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

Bourbon Barrel Quad Barrel-Aged Ale (BBQ)Bourbon Barrel Quad Barrel-Aged Ale (BBQ)
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Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #9
ABV:
11.2%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,018
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 10.28%
Reviews:
803
Ratings:
2,803
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Boulevard Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
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World-Class
Bourbon Barrel Quad Barrel-Aged Ale (BBQ)Bourbon Barrel Quad Barrel-Aged Ale (BBQ)
Notes: 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
Reviews: 803 | Ratings: 2,803 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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whynot44 from Missouri

4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear reddish dark mahogany color with a decent tan head that retains well and provides some nice lacing.
The aroma is sweet malt with a strong bourbon influence and some hints of apple cider and spices, very warm and inviting.
The taste is even more of the same with vague notes of cherry, cloves, allspice, and a definite alcohol warmth, finishing with a lingering brown sugar and bourbon note.
The body is full but incredibly smooth with perfect carbonation level.
There is so much going on here it's hard to keep up with, let alone describe but it all melds smoothly into an exceptionally enjoyable beer. It went well with turkey, etc. but is really best as an after dinner sipper or desert brew.

Tuesday at 06:08 AM
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11/1/21 12oz bottle from Pies and Pints in Morgantown. Smell is immediate tart cherry and sweet bourbon. Taste is tart cherry and bourbon.... Obviously.... An off metallic taste at the finish which detracts. Very nice warmer, though!

Nov 01, 2021
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RayCannata from Louisiana

4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Handsome pour. Not a big head, but medium carbonation. Smooth, easy drinking for a quad that's over 11%. Great, complex taste and fruity smell. Not as malty-forward as alot of quads.

Aug 22, 2021
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Elemental19xx from Illinois

4.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This ale is FAN(FUCKING)TASTIC! The smell is phenomenal, it taste just like a bourbon, but without the the burn, at %12.2 you can unleash your inner alcoholic. The carbonation is medium which gives it a great smooth mouth feel. Now just because this beer is so good, doesnt mean your gonna be reaching for these all the time. Got mine at a Hy-Vee for $4 a bottle which is not to bad considering the 12.2% abv., but youre also not gonna throw these back as quick as a ~5% beer, unless your a veteran in the sport of drinking. Boulevard hit another home run with this one and to be frank i dont see anybody could improve on the flavor. I know theyre a little pricey but buy one. Its an experience.

Jun 07, 2021
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown in color with minimal light penetration and a murky complexion. There’s a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering a third of the top. The aroma is of Belgian candy sugar, malt, and vanilla. I’m tasting a lot of dark malt, vanilla, bourbon, alcohol, and more malt. The mouth is sticky, chewy, dry, and boozy.

May 31, 2021
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Review #5300. Broke out a pretty old bottle for some fights last month (Thug Rose!) Bottle #8110/11248, Batch Number 2010-1. Best by 11/2012 sounds like a challenge drinking this in April 24, 2021.

Pours that amber mahogany like woody color. Good carbonation all those years later makes about a head that retains around the 1/4" mark. The aroma is different, its a real light impression of bourbon and wood, has this burnt brown sugar right along the lines of a tomato based bbq sauce. Not getting the cherry at this stage.

Taste brings that light nuance of some dark cherry alongside the aforementioned bourbon and wood notes. Good caramel/brown maltiness base wise. Lacks the bitterness via dark fruit harshness that some quad have dominate their entire profile. The mouth feel is a slightly below average carbonation level that works nicely with this beer and doesn't result in a heavy sticky mouth feel. Hides the alcohol decently, but not entirely which is understandable given the strength.

May 28, 2021
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gooddaydiablo from Texas

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look: black cherry
smell: toffee, cherry!
taste: complex flavor where you can only get from aging, candy, cherry, plum, licorice, bourbon, vanilla, biscuit, Belgium yeast/spices is very strong

feel: thin, smooth, balance, actually if you chug too fast you can feel the booze

overall: this is a great belgium, I love it, will be buying again! ganbei!

May 28, 2021
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blazerkor from Nevada

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Like most quads it smells fruity like a white wine with a bready background but I think I can smell the depth of the wood.

This tastes fruity but again like wine not hops.  It's a strong Belgian taste.  Yeasty, fruity and alcoholic.  It does have some sort of complex funk.

It has an extremely light mouthfeel.  Tons of bubbles like a foamy champagne.  The finish is long sweet and dry.

Overall it's better than the several other quads I've had. It has a kick.  So I'll give it a 5.1 out of 6.

May 11, 2021
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tradershmulie from Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very beautifully. Really a great awesome head, one of the best I have seen. Tall, super bubbly and hangs out for a while. Lots of carbonation.

Very smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol certainly well hidden.

Was expecting more based on what this style is (BBA), however it certainly was good.

Apr 28, 2021
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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Reddish brown, like a murky, mulled cider. A gigantic geyser of pillowy, cream-colored foam billows its way to the lip of the glass, then brazenly looks out over the edge to yell, “go ahead, schmuck. Pick it up. One tiny tremor and its paper towel time.” Eventually it settles to a welcoming finger-width of foam with a short tailcoat of webbed lacing.

Bouquet:
Front and center is a crisp, spiced apple cider that’s rife with Belgian yeast. Lashings of booze-soaked cherry and musky wood rehearse energetically backstage, waiting for the second act to come forward.

Feel:
For all its bluster and spice, this quad is exceptionally smooth. When it hits the tongue, its like your head hitting a plushy pillow. Warming booze, fruit bitters, and semi-sweets all take turns vying for first place only to end up in a rivetingly, rivalrous stalemate.

Taste:
Sliced pears, given a rigorous roll in nutmeg and brown sugar, then bibbed by a slender, licorice bowtie. The final act yields a bombastic crescendo of hearty, wheat dryness and enough Belgian spice to flush your cheeks.

Apr 16, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Dark amber colour, creamy off-white head. Aroma of bourbon, oak and vanilla, hints of molasses and fusel alcohols. Smooth and pleasant flavour, bourbon, oak and vanilla again, hints of brown kandij sugar but not very sweet. Warming mouthfeel.

Apr 04, 2021
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1BrewBacca from Georgia

4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look: Deep Reddish/Brown with low translucency. A pronounced creamy thick head that slowly dissipates. Nice lacing on the glass.
Smell and Taste: "Smell and Taste the Bourbon"!!! Notes of raisins and dates and cherries. Sweet, as you would expect a Quad to be.
Feel: Perfect level of carbonation. Very warm and lingering during and after drinking.
Overall: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle dated Best by 26 May 2022. Noticed the ABV. has been boosted up to 12.2%. Definitely one of my favorites.

Feb 27, 2021
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single 12oz bottle $4.99 Village Bottle Shop
625 days before best by date
Smell of caramel, chocolate, bourbon
Murky brownish color
Heavy mouthfeel
High carbonation
Taste of bourbon, toffee, a little bit of sweetness, molasses
Overall a nice beer. Perfect for sipping on in colder weather.

Feb 23, 2021
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased from the fridge as a 4-pack for $16.99. Bottled 9/30/20 and says Please Enjoy By 9/30/22. I'm not sure if the brewery sits on these for a while after bottling before they release it (doubtful), or maybe there's just some old stock at the local distributors (more likely). Either way, I don't mind picking this beer up from the store with a year of age on it as it probably improves it.

Look: Pours a beautiful dark ruby / light brown color with near clarity. There are lots of tiny bubbles rising to the surface and there is a very thin beige colored head that is sitting on top. Nice lacing.

Smell: Up front, you get pretty huge bourbon aroma. It's not all bourbon though - you can also detect very nice oak barrel character, vanilla, cherry cordial, amaretto, toffee, and chocolate. Smells a bit spicy as well, lots of esters and Belgian yeast character. Secondary notes of dried figs, raisins, and clove. Overall, there is a very nice maltiness to this beer (are there any hops in here? who needs 'em!) The nose indicates that there is a lot of complexity to this beer.

Taste: Initially, it's a little hot as I am feeling the warming in my chest. I'm also probably just acclimating to this 12.2% ABV beer. Overall, it's very smooth and this drinks extremely well for being so high in alcohol. The flavors mirror the nose quite well and the bourbon barrel flavors enhance the Belgian quad flavors very nicely. Up front, there's lots of oak, leather, and bourbon barrel character. This beer has sweet notes but it is actually not a sweet beer which is interesting and welcomed by me. The finish has that lovely cherry pit almond / amaretto flavor along with lots of spice and chocolate and it lingers long in the mouth. There's a bit of tartness in the nose, but there is really no detectable acidity in the taste. I really like this beer and I'm not such a big fan of the strong bourbon flavors, but this just really works and it has been blended very well with the aged beer, fresh beer, and cherries. To reiterate, the drinkability on this beer is super high and it's pretty dry which makes it dangerously easy to drink a lot of this.

Feel: Has a very nice chewy mouthfeel. Carbonation may actually be a bit on the high side for this type of beer; I know that they blend the barrel-aged beer with fresh beer. That problem works itself out as you sip it though.

Overall: One of the first craft beers that I really enjoyed and craved to go out to have on draft was the now defunct Dogwood Brewing Company's Dogwood Winter Ale (2003 Whiskey-Barrel Aged), which was a Dubbel and this beer reminds me a lot of that beer. That is an awesome thing. This is a lovely beer and what's even better is that I use it to make a killer brownie recipe! I'm curious to see how this would develop after another year of age.

Feb 18, 2021
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hermosbird from Arizona

4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The smell has strong bourbon notes makes it a great barrel-aged ale.
But the beer losts some complexity here as a quad.
It is a great beer but cannot compare other world class quads.

Feb 03, 2021
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flagmantho from Washington

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into my BeerAdvocate teku. Best before 21 August 2022, so I'm guessing it's a relatively recent bottling.

Appearance: murky medium amber-tan hue with two thick fingers of frothy tan foam atop. Perhaps a bit hazy for a quad, but overall seems pretty legit.

Smell: I get plenty of bourbon, and plenty of barrel, but not a ton of quad. I do like the oaky, vanilla-ey character, but the quad doesn't come through very well here.

Taste: much like the aroma, I get a ton of barrel here, and the "Belgian quad" character is really just not getting through the oak, whiskey and vanilla. I mean, it's a good beer, but I would not have guessed in a million years that it was a quad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess. More mouth-filling than silky-smooth, but still good.

Overall: I'm not sure what to say about this beer. If you like slightly boozy wood-flavored beers that are a bit on the sweet side, then this is for you. But it really doesn't seem like much of a quad to me (for all its good features).

Jan 17, 2021
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BillAfromSoCal from California

3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite... pours a muddy brown with barest hint of mahogany red. Two fingers head dies quickly to basically nothing, no lacing. Smells nice; bourbon barrel with some Belgian yeast coming through. Taste is fine but I can't get past how fizzy it feels in my mouth, like a handful of pop rocks exploded. Really distracting to me since I think the flavor and smell are pretty nice, but I have a hard time getting over the muddy water appearance and fizzy mouthfeel

Jan 07, 2021
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vi11am from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy dark amber color, sour cherry smell to start, blast of sour cherries, followed by alcohol as it warms finishes with clean mouth feel, very little head. Interesting quad!

Dec 23, 2020
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highdesertdrinker from Arizona

4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky reddish brown with a good finger of head that dissipates quickly. Smells raisiny, datey, figgy, some packed heat and a little bourbon. Tastes like raisins , other dark fruits, sugar, treacle, a little hot with a strong bourbon influence. This is a quad on steroids, tbh, and not as delicately balanced as some of the classics but it’s an american craft version that punches you in the nose and makes no apologies and I like it, cheers!

Dec 19, 2020
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a frothy tan head that goes down to lasting film.

Smells of bready yeast and raisins. Tastes of sweet malt, raisins, plums, cherries and a bit of cinnamon with a bourbony boozy warm alcohol finish.

This is a strong ale. The 2020 edition I am reviewing weighs in at 12.2% up 1% from earlier versions.

Medium heavy body with light carbonation. Lush syrupy mouthfeel. A warm near empty glass starts to taste like a port.

This gets its "World-Class" label honestly!

Nov 20, 2020
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puck1225 from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was surprised I had not rev it before as I have enjoyed it previously.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Reddish brown color with nice beige head and excellent lacing. Sweet dark fruit smell and taste. Plums, prunes, dark raison, and dark cherries. Caramel, cola, and some nice rustic tone. Smooth feel. A bit of the bourbon booziness. Nice quad.

Aug 02, 2020
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

L---Opaque, brownish amber color. Very large, tan head with a fairly easy pour. Quickly faded down to a cap. Left nice lacing.

S---Fig, raisin, candy sugar, brown sugar. Like a proper, serious Belgian beer. Not picking up the bourbon or oak, though.

T---Follows the nose. This is a serious beer. Fig, cherry, plum along with molasses and candy sugar.

F---Feels like the heavyweight it is. Thick & viscous. Coating.

O---This one is great. Comes across just as advertised.

Jul 19, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really yummy Quad! I had no idea it would be so tasty when I bought it. I just wanted to try something new. It is not overly strong or tasting of alcohol, which is nice. I enjoy a lot of Boulevard beers and this is one of the better ones, for sure.

May 03, 2020
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sjdevel from Utah

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

LOOK * 1-2 finger head poured out of a 12 oz bottle. Big bubbles - decent retention for a barrel aged / high abv beer. Nice lacing and activity.
SMELL * smells boozy - caramel and molasses - rich wooden barrel notes - earthy
TASTE * nice Belgian yeast and spice upfront - alcohol burn comes in next - fades out and then some rich sweet caramel and tobacco - barrel flavor is powerful - plum and fig come in - a nice earthiness left afterwards - with the high abv and fruity notes, this one seems like I am drinking a Barley Wine.
FEEL * a bit thinner than I had hoped but with the high abv and barrel aging, I can understand
OVERALL * This is a really good barrel aged beer - the base beer is wonderful even without the barrel character - this isn't one that I could drink often, but a few here and there would be enjoyable.

Apr 26, 2020
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DanO1066 from Maryland

4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle fm a 4-pack picked-up at the Mt. Vernon Market here in Baltimore. Quite a (off-white) head top of a cloudy red-gold body. The head settles reasonably quickly, leaving a partial hazy cap with some lacing. Bourbon and maybe a hint of cherry on the nose. Bourbon and maybe vanilla on the tongue. As that head might suggest some aggressive carbonation. I'll probably do this again.

Apr 16, 2020
Bourbon Barrel Quad Barrel-Aged Ale (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 2803 ratings