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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Tank 7 Farmhouse AleTank 7 Farmhouse Ale

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by grumpy on 06-19-2009

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.38/5  rDev +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 cmcintyreiv
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

this was a very impressive Saison. The beer poured a bright yellow with at least an inch of head. There was a nice lacing pattern. The aroma was pure Saison with hints of spice, yeast and malt. The flavor was rich with the same essence. No alcohol is detected. The mouthfeel is foamy and refreshing. This is a very good beer and a significant example of the style.

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

Poured a nice hazy gold colored body with very little visibility even though its a light colored beer. Thick and creamy 2 finger head with good retention. Smells of small hints of pint, grapefruit, and some earthyness. The fruit aromas are of strong resin. Taste? Well, delicious to say the least. Nice hoppy taste with a sweetness to even things out. Tropical fruits add a nice touch to the palate. Nice flow from start to finish. Finishes with a tangy kick. Creamy mouthfeel from start to finish.
Overall this is a very tasty beer. Wish i had purchased more then just 1. Price is not bad either for how good this is. I've seen this style of beer go for twice as much, with half the quality.

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

On-tap @ The Horseshoe Pub in Hudson, MA.

A - Hazy, golden-yellow with a thick, bubbly, white head. Sits idle for a while.

S - Funky, fruity, spicy, malty.

T - Very Belgian. Sugary, sweet, light fruits with some spice and a hint of bitterness.

M - Slightly funky and sour. Accurate for the style. Good carbonation. Fantastically drinkable.

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Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured a bright straw gold into a tulip with four fingers of loose, fluffy white head. Typical saison aroma with some gently peppery yeast, wheat, and lemon.

Moderate carbonation and a light, creamy mouthfeel -- very refreshing. Mild honey, orange peel, and lemon up front followed by wheat, clove, and a lingering tart citrus.

Excellent balance, full flavor, and very light and drinkable for the higher ABV. Great brew!

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

poured into a boulevard snifter. a hazy golden yellow, lots of bubbly white foam, bits of sediment in the glass.. looks like a glass of homebrew! nice amounts of lacing too!

smells of pilsner malt, nuts, honey, grapes, yeast, rosemary.

bitter up front, with a fruity sweetness and a peppery backbone. grassy hops, caramel, honey, the sweetness is purely from the belgian yeast. this is delicious.

light/medium bodied, lots of fizzy ness fills the roof of my mouth and throat. a very refreshing farmhouse ale.

this is a perfect example of what a farmhouse ale should be. it was a bit faint in smell, but close to perfection in every other aspect.

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Photo of trippytbta
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Just beautiful. Just a slight haze to this golden yellow beer. Thick, frothy white head with excellent retention and sticky webs of lacing.

Smell: This apparently has a pretty good slug of American or equivalent hops-- sweet citrus and tropical fruits. Slightly musty saison yeast character. Esters of light fruits.

Taste: A very good, hoppy saison. Fruity, balance of bitter and sweet, yeast with a hint of tang. A little spicy and peppery. Finish is dry with hoppy bitterness..

Mouthfeel: Lively high carbonation, just enough residual sugars to give it some feel in the mouth, but still end dry-- I think the hoppy bitterness helps the sensation of dryness.

Overall: I really like this beer. The hop character isn't exactly traditional, but very good.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

750ml corked & caged bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip; shared at at a tasting.

A: Light amber-gold body with a big two finger head of frothy white foam. Good retention and nice lace. Excellent.

S: Retrained but pleasant aroma of lightly fruity esters and nice, grassy, herbal hops. Straightforward and thoroughly enjoyable.

T: Everything from the nose, but with even greater balance and finesse. Smooth, fruity, hoppy, and great.

M: Medium body with ample, slightly sharp carbonation.

D: I can't believe this is 8%. Amazing.

Notes: Big thanks to Chris for opening up his bottle, leaving mine free to go back to the cellar until another tasting opportunity arises. Tank 7 is the real deal, and absolutely blew the original Boulevard Saison out of the water. Very crisp, refreshing, flavorful, and drinkable. Up there with my favorite Saisons of all, not just American ones. Let's see how Saison-Brett stacks up.


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Photo of inlimbo77
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged/corked "Smokestack Series" bottle poured into Russian River Goblet Snifter. Best by date: 11/2011. Big thanks to eclipse54 for yet another great brew!

A: This pours a hazy golden yellow color. Tons of carbonation rolling off bottom of glass. Two finger fluffy bright white head. Some lacing sticks to the walls of the glass.

S: Definitely get a lots of spicy bready notes. Some floral notes as well, fruity hop aromas but nothing too crazy.

T: Very interesting brew! You get the yeasty breadiness that you'd expect, but also some hop bite (maybe). I like the crisp flavors rolling around the mouth. Very nice spice backbone. Alcohol is very very well hidden. Definitely a really dry finish, much like white wine or champagne.

M: Medium bodied that tingles the senses.

O: Very good Saison. This might be #1 on my list (which isn't long), until I try their Saison-Brett here soon. Boulevard really knows what they are doing with this style.

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

12 oz. bottle. Best by 03/05/13.

Hazy golden orange body. Thick, rocky, voluptuous, beige-white head. Great retention and lacing. Nose of powdered sugar, tropical fruit, fresh grass, spices, and herbal hops. Nice.

Herbal, grassy bitterness up front. Tropical fruit and sugary malt settle in. Papaya, pear, and fruit cocktail. Peppery, herbal bitterness increases into the finish. Banana and yeasty notes. Dry finish. Lingering fruit and peppery bitterness. Medium-full body. Thick, smooth, creamy feel. Very well done and delicious.

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Photo of brauseboof
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of garuda
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright yellow, cloudy, thick white head has good retention and lacing.

S/T/M - Light tropical fruit hops on the nose, with an earthy yeast body. Yeast funk is there, but not too strong. Hay, grass, and some herbalness add complexity and balance. The myriad of subtle flavors blends well with the light body and high carbonation. Voluminous creaminess to the feel, finishes bone dry.

O - Very enjoyable melding of a diverse range and number of flavors. Paired with the light feel, this is one impressive saison.

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Photo of Nace4
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmmbeerNY
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of poopfaced
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Natureboy
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This saison swings more toward the French style. Greater clarity than the Belgian type. Good bitterness, perhaps about 50 to 60 IBUs, with a mild Goldings nose and some more citrusy type of hop, like Columbus. Good hop complement to the more orange citrus profile of what I'm guessing is a French saison yeast, like Wyeast 3711. Sweet start and sweet finish, no tartness or barnyard funk, saved from stickiness by the high bitterness levels. Also, a bit of alcohol on the finish. Thick, long-lasting head. Generally refreshing as a strong French saison should be.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Top notch stuff here, and I'm inclined to think that with another couple bottles I might score this even higher. The main knock is that it's just so big, you can't knock a couple back. Kind of hard to ding them too hard for that, of course, when the outcome is so tasty. Most of all, this is gorgeous to look at, vibrant, glowing peach gold hue, rocky layer of foam that hangs around as it should, nice lacing. Nose is very nice with good yeast character, some legit fruitiness, perhaps a touch of spicy phenols, and some nice graininess. Not especially funky, which I can dig and, frankly, think is overdone sometimes with saisons. Body is rich and full but quite drinkable, with a palate full of fruit (citrus)? and light yeasty flavor. It stays reasonably wet to my palate, not drying out much, but, again, I think that's one of its charms - this is a big, rich saison. Excellent stuff overall and one that I look forward to continuing to explore and understand. Well done, Boulevard.

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Photo of flek
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thehyperduck
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle from a 4-pack picked up at the LCBO; best before Apr 22 2016 and served well-chilled.

Pours a foggy golden-yellow colour, causing nearly two inches of fluffy, resilient white foam to erupt from the surface. It fades unevenly - more quickly at the edge of the glass than the centre - leaving behind a mesa-like formation in the middle while the head dissipates in a long, drawn-out process exceeding ten minutes. The glass becomes caked with an arching pattern of soapy lace - this is just a flat-out gorgeous beer. On the nose I am getting a lot of citrusy lemonpeel, with accents of orchard fruit, floral hops and grainy pale malts. Yeasty and spicy, with touches of white pepper and coriander. An all around enticing aroma.

Very tasty stuff, with virtually no sign of the 8.5% alcohol whatsoever. Grainy pale malts act as a neutral backdrop for the flavour profile, which first features a fruity ensemble of apricot, pears and apple, with hints of orange and bubblegum. The citrus flavour remains strong through to the finish, though it becomes pithier and more grapefruit-like, and finally a bit earthy as the yeast moves in to dominate. It ends with a nice burst of spicy white pepper, leaving behind a dry aftertaste. On the fuller side of medium-bodied, with prickly carbonation that weakens considerably as you sip your way onward, making the mouthfeel increasingly smooth as it warms to room temperature. Dangerously drinkable, given the well-masked alcohol content, and overall deliciousness.

[Updated Apr 17 2016]

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale is a seriously good saison that blows a lot of the locally-made equivalents out of the water - making it a much-needed addition to the Ontario beer scene. I'd feel pretty safe recommending this to any fan of Belgian-style pale or farmhouse ales. This is my last bottle, and even though the "best by" date is less than a week out, it tastes just as good as I remember. A must-try that will hopefully return to Ontario in the future.

Final Grade: 4.37, an A grade.

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Photo of cmcquirk
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of T_Law89
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DylanBrkhff
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 5,228 ratings
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