Brandy Barrel-Aged Belgian Style Golden Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Brandy Barrel-Aged Belgian Style Golden AleBrandy Barrel-Aged Belgian Style Golden Ale
Brandy Barrel-Aged Belgian Style Golden AleBrandy Barrel-Aged Belgian Style Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 28
Photo of arizcards
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from the Kings Beer & Wine cooler 1-10-19 for $4.49. Bottled on 7-12-18; best by 7-11-20. Consumed on 4-21-19.

Beer poured a dark golden with a solid white head that has some decent hang time.

Nose is red wine forward with hints of pear and apple.

Taste is really well balanced. Huge but light malt base imparts grape, pear, and apple with enough hopping to avoid cloying.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall a really delicious brew that is quite a value. Would pick up again if i see it!

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Photo of biboergosum
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle - the 2018 edition, duh. We have an early contender for longest beer name of the year, it would seem. Hey Evil Twin, time to step it up!

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with one skinny-ass finger of weakly foamy, and mostly just bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a bit of ocean spray lace around the glass as things slowly progress.

It smells of baked red apples, gritty and grainy cereal malt, some earthy spiciness, simple syrup, and some plain leafy, herbal, and musty hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, faintly woody apple brandy, candi sugar, a subtle earthy yeastiness, black pepper/clove spice, and more well-understated herbal, grassy, and dead floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its palate-dulling frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, with nothing really getting in the way of a swell time at this particular juncture. It finishes off-dry, the pome fruity character exhibiting some impressive lingering swagger.

Overall - I gotta admit, this is one rather enjoyable little number! It almost reminds me of hard apple cider, as that near 25-proof booze quotient barely registers on the ol' flavour-buds. And coming in at less than a fiver, so totally, totally worth it.

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Photo of MattDecker
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: copper with a golden/amber hue pour, foam that subsides quickly
Smell: Brandy, sweet, wheat, lightly floural
Taste: Brandy, grape-y (kinda wine-ish), maybe that and cider-ish as well, low bitterness, fruity, full bodied and complex, YUM!
Feel: great full mouth feel
Overall: a boozier belgium that has a lot of flavor, great mouth-feel, and a lot going on. Very tasty.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark gold pour with beautiful clarity and very thing lacing, light carbonation.

S - Brandy barrel forward in the nose with some light Belgian candy sugar.

T - Just like the nose, brandy barrel is up front and dominant. In the back ground is sweet Belgian candy sugar, some light peppery spice, pear, and some alcohol effervescence on the back side. Finishes sweet and boozy. Leaves a slight aftertaste of brandy and green apples in the mouth.

M - Medium body with light alcohol warming in the back of the throat.

O - An interesting combination of flavors but it works.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Striking gold color, bubbly but not much head. Aroma has lots of raw brandy upfront with some fruity phenol underneath, though it is a little too muted. Taste works well - brandy compliments those Belgian esters and brings out some apple must, muscat grape, golden raisin & some fusel heat. The brandy dominates maybe a little too much but overall it is a good beer, nice to see a barrel aged beer that utilizes other alcohols besides bourbon.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden orange. Foamy, short white head that is short lived.

Smells grape, Brandy, pepper, floral, fruity and light earthy yeast.

Tastes caramel, Apple, pear, grape and fruity. Followed by floral, pepper, bready and grassiness. Finish is dry with a fruity and oaky linger. Medium body and fizzy lighter carbonation.

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Photo of BB1313
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2018 vintage. Release 001. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with some sediment/floaties, but still has nice clarity; bubbles racing upwards; white head that falls leaving great retention and nice lacing. The aromas have some hints of banana, bubblegum, pear and green apple. Malts and yeasts are there. Some balanced brandy notes in the background. The flavors are bold and on the sweeter side. More banana, bubblegum, pear and green apple. Some black pepper in the mix. Subtle spicy notes. The brandy really comes through in the flavor department. Yeasts do their thing. Solid malt backbone. It finishes warm and the alcohol is noticeable, but it's not really hot or boozy. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with active carbonation. It's very fluffy and light on the palate. This one makes for a perfect sipper.

This is a great brew. They deliver on what you would expect from a "brandy barrel-aged Belgian ale". The craftsmanship is very impressive. It's very enjoyable and fun to drink. Well done. Boulevard always nails their barrel-aged beers.

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Photo of gandres
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Monday, November 26, 2018 10:26 PM
12 ounce bottle from variety pack poured to tulip
Sight: light amber, medium off white foam, appears clear
Smell: very good, fragrant, malty aroma
Taste: very good, balance - low/ medium bitterness
Mouthfeel: very good carbonation, tart, follow through, dry finish, bitter aftertaste, boozy
Overall: excellent beer, repeat, look for yes

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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2018 vintage.
12oz bottle: L071218 /// BB 11JUL2020
Opaque, orange beer with a 1" off white head. Falls to a scarce cap after a period of time.
Vinous aromas of barrel and fruit, apple skins. Honey. A touch phenolic in the background.
Caramel, fruit - apple...caramel apple. Booze soaked fruits, grapes. Hint of vanilla and spice late.
Full body, low carbonation. Some heat apparent @ 12.4%abv. Prickly. Long, subtly sweet finish with barrel character coming thru as it warms a little.
Very, very enjoyable...glad to have 1 more in the mix-8pk of Boulevard Barrel Aged in my fridge.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Boulevard Brandy Barrel-Aged Belgian Style Golden Ale, 12.4% ABV, 20 IBU. Pours dark gold, with a nice two finger off-white head that left decent lacing. Nose is banana, apple, and slight brandy. Taste is somewhat sweet, malty, some brandy, black pepper, and a fruity close. Excellent mouthfeel, overall outstanding. I'm more of a dark beer fan, but this is damn good and I'd get it again.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent golden-copper with a finger of white foam. It fizzes up semi-reluctantly and retains okay. Aroma is a solid one-two of apple juice and brandy. There is a kiss of sweetness via caramel and burnt sugar. It legit smells like apple juice with a touch of spice. Flavor profile is apple cider, nutmeg, apples, brandy and oak. It masks the 12.4% ABV heat well. Mouth feel is still, with the only effervescence being on the tip of the tongue at the onset of a sip. It's medium in thickness. Overall, pretty darn splendid, although the thinness is a bit strange for a 12%+ beer.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of jkblr
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 7/12/18 (4 months ago) bb 7/11/20 poured into a Boulevard tulip glass at fridge temp 12.4% ABV 20 IBU. The beer pours mostly bright orange amber in color with nearly white head. The head recedes to a few bubbles and a pencil thin ring only leaving a few small spots of lace. The aroma is fairly strong with clove, banana, apple, pear and faint booze. The flavor is rich golden raisin, semisweet apple, clove & spice piled on a pale malt background that still makes a statement. The finish is semisweet to semidry, barely bitter and a little boozey (in a nice way). The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has medium plus carbonation. Overall, very good to excellent. I'm having trouble letting this one warms up to temp before finishing. Exactly what I was hoping for given the name. Not exactly traditional, but really good.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Amber/gold with nice foamy white head and sticky lacing.
N: Boozy notes with some grapes, brandy, malt, and pepper.
T: Follows the nose, soft boozy feel with a mix of grapes, malt, some pepper bite, and a little char.
M: Medium/Full
O: A very clean and well done BA Ale. Enjoyed this one a lot.

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Photo of champ103
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with a touch of haze, a golden orange color. With a dense two finger white head forms, excellent retention initially. This does eventually fade to a ring that sticks throughout. Clinging lace left behind.
S: Golden raisins, apples, grapes. A light wood barrel aroma. Peppery and kind of honey like as well. Yeast and bread. This is great.
T: Lots going on here. From a fruity vinous taste. Grapes and golden raisins, apples that all seem to come from the barrel, along with actual fruity esters. Bread, yeast, peppery spice. Then vanilla and wood flavors. Everything is in perfect balance.
M/O: A full body with good carbonation Kind of slick and oily at first. Though that smooths out beautifully. Overall, just excellent. A perfect sipper, with just the perfect amount of alcohol warmth. Something I would really like to get again.

Barrel aging a pale ale, even one with a lot of alcohol is always tricky. This is done well with a lot of character and balance that all works perfectly. The Belgian character is there, along with the barrel. All around excellent, and hope this can become its own stand alone release on of these days.

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Photo of Herbabee
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Funnily enough, i dropped in to my local beermonger to scavenge up some more Blvd Grand Cru's while there's still a chance, only to have the one attendant (who knows me enough to wager what might be of particular interest to me) call me over to a special cache they'd gotten in of the Blvd "Smokestack" variety packs, of which this limited batch was a part. And so, how fortuitous it was. Sold.

I have plenty of fondness for those tasty little Gnome(gang)s when i can nab 'em, so i had all that background to base this sample on. And just as appealing. A little boozy to the taste - after all "it's in there" - but yeah, a recommendation well made. All the complexity that makes me enjoy those strong blondes so much.

I'll consider this a most rare privilege.

PS: 2nd pour was more vigorous, emptied the entire vessel... such a lovely & snowy 2 finger head, that's now starting to dissipate after a few minutes....

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/12/2018. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of peach, plum, pear, orange, lemon, golden raisin, apricot, red apple, white grape, vanilla, brandy, toasted oak, peppercorn, clove, honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/oak earthiness. Touch of booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malts, and brandy barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of huge peach, plum, pear, orange, lemon, golden raisin, apricot, red apple, white grape, vanilla, brandy, toasted oak, peppercorn, clove, honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast/oak tannin spiciness, and herbal/floral/grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of peach, plum, pear, orange, lemon, golden raisin, apricot, red apple, white grape, vanilla, brandy, toasted oak, peppercorn, clove, honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malts, and brandy barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and yeast/oak spiciness. Medium-plus carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately silky/bready/grainy, fairly sticky/tannic, and slightly tangy brandy mouthfeel that is great. Lightly increasing lingering warmth of 12.4%, with minimal barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged Belgian strong pale ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malts, and brandy barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the mellowly bitter/spicy/drying finish. Perfectly balanced yeast complexity and bready malts; with perfect brandy barrel integration. Well attenuated, not overly sweet/heavy for the ABV. Not overly boozy/tannic on barrels. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example as expected.

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Photo of zeff80
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, pillowy white head of foam. It smelled of peach, vanilla, clove and sweet brandy. Very tasty with peach, vanilla, spiciness and bready caramel.

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Brandy Barrel-Aged Belgian Style Golden Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 28 ratings