Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Tank 7 Farmhouse AleTank 7 Farmhouse Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,274 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,274
Reviews: 927
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 261
Gots: 1,044 | 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 DCon
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of stercomm
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of blackie
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.85/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of CrookedStill
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of diamondc
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of ntatum
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

Photo of sweemzander
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.68/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of twelvsies
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of baldben
3.72/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of StLThrash
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
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?

Photo of tewaris
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
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

Photo of fastpass17
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of dgfair
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of plfahey
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of Stigs
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml cork and cage - split served in Stone Levitation glasses

batch #710190 - best by 5/2011

A - pours with a billowing amount of loose and puffy, bright white foam, falling slowly is leaves behind a web of sticky lace on the glass. the beer is very light gold in color with a touch of haze.

S - faint fruity esters...green apples, pear and a hint of banana. leafy, grassy hops with bits of lemon zest. crackery, crisp grains and pilsner malt finish with just a little bit of zippy yeast spice.

T - begins with a flash of fruitiness, mostly banana and pear. malt slowly creeps in and dominates via stale bread, water crackers, and a hint of corn. hops flash in bright and grassy with a hint of citrus coming through in the end.

M - lightish, refreshing body with prickly carbonation. pretty dry but aided by the hints of fruits. just a bit of alcohol burn but the 8% is hidden quite well. crisp and refreshing as it should be.

D - very well done all around, one of the better Saisons I have had. nice, interesting mix of dry but with bits of fruitiness and yeast action going on as well.

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

Poured from 750 ml bottle into standard pint.

A: Cloudy golden hue. Pours a substantial, frothy, white head. Craters slowly, leaving a bit of sticky residue as it does. Just a little sparse lacing remains. Head renews with vengeance on repour.

S: A little malt, lots o' yeast, and raspberry.

T: Nice baked bread grainy flavor, with just a hint of sour sweetness.

M: Pretty light body. Yeasty in the front, sharp sweetness in the end...but not too much so. Sharpness pang lingers.

D: This thing drinks easy. Have your way with it.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Great appearance, solid head, and decent enough lacing. Nose is pretty decent, yeast and raspberry. Flavor similarly is grainy, with a subtle sweetness. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

****I feel like I should issue a disclaimer with my review a bit. This is not my favorite style, so hopefully I'm treating it fairly.****

Photo of Jwale73
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to BucketBoy for knocking this off my 'wants'. 750ml corked and caged bottle served in my ST tulip. Batch number 7-9303; best by 10/10 indicated on the back label. Pours a translucent golden-orange with a dense, cascading 3.5 inch, rocky, bright white head that eventually settles into a quarter inch cap. Some spots and strands of textured lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose is fairly clean - citrus, lemon zest, and light, herbal aromatics. Taste follows nose - there's some citric acid as well as bitter grapefruit - flavors fall somewhere between a domestic farmhouse and a Belgian IPA as there is a light, herbal hoppiness to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light and lively with an assertive, almost prickly carbonation and some astringency that light stimulates the salivary glands along the cheeks and the taste buds across the back of the tongue, before culminating in a crisp, semi-dry finish. A very solid domestic saison; however, citrus astringency is a bit too aggressive. Also a little too bitter and lacking that refreshing farmhouse quality.

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

Pours a nice golden color with a fluffy white head and plenty of good lace. The aroma is spicy just mildly funky with just a hint of alcohol. Flavor follows with the spiciness and the mild funkiness. There is a hint of bubblegum right up front that makes you think it's going to go sweet, but the rest of the flavor is remarkably dry.

Photo of LittleDon
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big fluffy white head atop a slightly hazy golden body. Tons of carbonation. Bananas first in the aroma, then a bit of grain. Smells Belgian to me. Bananas first in the taste, earthy bitterness builds middle through end. The bitterness is there long after the finish. Very dry with no signs of tartness. Plenty of carbonation up front with a medium to slightly heavy body.

Note: Mellows and opens up a bit as it warms up. Not nearly as bitter with some citrus notes showing up.

Photo of jar2574
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chimay-style oversized wine glass. Pours a very cloudy yellow orange color with a large bubbly white head. Looks great initially, could use better lacing on the way down.

Smells great - spicy, grassy, yeasty and a little fruity. Tastes excellent as well. A very good saison - Belgian yeast, hops, spices, grassiness and slight bitterness.

Extremely drinkable. A good session beer. Even at that high ABV, the alcohol is completely disguised. One of Boulevard's best offerings.

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

12 oz bottle into a tulip. The label sais this one is a "Farmhouse Ale", but at 8% alcohol that's one of the bigger Farmhouses I've seen. Maybe they include that as part of it being a "American rendition" of this Belgian style. Fun smokestack bottle, as part of the Smokestack Series from Boulevard.

A: A slow pour still gives this a nice two and half finger frothy white head atop a very hazy yellow-gold body. Plenty of carbonation bubbles fighting to the top. Looks inviting, deceptively so of its ABV.

S: Sour funk dominates. Peppery spice notes, some lemon and grapefruit, but mostly funk. One of the strangest smelling beers I've ever had.

T: Surprising sweetness up front, before it gives over to sour and bitter flavors of lemon, orange peel, then grassy hops with grapefruit thrown in for good touch. Some phenol taste throughout.

M: Nicely carbonated, slightly dry, very nice. Only the faintest hints of alochol warming.

D: A fantastic Americanized Saison. Really funky and fun.

Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Fallen Rock. A huge head, yellow body. Pleasant aromas and a nice bitterness. Served a bit cold, on a freezing night. Belgian yeast, the beverage seems more to me as a Belgian IPA, with some lemon and grapefruit and other nice fruit. Nothing overt.

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,274 ratings.