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 kjyost
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Corked & caged 750 mL. Best by 11-2011, purchased from a fridge at Happy Harry's North in Grand Forks, ND. Poured into a 250 mL tulip.

A: Straw yellow body, crystal clear and a nice white head (half the glass on a stiff pour) descends very slowly to a nice white cap and leaves very nice lacing along the way. Nearer the bottom half of the bottle, there was protein / yeast particulate in the pour.
S: Cracked black pepper and barnyard aromas. Dominated by the spices.
T: Initially a floral hit followed by a dry finish. Alcoholic heat comes quickly through. Light underlying mold-like funky taste, in a good way. The heat from the alcohol though is too much for me and is impairing my ability to get some more of the yeast's complexity although I did get out some definite pear in the body later.
M: Strong carbonation and finishes dry and hot.
O: Not sure what to make of this one. I know it is 8%, but it drinks all 8% or more here. Haven't had enough strong saisons to really know their character here, but it just isn't my bag.

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Photo of BurgerJones
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a stemmed goblet. Served with spicy Thai curry.

Pour was hazy light orange with frothy white head that lasted and laced well.

Not much aroma, pepper and yeast predominate but very little of either.

Despite that, taste was very pleasing, mostly pepper, clove, lemon, yeast, tangy funk was pleasant and not overwhelming.

Light body, pleasant amount of carbonation that added to the crisp spicy taste.

Overall, tasty and pleasant. Nothing incredibly special about the beer, but everything about it was good nonetheless. The third I've tried of the Smokestack series and I've liked every one a lot.

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

A - Vigorous straw pour that puts up a nice, solid frothy head. A good amount of yeast got into this, despite the fact that I was the second pour out of the bottle.

S - Huge peppery, phenolic nose. A bit of citrus and plenty of sweet pils aromoa.

T - Yeasty clove and pepper flavors with light sweetness from the malt. Crisp bitterness and a minerally character. Spiciness from yeast lingers in a very pleasing way. A little of the alcohol heat is noticeable, but hardly overpowering.

M - Beautifully light and crisp on the palate.

O - Another fantastic brew from Boulevard. Had been wanting to try this for a while, and I'm really happy to finally have had the opportunity. Cheers,

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Photo of Pusa
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appeared hazy gold with a one inch head.

Smelled of fruit and spices; like banana, coriander, and cloves.

Mouthfeel was a medium body, effervescent but dry.

Taste was similar to smell: fruit and spices like banana, coriander, and cloves but with a nice wheaty undertone, some pepperness, and a slight hoppy bitterness that gave it an overall tartness. The aftertaste was pleasant - it didn't stick around too long or go away too fast.

Overall it was a decent farmhouse ale. Admittedly I didn't used to like this ale, but I have discovered it hits the spot on a hot summer day.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Best-by date of 10/18/11.

Appearance: lightly hazy straw hue; the impression is that it's silvery. Head is three fingers of pillowy white foam which round out a very nice appearance.

Smell: lightly funky, spicy aroma with a hint of citrus. Basic, but well-crafted and appealing.

Taste: funky farmhouse flavor with a nice, light malt base. There's a tartness to the end that balances it out well. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a bodacious level of carbonation that makes this beer absolutely perfectly creamy and awesome. Love it, love it, love it.

Overall: a basic but well-crafted saison with just amazing, amazing creaminess. Bonus points for that.

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

I had been holding off on purchasing this one due to price. I finally tried it last night at Uptown Brothers on Colfax. Poured a pale golden color with a fluffy white head. Aromas of yeast, apples and lemon. On the palate this one was light to medium bodied, with flavors of lemon, yeast and burlap.

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

Received the bottle in a trade with Inashsig, poured into a HF tulip.

Pours a hazy pale golden color with a solid three finger billowy head that dissipates rather quickly to a thin cap leaving minimal lacing on the glass.

I get a grassy, wheaty aroma upfront with a bit of spiciness from the yeast and slight hop presence following.

The taste is exactly what I expect and want from a saison, a rustic earthy quality of wheat and grains with a slightly flora and spice quality from the yeast. Smooth with a very slight bitterness from the hops. A perfect table beer to enjoy with any meal.

This is a well carbonated beer that goes down smooth and is perfect on a hot summer day. Highly quaffable I polished off the 750 easily and would have enjoyed another glass.

Overall this is a lovely saison that I am happy to have sampled and would love to see at my local bottle shop.

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: citrus, clove, coriander, farmhouse,

taste: citrus, clove, refreshing and crisp,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this saison / farmhouse is spot on. One of the better beers I've had from Boulevard definitely recommend.


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Photo of wschmit
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, Batch No./Best by Date 711084/12-2011, into a tasting nonic.

A: A loud pop preceded the soft pour that still yields a pretty large, billowy white head. Lots of effervescence coming up through the just-barely-hazy goldenrod body. Head settles fairly quickly into a sizable white cap for a bit, before completely devolving to a simple collar.

S: A bit wheaty and dusty, with just a touch of sweat. Just a little bit of spiciness to it. Some definite alcohol smell after a couple whiffs. I'm a bit underwhelmed at the scent.

T: Pretty subdued--a bit of wheat, a touch of hops, and a moderate yeasty character in the end. There's a nice, almost meaty and mineral-y bit. I can taste the alcohol, but it's mild. Subtle, and better than the nose would indicate.

M: Spot on--solid carbonation and just a bit of chew. I can taste the alcohol, but it doesn't have any burn at all.

O: A pretty good American attempt at a saison. I'd drink it again, as it was pretty reasonably priced, and is better than most Stateside attempts at Saisons--not quite Fantome, but what is? A great effort that deserves commendation.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch number 0710253, best by 06/2011. Well, lets give it a shot.

A- Great head developed. Very creamy, tight knit network, cotton puff from a distance. Edges around glass reveal a different picture of miniature, singularly defined bubbles. Everyone a unique picture. The clear straw colored body reveals an avalanche of carbonation from the base. Unbelievable retention, and perfect lacing.

S- Low clean smell. Lemony, bit citrus reminders, wheat is definitely on the back end. Bit spicy, bit sweet like a Belgian candied sugar background. Actually, as it develops the spicyness becomes quite strong, almost as if this beer was designed to incorporate Italian seasonings and Belgian sugars.

T- First impressions are of spices. Sharp, bright, indistinguishable from each other. Its shocking, and then all of a sudden the palate is smashed with a grapefruit and caramel sweetness. Belgian candied sugars develop, linger into the finish, and fade as a light hop characteristic comes out. Just a light bitterness with grass hits.

M/D- Smooth, full of body. Shockingly light carbonation feel. Not as bright as the vision would lead me to believe. Sticky flavors. I think the mouthfeel is off from what it should be. The entire presentation up to this point feels disjointed from what it should be. Overall though, very enjoyable., Will be definitely finishing this no problems.

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

Poured into an oversized wine glass.
Very nice hazy golden glass of delicious looking Boulevard beer. Fairly shorlived crisp white head, dissipates to a thin layer floating on top. Nice traditional aromas poking out, clove, banana, light spices. Definitely a noticable alcohol presence, but it doesnt personally bother me, i could enjoy it either way. In this case it gives it a heavier mouthfeel, brought alive by nice carbonation and some hints of peppercorn. Nice creaminess in the head with a swirl of the glass. This is pretty delicious, glad i have another bottle waiting for me.

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

Style points for the retro label and bottle shape. Spicy and funky, but both in proportion to the style. Some orchard fruit notes, along with bright yeast character. The 8% ABV was noticeable in both flavor and some pepper bite, but not enough so as to dominate the beer.

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Photo of bashiba
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a bright golden yellow with a thick and creamy long lasting head with a touch of lacing, tons of suspended sediment throughout, almost looks chewy.

The smell is dominated by the spicy Belgian yeast and a light lemony hop presence. Some nice hints of clove and tropical fruits.

The flavor is very sweet and fruity with a very long spicy finish with a pretty potent medicinal hop finish. Some nice tangerine, clove, and light peppery notes.

The mouthfeel is where this beer doesn't quite work for me, its a bit to thick with a lot residual sugar for a Saison, it doesn't have the overly crisp and dry finish that is the staple of the style.

While I thought it wasn't quite dry enough, still overall a fairly nice farmhouse, the flavors were spot on and had a pretty solid nose.

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Photo of mactrail
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big foamer but settles down though a bit coarse in the carbonation. Aroma of clover. Pleasant Belgian character. Yeasty with a hint of honey. Dark taste in the back of the mouth. Fairly thin mouthfeel. Long bitter aftertaste.

On the whole, this is a more harsh and unruly kind of Farmhouse, but quite distinctive. Just a promise of sweet malt with long acidity. Interesting example and worth a try if you like the style.

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Photo of beagle75
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: Clear, medium golden color with over one finger of airy and diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass, a few slow streams of bubbles rise, and diffuse yeast particles slowly spread to equilibrium, suspended in the column.

S: A winning combination of bright vinous fruit, pungent yeast phenolics, and lemon pith.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with palest rustic grain and mild but bright mixed fruit, accompanied by appropriate acidity that nearly goes unnoticed. Dryness becomes entire in the yeasty middle, with crisp and peppery phenolics becoming bold and lingering in the finish. Bitterness is mild and earthy, slow to become established until well into the finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, acidic and effervescent on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This saison carries some of the most appealing features of a lower-abv saison into the 7-8% range, remaining labile despite its yeast-focused and fully established flavor profile. The smell is very straight-forward, even to the point of being simplistic, yet does not seem to offer much room for improvement. Considering the difference in price and availability, there really seems to be no motivation to choose a Boulevard Saison-Brett over this remarkable beer.

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

Poured a bright straw gold into a tulip with four fingers of loose, fluffy white head. Typical saison aroma with some gently peppery yeast, wheat, and lemon.

Moderate carbonation and a light, creamy mouthfeel -- very refreshing. Mild honey, orange peel, and lemon up front followed by wheat, clove, and a lingering tart citrus.

Excellent balance, full flavor, and very light and drinkable for the higher ABV. Great brew!

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

Shared a bottle with the wife...picked up in IL a few weeks ago.

a - opened the cork n cage and filled 2 capt lawrence taster tulips. poured a hazy golden yellow with a thin foamy saison like head. beer is certainly murky, but not totally opaque. visible carbonation is there. looks good to style.

s - yum. i love saisons and all the usual suspects are there. banana, bubblegum, clove, some grassiness...but not overboard which i'm not a fan of, this one is more sweet than earthy and that's my pref.

t - much like the nose, the usuals are all there...banana, bubblegum, clove, some grassiness. finishes a tad bittery, but not really.

m - ah, refreshing. smooth and medium bodied, a bit on the heavier side for a saison, but still a wonderful beverage for the warm days. cooling.

o - overall another fine example of a saison enjoyed on a summer's day with the wife. hit the spot, but nothing crazy or earth shattering as far as saisons go. it is on the sweeter side, but hovers more along the middle than my favs which favor the sweetness. certainly a worthwhile saison if you are a fan.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A merengue tinged head pillows atop a cloudy haze of lemon colored beer sporting heavy carbonation...

The smell is very aromatic, fruity with honeydew and lemons

Grapefruit, Lychee and melon in the front, a tinge of bittering hops in the rear, some dry alcohol as well

A medium body, pummeling carbonation and a hint of warmth

Overall a great beer, definitely done american style with the heavier hops, also quite a large amount of booze for the style, but enjoyed thoroughly

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

recieved this as an extra.

poured into tulip.

Appearance: dull hazy straw yellow bodied beer with a brilliant white head composed of tiny bubbles; gusher of a head atleast 3 fingers head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Hay and mild funk. Lemon, clove, and pepper.

Taste: Hay and moderately bitter hops. Clove, herbs, spicy yeast and slightly grassy. Lemon and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied beer with moderate carbonation that is on the higher end of moderate. This beer is well carbonated for the style. Very crisp and refreshing.

Overall: This is a nice tastey summer time beer. i am not a huge fan of this beer style, so thats why the scores are lower than the average. It almost reminds me of Orval with some similiar characteristics as that beer even though its not the same style of beer.

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Photo of bsp77
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Light gold with sparkling suspended yeast. Huge foamy stark white head that leaves a great deal of sticky lacing.

Smell: Very fruity, sweet and tropical, with banana, citrus and peach. Some pepper, clove and light tartness.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, but much drier. The fruitiness (banana, citrus, peach) is still apparent but the clove, pepper and spicy hops are more dominant. Light lingering tartness enhances the flavor and complexity.

Feel: Highly carbonated with a crisp body and an extremely dry finish.

Overall: Just an outstanding Saison.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on-tap, noble fir

appearance: served in a 13oz chalice, bright yet hazy straw-orange body, foamy white cap with strong retention

smell: white peaches, citrusy grapefruit, lemon juice, fresh yeast, wheat

taste: all of the smokestack series beers are well done - this being no exception. tank 7 is a little hoppy for the style with lots of fresh citrus notes in the flavor. peppery and herbal, a nice dose of honey, and an honest wheat backdrop

mouthfeel: good carbonation, refreshing medium-light body

overall: good

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Photo of Duff27
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Half inch white head on a hazy gold beer. Average lacing and head retention.

S- Belgian yeast funk/fruity.

T- Crisp! Bready. Belgian yeast. Very flavorful and the ABV is well hidden.

M- Well carbonated. Smooth, medium mouthfeel.

D/O- A real pleasure to have and share with friends/family. Great for summer, during a picnic perhaps. Hats off to Boulevard for making a great, widely available saison.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lee for making me trade him for this bottle, so glad he did!

A: Pours a light golden color with a large white head that fades very slowly and leaves behind some spotty lacing.

S: Certainly some Belgian yeast, strong citrus aromas of lemon and grapefruit, a little bit of malt, and some nice peppery spice.

T: Starts out with the Belgian yeast and spices. There is a really fresh grassy and citrus fruit flavor in the middle, with lemon, grapefruit, and maybe a hint of orange peel. Pale malt and a little bit of grain and caramel balance it out.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, smooth, and refreshing. Medium to high carbonation.

O: One of the best saisons I have had so far. Complex, fruity, and great tasting. Even at 8% it was easy drinking, could see it pairing very well with a meal.

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

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- light hazy gold with a fluffy two finger head that dissapatrs into a white cap. Leaves some great spots of lacing.

S- lemon zest, mandarine, peach  clove, bubblegum, peppery spice and some funk.

T- lemon zest, mandarine, clove, honey, peach, pineapple, peppery spice, floral hops, grass and some biscuit malt. 

M- medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Finishes dry. The 8% abv is hidden very well. 

O- another nice offering from boulevard and their smokestack series. A little hoppier than other saisons, but a unique take on the style.

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Photo of AnavelGato
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Bottle poured into a standard pint glass, purchased at Spec’s.

Appearance: beautiful gold color with plenty of floating particles so on initial our there plenty floating, but if it’s left sitting for a while it mostly settles to a clear gold. About 2-3 fingers of pearl white head which dissipates quickly into a constant few cm’s of head

Aroma: It has a fruity aroma, which I can’t quite put my finger on. Sort of a general citrus scent. But the strongest notes definitely come from the yeast, a very yeasty floral scent with a hint of alcohol from it’s rather large 8%

Taste: A very “wild” tasting beer. Every 5 minutes its left out gets you new sets of flavors coming through. Most noticeably is a hoppy, earthy notes towards the end of each sip.

Mouthfeel: great carbonation for summer, supremely refreshing

Overall: very good all-around beer, a strong attempt from one of my favorite breweries: Kansas City’s own Boulevard Brewing.

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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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