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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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925 Reviews
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Reviews: 925
Hads: 4,570
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 22.89%
Wants: 286
Gots: 1,253 | 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.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a cloudy yellow color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Lacing seemed to ring around the glass and then spider web after a while.
The smell starts off with some citrus pulp and rind indulgently grasps some sweet grassiness to then weave it's way into some Belgian sweetness (assuming light candy). Light breadiness and Belgian spices send a greeting to the previously mentioned aromas saying "hey, we're here to stay as well." The rest of the flavors agree and they all rejoiced.
The taste, well, how do you think this is gonna go, yup, its the wonderful blended flavors of the aroma coming forth in a sweet, earthy, bready, musty and spicy sort of way. There's a light sweet and bready citric aftertaste leading into the same sort of finish in a slight wet way.
The mouthfeel was about light to medium bodied with a nice sessionable crisp yet wet sort of way. Carbonation seemed good for the style and for me. Bitterness seems to come forth a tad more than some other Americanized saisons, but hey, I'm not arguing, its still very good.
Overall, having had Hennepin recently, there's a part of me that leans to Tank 7 more as a great beer to have in almost all occasions. Wonderful in its entirety, I recommend this to hopheads, maltheads, sour connoisseurs, stout lovers,and fruit beer enthusiasts. This one definitely brings its "A" game to the party.

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Photo of NickandToni
4.93/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You will see as my reviews add up over time that I love FARMHOUSE ales. I tell a story to my customers about learning to taste coffee to my first experience from college drinking to my first great bottle of beer. That bottle that changed my expectations of beer was Saison Dupont.

That all being said, this is the best American Farmhouse beer I have ever had.

Look: Butterscotch
Smell: Sweet and Musty
Taste: Yeast, spice, and peppery
Feel: Pleasant and enjoyable
Overall: Even if you are not a farmhouse ale lover, this will represent the category perfectly

Thank you Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Photo of puck1225
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy yellow into a pint glass, high carbonation. Thin white head with some lacing. Great spicy taste, fruity, clean crisp taste. Very happy to this now available locally in a 4 pack! A favorite.

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Photo of Chris_Huston
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got no grapefruit or hoppiness in my bottle, and that's part of what made this so enjoyable for me. There's that clear farmhouse funk, but reserved and patient, and its balanced out with a sweetness that is unusual for this style. Color is a pristine golden straw, that piles a high, stubborn head on the pour. Contrast it to the barn-loft mustiness of Jester King's Mad Meg and you have two stellar examples of what this style has to offer. The major revelation in this one is the presence of the sweet, and how well its balanced with the classic farmhouse grunge.

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Photo of leantom
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had heard that Boulevard makes great Belgian beers, but I haven't had the opportunity to try one until this review. Here goes:

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with fantastic head and lacing. Lots of fluffy lace cling to the glass long after consumption. The only thing keep me from giving this beer a perfect score is the relatively high concentration of dead yeast suspended in solution. This Belgian beer literally has more dead, floating yeast than any other Belgian beer I've had the pleasure of consuming (and that's saying something).

S: All Belgian yeast and spice. Lots of oranges, lemon, and banana complimented by clove, white pepper, and Belgian bread. While the scents are diverse, however, they're faint relative to other Belgian brews that I've had.

T: Almost perfect. Lots of sweet candied sugar complimented by spice from the Belgian yeast. Overwhelmingly spicy and bready, but the clove isn't too overdone. In fact, the clove serves as a balancing flavor relative to other Belgian beers that I've had.

F: Thick and bready. Great.

O: This is an excellent beer. While not as good as the Belgian varieties, this farmhouse ale is worth remembering.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

from a single into a GI tulip
a: hazy goldenrod, no carb bubbles, big puffy 3 finger head with decent retention and modest lacing
s: wha....t! Pungent sweet flowery perfumy hibiscus/rose, a little banana, pear and ripe peach too. I miss a little stronger presence of the yeasty spiciness and even funk that my ideal saison has, but this is what it is without apologies, and it is impressive.
t & m: follows the nose, but you also get a little funk and hoppy/yeasty coriander liveliness and some smooth creamy malt, which is nice. Very very smooth, no bite here and good carbonation though maybe a little lower than some standard bearers for the style... the end is a little anti-climactic, and it just kind of fades out with a little asprin-like edge on the dominant floral flavors.
Great beer!

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Photo of sjdevel
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive head when pouring this 750ml. There was a 4 finger head and it stays prominent for quite some time. Very light yellow straw color and extremely clear.

Musty and dank sour fruit and fresh cut grass. Possibly a slight hop bite and a slight breadiness in there after the hops fade.

First flavors that burst through are of tart fruit and wine (apple, grape, banana, pineapple). The flavor is slightly sour but it doesn't overpower your taste buds. When the sour jolt fades, there is a nice sweet malty bready taste that fades to a slight dry finish. At first I through this brew was of a very high ABV% as there is a fair alcohol burn that quickly warms you. It is at 8.5%, but it just struck me as a 10 or 11%'er.

This was very fizzy on the tongue and seemed full bodied that it probably actually was. Still light-medium body.

I am a big Boulevard fan, but I was not as impressed with this one. It is a good saison, but I expected more as I have heard a lot of hype about it. It hits the mark on a lot of style point, but still didn't strike me as other saisons have. I expected more grassy / herbal notes and less hoppy. This one tastes a lot like some IPAs that I have had. I just don't think it lived up to the hype.

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Photo of pinyin
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Such a great Saison. And so readily available in NY.

It really doesn't get much better than this.

Better than Allagash, and slightly better than Prairie Standard.

The flowery hibiscus nose and flavor profile is so dynamic on Tank 7. It really is the pinnacle of ale yeast.

Sun light really damages this product, so keep in the dark, and it helps to refrigerate the bottle for a few days drinking.

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Photo of apants007
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. It has the expected hazy gold farmhouse/saison color with an incredibly fat dense fluffy head. Smells like a flowers shop... Tastes fruity but not sweet ... Apricot, nectarine, peach with a little vanilla and rose... Like a pie on Valentine's Day! A hint of sour but not nearly as much as some of its continental counterparts. The dense carbonation mixed with the slightly thick malty goodness almost feels like a nitro... The alcohol bite is pretty smooth at first but becomes more pronounced as it warms. Overall a great example of the American farmhouse category.

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

typically not a fan of this style in the least bit. however, this one was a pleasant surprise. usually stay away from writing up a review for saison/farmhouse ales for being so biased but i'll break the trend. out of the bomber....clear golden color w/ a ton of head. yeast clean scent w/ a similar taste. the taste seemed to have a minute hint tartness to it which is why i probably enjoyed. absoultely no bite what-so-ever for this higher than normal abv. suprisingly, i would buy this again. cheers!

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

Hazy, yellow beer with a fluffy, three finger high, white head.

Nose: Yeast, orange, citrus, spice and lemon peel.
Taste: Sweet malt, funk, yeast, citrus, pepper, grass, apricot and banana.
Body: Medium body and strong carbonation. Well hidden ABV. Fresh and crisp taste.

I like this!

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

The head on this beer was crazy. The smell was really nice yeasty and fruity. The taste is delicious, smooth, and creamy. The yeast is mild and doesn't overpower the nice fruity spicy flavor. This is not by favorite beer style but this beer is fantastic. yb

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Photo of daddypatstacks
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not going to beat around the bush with this one. Tank 7 is a phenomenal beer. Everything from the cloudy orange color, the rush of fruit and sweet malts on the nose, and the smoothness as it goes down screams superb craftsmanship. This is one of the best farmhouse ales I've had, and one of my favorite go to beers. The taste is complex. A solid, but not overwhelming hop profile sits under a variety of fruit flavors including pear, orange, and maybe apricot. All of this is rounded out by that distinctive farmhouse yeast. As another reviewer noted, this is the perfect beer after a long, hot day. I love sitting on my porch, watching the sun set, drinking one of these. They're super easy to pour back, but this a way bigger beer than most farmhouse ales. At 8.5%, it doesn't take many to pack a punch. It hides the alcohol well though- a lot better than some beers of the same style in the ~5% range. Boulevard has me hooked with this one. Fantastic beer.

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

Solid Farmhouse. Pours a golden color with good carbonation and a good head on it. Smell of high acidic citrus and an earthy smell is very noticeable at first sniff. I got the malty smell after a couple of tries. There is also a good mix of coriander and ginger. the taste you get a good bit of lemon grass taste at the front end and a creamy malt at the back end with a pretty dry finish, which I like to see in a farmhouse or saison. The ABV is well hidden and it really brings out the citrus taste. Great beer to pair with food or drink separately on a cool night. Cheers

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

Package: 355 ml bottle.

Appearance - lightly cloudy gold.

Smell - mild fruity notes.

Taste - Dry, lightly sweet after taste, flavourful, low on bitterness.

Mouth-feel - Very mellow, quite pleasant.

Overall - This is a great brew, well balance, not over powering.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an absolutely gorgeous hazy golden color with 2 fingers of lingering fluffy foam. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is primarily their spicy yeast, but I also get some lemon peel and associated citrus.

Taste is good, but it didn’t blow me away as I expected. I will admit; I have had their Saison Brett (one of my new favorite beers), so this in comparison is a bit of a letdown. However, I am judging this separately to the best of my ability. It has some of the classic flavors of a good saison: pepperiness, spicy yeast, and a bit of citrus. However, nothing wows me about it; it is a bit plain and one dimensional (spicy yeast, lemon, and carbonation). As it warms, the beer becomes more complex and enjoyable. The hop bitterness breaks through the sweetness, and the alcohol slaps the palate a bit (in a good way). Also the finish is rather dry (which I enjoy).

This is still a fantastic beer but just not as good as I was expecting. I see it pairing well with succulent king crab legs and butter. It gets a 88.5/100.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Whole Foods in a 12 oz. bottle for $2.99 (a bargain imo). Poured a cloudy yellow. Smells of citrus and pepper. Tastes like a Belgian ale to me, very tasty, but very carbonated. Hides the alcohol well. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy gold with a tight, fizzy white head.

Nose is typical banana and clove, a bit of funk. Not overpowering, definitely on the light side.

Flavor is spot on. Nice funk and a touch sour. Banana and grass mostly come through with a nice spice on the finish. Decent bitter on the finish as well.

Feel is spot on. Light and refreshing, great carbonation level.

Overall a fantastic classic American Saison.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a 750 mL into a tulip, pours gold with a nice creamy white head, about a finger's worth of foam, thick amounts of lace around the glass

S: Spices galore, coriander, pepper, ginger, some citrus notes like tangerine, and a bit of malt

T: Almost like a blonde ale, very sweet and malty that fades with a bit of citrus and finishes with a soft peppery snap

F: Medium bodied, with a bit of creaminess, a high amount of carbonation as is typical with the style.

O: This is a very unusual beer, despite the high ABV, you would honestly think you're enjoying a blonde ale, because its very light and delicate in taste. Might try again to see if I can snag a fresher bottle.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 714309-2, BB 08-2015 at 44 degrees into snifter
Aroma of fruity yeast esters
Head large (five cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to irregular frothy ring varying from three to twelve mm and partial layer
Lacing poor – few islands of tiny to medium bubbles
Body light yellow, cloudy
Flavor fruity and spicy; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.25

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Photo of jhartley
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful slightly cloudy golden colored body; with a near explosive amount of carbonation when poured into the glass. Ended up with 2 fingers worth of head before pouring the rest of the beer into the glass. Tons of thick chunky lacing left behind in the glass.
Aromas of peaches, slight sourness and funk followed with a bready malt aroma. Funky yeast aromas coming through as well.
Tastes much different than I was expecting! Sweeter at first without a lot of that Belgian funk, which comes later on. Getting lemons, peaches a muted orange and then a twinge of that funk you would expect from the style.
Feel is light and easy. Not a lot of carbonation...? I guess it all got spent on the pour, because there's not a lot of that fizziness present while drinking it. 8.5% abv?! Ummm, yeah not picking up on that at all! Super hidden.
Overall, this is a pleasant surprise for me! I like trying Saison/Farmhouse Ales, but I am usually put-off if they have large amounts of that barnyard funkiness right away. This one starts out sweeter and has a nice middle bitterness ending with a tart funk on the end. I really like the way this one is put together.
Haven't had it yet? Give it a try a real winner!

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Photo of ChimRichels
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale orange leaning toward yellow with just the slightest touch of haziness. Head stands tall and firm and lingers for the majority of the beer. Heavy lacing.

S - Slight bit of funk and sourness. Otherwise fresh bread dough, grass and mild herbs.

T - Very light, with a nice undertone of subtle sweetness that compliments the bready flavors nicely. A touch of bitterness from the hops, but they are muted in flavor. I had to double check the ABV after my first sip (yep, still 8.5) because I definitely noticed some warming in the throat from the alcohol, although it was far from off putting in its intensity.

M - Feel is good, maybe a touch harsher than I was expecting and a bit thin, but fair for the style.

O - Great breweries make great beer - Boulevard is no exception in this case

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

Pours a straw color with dissipating lacing into a light head. Citrusy, floral, hop aromas. Maybe catch a tint of herbal. Remembering that you are drinking a Farmhouse Ale and not an IPA you are given a light hoppy, sour, tart grapefruit taste. Very fine and tingly carbonation enough to bring forward the citrus in the beer with a finish of dry hoppiness at the end which leaves you wanting more. This Farmhouse Ale is brewed with an excellent balance of hoppiness and citrus and carbonation - all in the right balance.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a pale yellow with a good, fluffy head. It has citrusy, floral hop aromas and it tastes like it has been dry hopped. The spicy hop tastes are readily apparent. When I tasted it my immediate reaction was that it had more alcohol and hops than a Saison but it also had a nice hint of malty sweetness and a crisp dry finish. In checking it with the other Saisons, however, it has a little bit more alcohol but not a lot.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. The color is golden yellow with a bright white head and thick lacing. The smell features lemon peel, malt, and sweet, herbal spice. The taste is malty, with lemon, and a hoppy, fairly peppery, bitter finish. There is also a hint of apricot at the finish. This is a medium-bodied ale with significant carbonation. Like a good Belgian, it is nicely effervescent and you really don't notice the 8.5 ABV. Overall, this is a pleasant, tangy saison. I prefer Hennepin but this is very good.

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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 925 ratings.