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

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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:
#727
Reviews:
710
Ratings:
2,498
pDev:
10.33%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
563
Gots:
995
Trade:
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Photo of BenHoppy
3.52/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More of a barley wine than a quad. Not great, but not horrible either. Just alright.

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Photo of guderien
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DavidST
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of GetTheYayo
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of daem3384
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by April 6, 2019, so we're good.

Purchased 8/22/17 at brewery. Taken good care of since. Poured into Belgian ale glass and allowed to warm.

L: Big head on pour, good retention, leaves lasting white fluffy cap and ring. Beer is a hazy dark chestnut brown.

S: Sweet caramel malts, cherries, cloves, banana, and vanilla. Some bourbon barrel but quite restrained.

T: Follows nose. Cherries and caramel malts and some cloves and vanilla. Barrel is just an afterthought, but I think that's a good thing. Alcohol well-controlled, only a tiny bit of heat.

F: Medium-bodied, not too heavy at all. A little bit of carbonation. Very solid construction and balance.

O: Nothing wrong with this, simply lacks a broader range of flavor to hit the top-tier.

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Photo of jduprey007
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of aclockworkchris
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extremely carbonated, watch out

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Photo of citizencane
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours raisin/ prune color with moderate head, a butt of which lingers for a while. Smell is caramel malt, maybe some faint raisin. Taste...this is where the fun really begins. Raisin, caramel, cherries, cloves, molasses, maybe even cider notes...the whiskey barrel notes are integrated flawlessly and make for an amazingly complex and tasty beer. Mouthfeel is a touch boozy, dry, and carbonated, but nothing more than expected for the style. If you like quads and you see this, buy it.

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Photo of Tshane
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Overall a wonderful beer, but I don't know if it will crack my top 10. It's not as syrupy as I like, rather thinnish after the DKML from Founders, which I wish I would have sampled after this.


Appearance: blondish copper Haze with dark particles floating throughout. Beautiful! Like an Egyptian bath in my Cleopatrish imaginings, intended to enhance an orangey tan skin, only slightly polluted by iron filings. To be expected in plumbing devised by ancient peoples without the benefit of technology and rigorous mathematics and purification....so, onward ho!

Aroma: what are scotch, bourbon, malt, sweetness... You know I'm really not good at this. I don't have strong taste buds which I have mentioned in several reviews. And taste buds connect with the olfactory organs, apparently of which I am deficient.

Taste: Excellent, but not excellent enough to crack the top 10 probably. I'll have to taste it again and see. It's like molasses, bourbon, sweetness, a ""curling" taste I can't identify or adequately describe, a little butterscotch... I really don't have the words to capture everything. That probably means it is too complex for my coarse palate.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than the founders dkml I just tasted. And screw it, I'm too buzzed to fix the typos, even though I'm an editor with a touch of OCD and it bothers me... Thinner means not as good to me.

Overall: a quite good, perhaps even excellent beer... But not good enough to crack the top 10. Maybe with some aged gruyere? Milder blue or Stilton cheese? Okay I'll give it a chance for next time... But for now it doesn't go above a 4.5.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.94/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: One finger white head, amber body with floaters.

Smell: See below.

Taste: Dark fruits, oak, bourbon, cherries, mild pepper.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation, slightly dryer than the regular sixth glass quad, warming finish.

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

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

Photo of Eziel
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CFCforlife
3.17/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of twage04
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a darkish ruby with some yeast chunks floating around despite my best effort for a careful pour. I let this one sit in my fridge for the better part of a year. Aroma is dark fruits and some oxidization which isn't surprising given the age of the beer. Taste is very bourbony and a little sweet with some dark fruit and malt. Once you get over the bbq sauce like bourbon flavor this is very enjoyable as a high abv sipper. I took my time on this one and let it warm up to some emerging flavors.

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Photo of nyrblue2
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeverSettle
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hjohn
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fine brew, with the initial hint of cherries, settling into a bourbon flavor, with a vanilla finish. Good mouth feel, easy drinking. A rich copper color. A decent bouquet, not over powering. This is one of the better ales from Boulevard, right up there with Tank 7. First time trying it, and already know I will be getting more.

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Photo of Tohibii
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cmcquirk
2.55/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 2,498 ratings
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