Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Tank 7 Farmhouse AleTank 7 Farmhouse Ale
5,229 Ratings
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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 5,229 |  Reviews: 1,067
Photo of TylerBien
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice slightly hazy golden with a thick and rather persistent buttery off-white head. Aroma is wheaty and yeasty, rather strong with a hint of lemon, enough to tempt a taste. Flavor is wheaty and yeasty, as the aroma promises, with a lemon underpinning and a surprising strong hint of hops. Texture is fizzy, lively and firm-bodied. I’m glad I discovered this brewery!

 377 characters

Photo of scottspencer
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tastybeer
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden tangerine colored, just clear enough to see millions of tiny rising bubbles, and a big toppling slightly peach colored foamy head.

S: Tangy wheat, lemon, black pepper, sweet light malt, flowers, candy orange... Pretty fun to smell.

T: Taste is bright and refreshing. A lot of happy flavors. Lemony candy and other tart citrus, chewy bready malt and wheat malt. Light bitterness.

M: A little syrupy, a little grainy, and smooth in general.

O: Good beer. A refreshing kind of dessert beer.

 502 characters

Photo of Weisenbeer
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice! A pleasant surprise found at my neighborhood store. Very smooth and drinkable...but beware, that ABV will sneak up on you. :-) Highly recommend.

 158 characters

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - orangish yellow with a huge, pure white, thick head

S - peppery, Belgian funk, fruity, grassy

T - lemon, peppery, fruity, Belgian funk

M - medium, crisp, smooth

This is a nice, simple yet tasty saison. The flavors are subtle but solid. It's smooth, well balanced, and highly drinkable. The ABV is hidden nicely. This is definitely a saison I will have again.

 370 characters

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very similar to Goose Island Matilda. Reddish brown with better tan foam that Matilda.

Smell: Quite herbal and floral. Some orange notes that were a good transition from the previous beer I had (Gumballhead). Falls on the fruity side of the saison scale, as opposed to the yeasty one. Clean, bready finish. Sourdough-like.

Overall Drinkability: A very good American Belgian.

 388 characters

Photo of JohnPolino
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Extremely complex flavors with a floral nose...High alcohol content is well hidden...be careful! great beer! I was pleasantly surprised!

138 characters

Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle (one of the hardest corks to get out ever) into a tulip. Batch 7-9303 best by 10/10. Was a hazy golden yellow color with great carbonation. It had a massive white head that took a long time to get down to a constant thick foam cap fed by the car. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma is very good. Spicy with lots of coriander and clove (maybe a touch of ginger?) and fruity as well. Very dry. The taste is also very dry with the spice dominating from start to finish. The fruity aspects are there but overpowered by the spice (not necessarily a bad thing in general but I would have preferred a little more spice offset). Very peppery. Medium to creamy mouthfeel was lots of carbonation. Dry, peppery after-taste.

Overall, a really good saison that I highly recommend. Another excellent outing in the Smokestack series. Gonna age one and see how it develops. Really good as-is but I have a feeling it might be great with some aging and mellowing of the spice. Rotation - coming to TX any day now. Got this from ummagum as an extra. As-is couple a year maybe more after cellaring.

 1,133 characters

Photo of imbibehour
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice buttery shining lemon gold, wit nice rising carbonation on a classic rocky white head. Clumpy and lacing with soapy retention. Orb glowing with hues and bulbs of light in places, great looking brew.

Real wondeful light floral sense, slight malty dry grain backbone to it. Sort of an interesting non diacetyl butter angle to this too, graden green fresh. Very solid and nice.

A very refreshing brew. Palate hits solidly with a good malt almost Belgian tripel feel. Finishes semi dry with a mix of honey sweetness and floral aftertastes. Carbonation seems just about right to cut through the palate making it interesting. Faint pepper like finish somewhat.

Overall a real solid saison. This brewery makes some pretty solid beer.

 785 characters

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Hazy, pale golden. Huge fluffy head. This one has a come hither look. Enticing even.
smell: Fruity and yeasty, with a little spice and a substantial malt backbone. Smells like a Tripel to my immature snout.
taste: More of the same. Tastes like a quite good Tripel.
overall: Yea, I likes it. More sweetness and a more balanced taste than the few saisons I've had.

 375 characters

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewery and had a full pour at their brewpub at the MCI airport. Pours a golden straw with a finger of white head into tulip glass. Nice carbonation.
Nice Belgian yeast and straw aromas...sweet grapey notes. Taste is hopped belgian straw...some sweetness is present. Its an easy drinker and strong...scary combination.
Overall its a really great saison...the aggressive hops really make this more American then Belgian. Also could be a bit drier...but its a solid brew. Id get again for sure.

 509 characters

Photo of vinicole
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange. Light frothy head.
Typical farmhouse yeast aroma. Tangerine pith and spice.
Bubble gum and fruity esters. Spice again with earthy flavours. Mildly bitter. Complex.
Mildly effervescent. Smooth and easy drinking.
Not to my taste but I can tell that this is a classy beer.

 282 characters

Photo of iadler
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- light hazy gold with a fluffy two finger head that dissapatrs into a white cap. Leaves some great spots of lacing.

S- lemon zest, mandarine, peach  clove, bubblegum, peppery spice and some funk.

T- lemon zest, mandarine, clove, honey, peach, pineapple, peppery spice, floral hops, grass and some biscuit malt. 

M- medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Finishes dry. The 8% abv is hidden very well. 

O- another nice offering from boulevard and their smokestack series. A little hoppier than other saisons, but a unique take on the style.

 577 characters

Photo of AppaZappa
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mdwalsh
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Stub and Herbs with some friends. Instantly it reminded me of Hennepin without the Funk, and through and through, that's what it was. A decent carbonation, not too strong in any flavor. This would be a great beer to start to introduce people to Belgians with, IMO. Didn't take much notes other than score though.

 324 characters

Photo of Jodio
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of twelvsies
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shout-out to GCurlow for the bottle. Pours a nice bright hazy gold with a shining white head, good lookin' and lively. Super floral nose, faint peach and some yeasty fruity esters, really a beaut. Excellent fresh flavor, grassy and floral, doughy, a nice balance of light malt and herbal hops, crisp and clean. Nice body on the palate though remains crisp and refreshing. Definitely a nice beer for the warming spring season or anytime. Another impressive brew from Boulevard.

 476 characters

Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive bright white head that dissipates extremely slowly. Leaves a ring of lace. The liquid is appropriately cloudy (with suspended particles?) straw-gold color.

Fresh, clean smell without any of the typical barnyard aromas. There's some notable sourness, but it is muted. Good yeast presence also.

Starts off as a Saison but then I note a good dose of bittering hop. Interestingly, the swallow loses this as the sourness returns to the palate. In a word, complex. Rich body for the style. Fine bubbles and plenty of them.

 529 characters

Photo of TheVag
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I opened one of these on a dishearteningly frigid evening, having spent the day complaining about the cold and watching football. Unlike the hearty farmworkers this type of beer would have been drunk by, I hadn't done a lick of exercise all day, not even a dog walk or some half-hearted vacuuming. Is it possible a glass of beer can make you feel guilty? I would say "yes."

I poured it into a frosty, wide-mouthed glass. The head is significant: it sits up like whipped egg whites and laced the glass very nicely. The color is amber-orange and somewhat cloudy. It has a dry, yeasty smell, and sort of ends there: there's almost no other scent of note past that, IMO. Initially, I thought I was tasting an alcohol-soaked clementine poked with coriander or peppercorns, but a few sips in realized--as described by others--it was more grapefruit overall. It feels snappy and a bit metallic, with a balanced carbonation and some gentle spice in the mix. Overall, I'd say it's definitely a precise and almost medicinal beer, perfectly suited to a warm early autumn day after you've toiled at whatever one ought to do to deserve this refined beverage.

 1,146 characters

Photo of Logan48
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Could become a favorite!

24 characters

Photo of smith_s4765
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A wheaty base with a nice back end of spices

45 characters

Photo of Brucebeernut
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RedHaze
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy straw color, with 3 finger pillowy head that lasts through the whole beer. Lacing is very impressive, leaving plentiful rings in my glass.

Smell; lots of tropical fruit aromas; lemons, over ripe papaya, grapefruit and melon. Mildly spicy, with a nice Belgian-esque yeastiness, bordering on musty.

Taste; the fruit really follows through into the flavor; cirtusy lemons and grapefruit, ripe melons, and pineapple. Herbal spiciness comes out through the middle, along with a mild pepper melding with a bit of chalky yeast and slight alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and slightly chalky due to the yeast. I was very happy when this made it to four packs, as a 12oz bottle is about perfect for this one, but a 750ml can become a little bit to much in one sitting.

 791 characters

Photo of tronester
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden, with a medium pure white head. Smells of spicy herbs and a bit of lemon. Taste is a hint of honey sweetness up fron, with a spicy yeast middle, and an herbal, flowery, dry hoppy finish. Surprisingly bitter for a saison, but in a good way. Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Drinkability is good. A bit more bitter than the average saison, this is an excellent beer I would get again.

 416 characters

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 5,229 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.