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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,415 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,415
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 438
Gots: 510 | FT: 52
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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JRod1969

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

02-21-2012 02:16:06 | More by JRod1969
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's always exciting when new Boulevard beers pop up in Boston, and I was very eagerly awaiting this one. 750 mL bottle from 2011 served in a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a fairly murky, turbid brown. A nice, creamy tan head dissipates fairly quickly.

A really complex, multifaceted aroma. There is a lot of wood, and a lot of tartness in the nose. Sweet oranges, prunes, and raisins, but mostly the sharp acidic tartness comes through. Really oaky, with pleasant vanilla notes.

This is damn sour, and actually really reminds me of Bourbonic Plague. A very nice lingering malty sweetness. The bourbon is very subtle, and only becomes apparent as this beer reaches room temperature. The wood at times seems overpowering, but it does lend a very intriguing complexity to the flavors.

Great, creamy mouthfeel, with a really keyed-in low level of carbonation. This is a joy to drink.

A total success for me, I think Boulevard nailed it. I would truly doubt that I'd ever peg this for a quad, but as a "dark sour" in the vein of Bourbonic Plague or Veritas 009, this one crushes it.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 16:15:49 | More by amphion1065
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Shoo65

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to founders snifter.

A- murky brown with a finger of tan head .
S-cherries with faint bourbon
T- upfront cherries with some extemely faint bourbon, not what I think a quad should be , almost resembles a tripell, as it warms up bourbon becomes more present.
M - thia beer shines here, mild carbonation and medium body , close to perfect

O - a good beer I will be revisiting and not what I expected in a Quad

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 02:05:35 | More by Shoo65
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark amber brown with little lacing & head. The beer presents strong notes of bourbon and cherries, especially when warmer. However, the taste is unexpectedly mild... but it still sits like bourbon in your stomach. Medium-full bodied, fruity, boozy, yeasty mouthfeel. There is an unexpectedly dry finish (tannins? cherries?) and does a nice job masking the alcohol. I dig this beer and think it does a nice job bringing together the yeast and fruit from the quad and the big barrel characteristics from the bourbon casks.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 17:55:40 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Archimedes

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

02-18-2012 15:14:56 | More by Archimedes
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Beezee

Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.9%

02-17-2012 04:31:11 | More by Beezee
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cdugan

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

02-16-2012 18:26:02 | More by cdugan
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kiki3drt292

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

02-15-2012 21:45:32 | More by kiki3drt292
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jwmarcum

Missouri

4/5  rDev -5.7%

02-15-2012 21:21:03 | More by jwmarcum
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jhb138

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

02-15-2012 18:49:06 | More by jhb138
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chrispoint

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

02-13-2012 16:56:31 | More by chrispoint
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alalvarez75

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

02-13-2012 00:23:53 | More by alalvarez75
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into tulip

Pours a deep reddish brown color with some cherry and golden hues. Thick khaki colored head bubbles up, retaining for a while and leaving webbed lacing along the glass.

Plenty of oaky bourbon and booze in the nose. The cherries blaze through the heat with a touch of tartness. Vanilla with dark fruit and some burnt sugar.

Decent amount of fruit up front with some dates and raisin. The bourbon is pretty powerful, delivering some oaked tannins and heat. Vanilla and a hint of leather with a decent amount of sweetness. The cherries are a bit tart, which somewhat tempers the burnt sugar sweetness. There's some slight funk and more dark fruit in the malt, before the beer finishes warm and boozy.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, pretty sticky and lingering on the tongue. I can see why some people might not like this (boozy heat, tart cherry, and not quite the typical quad), but I've had it a couple times and continue to enjoy it. I just wish I didn't have to trade to get this.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 15:18:06 | More by xnicknj
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BWarrington

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.7%

02-12-2012 03:33:30 | More by BWarrington
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BobZ

Massachusetts

1.55/5  rDev -63.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

25.4oz. Bottle of the 2011 vintage poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Reddish brown with a nice frothy tan 1” head. Nice lacing

Smell: Some dark fruit, definitely some bourbon/booze, and a light sour funk.

Taste: Sour funk muted by bourbon, very little flavor development beyond that. This beer is definitely more “Flemish Red” than Quad. No real development of what I love in a quad, the deep dark fruit flavors, some hints of coffee and chocolate, balanced Belgian candy sugar to provide a light sweetness without becoming cloying, NONE of that. Sour cherry and bourbon comprise 99% of the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Clean and well carbonated on the Palate.

Overall: I had tried to determine whether this beer had any sour characteristics prior to purchase and the feedback was more along the lines of “maybe / maybe not”. Let me remove all doubt, it DOES. I will review this beer as a quad and as such it is a major failure. I love Belgian quads and strong dark ales, they are my favorite styles of beer (by-far). I loathe sour beers. All I can say if you make a sour beer call it a sour beer, if I didn’t know better I’d call this an infected quad.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 18:13:02 | More by BobZ
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StlHopHead77

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #7570 from Batch 2011-1.Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A-Pours a murky,maroonish-brown with 3 fingers of sturdy and slowly dying,light tawny foam.Sticky,spotty lacing was left on the glass.

S-Initially,I get tart cherry,Belgian spice(Cardamom,some clove),vanilla,raisin/fig,tobacco and a touch of bourbon.

T-Flavors of red wine,tart cherry,dark sugar,raisin,vanilla,Black Cavendish pipe tobacco,toffee and a slightly spicy,earthy finish.

M-Full/medium bodied with a slightly vinous mouthfeel.Slighty chewy and tannic but with well developed flavors.

O-Easily one of the better quads I've had and one more success from Boulevard's Smokestack Series.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 12:55:30 | More by StlHopHead77
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bauermj

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

02-09-2012 21:07:16 | More by bauermj
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thomismydad

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

02-09-2012 17:21:22 | More by thomismydad
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DanInTheCan

Colorado

5/5  rDev +17.9%

02-09-2012 02:32:39 | More by DanInTheCan
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SIEVS

Missouri

1/5  rDev -76.4%

02-08-2012 22:53:51 | More by SIEVS
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seedsofchaos

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hype. Hype. Hype. Too much hype surrounding this beer. Before popping this bottle I gave the Alstrom review a read... "...with every sip, we heard an angel cry." Really? It's that good?

The cork popped dramatically enough and one was immediately presented with hints of Rauchmalt in the air. Interesting... BBQ pours thick and opaque and seems to absorb light the further down in the glass you look. From tea to a dark earthly brown, this Quad is like a murky abyss. Plenty of carbonation garners up a generous tan head.

The aroma immediately presents a bit of funk followed by sweet malts and caramel aromas. It'd definitely say a barleywine-esque malt character isn't too far off from an apt description. A lot of the taste follows the bouquet. A bit of that funk from the Belgian yeast, I'm sure... Fruity esters come through with a bit of sourness. It reminds me kind of a granny smith apple that you've just bitten in to. Oak from the barrels is definitely there but there is just a touch (and nothing more than a touch) of bourbon. BBQ finishes a tad on the peppery side with noticeable alcohol heat and malt heaviness.

In my humble opinion, the complexities of this beer are a little off-putting. Some flavors play well together but some don't. This Boulevard offering is definitely a sipper, and it's decently enjoyable, but I don't understand the hype one bit. Slightly above average at best.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 13:31:55 | More by seedsofchaos
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GennyCreamAle

New York

5/5  rDev +17.9%

02-07-2012 12:53:17 | More by GennyCreamAle
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GuisseppeFranco

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

02-06-2012 21:05:01 | More by GuisseppeFranco
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Rckmo10

California

3/5  rDev -29.2%

02-06-2012 05:10:38 | More by Rckmo10
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searcy

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.7%

02-06-2012 04:19:12 | More by searcy
Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,415 ratings.