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 bensbeers
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, golden color with a huge foamy head. Head quickly dissipates but leaves a light blanket of foam behind.

Scent is very fruity and slightly hoppy. Notes of grapefruit, lemon zest and spices, particularly pepper and coriander. Smells a lot like some witbiers I have tried.

Taste was wonderful. Full of sweet fruit flavors - peaches, orange, raisins, even a little bit of banana in the finish. Spice was present but not overwhelming. Again, pepper, coriander, but also cinnamon and vanilla. No alcohol taste at all, despite the 8% ABV.

Mouthfeel was pleasant. Goes down smoothly. Lightly carbonated.

Overall, a really solid beer. This was my first saison/farmhouse ale, and i found it to be quite enjoyable. I typically go for hoppy beers, but this was a nice change of pace. Will definitely try again...right now.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: This beer pours a pale gold with excellent clarity. The long lasting white head settles to about a half a finger of compact bubbles leaving lacing on the glass.

S: Get your nose to the glass as soon as you pour, the aroma has a bunch of those saison fruit and spice aromas. Ginger and peppery spices notes with light fruit orange Belgian yeast aromas. There is a moderate strength hops aroma that is earthy and floral. The dominating hops and yeast aromas are well balance. There is also a soft alcohol aroma.

T: The medium-high hops bitterness and spice dominate the flavor with moderate, light-colored fruit flavors. The hops seems american with citrusy, grapefruit flavors. The balance is bitter, dry and spicy with dry finish and an aftertaste of spice and hops bitterness. The spice is peppery with a bit of ginger. There is a touch of that bubblegum brett flavor.

M: This is light and fluffy on the palate with a moderately-light body and high carbonation.

O: An awesome example of the Saison style! This beer is spicy and dry with a firm bitterness.

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Photo of spark3148857
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AP: Pours a cloudy pale yellow with billowing eggshell white head.

AR: Lots of yeast and citrus, orange. Some bready malts.

TS: Tangy and citrusy, bitter for a saison, peppery and dry.

MF: Smooth and dry.

OV: A good saison, slightly underwhelming finish. I would return to this.

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Photo of beergoot
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light straw color, slightly hazy. Immense, vibrant white head. Creamy, chunky, and long lasting. Light aroma full of tartness, over-ripe fruit notes (apple in particular); cloves and a trace of cinnamon. Robust apple and sour taste with a nice bitterness emerging at the finish. Malt notes slowly emerge at the finish, too. Light, dry, tart mouthfeel; medium-light in character.

Not a style of beer I'm overly familiar with, but which I've had a few over the years, and this has been a consistent winner to me. Light and vibrant enough with a distinct taste profile that, if given an open mind for the style, is readily appealing. Nice complexity and balance. Easy to drink, even if you're new to the style.

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Photo of Momar42
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel artist tulip (welcome to MD Boulevard)

A - hazy, light colored straw yellow. Big fluffy head that diminishes slowly. Great lacing going on.

S - earthy, farmhouse yeasty smell. Grass, mild funk, clove and spices. Nice for a "mainstream" farmhouse ale.

T - cloves and spices come out in the front. Bananas and fruits carry it through the end. Smooth and pleasant. The yeast really announces itself here and to a good end.

M - Creamy but light. Good carbonation level helps makes this a pleasant drink.

O - A really solid farmhouse ale. Maybe not ground breaking but certainly a solid example of the style. No crazy additions or wild interpretations...but solid. Since it is easily available, a perfect into to the style. Nicely done.

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

A: This poured a hazy light gold with tons of thick white head.
S: It smelled like strong lemon zest and grassy hops, with some sour Belgian yeast and green peppercorn, and a bit of sweet candi sugar.
T: It tasted like bold and bitter citrus zest, with some grassy hops and green peppercorn and sour Belgian yeast, and a bit of sweet candi sugar. It had a crisp and clean aftertaste that was bittersweet and sour.
M: It was watery with a little smooth carbonation. Nice light body.
D: This was a solid saison with a refined scent and taste, and a fitting body. The alcohol was well hidden and the finish was pretty smooth, so it was easy to drink. Great refreshing drink for summer.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I wanted to give Tank 7 another shot. The last time I had it I think i was incorrect in my judgement of the brew, so I bought a little more to confirm or rebuke my opinion. Turns out, i was way off base. Side poured with standard vigor from a bottle into a Boulevard glass.

Appearance - Poursna beautiful, damn near transparent golden color with a bubbly, foamy white three finger head that sticks around for some time and leaves excellent lacing. Plenty of carbonation action can be seen in the glass.

Smell - The medicinal, yeasty funkiness of this beer is the primary mover and shaker here. Strong notes of that Belgian funkiness that all fans of these kinds of styles love are present. There is also a fruitiness, some breads, and a little grain as well.

Taste - What a wonderful stimulation of the palate. This is an exceptional tasting beer. Very complex, much more so than the nose. Light fruits are taken away by funky, bready malts, with just a slight hops kick in there as well. A very layered beer on the palate. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel - My favorite part of the whole beer. Finishes exceptionally smooth, clean, and probably the most crisp I have ever experienced. Just remarkable. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall - Another exceptional offering by Boulevard. Go get this beer, drink it, and try not to fall in love with it. Absolutely one of the best beers I've had for a while. One of my new favorites. Highly recommended. Excellent job.

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Photo of pburland23
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my Hoegaarden Forbidden Fruit chalice.

Appearance: The beer pours a hazy, golden color. Very active carbonation created three fingers of dense snow white head. The head was slow to recede and left some moderate lacing behind.

Smell: Pretty straightforward. Some nice citrus notes mostly orange zest and lemon. Some slight farmhouse funk and Belgian yeast are there too.

Taste: Starts off spicy and heavy on lemon zest. There's a solid malt backbone and a real nice kick of mustiness. Taste is quite good. It's a solid drinking saison.

Mouthfeel: I really liked the way this one drank. It's medium bodied for certain. The carbonation is present and ample from start to finish. There's perhaps a touch of warmth from the alcohol but it's still plenty drinkable on a summer night.

Overall: A very good farmhouse ale. This was the first beer I've had from Boulevard and I'm pretty impressed. Nice job.

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Photo of dbossman
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A cloudy, lemon hue with a huge and frothy head--great retention; lacing is pretty good

S: Wonderful citrus, banana, apple, cloves, pepper aromas up front; the yeasty fruitiness plays splendidly with the hoppy citrus; there is a bit of a bready base but there's also a slight grassy and grainy base

T: Pretty hoppy; again, those citrusy hops play beautifully against the fruity yeast: lots of apples and citrus and cloves and banana; this has a dry and bitter beginning but a balanced and slightly sweet finish

F: Fairly creamy with above average mouth feel; perhaps a touch thin in the finish

O: Tank 7 is a beautiful, slightly hoppy saison; this is an everyday (and affordable) saison; perfect for summer but quite frankly I could drink this any time; I love this beer

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Photo of waldoiverson
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Tulip

A: beautiful cloudy golden color, very fine carbonation, billowing eggshell white head

S: pungent yeast, bitter hop resin, and straw

T: bright lemony biscuit, lemongrass, and sweet nectarine

M: pretty much perfect with a lil' carbonation bite to clear the sweetness that is delivered on a medium body

O: this is a great beer and way to drinkable for 8%. I love a saison that has a clear citrus personality overtopping the yeast.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a golden color with fairly strong yeast haze. The head is a beautiful four finger white color with a frothy texture and fantastic retention. Lacing is extremely thick and prominent. The way the carbonation rises to the top into the head is an excellent detail that adds to its aesthetic appeal.

S: Crisp apple, pears, farmhouse funk, slight hay, lemon zest, coriander, grassy hops, and even a hint of vinousness. Complex in a restrained manner, yet very satisfying.

T: Much like the smell, the flavor is light, but with several layers of complexity, amazing considering the yeast esters don't play a huge role in the progression of flavors. Opening subtleties of apple, pear, light funk, and spices roll into a solid malt backbone. The zesty, grassy hops on the finish, in particular, are what really send this one over the top, perhaps making up for the lack of a significant yeast profile. Complex enough to make one look around for varying flavor subtleties, but drinkable enough to make one gulp a bottle down in 15 minutes whilst doing the former.

M: Let's call it medium bodied - it's nowhere near as light/watery as your typical shitty macro lager, but it doesn't have the heft of some saisons I've had. It finishes dry, but this dryness is provided more from the hops rather than astringent yeast. A light accumulating bitterness does an excellent job of giving off the "must have another sip" factor.

O: Wow, what a great beer. Admittedly, as a biased IPA fanatic, I like my saisons low on yeast but high on hops, and since this fits the criteria brilliantly, I'll be hunting this one down in the near future. I, for one, welcome our new Missouri overlords to Maryland!

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Photo of Humulus85
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz bottle into my Darkness snifter.

Pours a hazy but vibrant straw yellow. Big white belgian style head at an easy three fingers in height. Some seriously intense retention and lacing. Very nice looking brew.

Tons of floral and medicinal esters from the yeast with a touch of funk. Some definite fruitiness. A little bit of spice and a little bit of bread. Slight whiff of clean alcohol.

Follows the nose, with a bit more depth in character. Manly Belgian style yeast flavors upfront. Very florally, very medicinal with hint of barnyard. Earthy/grassy hops and bright tropical hops blend extremely well with the yeast. Nice bready malt backbone. Very little perception of the alcohol.

Medium to light in body. Slightly creamy but still bone dry in the finish. Great effervescent carbonation. Super drinkable for the ABV.

Overall this was a truly fantastic Saison from Boulevard. Complex yet approachable. This should be drank fresh as the hop flavors really complement the yeast. Love the drinkability. I would definitely get this again. Recommended to all. Cheers!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Beermongers in Portland, OR.

Pours a very fine-bodied golden yeloow colour, with an exceptionally frothy and rocky head of white. Slight haze to the body, accompanying some fine suspended sediment. Body is pleasantly light for its ABV. It has good signs that it could be a good Saison...

Nose is excellent, exceptional even: crisp vegetative bite, with plenty of rustic funk and a clean, fresh citrus note that seems to come all from the yeast, and not at all from dry hop additions. It's fresh, and delicious, if perhaps simplistic. But then again, that's the style: it's a simple beer, and this is one that's done well.

Taste is similarly crisp, pleasant, and simplistic. Light vegetative greenness on the front, with a pleasant buoyant hint of funk which gives a touch of interest. Feel is clean, and bright. It meshes well with the light fragrant flavours on the palate.

Overall, yes, it's a good saison: but perhaps a saison needs to do something exceptional to break it out of the banal. Still, I've had very few saisons this good outside of Belgium, and the smoothness, crispness and general drinkability of this one is commendable.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB Jan 2013

Beer is a cloudy golden colour with a moderately sized white head. Pretty good retention.

Very nice smell. Yeast, spice and light fruits. Lemon, banana, grapefruit. Vague tropical fruit scents. Wheat.

Taste is also very good. Spice, yeast, citrus and tropical fruit. Lemon, pineapple, grapefruit, a bready flavour and a bit soapy. Quite hoppy, clearly American hops.

Medium body, moderate carbonation, a bit oily, a bit bready. Good.

Overall, a very good beer indeed! Quite a hoppy saison- perhaps more of a Belgian IPA. Whatever you call it, it is yummy!

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a hazy golden straw color with three fingers of creamy white head head. Nice retention on this one.

The aroma has a bit of a berry smell to it with your standard saison yeasty dough aroma to it. A little bit of of spicy pepper aroma. Seems to be a little bit more weetness than other saisons. Yeasty flavor with some floral hops on the pallet. A little bit buttery with some fruity notes in the background. Finishes dry and crisp.

The body is nice and light with good carbonation. Overall seems to be a bit of a different take on the style, but this one is pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of n2185
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy yellow with two fingers of off-white head that fades into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: Some candy sugar and sweet aromas up front with a finish that is drier, mustier, funkier, and Brett-like.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are some candy sugar and sweet flavors up front before funky, musty, and barnyard flavors kick in. The finish is dry and slightly bitter.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is dry and clean on the palate.

O: A good saison, overall. Many American saisons are often too sweet or heavily spiced for me, but this one is more reminiscent of a Belgian one with lots of funky and barnyard flavors.

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Photo of whynot44
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hazy gold color with a generous frothy white head that persists well and leaves some nice lacing to the end.

The aroma is spicy with hints of citrus, tropical fruits, bready grain, coriander, funk and yeast.

The taste is lemony citrus and corainder up front, a nice light malt background with a peppery overtone and a dry hops finish.

Really very nice. Medium bodied, plenty of carbonation but smooth and dangerously drinkable.

Overall, very enjoyable.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of wheat, lemon zest and other citrus, coriander, yeast, farmhouse smells, some grains, and a bit of funk.

T - Starts off with a mix of lemon zest and other citrus flavors with some wheat and grains and some coriander. Through the middle, some yeast and farmhouse flavors come through with a touch of pepper and some funk. The finish is a mix of lemon zest and grapefruit with some sweet wheat and grains and some Belgian yeast.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-heavy carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and lightly tart and funky finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced Saison. Nice amount of yeast and spices.

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Photo of estlinska
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Pours a golden yellow color with lots of carbonation and a big pillowy head that leaves good lacing throughout. The nose is beautiful on this beer. It is dominated by a spicy, zesty character of coriander, lemon zest, pepper, and as the beer warms, some hop character as well. Very quiet bready malt in the back. The taste and mouthfeel is very full of carbonation; it almost takes away from the beer, but not quite. It's quite dry up front. Lots of sweet lemons, spicy burn on the tongue with the very minimal touch of burn from the alcohol. Overall a very tasty beer. I'm glad I got the 4 pack.

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Photo of Nay
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic, dangerously drinkable saison from KC of all places. High carb, tall lasting light frothy head, gold (not amber or orange) hazy. Dry yet malty pils, bitter with Belgian phenols blending perfectly. Perhaps a bit simple, maybe not enough farmhouse, but really so tasty and clone-worthy.

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Photo of NODAK
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose here is very spicy, they just really jump out..definite fruity esters booming out as well, with a yeastiness also present.

Carbonation here is very spritzy. Hard to swallow at first. Taste has a nice, tropical fruity sweetness to it as one would expect but far from the sweetest out there...with a really nice coriander component to it like that found on the nose. I also notice the yeast there as an undercurrent....and there's a fairly strong (for style) medicinal bitterness on the finish that really finishes this one out dryly.

Pretty solid saison, though a bit strong for the style. That said, the booze doesn't show through and it's well put together and easy to drink.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  Pours a beautiful gold with mass amounts of floating yeast adorned with a full finger of frothy white head. 
Retention is good. 

S:  Fresh grapefruits, apricots, lemon, floral and spicy. Timid funk and rose alcohol. 

T/M:  Taste follows the nose with a bigger alcohol flavor, aged oak,  and aggressive coriander, black pepper and a touch of cayenne in the back of the throat.  Finish starts wet then gradually dries with acidic citrus, white grapes and wood lingering on the palate. 

O:  Stellar offering from Boulevard. This is a definite "go to beer" for this style. The alcohol could be a little too aggressive but is complimented well enough not to ruin it. I could drink this all the time and would of the wife would allow it. 

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Photo of BostonHops
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a golden-yellow tone with a bit of haze, yields a big, almost 3" head that dissipates to a lasting 1" or so. solid lacing. great looking saison. really good nose on this one. herbal, fruity notes with a lot of spice and just a touch of funk.

flavor mostly follows the nose. citrus (grapefruit, lemon), spice, and the herbal quality headline the show. while perhaps not truly spectacular, this is very tasty. medium-bodied mouth feel with some lively carbonation.

overall, a pretty fantastic saison. boulevard has proven a welcome edition to the boston market. looking forward to exploring more of their offerings.

(originally reviewed: 09-11-2011)

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Photo of MortarPestle
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light golden color with a tall fluffy head that has excellent retention and lacing.
Aroma: Citrusy, with grass, herbs and stone fruit.
Taste: Bread and honey with hops notes of grapefruit, apricot, and floral with hints of pepper.
Texture: Crisp with a dry finish, good carbonation.
Drinkability: The 8% ABV will sneak up on you if aren't careful, but pairs nicely with a grilled steak.
Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bottle in to a Tulip glass that came with the gift set.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice buttery shining lemon gold, wit nice rising carbonation on a classic rocky white head. Clumpy and lacing with soapy retention. Orb glowing with hues and bulbs of light in places, great looking brew.

Real wondeful light floral sense, slight malty dry grain backbone to it. Sort of an interesting non diacetyl butter angle to this too, graden green fresh. Very solid and nice.

A very refreshing brew. Palate hits solidly with a good malt almost Belgian tripel feel. Finishes semi dry with a mix of honey sweetness and floral aftertastes. Carbonation seems just about right to cut through the palate making it interesting. Faint pepper like finish somewhat.

Overall a real solid saison. This brewery makes some pretty solid beer.

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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 5,102 ratings.
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