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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ)Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ)

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95
world-class

1,306 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1306
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.53%


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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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013 corked and caged bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Teku. It pours out a rather dark, though light for the style, murky brownish-amber with a massive, rocky head that lasts and lasts (impressive bloom for a barrel-aged beer). The nose is woody and slightly fruity with notes of oak, cherries, figs, bread, and some fusel notes.

Medium-full bodied. Bready and fruity up front with a rich, sweet malt backbone and lots of balancing spiciness and fruitiness. Bourbon at mid-palate warms things up and enhances the richness of the flavor, but not enough to warrant comparison to top-shelf quads. Feel is a little on the thin side, but still firm enough to uphold the flavor.

This is the first Bourbon-barrel-aged quad I've had. I'm glad I bought it and enjoyed drinking it, but I though I'd like it a lot more than I did. It is definitely an interesting beer, but I'm not sure just how well the flavors work here on my palate. The characteristic dark, bready, fruity notes of the quad meld with the oaky, vanilla-like, boozy notes of the bourbon to produce a profile reminiscent of a Manhattan. It's a terrific beer that is definitely worth exploring, but I still prefer old-school quads.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 20:20:21 | More by deadonhisfeet
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4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle generously gifted by dirtinabottle, brough to share at the Ithaca Luminous release.

Pours a murky red brown color, clear in some spots. Not much head, only a little bit of lacing.

Aromas include brown sugar, alcohol, cherries, green apple, and caramel.

Pretty similar flavor. Nice subtle cherry overtones here, with some Belgian fruity yeast esters as well. Toasted bread, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, and a subtle hint of bourbon. The alcohol is somewhat present near the end but is not fatiguing. Very sweet.

Medium bodied, slightly thin, expected a little more from the body. The alcohol creeps up on you a bit. Sticky sweet mouthfeel, very low carbonation.

First beer tried from Boulevard, this was quite nice. Some more time aging would make this one flawless.

Serving type: bottle

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4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque tan color. One inch head stuck around for a few minutes before disappearing completely.

Smell: The smell is somewhere between a fruity red wine and stout.

Taste: Very strong tastes. Initial wave is ale (malt, a touch of bitterness), followed by cherries (sour, red wine-like), capped by bourbon and an alcohol bite which fades after a few seconds. The taste is complex but not overwhelming, as the distinct aspects come one after another rather than all at once.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thick, medium carbonation.

Overall: Good complex beer for sipping, but like wine you do not drink a lot of this at a time.

Serving type: bottle

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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,306 ratings.