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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,673 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,673
Reviews: 522
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 466
Gots: 637 | 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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark stained murky oak color with a creamy head that settles to a 1/8th of an inch with faint lacing. Head is creamier than the sixth glass quad.  

S - Smell is cherries and vanilla with malt and  alcohol in the back.  It is a very inviting aroma.  It smells like care was taken to craft this beer.  

T - Taste is like cherry cola with this malty sourness that really works.  The alcohol definitely has a burn to it but the malt feel in the mouth seems to calm it down.  Finishes with a bit of a burn on the tongue and back of the roof of the mouth.  The cherries taste is slightly sour but a perfect balance with the rest of the flavors.  

M - Perfect carbonation and lightness. Very smooth.

O - A superb beer.  The sixth glass is already one of my favorites (thanks Cory) but this takes it to a different level.  This tastes like art.  Well done Boulevard. I am so glad you are in Massachusetts now.

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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, red/rust color with an inch of light tan head. The lacing dissipates quickly back into the liquid below.

The nose has a tart cherry scent up front, followed by some vanilla notes and a good amount of bourbon. There is an overshadowing sweetness that is quite inviting.

A very light tartness begins the taste and melds into a sweet, cherry-like dessert. The cherries fade into a toffee soaked bath with hints of wood and a bit of heat. There are also some hints of dark fruit within the tasty madness. All the flavors work well together to create a great taste.

The mouthfeel is medium-heavy with a creamy texture that is smooth with enough crisp to give it a nice finish.

Overall, this brew is spectacular as all the flavors are integrated so nicely. Bourbon, vanilla, and cherry combined in just the right amounts. Glorious I tell ya. Glorious.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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

Reviewed from notes. 750 ml cork and cage bottle I received in a trade. Bottle # 1776 from 2010, consumed on 5/18/2011 (for my birthday). REALLY been looking forward to trying this one. Poured into a Victory tulip...

A - Pours a dark reddish-brown color that seems murky. A foamy, tan head frms about 2 fingers thick. The head fades to a cap of some frothy bubbles.

S - Mmmmm. THIS is what I was hoping for. Sweet malts, toffee, cherries, some wood, and a bit of tartness as well. The quad characteristics are lighter than I expected, but the bourbon and cherry really round out the aroma and make it something special.

T - Cherries come out a bit more here as they mix with toffee, candi sugar, dark fruits and oak. A nice sweetness from vanilla and the malts come through as well. Nice flavors.

M - Medium bodied beer, although I think I was expecting it to be a bit bigger. Carbonation is lower, but still enough to give a tiny tingle on the tongue. The alcohol is quite subdued here which is nice.

O - Really enjoyed this one. I think I expected it to really blow my mind since it has my 3 favorite things in a beer: Quad, cherries, and bourbon. But I'll have to revisit it to see if I feel any different.

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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,673 ratings.