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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,445 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,445
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 445
Gots: 517 | 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 gshak:
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gshak

Texas

4.9/5  rDev +15.6%

Poured from a bottle, dated 2011, # 19519 into a Duvel tulip.
A - Pours a rusty brown and forms a 2 fingers' width of head that gradually receded into a ring. Upon swirling it leaves some alcohol legs around the glass, which is to be expected given that this is a 11.5 beast of a beer. Nice viscosity to it. Very well done Boulevard!
S - Sour cherries!! Oh this has spent some serious time in the barrels. It is so very reminiscent of Rodenbach Grand Cru. No hint of booze or vanilla considering that it's been aged in bourbon barrels. This is interesting. I do not know what to expect from the taste - will this be sour, like a 11.5% ABV sour? Is it going to be a malt bomb? Or will the booze finally make its appearance in the taste?
T - Oh my gosh - this is mind blowing! Finally the bourbon makes its presence felt - when I take a sip, the olfactory senses detect a tinge of bourbon, but no heat! Wow - how did they do it? This taste is so complex. Initially starts out sweet, then the cherries come into play. Followed by more fruits on the palate - plums, some berries even, but the delicate tartness from the cherries presents itself throughout the palate. Alcohol is never felt - not in the palate, not in the chest, not ever!
M - Full bodied, but the carbonation plays ever so well and delicately to fill your senses with all the complex flavors that this beer has to offer. Perfect.

Brilliantly done Boulevard! This brew, I will seek out again, and again, and again....

01-11-2013 21:05:28 | More by gshak
More User Reviews:
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brownbeer

Missouri

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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dolivaw

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-01-2013 17:51:47 | More by dolivaw
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TimBeaulieu

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

02-22-2014 02:38:51 | More by TimBeaulieu
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Krafty34

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +12%

08-27-2014 02:45:15 | More by Krafty34
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joemetric

Kansas

4/5  rDev -5.7%

07-10-2014 16:20:05 | More by joemetric
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

08-25-2014 06:58:40 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

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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supa0525

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +12%

12-24-2013 03:36:03 | More by supa0525
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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

Washington

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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SD-Alefan

South Dakota

4.75/5  rDev +12%

01-01-2014 17:19:03 | More by SD-Alefan
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-19-2014 23:41:55 | More by DaftPatrick
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warnerry

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

09-21-2013 00:53:08 | More by warnerry
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DuckDodgers

Missouri

5/5  rDev +17.9%

06-11-2012 13:18:18 | More by DuckDodgers
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imagery

Texas

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-15-2011 21:16:30 | More by imagery
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cschepers

Missouri

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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Dbrulet

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

02-02-2014 22:41:14 | More by JakerLou
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Beerswag

California

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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Jason

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

12-24-2013 00:32:23 | More by Jason
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tigg924

Massachusetts

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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aquazr1

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-25-2014 21:44:40 | More by aquazr1
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Mora2000

Texas

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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burninggoat

Missouri

5/5  rDev +17.9%

05-30-2013 21:56:36 | More by burninggoat
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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,445 ratings.