Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #91
Ranked #1,625
4.19 | pDev: 10.26%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Tank 7 Farmhouse AleTank 7 Farmhouse Ale
Notes: 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
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4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear goldenrod/yellow with a frothy white head that leaves cappuccino-like bubbly lace on the side of the glass.

S: Aroma features loads of soft citrus fruits, some grassy and herbal notes. Also a bit of soft barnyard funkiness, but not overdone. Quite rich and aromatic.

T&M: Definitely an American saison. Orange, lemon, sweet grapefruit, and peach are showcased through the wonderful fruitiness in this beer. Grassy and hay-like flavors contribute on top of a dry maltiness. There's an old cheese, barnyard flavor that's very subtle, adding an interesting and welcome dimension to the flavor. Absolutely an excellent example of the style.

D: Very easy to gulp, despite the higher ABV. I downed three pints of this in about 40 minutes without hardly realizing it. An absolutely excellent brew.

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3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
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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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


A - Poured golden with 2 fingers of white head. Dissipated moderately leaving no lacing. Head retention could have improved, though spices may diminish it for the style.

S - Honey, pepper esters, and cloves.

T - As the beer warmed up honey, light pepper esters, nectar, and banana came out.

M - Full-bodied and well-balanced. Just great, very refreshing, no alcohol.

D - Could session one of these and where is the alcohol? They could improve the flavor by adding additional spices and increasing retention, but otherwise a really drinkable and enjoyable beer. Wish they bottled it.

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4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Stub and Herbs with some friends. Instantly it reminded me of Hennepin without the Funk, and through and through, that's what it was. A decent carbonation, not too strong in any flavor. This would be a great beer to start to introduce people to Belgians with, IMO. Didn't take much notes other than score though.

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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Stub and Herb. Served in an unmarked Tulip. Served with very little head, and even a good swirl didn't produce much more than a thin layer. Lively carbonation, and small amounts of lacing round out the look.

The nose is surprisingly hoppy. I wasn't expecting it. There is definitely a Belgian yeast in this one, as well as some fruityness and spices. I heard this was the base for Saison - Brett, honestly I don't know why you would brew it Brett-less.

Spicey hops, Belgian yeastiness, and cirtus fruits. This should be served at a relatively warm temperature, because it definitely develops some nice spice characteristics as it warms. I was pleasantly surprised.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth. I get a crisp and acidic portion typical of a Saison. Good stuff. Drinkability is high, there is only a sign of the warmth as it warms up, which is a blessing in disguise because with a near 9% ABV this will put you on your butt real quick.

Good stuff, but I won't be seeking this out again. It's an above average Saison, but it's not even this breweries best. For the price I paid, it was well worth it, and if there are lesser options, I'll get it again. But if I'm going to be reaching for a Boulevard Saison, it's not going to be this one.

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4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Dempsey"s Irish Pub in Lawrence.

A nice haze of light golden color. Topped by an abundant lacy head.

Very fruity smell the yeast is a big one on this guy, and the spices

Funky tart bitter yeast and hop bite at first (my non-beer adventurous friend cocked his head back at first and said what're you getting me into before taking another sip and smiling), but then mellow into a nice sweet spicy fruity Belgian.

A nice light creamy body that's light and refreshing in this blazing summer heat, and approachable enough my non-craft drinking friend loved it!

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4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I guess it's too easy to say I agree with everything Reaper said on the review before me. I had this on tap at Raglan Road in KC in a Boulevard tulip (something I must get).

Tank 7 had a nice foamy white head that had decent retention and great lacing. The golden cloudy light saison looked like an easy drink.

The smell had the funk right away. I pulled it coriander... wait there's the funk again.

The taste was nice and complex with fruits and spices and the funk that almost has Bret like features but everyone keeps saying it's not in there so the yeast they used is a very farmhouse, wild yeast that brings the complexity.

The mouthfeel was nice and light with proper carbonation and creaminess.

The best thing about this beer is that the drinkability is high for a 8.5% beer. You can easily ask to pour a few more.

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3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sycamore in Columbia, MO. Kudos to Sanford for scoring a keg of this so early in the game.

Just wanted to get this into the database, so my review will be bare bones

Appearance - just to the orange side of a cloudy straw color, a fairly substantial white head with good staying power.

Aroma - Belgian yeast, spicy, and quite hoppy. Can't guess the hops.

Taste - follows the aroma, with an additional bit of malt sweetness, pepper, and, at the very end, a lightly tart/funky bite that may or may not be Brett. Can't somebody just ask Boulevard and settle this debate? ;-)

Mouthfeel - rather light, substantial carbonation, bracing, tingly.

Drinkability - tasty and refreshing and hits a certain spot in summer weather.

Nice (high ABV) hot weather beer.

Edit: 6/20/09 I have been informed that there is no Brett in this beer, though it is the base for the Saison Brett.

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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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