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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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1,831 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,831
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 476
Gots: 723 | FT: 69
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 Mscanlon31
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The cherries and bourbon are a great combo

Photo of dnetnil
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of saxclar123
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mj81
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerMeCJS
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BraveMountie
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PorkBelly1974
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chrismattlin
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Poured a one finger tan head over a copper colored body into a St. Bernardus goblet from the corked and caged bottle. Immediate whiff of sweet bourbon. Taste is immediately of that bourbon and the cherries, settling into the familiar character of a top flight but not too sweet quad. Spectacular, cheek-puffing mouthfeel. An absolute must for all quad fans.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage

Enjoyed from the big bottle, this most interesting quad pours a brownish amber with a firm awesome off white head that never fully disappears while leaving excellent lacing. Nose of tart pie cherries, oak, bourbon heat, vanilla, and brown sugar. Taste is warm and bourbon fueled with cherries and oak flavors marrying well together with some light vanilla to the back and sides and sweet caramel and brown sugar all around. Mouth feel finishes lightly dry while being slightly slick with a woody, bourbon fueled cherry aftertaste that is lightly bitter. Very unique.

NOT your average quad.

Cheers!

Photo of BrotherK
4.76/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atom714
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 Bottle in my cellar for almost 18 months.

A - Dirty brown-red, hazy opaque, with a very light head, and massive lacing.

S - Full of alcohol burn and bourbon and barrel. Hints of fruit and buttery toffee.

T - Incredible range of flavors. The front is full of bourbon and wood, but underneath are strong cherry and toffee note, and the close comes forward with more earthiness and a slightly buttery note.

M - Very slick, full, slightly cloying. A sipper, this one does not do well with quick drinking, but if you take your time the feel is not off-putting. For nearly 12%, the alcohol sits well, and only burns slightly in the front.

O - Reminds me of a number of barleywines I've had, but is far more nuanced. This is a beer to sit down with and explore, because there are enough layers here to reward time with discovery. I need to get more of this.

Photo of kw_pip
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good but I think I like the plain quad better, and GI for bourbon barrel.

Photo of Mikestaf
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lemmy187
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nataku00
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of john0721
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

Brown, off white head.

Cherry with a little bourbon and vanilla in the nose.

Flavor starts with cherries, followed by vanilla, caramel, toffee, and oak, all of which is nicely balanced. Ends with a dry finish.

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, 9.4 oz bottle, poured into a wide-mouth snifter at approximately 45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful red-amber, and forms a massive off-white head with a slight orange tint. Excellent head retention, and it leaves lacing on the glass itself as it recedes, to say nothing of the lacing left by the thick ring it eventually collapses into. Tiny bubbles continually stream from the bottom of the glass, joined sporadically by the occasional larger bubble.

Smell: Delightful. Dark fruits and candi sugar erupt from the glass, heavy with plums, slightly soured grapes, and cherries. There's a faint oaken tinge to the aroma, and vague suggestions of vanilla.

Taste: In an almost exact reversal of the nose, the bourbon barrel strikes first as the beer touches the palate, with heavy notes of vanilla, burnt toffee, char, oak, and boozy heat. Beneath those notes, the candi sugar sweetness takes the center of the rear stage, with the fruit notes off toward the wings and possibly the orchestral pit. The finish brings a slightly sour tone, as cherry and some lingering candi sweetness ride a rush of pure boozy heat. A tiny bit of wooden flavor lingers after the swallow as well.

Mouthfeel: Hot with alcohol, this is also a nigh syrupy beer in consistency, both encouraging sips over swigs.

Overall: This blends the complexity of a good Belgian with the power of a potent bourbon barrel nicely. It drinks a touch hot, but there are few nigh-12% ABV barrel-aged beers that can conceal that - a spot of age might take a bit of the edge off as well. I don't know that I would ever reach for this over a good non-barrel-aged quad, but perhaps trying one with some age on it might change that opinion.

Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PacNWDad
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The smell of this stuff is awesome. Not too sharp, not too malty. I really like that they keep the Belgian character but with BBA. That is pretty hard to pull off.

Photo of lilsmizzul1225
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this saved for over a year - back from the 2013 release. Although it was a very solid beer, I felt a little let down. Maybe I kept it for too long but I didn't think the cherry notes came through as strong and it seemed a bit strong for me. On the whole it was a good beer but perhaps I should try it fresh(er) than what I had it.

Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,831 ratings.