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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 890
Hads: 4,429
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 3.86%
Wants: 274
Gots: 1,147 | 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 kbutler1
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. I was happy I was able to find a small bottle of this instead of having to buy one of the bigger bottles. Poured into my Duvel tulip glass a very slightly hazed golden straw color with a bone white fluddy head. Such a rich aroma of wheat, slight pepper, grapefruit, along with some slight booze notes. Light mouthfeel with carbonation. Sweet start gives way to a nice belgian style yeast flavor of spices and slight fruit. Ends dryly with a lingering citrus rind bitterness. Minimal lace. (496 characters)

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

A: Pale, golden yellow, cloudy from the yeast.

S: Some tropical fruit -banana- , spice, and lemon.

T: More tropical fruits and bready malts, some spices and citrus

M: Crisp and tangy, tingly, favor fades slowly and pleasantly.

D: Something about it is kind of weird, but I still kind of like it. (300 characters)

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

Many thanks to lnashsig for the chance to try this one.

Best before date cut off - "June, 201" Poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Somewhat pale golden yellow body, very lightly hazy with a snow white cap of soft rocky merengue. Polka-dotted lacing and faint legs.

Challa, white pepper (phenolics), and alfalfa (noble hops) in the nose. Pale malt, melon, and a bit more spice and citrus from hops...delicate aromatics.

Gentle sweetness on the palate followed by a very fresh whole-cone hop flavor suggesting citrus, hemp, pine and peppercorn. Faint gooseberry and white grape notes come forward as well lending this a white wine character. I would have guessed there were a bit of Nelson Sauvin hops in here if I didn't know better (actually they used Simcoe, Amarillo, and Tradition). The finish is slightly dry and mineral-laden.

Somewhat thin bodied, faintly creamy, well carbonated and suitably effervescent while still being refreshing.

Well crafted, though you wouldn't mistake this domestic take on the style for one from the continent. Hops take the stage here, and while the flavor and crispness they impart is welcome, I do wish they yeast wasn't playing such a secondary role.

I can see how the brewer decided this was an improvement on the original Saison that was in the Smokestack series, as the hops are definitely more complex here - still slightly prefer Saison Brett. from their line-up as it has a bit more "farmhouse" flavor...but this is great on a warm day (85ºF here on this Winter Sunday, making me wonder if Los Angeles fell into the Southern Hemisphere when I wasn't looking). (1,650 characters)

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

Pours a hazy golden.
Smell hop aroma is present and citrusy with prevalent yeast notes.
Taste is extremely light alcohol is there but not strong. Very slight citrus taste and as it warms up the alcohol is more apparent.
Light uh creamy bubbly feel.
Probably won't buy again. (276 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It was hell to get the cork out, but eventually I prevailed.

Appearance: The beer was poured very carefully and still yeilded a 3" head of pillowey white foam with a thick vortex of bubbles rising to make the head grow slightly after the pour. It was many minutes later that the head started to fall and left solid islands of lace on the edge of the glass. The beer itself is very clear and light yellow gold. Overall this is a very well presented beer.

Aroma: Smelling the foam I get some citrusy hops mixed with some sweet malts and some clean earthy notes. The hops are a pretty big player in the aroma as it is presented through this wall of foam. As the head falls, the beer is getting drier and is taking on a more wheat-like aroma.

Taste: The flavor is really light and clean with the citrus playing a big part of the flavor, but I feel that this citrus is not only from the hops but from some fermentation characteristics as well. The beer is really light on the palate with tons of carbonation and this makes it quite fizzy as it makes its way to the belly. The body is light to slightly medium, but considering that this beer is 8%, it is really light. The citrusy characteristics are there long into the finish, and the alcohol stays really reserved the whole time, just contributing a bit of spice throughout.

Opinion: This beer has a lot of characteristics of a tripel. We don't get too many farmhouse ales here in Texas, and I only really understand this style to know that it varies. This beer is on the big side, but it remains really approachable. There isn't anything about this beer that clashes against your palate, so it is well crafted, no doubt. I would definitely recommend this beer and would like to drink it again. Testimony...good beer! (1,768 characters)

Photo of herman77
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy dark straw yellow with a big and bubbly bone white head that dies down to one fingers worth. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Floral, slightly spicy (black pepper). Sweet smelling belgium yeast, a bit of grassy/lemon scents.

T: Floral and earthy, grassy hops with a nice lemony zest. A bit of green apple. Finishes a bit tart with a bit of alcohol detectable.

M: Medium to lighter body. Moderate carbonation that is extremely soft and smooth. Very nice feel.

D: Pretty good drinkability. More of a summer night nightcap beer. You can tell its 8%. (550 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 25 Jul 2010. Bottling code 710057. Served in the 0.3 L Unibroue snifter.

Like many of the Boulevard corks, had to use a pair of pliers to get this one off. Large ivory lacy head. Well carbonated. Slightly hazy brassy yellow color. Aroma is spicy, lots of clove, coriander, floral and grapefruit. Juicy and tangy, lots of grapefruit and citrus. Sweet and yeasty. A warming finish and aftertaste with a bit of hay. Medium body. Warming ethanol at the finish.

Like drinking sunshine. (502 characters)

Photo of Bubba83
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Going to make this review a quickie.

Poured at 50 degrees into a tulip. A big topping of frothy soft bright white head is beautiful to look at. The color of the body is a hazy deep yellow that might look a little nicer if it had some orangey hues. Retention and lacing are both excellent.

The smell is a highlight of the beer to be sure, with notes of hay, sweaty funk, black pepper, bready malt, and some banana, clove, and subtle hints of stone fruits.

I wish the flavor encompassed everything I was able to smell. It's a bit more simple. A quick dose of bready malt, followed by apricot, banana, and finishing up with some indescript spice. Doesn't taste quite as funky as the aroma suggested, but overall I dig it.

Mouthfeel is around medium, a good consistency for the style. The head is very smooth, and it finishes quite dry. Carbonation levels are perfect.

The drinkability could be a little higher. I've had other Saisons that just feel lighter than this one and feel a bit more refreshing as a result. Overall, a great Saison from Boulevard, but it's not going to blow anyone away like Saison Brett. (1,115 characters)

Photo of pwoods
2.38/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

I think this was an extra from Exiled. Thanks!

12oz. brown bottle poured into a Levitation tulip.

A: Pours a few tints darker than a pour gold color with nice clarity. 2 fingers of nearly pearl white head with good retention and some lacing.

S: Somewhat subtle but pleasant. Very fruity with plenty of yeasty esters. Not a lot of phenols from the yeast. Light pilsner malts.

T/M: Sharp grain bite and some phenols from the yeast, which is surprising after the aroma. Very peppery and there's a bit of alcohol bite as well. Yeasty esters are being dominated by the phenols but still there behind everything. Body is medium with high carbonation. This beer just get worse as I drink it and as it warms.

D: The phenols are nearly outrageous. If not for this, I think it be pretty drinkable. I actually had to drain pour it after it warmed up further. (853 characters)

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

Pours a bright hazy yellow with a good thick head that leaves lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Lots of carbonation.

Tastes of sweet malts, citrus hops and sices with a dry finish. This is a really tasty brew with a little bit of bitterness. The alcohol is well hid. I'll definitely be seeking this one out again. It's highly drinkable and I think that most anyone should be able to enjoy this brew. (402 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Chimay goblet. Best before 8 September 2011.

A: Suspiciously light and clear until the yeast pours in, making it murky and opaque. A burnished, marigold orange with only a tuft of head (most other reviewers seem to have found the head notable, rather than nonexistent).

S: Lemon zest, spice (cloves, coriander), sweet overripe fruit (banana? pineapple?). "Lush notes of tropical fruit" indeed.

T: Weird -- tangy, citrusy, grassy, fruity. At times, almost like a double IPA, due to the lemon citrus swirling about through a dryly malty/bready maintaste. The peripheral fruity flavours (predominantly pineapple) however add a whole other dimension to the taste. The aftertaste is not particularly impressive, but not at all unpleasant -- dryish and slightly bitter.

M: Crisp, light, titillatingly carbonated, and ever-so-pleasant.

D: Perhaps not my cup of tea, but good nonetheless. I wouldn't have another, but I liked it better than the last saison I drank. (999 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Explosive bang from the cork, foamy pour into a Duvel tulip.

Glowing orange, sticky white meringue foam that forms a sturdy head. An intricate crown of lace forms at the edges, and retention is constant. Visible carbonation and some murky sediment.

Lemon orange zest, dry herbs and hops, sandalwood, Belgian yeast lends a lightly fruity sweetness. Pleasant but slightly muted.

Spicy hops and bitter grapefruit pith hit first, deep earthiness from the complex spice elements. Moderately bitter, spicy with a spearmint note. Not really sweet as the aroma might suggest, dry bitter and spicy. Zippy carbonation. Light enough to quaff, but medium bodied and pretty substantial in feel. Balanced spiciness with a faintly bready malt base behind the hops, spice, and yeast flavors.

Pairs well with food, and likely best shared, though a 750 was no problem solo. (862 characters)

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

A -- Sunshine in a glass, bright yellow brew comes to a good two finger head and settles into a layered froth leaving a light lacing.

S -- Citrus peel and sweet malts, a touch of earth/straw, subtle spice and herbaceous notes that are very enticing.

T -- Bready and malty up front with a good sweetness that is quickly effaced by a spice note and then herbally bitter and drying at the finish. Heady yeast notes linger throughout in the flavor of bubblegum and banana.

M -- Big and beautiful on the tongue, big mouthfeel for what can also be a very nuanced and subtle style.

D -- Very good. I will be making a return purchase on this. (638 characters)

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

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a 2nd rev. Smokestack Series glass

A: Pours a hazy light yellow hay color with a large two-finger off-white head that slowly, slowly settles to a floating patchwork of sticky bubbles and nice lacing.

S: Incredible smell. Earthy/funky overtones with fresh citrus (definitely grapefruit) and nice herbal hops. One of the best smelling farmhouse ales that I've sniffed to date.

T: Delicious. Sweet and yeasty with a citrusy and hoppy bite, none of which over power the others. Incredibly balanced with a nice peppery/spicy finish. This is a really, really good one!

M: Medium-bodied with ample carbonation that makes it seem to dance around in the mouth. Not overly dry, and has a complementary sweet/spicy finish that lingers forever.

D: This is extremely drinkable. Balanced very well, extremely smooth, and absolutely delicious. The masking of alcohol aids to its drinkability, which makes this one of my favorite saisons, and one that I trade for on a regular basis.

Highly recommended! (1,038 characters)

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

On tap in a Tank 7 specific stemmed glass. Poured perfectly to the indicated line but the bartender.

A: Color id the only downfall on this one that has a horrible pale yellow color. Otherwise, there is a great, thick, heavy head that leaves beautiful lacing all the way down.

S: Bitter hop aroma with melon, citrus, fresh fruit.

T: Bright. Very surprising hops for a saison hit the palate right away but then it quickly takes on a mellow fruit flavor (apple, melon, citrus). Very surprising, very good.

M: Full body. Nice. Cool and somewhat cloying.

D: Excellent. I initially wasn't sure of the hop aroma and flavor but I could drink this beer anywhere, anytime, and lots of it. (683 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.09/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a pale straw yellow with a small, creamy head

S - smells of citrusy lemons and a little bit of sweet straw. Very weak nose

T - taste followed the nose somewhat - grainy and malts give way to some yeast and sweet straw and citrus flavors. Ends a with some grassy bitterness.

M - light to medium body that is very creamy.

D - this is a pretty decent saison. I was hoping it would be a little less subtle in the nose and on the palate, but it was still pretty decent nonetheless. Would I get it again, sure. Is it something I would seek out, probably not. I'll go for Saison Brett if I am buying a Boulevard Saison. (626 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a tulip at Twisted Spoke...A clear medium gold with a light tan head, good retention, ok lacing...The aroma is a typical saison, floral notes, good but average in complexity...The taste is really good, floral hops, but a nice sweetness makes this quite drinkable.

An above average straight forward saison worth trying. (332 characters)

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

12oz bottle:
A: hazy straw, bubbly two finger head with great retention and lacing. Looks like a hefeweizen.

S: sweet, bubble gummy Belgian yeast, fresh floral hops

T: sweet wheat, Belgian yeast coupled with some nice hoppy bitterness. Very well balanced. Finish is bitter and dry white wine.

M: light bodied, crisp and dry, there's no hint of the ABV until a nice warming sensation at the very end. It feels a lot like champagne.

D: really interesting, easily my favorite Boulevard of the three that I've tried in the past three days. Very easy to drink and pretty straightforward, but it's got great balance and just enough complexity to keep me coming back for more.

Second tasting, 1/4/11, 750ml bottle:
A: hazy, straw colored, one finger head with good retention and lacing considering the light body and style.

S: a mixture of Belgian styles--wheat and sour--the smell is doughy, subtle yeasty esthers in the background, sweet honey, bubble gum, and this may sound weird but it smells a lot like carrots.

T: sickly sweet, sour and bitter by turns, the sweets remind me of honey, candied fruit, pineapple, then sour dough from the bready nose and grassy hops. Finish has just the right amount of bitterness, which cleanses the palate of all the sweetness, but leaves behind sugar on the tongue. The interesting thing is the finish is really dry, even though the drink as a whole is super sweet.

M: light to medium body, steers clear of the heavy syrupy Saisons while still delivering on the high ABV.

D: Compared to other beers I've had in this style, this one is surprisingly mellow and light, while still managing to pack the punch of a alcohol warmth and jus the right amount of hop bitterness. Pretty fantastic drinkability for a Saison. (1,758 characters)

Photo of jsh420
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz best by 07/29/11

pours bright golden yellow with chill haze and a big 2 finger head that left spotted lacing

smells of belgian yeast banana lemon and some grainy bready malt

taste like the nose - only thing that kept me from giving this a perfect 5 was it was a tad sweet

mouthfeel was light with lots of carbonation very refreshing

drinkability a great saison in 12oz bottles makes this my new must go to sasion (423 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy and cloudy beige color ale with a super large frothy head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with spicy yeast and semi-sweet malt backbone. Taste is very well balanced with great notes of fruity ester with lightly pepper yeast with a solid malt backbone that is just a tad too sweet. Body is full with limited filtration and great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Another great beer from a brewery that just keep surprising me. (489 characters)

Photo of rrski198
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the international tap house in chesterfield missouri. Review from notes.

A: Golden and translucent. Big time white head. Bog ole slow to rise bubbles. Great lacing.

S: Lemons with a almost medicinal smell. Like a lemon cough drop. Dry maltiness.

T: Nice belgian yeast sweetness. I'm getting some bitterness from teh hops and a little spicyness. Again citrus flavors coming on strong.

M: Average carbonation. Flavors stick around. Very clean beer.

O: Had this when it was 28 degress outside, nota good fit. However, this beer would rock in the summer. (569 characters)

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

103rd review on BA
Bottle to goblet.

12oz bottle.

App- Poured a golden yellow without much of a head on it. The retention and lacing were very good but the lack of head left me wondering if I poured wrong. The carbonation in the bottle was superb as well.

Smell- A big smell of belgian yeast with some citrus mostly the light fruits, lemon and orange. Also got just a touch of spice to let you know its a saison.

Taste- A well done saison with the qualities you want. Not overpowering. A bit dry with the right amount of sweet and earthiness.

Mouth- Medium carbonated with such a light feel to it.

Drink- Pretty damn good! Thanks, JeepCop for the extra. I owe ya one! (673 characters)

Photo of csiewert
3.34/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(SEE UPDATE BELOW) One of my favorite beers. Pours a nice bright golden color with a thick foamy head. Somewhat hazy when you get to the bottom of the bottle/keg, which is when I think it tastes the best. Strong hop notes in both smell and taste as well as banana. Finishes smooth and leaves you refreshed.

UPDATE... Boulevard has since begun mass producing tank 7 and removed it from it's signature fermentation tank (obviously tank #7) that gave it its unique taste... The beer has greatly cheapened and the taste has dominated greatly. I was very disappointed when I discovered this. If you can still get your hands on a large smokestack bottle version of the beer I would still give it praise, but otherwise stay away. (723 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome bottle received as an extra from gwguest in a trade awhile ago. Thanks!

Best by 7/8/11 - printed on the side.

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass (the only one available at the time). Pours a cloudy deep gold with a large 3-finger white head on top. Excellent retention; left lots of lace behind. Very nice look. The nose has strong tones of pineapple, lemon cleaner, clove, and wet hay. More fruity than spicey.

Good crisp mouth, as expected with the style. Moderate heft. Mildly sharp finish. The citrus comes through in the flavor, but where the spices were absent in the nose, they make themselves known more in the flavor. White peppery bite at the onset, mild funk in the middle, and there's even a nice grassy hop smack on the end. Good beer. I like all the various nuances of this one. Unique and satisfying. (828 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at O'Dowd's in Zona Rosa out of the appropriate Smokestack glassware.

Appearance: Tank 7 is a slightly hazy light straw color with 2 fingers of white head. Great retention and chunky, fluffy lacing that clings all over the glass.

S: Bananas, cloves, slight citrus and tons of fruity esters. Really nice and flavorful scents. The esters in this one are more intense than most saisons...it must be from the higher %ABV. I like it.

Taste: Bananas, cloves and citrus are there in bulk, with a bunch of esters and peppery spices on the back end, giving a bit of an alcohol burn on the finish. Super, a very robust saison.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied, medium carbonation makes for a very smooth mouthfeel. Easy drinking and one of the most flavorful saisons I've tried. Overall, this is my favorite Boulevard beer. I come back time and again and it never disappoints. It has garnered somewhat of a cult following in KC which is well deserved. Terrific favors, and is very easy drinking, however if you don't watch out it will kick you on the teeth in a hurry. (1,077 characters)

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 890 ratings.