Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Tank 7 Farmhouse AleTank 7 Farmhouse Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

Style: Belgian Saison

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

BEER STATS
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#2,482
Reviews:
1,102
Ratings:
5,370
pDev:
10.31%
 
 
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Ratings: 5,370 |  Reviews: 1,102
Photo of sweemzander
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Best by 07/08/11 printed on the bottle.

(A)- Pours a brilliant golden orange color. Produced a huge fluffy white head with perfect retention behind it. Lacing all over the place after it finally started to dissipate.

(S)- A nice dry and earthy clay aroma. Hints at wheat, lemon, and a light clove-like spice.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A crisp and dry earthy clay with tart lemon and earthy wheat. Very subtle hints at a dry funk (Brett?).

(M)- A very high carbonation level. Maybe a bit too high actually. Very mild bitterness. Earthy and dry, but very crisp due to the carbonation level.

(D)- An excellent saison. Maybe a tad high in carbonation, but otherwise this is a top notch beer for the style.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has been in my cellar for a while. With spring in the air, it seems like a good time to break out a Farmhouse Ale. This one is dark yellow with a big foamy white head. The aroma is dominated by hops--just a few bready notes from the malt. The palate feels about right with lots of carbonation and nimbleness. The flavor profile again showcases the hops. The Amarillo hops provide a big citrus kick. Some pine notes are mixed in as well. The beer lacks a little freshness--that thirst quenching summerness of a farmhouse ale is wanting. I would like to see some more pale malt to balance this thing out. Some yeast and spice are proxies in that role. Overall, this is certainly drinkable and enjoyable, I would just like the citrus, piney hops toned down for a beer of this style.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml
Caged/Corked

Poured into a chalice a cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger creamy/foamy white head, with lots of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast, slight hop note, coriander, bananna. The taste is malty, yeasty, slightly hopped, with some nice spice notes, slightly peppered. Medium Body. Drinkable, a nice Saison.

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

Shout-out to GCurlow for the bottle. Pours a nice bright hazy gold with a shining white head, good lookin' and lively. Super floral nose, faint peach and some yeasty fruity esters, really a beaut. Excellent fresh flavor, grassy and floral, doughy, a nice balance of light malt and herbal hops, crisp and clean. Nice body on the palate though remains crisp and refreshing. Definitely a nice beer for the warming spring season or anytime. Another impressive brew from Boulevard.

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Photo of baldben
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 750 ml bottle into glass chalice.

Tends to pour a rather large head that is fluffy white in character with big bubbles. The beer is a hazy blond. Some lacing sticks down the glass in tufts.

Aroma of lemons and grapefruit with an undercurrent of yeast. Despite the citrus notes, smells sweet.

Tastes of sweetened fruit: lemons and maybe pears in syrup. A bit of malt and yeast play behind this mid-taste and the finish is peppery with a sweetness that lingers, verging on cloying.

Lighter bodied and pretty heavily carbonated, Tank 7 almost feels like champagne in the mouth.

A little too sweet to be highly drinkable, this beer nevertheless has good complexity but would also be a great treat on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of StLThrash
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into my Lone Peak Brewery pint glass. Best by 7/29/11 on bottleneck.

A - Some good and bad here. Poured a very hazy, golden with a 2 finger head. Tons o' bubbles that just don't stop. Left significant lacing. But lots of floaties. Not sure from what, but was cloudier and less filtered than a hefeweizen.

S - lemon peel, citrus, bready malts. Very reminiscent of a saison.

T & M - Again, very citrusy to start, with bready/biscuity malts to finish. Highly carbonated and good refreshing mouthfeel.

D - Would be a great, refreshing summer beer which is what these farmhouse ales were made for (to quench the thirst of farmers in Europe).

Liked everything but the floaties. Didn't see anyone else mention them in their reviews?

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Photo of tewaris
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8% ABV
38 IBUs
Color 12 (EBC)
OG 17.3 Plato, FG 2.5 Plato
12 oz. bottle, best by 07/29/11 poured into a Duvel tulip on 03/10/11.

Poured a golden-tangerine hue with a lush haziness and an out of bounds crown formed of bubbles of varying character. The head didn't seem to budge for a while but it still couldn't contain the strongly bready aroma. When the cap of foam fell off after a few minutes, it had left sticky lacing all over the glass and a big chunk still floated on the surface. Nice!

The aroma, as expected, was big on fruit with clear bready notes. Pear, apricot and spice dominated, and reminded of relatively fresh Orval. Nice!

Fresh, bitter, citrusy and fruity tasting with a dry finish and a flavorful, bitter aftertaste. Crisp and refreshing. However, not spicy enough and alcohol is noticeable at warmer temperature. The bitterness seems discordant at times too and it all affects the drinkability. Still a very nice beer that I will buy again.

Scores: Appearance 4.5/5; Aroma 4/5; Taste 3.5/5; Mouthfeel 4/5; Drinkability 4/5

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Photo of fastpass17
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Brown Bottle

A: cloudy gold, nice light billowy head, firm carbonation.

S: bread, banana, light hop presence, finishes with a touch of wheat.

T: banana and hops, lightly astringent, classic saison taste.

M,D: lingering hop in back of mouth, tingle on tongue. Very nice and drinkable.

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

750 ml corked and caged bottle poured into corsendonk tulip.

Very nice golden color with a big, thick, foamy pure white head. Lacing all over the glass. The smell is nice with hints of fresh flowers and pepper. It is slightly earthy, but there is a nice hoppy fruitiness as well. There is also a scent of a very nice dry Belgian yeast. The taste is a little more overpowering than the smell. It is sugary sweet, not quite cloying though. I get a slightly unpleasant booziness that takes away from the drinkability. Not very complex and really just a tad too hot for a saison. Not my favorite from boulevard.

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Photo of plfahey
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pale, golden yellow. Slight haze. Beige, frothy head with good retention and nice lacing.

Aroma-Herbal, grapefruit, white pepper, lemon-this one is all over the place. Grapefruit strikes me the strongest, followed by peppery and slightly clove like phenolics. Slightly grainy malt.

Flavor-Grainy malt, with sharp grapefruit and lemon notes. Other green, herbal, spicy hops. White pepper and clove phenolics. Light bubblegum esters. Rose-like alcohols. Very tasty. Finishes very dry.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body, with moderately high carbonation. Slight carbonic bite. Refreshing.

This is a wonderful american interpretation of the Belgian farmhouse/saison style. Tasty, complex, smooth, crisp, and refreshing. Love it.

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Photo of Stigs
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml cork and cage - split served in Stone Levitation glasses

batch #710190 - best by 5/2011

A - pours with a billowing amount of loose and puffy, bright white foam, falling slowly is leaves behind a web of sticky lace on the glass. the beer is very light gold in color with a touch of haze.

S - faint fruity esters...green apples, pear and a hint of banana. leafy, grassy hops with bits of lemon zest. crackery, crisp grains and pilsner malt finish with just a little bit of zippy yeast spice.

T - begins with a flash of fruitiness, mostly banana and pear. malt slowly creeps in and dominates via stale bread, water crackers, and a hint of corn. hops flash in bright and grassy with a hint of citrus coming through in the end.

M - lightish, refreshing body with prickly carbonation. pretty dry but aided by the hints of fruits. just a bit of alcohol burn but the 8% is hidden quite well. crisp and refreshing as it should be.

D - very well done all around, one of the better Saisons I have had. nice, interesting mix of dry but with bits of fruitiness and yeast action going on as well.

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Photo of bmwats
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into standard pint.

A: Cloudy golden hue. Pours a substantial, frothy, white head. Craters slowly, leaving a bit of sticky residue as it does. Just a little sparse lacing remains. Head renews with vengeance on repour.

S: A little malt, lots o' yeast, and raspberry.

T: Nice baked bread grainy flavor, with just a hint of sour sweetness.

M: Pretty light body. Yeasty in the front, sharp sweetness in the end...but not too much so. Sharpness pang lingers.

D: This thing drinks easy. Have your way with it.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Great appearance, solid head, and decent enough lacing. Nose is pretty decent, yeast and raspberry. Flavor similarly is grainy, with a subtle sweetness. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

****I feel like I should issue a disclaimer with my review a bit. This is not my favorite style, so hopefully I'm treating it fairly.****

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Photo of Jwale73
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to BucketBoy for knocking this off my 'wants'. 750ml corked and caged bottle served in my ST tulip. Batch number 7-9303; best by 10/10 indicated on the back label. Pours a translucent golden-orange with a dense, cascading 3.5 inch, rocky, bright white head that eventually settles into a quarter inch cap. Some spots and strands of textured lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose is fairly clean - citrus, lemon zest, and light, herbal aromatics. Taste follows nose - there's some citric acid as well as bitter grapefruit - flavors fall somewhere between a domestic farmhouse and a Belgian IPA as there is a light, herbal hoppiness to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light and lively with an assertive, almost prickly carbonation and some astringency that light stimulates the salivary glands along the cheeks and the taste buds across the back of the tongue, before culminating in a crisp, semi-dry finish. A very solid domestic saison; however, citrus astringency is a bit too aggressive. Also a little too bitter and lacking that refreshing farmhouse quality.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with a fluffy white head and plenty of good lace. The aroma is spicy just mildly funky with just a hint of alcohol. Flavor follows with the spiciness and the mild funkiness. There is a hint of bubblegum right up front that makes you think it's going to go sweet, but the rest of the flavor is remarkably dry.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big fluffy white head atop a slightly hazy golden body. Tons of carbonation. Bananas first in the aroma, then a bit of grain. Smells Belgian to me. Bananas first in the taste, earthy bitterness builds middle through end. The bitterness is there long after the finish. Very dry with no signs of tartness. Plenty of carbonation up front with a medium to slightly heavy body.

Note: Mellows and opens up a bit as it warms up. Not nearly as bitter with some citrus notes showing up.

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Photo of jar2574
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chimay-style oversized wine glass. Pours a very cloudy yellow orange color with a large bubbly white head. Looks great initially, could use better lacing on the way down.

Smells great - spicy, grassy, yeasty and a little fruity. Tastes excellent as well. A very good saison - Belgian yeast, hops, spices, grassiness and slight bitterness.

Extremely drinkable. A good session beer. Even at that high ABV, the alcohol is completely disguised. One of Boulevard's best offerings.

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

12 oz bottle into a tulip. The label sais this one is a "Farmhouse Ale", but at 8% alcohol that's one of the bigger Farmhouses I've seen. Maybe they include that as part of it being a "American rendition" of this Belgian style. Fun smokestack bottle, as part of the Smokestack Series from Boulevard.

A: A slow pour still gives this a nice two and half finger frothy white head atop a very hazy yellow-gold body. Plenty of carbonation bubbles fighting to the top. Looks inviting, deceptively so of its ABV.

S: Sour funk dominates. Peppery spice notes, some lemon and grapefruit, but mostly funk. One of the strangest smelling beers I've ever had.

T: Surprising sweetness up front, before it gives over to sour and bitter flavors of lemon, orange peel, then grassy hops with grapefruit thrown in for good touch. Some phenol taste throughout.

M: Nicely carbonated, slightly dry, very nice. Only the faintest hints of alochol warming.

D: A fantastic Americanized Saison. Really funky and fun.

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Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Fallen Rock. A huge head, yellow body. Pleasant aromas and a nice bitterness. Served a bit cold, on a freezing night. Belgian yeast, the beverage seems more to me as a Belgian IPA, with some lemon and grapefruit and other nice fruit. Nothing overt.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has mellow yeast spicy smell it is also very grainy. The body looked super model hot. It was cloudy and gold with a lot of carbonation but settled in the foam just right. The flavor was pasture and grain like with some spice. This was a very refreshing beer but could be very versatile. The feel was medium and very drinkable.

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Photo of Fenris244
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy yellow in color, 2 finger soapy head, retention was ok, leaves a thin lace

Grassy and lemon aromas dominate, cinnamon and mineral aromas as well. Pear and apple aromas, damn this has a complex smell

Lemon and grassy in taste as well, mineral notes, malty note on the finish. Hop character is nice. Light citrus peel flavors, the alcohol is well hidden, dangerously well hidden.

Mouthfeel is light of all things, it's crisp and refreshing too, extremely drinkable and I wish I had more than 1 bottle.

It's a fantastically good beer and I'm gonna try and get this by the case

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Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip. Poured a semi-cloudy/hazy yellow with a very tall, fluffy, white head (partially due to an accidentally overaggressive pour on my part) that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma was very good, typical for the style, yeasty, spicy and grainy. The flavors were also pretty typical, the yeast dominates with a pleasant spicy aspect and had a dry finish.

The body was medium-light, clean and nicely tongue coating. Drinkability was very good, as I find all good Saisons to be. Overall, a very nice example of the style. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by date of 07/29/11

Clear golden color with a lot of particulate suspended in the beer. Two fingers of head forms and has excellant retention. The head never really recedes beyong a very thick cap.

Phenolic aroma with a slight herbal and floral elements. A bit of spicy alcohol as well. I can tell this is going to be one spicy beer to drink.

Yep this is heavy on yeast phenols. Has a spicy alcohol edge to it. A bit astrigent. Finishes dry with the slightest hint of pale fruit.

Light body with abundant carbonation. Makes the beer feel lively and airy. I like this direction.

An enjoyable beer with some strong phenolic elements going on. Has some excellant qualites.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my second introduction to the Saison style, the first being Dupont. I actually believe this is better than Dupont. And, even more impressive is the the fact that this is an American made rendition of a Saison.

Poured into my Dfh snifter, fluffy, cloud like head immediately fills my glass, and hangs around awhile before reseeding. Pours a light amber color, with nice barnyard, citrus, and banana scent. Taste- first the carbonation that you would want from a saison gets you, some apple flavors, some nice bitterness, and as it warms, some sweet and funky orange flavor. I love this beer, my best Saison so far.

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Photo of Impfan
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautifully refractive golden color, big mousse-like head, very fruity/spicy aroma, medium, spritzy carbonation.

Starts out fruity with pear that slides into a grapefruit hoppiness, and then moves into orange peel which is followed quickly by bubblegum and a clove-like spicy finish. There is also a nice touch of Brett barnyard funk.

All in all, a lovely saison style ale. I could see drinking a lot of this in the summer.

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Photo of Chaney
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahhhh... I friggin' love this style! Well, the bottle was slightly past its best by date, but nothing too offensive.

I got this corked and caged bottle a few months ago when I went back to Indiana to visit family.

A: Poured a mildly cloudy, golden-orange color with a massive 2 finger + head that was probably due to me pouring it so damn hard.

S: Wonderful farmhouse funkiness with a huge Belgian flair. Tons of grapefruit, with a soft filtered water with crushed asprin quality as well.

T: A bit of an alcohol burn, but I expected that at 8%.... I find saisons to be very transparent in this regard anyway. Nice citrus taste with Belgianiness oozing out of the very fabric of its creation! Very dry on the finish.

M: Very prickly on the carbonation which I totally dug. The citrus added just the right amount of sweetness as to add character to, but not overpower the very unusual, yet unique aftertaste.

D: I'm glad they are selling this in sixers now and definitely feel it is a wise decision. I'll grab more of this stuff when I head back to visit family again in the Midwest.

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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 5,370 ratings