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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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Reviews: 1,007 | Ratings: 5,001
Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A sort of cloudy golden/straw colored pour. Bubbly white head. Good lacing and decent retention.

S: Very nice. Pear, apple, banana, cloves and a little grass I think. Smells sweet and refreshing.

T: Pretty much the same as the nose. Grassy/pine in the aftertaste plus some noticeable alcohol. Wonderful fruitiness.

M: Very high carbonation, almost stinging. Keeps it light but honestly annoying.

O: Not a bad saison but not the best I've had. Seems like it's a little too strong for my preferences (I think I like more 5-7%ish). I think I enjoyed the smell more than the taste by a good margin though.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into St. Bernardus chalice.

A: pours a cloudy yellows, thick and wispy head, thick lacing, good head retention

S: nose starts with notes of lemon and sourdough bread. Some hints of pepper come through, smells spicy. Notes of Belgian yeast come through as well.

T: starts off malty and sweet, notes of bread and lemon candy are followed by a bit of tartness. The finish is spicy. Lots of flavors here, a little less funky than some saisons, nice balance.

MF: high carbonation, medium body

O: This is a nice and refreshing saison. The alcohol is very well hidden. This is my type of saison as it has lots of flavor but isn't over the top with funk.

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

Poured into a Goose Island stem glass a pale translucent lemon with several fingers of open, fluffy white head.

The nose is a touch of lemon, spice, and delicate yeast/funk.

A sip is open and clean - very nice balance between the lemon and spice, some sweeter hops and spice through the end. Rich while light, a good prickle of carbonation on the finish, too.

So happy Boulevard is in MA - this is a very tasty saison that is shockinly drinkable given the ABV. I think Jack D'Or is my go-to, but I'm very happy to give this a go.

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

A - Beautiful straw yellow color, big white head that laces in rings, evenly.

S - Yeast, hops, spices. Sage? Some sweet honey malts in here too, as well. Might be molasses?

T - Yeast, hops, citrus, lemon rind, coriander, rye, light malt of some kind in here. Refreshing.

M - Medium bodied, very hoppy, appropriately carbonated.

D - A good farmhouse ale. Will probably be getting this again soo.

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

Picked up a 4 pack of this at Julio's.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice crystal golden straw hue with a big, fluffy two finger head that left great side lacing and awesome retention.

S - Nice barnyard funk and light lemon citrus.There is a bit spiceness to it. Some light banana too.

T - Nice and flavorful. Good barnyard and citrus notes along with some light yeast. There is some light banana and clove too, the ABV is slightly prevalent.

M - Nice mouthfeel here. It starts off a bit too crisp for a saison but mellows out nicely. ABV slightly noticeable.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this saison. Another solid offering from Boulevard. Glad I have 4 more bottles.

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

A- Hazy light golden hue into my glass. A nice creamy white head forms to good size and retains fairly well. Spotty lace around the glass.

S- I like it right away. It is not overwhelming considering it is 8%. It packs a nice balance of clove, banana, yeast bread and citrus zest.

T- Building on the nose with more intensity. The cloves pick up a bit but not enough to offset it. A nice balance of yeast spice, bread, banana, citrus, straw/grass and floral hints. Slight tropical fruit hops.

MF- Very creamy and silky, like I have come to expect. Highly carbonated but it still fills the mouth like foamy and stays smooth. Bitterness in the finish.

For 8% it really works nicely. Some of the flavors are a bit strong but I like the final balance. A good American Farmhouse Ale.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A huge meringue-like head sits on top of this hazy orange beer; the retention is excellent, with a slow settling and lots of lacing. Smell is very nice, lots of spice and yeast, lemony freshness.

Delicious taste, sharply defined flavors - lemon, pepper, yeasty spice, grass, slight malt sweetness in the rear. Subtle hopping helps to keep things in shape and very lightly bitter. I liked that they were but held in check enough to not overwhelm the other subtleties of the taste.

This beer has nice carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Alcohol isn't really noticed much. An excellent example of the saison style. Wish I could find this one at home.

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

pours a glowing straw color with a huge pure white head that slowly fizzles and leaves behind ample lacing.

bubblegum, clove, stone fruits, hay, grass in the aroma.

dry and spicy flavor of lemon pepper, tropical fruit, hay, fresh cut grass, and white bread.

semi light bodied with a lot of prickly carbonation and a dry, spicy finish.

its pretty good. would rather a more velvety mouthfeel to complement the flavor profile, but its good, and I'll definitely check out more of their beers.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Pours a light golden color. Almost completely transparent. Larger white head is bubbly and uneven. The head slowly dies down bubble by popping bubble. Bubble explosion lace sticks to the glass.

S-Big aroma of yeast and lively fruitiness. Citrusy fruit, apples and pears. Only a light amount of barnyard funk. A fresh, sweet aroma. Lightly spicy.

T-Flavor is strong and memorable. The initial flavor I actually do not care for, but as the taste evolves on my palate, I do find much to like here. Tons of pale fruits (apple, pear). A lot of yeast too. Not too much pepper or spice. Definitely a sweet Saison. Not very dry. Flavors are nice but unspectacular, and almost seem to intermingle poorly.

M-Explosive carbonation. Each sip, the carbonation takes over. Tough to gauge the feel over the bubbles. A bit too carbonated for me. Body is medium. Not much lasting dryness or bitterness.

O/D-Overall, a good Saison. Unfortunately for this beer, it came after I tried Mystic's Saison. In my opinion, the latter blows this one off the map. This is still a nice beer, but if I am going to spend $8.50 for a 750ml of Saison, I will buy the local Mystic over this until I croak. Tank 7 is a good brew, but like their Double Wide DIPA, I am slightly disappointed.

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

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a nice white head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of lemon, orange rinde, yeast, clove, and sweet malt aromas.

T: The taste is equally impressive with big flavors of lemon grass, orange, slight hops, and dry yeasty flavor almost like brett.

M: The feel is crisp and dry on the finish.

O: Great example of the style and just as good as their Saison Brett if not a bit better. Yet another excellent smokestack release.

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

A: Cloudy Golden color with a good thick foamy head that dissipates quickly.

S: Citrus, mild hops and a good measure of spices (pepper, cloves, maybe a hint of cinnamon)

T: Sweet, Bready Malts, Citrus fruit, Spices (Pepper, Cloves) with a good amount of yeast. Not much bitterness to this one.

M: Dry with a good amount of carbonation. Medium bodied

O: Very tasteful. One of the better examples of the style. Will definitely buy again.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a clear tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy pale golden color with a two finger cloudy white foam than leaves nice peaks as it recedes, with slight lacing as it slowly recedes to a frothy white cap. Nice.

Smell: That good hemp-like funk that good a good Saison should have, but also with some perfumed hops and sweetness beneath. Very nice.

Taste: Even better than it smells with citrus hops, some hemp-like flavors and some spice from the yeast. This is a very good American interpretation if a Saison Farmhouse ale. This is very close to being on par with Saison DuPont, my favorite Saison. Yeah, it's THAT good.

Mouth Feel: Light to medium body with good creamy carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Hell yes! This is a fantastic Saison Farmhouse Ale with complex flavors and it is very sessionable, even at 8% ABV. No strong alcohol taste at all. I will definitely buy this one again. Nice job, Boulevard Brewing.

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Photo of perrymarcus
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. very tasty, though not truly spectacular. medium-bodied mouth feel with some lively carbonation.

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

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

this was a very impressive Saison. The beer poured a bright yellow with at least an inch of head. There was a nice lacing pattern. The aroma was pure Saison with hints of spice, yeast and malt. The flavor was rich with the same essence. No alcohol is detected. The mouthfeel is foamy and refreshing. This is a very good beer and a significant example of the style.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the bottle, Greg.

A: The pour is a cloudy golden color with a large white head that settles down to a more manageable layer.

S: Just about as good as it gets for a Saison aroma. Tons of yeast, spice, and fruit. A mild bread sweetness with some light straw notes. Tons of apples, lemon zest, pears, and maybe even a little candied citrus peel.

S: A nice lemon zest, orange peel, and straw player to open it up. A touch of sweet melon, some bready malt sweetness, and just a light bitterness. There is a fair bit of yeast flavor and only a mild spice note.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: one of the best Saisons I've had. Tons to like about this beer.

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

picked up a 4 pack. bottled on date said it was best by March 2012 (fresh!). served in a Duvel tulip.

a: crystal clear golden color with a beautifully thick white head that never really quits. one of the best looking brews i've seen in a while.

s: biscuity malts with pretty strong notes of pine and black pepper (belgian yeast).

t: crisp, refreshing flavor. toasted malts at first, quickly subdued by lots of herbal, grassy hops which add a subtle bitterness to the palate. belgian yeast adds complex peppery character.

m: crisp, dry mouthfeel.

awesome American saison. recommended

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

pours a light gold color that is a little murky. Pungent and complex nose with various spices, grains, tangerines and a lot of fresh citrus as well. Great feel with real good depth on both the nose and palate. medium/full bodied with a real polish to it. The palate is just as complex as the nose. A great beer that never disappoints

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Photo of mocktm
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, best before 2/24/2012 printed on the neck.

Golden yellow in appearance, slightly cloudy with a pillow of white head that sticks around for the whole session, just like any worthy drinking buddy. Lacing is here and there, spotty.

Mild barnyard funk from the yeast, herbal, lemon peel, white pepper are on the nose. There might be more, but that's what I'm really picking up.

There is more grass on this Saison than most others I've had to date. That combines rather agreeably with the yeast phenols and citric elements, met by a moderate alcohol kick in the finish.

Crisp, Champagne dry finish, abundant carbonation that tickles the tongue and medium bodied. Near perfection, but the alcohol burn is a bit to prevalent.

Solid offering, not my favorite Saison I've ever had, but this one has a lot going for it, Cheers!

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a lovely, lively head. Smells lightly herbal but fresh with a lift of lemon. A bit grainy on the finish. The taste is similar, but lacks some of the zing of the herbs and lemon in the aroma. Crisp, as a Saison should be, but a touch soft on the finish. A solid, if not spectacular Saison. The flavors need to be a bit more vibrant.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into maudite snifter

A- Nice golden color with a two finger head. Lacing covers the glass.

S- Smells citrusy with some spicy notes. Smells great.

T- Hops up front and then a lemon type smell. Very complex and very tasty.

M- Very light and crisp.

O- This was a delicious beer. A great representation of the style. I would definitely buy it again.

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

Served as part of the after-party from the Midwest Brewers Fest. Served on-tap in a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold hue with a huge, rocky, meringue-like white head that is slow to drop. Leaves thick lacing behind.

Aromas of lemon, pepper spice, yeasty, orange peel, white grapefruit.

Flavors of white grapefruit peel, lemons, pepper spice, that yeasty belgian bite. Alcohol. Finish is medium, with pepper and grapefruit lingering.

Mouthfeel is dry, with a mouth coating light bitterness. A little alcohol warmth. Good level of carbonation.

Overall, an outstanding example of a saison. One of my new favorites.

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

Into a tulip. Best by 12/17/11; consumed 8/28/11

A - Pours a hazy straw folks with two fingers of white head. Head has nice persistance and leaves great lacing.

S - Nice aromas of Belgian yeast and citrus, both lemon and orange. A bit of spice and a faint bubblegum aroma as well.

T - Nice bright taste with a bit of a hop bite on top of some nice Belgian yeast funk, a bit of pepper, nice citrus and very faint sweetness.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a dry, crisp spicy finish.

O - Really enjoyed this one. Nice flavor combination. Crisp and bright but with a nice depth as well.

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

Appearance: Palle golden yellow in color with lots of fine suspended sediment. The head is a dusting of white foam on the surface, no carbonation noted. The lacing is thin, fine, and glass-coating.

Aroma: Lots of grassy notes, citric hops in abundance, some sweet alcohol, light fruit notes, and pepper.

Taste: Warming alcohol at the open, lots of pale malt, grassy flavors, as the taste progresses, the citric hops come to the fore. Finishes with sweet alcohol and a lingering citrus rind note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A well-made example of the "American" variation of this style, with higher alcoholic content and more aggressive hopping. I suspect this would benefit from extended cellaring.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

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Photo of Billcr222
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a big fan of boulevards everyday beers but their specialties are have been fantastic and I am happy try this one as well.
A: looks light straw colored with a little lacing poured from a 750 into a pint glass
S: earthy and a slight hint of fruit
M: a malty beer it flows pretty well not too bitter
T: tastes like a good earthy wheat, add in some quality malts and a slight fruitiness
O: a very good beer enjoyed it thoroughly as with the other boulevard specialties

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

A - A straw colored pour with a generous two-finger head and high body carbonation. Cloudy, but not necessarily hazy.

S - Lemongrass sits at the forefront of a nose otherwise populated by citrus, yeast, and light caramel malts.

T - Citrus, spice, and everything nice. A great powerhouse of wheat and fresh grassy flavors, it also draws in elements from the Belgian wit in terms of yeast and spice. Orange rind, coriander, and an almost curry-like flavor ride in with the bittering hops. The malt notes are crisp with a tiny hint of rye.

M - High carbonation, very refreshing, not a single clue as to the higher ABV. Nearly fizzy on the tongue, dry finish.

O - A solid take on the saison, true to style but very unique on its own. The complex palette is sure to please those that aren’t normally into farmhouse ales. This beer is a great introduction into Boulevard’s Smokestack series.

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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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