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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,471 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,471
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 452
Gots: 524 | FT: 51
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  rDev -5.7%

More_betterness, Aug 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Big_Dave, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Dave1999
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lost about a quarter of the bottle on opening, it foamed up fast!

It poured into the glass a deep rich dark red with a white foamy head.

The smell is sweet bourbon, cherry, a little alcohol, vanilla and oak. The vanilla and oak take the front seat. Really looking forward to tasting this.

The taste is sweet bourbon, vanilla, cherry, yeasty and malty. Easy drinking for the abv maybe just the slightest alcohol taste on the finish. The best bourbon barreled ale I've had for quite some time.

The mouthfeel is smooth, quite light actually. Would have like a bit more body but not bad.

Overall this is definately a must for bourbon barrel fans, a bit more thickness in the body and this would have been near perfect for me.

Dave1999, Aug 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

AleHunter805, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of ronricorossi
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured into a tulip glass from a bottle bought at The BierStein in Eugene, OR

pours with that belgian haziness, dirty yellow and orange with good lacing and carbonation waves left on the glass. The barrels come through in the nose, it smells of oak. And yes, just like the bottle says, toffee and vanilla, and subdued cherry. Tastes of these, too, with the barrel (not the booze) being maybe the most noticeable surface layer. None of the deep purple fruits one usually associates with quads, though. The oak and cherry take it somewhere else. The bourbon is scaled way back by the acidic cherries, almost like a sour? Finishes with a little of that mild bitter, too. Noticeable carbonation.

Great beer. I see BBA quad, and I think something darker, sweeter, boozier, so it surprised me a little bit, but still, great beer.

You know what? Actually reminds me of Allagash Curieux just a little bit, that other BBA belgian. I've always thought that Curieux tastes like a whisky sour, with the oak astringency taking a forward position, and the same sort of flavor dynamic is working here.

ronricorossi, Aug 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

BarrelAgedG, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

josephwa, Aug 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Berls_McSquirrels, Aug 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

MicroBeerMan1980, Jul 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

JFear, Jul 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

jkball01, Jul 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

ddedhed, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Labeorphile
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Head starts out as fizzy on the initial pour, but quickly settles into a large fluffy tan head. Deep amber-brown body.

Some cherry and a lot of bourbon in the nose, with typical quad notes lurking in the background. Definitely some alcohol present in the nose as well.

Tastes wonderful and exactly how you would expect. Definitely a quad backbone with bourbon and cherry vanilla floating on top. Some pepperiness, probably from the higher ABV.

Mouth seems a pinch thin, but swirling in the glass helps.

A really great beer, enjoying the last night in our current house. Lots of memories here, and this beer will be one of them.

Labeorphile, Jul 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Nolen12, Jul 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

zestar, Jul 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

SuperHop18, Jul 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

AaronOp, Jul 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

jkrug5, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

woogie359, Jul 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

MattSharpless, Jul 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

WckdVbz, Jul 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Beerislivingproof, Jul 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

iamshad, Jul 14, 2014
Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,471 ratings.