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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 885
Hads: 4,414
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 275
Gots: 1,130 | 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: 4,414
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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 (1,252 characters)

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (774 characters)

Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Optimator13 for this one.

Pours a large pillow fizzy head that fades semi quickly over hazy golden banana colored beer.

Nose has a nice saison, plenty of toasty farmhouse malts, a rustic wheat aroma, light fruits, banana, a light tropical fruit like hop addition, light earthy hops as well, some sweetness, light spices.

Taste comes with a nice dry saison flavor of course, drier malt flavors, straw, cracked wheat, light rustic farmhouse taste, some light banana and other fruits, a bit of hops also come with some fruit and light earthy grassy hops, despite being dry it has a sweet malt like demeanor with all the fruit flavors. Finishes bone dry, with some foam still from all the carbonation, it starts to get fairly bitter, lingering earthy and light spicy hops, light banana and fruits as well as light rustic malts, and just a touch of a warming booze.

Mouth is a bit lighter bodied with lots of carbonation.

Overall pretty good, not quite a summer drink as the booze and overall malt content are a bit higher, some interesting hop characters as it seems to go from grassy and tropical fruit, to mild grassy and earthy, to earthy and spicy on the finish. Nice malt characters, and fruit, no off flavors, mild booze, tasty. (1,245 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw with tight white head with great retention and spotty lacing. Fruity grapefruit and peppery yeast aroma. Fruity hops and grassy with peppery and lightly salty nicely balanced with a light sweetness. Slightly but increasingly dry hoppy finish. Good carbonation, smooth with light bite.

To me beers like this are usually too salty or push the yeast forward. This is a balanced tasty beer with the sediment adding a robust peppery feel. This beer almost pours like 3 different beers as you reach the bottom. A very enjoyable beer.
Best by 6/11 on the bottle (566 characters)

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

a - poured a four-fingers pillowy white head into a tulip glass that settled into a thick sheet with great lacing and billowing at first. the lacing and sheet is gone 3/4 of the way through. the body was a slightly hazy straw golden color.
s - i can smell floral hops immediately upon pouring and then some lemons and yeast start to come through.
t - lemons and other citrus aromas, floral hops, bread, bananas.
m - prickly and bubbly.
o - such a quaffable beer, just begs for more sips. (487 characters)

Photo of TenHornsProud
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yellow, cloudy pour, which is perfect for the style. Awesome, rocky head.

The smell is subtle and malty/yeasty.

A yeast forward taste with some sweet, light malt/bread flavors. Not a lot of complexity, which, again, is in line with the style.

This beer has a sweet mouthfeel yet dry...possibly could benefit from a lower F.G.

A nice, refreshing saison that is a good representation of the style if not a bit too straightforward. I'd gladly buy it again. Another win for Smoke Stack. (492 characters)

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a gorgeous golden yellow with 2 full inches of creamy,cottony white foam that showed great tenacity and begrudgingly left nice sheets of lacing on the glass.

S-Big aromas of clove and Juicy Fruit gum on the nose with hints of homemade bread and slight citrus.

T-Bright pear and Meyer lemon with notes of grass,more Juicy Fruit and light clove.Some very nice fruity esters in here.

M-Light side of medium carbonation with appropriate lively carbonation resulting in a crisp dry finish.

O-Good warm weather beer from Boulevard.Clean and safe offering from them. (571 characters)

Photo of DCon
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this Ale from Summit's Distributor, Anthony @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO. Poured into a Snifter from a 12oz Bottle and had a Best By Date of 10/18/11.

Appearance- A very pale yellow been with medium cloud and golden. There is 1.5 fingers of head and a ring around the head.

Smell- There is a lot of alcohol and hop up front and then a citrus and sweet smell.

Taste- Has all of the attributes of a Farmhouse Ale! Very sweet, yeasty, grassy hops, and great finish! Very clean and peppery all through the drink.

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Medium Viscosity, bitter but sweet, and smooth through the drink!

Overall- This has been a great Farmhouse Ale and for now is going to be our first Saison/Farmhouse ale @ the Wolf Public House! Even though I love this ale, there is no way I could drink all night due to the ABV. Could be tough for others as well. Still good though. (890 characters)

Photo of stercomm
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber.

A - Hazy light golden in color with massive white head with great retention and frothy lacing.

S - Lemons with an earthy backbone and a hint of cloves

T- Well balanced, refreshing, lemon with some bread like flavors, slight hops on the back end, citrusy finish.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation

D - Had this with some great BBQ from Luling City Market, matched the food well to my taste, very refreshing and almost palate cleansing. (464 characters)

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

a: served in a wide snifter, the beer is slightly hazed, a pale yellow-golden in color, the thick, frothy bone-white head showing great retention

s: the nose opens with crisp, bready pale malts, softly supportive and adding a nice grain aroma, yeast, dried lemon rind, low levels of light tropical fruits - kiwi, melon, pineapple, grass/hay, white pepper, everything thoughtfully placed but keeping the rustic spontaneity of a farmhouse - like this

m: carbonation moderate-high, lighter in body but not thin

t: clean pils malts with a pale, green grain flavor, bready, moderate yeasts, grassy and lemon rind hop flavors pull through, drying things up towards the finish

o: a very nice saison, interesting and rounded

picked up a 12 oz. single (cool bottle) in Ft. Collins (776 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Inviting aroma is a mix lemon, sweet tarts, grass, and light peppery notes. Alcohol and malt character is barely noticeable. Overall a complex, yet clean aroma. Barely hazy pale yellow colored beer holds a swarm of carbonation that supports a tall, dense, bright white head that holds doesn't budge. Light flavors of lemon, spicy yeast and faint grassy/earthy notes. Lightly sweet up front, but that fades towards the end as the mild bitterness kicks in. Finish is dry with minimal alcohol warmth. Moderately light body with high carbonation support the dry finish. No tart character, which is fine with me. Overall a complex, delicate, high drinkable beer. Extremely thirst quenching. A great warm weather beer. (712 characters)

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

Poured into a snifter, straw/golden in color with a white foamy head that slowly diminishes.

Lemon is heavy in the nose. Mildly bitter/sour but still pleasant.

Light body with lots of carbonation. Lemon flavor comes through first, slightly sweet, followed by a light bitterness. Again not an aggressive bitterness. Finishes a bit dry. The alcohol is well hidden with only a hint of the 8% coming through.

Not a style I try often but this is a very enjoyable beer. Light and refreshing and great for a hot summer evening. (524 characters)

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

A: Humongous head on this, lots of Belgian lace, cloudy & unfiltered shade of gold. Looks great in the glass. Rivals Duvel.

S: Freshly cut flowers, lavender, orange & lemon zest. Grapefruit & pineapple hop aromas start coming out after a few swirls.

T/M: Clean citrus here, mainly orange & lemon. Some pepper and dill spice on the aftertaste. Hops leave a slightly grassy, astringent dryness.

O: Alcohol is well-hidden here. Wanted a bit more complexity with the malt & spices. Wasn't exactly blown away here, but this is a good saison worth a buy. (553 characters)

Photo of ntatum
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright, golden yellow with a two finger head that seemed to last.

It smelled of lemons and wheat.

The taste was great. It had hints of lemon and wheat and finished with a nice dry bitterness.

The one drawback, if I have to say one, is that it may have been slightly over carbonated.

Overall, a very good saison and a definite re-buy! (347 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Best by 07/08/11 printed on the bottle.

(A)- Pours a brilliant golden orange color. Produced a huge fluffy white head with perfect retention behind it. Lacing all over the place after it finally started to dissipate.

(S)- A nice dry and earthy clay aroma. Hints at wheat, lemon, and a light clove-like spice.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A crisp and dry earthy clay with tart lemon and earthy wheat. Very subtle hints at a dry funk (Brett?).

(M)- A very high carbonation level. Maybe a bit too high actually. Very mild bitterness. Earthy and dry, but very crisp due to the carbonation level.

(D)- An excellent saison. Maybe a tad high in carbonation, but otherwise this is a top notch beer for the style. (746 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has been in my cellar for a while. With spring in the air, it seems like a good time to break out a Farmhouse Ale. This one is dark yellow with a big foamy white head. The aroma is dominated by hops--just a few bready notes from the malt. The palate feels about right with lots of carbonation and nimbleness. The flavor profile again showcases the hops. The Amarillo hops provide a big citrus kick. Some pine notes are mixed in as well. The beer lacks a little freshness--that thirst quenching summerness of a farmhouse ale is wanting. I would like to see some more pale malt to balance this thing out. Some yeast and spice are proxies in that role. Overall, this is certainly drinkable and enjoyable, I would just like the citrus, piney hops toned down for a beer of this style. (789 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml
Caged/Corked

Poured into a chalice a cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger creamy/foamy white head, with lots of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast, slight hop note, coriander, bananna. The taste is malty, yeasty, slightly hopped, with some nice spice notes, slightly peppered. Medium Body. Drinkable, a nice Saison. (372 characters)

Photo of twelvsies
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shout-out to GCurlow for the bottle. Pours a nice bright hazy gold with a shining white head, good lookin' and lively. Super floral nose, faint peach and some yeasty fruity esters, really a beaut. Excellent fresh flavor, grassy and floral, doughy, a nice balance of light malt and herbal hops, crisp and clean. Nice body on the palate though remains crisp and refreshing. Definitely a nice beer for the warming spring season or anytime. Another impressive brew from Boulevard. (476 characters)

Photo of baldben
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 750 ml bottle into glass chalice.

Tends to pour a rather large head that is fluffy white in character with big bubbles. The beer is a hazy blond. Some lacing sticks down the glass in tufts.

Aroma of lemons and grapefruit with an undercurrent of yeast. Despite the citrus notes, smells sweet.

Tastes of sweetened fruit: lemons and maybe pears in syrup. A bit of malt and yeast play behind this mid-taste and the finish is peppery with a sweetness that lingers, verging on cloying.

Lighter bodied and pretty heavily carbonated, Tank 7 almost feels like champagne in the mouth.

A little too sweet to be highly drinkable, this beer nevertheless has good complexity but would also be a great treat on a hot summer afternoon. (736 characters)

Photo of StLThrash
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into my Lone Peak Brewery pint glass. Best by 7/29/11 on bottleneck.

A - Some good and bad here. Poured a very hazy, golden with a 2 finger head. Tons o' bubbles that just don't stop. Left significant lacing. But lots of floaties. Not sure from what, but was cloudier and less filtered than a hefeweizen.

S - lemon peel, citrus, bready malts. Very reminiscent of a saison.

T & M - Again, very citrusy to start, with bready/biscuity malts to finish. Highly carbonated and good refreshing mouthfeel.

D - Would be a great, refreshing summer beer which is what these farmhouse ales were made for (to quench the thirst of farmers in Europe).

Liked everything but the floaties. Didn't see anyone else mention them in their reviews? (753 characters)

Photo of tewaris
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8% ABV
38 IBUs
Color 12 (EBC)
OG 17.3 Plato, FG 2.5 Plato
12 oz. bottle, best by 07/29/11 poured into a Duvel tulip on 03/10/11.

Poured a golden-tangerine hue with a lush haziness and an out of bounds crown formed of bubbles of varying character. The head didn't seem to budge for a while but it still couldn't contain the strongly bready aroma. When the cap of foam fell off after a few minutes, it had left sticky lacing all over the glass and a big chunk still floated on the surface. Nice!

The aroma, as expected, was big on fruit with clear bready notes. Pear, apricot and spice dominated, and reminded of relatively fresh Orval. Nice!

Fresh, bitter, citrusy and fruity tasting with a dry finish and a flavorful, bitter aftertaste. Crisp and refreshing. However, not spicy enough and alcohol is noticeable at warmer temperature. The bitterness seems discordant at times too and it all affects the drinkability. Still a very nice beer that I will buy again.

Scores: Appearance 4.5/5; Aroma 4/5; Taste 3.5/5; Mouthfeel 4/5; Drinkability 4/5 (1,048 characters)

Photo of fastpass17
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Brown Bottle

A: cloudy gold, nice light billowy head, firm carbonation.

S: bread, banana, light hop presence, finishes with a touch of wheat.

T: banana and hops, lightly astringent, classic saison taste.

M,D: lingering hop in back of mouth, tingle on tongue. Very nice and drinkable. (292 characters)

Photo of dgfair
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle poured into corsendonk tulip.

Very nice golden color with a big, thick, foamy pure white head. Lacing all over the glass. The smell is nice with hints of fresh flowers and pepper. It is slightly earthy, but there is a nice hoppy fruitiness as well. There is also a scent of a very nice dry Belgian yeast. The taste is a little more overpowering than the smell. It is sugary sweet, not quite cloying though. I get a slightly unpleasant booziness that takes away from the drinkability. Not very complex and really just a tad too hot for a saison. Not my favorite from boulevard. (608 characters)

Photo of plfahey
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pale, golden yellow. Slight haze. Beige, frothy head with good retention and nice lacing.

Aroma-Herbal, grapefruit, white pepper, lemon-this one is all over the place. Grapefruit strikes me the strongest, followed by peppery and slightly clove like phenolics. Slightly grainy malt.

Flavor-Grainy malt, with sharp grapefruit and lemon notes. Other green, herbal, spicy hops. White pepper and clove phenolics. Light bubblegum esters. Rose-like alcohols. Very tasty. Finishes very dry.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body, with moderately high carbonation. Slight carbonic bite. Refreshing.

This is a wonderful american interpretation of the Belgian farmhouse/saison style. Tasty, complex, smooth, crisp, and refreshing. Love it. (776 characters)

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