Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by gshak:
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
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2014 22:05:50 | More by Beerswag
Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,409 ratings.