1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Tank 7 Farmhouse AleTank 7 Farmhouse Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,590 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 2590
Reviews: 715
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%


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:
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

(Beer added by: grumpy on 06-19-2009)
View: Beers (44) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
Ratings: 2,590 | Reviews: 715 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of DPJ3322
DPJ3322

Louisiana

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from Whole Foods in Austin, TX while on vacation. It had a best by date of 07-2014, so I'm thinking it's pretty fresh. I poured into a chalice and enjoyed thoroughly.

Appearance - I gave as aggressive pour as this carbonated beer would allow for, eventually becoming about a 2" foamy head or so, with carbonation lacing along the sides of the glass.

Smell - An overwhelming smell of lemongrass and brett funkiness pervades my nostrils. It is nice and very much in the Saison style.

Taste - The taste is pretty subtle and balanced but nothing really stands out. I get that dry, Saison like aftertaste. The brett funk stands out (if I'm identifying that correctly). Also, I get a nice sweetness as it sits on the tongue mid-sip, that may be the lemongrass.

Mouthfeel- Nice carbonation, not overkill, substantial but not over the top for a Saison. Quite nice.

Overall - This beer is great and I like what is going on with it, it isn't too dry or overpowering in one respect compared to any other Saison attributes. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 03:00:08 | More by DPJ3322
Photo of BVukelich
BVukelich

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is actually my first farmhouse ale and if I didn't know better, blind review I would have thought it was an IPA. The fruity, hoppy aroma was superb. Loved it. Cloudy, golden color with a thick, white head. Lace was average. Migher than avg on carbonation. That first sip was lively. Hoppy flavor matched the aroma. Moderate bitterness lingered. I don't have any others I've had to compare but overall a very decent ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 03:13:42 | More by BVukelich
Photo of a0lbudman
a0lbudman

Alabama

3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-hazy gold with a large white head that leaves a heavy spoted lace
S-real grassy with lemon and honey also
T-tangy lemon flavor with a tart grassy taste that stays with you til the finish
M-eventhough it had a large head, it seems to have medium to low carbonation
O-differant and good beer

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 03:10:12 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of WunderLlama
WunderLlama

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into glass

Big , white , thick fluffy head. Float a bottle cap on this cloud. Giant bubbles in the foam. Plenty of lacings on the way down. Translucent hazy yellow with slight carbonation.

Aroma of lemon and grapefruit citrus, clove and pepper. A whiff of banana.

Smooth start and finish. Grapefruit taste of hops on the front of the tongue. Hint of bitterness and full flavor in the middle of tongue. Taste of alcohol. Medium mouthfeel.

Wonderful beer. Delicious taste, smooth and worth stocking up in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 21:08:52 | More by WunderLlama
Photo of JohnG190
JohnG190

New York

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

Pours a pale straw with a thick white head. Good lacing. Aromas of tangerine, pepper and floral notes. Spicy on the palate, black pepper and bread that give way to lemon and clove. Very dry finish. Light bodied with effervescent carbonation. Overall, a very well crafted and drinkable saison.



Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 03:16:03 | More by JohnG190
Photo of RandomExile
RandomExile

Maryland

3.03/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

20oz / Pint Glass / Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, MD

A: translucent yellow/orange; little head; no lacing
S: grapefruit, musk
T: bitter, grapefruit citrus-y, spiced (clove?); a "farmhouse ale" which qualifies as an IPA
M: light-medium-bodied
O: A potent not-quite-IPA, it definitely has that farmyard musky/musty funk, crossed with a marzen

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2013 03:30:37 | More by RandomExile
Photo of joe1510
joe1510

Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle

Saison Sunday!

Tank 7 pours with moderate haze throughout the dark golden body. Orange highlights blaze within when backlit. The dirty white head easily grows to two fingers on the pour, becomes craggy and bubbly then slowly fades to one finger. Sticky, chunky lacing clings to the glass on the way down.

The nose is full of pale fruit and musty spice. Peach, pear, and green apple come to mind along with soft white pepper and light clove. Angel food cake makes up the malt base and with some warming there's a nice addition of honeydew, cantaloupe, and bubblegum. Very nice!

The fruit is even more potent, but also clean, in the flavor profile than the aroma. Peach, pear, cantaloupe and honeydew are all present and unique. Nothing runs together or becomes muddled. The spicing is softer in the flavor as well, white pepper and clove are both floating around in the back for a quick burst. The bright fruitiness brings up the rear and slowly fades on the swallow.

Active carbonation makes for a light, frothy mouthfeel. The body falls on the lower side of medium which is quite an accomplishment for an 8%+ beer. This has the feel of some of the classic examples. Bright, easy drinking, and airy.

Tank 7 has always been a great example of the style. The 8.5% is unnoticeable. The feel is that of some of the world's best. The bright fruitiness and perfect balance also bring to mind some of the best examples of the style. This is one of the better American made versions of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 02:12:03 | More by joe1510
Photo of Theheroguy
Theheroguy

Maryland

4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I knew there was something unique about this Saison as soon as I opened the bottle and smelled American hops. I was initially confused, surely a Belgian style would use Belgian hops right? Do Belgian hops smell like American hops? Do I even know anything about Belgian hops? Well none of that matters because I was indeed smelling our friend Amarillo.

Anyway there is a subtle undertone of that classic Belgian yeast flavor throughout this beer. It taste kind of fruity but mostly the Amarillo hops dominate the other flavors. This beer is really tasty and refreshing but I wouldn't recommend it as farmhouse ale because I don't think the Belgian flavor shines through clearly. I would recommend it as a great beer in general however.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 23:54:38 | More by Theheroguy
Photo of JuicesFlowing
JuicesFlowing

Kansas

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

Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass.

Look: Soft hazy golden body, foamy vanilla ice cream head. Foamy, spotty lacing.

Aroma: Soft banana peels, faint tropical fruitiness, and a solid pepper finish.

Taste: Like the aroma, soft tropical fruit beginnings. Banana, orange citrus, and wheat grains hold up the body. A strong peppery finish adds a nice twist to the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is light for 8.5% ABV.

Overall, a nice clean, fruity and peppery ale without overdoing any one flavor. Really liked it.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 21:17:16 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
LightnerLiquorKS

Kansas

4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle poured into a 25cl Boulevard Edition Tulip Glass.

Appearance: WOW! Bubbles in the Ale rise slowly and there are MANY OF THEM. The effect of them rising resembles a galaxy of stars slowly moving. There is a 4-finger amount of head that rises immediately, much like Duvel, and it is just as thick and consistent. As the head dissipates, the bubbles stick to the glass like melting snow does on a fence. This Ale is a treat to look at! Color is a hazy orange/yellow.

Smell: Some copper, grassy, and citrus notes. Green apple and pine is also very detectable when smelled over and over.

Taste: Very crisp, the taste reminds me of Duvel also as the taste of the head resembles pennies. The beer is light on the pallet, but is INCREDIBLY complex. Green apples and citrus flavors are at the forefront. This beer is VERY refreshing, as a Saison should be! Also, despite the high ABV of this beer, there is absolutely NO detectable heat (booze taste). The alcohol is hidden superbly.

Mouthfeel: Smooth while it still letting you know it's there. This ale will penetrate your tounge as it is left in your mouth and give you all it's light and fluffy flavor. Along with a semi-tough pounding of citrus hops.

Overall: A truly remarkable experience. This is one of slightly hoppier Saisons I have come across, and that is a good thing to me. The ale is slick, balanced, and refined. One couldn't ask for much more in a Saison/Farmhouse Ale. GREAT JOB BOULEVARD!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 04:34:08 | More by LightnerLiquorKS
Photo of drpimento
drpimento

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Damn good beer, tho it's pushing the envelope a bit. Bottle opened with a big pop at a good temperature and poured with a huge, foamy, frothy, fluffy, cream-colored head that lasts a very long time and some lace. Color is very slightly hazy yellow amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is dominated by lovely fresh hop, citrus, a bit of resin. Flavor's much like nose with again hop in front backed with some malt sweet and some bitter. Traditional saison characteristics have been supplanted by the hop domination. Body/carbonation are excellent. Finish is like flavor, hop strength carries thru for a very long time and only a little alcohol warmth. Great drinking beer. Wish we could get it locally.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 04:57:43 | More by drpimento
Photo of nicholsbrewing
nicholsbrewing

Colorado

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a big, bubbly golden color with a HUGE white head. (Brett?)

S- Big pepper, sharp citrus, grass in the aroma. A big yet delicate aroma for a Saison.

T- This is a stand-alone Saison. Citrusy, piney hops with tons of peppery esters. Downright great.

M- Light and crisp.

O- Heard great things, and this was expectedly very nice. Will return with some good food.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 22:38:29 | More by nicholsbrewing
Photo of bigfnjoe
bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet

A- pours a cloudy shade of dark yellow with a solid white head that fades to wispy bubbles, almost resembling the top of a pond. Very nice.

S- nice aroma of banana and clove - not too strong. Very nice

T- light spice, slight bubblegum flavor from the yeast. Biscuity taste as well. Very nice.

M- medium bodied. About standard for a saison

O- solid, yet underwhelming, saison. About the baseline of what a good saison is - very no frills

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 02:28:37 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of heymikew
heymikew

California

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another stellar effort from Boulevard!

This is a unique Belgian farmhouse brew. Pours with a big head cloudy pale translucent in the glass but not overly carbonated.

Very complex flavor profile with the Belgian yeast in the forefront then citrus, and clear hop flavors developing. The high alcohol content is not obvious.

Finishes dry

This could pair up with a variety of dishes.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 19:29:30 | More by heymikew
Photo of sasky7777
sasky7777

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A straw coloured ale with a white head. Firm bitterness into IPA territory with some alcohol warming. The aftertaste has some mild fruitiness and Belgian year character. The beer is effervescent and has a dry mouthfeel. The aroma is hoppy mixed with Belgian yeast. A very refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 02:44:34 | More by sasky7777
Photo of Braheem
Braheem

Oregon

4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Saw this at the local supermarket and since I have enjoyed Belgian farmhouse style beer in the past I thought this would be fun to try.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my pilsner glass. The color is a light gold with a fluffy cloud of white foam that retains nicely.

The smell is very agreeable. Hoppy and floral with an overall aroma of freshness.

The taste is only the tiniest bit bitter as well as hoppy. the flavor is dominated by sweetness, especially in the aftertaste. I would imagine as a result of spices being added as is customary of the style.

Overall a great beer that's best enjoyed on its own. I would advise against trying to pair this brew with food. I found the flavor too sweet to be compatible....at least with the cheeses I paired it with.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 00:45:48 | More by Braheem
Photo of baos
baos

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Overflowing bottle into pint glass.

A: Massive head that sticks around throughout over a hazy straw-pale body. Great puffy cloud lacing all up and down the glass as well. Very nice looking brew.

S: Nice Belgian notes, cloves, black pepper, and just a hint of banana. Big grapefruity hops on top of this.

T: Big hops kind of join forces with the black pepper notes and alcohol, just a bit over whelming, although I just had curry so I may need to update this next bottle I have. Nice dry finish.

M: Very nice medium to full feel.

O: Good beer, but I am thinking the 13.99 I paid for four may have been twice what it is worth. If the others go better. I will update the review.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 04:05:26 | More by baos
Photo of sjones5045
sjones5045

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours like you'd expect from a farmhouse. Light color with tons of head. Takes several pours to get into the glass. The smell is very nice. Can really pick up some spice in this one. The taste is the best for a farmhouse I've ever had. Then again I don't drink many of this style. It has that bit of tanginess with a lot of the spice you get from a Belgium tripel. The spice does linger just a bit but overall this is a very good beer. I would grab this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 23:07:19 | More by sjones5045
Photo of Ryan_Graham
Ryan_Graham

Iowa

4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light yellow color with solid carbonation and a strong, billowy head. Smells hoppy with a hint of grapefruit and orange. Wow. Great taste! The grapefruit comes through but it's not too overpowering. It's just enough to cover up the boozy taste but not too much that it blows your taste buds off. Very drinkable. Sweet and tart at the same time. Great balance. I'm a big fan of this beer at sip number two. I can't wait to finish it.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 01:55:35 | More by Ryan_Graham
Photo of hokieguy95
hokieguy95

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Belgian Duvel snifter.

A: Golden Orange and opaque. Nice frothy lacing about 1 to 2 fingers depending on how you pour, and moderate yeast clumping in the head. Carbonation is noticeable. I love the way this beer looks when poured...Like a big Orange with a frothy white head.

S: You immediately smell pineapple and tropical fruits with some of the farmhouse Belgian yeast and Citrusy hops not far behind. Big and bold very pronounced....not hard to get a good whiff of the aroma. The hops profile almost reminds me of an IPA with Belgian character.

T: Belgian yeast and hops compliment each other beautifully. Citrus and pineapple in the hops but just a bit of a hint of pine in the flavor. Hops seem to lead the way by a pronounced margin over the Belgian yeast, but the Saison funkiness is there. Tastes of more American style hops than European. Not very dry but slightly sweet with good bittering from the hops. Aftertaste of citrusy hops

M: medium bodied, right amount of carbonation.

O: A great example of the Belgian Saison with an American twist on the hops. I don't know if Boulevard uses American hops, but the flavors are a meld of our hop profiles and the Belgian yeast styles. A good combination. One of the better versions of this style done in the US.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 16:01:28 | More by hokieguy95
Photo of macrosmatic
macrosmatic

Florida

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dujayhawk for sending this one down. Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into an Upland pint glass.

A: Pours a dark straw yellow color, very hazy with a finger of white fluffy head. It's so hazy it's difficult to see any carbonation.

S: Lemon, grass, citrus and coriander, black pepper, a bit of hay loft and a mild acidic bite.

T: Grass, lemons, light cracker malt, coriander, yeast, some mild black peppery spice, and mild funk. Light tartness and pepper on the finish.

M: Light bubbly body, tons of carbonation sensation, and very low alcohol presence, especially given the listed ABV on here.

O: This is a well-made base saison. There's no exciting twist (like Brett) or flavor additions. But the quality of the beer comes through. Recommended for someone who wants to go back to basics with an accessible example in a convenient bottle size.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 16:54:46 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of BeerKangaroo
BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On the bottle it says: "Best By 02/18/14"

Into a pint glass (also had in a tulip, the only difference was a slightly larger head)

A: hazy yellow colored body with a two and a half finger white foamy head that rises a bit and then falls producing a thick spider web foamy lacing

S: slightly sweet lemon, just a tad of a graininess, some super light grapefruit notes, light yeast enters in as it warms

T: sweet lemon yeastiness and a bit of some funk leads to a peppery dry aftertaste and finish

M: light to medium, mostly sessionable, carbonation is extraordinarily smooth and eloquently graces my mouth very well

O: where has this beer been all my life, I'm glad I'm finally nailing this down and getting it off my "beer bucket list," however, I would gladly accept more of this, I hope Duvel doesn't mess with the recipe. There's a part of me that might have to look for this again and put it up to the Hennepin just to see which I actually like more

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 04:41:42 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of MacQ32
MacQ32

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazy straw color with a ridiculous 4 finger head, white in color. Fantastic lacing, decent retention.

S - Some light lemony caramel sweetness with a decent amount of grain, stand farmhouse aroma but a little extra yeast and lemon.

T - light sweetness, grainy lemon flavor. Very mild hops, bubblegum yeasty qualities. Mild alcohol presence and a wee bit of almost tart funk, very minimal.

M - lighter bodied, well carbonated and superbly drinkable.

O - 8.5% is well hidden, great flavorful saison

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 20:41:53 | More by MacQ32
Photo of DIM
DIM

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

a: Bright shining straw color; at cellar temp it poured with a massive, rocky, super sticky head.

s: Some fruity phenols, cloves, and an odd citrus note. A little yeasty funk as well.

t: Fruity phenols up front and then it gets kind of sugary. Yeasty cloves and American hops kind of clash at the finish.

m: Light and airy, doesn't feel like it has the elevated abv that it does.

o: Pretty good but it won't crack my regular domestic saison rotation.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 23:11:34 | More by DIM
Photo of Infiniteingest
Infiniteingest

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Generally: At yet another bar which I used to tend, we sold this and I would periodically sneak one. In this particular venue, having become accustomed to drinking 'gansett for my shifty, I always found this beer to be a delicious treat. Sitting down to it now, I'm slightly less enamored, but not disappointed.

The Pour: Bright golden pour with a weak, though lingering head. Slightly hazy, consistent with the Saison stlyle.

Face in the glass: Belgian yeast, as it is a Belgian style ale. I'd like to know exactly what they used, not because I'm getting anything dynamic or new but because this is precisely the floral yeast nose that I think of when I think Belgian. Brett for sure. I need to learn more about yeast. Apple blossoms, clove, with a clean biscuity finish.

Temperature: Meant to be enjoyed in the summertime, historically, and in the absence of refrigeration, historically, tributes to the style need, I think, to be ok at roughly room temperature. 52 degrees to start, slowly warming, and all is well in Brussels.

With Regard to Taste: This is a very well made, though not stunning, tribute to the style. The active carbonation, hop bitterness, and sweet/floral yeast notes work together well to deliver a clean and crisp Saison style ale. A medley of bitter orange, mild spice, and cucumber.

Epitoma: A very nice beer. I am very fond of Saisons, but they never impress me THAT much when I'm really paying attention. Here, I feel like the yeast is a little too present, and the hops and whatever malt there is get drowned out. I think Boulevard was going for a delicate balance, and that they just missed the mark. All of that aside, it is eminently drinkable--totally unoffensive--and will remain a go-to beer for me when I see it on beer lists.

Note: I think it would pair beautifully with Alpine Cheeses, notably Pepper Racelette.

Serving type: Bottle 12 oz

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 23:00:49 | More by Infiniteingest
Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,590 ratings.