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
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#1,446
Reviews:
743
Ratings:
2,628
pDev:
10.35%
 
 
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Photo of Pete_Simpson
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Too tart
Too much cherry
Smells too boozy

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Photo of WynnO
3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of xungmound98
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kevindp9
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MikeWard
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a goblet. bottled 7/14/17, best by 7/14/19, so a little over half way through here.

A good honest pour reveals a murky medium brown body with a decent cream colored head leaving a little lacing. good steady streams of carbonation up the sides of the glass.

There is a saisony, sour, white wine aroma.

Taste is warm, winey, slightly fruity. all flavors seem a but muted, but quite pleasant overall. Noo BBAeling other than the warmth.

Mouth is a little above medium, finish warm & winey.

Overall, not a style I overly care for, but a pleasant enough sipper

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Photo of Milktoast75
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle with an expiration date of 2/07/2020. Curious. 11.2 %. Heavier hitter with a 26 ibu.
Pours a soft copper amber that seems to thin as the off white head slowly disappears. Light head clinging but remains over surface of beer never completely dissipateing. Glorious smell of oak, vanilla, whiskey. I must say a very inviting scent. One of the best of barrel aged I’ve found. Smooth vanilla taste to start. Very nice. Followed by a hit of oak and hint of tart from somewhere with a smooth, not sweet, almost dry and a delightfully warm alcohol finish. Delicious. Not surprising a low carbonation with a surprising non sticky feel. Very drinkable feel for a high octane beer but one to savor. Highly recommend.

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Photo of jkblr
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 7/3/18 BB 7/2/20 poured into a Boulevard tulip glass at fridge temp 11.2% ABV 26 IBU. The beer pours mostly bright dark amber to brown depending on light. The head is light khaki and fizzles away in 60 seconds leaving no trace. The aroma is slightly sweet with vanilla, oak and whiskey. The taste is oaky vanilla giving way to rich malt (caramel, burnt sugar) & slight fruit then mild whiskey. There is a barely there tartness and no sign of hops or bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, very good. Definitely unique among barrel aged quads with the slight tartness, subdued barrel character and lack of sweetness. Worth a try!

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Photo of Celtics76
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of moundbz
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of buzzedup
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrueryDC
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MeIquiades
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VanessaM888
3.46/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Omg. Tastes like wine and beer to me

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Photo of Blackop555
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy Amber. Bubbly, short off-white head that Fades fast.

Smells caramel, vanilla, dark fruit, light earthy, brown sugar and the bourbon.

Taste brown sugar, raisin, vanilla, and earthy yeast. Followed by Carmel, a hint of cherry and bourbon. Finishes dry with an earthy linger. Medium body and fizzy lower carbonation.

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Photo of Suds
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This brew is a dark russet color with a very thin head. It has a wonderful vanilla and bourbon flavor, with a caramel note. Some peppery phenols and a lot of alcohol underneath. Wonderful and warming taste. Balanced, and very full in body. Rich...I love the bourbon and wood quality that develops over time.

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Photo of Metalsnota
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ananddullabh
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VikingzLife
3.54/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Scarecrone
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nick4444
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cmsiii
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of martini276
3.09/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chitoryu12
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep copper with amber highlights when held up to the light. Average tan head.

Smell: A strong bourbon smell mixed with cherries and malt.

Taste: Definite bourbon notes without the alcohol bite. Oak cask flavors and barely enough malt to tell it's beer. Definite alcohol taste

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin, but highly carbonated.

Overall: This was a pleasant surprise. I've had a number of barrel-aged beers, but many of them have little to no smell or flavor from the process. This one is serious about the bourbon flavor.

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Bourbon Barrel Quad Barrel-Aged Ale (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 2,628 ratings