Grand Cru
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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From:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
Style:
American Strong Ale
Ranked #18
ABV:
13.7%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,559
Avg:
4.31 | pDev: 5.8%
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
73
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 11, 2022
Added:
Mar 13, 2018
Wants:
  13
Gots:
  22
SCORE
95
World-Class
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Notes: Composed of carefully selected lots of bourbon barrel quad and whiskey barrel-aged Imperial Stout, our brewers have conspired to create a blend that effortlessly expresses the most distinctive elements of each beer, creating a delicious whole that’s even greater than the sum of its parts.
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Rated: 4.54 by DarrellK from Florida

Jul 11, 2022
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Reviewed by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Boulevard Grand Cru Barrel-Aged Ale has a medium, beige head, a dark-brown appearance, with some bubbles and no lacing. The aroma is of raisin, nougat, dates, and whisky barrel. The flavor is similar, with low bitterness and rich sweetness. Boulevard Grand Cru Barrel-Aged Ale has a heavy body and a sweet finish. Perhaps, I detected a Madeira barrel note.

RJT
Mar 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.36 by SFNC from North Carolina

Jan 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.15 by impending from California

Apr 24, 2020
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Reviewed by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Deep mahogany color with a thin slip of a beige head. Small dots of lacing.

S: Whiskey barrels greet the nose immediately. Lot of fat malt character too. Dark caramel, toast, cola, brown bread, brown cocoa and fudge. Some nougat and bourbon ball candy. Oak. Bourbon. Subtle spice and clove, perhaps a bit of tobacco.

T: Follows the nose. Toasty oak and corn-forward whiskey up front, potent and spicy with some peppery alcohol character, though it stops shy of being hot. Rich malt character brings a lot of chewy dark caramel and dense fudge. Lots of toasty crust, brown bread, treacle, toffee, and hints of cola. Vague earthy and herbal spices, mild clove. Chewing tobacco. Figs and golden raisins. It dries substantially on the finish with a lot of oaky vanilla and lingering spices and peppery whiskey.

M: Full bodied, rich and thick. Dense and chewy. Rib-sticking and substantial feel. Fine carbonation is mildly prickling. Spicy alcohol warmth.

O: A very solid blend brings a lot of depth and complexity to the table here. It’s done in perfect proportion, so that the stout and quad threads both shine through without one overwhelming the other. It’s interesting to have that brawny stout texture and heavy malt flavor while still being able to taste the complexity of the Belgian yeast and specialty malt. No easy feat, especially since different whiskey barrels also come into play. Color me impressed. I’m enjoying the hell out of it.
Apr 19, 2020
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Reviewed by teslatam from Minnesota

4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75
Drank warm. I like my aged stouts warmish. (like you're supposed to)
Not an thick head, a little lacing, dark copper color.
Smells.. cherry, dates, prunes, molasses, hint of caramel..hits that "really complex" overload
Feels.. smooth and a little sting..chewable!
Taste.. I like this beer! My first sip.. sweet, bourbon-y, caramel! My son tried it a few days before me and I said to him "hey this is better than KBS (see my pic)! He says "yeah I know".
Feb 27, 2020
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Wow, simply - wow...

Beautiful dark caramel color with creamy head and a smell that is boozy, malty, and then you get a creamy mouthfeel which is the treat with this brew. Absolutely a joy to drink. The taste is mostly booze forward, very little else, but at 13.5% what else would you expect? Overall, this is exceptional and definitely worth the try for anyone and everyone.
Jan 20, 2020
 
Rated: 4.41 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Dec 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.4 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Jun 11, 2019
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Reviewed by twage04 from North Carolina

4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours a dark color, a bit of a dark ruby when thin. Medium carbonation. My bottle was version 2018, best buy January 2019. Aroma was a hint of an oxidized barleywine. Taste was much of the same with lots of bourbon and a hint of oak. Very pleasant sipper that well hid its booze. Very enjoyable!
Jun 03, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Birdlegs from Washington

May 10, 2019
 
Rated: 3.96 by generallee from Virginia

Apr 04, 2019
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Reviewed by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A - Pours a very dark brown with a thin tan head. Light amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark cherries, raisins, brown sugar and whiskey.

T - The taste is dark cherries, raisins, figs, vanilla, chocolate and whiskey.

M - Full body with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is a big tasty beer. The quad seems to come through more than stout, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Mar 20, 2019
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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a single-bottle into a tulip.

Pours nearly-opaque dark ruddy-brown with a two-finger mottled tan head that has remarkable staying power. It fades to a decent rim of lacing.

The aromas are extremely complex. The oaky bourbon barrel notes are unmistakable, but don't overpower the overall presentation. Sweet malt aromas run the full gamut from dark to light. Carob, chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, figgy jam, dark cherry, raisin, anise, caramel, toffee, coconut, campfire-browned marshmallow, and vanilla. Hints of coffee and warming booze in the background. Just a touch of smoke/char.

The flavor is awash with a variety of big chewy malty flavors. The bourbon barrel flavors are, again, present, but very balanced and blended with everything else that is going on. Less chocolate, more dark fruit than the nose. Dark cherry, fig, and raisin on the tip of the tongue. Other stone-fruits as well with hints of plum/apricot. Some candied apple/pear. More yeast and toast notes cross the mid-palate, with brown bread, toasted grain, smoke/char astringency, as well as hints of espresso coffee. The finish is heavy on aromatics, with vanilla, anise, and warming alcohol, but not burning. The yeast shows up again at the finish with a spicy, peppery kick.

The body is unmistakably full, but not heavy or sticky despite the ABV. Excellent staying power from the carbonation carries this brew through to the finish. It is remarkably smooth for such a strong quaff.

This is yet another Boulevard success, and blends attributes from many of its bloodline--Sixth Glass yeast, Bourbon Barrel Quad booze and aromatics, and Dark Truth Stout dark fruits all show up for the party in equal successful measures, although I'm not sure it is as good as any of those individual brews. Still, a boozy but tasty brew.
Mar 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4.35 by moundbz from North Dakota

Mar 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by lebriarjr from North Carolina

Mar 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Feb 20, 2019
 
Rated: 4.24 by 11-52_4hops from Virginia

Jan 26, 2019
 
Rated: 3.77 by firkingroovin from Illinois

Jan 26, 2019
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Rated by IPAs-n-Stouts_OhMy from Washington

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
bottled 10.13.2018
Jan 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4.6 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Dec 10, 2018
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Reviewed by Samlover55 from New York

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle into tulip
Bb Jan 2019
Dark brown with thin tan head
Bourbon up front, chocolate stout notes, followed by cherry notes
Taste is quad up front, with dark fruit notes,  followed by rich chocolate cake stout notes,  with the bourbon there all along
Feel is thick and syrupy a real nice sipper
Overall this is a great blend of two beers, with it drinking like a  great bba stout accented by the quad
Oct 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.62 by ian_graf from Minnesota

Oct 14, 2018
 
Rated: 3.85 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Oct 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Oct 10, 2018
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Reviewed by dd53grif from Michigan

4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head that disappears quickly. Aroma is vanilla and whiskey. Tastes of whiskey with a touch of vanilla and chocolate. Good mouth feel.
Sep 16, 2018
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Wow this was a beauty with a bite! The booze from the whiskey and bourbon are strong on the nose, along with molasses, roasted malt, coconut, plum, toffee and belgian yeast. The taste included all of those plus sugarcane, cherry wood, and some light fudge. Rich, formidable, and a delightful sipper. Pairs great with cheese and meat board. The wife loved it too
Sep 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4.29 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Sep 04, 2018
 
Rated: 4.1 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Aug 29, 2018
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Reviewed by Shade1951 from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Maybe it's just me. I *do* get the smell of bourbon, but there is also something kind of off-putting. Like the smell of old books... or old glue that bound the books together. It's not a deal breaker.

The look, poured from a bottle into a glass, is almost a swampy dark, dark brown. A tan ring of head hangs around at the edges of the glass. There is moderate lacing.

The ABV is a plus for me. I can't be bothered with low ABV beer. What's the point? There is definitely a bourbon-y, whiskey-ish flavor, and the ABV doesn't smack me in the palate. The bourbon in the flavor may be a tad too forward for me.

Carbonation is on the mild side. Mouthfeel is on the light side.

It's a good stout - a definite sipper. I will continue to grab one occasionally, even though it's not among my favorites in the style. I suspect I would probably find this brew more appealing in the colder weather.
Aug 21, 2018
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Almost solid black color. Just between low and medium carbonation with an above average body. Overall and excellent feel to this beer, especially for the style
Aroma is a heavy boozy scent that fills the nose first. Then dark fruit,esoecially plums,some cherries, dried cherries, and malt. There seems to be a bit of chocolate hidden in the aroma.
Taste follows the nose for the most part with a boozy dried dark fruit coming through first. Cherries, dried cherries, and a bit of dark and milk chocolate following. The dried plum/prune lingers on the tongue awhile which adds to the thick lasting feel of the heavy body.
Overall this is top notch, not a knock down a few after mowing the lawn though type of beer. This is a total sipper, like an after dinner cordial
Aug 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.23 by ppavlick from New Jersey

Aug 19, 2018
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Bottle is stamped for best by date of '31JAN2019'.
Dark brown colored body, with some mahogany red highlights when lit from behind. Thin light tan head upon pouring disappears and leaves a very thin ring and scattered islands. Just a couple of small spots of lacing left behind.
Dense aroma of dark cherry/plum, leather, vanilla, and whiskey barrel.
All tastes are enveloped by the sweet whiskey barrel (which exits through the nose), and allows flavors of chocolate covered cherries and plums to participate with leather, tobacco, and molasses. After taste has the lightness of vanilla and the alcohol.
Medium to full mouth feel, with a mouth coating sensation, which allows the tongue to sweep all the flavors from the corners of the mouth. Low carbonation but appropriate.
Quite an adventure from a 12oz bottle. Full experience blend of quad, stout, and barrel. Alcohol hotness is apparent but acts as an expected component that adds to the experience. Well executed.
Aug 18, 2018
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Rated by Herbabee from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Delish. i'd dare put one in a blind taste test vs the venerable (and very dear to find) FW Stickee Monkee.

Dessert in a tulip glass.
Aug 17, 2018
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Reviewed by Billolick from New York

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle

Pours a rice shade of darker Amber.

Nose is loaded with malts, rum, maple, wood

Delicious, bold,flavorful, over the top flavorful. Dangerouslyndrinkabemat over 13%!

Fine creation, world class night capper....likely will only get better and better with a few years in the bottle....go get some
Aug 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.11 by Jbalintjr from Pennsylvania

Aug 15, 2018
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Reviewed by bbtkd from South Dakota

4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Boulevard Grand Cru Barrel Aged, 13.7% ABV, 27 IBU. Pours black with a one finger tan head that left some lacing. Nose is dark fruit. Taste is bourbon, dark fruit, chocolate, with a slight bitter close. Excellent mouthfeel, overall outstanding. This will rank high on my favorites list. Very complex, perhaps as good as Abyss.
Aug 11, 2018
 
Rated: 5 by LeftyMike from New Jersey

Aug 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by CreightonSM from New York

Jul 28, 2018
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Rated by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
super complex and layered, chocolate covered toasted brown bread, bourbon, slight cherry fruitiness, rich graham crackery malts, heavy cocoa
Jul 27, 2018
Grand Cru from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 112 ratings