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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,672 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,672
Reviews: 522
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 465
Gots: 634 | FT: 60
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.08/5  rDev -4%

Photo of zander4dawin
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%

Dark amber color, smooth vanilla notes, sweet candy cherry finish.

Photo of JVMeier
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of NickTheGreat
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L (4.5): Nice color. Nice amount of head.
S (4): Smells okay. I got this little bit of a weird smell, but I could smell the bourbon too.
T (4):I'm a little confused here. My first few ounces of it were disappointing. Kinda that metallicy, unpleasant taste you get sometimes. I have a homebrew like this, but not sure the cause. But then . . . it either warmed up, or breathed enough, but it was fantastic. The smoke, the bourbon, the sweetness, the malt, heaven. Not sure exactly what happened, but it did. I'm really giving it a 3 and a 5 for taste!
F (4.5): Nice mouthfeel. Good carb, not especially heavy or viscous.

Overall (4.25). So I'm not sure what happened with the weird taste at first. I don't think it was 100% operator error, because it had actually sat out in the glass for 10 minutes before I drank it the first time. But towards the end . . . WOW

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.7/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.84/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of Mattwm
5/5  rDev +17.6%

This is a fantastic beer that has nearly everything, fantastic head, great aroma, lingering taste that lets you remember good times. This is not thick or heavy just wonderful. You will be transported to what beer should be. No defined genera just fantastic taste and aroma.This is a beer that makes me hopeful for other american beers,

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3.48/5  rDev -18.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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4.36/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%

A- Cloudy, medium-brown body with some hints of amber. Hints of light come through, but the cloudiness of the body leaves no visibility. Frothy, foamy tan head that hangs around and leaves lots of sticky residue behind.

S- Sweet malt, dried fruit, raisins, cherries, just the slightest dash of sugary sweet bourbon.

T- This one still has tons of quad qualities and does not let the bourbon overpower. Lots of dark fruits, sweet and toasty malt, sugary sweet oaky bourbon, lots of raisins and cherries. Big, bold flavors, but not much of an alcohol presence. The bourbon barrel is very complimentary and it is nice to see it not overpower.

M- Full bodied, medium-high carbonation, lingering aftertaste.

O- A big, sweet, dark fruit quad with a well rounded bourbon barrel flavor. A really nice beer that sticks to the format of the sixth glass.

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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev 0%

This is a good beer but I don't find the complexity that others have. On the nose you get a boozy somewhat chocolate aroma. I find the taste very boozy. It's 11.8% ABV but you'd think it was much higher. I was hoping the cherries would be more present but I don't taste them. This is the kind of beer I'd buy for a friend who really like bourbon.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of avalon07
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark brown color and a murky consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very strong aroma, dominated by the bourbon, but also had notes of dark fruit, malt, and yeast.

T: Like the aroma, the flavor had a lot of bourbon, but also some figs, raisins, Belgian yeast, spices, and some malt. At times it seems as though the bourbon overshadows the other ingredients, but they do shine through. A very forceful, complex flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Boulevard seems to have a knack for make Belgian-style beers, and this is no exception. The bourbon barrel flavor is a unique and welcome addition.

Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,672 ratings.