1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ)Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ)

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,834 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,834
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 476
Gots: 730 | FT: 72
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
View: Beers (53) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,834 | Reviews: 559 | Display Reviews Only:
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.

Photo of rcjennings
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrebeka
3.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of taospowder
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SteveB24
3.66/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look-color is a clear, mocha brown, lots of big bubbles visible in the glass and the beer pours a finger of of white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.
Smell-burned sugar upfront, quickly followed by tart cherries, and a hint of booze. smells quite like a sour stout.
Taste- mild belgian yeast taste, caramel, some dark fruit is there but the cherries are not very noticeable, lots of booze, and slightly metallic.
Feel-Full bodied, not oily, medium carbonation, finishes on the juicer side.
Overall-i gotta say i was pretty disappointed with this, the taste was very boozy, and it lacked the sweetness and complexity i except from a Belgian Quad, particularly since this is brewery generally does excellent work. oh well.

Photo of baycop21
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cheefdaddy1
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 7Sport
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of whitenads
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikepcarney
4.98/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of allenson21
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pmangold
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Celtics17
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was actually refreshing compared to the past few Barrel aged quads that I've had. This had a slight sour layer because of the cherries,and an excellent vanilla back note as the taste lingered. I love the hints of cherry throughout this beer.

Photo of bcsteve89
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of poppollutesminds
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HeartofMiami
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Matthew607
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Greasy
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SFC21
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pdonovan16
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SteveB3014
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,834 ratings.