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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,462 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,462
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 447
Gots: 524 | FT: 50
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 zac16125:
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4.18/5  rDev -1.4%

750mL bottle into a chalice
2011 vintage, bottle # 4978

A big thanks to injuredreserve for sending this want over as a great extra in a trade!

A: Pours an opaque caramel brown with just under 1 fingers width of khaki colored head. Leaves only the smallest patches of lacing.

S: Aroma is a big sour cherry tartness, coupled with an equally big bourbon character. Im surprised by how sour the aroma is. It kind of smells like a gueuze aged in bourbon barrels. I know that sounds like that wouldnt work together at all, and Im not sure if it does, but needless to say I am intrigued. There is some spice and belgian-yeast estery banana sweetness, but its buried pretty deep under the cherry and bourbon. At first I wasnt sure how I felt about the conglomeration of flavors, but it turns out, I love the aroma!

T: Again, at first I am unsure by the flavor combination, but its very unique. Cherry and huge sweet bourbon character. Did they age this with bourbon still in the barrels?! Wow those bourbon notes are huge. I also get oak and vanilla from the barrel. As it warms some of the quad characters from the base beer come out, and more booze comes out. Banana esters linger for a long time after each sip. This is quite delicious, but (and I never thought Id say this about a BA beer) I think I would prefer if the bourbon character was a bit more subdued to allow the quad flavors to come out more.

M/D: Pretty smooth, full bodied, carbonation is low which is appropriate, its quite boozy, so the ABV is noticeable, which can be expected with the 11 plus percentage, but its not hot going down. Drinkability is good, but this is a slow sipper for a lot of reasons.

O: Overall, this is a very good beer with some very unique characteristics. The bourbon barrel presence is huge, and coupled with the sour cherry notes, make it like no beer I have ever had before. I do wish some of the quad characters were more prominent, but I still thoroughly enjoyed this one, and give it bonus points for being truly an original.

On a side note, if they did this exact same process (cherry fermenting with the same barrel aging combo) with an RIS for a base beer, the potential is through the roof.

zac16125, Dec 14, 2012
More User Reviews:
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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.

brownbeer, May 27, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

dolivaw, Nov 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

TimBeaulieu, Feb 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Krafty34, Aug 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

BubalooBrewMaster, Aug 25, 2014
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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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 20, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

supa0525, Dec 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

danthehopslamman, Oct 01, 2013
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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.

NWer, Jul 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

SD-Alefan, Jan 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

DaftPatrick, Mar 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

warnerry, Sep 21, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

DuckDodgers, Jun 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

imagery, Nov 15, 2011
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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...

cschepers, Jan 14, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Dbrulet, Nov 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

JakerLou, Feb 02, 2014
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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.

Beerswag, Jul 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Jason, Dec 24, 2013
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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.

tigg924, Jun 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

aquazr1, Jan 25, 2014
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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.

Mora2000, Dec 29, 2009
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

burninggoat, May 30, 2013
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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,462 ratings.