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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 907
Hads: 4,486
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 22.89%
Wants: 276
Gots: 1,187 | 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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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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!

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of mizzouguy
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden straw yellow, big 2 finger fluffy head, delicious lacing

S: grapefruit aroma, mild floral bouquet, BIG Belgian yeast

T: sweet citrus, earthy yeast, hint of spice/pepper finish

M: light/med. body, mild sticky, semi dry finish

O: Very refreshing! I have tried Boulevard before and heard the Smokestack Series was delicious, BA members were right. Terrific summer beer and shocked by the ABV, find myself wanting to gulp it more. I'm always looking for new Saisons, think they are underrated style; Boulevard nails this brew.
Perhaps a finicky female may enjoy this brew.


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Photo of WoodBrew
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Notes...Boulevard never ceases to amaze me!!!! Tank 7 is another wonderful creations....I mean brew! The color is a golden cloudy, which is similar to most Saison's. The smell was similar to most belgium style ales...hints of clove and citrus. The smell of course fell in with the taste which was citrus/clove/bananna. There is a refreshing start which is followed by a spice/clove which hits the pallet perfectly...then dissapates...doesnt lag. I really like this beer.

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Photo of sommersb
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the Boulevard Smokestack series; thanks to StLThrash for the trade. 12oz. brown bottle with a best by date of July this year. Served in a tulip glass

Appearance is very nice - 3 fingers of off-white head with great retention and lots of lacing. The first pour was clear, showing lots of bubbles in the yellowish-orange beer. The 2nd pour was hazy, I suppose from the yeast drawn from the bottom of the bottle.

Smells at first of strong Belgian yeast aromas, wheat, and fruits - maybe some grapes. Later I notice the hops and their citrus aromas.

The taste is spicy, with classic farmhouse ale characteristics at first, then followed by bittering hops. The higher alcohol in this one also makes itself known. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with a medium body. Finish is dry and bitter.

Overall, this is a very good beer, but for me, the hops overpower the saison elements in a negative way. The aroma leads you to think this is a saison with hop notes, but the taste seems more like a pale ale with Belgian yeast, or perhaps a Belgian IPA.

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Photo of 1Adam12
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

made the mistake of over chilling the first bottle, so this is bottle number two. this reminds me of a heffeweizen. very citrusy. nice carbonation. sweet, much too sweet for me. much better slightly chilled than it was really cold however. very nice aftertaste that lasts quite awhile. the head was there until the very end of the beer. decent but not something i would drink again. not something i would recommend for someone that doesn't like em sweet.

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Photo of calebroberts811
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Refreshing" beers don't have the best track record with me thus far, but I was extremely impressed by Boulevard's effort in Tank 7.

A - Bright, juicy yellow/orange with tons of carbonation.
N - Intense tropical fruit notes on the nose: mango, papaya, a bit of lemon zest.
T - Little maltiness, bursting with flavor; I kind of imagined the flavor as being similar to a beer form of a lemon curd and scone.

All in all, a really fun beer that I would kill to try with some mango/habanero salsa and some enchiladas.

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Photo of oline73
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Appearance: Pours a straw gold color with two fingers of off white head that leaves a layer as you drink.

Smell: Sweet and spicy with hints of banana and citrus. There is some spice from the yeast, very nice.

Taste: As there was in the smell, there is a strong spice presence from the yeast. In the background there is some malt sweetness. The second half of the sip is dominated by citrus peel hop bitterness as well as a little alcohol. Lots of bitterness for the style, but I think I like it.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the high side here, I would like a little less. Medium body with a finish that wants to be dry but doesn't quite get there.

Overall: It took me a while to figure out what I thought about this beer. I enjoy the bitterness along with the spice. Could have used a little less carbonation, but I enjoy it overall.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours yellow, with more than enough carbonation. The egg shell white head rises rapidly when this beer is poured into a five-ounce straight-sided tasting glass. I poured this a little too cold, so I let it sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes. As the foam calms down there is quite a bit of lace left behind on the sides of the glass. This beer is remarkably clear for a farmhouse ale, but Boulevard is a big enough brewery that it can afford to tightly filter its beer. The nose is rather complex, mostly fruity and phenolic. Fruity and flowery hoppy with a very pleasant dry finish. Much better than the first time I tried it.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought 4 pack of Bottles from Freeman's Liquor
Poured from 12 oz to a Unibroue Tulip

A ~ Amazing Medium Straw/Gold with a 2 1/2" head.
Dissipates after about 90 seconds. Great suspension.

S ~ Hay, Dry aroma hops, Fresh Dough

T ~ YEAST, Preserved Lemons, Apples, Organic Sugar

M ~ So comfortable on the palate, aromas and flavor dance until the alcohol hits; flavors mask alcohol well when drank in 12 oz portion, but could see getting heavy handed in large bottle format.

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Photo of biga7346
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden straw a little haze, suspended yeast sediment, sticky lacing

N - Lemon tartness, fresh mint, suggestions of white pepper and orange peel. Earthy, freshly cut grass and hay is pronounced.

T - Dry earthy notes, reminds me of Moinette, I didn't get much of the lemony tartness that was present in the smell, lavendar, herbal notes, like perfumy rose hips or something that reminded me of flowers. In the finish I got a little white pepper and spices, and a very drying long aftertaste.

D - I don't think I could drink a lot of this in one sitting, but a wonderful full bodied saison.

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Photo of beertooth
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Small Bar Division. Comped goblet, I can't say no!

This beer is a crystaline, spun golden color with a cap of delicate, white foam that falls and leaves crusty, sugary specks of lacing on it's way down. It looks more like an IPA than a Saison, but oh well.

The nose is ripe with heavy, yeasty esters. Chalky banana, clove, nutmeg, overgrown grass, wild flowers. Slight herbal hops, cotton candy that avoids getting overly sweet. Rainy summer days, wet cement, and soggy hay also come to mind.

The taste follows the nose and delivers waves of esters, green bananas, sweet, sugar cookie malts, kiwi, green pears, grass, slight bitter, floral hops. The alcohol is not there. The finish is slightly bitter like unripe fruit and is a little dry, but lingers.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

This is a great American made Saison. This is up there with Goose Island's Sofie and Boulevard's Brett-Saison. Although, I would probably pick this over Brett-Saison.

Music on the juke box: Tame Impala - "alter ego"

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Photo of gford217
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle from birchstick.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow that, upon further inspection, shows tons of tiny particles floating around. The head billows up to the top of the glass and races back down to a clump in the middle leaving good lacing.

Aroma is great with lots of sweet tart apples and apricot alongside earthy Belgian yeast. There is a definite juicy citrus character in the nose as well as a light alcohol burn.

The taste is earthier than the nose up front, spicy with Belgian yeast. The backbone of yeast is supported by lemony hops and green apples. Dry, musty finish.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, light to medium bodied for the style. Dry and hoppy in the finish.

This is an excellent saison, definitely one of the best from the US. Hoppy, almost in the Belgian IPA category. Another great beer from the Smokestack series.

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Photo of claytong
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

urine color with little head
hoppy smell
not bitter though, actually quite smooth. very mild fruit and banana bread. very mild in general. nice overall but for the price i doubt id get it again. check out colette by great divide. better farmhouse and better price

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750 ml bottle from Spec's in Houston. This one is poured into a Homer Brewing goblet. It's a pale yellow color, with an impressive head. It has great retention and lacing. Great looking beer.

The aroma is earthy and medicinal, with hints of honey and a slightly sour note. Pretty good really.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma except with a tasty bitter hop kick to it. Very good beer.

I like the creamy mouthfeel and bubbly carbonation.

This is a very well done beer that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of DearthVader
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good man, Kyle, good man.. Thank you for this.

Bottle poured into my Klokke Roeland glass.

Pours a cloudy, murky yellowish orange, with a pearl white 2 finger head atop it. Can't see through at all and can catch carbonation bubbles slightly climbing the edges of the glass.

Smells of funky Belgian yeast, lemon zest, earth tones, lemon peel, sour oranges, and fresh cut grass. Delicious

Taste is upfront with the funk, flowing into a stringy citrus and hoppy (yes I said hoppy) taste.

Mouthfeel is creamy on some mouthfulls and stringy on others. Keeps you guessing. I like that.

This is one of my first experiences with a saison. It was very enjoyable and I'll definitely start trying more in this style. Thanks again kansascitytrader!

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Photo of machostacos
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into my favorite tulip glass.

A: Golden straw yellowish/orange with a huge creamy bright white head that dissipates to a film that rests atop its golden-hued body. Nice lacing. Very hazy from the yeast-ies floating around.

S: Over-ripened bananas, fresh grass, lemon zest, breadiness and a little spicy quality, with a slight funkiness from the Belgian yeast. Smells like a saison should!!! This one is hopped with Amarillo and Simcoe (among others) and the citrusy quality is evident, though lightly. It adds a very fresh and zesty character to an already outstanding saison aroma. Nice and complex - like sniffing a bit of country sunshine. Just lovely.

T: Incredible. You definitely taste the citrus hop character that's intermingled with an incredible traditional saison - banana, freshly mown grass, a little spice, hay, lemon, and wheat. This beer totally defies the 8% abv rating - it's completely undetectable in the aroma and taste. Finishes a bit dry. Very refreshing. Just...wow.

M: Full bodied yet light - Tank 7 coats your mouth well and has a slight chewiness without feeling heavy. Good carbonation certainly helps to lighten up the body a bit.

O: Wow. This is simply the best saison I've had yet. It's everything the style should be and a little bit more. I'll certainly be returning to Tank 7, and I'm thankful that Boulevard has introduced the 12oz bottles as the 8% abv can sneak up on you. Boulevard has proven itself again with this outstanding beer, and is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of climax
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch Number: 710106
$10 750mL

Needed a corkscrew for this bad boy, and it exited with some vigor. Poured into a SA Perfect Pint; the color was a cloudy golden straw, with a preposterously large creamy head. The retention was admirable; it slowly sunk with lively globs of pillow-like foam. An excellent start.

The complex aroma combines delicate sweet, tart, and spicy flavors harmoniously. The top notes are lemon, pineapple, and grapefruit. Once past that layer, more flavors of Belgian yeast, pepper, coriander, green apple, banana, ripe melon, and alcohol mingle their way in.

The balance of power in the taste is once again very good; it is pretty subtle but so smooth. The flavors are soft and delicate, yet the alcohol goes undetected. Black pepper flavors seems to add spice and warmth. The citrus flavors, especially pineapple, turn to sweet by the finish. The malt backbone is light and cracker-like.

The body is medium to light. The feel is so soft and fluffy, it seems to give the overall body of beer more heft. The finish is slightly dry and clean as a whistle. There isn't much more than 30 seconds in between my sips. That being said, I'm sipping, but I could easily be downing this one.

This beer is a pleasure to drink and dissect. It's worth every penny.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, very cool bottle shape that Boulevard has been using of late. This pours a pale yellow color with some fine haze and a thick wet froth, good lacing too.

It smells ridiculously good, more American hops than usual for a saison, and well appreciated for it. Citrusy with an almost GumballHead quality, a little bit of pepper, some light spices and a little sweet malt in the background, overall a WOW.

This tastes nearly as good as it smells, Initially sweet and then blasts of hops flavors, the hoppiest saison I've tried. More esters than spices adding subtleties, all sorts of light colored fruit meat (from apples to lemons to a little grapefruit). This is a very good beer.

Creamy mouthfeel, lightly carbonated but it flows well, excellent stuff.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 2/2011 (which is a lie since this is a saison) 750 ml bottle Properly cellared for well over a yr.

A- Body is a translucent, cloudy golden yellow hue. Pours with a nice 2-3 finger foamy white head. Head eventually fades to 1/2 finger with fantastic retention. Traces of lacing left all the way down the glass.

S- Nose of a classic, funky saison. Floral hops abound over a quite strong lemony citrus and funky yeast backbone. Dry, bitter, citric, and funky. Awesome.

T- Initial flavor is filled with floral hop flavor and bitterness, behind this is sour and bitter lemon, and a sweet bready yet slightly funky yeast backbone. Finish is very similar but slightly sweeter as the bready yeast backbone comes through a touch more. Finish is slightly dry but a hint of bready yeast and floral hop bitterness lingers.

M- low to medium carbonation and a lightweight yet full, slightly dry body.

O- This is a fantastic Saison overall. Wonderful representation of the style. It has that classic funky, bready, bitter, floral, citrus profile that saisons should have-but kicked up a notch in most departments to make it even better. Another great Boulevard Beer. In other news-unbelievable that have had saison Brett 4 times and have yet to review it

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a dark straw color with one finger of billowy off-white head. Cloudy, lots of carbonation. Head has good retention, also good lace.

S: Grass, lemon citrus, dry biscuit.

T: Leads with a little spice, followed by dry biscuit, then more spice, mostly black pepper. A smidge of bitterness on the finish. Quiet whispers of pear and banana in the background. Just a little sweetness comes into play as the beer warms. Some grapefruit joins in. The spicy finish now has cinnamon, too.

M: Very nice, medium body. Carbonation lends a nice creamy effect.

O: Really happy to be drinking this right now, and will definitely buy again. Almost a comfort-food type of beer-- nothing loud, but leaves a warm feeling in the tummy. Just plain good.

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Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours pale golden color with a fluffy white head that sticks around.

S: Smells of yeast, some citrus hops, and some light bread malt.

T: Starts with light bread malts that fade into citrus hops, yeast, and a bit of alcohol warmth.

M: Light with some prickly carbonation.

O: Very good beer. Light enough for a summer day with enough flavor for a cooler winter night.

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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 907 ratings.