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: Belgian 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:
#1,496
Reviews:
751
Ratings:
2,657
pDev:
10.35%
 
 
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Photo of StrongBelwas
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of siskiyoucellar
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is a real classic for me, one of the first I tried aging, with great results; this one is three years old. It has a pretty typical look for a quad, which are not the prettiest of beers IMHO, but it’s still quite pretty. Aroma is nice too, offering a pleasant promise of rich cherry and gentle boozy bourbon. Then the wonderful taste unfolds, blossoming with candied cherry, whiskey, subtle spice and a backbone of honeyed malt, all wonderfully blended by a little aging. Mouthtaste is exactly right. It really is a classic, among the best of American quads.

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Photo of dransburg
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lastmango
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a slightly murky root beer brown with a three finger tan head that dissipated quickly. Heavy lacing was present. Nose is mild cherry, malt and brown sugar. Taste is sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, cherries and very mild bourbon. The alcohol is well hidden in the flavor. The feel is heavy with moderate carbonation and of course a slight warming sensation from the high ABV.

Edit: Just bumped the feel up a notch. The booze is nicely warming. ;)

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Furlinator
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jaredkylemccann
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Z-man
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dsums1o
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothmanscott
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky pale brown swimming with particulates, abundant effervescence spews from the bottom. The pour produces 3+ fingers of beige, champagne bubbled, foamy, somewhat lasting head that leaves only a few motes streaks of lacing. Aroma sweet caramel malt, burnt brown sugar, fresh cut brown fruity bread, boozy dried fig, cherries, cooked pears & dried apples, oaky vanilla, bourbon and a thin Belgian funk. Taste is boozy sour cherries, bourbon, brown bread, brown sugar, apple sauce, oaky vanilla, slight Belgian yeast funk, pepper spice and some dark fruit hints with alcohol heavier than in the nose. Among all this is fairly prominent sour fruit note. Most likely from the cherries. Finish is fruity, dry, dark malt, woody, leather, boozy, lightly bitter, spicy with a slight pepper bite producing a dark malt, alcohol spice, bitter-sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full bodied with high carbonation, dry finish, prickly throughout and warm with an alcohol spice bite.

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Photo of GingerFinn
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rex_4539
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy dark amber color, half finger tan colored head, ok lacing, good carbonation.

S: Hints of Belgian yeast and oak. Very subtle.

T: Sweet, classic quadrupel, raisins. Nice.

F: Medium to full bodied, extreme carbonation, like drinking Coca-Cola.

O: Not a world class quadrupel but quite tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Approx. two years old. Had this in a side-by-side with Schlafly's BBA Barleywine.

The BBQ pours a bit nicer than the Schlafly BBA Barleywine, yet it's aroma and taste is a little weird: I smell funky aromas (like a sour ale or a wild ale) that follows through in the flavor that indicate to me that that the BBQ beer not holding up very well to being cellared. The feel of the BBQ is perhaps better than the Schlafly BBA Barleywine: the BBQ is really creamy.

Overall I am a bit disappointed in this beer. Perhaps it's better fresh?

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Photo of Rseanchardy
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very sharp alcohol taste which is to be expected. Cramel notes and smooth not a great quad but a good beer.

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Photo of edc20
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MemphisSooner
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark amber in color with foamy head and very good lacing.
N: Very nice notes of bourbon with slight smoke, sugar, and malt.
T: Follows the nose, very rich sweet bourbon flavors with a slight char, some sugar/malt mixed in.
M: Very smooth and easy drinking, medium in strength.
O: Very nice beer, was amazed at the easy drinking nature of this one, very well done.

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Photo of jgiordano88
3.29/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ian_graf
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wcampbell69
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of firkingroovin
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MJSFS
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KMcGrath
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | 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: 4.25 out of 5 with 2,657 ratings