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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

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

Added by jdubjacket on 07-11-2008

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Reviews: 614 | Ratings: 2,171
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a globe. 2011 vintage.

A: Deep red-brown color. Murky. Zero head on a hard pour. No lacing.

S: Barrel and tart cherries all over the nose. Toasted wood, toffee, vanilla, bourbon. Tart cherry and pie crust. Pinch of confectioners sugar. Brown sugar and cinnamon.

T: Toffee, brown sugar, and bread. The barrel soon smothers everything. Toasty wood, char, bourbon, vanillins. Tart cherry, cherry pie. Cinnamon and spices. Fruited pastries. Malt depth comes back with fat chewy caramel and a pinch of cocoa. Drying oaky and toasty finish.

M: Medium-full body. Age and the barrel have thinned it a little, but there's still a silky creaminess left. Still a lot of sharp and scrubbing carbonation too.

O: Sixth glass may well be my favorite American-made quad, and sticking a variation of it in a bourbon barrel is music to my ears. The five years of age adds a big wrinkle of course, but I'm happy with how it has held up. It's much more barrel-dominant now, but I happen to like that in this case. The cherries are a nice touch too. Probably peaked a year or two ago, but still tasting damn good. I have had this great brew many times, and when you get it at its peak it is downright sublime.

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Photo of beergrrlatx
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just cracked this bottle for a cool rainy Austin Sunday afternoon. Small tulip glass, beautiful, creamy head, some lacing. Mild aroma yet the bourbon comes though. Smooth, mahogany color, creamy on the palate with lovely bourbon/slight cherry finish. A real treat.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - That muddy brown/reddish type quad color. Sediment/yeast particles floating around. Fluffy head
Smell - Bourbon/booze, some dark fruits, cherries, yeast
Taste - Bourbon, cherries, dates, Belgian yeast, some raisins

Overall - I love a good BA quad and this one fits the bill. Super easy drinking for almost 12%. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of hman43
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours a cloudy medium brown with a full tan head that is long lasting and produces plenty of Belgian lace.

Smell: There are aromas of cherries, spices, dark fruits, plums roasted malts, toffee, and bourbon. The cherries fade a bit as the beer warms.

Taste: There are cherry flavors, some tartness, roasted malts, toffee, bourbon, spices, and hints of vanilla.

Feel: There is a powerful alcohol warmth with a medium feel and some light mouth puckering.

Overall: A powerful quad with plenty of alcohol with a complex blend of cherries and bourbon complimented with spices and malts.

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Photo of Zoomslowik
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- Reddish brown, pillowy off-white head, some lacing.

S- Bourbon and vanilla, some booze.

T- More bourbon and vanilla with some carmel. Slightly nutty.

F- Smooth, medium-heavy feel.

O- A nice beer from a style I should drink more often.

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Photo of BlockClock
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An aromatic of cherry and bourbon. Taste is a light mouth feel with a hint of alcohol notes of cherry vanilla and caramel tad of bourbon and finishes smooth.

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Photo of alexpcat13
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really good lookin' beer. Hazy chestnut brown with a really nice head.

Smells of vanilla and toffee with a nice little bourbon scent to kind of wrap it up in a little boozy blanket

Taste, toffee and raisins with a nice fiery bourbon kick to finish.

Overall really nice beer. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Tommo
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 vintage. Brown in color. Smells sweet and bourbony. taste follows suit. Im just not the biggest fan. Its a decent beer but it doesnt sit right on my pallet

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely outstanding beer. A fantastic quad and the barrel aging is a nice compliment. Bourbon is relatively light, with just a hint of alcohol burn. My only complaint is the I'm not getting much out of the aroma. Otherwise, world-class and worthwhile seeking out.

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Photo of mntlover
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy murky copper, amber brown concoction of goodness. Finger sized tan head falls slow and laces lightly.

Aroma is wonderful loads of caramel, hints of toffee, cherries, dark fruits. All that covered in bourbon barrel notes and vanilla with mild alcohol notes. Nose on this one is wonderful sweet but no where near cloying, soft but complex and inviting.

Taste is just like the nose loads of caramel malts, toffee hints, dark fruit notes with cherries. Bourbon and vanilla mingle with some touches of yeasty spice notes. Very tasty and warming provided by the alcohol but it is blended well and adds to the wonderful goodness.

Mouthfeel is big medium approaching full might be full if not for the lightly peppy carbonation.

Overall this is a wonderful beer hope they still have some available when I get back to Asheville if they do I will be buying a couple more. This has to be the best American Quad I have had not surprising Boulevard regular Quad would be second.

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Photo of CraigS119
4.61/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice pop on the cork, super bubbly. Pours a light brown, thick head. Robust honey root beer bourbon smell. Immediately hit with a root beer (sassparilla) and cream soda taste. Middle of the mouth some vanilla bean, light caramel/toffee, and a hint of cherry syrup. More boozy as it warms. It may be the bourbon barrelling, but this really doesn't feel like a quad.. no Belgianiness, but still pretty good if you like sweet, bourbon flavored beers.

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Photo of gr0g
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 release in a 750ml bottle. Hazy, mahogany-colored appearance. Aroma of sweet and ripe dark fruits with undertones of barrel aging. It's "Quad" first, "Bourbon barrel" second, and all the better for it. Too many barrel-aged beers have their base aromas hidden by an onslaught of oak. Here, there are notes of oak, vanilla, and just a hint of ethanol that hit the nose after the initial fruity, phenolic Quad aroma. Topping it all off is a faint contribution from the cherries.

Sweet yet still balanced flavor profile. Almost immediately I can declare that this is worthy of comparison to the top Trappist quads. It's not as sweet as Rochefort 10, nor as robust and malty as Westy XII. The cherries seem to lighten the body a little bit. Bourbon barrel notes are very subtle. Well-carbonated and a bit fizzy in terms of mouthfeel, well in line with the style. Not at all harsh, though.

The Sixth Glass is great, and this is a step above it. It's exceptional. Really glad that Boulevard started distributing to NJ within the past year. I'll be picking up as much of this as I can get my hands on.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy amber color with a finger width foamy head. Retention and lacing are both great! Belgian cherry aroma. Very excellent. Big quad taste with heavy cherry flavor. This is an alcohol bomb!

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip from a 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown-amber, comes off semi-cloudy with medium bubbles to the body. Head is off-white rising initially to half a finger's length with a slight orange tint drops perfect with even lacing.

Smell: Toffee scent with touch of butterscotch. Hovers the nostrils more as it warms up.

Taste: Sweet raisins with a touch of vanilla extract and heavy whiskey. It's super complex. Abolustely lovely. Yeast is sweet, like raisin bread u toasted dipped in scotch and drizzled in wine. Nom. Drank a quad yesterday and this is a huge upgrade.

Mouth: Sticky, notes of honey and toffee finish the end with its whiskey feel.

Overall: Very good brew and one of Boulevard's best, rare I fall in lust but this one has me going. Salud!

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Photo of Nunya
3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

You certainly taste the bourbon but for me it's just a little too much, not a good enough balance. I could just water down some bourbon and almost have the same drink.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bourbon Barrel Quad tastes a lot more like a traditional quad than it does anything aged in bourbon barrels. The sweeter cherry notes are evident and the beer is overall very drinkable.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first barrel aged beer! Split a bottle with friends. Poured a deep purple, nearly brown. Smell has lots of wood and bourbon. Taste is rich and true to what the label describes; I definitely picked up the wood from the barrel, fresh cherries and other dark fruit (plum, raisin), and bourbon. Feels slightly harsh and boozy, the alcohol is definitely noticeable. The woody taste and feel (somehow it feels like wood?) helps take the edge off that and keeps it from being unpleasant. Definitely will not be my last bottle.

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Photo of mkh012
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice reddish-brown with a short-lived tan head. Smell is nice. Cherries, oak, dark fruits, some spicy yeast, a touch of alcohol. This is a solid Quad but, in my opinion, a little harsher and more hot than world-class Quads like Rochefort 10. The bourbon and oak impart a slight almost anise bitterness that I wasn't a big fan of, and the cherry was a bit medicinal, like a cough drop. Still, pretty tasty for 12% ABV. It warmed me right up. I wish this one were just a touch creamier and softer. I'd be interested in trying a non barrel-aged version of this to get some brighter cherry notes. This one was maybe a touch too boozy for me.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

World class beer. The quad serves as a perfect foundation for the bourbon-characteristics to build upon. It's all quad up front in taste and aroma and all bourbon-barrel on the back end. Dark fruit, rich malt and light hops give way to toffee, vanilla and a touch of heat. There's dried cherries and figs somewhere in between which only adds to the complexity. You'll sit for a while trying to figure it all out, but undoubtedly enjoy the process. Cheers, Boulevard! Insane beer.

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Photo of Marshman1969
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Surprisingly very tasty and light. Would pair great with most any food. Aroma is sweet, fruity very pleasing. Definitely taste the alcohol as it evaporates and leaves the bourbon barrel and slight cherry flavor on your palette. Can't wait to try with some Italian.

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Photo of oberon
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle,bottled 9/17/2015.Pours into a chalice a hazy russet brown with a thick creamy light khaki colored head atop that leaves broken lace behind as it settles into a frothy mass.a mix of bourbon/vanilla,caramel,and dark fruits in the nose...even some brown sugar detected.Bourbon soaked cherries with light toast,the caramel and brown hit nicely in the finish.Iam not sure I have a quad as creamy in feel,just fantastic!Now this is a freakin great beer,I need to get more.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 into a snifter. Huge, khaki head forms from a gentle pour - probably 4". Great retention. No lacing. Color is a murky rusty amber.

Nose is a bit of a letdown - booze comes through a lot. Vanilla, oak, and sour cherry is there but more muted.

Flavor is pretty great. Big, robust, cherry, vanilla caramel. No booze on the palate. Well rounded and a nice balance.

Feel is about perfect - nice weight and viscosity. Really delicate mouthfeel. Barrel has definitely smoothed out any edge from the alcohol - a bit of warmth but no booze. Carbonation level is perfect.

Overall, this is a really great beer and it's cheaper than a lot of the beers in the Smokestack series which makes it even better imo.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bourbon Barrel Quad 2015 edition. Careful opening the bottle, just about shot the cork screw out of my hand. Caramel in color whith a light brown head. Smells pretty, like the bottle says, cherries & toffee & vanilla. Very complex flavor: sour, bitter,sweet & salty but all nicely balanced. I get cherries initially then a strong bourbon flavor, hops & finishes with toffee & malt.

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Photo of stratusjeans
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 version, best by: 1/8/16.

I'm not a huge fan of Belgians but I'm trying to branch out. Holy crap this is good.

A: medium amber colored, hazy. 3 fingers khaki foam and not an aggressive pour.

S: vanilla, yeast, subtle bourbon and a little cherry.

T: smooth and balanced. A lot of vanilla, hints of bourbon and sour cherry. Very little alcohol for 11.8 ABV.

M: very easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel. This isn't like a barrel aged stout, it's much more delicate.

O: This is fantastic. A new regular purchase.

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Photo of edisacoolcat
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: tawny amber with reddish hues, clear; head falls quickly

A: sweet and boozy; lots of bourbon, raisin, plum, dark cherry, toasted oak, bread malts; alcohol noticeable

T: sweet bourbon, toasty and bread malts, sweet and sticky with lots of rum-raisin bourbon and oak, some darks cherry; noticeable alcohol

M: somewhat thin but good carbonation level; sticky and sweet aftertaste; strong with alcohol noticeable in the aftertaste

O: good beer with nice bourbon notes, great aroma and nice taste; slightly too boozy and a little sticky but great beer

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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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