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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,906 Ratings
THE BROS
95
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Ratings: 2,906
Reviews: 732
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 142
Gots: 350 | FT: 12
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)
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bort11

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had Tank 7 numerous times on tap and in the bottle, and I have to say bottled is a bit better. Something about the bottle conditioning adds just a little bit extra. Still, very good either way.

750 ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Smokestack tulip. Huge white head, light and fluffy. Spots of lace all over the place. Color is a hazy apricot orange. Very active carbonation, streamers fly up from the bottom. Just very pretty to looks at.

Smell has a mildly sweet fruit, oranges and tangerines. A little dry funkiness, not extremely sour but more musky. Taste also has a light citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Very refreshing beer and easy to drink. I love it that this is a regular offering. This goes well with meals as well as on its own.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 05:06:08 | More by bort11
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Rayek

Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip.

A: Hazy deep gold with an active bead. A Soapy and rocky eggshell head starts huge and slowly settles to a 1/8" thick pillow. Leaves intermittent patches of lace.

S: Musty, earthy and fruity. A fresh hay aroma hits first. Next up is a pear, apple and lemon fruitiness. A light barnyard scent rounds things out.

T: Straw and cracker malt flavors start things out. The sweet fruits from the nose fade into the background. As the beer warms, spice becomes more pronounced with a coriander and lemon bite. Sourdough bread flavors hit at the end, as well as a light alcohol flavor and a mild warmth as the beer goes down.

M: The medium body is dry and grainy. The carbonation is quite prickly and has about the right amount of vigor.

D: This is a nice Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard. The flavor is very complex and the alcohol well masked. The beer was a very nice compliment to the cool and windy spring day I drank it on.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 00:33:07 | More by Rayek
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, honey-colored body with a tall, dense, airy, white head that's notably long-lasting.

Smell: Spicy, citrusy nose of white grapefruits and lemons dusted with finely-ground white pepper. Additional notes of sliced bread, meadow flowers, white grapes, and just-picked orchard fruits.

Taste: Initial impression of white loaf bread with a few subtle wheat grain nuances. Light honeyish sweetness in the fore. Bright peppery spiciness throughout. Modest hint of apricot. Though chiefly citrusy in nature, the hops also present some soft floral undertones. Restrained, mild bitterness. Splash of chilled Riesling. Crisp, nicely drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Tasty, refreshing, well-balanced, easily drinkable -- I enjoyed it. A great late afternoon patio beer. Give it a try, won't you?

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 18:16:31 | More by ChainGangGuy
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mwclark2

Arkansas

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL champagne bottle.

A: Pours a clear straw color with big cream colored head. Head is tenacious with pretty Belgian lacing.

S: Citrus hops with a Belgian lambic funkiness.

T: Bright hoppiness up front with fruity notes. Long finish with floral notes. Telltale Belgian fermentation flavor. No perceptible alcohol flavor. As I drink more the bitterness begins to accumulate, and so does the floral finish. After a few drinks the initial brightness doesn't pop as much but the earthy Belgian flavor and floral tones persist.

M: Not much in the way of residual sweetness or body. Very quaffable.

D: Very enjoyable. It doesn't taste alcoholic so it's very easy to drink. The overall flavors are very much what I like in a Belgian farmhouse ale. This one is a bit hoppier than most, but it's not in-your-face about it, which I like. The hops lend a subtle punch to the aroma and finishing bitterness. Boulevard has another hit on its hands here. I'm definitely gonna pick up another one of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 02:50:24 | More by mwclark2
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is fruity and floral - candy orange, orange blossom - and herbal. Some lemongrass, hibiscus, and garden herb. Smells very nice.

Pours slightly hazy gold with massive head. Looks great.

Flavor follows with distinct candy orange, moderate lemongrass, and some hibiscus. Nice sweetness accompanies tart/sourness. Moderate maltiness, fruit, and floral tones. Finishes dry and herbal/tart. Tastes quite good. Feels good. Good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 00:24:23 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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acelin

Kansas

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into small Boulevard tasting glasses.

Poured a straw yellow with a large white head. Very hazy, although clearer than most Saisons.

Smelled of grass, lemon, belgian yeast (raisins) and mild hops.

Tasted much the same. Not too funky, very clear and tasty with high carbonation.

Mouthfeel was amazing, as was drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 20:12:35 | More by acelin
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BeanBone

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nicely hazy and thoroughly effervescent golden body capped by a massive dense head. The head fades slowly into a big creamy dollop that endures until the end of the glass, leaving great patchy lacing on the way down.

Aroma: A mix of bright citrus, spicy yeast, pale malt, and just a hint of alcohol.

Flavor: Up front, perfumey notes, spices (coriander and a dash of pepper), and lots of fruit (including apples, zesty citrusy, and pineapples). The malt backbone underneath is pale and just a little wheaty. Some lightly bitter hops balance everything relatively well. That big ABV is masked well, adding just a hint of spice. Grainy malt and golden fruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with slightly sharp carbonation and a drying finish. Just a hint of burn from the alcohol in the throat.

Drinkability: This drinks much faster than the ABV would suggest, so keep that in mind.

Verdict: An amazingly solid Saison, Tank 7 is complex and simple at the same time. It drinks fast and refreshes well, yet has a deep well of flavors and a well-hidden punch. Any American brewer that can produce a Saison this good should be very proud.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 00:16:31 | More by BeanBone
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champ103

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy copper/orange color. A large egg white head forms and rises to over two fingers. The rocky foam has great retention. Lots of spiderweb looking lace is left in rings around the glass.
S: Earthy and yeasty aromas up front. Banana and clove. Floral and grassy. There is a light lingering grapefruit bitterness.
T: You really need to let this warm up. At first, I got almost nothing. Just some banana, spice, and yeast flavors. As this warms lots of hops come out. Floral, grassy with a sharp grapefruit finish. Some bread and biscuit as well. Subtle, but complex.
M/D: A medium body, but a little to much carbonation. Very dry. Easy to drink. This bottle will be gone in no time.

Another wonderful offering from the Smokestack series, and another great saison as well. This really does become much more complex as it warms up. Something I highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 19:18:26 | More by champ103
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elniko

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 into tulip glass. Marked best by 12/2010.

A: Poured with huge pillowy head and ridiculous lacing. Slight hazy golden hue. Beautiful looking brew.

S: Earthiness apparent with a little fruitiness and coriander spice mixed in. Really nice.

T & M: Taste just slightly disappointing after the wonderful appearance and nose. Fruitiness from the nose apparent in the taste with a rather dry mouthfeel that I would expect from this style. Subtle hops apparent in the finish.

D: For the ABV highly drinkable, this brew definitely met my high expectations. The Boulevard Smokestack Series continues to impress.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 00:56:15 | More by elniko
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TexIndy

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle (one of the hardest corks to get out ever) into a tulip. Batch 7-9303 best by 10/10. Was a hazy golden yellow color with great carbonation. It had a massive white head that took a long time to get down to a constant thick foam cap fed by the car. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma is very good. Spicy with lots of coriander and clove (maybe a touch of ginger?) and fruity as well. Very dry. The taste is also very dry with the spice dominating from start to finish. The fruity aspects are there but overpowered by the spice (not necessarily a bad thing in general but I would have preferred a little more spice offset). Very peppery. Medium to creamy mouthfeel was lots of carbonation. Dry, peppery after-taste.

Overall, a really good saison that I highly recommend. Another excellent outing in the Smokestack series. Gonna age one and see how it develops. Really good as-is but I have a feeling it might be great with some aging and mellowing of the spice. Rotation - coming to TX any day now. Got this from ummagum as an extra. As-is couple a year maybe more after cellaring.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 03:51:45 | More by TexIndy
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a large white head. The aroma is Belgian yeast, spices and some citrus. As the beer warms, you get some flowery aromas. The flavor is citrus - mainly lemons and oranges - as well as yeast, spices and flowers. Medium mouthfeel, low to medium carbonation and a very dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 04:33:01 | More by Mora2000
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into multiple glasses. Thanks to homebrewhawk for this (and the glass!) from our recent trade!

Batch Number 79338
Best By 12/10

A: Pours a hazy pale gold, with a massively soapy, three finger mountain of foam on top that (of course!) left tons of sticky lace in the glass. Carbonation is active.

S: Aromas of citrus, fresh cut grass, lavender, spices, and honey. Excellent!

T: Exactly as above. As it warms, I noticed much more of a honey flavor.

M: Smooth and pillowy. Sweet, dry, and crisp with a velcro-like stickiness that plasters itself all over the inside of my mouth.

D: Yet another fantastic Boulevard Smokestack beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 14:25:37 | More by GbVDave
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kylejohnson03

Oklahoma

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml into a goblet. Pours a rich gold color, with orange highlights. Beautiful two fingers of fluffy head, great lacing and head retention. Probably the most visually appealing saison I've ever poured into my glass. However, I didn't buy one just to look at it... So here we go! Smells are of fresh flowers and grass along with spices. Belgian yeast, citrus hops, ripe bananas, very dry finish. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. I love how drinkable this beer is, such great flavors with no hint of the alcohol, until you finish the bottle and try to stand up. 8.0 ABV will sneak up on you, because its such a smooth drinker. A+ offering from Boulevard!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 02:54:13 | More by kylejohnson03
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a day loaded down and filled with new beers, this one really stood out amongst the crown for me. For the style this was a A+ for sure.

Great pour, nice golden amber color with a huge, towering head of white that refused to part ways no matter what you did. Really just superb looking with tons of lacing down the sides of the glass and a rich and proper looking appearence. Nice elements of light clove, peach, hints of grain and fresh grasses and a nice little spicey punch to it. Warming brings out the wonderful light tart notes through the air that carry over so well into the flavor. Not over done at all, in fact it seemed to fit perfectly as the mellow sourness played off of the rich grainy and frsh flavor. Smooth, subtle and soft, this just worked on every level it possibly could have.

One of the best, most easily drinkable and most sublte, soft, and most intresting beers I tried this weekend. Would love to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 14:30:27 | More by mikesgroove
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle $9. Super huge head on this, tenacious and bubbly. Its orange in color with a ton of bubbles rushing to the surface. it smells like citrus and dust but not really belgian. The flavor is more citrus and not enough spice in my opinion. Still this is a good beer and extremely easy to drink for the ABV. Saison Brett is much better.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 03:39:22 | More by ArrogantB
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged Smokestack bottle with a best by date of 12/10, but I think this one would keep much longer.

Served in a tulip glass Tank 7 is a cloudy deep gold with 3 fingers of airy, clumpy head. Quite nice.

Aroma is big on the piny American hops and they play quite well with the peppery Saison yeast.

Taste offers a bit more depth. It still has the pine, but also a touch of citric hops and a big tropical fruit character from the yeast as well as some peppery spice.

Despite being such a dry and refreshing beer the body is surprisingly silky and the lively carbonation really makes the beer dance on the tongue.

A really good Saison that definitely benefits from being bottled as the draft version is inferior to this. I still prefer the original Smokestack Saison, but this is one of the better Amercanized Saisons out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 03:36:48 | More by bump8628
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew as an extra in a trade with tytoanderso, Thanks Tyler!

750ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

Slightly hazed golden yellow color with a big fluffy white head that hung around and left quite a few globs of lacing behind.
The aroma is hoppy at first with yeast and white grape juice aromas in the background.
The taste is also fairly hoppy upfront, citrus hops, lemon juice, pear, white grape and green apple with a dry bitterness on the finish.
Light/Medium bodied with lively carbonation and a crisp feel.
Easy to drink, watch out for the abv as it will sneak up on you in a hurry.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 21:11:23 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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bonsreeb85

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden straw colored body with a beautiful mountain of a head. An absolutely gorgeous looking beer!

Very aromatic she is. I am reminded instantly of bubblegum and orchard fruit. Very floral and fruity with hops a'plenty and a touch of honey, clove and pepper.

The taste is a bit stronger than most Saisons, and a bit defferent too. Lemon and grapefruit with some grass and barnyard flavors. A touch tart and the sweetness is understated. This beer is well hopped. Both clove and pepper spices really come through, as well as some honey and apple. Bone dry finish.

The carbonation is spot on for the style. Lots of C02. the body is a bit fuller than your average saison, but still manaages to be relatively light for 8 percent.

THis is not a homerun, but a decent brew and a welcome addition to the stellar line-up of Boulevard Smokestack Series brews.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 02:07:53 | More by bonsreeb85
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BBD 12/10 Boy was this cork hard to get off! Opened with a respectable pop...

Pours semi-hazed apricot/amber with 4 fingers of cream colored head. Some floaties, but also a nice viscosity to this as well. Good head retention & lacing

S: Phenols, lemongrass & coriander, plus orchard fruit once warm

T: Lemons & grapefruit with with grassyness & white grape juice up front. More grassyness & phenols as this warms, plus more grapefruit signature, then pineapple & honey & just a hint of barnyard. Finishes crisp, hoppy with a bit apple peel & honey. Can't quite bring myself to give this a 5,0 since it strays off style a bit IMO, otherness this would be 5.0 as an American Saison hybrid

MF: Medium bodied & fairly spritzy. Dry out a bit as it warms, shows superb balance

Drinks too easy, ABV is completely masked, nice effort with decidedly American slant. Another killer Saison from Boulevard! I may even prefer this to the saison-brett... must revisit...

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 21:12:26 | More by russpowell
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden body with a large, creamy white head with long retention and wisps of lacing. The aroma is white pepper, lemon, grass, grapefruit, flowers, jasmine, spice, and hops. The flavors are many and include citrus, pepper, tea, honey, clove, fleshy grapefruit, tart green apple, etc. It is floral, spicy, hoppy, dry, moderately bitter and quite refreshing. Complex and easy drinking. Not a super funky Saison, more straightforward.

Paired this with fish tacos and loved it. I couldn't say off the top of my head how it differs from the old Bully Saison or which I prefer, but this is a superb example of the style, a worthy addition to the Smokestack lineup and a great beer for Spring and Summer.

This is clearly one of the best Saisons on the market. It hadn't occurred to me until I read other reviews, but between this and Saison Brett, Boulevard has positioned itself as one of the top Saison producers not only in the US, but in the world. And they have done it silently. Maybe BAs should give more props to good Saisons.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 03:07:14 | More by BradLikesBrew
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Vancer

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Itap, this K.C. brew came out in a challis, a clear amber with a frothy inch head of ivory. Nice looking start to a fine sip session, as the 8% is well hidden and could be a sneaker.

More saison than farmhouse, the juicy bubblegum and citrus jumps out and lingers for the quaff. Fruity pear and apple show up, then subside as a woody hop appears in the finish. Nice balance of flavors and body. A tasty brew to start with the evening.

I'd go for a bottle of this, but I'm afraid it would come in the $12 for a 750ml range, just a bit too much for this brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2010 17:15:22 | More by Vancer
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lonestar4lunch

Texas

4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Maudite snifter and even with a gentle pour there is still a huge head that settles ever so slowly. The aroma is mouth watering. It smells of sweet grass, pepper and ritz crackers. The carbonation tickles the nose just a bit and makes the pepper and spice just a bit stronger, so good.
On to the taste. This is an outstanding Saison. The taste follows the aroma spot on. The crisp pepper bite and crackers then comes the earth tones and a touch of citrus. After it warms up closer to room temp there is almost a bubble gum sweetness that shows up.
The finish is very sharp is and a wonderful dryness lingers long after the sip is gone. This quality alone makes this the most interesting, best tasting saison ever. If the taste alone doesn't warrant another sip the finish makes you pick the glass right back up and enjoy some more. The drinkability is beyond great and the is one that is just as good out of the bottle as on draft. It's gonna be hard to keep these in the fridge

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 02:17:26 | More by lonestar4lunch
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hwwty4

Missouri

4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a corked and caged 750 into my Boulevard Tank 7 tulip. Thanks Boulevard for such a lovely glass and a even lovlier beer to put into it. This beer pours a super hazy golden straw with a massive, rocky, bright white head that leaves lacing stickier then the vast majority of Double IPA's. Absolutly beautiful. The aroma is amazing. It hits you up front with big notes of mango and pineapple finishing with freshly ground white pepper, hay, damp grass, a bit of clove and just a slight medicinal aroma at the finish. The flavor is amazing. Big fleshy fruits up front leaving freshly cut mango lingering on the palate. Next comes what you expect from a Saison. Massive hay notes, cut grass, ground pepper, yeasty biscuits, a touch of clove and some freshly zested lemon. Beautiful. This is one big, bad mother of a Saison. At 8 percent, the alcohol is masterfully hidden. The mothfeel is full but doesn't have that stereotypical dryness that I prefer in my Saisons. Its something little but hey, we have to find flaws in everything don't we. This is easily (well besides Saison-Brett) my favorite Boulevard brew. Thanks Boulevard guys and gals for living up to my hopes.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 01:15:16 | More by hwwty4
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle served in a Tank 7 tulip. Bottle conditioned. Lots of carbonation in this one! Poured a pale gold with a big white head. Nice aroma with lots of citrus fruit and some piney hops. Light to medium bodied with a spritzy mouthfeel. A bit phenolic, but not in a bad way. Some hop bitterness, but not as much as the aroma would suggest. Plenty of spice in the finish. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 02:09:30 | More by homebrewhawk
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Reaper16

Alabama

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle served into a Boulevard tulip (not a Smokestack Series glass)

As per usual for the Smokestack Series, Boulevard has crafted a beer that looks prettier than any other beer you'll ever have (other Smokestack Series beers excepted. They tie). The color is golden, sun-kissed yellow. The head? Very white and sitting at 3 fingers for a good while. Fluffy, billowing, the very picture of relaxing summer clouds. The lacing is insane. I wish that I could take a picture of this. (In fact, I think that I will: http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e57/Thereaper16/Snapshot_20100105.jpg) The lacing looks like jets of rain slowly cresting down a windowpane. It is delicate and legitimately beautiful.

This beer gives off some powerful aromas. The spice bill hits the nose first and foremost; clove, coriander, & something not quite placeable (grains of paradise, maybe?) dominate the initial stages of the nose. Light, bready, cracker-like malts show through underneath the spices. Taking it all in, there is a significant hay or grass flavor to the scent, chased by an herbal mint quality.

The first couple of sips follows the nose to a "T" in that the spice bill coats the tongue, making its presence felt. I expected the cracker taste to show up next, but the significant hop characteristics (for the style, anyway) asserted themselves, bringing a minty, piney kiss to the drink before inevitably giving way to the smooth malt. There is slightly less farmhouse funk in this bottled version than on-tap... but the bottle conditioning has worked to add more fruit flavors than I've ever tasted in a glass of Tank 7 before. The bottled version of Tank 7 seems more like a hopped-up Smokestack Series Saison than the draught version ever did. Not that such a description should be read as negative.

This beer had one of my favorite mouthfeel qualities in that that you barely notice it. Its certainly not too thick or too thin for the style or for enjoyment. The proper level of creaminess was there to carry the flavors. It feels thinner than it did on-tap for some reason. As far as drinkability goes, this bottle drinks fast. Its ABV % is not unreasonable and it has the benefit of being both light and delicious.

An earlier reviewer mentioned that, and I had thought the same before reading it, Boulevard could survive and get much respect as a saison/farmhouse ale-only brewery ala Fantome. Thank goodness that Boulevard does more, but the brewery is indeed the American masters of the Saison style. No one else can touch them when it comes to Saison. Since I both love saisons and live in KC it is kind of perfect for me. Now that Tank 7 is in bottles, those of you throughout Boulevard's distribution need not miss out on this little slice of near-perfection. A must-try.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 02:17:16 | More by Reaper16
Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,906 ratings.