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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

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 Phelps
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by May 2012. According to the bottle, tank number 7 is the one that acts up the most at Boulevard, but this beer somehow worked in that particular vessel. Poured into a wine glass.

Slightly hazed greenish-yellow. When poured into the glass, the liquid pretty much erupts into bubbles. The head is two inches tall, pure white, pillowy and textured like merengue. Some pocks of lace stick to the glass like snow thrown at a wall.

Pretty perfect saison nose. White pepper, flowers, grapefruit. A little musty. Bright, fruity, solid.

A little maltier in the flavor. Some caramel, honey, a tiny bit of funk. Crackers, spicy hops, some straw, a touch of alcohol and black pepper as well. Mostly sweet, but the finish has just a touch of dryness.

Light, watery body. Soft carbonation causes gentle fizz. A touch of alcohol warmth in the throat and nose. Very drinkable.

Tank 7 is a solid, solid saison. Great flavor, good drinkability.

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Photo of Steasy66
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Boulevard tulip.

A- Straw with generous two finger head.Cloudy.
S - Yeasty, ester, hard to describe but nice smell, smells like it might be a bit sour.
T- Clean, crisp, a bit sour.
M- Thin, a bit undercarbed.
This is a nice beer, would probably give higher ratings but its just not my style.

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

Pours hazy gold with tons of floating sediment. Head is initially dense but quickly dissipates to a thin ring.

Aroma is dry, musty and funky with vague spices.

Taste is initially malt sweetness tempered with generous lemon and orange rind. nice bit of pineapple and grapefruit. Herbal hops bring a sharpness and a grape skin bitterness. Hints of tobacco, mint and juniper. Finishes with a dry musty quality, along with the vague spices from the nose.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium body.

Overall a hopped version of a Farmhouse ale. Interesting musty and spice character. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of stakem
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml into a couple of tulips. The brew appears a clear golden color with 2+ fingers of slightly off-white fluffy head. Rising bubbles maintain a finger strength. A full webby pattern of patchy lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is lemony with a straw-like grain inclusion. A bit of sulfur mixes with some herbal to grassy hop character. A spicy character somewhat like coriander is noted along with a bit of candy-like sweetness about the aroma.

The taste is dry with a grain quality like hay. Some sulfur notes come through in the flavor mixed with herbal hops and a definitive crispness to the finish that is dry. Light peppery noted mix with spices and herbal hops that last into the aftertaste with some garden herbs and some bitterness. A bit of chessy funk like pilsner malt mixes with a flavor of candy sweetness. The brew gets more earthy as it warms up with some hints of clove, spice and bubblegum. A bit of an aftertaste like strong tea.

This is a light bodied brew with a prickly level of carbonation. A pleasant dryness increases the drinkability along with the alcohol that is very surpressed in this offering. Overall not a bad brew. It isnt my favorite take on the style but it isnt bad either.

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

Consumed 4/8/12

Appearance: Hazy golden color, appears nicely carbonated - somewhat large head with unbelievable retention, fluffy and pillowy, simply looks appealing

Smell: More or less what every saison should smell like - yeasty, grassy, with some spices and flowers - slight clove, but mostly peppery yeast - some pale malts and grains, hay, and some light fruits thrown into the mix such as citrus peels and apples, a slight saisony funk

Taste: Malts have more of a presence than they do in the aroma - slightly biscuity, with pale malts, caramel malts, and slightly toasted grains - some sweetness, but nicely balanced with the other things in here - light fruits, including grapefruit and lemon peel, apples, and maybe some pears - yeasty, peppery, with some lingering spices - slightly tart, with a touch of farmhouse weirdness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body (particularly for the style), very smooth, nicely carbonated but feels a little heavy for the style

Overall: A great saison

Personally, I like this style to be a bit more light and dry. But this is a remarkable saison nonetheless. It's even more remarkable considering it is brewed in the US. This is a must-try, props to Boulevard.

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Photo of Glibber
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Bitter Creek in Boise. Came in a tulip glass, light in color- wheat with a light amber, decent 1/2" white head that laced the glass. Extremely easy to drink, belgian hops were mild, had a subtle sweetness. I have been drinking alot of Saison style beers lately and this is one of the better ones. I recommend it.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Semi clear golden with small fluffy white head that leaves a few small patches of lace.

S - Grassy with spicy phenols. White pepper, lemongrass, earthy with noticeable Belgian yeast. Light citrus and grapefruit rinds, lemon and grainy pils malt.

T - Fruit sweetness with some alcohol. Spicy white pepper, lemongrass, grapefruit and lemon rind, herbal hop bitterness, grassy, estery with grainy malt.

M - Lively carbonation with light to medium body and a lingering dry, spicy finish.

D - Alcohol is noticeable but more in a sweet, fruity way than a distracting heat way. Another winning saison from Boulevard and possibly one of my favorites for the style.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a boulevard snifter. a hazy golden yellow, lots of bubbly white foam, bits of sediment in the glass.. looks like a glass of homebrew! nice amounts of lacing too!

smells of pilsner malt, nuts, honey, grapes, yeast, rosemary.

bitter up front, with a fruity sweetness and a peppery backbone. grassy hops, caramel, honey, the sweetness is purely from the belgian yeast. this is delicious.

light/medium bodied, lots of fizzy ness fills the roof of my mouth and throat. a very refreshing farmhouse ale.

this is a perfect example of what a farmhouse ale should be. it was a bit faint in smell, but close to perfection in every other aspect.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer is a hazy golden straw yellow with some floaties. Half inch head has reduced to a thin layer. Signs of carbantion coming up through the center of the glass.

Smell: vanilla, yeasty esters, tangerine, grapefruit, and citrus like aromas, spiciness, apples, pears, and some bready notes too.

Taste: citrus flavors come out first, followed by vanilla, spiciness, bready malts, and some sweetness towards the end to balance it off.

Mouthfeel: medium to high carbonation, light to medium bodied, a little smooth and tastey, and very dry.

Overall: A very nice saison/farmhouse ale to add to eh collection. Will be hitting this up again in bottle or draft. Not sure about the floaties, but still a solid beer and happy they did not affect my review.

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Photo of LtCracker20
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This has to be the best looking beer I have ever seen. Crystal clear straw yellow body with a 3-finger soft white head that last a long time. It leaves very great lacing. The carbonation that keeps rising is just beautiful!

S- Grassy, funky, slight breadiness, and a little lemon pepper. Slight floral aromas as well.

T- Lemon pepper, some good funk, honey, more grassiness, breadiness, more funk again, and a slight floral hopppiness.

MF- A little light, even for a saison. The carbonation level is perfect, though. Maybe could use a little more body, but that's up to opinion.

O- A very good beer overall, and again, it has to be the best looking beer I've ever seen!

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Photo of BeerNutz324
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into an oversized wine glass

Ap- looks alive, yeast floating around everywhere. Pours a hazy, light yellow color with a 1.5 inch white head that has really good retention.

Ar- lemons, oranges, wheat, some grass and some spice.

T- Citrus notes mentioned above hit first. Taste is a little bitter and wheaty with some biscuity type malts and some spice on the finish.

M- strong carbonation, medium bodied, a little dry feeling.

O- not usually a big fan of this style of beer. This one is good though, really refreshing. I don't know if I would buy it again at $12 a 4-pack though. Still, glad I experienced it.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. The color is slightly hazy light straw with a white one inch head.

The aroma has some grassy hops with a touch of melon to go with the maltiness.

The taste has a lot of melony fruit with a hint of spicyness towards the finish. There is a bit of honey sweetness as well. I would like this better with a little more spicy yeast flavor or zesty hop flavor to balance out the sweetness. Still pretty darn good.

This is refreshing with full fluffy carbonation. I like this one. Will drink again.

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Photo of djohnse
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very cloudy throughout the beer. Light golden yellow coloring. Pillowy inch of head formed after pouring and settling down to a very thin layer, resting on the top after a few minutes.

Smell - I smell a bit of citrus coming from the glass as well, very light malt in the background. Spring has ruined my sense of smell for a bit though so it's hard to bring out.

Taste - Bitterness coming through pretty quickly with a strong citrus presence. Smooth, sweet malt at the finish when swallowed.

Mouthfeel - Thick with carbonation as it sits in the mouth and has a dry finish that keeps me sipping again and again.

Overall - I really like how this all comes together with the bitter/sweet contrast of the hop use and malt base. I always end up drinking up drier beers pretty quickly so it's vanishing pretty quickly next to me.

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

A-a cloudy golden orange with two fingers worth of white head that sticks to the glass.

S-Very pleasant aroma, pale malts, light apples and pears, spices, and yeast.

T-Taste is much hoppier than the smell suggested. Pale malt, citric hops, and a slightly peppery finish. I am not getting much of the Saison yeast but the beer still tastes pretty good, but maybe more like a Belgian IPA.

M-medium mouthfeel, high carbonation, light dry finish.

Overall another above average beer from Boulevard. Not getting too much “funk” from this one but the smell is very good and the taste is very nice.

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Photo of uustal
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright straw yellow with a very bright, two-finger white head. Great lacing and the head doesn't go anywhere any time soon. Aroma of lemon zest, yeast, a bit of spice and straw, didn't have a huge nose. Nice lemon rind and apple notes to start. Moves into a yeasty, grassy flavor blended with a sweet, pale bready malt. Just a hint of spice in this one on the very back end. Some slight sweet citrus, bordering on tropical hop notes hide the spice, before a touch of bitterness on the finish. A lot going on in this flavor profile, really complex. Good sweetness and hop notes for the style, also great drinkability for a saison.

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Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

PPours a slightly hazy whitish yellow with constant effervescence and a hufe frosty white head. Aroma offers some nice spice from the belgian yeast, bold lemon citrus juice, some of its rind as well, and a kiss of some bread underneath it all. Flavor mirrors the aroma quite well. I don't taste any alcohol, but I can feel the alcohol at the close of each sip/ A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, great saison. I only wish it was a little lower abv.

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Photo of bum732
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Classic fresh cut grass/pepper saison aroma, sweet pils, some caramelized pineapple.

L: Golden yellow, some particulates floating, white carbonated head with decent retention.

T: Semi-sweet pils malt with white pepper. Medium grassy bitterness leading to additional spiciness. Semi-dry finish with some fresh cut grassiness.

M: High carbonation, effervescent, medium bodied.

Great example of the style, great flavors and aromas that work great together. One of the better American saisons I've had.

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

It Produced a big pillow-like white head. the beer color is hazy honey. It had floaters.
Smell is of a farmhouse funk, honey, citrus, and spice.
Taste is about the same. Low bitter factor. Light mouth-feel,slightly dry, and high carbonation.
Very good beer! Tank 7 is a keeper.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a murky golden orange color with a tall, rocky, off white head. The head is surprisingly dense, and retention is very good, especially given the ABV. Appealing.

S - Much more assertively hopped than I expected. It's not unwelcome, just not usual for the style. Grassy grapefruit hops, orange, spicy phenols, and yeast all come through. The yeast begins to shine as it warms. Complex.

T - Opens like a traditional saison, though the bitterness takes over midway. The yeast is subtle, more so than I like. Most of the notes present on the nose are there, though I think they're overpowered by the aggressive hopping. It's imbalanced as the delicate yeast flavors can't stand up to the IBU's. The alcohol comes through on the finish, and not in a good way.

M - Light bodied, highly carbonated, and dry on the finish.

D - I'm a bit disappointed by this one, and I know the brewery is capable of more. Not traditional for the style by any means (which is not a bad thing), though may not be for you if that's what you're looking for.

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

Pours a nice pale gold with tons of carbonation and a nice fluffy white head. Slightly cloudy.

Smell is dry with notes of apple/bananna/strawberry. A slight bit of earthy hops.

Taste is very fruity up front. Slightly tart but not mouth puckering or anything. Finishes with a little bit of a bitter bite but not hoppy at all per se.

Mouthfeel is very crisp, dry and easy to drink. A nice body without feeling heavy. Very good for the style.

Overall this is a really nice example of the style. Not one of the "funkier" examples of the style but still retains a little bit of the farmhouse character. Seek if out of you are a fan of the style.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy orange yellow with lots of carbonation from the sides of the glass. I may have poured too much from the bottom of the bottle because there are thouseands of white particles suspended in the glass. A one finger fine white head with great retention and lacing. Very nice looking. Aroma of complex light fruit, Belgian spicing. Flavor starts with light fruit, sweet malt and citrus. Becomes dry and spicy, Belgian spices and pepper and finishes with dry and with a hint of Brett funk. Light to medium mouth feel with pleasant carbonation. The funk is perfect for me at this level, adds interest without overwhelming the palate. I'm not a big fan of brett, but like the other flavors of saisons. Tank 7 has the right combination of flavors for me. Very nice.

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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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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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