Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

Tank 7 Farmhouse AleTank 7 Farmhouse Ale
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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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Ratings: 5,191 |  Reviews: 1,060
Photo of smithj4
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vfgccp
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – A huge head towers over the brew with a mixed bubble structure. Fantastic retention and a rocky lace. Hazy honey gold color.

S – Soft tangerine citrus over dried grass, pollen, and pepper.

T – A kaleidoscopic profile. Bright, acidic carbonation right up front. As the bubbles clear out, dry leaves, orange zest, and honey round out the opening. In the center, black pepper pops to the forefront and ushers in lemongrass and thyme. The backend is shifts gears, leaving an almost boozy, lemon, and leafy hop finish.

M – Net soft with a medium body.

O – The hoppy side of saison.

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3/5  rDev -28.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BBD 12/10 Boy was this cork hard to get off! Opened with a respectable pop...

Pours semi-hazed apricot/amber with 4 fingers of cream colored head. Some floaties, but also a nice viscosity to this as well. Good head retention & lacing

S: Phenols, lemongrass & coriander, plus orchard fruit once warm

T: Lemons & grapefruit with with grassyness & white grape juice up front. More grassyness & phenols as this warms, plus more grapefruit signature, then pineapple & honey & just a hint of barnyard. Finishes crisp, hoppy with a bit apple peel & honey. Can't quite bring myself to give this a 5,0 since it strays off style a bit IMO, otherness this would be 5.0 as an American Saison hybrid

MF: Medium bodied & fairly spritzy. Dry out a bit as it warms, shows superb balance

Drinks too easy, ABV is completely masked, nice effort with decidedly American slant. Another killer Saison from Boulevard! I may even prefer this to the saison-brett... must revisit...

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, honey-colored body with a tall, dense, airy, white head that's notably long-lasting.

Smell: Spicy, citrusy nose of white grapefruits and lemons dusted with finely-ground white pepper. Additional notes of sliced bread, meadow flowers, white grapes, and just-picked orchard fruits.

Taste: Initial impression of white loaf bread with a few subtle wheat grain nuances. Light honeyish sweetness in the fore. Bright peppery spiciness throughout. Modest hint of apricot. Though chiefly citrusy in nature, the hops also present some soft floral undertones. Restrained, mild bitterness. Splash of chilled Riesling. Crisp, nicely drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Tasty, refreshing, well-balanced, easily drinkable -- I enjoyed it. A great late afternoon patio beer. Give it a try, won't you?

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4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lee for making me trade him for this bottle, so glad he did!

A: Pours a light golden color with a large white head that fades very slowly and leaves behind some spotty lacing.

S: Certainly some Belgian yeast, strong citrus aromas of lemon and grapefruit, a little bit of malt, and some nice peppery spice.

T: Starts out with the Belgian yeast and spices. There is a really fresh grassy and citrus fruit flavor in the middle, with lemon, grapefruit, and maybe a hint of orange peel. Pale malt and a little bit of grain and caramel balance it out.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, smooth, and refreshing. Medium to high carbonation.

O: One of the best saisons I have had so far. Complex, fruity, and great tasting. Even at 8% it was easy drinking, could see it pairing very well with a meal.

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4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"The way I understand it, the Russians are sort of a combination of evil and incompetence... sort of like the Post Office with tanks."

--Emo Phillips

Lightly hazy sun-splashed goldenrod with a billowing crown of alabaster colored whipped cream that has all sorts of interesting surface topography. The foam is pretty sticky as well, as evidenced by an attractively decorated glass.

What could be better than a saison that uses boatloads of Amarillo and Simcoe hops? Never mind, that was a rhetorical question. The tropical fruit juiciness of Simcoe is especially noted.

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale is yet another outstanding Smokestack Series beer from the good folks at Boulevard Brewing. My taste memory of Saison (R.I.P.) is murky at this point, but T7 seems to be a more than worthy replacement. It's also higher in alcohol, which could a positive or a negative, depending on your preference.

Flaked corn adds a bit of sweetness to the barley and wheat, without making the beer taste corny. Unfortunately, the hops have faded somewhat since this bottle is nearing the 'best by' date. That's my fault for waiting, not the brewery's fault.

There's still a good bit of hop flavor left. Pineapple-pink grapefruit-orange from Amarillo and Simcoe... bitter herbs and grasses from Tradition (Hallertau variant). Gentle white pepper notes put the finishing touches on this Americanized version of a farmhouse ale.

Slightly too much unmasked alcohol keeps the taste score from the next highest number, although a fresher and more hoppy beer would have covered that up to some extent. The mouthfeel, while far from Belgianesque, is more than capable. The carbonation contributes just the right amount of lift and energy.

The lesson to be learned here is that Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale is good beer even when approaching its 'best by' date. My suspicion is that the taste and drinkability scores would both have earned 4.5s if I had popped the cork last summer or fall.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Omaha's Crescent Moon Ale House during my brief visit.

Nose had the distinctive musty/yeasty scent of a Farmhouse beer. The color was a slightly cloudy deep-gold. There was not much of a head, more just some white wisps floating atop the beer. Mouthfeel was medium with a dry, musty flavor underlain with honey. Unquestionably saison! I thought that it would be a good summer seasonal, provided that it was not served ice-cold and I would not want a whole bunch, given its ABV. It would be drinkable, but not overly so. Warming, it took on a really dry black pepper taste.

Ha! What memories! I stayed with Swid in downtown Lincoln, fresh off of the eastbound train & this was a late stop one evening. In the interim, we have begun to get distro of Boulevard B.C. here in PA & I was anxious to try it again. Today is T, 11 July 2017.

From the bottle: "38 IBUs".

The beauty of Saisons is that once you Pop! the cap, there is no reason to hold back on the pour. It was kind of amazing as far as how active this one was, creating a massive rocky, soapy mound of tawny head that looked like meringue atop the beer. Its retention would have been envious, were it not for the fact that I was ready to begin drinking the beer. 8=( It took forever to slowly fall to the point that I could move on with it. Color was a hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose had the typical farmhouse funk along with citrusy notes of tangerine, lemon & grapefruit. Mouthfeel seemed a bit thin, but since it it not my style of choice, I feel underqualified to comment. The taste had a peppery spiciness that slowly gave way to a citrusy fruitiness, all accompanied by the funkiness that meant to remind us that we were out on the farm. I just never seem to get excited about such things. YMMV. Finish was appropriately dry & quite refreshing IVO today's heat & humidity.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a day loaded down and filled with new beers, this one really stood out amongst the crown for me. For the style this was a A+ for sure.

Great pour, nice golden amber color with a huge, towering head of white that refused to part ways no matter what you did. Really just superb looking with tons of lacing down the sides of the glass and a rich and proper looking appearence. Nice elements of light clove, peach, hints of grain and fresh grasses and a nice little spicey punch to it. Warming brings out the wonderful light tart notes through the air that carry over so well into the flavor. Not over done at all, in fact it seemed to fit perfectly as the mellow sourness played off of the rich grainy and frsh flavor. Smooth, subtle and soft, this just worked on every level it possibly could have.

One of the best, most easily drinkable and most sublte, soft, and most intresting beers I tried this weekend. Would love to have this again.

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4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 6/5/10 notes. Had at SAVOR in DC.

a - Pours a golden color with orange tint and one inch of white head.

s - Smells of citrus, orange, fruity hops, some pine, and floral hops.

t- Light fruit, floral and citrus hops, and more orange.

m - Medium body and light carbonation.

d - A pretty good saison. I enjoyed the smell a lot and would like to try again.

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3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a goblet. Batch 710295, as if that's helpful to anyone reading this. Best by 7/2011.

Appearace - Crystal clear golden body with a huge white head. Retention is excellent. Floaty sediment in it, too.

Smell - Fruity ester aroma. Apples and citrus. Very fruity. A little grainy and completely devoid of funk, which is slightly disappointing.

Taste - Much more yeasty, but otherwise follows the smell. Slight apple and apricot smell. Quite sweet, too. It has a grainy quality that isn't bad. Also a hefty hop bitterness, at least for the style.

Mouthfeel - A little syrupy. Not as light as I'd like it. When it's cold, it's really good. When it's warm, it's kinda heavy.

Overall - Pretty good. I like funkier saisons, but it's still nice. Drink it quickly, because it loses its refreshing qualities as it warms.

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4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the bottle, Greg.

A: The pour is a cloudy golden color with a large white head that settles down to a more manageable layer.

S: Just about as good as it gets for a Saison aroma. Tons of yeast, spice, and fruit. A mild bread sweetness with some light straw notes. Tons of apples, lemon zest, pears, and maybe even a little candied citrus peel.

S: A nice lemon zest, orange peel, and straw player to open it up. A touch of sweet melon, some bready malt sweetness, and just a light bitterness. There is a fair bit of yeast flavor and only a mild spice note.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: one of the best Saisons I've had. Tons to like about this beer.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90.8% out of 100 with 5,191 ratings
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