Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by RickS95:
4.63/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
01-02-2014 03:42:02 | More by RickS95
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4.65/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
05-27-2010 03:00:24 | More by brownbeer
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
09-20-2010 19:31:16 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.23/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
07-20-2013 19:50:44 | More by NWer
4.75/5 rDev +12%
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...
01-14-2009 03:40:41 | More by cschepers
3.98/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
07-02-2014 22:05:50 | More by Beerswag
4/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
06-18-2012 16:14:04 | More by tigg924
4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
12-29-2009 20:43:10 | More by Mora2000
Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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