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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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1,415 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,415
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 439
Gots: 511 | FT: 53
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

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3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been excited to try this one for a while--ever since I saw the Smokestack lineup.

Pours a dark ruddy brown with sand-colored head. Nice lacing, not too much head, good retention. So far so good, I've been excited to try this one for quite a while.

The aroma on this one is kind of a let-down for me. There's definitely a lot going on, and I occasionally get really nice notes in there. The problem is that, taken as a whole, I don't really like it--it's not super appealing to me. Good notes--cherries, oak, yeast, dark fruit, hints of smoke, rich maltiness. Not-so-good notes--must, fusel/solvent, cheese, and some sour notes. I am almost 100% sure that this is not an infected bottle (tastes fine), so I think I just am not that impressed with the nose.

Taste, however, is tremendous. I had no idea really what to expect from this brew--there are so many different things going on. Hints of bourbon, with some alcohol bite, nice cherries (slightly tart), rich maltiness, heavy oak notes. All-in-all a great tasting quad. Definitely not something I could drink regularly, splitting a bomber with a buddy was plenty. Almost suffers from its complexity--there may be TOO much going on here to wrap my head around. Definitely an experience brew, though not necessarily one I would buy again. I am curious as to what a few years could do to this.

It's not as full and creamy as I might want from a quad, and it's a bit thin too. Definitely not that bad though, dry finish. As far as drinkability goes, this one is a tough guy. The aroma really makes the process go slowly for me, and the complexity makes it hard for me to figure this one out. Interesting, I'm glad I had it, although I think that the only way I would want it again would be with some age on it.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 04:20:13 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of dauss


3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml caged and corked. Bottle No. 1240 of 11384. Batch Number/Best By Date: I-2009 10/12. Cork was rather difficult to remove and had a very unimpressive slow escape of pressure, as opposed to the enthusiastic "pop".

Appearance: Even with a hard pour, a head does not form. A small amount of foam gathers near the edge of the glass. A dark and slightly cloudy mahogany beer.

Smell: Upfront with light notes of bourbon and cherries with oak wood undertones. Tart cherries are the predominant aroma here.

Taste: Bourbon has definitely left it's influence on this beer. A huge hit of bourbon upfront with the huge sweet malty body, finishing with cherries and a nice alcohol warmth. The beer has an odd bitterness near the end, not sure if it is from the bourbon or the wood.

Mouthfeel: Nice full malt body. Even at 11.8% ABV, it is not a thin beer. The carbonation is low, almost bordering on being flat.

Notes: The beer definitely shocked me at first. It had a lot of bourbon upfront, but wasn't overpowering. The balance between the oak, bourbon, cherries, is very good, however, there is a lot going on in this beer and the Quadrupel base is slightly lost. Overall, it is a good beer. The high ABV is hidden well and I'm enjoying it more as I drink and as the beer warms. The carbonation is my biggest issue. I would like for it to be slightly more carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 04:01:25 | More by dauss
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3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A= One of the hardest corks I've ever had to get off. Pours a hazy sort of golden amber color with a nice big three finger head on it that is an off white almost light brown color. The head has some pretty nice retention and really great lacing on it. Looks tasty to me only not quite quad like.

S= I smell a lot of things in this beer with none overpowering the other. There is a small tart cherry presence that reminds me of a sour. I get a little bourbon that seems to have faded a little more since my initial smells. i get a lot of belgian yeast sort of phenol and ester smells. green apple and pear are typical. The bourbon becomes more and more muted the more I smell and the more defined the yeasty smells are yet none is the predominate smell in it. There's a little vanilla and oak coming from it as well but those do take the back seat.

T= Weird. Unlike any quad I've ever tasted that's for sure. There's the cherries that wanna push a sour but never really get to what I would call sour. There is a small bourbon presence that make this is weakest bourbon barrel beer I've had as far as bourbon flavor goes. The belgian yeast comes through in the taste after the sip and sort of rests in the back of your tongue. There's a little dark fruit taste I would typically associate with a quad but not much. This is the weirdest quad I've ever had that's for sure.

M= Dry and puckering like there are some tannins in this beer. One of the dryest beers I've had.

D= Rating this as a quad does it injustice I think. Sure it's highly rated on the site and it's very delicious so I will adjust the score a little but this isn't what I think of when I think quad. Good beer prolly not as great as people make it seem but worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 04:10:33 | More by jjanega08
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Missed out on this beer the first time it was released, but I snagged a couple bottles this time around. Drinking this one fresh, corked and caged bottle nummber 0659 of 11248.

A: Rich, hazy amber color. A full head races up the glass, and almost overflows the globlet. Recedes quickly, leaves just a scant layer on top.

S: Sour cherries, just a touch of vanilla, and notes of wood/oak. The alcohol becomes more predominant as it warms.

T: First sip gives me a good quad taste. Bready, malty, delicious! As it goes down, cherries and more spices come to the front. The finish gives me the first real bourbon taste, as it sits in my throat and give just a little of the burn you'd expect from drinking an 11.8% quad with bourbon aging.

M: Medium bodied, and medium-high carbonation. Drinks thin, not quite what I expected. Still works very well, however.

D: This to me is a great beer to be enjoyed, not guzzled. Would be great with a cigar and sitting by the fire on a cool winter night.

As much as I enjoyed it this time, I can only imagine what it will be like next winter opening one of these with some age on it. A real treat from Boulevard, I would highly recommend!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 04:03:04 | More by kylejohnson03
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally! I missed this last time it came to the cities...but not this time. Bought more than a few of these in anticipation of cellaring a few.

Batch 2

Deep mahogany color, with ruby and orange highlights around the edges. A huge, pluming off-white head, thick and creamy with excellent retention is produced on the pour. Sticky lacing is left behind and stays until the glass is rinsed out.

The first thing I notice on the nose is actually the cherries. Sour cherries and other dark fruits such as figs and dates, a nice earthy and woody character also. Big quad base. Bourbon is an afterthought at best, much more subdued than I thought it would be. But it totally works for this. It's definitely not a bourbon bomb, but it's a subtle and complex addition to this already stellar brew.

Taste is pretty much what the nose leads on. Sweet and sour cherries, big Quad base, light bourbon notes, and a woody character. Pretty dang complex and extremely tasty.

Medium to heady in body, with a fairly high carbonation. While the carbonation is a little high, it doesn't take away from the brew because it's light and fine, rather than sharp and crisp.

Drinkability is great, the 11.8% is completely hidden amongst the layers and layers of complexity that this brew has. Extremely tasty and easy drinking.

This is truly a great beer. I really wish I got a chance to try the first batch, so I could make comparisons. I have a couple bottles for the cellar to see how this improves over the course of a year or two. Can't wait to try this with some time on it.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 03:57:53 | More by Mistofminn
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3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, dark brown color with a lighter amber along the edges and bottom of the glass. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong alcohol, sweet malt, and slight dark citrus. Fits the style of a Quadrupel. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong alcohol, bourbon characteristics are noticeable, wood, slight sweet malt, and a slight dark citrus. Overall, very strong in alcohol flavor, not well-blended, and the alcohol (bourbon/wood) coats the tongue in a very cloying fashion.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 17:08:58 | More by Tone
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter...

A: Dark amber opaque body with orange hues. Three finger head forms, thick and creamy and falls to one finger where it stays for the remainder of the beer. Sticky lacing left where it does fall. Very nice!

S: Sour cherries, bread, figs, turbinado sugar, faint wood in the background, surprisingly little bourbon is noticed, faint floral hops...expected a little bigger nose.

T: Follows nose with added cherries. Sweet but not cloying, very bready and an excellent yeast profile. This is a fantastic example of a quad, very balanced and complex!

M: Medium to heavy body, bright carbonation but not too harsh. Abv goes unnoticed....

D: At 11.8% this goes down so incredibly smooth. Very nice and very tasty! This is a fantastic beer...if you find it buy it immediately, drink one and lay the other down for awhile...

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 02:15:07 | More by RedBrewer83
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this on a trip to Oregon. John's Marketplace rules. Caged and corked bottle. Poured into oversized wine glass.

A: Dark ruby/caramel color. Finger and a half to two finger off white head. Resides to a slim layer of foam on the top that never disappears. Good lacing too.

S: I'm a lil stuffy so this part of my review might not be entirely accurate. Anyway, tart cherries and other dark fruits. Some vanilla and bourbon.

T: Loads of vanilla, caramel, toffee, oak, and some bourbon up front. Subdued cherries mid palate, not tart as the nose suggested. SPicy booze on the way out. Oak, vanilla and bourbon linger afterwards.

M: Well carbonated. Pretty dry. Hot on the way dwon from all the booze. Pretty creamy as well.

D: Good for the abv. Very good sipper. I wish I could find Boulevard beers out in LA.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 21:24:59 | More by billshmeinke
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a great beer. i had to go through a lot to get a hold of this one,(thanks john and chris) couldn't wait to pop the cork, and very well worth the wait. pours almost a ruby or amber color into a tulip glass with a good two finger off white head, and some lacing left behind as i sip and enjoy this one.
aroams of sweet carmel, and then oak aged bourbon smacks you right in the nose. hints of fruit and maybe even some spice.
tastes, well taste great need i say more. the bourbon stands out for me, being a bourbon drinker from time to time. almost complex, picking up on many flavors with every sip. sweet malt, and fruit hiding beneath the oak aging. over all this is a great beer, if you are lucky enough to find it grab it, and grab some extra for aging.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 06:05:13 | More by willmc
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I happened to be at Princeton Liquors at the right time and giddily picked up a bottle for $12.50. I shared it with a few friends, but honestly, I wouldn't mind finishing a bottle by myself. The aroma was an enticing fig and bourbon mixture than without a doubt, smelled better than any whiskey I'd ever sampled. The flavor is again light on the Belgian notes with mild spice and dried fruit, but it provides a great backbone for a rich and tasty bourbon candy flavor. This quad has some body, but it's still dry and not overly thick. If you ever come across this beer, buy it immediately.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 00:23:36 | More by tempest
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4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 5903 of 11248

Aroma: First aroma is reminiscent of some sours I've had suggesting this beer has been fermented with Brettanomyces. Though I don't believe it has been. Other aromas of oak spice and hay-like or grassy notes following it up. You can pick up on subtle cherry notes as well along with a hint of smoke.

Appearance: A hazy ruby red, like the sun setting on a smoky sky. The color is moving toward brown but isn't quite there. Full off white head with a billowy appearance. The head holds very full throughout with some lacing as the beer goes down.

Flavor: Sweet candy like flavors of caramelized but sour apples. The malt complexity is rich with a blend of fruity esters being given off by the yeast, but along with that the wood definitely comes into play with a smoked quality. I don't pick up a whole lot of bourbon. Cherry flavors are certainly present and give the beer a very subtle sour or wild ale characteristic. It leaves me wanting just a bit more sour. Definitely a smokey quality to the flavor.

Mouthfeel. Medium to full body with a soft bread quality being given off by the yeast presence. Carbonation is high, which sent the cork well across the room, and tingled on the lips and tongue. An alcoholic warming presence comes through in the finish.

Overall. A very pleasing and nicely balanced ale. The blend of wood aged and cherry notes really give this beer a nice complexity without being overbearing. The malt complexity in the flavor seems to develop as you sip and probably goes well beyond my own description. I really enjoy the hint of sour in this beer and I wonder perhaps if brettanomyces has been used somewhere in the process. Though I suspect it's really from the barrel aging. Brett would be a welcome addition to this series however. The qualities of bourbon really don't come out in this beer very well. Considering the name, I was expected a lot more.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 21:36:25 | More by DanOLeary
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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful cherry-red mixed with brown color. Big fuzzy head.

Smell: Actually smells a lot like a lambic to me, a little funky. Must be the oak-aging. Also slightly boozy.

Taste: Almost as if the sweetness was extracted from a bourbon and implanted into a quad. Lots of yeast, a touch of vanilla, cherries come through slightly as it warms. Oak-aging is apparent. Alcohol is well hidden, but still has a minimal booze taste. The finish is loooong. Bourbon burn is not noticeable until several seconds after swallowing.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. The bourbon bites just a bit after the finish.

Drinkability: The complex flavor would make this easy to drink all night, but the alcohol doesn't allow that.

Notes: This was my first bourbon barrel-aged beer. I was a little skeptical, but ended up very pleased. The bourbon character complements the yeast-heavy beer. I also have not had many oak-aged beers in general. That aspect gave this beer a subtle bready, funky texture. I hope I can find this again for a special treat.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 23:48:01 | More by Josievan
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3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes on a New Years Eve tasting. Was stoked to find a bottle of it, as I'd never seen it before. The manager of the store, in an area that doesn't seem to me to be very beer-geeky, said he got five cases the week before, and I was fortunate to score the last bottle.

Pours hazy reddish amber, and is extremely active. A very fizzy head rises and falls quickly leaving a thin film and no lacing.

SMELL is slightly tart and sour, and a lambic like cherry hits first. Maple malty sweetness and vanilla try to be noticed, but remain in the background. Light bourbon notes and woody funk add depth and complexity. Delicate and nuanced. Very nice.

TASTE unfortunately does not match the nose. Sour cherry leads and dominates. The alcohol is strong, stronger than the flavors of the bourbon barrel, and undercuts that element some. The malty backbone is hard to notice and mostly buried.

FEEL Strongly carbonated, too much in my view. Strong alc warming with a rich full body. Could be smoother.

OVERALL This would likely improve in the cellar, but I don't know the cherry dominance would dissipate, and that was the main problem I found with this beer. I find it too strong and overpowers the others and detracts from what could be a very smooth and complex beer. There might even be too much going on, generally. It was also too hot, but that could mellow with time. As a quad fan (whatever a quad is?), I was quite excited to try this, but the experience left me a bit underwhelmed. I definitely like Boulevard's Sixth Glass quad much better. I'd try this again, though, but would age it for at least a couple of years.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 23:08:07 | More by sprucetip
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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice amber brown color with a thick and fluffy tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, aromas of cherry, oak, toffee, caramel, and a hint of bourbon at the end.
T: Like the nose, tastes of sweetly roasted malts, caramelized malts, toffee, caramel, cherry, and more oak and bourbon presence than the aroma let on. Blended very well together with a clean finish.
M: Very smooth, warming, cleaner than I was anticipating, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, this bottle was gone in no time, really excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 11:19:39 | More by erosier
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2-2009 Bottle # 6007

Poured into a snifter.

Pours almost 2 fingers of fizzy light tan head. Pretty good retention with slight splattered lace. Color is a dark caramel brown.

Aroma: Bright cherry notes, caramel, toffee, oak, bourbon, light vanilla. Very mouth watering and tart. Wow this is amazing. Not too much bourbon here.

Taste: Wow, the taste is very different. The oak and bourbon notes are wonderfully present. Decent amount of cherries and vanilla. Nice toffee and caramel notes, some raisins as well. This beer is amazing.

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy. Medium to full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Hardly any head present which is really nice. Ends a little dry.

Overall, wow, I was amazed by this beer. Everything I could ask for in a quad. Simply amazing. The oak and bourbon really makes this beer click. This beer drank so fast. I need to get more of this beer before it is gone. Highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 03:17:41 | More by mothman
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New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle of the latest batch enjoyed at El Bait Shop in Des Moines on New Year's Eve.

a - pours a hazy ruddy brown color, two-finger ivory head with decent retention and lacing

s - big aroma of cherry, oak and bourbon, this really smells like a cherry-forward perhaps sour beer from the aroma, some caramel sweetness in the nose as well

t - big moderately sweet flavors up front, lots of caramel malt and some red cherry, mid-palate is where the bourbon -bal aging comes through, lots of oak and sweet/hot bourbon flavors developing and cutting through the caramel and cherry, finish is a bit hot with more bourbon and oak, cherry flavors linger in the background as does the caramel malt, this is definitely a beer you want to let warm up a bit -- it was a bit astringent when fresh out of the cooler, I think this beer could also benefit from a bit more time in the bottle to let the heat tone down a bit

m - medium-to-full bodied, lower carbonation, strong alcohol warming, slightly sweet on the finish

d - definitely a sipper, the complexity is there to keep it interesting all the way through the bottle, a bit hot right now

Very good, unique beer from Boulevard. I'd definitely buy this again if I saw it in a store.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 17:26:55 | More by WeisGuy
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3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy brown with a red tint in the light, a large beige head, and some lacing.

smell of dark fruit, some caramel, spice, a hint of cocoa, and some woodiness.

taste is of spice, sour malt, dark pitted fruit, toffee, and bourbon in the back, end is on the dry side, a little tart, and somewhat bitter.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 01:08:44 | More by froghop
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3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 picked up today at the COOP .. Brenda went to the COOP and I didn't even really ask her to... Thanks babe. Shared this bottle with Steven, 3682/11248 ... Steven and I had a nice pour over a quick chat... but the last third of the bottle is mine.. poured into my Delirium goblet.. 1" head... nice lacing.. the brew is a deep copper amber...

Nose is really phenolic.. spicy and some background bandaid.. bunches of cherries .. vanilla.. bunches of bourbon.

Flavor is pushing toward the cherry... oaky tannins... caramel essence without ever verging on "sweet".. the bourbon is there with vanilla and oak.. but real bourbon makes it to my palate a tad too much..

There is a ton of stuff going on with this brew, but honestly, my palate only sorta picks up on the "Quad" as the base beer with some very rough wood and whiskey .. the cherries come across as sour cherries odd and doesn't mesh too well ... vanilla gathers on the finish a bit too much..

Honestly.. this is too much of a good thing for me "fresh". I want/need to get some of these into the "don't touch" cellar... They need some time.... 6 months will probably be enough.. but a year will do wonders.. now... let's just see if I follow my own advice.

Ehhh... ehhh.. pretty damn good.. but I don't want another bottle any time soon.


Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 10:22:03 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass. Big thanks to boothbeer for opening this one up with me.

A- Pours a dark amber color with some murkiness. Almost like apple cider. Produced three fingers width off-white, cream colored head. Nice head retention, some lacing as the beer was consumed.

S- Very interesting. Not as potent as I had hoped for, but picking up oak, cherries, dark fruit and alcohol. Great combination.

T- Much more complex than the aroma. Cornucopia of toffee, caramel, vanilla, cherries, raisins, dates, some wood, and a little bit of bourbon all mixed in one. The cherries really became more pronounced as the beer warmed.

M- A little on the thin side for a quad. Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

D- The first few sips left me a little confused. However, this beer grew on me, and as it warmed it went down very easily. The alcohol was surprisingly not too noticeable.

Overall, I'm not quite sure this is a quad, but regardless, it definitely is one of the most interesting beers I have had. The fruit flavors and the bourbon paired very well together. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 22:34:48 | More by rhinos00
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 20:43:10 | More by Mora2000
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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Northridge in Laramie, $11. Bottle 2367/11384. EDIT: Batch 1/2009

A: slightly murky brown in color, lots of nice red accents, just a few off white bubbles at the top of the glass, practically no head. A few bubbles floating around. Nice looking beer but nothing over the top or incredible looking. 4

S: strong malty notes with some sour cherries, and a fairly hefty dose of vanilla bourbon. Some notes of oak and booze in there as well. Has lots of malty/bourbon/yeasty spicyness as well. Very interesting. 4

T: incredibly tasty, wow, big caramel malts, spicy belgian yeast profile, slightly sour cherries, vanilla, bourbon profile is strong but balances nicely with the entire beer. Slightly yeasty but all the other flavors really dominate. This is fantastic. 4.5

M: medium body, light carbonation, slightly creamy and rich, warm alcohol which is nice, quite dry. 4.5

D: dangerously drinkable, this goes down very easily. The balance of malt, bourbon, cherries, and alcohol makes this very delicious. This is an excellent after dinner beer, complex yet approachable. Very enjoyable. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 03:10:50 | More by pokesbeerdude
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great quad with noticeable bourbon character. Bourbon and brown fruits in the nose with a mild yeast presence which was nice. Complex and you can tell it was aged in the bourbon barrels. Has a pronounced whiskey backbone and dried jammy fruits like dates, white raisin insides and a caramel malty sweetness. If you like quads I would recommend this to you, quality beer and worth every penny.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 19:23:37 | More by natelocc787
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4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to BA waltonc for this one, much appreciated Chris.

Deep rusted orange body. Capped by a very subdued white head which dissipates very quickly. The appearance gives the impression of very low carbonation.

The aroma is very full and rich. Bourbon, oak and booze are picked up right away. Cherry with caramel and toffee malts are set just behind. Very subtle yeast and spice hit the nose though it is overshadowed by the much bolder aromas up front.

Wow, where to start. Big fruitiness and booze up front. The booze is not obstructive, more than anything it provides balance to the overall sweetness of the brew. Caramel bready malt provides a sturdy base in which to build from. Slight spiciness sticks on the back of the tongue, becoming more evident after every swallow.

Medium mouthfeel, surprisingly thinner than I had imagined though I thoroughly enjoy it. Low carbonation levels are adequate and appropriate.

Smooth and easy drinking brew. Warming without being hot. Perfect for a cold winter night. While it may not rate as high as some, this has been one of my most enjoyable beers of the year. Enjoyable sipper which will be savored til the last drop.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 01:51:16 | More by kzoobrew
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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Boulevard for sending these special beers to Colorado.

Pours an amber tinged brown with a thin beige head.

Nose has whiskey, cherries, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, spicy Belgian yeats and nutty malts.

Taste has fruity malts, toffee, caramel, tart cherries, vanilla, wood, bourbon and peppery yeast.

Medium body is a bit over carbonated, but settles down after a little decanting. Nice lasting finish of cherries and whiskey.

Interesting beer, not a true Quad, but a good Belgian Strong Ale. The cherries and barrel aging add some complexity, but this definately needs some time to come together.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 05:23:00 | More by rye726
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3.3/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received as a very generous extra from Bobbydigi. Thanks!

Pours a very deep amber/copper color with a finger and a half of head that settles down to a nice collar.

Smell is dominated by fusel alcohols at first. Underneath is a bouquet of caramel, toffee, sunflowers, lemon zest, chocolate, dark bread, and mozzarella cheese? Quite rich and complex, but held back a bit by the stinging alcohol and a tad bit of plastic that creeps in every once in a while. After quite a bit of agitation and some warming, the booze seems to be subsiding a bit.

The taste is...well...weird. A highly sweet, grape-like character dominates the front while a watery orange peel finish stays in the mouth after swallow. Beyond that, I really have a tough time describing it. Maybe bourbon soaked leather? Some fingernail polish remover. I'm really not enjoying this one very much.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation levels that make it feel a bit heavier than it is. Drinkability is pretty low here for me. There is really not much to make this beer stand out for me. I feel the potential is here, but there are too many off flavors for the good aspects to overcome.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 03:25:34 | More by alcstradamus
Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,415 ratings.