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 zeff80
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a clear, bubbly, orange color with a small, white, fizzy head of foam. It left sticky, rings of lace.

S - It smelled very funky with yeasty notes and hints of caramel. It had a nice grain aroma with fruity notes.

T - Great funky and spicy flavor with a sweet caramel backbone. It had a good yeasty flavor.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a very good saison. Great funky character withjust enough sweetness to balance things out.

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

Served in a Boulevard tulip at the Draughthouse, Austin.

Pours a beautifully translucent, golden-blonde hue with torrents of carbonation rising up from the etched glass bottom. A thick cap of soft, off-white foam slowly settles, but is easily revived with a swirl of the glass. Gorgeous lacing all the way through. The aroma is heavy on the fruit and floral hops, with notes of pineapple, coriander, orange peel, and a faint whiff of funk. Very enticing nose that builds the anticipation.

Boulevard is quickly and quietly building their reputation as makers of insanely good Belgain beer styles that remain distinctly American. Tank 7 Saison upholds this trend, delivering a blend of vanilla, pale malt, tangerine, coriander, white pepper, and piny hops. Finishes dry and bitter, but soft and juicy at the same time. Tight carbonation on the tongue, with a medium body that makes for exceedingly high drinkability. Recommended.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer.

A-Golden-hay color with a rather rich aroma.

S- A bit funky, white pepper, cucumber, and lemon grass.

T- Taste is earthy with an added fruitiness similar to rinds and a dry finish.

D- Very enjoyable. Expect no less from the Smokestack Series.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A light, cloudy yellow pour. Kinda bright with a rather large head that dwindled to a low setting. A quick swirl brings it back up.
Light aromas of persimmon, clove, unripe apricot, and lemon zest. A touch of hops as well.
Taste follows the nose. A bit breadier than indicated through the nose, but this helps put the spices in line. Zest, clove, some banana and citrus. Hops in the back cleans out the palate for a fresh, new sip. Very drinkable

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

sampled on tap at stub and herbs aug 2/09.

pours yellow with a very light haze. a small white head forms, quickly falling to a ring around the glass and leaving a few spots of lace.

aroma is good. bright citrus. tangerine. light orange. bit of orange peel. light spice. just a hint of nice light saison character. white bread. cracker. honey. bit floral. touch of caramel.

taste is good. floral and bright citrus initially. tangerine, orange. nice belgian spice. white bread and cracker. touch of earthy character. light alcohol. honey and light caramel. medium-low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium body with a nice dry finish. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. good depth. love hte citrus and floral character. i could drink this all day.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Royale.

Poured a cloudy straw with a rich white head.

Aroma of floral hops, lemon, Belgian yeast, and barnyard hay.

Much like the aroma, a big hit of floral hops, lemon, orange peel, Belgian yeast, malts, and hay.

Lighter bodied and moderately carbonated.

Good stuff from Boulevard. I wonder if they'll put this stuff in a bottle.

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Photo of rye726
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw with a white head. Good lacing. Nose has wheaty malts, citrus and a collection of spices. Taste has sweet malts, citrus fruits and more herbal spices. Body is a bit light, but still pretty easy to drink. Perhaps more of a Belgian Pale Ale, but still a decent beer.

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Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - The aroma is mild, but very complex. At first you get some phenol spice. Then bready, malty characters. Some esters, and a distinct "farmhouse" character. A wonderful aroma. Again, pretty complex.

Appearance - Very hazy gold to amber color. Frothy white head poured two fingerwidths and dissipated to one fingerwidth. Looks good.

Taste - At first I get a combination of malt and spice from phenols. After time the phenols grow and I even seem to get some hop flavor and bitterness. Not much with the hops, but more than an average saison. The taste is not tart, and not that "funky" in my opinion. Phenols on the finish.

Mouth Feel - High carbonation, but only a small carbonic "bite." Medium to thin body. Smooth. Dry. Slight alcohol. Dry finish.

Overall Impression - This is good saison and another good beer in the Smoke Stack series, but not completely representitive of the style. Worth a try. In fact, I'm going to order a second glass now.

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Photo of Poser
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Stem and Stein in Madison, AL. Orange blossom color to the pour with thin top that dissipated too quickly. It might have just been a bad pour and it was served too cold. Spices and citrus hops in the nose and taste. A little bit of a tart finish. Loads of carbonation. I was surprised to learn that it's 9% ABV. The alcohol is noticeable as it goes down but not THAT noticeable.

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Photo of Viggo
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Stub n Herbs, in a tulip.

Pours a hazy golden yellow, some orange highlights, thin white head forms, drops to a medium ring and leaves some size chunks of lace on the glass. Smell is neat, lots of citrus and wheat, grapefruit, floral, yeasty, light spice, strawberries, toast, honey, like a hopped up saison. Taste is similar, but fruitier, apricots, citrus, floral, grapefruit and orange peel, some caramel and honey sweetness, lightly funky, except the finish reminded me of pickles. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, pretty drinkable. An amped up saison, but for some reason it didn't totally sit right with me, but good stuff.

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

Hazy, straw yellow appearance, big, lush bone white cap of foam. Looks great.

Soft, airy aromatics, coriander spice perhaps, ginger, clove, with some citrus zest, as well.

In the mouth, more of the same, brisk, spicy, pulpy fruit, orange, lemon, pomegranate, pineapple. Meatier than most saisons, and big in alcohol, as well, at 8.3%. It catches up with you, but not for a while, meanwhile, as you drink, it's stays zippy and zesty.

A bit of a stretch for a saison, this one, but very flavorful and refreshing. I recommend it, and look forward to enjoying more and more of this one.

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Photo of Tone
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of tart malt, sweet malt, yeast, clove, and slight banana. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. There is a slight bitterness associated with this brew. Tastes of floral hops, tart malt, slight sweet malt, some pine, and slight spice (ginger?). Overall, more hops than I'm used to in a Saison, but I still enjoyed this brew a lot.

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Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Stub and Herbs. Poured into a chalice.

Pours 1/2 fingers of white head. Color is a slight hazed bright golden straw orange. Ok retention for the small amount of head there was. Left some lace.

Aroma: Big hay aroma. Very farmhous like. Also some brigh citrus scents.

Taste: A hug hay taste. This is by far te biggest farmhouse tasting beer I have had. It almost has a funky taste to it, but I miss the brett from the Saison-Brett.

Mouthfeel: very funky and a little crisp. Fairly light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a big farmhouse flavor.

Overall, I enjoyed th brett version more. This one has too much farmhouse flavor going on. This beer is actually starting to give me a slight buzz so 1 will be all I have.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Photo of MisterClean
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of mdwalsh
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of Mistofminn
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Photo of bfields4
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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Photo of KCHopHead
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Photo of grumpy
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
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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