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 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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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I bought this Farmhouse Ale at the movie theater. The bartender told me it was a bitter kind of beer and that I wouldn't like it. I told him I had Farmhouse Ale before. It was not particularly bitter, and I wouldn't mind anyway, and I liked it very much.

L: It had a golden hue cloudy hue with an inch off white head.

A: The aroma was sweet, fruity, sour and yeasty.

T: The taste was tart, sweet, yeasty, fruity, lemon, pineapple, as well as pepper followed by a gentle bitterness. Very nice.

F: Fairly light but fizzy.

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Photo of St_LoNo
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is one of the best beers from Blvd. The head retention on this beer is really nice too. They must use a decent amount of wheat or pilsner malt in this beer. The coriander comes out nicely.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bttle into Libbey Tulip
BB 10/10/16
L- beautiful hazy peach color, capped by what seems to be a perfect head of white foam with amazing retention
S- slight bread-y aroma, plenty of farmhouse funk, hints of citrus as well
T- first taste is breadiness, followed by the funk, with a lemon-y citrus finish leaving a bitter aftertaste
F- surprisingly full-bodied, real crisp, just like a good Saison should be
O- real nice saison, perfect for a summer day, with the obvious American-take with the hoppy finish

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Photo of DrMullet
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden color.
Smell is sweet citrus and lemon.
Tart citrus start. Then some fruity esters. Slightly earthy.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml Bottle
"Best By" Date of April 2016
Reviewed on June 25th, 2016
Served in a Tulip Glass

Poured a hazy orange-gold body. A massive eggshell colored head formed, slowly collapsed, and left tons of lacing. One of those beers that just looks full of life... quite the looker.

Sweet fruit up front. Pineapple, peach, sweet lemon, and mild grapefruit. Classic Belgian Ale aroma followed the fruit. Yeast, pepper, and coriander.

Tart notes of sweet citrus hit the tongue first. Belgian yeast quickly took center stage. Peppery up front but notes of coriander smoothed things out. Definitely sweeter than other saisons. The sweetness is not necessarily cloying but it does take away a fair amount of drinkability from this brew. Semi-dry finish with lingering flares of the initial citric notes.

Well carbonated. More of a sipper than I anticipated.

Well crafted Belgian-American infused ale. I won't lie, there were times I felt like I was drinking a Tripel, but that is a good problem to have. However you want to classify this, it is a well-crafted ale worth every Belgian-lover's time and money.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow/orange body, plenty of carbonation and a *prodigious* coarse white head, dots of lace, a film of sediment gathers on the bottom of my glass, but somehow I don't mind... this time. Body has a good amount of white pepper, as well as as some lighter citrus (lemon) notes, light malt. The flavor is heavy, nearly blanketed, with white pepper spice. A few grain and chalky yeast notes break the monotony, but don't add much to the enjoyment. The barest of lemon and fruity notes shine through. Good carbonation that produces burps of a milder version of the flavor, and offers a refreshing crispness to offset the bludgeoning pepper flavor.
Cloying is usually a word reserved for sweetness, but the amount of spice in this definitely merits its use. White pepper dominated the flavor, but despite that the look, feel, and mostly aroma saved this one.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer is straw in color with a slight haze and active carbonation. The head is white and extremely fluffy with great retention. The aroma gives a mild alcohol backing, a mixture of floral, citrus, and spicy smells, there is even a hint of clove, all of this gets overpowered by a yeasty smell. The beer flavor is a mixture of fruitiness and spicy, a slight bread flour taste, and a mild alcohol finish with a slight bitterness. The beer oddly feels soft yet slightly drying. The head and carbonation mix to make the beer very fluffy feeling.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a hazy yellow gold with a huge, creamy white head. Retention is phenomenal and there are a ton of thick hanging rings of lacing. Smell is grapefruit, banana, clove, rubber and barnyard funk. Taste is similar with some pepper on the finish. Feel is light and very refreshing. Can't believe this is 8.5%, it is so smooth. Overall this beer is great. Saisons are not a favorite style of mine, but this is one of the best I've had. The hoppiness and the funk go together perfectly and are very well balanced.

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

12 ounce bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a hazy pale gold with three plump fingers of puffy white head that leaves foamy splashes of lace as it recedes.

Smells of honeyed lemon, peach, pineapple, bubblegum, dusty white pepper, white bread and mild piney hops.

Tastes of lemon and orange zest, spiced honey, banana chips, stone fruit, peppery yeast, more soft bready malt and more gentle resiny hops.

Feels soft and fluffy. Surprisingly light bodied with frothy carbonation. Finishes off-sweet.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Very tasty, and easy enough to drink that extreme caution needs to be taken.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice medium gold beer covered in a foamy white head that leaves ribbons of lacing. There is the aroma of banana, clove, cherries, and Belgian yeast. The taste is sweet with massive amounts of banana and clove with a bit of fruitiness in there as well. There is a yeasty taste that ends with a peppery and bitter finish. I love this beer. It is really Belgian with a bit of an American twist.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle best by 10/24/16. DFH Tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy bright gold with 2 fingers foamy white head. Very actively carbonated. Retains about one finger right down to the bottom, very frothy. Lacing is epic.

Aroma: Immediately upon pouring I got some hoppy graprefruit and slightly tropical notes, then quickly it moved into traditional Belgian territory, with a bubblegum, coriander, and yellow cherry territory.

Taste: Initial arrival is very Belgian, lots of that bubblegum and vinous/grapey quality; across mid-palate it turns slightly citrusy, with a surprising amount of hop there in the middle; malts are expressive and crisp, crackery. As it transitions into the ending, there is a big bomb of medicinal hop goodness and a touch of alcohol. Granted, I have had only a few saisons, but this feels like a saison and an IPA mixed together. Not as hoppy as a white IPA, more Belgian character than that, but quite a bit more bitter than I would expect a saison to be.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of midweight, but high carbonation makes it feel even lighter. Quite refreshing on a summer night with no air conditioning, which says a lot given that it's 8.5% ABV. Lingering bitter and medicinal character - perhaps that is not a hop medicinal taste, but some kind of ester or phenol? Very clean, otherwise. Not slick.

Overall: Given the reviews and how ubiquitous this beer seems to be, I expected to like it a whole lot, I expected to like it more than Hennepin. But the alcohol and hops both come out pretty strongly on this one. Granted, I have not had many saisons, but it seems like a style that should be a big beer without feeling like a big beer. The lingering bitter and spicy finish is apparently more true to style. I'm not saying this tastes like a tripel, but it still feels like a big beer. That said, the appearance and aroma are out of this world, and although I prefer Hennepin, I fully expect to buy this beer again. Quickly becoming a favorite style for me.

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Photo of Tenessee_Jed1972
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a very tasty farmhouse ale. Big head, much carbonation.. Very fruity, with a dry finish in my opinion. A very good representative of this style. Very refreshing.

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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 5,086 ratings.
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