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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,679 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,679
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 467
Gots: 640 | FT: 61
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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage. Pours a reddish-bown, almost mahogany color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is dark fruits at first with a good amount of bourbon and sweet cherries. Somewhat of a tart aroma as well...most likely due to the whiskey. A good amount of vanilla and oak as well. Taste is not what I was expecting, with an immediate somewhat tart cherry flavor. The tartness immediately turns to sweet cherry and vanilla with nice oak presence. Lovely whiskey flavors throughout, along with a bouquet of dark fruits. A little bit of chocolate as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is high for such a rich and high ABV beer. Overall, this is another great beer from Boulevard. So lucky to have such a great friend who lives in Kansas!

Photo of jeonseh
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Chimay goblet

A - Brown with a light golden color near the top. There is a lot of carbonation with this one. It had a caramel color head that quickly dissipated

S - Big whiffs of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. It also has a slight sour smell with cherries, lemon, and a slight funk. Very complex nose as each whiff brings a slightly different aspect of the nose. It's like someone took the nose of Red Poppy and combined it with the nose of a nice BA beer

T - At first, there is a nice dark fruit flavor as I get hints of plum and brandied dates. There is a strong bourbon flavor that comes through with vanilla and light oak. There is a strong alcoholic kick that comes through on the middle before the more funky flavors come through. There is a slight cherry and lemon sour flavor with a light barnyard funk that lingers on the end. The beer is good but the strong alcohol kick that comes with the transition between bourbon and the funky flavors is a bit rough around the edges

MF - Thick body with a light syrupiness to it. There is light carbonation at the end that comes through with the cherry and lemon flavors. There is a slight oak tingle that comes through on the tongue.

O - Overall a good, complex, and interesting beer from Boulevard. It is definitely interesting as it brings a lot of different flavors. It has a strong influence from the bourbon and the cherries. It does well to bring each flavor boldly; however I wish they were a little better blended together as the transition from bourbon to sour and funk is a little rough.

Photo of DuckDodgers
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Jeffo
3.23/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The Dooper shared this one with me a week back. We had The Sixth Glass Quad and this one back to back. Cheers for the cool beer night man!

From a 75cl bottle into a snifter
Bottle 1,192 of 11,248. Why bother?
Best by November 2012
Brewed with cherries

Note: We had an infected bottle of this a while ago, so the suspense for this one was massive...

APPEARANCE: Pours out dark auburn and yields a one finger, medium looking, cream white head with only decent retention this time. Cloudy with piles of carbonation evident. A good foam cap remains leaving some nice lacing down the sides of the glass. Same as the base beer, but the head vanished much quicker here.

SMELL: Medium strength nose of cherries, bourbon notes and roasted malts. The oak and bourbon aromas are outplayed by the cherries. Interesting, but a little too cherry dominant.

TASTE: Cherries up front for sure, with some bourbon barrel notes in there as well. Some oak, vanilla and alcohol from the barrel at the finish. A big and lingering aftertaste of brett cherries, caramel sweetness, light bourbon barrel flavors and some alcohol. Definitely cherry heavy, though the barrel and base beer play a better roll here than they did in the nose.

PALATE: Lighter body and higher levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slighly dry. A little too light and carbonated perhaps.

OVERALL: Well, at least it wasn't infected. This was an interesting beer, but it wasn't really as advertised. A little too cherry heavy for me, especially considering it's supposed to be a bourbon barrel aged quad. A nice drink that I am glad to have tried, but not something I'll look for again. Cheers for sharing Doops. Another successful beer night!

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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy reddish brown with a thin, light brown head and good lacing

S: Bourbon and fruits--cherry, dates, raisins--up front; lots of oak comes in as well; this smells boozy and fruity and oaky and malty and awesome

T: This beer has three years on it and thus is a smooth malty, vinous, fruity beer--the bourbon is there but more subtle than if it were fresh; lots of raisins, apples, cherries, dates, and plums; also a bready, biscuity finish; this is so tasty

F: Creamy, medium body; sticky, yeasty, awesome

O: This is an amazing beer that holds up well to a few years; the bourbon fades but the harshness does as well; well done once again, Boulevard

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2.75/5  rDev -35.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to egrace84 for trading me a bottle of this beer! Thanks elliot!

reviewed from notes taken 6/2/12.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: a medium crimson / copper bodied beer with a big white head. Head has some staying power but eventually drops down to a thin cap. Fine chunks of fruit skins are noted at the bottle of the tulip glass from the cherries I assume.

Smell: Fruity, malty, tart cherries, and oak. Mellow and balanced nose thats pleasant.

Taste: It starts like a standard quad, but as the beer warms the bourbon barrel and the tart cherries really show up more. The balance between the sweet malt profile, the bourbon, and tart cherries is really tasty! The fruit profile is impressive cherries of course are prominant and tart; then sweet fruit notes of red apple, pear, berries. There is also some oak and earthiness to this beer. Best two words to describe this beer is balanced and complex.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation level. Its really drinkable and not at all boozy for a BA beer! Its both crisply carbonated, yet its got a little bit of creaminess to it. Carbonation levels are near perfect for the beer style.

Overall: This is really a neat beer. Great use of barrel aging a style that doesnt get barrel aged too frequently. This is my favorite smokestack series beer by Boulevard without a doubt. I havent had many smokestack series beers, but BBQ sets the bar really high for this brewery. This is my 4th favorite Quad that i have drank and its not far behind these top three: Westy12, Rochefort 10, and St Bernardus 12.

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3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Julio's a while back, 2011 vintage bottle # 7313.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice crystal clear copperish hue with a big fizzy/sudsy almost three finger head that faded/slumped into a nice thick, super dense almost one finger blanket.

S - Dark cherries and dark fruit along with some slight earthy wood/bourbon notes. Slight off metallic aroma though.

T - Hmm..this is kind of a mess for me. Starts with lots of tart, tart cherries and fruits that gives way to nice chocolate. Finish is a bit bitter and strong bourbon. Quite boozy finish.

M - Just excellent amount of carbonation for a quad and a higher ABV beer. The ABV is noticeable but man does that higher carbonation keep it from wearing down the tongue.

O - Overall, this is a pretty nice bourbon quad. I think its still a bit too muddled/hot right now and would definitely stand to be aged for some time.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of llava005
5/5  rDev +17.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of garymuchow
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 edition. Served in Chimay goblet in celebration of fortuitous employment news.
Well now, that's complex. Very interesting blending of bourbon, vanilla, oak and sour cherries all intermingling and taking turns.
A cherry red hue to the golden brown bourbon body. Very clean and clear. Soft dark head.
Flavor mimics aroma with the addition of the alcohol which adds a bourbon burn, warmth, spiciness.
Very creamy and smooth - a really nice feel.
The body and character are top notch. Such a smooth and easy drinking beer of such complexity and richness. Deserves the accolades it has received.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of inlimbo77
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. This is from the '11 vintage. Batch #1 BBD 11/12. Served in my Boulevard tulip.

A: Ruby red to light brownish color. About a finger of head. Good carbonation for a high alcohol beer. Definitely getting smoe alcohol feet.

S: Smells of sour cherry, which kind of caught me off guard a bit. I get some woody notes. Also some touches of some vanilla.

T: Right on the tip of the tongue, you get tart dark cherry flavors. It almost reminds me of a Flanders Red, for a second, with the tartness. Then in the middle of the mouth the malt sweetness kicks in. And then the barrel aging. It's so complex. Lots of moving parts. Its not as thick as expected. Surprised by appearance.

M: Medium to full. Carbonated fairly well.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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1/5  rDev -76.5%

Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,679 ratings.