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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,775 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,775
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 471
Gots: 687 | 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 MikeCactusGordon
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of lefty418
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2013 vintage, 750 ml bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, mahogany color with three fingers of white head that slowly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Strong notes of alcohol, dried dark stone fruit (prunes, raisins, and cherries), oak, toffee, orange peel and vanilla. Very complex! Not much in the way of hops however.

Taste: Awesome! Boozy upfront, followed by that dried dark stone fruit (prunes, raisins, cherries) that I got in the aroma, followed by vanilla, sticky-toffee and some wood. Wow! Finally, there is no hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer.

Mouthfeel: Very chewy and smooth, with practically no carbonation to speak of. With an ABV of 11.8%, there is a significant presence of alcohol on the palate, providing a pleasant warming in the mouth.

Overall: Goddamn, this is a terrific beer! I love the stone fruit flavors and the nicely balanced, but pronounced alcohol warmth. I’m getting several bottles of this beer, as it’s now a keeper in my cellar!

Photo of djgustafson
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattreitz49
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ReverendJon
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of djtomain
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrennanS
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BB1313
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage. 750ml bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a deep glowing amber with a subtle haze and has bubbles swimming to the top; creamy beige head that sticks around and leaves great retention and sticky lacing. Looks great. The aromas are full of cherries and dark fruits. Vanilla frosting is there too. The bourbon is sweet and blends in with everything. The malts and yeast also gives it a nice sweetness. The bourbon isn't overwhelming in the aromas or the flavors, it's just there. Tastes very good, but can become redundant or one note. That's not even a knock, because that "one note" is enjoyable. It also becomes more complex the more you get into it. Lots of cherries, plum, and raisins. Some caramel and banana in the mix as well. The bourbon blends in with everything else and doesn't diminish the flavors at all. There's a subtle warmth in the finish, but it's not hot or boozy at all. It felt hot with the first sip or two, but everything comes together shortly after. Mouthfeel is awesome. It's full-bodied and extremely creamy. Very fluffy with light but active carbonation. Very smooth. Dangerously drinkable. Makes a great sipper.

This beer has been on my radar for YEARS. Boulevard just entered Ohio, so this is my first offering from them. I can say I'm pretty impressed. The craftsmanship is off the charts. This brew is simply well executed. Well done. Highly recommended.

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mdez
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bandi
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down and consistently left a short head covering the surface and thick lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of cherries and bourbon are present in the nose. The bourbon seems to become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts out with flavors of bourbon from the barrel aging and then has some notes of cherries towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol.
O: I liked how cherries were added to this beer because they made it still taste like a quad and not like a bourbon-infused American Strong Ale. This beer is very drinkable considering its strength and tastes nothing like something that is 11% abv.

Note: 2014 vintage

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GScow
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer_lover89
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Doomcifer
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of funkel81
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of j18coop
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of KevinL
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Will seek this out again. I am fortunate that a long time local has amassed such a selection in a small store with limited parking. "If you don't find it ask" kinda place.

Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.91/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Man does this add flavor! The vanilla and bourbon flavor in this is just wonderful. Surprised this is still on the shelves around here. Pick up plenty of Quad notes on the back end whereas the aged portion is noted on the front.

Definitely worth a purchase.

Photo of KnowYourCraft
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,775 ratings.