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 OWSLEY069
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a big off white head. In the aroma, lemon citrus, spicy, and a small tartness. In the taste, dry spices, earthy, and a small lemon tartness. A spice bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry earth and small tartness in the aftertaste. Nice mellow tartness and nose is sweeter than the taste.

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Photo of lancecenter
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very cloudy orange, thick creamy head, good retention. Decent lacing.

S - Earthy, pepper, citrus, phenol, and alcohol.

T - Slight amount of citrus, good amount of earthiness, some pepper. Dry and tart.

M - Crisp, medium mouthfeel.

O - Very drinkable. I don't like it as much as Hennepin, but it's good stuff.

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

Impressive bright white head that dissipates extremely slowly. Leaves a ring of lace. The liquid is appropriately cloudy (with suspended particles?) straw-gold color.

Fresh, clean smell without any of the typical barnyard aromas. There's some notable sourness, but it is muted. Good yeast presence also.

Starts off as a Saison but then I note a good dose of bittering hop. Interestingly, the swallow loses this as the sourness returns to the palate. In a word, complex. Rich body for the style. Fine bubbles and plenty of them.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crisp golden color with some sediment floating around withen, a solid white cap also.
Aroma has the yeasty banana aroma with some light spices.
This is a clean, crisp, yeasty, bready, spice filled, white pepper, saison, it is not a funky representation of the style, and i am very surprised that this is 8 percent alcohol.

This comes in four packs, that is fantastic.

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

This beer pours a hazy pale yellow with a large three inch bright white head sitting on top. There is good head retention here as well.

The aroma is quite nice. Big citrus notes hit me up front followed by a bit of yeast. It's lightly sweet,reminiscient of candy sugar.

The taste is also quite nice. Again, citrus notes hit me up front with a touch of yeast and then slowly fade to a very light bitterness. Bready pale malt is found somewhere on the tail end as well. It's just a great beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a great gentle carbonation bubble. Really what I'm looking for in a beer like this.

Overall this beer is just great. From first sight, to scent, to taste it's a treat. I just love everything that comes out of that brewery. Keep up the good work!

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

Appearance -- Pours a honey/straw hue with mild haze and a frothy tuft of white head. Craggy lace follows down the walls of the glass. Nice.

Smell -- Lots of fruity esters, banana, mild spice, pilsner malt, dab of honey sweetness, and a modicum of citrusy hops. Respectable.

Taste -- More bubblegum than the nose would suggest, as well as a pinch of clove-like phenolic character. Also, the Amarillo hops are more evident, lending a citrusy counterbalance to the fermentation character. Finish is pithy bitterness, bubblegum, and clove oil.

Mouthfeel -- Pretty much the same mouthfeel of every Smokestack beer: medium-bodied with crisp carbonation just inside the boundaries of acceptable.

Overall -- Very nice. For hoppy saisons, there are others I'd reach for first (see: Boulevard Sorachi Ace), but this is still definitely notable. One of the better Smokestack offerings from Boulevard, and that's saying something.

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

Bottle poured into a tulip, best by date of 5/16/12. Hazy light yellow/straw body with a huge four-finger white head. Tons of carbonation in this one. Lots of lacing.

Sweet citrus aroma, mostly lemon. Belgian yeast, bubblegum, a bit of funkiness.

Tasty saison flavor overall. The spicy yeast flavors come through more in the flavor and work well with the lemongrass, and sweeter malt flavors.

Light to medium mouthfeel with a bit of a dry finish. Overall, another solid offering from the Smokestack series by Boulevard.

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

Poured into a Bell's Tulip.

Pours a bright neon yellow with an insane amount of carbonation. the massive head was bright white and fizzy.

Smells of lemongrass and slightly of yeast. Also scents of banana, clove, and bubblegum. Smells like a hefeweizen.

I wasnt expecting the taste. nothing prepared me for a gin-like lemongrass feel. Citric hoppy bitterness accompanies the lemongrass feeling nicely. The yeast is really just an accentuating feature. Tastes partially like hefeweizen, and thats a good thing.

Its not as spicey as I was expecting, but the lemony feeling is actually very refreshing and highly drinkable. Very well put together saison.

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Photo of gfreed
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer that promises much (it has a great label) and delivers mostly. Cloudy in the glass; zesty and bovine in the nose; a yeasty and dense body with some lightly-malted tones in the taste. It's a tad hoppy for my liking, but not overly so and doesn't lose points for being so bright. The funk level is somewhat high, in my view. Boulevard seems to take the "farm" part of "farmhouse" somewhat literally. Otherwise... well worth a bottle or two.

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Photo of keytown
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden color with 1/2 inch white head

S - Smells of citrus, very noticeably lemon & orange rinds followed by some spice maybe coriander. Also getting wet grassy notes.

T - Follows the nose, orange & lemon rinds, slightly sour followed by spice.

M - Light, crisp clean beer. Finishes dry & leaves you wanting more.

O - Really good beer overall, best Farmhouse Ale that I've had. Definitely worth trying, wish I could get more of this one!!

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to JeepCop for this 750ml.

A: Pours a beautiful translucent yellow gold. There is a massive pure white head that just refuses to go away. Massive lacing as it drinks.

S: Smells of clove, banana, and citrus. It has a really crisp and clean nose. It's a very inviting beer that begs to be drank.

T: Starts off super crisp. High carbonation and clove hit the palate immediately. The banana starts to come through a bit in the middle, but it never overpowers the spice in this beer. It finishes with a wonderful mix of yeast, spice, and fruit. All of those flavors linger on the palate for just a few seconds before the mouth is left dry and begging for more.

M: Light bodied beer, but the carbonation and spice keep you from guzzling it (even though you may want to). Finishes dry.

O: I absolutely love this beer. I've been fortunate to have it many, many times, and it's always stellar. I really wish Boulevard beers were available in NY.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to imagineiii for this 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. There is a freshness date, but it's smudged off, Best before...2011.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with an inch or so of white head. Nose is bright and citrusy. There's notes of wheat and hay, a hint of white pepper. Palate is crisp with a little alcohol burn but a little sweet wheat too. Grain, flowers, white pepper, and preserved lemon flavors. Moderate length finish.

Notes: Tasty but not super complex. A little prickly from the alcohol.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, Batch number 711105, best before 12-2011. Served in a goblet (as recommended by Boulevard), the beer pours a hazy gold color with an inch white head. The head stays around a long time, and there's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and fruity, it smells like mango, lemon peel, pears, bananas, yeast and sweet malt. The taste is mostly fruity too, the brew tastes like pears, bananas, peppery spice, yeast, citrus (lemon, orange) rinds, bready malt and also an earthy flavor. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's well carbonated and quite refreshing to drink. At $9.99 a bottle, I'd buy this again. Definitely worth trying.

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

750 corked & caged, split with a mate in two pint glasses on Sunday 10/16. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a beautiful and inviting hazy straw color with tints of gold...effervescent, with a huge frothy white head that slowly recedes to a constant half-finger ring.

S: Tons of lemon & lemongrass, Belgian yeast, spices, citrus rind, and juicy hop character...I wouldn't describe it as 'funky', more 'fruity', with a distinctly Belgian presence.

T: Lots of lemon, orange and some grapefruit (from the hops) character...light herbal & grassy notes...spicy, a bit peppery and dry but still refreshing...very nice.

MF: Light, airy, wet, well carbonated, traces of bitterness and dryness on the finish...tastes 'even' and complimentary.

O: Hops take a backseat to the Saison here but they still really compliment the entire package. I really like what Boulevard has done here, a completely refreshing and tasty Farmhouse Ale. I've traded a lot of Boulevard saisons...might have to hang on to a few more.

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

I drank this from a tulip...

Pours a very pale yellow color with a frothy white head. The smell is kind of funky but very aromatic and floral with grass and hints of oranges a fresh pineapple. Tastes strongly of grass and lemony hops, it's a little funky, there is a nice firm bitterness and flavors of coriander and citrus peel. The beer is light and full of carbonation, the finish is very dry. This is a good beer although stronger and more bitter than most farmhouse ales if had before.

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Photo of portia99
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 3/31/12) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - A somewhat aggressive pour yields a mildly hazy orange tinted pale golden color with a huge three finger pillow of white foam with excellent stying power on top. Lots of loose spiderwebby lacing is left on the glass as it slowly collapses to the surface. Great looking beer.

S - Tart and citrusy with tons of lemons and touches of oranges and tangerines...a little bit funky and earthy with some sugar, coriander and black peppery aspects as well.

T - A bit herbal and cool up front followed closely by the citrus - fresh oranges take the lead with a citrus variety pack backing, it up. Mildly tart, slight funkiness, green hoppy flavors, coriander. Really nice saison.

M - Light in body but doesn't feel at all thin. Quite high carbonation level is active, tingly and a bit foamy on the tongue.

O - This is a really good saison. Boulevard really seems to know their stuff when it comes to this style...really liked all they had to offer. Glad this is now available in MA...another one that I'll be going back to regularly.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz pours into my Unibroue tulip a hazy golden yellow, lots of carbonation. Ridiculous white head fills the glass but eventually falls to a nice bubbly half finger, leaves good lacing.

Great scent...yeast/bread, some mango and green grapes, hay-y/grassy, banana, some funky farm with warmth.

Taste is a bit more intense but doesn't quite bring the goodness of the nose. Brings on some more farm/hay, clove and banana gives this kind of a hefeweizen feel. Citrus and slight tropical hops, vanilla/yeast/toasty bread, and a touch of alcohol.

Carbonation is a bit stinging but mouthfeel is fine overall. The balance of Belgian/American is great.

Probably the best American saison I've had, not a surprise coming from Boulevard. Not abrasive like many other hoppy saisons.

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Photo of davey101
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Smudged best by date appears to be 03/31/12. I swirled and poured in the dregs.

A - Golden yellow body with a great thick white head. Really awesome lacing and retention. Slightly cloudy with a bit of brown sediment/yeast on the bottom of the glass.

S - Lots of tropical fruits and citrus. I get mango, pineapple, pears, and plenty of lemon. This is followed by wet grass, grainy yeast, and some spices and herbs. Very fresh and clean.

T - Follows the nose with the citrus and tropical fruits. The finish is a pleasant mix of grass and yeast and subtle spice. The alcohol is slightly noticeable in the aftertaste. Very crisp and lively, the carbonation and mouth feel are excellent.

O - Not my favorite of styles, but this is an excellent saison. Very simple and clean, and can roll with some of the best Belgians out there. Well done Boulevard!

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

On tap at Atwood's Tavern in Cambridge this past Sunday. Served in a Belgian goblet. Extremely bright yellow color. Lots of carbonation forms a nice bubbly white head. Good amount of lacing. Smell reminded me of a wet field - fresh earth and wet grass. Taste was malty and sweet, with just enough hops on the tip of my tongue to keep the taste buds awake. Mouthfeel was very dry and crisp, and I am a bit surprised to see now that this beer is an 8% ABV brew. Very well hidden. This is a super refreshing beer and it was quite enjoyable on a sunny patio on a warm weekend day.

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

Golden and murky with active white head. Solid retention, fizzy bubbles. Funky yeast is plentiful in the nose and paves the way for sourness. Hops, malts, & spices play second fiddle.

Taste is spicy with more hops than I expected. Plenty of funky yeast everywhere which lends itself to earthy, grassy flavors. Finishes bone dry and a touch acidic with mild bitterness that lingers. Refreshing!

Crisp and clean on the mouthfeel. Active body is decently creamy but still can't touch Fantome Saison in this department. The 8% is well hidden, which makes this damn near sessionable. Wish I could buy this back home.

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

Farmhouse Ales! Also known as Saisons. I love saisons. I am so very biased towards this. Saisons are my fallback beer. This particular one pours a lovely cloudy golden beer. If I can see the other side of a saison then I know it's just not a true saison. It's a wonderful beer and you can smell the citrus over the wheat. It leaves a nice film on the glass as I drink. And it tastes fantastic.

Except, you can taste the alcohol. If this bothers you then it might not be your favorite thing. This beer in 8%. You can taste it. You can feel it. It hits your chest after a few. But if you like this taste it's wonderful.

Very good beer.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first tried this at Boston's Belgian Beer Festival, 2011, and now I have it at home for a proper review. Pours massive almost all head, white. Hazy light gold body. Smell is delightfully complex with citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, and some caramel. Taste has the same but is much more subdued than the smell. Fairly high alcohol at 8% but you don't feel it. Quite a nice beer, and hurray for the persnickity Tank 7 at their brewery.

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

This is a beer that's been given to me by a few kind BA's, and I thank them all for that. I've shared this beer more than once with people as a gateway into the saison style, but I've never really sat down and given it a proper review. Therefore, here I go.

Marked best before November 2011.

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

A: Lemon jelly and flammable fall shrubberies. Lots of light farm-familiar yellows that just seem to imply the Halloween season. A very fine film of a head that looks like it could solidify into a marshmallow. Ultra fine beads of bubbles struggle for position along the sides of the glass. Yup, this one is a looker for sure.

S: Really tropical flavors in the nose. Passion fruit, a bit of thin guava, pulpy pineapple mash, definitely some pear skin, and a whole other bunch of stuff you'd probably find in some farmers market experimental marmalade. This has that super flavorful yeast character that I long for as a fan of the style. Just because it's a farmhouse ale, doesn't mean it can't pay a visit to the orchard.

T: A really clean character of pear apple that crunches in its crispness. Some really bitter character that comes through from a fading hop. Some cereal grains make for a nicely complex sweetener before hitting some lingering funk. Fruity barnyard bitterness that eases off into a green apple skin dryness. The way the flavor makes temporary visits to pineapples, green apples, and pears really makes this a performer in style; though it's the goya finish at the intersection of hops, funk, and fruitiness that puts this in that higher flavor category.The alcohol does come through a tad bit though.

M: soft lofty foam that is whip creamy in the mouth. Really great light soft foam character that keeps on giving. Light-medium body with a rewardingly soft mouth. This really makes fruit notes feel like they are blanketed in pastry dough. Apple pie mouth that I'm a fan of.

O: This is just quite simply a very good saison. I think that the flavors really pop off that yeast character, and the mouth helps give the beer pastry flavor experience. This is like a nutri-grain bar, but alcoholic and much more fulfilling. I'm a big fan of this beer, but I think it's much better fresher. I feel like the contrast is muddy due to it being a bit older than I've had it before, and the hops don't pop as much. If you want the full experience seek one fresh. Though the flavor still comes through as a consistent performer. Cheers to boulevard for this exemplar beer.

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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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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 5,084 ratings.
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