Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by RickS95:
4.63/5 rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
It's a great looking pour. Immediately you see a murky brown beer and think of how rich it's going to taste. Not exceptionally dark, just a full brown, but it's so hazy you know it's full of flavor. The head is a couple fingers thick. It's a dingy, dirty white shade with great retention. It's thick and leaves a medium lace behind.
Even the smell has complexity with a layers of earthy grains, vanilla and cherries. The scents aren't extremely strong, just enough to let you know they're there. After those smells disperse, you're left with a boozy alcohol note.
I'd put the taste of this against anything from Belgium. The cherries are prevalent, but they're more of the sweet variety than tart or sour. The vanilla adds another level of sweetness. All along it's got an earthy quality from the hops and barrels. And, with crazy high ABV, it's got some alcohol to taste as you begin the finish.
Very prickly tongue with all the carbonation. But that helps out later. It's got sweetness, only a mild tartness feel, just enough to tease the taste buds. Not much hoppiness, but the high ABV provides balance. Full bodied, though just barely, due to that carbonation. Very dry finish with a lingering burn from the alcohol heat.
Overall, this was a treat. An American Belgian that tastes like a Belgian. No major faults, not even any minors faults for that matter, just nit picks that don't amount to much. Easy to drink in general, but especially for a quad. Very happy with this purchase.
Serving type: bottle
01-02-2014 03:42:02 | More by RickS95
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4.61/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Head starts out as fizzy on the initial pour, but quickly settles into a large fluffy tan head. Deep amber-brown body.
Some cherry and a lot of bourbon in the nose, with typical quad notes lurking in the background. Definitely some alcohol present in the nose as well.
Tastes wonderful and exactly how you would expect. Definitely a quad backbone with bourbon and cherry vanilla floating on top. Some pepperiness, probably from the higher ABV.
Mouth seems a pinch thin, but swirling in the glass helps.
A really great beer, enjoying the last night in our current house. Lots of memories here, and this beer will be one of them.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 02:27:57 | More by Labeorphile
Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,415 ratings.