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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,624 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,624
Reviews: 522
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 459
Gots: 605 | FT: 56
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Based loosely on the Smokestack Series’ The Sixth Glass, this abbey-style quadrupel is separated into a number of oak bourbon barrels where it ages for varying lengths of time, some for up to three years. Cherries are added to make up for the “angel's share” of beer lost during barrel aging. Selected barrels are then blended for optimum flavor. The resulting beer retains only very subtle cherry characteristics, with toffee and vanilla notes coming to the fore.

19 IBU

(Beer added by: jdubjacket on 07-11-2008)
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An increadible beer that defies styles, challenges the taste buds, and pushes the edges of experimental to the brim. All that, and this is a really good beer!

The beer pours a deep ruby, mohogany color that seems to glow with more crimson highlights than any other beer. An off white head takes a 1/4" foot hold and never relinquishes. Lots of lacing on the glass and a moderate haze throughout. A handsome looking beer.

Mouthwatering aromas of deep amber and toasty malts that give a firm base of toffee, rich breads, and a hint of chocolate tucked in closely behind. A lot of fruity character comes undoutedly from the cherry additions but also from yeasty esters giving more berry, apple, and fig character. All this wrapped up in a bourbony, vanilla, and caramel complexity.

Flavors swirl with the bourbon, fruits, and hearty malts giving a newly found taste with every sip. Agressive in the strength of alcohol but delicate in the soft vanillans and cotton-candy caramels. Wood chracter gives a nutty, oaky, and slightly musty character that accents the cherries and gives the yeasty flavors a bit of company. Perhaps a bit tart at times, the beer may have a few bugs on board- but it could be all cherries too.

Body is full, round, rich, but not thick or heavy. In true Quad fashion, the beer's carbonation lifts it off of the surfaces of the mouth and seem to partially evaporate just before the warm and lingering finish.

This is a terrific beer that belongs among the best. Thanks BlueOkie!

BEERchitect, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a bounteous head that leaves a hieroglyphic pattern of lace on the chalice

Smell: Figs, cherries and brown sugar, up front, with the bourbon barrel clearly coming through; a leathery aspect, too

Taste: Fruity, at the outset, with figs first, brown sugar next and then sour cherries arriving; by mid-palate, the bourbon barrel takes over, with the oaky vanilla flavors dominating, perhaps a bit too much; after the swallow, the sour fruit and bourbon flavors are prominent

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a high level of carbonation; plenty of warmth as well

Drinkability: Certainly interesting, but the combination of the sour cherry and bourbon flavors just doesn't cut it for me, from a drinkability perspective

brentk56, Feb 05, 2009
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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%

theschmooz, Yesterday at 11:25 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

slay, Yesterday at 11:23 PM
Photo of zander4dawin
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%

Dark amber color, smooth vanilla notes, sweet candy cherry finish.

zander4dawin, Yesterday at 07:54 PM
Photo of JVMeier
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%

JVMeier, Yesterday at 12:03 AM
Photo of NickTheGreat
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L (4.5): Nice color. Nice amount of head.
S (4): Smells okay. I got this little bit of a weird smell, but I could smell the bourbon too.
T (4):I'm a little confused here. My first few ounces of it were disappointing. Kinda that metallicy, unpleasant taste you get sometimes. I have a homebrew like this, but not sure the cause. But then . . . it either warmed up, or breathed enough, but it was fantastic. The smoke, the bourbon, the sweetness, the malt, heaven. Not sure exactly what happened, but it did. I'm really giving it a 3 and a 5 for taste!
F (4.5): Nice mouthfeel. Good carb, not especially heavy or viscous.

Overall (4.25). So I'm not sure what happened with the weird taste at first. I don't think it was 100% operator error, because it had actually sat out in the glass for 10 minutes before I drank it the first time. But towards the end . . . WOW

NickTheGreat, Wednesday at 10:03 PM
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4.7/5  rDev +10.6%

okono, Wednesday at 01:03 AM
Photo of Beestin
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%

Beestin, Wednesday at 12:37 AM
Photo of LMAO_1up
4.25/5  rDev 0%

LMAO_1up, Tuesday at 02:09 AM
Photo of CraigTravor
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

CraigTravor, Tuesday at 02:02 AM
Photo of Mattwm
5/5  rDev +17.6%

This is a fantastic beer that has nearly everything, fantastic head, great aroma, lingering taste that lets you remember good times. This is not thick or heavy just wonderful. You will be transported to what beer should be. No defined genera just fantastic taste and aroma.This is a beer that makes me hopeful for other american beers,

Mattwm, Monday at 06:08 AM
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3.48/5  rDev -18.1%

horsehockey, Sunday at 06:17 AM
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

snansel, Saturday at 11:22 PM
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3/5  rDev -29.4%

Derrill, Saturday at 09:33 PM
Photo of Jcarter1221
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%

Jcarter1221, Nov 22, 2014
Photo of stephenjmoore
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%

A- Cloudy, medium-brown body with some hints of amber. Hints of light come through, but the cloudiness of the body leaves no visibility. Frothy, foamy tan head that hangs around and leaves lots of sticky residue behind.

S- Sweet malt, dried fruit, raisins, cherries, just the slightest dash of sugary sweet bourbon.

T- This one still has tons of quad qualities and does not let the bourbon overpower. Lots of dark fruits, sweet and toasty malt, sugary sweet oaky bourbon, lots of raisins and cherries. Big, bold flavors, but not much of an alcohol presence. The bourbon barrel is very complimentary and it is nice to see it not overpower.

M- Full bodied, medium-high carbonation, lingering aftertaste.

O- A big, sweet, dark fruit quad with a well rounded bourbon barrel flavor. A really nice beer that sticks to the format of the sixth glass.

stephenjmoore, Nov 22, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Rog_03, Nov 21, 2014
Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev 0%

This is a good beer but I don't find the complexity that others have. On the nose you get a boozy somewhat chocolate aroma. I find the taste very boozy. It's 11.8% ABV but you'd think it was much higher. I was hoping the cherries would be more present but I don't taste them. This is the kind of beer I'd buy for a friend who really like bourbon.

spacecake9, Nov 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

2013beer101, Nov 20, 2014
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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,624 ratings.