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 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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Photo of eclipse54
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle with a best by date of 12/2011. Into a Deschutes tulip glass...

Pours a vibrant, straw-colored body with a large, fluffy white head. It lingers, and leaves patches, rather outcroppings, of bubbles behind as lacing. Smells a bit funky, with straw, hay, faint citrus, and clove rounding it out. The taste is almost identical to the nose, but with the addition of a faint pear finish to it. Mouth is crisp, clean, and refreshing; very well done here. Overall, a great farmhouse ale that I’ll happily revisit.

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

(Served in a stemmed strange)

A- This beer pours a hazy lemon yellow body with strands of microbubbles gliding up to a thick creamy meringue of light beige head.

S- The very fragrant, even during the pour, saison yeast with some apricot esters and dried orange peel is very nice.

T- The dry fruity esters have a citrus clove hint that comes through as the beer opens up. The peppery green hop finish is dry and crisp. There is a pithy bittern aftertaste with some juicy dry grapefruit hops flavor.

M- The creamy mouthfeel has a medium mouthfeel and a soft carbonation. There is a mineral water crispness as the beer warms.

O- The great aroma and thick head are very impressive but the taste is a bit too bitter in the finish detracting from the other great flavors. The fruity esters are large and try to balance but are a bit outshined by the bitterness.

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

12oz bottled (best by 10/18/11) poured into my Hennepin glass.

Golden straw color w/ an enormous tight head & effervescent carbonation. Great lacing.

Aroma is light, lemony w/ a hint of yeast, spice, and apple cider.

Taste follows nose: lemon, yeast, spice, and fruit. Light, crisp and refreshing.

Another great example of the saison style, and another great beer from Boulevard.

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Photo of jsanford
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

Pours a hazy straw-glow with a thin white head that fades to a slight ring and haze. Nice, crisp aromas of wheat, banana, coriander, and bubblegum yeast. Taste follows the nose nicely, lots of spicy white pepper/coriander and sweet bubblegum yeast. Very crisp mouthfeel, with a medium body, sharp carbonation, and a dry finish. Overall a really nice Saison, I'm surprised by how well the alcohol is hidden.

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Photo of Retail1LO
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is probably the best saison I've had. That doesn't say much for me, as this is not a style that I'm typically even remotely enamored by.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nice golden straw color typical to it's type. Also true to it's type, it wreaks of Begian yeast. However, it does also have a smoky scent to it as well, and that's refreshingly unique. Where this varies from most Farmhouse Ales/Saisons, is that the taste isn't pure heffeweizen. The smoke permeates the taste too, and for the second time, it provides a very unique surprise. The mouthfeel is typical for the style, and nothing to write home about. Overall, for me, to have enjoyed this at all is kinda nice. I still wouldn't go back to it, because it's not my bag. However, anyone who has an affinity for this style of beer should definitely try to procure some of this. It's sure to please.

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

This Saison ale was served on tap and in a goblet. This beer poured a reddish gold color, and it produced a very nice amount of white head- excellent retention. Above average amount of lacing. The aroma of this ale was full of malted grain, earthy grass, with hits of apricot, and spicy clove. The ale is medium in body and tasted of semi-sour apricot/peach and it gave way to a grainy somewhat dry finish. This is an excellent version of a Saison...btw...this style is rapidly climbing my my personal beer style list... The balance is amazing...wonderful session beer- My new favorite offering from Boulevard.

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Photo of hutch312
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great aroma, smooth flavor with a touch of bitterness. Not what I was expecting from the smell, but pleasantly surprised. Not too sweet, but with the right amount of citrus. Does not leave the signature filminess in the mouth like most Belgian style wheat beers.

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

A – A huge head towers over the brew with a mixed bubble structure. Fantastic retention and a rocky lace. Hazy honey gold color.

S – Soft tangerine citrus over dried grass, pollen, and pepper.

T – A kaleidoscopic profile. Bright, acidic carbonation right up front. As the bubbles clear out, dry leaves, orange zest, and honey round out the opening. In the center, black pepper pops to the forefront and ushers in lemongrass and thyme. The backend is shifts gears, leaving an almost boozy, lemon, and leafy hop finish.

M – Net soft with a medium body.

O – The hoppy side of saison.

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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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