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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,042 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,042
Reviews: 734
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 161
Gots: 412 | 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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baldben

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%

Poured from 750 ml bottle into glass chalice.

Tends to pour a rather large head that is fluffy white in character with big bubbles. The beer is a hazy blond. Some lacing sticks down the glass in tufts.

Aroma of lemons and grapefruit with an undercurrent of yeast. Despite the citrus notes, smells sweet.

Tastes of sweetened fruit: lemons and maybe pears in syrup. A bit of malt and yeast play behind this mid-taste and the finish is peppery with a sweetness that lingers, verging on cloying.

Lighter bodied and pretty heavily carbonated, Tank 7 almost feels like champagne in the mouth.

A little too sweet to be highly drinkable, this beer nevertheless has good complexity but would also be a great treat on a hot summer afternoon.

03-15-2011 00:06:27 | More by baldben
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StLThrash

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

12 ounce bottle poured into my Lone Peak Brewery pint glass. Best by 7/29/11 on bottleneck.

A - Some good and bad here. Poured a very hazy, golden with a 2 finger head. Tons o' bubbles that just don't stop. Left significant lacing. But lots of floaties. Not sure from what, but was cloudier and less filtered than a hefeweizen.

S - lemon peel, citrus, bready malts. Very reminiscent of a saison.

T & M - Again, very citrusy to start, with bready/biscuity malts to finish. Highly carbonated and good refreshing mouthfeel.

D - Would be a great, refreshing summer beer which is what these farmhouse ales were made for (to quench the thirst of farmers in Europe).

Liked everything but the floaties. Didn't see anyone else mention them in their reviews?

03-13-2011 22:03:48 | More by StLThrash
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%

8% ABV
38 IBUs
Color 12 (EBC)
OG 17.3 Plato, FG 2.5 Plato
12 oz. bottle, best by 07/29/11 poured into a Duvel tulip on 03/10/11.

Poured a golden-tangerine hue with a lush haziness and an out of bounds crown formed of bubbles of varying character. The head didn't seem to budge for a while but it still couldn't contain the strongly bready aroma. When the cap of foam fell off after a few minutes, it had left sticky lacing all over the glass and a big chunk still floated on the surface. Nice!

The aroma, as expected, was big on fruit with clear bready notes. Pear, apricot and spice dominated, and reminded of relatively fresh Orval. Nice!

Fresh, bitter, citrusy and fruity tasting with a dry finish and a flavorful, bitter aftertaste. Crisp and refreshing. However, not spicy enough and alcohol is noticeable at warmer temperature. The bitterness seems discordant at times too and it all affects the drinkability. Still a very nice beer that I will buy again.

Scores: Appearance 4.5/5; Aroma 4/5; Taste 3.5/5; Mouthfeel 4/5; Drinkability 4/5

03-10-2011 11:59:37 | More by tewaris
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fastpass17

New York

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%

12oz Brown Bottle

A: cloudy gold, nice light billowy head, firm carbonation.

S: bread, banana, light hop presence, finishes with a touch of wheat.

T: banana and hops, lightly astringent, classic saison taste.

M,D: lingering hop in back of mouth, tingle on tongue. Very nice and drinkable.

03-09-2011 01:38:49 | More by fastpass17
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dgfair

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -11.5%

750 ml corked and caged bottle poured into corsendonk tulip.

Very nice golden color with a big, thick, foamy pure white head. Lacing all over the glass. The smell is nice with hints of fresh flowers and pepper. It is slightly earthy, but there is a nice hoppy fruitiness as well. There is also a scent of a very nice dry Belgian yeast. The taste is a little more overpowering than the smell. It is sugary sweet, not quite cloying though. I get a slightly unpleasant booziness that takes away from the drinkability. Not very complex and really just a tad too hot for a saison. Not my favorite from boulevard.

03-01-2011 01:43:37 | More by dgfair
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plfahey

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +7%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pale, golden yellow. Slight haze. Beige, frothy head with good retention and nice lacing.

Aroma-Herbal, grapefruit, white pepper, lemon-this one is all over the place. Grapefruit strikes me the strongest, followed by peppery and slightly clove like phenolics. Slightly grainy malt.

Flavor-Grainy malt, with sharp grapefruit and lemon notes. Other green, herbal, spicy hops. White pepper and clove phenolics. Light bubblegum esters. Rose-like alcohols. Very tasty. Finishes very dry.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body, with moderately high carbonation. Slight carbonic bite. Refreshing.

This is a wonderful american interpretation of the Belgian farmhouse/saison style. Tasty, complex, smooth, crisp, and refreshing. Love it.

02-28-2011 04:08:43 | More by plfahey
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

750ml cork and cage - split served in Stone Levitation glasses

batch #710190 - best by 5/2011

A - pours with a billowing amount of loose and puffy, bright white foam, falling slowly is leaves behind a web of sticky lace on the glass. the beer is very light gold in color with a touch of haze.

S - faint fruity esters...green apples, pear and a hint of banana. leafy, grassy hops with bits of lemon zest. crackery, crisp grains and pilsner malt finish with just a little bit of zippy yeast spice.

T - begins with a flash of fruitiness, mostly banana and pear. malt slowly creeps in and dominates via stale bread, water crackers, and a hint of corn. hops flash in bright and grassy with a hint of citrus coming through in the end.

M - lightish, refreshing body with prickly carbonation. pretty dry but aided by the hints of fruits. just a bit of alcohol burn but the 8% is hidden quite well. crisp and refreshing as it should be.

D - very well done all around, one of the better Saisons I have had. nice, interesting mix of dry but with bits of fruitiness and yeast action going on as well.

02-27-2011 02:43:22 | More by Stigs
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%

Poured from 750 ml bottle into standard pint.

A: Cloudy golden hue. Pours a substantial, frothy, white head. Craters slowly, leaving a bit of sticky residue as it does. Just a little sparse lacing remains. Head renews with vengeance on repour.

S: A little malt, lots o' yeast, and raspberry.

T: Nice baked bread grainy flavor, with just a hint of sour sweetness.

M: Pretty light body. Yeasty in the front, sharp sweetness in the end...but not too much so. Sharpness pang lingers.

D: This thing drinks easy. Have your way with it.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Great appearance, solid head, and decent enough lacing. Nose is pretty decent, yeast and raspberry. Flavor similarly is grainy, with a subtle sweetness. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

****I feel like I should issue a disclaimer with my review a bit. This is not my favorite style, so hopefully I'm treating it fairly.****

02-26-2011 05:25:17 | More by bmwats
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

Big thanks to BucketBoy for knocking this off my 'wants'. 750ml corked and caged bottle served in my ST tulip. Batch number 7-9303; best by 10/10 indicated on the back label. Pours a translucent golden-orange with a dense, cascading 3.5 inch, rocky, bright white head that eventually settles into a quarter inch cap. Some spots and strands of textured lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose is fairly clean - citrus, lemon zest, and light, herbal aromatics. Taste follows nose - there's some citric acid as well as bitter grapefruit - flavors fall somewhere between a domestic farmhouse and a Belgian IPA as there is a light, herbal hoppiness to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light and lively with an assertive, almost prickly carbonation and some astringency that light stimulates the salivary glands along the cheeks and the taste buds across the back of the tongue, before culminating in a crisp, semi-dry finish. A very solid domestic saison; however, citrus astringency is a bit too aggressive. Also a little too bitter and lacking that refreshing farmhouse quality.

02-24-2011 00:32:55 | More by Jwale73
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BieresDesMoines

Iowa

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a nice golden color with a fluffy white head and plenty of good lace. The aroma is spicy just mildly funky with just a hint of alcohol. Flavor follows with the spiciness and the mild funkiness. There is a hint of bubblegum right up front that makes you think it's going to go sweet, but the rest of the flavor is remarkably dry.

02-21-2011 17:52:02 | More by BieresDesMoines
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LittleDon

Texas

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

Big fluffy white head atop a slightly hazy golden body. Tons of carbonation. Bananas first in the aroma, then a bit of grain. Smells Belgian to me. Bananas first in the taste, earthy bitterness builds middle through end. The bitterness is there long after the finish. Very dry with no signs of tartness. Plenty of carbonation up front with a medium to slightly heavy body.

Note: Mellows and opens up a bit as it warms up. Not nearly as bitter with some citrus notes showing up.

02-18-2011 21:12:38 | More by LittleDon
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jar2574

Missouri

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured into a chimay-style oversized wine glass. Pours a very cloudy yellow orange color with a large bubbly white head. Looks great initially, could use better lacing on the way down.

Smells great - spicy, grassy, yeasty and a little fruity. Tastes excellent as well. A very good saison - Belgian yeast, hops, spices, grassiness and slight bitterness.

Extremely drinkable. A good session beer. Even at that high ABV, the alcohol is completely disguised. One of Boulevard's best offerings.

02-18-2011 00:40:44 | More by jar2574
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ncfranklin

Alabama

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

12 oz bottle into a tulip. The label sais this one is a "Farmhouse Ale", but at 8% alcohol that's one of the bigger Farmhouses I've seen. Maybe they include that as part of it being a "American rendition" of this Belgian style. Fun smokestack bottle, as part of the Smokestack Series from Boulevard.

A: A slow pour still gives this a nice two and half finger frothy white head atop a very hazy yellow-gold body. Plenty of carbonation bubbles fighting to the top. Looks inviting, deceptively so of its ABV.

S: Sour funk dominates. Peppery spice notes, some lemon and grapefruit, but mostly funk. One of the strangest smelling beers I've ever had.

T: Surprising sweetness up front, before it gives over to sour and bitter flavors of lemon, orange peel, then grassy hops with grapefruit thrown in for good touch. Some phenol taste throughout.

M: Nicely carbonated, slightly dry, very nice. Only the faintest hints of alochol warming.

D: A fantastic Americanized Saison. Really funky and fun.

02-16-2011 04:40:14 | More by ncfranklin
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%

On tap at the Fallen Rock. A huge head, yellow body. Pleasant aromas and a nice bitterness. Served a bit cold, on a freezing night. Belgian yeast, the beverage seems more to me as a Belgian IPA, with some lemon and grapefruit and other nice fruit. Nothing overt.

02-13-2011 05:48:27 | More by Sammy
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MTNboy

Germany

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

It has mellow yeast spicy smell it is also very grainy. The body looked super model hot. It was cloudy and gold with a lot of carbonation but settled in the foam just right. The flavor was pasture and grain like with some spice. This was a very refreshing beer but could be very versatile. The feel was medium and very drinkable.

02-13-2011 03:23:11 | More by MTNboy
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Fenris244

Texas

4.68/5  rDev +12.5%

Hazy yellow in color, 2 finger soapy head, retention was ok, leaves a thin lace

Grassy and lemon aromas dominate, cinnamon and mineral aromas as well. Pear and apple aromas, damn this has a complex smell

Lemon and grassy in taste as well, mineral notes, malty note on the finish. Hop character is nice. Light citrus peel flavors, the alcohol is well hidden, dangerously well hidden.

Mouthfeel is light of all things, it's crisp and refreshing too, extremely drinkable and I wish I had more than 1 bottle.

It's a fantastically good beer and I'm gonna try and get this by the case

02-12-2011 00:26:02 | More by Fenris244
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beertunes

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -12.7%

Poured into tulip. Poured a semi-cloudy/hazy yellow with a very tall, fluffy, white head (partially due to an accidentally overaggressive pour on my part) that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma was very good, typical for the style, yeasty, spicy and grainy. The flavors were also pretty typical, the yeast dominates with a pleasant spicy aspect and had a dry finish.

The body was medium-light, clean and nicely tongue coating. Drinkability was very good, as I find all good Saisons to be. Overall, a very nice example of the style. Worth trying if you see it.

02-07-2011 00:59:52 | More by beertunes
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morimech

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Best by date of 07/29/11

Clear golden color with a lot of particulate suspended in the beer. Two fingers of head forms and has excellant retention. The head never really recedes beyong a very thick cap.

Phenolic aroma with a slight herbal and floral elements. A bit of spicy alcohol as well. I can tell this is going to be one spicy beer to drink.

Yep this is heavy on yeast phenols. Has a spicy alcohol edge to it. A bit astrigent. Finishes dry with the slightest hint of pale fruit.

Light body with abundant carbonation. Makes the beer feel lively and airy. I like this direction.

An enjoyable beer with some strong phenolic elements going on. Has some excellant qualites.

02-06-2011 20:42:40 | More by morimech
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lnashsig

Texas

4.83/5  rDev +16.1%

This is my second introduction to the Saison style, the first being Dupont. I actually believe this is better than Dupont. And, even more impressive is the the fact that this is an American made rendition of a Saison.

Poured into my Dfh snifter, fluffy, cloud like head immediately fills my glass, and hangs around awhile before reseeding. Pours a light amber color, with nice barnyard, citrus, and banana scent. Taste- first the carbonation that you would want from a saison gets you, some apple flavors, some nice bitterness, and as it warms, some sweet and funky orange flavor. I love this beer, my best Saison so far.

01-30-2011 22:23:40 | More by lnashsig
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Impfan

Washington

4.63/5  rDev +11.3%

Beautifully refractive golden color, big mousse-like head, very fruity/spicy aroma, medium, spritzy carbonation.

Starts out fruity with pear that slides into a grapefruit hoppiness, and then moves into orange peel which is followed quickly by bubblegum and a clove-like spicy finish. There is also a nice touch of Brett barnyard funk.

All in all, a lovely saison style ale. I could see drinking a lot of this in the summer.

01-28-2011 22:37:19 | More by Impfan
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Ahhhh... I friggin' love this style! Well, the bottle was slightly past its best by date, but nothing too offensive.

I got this corked and caged bottle a few months ago when I went back to Indiana to visit family.

A: Poured a mildly cloudy, golden-orange color with a massive 2 finger + head that was probably due to me pouring it so damn hard.

S: Wonderful farmhouse funkiness with a huge Belgian flair. Tons of grapefruit, with a soft filtered water with crushed asprin quality as well.

T: A bit of an alcohol burn, but I expected that at 8%.... I find saisons to be very transparent in this regard anyway. Nice citrus taste with Belgianiness oozing out of the very fabric of its creation! Very dry on the finish.

M: Very prickly on the carbonation which I totally dug. The citrus added just the right amount of sweetness as to add character to, but not overpower the very unusual, yet unique aftertaste.

D: I'm glad they are selling this in sixers now and definitely feel it is a wise decision. I'll grab more of this stuff when I head back to visit family again in the Midwest.

01-28-2011 00:15:43 | More by Chaney
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

"The way I understand it, the Russians are sort of a combination of evil and incompetence... sort of like the Post Office with tanks."

--Emo Phillips

Lightly hazy sun-splashed goldenrod with a billowing crown of alabaster colored whipped cream that has all sorts of interesting surface topography. The foam is pretty sticky as well, as evidenced by an attractively decorated glass.

What could be better than a saison that uses boatloads of Amarillo and Simcoe hops? Never mind, that was a rhetorical question. The tropical fruit juiciness of Simcoe is especially noted.

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale is yet another outstanding Smokestack Series beer from the good folks at Boulevard Brewing. My taste memory of Saison (R.I.P.) is murky at this point, but T7 seems to be a more than worthy replacement. It's also higher in alcohol, which could a positive or a negative, depending on your preference.

Flaked corn adds a bit of sweetness to the barley and wheat, without making the beer taste corny. Unfortunately, the hops have faded somewhat since this bottle is nearing the 'best by' date. That's my fault for waiting, not the brewery's fault.

There's still a good bit of hop flavor left. Pineapple-pink grapefruit-orange from Amarillo and Simcoe... bitter herbs and grasses from Tradition (Hallertau variant). Gentle white pepper notes put the finishing touches on this Americanized version of a farmhouse ale.

Slightly too much unmasked alcohol keeps the taste score from the next highest number, although a fresher and more hoppy beer would have covered that up to some extent. The mouthfeel, while far from Belgianesque, is more than capable. The carbonation contributes just the right amount of lift and energy.

The lesson to be learned here is that Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale is good beer even when approaching its 'best by' date. My suspicion is that the taste and drinkability scores would both have earned 4.5s if I had popped the cork last summer or fall.

01-26-2011 13:00:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
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boudreaux

Alabama

4.6/5  rDev +10.6%

A: pours a warm summery, yellow haze; huge, billowy, tight soapy white head.

S: might be the best part of this beer; loads of bananas/banana bread aroma; good amounts of esters and lemongrass; also a touch of spice, citrus, and yeast

T: hints of lemon grass, various citrus, and some serious barley; perfectly balanced between malty sweetness and bitter dry-hoppiness; bananas and clove are present, as well; spiced notes and alcohol sit just underneath the other flavors

M: the sticky, tongue-coating feel of a malty brew combine with the refreshing, biting finish of a dry-hopped ale; a medium-heavy bodied beer that convinces you that it's crisp and light

D: Gotta say I'm willing to die if it means drinking 4-5 in a row; wonderfully smooth and easy to drink

Boulevard just re-defined my understanding of Saison/Farmhouse ales. I'd had only 2 or 3 before this one, but Tank 7 might be one of the best beers I've ever had, regardless of style.

01-25-2011 13:46:41 | More by boudreaux
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gatornation

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

from a 12 0z bottle best by 07/11

A-pours a slight hazed straw yellow color with a brilliant white 2 finger head that recedes revealing nice lacing on side of glass

S- smell was nice it was clove ,banana,lemon zest,a slight hay and sour smell very nice

T- was outstanding its starts with tart lemon and clove ,then fruits like banana and apples,pears..it has a wheat barley hop finish a little pepper for a delicious saison

M- was good but a little to much carbonation got alot of bubbles but the taste was unmistakable belgian

D-high drinkability a little sour, a little funk, nice fruits,some pepper, nice zest crisp and very good..highly recommended

01-23-2011 21:51:57 | More by gatornation
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tito42

Missouri

4.58/5  rDev +10.1%

Poured into an imperial pint from a 12-oz. bottle (from the 4-pack available locally). Best by 7/29/2011.

Appearance: Thick, white head with excellent lacing. Very bubbly. More than cloudy, this turns your glass into a snowglobe. The carbonation keeps kicking around some sediment, it's pretty amazing to look at, actually. Absolutely excellent head retention and lacing. This is what a great beer should look like.

Smell: Banana, clove, and lemon. A complex and strong aroma.

Taste: Spicy without overpowering, strong banana tones with a bit of citrus, complex and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Spicy with some bitterness but also light and smooth, which is surprising given the appearance.

Drinkability: My favorite beer at the moment. First had this one on tap at Fiorella's Jack Stack BBQ (Freight House location in downtown KC, blocks from the brewery) and it blew me away. I've had it in the 750 corked bottle and the 12-oz. capped bottle and love this beer every time. I desire this beer more than any other I've tried to date. I have a lot of world-class beers to try yet, but that's why I'm on here! Cheers!

01-23-2011 04:56:59 | More by tito42
Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,042 ratings.