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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,602 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,602
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 457
Gots: 594 | FT: 57
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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Reviews by HeyItsChili:
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this beer in a trade with the awesome HopsSchnapps. Highly recommended trader.

A - Poured from a corked & caged bottle into a Chimay goblet.

S - Smells of earthy oaken barrels and sour and maraschino cherries. Tell-tale Belgian malt rounds it all out.

T - There's some play between the bourbony oak, toffee, and vanilla notes and the almost clashing flavor of sour cherries that makes this reminiscent of the Chivas Regal whiskey sours my old boss used to make. Sweet and toasted warm Belgian candi sugar in the mix to boot. Warm bourbony aftertaste.

M - Just a smidge below medium bodied.

HeyItsChili, Mar 08, 2011
More User Reviews:
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
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
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4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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
Photo of brownbeer
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottling consumed 5-13-10

Deep cherry color with great spectacle of creamy head that doesn't quit 'til you do.

The nose is of sour cherry jam and vanilla seamlessly blending with cinnamon sticks and an ever so slight funk. Phenomenal.

The taste is similar. Just throw in some chocolate, caramel, and the silkiest, most perfectly carbonated mouthfeel possible and you have it.

The 08 is truely an amazing quad with a completely original twist. I wish I could say the same about the 09 BBQ, but the carbonation and flavor integration just isn't there.

brownbeer, May 27, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

dolivaw, Nov 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

TimBeaulieu, Feb 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Krafty34, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of joemetric
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

BubalooBrewMaster, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. III Issue I:

Oregon cherries on a Quad in a bourbon barrel: a perfect snapshot of American brewing.

Tan foam rises to the top of the glass without a problem; a hazed, brownish amber color. The aroma is a marriage of semi-tart cherries, vanilla beans and fusel alcohol, thick wad of caramel and a deep fruitiness. Smooth and creamy with a heavy malt body; feigns syrupy. Bam, there is that traditional Quad booze alcohol character that hits the palate with each sip. The maltiness settles things down with a heavy blanket of caramel, and within are layers of vanilla and hints of wood. The cherry flavor sits right smack in the middle, small but juicy. The wood flavor develops more when the beer warms; the cherry becomes juicier and the breath of alcohol becomes bigger toward the impressive ending. Sweet, juicy, boozy finish.

Spot-on for a Quad with some lovely extras, a beer of the ages ... with every sip, we heard an angel cry.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 20, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

supa0525, Dec 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

danthehopslamman, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of NWer
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loud "pop" from pull of the cork with no follow-up overflow.
Poured into tulip results in effervescent bubbles in the beer clinging to side of glass with moderate head.
I had no idea what to expect & just knew it was a Quad. Whatever that entails.
Aroma was full of cherries and not much else.
Very surprised by the sour taste. Took me back.
Cherries still there. Alcohol front and center.
A Sour disguised as a Quad in a very good way.
Tastes & feels stronger than the stated 11.5 ABV. Be careful with this one.

NWer, Jul 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

SD-Alefan, Jan 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

DaftPatrick, Mar 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

warnerry, Sep 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

DuckDodgers, Jun 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

imagery, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of cschepers
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Caged/Corked bottle #2260 of 10630 poured into two oversized wine glasses: one for me, one for the misses.

A - Pours a reddish brown with an off-white creamy head. Some nice lacing and a bit of sticking here and there.

S - Sweet cherries, oak, some yeast. Smell some hard alcohol... nose says "vodka," label says "bourbon."

T - Sweet cherries, candi sugar, plums, bourbon. A bit of phenols here and there. Metallic-twinged hops are present when the beer is cold, but pretty much disappear as it warms. A bit of yeastiness here and there, as well as some mediciney-ness (but its well controlled). A bit of bourbon in the back end as the beer warms, as well as a little bit of booziness down the back of my throat as it warms. By the taste, its hard to imagine this is almost 12% abv.

M - thick and smooth. Good carbonation. Typical quad here.

D - Taste-wise, very high. Alcohol-wise, maybe not so much. One bomber'll do ya just fine, probably. But that's okay, because this is a beer to be savored.

This is an absolutely fantastic beer, easily one of the best I've ever had. Would take this in a heartbeat over most any of the Belgian quads (St. Bernie, Rochefort, etc.). I still can hardly believe this is brewed in KC, MO. Such a great beer...

cschepers, Jan 14, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Dbrulet, Nov 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

JakerLou, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of Beerswag
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle 2013, aged 1 year. Pours a light colored head, at least four-fingers, gone fast, medium lacing. Color of the beer is lighter than most quads, amber and medium dark Carmel tones..the smell is Carmel, and malt, with some fruity hints. Taste is Carmel, vanilla, and candied sugar, with hints of pecan. Light body for the style which makes the mouthfeel pleasant for such a strong abv. Overall really good, just not great. Simple profile for the style. Age on this bottle, and the way Otha's smoothed out, makes me think this one could go much longer and do well. Pair with dessert, sweeter-dishes, beef, venison, red-meat..cheese pairing would be Gouda, cow's milk cheeses.

Beerswag, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Jason, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. 2011 version

Appearance: orange-brown in color, hazy, 1 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: oak barrel, red wine, and dark fruit

Taste: complex, oaky, almost like a good aged red wine. There is taste of cherries and other dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: a bit sour, oaky, and a bit sweet high carbonation, medium-heavy bodied

Overall: An excellent quad and one that I would get again. I like the combination of oak and grapes. I would say I would get Rye-on-Rye over this but this is still a great offering from Boulevard.

tigg924, Jun 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

aquazr1, Jan 25, 2014
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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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