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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,409 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,409
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 439
Gots: 510 | FT: 52
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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gshak

Texas

4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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....

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 21:05:28 | More by gshak
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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,409 ratings.