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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ)Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ)

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Ratings: 1,506
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 459
Gots: 543 | FT: 52
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 JohnQVegas:
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into The Bruery tulip.

Pours rich, vibrant deep ruby, with a full 3-finger dense head that takes almost the entire glass to settle into a 1-finger cap. Nice sheet lacing grips the sides of the glass as the nectar recedes.

Nose is full of sour cherries and dry oak, tending towards nutty rich caramel as it warms, with a light but clear whiskey presence lending some beautiful complexity. Very enticing; not what I expected really, but very rewarding.

Taste is just layer upon layer of flavor; big-time tart cherries and even plums up front, followed by dry oak, sticky brown sugar, light bourbon lending an earthy alcohol bite. Bit boozey. Exhale carries very light brown sugar notes alongside the oaky bourbon.

Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, coarse but sparse carbonation. Nice burn on the back of the throat and all the way down.

Drinkability isn't bad, but this is the one area where this doesn't stand with the best quads - the booziness, the high heat, and the mouthfeel all fall short of the benchmarks of the style. Delicious, but huge; one to be drunk almost like a nice whiskey rather than a beer.

JohnQVegas, Apr 11, 2010
More User Reviews:
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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
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Jason, Dec 24, 2013
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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
Photo of Mora2000
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a cream colored head. Aroma is Belgian yeast and slightly sour dark fruit. Get some tart cherries and alcohol. The flavor is very complex, with bourbon, vanilla, caramel, cherry, oak and alcohol all making appearances. The beer is slightly boozy. Medium body and medium carbonation. Even with the beer being nearly 12 percent, it is easy to drink. That being said, it is still a sipper that gets better as it warms.

Mora2000, Dec 29, 2009
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

burninggoat, May 30, 2013
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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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