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: 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

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Photo of bump8628
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged Smokestack bottle with a best by date of 12/10, but I think this one would keep much longer.

Served in a tulip glass Tank 7 is a cloudy deep gold with 3 fingers of airy, clumpy head. Quite nice.

Aroma is big on the piny American hops and they play quite well with the peppery Saison yeast.

Taste offers a bit more depth. It still has the pine, but also a touch of citric hops and a big tropical fruit character from the yeast as well as some peppery spice.

Despite being such a dry and refreshing beer the body is surprisingly silky and the lively carbonation really makes the beer dance on the tongue.

A really good Saison that definitely benefits from being bottled as the draft version is inferior to this. I still prefer the original Smokestack Saison, but this is one of the better Amercanized Saisons out there.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew as an extra in a trade with tytoanderso, Thanks Tyler!

750ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

Slightly hazed golden yellow color with a big fluffy white head that hung around and left quite a few globs of lacing behind.
The aroma is hoppy at first with yeast and white grape juice aromas in the background.
The taste is also fairly hoppy upfront, citrus hops, lemon juice, pear, white grape and green apple with a dry bitterness on the finish.
Light/Medium bodied with lively carbonation and a crisp feel.
Easy to drink, watch out for the abv as it will sneak up on you in a hurry.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
3.54/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden straw colored body with a beautiful mountain of a head. An absolutely gorgeous looking beer!

Very aromatic she is. I am reminded instantly of bubblegum and orchard fruit. Very floral and fruity with hops a'plenty and a touch of honey, clove and pepper.

The taste is a bit stronger than most Saisons, and a bit defferent too. Lemon and grapefruit with some grass and barnyard flavors. A touch tart and the sweetness is understated. This beer is well hopped. Both clove and pepper spices really come through, as well as some honey and apple. Bone dry finish.

The carbonation is spot on for the style. Lots of C02. the body is a bit fuller than your average saison, but still manaages to be relatively light for 8 percent.

THis is not a homerun, but a decent brew and a welcome addition to the stellar line-up of Boulevard Smokestack Series brews.

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

BBD 12/10 Boy was this cork hard to get off! Opened with a respectable pop...

Pours semi-hazed apricot/amber with 4 fingers of cream colored head. Some floaties, but also a nice viscosity to this as well. Good head retention & lacing

S: Phenols, lemongrass & coriander, plus orchard fruit once warm

T: Lemons & grapefruit with with grassyness & white grape juice up front. More grassyness & phenols as this warms, plus more grapefruit signature, then pineapple & honey & just a hint of barnyard. Finishes crisp, hoppy with a bit apple peel & honey. Can't quite bring myself to give this a 5,0 since it strays off style a bit IMO, otherness this would be 5.0 as an American Saison hybrid

MF: Medium bodied & fairly spritzy. Dry out a bit as it warms, shows superb balance

Drinks too easy, ABV is completely masked, nice effort with decidedly American slant. Another killer Saison from Boulevard! I may even prefer this to the saison-brett... must revisit...

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

Cloudy golden body with a large, creamy white head with long retention and wisps of lacing. The aroma is white pepper, lemon, grass, grapefruit, flowers, jasmine, spice, and hops. The flavors are many and include citrus, pepper, tea, honey, clove, fleshy grapefruit, tart green apple, etc. It is floral, spicy, hoppy, dry, moderately bitter and quite refreshing. Complex and easy drinking. Not a super funky Saison, more straightforward.

Paired this with fish tacos and loved it. I couldn't say off the top of my head how it differs from the old Bully Saison or which I prefer, but this is a superb example of the style, a worthy addition to the Smokestack lineup and a great beer for Spring and Summer.

This is clearly one of the best Saisons on the market. It hadn't occurred to me until I read other reviews, but between this and Saison Brett, Boulevard has positioned itself as one of the top Saison producers not only in the US, but in the world. And they have done it silently. Maybe BAs should give more props to good Saisons.

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Photo of Vancer
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Itap, this K.C. brew came out in a challis, a clear amber with a frothy inch head of ivory. Nice looking start to a fine sip session, as the 8% is well hidden and could be a sneaker.

More saison than farmhouse, the juicy bubblegum and citrus jumps out and lingers for the quaff. Fruity pear and apple show up, then subside as a woody hop appears in the finish. Nice balance of flavors and body. A tasty brew to start with the evening.

I'd go for a bottle of this, but I'm afraid it would come in the $12 for a 750ml range, just a bit too much for this brew.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Maudite snifter and even with a gentle pour there is still a huge head that settles ever so slowly. The aroma is mouth watering. It smells of sweet grass, pepper and ritz crackers. The carbonation tickles the nose just a bit and makes the pepper and spice just a bit stronger, so good.
On to the taste. This is an outstanding Saison. The taste follows the aroma spot on. The crisp pepper bite and crackers then comes the earth tones and a touch of citrus. After it warms up closer to room temp there is almost a bubble gum sweetness that shows up.
The finish is very sharp is and a wonderful dryness lingers long after the sip is gone. This quality alone makes this the most interesting, best tasting saison ever. If the taste alone doesn't warrant another sip the finish makes you pick the glass right back up and enjoy some more. The drinkability is beyond great and the is one that is just as good out of the bottle as on draft. It's gonna be hard to keep these in the fridge

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Photo of hwwty4
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a corked and caged 750 into my Boulevard Tank 7 tulip. Thanks Boulevard for such a lovely glass and a even lovlier beer to put into it. This beer pours a super hazy golden straw with a massive, rocky, bright white head that leaves lacing stickier then the vast majority of Double IPA's. Absolutly beautiful. The aroma is amazing. It hits you up front with big notes of mango and pineapple finishing with freshly ground white pepper, hay, damp grass, a bit of clove and just a slight medicinal aroma at the finish. The flavor is amazing. Big fleshy fruits up front leaving freshly cut mango lingering on the palate. Next comes what you expect from a Saison. Massive hay notes, cut grass, ground pepper, yeasty biscuits, a touch of clove and some freshly zested lemon. Beautiful. This is one big, bad mother of a Saison. At 8 percent, the alcohol is masterfully hidden. The mothfeel is full but doesn't have that stereotypical dryness that I prefer in my Saisons. Its something little but hey, we have to find flaws in everything don't we. This is easily (well besides Saison-Brett) my favorite Boulevard brew. Thanks Boulevard guys and gals for living up to my hopes.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle served in a Tank 7 tulip. Bottle conditioned. Lots of carbonation in this one! Poured a pale gold with a big white head. Nice aroma with lots of citrus fruit and some piney hops. Light to medium bodied with a spritzy mouthfeel. A bit phenolic, but not in a bad way. Some hop bitterness, but not as much as the aroma would suggest. Plenty of spice in the finish. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle served into a Boulevard tulip (not a Smokestack Series glass)

As per usual for the Smokestack Series, Boulevard has crafted a beer that looks prettier than any other beer you'll ever have (other Smokestack Series beers excepted. They tie). The color is golden, sun-kissed yellow. The head? Very white and sitting at 3 fingers for a good while. Fluffy, billowing, the very picture of relaxing summer clouds. The lacing is insane. I wish that I could take a picture of this. (In fact, I think that I will: http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e57/Thereaper16/Snapshot_20100105.jpg) The lacing looks like jets of rain slowly cresting down a windowpane. It is delicate and legitimately beautiful.

This beer gives off some powerful aromas. The spice bill hits the nose first and foremost; clove, coriander, & something not quite placeable (grains of paradise, maybe?) dominate the initial stages of the nose. Light, bready, cracker-like malts show through underneath the spices. Taking it all in, there is a significant hay or grass flavor to the scent, chased by an herbal mint quality.

The first couple of sips follows the nose to a "T" in that the spice bill coats the tongue, making its presence felt. I expected the cracker taste to show up next, but the significant hop characteristics (for the style, anyway) asserted themselves, bringing a minty, piney kiss to the drink before inevitably giving way to the smooth malt. There is slightly less farmhouse funk in this bottled version than on-tap... but the bottle conditioning has worked to add more fruit flavors than I've ever tasted in a glass of Tank 7 before. The bottled version of Tank 7 seems more like a hopped-up Smokestack Series Saison than the draught version ever did. Not that such a description should be read as negative.

This beer had one of my favorite mouthfeel qualities in that that you barely notice it. Its certainly not too thick or too thin for the style or for enjoyment. The proper level of creaminess was there to carry the flavors. It feels thinner than it did on-tap for some reason. As far as drinkability goes, this bottle drinks fast. Its ABV % is not unreasonable and it has the benefit of being both light and delicious.

An earlier reviewer mentioned that, and I had thought the same before reading it, Boulevard could survive and get much respect as a saison/farmhouse ale-only brewery ala Fantome. Thank goodness that Boulevard does more, but the brewery is indeed the American masters of the Saison style. No one else can touch them when it comes to Saison. Since I both love saisons and live in KC it is kind of perfect for me. Now that Tank 7 is in bottles, those of you throughout Boulevard's distribution need not miss out on this little slice of near-perfection. A must-try.

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Photo of br3wmeister
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Moderately sized fluffy off white head, ok retention and lacing. Bright gold in color.

S- peppermint, fresh herbs, caramel, honey, almost no hop presence detected, hint of lemon zest. This is an interesting smelling beer.

T- Very sweet tasting beer, honey, caramel and citrus fruit with a large dry bitter presence for the hops. Ends sweet with a light lingering hop presence.

M- Starts sweet and oily and finishes with a dry bitter bite.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

... Today was one of the longest days I've had in a long long time... 14+ hours and hauling ass from beginning to end.... Thankfully the wife hit the COOP today and got me a few nice brews... Thanks babe.

I shared this with my carpool buddy to celebrate our first 3 day weekend since mid summer... cheers homeboy.

3 finger foamy white head... great lacing... fantastic retention... the brew is a slightly hazed straw golden.

Nose a very interesting mash-up of citrus hops... fruity esters... and a bit of dusty saison elements... a bit of sugar cookie maltiness.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a bit more maltiness... earthy.. biscuity maltiness... still plenty of pithy citrus zest... quite a bit of peppery phenols that I wasn't necessarily getting in the nose... the body is big for the style yet seems to still be about right given the adequate carbonation... really very drinkable... maybe dangerously... I should have probably given this brew a better review, but, it's hard to explain.. my mind says it is fantastic, but it still tastes a bit "American".. maybe that's a good thing I guess.


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

I didn't get a chance to try this while it was only available on tap. I was pretty excited to see it become available in bottles.

Pours golden yellow with a fluffy, soapy, large white head. Looks crisp and refreshing. The lacing is surprisingly super sticky.

Pine, citrus, and grapefruit hops in the aroma. Belgian yeastiness, grassy and floral. Maybe a tad funky and spicy.

Sweet biscuity malts make more of an appearance in the taste. Yeasty and citrusy, with some spiciness.

The mouthfeel is soapy and slick but still sparkling and crisp. Somewhat sticky finish that lingers for a while. I might have liked it to clear out sooner.

Very refreshing and complex. Enjoyable to drink.

If they didn't have as many other great beers (and if they were a Belgian brewery), I think they could get away with something like what Fantôme does making only saisons/farmhouse ales. I think this beer is better than their original Saison, so I'm not really going to miss it too much, but I also don't see what's wrong with having three saisons if there all very good.

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

1/6 barrel keg procured and shared with a handful of fellow BAs. (I know I already reviewed this, but that apparently got erased.) Poured into a tulip.

Pours a slightly murky old gold-tinted straw with a large, fluffy, rocky white head.

Aromas of fresh lemon peel, peppercorns and spice, musty funk, and a sweet but pungent floral note that brightens the overall nose. Pine resin notes hiding underneath. Dry and earthy on the palate, turning sweet and citrusy in the middle before finishing dry.

Dangerously drinkable at 8.3%. Consider yourself warned.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Originally, I enjoyed this on tap this past summer at Jack's Stack, a local BBQ place here in KC - loved it then, so I'm really looking forward to it now.

I visited three different stores to find this one on release day, but I've got something to celebrate - more on that (much) later.

Wow that's a heady beer - I'm writing this to give my initial smooth pour a chance to die down. Two-and-a-half fingers worth of fluffy white head, anyway. After it finally died down, it left behind a thick lace - more like drapes, blocking the view from the outside.

What lies underneath is a beautiful golden yellow, sending small bubbles of carbonation skyward.

Earthy, with a grand dose of funk on the nose, underscored by a bit of lemon and some of that horse-blanket that's usually found in these funky beers. Really pleasant.

Similar to their other saisons as it has a light bit of florals and maybe some fruit. In contrast, you definitely pick up the hops here - added bitterness and a bit spicy in the mouth.

A really mild and smooth funk in the mouth - that's pretty awesome. Seldom have I had a beer that was so subtle in delivering such flavors.

I'm trying not to be a "homer" here, but I love this beer. A unique and enjoyable beer - it's nice to get truly excited about drinking a beer. Thanks BLVD for having a "persnickity" fermenter.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at Boulevard in the Muehlebach Suite (very cool space!).

Bright butter yellow body with a 1/4" white cap

American citrus hops burst out of the glass, really surprising me. I was not expecting such a juicy nose. It smelled really good...maybe the best aroma of any Boulevard beer I've tried, and definitely an enticement to keep coming back to the glass for more.

Taste & Body
Those citrussy hops continue taking center stage in the flavor, but are complemented by a wonderful fruity yeast character, clean cracker-like malts, and a dry, tart finish. It's a really tasty and easy to drink beer; you'd never guess it packed in more than 6% alcohol. It kind of reminds me of a Belgian IPA, but it doesn't have the attention-grabbing flavor of the yeast...it's much more subtle and harmonious.

Tank 7 is the most distinctive, well-crafted beer I've ever had by Boulevard, and one of the most striking, unique, and enjoyable beers I've had the pleasure to try this year.

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Photo of stephens101
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Mcnellie's in OKC. Served in a very sharp looking Boulevard goblet (got to get my hands on one). Color is a hazy, golden orange. Smells malty, spicy and fruity with some orange and lemon and a distant yeast in the back. Tastes a bit grainy up front followed by a perfectly subdued funky yeast and some slight fruits in the back.

All is well blended on the pallate and it goes down easy and smooth, which is not the case with many of the Saison's I've had. A little alcohol lingers at the back of the throat, and a chalky coating exists in the mouth for a bit, and without knowing the alcohol content up front, I would have said somewhere around 6.5%, not 8.5%.

I'll admit it, Saison isn't my favorite style, by far. It seems I either really like em', or really hate em', with the ones in the latter category being the most prominent. That being said, this beer, as well as the Saison regular and the Saison Brett, are changing all of that very quickly.

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Photo of smithr53
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a Boulevard Tasting @ Flying Saucer in Nashville.

A - Looked a bit hazy

S - The Smell was amazing, full of fresh hops Citrus and grapefruit armoa

T - Smooth, and a very nice Finish

M - Not very Full, which was surprising since 8% ABV

D - Absolutely, I dont drink Saison alot, but this one was Fantastic. One of the top ones at the tasting.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass on Tap at Harry's Country Club in KC. It's a hazy dark gold color with a nice stiff cap of white foam. Excellent retention and good lacing. This is an excellent looking saison.

Smell is citric fruit at first - lemon/lime and tropical papaya. Hops are pretty prevalent in the aroma, but there is certainly plenty of malt and yeast to go around.

There is some funk in the flavor, not sure if there is a hint of brett in here or if the yeast has a bit of extra funkadelic-ness. Whatever it is, it is tasty. Hops are a bit sharp and would mellow out nicely in a bottle. There is some wheat tang in here that works with the relatively high ABV and bitterness to contribute a dry, spicy finish. This is a bold and flavorful saison, not quite as thirst-quenching as some of the classic Belgian versions but it is a tasty brew that I would happily buy again.

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Photo of Boto
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ brewery tour: This one poured a slightly hazy golden color. There was a good sized white head on it that left some lacing. This one has a complex nose. Grassy, earthy, spicy, yeasty, floral, some lemon. It has an equally good taste. I like the little kick of bitterness in there. A bit of citrus and slight piny hops, earthiness, coriander, This is a very nice brew.

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Photo of zeff80
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
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 +1.9%
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 +0.2%
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 +5.8%
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 -4.1%
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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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 5,391 ratings