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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 945
Hads: 4,678
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 23.13%
Wants: 295
Gots: 1,341 | FT: 17
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Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

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.

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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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Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Bfarr
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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

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Photo of GPHarris
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of DCon
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of stercomm
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of blackie
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of CrookedStill
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of diamondc
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of ntatum
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 945 ratings.