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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: 4,568
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 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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Photo of SSS
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Hazy golden yellow with a white head
S-The aroma is sweet and yeast and dank hops and effervescent with an herbal grass and pine note
T-This beer is quite sweet and the Belgium yeast used give it the typical banana flavour that enhances the sweetness even more. It's reminiscent of a childhood candy, sweet and innocent.
M-High level of carbonation. Medium mouthfeel, supported by the effervescent of this style of beer.
O-This is a very nice beer, I did enjoy the banana character and sweet candy like nature. I'm just not a fan of these types of Belgium yeast heavy brews.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer bottle (33 cl.), purchased from Bières & Chopes.

Appearance : yellow color with a white foamy head.
Smell : aroma has notes of hops, straw, malt
Taste & mouthfeel : flavor is sweet with notes of lemon, leading to a bitter finish.
Overall : a nice beer in the style Farmhouse Ale.

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Photo of ludachris
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apricot sunshine is how I'd describe the colour of the body. It's hazy but still has an effervescent look. Its massive paper white head is fluffy, dense, and meringue-like. Thick sheets and chunky patches of lace are glued to the walls of the glass.

A sweet, slow, gooey tropical fruity essence oozes from the glass. I get apricot, mango, and grapefruit most. A bit grassy, a bit peppery, and lots of fresh dough are backing it. This reminds me so much of Charlevoix's Lupulus. I'm in love.

The taste is much more crisp, sharp, and concise than the nose would lead you to believe. The pepper comes in zingy and mixes with raw earthy tones, grass clippings and grapefruit rind. Its tropical apricot and mango character is equally as soft in the taste as it is in the nose. Its more of an overlay rather than a centerpiece. Its fruity quality is where the alcohol hides itself, giving it that slick, gooey feel.

Its 8.5% ABV adds weight its body but it still manages to finish of quick, dry, and clean. Medium bodied and a slightly below average level of carbonation. This isn't much of an issue because of how clean each sip finishes.

What a treat. This is my first offering from Boulevard and I'm very impressed. I'm even more impressed that I found this on the shelves of the LCBO, and fresh at that. This is one of the biggest Saison's I've had in terms of ABV and the weight of its feel and I loved it from beginning to end.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful pour. One thick finger of white head. Cloudy golden colour with good carbonation. Good lace and a film of retention.

S - Banana, candy, sweet baking spice.

T - Some booze, candy, baking spice, banana.

M - Strong carbonation, maybe too strong. Sweet candy finish with some booze and a medium body.

O/D - A nice saison. The banana and spice end up being a bit harsh after a while, but otherwise it's balanced and the classic flavours come out nicely. Good stuff.

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

With some of my favourites in similar style taken off the market, I am happy to have found this wonderful little perfection of a farmhouse ale.
Well done, with the right amount of carbonation and bitterness, this is something that will enlighten your summer nights. Don't let others bring you down, just because they didn't like it.
This one is a keeper!

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Photo of bmeehan
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I thought this beer looked about a thousand times better than it ended up tasting. Its beauty is in its color and head, but that's it. I instantly forgot what it tasted like because it's got nothing outstanding about it and while I would drink it again because it didn't suck, it's just not a memorable beer.

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Photo of dd43
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The head on this golden orange colored beer is beautiful: craggy and densely populated with tiny bubbles. After receding you are left without a cap and not much in the way of lacing. Aromas are fruity at first, but hard to place. Some Belgian candied sugar notes as well but not strong. Ester wise it's a little thin, but the finish is nice and dry with a touch of pepper, pretty nice saison in that regard. I wouldn't call it any sort of benchmark but this beer is worth trying and a four pack won't cause any buyers remorse. As an American made saison it's one of the better ones I've tried amongst some pretty poor representations of the style by other breweries.

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

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a slightly hazy golden hue with creamy bleached white head of 4 cm that fades slowly as I sample the beer.
Aroma is robust and spicy with cloves and citrusy fruit. The bready yeast is like scones or biscuits. A little of the wet blanket funk. Nose is complex and very appealing.
First sip reveals a very fine and tingly carbonation. Body is light to medium with a bit of a silky texture combining to make for a very drinkable beer.
Flavor is spicy with black pepper and cloves mixing with bready yeast and a bit of citrusy orange hits. Maybe just a bit of booze on the finish, but otherwise the finish dries out my palate after each sip.
An interesting and complex beer that is also very drinkable and enjoyable, im glad to have tried this one and would buy a second bottle if I saw it again in a store.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle poured into a globe glass. This beer opens easily and with a profound pop from the bottle. The pour is lightly golden and with just a hint of haze. Clear in body and showing off a sticky white cap of dense foam.

Aroma offers an odd yeast character through the foam initially. Not much as for Belgian stlye esters and in fact reminds be a bit of a flaw. A little exposure mellows this aspect and allows for some suble fruit and spice notes yet doesn't show any tart/funky aspects either.

Taste bounces back a bit with some peppery spice and a hint of citrus. Body is full up front given the robust carbonation but thins swiftly on the back of the palate. As such, the 8.5% ABV comes as a surprise given the lack of sweetness/thickness coupled with the concurrent lack of ethanol notes. Still, I fall back to that odd aroma component I can't quite nail down. Then, a second pour yields a cleaner and more complex, and even 'Belgiany' aroma: then a fuller feel on the finish. Temperature couldn't have changed by a degree or two but some unwelcome volatiles have thankfully left the bottle.

Overall it's growing on me. Not overly spiced like many an American Saison yet not offering the rich character of a good Tripel either. This ale Is What It Is. And it is quite pleasant and sneakily drinkable.In the end this beer has yeast issues, and not in a good way

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very, very nice farmhouse ale here by Boulevard brewing. This is one of my new favorites of this year. Just enough flavor to keep it interesting, orange or other citrus zest, bread, cloves, possibly some belgian yeast.

The mouthfeel is magnificent. Big prickly carbonation keeps on popping and keeps you refreshed. If you're interested in this particular style of beer then this a must-try for you.

Additionally, the 8.5% abv is hidden extremely well... I never wouldve guessed it without reading the label. A few of these and you'll be feeling it!

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Photo of kevinlater
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle into oversized wine glass. "best by 22/04/2016", consumed on aug 3 2015

a: beautiful hazy, bubbly golden yellow with suspended yeast. a finger of white, frothy head

s: huge spicy aroma up front (black pepper, white pepper, clove, cinnamon) with supporting hoppy grapefruit notes. bubblegum, vanilla, overripe banana, subtle apricot, bread characteristics follow afterward

t: follows the nose. super spicy lemony grapefruit at first, followed by a mid-palate of sweet vanilla-like notes as well as bready malt, bubblegum, and banana. bitter finish

m: medium, bubbly mouthfeel with a pronounced dryness at the end

o: a fantastic super-spicy saison with a nice grapefruity hop twist

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours straw gold with a bit of haze, a fluffy three finger head breaks incredibly slowly. 4.25

S: Belgian yeasts, breads, fruity, a touch of honey and some funk. 4.5

T: Earthy and a bit bitter on the front end, then the Belgian yeast comes in. Nice spices and a good hops finish 4

M: Fairly high fine carbonation. Finish is dry and crisp. 4.25

O: A nice farmhouse, I especially appreciated the nose and feel. Perfect lunch beer on a warm August day. 4.25

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Photo of BigGold
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First had with oysters on the half shell at Legal Sea Foods Long Wharf, Boston, Mass., poured from 12-oz. bottle, stamped "best by 01/31/2016," into tumbler. Great with oysters, would have been even better without accompaniment.

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Photo of curasowa
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head that fades slowly with chunky lacing and a column of champagne-like bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: Bready, yeasty, a little sour apple, slightly grassy and a hint of lemon.

Taste: Crisp, fairly clean malt, then a building of yeast funk, fruity esters, lemon, some tartness then mild earthy bitterness on the back end with a little cardboard. Finish is slightly lingering, astringent, mildly bitter, peppery and just a hint medicinal.

The Rest: An awesome beer. Excellent balance, highly drinkable, a textbook Saison.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle from a 4-pack picked up at the LCBO; best before Apr 22 2016 and served well-chilled.

Pours a foggy golden-yellow colour, causing nearly two inches of fluffy, resilient white foam to erupt from the surface. It fades unevenly - more quickly at the edge of the glass than the centre - leaving behind a mesa-like formation in the middle while the head dissipates in a long, drawn-out process exceeding ten minutes. The glass becomes caked with an arching pattern of soapy lace - this is just a flat-out gorgeous beer. On the nose I am getting a lot of citrusy lemonpeel, with accents of orchard fruit, floral hops and grainy pale malts. Yeasty and spicy, with touches of white pepper and coriander. An all around enticing aroma.

Very tasty stuff, with virtually no sign of the 8.5% alcohol whatsoever. Grainy pale malts act as a neutral backdrop for the flavour profile, which first features a fruity ensemble of apricot, pears and apple, with hints of orange and bubblegum. The citrus flavour remains strong through to the finish, though it becomes pithier and more grapefruit-like, and finally a bit earthy as the yeast moves in to dominate. It ends with a nice burst of spicy white pepper, leaving behind a dry aftertaste. On the fuller side of medium-bodied, with prickly carbonation that weakens considerably as you sip your way onward, making the mouthfeel increasingly smooth as it warms to room temperature. Dangerously drinkable, given the well-masked alcohol content, and overall deliciousness.

Final Grade: 4.37, an impressive A grade. Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale is a seriously good saison that blows a lot of the locally-made equivalents out of the water - making it a much-needed addition to the Ontario beer scene. This is a very-well crafted beer, and I'd feel pretty safe recommending this to any fan of Belgian-style pale or farmhouse ales. I hope that Tank 7 is in Ontario for the long-term, but I won't be holding my breath - it's probably a better idea to just stock up, while the stock is there. A must-try.

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