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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,436 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,436
Reviews: 505
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 446
Gots: 512 | FT: 49
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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Beerswag

California

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%

Bottle 2013, aged 1 year. Pours a light colored head, at least four-fingers, gone fast, medium lacing. Color of the beer is lighter than most quads, amber and medium dark Carmel tones..the smell is Carmel, and malt, with some fruity hints. Taste is Carmel, vanilla, and candied sugar, with hints of pecan. Light body for the style which makes the mouthfeel pleasant for such a strong abv. Overall really good, just not great. Simple profile for the style. Age on this bottle, and the way Otha's smoothed out, makes me think this one could go much longer and do well. Pair with dessert, sweeter-dishes, beef, venison, red-meat..cheese pairing would be Gouda, cow's milk cheeses.

07-02-2014 22:05:50 | More by Beerswag
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nate_nate_nate

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

07-02-2014 15:17:50 | More by nate_nate_nate
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dar482

New York

4.51/5  rDev +6.4%

The beer pours out in a dark reddish amber.

The aroma has a Belgian yeast, dark plum and bright green plum along with sugary sweetness.

The flavor follows with dark fruit, raisins, and caramel. It is a lighter quad with medium minus bourbon that smooths out the beer with a clean drinking back end.

06-30-2014 05:06:38 | More by dar482
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InfernoBoss

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

06-29-2014 06:22:37 | More by InfernoBoss
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tock_oh

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +12%

06-28-2014 17:38:53 | More by tock_oh
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

06-28-2014 17:29:08 | More by ONovoMexicano
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Bonsall_Phil

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

06-28-2014 01:18:33 | More by Bonsall_Phil
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crazyfoMostout

Missouri

4/5  rDev -5.7%

06-28-2014 00:53:43 | More by crazyfoMostout
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starshockey9

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.7%

06-25-2014 01:41:45 | More by starshockey9
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bdoolittle


4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

06-24-2014 10:11:48 | More by bdoolittle
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spoonsock

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

06-24-2014 06:26:45 | More by spoonsock
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Jmc986

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.7%

06-22-2014 19:40:24 | More by Jmc986
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

Same review as the below, 2011 batch but now 2.5 years later.

A: Pours dark red with some brown. Huge, frothy and fluffy tan head. Great head retention with heavy walls of lacing.

S: Nice cherry aroma up front. Lightly tart with hints of caramel. Dark fruits/stone fruits in general really. Light oakiness.

T: Again, lots of cherries immediately up front. Heavy bourbon too but much more subdued than I remember. Oaky bourbon with toffee and caramel primarily. Lightly tart cherries with a bit of leathery tannin action going on. Some earthy spices and heavy bread in the middle and finish. Just a touch of cocoa. Lingering oak and bourbon with light cherries.

M: Heavy but smooth. No real sign of the 12% ABV.

O: Interesting how age has changed this one. I barely got any cherry originally, now cherry is the prominent flavor. Bourbon used to be very strong to the point of overpowering, now it's in the background. Interesting. Overall my scores haven't changed much, just moved around a bit. I think I like this more with a bit of age on it, regardless.

Review from 12-28-2011 on a fresh bottle of 2011 BBQ.

A: A very very dark red pour, maybe some brown in it too. Big frothy off-white head. Good to see a nice head on a barrel aged beer. Fades somewhat fast, leaves a little lacing. (4)

S: Bold bourbon notes with some cherry. Big boozy raisins and figs and maybe some grapes? Some vanilla and oak. (4)

T: Up front is toffee immediately, turning into a strong bourbon presence very quickly. Fades back into cherries with raisins and a hint of oak and vanilla. It's all over very quickly. Mild alcoholic aftertaste. Almost no bitterness. Alcohol bite is surprisingly mild given the almost 12% ABV. (4)

M: Fairly heavy and smooth, some prickly alcohol/bourbon.(4)

O: Pretty much as advertised. A lot of the quad aspect is lost underneath all of the bourbon and cherries but it's still an excellent beer. Unique.(4.5)

06-21-2014 03:05:22 | More by Dope
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kds2437

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.7%

06-21-2014 01:36:25 | More by kds2437
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bcp5296d

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

06-20-2014 15:16:46 | More by bcp5296d
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thufflife

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

06-19-2014 17:10:28 | More by thufflife
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c-rum

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

06-18-2014 22:15:49 | More by c-rum
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wrightst

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

06-17-2014 02:52:57 | More by wrightst
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PBRmeasap1980

Indiana

4.16/5  rDev -1.9%

2013 version of BBQ

A- Pours smooth unless you get heavy handed with it, then it give you a tall head. Lighter reddish- brown in color. Filtered clean.
S- Bourbon, leather, cherry. Bourbon is all over the place
T- A little cherry, not very much of the quad, tons of bourbon. It seems to be a young and common bourbon to me... jack or jim???? I get a little plum from the quad, but I want a big, sticky dark fruit quad. This seemed a bit thin and over run by the bourbon. Not a rich, refined boubon, but a yourg and sharp one.
M - A little thinner than what I was expecting from a quad, but pretty solid.
O- I expected a bit more. The sharp, young bourbon didn't do it for me. I'm used to a much mroe mellow BA bourbon flavor. Fun to try. I would love to try again with more cherries and a different barrel.

06-14-2014 03:57:18 | More by PBRmeasap1980
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RWNay

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

06-14-2014 01:49:26 | More by RWNay
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.7%

06-12-2014 20:02:06 | More by ncstateplaya
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SlothB77

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

06-11-2014 02:27:46 | More by SlothB77
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IrishColonial

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -35.1%

06-11-2014 02:05:40 | More by IrishColonial
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gfg0020

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

06-10-2014 04:22:57 | More by gfg0020
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amano_h

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

06-08-2014 05:21:50 | More by amano_h
Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,436 ratings.