Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Tank 7 Farmhouse AleTank 7 Farmhouse Ale
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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 pdoran10
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a magnum into a tulip, nice light golden color with a bit of haze. 2 fingers of head that stays for a little and doesn't leave much lacing.

smell is decidedly hoppy. the grapefruit and orange notes come through along with some peppery spice. nice scent not too saisony.

taste is delicious hops up front finishing with some nice funk and spice at the end. a real treat and uniquely hoppy for a saison. orange, pepper, grapefruit, wheat.

seems a bit thin for a big saison, but nice and dry with carbonation just right.

drinkability is good for a bigger saison. a real treat but perhaps more delicious hop flavor present than i like saison.

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Photo of daledeee
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this being careful not to overflow the glass. Cloudy yellow body with a large bubbled white head.

The nose is as spicy as you will ever get. I can't quite pinpoint which spice it is. There is also hops in the nose.

Taste is very hoppy, with citrus peel, spice and bananas in the background. The banana is a first for the saison group for me. This is a pretty sweet example of this style.

Mouth feel is a little heavy but really easy to drink. Comes across as hoppy. Alcohol is hidden. The first time I got this one, I didn't like it that much; but it has grown on me and I relish it now.

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Photo of Adamdc
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle with 'best by' date of 12/10.

A: Very thick white head about 1 1/2 inches thick sits atop yellow - yellow/orange body. Head hangs around for a long time.

S: I'm not getting the citrus that everyone else seems to be reporting but rather the saison yeast is prominent along with banana and lemon.

T: This is by far the bitterest saison that I've had. The yeast, banana and lemon are there but they're hiding behind the lingering hop bitterness.

M: It's pretty thick for a saison yet the crispness is very nice.

D: ABV seems a little high for a saison (I'm feeling a bit light-headed) but the crispness and thickness is very nice. Not my favorite but good nonetheless. I'm hoping the bottle of Saison Brett (of which Tank 7 is the base beer) is better than this.

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Photo of tedsox31
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml into a goblet. The color is a golden yellow, slightly hazy, with a white head that sticks around a bit. Some lacing is left on the side of the goblet.

The aroma is very citrusy up front, and also some spice and a slight bit of tang from the yeast.

The taste is quite similar to the aroma, although more fruity. There is a nice presence from the hops in the finish that lends a strong citrus flavor to this beer. The spice character is slightly muted, although I still detect a nice tang from the saison yeast.

The mouthfeel is effervescent and finishes nice and dry, inviting more sips.

This is a great beer. While the alcohol is slightly high, it is not noticeable in any form and is a very delicious and refreshing beer.

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Photo of PSUDREW
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks jconrick1
A: Pours a REALLY nice golden color, with a fluffy white head. Seems to be a lot of carbonation, and the head sticks around. little bit of lacing
S: Sweet citrusy nose, with a dose of pine
T: really interesting, sweet, herby, spicy, all mixed into one. this thing is definitely persnickety. Just enough funk to make it interesting. I nice dose of hoppy citrus spice. some funk at the end. It all mixes together pretty well.
M: medium, well carbonated. doesn't weigh you down
D: Pretty high. I mean this is not "chugable", and the abv weighs it down slightly, but all in all pretty good

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The second smokestack I was able to find in Texas.

Nice white head on this beer with lacing that slides back down to meet the head after a while. Cloudy and yellow in color, very good looking brew.

Very citrus smelling, with a good hoppy profile and spices, grasslands, and a notable sweetness as well.

Tastes wonderful, spicey hops, grasses and pronounced citrus. Well balanced and typically spicy good farmhouse ale character. Alcohol is not noticeable except for the kick.

Feels thick and rich, creamy, with good carbonation.

Drinks typically of the smokestack series, very fine indeed. However, it was inferior to their now retired Saison, which I liked better and wish they hadn't retired.

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Photo of chickencoop
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ridglens on this one, and all of the other Boulevards Smokestack series stuff. This is an extremely refreshing light citrusy brew, and for 8%, that is good stuff. Funky earthy with a sweet very light finish. I could drink this all day, and can imagine on tap it is even better. You need to pisk one of these up if your a saison fan.

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Photo of TheRealDBCooper
3.06/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Looks - Nice color and head. Looks good in a glass.


Taste and smell were too sweet for my liking. In fact I found the whole thing very one dimensional. Based on other reviews maybe I got a bad bottle. I wouldn't mind trying it again.

Overall I could spend a night drinking this, but I wouldn't go out of my way to pick it up.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a light golden yellow, slightly hazy with a pure white bubbly head.

S-very nice nose, lemon, earthy yeast aromas, touch of honey, grassy herbal hop presence with a light peppery spice in the back.

T-not as big as the nose but still nice, earthy saison funk up front, the lemon is behind with a touch of sweet honey, plenty of grassy herbal hops in the back and a light peppery spice to balance in the finish.

M-smooth and creamy, medium body, moderate to strong carbonation balances the nice mouthfeel with a good crisp finish.

D-this has all the nice flavors you want to see in a saison, the earthy funk is done just right with a good amount of sweetness and a nice herbal presence. the spice is a little light and the finish wasn't as dry as some of the top notch saisons, but very tasty and drinkable beer.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this one with Spider889. Sent to me by Onion in a kick ass box of Boulevard Smokestacks.
Poured into a Nostrodamus chalice. I have to start by saying that saisons are one of my new found favorites ever since Fantome graced my taste buds so I was very pleased to see this included in my box from Onion.

A- As with all of these Smokestack beers the appearance is fantastic. From the stellar label art on the cork and caged magnums to the strong, lacy heads. This one fits in with the rest of its family. The beer is a minorly hazed bright yellow. The head came up about 3 fingers tall but was just so manageable. It didnt make me wait all night to fill my glass. It didnt leave a whole lot of lacing, just come foam crawling up the glass.

S- Prevailing notes of lighter citrus like lemon, earthy and slightly barny yeasts but strongest is a huge amount of spiciness. The spice is pretty strong and allows you to smell it from part way across the room.

T- Following the nose, there is a lemony citrus hopping with lots and lots of spice. Lots of white peppercorn. There is also some floral and grassy stuff going on.

M- Fairly biting and lighter medium body. This teamed with a clean finish makes for a nice refreshing beer.

D- the 8% is barely represented here. It drinks very easily and cleanly for me.

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Photo of Spider889
4.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a glowing light orange color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Very faint, some grains, lemon

T: Grass, lemon, tartness, funky and some booze

M: Well carbonated. Has a tartness, light booze, feel of grass, lemon

D: Pretty good overall

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Photo of deapokid
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to tr4nc3d for this one!

Liquid is a yellow/straw color. It's insanely bubbly and boasts big tufts of foam with light retention. Lacing elegantly spider webs along the glass.

Wow! I could smell this one from a few feet away. Predominant orange aroma with pepper, tart acidity and a hint of potpourri. Vanilla and banana only peak out after deeper investigation. Strong and forthright.

Taste is comprised of banana, orange and a bold lasting dryness. There's also an undercurrent of creamy, vanilla-esque sweetness. This is less on the tart side than expected and orange peel is the easiest note to discern. Dryness might be a bit too big.

As you sip, the sweetness rolls into dryness, which is almost jarring, but somehow works. After each sip, peppery notes resonate on the tongue.

My head is telling me to note how assertive the dryness is, but that certainly didn't stop me from taking down my glass in just a few minutes.

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Photo of tpd975
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a vibrant goldish yellow with a huge pillow like head. Wonderful retention and insane lace.

S: Nice and floral. Strong spicy notes with lots of citrus.

T: Heavy on the white pepper, notes of thyme, lemondgrass, and real bold citrus. Hints of yeast, clove, and banana. The finish has some strong floor stripper like phenols that at times over whelmed.

M: Zippy carbonation, a bit bitey in the finish.

D: Not too bad, if the phenols were not there it would be real real nice.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to beertracker for the Boulevard brews.

A - Pours a very nice golden hue, with white fizzy head, decent retention, and some sediment.

S - It has an underwhelming nose, beer-y and vaguely spicy but that's about all.

T - Not my favorite Smokestack brew. The finish and lingering aftertaste is very strongly reminiscent of grapefruit juice; there is just far too much of that flavor. The brew is also very peppery and spicy, and is somewhat grassy and vegetal overall.

M - Bright and effervescent.

D - Almost mehhh territory, but not quite. Definitely a notch below the average Smokestack brew.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark amber; cloudy on the last pour. Poured a 4 finger billowy white head with excellent retention to a 2 finger rocky cap. Decanted continually. Thick, sticky lace.

S: Floral and cirtus hops. Pine and dry grass. A farmhouse with some bready malt character too!

T: Sweet bready malt. Yeast esters not over-bearing. REsiny hops ahead of a citrussy and peppery bitter. Resiny and bit dry.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Resiny feel transitions to a dry finish. some alcohol.

D: Very drinkable. A surprising balance. Hop and malt character complements this style. Alcohol not too hot.

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Photo of kaidasz
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can i say about my new favorite beer. this one caught me by surprise as i've never tried saison's. the drinkability, flavor, appearance were all off the charts. i will be trying the 6th glass and bbq ales shortly from boulevard as they are light years ahead of my local tx breweries w/their smokestack series of beers.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow color with a white head that sticks a while. Pretty hazy after the final pour. Nose is pretty soft and pleasant; floral with fruity notes as well as some spicing. The flavor profile comes off pretty large for style (high ABV as well): on the front end, it's pretty sweet and floral, with enough citrics to pass muster for a saison. The spicing comes back with some coriander and ginger notes, along with pepper. Big mouthfeel for the style, but very drinkable overall. Interesting take on the Farmhouse style, but very tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a surprisingly bright saison for the amount of alcohol... a tad less farmhouse funk than the good ones but still significantly more interesting than 75% of american saisons. nose of saaz and some belgian sugar cane. palate is nice and dry and herbal. anise... that makes one hungry. fruit was there. nice mild citrus grassy with a bit of bitter mint finish. had a poor feel towards the end and the protein started to come out. still great for american.

had it again from a bottle about a month later and the flavor was more balanced... funky and mature. a solid american saison... totally traditional... very nice and brisk.

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Photo of goatgoat
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemless wine glass. Best by 12/10.

Pours a clear lemon yellow. A superb, thick frothy head leaves sticky lace. Aroma is bright fruits, pear, a little grass and clove. A bit floral. The taste follows, with a bit more spice and pepper. A low bitterness in the finish. Not quite that needs-another-drink dryness of many saisons. But dry enough.

This is missing the tartness, mustiness and intense dryness... but I barely miss them in this very complex brew. Just another tribute to the diversity of this style I suppose.

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Photo of tronester
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden, with a medium pure white head. Smells of spicy herbs and a bit of lemon. Taste is a hint of honey sweetness up fron, with a spicy yeast middle, and an herbal, flowery, dry hoppy finish. Surprisingly bitter for a saison, but in a good way. Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Drinkability is good. A bit more bitter than the average saison, this is an excellent beer I would get again.

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Photo of Kromes
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It is a cloudy pale orange with a tremendous amount of carbonation. The head is a huge white fluffy cloud that sits on top of the beer and sticks to the sides of the glass.

S: There are bready malts, some clove spice, a little ginger maybe, and a nice floral hop in the background.

T: Oh this is smooth like beer candy. A nice sweet, smooth biscuity malt flavor along with a noticable yeast, citrusy tang and peppery alcohol flavor. There is a floral hop presence in the beer that makes itself known in the dry, somewhat bitter finish. For me, everything is perfect up until the very end when the bitterness shows up and leaves me sort of cottonmouthed.

M: The feel is light and thin, but the carbonation fills it out and makes it nice and smooth.

D: This is good stuff. A nice drinkable beer, the alcohol is there but adds to the overall flavor.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 6/5/10 notes. Had at SAVOR in DC.

a - Pours a golden color with orange tint and one inch of white head.

s - Smells of citrus, orange, fruity hops, some pine, and floral hops.

t- Light fruit, floral and citrus hops, and more orange.

m - Medium body and light carbonation.

d - A pretty good saison. I enjoyed the smell a lot and would like to try again.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter...

A: Pours a golden color with a huge frothy head that leaves behind extra sudsy lacing and shows great retention.

S: picking up alot of citrusy and piney hops along with a hint of fruits and floral notes stemming from the yeasts wiht a sweet nutty and honey like malt background.

T: earthy hops with soft fruity flavors and a spicy and peppery middle and finish. also finishes with grapes, green apples, pears, and piney hops

M: light-medium body with a smooth velvety texture, also resiny from the hops, and a very dry finish.

Overall, a very refreshing beer perfect for the warm summer months when one needs an easy drinking beer that is still flavorful. Definitely worth your time and money

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Photo of briman
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw clor, with a moderate white head that retains fairly well.

Citrus and peppery spice in the nose. Clearly evident, but pleasant and not overpowering.

Flavor follows closely, with a nice complexity displaying citrus elements, peppery spices, and some light malt for foundation. A mild hop bitterness sneaks out in the end and lingers a bit in the aftertaste.

Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Nice complexity, crisp, and refreshing with the alcohol hidden quite well. Overall a well done example of the style.

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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 5,276 ratings