Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 871
Hads: 4,350
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 266
Gots: 1,087 | 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.

38 IBU
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Reviews: 871 | Hads: 4,350
Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.39/5  rDev +6%

Pours a hazy yellow with a nice amount of head that trails the glass as you drink. The smell is full of all sorts of smells. Grapefruit hops, a bit of wheat, some spice, and pepper. The taste was just as complex with a bright start with hops and yeast flavors, then mellowing to banana flavors mixed with spice and pepper for a remarkably clean finish. Absolutely loved this one. (379 characters)

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Pour is hazy yellow to straw colored. Aroma is spicy, floral and hops with malt balance. Taste is hay like with spice upfront and malt with hop balance and mild spice in the middle and finish with herb and earth notes throughout. Mouthfeel is medium with a good carbonation to cut. Overall a wonderful saison and a beloved offering from Boulevard. (351 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus, grapefruit and yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of lemony citrus along with slight hints of peppery spices towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite citrusy for a saison and goes down very easily. It is a very nice beer for the summer months.

Serving type: bottle (615 characters)

Photo of zander4dawin
4.43/5  rDev +7%

This beer strike the perfect balance between traditional Saision and American craft beer ingenuity. A golden amber beer with a medium-light body and light tropical fruit flavors. American style dry hopping on the finish with some black pepper spice notes. (256 characters)

Photo of JasW
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours a bubbly four finger head over a gorgeously colored hazy yellow gold body. Exquisite lacing all the way down. The overriding impression here is of a sort of hybrid saison, one that has certain IPA-like qualities: floral, tropical, and citrus notes, and a consistent spiciness. It's like the flip of a Belgian IPA -- rather than an IPA that has a Belgian quality to it, it's a Belgian-type farmhouse/saison with an IPA quality. A unique beer. I'm in love. (460 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy gold with a four-finger foamy white head. The head dissapates slowly leaving lots of sticky lacing.

S - Aroma of pepper, lemon, and biscuity malt.

T - The flavor starts sweet with a nice amount of biscuity malts. The sweetness fades and the spicy/peppery yeast appears. The finish has some earthy hops and more pepper.

M - Medium bodied with light prickly carbonation. Nice crisp mouthfeel with a sticky dry finish.

O - This is a fantastic Saison. Lots of bright crisp flavors. Very enjoyable. (514 characters)

Photo of PacNWDad
4/5  rDev -3.4%

11/2/2014. 12 oz bottle purchased at Full Throttle Bottles, poured into a goblet. Pours with two fingers of dense, white head with a few large bubbles here and there that lingers. Massive Brussels lace on the sides of the glass, that stays a long time. Golden hued and slightly cloudy. Fruity aroma of apple, biscuit, yeast, apricot. Floral hops notes. Nice sweetness up front that stays around with the finish that also has a little bitterness from the hops and a little acidity. Moderate carbonation - almost fizzy but just short of it. Light body, on the dry side. Long finish. Wow - it's like I'm in Belgium! (623 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden color and a hazy texture. There was a big, rocky / foamy, long-lasting head. Decent lacing.

S: A strong aroma of yeast, spices, citrus, and malt.

T: Tasted of citrus (lemon), a light malt flavor, a bready quality, yeast, and pepper. A lively flavor that's a bit more aggressive than most of its Belgian counterparts. Surprisingly spicy and certainly tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: Tank 7 is a slightly offbeat version of a saison that manages to stay true to the style, but is also somehow unique. (604 characters)

Photo of i4ourgot
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Wow liked this beer very dry with a nice hoppy almost spicy finish. I did not know its 8.5 percent after a few sips I can feel it in my head. Smooth easy drinking and very pretty in a glass. The aroma is very similar to what I was getting on the flavor. Cheers try this one and enjoy. (285 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.32/5  rDev -19.8%


Appearance (4) : Very tall, creamy, world-class four fingered head that almost overflowed. It leaves generous lacing in lovely designs all the way down as it recedes at a snails' pace. The body is a golden bronze, slightly hazy hue with 40% opacity.

Aroma (3.5) : Whoa. Very pale-ale-like. Alcohol is out front with generous hops. Behind it creeps out just an eek of saison spice. By and large it smells more like a Pale than a Farmhouse. Bouquet is loud.

Taste (3) : This tastes nothing like a farmhouse ale. The bitter hop bites the tip of the tongue straight off, and then what follows is burnt alcohol. A yeasty, malty, woody taste is left on the palate. Carbonated zing is left lingering as well. This is more like a yeasty, slightly saison-inspired pale ale.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Medium bodied. Slightly creamy. Woody buzz is left on the palate with a dry finish.

Overall (3.32) : A bit disappointed. I had high hopes for Tank 7. I've had better Saisons and this one is just too hoppy and too heavy on the burnt alcohol flavor. I re-checked the bottle after I poured because I could smell the alcohol right off the bat. Yeah, 8.5 is right. It's giving me a touch of heart burn. The flavor is there but the alcohol takes it over pretty forcefully, destroying any yeasty goodness it may have yielded. I'll probably not have this again. (1,353 characters)

Photo of bristol2120
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a semi-hazy medium orange gold with a significant near white head that leaves significant lacing. Excellent aroma with citrusy notes up front and herbal grassy notes in the background. Taste is outstanding with bright spicy notes balanced with a yeasty spiciness that really puts this beer over the top. Carbonation is tight and bright with an excellent mouthfeel.

I don't have a lot of experience with this style, but what I've had so far has been really enjoyable. This is an outstanding beer that comes from a brewery I am liking more and more. (555 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a cage and corked 750 ml bottle from the Alpine , CA Frontier Liquor Store in early September for $9.99. Best by 8-2014.

Beer poured a pale yellow with a beautiful white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is classic Belgian yeast esters and citrus hops.

Taste is lemon-pepper, grapefruit, with a dry hop-peppery finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and very smooth and light across the palate.

Overall this is an awesome beer that is a must try if you enjoy this style! (498 characters)

Photo of Beerzebub
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright golden color with some white froth. Pleasant fruity and lightly spicy yeasty aromas; grassy, herbaceous hops; and clean, light, crackery malt. Tastes good - yeasty, fruity, almost completely dry, with nice lingering noble hops flavor and slight bitterness. Terrific balance. Nice freshness. Good length. It's nice that one of the best saisons made stateside is so widely available. (388 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a hazy straw, pours four fingers of very thick, off white head with great retention, aroma is all over the place, filled with spices, Belgian yeast , wheat and light fruits. In the taste I got cloves, coriander, malt breadlines, apples and grapes.
Body is light but with very high carbonation, touch of dryness at the end.
An excellent saison, exactly what I want from the style. (389 characters)

Photo of silverking
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- bright hazy golden color with a fluffy, coarse pure white head. It looks like merengue on top of the beer. Lots of active carbonation is visible.

S- peppery, funky, and lots of yeast. Bright notes of Lemon zest help to round it out.

T- typical barnyard funk and bitter lemon. Some white pepper in the finish.

M- light, crisp, refreshing. Aggressive carbonation.

O- a solid American saison offering. (418 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed straw orange color with a big billowy white head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of yeast and some bready and wheaty smells. Along with these aromas comes some lighter notes of a lemon and grapefruit smell as well as some grassy notes all complimented by a nice lemongrass aroma. A decent level of a funk smell mixed with hay and some coriander spice are all there giving a nice, somewhat drier overall farmhouse aroma.

Taste – The taste begins flavors of citrus with both sweeter orange as well as some bitter grapefruit and lemon both being there. Wheat bread flavors and some yeast are present upfront with the yeast getting stronger as the taste moves forward. While the yeast grows stronger the orange citrus fades all while some lemongrass and hay come to the tongue. A little bit of spice of coriander and clove come to the tongue along with a rather moderate showing of funk. The funk and grass flavors get stronger as the taste advances to the end, leaving a more crisp and slightly drier nicely funked but still refreshing flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side for a saison with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. While traditionally a thinner body is more stylish for the saison, the thicker body actually does rather nice in this one accentuating the funk nicely, which in this one is rather nicely balanced by the other flavors of the brew. While the non-standard thicker body is nice the standard higher carbonation level is very nice as well for the flavors and brew as it makes for a nice refreshing beer overall.

Overall – This is one very nice, fruity, but drier and nicely flavor blended and funked brew. This is a nice saison that is super easy to drink at 8.5 %. Delicious and dangerously good. (2,028 characters)

Photo of drtth
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Served in a Duvel tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As the beer pours out it is a bright clear golden yellow color with a 1” fluffy white head. Some chill haze develops but as the beer warms a light haze remains from a bit of sediment during the pour. As the foam recedes there are larger patches and a few small speckles of lacing on the sides of the glass. Early on the beer is covered with foam but towards the end there’s a central island surrounded by patchy foam and a ring around the glass. Sipping leaves patches, legs and speckles of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: There is a definite grapefruit citric smell with some malt and hints of white pepper.

Taste: Early on while the beer is still chilled the flavor is mostly a touch of light sweetness from the malt and, as expected from the nose, some grapefruit citric character with a dash of white pepper. The finish is long and mostly dry with a touch of early sweetness fading to leave behind the citric grapefruit and white pepper bitterness that seems to go on for a very long time. Somewhat surprisingly, late in the finish there is also a light, almost mint-like character which comes in to help. As the beer warms the flavors open up and become more balanced and integrated into a complex whole.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is on the border between light and medium bodied and there is light, persistent, prickly carbonation throughout most of the beer. The lightly peppery finish is dry and invites another sip.

Overall and Drinkability: Overall I find this a very drinkable beer. I definitely like the touch added by including some American hops here and I’m now about half way through a case and still enjoying the Tank 7 beer every bit as much as I did the first bottle, plus I’m finding a growing appreciation for the complexity of the beer as my experience with it grows and deepens. (1,942 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.03/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with big fluffy head, settles to a dense cap, spay of thick foam down the glass. Smell: soapy, dried pineapple, floral, spices -not for cooking or baking but some bs bathroom smelly crap. This beer smells like your grandmother's bathroom. If you were eating dried pineapple in it, instead of whatever you're really doing. Taste: mirrors the nose...just a ton of spices that don't mesh, dried sweetened pineapple, pils/pale overly sweet. Sticky candy finish after the spices fade. Fruity without definition, overly sweet, overly spiced. Phenolic like a bpa. Ratings don't compute because this is not a good saison. (632 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Appropriately hazy for the style, with a massive, fluffy, snow white head that sustains itself until the last drop. The color is a medium gold, with light emanating through it. Much lacing on the glass.

Smell: It's immediately apparent that the balance of fruit (apricot and orange) and hops (earthy pine and tea leaves) is impeccable. A solid backdrop of pale malt holds things together.

Taste: Biscuit malt is well-seasoned with sweet spices (coriander and nutmeg) and fruit (grapefruit and apricot). The taste is just as balanced as the bouquet, and is further rounded out by a nice light bitterness and an intriguing minty finish.

Mouthfeel: The medium body is brightened and lightened by a zesty, carbonic bite. The weight ends up being just right for this beer--it's hearty enough to support the flavor complexity, yet light enough to make for a very refreshing beverage,.

Overall: While excellent, this saison would easily blend in with the higher quality pack were it not for a few very small surprises, such as the minty taste in the finish. For fans of the style, it's definitely worth having. For others, it may feel forgettable as it fades away nto the fruit and spice conglomeration of the other saisons they've had before. (1,249 characters)

Photo of With_a_B
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%

Appearance: Clear golden colored with some haziness, an inch or so of foam, nice carbonation, great lacing

Smell: An interesting range - nice.

Taste: Complex and simply fabulous, great mix of hops character, somewhat similar to Trillium Congress Street.

Mouthfeel:: Medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Wow, simply a great beer. Fantastic flavors. (359 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a week or two ago at the Joe Canal's in Parsippany, having never had this before. I think it's great that Boulevard is available in this neck of the woods now and I was eager to see if this matched up with the other beers that I've had from them before. It certainly did and was an example of this style that was easily accessible and true to form at the same time. Along with a recessed feel of alcohol, those attributes made this a beer worth savoring and sharing.

The pour to this was solid - the dark blonde hue, plentiful head and gorgeous carbonation all combined for an appearance that one would expect from a Saison. Lots of straw in this and an subtly strong grapefruit undertone that just stopped short of making me pucker up. This had the look, mouthfeel, and lightness of champagne and reminded me a lot of the Brooklyn Local offerings that also come in a big bottle. Low on spice and funk but with just a hint of them to bring this beer to the next level, I was amazed at how well this went down without feeling watered-down or full of yeast.

The booze is here and by the time I got to the end of this (I did split part of it with a friend), I could feel a nice, gentle amount of warming take hold. No matter - this was great stuff and a treat for those of us here on the East Coast who are new to Boulevard. Good enough to be confused with an import and simple enough for anyone to enjoy, this is what a good Saison should be about. The aroma wasn't anything memorable but everything else was and I'll probably give this a go again sometime soon in the near future. (1,597 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

25.4 oz bottle
Best by 05/2015

Hard to find many faults with this beer. Beautiful appearance with a hazy pale orange color and large fluffy white head. Good head retention with a small amount of lacing. The aroma is excellent. Loaded with lemon, orange, and grapefruit citrus combined with freshly cracked black pepper. Flavor is citrus and spice with a very dry finish. Light to medium body with lots of carbonation. Definitely on the hoppier side for the style, but an above average saison for sure. An Americanized version of a farmhouse ale where the hops outweigh the funk.

After hearing much about it, I finally had the pleasure of trying this now that Boulevard is being distributed in NJ. Paired excellently with a Thai Massamun curry dish I was eating. Will definitely purchase again and a beer worthy of keeping stocked in your fridge at all times. (860 characters)

Photo of Jonada
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Best before May 2015. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color with 4+ fingers of an off white rocky head with good retention and lacing. Body is very lightly hazy with a good amount of visible carbonation.

Smell: Grapefruit, peppery saison yeast, coriander, grass and pear.

Taste: Similar to the aroma. Citrusy, grapefruit hops hit right away followed by more yeast driven notes of pepper, spice and maybe a slight funkiness. Some grassy notes in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Light medium bodied with a somewhat soft mouthfeel and medium lively carbonation. Relatively mild lingering bitterness.

Overall: Really good hoppy saison. Not worth going to great lengths to get, but definitely with picking up if you come across it. (772 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%

Review taken from notes July 2014.

12 oz brown bottle complete with a Belgo feel and look to it in terms of shape. Label is pretty straight forward with an elegant design. A very nice label. Much how an American Belgian should come. Poured into a stemmed Belgian style tulip glass.

A - glowing bright yellow on the pour which turns more yellow golden In the light. A fluffy white head is massive and sits very nice throughout the experience. Lovely particles float about this farmhouse ale leaving a pretty yellow haze in the body.

S - the tank 7 yeast stood out up front with a big doughy bread aroma followed by an earthy character. Typical but splendid Saison whiffs fill the nose of banana, clove and Belgian spices, and bubble gum. The malt balance was very good with a grain like hay. Citrus hops feel the backend with fresh lemon and orange.

T - grain and hay to start with a second sip really highlighting the banana and clove found in the nose. Hop presence is citrusy lemon and orange bouncing off one another very well. A slight nutty character is found within the depths of the mild bitterness the hops provide. Finish intertwines banana, clove, Belgian spices, pepper, and citrus. Tank 7 's yeast is blended perfectly with the ape itself giving a solid American farmhouse experience.

M - medium bodied and refreshing. Big on the Belgian style, Tank 7 has a smooth velvety feel, laying it's flavors across very well. Alcohol is hidden and the yeast is tasty. Thin but smooth with a semi dry finish.

O - a solid offering of an American made farmhouse ale that offers a classic Belgian aroma and flavor with letting you explore the real creativity of Boulevard 's yeast. I'd drink this again. Definitely a good offering. (1,747 characters)

Photo of imscotty
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%

A: Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow. The fluffy white head slowly died down. A fair amount of lacing.

S: Lemon and other citrus aromas dominate. Some spicy and hay scents.

T: The lemon and citrus flavors hit the tongue first and the peppery spiciness takes over. A very peppery and slightly bitter finish. I detect some hay and grassy flavors.

M: A lighter mouthfeel befitting the style and well carbonated.

O: A pleasant Saison. Some may be put off by the strong peppery finish but I found it quite satisfying. Not one of my favorite saisons, but still another quality offering from Boulevard. (615 characters)

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 871 ratings.