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:
#741
Reviews:
720
Ratings:
2,544
pDev:
10.33%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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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

Photo of patre_tim
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown amber, loaded with tons of dark yeast particles, highly carbonated and topped with a finger of beige head.

Smells of dark fruits, cherries, bourbon oak barrel, very boozy, a hint of red wine vinegar, and black liquorice.

The taste totally follows the nose with the bourbon barrel, cherries, dark fruits and black liquorice.

Medium, slightly boozy, weighty feel, balanced by the intense carbonation.

Got at LCBO, drinking in Muskoka, Feb 12th, 2018. Excellent brew.

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Photo of Avatar113
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rdavis4
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Bottled on 10/5/2017. Best by date stamped on bottle is '05OCT2019'.
Cloudy, deep amber colored body. Off white head just stays around. Areas of lacing especially on the back side of the glass.
Candi sugar, dark fruit, and lots of barrel on the aroma.
Taste is sweet toffee, candi sugar, dark fruit, fruity esters, and lots of bourbon barrel, just a hint of oak.
Medium mouth feel, with good carbonation.
Barrel is slightly dominant but mostly a balanced and well done quad. Barrel is dominant at the back end which allows the other tastes other minor appearances.

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Photo of krome
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Declanisadog
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of StormAles
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of maxarvo
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MaximalC
3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours the color of murky, rusty pond water with a handsome cap of fine, khaki froth. Interesting aroma smells of brown sugar, toasted bread, and balsamic vinegar, along with a plum-like fruitiness and alcoholic vapors.

The taste features brown sugar, raisins, prunes, and zesty Belgian yeast. Alcohol is more aggressive than I would like to admit, but not unheard of considering the ABV. Warming reveals notes of plum and apricot. Barrel character is more of an afterthought than anything. Medium body and lively carbonation make for a full, luscious mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a bold quad with solid complexity that manages to come across somewhat clumsy and heavy-handed despite its potential. Overt sweetness and present alcohol never quite strike a balance, making it difficult to fall into a groove.

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Photo of Ardeer
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beaver13
3.24/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by 10/5/19. Pours very murky caramel color with a big fizzy off white head that retains well and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is subdued - slightly roasted grainy malts with a little fruity booze.

The flavor is sweet fruitcake caramel malts with some yeasty funk and a boozy finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice boozy quad.

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Photo of leitmotif
3.46/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Typical well made Boulevard entry. Good quad. But the barrel layering pretty much just drew it into a group of many other BBA big brews. Nothing extraordinary. But quite good if this is the style you're looking for.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy amber color with creamy beige head. Aroma has some toffee, brown sugar, light bourbon and some dried dates. Taste is sweet at first with dried fruits and some brown sugar notes. Aftertaste lingers with some bourbony toffee notes. Medium body with medium to low carbonation. Overall it's a decent quad but quite tame for a barrel aged beer.

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

Photo of Damian
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12 fl oz bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Best by date on bottle 06APR2019
Served in a goblet

Crystal clear, honey-amber on the pour but dark crimson-amber in the glass. The thinner bodied liquid was topped by a super tight and creamy, finger-plus tall, khaki colored crown that dropped fairly quickly to a thin, lasting cap. Rings of drippy lacing cascaded down the glass and stuck around until the drink’s end.

The aroma was really interesting and rather complex. Quite fruity and sweet with big cherry notes. Nice caramel and dark candi sugar presence too. Spice notes also came through strong. There was a fairly intense raisin and plum quality. Belgian yeast notes lent the beer some fruity esters. Apple and pear were detectable.

The flavor was similar to the nose but not quite as smooth or as rounded. Fruity up front with strong cherry notes. A bit cloying perhaps and slightly reminiscent of cough syrup. Dark malts and candi sugar notes were also apparent. Spicy in the center. Clove and allspice perhaps. The flavor profile dried out as the liquid moved along the palate. Big oaky notes on the back end. The beer finished with a sharp booziness and some lingering, dry, oaky tannins.

Outstanding mouthfeel. Super light, fluffy and frothy on the palate. The liquid contained an extremely finely beaded but appropriately aggressive effervescence that reminded me of what you might find in an authentic take on the style.

Most American breweries have a difficult time making Belgian ales that compare to those which come from the motherland, but Boulevard did an impressive job with this one. While the bourbon seemed to add an excessive amount of heat and the cherry came off as a bit cloying, their attempt to put an American twist on a traditional Quad was commendable. I would love to cellar a bottle or two of this and see how it drinks with more age.

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Photo of Buglumpbeer1971
3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of hozersr
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Chris7482
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Bourbon Barrel Quad Barrel-Aged Ale (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 2,544 ratings