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:
#762
Reviews:
727
Ratings:
2,568
pDev:
10.33%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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Ratings: 2,568 |  Reviews: 727
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 benros222
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of luke12345
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vandelay1863
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Jbalintjr
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CNoj012
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky reddish brown with a two finger, dense, fizzy tan head. Many floating yeast particles. Retention is excellent and there are many filmy chunks of lacing left on the glass.

Smell is complex with many layers. Bourbon, vanilla, cherry, plum, brown sugar and toffee all balance each other nicely.

Taste is the same. Each sip brings a different flavor to the forefront. Tremendously balanced.

The feel is medium full and velvety smooth with lots of carbonation.

Overall this is a very good beer. The bourbon barrel compliments the base beer very well instead of masking it like so many other BA beers.

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Photo of Bammer21
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SomethingClever
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pilsner glass.

A: Big chunky slightly off white head that settles fairly quick. Body is a rich caramel color that is fairly murky.

S: You pick up a lot of the fruit, figs, raisins and then some of the bourbon a little vanilla, toffee.

T: Tons of fruit raisins, furs, dates, the bourbon is almost undetectable. A lot of the fruit esters with just the lightest hint of a barrel.

M: The mouth is very carbonat d like a quad tends to be but with no barrel characteristic

O: This beer is pretty good, it's on par with boulevards beers. It's an average quad that they decided to give the hint of barrel aging.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Muddy brown, unfiltered and hazy with yeast, sediment floating, sand coloured head. Pours a good head but it dwindles quick to a rim.
All butterscotch on the nose, big and sweet, like fudge.
Taste matches the aroma, loads of buttscotch fudge, toffee, fruity yeast - but amazingly it's not sugary or cloying. Light burn of alcohol heat. Medium body and carbonation, silky smooth and easy drinking. Long finish.

It's delicious, super tasty, enjoy it with dessert or some cheese.

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

Photo of Knickfan3
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance – One finger head on a clear orange body. Unusual color for a quad.

Aroma – Oak, cherries, fruity, a little sour.

Taste – Sharply tannic, spicy and peppery, with malt undertones. No cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel – Highly carbonated and fizzy.

Overall – Pretty good but not within the norm for the style, that’s for sure.

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

Comes in an opaque reddish brown color with a huge foamy white head. Medium retention. A creamy beige film always remains, leaving rings of lacing.

Smells like cherry pie, sweet cherry, candied apple, plum, fig, raisin, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted coconut, port wine/sherry/brandy, vanilla, oak.

The flavor is sparkling red wine, sherry, port wine, brandy, sweet cherry, brown sugar, toasted coconut, caramel, cooked red apple, tart red apple skin, date, fig, prune, toasted brown bread, toasted oak, bourbon, and vanilla. Sweet and warm, yet the booze is deceptively restrained, it's malty but not cloying with decidedly tart cherry and dark fruits. Finishes slightly sweet but dries out with oak tannins and notes of clove and black pepper.

The feel is mostly full-bodied, but effervescent carbonation moves it very fast on the palate, finishing deceptively dry with only a slightly twinge of booze going down.

An extremely delicious beer. One of the better American quads I've had, and the bourbon barrels and cherries add a whole another dimension. Not as great as some quads I've had, but it's infectiously delicious.

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Photo of MattSn
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jsalz21
3.54/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SLeffler27
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich and hazy ruby. A light chestnut head forms a long-lasting, dense foam and thick patches of lace. Fine carbonation rises within a Pretentious Beer Glass Company snifter.

Sweet candied fruits such as dates, cherries, and figs play against a bright background of brandy. The aromas are fresh and warmth amplifies the layers of character.

Sweetness is balanced against the alcohol, while the flavor notes closely follow the nose adding holiday dessert spices.

The texture is soft and blunt within a full body. Modest, prickly carbonation adds creaminess. The alcohol is as expected, though without the heat. This Quad warms well with a light sourness in its brief finish.

I enjoyed it while reading and imagine it would pair well with a cigar or contemplation.

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Photo of GenoMcCoy
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drcaligari
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smoky and smooth. A very good price for such a fine drink. My favorite choice for an evening sipper.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, 2017 vintage.

A mildly hazy ruddy brown with a dense, off-white head with decent retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is a nice blend of bourbon, vanilla, a moderate spice note (nutmeg, allspice), a pleasant alcohol warmth, brown sugar, candi sugar and a touch of earth. There's some dark fruit with date and a little raisin present. The palate opens moderately sweet with brown sugar, caramel, a touch of butterscotch bitterness, a modest boozy heat with an alcohol note that lightens the palate. The mid-palate has the fruit notes with dates, dried figs and some vanilla. This is also where the Belgian yeast notes are noticeable. While sweeter flavors are present, the finish is fairly light thanks to the alcohol.Medium in body, creamily carbonated, this beer is quire excellent.

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

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Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 2,568 ratings