Tank 7
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #95
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,693
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 10.26%
Reviews:
1,149
Ratings:
5,526
From:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
93
Outstanding
Tank 7Tank 7
Notes: 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 milkshakebeersucks
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Misty golden appearance with a large white head and good lacing. Spicy, yeasty aroma with herbal hops lingering in the background. Earthy, piquant flavors with ample spiciness paired with lemongrass. Dry, bitter, slightly sour aftertaste. Light to medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel with a lingering finish. Nominally complex and well structured.

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Photo of artiefufkin
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Visual: golden with sl orange tinge; very slight opacity, nice thick white foam which lingers and forms nice lacing.
Aroma: grapefruit rind very slight isoamyl, tr stone fruit, slight spice hops notes
Taste: sl yeasty, sl candied lemon citrus, peppercorn, hint of clove, sl sweetness, lingering spicy bitterness but not overwhelming.
Overall: very drinkable for high abv, goes down easy. slightly bitter finish disappoints the otherwise overall well-roundedness of the beer. it's a wonderful take on belgian saison which never disappoints.

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Photo of CTHomer
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1 finger finely pored ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; sheets of lace;

S: lemon, grapefruit, and Belgian yeast;

T: yeast up front, then lemon, then grapefruit; a touch of pepper in the aftertaste; mild to moderate bitterness at the end; more alcohol notes than most saisons (with good reason);

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: refreshing; drinks lighter than it is;

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Photo of BJB13
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crowler poured into a tulip.

Clear and amber with a big, fizzy white head. The nose seems subdued for the style but the Belgian yeast, banana, cracker and light citrus aromas are pleasing. Flavor-wise it is cleaner than I expected, yeast, cracker, white grape and floral hops are featured in a refined flavor profile that finishes dry and mildly bitter. The light-medium body and good carbonation combine for refreshing easy drinking.
Subtle, highly enjoyable and in my opinion a great dinner beer.

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Photo of Captain69
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have been drinking this beer for a long time - with the recent covid shut in I have been trying some the beers I enjoyed years ago . Slighty Belgium taste if your not into Belgium ales you should try this - it's flavor is very refreshing

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Photo of MNAle
3.52/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This review is based on two tastings of this beer. For the first, I was anticipating more of a traditional saison and was unprepared for what this beer actually is. With the second tasting, I knew going in what the beer's character was, so the writeup is perhaps a bit more fair to what the brewer was obviously going for.

Aroma: The aroma is subtle; Citrus, perhaps a very slight funk, sweet bread, slight fruit - banana.

Tall, slightly off-white, thick head that is creamy on top and airy on the sides next to the glass. Clear yellow-gold color with a steady column of bubbles rising from the center, and broadly across the body of the beer. The head has long lasting retention and leaves disconnected strings of lacing.

Taste is tart citrus up front, grapefruit primarily, hints of the banana from the yeast, subdued funk, quite bitter, with melon coming in in the middle through to the finish. Crackery malts provide a good foundation. The finish is dry, citrus, and with increasing bitterness. The aftertaste is a mixture of citric acid and piney bitterness, with the iconic Belgian yeast flavors well subdued underneath. The tartness promised in the initial taste has pretty much disappeared by the aftertaste, replaced with a finish more resiny IPA-like than saison-like. In the late aftertaste, just hints of the yeast flavors.

Feel is medium-thin, with a decent presence from the carbonation, but not the sparkling feel of some other saisons.

Overall, the Americanization of the saison by Boulevard has created what might fairly be called an India Pale Saison. Maybe that's what the brewer means by "American" saison. If you like the flavor (citrus and pine) and bitterness (resiny) of American IPAs, then you'll enjoy this take on a saison. It is reasonably well done if looked on in that light, although the yeast flavors, being significantly in the background when present at all, are a downgrade for a saison.

Personally, I am not a fan. The iconic flavors and feel that the style "Saison" suggests play second fiddle (or third fiddle) to the American hops.

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Photo of cwm51662
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Forewarned about the head, I was prepared to pour gently- but what I got was an opening "pop" and a champagne-like rush out the partially opened cap. With that help, it poured rather easy, with a long lasting white head and a mid-amber hazy look. Bready, clove-y taste, with a tiny bit of subdued banana. Not as strong of bitter in the back.

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a stounch fan of Belgian Farmhouse Ales. When I tried this years ago, it was my first non-Belgian Belgian Farmhouse Ale. I instantly loved it. Its familiar, so quite what I was expecting, but completly.
As a proud inhabitant of the city of Antwerp, bringing the kids to school brings me past the De Coninck brewery, where they serve these on tap and you can take out crawlers (yay!). I'm reviewing this during the Covid-19 lockdown, so this one is based on a bottle.

I wash my glasware in a dishwasher, so consider me a satanist. Must be carefull with my expectations for the head. The strong carbonisation does its best to maintain it.
Colour is a nice golden peach.
The odour gives the expected yeasty touch, but is overpowered by strong citrus. Lingers in the nose.
Taste is strong. Twisting variations of soft yeasty elements, but mainly grapefruity citrus. Lingers on the tongue. The yeastiness is nowhere as overpowering as in a very traditional Saison.
The afterstaste becomes more dry on the tongue. The citrus slowly fades and the yeastiness changes to a more bitter sensation. Herbs, a bit of malt and some fruits remain.
I'm always amazed at the alcohol percentage (and surprised by it after a few glasses as well ;-). You hardly notice the alcohol in the palette. Still, I do miss the "heavy" caracteristics of a real Belgian saison. The feeling you're drinking dark rye bread, with wild yeasts and the glass looking full of cloudy golden pea soup.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is gold standard for an America-made saison. A golden color with plenty of foam. Notes of bread, banana, clove, and yeast mix together for a wonderful flavor that makes me want more. A winner from Kansas City!

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Photo of DuaneL
3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We have really decided, based on this tasting,, that we really do not care for saison, and there is no sense trying to taste anymore of these, because it is just a waste of time.. Too fizzy and often has that off-tasting yeast flavor that we really don't like, so it is time to give up!

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Photo of Hooded
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.
Look is cloudy pale amber with one finger of quickly receding white foam leaving moderate lacing. 4.25
Smell is moderately strong and of funk, Banana, clove, coriander, and spice. 3.75
Taste is sttrong and follows the aroma with a dry moderately bitter finish. 3.75
Feel is a little less than medium with some tingling on the tongue. 4.00
Overall it is a quality product. However, the flavor is stronger for a saison than I prefer. At the price, I cannot see myself choosing this over Saison Dupont. 3.5

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Photo of Crowheadhopper
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Henry's taproom, saratoga, ny late nov. 2019. After visiting ommegang in Cooperstown the previous month this just didn't cut it as a belgian. Close but if you're spoiled by ommegang then all is lost. It is good, but this is too close to average and when trying different beers a bar is set with age and expectations.

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Photo of stoumi
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tank 7 pours a golden amber color with a small foamy, one finger head that leaves some very nice spiderweb lacing. The smell is overpowering combination of funk, banana ester, apple, coriander and peppery spice with a hint of grapefruit. The taste is banana and clove up front that gives way to a yeasty, bready and fruit-like complexity that's light over the palette with a resiny finish.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into the boulevard tulip, surprised I havent written this one up

Dehydrated piss color, good amount of foam that sticks around. Big juicy grapefruit hop aroma after cracking this one, adds a sugary cookie aspect to the scent after warming a little. Taste is like a hoppy Belgian, I guess that's what what the 'American' in the title means. Easy enough to drink, but I can taste the alcohol at ~8.5%.

Good, but a little too strong. I'm pissed.

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

From old, undated notes; poured from the bottle.

Murky yellow color.

Huge foamy white head; strong lacing.

Bananas, honey & bread in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Muted citrus & banana in the taste; finishes with slight hops & clove.

A nice farmhouse; not amazing.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes 11/6/12: Pours a hazy golden straw producing an impressive, fluffy 3+ finger, finely bubbled foamy, white, lasting head that leaves nice webs and chunks of lace. Loads of carbonation bubbles from the bottom long after the pour. Aroma is Belgian yeast funk, herbal fruitiness notes of banana, lemon, pineapple and pear; clove, egg whites, thin coriander, peppery spice, mild pine hops with white bread and cracker malts. Taste is similar to the nose with sweet and tart highlights, more intense fruitiness adding peach and melon to the previously mentioned fruits along with a hint of green apple in the finish, the pine being subdued by grapefruit and the pepper spice becomes most detectable in the finish. The aftertaste is earthy and grassy with a little lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with nice carbonation.

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Photo of good_to_sea
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale amber with a massive off-white head.

Smell is slightly funky citrus and wheat. Lemon and berry (strawberry, cherry) aromas

Taste is salty and citrusy, with funky yeast flavors. Fairly dry. Hints of berry, banana, and malt sweetness.

Dry, thin, crisp.

Overall, this is a really nice saison.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good by date: 03FEB2020
Pours a hazy gold with scant off white head. Smells like a classic farmhouse saison with that dusty, yeasty note with hints of tropical fruits, herbal and spring floral notes. Sweet malts forward, orange rind, grapefruit with a midnote transition to more pepper, herbal spice, piney resinous note adding a balance of bitterness with lovely transition to a clean finish. ABV well hidden. Mouthfeel is medium with solid effervescence.
Palate cleansing, tasty and easily quaffable – a solid example of the style.

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Photo of VABA
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a hazy light amber color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has fruity and spice hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a fruity and spice flavor
M-A medium bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A well balanced Belgian Saison

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Photo of vinniec
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first impression was the looks on the pour; from there it was totally great. My favorite is still Saison Dupont, but this is stepping all over Dupon'ts toes! Great job, guys!

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Photo of dd53grif
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy medium yellow color with a foamy tan head that lasts quite a while. Aroma of lemon citrus. Citrus flavor and a touch of bitterness. Crisp, dry finish. A
very nice Saison.

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Photo of Buckeye55
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a heady, cloudy golden color. Aromatic aroma, almost a hint of brett?
Kinda sweet taste with a spicy backbone. A full, spicy but not heavy mouthfeel. There is some spice aftertaste that I cannot describe. I like this one better with every sip.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Yellow straw with good head. Light malt and spicy yeast character. Some citrus, light esters. The flavor is very much spice forward, lots of black pepper.

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Photo of jonb5
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.25 of a litre at the Celle Bierfest.

A: Pale amber, hazy, decent sized head, moderate retention, left lots of lacing.

S: Phenols, biscuit, brettamoyences.

T: Yeast and candy sugar. Hid the booze well.

M: Medium body, crisp texture for the high abv.

O: Dangerously drinkable, booze was barely detectable.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a opaque brilliant golden color with a creamy/foamy head. Much lacing in Belgian beer glass. Smells like worn leather,slight funk,faint lemony essence. Taste is tart and refreshing, citrus, mild banana,almost a pepper spice finish. Feels quite viscous, but that serves this Farmhouse ale well. Overall I would recommend.

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Tank 7 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 5526 ratings