerously... I should have probably given this brew a better review, but, it's hard to explain.. my mind says it is fantastic, but it still tastes a bit "American".. maybe that's a good thing I guess.

4.5/4/4/4/4.5 (1,114 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip. Poured a semi-cloudy/hazy yellow with a very tall, fluffy, white head (partially due to an accidentally overaggressive pour on my part) that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma was very good, typical for the style, yeasty, spicy and grainy. The flavors were also pretty typical, the yeast dominates with a pleasant spicy aspect and had a dry finish.

The body was medium-light, clean and nicely tongue coating. Drinkability was very good, as I find all good Saisons to be. Overall, a very nice example of the style. Worth trying if you see it. (573 characters)

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a faint, cloudy orange in color with a three finger white head. It has funky, barnyard like aromas. It features straw, bread, and citrus. The taste is a little piny which surprised me. The flavors too are a little funky and has some straw to it. It's pretty flavorful. It drinks medium bodied and is moderately smooth. It's pretty drinkable. You'd never know it's 8%. It's a pretty solid interpretation of the style but not the best by any means. (461 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy orange yellow with lots of carbonation from the sides of the glass. I may have poured too much from the bottom of the bottle because there are thouseands of white particles suspended in the glass. A one finger fine white head with great retention and lacing. Very nice looking. Aroma of complex light fruit, Belgian spicing. Flavor starts with light fruit, sweet malt and citrus. Becomes dry and spicy, Belgian spices and pepper and finishes with dry and with a hint of Brett funk. Light to medium mouth feel with pleasant carbonation. The funk is perfect for me at this level, adds interest without overwhelming the palate. I'm not a big fan of brett, but like the other flavors of saisons. Tank 7 has the right combination of flavors for me. Very nice. (803 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Half inch white head on a hazy gold beer. Average lacing and head retention.

S- Belgian yeast funk/fruity.

T- Crisp! Bready. Belgian yeast. Very flavorful and the ABV is well hidden.

M- Well carbonated. Smooth, medium mouthfeel.

D/O- A real pleasure to have and share with friends/family. Great for summer, during a picnic perhaps. Hats off to Boulevard for making a great, widely available saison. (406 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A huge meringue-like head sits on top of this hazy orange beer; the retention is excellent, with a slow settling and lots of lacing. Smell is very nice, lots of spice and yeast, lemony freshness.

Delicious taste, sharply defined flavors - lemon, pepper, yeasty spice, grass, slight malt sweetness in the rear. Subtle hopping helps to keep things in shape and very lightly bitter. I liked that they were but held in check enough to not overwhelm the other subtleties of the taste.

This beer has nice carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Alcohol isn't really noticed much. An excellent example of the saison style. Wish I could find this one at home. (650 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – A huge head towers over the brew with a mixed bubble structure. Fantastic retention and a rocky lace. Hazy honey gold color.

S – Soft tangerine citrus over dried grass, pollen, and pepper.

T – A kaleidoscopic profile. Bright, acidic carbonation right up front. As the bubbles clear out, dry leaves, orange zest, and honey round out the opening. In the center, black pepper pops to the forefront and ushers in lemongrass and thyme. The backend is shifts gears, leaving an almost boozy, lemon, and leafy hop finish.

M – Net soft with a medium body.

O – The hoppy side of saison. (594 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of tart malt, sweet malt, yeast, clove, and slight banana. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. There is a slight bitterness associated with this brew. Tastes of floral hops, tart malt, slight sweet malt, some pine, and slight spice (ginger?). Overall, more hops than I'm used to in a Saison, but I still enjoyed this brew a lot. (514 characters)

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Best-by date of 10/18/11.

Appearance: lightly hazy straw hue; the impression is that it's silvery. Head is three fingers of pillowy white foam which round out a very nice appearance.

Smell: lightly funky, spicy aroma with a hint of citrus. Basic, but well-crafted and appealing.

Taste: funky farmhouse flavor with a nice, light malt base. There's a tartness to the end that balances it out well. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a bodacious level of carbonation that makes this beer absolutely perfectly creamy and awesome. Love it, love it, love it.

Overall: a basic but well-crafted saison with just amazing, amazing creaminess. Bonus points for that. (702 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours hazy pale golden with a tall and very light crystal white head. After some time the head settles and leaves decent lacings.

S: Funk and Belgian yeast up front. Lots of fruit, and quite some spice. Malty. Dry grass , stable and leather. Some faint smoked ham in the back.

T: Follows the smell, but is a tad better in every aspect. The spice is stronger as is the citric fruits.

M: Funky aftertaste that lingers. Body is medium and a bit harsh, while carbonation is rich but very smooth.

O: A very nice American take on a complex Belgian style. (556 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a pale golden straw yellow in color with pale yellow highlights and a finger of head that left some good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: definitely was able to detect that barnyard horse blanket bretty funk with spice notes, hints of pear fruit and a little herbal essence coming through as well.

T: the bretty barnyard funk was a little more mild on the palate alongside, herbal notes that were more prominent, clove flavor, spice accents, a touch of pear fruit, and slight hops lingering in the background.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had an herbal, spice, bretty funky, mild fruity and prickly finish.

O: I thought it was a solid saison and was happy to try another offering from boulevard brewing. (766 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of fruits, yeast, some spice. Taste is malts, spices, fruits, hops are present, alcohol well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer. (252 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Stub n Herbs, in a tulip.

Pours a hazy golden yellow, some orange highlights, thin white head forms, drops to a medium ring and leaves some size chunks of lace on the glass. Smell is neat, lots of citrus and wheat, grapefruit, floral, yeasty, light spice, strawberries, toast, honey, like a hopped up saison. Taste is similar, but fruitier, apricots, citrus, floral, grapefruit and orange peel, some caramel and honey sweetness, lightly funky, except the finish reminded me of pickles. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, pretty drinkable. An amped up saison, but for some reason it didn't totally sit right with me, but good stuff. (658 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked bottle, batch 710071, best before March 2011.

The cork? I pulled it off with my hands after some constant twisting so not as stubborn as some of their other 750s but hell. I wouldn't want it to come out too easy or I'd be suspisious of the beer's condition.

The initial pour and I see a light golden coulored brewwith an impressive 2 finger head of foam. Lacing to be determined after the foam settles down.

The smell is earthy to a point and then the citrus, of the lemon kind, take over. A light dashing of some clove that I can sense but it's mostly a nice lemon twang in this Saison.

The taste is lemon and earthy malt..that completely dominates. Very very little spice if any. Weird as hell for the style but damn....as simple and uncomplicated/complex as the flavours are, they are simply, in one word, delicious! It leans towards the hoppy avenue but the hop character is anything but bitter, say, as in an IPA. To me, it's more of a mild tartness that is supported by the more than equal to the task presence of the malt that tastes a lot like some honey like sweetness. No mention of honey at all on the label but I'm sensing it. Wow. This is *really* good. For a beer and for the difference compared to most samples of the style.

This develops a light haze after the first pout but the foam and now, lacing, continue to impress me.

Medium bodied with the same for the carbonation...a nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability? I saw the 8%abv and was a bit put off because I think it's a bit high for the style but man, it is *so* tasty that I reckon the abv didn't come into play at all. Very damn drinkable.

Bottom line? Are the Saisons you've tried too spicy for your palate? Give this one a go. Highly recommended! (1,746 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip a ways back (from notes)

A hazy golden yellow with a tornado of bubbles coming off the bottom, three fingers of foam almost grows over the top, awesome retention with a table top island still left at the bottom, thick rings all the way down, not sure how to improve on the look of this one

S orange peel, apple, pear, pineapple, lots of spice and yeast, a little bubblegum and white pepper, floral notes, and a hint of dry cereal, hits the style well

T more spice and a little less fruit, a hint of booze but well concealed for 8.5%, heaps of yeast, not quite up to par with the nose but still great

M has a little weight to it but it fluffs up so fast its hard to tell, slick on the palate, the faintest bit of heat, fruit and pepper linger

O hits all the right style points and perhaps a little too easy going down but that's not really a complaint

I could drink myself into a stupor under a hot sun with this stuff, one of the better saisons I've had in recent memory (1,013 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Mr. n8dietz for this purchase.

The color is a slightly hazey sunshine and hay hue. the head is a nice effervescent two fingers that recedes to nothing after a sip or two. Nice bubbling.

All I can say about the aroma, is that it makes me think of walking through and orchard. Bordered by a wheat, and you are only one hundred yards from a farmhouse with some farm animals. Not too funky or barnyardy for my tastes nose though.

The taste has lots of toasted grains with a little toasted wheat with a dry gypsum mouthfeel. The hops and yeast seem to that that real Belgian farmhouse funk and earthiness. Another sensational and worthwhile saison that would make an ex-patriot Belgian shed a tear for their homeland. (725 characters)

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 875 ratings.