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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,777 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,777
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 471
Gots: 689 | FT: 63
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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Reviews by RickS95:
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4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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!

Photo of rorjets
4.91/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A special gift from my son, who gave it to me on Christmas Day, 2013. I cellared it for a year, and decided to start the New Year, and tick off my 1,0000th beer rating on BA, with this truly excellent brew. Upon pulling the cork, a sweet aroma of cherries and licorice arise from the bottle. Poured from the 750 ml bottle into a Jester King goblet, the smell is intensified. The head is thick, light brown in color, with fine lacing that traces the glass as the beer is quaffed. The body of the brew is orange-brown, with tiny bubbles rising from below, like champagne. The first sip of this abbey style quadrupel highlights the aroma, with a trace of vanilla and bourbon flavor coming through. Despite it's 11.8 abv you can barely taste the alcohol, which is layered with all the other flavors that roll around on your tongue. I know not many beers I enjoy this coming year will be quite as grand as this one, because it sets the bar high, but I am thrilled to be starting 2015 with such a fantastic example of what beer can be!

Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
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

Photo of brewskifan55
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass. Thanks, Lucky Town, for the share.

A: Clear amber with a mocha one finger head that sits pretty for a while.

S: Bourbon prevails with light cherry and vanilla notes. Sultry and decadent.

T: Holy shit! Without a doubt, the best quad I've tried. So smooth with a bourbon entry followed by dark fruits (raisins, dates, plums). Then the vanilla/cherry backbone smooths this one out so well, you just can't help but want more, more.

M: Medium to heavy with thick, chewy carbonation.

O: I will be seeking this one out very soon. One of the stellar beers to be savored, aged and then savored again.

Photo of aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brownbeer
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of cschepers
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
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...

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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,777 ratings.