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 NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Boulevard Brewing Co. "Tank 7"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY 12/22/15"
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

This may seem like just a meandering reminiscence dear reader, but I assure you there is a point to it. I first tasted Boulevard's "Tank 7" many years ago in what was at the time Omaha Nebraska's best beer bar (which was actually a crummy little bar, but who cares?). It was X-mas time and my family was rushing around, trying to get a lot done - time to relax and really enjoy a beer was not on the menu, but they did allow me to make one stop because it was the premier beer bar at the time. I could have chosen almost any other beer and have been perfectly happy just chugging it down and getting back on the road, but I didn't. I chose the big fancy bottle of Tank 7 and shared it 'round the table. No one was impressed but me... that candyish and wheaty malt, the soft clove, those notes of lemon and yeasty chalk, mango, papaya, and the surprisingly dry and gently peppery finish all made me want to just sit there and bask in its glory all day long. But there was none of that!!! I was forced to quickly finish up what was probably the best beer that I'd sampled in months. How bitter! As I left, the image from the label was etched in my mind. I returned home to the east coast yearning for it in the way that I'd once yearned for Unibroue's "La Fin Du Monde" before that became available to me. In time the memory of it simply evaporated - until a return trip to Wisconsin brought me more! Fast forward 5 to 10 years and I can now get it readily, and it remains a mainstay for me - a desert island beer if you will.

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

Great, balanced beer, just not my thing. Too much like a white or Belgian for my taste. Many people's favorite and understandably, but personally not a hit for me.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

10/18...pours bright gold with 1/4 inch foam. Gritty funky nose. Some bubblegum too. Fun bitter. Chalky smooth mouthfeel but punchy carbonation. Some citrus underneath. Sneaky boozy. Very good.

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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 Spikester
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hazy gold with a huge white head that lasts twenty minutes at least! Lacing is good but not as awesome as the head.
Smell is funky yeast .
Taste is funky yeast with some bready malts some bittering hops herbal in nature just there for balance.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Finish is light yeasty and lightly wet.
Overall a very drinkable beer of this style. Alcohol is well hidden and at 8.5% abv that should let you it is to be respected. Not a style I drink often but this was a nice surprise. Good job Boulevard Brewing!

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Photo of DJDGB
4.93/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

I buy this weekly and I also get it on tap at my local pub. Always appreciate it in a goblet or tulip glass. Air it out and hold it to the light and you get a nice amber color from the start. Never skunky with just the right amount of piney taste to it. Flavorful and the aroma is simply magic from the first sip to the last. Best served very cold but holds its tone even with table time. Highly recommended out of the smokestack collection but the price is a bit much for those on a budget. Don't let it deter you though its worth every penny.

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is hands down my go-to American Saison. The head is huge and the retention ridiculously long (there was foam left even on my last sip). It pours hazy and with a wonderful yeasty aroma that contained elements of hay, spice and vanilla. Very balanced, with the sweetness and bitterness alternating as you drink it. Lovely yeasty aftertaste. Medium body. An absolutely lovely beer that hides its ABV very well.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap at Vin 909 into a goblet style glass. Pours a pale yellow with golden hues. Smell of grapefruit and pine fills the glass before taking a sip of this golden nectar. Great beer

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a cloudy yellow color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Lacing seemed to ring around the glass and then spider web after a while.
The smell starts off with some citrus pulp and rind indulgently grasps some sweet grassiness to then weave it's way into some Belgian sweetness (assuming light candy). Light breadiness and Belgian spices send a greeting to the previously mentioned aromas saying "hey, we're here to stay as well." The rest of the flavors agree and they all rejoiced.
The taste, well, how do you think this is gonna go, yup, its the wonderful blended flavors of the aroma coming forth in a sweet, earthy, bready, musty and spicy sort of way. There's a light sweet and bready citric aftertaste leading into the same sort of finish in a slight wet way.
The mouthfeel was about light to medium bodied with a nice sessionable crisp yet wet sort of way. Carbonation seemed good for the style and for me. Bitterness seems to come forth a tad more than some other Americanized saisons, but hey, I'm not arguing, its still very good.
Overall, having had Hennepin recently, there's a part of me that leans to Tank 7 more as a great beer to have in almost all occasions. Wonderful in its entirety, I recommend this to hopheads, maltheads, sour connoisseurs, stout lovers,and fruit beer enthusiasts. This one definitely brings its "A" game to the party.

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Photo of NickandToni
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

You will see as my reviews add up over time that I love FARMHOUSE ales. I tell a story to my customers about learning to taste coffee to my first experience from college drinking to my first great bottle of beer. That bottle that changed my expectations of beer was Saison Dupont.

That all being said, this is the best American Farmhouse beer I have ever had.

Look: Butterscotch
Smell: Sweet and Musty
Taste: Yeast, spice, and peppery
Feel: Pleasant and enjoyable
Overall: Even if you are not a farmhouse ale lover, this will represent the category perfectly

Thank you Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Photo of puck1225
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy yellow into a pint glass, high carbonation. Thin white head with some lacing. Great spicy taste, fruity, clean crisp taste. Very happy to this now available locally in a 4 pack! A favorite.

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Photo of Chris_Huston
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got no grapefruit or hoppiness in my bottle, and that's part of what made this so enjoyable for me. There's that clear farmhouse funk, but reserved and patient, and its balanced out with a sweetness that is unusual for this style. Color is a pristine golden straw, that piles a high, stubborn head on the pour. Contrast it to the barn-loft mustiness of Jester King's Mad Meg and you have two stellar examples of what this style has to offer. The major revelation in this one is the presence of the sweet, and how well its balanced with the classic farmhouse grunge.

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Photo of leantom
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had heard that Boulevard makes great Belgian beers, but I haven't had the opportunity to try one until this review. Here goes:

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with fantastic head and lacing. Lots of fluffy lace cling to the glass long after consumption. The only thing keep me from giving this beer a perfect score is the relatively high concentration of dead yeast suspended in solution. This Belgian beer literally has more dead, floating yeast than any other Belgian beer I've had the pleasure of consuming (and that's saying something).

S: All Belgian yeast and spice. Lots of oranges, lemon, and banana complimented by clove, white pepper, and Belgian bread. While the scents are diverse, however, they're faint relative to other Belgian brews that I've had.

T: Almost perfect. Lots of sweet candied sugar complimented by spice from the Belgian yeast. Overwhelmingly spicy and bready, but the clove isn't too overdone. In fact, the clove serves as a balancing flavor relative to other Belgian beers that I've had.

F: Thick and bready. Great.

O: This is an excellent beer. While not as good as the Belgian varieties, this farmhouse ale is worth remembering.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

from a single into a GI tulip
a: hazy goldenrod, no carb bubbles, big puffy 3 finger head with decent retention and modest lacing
s: wha....t! Pungent sweet flowery perfumy hibiscus/rose, a little banana, pear and ripe peach too. I miss a little stronger presence of the yeasty spiciness and even funk that my ideal saison has, but this is what it is without apologies, and it is impressive.
t & m: follows the nose, but you also get a little funk and hoppy/yeasty coriander liveliness and some smooth creamy malt, which is nice. Very very smooth, no bite here and good carbonation though maybe a little lower than some standard bearers for the style... the end is a little anti-climactic, and it just kind of fades out with a little asprin-like edge on the dominant floral flavors.
Great beer!

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

Massive head when pouring this 750ml. There was a 4 finger head and it stays prominent for quite some time. Very light yellow straw color and extremely clear.

Musty and dank sour fruit and fresh cut grass. Possibly a slight hop bite and a slight breadiness in there after the hops fade.

First flavors that burst through are of tart fruit and wine (apple, grape, banana, pineapple). The flavor is slightly sour but it doesn't overpower your taste buds. When the sour jolt fades, there is a nice sweet malty bready taste that fades to a slight dry finish. At first I through this brew was of a very high ABV% as there is a fair alcohol burn that quickly warms you. It is at 8.5%, but it just struck me as a 10 or 11%'er.

This was very fizzy on the tongue and seemed full bodied that it probably actually was. Still light-medium body.

I am a big Boulevard fan, but I was not as impressed with this one. It is a good saison, but I expected more as I have heard a lot of hype about it. It hits the mark on a lot of style point, but still didn't strike me as other saisons have. I expected more grassy / herbal notes and less hoppy. This one tastes a lot like some IPAs that I have had. I just don't think it lived up to the hype.

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Photo of pinyin
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Such a great Saison. And so readily available in NY.

It really doesn't get much better than this.

Better than Allagash, and slightly better than Prairie Standard.

The flowery hibiscus nose and flavor profile is so dynamic on Tank 7. It really is the pinnacle of ale yeast.

Sun light really damages this product, so keep in the dark, and it helps to refrigerate the bottle for a few days drinking.

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Photo of apants007
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. It has the expected hazy gold farmhouse/saison color with an incredibly fat dense fluffy head. Smells like a flowers shop... Tastes fruity but not sweet ... Apricot, nectarine, peach with a little vanilla and rose... Like a pie on Valentine's Day! A hint of sour but not nearly as much as some of its continental counterparts. The dense carbonation mixed with the slightly thick malty goodness almost feels like a nitro... The alcohol bite is pretty smooth at first but becomes more pronounced as it warms. Overall a great example of the American farmhouse category.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

typically not a fan of this style in the least bit. however, this one was a pleasant surprise. usually stay away from writing up a review for saison/farmhouse ales for being so biased but i'll break the trend. out of the bomber....clear golden color w/ a ton of head. yeast clean scent w/ a similar taste. the taste seemed to have a minute hint tartness to it which is why i probably enjoyed. absoultely no bite what-so-ever for this higher than normal abv. suprisingly, i would buy this again. cheers!

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

Hazy, yellow beer with a fluffy, three finger high, white head.

Nose: Yeast, orange, citrus, spice and lemon peel.
Taste: Sweet malt, funk, yeast, citrus, pepper, grass, apricot and banana.
Body: Medium body and strong carbonation. Well hidden ABV. Fresh and crisp taste.

I like this!

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Photo of SmashAdams
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The head on this beer was crazy. The smell was really nice yeasty and fruity. The taste is delicious, smooth, and creamy. The yeast is mild and doesn't overpower the nice fruity spicy flavor. A big flavorful beer with a pronounced bitter finish. This beer is fantastic. One of my favorites. yb

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Photo of daddypatstacks
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not going to beat around the bush with this one. Tank 7 is a phenomenal beer. Everything from the cloudy orange color, the rush of fruit and sweet malts on the nose, and the smoothness as it goes down screams superb craftsmanship. This is one of the best farmhouse ales I've had, and one of my favorite go to beers. The taste is complex. A solid, but not overwhelming hop profile sits under a variety of fruit flavors including pear, orange, and maybe apricot. All of this is rounded out by that distinctive farmhouse yeast. As another reviewer noted, this is the perfect beer after a long, hot day. I love sitting on my porch, watching the sun set, drinking one of these. They're super easy to pour back, but this a way bigger beer than most farmhouse ales. At 8.5%, it doesn't take many to pack a punch. It hides the alcohol well though- a lot better than some beers of the same style in the ~5% range. Boulevard has me hooked with this one. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of DaBurls
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid Farmhouse. Pours a golden color with good carbonation and a good head on it. Smell of high acidic citrus and an earthy smell is very noticeable at first sniff. I got the malty smell after a couple of tries. There is also a good mix of coriander and ginger. the taste you get a good bit of lemon grass taste at the front end and a creamy malt at the back end with a pretty dry finish, which I like to see in a farmhouse or saison. The ABV is well hidden and it really brings out the citrus taste. Great beer to pair with food or drink separately on a cool night. Cheers

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

Package: 355 ml bottle.

Appearance - lightly cloudy gold.

Smell - mild fruity notes.

Taste - Dry, lightly sweet after taste, flavourful, low on bitterness.

Mouth-feel - Very mellow, quite pleasant.

Overall - This is a great brew, well balance, not over powering.

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

Pours an absolutely gorgeous hazy golden color with 2 fingers of lingering fluffy foam. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is primarily their spicy yeast, but I also get some lemon peel and associated citrus.

Taste is good, but it didn’t blow me away as I expected. I will admit; I have had their Saison Brett (one of my new favorite beers), so this in comparison is a bit of a letdown. However, I am judging this separately to the best of my ability. It has some of the classic flavors of a good saison: pepperiness, spicy yeast, and a bit of citrus. However, nothing wows me about it; it is a bit plain and one dimensional (spicy yeast, lemon, and carbonation). As it warms, the beer becomes more complex and enjoyable. The hop bitterness breaks through the sweetness, and the alcohol slaps the palate a bit (in a good way). Also the finish is rather dry (which I enjoy).

This is still a fantastic beer but just not as good as I was expecting. I see it pairing well with succulent king crab legs and butter. It gets a 88.5/100.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Whole Foods in a 12 oz. bottle for $2.99 (a bargain imo). Poured a cloudy yellow. Smells of citrus and pepper. Tastes like a Belgian ale to me, very tasty, but very carbonated. Hides the alcohol well. Would definitely drink again.

Using the Begnel formula, the Alcohol Score is 12 oz. x 8.5% = 102, or 2.0 Bud Lights.

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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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