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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,874 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,874
Reviews: 568
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 483
Gots: 751 | FT: 73
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jdubjacket on 07-11-2008

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
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Ratings: 1,874 | Reviews: 568
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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Big fluffy, airy light beige head. Brew is a brown color, a little light for a quad, and is nearly opaque (although it seems like it SHOULD be clear...). Good retention and nice lines of lacing.

Aroma is all about fruit at first: banana, figs, and prunes. The bourbon is definitely noticeable (carrying notes of vanilla and coconut), but blends incredibly well with the malt and yeast.

Flavor follows: quad up front, bourbon in the rear. Actually, the bourbon takes over and starts to dominate about mid-palate; it's very pleasant, but very, very noticeable. Brown sugar and toffee combine with prunes and raisins up front, before the bourbon carries you home with strong notes of liquor, burnt caramel, coconut, vanilla, and a touch of oak on the back-end. Perhaps a slight bit of tartness from the cherries fighting for space against the bourbon.

Hot and boozy brew; fairly wet, long finish reeking of bourbon barrels. Moderate foaming.

This is a really interesting and honestly excellent brew. A quad was a good choice for bourbon barrels.

Photo of DrStiffington
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jpw123
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ghirsh
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Goatdavemac
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KeyWestGator
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of barczar
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Big bourbony aroma, with lots of vanilla and caramel. Belgian yeast is subtle.

Flavor is more estery, with notes of pear and apple. Perfumey notes abound. Not as much bourbon in flavor, but the alcohol heat is there, big-time. Cherries are a nice complement. Needs age to mellow the heat.

Photo of jmdellafave
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nachos4two
3.42/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of devin305
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BColton1
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sad_Larry
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SpicyHippo73
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Trout-Slayer
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Expensive but very good. $12 in manhattan for 750ml bottle. Not overly cherry. Smooth.

Photo of Tim725
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LukasOP
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Corburk
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Casey3236
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Joser8383
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best that I've had in a long time. I don't compare beers as much but it's in remnants of a st bernardus if not better.

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sweffin
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of orangebison
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RobinLee
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,874 ratings.