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 LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy orange yellow with lots of carbonation from the sides of the glass. I may have poured too much from the bottom of the bottle because there are thouseands of white particles suspended in the glass. A one finger fine white head with great retention and lacing. Very nice looking. Aroma of complex light fruit, Belgian spicing. Flavor starts with light fruit, sweet malt and citrus. Becomes dry and spicy, Belgian spices and pepper and finishes with dry and with a hint of Brett funk. Light to medium mouth feel with pleasant carbonation. The funk is perfect for me at this level, adds interest without overwhelming the palate. I'm not a big fan of brett, but like the other flavors of saisons. Tank 7 has the right combination of flavors for me. Very nice.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Total Wine in Jacksonville, FL.

Pours a hazy golden orange yellow, with a small amount of yeast floaties, and a lot of lacing.

Smells really nice, a good amount of fruity Belgian yeast, citrus hops, sugar, and floral aromas.

This is a really tasty saison, one of the best made in the US. It tastes almost fluffy, with airy juicy citrus, fruity yeast esters, a little kick of alcohol, and grassy, perfumy flavors too.

This is medium bodied, with a fluffy, pillowy mouthfeel, and a higher, effervescent level of carbonation. Really drinkable.

One of the best U.S. made saisons not made in Greensboro Bend, VT. A classic for good reasons.

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

A: poured a pale golden straw yellow in color with pale yellow highlights and a finger of head that left some good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: definitely was able to detect that barnyard horse blanket bretty funk with spice notes, hints of pear fruit and a little herbal essence coming through as well.

T: the bretty barnyard funk was a little more mild on the palate alongside, herbal notes that were more prominent, clove flavor, spice accents, a touch of pear fruit, and slight hops lingering in the background.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had an herbal, spice, bretty funky, mild fruity and prickly finish.

O: I thought it was a solid saison and was happy to try another offering from boulevard brewing.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Poured into a chalice a cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger creamy/foamy white head, with lots of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast, slight hop note, coriander, bananna. The taste is malty, yeasty, slightly hopped, with some nice spice notes, slightly peppered. Medium Body. Drinkable, a nice Saison.

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Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single ~12oz at Princeton's. Appeared a hazy gold with a tall white head. The aroma has an earthy floral character, like I've got my nose in a garden, along with a bit of herbal spice like coriander. Very interesting flavor from the American hops - big floral and fruity notes with grapefruit and orange peel, maybe a hint of vanilla. Still it's a wonderfully refined and crisp ale, like a great saison should be.

There's a bitter spicy finish and the body is on the thin side, making this dangerously drinkable for the strength. This is easily one of the best Belgian styles with American hops I've encountered.

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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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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A light, cloudy yellow pour. Kinda bright with a rather large head that dwindled to a low setting. A quick swirl brings it back up.
Light aromas of persimmon, clove, unripe apricot, and lemon zest. A touch of hops as well.
Taste follows the nose. A bit breadier than indicated through the nose, but this helps put the spices in line. Zest, clove, some banana and citrus. Hops in the back cleans out the palate for a fresh, new sip. Very drinkable

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a large white head. The aroma is Belgian yeast, spices and some citrus. As the beer warms, you get some flowery aromas. The flavor is citrus - mainly lemons and oranges - as well as yeast, spices and flowers. Medium mouthfeel, low to medium carbonation and a very dry finish.

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Photo of dar482
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a super hazy rich dark honey straw yellow and orange with a huge fluffy head and tons of lacing.

The aroma is clean and refreshing. A bit of spice, tons and tons of lemon peel, some orange and sweet grapefruit. A caramel sweetness, some wheat, a hint of alcohol. A lovely aroma.

The flavor has orange and grapefruit in the front. A round body with bright candy sweetness and pepper. A strong orange and grapefruit citrus rind drying on the finish. A hay flavor on the aftertaste. A hint of alcohol. A wonderful gentle hoppiness in this.

This beer does not stop with its refreshing fruit notes, with a tinge of sweetness, and then that drying on the finish. It combines to be an extremely well crafted saison. One of the best in the style. (This won over Hennepin in a blind tasting.)

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a lovely, lively head. Smells lightly herbal but fresh with a lift of lemon. A bit grainy on the finish. The taste is similar, but lacks some of the zing of the herbs and lemon in the aroma. Crisp, as a Saison should be, but a touch soft on the finish. A solid, if not spectacular Saison. The flavors need to be a bit more vibrant.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Best-by date of 10/18/11.

Appearance: lightly hazy straw hue; the impression is that it's silvery. Head is three fingers of pillowy white foam which round out a very nice appearance.

Smell: lightly funky, spicy aroma with a hint of citrus. Basic, but well-crafted and appealing.

Taste: funky farmhouse flavor with a nice, light malt base. There's a tartness to the end that balances it out well. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a bodacious level of carbonation that makes this beer absolutely perfectly creamy and awesome. Love it, love it, love it.

Overall: a basic but well-crafted saison with just amazing, amazing creaminess. Bonus points for that.

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Photo of biegaman
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Like a good farmhouse ale, Tank 7 has a head that froths up like dishwashing soap; its tiny bubbles are crammed together like bicyclists during Beijing rush-hour and they waste no time getting to work. A fraction of that hazy, golden liquid disappears with every sip but the glass stays full - it's just the proportion of beer to foam that changes. I suspect if I come back tomorrow the suds will still be there.

It's hard to know from smelling it what precise style of beer Tank 7 is intended to be (if, in fact, the brewer did have something specific in mind). The aroma has a generic blend of grain, spice, fruit and flowers that characterizes many Belgian-style ales. But this particular batch seems extremely under-attenuated; it smells more like wort than a fully fermented ale. There's a little sourness in there too.

Fortunately the taste is complete. Any notions of raw wheat and cereal grain are forgotten amidst a much fuller, richer maltiness as well as nuances of orchard fruits, cracked coriander, and a small but lasting tinge of vanilla. The true sign of a good warm weather beer: the taste gets better as it succumbs to the heat. Notes of pear, tangerine and orange become more noticeable and the flavour benefits.

Some Saisons (or whatever you prefer to call this) have a graininess that feels very coarse in the mouth and an ester profile reminiscent of spoiled fruit. Tank 7, however, has a plush honeyed quality that makes for a super smooth texture. The gentle trace of spice also enlivens the otherwise soft, sweetish mouthfeel and compliments any subtle bruised fruit notes (think of a compote you'd put over ice cream).

Tank 7 is a farmhouse ale lover's farmhouse ale. It is completely unabashed; zesty spice, ripe fruit notes, field-fresh grain, and an alcohol presence that, like a house spider, is noticeable but really shouldn't scare anybody. I'm not enamored with it like I've been other Smokestack Series offerings (i.e., Rye on Rye, Double Wide, Dark Truth, Long Strange) but I'm still happy I grabbed a four-pack.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A huge meringue-like head sits on top of this hazy orange beer; the retention is excellent, with a slow settling and lots of lacing. Smell is very nice, lots of spice and yeast, lemony freshness.

Delicious taste, sharply defined flavors - lemon, pepper, yeasty spice, grass, slight malt sweetness in the rear. Subtle hopping helps to keep things in shape and very lightly bitter. I liked that they were but held in check enough to not overwhelm the other subtleties of the taste.

This beer has nice carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Alcohol isn't really noticed much. An excellent example of the saison style. Wish I could find this one at home.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best By Date 04/2011; Sampled June 2010
A soft pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces four-fingers of pale, off-white colored head. As the head slowly subsides it forms pillowy clouds of froth as well as some thick, layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a rich gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright yellow hue when held up to the light. The beer smells of lemon thyme, some definite hay, kumquat zest, Meyer Lemons as well as a satisfying, underlying cracker like grain character, some fresh crushed pale malt aromatics as well as some freshly crushed wheat aromatic like notes. The hops and some of the malt notes combine to produce some honey like aromatics. As the beer warms some of the grassy, cracker like grain notes become more noticeable, but so does an almost candy like hop fruitiness. After my nose adjusts some musty, earthy phenolic, characteristic Saison like aromatics become more noticeable.

This is definitely honey like in flavor, citrus infused though, but it is not as sweet as that might seem. There is quite a bit of citrus flavored hop character in this beer; flavors of tangelo, kumquat, ample lychee, citrus oil zest as well as some spruce, citrus infused pine, as well as some menthol are noticeable. The beer has a firm bitterness to it that is mixed up with a touch of zesty hop astringency. The malt character is much more reduced in the flavor, despite not being dominant in the nose, but it still provides some cracker like grain notes, a touch of grassy pale malt. There is some sharpness, a peppery spiciness, even a touch of warming medicinal character, cotton-ball soaked estery notes, some pear like fruitiness and even some turpene driven clove notes that show that a Saison yeast was used here. The yeast character isn't dominant here, and definitely plays a more supporting role underneath the hop character, but it is definitely still quite omnipresent. This isn't quite as dry or light as I prefer my Saisons, but it definitely still fits the bill; it seems the American, fruity hops seem to accentuate the sweetness, perhaps a bit more than is actually here even.

This is much more hoppy than I expected, though not having read much on the beer beforehand that is not too surprising, and the American hops are certainly a nice touch. I was expecting this to be something a bit more like a "traditional" Saison, more like a riff on the retired Boulevard Saison, this is certainly not that, but it is tasty in its own right, but somehow I can't help but feel disappointed in some way. I can understand being enamored of interpreting classic styles coupled with American hops, I do it often myself, but sometimes (perhaps even often) a classic interpretation is really the best. This is a great beer, but not quite the equal of the Boulevard Saison, and the Saison Brett.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

... Today was one of the longest days I've had in a long long time... 14+ hours and hauling ass from beginning to end.... Thankfully the wife hit the COOP today and got me a few nice brews... Thanks babe.

I shared this with my carpool buddy to celebrate our first 3 day weekend since mid summer... cheers homeboy.

3 finger foamy white head... great lacing... fantastic retention... the brew is a slightly hazed straw golden.

Nose a very interesting mash-up of citrus hops... fruity esters... and a bit of dusty saison elements... a bit of sugar cookie maltiness.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a bit more maltiness... earthy.. biscuity maltiness... still plenty of pithy citrus zest... quite a bit of peppery phenols that I wasn't necessarily getting in the nose... the body is big for the style yet seems to still be about right given the adequate carbonation... really very drinkable... maybe dangerously... I should have probably given this brew a better review, but, it's hard to explain.. my mind says it is fantastic, but it still tastes a bit "American".. maybe that's a good thing I guess.


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Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, as I pick up considerable clove, honey, orange citrus, light cherry and some noticeable spice. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, with the clove clearly dominating. However, the moderate sweetness is balanced nicely by the light hoppy bitterness and underlying spice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, spice and clove infursed finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability is pretty good.

On tap or out of the bottle, this is an enjoyable beer. Glad to see boulevard beers available here in Baltimore at long last.

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

Chill hazed golden colored beer with a tall white colored head.

Smells of Belgian Candi sugar and yeast with a medium strong coriander scent. Mild floral scent. Faint menthol and mint aromas.

Starts out dry and spicy with a big coriander flavor. Good floral flavor this is quite dry despite the smell. This gets drier as you drink it. Faint ginger, mint and menthol flavors.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall not a bad Saison at all.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, Boulevard finally shows up in the Southland,

A: Pours a dark gold with a fizzy 2 finger white head with good retention. Gobby spotty lace.

S: Tons of flowery peppery spice, light notes of bubblegum, clove and sage. Pungent and classic.

T: Citrus peel, yellow apples and some lemon. Again very peppery and dry tasting. Grassy for sure. Noticable earthy rustic hop appeal.

M: Medium-full bodied, frothy lush carbonation. Definitely has a creamy feel to it. Crisp, dry finish. Very mild hint of booze.

O: Quite a good American saison, for fans of the big spicy American style this is one to pick up.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a clearish orange with good sized head and lace on top of a slightly yeasty, pepper-spiced ale that gives off some light tropical and sweet notes as well as a good dose of citric hops. The beer is smooth and has a rather filling body due to the yeast, and I get a good amount of plush tropical fruit tastes and some citric hops. I'm also getting touches of breadlike and sweet malt so there is some balance in this beer between fruit, sweet and dryness, as I find the finish to be dry and also a little heat thanks to the alcohol that complements finish. An easy to drink flavorful saison that hits all the notes.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours hazy pale golden with a tall and very light crystal white head. After some time the head settles and leaves decent lacings.

S: Funk and Belgian yeast up front. Lots of fruit, and quite some spice. Malty. Dry grass , stable and leather. Some faint smoked ham in the back.

T: Follows the smell, but is a tad better in every aspect. The spice is stronger as is the citric fruits.

M: Funky aftertaste that lingers. Body is medium and a bit harsh, while carbonation is rich but very smooth.

O: A very nice American take on a complex Belgian style.

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Photo of rudzud
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 pack of this at Julio's.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice crystal golden straw hue with a big, fluffy two finger head that left great side lacing and awesome retention.

S - Nice barnyard funk and light lemon citrus.There is a bit spiceness to it. Some light banana too.

T - Nice and flavorful. Good barnyard and citrus notes along with some light yeast. There is some light banana and clove too, the ABV is slightly prevalent.

M - Nice mouthfeel here. It starts off a bit too crisp for a saison but mellows out nicely. ABV slightly noticeable.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this saison. Another solid offering from Boulevard. Glad I have 4 more bottles.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle from Cost Plus World Market Palm Springs CA for 4$

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, lemons, peaches

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste bread/grains mixed with some lemons, peaches and yeast. There is also some coriander/clove and a peppery spice mix. It ends with a dry yet fruity aftertaste.

Overall - My first beer from this brewer and it's a winner for sure. The scent is fantastic and the appearance is spot on. I'd be happy to drink this again anytime and would make it a go to beer if it was readily available to me.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked bottle, batch 710071, best before March 2011.

The cork? I pulled it off with my hands after some constant twisting so not as stubborn as some of their other 750s but hell. I wouldn't want it to come out too easy or I'd be suspisious of the beer's condition.

The initial pour and I see a light golden coulored brewwith an impressive 2 finger head of foam. Lacing to be determined after the foam settles down.

The smell is earthy to a point and then the citrus, of the lemon kind, take over. A light dashing of some clove that I can sense but it's mostly a nice lemon twang in this Saison.

The taste is lemon and earthy malt..that completely dominates. Very very little spice if any. Weird as hell for the style but damn....as simple and uncomplicated/complex as the flavours are, they are simply, in one word, delicious! It leans towards the hoppy avenue but the hop character is anything but bitter, say, as in an IPA. To me, it's more of a mild tartness that is supported by the more than equal to the task presence of the malt that tastes a lot like some honey like sweetness. No mention of honey at all on the label but I'm sensing it. Wow. This is *really* good. For a beer and for the difference compared to most samples of the style.

This develops a light haze after the first pout but the foam and now, lacing, continue to impress me.

Medium bodied with the same for the carbonation...a nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability? I saw the 8%abv and was a bit put off because I think it's a bit high for the style but man, it is *so* tasty that I reckon the abv didn't come into play at all. Very damn drinkable.

Bottom line? Are the Saisons you've tried too spicy for your palate? Give this one a go. Highly recommended!

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

duvel glass. Best by 01.03.16. Consumed 10.28.15. Smokestack series.

A: Dense, bright orange has a light glow from background lighting. A huge two finger dull eggshell white foamy capping is very lengthy in retention. High coverage rate, thick beefy rings of lace.

S: Fresh lemon flowers and oranges with some banana are the first impressions on the nose. Sugary straw and wheat malts, with a bit of tart lemon-orange candy. Nice scent, nice yeastiness.

T: Flavor was lemony-orange, wheaty, sugary sweetness of fruit, peaches with a light tartness of lemon to balance things out Hints of apricot, fresh juicy grapefruit pulp, tang of lightly dry sourness and a slight pepper-pear finish.

M: Crisp mouthful, nice wheat palate, creamy feel, medium bodied, finishes dry.

O: Great try, yeasty, spicy, tangy fresh fruit. Abv of 8.5% is very well concealed, Easy A, outstanding beer, very good.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Best by 07/08/11 printed on the bottle.

(A)- Pours a brilliant golden orange color. Produced a huge fluffy white head with perfect retention behind it. Lacing all over the place after it finally started to dissipate.

(S)- A nice dry and earthy clay aroma. Hints at wheat, lemon, and a light clove-like spice.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A crisp and dry earthy clay with tart lemon and earthy wheat. Very subtle hints at a dry funk (Brett?).

(M)- A very high carbonation level. Maybe a bit too high actually. Very mild bitterness. Earthy and dry, but very crisp due to the carbonation level.

(D)- An excellent saison. Maybe a tad high in carbonation, but otherwise this is a top notch beer for the style.

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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 5,104 ratings.
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