Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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4,270 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,270
Reviews: 927
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 264
Gots: 1,039 | 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 bld81
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Boulevard Smokestack glass:

A: Golden orange color, very small head, clings to the sides with great might

S: yeasty and grassy, banana and clove dominate

T: sweet with clove and ginger, tangy and peppery on the back

M: very smooth and satisfying, medium carbonation, tingles

D: great beer: the flavors don't compete with each other, very balanced, a go-to bottle if you are from the area

Photo of samie85
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pours a hazy yellow amber color with two fingers of dense froth.

S-Smells of mild clove notes with some light malt and citrus.

T-Clove and bready malt upfront with a mild and very subdued citrus bitterness on the finish.

M-Creamy, yet crisply carbonated, with a medium body and finishes dry.

D-Very easy drinking... the flavor profile is very well balanced and although you can identify all of the different component on their own; none of them overwhelm the other notes. A lot of times with saisons the clove and spice notes are very overhelming to my palate.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy gold color with a foamy, sticky white head.

S- Smell is very fruity, banana and citrus, hops are mild and grassy, lots of musty yeast smell.

T- Lots of bready malts and fruit, more bananas and citrus. Yeast mustiness concentrates towards the finish and is complimented by a clove spiciness.

M- Light bodied, lots of carbonation, crisp, dry finish.

O- A tasty brew, one of the better saisons I've had recently.

Photo of emzar
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden pour with an orange shading, grass and banana aromas immediately fill the nose, with a 1 finger head.

Mouthfeel similar to champagne with an almost creamy finish.

Layers and layers of flavor. Starts with a sweet lemon flavor that finishes peppery. A touch of banana and grapefruit with a slight of bitterness which lingers a bit before a return of the citrus.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Finch's shaker pint glass at the Schaumburg Whole Foods.

Well, since it's $3 pints, why only have one? This follow-up pours a mostly clear goldenrod topped by a half-finger (at best) of white foam (my bartender seems to have overfilled the glass...). The nose comprises lemon zest, clove, black pepper, light yeast, and grass. The taste holds notes of lemon zest, clove, nutmeg, black pepper, orange peel, cardamom, earthy (/flowery) hops, honey, and that characteristic saison earthiness/mustiness. The body straddles the border between heavy light and light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable farmhouse ale. It may not be the paragon of the style, but I wouldn't mind putting back several of these in a row.

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

"Best by 12-17-11" etched onto the neck of the bottle. 12 ouncer courtesy of the Boulevard guys...great guys, great brewery....thank you Boulevard for the beer love..

Pours lightly hazed dull golden, off white head, going to a tiny bubble thicker film and moderate spotting of fine lace.

The nose is where things gain interest... pineapple juice, bananas, lime, honey all come to mind.

Lots of lemony pepper spice, lime, ginger, gin, coconut all dancing on the tongue. Fresh, bright and solidly hitting the note, especially as its about 80 degrees out at 10 PM in my neck of the woods.

Very tasty, complex and bracingly refreshing...my kind of beer...please distribute this to NY or NJ or Mass or CT or VT sometime soon

Photo of Penguin3200
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

100 degrees outside...this is a winner!!!! Pours golden yellow/orange with big head nice lacing and legs that go down quicker than my wife's skirt after watching true blood.

Aroma of banana and orange peel with a great nose.

Taste hits and cools the palette with just the right tartness. Great saison.

Great mouthfeel and drinkability.

Great one from boulevard and a staple alll summer.

Photo of beenitty
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer as part of smokestack series thanks to lnashsig, thanks Lee!

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazy orange/yellow color with a large head that I didnt bother to measure because I'm in awe. Very nice lacing, and exploding carbonation. Looks incredible.

Smell - Citrus, Grass, Hops. Yeast comes through as well.

Taste- Sweet honey and banana. Nice spice and clove. Fruit notes as well. Nice. Oddly tastes very similar to Delirium Tremens, even though they're totally different styles.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation, bit dry and slight bitter/dry finish. Reminds me a bit of champagne on mouthfeel. Possibly from the carbonation, but most saisons I've had do not have this character.

Overall - I recently had Stillwater Cellar Door (draft) and I thought it was the best saison I've ever had. So unfortunately I cant say that this one is in that category but its very good. Anything that tastes like Delirium is a tasty brew.

Definitely worth a pint.

EDIT:
After having a few more of these I really like this beer, but the dry finish really throws a wrench in it for me. If not for that this would be a top saison.

Photo of JLeege
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, best by: 12/17/11

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a large frothy and stubborn white head. Great retention and lace, and lots of active carbonation. A very nice looking saison.

Smell- Lots of citrus on the nose, mostly lemon. Slightly grassy, slight peppery spice. Bready and yeasty.

Taste- Follows the aroma very nicely. A sweet doughy breadyness up front with a hint of honey and banana. Then the tropical citrus notes hit the palate, lemon is dominate again and perhaps some melon. A nice soft pepper and clove spice on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light body and higher carbonation. Fairly dry on the finish. Mildly crisp and quite refreshing. ABV’s hid very well.

Overall- I was very excited to finally try this one, and it did not disappoint. A well-crafted American saison, that deserves to be in the same breath as Hennepin or Sofie. I will definitely be drinking more of this.

Photo of zeledonia
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says best by 18 October 2011.

This beer's appearance is stunning. Pours mostly clear, translucent, thanks to a careful pour that left the massive yeast sediment in the bottle. The color is tough to describe - it's closest to autumn wheat, but with more golden hues and a slight orange tint. Massive pillowy white head, despite the gentle pour. Head retention is outstanding - go away, foam, I want to taste my beer! Lacing coats the glass.

Smell is lovely - a mix of peppery yeast and hops that bring some citrus and grassy aromas. This is a full-bodied smell, with nice sweetness. Lots of things going on here, all playing off each other. Every whiff brings out a slightly different character. No alcohol apparent.

Great balance of abundant pale malts and gentle hops. Doesn't have the citrus that I picked up in the nose, but there are some nice resin and vegetable (grass stalks) flavors. The malt fades, leaving the hops and a resurgent yeast to carry through the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with high, tingly carbonation. I actually think this beer could use a bit less carbonation, as it's so frizzy that it hides the early flavors. Holds in the mouth well, allowing those nice yeast/hop flavors to stick around.

Overall, a very good beer. The look and smell are the highlights, but it's darn tasty, too. I will definitely be drinking more of this, though its heaviness brings down the refreshing quality.

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

On-tap at the Hanger Room in Minnesota. Nice looking golden-colored saison here with a decent white cap on top. Nose is pretty good, some light malts underneath yeasty spice notes with a "fresh" aroma that is a bit different than some other saisons that I've had. It's refreshing, making this one easy to drink. Flavor follows with a bit of a lemony kick atop a bit of sweetness and some clean yeasty spices... overall a very drinkable and enjoyable saison.

Photo of billab914
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into my Three Floyd's glass. It poured a hazy, golden color with a thin, bright white head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma has a bright, zesty citrus to it with some lemon flavors coming out in it. It has a bready, yeasty like flavor to it with some pale, crisp malts and some herbal spice coming out.

The taste shows more of the zesty citrus up front, while the belgian yeast gives it more of an herbal spice flavor towards the finish. Some pale, sweeter malts come out throughout the flavor and go pretty well with the herbal and citrus flavors.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being moderate for the style. overall it was a pretty easy drinking and flavorful beer. It felt a little light and lacking the complexity of some of the best versions of the style though in my opinion. Although I didn't find it outstanding in the style it was still a very good, refreshing and easy drinking beer.

Photo of WankelEngine
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: A lightly hazy golden straw color. A vigorous pour gives a foamy white head of a little more than a finger and a lot of visible carbonation. Upon closer examination, there seems to be a lot of very faint and small particulate matter hanging in the beer (this doesn’t seem to be a bad thing).

S: Smells primarily of two things: bread and fruit. There is a yeast smell with a bit of a funk to it. There are some tropical fruit smells, most notably banana. In the background there is a mild but very earthy hop aroma.

T: The fruit flavors come through more clearly than in the smell. The banana flavor is milder and accompanied by other fruits like mango and citrus. The yeast flavor is drier and adds a sort of bitterness to the brew. There are some floral notes from the hops.

M: Light and dry with a lot of carbonation.

O: A fairly complex saison but still drinkable. Good sipper for a hot day

Photo of webmanspidey
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle in pint glass. Cloudy yellow color with slight head appearance. Smell is a mix of sweet honey, spices, lemon, and grass. Taste is a mix of sour lemon, grass, and pepper. Decent drinkability, alcohol is blended fairly well.
This an average to decent saison.

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

A - light yellow, looks a bit like piss. Great white head that falls quickly. Lacing is decent.

S - sweet banana and bread, a touch of pepper and clove and a fair amount of yeast.

T - The banana is the first thing I'm getting, but actually kind of subtle. As a level 7 banana hater, I'm appreciating that. The label on the bottle claims "lush notes of tropical fruit", which I initially scoffed at, but I'm actually getting a good amount of mango and orange. The yeast is clean, floral, somewhat sweet. There is a small clove and pepper action, followed by a nice dryness.

M - body is a bit thin and the carbonation is on the high side, so I'm definitely feeling like my mouth is getting scrubbed a bit. The carbonation isn't so high that I can't taste anything, but a bit overdone. It's fucking crisp.

O - saisons are not my favorite style, but I could see myself seeking this out again if I need a saison fix.

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

Had on-tap at Palmer Place. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a wonderful cloudy gold color with a nice 1 finger off-white head leaving a great smooth lace.

S: Floral hops with a nice yeasty backbone. Fruits are prevalent at the back but there is some searching there.

T: Nice wheat upfront with a sweet apple middle. A mild tartness follows with a nice dry, bitter hop finish.

M: very crisp and light bodied. Incredibly smooth leaving a great dry finish with a slight bitterness on the back end.

O: This was my first saison and I was very impressed. The different flavor profiles all compliment each other nicely and leaves you wanting a little more to replenish the dry finish.

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

Pours a very cloudy straw color, with 3 finger pillowy head that lasts through the whole beer. Lacing is very impressive, leaving plentiful rings in my glass.

Smell; lots of tropical fruit aromas; lemons, over ripe papaya, grapefruit and melon. Mildly spicy, with a nice Belgian-esque yeastiness, bordering on musty.

Taste; the fruit really follows through into the flavor; cirtusy lemons and grapefruit, ripe melons, and pineapple. Herbal spiciness comes out through the middle, along with a mild pepper melding with a bit of chalky yeast and slight alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and slightly chalky due to the yeast. I was very happy when this made it to four packs, as a 12oz bottle is about perfect for this one, but a 750ml can become a little bit to much in one sitting.

Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 10/18/11. 12oz. bottle served cool into a goblet.

Opens with a loud hiss and I casually pour it into the glass. Within seconds, it's overflowing everywhere. It doesn't stop there either - the head continues to build into a towering white cap of foam. Tank 7 is a slightly hazy pale golden yellow color.

Aroma is really nice with great yeast character. Very authentic for an American version.

Flavor has lemon and pepper as most saisons do but both in good balance. Intensity of flavor is well judged too as some domestic breweries get a little carried away when it comes to Belgian styles. A little bit of funk which is nice.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, crisp, well-balanced, and nicely carbonated.

Overall a very good American farmhouse ale. I would get it again in a 750ml and be more careful how I pour it.

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to kkipple for sharing this one on the bus this weekend! Served from bottle into a Brewvival sampler imperial pint. Poured a golden yellow with a two finger pure white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, spices, and floral notes. The flavor was of sweet malt, spices, floral notes, and grain. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. 8%!?!? Holy crap... You never would have known this at all. The floral notes on this one were quite nice and made the rest of the aspects of this one standout even more. A really done brew for a style that I do not typically like. Nice job Boulevard!

Photo of flexabull
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted blind courtesy of pitasoup, thanks again!

Pours a bright and hazy light gold color, with a pretty nice white head.

Aromas are quite nice, cloves, spices, and floral. There are also nice hints of lemon zest as well.

Taste is really crisp, quite dry, and very spicy. I taste some wheat, lemon zest, and hints of sour fruits. Finish comes of dry and mineral like.

Mouthfeel is good, definitely crisp and dry, but this has body to support it too.

Overall, this is an interesting and tasty beer. Flavorful and still easy to sip. This does hit a little harder than expected though.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Goose Island Chalice (the world's greatest Saison glass).

A: Pours a warm golden with a fluffy white head.

S: Just pops out of the glass. Rich clove and allspice. There is a bit of funk and spicy hops underneath it all.

T: Bubblegum and funk. The hops pop out a little in a BSPA sorta way. A bit of farmhouse flavours and a clean, crisp finish.

D: Easy to quaff and very complex. This is one of those rare beers that you could have 1 or 10 of...and be satisfied either way.

Overall: Just a great example of the style. I am very glad that BBC is now distributing in Chicago. I've already bought two sixers of this. Really solid brew!

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

Thanks to ILikeBrew for this one.
12 oz bottle into an Oerbier tulip.

A: After pouring the beer reveals a lovely golden straw color with good clarity (I left the yeast in the bottle). When held up to the light the hue is a very soft yellow, extremely pale. The head is quite robust, at least two fingers worth, with excellent retention. It slowly recedes and forms a cloud-like mass on top of the beer as it coats the sides of the glass.

S: One whiff of this beer and there is no mistaking the object of intent. Cloves, pepper, coriander, apples, white grapes, bananas, and pears waft from the glass. The yeast has done a magnificent job. There is also a hop presence that is truly inviting which reveals some floral and herbal qualities. The malt, while light, presents a solid a backbone of toasted bread and wheat. As the beer continues to warm there are elements of some funky barnyard, but overall they are very subtle.

T: The hops greet the palate first revealing their herbal and floral qualities. This lasts for a brief moment as the yeast takes over the beer. There is a very pleasant barnyard quality that borders on funky, but gives way to notes of clove, pepper, and banana. The fruit from the nose is present but muted in the overall flavor. As all the beer warms the malt makes an appearance with a hint of toasted bread and freshly cracked wheat. It finishes very dry with a hint of the alcohol and bittering hops.

M: Light bodied with a fantastic airy quality.

O: I really enjoy saisons and this one did not disappoint. At 8% this is not a beer to quaff on a summers day, but I will admit it is tempting.

Photo of jwinship83
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

boulevard is finally in chicago. picked up this 12oz single immediately and drank it out of my russian river "tion" glass.

A- this beer pours out a somewhat hazy golden colored body with a pretty large bright white head on top. the head lasts for a very long time, and leaves behind small, complete rings of lacing.

S- the initial whiff brings forth bready malts and a little bit of pepper. there is also a decently strong fruity element. peaches, white grapes, apples, and a little bit of pear. very nice.

T- the taste starts out with some mild toasted white bread flavors along with freshly cracked pepper. the fruits i could smell come back in abundance. apricot, peach, white grape, pear, and apple. the alcohol is very well hidden. a little bit of floral and grassy hops at the end. very nice.

M- the body is a solid medium. the carbonation is a touch on the high side of medium. the alcohol is very well hidden.

O- my fist impressions of this brewery is a good one. one of my favorite saisons already. ill pick up some more of this as soon as i can. im glad its a year round beer. check this out if you get the chance.

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

This is usually the go to beer at bars in KC that don't have many craft beers. This beer looks so good you just know it is going to be great. It glows yellowish orange with a great looking white head sitting on top. The smell is sweet and spicy. The sweet at first and then the spicy bready smell you would expect. Taste follows the nose and has hints of sweet lemon and then some spicy yeast. Really refreshing and one that you could drink a few of if you wanted.

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

From 12 oz bottle.

Was thrilled to see the 12 oz retained all the same carbonation you get from the typical cork and cage bottled saisons. This one has very strong head, tons of glistening bubbles and great lacing.

Golden, cloudy with smell of banana and citrus. Taste is spot on, great earthiness, a bit of banana as well.

I'm a big fan of Hennepin, this one is right there with it. Another awesome smokestack series beer.

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,270 ratings.