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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 | website

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 DavidST
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass, best by 5-2012. This pours a mid golden color with a nice foamy white head which leaves a lacing. The smells are nice sweet yeast esters, lemon, gum. The feel is medium to light. The taste is good, a little earthy taste, some yeast esters, lemon, more bitterness than expected, a little dryness.

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

I really love a farmhouse -Jack D'Or being my favorite. This Tank 7 from Boulevard Brewing has its own distinct presence, and I rather enjoy it.

Smells a little creamier and a little less bright than some of the stompers I've been sipping -looks sweet and flavorful from the beautiful, tangerine-hued, unfiltered pour.

Tastes sweet and spicy, tangelo. Nice yeasts. Lacks a full-on barnyard stink I've come to love in some saisons. It's drying a tad in the middle, but just enough to warrant another sip. An aftertaste of nutmeg, cinnamon, and a hint of clove emerges. Not as refreshing feeling as some others in the style, and has a bit more of a body as well, but is delicious nonetheless.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
8.0% ABV, Batch # 711238, Best By 05-2012, Store upright, serve in the proper glass.

(Thanks to Beerwolf77 for a 12 oz bottle of this a while back!)

A - Vibrant goldenrod yellow in color, a fluffy white head tops Tank 7 off for quite a long time. Thin and wispy but persistent and strong lace grasps the glass in artistic fashion above the beer.

S - Wait, this isn't from Belgium? Had me fooled at first whiff! The hard-working yeast strain floods the beer with authentic Belgian aromas of lemongrass, white pepper, and clay. A fruity blend falls behind the spice aroma and surrounds the pale malt and light straw base. Faint barnyard notes add to the authenticity of Tank 7.

T - Mellow, fruity pineapple makes an appearance throughout the flavor while the spiciness continues to be a dominant force. Lemongrass citrus and clay are most prevalent from the ester-producing yeast. Biscuity pale malt provides a good background while tiny hints of phenolic alcohol slip though to the cleanly hopped finish.

M - Crisp and clean despite the heavy spice, Tank 7 is well-carbonated and light-bodied with a nice lingering finish. The most American part of this beer is it's clean, very mild hop bitterness that trails across the tongue after the swallow.

O - Hidden pretty well in this light-bodied, complex-yet-delicate beer, is a fairly high alcohol level for the style. While there's plenty of great yeast characteristics throughout Tank 7, I'd love to see some of the faint funk found in the nose to make it's way into this farmhouse ale's flavor. Regardless, Tank 7 is one of America's all-time greats when it comes to trying to reproduce the difficult-to-nail Belgian style!

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium gold with a giant foamy rocky head. Good sticky lace.

Some lemon peel up front, then sweet grain, a little peach nectar, yeast and alcohol. Better aromas as you fight thru the head.

Nice brew. Some initial fruit sweetness intermingled with alcohol. Palate clears and bounces back between a little sweet graininess, yeast, fruit, and husk bitterness. A touch of funk. I like what I taste, but funny enough I find this not quite strong enough in depth of flavor. A little light compared to overseas counterparts.

Good carbonation, medium-ish in body, but actually on the lighter side. Slightly too thin.

Gotta give em credit. Got the right flavor profile, and the decent strength of tastes, but still thinned this out. It is no Fantome, but what is? An excellent domestic version of the style.

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Photo of merlin48
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle courtesy of Fugazme. Pours into the Boulevard tulup a hazy golden body with a healthy vanilla head that is thick and creamy. Good retention falls into attractive sheet and spiderweb lacing.

Aroma is very nice for the style, with grassy, herbal, and minty notes being complimented by lemony citrus and a subtle honey maltiness.

Excellent mouthfeel has a light medium to medium body and spritzy effervescent carbonation. Feels like a good saison.

Taste has a dominant herbal hop bitterness, a good trait for the style. Lemony citrus and minty and grassy notes add to the effect. Honey-like malt sweetness adds a pleasant balance. Subdued hints of vague spices add intrigue. Finishes dry and herbal.

A most excellent American saison, one of the better domestic versions I've sampled. Might rate this one higher if i had more bottles to appraise.

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

12 ounce bottle courtesy of scray24, poured into a Unibroue tulip. Grapefruit color with a towering white head. Fresh citrusy aroma with lemons and candied oranges, vanilla sheet cake, light menthol. Flavor tends more toward bready malts, slightly sweet dough, oranges, cough drop herbs, honey. On the sweet side midpalate, but a dry straw/barnyard finish with a subtle astringency dries it out and gives it a nice saison feel. Easy to see why innoculating this with brett is such a good idea.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FosterJM for sharing the at a bottleshare

Look: Straw yellow in color with a 1/4 inch head and ok retention

Smell: Grassy funk with some citrus

Taste: Damn near identical to the nose upfront is some funky yeast and grassy character wtih the citrus picking up in the middle and just before the beer finishes a touch of banana shows up

Mouthfeel: Thin body and medium carbonation

Overall: Good saison not great

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Photo of SeussMD
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in the "Smokehouse" four-pack. (Keep the glass!) Poured into an Imperial pint nonic.

Appearance: A straw gold, almost orange, with a fluffy white head that never dissipates -- even down to the bottom of the pint. Fantastic lacing all the way down the glass.

Aroma -- honey, grapefruit, belgian yeast, light malts.

Taste -- Honey, slightly sweet on the front end with herbal undertones -- not quite grassy but not quite spicy. Refreshing bitterness on the backside -- lemon or grapefruit. Delicious.

Mouthfeel -- rare to give a 5 for this but this beer goes down with a fabulous balance of cream off the head and dryness on the back end, not too much so.

Overall -- Fabulous beer that tastes as good as it looks. Hard to believe this is an 8 ABV -- very drinkable yet very rewarding. Sorry I only had one bottle.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at a local shop. I’ve been meaning to try this for a while now.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a hazy orange color. Very little head is achieved with a vigorous pour which dissipates quickly leaving little lacing.

Smell – Somewhat of a muted aroma. Yeast, slight citrus, sweet backbone, lemon zest.

Taste – Heavy yeast and sweet malt presence. Lemons, an odd soapiness, white pepper, banana, a hint of hops.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, not enough carbonation (I’m curious why it is so low).

Overall – Not that impressed. Overly sweet and too little carbonation. I may give it another chance.

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

This beer pours a fantastic cloudy, light orange with a 2 inch foamy, white head. Incredible amounts of lacing and a blanketing remains throughout drinking. The smell is pure saison yeast fruitiness and sweetness. Tasting also gives you a mouthful of spot-on saison. The beer's light effervescence crosses paths with a touch of barnyard and biting alcohol. The aftertaste is relatively neutral and light furthering this beers drinkability. I would definitely recommend this beer to many different types of beer drinkers, but I'm glad I snagged a bottle instead...to share with my lovely beer drinking partner...and girlfriend.

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

Reviewed from notes

A - light golden yellow with ~1 finger of white heard which dissipated quickly. slightly cloudy from the yeast sediment

S - Smells fruity and belgian yeast character, also a little bit of a bread-y aroma

T - Distinct belgian yeast flavor to go along with the bready pale malt flavor

M - light body with a lot of carbonation

O - very enjoyable and drinkable

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

Had on tap at the Boulevard outpost in the KC Airport.

Beer pours a nice bright cloudy yellow color.

The beer smells very sweet and citrusy.

The tastes very bitter on the initial sip and then opens up with some lemon and citrus on the finish.

Mouthfeel was just the right amount of carbonation to give it a little bite.

Overall a very good saison

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Photo of elNopalero
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This appears a golden straw color with a lot of foam. Lots. Billowy, cottony, foamy goodness releasing all sorts of flora aromatics. I pick up some coriander and a lot of, hm, floral/pollen-y aromas. It’s a smooth brew with a spicy kick towards the finish. A slight bitterness (from the grassy/straw hops) reminds you it’s an “American-style” saison, as does the less-than-sessionable ABV, but it’s also friendly enough to share with a less adventurous beer drinker (or someone who is not a fan of hoppy brews).

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Re-post from my hacked "jmkratt" :(

look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had been contemplating buying some Tank 7 for quite some time now so when I was at Uptown Bros. for lunch in downtown Denver and it was on draft I went for it.

A - The beer was served in an oversized wine glass. Pours a hazy golden straw yellow color with a thin finger white head. A lot of carbonation but not a lot of retention, though pleasant lacing.

S - I was rather disappointed with the nose, or lack thereof. I struggled to pick up hints of fruit and almost a creamed corn tone. However, it was not what I was expecting for a Saison/Farmhouse. At all.

T/M - Similar to the nose I found myself underwhelmed with the flavor. It presents a juicy fruit character immediately but seems to be overpowered in the end by high bitterness. The alcohol taste is quite prevelant and distracts from the better and more appealing qualities of fruity crispness and pleasant grainy biscuit flavors. Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation.

O - I was disappointed by this beer and perhaps allowed myself to be swept up with the hype. It was not what I was expecting and left myself wanting more, like it seems most Boulevard beers have for me. Won't likely be back.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 05-20-2011 19:51:41

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

A: darker shaded yellow without cloudiness, pours a nice white head that contrasts the beer colour.

S: Nice bite, with a sweet fruit aroma along with a yeast and malt finish.

T: Great combination of sweet and spice. Has a mild bite of hop throughout.

M: light on the tongue with a nice fizz of carbonation, quit easy to drink.

O: The beer is extremely good for a saison from the states. Wish I was closer to Missouri to be able to get this more often. Four friends and a Growler of this was a great evening.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by date of 5/16/12

Pours a hazy yellow stray color with a decent sized white head, fades at a moderate rate but doesn't leave any lacing on the glass.

Smell has a nice citrus aroma, the citrus is actually quite strong, some sweet malt smooths things over from being one note.

Taste has a fruity citrus presence, active carbonation that is slightly high but just short of being off-putting, sweet malt rounds out the aftertaste before it finishes once again with a citrus punch, slight dry finish.

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

Poured from a bottle into a schooner; best before date 5/16/12. Lots of time left on this one!

A - lightly cloudy, very pale golden ale with a fluffy half finger head with sticky lacing. Lots of carbonation in the glass.

S - lemon rind and hint of skunkiness.

T - solid initial bitterness, grassy, slightly spicy, lemon rind, fundamental bitterness sits at the back of the tongue. Lots of interesting things going on very quickly. Almost a herbal or vegetal quality.

M - very fluffy in the mouth - a veritable carbonation explosion.

O - really solid beer with quite a bit happening; highly carbonated fluffy mouthfeel really stands out, but it doesn't offset the fundamental bitterness that parks itself at the back of the throat. Not bitter like an IPA: much lighter in texture and almost vegetal. Impressive beer.

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Photo of fatmcb1
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow straw color with a light, white 2 finger head.

Very spicy yeast full of black pepper, lemon, and tropical fruit. Theres also just a hint of barnyard funk.

Tropical fruit and spices mingle together. Citrus comes out stronger than the nose with grapefruit and lemon with a subtle hop presence.

Very high carbonation level that lends to the smooth creaminess of the saison. Finishes crisp and dry.

This is one of my very favorite saisons, and definitely the best I've had in a four pack.

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Photo of yamar68
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - cloudy straw color with a fluffy head that sticks around

S - very inviting, black pepper, sweet grains, delicate, smells like the best of 'em

T - terrific, mild bitterness, a bit of spice, those same black pepper and sweet grain elements

M - thin, appropriate for the style, entirely drinkable - dangerously so

O - this fits right in with all the other awesome offering of the Smokestack Series

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

Poured from 12 oz brown bottle into a white wine glass. No obvious freshness date. Purchased as 4-pack at Binny's Liquor Depot (Chicago, IL) for $10.79. Reviewed from notes.

A: Peachy yellow hue with stark white, frothed 1-finger tightly bubbled head with good retention and a lot of fine lacing despite the hotel glass.

S: Sharp, spicy Belgian yeastiness on a barely sweet light ale malt background with herbal, lightly grassy hopping

T: Just the right mix of interesting yeast esters including phenolic, spicy, citrus-lemon/lime, and farmyard to blend with the softly sweet continental pale maltiness. A very nice heft on this beer. The hopping takes a firm backseat, but it comes through with some herbal notes.

M: Delicately balanced mouthfeel with fine carbonation and a firm medium body in spite of the easy drinkability.

O: A really nice beer that I wish I could get my hands on readily -- when are you coming east, Boulevard?

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

Poured from the 750ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is a pretty, cloudy golden hue with a huge, fluffy white head that sticks around for awhile, descending into peaks and valleys with a touch of lacing on the glass. Aroma of pale malt and wheat, with nice herby notes of coriander and lemon peel. Some citrusy hops and a touch of pepper round out the complex nose.
Palate is lightly sweet pale malt up front, with light citrusy hops providing balance and a little bitterness before the swallow. Notes of coriander, lemon peel, and a touch of pepper on the finish. A lingering bitterness on the finish shows off the substantial hopping. Body is creamy and lively, and still heavy enough to support the substantial alcohol content. This beer is an impressive example of the saison style, one of the better American versions I've had.

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

Gifted from a friend in August 2010, cellared since, opened and drunk on January 1, 2012 (almost 7 months past it’s best by date, which I did not notice upon storing). Seems to have been plenty delicious. Poured into a chalice. Served at fridge temp.

Overall: Recommend sampling if you like the saison style, or any good beer and are willing to branch out on flavors. It was not what I was expecting (perhaps dry and barely bitter were what I was thinking I’d try) but the outcome of the light sweetness, citrus, and high alcohol produce a very excellent beer. The sweetness becomes much less pronounced as the beer warms up, leaving a dry mouthfeel (leaving you ready for that next sip).
Appearance: beautiful clear golden with very light carbonation. Pours with a creamy head which quickly dissipates leaving no lacing on the glass.

Smell/aroma: Aromas of grapefruit with the citrus of ginger. Smells a bit resin-like.

Taste: The body of the beer is flat (perhaps from light carbonation), and this allows the drinker to pick up subtle citrus and spice notes, such as the bitter mouthfeel of grapefruit pith, and cinnamon generating a touch of sweetness on the swallow. This is unlike many Belgian saisons that I am familiar with because the beer is sweeter and wetter. The citrus (perhaps from hops) lends itself to making a unique beer, and balances the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: wet, lightly carbonated, but when held on the tongue and swirled around the mouth is much stronger than first impression. This is a very tasty beer so far.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single from a bottle shop in Adams, Mass. Best by May something 2012. Poured into a tulip.

Golden in color, noticeable sediment floating around in the glass, even though I tried to leave it in the bottle. Otherwise a clear beer. Big, fizzy head.

Smells like lemon, grass, earth, banana and lots of clove. Typical saison smells, with some noticeable hop profile.

Flavor is hoppy citrus and yeasty banana up front, a bit oily. Flavor finishes with that rustic, hay-like, clove flavor that defines a saison. Quite flavorful, but I'd have never guessed the ABV is 8 percent.

Mouthfeel is medium, but quite thick for the style. Not as light and carbonated as a saison tends to be.

I thought this was a good take on a saison. I like the stronger-than-usual hop profile and the fullness of this beer. I could do with a bit less clove flavor, but it's not out of place here. One of my favorite saisons.

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Photo of MichialTanner1
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one from a 12oz/4 pack-size bottle into my S'Feuillien becker glass. It's a golden-orange color with a finger's width of white head. Upon putting my cheaters on, sediment swirls in the glass like a snow globe.

It smells like a combination of a hefe and chicken mess. I haven't drank a great many Saison-style beers, but this seems to be typical for the style. Not particularly consistent with the taste, but the beer was ultimately purchased for drinking.

Consistent with the hefe portion of my smell critique, the taste is clovey/yeasty and would've never guessed the ABV of 8%. I could sum up the taste by describing it as a "lite" tribute to a good Belgium triple.

Most of Boulevard's offerings have been average, IMO, but this one is better than that. I like it and the remaining supply of the 4-pack will likely be dissolved by the time this review is observed.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very bright yellow in snifter. There is a bunch of particulate matter circulating in it. Nice thick white head. Very nice lacing on glass. Smells nice. Clove and maybe some leather. Citrus is there too. Certain je ne sais quois to it as well (sorry to dork you out). Taste follows pretty well. Good carbonation. Overall nice and would definitely buy again but like others in this style a little better.

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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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