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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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1,833 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,833
Reviews: 558
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 476
Gots: 729 | FT: 69
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage served in a Tulip glass.

A- Pours a rich honey/caramel color, slightly cloudy with a resilient head and nice carbonation

S- Like a bowl of cherries (drenched in bourbon)

T- Comes through oaky at first then the bourbon hits, with a pleasant malty finish. For a near 12% ABV, it is rather well hidden.

M- Thinner than expected.

0- Definitely worth picking up if you like bourbon. IMHO this makes a nice "winter warmer" for those crisp nights!

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Orange to dark orange color with a lot of carbonation and great head retention. Decent Lacing but not great. I was expecting it to be darker.

S- Lots of cherries here. Nice bourbon once it warmed up. Smells delicious.

T- I love the taste of this. Sweet, lots of cherries and malts and a perfect amount of bourbon once it warmed up.

M- I'd have to say this beer is a tad thinner than I expected. This maybe one of the only flaws of this beer and it is minor. Great carbonation. Alcohol is there but not overwhelming. Drinks great for ~12% abv.

O- This is a very good beer. It lived up to my expectations and then some. I wish this had distro in WI and I would be getting it more. Maybe with the duvel acquisition it will hit WI...

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

Sampled from a 2013 750ml bottle purchased at the Apex Beer Dispensary. Best by 08-2015.

A - Brown with some clarity around the edges and a big tan head.

S - Quite boozy with some brown sugar and dark fruits poking through at times.

T - Not as boozy as the aroma indicates. More balance with bourbon, brown sugar, raisins, dates and alcohol. Gives a definite warming effect as the glass empties.

M - A moderate consistency with a subtle creaminess. A lower carbonation that supports the experience without distracting.

O - A nice beer that would probably be better with age.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a dark amber with a large cream colored head that linger for a while and recedes to a small foam on top. Visible carbonation.

Smell- Strong but not overpowering smell of bourbon, some slight citrus and wine notes as well. A bit boozy.

Taste- Again lots of bourbon and some sour grape flavors. A good bitterness that accents the sweetness from the bourbon. Can taste some alcohol but it is very well hidden for being 12%.

Mouthfeel- A bit thin on the body but has very good carbonation.

Overall- Very good beer, one of my favorites. Great Bourbon notes, good flavor and smell. Very drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured with a ton of foam that held on and produced some heavy lacing. The color was a light mahogany, somewhat iridescent with a clear complexion.

The nose was cherry and crabapple, kind of twangy and tart but strong and attractive.

The flavors are strong in the cherry direction, tart and sour but off set by an Apple sweetness. An earthy underpinning, perhaps the woody barrel flavor, is evident.

The feel was airy, yet smooth and hid the 11.5 pct ABV exceptionally well.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,833 ratings.