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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#2,524
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Ratings:
5,378
pDev:
10.31%
 
 
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Ratings: 5,378 |  Reviews: 1,105
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!).

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

Smell
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.

Overall
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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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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 -17%
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 -14.9%
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 -5.3%
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 -7.7%
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 +2.6%
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 +4.3%
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 -14.1%
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 +10.8%
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 -6%
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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At OBF

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 -3.4%
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 -1.7%
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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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 5,378 ratings