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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Reviews: 1,037 | Ratings: 5,105
Photo of pwoods
2.38/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

I think this was an extra from Exiled. Thanks!

12oz. brown bottle poured into a Levitation tulip.

A: Pours a few tints darker than a pour gold color with nice clarity. 2 fingers of nearly pearl white head with good retention and some lacing.

S: Somewhat subtle but pleasant. Very fruity with plenty of yeasty esters. Not a lot of phenols from the yeast. Light pilsner malts.

T/M: Sharp grain bite and some phenols from the yeast, which is surprising after the aroma. Very peppery and there's a bit of alcohol bite as well. Yeasty esters are being dominated by the phenols but still there behind everything. Body is medium with high carbonation. This beer just get worse as I drink it and as it warms.

D: The phenols are nearly outrageous. If not for this, I think it be pretty drinkable. I actually had to drain pour it after it warmed up further.

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Photo of Yokoono76
2.45/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

A: 4 finger head, funny, the carbonation on the bottom is a perfect circle floating to the top. The head goes down quickly. Nice mellow golden color.

S: Citrus aroma, slightly mettallic, grapefruit.

T: Bitter, bitter, bitter! Hoppy with some grapefruit and other citrus. The bitter taste stays with you as you drink it. Gets more bitter as you drink on.

M: great carbonation, good feel.

O: I was so disappointed in this beer. I was really bitter and just kept getting more and more bitter as I drank it. The grapefruit is nice and refreshing, but the hoppy, bitterness overwhelms any other tones within the beer. I will not be buying this beer again.

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Photo of Warmonster
2.7/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I love boulevards beers, and I know they have GREAT beers. So I'll try to be as nice as I can about this beer. Ok, where to start.. I bought this beer for 11.99 for a 4 PACK. Yes a 4 pack. So I was thinking what anyone would think... This must be GREAT BEER!!! That assumption was wrong. TBH I flat out didn't like this beer, which almost NEVER happens...First of all its way overpriced, it doesn't go down smooth, it doesn't taste good, it doesn't smell good, and it barely even tastes like beer!.. I think the brewers were already drunk when they made this brew because its nothing like the other boulevard brews which are Great! It reminded me of beer made out of hay or straw that someone spiked with some vodka... literally. The only reason I think it says farmhouse ale is because it tastes like a cow brewed it. As a die-hard boulevard fan I am somewhat upset with this brew, especially at 11.99 a 4 PACK kind of feeling ripped off.. I'm surprised boulevard even releases this, and even more surprised with it's high ratings here?? Maybe this beer just wasn't for me but I couldn't find one quality about the beer I liked except for the label!.. If you like to spike your beers with hay and vodka this beers for you!!!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.71/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Tank 7 poured a hazy bright color with a nice large white lacing head. The aroma has alo of pepper and flower notes. The taste has strong pepper and flowery notes, strong spice notes. Full flavor and nice feel, nice carbonation. Overall found the tastes a bit offensive and undrinkable not for me.

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Photo of K9AleingPiss
2.74/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- very nice,great white lacing,head white foamy and hangs around most the duration. Color was a clean haze of yellow/orange. THE smell is just not good. Overwhelmed with a grassy "farmhouse" odor,and someone using a lemon fresh deoderizer to cover up the bitterness. THE tast is what I would imagine furniture polish tasting like, (*&($& pledge). The ABV may be too much, I dont know....but sip was hard to finish. Im truly sorry because Im a huge fan of Boulevard...wont willingly grab this again.

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Photo of halfgermanhalfirish
2.93/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- I poured a bommer into a snifter and the result was a hazy blond colors with a thick white 2 finger head that looks like it will hang around to the end. The body looks a lot like a german heff with a little more carbonation. No complaints. Very nice looking beer.

Smell- The citrus came through first followed by flowers and the pepper. There is a lot going on here with the nose. The smells that come through is pretty and intense but It does not really smell like beer to me.

Taste- The taste is even more intese that the smell. Strong citrus up front followed by a peppery bite and for me it was pretty boozy on the back. As the beer warmed and I drank more I was getting more and more of that hot alcohal tast that kind of made it hard to drink for me. The beer is complex but lacks balace in my opinion. There is nothing in the flavor profile that really tells me its beer.

Mouthfeel- medium body with more carobonation that expected.

Overall-I was not real impressed with the taste and have no real desire to drink this beer again. The main problem I had with this beer was it was more like drinking champagne or sparkeling white wine than beer. I dont really like wine which stands to reason why I did not like this beer. It looks like my opinion is in the minority so by all means try it out for yourself. If you like champagne or fruity wines this may be the beer for you.

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Photo of ranger7
2.97/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Bought in a pick 6 from Central Market.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a goblet.
(Review from notes)
I've been wanting to try some good saisons. Really looking forward to this.

A - Gold, foggy, and lots of carbonation. Fluffy thick head that's sticky and long-lasting.

S - Citrus. Spices. Clove.

T - Medium-to-somewhat strong hops. Really hoping for more citrus.

M - Watery and thin, fairly clean aftertaste. Makes me thirsty.

Summary - More of a pale ale. Unbalanced. Not much flavor other than hops. I'm glad I went for the 12 oz bottle, not the bomber. I'm really disappointed. Meh.

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Photo of harrymel
2.99/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Best by 25NOV12

Pours clear golden with a persistent 2-3 fingers of loose, white foam. Leaves gobs of lace. Smells like a classic Saison, sweet grain with clay, malts, plenty of yeast character, a bit of lemon and hay. Middle of the road nose. Tastes like it's got some band aids in it, a good light malt backbone with some seltzer notes, a good amount of early bitterness, some metallic hints and a little vinous overtures. Medium bodied with tight, sharp and excessive carb. A thick, wet finish. Not a bad beer, but nothing I'm inclined to appraise or seek out. A great intro to the middle of the road for an interested party.

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Photo of crflamesfan
3.03/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good if you are having just one that is cold and on a hot day. Citrus notes, orange and cloudy. Nice froth that goes down quickly. My review is biased, as I am not overly fond of citrus beers.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.03/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

20oz / Pint Glass / Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, MD

A: translucent yellow/orange; little head; no lacing
S: grapefruit, musk
T: bitter, grapefruit citrus-y, spiced (clove?); a "farmhouse ale" which qualifies as an IPA
M: light-medium-bodied
O: A potent not-quite-IPA, it definitely has that farmyard musky/musty funk, crossed with a marzen

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Photo of babaracas
3.03/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with big fluffy head, settles to a dense cap, spay of thick foam down the glass. Smell: soapy, dried pineapple, floral, spices -not for cooking or baking but some bs bathroom smelly crap. This beer smells like your grandmother's bathroom. If you were eating dried pineapple in it, instead of whatever you're really doing. Taste: mirrors the nose...just a ton of spices that don't mesh, dried sweetened pineapple, pils/pale overly sweet. Sticky candy finish after the spices fade. Fruity without definition, overly sweet, overly spiced. Phenolic like a bpa. Ratings don't compute because this is not a good saison.

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Photo of TheRealDBCooper
3.06/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Looks - Nice color and head. Looks good in a glass.


Taste and smell were too sweet for my liking. In fact I found the whole thing very one dimensional. Based on other reviews maybe I got a bad bottle. I wouldn't mind trying it again.

Overall I could spend a night drinking this, but I wouldn't go out of my way to pick it up.

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Photo of gmossii
3.07/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer is very reminiscent of an IPA but it had the fruity undertones that highlights a Saison. It has got great color but the smell and strong bitters make this one not really stand out as anything special. I think this would be a great beer for anyone looking to broaden their horizons out of IPA Land into the fuller diversity of the Land of Beer.

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Photo of lm0406910
3.08/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A – A bright gold color with a haze that was constant throughout the beer, a nice 1” head of foam was there after the pour, the reduced to a always present thin layer.

A – Lots of grapefruit and banana with some clove saying around. A touch of bready maltiness is present. Very little of the hop aroma, but I can pick up a little grassiness.

T- Banana is very present, somewhat overwhelming, with more clove on top of it. A taste of fresh sourdough lingers in the finish. The alcohol is very present.

M – Medium bodied beer, with a touch of chewiness. Nice amount of carbonation to help wash you tongue.

F-A balanced and drinkable beer, but watch yourself with the alcohol, the 8.0% will sneak up on you

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Photo of birchstick
3.09/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a pale straw yellow with a small, creamy head

S - smells of citrusy lemons and a little bit of sweet straw. Very weak nose

T - taste followed the nose somewhat - grainy and malts give way to some yeast and sweet straw and citrus flavors. Ends a with some grassy bitterness.

M - light to medium body that is very creamy.

D - this is a pretty decent saison. I was hoping it would be a little less subtle in the nose and on the palate, but it was still pretty decent nonetheless. Would I get it again, sure. Is it something I would seek out, probably not. I'll go for Saison Brett if I am buying a Boulevard Saison.

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Photo of VeganBrewz
3.12/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of Tank 7 from Boulevard as part of a mixed 6-pack the other day after seeing it mentioned on barnivore.com. I'm still new to the art and science of tasting beers, and I'd never had a Saison-style brew so I figured I'd give it a shot. Glassware was a nice, sparklin' clean Pilsner glass, since it was all I had available at the moment.

Appearance: Popped the top and poured a nice hazy straw with two fingers worth of sturdy, pure white head. Was interested to see that for a few minutes after pouring, the last 1/2" or so at the bottom of the glass was free of the haziness in the rest of the beer, but as I worked my way through it, it became hazy throughout. Might have been all the swirling in between sips to see what else I could pick up on the nose. Noticed what looked to be a bit of particulate (yeast?) suspended in the brew as well.

Smell: Big grapefruit aroma, with a little bit of a pineapple-y sweetness following up, then spiciness and floral notes from the hops on the back end. I really like how this stuff smells - I think I spent as much time with my nose in the glass as I did actually drinking it.

Taste: Grapefruit, noticeable but not over-the-top sweetness then some decent hoppy bitterness and spice. Once or twice I got a bit of a rubbing alcohol aroma on the exhale after swallowing a sip. Light, effervescent carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Decent. A tad on the thin side, with a sort of foamy sensation,I suppose from the carbonation. Super, super dry. Leaves a slight sour taste in the back of the mouth for a few seconds after swallowing.

Overall: Definetly an interesting and seemingly pretty accurate introduction to the style - I'm not sure I'd buy a sixer of it right away, but then again I'm usually a fan of darker beers, so I certainly won't write it off. A very drinkable brew!

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Photo of dvmin98
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have to admit, I like saisons to an extent. They aren't my go to beer, but a buddy came over and brought some along.

Of all the saisons I've had, this is close to the strongest. I wasn't ready for it either, but after the second swig, I was good to go.

The nose was very floral and nice and I was excited to give it a try.

The upfront taste was mild, but the backside sticks around for a while and you continue to taste the alcohol for 30 seconds plus. Not exactly my ideal farmhouse.

Decent, one finger head that hung around for a bit.

Mouthfeel was initially good, then a bit harsh the back half

Overall decent. Prefer other saisons for sure.

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Photo of aknight
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden straw yellow with a frothy white head. Has a sweet malty smell. The taste is on the sweet side. There is a large taste of honey covered green apples. Not as complex as I expect or want a saison to be, mostly just sweet, but still pleasant. Carbonation is pleasant and just right. I wouldn't reach for ths beer as a preferred saison but if I was at a bar that was serving it and nothing else caught my eye I wouldn't be unhappy with it.

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Photo of ubenumber2
3.24/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at local bar , 3 dollar pint day so thought I Would have a go

Very yellow colored beer , hazy with small head a little lacing

Smell is very sweet and spicy , not a lot of balance in the aroma , but not bad

Nice mouth full when you take a drink , goes down smooth and silky

Taste is super sweet , the yeast and the spice are there but the super sweet , almost candy type sweetness is way too much for me

Overall I wouldnt try this beer again , it was way to sweet and candy tasting which are not appealing to me

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Photo of pants678
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Gold with a big, puffy, Belgian head.

Spices right out of the bottle, pepper, something more aggressive than coriander. Cardimom?

Yeast is there but the spices keep it convoluted. I appreciate complexity but I know and like my saisons simple. Whatever the mix is, it comes together, well balanced. Citrus is in the background, fine by me. Overall, I prefer this to non-descript.

Close to a medium body, that's a bit off.

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Photo of azdback
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Complete transparency... I can't stand this style. That being said, it was managable. I guess I have to have 150 characters to make this official so I'm rambling :-/

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Photo of dudewithabeer
3.27/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Smell didn't do it for me. Awesome color and smooth but overall not feeling the beer overall. Maybe just an off day. Didn't truly care for. Love other Boulevard beers. Not this one though.

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Photo of JasonMcDrinky
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a really good beer if you're only having one. Bright refreshing citrus and hops give it a nice palate cleansing effect. Very good cold on a hot afternoon. The second one didn't taste nearly as good as the first one, the citrus got a little overwhelming. Plenty of Vitamin "A", so one may be all you want anyway.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by 5/16/12. Pours golden with a bunch of floaties and a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet wheaty malts and some fruit and honey with a little funky yeast and some soapy floral notes.

The flavor is sweet wheaty malts and earthy yeast with a dry bitterness (big for a saison) in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with spritzy carbonation.

Overall, an OK saison. It doesn't seem well balanced to me.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.32/5  rDev -20%


Appearance (4) : Very tall, creamy, world-class four fingered head that almost overflowed. It leaves generous lacing in lovely designs all the way down as it recedes at a snails' pace. The body is a golden bronze, slightly hazy hue with 40% opacity.

Aroma (3.5) : Whoa. Very pale-ale-like. Alcohol is out front with generous hops. Behind it creeps out just an eek of saison spice. By and large it smells more like a Pale than a Farmhouse. Bouquet is loud.

Taste (3) : This tastes nothing like a farmhouse ale. The bitter hop bites the tip of the tongue straight off, and then what follows is burnt alcohol. A yeasty, malty, woody taste is left on the palate. Carbonated zing is left lingering as well. This is more like a yeasty, slightly saison-inspired pale ale.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Medium bodied. Slightly creamy. Woody buzz is left on the palate with a dry finish.

Overall (3.32) : A bit disappointed. I had high hopes for Tank 7. I've had better Saisons and this one is just too hoppy and too heavy on the burnt alcohol flavor. I re-checked the bottle after I poured because I could smell the alcohol right off the bat. Yeah, 8.5 is right. It's giving me a touch of heart burn. The flavor is there but the alcohol takes it over pretty forcefully, destroying any yeasty goodness it may have yielded. I'll probably not have this again.

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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 5,105 ratings.
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