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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Reviews: 1,025 | Ratings: 5,075
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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Photo of abraxel
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A very clear straw-yellow, with pillowy snow white head supported by the streaming carbonation from the etching in the bottom of the glass. The foam is positively chunky and it's leaving heavy lacing as it very slowly recedes.

S - The smell is pretty subtle... bready malt with a bit of sweet fruitiness and maybe some lemony tartness.

T - Pleasantly sour-apple tart, with some fruity esters and a touch of funk, over a simple but well-done malt backbone.

M - Relatively thin mouthfeel. The prickly carbonation plays quite well with the tart apple.

Overall, this is quite good. It would be tasty any day, but it really hits the spot on this hot, humid, summer evening. I wish this were more easily accessible in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of jacewg
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer easily 100 times by now. First time sitting down to review it.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange. Very clear. Big fluffy white head and falls to a small ring over the course of drinking. Nice, spotty lacing.

Aroma: Hints on a lot of different angles. Lot of peach, grapefruit, and tropical fruit aromas. Hints of spice and yeast. Very fruity. Apples, pears, other light fruits. Everything melds perfectly. Perfect interaction of American hops, malt, and Belgian yeast

Taste: Opens with just a touch of booze that never feels out of place. Slight hints of funk with lots of bready malt sweetness/yeast character that transitions into a dry, fairly bitter finish. Finish brings out lots of orange/grapefruit zest character that lingers pleasantly.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol is well hidden. Manages to maintain a slightly creamy mouthfeel while being light-bodied and effervescent at 8.5%. Way too easy to drink for what it is.

Overall: The quintessential American take on a Belgian-style. Not a thing I would change.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a lovely bright straw yellow with a thick and fluffy white head that sticks to the side of the glass and stays atop the beer.

The beer does not have a lot of aroma going on. There is a little hint of grain in the aroma but that is it. I would like to have a little hops or some funk to round it out.

The beer tastes great. A little high in alcohol to be refreshing but it still comes off as fairly crisp.

Overall a very well rounded beer. I am pretty impressed as I had never heard of this brewery before.

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

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, as I pick up considerable clove, honey, orange citrus, light cherry and some noticeable spice. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, with the clove clearly dominating. However, the moderate sweetness is balanced nicely by the light hoppy bitterness and underlying spice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, spice and clove infursed finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability is pretty good.

On tap or out of the bottle, this is an enjoyable beer. Glad to see boulevard beers available here in Baltimore at long last.

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Photo of larryi86
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- A bright hazy yellow with a large fluffy white head.

S- Light fruits, floral, some funk, bread, some sweet malts.

T- Earthy spices, pepper, floral, light fruits, citrus, touch of funk, bitter finish.

M- Medium body, good carbonation.

O- A good Saison, very earthy and spicy, alcohol is kind of noticeable. I will try this again, very happy that Boulevard is now in MD, can't wait to try more beers from Boulevard.

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Photo of mschind
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

They had this on tap at Fiorella's BBQ in KC and it paired well with the sliced meat combo I ordered.

A-Rich cloudy yellow straw color with a persistent creamy half inch head that stuck to the glass.

S- A nice combination of lemon spice from the hops with a fruity yeast aroma in back.

T- Sweet sour lemon and malt up front that gives way to a slightly dry finish with some funky yeast at the tail end.

M- Surprisingly full body for this style, medium plus. Very smooth and even a bit rich. The alcohol is not at all dominant but it sneaks up.

O- My first farmhouse ale on tap and I was impressed. A complex and flavorful yet refreshing ale. The best of this style that I have had so far.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

The beer is transparent and golden colored with 1/4" of white head after a slow pour into a snifter. The aroma offers grass, yeast, lemons, funk. Smells inviting. The taste is crisp and clean, with everything well balanced. A touch of funk sits nicely with light citrus notes, particularly lemons. The finish offers some herbal notes and lingering floral hops. Light to medium in body. Good stuff - I would like to have this again.

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Photo of gkunkle
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A hazy golden body holds up a 1.5" tall cream colored head of medium density. Lots of carbonation can be seen rising through the beer. Head retention is very good. This beer is appears as a saison should. Aroma is primarily of sweet saison funk, but I also detect citric hops. The taste starts with a slight sweetness and a touch of floral hops. As the beer crests the tongue I get a bit more citric hops and a bit of spiciness. The finish includes a touch of bitterness and funk. A decent funk flavor carries the beer across the tongue. Body is of medium thickness. Carbonation is not as aggressive as something like saison DuPont, but is is there in enough quantity to make this very drinkable. The 8% ABV surprised me. Overall this is a very good saison/farmhouse ale. I quite like the flavor profile, but as a saison enthusiast, I don't think this would make my top 3.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Bruce! Pours a hazy, bright golden straw color with a large white head that disappears at a steady pace. Scent is quite spicy and funky with a nice amount of earthiness. Pepper and some citrus hit the nostrils along with a bit of clove and banana. Taste is very enjoyable and flavorful. A good amount of pepper with some citrus zest. Lemon and grapefruit with some banana to balance it out. Slight bready malt flavor with a bit of classic barnyard taste. Very light hoppiness and just a tad bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated. Crisp, dry finish. Drinkability is very high. Overall, the only other saison I've had from these guys was Saison Brett, and I must say that they know exactly what they're doing when it comes to this style of beer.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve-ounce bottle, poured into a stemmed New Belgium glass.

Upon pouring, Tank 7 is a hazy golden/straw colored brew with two fingers of vibrant white head. Great retention and superb lacing. Smell is very fresh, with some bready malt, grassy hops, and a touch of spice. Flavor profile is very similar to the nose. Faint lemon character, along with cracker-like malt, honey, and a grassy hop finish. Also a hint of peppercorn on the mid-palate.
This medium-bodied Saison is packed with flavor and complexity. The alcohol is somewhat present, but not enough so that makes it intolerable. Very easy to drink. A damn tasty brew, and perhaps my favorite of the Smokestack series.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

About 2 weeks past "best by" date. Poured into SN tulip to capture the head and get a full pour.
Still fresh spicy, fruity, yeasty and positively enjoyable aroma.
Cloudy yellow, lots of bubble action, full dense white head. Looks delightful and inviting.
I think a saison this big loses a bit of what makes a saison most enjoyable. Less of the qualities that make the aroma so nice, although they are still there, they are less intense. More of a grainy and general malt character noted. A little more spice, a tad of alcohol. Good complexity. Nice tartness and a tad of acidity. Hops seem a little subdued, but that could be the age on this bottle.
Rather big mouthfeel, although it has appropriate high level of carbonation.
Enjoyed this more as it warmed. It feels and drinks bigger than 8% and I tend to like this style smaller and a little sweeter. Nonetheless, nice beer. Recommended.

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

ON tap at Bittercreek, Boise, WA, 2.15.12.
Finger and a half white head, hazy orangish yellow clear body, a few streams of rising bubbles, big lacing. Fairly fruity nose, pears, some lemon and wheat, dry nose and floral hops. Taste is pretty dry mild lemon, light malts, with a bit of dry hay funk on the back end.. Mouthfeel well on the light side of medium, above average effervescence. Really well made, easy drinking at this ABV and rather refreshing. Not quite the character and depth of Boulevard's Saison Brett, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of 1JTannerMan
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice summer brew. Appearance is an appetizing golden color with an unfiltered hue. The smell is a strong citrus. Excellent lacing and a very decent head. Taste has a strong grapefruit flavor which is great if you like that. A little much for me. Very smooth feel however. An overall great pick for a hot summer day. I think it would pair very nicely with barbeque.

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Photo of jkirk
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This beer was at our after-golf watering hole, and it just was incredible! Dark, robust, the anti Bud Light. It was pretty amazing watching almost everyone give it a try. The light beer advocates didn't like it, but I thought it was great. The perfect antidote to watered down beer.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1.5 finger white head on a murky deep golden body.

S: very fruity with an excellent yeasty and earthy note making this one well rounded.

T: yeast, herbal, corriander up front which fades to a clove, pepper and citrus pulp finish. 

M: lighter side of medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Semi dry finish.

Overall: very aromatous and flavorful saison. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of sitarist
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours golden in color, slight haze. Half a glass of frothy white head. Lots of bubbles rise to a top coating that leaves webs of lacing.

It has a wonderful aroma. Apples, lemons, some spice, hints of banana, and straw. It tickles my nose, and begs me to taste her love.

Tank 7 is a full flavored saison. I taste apples, pineapple, pepper, herbs, spice, straw, and a faint hint of banana.

It has a medium body that coats my mouth nicely. Its carbonation is ample, but softly scrubs my tongue.

Tank 7 is a world class Saison!!!

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Photo of ehammond1
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade

(Aged for 1 year)

This is a stunningly gorgeous beer. It pours a nearly clear, with just the slightest amount of haze, golden, glowing yellow with a huge, incredibly persistent near-white head that eventually leaves messy spiderwebs of cling to the glass. A gorgeous saison.

A typically nice, classic saison aroma: yeast, citrus (lemon), grass and hay, a tiny bit of pepper, and (atypically) some banana notes.

The flavor has held up incredibly well, as I probably stuck this in the refrigerator about a year ago and completely forgot about it. Incredibly easy drinking flavors of mild yeast and lemon, a bit of pepper and hay, and a little bit of mild banana notes.

The alcohol is non-existent in this beer's mouthfeel. Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

A great American example of the style. Will most certainly drink again.

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

Smoooth sweeet are the fiirst two words that come to my tongue as I first start sucking this surprisingly lovely treat down. Nice color. Very refreshing.

I think the new standard for Belgian Farmhouse Ale was set here in the USA by Ommegang Brewery with their Hennepin. Head to head Tank and Hennepin look very much alike with a golden murky straw color with nice white foamy heads with good sustenance. Ommengang murkier with a sturdier head. Tank is almost clear.

I give the edge to Hennepin though but just barely. I find Hennepin has a nice citrusy finish that is so fine. More malty sweet yeasty. That's what I like personally. But Tank 7 will find a place imy cooler some of the time. It has a lite sweetness that is thirst quenching and refreshing. Tank 7 finishes a little drier with less fruitiness than Hennipin. More hoppy. Regardless, Tank 7 is a great world class brew. Enjoy. Highly recommended.

I recommend that you accompany this wonderful brew from Kansas City with some vocals by Karrin Allyson "From Paris to Rio," who vented a lot of her chops in KC herself.

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Photo of impending
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden straw yellow, with encouragement a fluffy white head, nice lacing.

Aroma has an abundance of fruits, citrus, mostly grapefruit and tangerine, slight camphor slight earth.

Mildly sweet tangles with citrusy hops, again grapefruit. Quietly spicy with lemon peel and coriander. Quick pepper bite welcomes the aftertaste which is slightly bitter. Crisp light to medium bodied mouthfeel
currently voted as most likely to be in the refrigerator
absolutely delicious

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Best Buy 7-27-12

Clean hay-funk yeasty smell. Acidic to the nose. Highly carbonated - clear yellow color. Foamy white head, mountainous and holds well. Laces the glass nicely.

Yeast flavor dominates the palate. Hay and citrus mixed with light grains. Bitterness is strong and smooth. Dry mouthfeel with is accentuated by the CO2 level. Carbonation is spot on, exciting but not abrasive. Taste better before it wears off. Very straight forward flavor profile. Highly drinkable beer.

~super approachable farmhouse ale for any trying out the style.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Boulevard chalice.

A: Pours a clear, pale golden color. Fine particles of sediment swirl around the glass as if it were a snow globe, propelled by fast moving bubble streams of carbonation. Bubbly, rocky white head has good retention, and leaves frothy clumps of lacing clinging to the glass in its wake.

S: Chalky yeast, faint banana, black pepper, pilsner malt, and a faint alcohol presence. Light floral hop scent. Smells like a saison, but it isn't very complex or unique.

T: Chalky yeast and light, sweet malt notes. Banana registers quickly and disappears. Fleeting tartness. Burst of citric hop taste. Black pepper and clove. More bitter, oily hops with a distinct grapefruit edge this time. Dry, peppery finish.

M: Light to medium in body. Very highly carbonated with a prickly, scrubbing feeling on the tongue. Creamy and foamy.

O: Pretty good as an affordable and readily available saison. Not much on the nose, but it has more to offer in taste. The hop profile as a little more assertive than most.

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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 5,075 ratings.
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