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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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885 Reviews
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Reviews: 885
Hads: 4,415
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 275
Gots: 1,134 | 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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Reviews: 885 | Hads: 4,415
Photo of Billcr222
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a big fan of boulevards everyday beers but their specialties are have been fantastic and I am happy try this one as well.
A: looks light straw colored with a little lacing poured from a 750 into a pint glass
S: earthy and a slight hint of fruit
M: a malty beer it flows pretty well not too bitter
T: tastes like a good earthy wheat, add in some quality malts and a slight fruitiness
O: a very good beer enjoyed it thoroughly as with the other boulevard specialties (474 characters)

Photo of paperbackfoster
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A straw colored pour with a generous two-finger head and high body carbonation. Cloudy, but not necessarily hazy.

S - Lemongrass sits at the forefront of a nose otherwise populated by citrus, yeast, and light caramel malts.

T - Citrus, spice, and everything nice. A great powerhouse of wheat and fresh grassy flavors, it also draws in elements from the Belgian wit in terms of yeast and spice. Orange rind, coriander, and an almost curry-like flavor ride in with the bittering hops. The malt notes are crisp with a tiny hint of rye.

M - High carbonation, very refreshing, not a single clue as to the higher ABV. Nearly fizzy on the tongue, dry finish.

O - A solid take on the saison, true to style but very unique on its own. The complex palette is sure to please those that aren’t normally into farmhouse ales. This beer is a great introduction into Boulevard’s Smokestack series. (894 characters)

Photo of eclipse54
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle with a best by date of 12/2011. Into a Deschutes tulip glass...

Pours a vibrant, straw-colored body with a large, fluffy white head. It lingers, and leaves patches, rather outcroppings, of bubbles behind as lacing. Smells a bit funky, with straw, hay, faint citrus, and clove rounding it out. The taste is almost identical to the nose, but with the addition of a faint pear finish to it. Mouth is crisp, clean, and refreshing; very well done here. Overall, a great farmhouse ale that I’ll happily revisit. (541 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a stemmed strange)

A- This beer pours a hazy lemon yellow body with strands of microbubbles gliding up to a thick creamy meringue of light beige head.

S- The very fragrant, even during the pour, saison yeast with some apricot esters and dried orange peel is very nice.

T- The dry fruity esters have a citrus clove hint that comes through as the beer opens up. The peppery green hop finish is dry and crisp. There is a pithy bittern aftertaste with some juicy dry grapefruit hops flavor.

M- The creamy mouthfeel has a medium mouthfeel and a soft carbonation. There is a mineral water crispness as the beer warms.

O- The great aroma and thick head are very impressive but the taste is a bit too bitter in the finish detracting from the other great flavors. The fruity esters are large and try to balance but are a bit outshined by the bitterness. (863 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled (best by 10/18/11) poured into my Hennepin glass.

Golden straw color w/ an enormous tight head & effervescent carbonation. Great lacing.

Aroma is light, lemony w/ a hint of yeast, spice, and apple cider.

Taste follows nose: lemon, yeast, spice, and fruit. Light, crisp and refreshing.

Another great example of the saison style, and another great beer from Boulevard. (383 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

Pours a hazy straw-glow with a thin white head that fades to a slight ring and haze. Nice, crisp aromas of wheat, banana, coriander, and bubblegum yeast. Taste follows the nose nicely, lots of spicy white pepper/coriander and sweet bubblegum yeast. Very crisp mouthfeel, with a medium body, sharp carbonation, and a dry finish. Overall a really nice Saison, I'm surprised by how well the alcohol is hidden. (447 characters)

Photo of Retail1LO
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is probably the best saison I've had. That doesn't say much for me, as this is not a style that I'm typically even remotely enamored by.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nice golden straw color typical to it's type. Also true to it's type, it wreaks of Begian yeast. However, it does also have a smoky scent to it as well, and that's refreshingly unique. Where this varies from most Farmhouse Ales/Saisons, is that the taste isn't pure heffeweizen. The smoke permeates the taste too, and for the second time, it provides a very unique surprise. The mouthfeel is typical for the style, and nothing to write home about. Overall, for me, to have enjoyed this at all is kinda nice. I still wouldn't go back to it, because it's not my bag. However, anyone who has an affinity for this style of beer should definitely try to procure some of this. It's sure to please. (883 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Saison ale was served on tap and in a goblet. This beer poured a reddish gold color, and it produced a very nice amount of white head- excellent retention. Above average amount of lacing. The aroma of this ale was full of malted grain, earthy grass, with hits of apricot, and spicy clove. The ale is medium in body and tasted of semi-sour apricot/peach and it gave way to a grainy somewhat dry finish. This is an excellent version of a Saison...btw...this style is rapidly climbing my my personal beer style list... The balance is amazing...wonderful session beer- My new favorite offering from Boulevard. (610 characters)

Photo of hutch312
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great aroma, smooth flavor with a touch of bitterness. Not what I was expecting from the smell, but pleasantly surprised. Not too sweet, but with the right amount of citrus. Does not leave the signature filminess in the mouth like most Belgian style wheat beers. (262 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – A huge head towers over the brew with a mixed bubble structure. Fantastic retention and a rocky lace. Hazy honey gold color.

S – Soft tangerine citrus over dried grass, pollen, and pepper.

T – A kaleidoscopic profile. Bright, acidic carbonation right up front. As the bubbles clear out, dry leaves, orange zest, and honey round out the opening. In the center, black pepper pops to the forefront and ushers in lemongrass and thyme. The backend is shifts gears, leaving an almost boozy, lemon, and leafy hop finish.

M – Net soft with a medium body.

O – The hoppy side of saison. (594 characters)

Photo of paxchristi
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a magnificent looking beer-- golden. 1/2 inch thin white head. Left excellent lacing-- basically coats the side of the glass. Head Stays on top after descension. Slightly hazy.

S: Yeast, hops, and bread in the front-- citrusy in the middle. There is an ever so faint smell of booze in the very back. Its 8.9 ABV, so it should be expected in a lighter summer beer. It gives it a bit of additional spice in the nose added to the edge of the fairly intense hops. Someone babied this beer.



T: Hops, baby! Hops is the first, and its fairly pungent. However, it has a fairly short life on the front of the palate (sweet). The back of the palate has quite a long life span (bitter). I had to eat some food in order to clear the palate it stuck so much. I think this demonstrates some imbalance. Its not off by a long shot, but still...there is some slight imbalance. Which is a shame because the hops are very lively. But it makes the finish overpower the subtle citrusy middle. 



M: Bitter is loud and so it has a definite FORTE sort of presence. The citrusy, bready, and yeasty, sweeter taste buds are left feeling cheated in my mouth. Little stimulation. A strength of this beer is its very even carbonation. It’s spot on for a summer seasonal.

Overall: This is a really good beer. Probably one of the better Farmhouse Ale’s in this part of the country. I could see myself drinking two pints (maybe three). What keeps this from being top 2-3 best summer session beers in the Frontier area is its balance. 

But, all beer nerd stuff aside, I love strong beers. And it kicked my ass. I will seek this one out again for sure. It has a refreshing presence that leaves me feeling cool, refreshed, and very happy (from both alcohol and participation). If you find it, I suggest you giving it a real consideration. Although, I think that IPA, DIPA fans will like it more than anyone. 

I'm with the consensus so far on this beer. A-.

Hell yeah, Boulevard! m/m/ (1,989 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly cloudy yellow. Large billowing head. Good retention. Light lacing.

S: Yeast. Lemon. Some coriander on the back ground.

T: Light candy sweetness. A little bubblegum and some lemon. Light spice. Floral notes. Very mild bitterness.

M: Lighter weight, but appropriate for the style. Crisp. Almost Tart. Good carbonation.

O: A very nice farmhouse ale. (366 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice slightly hazy golden with a thick and rather persistent buttery off-white head. Aroma is wheaty and yeasty, rather strong with a hint of lemon, enough to tempt a taste. Flavor is wheaty and yeasty, as the aroma promises, with a lemon underpinning and a surprising strong hint of hops. Texture is fizzy, lively and firm-bodied. I’m glad I discovered this brewery! (377 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged/corked "Smokestack Series" bottle poured into Russian River Goblet Snifter. Best by date: 11/2011. Big thanks to eclipse54 for yet another great brew!

A: This pours a hazy golden yellow color. Tons of carbonation rolling off bottom of glass. Two finger fluffy bright white head. Some lacing sticks to the walls of the glass.

S: Definitely get a lots of spicy bready notes. Some floral notes as well, fruity hop aromas but nothing too crazy.

T: Very interesting brew! You get the yeasty breadiness that you'd expect, but also some hop bite (maybe). I like the crisp flavors rolling around the mouth. Very nice spice backbone. Alcohol is very very well hidden. Definitely a really dry finish, much like white wine or champagne.

M: Medium bodied that tingles the senses.

O: Very good Saison. This might be #1 on my list (which isn't long), until I try their Saison-Brett here soon. Boulevard really knows what they are doing with this style. (955 characters)

Photo of BeardedRiker
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When was the last time I had a Boulevard beer? I honestly can't remember. So, I guess it's been too long. Another hot day in Texas, and that's an understatement, means I need a good, flavorful, yet very drinkable/lighter beer. Recently I've been drinking saisons so Boulevard's Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale caught my eye.

First off, I like the bottle design as well as the label. They both have a sort of classic look too them. Not too flashy. Simply yet elegant. Anyway, the Tank 7 looks lovely. The head grows thick, three fingers, foamy, and is white. It leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The beer is a golden-amber color, a bit cloudy, and there is plenty of particulates all in it that float around in a cycle because the carbonation make it float to the top and them fall to the bottom.

This is called a farmhouse ale and it definitely smells like a farmhouse. Straw, sweet grass, yeast, and pepper all make themselves known. Booze comes out as well. It smells very floral.

I have to say, this is a damn tasty brew. There a bit of bitterness on the front from hops but then the yeast comes through, adding in cracker notes. It's a bit peppery too. Later on comes a delicious sweetness like white grape or grapefruit. An alcohol warmth shows up at the end but doesn't overpower at all. Great flavors without being too bold. It's sweet but not too sweet.

Tank 7 is medium-bodied is a bit creamy but then the medium-high carbonation comes through and gives it life. Sweetness makes it a bit sticky and drinkability is high.

You know,I really enjoy this beer. Everything was great in every category. Lovely look, interesting smell, delicious taste, and agreeable mouthfeel. I highly recommend it. (1,702 characters)

Photo of kjyost
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Corked & caged 750 mL. Best by 11-2011, purchased from a fridge at Happy Harry's North in Grand Forks, ND. Poured into a 250 mL tulip.

A: Straw yellow body, crystal clear and a nice white head (half the glass on a stiff pour) descends very slowly to a nice white cap and leaves very nice lacing along the way. Nearer the bottom half of the bottle, there was protein / yeast particulate in the pour.
S: Cracked black pepper and barnyard aromas. Dominated by the spices.
T: Initially a floral hit followed by a dry finish. Alcoholic heat comes quickly through. Light underlying mold-like funky taste, in a good way. The heat from the alcohol though is too much for me and is impairing my ability to get some more of the yeast's complexity although I did get out some definite pear in the body later.
M: Strong carbonation and finishes dry and hot.
O: Not sure what to make of this one. I know it is 8%, but it drinks all 8% or more here. Haven't had enough strong saisons to really know their character here, but it just isn't my bag. (1,033 characters)

Photo of BurgerJones
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a stemmed goblet. Served with spicy Thai curry.

Pour was hazy light orange with frothy white head that lasted and laced well.

Not much aroma, pepper and yeast predominate but very little of either.

Despite that, taste was very pleasing, mostly pepper, clove, lemon, yeast, tangy funk was pleasant and not overwhelming.

Light body, pleasant amount of carbonation that added to the crisp spicy taste.

Overall, tasty and pleasant. Nothing incredibly special about the beer, but everything about it was good nonetheless. The third I've tried of the Smokestack series and I've liked every one a lot. (629 characters)

Photo of SummitVA
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Vigorous straw pour that puts up a nice, solid frothy head. A good amount of yeast got into this, despite the fact that I was the second pour out of the bottle.

S - Huge peppery, phenolic nose. A bit of citrus and plenty of sweet pils aromoa.

T - Yeasty clove and pepper flavors with light sweetness from the malt. Crisp bitterness and a minerally character. Spiciness from yeast lingers in a very pleasing way. A little of the alcohol heat is noticeable, but hardly overpowering.

M - Beautifully light and crisp on the palate.

O - Another fantastic brew from Boulevard. Had been wanting to try this for a while, and I'm really happy to finally have had the opportunity. Cheers, (687 characters)

Photo of Pusa
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appeared hazy gold with a one inch head.

Smelled of fruit and spices; like banana, coriander, and cloves.

Mouthfeel was a medium body, effervescent but dry.

Taste was similar to smell: fruit and spices like banana, coriander, and cloves but with a nice wheaty undertone, some pepperness, and a slight hoppy bitterness that gave it an overall tartness. The aftertaste was pleasant - it didn't stick around too long or go away too fast.

Overall it was a decent farmhouse ale. Admittedly I didn't used to like this ale, but I have discovered it hits the spot on a hot summer day. (629 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Best-by date of 10/18/11.

Appearance: lightly hazy straw hue; the impression is that it's silvery. Head is three fingers of pillowy white foam which round out a very nice appearance.

Smell: lightly funky, spicy aroma with a hint of citrus. Basic, but well-crafted and appealing.

Taste: funky farmhouse flavor with a nice, light malt base. There's a tartness to the end that balances it out well. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a bodacious level of carbonation that makes this beer absolutely perfectly creamy and awesome. Love it, love it, love it.

Overall: a basic but well-crafted saison with just amazing, amazing creaminess. Bonus points for that. (702 characters)

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

I had been holding off on purchasing this one due to price. I finally tried it last night at Uptown Brothers on Colfax. Poured a pale golden color with a fluffy white head. Aromas of yeast, apples and lemon. On the palate this one was light to medium bodied, with flavors of lemon, yeast and burlap. (299 characters)

Photo of Nuggethops
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received the bottle in a trade with Inashsig, poured into a HF tulip.

Pours a hazy pale golden color with a solid three finger billowy head that dissipates rather quickly to a thin cap leaving minimal lacing on the glass.

I get a grassy, wheaty aroma upfront with a bit of spiciness from the yeast and slight hop presence following.

The taste is exactly what I expect and want from a saison, a rustic earthy quality of wheat and grains with a slightly flora and spice quality from the yeast. Smooth with a very slight bitterness from the hops. A perfect table beer to enjoy with any meal.

This is a well carbonated beer that goes down smooth and is perfect on a hot summer day. Highly quaffable I polished off the 750 easily and would have enjoyed another glass.

Overall this is a lovely saison that I am happy to have sampled and would love to see at my local bottle shop. (878 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: citrus, clove, coriander, farmhouse,

taste: citrus, clove, refreshing and crisp,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this saison / farmhouse is spot on. One of the better beers I've had from Boulevard definitely recommend.

Cheers,
The CPJ (341 characters)

Photo of wschmit
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, Batch No./Best by Date 711084/12-2011, into a tasting nonic.

A: A loud pop preceded the soft pour that still yields a pretty large, billowy white head. Lots of effervescence coming up through the just-barely-hazy goldenrod body. Head settles fairly quickly into a sizable white cap for a bit, before completely devolving to a simple collar.

S: A bit wheaty and dusty, with just a touch of sweat. Just a little bit of spiciness to it. Some definite alcohol smell after a couple whiffs. I'm a bit underwhelmed at the scent.

T: Pretty subdued--a bit of wheat, a touch of hops, and a moderate yeasty character in the end. There's a nice, almost meaty and mineral-y bit. I can taste the alcohol, but it's mild. Subtle, and better than the nose would indicate.

M: Spot on--solid carbonation and just a bit of chew. I can taste the alcohol, but it doesn't have any burn at all.

O: A pretty good American attempt at a saison. I'd drink it again, as it was pretty reasonably priced, and is better than most Stateside attempts at Saisons--not quite Fantome, but what is? A great effort that deserves commendation. (1,125 characters)

Photo of Khazadum
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch number 0710253, best by 06/2011. Well, lets give it a shot.

A- Great head developed. Very creamy, tight knit network, cotton puff from a distance. Edges around glass reveal a different picture of miniature, singularly defined bubbles. Everyone a unique picture. The clear straw colored body reveals an avalanche of carbonation from the base. Unbelievable retention, and perfect lacing.

S- Low clean smell. Lemony, bit citrus reminders, wheat is definitely on the back end. Bit spicy, bit sweet like a Belgian candied sugar background. Actually, as it develops the spicyness becomes quite strong, almost as if this beer was designed to incorporate Italian seasonings and Belgian sugars.

T- First impressions are of spices. Sharp, bright, indistinguishable from each other. Its shocking, and then all of a sudden the palate is smashed with a grapefruit and caramel sweetness. Belgian candied sugars develop, linger into the finish, and fade as a light hop characteristic comes out. Just a light bitterness with grass hits.

M/D- Smooth, full of body. Shockingly light carbonation feel. Not as bright as the vision would lead me to believe. Sticky flavors. I think the mouthfeel is off from what it should be. The entire presentation up to this point feels disjointed from what it should be. Overall though, very enjoyable., Will be definitely finishing this no problems. (1,377 characters)

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 885 ratings.