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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,411 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,411
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 439
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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stbo101

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

01-13-2012 05:26:58 | More by stbo101
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pgaveau

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-13-2012 01:11:19 | More by pgaveau
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Frozenmoses

Texas

5/5  rDev +17.9%

01-12-2012 16:41:17 | More by Frozenmoses
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phattman073

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had bottle #11120 poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: pours a cloudy brown and was a little lighter than most quads that I have had before, the pour caused 4 fingers of off white head that disappeared fairly quickly, and after I started drinking it left a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Bourbon smell is the first thing that hit my nose but after the first couple of sniffs I was then able to detect the cherry.

Taste: the first thing that I tasted was the bourbon barrel which then settled out and the sweet cherry, followed by the roasted malts, and the end there was just a hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: The beer was a medium body quad with a small amount of carbonation in the glass, the burning I get with most of hard alcohol is a little present.

Overall: The Quad was one of the best I have ever had and the addition of the bourbon barrels and of cherries works very well with the quad style. This is one of the most unique beer and i enjoyed and it very much.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 01:32:03 | More by phattman073
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CNOTEKC

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-11-2012 01:20:33 | More by CNOTEKC
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MarshallMan

Kansas

4/5  rDev -5.7%

01-10-2012 22:05:05 | More by MarshallMan
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-10-2012 02:38:14 | More by bump8628
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mattafett

Iowa

4/5  rDev -5.7%

01-09-2012 04:23:55 | More by mattafett
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been rather anxious to try this beer again as the last bottle I had was sitting in my mom's fridge when she passed away, so I drank this beer while I was going through her estate without any intention of reviewing it...I was just coping with reality. Well, it has been a couple years, so let's give this beer a proper review. I remember it being nice, let's see how nice. This is the 2011 batch and it is bottle number 25578.

Appearance: The beer is a pretty cloudy dark deep red color that looks like raspberry juice. There is a small 1/4" head on top after a careful pour. There are quite a few bubbles rising, but they don't really stick once they get to the top, so the head falls within about 45 seconds or so to a small ring where the beer meets the glass. There is very little lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: The aroma was very strong with some sweet toffee malt in there along with a strong cherry presence and some dry wood character, which gives the beer the aroma of a very fine Belgian Red beer. As the beer sits a bit, you can pick up the tannins in the cherries rather than the ester derived aromatic influence that you get in the Flanders, but this is still a very inviting and nicely aromatic beer.

Taste: The flavor falls in line with the aroma pretty well. It is pretty sweet with some caramel and toffee from the malt, but there is a very strong dry wood character giving some vanilla notes and some paper/sherry notes as well. The alcohol is present, but doesn't get hot and adds peppery complexity the whole time. The carbonation is ample for the medium to light bodied beer that this is. It is pretty balanced in the finish with malt being the predominant player along with the alcohol. The cherry notes that linger into the finish are quite nice, and again remind me of some of the finer Belgian Sour beers.

Opinion: Overall this is a really good beer. I am very happy with it. It has the elements of the most world class beers that I enjoy so much, but I know that they are just artfully blended rather than fermentation induced, which is again, testament to the skill of the brewers at Boulevard. I would definitely recommend this beer. I will probably be picking a couple more up, but I am not sure how well they will age since they are already showing strong signs of age due to the barrel aging. If you like quality beer, this one is such and I would recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 04:06:12 | More by SkeeterHawk
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UnkleFester

Kansas

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle #19561 poured into a Boulevard tulip.

A: pours a cloudy brown, 3 fingers of off white head that receded pretty fast, a fair amount of lacing.

S: Bourbon up front with some cherry and a faint hint of caramel.

T: Sweet cherry, roasted malts, followed by bourbon, finishes with a hint of vanilla.

M: Medium body with a mild carbonation, alcohol heat lingers.

O: The bourbon is a welcome addition to the quad style. The cherries work well with the bourbon to make this a unique beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 02:17:45 | More by UnkleFester
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ipcolling

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-09-2012 00:01:32 | More by ipcolling
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rab53

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-08-2012 21:59:15 | More by rab53
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ewright

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.7%

01-08-2012 16:54:44 | More by ewright
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WankelEngine

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip glass

A: The beer is a mahogany, amber color. A vigorous pour gives a light tan head of two fingers which rapidly reduced to a small cap of foam.

S: The smell is an interesting mix of spicy bourbon, tart (almost funky) cherries and caramel malt.

T: The beer opens with a lush, tart cherry flavor and a little bit of funk. This is quickly followed by a fairly pronounced bourbon and oak flavor. There is an ester-y alcohol note and some caramel malts to balance the heat from the alcohol. As the beer warms, vanilla comes out to complement the bourbon-oak. The finish is dry and spicy.

M: Medium-bodied with mild carbonation. A little bit of alcohol heat is noticeable, but I find it enjoyable.

O: Well balanced and interesting. The bourbon flavor comes through to me very clearly. Glad I have two to cellar... I think the bourbon flavor will blend in and be more subtle in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 05:55:56 | More by WankelEngine
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JSullivan04

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.9%

01-07-2012 23:08:54 | More by JSullivan04
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TippySelenoid

Missouri

4/5  rDev -5.7%

01-07-2012 22:20:34 | More by TippySelenoid
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HoppedUp13

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-07-2012 21:42:44 | More by HoppedUp13
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jlpepper13

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter.

A: flows out mahogany brown with plenty of thick, off white head. Mostly large bubbles of carbonation. Leaves very little to no lace.

S: Cherries cherries cherries with extremely faint bourbon smell. Cherries give it a very sour smelling character.

T: Dark sweet cherries to start that fades to very mellow bourbon flavor. This brings sourness and a flash of intense bitternesss that comes and goes quickly.

M: thick and sits heavy on the stomach. Carbonation brings a subtle sting to the tongue. Fusel alcohol present but overpowered by all the sweetness.

O: A decent drink but the cherries overpower just about everything! Bourbon is barely present, might not be noticeable at all if I didn't KNOW it was aged in the barrel. Would like to try this beer style sans cherries.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 02:19:34 | More by jlpepper13
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AAxsom

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-05-2012 21:47:22 | More by AAxsom
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ptownjosh

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-05-2012 21:26:01 | More by ptownjosh
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Mscarpen

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -5.7%

01-05-2012 00:27:04 | More by Mscarpen
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TheJermis

Missouri

5/5  rDev +17.9%

01-04-2012 08:53:42 | More by TheJermis
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ADTaber

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.7%

01-03-2012 16:08:00 | More by ADTaber
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aliving1

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-03-2012 05:28:15 | More by aliving1
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midworken

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-03-2012 00:04:36 | More by midworken
Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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