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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ)Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ)

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1,827 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,827
Reviews: 555
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 473
Gots: 721 | FT: 68
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jdubjacket on 07-11-2008

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
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of BobZ
1.6/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

25.4oz. Bottle of the 2011 vintage poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Reddish brown with a nice frothy tan 1” head. Nice lacing

Smell: Some dark fruit, definitely some bourbon/booze, and a light sour funk.

Taste: Sour funk muted by bourbon, very little flavor development beyond that. This beer is definitely more “Flemish Red” than Quad. No real development of what I love in a quad, the deep dark fruit flavors, some hints of coffee and chocolate, balanced Belgian candy sugar to provide a light sweetness without becoming cloying, NONE of that. Sour cherry and bourbon comprise 99% of the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Clean and well carbonated on the Palate.

Overall: I had tried to determine whether this beer had any sour characteristics prior to purchase and the feedback was more along the lines of “maybe / maybe not”. Let me remove all doubt, it DOES. I will review this beer as a quad and as such it is a major failure. I love Belgian quads and strong dark ales, they are my favorite styles of beer (by-far). I loathe sour beers. All I can say if you make a sour beer call it a sour beer, if I didn’t know better I’d call this an infected quad.

Photo of StlHopHead77
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #7570 from Batch 2011-1.Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A-Pours a murky,maroonish-brown with 3 fingers of sturdy and slowly dying,light tawny foam.Sticky,spotty lacing was left on the glass.

S-Initially,I get tart cherry,Belgian spice(Cardamom,some clove),vanilla,raisin/fig,tobacco and a touch of bourbon.

T-Flavors of red wine,tart cherry,dark sugar,raisin,vanilla,Black Cavendish pipe tobacco,toffee and a slightly spicy,earthy finish.

M-Full/medium bodied with a slightly vinous mouthfeel.Slighty chewy and tannic but with well developed flavors.

O-Easily one of the better quads I've had and one more success from Boulevard's Smokestack Series.

Photo of bauermj
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of thomismydad
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of DanInTheCan
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of SIEVS
1/5  rDev -76.5%

Photo of seedsofchaos
3.42/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hype. Hype. Hype. Too much hype surrounding this beer. Before popping this bottle I gave the Alstrom review a read... "...with every sip, we heard an angel cry." Really? It's that good?

The cork popped dramatically enough and one was immediately presented with hints of Rauchmalt in the air. Interesting... BBQ pours thick and opaque and seems to absorb light the further down in the glass you look. From tea to a dark earthly brown, this Quad is like a murky abyss. Plenty of carbonation garners up a generous tan head.

The aroma immediately presents a bit of funk followed by sweet malts and caramel aromas. It'd definitely say a barleywine-esque malt character isn't too far off from an apt description. A lot of the taste follows the bouquet. A bit of that funk from the Belgian yeast, I'm sure... Fruity esters come through with a bit of sourness. It reminds me kind of a granny smith apple that you've just bitten in to. Oak from the barrels is definitely there but there is just a touch (and nothing more than a touch) of bourbon. BBQ finishes a tad on the peppery side with noticeable alcohol heat and malt heaviness.

In my humble opinion, the complexities of this beer are a little off-putting. Some flavors play well together but some don't. This Boulevard offering is definitely a sipper, and it's decently enjoyable, but I don't understand the hype one bit. Slightly above average at best.

Photo of GennyCreamAle
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Rckmo10
3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of searcy
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Fitzmke
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of jhimstedt
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of HopZen
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 bottle into snifter.

A: Hazy honey brown with little over 1 finger of a honey white foam that subsides quickly, leaving an inviting bubble mist behind. Trace initial lacing, drops to nil after a few sips.

S: Very potent bourbon nose with subtle dark fruits, oak, and vanilla.

T: What a complex tale of flavors; starts with the rich, but not overpowering bourbon notes, followed quickly by sweet, dark fruits, then oak, then back to the fruit nuance and finally a touch of piney hops that lingers pleasantly on the tongue. Alcohol is readily apparent, but is well placed to add to the original beer rather than overwhelm it.

M: Rather light body and feel, but not watery by any stretch. Carbonation is medium, adding to the semi dry finish.

O: I'm not typically a fan of the bourbon barrel beers, but this one is very well balanced and utilizes the bourbon flavors in concordance with the flavors of the beer. Still a sipping beer unless you want to crawl to bed. Well done; would love to cellar a couple of these and sample them at 1 and 2 years out.

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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch# 2011-3; 11.5% ABV

A – It poured a hazy, warm brown with a yellow-cream-colored head. There is a nice amount of lacing left behind, but the majority dissolves quickly.

S – Cherries followed by hints of sweet vanilla. Candied sugar plums… With a bit of earthy alcohol at the end.

T – Spiced raisons, bourbon booziness, and dark fruit-candied sugar. Woody vanilla quad booze in the end, but I got a lot more booze as it warmed, but it also gained of momentum in the cherry and wood flavor.

M – Smooth and on the heavier side with a foamy feel to it. It warms nicely with big alcohol, but still easy to drink.

O – Cellar time… I have not had a quad in awhile, and this is a nice American fusion. I’m glad it had the cherries with the bourbon, because without them, I think it would have been a bit flat.

Photo of eorwar
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of EmmetD
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Durb777
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of CummingsK21
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of kaelingirl
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very nice red amber with a thick cream colored head that fades quickly but leaves behind some spots of lace. smells great, very complex, bourbon first then some funky cherry vanilla. flavor is fruity at first then the bourbon kicks in and finishes a bit dry. very smooth and easy to drink, could be my new favorite quad

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of FalconA
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of tisthesaisson
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,827 ratings.