Bourbon Barrel Quad Barrel-Aged Ale (BBQ) | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Bourbon Barrel Quad Barrel-Aged Ale (BBQ)Bourbon Barrel Quad Barrel-Aged Ale (BBQ)
BEER INFO

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

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

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

Added by jdubjacket on 07-11-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#783
Reviews:
736
Ratings:
2,591
pDev:
10.33%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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Photo of JerryHelper
3.69/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bschmidt_37
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a wine glass. So first off, this is the lightest color quad I've seen. It's medium brown in color with amber hues and even some lemon/straw colored highlights. Has a very light tan crown that's one finger in width. The smell is a fruit like sweetness. Like cranberries and tart raspberries. The taste comes in with the tart fruit as well. Not really picking up any bourbon. It's warm, but for an 11.2% quad I would expect that even without being bourbon barrel aged. It's sticky and wet along with being full bodied. Overall, it was an unexpected treat. I didn't expect it to take the direction it took and expected more bourbon but nonetheless a well made beer.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle - single bottle purchased from 4 pack upon shelf, code L100517, 05OCT2019... poured into generic tulip glass)

L: rather hazy, bordering cloudy, dark amber-tawny liquid... some foam forms on the pour, but it's fireworks soon after, though a healthy scum collar retains... didn't get entire bottle into glass on first pour, second (final) pour yields more foam, which takes longer to recede... might wanna leave out them druffy dregs

S: cheap smells? - at first (with foam), muddy mix of caramel biscuit and hint of black cherry, with the barrel character gradually poking through, more prominent around the edge of the glass... booze is apparent, but without power... despite the caramel note, not much sweetness is coming across... overall smell gradually weakens, with just subtle whiffs of caramel and bourbon lingering; later, a subtle hint of overripe banana crops up

T: barrel flavor leaps out up front, with a taut, dark sugary malt midway, immediately blasted through by a lightly-astringent, lightly-peppery ethanol... barrel character seems to display way more char and caramelized (wood) sugars rather than vanilla/coconut, with the quad ingredients (sugar, yeast) perhaps mimicking/clashing... can't deny the taste has intensity, it's just mass without dimension/definition

F: lithe contour to its body; the booze is on fire, but does not burn... reminds me of how damn drinkable that BA Ten Fidy is

O: enjoyed the Central Waters BA quad more than this, prefer the un-BA, un-cherry version of this - both said, this isn't bad, but I'd prefer with this to have something to munch on (bbq chickens?) to distract me from the bit of boredom this brings to my tongue

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of goblue3509
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shelby415
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Gaddabble
3.43/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of captaincoffee
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very much a sweet style quad like Gulden Draak 9000...although it is lacking some of the depth of flavor of that beer. Full of caramel and raisin in both the nose and taste, but really no noticeable barrel notes. Lacks deeper flavors that I'd expect from a sweeter quad, but is pretty enjoyable to drink. If it were a blind tasting, I would have never guessed this is barrel aged. For the price, it is good, but IMHO it doesn't deserve the score it has here.

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Photo of vol4life88
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 4-pack and tried beer in a snifter. Beer is a medium brown, opaque pour with a 1/2" head-- beer is very nice looking poured into a snifter for sure. Smell is Belgian yeast, cherries, brown sugar, possibly faint alcohol too. Taste is mostly yeast, toffee, and brown sugar. Mouthful is very well balanced, nicely carbonated, and leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

This is now my go-to Quad. I love all Belgian styles of beer, but most Quads are hard to find or are very expensive. This one is neither, at $16.99 for a 4-pack is a sweet price for such a high quality beer, and it is readily available in a couple of stores in the Central Indiana area for me. Highly recommended beer.

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Photo of bhawk1
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ADKbeerguy
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brolegario
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Boulevard delivers again with this Bourbon Barrell Quad. Pours a beautiful auburn with a creamy head with medium retention. The barrel comes through on the aroma with a hint of malty sweetness. A good balance of carbonation with a heavy hit of bourbon barrel on the taste.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, best by date of 05OCT2019

pours a bit cloudy with the yeast but settles clear. dark amber in color, thick cream colored head. decent head retention. aroma of oak, vanilla, earthy spice, caramel. a lot of Belgian yeast esters. taste has similar flavors. a touch of booziness. starts a bit sweet but finishes balanced. medium bodied, higher carbonation.

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Photo of LauraSchaff
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Curt3
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ordybill
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a dirty rust color with a giant white head. The aroma is sweet malt. The taste is raisins and malt with a big alcohol bite.

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Photo of Rammed96
3.28/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pizzabutt
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

appearance: frothy 2-finger tall head, creamy off-white. the head dwindles down to about a cm that stays throughout the glass. the beer itself is a nice hazy ruby color. thick lacing.

smell: plum, fig, molasses. has a bit of a spicy smell. a slight hint of bananas as well. a little bit boozy, but not overpoweringly so.

taste: cherry, plum, light spices. vanilla. a very slight hint of oakiness most barrel aged beer tastes too much like the barrel it's aged in. nice long fruity finish, tastes of spice but is relatively mild

feel: creamy as hell. nice and smooth, carbonation gently dances on the tongue as if to remind you it exists, but also to not be intrusive.

overall: an excellent quad. very well balanced, looks beautiful, super great mouthfeel, and high alcohol. i'll definitely be buying this again.

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dawardster
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zaardvark
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerBeast
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Bourbon Barrel Quad Barrel-Aged Ale (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 2,591 ratings