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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,433 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,433
Reviews: 505
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 446
Gots: 513 | FT: 49
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 coldmeat23:
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

GLASS: Chimay Goblet
TEMP: 50 degrees
Bottle #04721 of 10630

Man, I've been looking forward to this one for awhile, now. Glad it's finally out. Their Sixth Glass is a helluva quad, in it's own right. That reminds me, I need to put up a review of that. Anyway, here we go...

This looks brown at first. Hold it up to a light source though, and it is a beautiful cherry red color. Nice finger and a half of medium thickness head sits on top. Retention is pretty darn good and so is the lacing.

I can smell the bourbon here, but it only hints at it, it's not overpowering. Nice vanilla and brown sugar notes. Cherries and other dark fruits. Nice sweet maltiness. Toffee scents. Hints of oak and a little spiciness.

Not nearly as sweet as it smells, and that's a good thing. Good malty backbone with a spicy kick. Hints of bourbon flavor. Oak, vanilla and a nice level of smoke. Nice cherry tartness. Hints of brown sugar and toffee.

Medium to heavy thickness. Very creamy smooth. Flows down quite nicely.

Very drinkable now, but I think it will be even better in 6 months to a year. Although the 11.8% ABV is pretty well hidden, there is still a touch of heat here. I'd like to see that mellow out a wee bit more.
It is worth the wait. Another excellent entry in Boulevard's Smokestack Series!


03-11-10 Notes on next release:
BOTTLE #1497 of 11248

This new batch has toned down the bourbon presence. It has amped up the cherry presence, also. Lots more cherries in the nose and taste. The rest of it follows the same path as last years release.
I anticipate this one aging even better than last years. I've got a couple bottles of this one in the cellar and hope to not touch them for about 18 months, at least.

12-10-2008 21:25:45 | More by coldmeat23
More User Reviews:
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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
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-01-2013 17:51:47 | More by dolivaw
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

02-22-2014 02:38:51 | More by TimBeaulieu
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

07-10-2014 16:20:05 | More by joemetric
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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
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

12-24-2013 03:36:03 | More by supa0525
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

10-01-2013 07:06:56 | More by danthehopslamman
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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
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South Dakota

4.75/5  rDev +12%

01-01-2014 17:19:03 | More by SD-Alefan
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-19-2014 23:41:55 | More by DaftPatrick
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

09-21-2013 00:53:08 | More by warnerry
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

06-11-2012 13:18:18 | More by DuckDodgers
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-15-2011 21:16:30 | More by imagery
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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
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-15-2013 03:20:38 | More by Dbrulet
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

02-02-2014 22:41:14 | More by JakerLou
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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
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

12-24-2013 00:32:23 | More by Jason
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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
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-25-2014 21:44:40 | More by aquazr1
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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
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

05-30-2013 21:56:36 | More by burninggoat
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured from bottle into wine glass.

Appearance- Great looking beer...almost looks like a trappist ale. Dark amber with little transparency. Very little lacing.

Smell- Cherries and honey right up front. That is followed by bourbon and little vanilla.

Taste- Way more bourbon in the taste than in the nose. Cherries are right up front too. You can definitely taste the barrel.

Mouthfeel- Just the right consistency. Feels like a mixed drink with all the flavors of bourbon, vanilla and cherries. Really quite nice.

Overall- A really well-rounded beer. Not a life-changer, but so worth finding. Trade for it if you have to.

02-28-2012 01:09:57 | More by frenchblood21
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4.83/5  rDev +13.9%

Amber color, very cloudy. Not much head, but you can hear the bubbles. Smells of bourbon, cherries, with a hint a vanilla. Tastes like it smells but in reverse order of the way it smells. Vanilla is subtle. Cherries are perfectly balanced with the bourbon, very smooth. Full mouth feel that makes this a nice slow sipper. I've drank 5 bottles total, and I have 3 more in the cellar to see if it gets even better. Amazing.

05-29-2011 00:29:07 | More by 1Adam12
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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,433 ratings.