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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Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #18
Ranked #1,947
4.25 | pDev: 10.35%
Nov 16, 2022
Jul 11, 2008
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
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Reviewed by hmf05 from Colorado

4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured this somewhere between 50-55 degrees. Aroma is mostly bourbon and vanilla. Taste is mostly bourbon and vanilla with a slight hint of a quad. I would have liked more quad flavor but I guess that's what the Sixth Glass is for.
Nov 16, 2022
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Reviewed by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad has a thin, egg shell head and a translucent tan appearance, with major yeast sediment chunks and some lacing. The aroma is of faint dates and brown bread. The flavor is of bourbon barrel, smoke, dates, golden raisin, and brown bread. The body is light to medium and the finish is medium dry. RJT
Oct 20, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by steverx8 from England

Oct 16, 2022
Rated: 4.06 by TonyStarks2231 from New York

Sep 20, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by animal69 from Louisiana

Sep 13, 2022
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
6 oz mini-snifter pour on tap at Lures Bar & Grille. Pours reddish brown with a small light tan head. Good retention. Aroma and flavor feature dark fruit (fig), candi sugar, bourbon, vanilla, cherries, toffee, leather, and oak - very complex and well-balanced. Hides the 12.2% abv very well. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Overall a stellar BBA quad.
Aug 18, 2022
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Good beer! All of the treatments the brewer talks about are here. It is beautiful on pour, smells great, taste rolls about the palate like as if I’m holding a marble, feels nice, overall a fine sipper, strong, that warms to a gloriously good finish.
Aug 01, 2022
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Reviewed by REDAMI from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 12oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

L - Medium golden brown pour with a creamy sand colored head.

S - Vanilla extract, bourbon, tobacco. Sweet and very inviting.

T - Boozy raisins, slight metallic edge, vaguely smokey/woody. Vanilla and caramel as it warms.

F - Alcohol heat and dry stinging carbonation.

Perfectly named, bourbon first, barrel second, and the quad slips in at the end. Would have liked more quad.
Jul 15, 2022
Rated: 4.29 by howardnss from Pennsylvania

Jun 22, 2022
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Reviewed by NeilSilber1 from California

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Pours coffee amber with nice bourbon Belgium bite and two finger frothy cap on draft (Yardhouse). Notes of vanilla, toffee and bourbon. Packs a punch at over 12% ABV. Cheers to really nice Bourbon barrel style dark quad done right.
Jun 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Christianriveraaa

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Look: Extremely dark amber pour with heavy foam risen to the surface (3-4 fingers length). A bit of lacing as the foam dissolves.
Smell: Definitely smells fruity with potential added sugar. Heavy aromas of cherry for this as well as some caramel in the end. Love how this smells almost nothing like bourbon.
Taste: Can't really taste the bourbon at all actually. Getting tastes of cherry, some sugar. Slight caramel. Very well done!
Feel: Definitely a lighter than expected body beer. Doesn't have much of a heavy taste at all which is surprising given the ABV. Well crafted!
Overall: I wasn't expecting this beer to be so light and easy to drink! I was expecting a heavy hitter strong ABV as I just had Dogfish utopias world wide stout a week ago and that made me expect this was going to be similar. Well done!!!
Jun 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Kulikov from Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
L: reddish amber, very light head

S: oak bourbon with notes of cherry

T: same as the taste. A lovely bourbon for those who can't handle the burn of high proof spirits. It's not like a watered down bourbon, it's the same intensity and flavor with underlying dark fruits and vanilla inherent to the style.

F: the high proof has this feeling a little thin, but when you're comparing the experience to a spirit it's very good.

O: I enjoy the smell of whiskey, bourbon, scotch and such, but this is the smell, depth and taste minus the intense alcohol burn that subtracts from the experience.
Apr 07, 2022
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Reviewed by krzyguy52 from Oklahoma

2.52/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5
I'm sorry, having been addicted to Founders barrel aged brews, this seems like's good, but just doesn't stand out...if I just wanted to get drunk, with a good tasting beer,this would work.
Mar 28, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by kuhndog from New York

Mar 24, 2022
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Reviewed by CastleBravo

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This is a Bourbon-Barrel Quad ale from Boulevard Brewing in Kansas City. Poured into a snifter from a 12oz bottle.

Pours dark, dark reddish brown, a really lovely color for a beer and looks delightful. Bubbly head that pops off after a minute or two leaving little to no lacing. What's left is simply an appetizing glass of cold brew.

I don't get a ton of the Bourbon Barrel part of it in the nose. It's there, but that note isn't the biggest hitter. It's not terribly strong as far as aroma - there's some candy sugar in there, some fruit notes, to me a very festive nose for a beer. It smells like something you should have over wintertime, and due to the alcohol content it'll keep you nice and warm.

Where this gets good is in that first taste. The bourbon came through right away. It's not too heavy on the pallet and drinks easy, probably a little too easy for 12% abv. It's got a warmth, though it isn't hot or too boozy which is a big plus for me. Overall a really good beer and my favorite from Boulevard thus far.
Feb 15, 2022
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Reviewed by Dedoc0001

4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
One of the first good beers I have tried. I love the bourbon sweetness. I equated it to having some fortified wine qualities, which makes sense given the bourbon. A bit of a syrupy feel, which isn't my personal favorite, but overall a really great beer
Feb 04, 2022
Rated: 4.36 by MJ64 from Mississippi

Jan 29, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by clm9 from North Carolina

Jan 22, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by VolatileAgent7744 from Kentucky

Dec 22, 2021
Rated: 4.4 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Dec 19, 2021
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Reviewed by trevormajor from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12 oz bottle, vintage 2021, poured intro a snifter at 55 degrees F:
L - caramel/amber color with a tan head that quickly disappeared
S - bourbon, cherry, a hint of caramel
T - caramel, bourbon, toffee, hint of cherry on the finish
F - medium thick mouthfeel with medium carbonation
O - very nice beer, cherry finish is a nice touch
Dec 05, 2021
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Reviewed by whynot44 from Missouri

4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
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.
Nov 30, 2021
Rated: 4.34 by irishevans from California

Nov 26, 2021
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Rated by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Tasted in a snifter from a 12 fl oz bottle on November 11, 2021. The vintage I tried was 12.2% ABV.
Nov 12, 2021
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Reviewed by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
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
Rated: 4.58 by Gukkor from Texas

Oct 25, 2021
Rated: 4.65 by beerrat from Virginia

Oct 15, 2021
Rated: 4.32 by joran from Kansas

Oct 09, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Resistance88 from California

Sep 28, 2021
Rated: 4.21 by PittBeerGirl from Ohio

Sep 01, 2021
Rated: 4.4 by BD3 from Wisconsin

Aug 28, 2021
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Rated by opieo from Virginia

4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
One of my fav sipper brews. Malty. Powerful. Spiced perfection. Let warm and savor.
Aug 24, 2021
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Reviewed by RayCannata from Louisiana

4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
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
Rated: 4.23 by chossboss from Oregon

Aug 13, 2021
Rated: 4 by KT3418 from Colorado

Aug 08, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Myboymi from Kansas

Jul 25, 2021
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Rated by eithne from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Brewery Taproom - 6oz
Jul 05, 2021
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Rated by XMiller

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Now this a good beer
Jun 22, 2021
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Reviewed by Elemental19xx from Illinois

4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
This ale is fantastic! The smell is phenomenal, it tastes a lot 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. I gotot 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 how anybody could improve on the flavor. I know theyre a little pricey but buy one. Its an experience worth having.
Jun 07, 2021
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
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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