Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 868
Hads: 4,342
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 265
Gots: 1,084 | FT: 16
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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.

38 IBU
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Reviews: 868 | Hads: 4,342
Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Belgian-style bottle, a single that I may have once never imagined seeing on my local beer store shelves.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, bright medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and melted marshmallow-like off-white head, which leaves some sudsy, chunky splattered lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of acrid, but tenable earthy yeast, semi-sweet pale malt, a touch of further caramel sweetness, weird corn grits, and prominent citrusy and generically tropical fruity hops. The taste is bready, grainy pale malt, orange, white grapefruit, and lemon domestic citrus, with some guava, pineapple, and boysenberry foreigners, still understated yeast, faint white pepper esters, and plain leafy, earthy, and somewhat grassy hops.

The bubbles are fairly active, but never really manifesting in much more than a testy frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, both the yeast and hops taking an ounce or so of the proverbial flesh, it would seem, but to no real ill effect. It finishes well off-dry, the bready pale malt carrying on like it owns the joint, to the chagrin of yeast, spice, and (especially) hops alike.

One pleasant, and sweet tooth indulgent Saison, I gotta say. I've passed this one over on many trips stateside in recent years, only to now find it on my veritable doorstep. Easy to drink, complex, and duly satisfying, in a world-wide sense, maybe save the small part of Belgium who might have cause to complain of the smallest infraction. (1,537 characters)

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark gold draft pour with thin white head; some lace. Funky sour nose. Clovey and tart, with a white wine sweetness. Lite mouthfeel. Tasty lightly sour and easy to drink. (170 characters)

Photo of Balvenie
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As a fan of Boulevard I expected nothing less than excellence with Tank 7. Sorry I waited so long to jump on the bandwagon and try this. I'm a big fan of Double-Wide I.P.A., but now that it is going bye bye and being replaced by The Calling, which I don't like as much, I could see this being my go to Boulevard brew.

Pours nice and clean with a great head, fantastic lacing. Sweet fruity smell with subtle malt and spice. Nose is belgian for sure. So light and definitely tastes like a mild Saison. Feel is airy, but in a good way, finishes clean, refreshing. Love that coming off a long winter of stouts and porters. Crisp, clean and refreshing.

I think that is what I like about Boulevard the most, clean, all of their beers feel pure. I don't know what they are doing with that Kansas and Missouri water, but please keep doing it.

Tank 7, this just might be a summer romance getting started... (908 characters)

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful white towering head stands above the light amber liquid. The head stays around the whole time and prolific lace coat the glass. Smell and taste is wonderful fresh bread and fruity esters with a touch of honey in the aroma. Silky smooth and very drinkable this beer is worth repeating and sharing!! (307 characters)

Photo of mtvolkens
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I couldn't decide if I could find myself a fan of saisons or not, but Tank 7 has won me. Absolutely deliciously fresh. Will definitely be buying again. (153 characters)

Photo of Weisenbeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice! A pleasant surprise found at my neighborhood store. Very smooth and drinkable...but beware, that ABV will sneak up on you. :-) Highly recommend. (158 characters)

Photo of LouZ
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle, quickly rising to two fingers of foamy head with strong retention and lacing. Aroma is a mix of tart, fruit, and a hint of malty sweetness and Belgian spice. Taste is not tart, but pleasant and lightly sweet; most resembles a saison. Feel is moderately carbonated and medium bodied, easy to drink and not boozy for 8.5%. Overall, a good farmhouse ale. (372 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy gold color with a tiny bits of sediment and tons of carbonation racing up to an absolutely tremendous 3-4 finger cloudy/foamy off white head that was full of bubbles of all sizes and did not budge for several minutes; the head was so thick it looked like whipped cream and left excellent spotty foamy lacing all over the tulip glass and rings as it went down. Great way to start the show, it was very impressive to look at.

Smells of yeast, mild funk, lemon zest, coriander, orange peel, musty grapes, light grains, horse hair, grapefruit and lots of earthy notes. It’s light and airy smelling with citrus hops, pepper and some fruity sweetness that made it very enjoyable to inhale.

Tastes very similar to the nose with a nice malty sweetness, appropriate levels of yeast to emulate the Belgian’s finest, citrus hops and the associated lemon, orange peel and grapefruit, spices that showcase pepper and coriander, some more fruit like apple skin or a chilled white wine, and then a slight medicinal/aspirin like dry finish that was clean and left a lingering grainy sweetness.

Nice balance and a smooth crisp feel, this slid across the tongue with almost no carbonation, a light to medium body and a nice sweetness from the overall complexities in the brew that minimized the farmhouse elements and brought the fruity notes up front. Boulevard just started to get distributed in NY and I looked forward to trying this and it lived up to the hype. A very tasty beer that I will definitely have again, and a great American version of this style. (1,567 characters)

Photo of Gmann
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden honey color with a big puffy white head that quickly dissipated into a thick ring. A bit of lacing remained on the glass.

The aroma is very floral and perfumey. The aroma is of clove and fresh flowers. Big notes of bubble gum and pepper. Spot on saison aromas.

The taste matches the nose. Big clove, bubble gum, pepper and flowers. Nice bright flavors. A bit sugary. Noticeable hop notes. I get grass and citrus and a hint of pine. A touch of alcohol presence.

Moderate body with airy and prickly carbonation. Sits light though it is kind of beefy for a saison. Mainly sweet on the palate but there is a hoppy bitterness in the finish. Some belly burn from the ABV.

A great saison. True to the Belgian style but has a hint of American hops. I would rate this higher but it is a tad boozy for a style that I think should be more sessionable. (880 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: golden ale with the faintest haze from sediment that slipped in; streaming bubbles throughout the body persisted all the while; a fat mousse-like head you could eat with a spoon left sloppy lace all down the glass

S: bright fields of grains and lemony citrus aromas, something spicy like pepper or cardamom

T: biscuit grain and pale malt base under lemony citrus and coarse black pepperiness; floral and herbal and medicinal and crisp, vague funk on the backend rounded off that farmhouse feel

M: medium-light body, tons of fuzzy effervescence; mildly bitter, almost slightly tart, something dank and funky on the finish

O: an excellent saison - hits all the right points, well-balanced and very drinkable (713 characters)

Photo of Czarkazm
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated best by 9/23/15. Bright, hazy straw colored body with a billowing white head. Typical peppery spice, lemony, yeasty smells for a saison with an underlying incredibly hoppy bouquet. A lot of tropical fruit all around coming out more in the taste, specifically after you swallow. Mango and citrus, slight banana yeastiness, great carbonation, absolutely refreshing! My personal favorite of the style, permanently secured because of its generous use of hops. (472 characters)

Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first ever saison!!! I really enjoyed this beer, nice subtle hoppy citrus tones with spicy and peppery tastes on the finish maybe some banana in there. Pretty complex but overall delicious and easy drinking to me. Will definitely buy another bottle of this to age. (268 characters)

Photo of Phigg1102
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light orange coloring, thick cap (about two fingers) that settles into a broken raft. Bready aroma with peppercorn, fresh herbs and slight citrus. A bit more citrus in the taste as well as tropical fruits, and biscuit. Very crisp dry finish with a fair amount of bitterness lingering. Welcome to NYC Boulvard! (314 characters)

Photo of patpbr
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Pour was bright orange with a full two finger lasting head.
S - Banana, cloves, citrus fruit and yeast.
T - Like the smell and lots of hoppy fruit, mango, papaya and some pepper.
M - Medium to full body and plenty of lingering flavor.
O - Complex and enjoyable at every sip. (282 characters)

Photo of Ian_B
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep yellow, kind of marigold colour with a billowing, rocky white head.

Doughy and slightly funky on the nose. A strong citrusy grapefruit aroma dominates with light, peppery phenols and a touch of alcohol.

Crisp citrus upfront unfolds into sweeter tropical notes of grapefruit, mango, and papaya. Toward the end some savory and sweet bready malt hold the backbone, with slight peppercorn phenols, grapefruit bittering, and a touch of alcohol providing a dry and well-balanced finish.

Crisp, juicy, and dry. Higher alcohol and slightly noticeable ABV, but still very refreshing if you're in the mood for something a bit stronger. (633 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

February 26, 2015

12 oz bottle, tulip

A – Deep gold, with a decidedly orange tint, quite hazy/cloudy though not sedimenty. An inch of pure white bubbly foam with moderate-long retention.

S – Lightly doughy malt and then a blast of fruity hop aromas. Grapefruit, lemon, mango, papaya, honeydew, and lime. The mango is most prominent. Strong peppery/spicy phenols from the saison yeast follow. Very complex and brilliant, fresh.

T – Sweet doughy malt and then tropical fruit hop flavors, mango and papaya being the most prominent with the backing of lemon-lime citrus. Belgian/saison yeast’s characteristic pepper phenols are high in the mix, combining with moderate-high hop bitterness to round out the sweet malt and fruity hop flavors. Again, very complex, very bright.

M – Extraordinarily dry, well-attenuated, enough sweetness up front to hold up a big hop bite on the back end. Deceptively big body almost hidden by the dryness and high carbonation. Very refreshing.

O – Had this before, long ago, but this time it’s a revelation. Complex, fresh, beautiful, and very drinkable, this stands with any of the best Belgian saisons. (1,160 characters)

Photo of MemphisSooner
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy yellow/gold with a slight orange hue and a nice white head

S: Banana bread, cloves, black pepper, esters, yeasty hop

T: Like the smell, tons of banana, clove, peppery goodness. Little bit of farmhouse funk, slight hop presence.

M: Smooth, not too light, not to cloying.

O: A superb farmhouse! This style is hit and miss for me, but Tank 7 is the standard bearer for me. (381 characters)

Photo of guityler83
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

best by 7/24/15
A: Huge white foaming head, soapy mixed sized bubbles, I couldn’t even get the beer in the glass in one pour. Great retention and as the foam receded it gave the appearance of fluffy clouds and left a thick coat of spider web lacing on the edge of the glass. Straw yellow color with moderate haze. classic Saison

S:Moderate mango and pineapple hop aroma plays with the low level of spicey, pepery phenols from the yeast to provide a refreshing and inviting aroma. The grainy, bready malt aroma hides at threshold levels but supports the pleasant hop nose.

T: Mild to medium floral bitterness eludes to a tropical hop flavor (papaya, mango, strawberry) as the hopping adjusts on the pallet the grainy pilsner malt becomes more apparent along with the classic saison yesast flavors - cracked pepper, funky hay and clove. balance is on the hops at first but becomes more yeast driven towards the middle. Light sweetness with a refreshing bite at the finish.

M: Refreshingly dry finish with high carbonation levels make it very effervescent. Light alcohol warmth with a grainy dry finish on the tongue.

O: Very nice american version of a saison. I like to see interpretations of this style instead of reproduction of the classics and this one did it well. Nice fruity hops with a bit more alcohol. (1,316 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On guest tap at dfh Fairfax poured into snifter. Slightly murky orange-yellow with a white head that settles to a collar. Dots and streaks of lace. Aroma is tropical fruit, Belgian yeast, spice, and pepper. Taste is spicy, fruity sweet, and peppery with peach on the swallow. Medium body, foamy texture, moderate carbonation, dry finish. (337 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet from a bottle.

Color is clear pale gold with a huge foamy white head. Retention and lacing are good.
Aroma - first thing that comes to mind is lemon-pepper seasoning. It has citrus hop aromas along with the typical Belgian light fruits and spice.
Flavor is more lemon pepper. Definitely some citrus hops, light fruit and pale malt on the palate with a bite of peppery spice on the finish.
Body is medium with a lot of carbonation. Finish is dry.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer. This style has so much variability I'm not sure what is normal, so I can't really comment on its appropriateness for the saison style. (641 characters)

Photo of pwlong19
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured hazy golden orange. Lots of bubbles from bottom of Sam Adams glass. Fruity smell. Sessions and other fruity beers not my favorites but this one has enough going for it to be pleasant. Got better as the glass got emptier. (227 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 2/9/15. Best by 02/14/15 stamped on front bottle to the right above the label. Comes in a 12 ounce bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage 'Boulevard' tulip glass.

Brew pours a hazy honey-golden in color with a good 3-finger white foamy head that finally settles down to 3mm after a good 20 minutes or so. The aroma is of lots of Belgium yeast, floral with some citrus zest. More going on with the taste as the sweet floral hops is right up front with some grass and lemon zest for the finish. Actually goes down easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. One of the BETTER 'Farmhouse Ale' style brews I have had since they seen to be not as good as this one. (773 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Total Wine in Jacksonville, FL.

Pours a hazy golden orange yellow, with a small amount of yeast floaties, and a lot of lacing.

Smells really nice, a good amount of fruity Belgian yeast, citrus hops, sugar, and floral aromas.

This is a really tasty saison, one of the best made in the US. It tastes almost fluffy, with airy juicy citrus, fruity yeast esters, a little kick of alcohol, and grassy, perfumy flavors too.

This is medium bodied, with a fluffy, pillowy mouthfeel, and a higher, effervescent level of carbonation. Really drinkable.

One of the best U.S. made saisons not made in Greensboro Bend, VT. A classic for good reasons. (660 characters)

Photo of livelyterry
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first review on BA. :-)
Pour: Tall head that lasted forever…
Smell: Nice aroma, bready, yeasty, yummy.
Taste: Some citrus in beginning…
Overall: Really enjoyed this beer… Will buy when available.. (211 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

APPEARANCE: Every time I pour this beer the head is enormous...kind of to a fault. Foam piles up just as high as the actual beer underneath. At least the foam is a gorgeous, eggshell white that takes forever (or at least 5 minutes) to fall to a reasonable level. Enough fussing about what's above the beer though, the liquid underneath is beautiful. Somewhere between pale straw and very light orange the color of this beer only serves to fool the drinker into thinking this is an easy, "light" beer. Thousands of tiny bubbles steadily race to the top and if the glass is swayed or swirled they'll all change directions together...looking like a school of fish.

SMELL: The aroma could be a little more intense. Mostly bready with very light hints of spice and maybe a touch of banana. There is also a little tiny bit of coriander.

TASTE: The citrus in this beer is mmm...delicious. Orange and lemon up front, but some grapefruit actually creeps in as well. The spice character is present, but lighter than other Saisons I've had. That said, a little black pepper finishes this beer off just right after waves of big, juicy, fruit flavors.

MOUTHFEEL: Perfect. Medium bodied plus 5%...super easy to drink, but just big enough to have some oomph to it. The light tickle allows this beer to be gulped far quicker than it should be, but only adds to its effervescent feel.

OVERALL: Tank 7 is an intensely satisfying beer. I've only said this about a handful of beers in the past, but this is one that is truly greater than the sum of its parts. Every time I reach for this beer I am happy I did. It may not be the most rare, highest ABV, barrel-aged, hoppiest thing in the world, but it oozes class and consistency. I know that it will be great every time, yet it still surprises me each time I reach for it. This is one of the timeless classics of the American Craft Beer movement. Long live Tank 7. (1,925 characters)

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 868 ratings.