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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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1,463 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,463
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 447
Gots: 525 | FT: 51
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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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Dogleg, Aug 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Krafty34, Aug 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

BubalooBrewMaster, Aug 25, 2014
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4.32/5  rDev +1.9%

SatchmoCuham, Aug 22, 2014
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4.32/5  rDev +1.9%

BrewSTL, Aug 21, 2014
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3.12/5  rDev -26.4%

Dr-J, Aug 21, 2014
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3.12/5  rDev -26.4%

canuck_fan, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of kluless59
4/5  rDev -5.7%

kluless59, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of BingCrosby7
4/5  rDev -5.7%

I was kind of perplexed by some of the things I've read about this beer and the experience other advocates have been having; so, I will throw in my oar.

A - This is brighter than most quads I've seen. My glass looks like a rye IPA--it's fairly clear with almost no cloudiness. A fair distribution of color throughout the body. Amber coloration with a hint of a softer orange around the edges. A very thin eggshell colored head with minimal retention and lacing. Very minimal feet on this around the glass, which is somewhat surprising.
S - Mine smells pretty hot. A lot of alcohol and bourbon on the nose. The barrel is there, though it is muted by the booziness. Sugary toffee and something like simple syrup on the front end of the nose, rounded out by some sort of figgy aroma. A hint of orange marmalade.
T - Luckily, this beer is less boozy on the palate than it is on the nose. The barrel also has a bigger presence on the palate. Nice and bourbony. A little bit of toffee, caramel, and brown sugar in the backend. Not really picking up any yeast or bread/biscuit anywhere on the palate, which is odd considering the style. Not too much in the way of stone fruit or dried fruit, which, again, is surprising considering the style. This drinks much more like a barleywine than a quad.
M - Mine is somewhat sticky, but it's also thin in a weird way. The carbonation is pretty flat. I prefer my quads to be a bit more bubbly.
O - This beer seems to be suffering from an identity crisis. This beer is not what I expect of the style. It's more like a barleywine, as I said above; but, even in the barleywine category, I think it falters. Also, this is a very bright looking beer, which is unexpected. That said, the beer is pretty to look at and is a good drink. Very tasty and satisfying--I just wouldn't call it a quad. Also, the reviewer below me said it reminded him of Westvleteren 12. I'm not getting that at all.

BingCrosby7, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of Resuin
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an enlarged snifter. 2013 version. This is my first review done where Appearance/Smell/Taste/Mouthfeel/Overall are not all included in the final rating.

Appearance: Pours brown with a hint of cherry red and leaves a fizzy off-white head which fades quickly at first, then slows to a halt with an off-white layer atop the beer. (4.25)

Smell: Lots of dark fruits: figs, raisins, plums as well as mild molasses and caramel, hint of cherry, malts, cloves. (4.25)

Taste: Really reminds me of Westy 12. Lots of dark fruits and quite nutty. Bit of bitter chocolate, tobacco, quite smooth for the ABV. (4.5)

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation, a bit spritzy with a medium body. Finishes smooth and a bit nutty.

Overall: This reminds me a ton of Westy 12. Very Belgiany for an American brewed Belgian style brew. Very well brewed, impressive. Tasty and smooth.

Resuin, Aug 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

1424IpA, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of bpgpitt10
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I've had this beer multiple times. Every time before this last time, it's been a magical mixture of bourbon, dark cherry flavor, and belgian quad qualities. Really having a wonderful balance.

Then I opened my 2011 and found it to be a totally different beer. It had gone sour. Funny thing is, I still think it was freaking fantastic. My rating would be very similar for both versions (soured vs. non)... just for very different reasons. The sour version was one of the absolute best uses of bourbon barrels in a sour I've had. The bourbon still powered through while the cherries and tartness helped clean the palate.

While totally different, the 2011 was still a treat. I imagine the problem with reviewing any 2011 though is that each version will probably have massive variation in how the souring affects the beer. If this had gone very sour (or not sour enough), it could have a been a total waste. Anyhow, my experience was pretty fun and special with it since it was so unexpected!

bpgpitt10, Aug 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Gus_13, Aug 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

tiamat8086, Aug 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

rfgetz, Aug 11, 2014
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4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from a great trade with Evan! Hazy mahogany pour with a hint of ruby, two finger beige head with decent retention and great lacing. The nose is huge and amazing! Tons of vanilla and oak along with hints of bourbon, toffee, and very subtle cherries. The taste is big and bold with huge oak notes along with hints of vanilla, bourbon, toffee, and caramel. The cherries are a bit more prevalent and add a subtle sourness to the flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy with fizzy carbonation and a slightly sour finish. The drinkability for an 11.8% beer was off the charts. Overall, I was very impressed with this beer. The oak character was incredible and the subtle cherry notes added complexity. Highly recommended!

beerdrifter, Aug 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

collier_KC, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

More_betterness, Aug 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Big_Dave, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Dave1999
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lost about a quarter of the bottle on opening, it foamed up fast!

It poured into the glass a deep rich dark red with a white foamy head.

The smell is sweet bourbon, cherry, a little alcohol, vanilla and oak. The vanilla and oak take the front seat. Really looking forward to tasting this.

The taste is sweet bourbon, vanilla, cherry, yeasty and malty. Easy drinking for the abv maybe just the slightest alcohol taste on the finish. The best bourbon barreled ale I've had for quite some time.

The mouthfeel is smooth, quite light actually. Would have like a bit more body but not bad.

Overall this is definately a must for bourbon barrel fans, a bit more thickness in the body and this would have been near perfect for me.

Dave1999, Aug 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

AleHunter805, Aug 05, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured into a tulip glass from a bottle bought at The BierStein in Eugene, OR

pours with that belgian haziness, dirty yellow and orange with good lacing and carbonation waves left on the glass. The barrels come through in the nose, it smells of oak. And yes, just like the bottle says, toffee and vanilla, and subdued cherry. Tastes of these, too, with the barrel (not the booze) being maybe the most noticeable surface layer. None of the deep purple fruits one usually associates with quads, though. The oak and cherry take it somewhere else. The bourbon is scaled way back by the acidic cherries, almost like a sour? Finishes with a little of that mild bitter, too. Noticeable carbonation.

Great beer. I see BBA quad, and I think something darker, sweeter, boozier, so it surprised me a little bit, but still, great beer.

You know what? Actually reminds me of Allagash Curieux just a little bit, that other BBA belgian. I've always thought that Curieux tastes like a whisky sour, with the oak astringency taking a forward position, and the same sort of flavor dynamic is working here.

ronricorossi, Aug 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

BarrelAgedG, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

josephwa, Aug 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Berls_McSquirrels, Jul 31, 2014
Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,463 ratings.