Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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93
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4,267 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,267
Reviews: 927
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 261
Gots: 1,033 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: grumpy on 06-19-2009

Most breweries have at least one piece of equipment that’s just a bit persnickity. Here at Boulevard we have fermenter number seven, the black sheep of our cellar family. Ironically, when our brewers were experimenting with variations on a traditional Belgian-style farmhouse ale, the perfect combination of elements came together in that very vessel. You could call it fate, but they called it Tank 7, and so it is. Beginning with a big surge of fruity aromatics and grapefruit-hoppy notes, the flavor of this complex, straw-colored ale tapers off to a peppery, dry finish.

38 IBU
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Photo of barnzy78
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

A 4.25 - effervescent golden-amber colored body with a tall, creamy, ivory head that holds excellent retention
S 4 - fruity, zesty, tropical, floral, grassy, spicy
T 4.25 - spicy, bready, faint caramel, tropical, orange and grapefruit zest, yeast
M 3.5 - medium body, effervescent, alcohol is a bit noticeable, tart and dry finish
O 4.25 - one of my favorites for the style. Very well done!

Photo of dlello2
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle with a group before eating dinner.

A - Gold and cloudy. First thing I noticed was a ton of carbonation. Next was a really nice color. Lots of bubbles from the bottom of the mug giving this beer life.

S - Not intense, but I'm getting some sweet citrus.

T - Lemon, grapefruit, oranges. After the sweetness comes some spice. A good taste. Wow there are a lot of flavors going on here. Almost all good tastes, although there might be one subtle spice that is not fitting for me. Definitely drink this on a clean palate. As we started eating I found that this beer was to complicated to complement the meal.

O - Good, not great. Don't love much of the Belgian style anymore cause of the sweetness. I do like the complexity here.

Photo of Nachojon
3.03/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Bright hazy golden yellow. Pours 2 fingers white head, dissipates quickly. Nice lacing throughout. Nice looking saison.

S- Some hay, a little sweet and just a bit of sour. Not an extremely fragrant beer but this isn't the most fragrant of styles.

T- Saisons are not my favorite style of beer. I want more complexity. This is a pleasant drinker but I usually don't reach for this style for this reason. Nice fresh hay notes with some sweet apple and a slightly sour finish. Barnyard start, sweet aftertaste.

M- Crisp, doesn't linger. Highly carbonated beer leads to shorter swigs.

O- I am not very experienced in this style but the Saisons I have had have always seemed to sugary, headache inducing to me. Not a bad tasting beer.

Photo of mobius387
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to wilkins44 for this

poured into a boulevard tulip

appearance: pours a soft cloudy yellow with a big white head.

aroma: some light yeasty smells

palate: light bodied, flavors flood the entire mouth but mostly stinging feel to it

taste: not a very impressive flavor. nothing really sticks out, not bad by any means, it tastes fine, just nothing to give this beer an identity.

overall: ive only had the double wide in the smokestack, but that one was better for me. this one is good, just nothing that sticks out for me

Photo of capeannbass36
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

best by 05/16/12...last of assorted 4 pack from Boulevard...

A- Pours a brilliant yellow gold, topped by a massive sudsy creamy white head. Head disappates slowly. Once almost gone...a couple of swirls around tulip....and head is back. 3 fingers worth. Ample lacing throughout. There is a lot of very, very fine sediment...which I usually detest. But...for unknown reasons this is not bothering me today.

S- Light citrus sweet. Some grass. Just hint of clove spice.

T- Very light and slightly spicy. Some citrus/lemon. Grass....fresh cut lawn, I guess.

M- Very fine carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

O- Will definitely seek this out again. Easy to drink. Light and refreshing. Wish there was no sediment. Other than that, no complaints. Would never guess this had an ABV of 8%.

Photo of Jayli
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from a co-worker who shipped up from MO
750 mL batch 2011-2
Poured in to my Portsmouth tulip

A: This beer pours a hazy deep maize color with a 3 finger of sidsy, bone white head. Head retains well leaving minor spotting of lacing.

S: Nose is grain, funk, horse blanket, lemon grass, and yeast.

T: Taste is lemon grass in the forefront, grain and yeast come through before a grassy barnyard light funk comes in. A hearty yeast presence, grass and a hint of lemon and orange rind finish out the flavoring.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, prickly at first but nice and crisp.

O: Goes down very easy, tasty, not filling, well hidden kick, nice representation of style. Well balanced, good flavoring, easy to sit with for a while.

Photo of scratch69
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Poured an cloudy golden yellow with about a fingers worth of head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Lemongrass with a hint of pepper and yeast.

Taste- Lemony notes with a hint of pepper and maybe clove. There is some bready malt in there as well.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Crisp with a slightly dry finish.

Overall- I'm not a big fan of this style but I enjoyed this beer. Just the right amount of spices make this one very refreshing.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to mizzouguy! received 3 of these in the noob bif round 6.

awesome 12 oz bottle at about fridge temp poured into a snifter. best before 5-16-12 stamped on the neck.

pours out a very nice cloudy light golden yellow color with a huge 3 fingers of a white cap. settles to a thick creamy one finger that sticks around almost the whole glass. lots of sticky lace. tiny bits of sediment noticeable when looked at closely. lots of carbonation bubbles visible at first.

in the aroma, lemongrass citrus, pepper, bubblegum and a hint of phenols from the belgian yeast and a slightly resinous, citric hop. just a hint of a sweet malt.

everything that should be in a clean saison, plus a little added bonus of a few extra hops. everything in a nice balance with one another, making each flavor stand out. peppery belgian yeast with a touch of bubblegum and phenols, a sweet grain thats quickly overtaken by a lemony citrus hop, slightly resinous which makes me think american hops were used. finishes crisp with some tartness and some interesting fruit flavors, papaya, apricot, tropical?.

a very nice mouthfeel, a very nice prickly carbonation. dry in the finish. seems to embody everything at different points, bitterness, sweetness, tartness. a light body and no alcohol noticable at all, hides the 8% amazingly well. drinkability is through the roof!

overall, for me, this is pretty much the staple of a clean saison. also a nice little american hop bonus. i could see anybody liking this, amazingly great drinkability.

Photo of tigg924
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy, bright golden-yellow in color, 1.5 inch creamy head, high carbonation

Smell: big time lemon and fresh lawn

Taste: lemon really jumps out and dominates especially in the beginning, fresh lawn and pepper come in next—followed by bitter citrus hops at the end. The hops are bitter, but not offputting.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, dry, funky and slightly bitter..the bitterness grows to the end but is in no way mouth puckering.

Overall: What little I have had from Boulevard, I am loving. This beer leaves a really pleasant aftertaste that I cannot put my finger on. However, it makes it a beer I like to savor. I barely notice the alcohol under all the flavor. Perhaps slightly hoppier than most, but this one jumps to near the head of the saison pack. I will get this again.

Photo of aknight
3.2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden straw yellow with a frothy white head. Has a sweet malty smell. The taste is on the sweet side. There is a large taste of honey covered green apples. Not as complex as I expect or want a saison to be, mostly just sweet, but still pleasant. Carbonation is pleasant and just right. I wouldn't reach for ths beer as a preferred saison but if I was at a bar that was serving it and nothing else caught my eye I wouldn't be unhappy with it.

Photo of Kinsman
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy but bright golden straw color. A big pillowy white head fills the upper half of the glass but fades to leave a nice bit of lacing behind.

Good dose of citrusy and fruity character on the nose. Some floral notes mixed in as well and a faint yeast note.

Nice fruit character overlaying a sweet grainy malt flavor. Citrusy hop character adds a nice touch. Yeast character adds some peppery spice in there as well.

Mouthfeel is live and bubbly with a light texture to it. Overall, Tank 7 is a solid American-made saison. Crisp and refreshing with plenty of flavor.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a big off white head. In the aroma, lemon citrus, spicy, and a small tartness. In the taste, dry spices, earthy, and a small lemon tartness. A spice bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry earth and small tartness in the aftertaste. Nice mellow tartness and nose is sweeter than the taste.

Photo of lancecenter
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very cloudy orange, thick creamy head, good retention. Decent lacing.

S - Earthy, pepper, citrus, phenol, and alcohol.

T - Slight amount of citrus, good amount of earthiness, some pepper. Dry and tart.

M - Crisp, medium mouthfeel.

O - Very drinkable. I don't like it as much as Hennepin, but it's good stuff.

Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive bright white head that dissipates extremely slowly. Leaves a ring of lace. The liquid is appropriately cloudy (with suspended particles?) straw-gold color.

Fresh, clean smell without any of the typical barnyard aromas. There's some notable sourness, but it is muted. Good yeast presence also.

Starts off as a Saison but then I note a good dose of bittering hop. Interestingly, the swallow loses this as the sourness returns to the palate. In a word, complex. Rich body for the style. Fine bubbles and plenty of them.

Photo of ChadQuest
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crisp golden color with some sediment floating around withen, a solid white cap also.
Aroma has the yeasty banana aroma with some light spices.
This is a clean, crisp, yeasty, bready, spice filled, white pepper, saison, it is not a funky representation of the style, and i am very surprised that this is 8 percent alcohol.

This comes in four packs, that is fantastic.

Photo of Goliath
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy pale yellow with a large three inch bright white head sitting on top. There is good head retention here as well.

The aroma is quite nice. Big citrus notes hit me up front followed by a bit of yeast. It's lightly sweet,reminiscient of candy sugar.

The taste is also quite nice. Again, citrus notes hit me up front with a touch of yeast and then slowly fade to a very light bitterness. Bready pale malt is found somewhere on the tail end as well. It's just a great beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a great gentle carbonation bubble. Really what I'm looking for in a beer like this.

Overall this beer is just great. From first sight, to scent, to taste it's a treat. I just love everything that comes out of that brewery. Keep up the good work!

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a honey/straw hue with mild haze and a frothy tuft of white head. Craggy lace follows down the walls of the glass. Nice.

Smell -- Lots of fruity esters, banana, mild spice, pilsner malt, dab of honey sweetness, and a modicum of citrusy hops. Respectable.

Taste -- More bubblegum than the nose would suggest, as well as a pinch of clove-like phenolic character. Also, the Amarillo hops are more evident, lending a citrusy counterbalance to the fermentation character. Finish is pithy bitterness, bubblegum, and clove oil.

Mouthfeel -- Pretty much the same mouthfeel of every Smokestack beer: medium-bodied with crisp carbonation just inside the boundaries of acceptable.

Overall -- Very nice. For hoppy saisons, there are others I'd reach for first (see: Boulevard Sorachi Ace), but this is still definitely notable. One of the better Smokestack offerings from Boulevard, and that's saying something.

Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip, best by date of 5/16/12. Hazy light yellow/straw body with a huge four-finger white head. Tons of carbonation in this one. Lots of lacing.

Sweet citrus aroma, mostly lemon. Belgian yeast, bubblegum, a bit of funkiness.

Tasty saison flavor overall. The spicy yeast flavors come through more in the flavor and work well with the lemongrass, and sweeter malt flavors.

Light to medium mouthfeel with a bit of a dry finish. Overall, another solid offering from the Smokestack series by Boulevard.

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

Poured into a Bell's Tulip.

Pours a bright neon yellow with an insane amount of carbonation. the massive head was bright white and fizzy.

Smells of lemongrass and slightly of yeast. Also scents of banana, clove, and bubblegum. Smells like a hefeweizen.

I wasnt expecting the taste. nothing prepared me for a gin-like lemongrass feel. Citric hoppy bitterness accompanies the lemongrass feeling nicely. The yeast is really just an accentuating feature. Tastes partially like hefeweizen, and thats a good thing.

Its not as spicey as I was expecting, but the lemony feeling is actually very refreshing and highly drinkable. Very well put together saison.

Photo of gfreed
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer that promises much (it has a great label) and delivers mostly. Cloudy in the glass; zesty and bovine in the nose; a yeasty and dense body with some lightly-malted tones in the taste. It's a tad hoppy for my liking, but not overly so and doesn't lose points for being so bright. The funk level is somewhat high, in my view. Boulevard seems to take the "farm" part of "farmhouse" somewhat literally. Otherwise... well worth a bottle or two.

Photo of keytown
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden color with 1/2 inch white head

S - Smells of citrus, very noticeably lemon & orange rinds followed by some spice maybe coriander. Also getting wet grassy notes.

T - Follows the nose, orange & lemon rinds, slightly sour followed by spice.

M - Light, crisp clean beer. Finishes dry & leaves you wanting more.

O - Really good beer overall, best Farmhouse Ale that I've had. Definitely worth trying, wish I could get more of this one!!

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to JeepCop for this 750ml.

A: Pours a beautiful translucent yellow gold. There is a massive pure white head that just refuses to go away. Massive lacing as it drinks.

S: Smells of clove, banana, and citrus. It has a really crisp and clean nose. It's a very inviting beer that begs to be drank.

T: Starts off super crisp. High carbonation and clove hit the palate immediately. The banana starts to come through a bit in the middle, but it never overpowers the spice in this beer. It finishes with a wonderful mix of yeast, spice, and fruit. All of those flavors linger on the palate for just a few seconds before the mouth is left dry and begging for more.

M: Light bodied beer, but the carbonation and spice keep you from guzzling it (even though you may want to). Finishes dry.

O: I absolutely love this beer. I've been fortunate to have it many, many times, and it's always stellar. I really wish Boulevard beers were available in NY.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to imagineiii for this 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. There is a freshness date, but it's smudged off, Best before...2011.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with an inch or so of white head. Nose is bright and citrusy. There's notes of wheat and hay, a hint of white pepper. Palate is crisp with a little alcohol burn but a little sweet wheat too. Grain, flowers, white pepper, and preserved lemon flavors. Moderate length finish.

Notes: Tasty but not super complex. A little prickly from the alcohol.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, Batch number 711105, best before 12-2011. Served in a goblet (as recommended by Boulevard), the beer pours a hazy gold color with an inch white head. The head stays around a long time, and there's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and fruity, it smells like mango, lemon peel, pears, bananas, yeast and sweet malt. The taste is mostly fruity too, the brew tastes like pears, bananas, peppery spice, yeast, citrus (lemon, orange) rinds, bready malt and also an earthy flavor. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's well carbonated and quite refreshing to drink. At $9.99 a bottle, I'd buy this again. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of Scotchboy
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 corked & caged, split with a mate in two pint glasses on Sunday 10/16. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a beautiful and inviting hazy straw color with tints of gold...effervescent, with a huge frothy white head that slowly recedes to a constant half-finger ring.

S: Tons of lemon & lemongrass, Belgian yeast, spices, citrus rind, and juicy hop character...I wouldn't describe it as 'funky', more 'fruity', with a distinctly Belgian presence.

T: Lots of lemon, orange and some grapefruit (from the hops) character...light herbal & grassy notes...spicy, a bit peppery and dry but still refreshing...very nice.

MF: Light, airy, wet, well carbonated, traces of bitterness and dryness on the finish...tastes 'even' and complimentary.

O: Hops take a backseat to the Saison here but they still really compliment the entire package. I really like what Boulevard has done here, a completely refreshing and tasty Farmhouse Ale. I've traded a lot of Boulevard saisons...might have to hang on to a few more.

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,267 ratings.