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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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outstanding

1,415 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,415
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 439
Gots: 511 | FT: 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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mdcrouser

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle No. 05964 of 10630

In anticipation of this first bottle of BBQ, I made my way out of work a few hours early, assuredly driving the entire route with nothing less than a giddy smile splashed across my face. I was somewhat short on time, so I skipped my normal strolling of the aisles, and turned quickly to the newly created section of specialty beers. No six-packs here - all big, mostly seasonal or short-run beers. The Boulevard rack was well-stocked, each column lined with those from the Smokestack Series, save one, which was nearly bare, until my eyes came to meet this single bottle. After a long wait, I'm ready for some good 'Q.

Half an inch of frothy head is gently pocked by emerging bubbles, ever-so slowly fading away to an eighth of an inch. The nose is heavy of bourbon, mostly oak and floral notes, with a strong scent of alcohol. Murky brown, but with moon-like crescents of orange around each edge. Silky smooth crossing he lips and then sitting on the tongue like a feather - one that tickles the back of your throat, making you breathe a woody oak, fruit, and bourbon fire, warming your mouth from within - kind of like a serving of bananas foster. The infusion of bourbon and a light tartness from the cherries though, completely compromises and overrides the character of the foundation flavors that I enjoyed so much in the Quad, rather than accompanying them. While completely satisfying and a whole new take on this beer, I was looking for a "build" on the Sixth Glass.

And as one might expect at nearly 12% - half of the bottle in, I'm well on my way.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 03:19:54 | More by mdcrouser
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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,415 ratings.