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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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Reviews: 885 | Hads: 4,414
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)

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 Zet
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A hazy golden colour with a thick head of foam. A nose full of american aroma hops, with citric, flowers and grass prominent. The taste is where this beer excels: a very rich, flavourful yet subtle mix of sweet, sour and bitter fruit flavours. Grapefruit and lemon are present, but i also noted hints of peach, fig, white grapes and even strawberry. This beer feels like an exploration, with new flavours in every sip. The pretty high abv of 8.5 is well hidden, so flavours are never concealed by alcohol. A pleasantly fruity bitter and dry aftertaste that lingers well. This is a very, very good beer. (602 characters)

Photo of Myotus
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle (best by date 23Nov15) into a Mikasa tulip. LOOK: Pours with two finger's worth of white foam that dissipates into a half finger's worth within 2 minutes (love that slow dissipation rate). Pale gold in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. Lacing and bubbles are subtle and the brew has a few scattered, tiny white particles floating around. SMELL: Has very strong aromas of citrusy hops that combine with mild pale malt, black pepper, and floral hop aromas. A hint of wheat malts and earthy yeast aromas can also be detected. TASTE: Initial taste is a combination of strong citrus hop and mild pale malt flavors. Mild floral hop and subtle wheat malt flavors flow in immediately after the initial flavors. Both malt flavors fade while both hop flavors persist as a hint of earthy yeast flavor and black pepper continue this symphony of tatse resulting in a pleasant spice bomb of an aftertaste. FEEL: Carbonation is somewhere in between high and moderate. Medium-bodied with an unpleasantly dry finish. The spicy aftertaste playfully agitates the tongue. Not the first farmhouse ale I have had, but it is the first I have reviewed. This one was great, I just hope the next one isn't as dry. (1,223 characters)

Photo of chad_e_martin
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is how you do a farmhouse.

Look: Hazy golden. Good head retention. Bubbles, oh the bubbles.

Smell: Sweet, fruity, zesty, and the right balance of malts, wheat, and hops.

Taste: It takes like it smells, but more complex. When I dream of creating a farmhouse ale, this is what I imagine. I'm picking up orange, lemon, coriander, wheat, hops, pepper.

Feel: It's zesty and spicy, but not extreme.

Again, this is how you do a Saison/farmhouse. It takes like the dog days of late summer. And that's a good thing. So much complexity to be enjoyed here.

98/100 (568 characters)

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

Really good beer of a golden-orange body and a style that lies between a saison and an IPA. It's really hoppy, fruity and spicy. Some yeast and grainy notes too. (161 characters)

Photo of afroitguy
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the quintessential beer. Pours with a thick head and light amber in color. Smells and tastes like an ale should.. I lack the language to express it, but this is everything I would expect from a farmhouse ale. (216 characters)

Photo of clcross
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty saison. Nice tropical fruit notes mixed with very slight pepper and earth/grass.
Very drinkable, doesn't drink like a 8.5.
Delicious grapefruit finish.

Also, I actually had this in Disneyworld, so there's that. (222 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Cloudy golden in appearance with tons of carbonation. A semi-aggressive pour resulted in a monolithic, infinitely-dense block of white, crunchy foam, nearly 4 fingers width in height. As the beer warmed, the head only receeded in certain areas, much like snow when warm water is dripped down from melting icicles. Sweet floral, spice, yeast, and light tropical fruit notes on the nose with a noticable "peppery" aroma. Medium weight, and while still quite carbonated, very smooth in texture. Sweet, somewhat muted tropical fruit up front on the taste with strong hints of flowers, grass, and earth setting in as the beer warms on the palate. There's a bready, almost sourdough character on the back end. Still lively with carbonation on the finish, it goes down very smooth and leaves behind faint notes of sweet flowers and earthiness in its wake.

This beer was a real treat. One of the best saisons I've had, hands down. There's a complexity not seen (or maybe not as easily detected) in most of the other shelf saisons I've had in the past. Expertly balanced, and not overdone in any aspect. Great beer, right here. (1,147 characters)

Photo of safaricook
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Orange body, fluffy white fine bubbled head

Orange, peppery, earthy, herbal

Dry! Peppery, hop, bisquite malt

Creamy almost milky

I had saisons with half the abv that were more complex. However it is quite nice (213 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on draft. appears golden in color. Solid saison, good balance of the different flavors - grain, herbal spice, earthy hops. thinner body, higher carbonation as expected for the style. (185 characters)

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

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass best by 12/7/2015.

A- Normal pour turned into surge of head, overflowing the glass. Surge of head. Check. Cloudy yellowish orange. Five fingers of head that took a few minutes to dissipate.

S - Belgian yeast, dirt, farm funk, spices.

T - Follows the nose, with some grapefruit and spice on the finish. Banana and grass. Can't pick up any of the 8.5% ness.

M - Fairly heavy for a saison, medium carbonation

O - Heard good things, so was looking forward to giving it a try. Was not expecting the overflowing surge of head release on the pour, especially when it was a moderate one. Other than that, based on my still relatively light amount of experience with the style, its a solid offering. (743 characters)

Photo of gregb13
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

After sampling this one tonight, I believe it's time to start trying more saisons! Very nice beverage, served fairly cold on a hot day here in the desert. Lots of citrus, white bread, and earthiness going on here. Very refreshing, though a touch more bitter aftertaste than I'd hope for.

Recommended! (301 characters)

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

Hennepin's audacious St. Louis cousin. More peppery hops than hennepin, with two fingers of sturdy foam worhty of Aphrodite's wild ride. I hated for this one to end. (165 characters)

Photo of BucBasil
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this in Shanghai China at a small foreign grocery. Nice find!

Appearance: Cloudy bright orange with an off-white foamy head that lasts a few minutes.

Smell: Bright light fruits and some flowery hops.

Taste: Subtle taste of citrus and some spiciness. Has a yeasty easy finish. Pretty easy drinking beer. A bit of citric sourness, like citrus peels.

Overall: Solid beer overall. A very nice find in Shanghai, perfect for the hot summer coming up. (457 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy gold with tons of dense white head. Lots of sediment in the bottle.
Smell: Delicate sweet floral aromas
Taste: Fresh sweet but not oversweet maltiness with belgian yeast and some spiciness. When I first sipped it I thought I got a hint of white wine, but it didn't seem to stick around.
Feel: Light to medium with lots of carbonation unfolding with each sip.

Overall: A pretty solid, delicious saison. The alcohol is well-hidden and there's enough complexity to make it somewhere between a sipper and a refresher. (530 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

In tulip at cellar temperature.

It's a pretty straw gold of great clarity, with some very small sediments visible if ya look close. Lots of carbonation streams. The foam is pure white, and is a good 4 cm high.It lasts an intermediate while and leaves some lacing behind...

The first thing to note about the aroma is that it is fruity. Green apples, grapes, lemons, pears, and mangoes abound along with some honey and bread. It smells sweet, but a tart sweet. There are even hints of spices like cloves, nutmeg, coriander, and cardamom. It's floral, too.

Fruity explosion of flavor... first sweeter fruits, but then the tart ones make me pucker a bit, haha. I get more intense citrus here, very lemon-like. In fat, it may be the most lemony beer I've tasted. Eventually, the fruits dry up into a satisfying bready finish.

The body is full, befitting this Belgian style.

Very impressed. A saison of balance, complexity, and intensity. (938 characters)

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

355ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a light golden yellow colour with a slight haze. White head poured big, thick and fluffy and a steady stream of carbonation maintained a good covering throughout... some sticky lacing...

A lot going on in the aroma... lots of spicy yeast mixed with tart juicy fruits (pears, grapefruits, limes), very floral, talcum powder notes, light honey and some candy sugar sweetness, some earthy farmyard traces, hay, some rubberiness, fresh bread, some pine...

Taste - Tart spicy fruits (pears, grapefruit, apples), quite a lot of yeastiness, floral honey, quite perfumed, light earthy funk, grassy hops, chalky, faint coriander, quite peppery, some herbal notes, metallic, sea salt... flavours develop well as the beer warms up...

M&D - Pretty sharp and dry... Light body... Extremely refreshing and dangerously drinkable at 8.5%...

Overall - A top class Saison... As good as any i've had... recommended... (965 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle into a tulip
Best before: 06-2015

A: Pours a hazy golden straw yellow, with 3+ fingers width of billowy white colored head, that hangs around for a long time before dissipating down and leaves a good amount of lacing. 4

S: A good amount of citrus and lots of fruity esters, Belgian yeast banana, clove and other spices; some herbaceous, floral, straw like characters. Lots going on , very nice. 4.25

T: Spice up front, a black pepper bite, coupled with citrus on the finish. Some floral notes. Fruity esters are subtle, mostly masked by the impressive spiciness. Lots of lemon. A bit spice heavy, but solid. 4

M/D: Medium body, carbonation heavy but appropriate, ABV is on the higher end for the style yet still unnoticeable, drinkability is good. 4.25

O: Well done and enjoyable Saison. 4.25 (821 characters)

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

I love this saison and can only get it mail order from West Coast. No Boulevard distro in Upstate NY.

That said: great brewery, great beer. I could swim in a tank of Hennepin, I'm so close to that brewery. I would rather pay the freight and get Tank 7. Personal preference, or maybe it's in my head because it's hard for me to get. Both Tank 7 and Hennepin are masterful renditions of the style (400 characters)

Photo of Dikfour
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Pale hazy Gold. Some sediment floating about. Thick white head dissipates at a respectable clip.

Smell: A little barnyard. Like wet dusty straw. Some Belgian yeastyness. Slightly peppery.

Taste: Bright malts. Alcohol is noticeable but goes well with the pepper. Belgian yeast is almost masked by it actually. Very well balanced.

Feel: Mouth feel is similar to a Coca-Cola, light carbonation and a little syrupy. Not unwelcome though. Finishes very dry.

Overall: Really solid Saison. This one tastes like it was made in a barn out in rural Kansas (I've never been to Missouri). This one has a certain malt quality that I love about certain Lagers. Real easy to drink and 8.5%. Love it. (694 characters)

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 885 ratings.