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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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94
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1,408 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,408
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 439
Gots: 508 | 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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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 750 mL brown bottle from the 2013 edition. Didn't happen to get the batch number before I discarded the bottle unfortunately. Poured into an 8 oz Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - The body is lighter than what I typically expect when I think of quads or BSDAs, with a caramel-like muddy brown, but translucent rather than cloudy. Not as jewel-like as I remember. The head consists of about a finger of off-white foam that looks frothy, like soap suds. Retention is excellent, with the foam never completely disappearing and leaving half-finger rim of fine bubbles around the edge of the glass and a film of the same along the top of the liquid. Lacing is silky and pronounced, leaving spotty residue all around the glass.

Smell - All the flavor profiles you would expect, dominant notes of vanilla and oak, along with an underlying base of esters from the high alcohol. There is also a distinct fruit element from the cherries, but it is not as acidic and cutting as I thought it might be. Reminds me of cherry-vanilla brandy in some ways. A nice, soft sweetness to it.

Taste - Like the smell, the taste again gives the impression of brandy or some other intense sipping liqueur. Notes of vanilla and oak tannins blend nicely with the cherries, which now bring a bit more sweetness than they did in the nose. Some faint aftertaste of homemade toffee and the bourbon presence is definitely noticeable.

Mouthfeel - A bit thinner than I would expect from a big-alcohol quad like this. I couldn't call it light-bodied, but it is definitely on the lighter side of medium. Moderate to heavy carbonation offsets the thinness with some nice tingling effects on the tongue. Finish is slightly sweet.

Overall, a beer that stars in the aroma and flavor. I'm not wild about the look or the mouthfeel, but seeing as how those are the two less-interfering traits of a beer, I can easily look past them. I have another bottle of this that I will age to see how the flavors develop.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 21:05:42 | More by LambicPentameter
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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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