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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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1,774 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,774
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 471
Gots: 687 | FT: 63
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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4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage

A: Pours a hazy red color with 2+ fingers of head that very slowly recedes to a large cap that leaves some nice lacing

S: Dark fruits, Belgian yeast, cherries, light barrel character, and a bit of spiciness

T: Starts off with a good mix of the Belgian yeast, cherries, and dark fruits. Some spiciness come through as well, paving way for the barrel character. Light oak and bourbon with a very light vanilla and toffee sweetness which is somewhat drowned out by the yeast. Finishes with a hint of phenolics and the alcohol, which is extremely well hidden

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation

O: It would be nice if the yeast didn't overpower the barrel character so much, but that's being nitpicky. Way too easy to drink for being 11.8%, but it's still a sipper because of the complexity. Definitely worth trying if you're a fan of American-style quads

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.64/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged 750mL bottle from Barrel and Barley (Woodstock, GA). 11.99. 2013 release, best by 8/2015 (no problem there!). Served in a Boulevard tulip snifter.

Pours a light red hued chestnut with three fingers of foamy cream head. The foam eventually settles to a thin cap that leaves small clumps of lace.

Smells of deep over ripe stone fruit, faint bourbon, light cherries and oak.

Taste is sweet with copious bourbon soaked semi tart cherries with supporting vanilla, leather, earth, plum, Belgian yeast, clove, burnt sugar, toffee, hints of smoke and a ocassional nips of alcohol. A rather complex and tasty blend but it's flavors are less dense than I typically look for in a quad.

Thinner than I'd prefer but easily drinkable. Medium body with lively carbonation.

While I prefer this to Sixth Glass and it really is enjoyable, this almost strikes me as a "quad light". This ranks high among American quads I've had but for my tastes it's still quite a stretch from the Belgian and Trappist greats. No naysaying intended- this is a quality brew that I'm happy to have tried and I plan to enjoy again in the future.

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4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Murky copper pour with a tall, foamy tan head. Boozy with dark fruit, candied cherries, vanilla and caramel in the nose. Taste is dark fruit, cherries, light vanilla, caramel, dark bread, sweet malt, brown sugar and booze. Body is medium with a soft, velvety carbonation and moderate stickiness. Light warmth to this on the back end. Finishes with more caramel, cherries, dark fruit notes, Belgian yeast, caramel, toasted malt, dark bread and booze.

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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,774 ratings.