Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ)Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ)

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

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

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Photo of WithinTheGlass
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was more than a little excited to see a shelf full of this at my local grocery alcove.

This beer is beautiful. The bottle is the usual "limited release" design from Boulevard, and the pour reveals a deep and promising amber.

The smell REALLY reminds me of Boulevard's own "Rye on Rye." A bit of slick coconut and some strong grainy scents dominate the initial nose. A second whiff reveals cherries and a hint of spice. Perfectly tantalizing!

Tastes like it smells, and (again) reminds me ever so fondly of Rye on Rye. It has a different sort of taste for a quad, and definitely plays more to the bourbon/fruit beer crowd. Oddly enough, Boulevard's "Sixth Glass" might be a better quad... but certainly not a better brew. At room temp, this beer opens up with some delicious dryness and an even bigger dose of cherry pulp. Delicious

Dry, spicy, tangy. The dryness is definitely the defining attribute of the mouthfeel, in my opinion. Outstanding.

This is up there with the very best that Boulevard has to offer. Lightweights and non-commited beer drinkers might consider sharing this (duh) but I had no trouble sipping it down by myself over a few hours. A highly recommended beer, and a truly unique one!

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

an excellent beer. copper to reddish color and medium head. Tastes of toffee and cherries make an irresistable taste. goes down pretty smooth for a beer in a higher alcohol content. This beer will warm you right up. Boulevard Brewing has done it again I don't think I have found a product by them that I dislike

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Photo of Nashvillain
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I almost don't even want to rate this. I have a hard time admitting that perfection exists, even in something as trivial as beer. Bottled 2/2009 served into a Unibroue tulip.

The pour, even though not vigorous produces a fluffy tan head. Sitting atop a leather base, the tan head lingers. Forever. It recedes slightly, but sticks around coating the glass with a nice lattice lacing, holding on to the sides of the glass for dear life.

Sounds like a bowl of rice krispies. Maybe a cheery fire in the winter time, this beer has something to say, and what it says is "what's up?". It's begging me to take a sip.

The smell immediately bursts forth with tart cherries and caramel. There's some quad spice in the background, but the delicate tartness takes the forefront.

The beer flows into the mouth and fills it first with a quad-like spice. The spice turns into an oaky vanilla and then finally fades into a delicious bourbon sweetness. Holding everything together is a light tartness that ties everything up in a nice little package. The beer is phenomenal. It talks to me on so many levels. Liquid excellence. Perfection even.

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Photo of Mattwm
5/5  rDev +18.5%

This is a fantastic beer that has nearly everything, fantastic head, great aroma, lingering taste that lets you remember good times. This is not thick or heavy just wonderful. You will be transported to what beer should be. No defined genera just fantastic taste and aroma.This is a beer that makes me hopeful for other american beers,

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Photo of MMOSNN
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2015 version poured into a wine glass.
Look - a slightly hazy reddish brown color, a big off-white head with nice retention, and good lacing and effervescent bubbles.
Smell - bourbon, wood chips, tart cherries, syrupy sweetness, dark fruits, and vanilla.
Taste - vanilla, molasses, dark fruits, tart cherries, finishes with strong bourbon notes and molasses.
Feel - great carbonation, chewy fluffy mouthfeel.
Overall, this quad is basically perfect. The body is spot-on, the aroma and taste are complex, and the beer looks incredible.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a deep brownish color with excellent carbonation, dirty white head.

S: Nose is BIG! Booze, dark fruits like figs, plums and raisins.

T: Bourbon and dark, sour and red cherries in there for sure. Taste is BIG and COMPLEX. All of the things I mentioned above plus grapes, vanilla.

M: Big body, well carbonated, a bit sticky and sweet, loads of flavor!

O: The true beauty of this beer is the ability for Boulevard to pull such a big, complex beer together in unison and not have a big, sloppy booze filled mess. This beer was balanced the flavors were not over run or overdone by the bourbon or dark fruits. Well meshed, crafted brew. Very drinkable and tasty mouthfeel. Bravo!

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a hazy, deep copper in color. Somewhere between a cherry wood tone the slick brown color on its bottle's label. Medium to large 3 finger head forms and retains very well. Lacing is ok. The body is dark enough to make it opaque, but it is also very hazy.

S- Massively complex. Starts with traditional quad flavors of dark fruits, biscuit-like malts, and a yeasty smell before the barrel takes over. The barrel flavors tend toward vanilla and sweet caramel and toffee. Hardly any trace of bourbon or oak. Cherries are on the back end of this smell.

T- Just like the scent; terrifically complex. Starts with a little more of the cherry and dark fruit flavors before moving toward the barrel flavor. The barrel flavors are fairly sweet and mellowed, mixing between vanilla, char, caramel malts, and toffee, with the cherries making a return on the back end. Biscuity flavor are present throughout the entire drink, taking a backseat and allowing the other flavors to work their magic in the foreground.

M- Smooth as hell, mild in carbonation, and no alcohol heat in the taste. Slight warming effect in the throat, but nothing compared to what it could be with the ABV.

Overall, holy crap! This beer could make Trappists scream in their abbeys. This is like taking the best beers of the old world, mixing them with cherries, America's best bourbon barrels, and fairy dust, and coming out with a beer that could make a grown man cry. Seriously, it's that good. I need to buy more bottles.

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Photo of Dionysus777
4.99/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I thoroughly enjoyed this offering and it is extremely well balanced. It was released into the wild in 2014 and I just picked it up today at the local Bevmo! As far as the ABV is concerned, it's hardly noticeable, especially if drunk with a small meal or snack. If you haven't tried this yet and you're into barrel-aged anything, you should definitely give this beer a shot.

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Photo of BearablePhoto
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is it people, my personal favorite beer that I have tasted to this day.

When Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) by, Boulevard is poured it fills the glass with an amber mixed with copper color with a thick 3 finger tan head which is slow to reside, and even when it does it leaves behind a beautiful lacing.

The smell is mix of tart cherries, bourbon, caramel, and then a slight woody smell.

Cherries is the first thing that takes your buds, then a bourbon flavor that is perhaps my favorite part. It then ends with a combination of a woody and boozy aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is creamy medium body that leaves you with a warm feeling.

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Photo of BlockClock
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An aromatic of cherry and bourbon. Taste is a light mouth feel with a hint of alcohol notes of cherry vanilla and caramel tad of bourbon and finishes smooth.

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Photo of HoodviewBrew
4.96/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - Light amber/brown with a one-finger white head
S - the label claims they don't, but to me the cherries really stood out in the smell. Very strong sweet cherry smell which complemented the bourbon barrel well
T - The cherry backed off on the taste but was still slightly present. Flavors of caramel and toffee came through, making the beer taste like a delicious cherry pie (that had been soaked in bourbon). The bourbon lent a wonderful oak and alcohol taste to complement the fruit and sweet tastes well. The bottle claimed a coffee taste but I didn't detect any.
M - Good mouthfeel. Just the right amount of carbonation to bring out the smell and flavors of the beer.
O - Fantastic beer! I bought it at Spec's in San Marcos, TX which is about almost an hour away from me so hopefully I can find another here in town. Can't wait to drink it again.

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Photo of djsmith1174
4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Nice long lasting light tan head on a crimson colored beer. Head stuck around for a good while with nice lacing left behind.

S- Bourbon, cherries, vanilla.

T- Vanilla from the barrel up front followed by the tartness from the cherries in the middle. Finishes nicely with sweet caramel.

M- Nice amount of carbonation really lets the flavor profile do it's thing. Perfect viscosity for the style.

D - Boulevard's Sixth Glass is a great Quad. But the barrel aging and cherries really knock this one out of the park. Would definitely go out of my way to drink this again. I highly recommend that other Quad lovers do the same!

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Photo of Bluegrass49
4.94/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Surprisingly delightful! Wasn't sure going into it the first couple of sips. The ABV being so high can sometimes take away from the things that make a beer enjoyable. But once the taste buds settled down all of the good qualities started to come through. The only problem I had was I had only ONE!

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Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.91/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Man does this add flavor! The vanilla and bourbon flavor in this is just wonderful. Surprised this is still on the shelves around here. Pick up plenty of Quad notes on the back end whereas the aged portion is noted on the front.

Definitely worth a purchase.

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Photo of rorjets
4.91/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A special gift from my son, who gave it to me on Christmas Day, 2013. I cellared it for a year, and decided to start the New Year, and tick off my 1,0000th beer rating on BA, with this truly excellent brew. Upon pulling the cork, a sweet aroma of cherries and licorice arise from the bottle. Poured from the 750 ml bottle into a Jester King goblet, the smell is intensified. The head is thick, light brown in color, with fine lacing that traces the glass as the beer is quaffed. The body of the brew is orange-brown, with tiny bubbles rising from below, like champagne. The first sip of this abbey style quadrupel highlights the aroma, with a trace of vanilla and bourbon flavor coming through. Despite it's 11.8 abv you can barely taste the alcohol, which is layered with all the other flavors that roll around on your tongue. I know not many beers I enjoy this coming year will be quite as grand as this one, because it sets the bar high, but I am thrilled to be starting 2015 with such a fantastic example of what beer can be!

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2013 vintage, 750 ml bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, mahogany color with three fingers of white head that slowly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Strong notes of alcohol, dried dark stone fruit (prunes, raisins, and cherries), oak, toffee, orange peel and vanilla. Very complex! Not much in the way of hops however.

Taste: Awesome! Boozy upfront, followed by that dried dark stone fruit (prunes, raisins, cherries) that I got in the aroma, followed by vanilla, sticky-toffee and some wood. Wow! Finally, there is no hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer.

Mouthfeel: Very chewy and smooth, with practically no carbonation to speak of. With an ABV of 11.8%, there is a significant presence of alcohol on the palate, providing a pleasant warming in the mouth.

Overall: Goddamn, this is a terrific beer! I love the stone fruit flavors and the nicely balanced, but pronounced alcohol warmth. I’m getting several bottles of this beer, as it’s now a keeper in my cellar!

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Photo of SirSketch
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A mountain of creamy off-white head forms when poured. A murky deep red colored beer. Sticks to the glass well.

S - BBQ has an amazing blend of aromas! Tart cherries are prominent with a rich maltiness to back it up. A touch of burnt and smoky smell from the bourbon. Maybe one of the best combination of aromas I've ever smelled in a beer!

T - Well rounded and complex. Sour cherries and bourbon fall second to the Belgian quad malt profile, but it all works together well. Delicate vanilla flavor and some spicy yeast character. Wonderful!

M/D - The only thing I will mark this beer down on is the mouthfeel, which could be slightly more robust. Otherwise, a perfect beer!

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Photo of Brzezniak88
4.89/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By far the best barrel aged quad I've ever had. I bought the new 4 packs just released for $13.99 @ lukas liqour in Ellisville,MO. The bourbon is most definitely present but not overwhelming, but the cherries are not whatsoever. That doesn't make a difference to me. Great brewski, highly recommend trying this big booser. So glad Boulevard decided to make this available year round!

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Photo of gshak
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle, dated 2011, # 19519 into a Duvel tulip.
A - Pours a rusty brown and forms a 2 fingers' width of head that gradually receded into a ring. Upon swirling it leaves some alcohol legs around the glass, which is to be expected given that this is a 11.5 beast of a beer. Nice viscosity to it. Very well done Boulevard!
S - Sour cherries!! Oh this has spent some serious time in the barrels. It is so very reminiscent of Rodenbach Grand Cru. No hint of booze or vanilla considering that it's been aged in bourbon barrels. This is interesting. I do not know what to expect from the taste - will this be sour, like a 11.5% ABV sour? Is it going to be a malt bomb? Or will the booze finally make its appearance in the taste?
T - Oh my gosh - this is mind blowing! Finally the bourbon makes its presence felt - when I take a sip, the olfactory senses detect a tinge of bourbon, but no heat! Wow - how did they do it? This taste is so complex. Initially starts out sweet, then the cherries come into play. Followed by more fruits on the palate - plums, some berries even, but the delicate tartness from the cherries presents itself throughout the palate. Alcohol is never felt - not in the palate, not in the chest, not ever!
M - Full bodied, but the carbonation plays ever so well and delicately to fill your senses with all the complex flavors that this beer has to offer. Perfect.

Brilliantly done Boulevard! This brew, I will seek out again, and again, and again....

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Photo of KELPAK
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a truely outstanding beer. I went into opening this bottle with very high expectations considering every beer i've had from the boulevard has been exceptional and the BBQ blew me away.

Pours dark amber in color with a fantastic oaky arouma. I was originaly worried when i saw the word cherry on the label but it was a perfect compliment to the beer. Very high in alcohol at 11.5% but they hid the booze quite nicely so don't take this beer lightly.

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Photo of MickeyD
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a clean tulip glass.

A: Dark golden brown when held to the light, huge head of more than three fingers.

S: Cherries, fruit, vanilla

T: Cherries, slight fruit and bananas, good oaky almost smoke flavor from the wood.

M: Medium body very smooth

O: This is a fantastic beer. I bought two to age one of them and I am very glad I did.

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Photo of Fenris244
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally getting try it! Pouring it into my Jester King snifter.

Pours a dark brownish red, 1 finger head, dissipates into a thick lace around the glass

Licorice and cherry aromas, bourbon notes, brown sugar and darker fruit aroma as well. There's a spiciness and an herbal note as well, great smelling beer.

Complex flavors, bourbon comes through well as well as raisin or date flavors, Almost a plum peel bitterness as well as some almost sour notes, everything works well together and the alcohol is blended in with all the flavors. Ridiculously complex and damn tasty.

Almost heavy in mouthfeel but very pleasant, coats the palate, definitely a sipping beer but more drinkable than I initially thought, it's gone before I know it and I keeping needing to pour more, this is now easily in my top 5

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Photo of Wasatch
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Revisted: 19 Feb 2016

750ml Bottle
2015 Vintage
Batch Number: L091615-2
Best By Date: 09-2017

Been Over 5 Years Since!

Nice POP!

Poured into a chalice a very nice cloudy amber color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger plus thick creamy off-white head, which leaves some thick/creamy islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slightly yeasty with some nice bourbon notes, some very nice dark fruits, slight spice. The taste is absolutely delicious, malty, slight yeast, cherries, figs, plums, bourbon, and some spice. Full body, the ABV is hidden very well, with a nice dry finish, a very nice complex brew. Overall, this is a pleasure to drink. Glad to see it available to me. Highly Recommended!

Revisted: 13 Aug 10

750ml Bottle
Bottle: 01520

Aged for 2.5 years.

Poured into a chalice a very nice cloudy amber color, very nice carbonation, very nice one-finger plus thick creamy off-white head, with some nice oil slicks and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice bourbon notes, some nice dark fruits, slight spice. The taste is absolutely delicious, malty, slight yeast, cherries, figs, plums, bourbon, and some spice. Full body, the ABV is hidden very well. Very drinkable still. This one has aged very nicely.

Thanks goes out to bort11 and Bitterbill for this brew.

750ml Bottle
Bottle: 07286

Poured into a chalice a very nice cloudy amber color, very nice carbonation, very nice one-finger plus thick creamy off-white head, with some nice thick sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice bourbon notes, some nice dark fruits, slight spice. The taste is absolutely delicious, malty, slight yeast, cherries, figs, plums, bourbon, and some spice. Full body, the ABV is hidden very well. Very drinkable, this is a very nice brew. Thanks Tim and Bill.

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Photo of dakid618
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been eagerly awaiting opening this bottle. One of my favorite styles from one of my favorite breweries. Poured from 750mL bottle number 01609 batch 2008-2 into pint glass. Pours deep brownish-red with a ton of head. Smell is liquor, cherries, and malt. I've let this beer sit for over ten minutes now and there is still a half finger of head with gobs of head still stuck to the sides of the glass. Wow, this beer is friggin awesome! I can't believe how smooth this beer is! I'm a big fan of quads, especially American versions but this is my favorite so far. An absolutely amazing beer. I love the cherry aftertaste following the bourbon lead. Medium bodied mouthfeel. This beer is WAY too drinkable at 11.8ABV(per the bottle). If this was a regular offering it would easily be a top 100 beer. Everything I expected and more in this limited Boulevard offering.

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Photo of Gunslinger711
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet.

Like many other reviewers here, I'll echo "finally got a chance to try it".

BBQ pours a dark, hazy, reddish color. A little more vibrant than other quads I've drank.

The first scent that hits me is the familiar big Belgian quad smell, which is quickly replaced by some bourbon hints and a definite wood scent that I pick up on a lot of bottle aged beers. A little bit of a non distinct fruity smell on the end.

It tastes a lot like it smells. We get the big Belgian body in there, then that barrel wood taste, followed by some bourbon notes, near the end is our cherry taste, and we end with slight alcohol burn (it is an 11.80% beer). BBQ is a taste symphony in my mouth. A Belgian concert held in a cherry orchard.

Mouthfeel is heavy, as expected, but not terrible. It definitely coats your mouth.

By itself, this beer is a sipper, but highly recommendable.

FOOD PAIRINGS: For beers I've paired, I'll include them in the review.

I tried chocolate-covered cherries and black forest truffles, they both went extremely well with this beer, bringing the more subtle cherry notes. Look for something chocolate/cherry-ish, but not too sweet, and you have yourself a winner.

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