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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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1,772 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,772
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 471
Gots: 684 | FT: 63
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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Photo of davey101
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage, bottle number 4403. Served in a chimay goblet.

A - Hazy dark brown body with some orange tints. Creamy 2 finger off white head dies down quickly to some nice edging. Giving it a swirl produces some tight bubbling and alcoholic legs.

S - Starts off very fruity, with dark fruits that are usually attributed to quads. Figs, plums, dates, and raisins. This is followed by some sour cherry notes. Finally there is some bready malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla, spice, and oak notes.

T - Stats off with normal quad flavors of rich caramel malts and caramelized dark fruits along with the cherry and spices. The flavor then becomes very bourbon heavy. Very vanilla and oak forward. The finish is really heavy on the alcohol heat. Really tasty.

M- Medium bodied and silky smooth. The finish is pretty alcoholic. A sipper.

O - This stuff is awesome! This beer is just so heavy on the bourbon notes, which really compliment the dark fruit and caramel malt flavors of the base beer. Can't wait to try this beer aged.

Photo of perrymarcus
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a snifter.
bottle no. 6387 (2011)

pours a cloudy deep amber / almost mahogany tone while yielding a 1 and 1/2" beige head. decent retention and lacing.

pretty fragrant nose offers notes of cherry and spice at first, followed by some caramel / toffee characters and a touch of bourbon.

flavor is interesting, not really what i expected - definitely unusal for a quad. big tart cherry presence pulls through from the aroma, as do some spice and caramel elements. i think the bourbon is more present in the flavor than the nose. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall i'm finding this to be relatively tasty and definitely unique. unless i'm mistaken it's my first bourbon barrel aged quad. nothing earth-shattering but absolutely worth checking out, especially if you're into quads. just don't approach it thinking rochefort 10 after a barrel treatment; that line of thought will only set you up to be disappointed.

Photo of jimmy82063
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had been looking for this one for a bit and finally found it this weekend. Bottle number 4375 poured into a Boulevard Tulip Glass.

A) Nice Amber color frothy head.

S) This brings this beer down. It is a bit medicinal for me.

T) Better than the nose, the cherries abound with a bit of vanilla. The bourbon does really finish this off.

M) Nicely carbonated.

O) I can see the high marks for this. Wish it was a bit less hot!

Photo of ColdPoncho
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of gtermi
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This is a very nice dark redish copper, with a thick white head. The head is fluffy, but quickly fades to just a thin ring around the glass. It also doesnt leave much lace on the glass either. A very nice looking beer.

S: This, to me, is not a very nice smelling beer. It is okay, but there really isnt much there. I get a little bit of malt, some oak and some slight fruit, but not much after that.

T: This has a strong cherry taste to it at first. The more the beer lingers, you start to get some bourbon, oak and a strong bit of malt.

M: The beer gives a little warm feeling in my mouth. It has a nice amount of crispness on the back of the throat and tongue too.

O: I was expecting this beer to be a lot better. It does have a lot of great qualities and a few average qualities. I still find it to be very tasty and enjoyable. Pretty solid beer.

Photo of TheRealDBCooper
3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of KevSal
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a Bruery snifter...

Bottle# 253

A - Pours a light mahogany with a two finger kahki head that dissipates at a fairly hasty pace. Lacing is minimal...

S - Bourbon, oak, cherries, caramel, and good amount of spiciness. Tart and spicy with some heat in the mix...

T - Cherries come through first with some caramel and toasted malts. Oak and vanilla follow with bourbon and a lingering tartness in the finish. This one is delicious. Bourbon comes across super smooth. Not as hot as the nose led on, and cherries are perfectly blended in to make a very well balanced brew...

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation...

O - Have broke this bad boy out a few times at various small tastings at my house, and for some reason we never got to it. A shame I didn't get to this share this with anyone because this thing is super tasty. Even the wife enjoyed a few sips. Definitely something i'm hoping I get a chace to try again...


Photo of alxndr33
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of bpk59
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of stbo101
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of pgaveau
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Frozenmoses
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of phattman073
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had bottle #11120 poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: pours a cloudy brown and was a little lighter than most quads that I have had before, the pour caused 4 fingers of off white head that disappeared fairly quickly, and after I started drinking it left a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Bourbon smell is the first thing that hit my nose but after the first couple of sniffs I was then able to detect the cherry.

Taste: the first thing that I tasted was the bourbon barrel which then settled out and the sweet cherry, followed by the roasted malts, and the end there was just a hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: The beer was a medium body quad with a small amount of carbonation in the glass, the burning I get with most of hard alcohol is a little present.

Overall: The Quad was one of the best I have ever had and the addition of the bourbon barrels and of cherries works very well with the quad style. This is one of the most unique beer and i enjoyed and it very much.

Photo of CNOTEKC
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of MarshallMan
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of bump8628
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of mattafett
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been rather anxious to try this beer again as the last bottle I had was sitting in my mom's fridge when she passed away, so I drank this beer while I was going through her estate without any intention of reviewing it...I was just coping with reality. Well, it has been a couple years, so let's give this beer a proper review. I remember it being nice, let's see how nice. This is the 2011 batch and it is bottle number 25578.

Appearance: The beer is a pretty cloudy dark deep red color that looks like raspberry juice. There is a small 1/4" head on top after a careful pour. There are quite a few bubbles rising, but they don't really stick once they get to the top, so the head falls within about 45 seconds or so to a small ring where the beer meets the glass. There is very little lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: The aroma was very strong with some sweet toffee malt in there along with a strong cherry presence and some dry wood character, which gives the beer the aroma of a very fine Belgian Red beer. As the beer sits a bit, you can pick up the tannins in the cherries rather than the ester derived aromatic influence that you get in the Flanders, but this is still a very inviting and nicely aromatic beer.

Taste: The flavor falls in line with the aroma pretty well. It is pretty sweet with some caramel and toffee from the malt, but there is a very strong dry wood character giving some vanilla notes and some paper/sherry notes as well. The alcohol is present, but doesn't get hot and adds peppery complexity the whole time. The carbonation is ample for the medium to light bodied beer that this is. It is pretty balanced in the finish with malt being the predominant player along with the alcohol. The cherry notes that linger into the finish are quite nice, and again remind me of some of the finer Belgian Sour beers.

Opinion: Overall this is a really good beer. I am very happy with it. It has the elements of the most world class beers that I enjoy so much, but I know that they are just artfully blended rather than fermentation induced, which is again, testament to the skill of the brewers at Boulevard. I would definitely recommend this beer. I will probably be picking a couple more up, but I am not sure how well they will age since they are already showing strong signs of age due to the barrel aging. If you like quality beer, this one is such and I would recommend it.

Photo of UnkleFester
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle #19561 poured into a Boulevard tulip.

A: pours a cloudy brown, 3 fingers of off white head that receded pretty fast, a fair amount of lacing.

S: Bourbon up front with some cherry and a faint hint of caramel.

T: Sweet cherry, roasted malts, followed by bourbon, finishes with a hint of vanilla.

M: Medium body with a mild carbonation, alcohol heat lingers.

O: The bourbon is a welcome addition to the quad style. The cherries work well with the bourbon to make this a unique beer.

Photo of ipcolling
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of rab53
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of ewright
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of WankelEngine
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip glass

A: The beer is a mahogany, amber color. A vigorous pour gives a light tan head of two fingers which rapidly reduced to a small cap of foam.

S: The smell is an interesting mix of spicy bourbon, tart (almost funky) cherries and caramel malt.

T: The beer opens with a lush, tart cherry flavor and a little bit of funk. This is quickly followed by a fairly pronounced bourbon and oak flavor. There is an ester-y alcohol note and some caramel malts to balance the heat from the alcohol. As the beer warms, vanilla comes out to complement the bourbon-oak. The finish is dry and spicy.

M: Medium-bodied with mild carbonation. A little bit of alcohol heat is noticeable, but I find it enjoyable.

O: Well balanced and interesting. The bourbon flavor comes through to me very clearly. Glad I have two to cellar... I think the bourbon flavor will blend in and be more subtle in the future.

Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,772 ratings.