Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 870
Hads: 4,349
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 3.86%
Wants: 264
Gots: 1,086 | 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 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)

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a faint, cloudy orange in color with a three finger white head. It has funky, barnyard like aromas. It features straw, bread, and citrus. The taste is a little piny which surprised me. The flavors too are a little funky and has some straw to it. It's pretty flavorful. It drinks medium bodied and is moderately smooth. It's pretty drinkable. You'd never know it's 8%. It's a pretty solid interpretation of the style but not the best by any means. (461 characters)

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

A - Crisp honey color with a good sized, foamy, bubbly, light, soapy white head. Very good retention leaving a sticky lace.

S - Sweet and tart aroma. Grapefruit and other citrus (lemon). Some bready malt as well. Hints of spice. Very enticing aroma.

T - Like the nose there is a strong bready malt underlying a good citrus fruit (more lemon and less grapefruit than the aroma). A touch of tropical fruitiness at the very end. Citrus comes out mid and late sip. Spice comes out toward the finish with some clove and pepper being strongest. Belgian yeast is also present with a slight candi sugar sweetness.

M - Light body with plenty of carbonation. Crisp, spritzy feel.

D - Refreshing beer that is easy to drink. I enjoyed the balance of bready malt and citrus tartness along with the subtle Belgian sweetness and spiciness. Alcohol very well hidden.

Notes: I definitely enjoyed this as a well balanced saison. Interesting on the tongue with all the flavors. Fruity, tart, sweet, and spice all present. Dangerously drinkable. Definitely worth picking up. (1,059 characters)

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

Served this 750 mL brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Batch 7-9303. Best by: 10/10. The body was lightly hazy but bright golden yellow with a slightly yellowed white head. The three fingers of head slowly eroded to a cap and stayed.

The smell was of dry powdery hops. Yeasty. Fruit. Classic farmhouse aroma. Later, as it warmed, the alcohol peeped out.

The taste was sharp fruitiness. Earthy spiciness. Peppercorns. Drying. Grapefruit pith bitterness is held in check by the yeasty character.

The mouthfeel was medium with a fine sparkling carbonation. Very drinkable. (581 characters)

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

Poured this puppy into a 3 Monts tulip.

After a careful pour, this brew produces a three finger thick bright white head. The body of the brew is bright gold with a good amount of haze... I didn't allow any floaties for this first sample

Thew brew is sour and tart in the nose. I'm getting some granny-smith apple, grapefruity citrus, and sweet sugary nuances.

In the taste there is a champagne like flavor, along with grapefruit tartness. There is a slight bubble gum sweetness to this as well.

Very dry in the mouth feel. Crisp and refreshing; however, a dry powdery feeling leaves this a dry one. There is a slight warmth from the alcohol, but not overpowering this brew's creativity. (690 characters)

Photo of BMoney575
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 11-26-10
Batch number 7101410
Best before May 2011

Pours a hazy golden yellow color, with lots of yeast floaters thanks to the dumbass that poured it (david131). A foamy head slowly recedes, leaving big, craggy lacing.

Smell is sweet and fruity, slightly Belgian, with a tart hop kick. Nicely tart, lots of citrus aromas, and a hint of farmhouse fermentation.

Taste is sharp lemon, sweet and bitter. The malt is in the back, with a sweet, Belgian quality. The booze comes in next, adding to the tartness. Different.

Mouthfeel is a little too thin, allowing the alcohol to come to the front. Not bad though.

Drinkability is decent, but the tartness, alcohol, and bitterness are a brutal combo.

Overall, different and well worth a try. (750 characters)

Photo of david131
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before May, 2011

A- Would have been a clear yellow liquid, but some of the yeast sediment ended up in the glass. The thousands of floaters are very unappealing... thanks to the dumbass who poured it (bmoney575). The white head is thin but craggy with decent retention.

S- Lemon, pepper, grass... Smells like a saison. There is just the slightest hint of vegetables at the end.

T- Lemon, pepper, grass, some light fruitiness, and a bit of alcohol. Very well rounded and tasty.

M- A nice full body, a bit of carbonation to lighten things up, and some lasting flavors. A tad bitter.

D- A really nice American take on the style. The more of this I drank, the more I enjoyed it. (683 characters)

Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful, radiant pale yellow color that gives off a nice hiss as it hits the glass. some haze to it, with a fine fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. Very bubbly, with a champagne like quality.

The smell gives off some really earthy yeast flavors which i love in saisons, it's a bit rustic like a peanut. There are also lemony scents, and herbal hop aromas, and honey.

Delicious taste, this Saison packs a big punch of flavor. Crisply tart and refreshing, playing off of light yeast notes, and bright citrus flavors. I taste a bit of lemon, and sweet nectars from flowers. The flavors develop really well in this beer and it is exceptionally well balanced.

Very crisp, lush feel in the middle, and then finishes refreshingly dry. highly carbonated, which gives the body a bubbly, effervescent feel that is on the lighter side.

Despite being 8% ABV, this beer is very light and easy to drink due to the rich flavor and crispness. I could easily drink this beer all evening, and it would pair well with a wide variety of meals which makes it very accessible. I highly recommend you try this saison if you can find and afford it! (1,145 characters)

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

Pale, hazy orange on the pour, with a stark white 2 finger head. Looks good.

Smell is citrus, slight funk, and a surprising, subtle hop note. Very pleasant.

Slight spice, slight hops, and a bit of citrus. There is a bready malt character as well, and a hint of sweetness.

Upper light in body, with a nice creaminess, and ample carbonation.

Not the best example of the style, but it's still damn good, and easy to put away! (428 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 8% abv, batch 710071. Best before 3/11. Pours a hazy golden color with an orange tint. White frothy head disappears rather quickly, but leaves an impressive patchwork of lace.

Citrusy, American hop notes, pale malt, a hint of caramel. Fruity notes blend in well. Slight peppery notes, and other spices in the back.

Pale malt up front. Nice citrus flavor that adds some bitterness. Fruity notes come in. Dries at the finish with some earthy and peppery notes.

Lighter body, with good carbonation. Seems like a hybrid of Belgian and American styles. Alcohol is well hidden. Nice beer. (603 characters)

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

Picked up a single ~12oz at Princeton's. Appeared a hazy gold with a tall white head. The aroma has an earthy floral character, like I've got my nose in a garden, along with a bit of herbal spice like coriander. Very interesting flavor from the American hops - big floral and fruity notes with grapefruit and orange peel, maybe a hint of vanilla. Still it's a wonderfully refined and crisp ale, like a great saison should be.

There's a bitter spicy finish and the body is on the thin side, making this dangerously drinkable for the strength. This is easily one of the best Belgian styles with American hops I've encountered. (626 characters)

Photo of OakedCanuck
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml poured into Trois Pistoles goblet.

A - Deep, straw yellow, clear, fluffy white head.

S - Yeasty, grainy/wheat smell, somewhat estery.

T - Spicy pepper thats not overbearing, grassy and grainy, Belgian yeast, some funkiness to it.

M - Medium bodied and dry, effervescent

D - Great drinkability, not overpowering and the flavor profile is complex. Very nice. (367 characters)

Photo of Chronofied
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

About 55°F, served in a 12 oz laser-etched snifter.

Appearance - A slightly cloudy yet bright bronze, with visible sediment and respectable carbonation. Marvelous head right after the pour, retention is decent, and lacing is better than average.

Smell - Quite yeasty, a little funky with sweet fruit. Hop character is present but not strong, with some resin smells present. A very enticing aroma.

Taste - Sweet and breadlike when it hits the tongue, it is medium bodied and fills the mouth with flavor. Yeast flavor is strong throughout, with malts intertwining. A bready fruit-like sweetness lingers, and some tanginess shows at the end. Some extra malt toastiness and hop bitterness seems to show up in the aftertaste; neither are unwelcome.

Mouthfeel - The feel is kind of like drinking bread. Bread with crisp, prevasive carbonation. Underneath the carbonation there is a bit of a buttery feel, strange but not bad. A little bit sticky when it's gone.

Drinkability - Quite drinkable. It was certainly not a chore to finish a 750 ml bottle, and not out of the question to pop open a second. (1,099 characters)

Photo of spointon
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 750ml crown capped bottle into a tall stemmed Petrus glass.

A= Poured an appropriately hazed gold color with a big white foamy 2" head. Head did not last as long as the best Belgian versions of this beer, but it stayed a while. Lots of lace left behind on my glass.

S= Smelled like funky saison yeast, sweet pils malt, grass, and citrus.

T= Started off sweet and fruity and never really deviated much from that. Fruity notes were complex and contained a lot of citrus and orchard fruit notes. Honey like middle gave way to some yeasty esters but never really developed a strong barnyard funk like many saisons. Finished pretty dry with barely a kiss of hops in the aftertaste.

MF= Lighter bodied with a very effervescent carbonation level and crisp feel.

D= Boulevard rarely dissapoints and this is another quality offering. Though it is different from many saisons I have had and loved (including Boulevard saison) it is still a very good beer that was way too easy to drink for the ABV level. (1,024 characters)

Photo of demuzik
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is a cloudy, orange that holds very little head retention. Smell is very yeasty, fruity, and spicy. Taste is quite banana and citrus, yet clean midtones that allow room for tasting the malt. Medium body ale that catches up with you thanks to the 8%... an interesting brew worth at least a once-around, may not ask for this again - flavors were good and decent, but there was nothing I NEED taste again. (413 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #79338 acquired from millers, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spices, light malts, lemon, grapefruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with some spicy flavors along with the breadiness of Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The some sweet flavors of lemon, grapefruit and caramel come in along with some tartness in the background. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty with good complexity, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a long time. (952 characters)

Photo of ratedz
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz Boulevard Little Smokie bottle into a Boulevard tulip glass. Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a 1-2 inch off white head. The fluffy head dissipates very slowly and leaves a lot of sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

The nose starts off with some grassy/earthy notes before opening up with a little more citrus...some lemon or orange zest come to mind.

Taste combines everything from the nose into one delicious package. The first thing I notice is some orange zest and banana flavors, which are followed by some earthy funk from the yeast. The beer finishes with a minor kick of spiciness. Very tasty and refreshing.

A lot of visible carbonation, yet it doesn't feel that way in the mouth. Smooth, light, refreshing. Very drinkable. (762 characters)

Photo of CMW
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a straw yellow color with a generous white head and sticky lacing.

S - Very earthy, fresh cut grass, wheat, and a large amount of hops.

T - The hops seem to overpower the flavor. I can pick up some of the biscuity wheat flavors but the hops are dominant.

M - Very light and crisp. Has a little bite on the tongue.

D - I think the hops are a little much but still fairly easy to drink. (398 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy deep yellow with a billowing white head that settles down to just a thin layer. A bit of spotty lacing on the sides of my tulip. Nose brings some grassy, herbal notes as well as a bit of American hops. Slightly earthy and a bit of grain as well. The taste is fairly smooth with hops and the grassy character competing against one another just a bit. Mouthfeel is nice with a fairly dry finish. Drinks quite well. Very solid. (459 characters)

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

Thank you Mr. n8dietz for this purchase.

The color is a slightly hazey sunshine and hay hue. the head is a nice effervescent two fingers that recedes to nothing after a sip or two. Nice bubbling.

All I can say about the aroma, is that it makes me think of walking through and orchard. Bordered by a wheat, and you are only one hundred yards from a farmhouse with some farm animals. Not too funky or barnyardy for my tastes nose though.

The taste has lots of toasted grains with a little toasted wheat with a dry gypsum mouthfeel. The hops and yeast seem to that that real Belgian farmhouse funk and earthiness. Another sensational and worthwhile saison that would make an ex-patriot Belgian shed a tear for their homeland. (725 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very unassuming, easy going and tremendously drinkable saison with a spicy peak in the finish.

Presentation: 750 ml corked and caged brown bottle. Under the Smokestack branding main label illustrating with some retro embroidery the name/number 7. Back label provides an overview of the history, main intent, cellaring capacity. Shows batch/best by date (7101410 05/11), and Alc. by Vol. (8%) alongside serving and storing recommendations. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy straw to pale gold pour, rich towering head, good retention and some patches of lacing leading to a good surface memory.

S - Fresh grassy sense, lightly earthy and citrusy over a touch of pepper.

T - Earthy, lightly grainy, fresh citrus and grassy feel, nicely woven, with a light peppery touch in the finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a smooth range under a dry layer that provides a nice finish, lightly bitter and spicy with a lasting memory.

D - Beautifully drinkable, all comes together smoothly and almost quietly until one realizes over the finish that it is quite a remarkable brew.

Notes: Another remarkable offering from the Smokestack Series. I'm really enjoying these big bottles from Boulevard. (1,198 characters)

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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