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 MCDuhamel
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a huge, growing, meringue like head that follows the beer down the glass. Heavy lacing. Lively carbonation is evident. The beer is a light amber, properly hazy after an aggressive pour of a bottle conditioned beer. Nose is orange peel, mineral. Taste is minerally, light citrus, vanilla, black pepper and malt, with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is light, belying the high ABV. This is a world class saison.

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Photo of sasky7777
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A straw coloured ale with a white head. Firm bitterness into IPA territory with some alcohol warming. The aftertaste has some mild fruitiness and Belgian year character. The beer is effervescent and has a dry mouthfeel. The aroma is hoppy mixed with Belgian yeast. A very refreshing beer.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to JeepCop for this 750ml.

A: Pours a beautiful translucent yellow gold. There is a massive pure white head that just refuses to go away. Massive lacing as it drinks.

S: Smells of clove, banana, and citrus. It has a really crisp and clean nose. It's a very inviting beer that begs to be drank.

T: Starts off super crisp. High carbonation and clove hit the palate immediately. The banana starts to come through a bit in the middle, but it never overpowers the spice in this beer. It finishes with a wonderful mix of yeast, spice, and fruit. All of those flavors linger on the palate for just a few seconds before the mouth is left dry and begging for more.

M: Light bodied beer, but the carbonation and spice keep you from guzzling it (even though you may want to). Finishes dry.

O: I absolutely love this beer. I've been fortunate to have it many, many times, and it's always stellar. I really wish Boulevard beers were available in NY.

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Photo of bball208
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This really is a world-class farmhouse ale. First of all, the bottle itself is really beautiful. The pour was a hazy, yellow/orange, with a 2 finger white head. Had a very soft mouthfeel, but still refreshing. Malty backbone with a little floral component. There really is nothing bad to say about this one.

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Photo of apants007
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. It has the expected hazy gold farmhouse/saison color with an incredibly fat dense fluffy head. Smells like a flowers shop... Tastes fruity but not sweet ... Apricot, nectarine, peach with a little vanilla and rose... Like a pie on Valentine's Day! A hint of sour but not nearly as much as some of its continental counterparts. The dense carbonation mixed with the slightly thick malty goodness almost feels like a nitro... The alcohol bite is pretty smooth at first but becomes more pronounced as it warms. Overall a great example of the American farmhouse category.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.65/5  rDev +12%

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Hazy gold with 3 fingers of creamy, white head. Great retention with moderate carbonation.

Peach, hay, pineapple, potpourri, pink peppercorn, spent grain, lemon, and passion fruit.

Peach, passion fruit, pineapple, and lemon. Spent grains drizzled in honey. Potpourri, hay, and pink peppercorn.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, juicy, and semi-dry.

Juicy and tropical yet it still keeps its rustic appeal. Absolutely phenomenal Saison!

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Photo of sitarist
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours golden in color, slight haze. Half a glass of frothy white head. Lots of bubbles rise to a top coating that leaves webs of lacing.

It has a wonderful aroma. Apples, lemons, some spice, hints of banana, and straw. It tickles my nose, and begs me to taste her love.

Tank 7 is a full flavored saison. I taste apples, pineapple, pepper, herbs, spice, straw, and a faint hint of banana.

It has a medium body that coats my mouth nicely. Its carbonation is ample, but softly scrubs my tongue.

Tank 7 is a world class Saison!!!

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Photo of AaronTheBearded
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

All I can say is... Wow.
I'll elaborate, though...

A - Wow. Pours a hazy, bright, golden, yellow, peachy color. Hard to explain, but looks a bit like liquid gold. Hazy, but not completely opaque. Plenty of carbonation streaming up from all over the glass to the top, which is crowned with a gorgeous, two-finger, bright white head, nice and billowy.

S - Wow. I picked up a ton of medium-light fruits - mainly grapefruit, apricot, peach, citrus, even some apple and pear. Quite sweet but not overdone. Some wheat-like grain is present as a background. Oh and HOPS.

T - WOW. Immediately follows the nose with a solid helping of hops right off the bat, followed by a mind-blowing spectrum of fruit, floral, citrus, and subtle wheat. Perfectly done.

M - Wow. Full-bodied, but crisp. Bites, but not bitter. It's an ale that goes down kicking and screaming, and I love it.

O - Wow. Such beer. Many ale. So taste. Wow.

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Photo of smanders
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Been hearing about this one for a while; Costco had bombers for $7.99 = Winning!

Appearance: cloudy, copper-colored with dense, bulbous head. Attempted to share and all they got was "foam." Chunky lacing is all over the glass...

Smell: I'm in Europe, on the river, and the birds are chirping! Fresh hay, bready yeast, and a hint of spice. It almost makes you feel healthier just smelling it.

Taste: fruity/citrus notes, with just the most subtle touch of spice .

Mouthfeel: tons of carbonation with a light, crisp finish.

Drinkability: A great option on a hot day, sitting outside, enjoying the companionship of a good friend, or significant other. A wonderful representation of the style - Thanks Boulevard!!!

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Photo of beerforbears
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite beers for the end of a long day (or any day, really). A beautiful clear golden color, lots of bubbles, persevering foam, crisp carbonation, a blend of sweet and pleasantly acrid flavors in the background. Not much to complain about here!

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE- Lightly-hazed deep straw with big rocky white head and sticky lace. Perfect.

AROMA- light and delicate,- citrus, lemon, white pepper, low grainy aroma, aromatic and perfumey. Not a whiff of alcohol despite the ABV.

FLAVOR- Just a tiny pop of pils malt sweetness gets scrubbed off the palate by carbonation and spicy yeast with a light mango and banana esters. Some citrusy hop mid palate and a dry, peppery finish. Totally lovely. Moderate bitterness aids the peppery finish. Alcohol pushes a floral presance into the sinuses.

MOUTHFEEL- appropriately light bodied and singing with carbonation, yet still has a rich, velvety mouthfeel, lightly astringent in the finish. Alcohol is apparent.

OVERALL- I drink this all the time despite the high ABV. Responsible for many nights that went too far. Definatly the best stateside saison I've ever had. Pretty-much textbook except for the beastly ABV.

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Photo of dertyd
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a challice

A: wow the most beautifull beer I have yet to see poures a fogy golden orange color with a head that's like 4 fingers and so fluffy like clouds on top of this beautifull saison

S:sweet fruits with a little bittering hops,and some malt smells also verry balanced smell

T: first sip is sweet then you get that funky yeast flavor then here comes the spice and it all blends togeather with the perfect amount of carbonation what a great tasteing beer its like the flavors keep coming with every sip

M: crisp,mouth watering goodness

Overall: this may be one of the greatest beers I have ever tasted I recently fell in love with saisons and this is by far the best one I have tasted yet such a wonderfully ballanced beer

Live life drink beer!!!:-)

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Photo of philbe311
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - A standard pour yields four plus fingers worth of mammoth delicate uniform fluffy cloud like frothy goodness that turn rockier as it begins to settle a bit... Super star retention... The color is a fairly pale golden straw that shows some light amber hes when back lit... A good bit of carbonation with a rapid cyclone in the center of the glass and some moderate paced random strays though out elsewhere... Gobs upon gobs of lacing cling to the sides of the glass... Outstanding...

S - A subtle but enticing aroma... White pepper... Lemon zest... Hay and grassy notes... A bit of funkiness... Some additional light spice notes...

T - Belgian yeast... Lemon zest... A bit of candied sugar lingers beneath the surface and adds outstanding depth and complexity... The spice notes from the nose are present but are dialed down several notches... White pepper... Some sage and parsley... Stellar...

M - The never receding whipped frothy goodness is the first to great the lips in a very delicate fashion... Light bodied... Ultra lush... Ultra smooth... Just a bit of lively carbonation that adds to the experience... World class...

D - Drinkability is off the charts... I hate IVs, but I'd take an IV of this in a heartbeat... World class in most facets... I can't say enough good things about this brew and will load up on it every chance that I get... I will go further then recommended and state that this is a brew that all BAs should experience at least once... This beer rocked my world and you should give it a chance to rock yours...

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Photo of jmd1978
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A nice creamy head after the pour. Nose of grapefruit, wheat, and spice come right at you. Color is orange and hazy. Taste is hops, lemon, yeast. I get the peppery finish the label says after a few sips. This is currently my favorite non-IPA beer and definitely favorite saison.

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Photo of Impfan
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautifully refractive golden color, big mousse-like head, very fruity/spicy aroma, medium, spritzy carbonation.

Starts out fruity with pear that slides into a grapefruit hoppiness, and then moves into orange peel which is followed quickly by bubblegum and a clove-like spicy finish. There is also a nice touch of Brett barnyard funk.

All in all, a lovely saison style ale. I could see drinking a lot of this in the summer.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

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Photo of dbell23
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Golden in color with a nice big fluffy head that subsided fairly quickly but never completely disappears. Slightly hazy with a kind of unfiltered look. Very good lacing. Nice looking saison.

Smell is somewhat subdued but still good. Fruity, yeasty, chalky sweetness, with maybe a lemony feel to it. Smells like a farmhouse ale but, as I said, somewhat understated.

Taste is great. Crisp fruity Belgian sweetness to start with a citrus/lemon slight hop finish. Very refreshing. No flavor seems to dominate. It's just really good like a saison should be. This beer reminds me of Saison DuPont with more alcohol. It also is in the same ball park as Duvel, which is the highest compliment i can give.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Just the right amount of carbonation but a very smooth finish. It's smooth from the start and just gets better as you finish the serving. Perfect for this style.

Overall a very good saison. I generally like this style and this one is quite nice. I will definitely buy again. If you like farmhouse ales this one is a must try.

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Photo of boudreaux
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a warm summery, yellow haze; huge, billowy, tight soapy white head.

S: might be the best part of this beer; loads of bananas/banana bread aroma; good amounts of esters and lemongrass; also a touch of spice, citrus, and yeast

T: hints of lemon grass, various citrus, and some serious barley; perfectly balanced between malty sweetness and bitter dry-hoppiness; bananas and clove are present, as well; spiced notes and alcohol sit just underneath the other flavors

M: the sticky, tongue-coating feel of a malty brew combine with the refreshing, biting finish of a dry-hopped ale; a medium-heavy bodied beer that convinces you that it's crisp and light

D: Gotta say I'm willing to die if it means drinking 4-5 in a row; wonderfully smooth and easy to drink

Boulevard just re-defined my understanding of Saison/Farmhouse ales. I'd had only 2 or 3 before this one, but Tank 7 might be one of the best beers I've ever had, regardless of style.

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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 Chris_Huston
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got no grapefruit or hoppiness in my bottle, and that's part of what made this so enjoyable for me. There's that clear farmhouse funk, but reserved and patient, and its balanced out with a sweetness that is unusual for this style. Color is a pristine golden straw, that piles a high, stubborn head on the pour. Contrast it to the barn-loft mustiness of Jester King's Mad Meg and you have two stellar examples of what this style has to offer. The major revelation in this one is the presence of the sweet, and how well its balanced with the classic farmhouse grunge.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear goldenrod/yellow with a frothy white head that leaves cappuccino-like bubbly lace on the side of the glass.

S: Aroma features loads of soft citrus fruits, some grassy and herbal notes. Also a bit of soft barnyard funkiness, but not overdone. Quite rich and aromatic.

T&M: Definitely an American saison. Orange, lemon, sweet grapefruit, and peach are showcased through the wonderful fruitiness in this beer. Grassy and hay-like flavors contribute on top of a dry maltiness. There's an old cheese, barnyard flavor that's very subtle, adding an interesting and welcome dimension to the flavor. Absolutely an excellent example of the style.

D: Very easy to gulp, despite the higher ABV. I downed three pints of this in about 40 minutes without hardly realizing it. An absolutely excellent brew.

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Photo of mbunje
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass

A - crystal clear, golden straw color. Nice bubbles from carbonation yields a mid size head. Extremely clear an crisp looking.

S - fresh bread, yeast esters, citrus flower and pepper

T - juicy front, followed by a dry biscuit finish that tastes almost tripped-like. A little citrus mixed in here or there. The balance of sweet and dry is exceptional.

M - you feel more carbonation than you see. A bit of alcohol burn. This is medium bodied as it should be.

O - really fine job with excellent balance and good flavor complexity. Looks, smells and tastes beautiful. It says farmhouse but closely resembles a trippel. Sneaky strong 8.5%

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Photo of Rainbird
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Favorite farmhouse because of the balance and character it reveals in the mouth and going down. Rich and spicy and walks the line between golden and saison.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

In tulip at cellar temperature.

It's a pretty straw gold of great clarity, with some very small sediments visible if ya look close. Lots of carbonation streams. The foam is pure white, and is a good 4 cm high.It lasts an intermediate while and leaves some lacing behind...

The first thing to note about the aroma is that it is fruity. Green apples, grapes, lemons, pears, and mangoes abound along with some honey and bread. It smells sweet, but a tart sweet. There are even hints of spices like cloves, nutmeg, coriander, and cardamom. It's floral, too.

Fruity explosion of flavor... first sweeter fruits, but then the tart ones make me pucker a bit, haha. I get more intense citrus here, very lemon-like. In fat, it may be the most lemony beer I've tasted. Eventually, the fruits dry up into a satisfying bready finish.

The body is full, befitting this Belgian style.

Very impressed. A saison of balance, complexity, and intensity.

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Photo of mschrei
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've been drinking this one for years – it was my first Boulevard, quite possibly my first saison as well. Still can't believe I haven't graded it until this day. It is as good as it has ever been. I think it is an exceptional example of the American style of this beer.

This review is of a 12 ounce bottle from their Great Eight Pack. Best by 5/6/16.

Pours a cloudy gold, very thick bright white foamy head with strong lacing. Very active carbonation. Things were moving in the glass up until I finished it, but there was no actual sediment.

Total lemon funk on the smell, tart citrus up front on the taste. Slight sour notes underlying, mouth filling, quite satisfying taste.

Love this one, will always drink it when given the opportunity.

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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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