Grand Cru | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,547
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
104
pDev:
5.81%
 
 
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7
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22
Trade:
2
 
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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 104
Photo of twage04
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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Photo of REVZEB
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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

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Photo of Shade1951
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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

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Photo of bbtkd
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of GratefulFC
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice indeed. Pours dark, dark brown. Low carbonation. Smell is dark cherry, coffee. Taste is thick molasses, dark cherry, coffee, chocolate, vanilla. After taste is oak, amber, smoke. Earthy, bark, forrest taste throughout. Whiskey taste comes in at the end. Complex

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Photo of arizcards
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead 4-8-18 for $5.49. Bottled on 1-31-18; best by 1-31-19.

Beer poured dark brown with a decent tan head initially.

Nose is very nice, very whiskey forward along with vanilla and leather.

Taste is whiskey forward with a touch of vanilla and chocolate. Catching roastiness from the impy stout but not catching any of the phenols or esters of the quad.

Mouthfeel is full, viscous, very nice!

Overall a very good beer, comes across as a tamed down impy stout. Would love to see a higher percentage of the quad if there will be future blends but this was very enjoyable nonetheless!

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Photo of bshefftz
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really fine blend - great for when you can't decide between a quad or a stout (or am I the only one who regularly has this problem?). Smooth, nice barrel nose and flavor. Strong with good mouthfeel, but not boozy or a sugar bomb. Glad I got a couple of these.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with no head and light alcohol legs.

Aroma is of bourbon soaked cherries, dark fruits, vanilla, caramel, and chocolate.

Taste is of much of the same. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruits up front. The gives way to some cherry sweetness and fruitiness and a bit of oak and caramel. Very sweet and relatively viscous. Great beer!

Overall, this is the best BA beer I have had from boulevard. Solid grandcru with a lot of complexity. It gets a 92/100.

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Photo of TH28
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. 1/31/19 BB date. Appearance: Deep dark brown, opaque, with minimal khaki colored head.
Aroma: Charred oak, whiskey barrels, light roast, and a touch of dark fruit and chocolate. Definitely a blend of Belgian quad fruitiness and imperial stout roasted malt, wrapped in a whisky oak barrel.
Taste: Whoa. An insanely rich malt sweetness with some chocolate and toffee countered by a rich dark fruit of caramelized plum and raisin. Vanilla, cinnamon, and whiskey oak follow on the backside. Super rich with a relatively low bitterness. Just enough to avoid being cloyingly sweet.
Mouthfeel: Thick and almost syrupy body and a low carbonation. A touch of alcohol warmth, but fairly restrained for a 14% beer
Finish: An interesting spiciness appears on the finish, along with a dominant chocolate, whiskey, and oak character. Roast pops up surpringly well after the swallow
Overall: A super intense beer, which is to be expected when blending a stout and imperial stout. Chocolate, dark fruitiness, oak, and whiskey notes are strong throughout. The blending of the two styles creates the perception of a cinnamon spice as well, which is interesting. A perfect beer for a cool night by the fire.

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Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a snifter glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A big, powerful aroma of chocolate, bourbon, wood, dark fruit, malt, vanilla, and coconut.

T: Tasted of a whole lot of the bourbon (and the accompanying barrel), a hint of vanilla, a bit of malt, a good shot of coconut, lots of dark chocolate, and some dark fruit (figs, raisins, plums). Like the aroma, the flavor is robust and bracing. It's quite complex and flavorful. A good mix of sweet and delicate tastes and more aggressive ones.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a sharp finish. Full-bodied.

O: An excellent example of the strong ale style. Incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of Wolvmar
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dates Jan 2018. Bought in May 2015. Poured into a tulip glass. 13%+ ABV.

Pour: rich, dark brown with 1 finger tan head that slowly dissipates into a nice ring and plenty of clouds. Lacing throughout the drink.

Nose: booze with malt sweetness, cherry, oak. Really nice.

Taste: alcohol hits hard but plenty of bready malt sweetness, Black cherry, dark fruits, oak and dark chocolate to complement it. Really complex other after the alcohol slap in the face! Finishes with some burnt toast and bitterness from hops or alcohol. I really like this although slightly less alcohol would be even better.

Mouthfeel: oily, rich as you start to drink but the finish feels a little more like cherry juice than a milkshake. Medium+ carbonation. It’s really good but the finish holds it back a bit for me.

Overall: I think this is a great beer but the alcohol is slightly more than I would like. Tone that down a bit, maybe after aging, and this would likely be an ATF. Definitely worth trying but don’t plan on driving for a bit!

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Photo of DIM
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Odd that this blend has a higher abv than either of the beers that comprise the blend. I am a fan of both beers, the stout in particular, and I would love a chance to try the non-watered down version of them.

The cherry from the quad and dark fruit quality of the stout are prominent and harmonious. The mild, dark chocolate roast is noticeable in the backround. Slightly more noticeable is the mellow, sweet bourbon and light vanilla. In the nose I'd say this is 60% quad and 40% stout. On the tongue those numbers are reversed.

This was quite a treat and I'm sorry I only got 1 pack.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 1/31/2018. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, raisin, plum, fig, cherry, date, apricot, apple, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of coffee, licorice, molasses, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. A bit of booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coffee, molasses, licorice, raisin, plum, fig, cherry, date, apricot, apple, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness and yeast/bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, dark/brown bread, coffee, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness and yeast/bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/silky/tannic, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Lightly increasing warmth of 13.7%, with mild booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged blended strong ale. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Really outstanding rich malt complexity and barrel integration/balance. Stout flavors are most prominent, with the Quad/yeast character notes coming in the background. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BB1313
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very dark brown with a khaki head that fades leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas have hints of caramel and dark fruits. Some cocoa, vanilla and coconut. Lots of malts. The whiskey aromas are balanced. The flavors seem to follow the nose for the most part. Lots of coconut and caramel. Cherries are there. Some raisins. Subtle hints of cocoa. Some rye in the mix to give it a subtle spiciness. The whiskey comes through in the finish to give it a subtle spiciness as well. Strong malt backbone. It finishes slightly warm, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Dangerously drinkable. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very smooth. Once again, it's dangerously drinkable.

This is a very nice brew. The whiskey characteristics come through. I feel like I'm picking up more Quad than Stout, but it's ultimately balanced between the two. It's very enjoyable and fun to drink. Well done.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Boulevard Brewing Co. "Grand Cru"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY... 31JAN2019" and sampled on 8 MAY2018
$4.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It pours an opaque dark brown and you can see particulate in suspension up against the inside of the glass. A creamy, yellowed, medium dark tan head caps it. In the nose it's quite malty with notes of caramel, vanilla, and cocoa powder but there's also Bourbon and oak, and a touch of spiciness. It's pretty impressive I have to say. I'm sure you or I could dissect it even more but you get the gist of it. On to the flavor - whoah! - that's rich and exciting! Everything found in the nose is there, and even more, but it's also quite supple in the mouth - it's full in body but leaning towards the full-medium side of things, and gently bristling on the tongue before becoming creamy and smooth as it warms. That rounds out what's there, and seems to give it two sides. I get some spice and phenols and fruit at the outset, and then more of the caramel, chocolate, fudge, coconut, and oak and Bourbon at the back. Or maybe that has nothing to do with the body and carbonation, but that probably helps it to work together so well. I think any more carbonation would bring out its sharper notes. So what is this? Because I hadn't really thought about it, but it's a blend of ... ... ... I had to look it up, it's not on the label... Bourbon Barrel Quad and Whiskey-Barrel Aged Double Mashed Imperial Stout (I've never had that). Ahh, it says on their website that the Bourbon Barrel Quad is brewed with cherries (not sure I knew that), and that's exactly what I'm tasting right now, cherries. They also note toffee which I can also see, and I'm getting brown sugar and a hint of light black coffee as well. Splendid! This is a fascinating, rich and complex beer that's somehow not overdone - everything works together really well, including the alcohol which gives it an edge that helps to balance its maltiness. There's some bitterness there too, but it doesn't stand out. Wow, impressive! Looking back the head has dissipated and there's only a standard collar left but for some reason it's leaving solid mountains of lace along the sides of the glass. Very nice. Perfect for a quiet evening. Well worth seeking out for fans of malty beer and barrel aged beers alike. World class.
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Photo of morimech
3.76/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A blend of imperial stout and quad. This is a sweet beer with a wallop of alcohol flavor and heat. The only Belgian qualities that are remaining is the hint of Quad malt and candied sugar. I will visit this beer after it ages and mellows out.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from Market of Choice.

A very dark brown with a dense, light brown head that falls off to a ring leaving little lacing, this looks solid. The nose is a potent blend of bourbon, cocoa, a mild rye note and a Belgian yeast note. Dark brown sugar, caramel, a mild molasses note are all present. The palate opens full-bodied, sweet and boozy, with a blend of caramel, burnt sugar, toffee and a mild clove note. This is followed by vanilla, rye whiskey, bourbon, a little coconut and buckwheat honey. The sweetness paired with the coffee from the stout brings to mind sweetened Vietnamese coffee. There's also a rum-soaked fruitcake note. With a lingering burnt sugar bitterness on the finish to cut thru the sweetness, this beer has a nice balance of bourbon and whiskey. Nice stuff.

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Photo of jhamp9
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark red brown pour with a beige head. Aroma is very quad forward, lots of toffee, dates and raisin along with some vanilla and bourbon notes. Taste follows the nose with some chocolate and coffee notes from the stout. Medium body. The big ABV is very well hidden.

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Photo of stortore
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter. Bottled 1/31/18, had 4/2/18. Also says best by 1/31/19, so maybe I should reconsider aging the two bottles I already put away.

Pours a dark amber, a little purplish in the light. Somewhat opaque, with a half inch foamy head and soapy cling. Active carbonation. Aromas of bourbon, whiskey- more as it warms, plums, malt, figs, dates, oak, some grapes, light toffee and cocoa. Smells great. The taste starts with barrels- bourbon up front, whiskey on the finish. Then malt, chocolate, oak, plums, dates, light alcohol, a light bitterness on the finish when warm. Smooth- especially for the ABV, well carbonated, a good medium to full body that is a little thinner than both base beers.

Really a pretty good job of bringing the two styles together, I feel it leans towards a quad. It’s definitely barrel forward, and both are great, especially the whiskey barrel. Fun and very enjoyable. I’m still going to age those bottles. Well worth a purchase.

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Grand Cru from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 104 ratings