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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,177 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,177
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 170
Gots: 458 | FT: 13
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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Photo of birchstick
3.1/5  rDev -25.7%

A - pours a pale straw yellow with a small, creamy head

S - smells of citrusy lemons and a little bit of sweet straw. Very weak nose

T - taste followed the nose somewhat - grainy and malts give way to some yeast and sweet straw and citrus flavors. Ends a with some grassy bitterness.

M - light to medium body that is very creamy.

D - this is a pretty decent saison. I was hoping it would be a little less subtle in the nose and on the palate, but it was still pretty decent nonetheless. Would I get it again, sure. Is it something I would seek out, probably not. I'll go for Saison Brett if I am buying a Boulevard Saison.

birchstick, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of zimmerbloke
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%

Blind 12oz bottle (thanks to Onion), split three ways and poured into New Belgium globe glass.

A: Very clear, bright yellow pour. Small off-white head which fades quickly.

S: Lager, maybe? Yeast, some sweetness, very minimal hop notes.

T: Crisp and sweet with a strong floral aftertaste. Maybe a BIPA? Very strong bitterness lingers.

M: Very bright, strong carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

D: Highly refreshing + mediocre flavor = moderate drinkability.

I had this about six months ago in a 750 and remembered liking it quite a bit. I'm wondering whether a bit of age helped the first bottle I had, but maybe this is just a factor of reviewing blind. Very interesting, to say the least.

zimmerbloke, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

On tap into a tulip at Twisted Spoke...A clear medium gold with a light tan head, good retention, ok lacing...The aroma is a typical saison, floral notes, good but average in complexity...The taste is really good, floral hops, but a nice sweetness makes this quite drinkable.

An above average straight forward saison worth trying.

jrallen34, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of nickhiller
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

12oz bottle:
A: hazy straw, bubbly two finger head with great retention and lacing. Looks like a hefeweizen.

S: sweet, bubble gummy Belgian yeast, fresh floral hops

T: sweet wheat, Belgian yeast coupled with some nice hoppy bitterness. Very well balanced. Finish is bitter and dry white wine.

M: light bodied, crisp and dry, there's no hint of the ABV until a nice warming sensation at the very end. It feels a lot like champagne.

D: really interesting, easily my favorite Boulevard of the three that I've tried in the past three days. Very easy to drink and pretty straightforward, but it's got great balance and just enough complexity to keep me coming back for more.

Second tasting, 1/4/11, 750ml bottle:
A: hazy, straw colored, one finger head with good retention and lacing considering the light body and style.

S: a mixture of Belgian styles--wheat and sour--the smell is doughy, subtle yeasty esthers in the background, sweet honey, bubble gum, and this may sound weird but it smells a lot like carrots.

T: sickly sweet, sour and bitter by turns, the sweets remind me of honey, candied fruit, pineapple, then sour dough from the bready nose and grassy hops. Finish has just the right amount of bitterness, which cleanses the palate of all the sweetness, but leaves behind sugar on the tongue. The interesting thing is the finish is really dry, even though the drink as a whole is super sweet.

M: light to medium body, steers clear of the heavy syrupy Saisons while still delivering on the high ABV.

D: Compared to other beers I've had in this style, this one is surprisingly mellow and light, while still managing to pack the punch of a alcohol warmth and jus the right amount of hop bitterness. Pretty fantastic drinkability for a Saison.

nickhiller, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of jsh420
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12oz best by 07/29/11

pours bright golden yellow with chill haze and a big 2 finger head that left spotted lacing

smells of belgian yeast banana lemon and some grainy bready malt

taste like the nose - only thing that kept me from giving this a perfect 5 was it was a tad sweet

mouthfeel was light with lots of carbonation very refreshing

drinkability a great saison in 12oz bottles makes this my new must go to sasion

jsh420, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

Bottle: Poured a hazy and cloudy beige color ale with a super large frothy head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with spicy yeast and semi-sweet malt backbone. Taste is very well balanced with great notes of fruity ester with lightly pepper yeast with a solid malt backbone that is just a tad too sweet. Body is full with limited filtration and great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Another great beer from a brewery that just keep surprising me.

Phyl21ca, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of rrski198
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%

Had on tap at the international tap house in chesterfield missouri. Review from notes.

A: Golden and translucent. Big time white head. Bog ole slow to rise bubbles. Great lacing.

S: Lemons with a almost medicinal smell. Like a lemon cough drop. Dry maltiness.

T: Nice belgian yeast sweetness. I'm getting some bitterness from teh hops and a little spicyness. Again citrus flavors coming on strong.

M: Average carbonation. Flavors stick around. Very clean beer.

O: Had this when it was 28 degress outside, nota good fit. However, this beer would rock in the summer.

rrski198, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of FosterJM
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%

103rd review on BA
Bottle to goblet.

12oz bottle.

App- Poured a golden yellow without much of a head on it. The retention and lacing were very good but the lack of head left me wondering if I poured wrong. The carbonation in the bottle was superb as well.

Smell- A big smell of belgian yeast with some citrus mostly the light fruits, lemon and orange. Also got just a touch of spice to let you know its a saison.

Taste- A well done saison with the qualities you want. Not overpowering. A bit dry with the right amount of sweet and earthiness.

Mouth- Medium carbonated with such a light feel to it.

Drink- Pretty damn good! Thanks, JeepCop for the extra. I owe ya one!

FosterJM, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of csiewert
3.3/5  rDev -20.9%

(SEE UPDATE BELOW) One of my favorite beers. Pours a nice bright golden color with a thick foamy head. Somewhat hazy when you get to the bottom of the bottle/keg, which is when I think it tastes the best. Strong hop notes in both smell and taste as well as banana. Finishes smooth and leaves you refreshed.

UPDATE... Boulevard has since begun mass producing tank 7 and removed it from it's signature fermentation tank (obviously tank #7) that gave it its unique taste... The beer has greatly cheapened and the taste has dominated greatly. I was very disappointed when I discovered this. If you can still get your hands on a large smokestack bottle version of the beer I would still give it praise, but otherwise stay away.

csiewert, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of Onenote81
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%

Awesome bottle received as an extra from gwguest in a trade awhile ago. Thanks!

Best by 7/8/11 - printed on the side.

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass (the only one available at the time). Pours a cloudy deep gold with a large 3-finger white head on top. Excellent retention; left lots of lace behind. Very nice look. The nose has strong tones of pineapple, lemon cleaner, clove, and wet hay. More fruity than spicey.

Good crisp mouth, as expected with the style. Moderate heft. Mildly sharp finish. The citrus comes through in the flavor, but where the spices were absent in the nose, they make themselves known more in the flavor. White peppery bite at the onset, mild funk in the middle, and there's even a nice grassy hop smack on the end. Good beer. I like all the various nuances of this one. Unique and satisfying.

Onenote81, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of zhanson88
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%

Had this on tap at O'Dowd's in Zona Rosa out of the appropriate Smokestack glassware.

Appearance: Tank 7 is a slightly hazy light straw color with 2 fingers of white head. Great retention and chunky, fluffy lacing that clings all over the glass.

S: Bananas, cloves, slight citrus and tons of fruity esters. Really nice and flavorful scents. The esters in this one are more intense than most saisons...it must be from the higher %ABV. I like it.

Taste: Bananas, cloves and citrus are there in bulk, with a bunch of esters and peppery spices on the back end, giving a bit of an alcohol burn on the finish. Super, a very robust saison.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied, medium carbonation makes for a very smooth mouthfeel. Easy drinking and one of the most flavorful saisons I've tried. Overall, this is my favorite Boulevard beer. I come back time and again and it never disappoints. It has garnered somewhat of a cult following in KC which is well deserved. Terrific favors, and is very easy drinking, however if you don't watch out it will kick you on the teeth in a hurry.

zhanson88, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -4.1%

This one pours a faint, cloudy orange in color with a three finger white head. It has funky, barnyard like aromas. It features straw, bread, and citrus. The taste is a little piny which surprised me. The flavors too are a little funky and has some straw to it. It's pretty flavorful. It drinks medium bodied and is moderately smooth. It's pretty drinkable. You'd never know it's 8%. It's a pretty solid interpretation of the style but not the best by any means.

aasher, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

A - Crisp honey color with a good sized, foamy, bubbly, light, soapy white head. Very good retention leaving a sticky lace.

S - Sweet and tart aroma. Grapefruit and other citrus (lemon). Some bready malt as well. Hints of spice. Very enticing aroma.

T - Like the nose there is a strong bready malt underlying a good citrus fruit (more lemon and less grapefruit than the aroma). A touch of tropical fruitiness at the very end. Citrus comes out mid and late sip. Spice comes out toward the finish with some clove and pepper being strongest. Belgian yeast is also present with a slight candi sugar sweetness.

M - Light body with plenty of carbonation. Crisp, spritzy feel.

D - Refreshing beer that is easy to drink. I enjoyed the balance of bready malt and citrus tartness along with the subtle Belgian sweetness and spiciness. Alcohol very well hidden.

Notes: I definitely enjoyed this as a well balanced saison. Interesting on the tongue with all the flavors. Fruity, tart, sweet, and spice all present. Dangerously drinkable. Definitely worth picking up.

FreshHawk, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of Cresant
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Served this 750 mL brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Batch 7-9303. Best by: 10/10. The body was lightly hazy but bright golden yellow with a slightly yellowed white head. The three fingers of head slowly eroded to a cap and stayed.

The smell was of dry powdery hops. Yeasty. Fruit. Classic farmhouse aroma. Later, as it warmed, the alcohol peeped out.

The taste was sharp fruitiness. Earthy spiciness. Peppercorns. Drying. Grapefruit pith bitterness is held in check by the yeasty character.

The mouthfeel was medium with a fine sparkling carbonation. Very drinkable.

Cresant, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of TheSarge
4.13/5  rDev -1%

Poured this puppy into a 3 Monts tulip.

After a careful pour, this brew produces a three finger thick bright white head. The body of the brew is bright gold with a good amount of haze... I didn't allow any floaties for this first sample

Thew brew is sour and tart in the nose. I'm getting some granny-smith apple, grapefruity citrus, and sweet sugary nuances.

In the taste there is a champagne like flavor, along with grapefruit tartness. There is a slight bubble gum sweetness to this as well.

Very dry in the mouth feel. Crisp and refreshing; however, a dry powdery feeling leaves this a dry one. There is a slight warmth from the alcohol, but not overpowering this brew's creativity.

TheSarge, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of BMoney575
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%

Sampled on 11-26-10
Batch number 7101410
Best before May 2011

Pours a hazy golden yellow color, with lots of yeast floaters thanks to the dumbass that poured it (david131). A foamy head slowly recedes, leaving big, craggy lacing.

Smell is sweet and fruity, slightly Belgian, with a tart hop kick. Nicely tart, lots of citrus aromas, and a hint of farmhouse fermentation.

Taste is sharp lemon, sweet and bitter. The malt is in the back, with a sweet, Belgian quality. The booze comes in next, adding to the tartness. Different.

Mouthfeel is a little too thin, allowing the alcohol to come to the front. Not bad though.

Drinkability is decent, but the tartness, alcohol, and bitterness are a brutal combo.

Overall, different and well worth a try.

BMoney575, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of david131
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

Best before May, 2011

A- Would have been a clear yellow liquid, but some of the yeast sediment ended up in the glass. The thousands of floaters are very unappealing... thanks to the dumbass who poured it (bmoney575). The white head is thin but craggy with decent retention.

S- Lemon, pepper, grass... Smells like a saison. There is just the slightest hint of vegetables at the end.

T- Lemon, pepper, grass, some light fruitiness, and a bit of alcohol. Very well rounded and tasty.

M- A nice full body, a bit of carbonation to lighten things up, and some lasting flavors. A tad bitter.

D- A really nice American take on the style. The more of this I drank, the more I enjoyed it.

david131, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%

Pours a beautiful, radiant pale yellow color that gives off a nice hiss as it hits the glass. some haze to it, with a fine fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. Very bubbly, with a champagne like quality.

The smell gives off some really earthy yeast flavors which i love in saisons, it's a bit rustic like a peanut. There are also lemony scents, and herbal hop aromas, and honey.

Delicious taste, this Saison packs a big punch of flavor. Crisply tart and refreshing, playing off of light yeast notes, and bright citrus flavors. I taste a bit of lemon, and sweet nectars from flowers. The flavors develop really well in this beer and it is exceptionally well balanced.

Very crisp, lush feel in the middle, and then finishes refreshingly dry. highly carbonated, which gives the body a bubbly, effervescent feel that is on the lighter side.

Despite being 8% ABV, this beer is very light and easy to drink due to the rich flavor and crispness. I could easily drink this beer all evening, and it would pair well with a wide variety of meals which makes it very accessible. I highly recommend you try this saison if you can find and afford it!

wolfinthemirror, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of EgadBananas
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

Pale, hazy orange on the pour, with a stark white 2 finger head. Looks good.

Smell is citrus, slight funk, and a surprising, subtle hop note. Very pleasant.

Slight spice, slight hops, and a bit of citrus. There is a bready malt character as well, and a hint of sweetness.

Upper light in body, with a nice creaminess, and ample carbonation.

Not the best example of the style, but it's still damn good, and easy to put away!

EgadBananas, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of Bierguy5
3.88/5  rDev -7%

750 ml bottle, 8% abv, batch 710071. Best before 3/11. Pours a hazy golden color with an orange tint. White frothy head disappears rather quickly, but leaves an impressive patchwork of lace.

Citrusy, American hop notes, pale malt, a hint of caramel. Fruity notes blend in well. Slight peppery notes, and other spices in the back.

Pale malt up front. Nice citrus flavor that adds some bitterness. Fruity notes come in. Dries at the finish with some earthy and peppery notes.

Lighter body, with good carbonation. Seems like a hybrid of Belgian and American styles. Alcohol is well hidden. Nice beer.

Bierguy5, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of tempest
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

Picked up a single ~12oz at Princeton's. Appeared a hazy gold with a tall white head. The aroma has an earthy floral character, like I've got my nose in a garden, along with a bit of herbal spice like coriander. Very interesting flavor from the American hops - big floral and fruity notes with grapefruit and orange peel, maybe a hint of vanilla. Still it's a wonderfully refined and crisp ale, like a great saison should be.

There's a bitter spicy finish and the body is on the thin side, making this dangerously drinkable for the strength. This is easily one of the best Belgian styles with American hops I've encountered.

tempest, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of OakedCanuck
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

750ml poured into Trois Pistoles goblet.

A - Deep, straw yellow, clear, fluffy white head.

S - Yeasty, grainy/wheat smell, somewhat estery.

T - Spicy pepper thats not overbearing, grassy and grainy, Belgian yeast, some funkiness to it.

M - Medium bodied and dry, effervescent

D - Great drinkability, not overpowering and the flavor profile is complex. Very nice.

OakedCanuck, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of Chronofied
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

About 55°F, served in a 12 oz laser-etched snifter.

Appearance - A slightly cloudy yet bright bronze, with visible sediment and respectable carbonation. Marvelous head right after the pour, retention is decent, and lacing is better than average.

Smell - Quite yeasty, a little funky with sweet fruit. Hop character is present but not strong, with some resin smells present. A very enticing aroma.

Taste - Sweet and breadlike when it hits the tongue, it is medium bodied and fills the mouth with flavor. Yeast flavor is strong throughout, with malts intertwining. A bready fruit-like sweetness lingers, and some tanginess shows at the end. Some extra malt toastiness and hop bitterness seems to show up in the aftertaste; neither are unwelcome.

Mouthfeel - The feel is kind of like drinking bread. Bread with crisp, prevasive carbonation. Underneath the carbonation there is a bit of a buttery feel, strange but not bad. A little bit sticky when it's gone.

Drinkability - Quite drinkable. It was certainly not a chore to finish a 750 ml bottle, and not out of the question to pop open a second.

Chronofied, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of spointon
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%

I poured this one from a 750ml crown capped bottle into a tall stemmed Petrus glass.

A= Poured an appropriately hazed gold color with a big white foamy 2" head. Head did not last as long as the best Belgian versions of this beer, but it stayed a while. Lots of lace left behind on my glass.

S= Smelled like funky saison yeast, sweet pils malt, grass, and citrus.

T= Started off sweet and fruity and never really deviated much from that. Fruity notes were complex and contained a lot of citrus and orchard fruit notes. Honey like middle gave way to some yeasty esters but never really developed a strong barnyard funk like many saisons. Finished pretty dry with barely a kiss of hops in the aftertaste.

MF= Lighter bodied with a very effervescent carbonation level and crisp feel.

D= Boulevard rarely dissapoints and this is another quality offering. Though it is different from many saisons I have had and loved (including Boulevard saison) it is still a very good beer that was way too easy to drink for the ABV level.

spointon, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of demuzik
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%

Appearance is a cloudy, orange that holds very little head retention. Smell is very yeasty, fruity, and spicy. Taste is quite banana and citrus, yet clean midtones that allow room for tasting the malt. Medium body ale that catches up with you thanks to the 8%... an interesting brew worth at least a once-around, may not ask for this again - flavors were good and decent, but there was nothing I NEED taste again.

demuzik, Nov 10, 2010
Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,177 ratings.