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: 1,025 | Ratings: 5,075
Photo of Hyptochrons
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

super fresh and zesty notes on the nose. notes of slightly tarte apple, lemon, fresh cut grass, minty herbs, yeast, hint of gummyness, earthy hops, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel, spice, touch of the funk. light bodied dry finish.

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Photo of MichaelDunn
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's a good brew. Not a big saison guy, so I'm out of my element. Nice head off draft, good palate of different tones. Plenty of alkeehall in it to set you flyin'

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Photo of ABabbidge
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pale golden body, huge frothy head.

S: Lemon, coriander, grapefruit, and earthy yeast aromas.

T: Citrusy up front. Finishes a little medicinal and spicy, with some more citrus thrown in the mix.

F: Moderate carbonation and a light body. A little dry in the finish.

O: Great beer. Very light and fruity. My go to saison.

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Photo of DocRoc
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I concur with the majority of positive reviews for Tank 7. Paired really good with with Panko Crusted Fried Chicken (6oz panko breaded chicken breast served w/ an apple-jack sauce, mashed potatoes, & grilled vegetables.) at Rogue Tavern in Birmingham AL.

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Photo of Jraiona
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a hazy golden with a dense thick head with good retention and sticky lacing

S- Prominant citrus aroma with a slight grassy note

T- A subtle sweetness and some mild but pleasant funk. A bit more hop dominant than other saisons I have tried and and the hoppines is more prevalent on the back end

F- Light on the tongue with good carbonation with a dry crisp finish.

O- A very good beer, well balanced and good complexity.

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Photo of wjoelbrooks
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint glass.

L: Even with a careful pour, it produced a huge, creamy-white head that persisted for a couple of minutes before slowly reducing to a nice lace. Beautiful opaque light gold in color.

S: Sadly, I detected little on the nose--just a very faint sweet, yeasty aroma.

T: The taste was much stronger than the faint aroma would indicate. Delicious beer. More bitter than sweet, with hints of citrus and herbs. There were some other fruity notes that I couldn't place.

F: Very hoppy and moderately dry. Very smooth, without much of the funky aftertaste I associate with many ales. The high alcohol content is evident on the tongue, but it doesn't overwhelm the beer.

O: This is a delicious beer, well worth the price (I think I paid $10.00 for the big 750 ml bottle. This beer will definitely been in my regular rotation.

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Photo of McStagger
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Champagne bottle. Best by 26 MAR2017. Poured into goblet.

A: Ill advised aggressive pour produced a tone of fluffy white head. Excellent retention. The head leaves beautiful lacing on the goblet. Hazy yellow. Minimal carbonation as small bubbles rise to form the head. Tiny particulants floating in the suspension.

S: Perfume, floral. The Belgian yeast jumps out of this one. I'm not super familiar with intricacies in saisons, but this one explodes out of the glass. Light fruit notes (not sure if hops or yeast esters) intermingle with the soft malt backbone.

T: Obviously a saison. Big belgian notes. Earthy and lightly tropical with fruity esters. The mid palate takes on more of the tropical fruity notes and stone fruit (pears and big red apple skin) while finishing soapy dry with a pleasing alcohol sweetness/warmth.

M: Supple carbonation. Light/medium light mouthfeel. Alcohol isn't hot on the palate, but warming in the back of the throat and in the chest.

O: Delicious. I rarely drink saisons, but beers like this leave me wondering what I'm missing.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours as a murky orange gold with a frothy white head. Aroma was spicy with some indistinct fruity tones. Tastes of fruits, spicy hops, and yeast. Aftertastes of citrus and bitter herbs. Decent carbonation; very drinkable.

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Photo of lastmango
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy gold with a four finger white frothy head. Moderate lacing. Aroma was minimal . . . floral and spicy. Malty in the front with a funky spice and citrus burst followed by hop bitterness on the end. The funkiness is not something that I am use to but ok. The beer as a medium body and light carbonation. Overall, this is a good farmhouse ale.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at The US Hotel, Hollidaysburg, pa

Bought to the table in an elongated goblet. slightly hazy yellow body with good carbonation. Small white head, which persisted quite well. Decent lacing.

aromas were muted other than the malt. faintly citrus and some spice.

This is pretty much spot on as far as US brewed saisons go. Not aggressive in any way, just a good solid representation of the style.

Overall, and enjoyable drink, on a par with Ommegangs best belgians.

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Photo of Oopssorryy
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured a nice, light, golden color, with hints of pale yellow around it's edges. It's not quite clear, but it's definitely not what I would call hazy. I got quite a lot of white foam head, more than the picture showed. Lacing is excellent, cascading down the glass as you drink, serving as high water marks. Really fantastic presentation here.

The nose feels quite light, I get scents of grass and sweet citrus, and that is about it. I'm not sure if this is due to it's 8-7-2016 best by date, or my lightly allergy effect nose. Either way, it's not offensive, and is rather inviting.

The flavors are odd for someone more used to stouts and such. I get a lot of funk at first and not much else. Exceedingly earthly in nature, it dominates the taste buds at first, and only slightly recedes, letting some other flavors to present themselves in the middle and finish. Once swallowed I get the grassy notes and some spice that plays well off the initial funky-ness. As the beer warms you start to get a light citrus flavor and bitterness, somewhat reminiscent of some mild IPAs. It ends with a bit of an alcohol bite, leaving a very dry finish.

The mouth feel is light, with medium amounts of carbonation. The ABV makes itself known in the mouth feel, right before a swell of carbonation hits the tongue. A very interesting beer, and one I can't wait to try a bit more fresh to compare to this "vintage"

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Photo of Hunter
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy golden ale, thick head with impressive staying power. Tracing minimal. Strong hops in the nose. Hops are mellow in the tasting, giving way to alcohol and bready malt. Mouthfeel is dry and sharp, finishing with a clean aftertaste. Overall this is a solid farmhouse ale, well done.

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Photo of markbeck528
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some Boulevard beers that I have tried are workman-like, sturdy but not inspiring.
Tank 7 is well above the grade. With the exception of the " hop-forward character" per Mateo2699, it is a wonderful, authentic, saison/farmhouse Belgian ale. Disclosure: I've been to Belgium,where I discovered the style.
38 IBU? seems higher, kinda in the 50+ range.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a somewhat clarified straw yellow hue, nice fluffy white head that settles to a ring rather quick. Aroma consists of heavy grassiness, lemon zest, orange peel and other citrus bursts. Slight hat and typical barnyard funkiness, but nothing over powering. Taste consists of initial sweet breadiness, with a somewhat Belgian-Esque spicy yeast character. Citrus isn't as noticeable in the taste, but replaced with more a hop forward profile. Somewhat dry finish, easy drinker and light bodied mouthfeel.

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a gorgeous, sudsy huge extra fluffy pillow of head. Pale straw in color and lots of haze and cloudiness.

Aromas are funky, grassy, herbal, old hay, and some barnyard. Everything you expect from a good saison, but with more spiciness and a hint of citrus.

Flavors are classic and spot on for belgian saison, but again with a bit more spiciness and some fruit. Quite a lot of hop bitterness for the style, which along with the other traits makes for some real bit. Finish is a bit like preserved lemon.

Light mouthfeel with a medium body and some gripping character due to the hops.

Beautiful farmhouse beer. Easy drinking, funky, refreshing, with a bit of twang on the back end.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Office in Summit. A true-to-the-style Saison from a well-respected midwestern brewery. I was pleasantly surprised by this offering and the farmhouse flavor certainly didn't disappoint either. Authentic and rustic. Recommended.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: bright yellow, with a good big head that stayed for quite some times.
A good brew, but it's a little bit too hoppy for a saison. Bordering an IPA, actually, with some citrusy and floral smell. The hoppiness somewhat took away the thirst quenching that's suppose to come with a saison.

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Photo of citizencane
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Heavier on the spice notes than most farmhouse ales I've had. Banana, clove, some tartness, and some funk. Solid beer. particularly nice during these hot summer months.

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Photo of EMV
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

L: Pours a slightly hazy light golden color. Thick foamy head and delicate lacing.

S: Newly cut hay, bananas and lemon zest.

T/F: True to form... zesty and spicy. Freshly mown grass, lemon peel, and hints of banana. Lots of spice... peppercorns and coriander. Good carbonation... medium in body...a bit effervescent and slight sweetness on the back of the tongue.

O: Crisp and refreshing, and a great example of the style. Really liked this one.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big fan of this beer, one of my go-to's, and very affordable for the format. Nice blend of Belgian and American ideas and really pulled this one off.

L: Nice big foamy white head, strong carbonation here. the thick bottles can handle it. Clear light gold underneath a pillow of foam.

S: Big smack of hops and esters up front. very complex and lively aroma. Lots of citrus fruit like grapefruit, some light resin, and booze as well.

T: Very complex and clean at the same time. A whole aray of grapefruit, Belgian esters, American west coast hops, and light alcohol hints as well. Some light sweetness keeps the dryness at bay, which is also on point. The yeast strain is very peppery.

F: clean mouthfeel, light on the palate

O: This one is very complex and easy drinkin at the same time, which is very satisfying. While you can't drink a ton of these in one sitting, they beg to be pounded! This one is like a bastard child of a classic Belgian saison and hoppy American pale ale. Well Done!

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Photo of cjgiant
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review after straight rating of 4 from Feb, 2014:
Bottle dated 08Jan2017:
I know they have some new labels coming out now, but this is the old label.

Pour is the cloudy side of heavily hazy. Orange/yellow with a hint of brown in the mix. Billowing white head, only got half a glass before overflowing. Soapy to frothy in nature, it provides soapy lacing while staying atop the body.

Smell includes a distinct grassy note - more dry grassy than fresh cut. Herbal notes are fairly strong as well, sharper and spicier herbs. The phenol notes are lighter but also obvious.

Taste hits with light pitted fruit and wine grape notes. The dry grass hits next, and provides a platform for the sharper herbal and even peppery notes. This pour did not catch my fancy for feel - it felt a little flat and blandly rolled over my tongue. Decently bitter in the end - it borders on being hoppy, but it is more a "more bitter" version of itself.

I think overall, I stand by my original rating, but the individual notes tend to push my weighted score higher. I need to use this beer as a go to in certain bar/restaurant situations.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours cloudy hazy amber gold with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like bready cereal grain malt, some banana, clove, mild barnyard funk, lemony orange citrus, grapefruit, peppercorns, with woody earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like peppercorns, orange citrus, grapefruit, funky lemon, banana and clove, bready cereal grain malts, barnyard horse blanket, with woody earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice farmhouse ale.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amber, hazy pour topped with a thick, foamy head with good retention. Nice aroma of biscuits and yeast. Taste is almost a hefeweizen fruity and with tell tale banana notes. There's hardly any bitterness present and the 8.5% ABV is well hidden. Quite refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of leap89
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: Gold and hazy. A large, foamy white head lasts for a long time.

Smell: Yeasty and earthy. Grapefruit and bubblegum. Sour and fruity, with some spice and grassy, herbal aromas. A little musty as well. Like an old bale of hay.

Taste: Sweet and sour. Grapefruit, pear, apple pie, and bubblegum. Citrus rind and tart cherry, as well as some spice and herbal notes. Just a bit of a warming, alcohol finish, and a bready malt ties it all together.

Feel: Medium-bodied, with medium-heavy carbonation. Surprisingly smooth for the ABV, and somewhat dry.

This will forever be one of my favorites. It's everything I want in a Belgian-style beer.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Oklahoma City's McNellie's, in a 7th Anniversary tulip.

Fruity yeast, almost cotton candy.

Taste of light yeast, bubbegum, a little citrus

Nice, light mouth.

Full bodied but still refreshing, Tank 7 is a legend. And it turned lucky seven today. Go get one.

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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 5,075 ratings.
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