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: 1,004 | Ratings: 4,985
Photo of bonsreeb85
3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden straw colored body with a beautiful mountain of a head. An absolutely gorgeous looking beer!

Very aromatic she is. I am reminded instantly of bubblegum and orchard fruit. Very floral and fruity with hops a'plenty and a touch of honey, clove and pepper.

The taste is a bit stronger than most Saisons, and a bit defferent too. Lemon and grapefruit with some grass and barnyard flavors. A touch tart and the sweetness is understated. This beer is well hopped. Both clove and pepper spices really come through, as well as some honey and apple. Bone dry finish.

The carbonation is spot on for the style. Lots of C02. the body is a bit fuller than your average saison, but still manaages to be relatively light for 8 percent.

THis is not a homerun, but a decent brew and a welcome addition to the stellar line-up of Boulevard Smokestack Series brews.

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Photo of corby112
3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle received in a trade with thehand. Thanks again man!

Pours a hazy dark golden ripe banana yellow color with golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light source and a thick 2.5 frothy, soapy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting cap leaving small spots of lacing behind.

Slightly spicy, perfumy floral aroma with lots of crisp, light fruit, citrus hops, bready yeast and slight earthy funk. Hints of banana, apple and pear along with some grapefruit and lemon peel. I'm also picking up a lactic creaminess in the nose along with subtle alcohol and an odd seed like presence.

Medium bodied with soft tongue tickling carbonation up front followed by a very spicy and hoppy presence along with crisp light and fruit notes, bready yeast, slight alcohol heat and a long dry finish. Peppery spice and coriander are very prominent up front and they linger throughout, along with a dry bitter hop character, into the finish. Hints of apple, pear and banana along with grapefruit and lemon peel countered by a slight malt backbone, bready yeast and alcohol warmth. I'm also picking up a slightly tangy, earthy funk that adds a subtle tart character. The floral, perfumy flavor along with the alcohol hints are a bit much for my liking but overall this beer is complex and drinkable with a well masked ABV.

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Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - The aroma is mild, but very complex. At first you get some phenol spice. Then bready, malty characters. Some esters, and a distinct "farmhouse" character. A wonderful aroma. Again, pretty complex.

Appearance - Very hazy gold to amber color. Frothy white head poured two fingerwidths and dissipated to one fingerwidth. Looks good.

Taste - At first I get a combination of malt and spice from phenols. After time the phenols grow and I even seem to get some hop flavor and bitterness. Not much with the hops, but more than an average saison. The taste is not tart, and not that "funky" in my opinion. Phenols on the finish.

Mouth Feel - High carbonation, but only a small carbonic "bite." Medium to thin body. Smooth. Dry. Slight alcohol. Dry finish.

Overall Impression - This is good saison and another good beer in the Smoke Stack series, but not completely representitive of the style. Worth a try. In fact, I'm going to order a second glass now.

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Photo of 1JTannerMan
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice summer brew. Appearance is an appetizing golden color with an unfiltered hue. The smell is a strong citrus. Excellent lacing and a very decent head. Taste has a strong grapefruit flavor which is great if you like that. A little much for me. Very smooth feel however. An overall great pick for a hot summer day. I think it would pair very nicely with barbeque.

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Photo of gkunkle
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A hazy golden body holds up a 1.5" tall cream colored head of medium density. Lots of carbonation can be seen rising through the beer. Head retention is very good. This beer is appears as a saison should. Aroma is primarily of sweet saison funk, but I also detect citric hops. The taste starts with a slight sweetness and a touch of floral hops. As the beer crests the tongue I get a bit more citric hops and a bit of spiciness. The finish includes a touch of bitterness and funk. A decent funk flavor carries the beer across the tongue. Body is of medium thickness. Carbonation is not as aggressive as something like saison DuPont, but is is there in enough quantity to make this very drinkable. The 8% ABV surprised me. Overall this is a very good saison/farmhouse ale. I quite like the flavor profile, but as a saison enthusiast, I don't think this would make my top 3.

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Photo of claytong
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

urine color with little head
hoppy smell
not bitter though, actually quite smooth. very mild fruit and banana bread. very mild in general. nice overall but for the price i doubt id get it again. check out colette by great divide. better farmhouse and better price

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has been in my cellar for a while. With spring in the air, it seems like a good time to break out a Farmhouse Ale. This one is dark yellow with a big foamy white head. The aroma is dominated by hops--just a few bready notes from the malt. The palate feels about right with lots of carbonation and nimbleness. The flavor profile again showcases the hops. The Amarillo hops provide a big citrus kick. Some pine notes are mixed in as well. The beer lacks a little freshness--that thirst quenching summerness of a farmhouse ale is wanting. I would like to see some more pale malt to balance this thing out. Some yeast and spice are proxies in that role. Overall, this is certainly drinkable and enjoyable, I would just like the citrus, piney hops toned down for a beer of this style.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to beertracker for the Boulevard brews.

A - Pours a very nice golden hue, with white fizzy head, decent retention, and some sediment.

S - It has an underwhelming nose, beer-y and vaguely spicy but that's about all.

T - Not my favorite Smokestack brew. The finish and lingering aftertaste is very strongly reminiscent of grapefruit juice; there is just far too much of that flavor. The brew is also very peppery and spicy, and is somewhat grassy and vegetal overall.

M - Bright and effervescent.

D - Almost mehhh territory, but not quite. Definitely a notch below the average Smokestack brew.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a glowing light orange color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Very faint, some grains, lemon

T: Grass, lemon, tartness, funky and some booze

M: Well carbonated. Has a tartness, light booze, feel of grass, lemon

D: Pretty good overall

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Photo of Adamdc
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle with 'best by' date of 12/10.

A: Very thick white head about 1 1/2 inches thick sits atop yellow - yellow/orange body. Head hangs around for a long time.

S: I'm not getting the citrus that everyone else seems to be reporting but rather the saison yeast is prominent along with banana and lemon.

T: This is by far the bitterest saison that I've had. The yeast, banana and lemon are there but they're hiding behind the lingering hop bitterness.

M: It's pretty thick for a saison yet the crispness is very nice.

D: ABV seems a little high for a saison (I'm feeling a bit light-headed) but the crispness and thickness is very nice. Not my favorite but good nonetheless. I'm hoping the bottle of Saison Brett (of which Tank 7 is the base beer) is better than this.

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Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Stub and Herbs. Poured into a chalice.

Pours 1/2 fingers of white head. Color is a slight hazed bright golden straw orange. Ok retention for the small amount of head there was. Left some lace.

Aroma: Big hay aroma. Very farmhous like. Also some brigh citrus scents.

Taste: A hug hay taste. This is by far te biggest farmhouse tasting beer I have had. It almost has a funky taste to it, but I miss the brett from the Saison-Brett.

Mouthfeel: very funky and a little crisp. Fairly light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a big farmhouse flavor.

Overall, I enjoyed th brett version more. This one has too much farmhouse flavor going on. This beer is actually starting to give me a slight buzz so 1 will be all I have.

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Photo of MichialTanner1
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one from a 12oz/4 pack-size bottle into my S'Feuillien becker glass. It's a golden-orange color with a finger's width of white head. Upon putting my cheaters on, sediment swirls in the glass like a snow globe.

It smells like a combination of a hefe and chicken mess. I haven't drank a great many Saison-style beers, but this seems to be typical for the style. Not particularly consistent with the taste, but the beer was ultimately purchased for drinking.

Consistent with the hefe portion of my smell critique, the taste is clovey/yeasty and would've never guessed the ABV of 8%. I could sum up the taste by describing it as a "lite" tribute to a good Belgium triple.

Most of Boulevard's offerings have been average, IMO, but this one is better than that. I like it and the remaining supply of the 4-pack will likely be dissolved by the time this review is observed.

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Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with a BB date of May 2016 served in a snifter.

Cloudy light apricot-colored body topped by a durable head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Aroma: Fruity and grassy elements stick out in a complex mix.

Flavor: grapefruit hop notes, but mild bitterness with more tartness and some sweetness. Peppery, yeasty and hoppy finish.

O: excellent for style.

Feel: Medium+, soft carbonation in near medium body; semi-dry finish.

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Photo of br3wmeister
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Moderately sized fluffy off white head, ok retention and lacing. Bright gold in color.

S- peppermint, fresh herbs, caramel, honey, almost no hop presence detected, hint of lemon zest. This is an interesting smelling beer.

T- Very sweet tasting beer, honey, caramel and citrus fruit with a large dry bitter presence for the hops. Ends sweet with a light lingering hop presence.

M- Starts sweet and oily and finishes with a dry bitter bite.

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Photo of demuzik
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is a cloudy, orange that holds very little head retention. Smell is very yeasty, fruity, and spicy. Taste is quite banana and citrus, yet clean midtones that allow room for tasting the malt. Medium body ale that catches up with you thanks to the 8%... an interesting brew worth at least a once-around, may not ask for this again - flavors were good and decent, but there was nothing I NEED taste again.

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Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip. Poured a semi-cloudy/hazy yellow with a very tall, fluffy, white head (partially due to an accidentally overaggressive pour on my part) that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma was very good, typical for the style, yeasty, spicy and grainy. The flavors were also pretty typical, the yeast dominates with a pleasant spicy aspect and had a dry finish.

The body was medium-light, clean and nicely tongue coating. Drinkability was very good, as I find all good Saisons to be. Overall, a very nice example of the style. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crisp golden color with some sediment floating around withen, a solid white cap also.
Aroma has the yeasty banana aroma with some light spices.
This is a clean, crisp, yeasty, bready, spice filled, white pepper, saison, it is not a funky representation of the style, and i am very surprised that this is 8 percent alcohol.

This comes in four packs, that is fantastic.

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Photo of peoplewithhands
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy amber/gold with a fluffy white head that stays

Smell:Spicy couriander, yeast, citrus and just a hint of bubblegum

Taste: Reminds me of a hybrid between a belgian whit Bier and an IPA.Spicy with mild bitterness, but not as much bitterness as an IPA. Nice finish.

Mouthfeel: nice pleasant carbonation

Overall: very nice. I would drink this again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip stem, the beer is a light, bright, slightly hazy, pale yellow coloring, with a steady flow of carbonation bubbling and a dense, small bubbled, frothy white head. Aromas of sweet fruit and a spicy blend, with some clove and allspice in abundance. Bready yeast scents, also. The flavors have a strong roasting to them, with the clove and slightly sour yeast flavors following quickly on the tongue. Sweet berry fruits, and a slight highlight of honey balance the flavors. The aftertaste has a split second of sour, but a good showing of the spice blend. The finish is slow and slick, with a slight linger to it. Very good flavors, and one of the more sessionable Farmhouse brews I've had, despite the higher ABV.

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Photo of deapokid
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to tr4nc3d for this one!

Liquid is a yellow/straw color. It's insanely bubbly and boasts big tufts of foam with light retention. Lacing elegantly spider webs along the glass.

Wow! I could smell this one from a few feet away. Predominant orange aroma with pepper, tart acidity and a hint of potpourri. Vanilla and banana only peak out after deeper investigation. Strong and forthright.

Taste is comprised of banana, orange and a bold lasting dryness. There's also an undercurrent of creamy, vanilla-esque sweetness. This is less on the tart side than expected and orange peel is the easiest note to discern. Dryness might be a bit too big.

As you sip, the sweetness rolls into dryness, which is almost jarring, but somehow works. After each sip, peppery notes resonate on the tongue.

My head is telling me to note how assertive the dryness is, but that certainly didn't stop me from taking down my glass in just a few minutes.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a thick straw golden color with a fading lace head into a snifter. would never guess this to be 8%. smells yeasty and fully fruity. taste is robust ripe sweet full flavored fruit. plums, apples, berries, all blooming in the mouth. yeast backbone and a hop presence in the middle. problem with this one is the mouthfeel. way way too heavy and filling for the style, i should be able to session this. as filling as my bbq ribs i ate with this. heavy feeling bust still properly carbonated. i liked it, but as with many of boulevard's beers, there are 50 better alternatives per style.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to imagineiii for this 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. There is a freshness date, but it's smudged off, Best before...2011.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with an inch or so of white head. Nose is bright and citrusy. There's notes of wheat and hay, a hint of white pepper. Palate is crisp with a little alcohol burn but a little sweet wheat too. Grain, flowers, white pepper, and preserved lemon flavors. Moderate length finish.

Notes: Tasty but not super complex. A little prickly from the alcohol.

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Photo of Pusa
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appeared hazy gold with a one inch head.

Smelled of fruit and spices; like banana, coriander, and cloves.

Mouthfeel was a medium body, effervescent but dry.

Taste was similar to smell: fruit and spices like banana, coriander, and cloves but with a nice wheaty undertone, some pepperness, and a slight hoppy bitterness that gave it an overall tartness. The aftertaste was pleasant - it didn't stick around too long or go away too fast.

Overall it was a decent farmhouse ale. Admittedly I didn't used to like this ale, but I have discovered it hits the spot on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy but bright golden straw color. A big pillowy white head fills the upper half of the glass but fades to leave a nice bit of lacing behind.

Good dose of citrusy and fruity character on the nose. Some floral notes mixed in as well and a faint yeast note.

Nice fruit character overlaying a sweet grainy malt flavor. Citrusy hop character adds a nice touch. Yeast character adds some peppery spice in there as well.

Mouthfeel is live and bubbly with a light texture to it. Overall, Tank 7 is a solid American-made saison. Crisp and refreshing with plenty of flavor.

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of fruits, yeast, some spice. Taste is malts, spices, fruits, hops are present, alcohol well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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