Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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

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Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

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

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 vintage
~1 year from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a deep amber / brown color, bright burnt orange hues. Fairly hazy, murky body. Two finger thick, fizzy and creamy, off white colored head. Not much head lacing, small amount of alcohol legs.

Aroma- Rich sugary malts, candi syrup, caramel, dark fruits, cherries, raisins, plums, even a touch of tartness. Creamy vanilla, toffee, woody spiciness, touch of bourbon. Belgian yeast, clove, fruity esters.

Taste- Candi syrup, bready, toasty, rich maltiness. Woody spiciness followed by creamy vanilla, caramel, bourbon, and toffee. Belgian phenols, dark fruits, tart cherry, raisins, figs, and plums.

Feel- Medium bodied, sweet and creamy beer, touch of dryness from the oak. Moderate and smooth carbonation.

Overall- Rich, sweet, and flavorful beer. Smooth maltiness amplified by the creamy flavors the barrel seems to impart. Not a whole lot of bourbon, just a touch in the background. Belgian yeast and dark fruits add complexity and more layers of flavors.

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Photo of Brzezniak88
4.89/5  rDev +16.2%
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 HoodviewBrew
4.96/5  rDev +17.8%
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 HopHunter19
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - murky brown mahogany beer with an off white head that leaves nice lacing
S - tart cherries, molasses, toffee, dark fruits, bread malts, raisin bread, figs, plums, some oak
T - nice dark fruits, tart cherry, plum, figs, bourbon, oak, slight vanilla, cream, toffee, molasses, Belgian candy sugar. Bready.
M - big beer, alcohol present but appropriate. Aftertaste is dark fruits, Belgian yeast. Some bourbon and vanilla in there too
O - this is a damn good beer, outside the usual standard craft genres too, I like to have it from time to time

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Photo of MMOSNN
5/5  rDev +18.8%
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 BucannonXC5
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Type: 750-ml. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary tulip glass
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $14.99
Purchased: June 18, 2017
Consumed: July 8, 2016
Reviewed as: Quadrupel (Quad)
Misc.: Bottled on Sept. 18, 2015; Best by Sept. 2017; Cork and cage top; Received from Rachel for Father’s Day

Thanks, Rachel!

Definitely a huge fan of Boulevard and happy that Rachel picked this one out for Father’s Day. Really have high hopes for this one. Expecting at least a 4.25.

Poured a reddish-brown, amber, semi-clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of frothy, khaki head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Excellent foamy lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled toffee, oak, bourbon, vanilla, leather, tobacco, caramel, oaked cherries, booziness late and cherry figs. (Smell - 4.50)

Taste wasn’t quite as good as the nose, but decent. Got oak, bourbon, leathery tobacco, earthy wood, vanilla, toffee, caramel, dry cherries, figs, hints of tart cherry and dates. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, warming finish. (Feel - 4.50)

Really liked this one. Just good all the way through. (Overall - 4.25)

4.34 | 96 | A

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Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged 2015 bottle poured into tulip 8/7/16

A clear reddish amber, looks fairly active with tiny bubbles everywhere, three fingers of tan foam hangs around for a while leaving plenty of random lace

S brown sugar, vanilla, hard toffee, lots of bourbon barrel, has a JD thing going on but that's not a bad thing, don't think Id guess they used cherries but there's a little fruit in there, some booze but to be expected,

T again there's lots of bourbon barrel but a little more booze included, lots of woody vanilla and toffee, not overly complex but solid

M leaning towards full, bubbles soften it up, slick inside, some heat holding it back with a woody bourbon finish that keeps going

O a whole lot of bourbon but not much Quad, not exactly what I was expecting but other then a little booze I have little to complain about

Needs some time to mellow out and let the flavors mesh together, solid all around but I'd throw a couple years at it before I cracked another 2015

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2011 bottle. Muddy brown. Holding up well. Some cherry. Almost no sweetness. Super dry. Oaky. Earthy. Not much quad happening. Some oxidation. Slightly bland. Willing to say it's way past it's prime.

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Photo of nawpnawp
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden brown with a small, but creamy head that laces the glass nicely. The smell is cherry sweetness with a touch of bourbon. The taste is incredible. The is a bit of bourbon heat, balanced by the cherry, vanilla and oaky sweetness. All of these flavors greatly complement the quad base. The mouthfeel is full; nice and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation.

Boulevard hit a home run with this brew and it's no wonder that it continues to be world class and one of the best in their lineup.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 2013 vintage, poured 6/1/16

Brownish brick color. A bit of lacing and residual head

Woody, musky, vanilla, burnt sugar (acrid, not sweet), with just the slightest hint of acidity

Mellow bourbon dominates the taste, graham crackers

Creamy, lightly carbonated.

This may have been cellared too long. Many flavor characteristics are muted. Smooth, but not getting a lot of barrel.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a globe. 2011 vintage.

A: Deep red-brown color. Murky. Zero head on a hard pour. No lacing.

S: Barrel and tart cherries all over the nose. Toasted wood, toffee, vanilla, bourbon. Tart cherry and pie crust. Pinch of confectioners sugar. Brown sugar and cinnamon.

T: Toffee, brown sugar, and bread. The barrel soon smothers everything. Toasty wood, char, bourbon, vanillins. Tart cherry, cherry pie. Cinnamon and spices. Fruited pastries. Malt depth comes back with fat chewy caramel and a pinch of cocoa. Drying oaky and toasty finish.

M: Medium-full body. Age and the barrel have thinned it a little, but there's still a silky creaminess left. Still a lot of sharp and scrubbing carbonation too.

O: Sixth glass may well be my favorite American-made quad, and sticking a variation of it in a bourbon barrel is music to my ears. The five years of age adds a big wrinkle of course, but I'm happy with how it has held up. It's much more barrel-dominant now, but I happen to like that in this case. The cherries are a nice touch too. Probably peaked a year or two ago, but still tasting damn good. I have had this great brew many times, and when you get it at its peak it is downright sublime.

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Photo of beergrrlatx
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just cracked this bottle for a cool rainy Austin Sunday afternoon. Small tulip glass, beautiful, creamy head, some lacing. Mild aroma yet the bourbon comes though. Smooth, mahogany color, creamy on the palate with lovely bourbon/slight cherry finish. A real treat.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - That muddy brown/reddish type quad color. Sediment/yeast particles floating around. Fluffy head
Smell - Bourbon/booze, some dark fruits, cherries, yeast
Taste - Bourbon, cherries, dates, Belgian yeast, some raisins

Overall - I love a good BA quad and this one fits the bill. Super easy drinking for almost 12%. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of hman43
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours a cloudy medium brown with a full tan head that is long lasting and produces plenty of Belgian lace.

Smell: There are aromas of cherries, spices, dark fruits, plums roasted malts, toffee, and bourbon. The cherries fade a bit as the beer warms.

Taste: There are cherry flavors, some tartness, roasted malts, toffee, bourbon, spices, and hints of vanilla.

Feel: There is a powerful alcohol warmth with a medium feel and some light mouth puckering.

Overall: A powerful quad with plenty of alcohol with a complex blend of cherries and bourbon complimented with spices and malts.

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Photo of Zoomslowik
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- Reddish brown, pillowy off-white head, some lacing.

S- Bourbon and vanilla, some booze.

T- More bourbon and vanilla with some carmel. Slightly nutty.

F- Smooth, medium-heavy feel.

O- A nice beer from a style I should drink more often.

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Photo of BlockClock
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
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 alexpcat13
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really good lookin' beer. Hazy chestnut brown with a really nice head.

Smells of vanilla and toffee with a nice little bourbon scent to kind of wrap it up in a little boozy blanket

Taste, toffee and raisins with a nice fiery bourbon kick to finish.

Overall really nice beer. Highly recommend.

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

2014 vintage. Brown in color. Smells sweet and bourbony. taste follows suit. Im just not the biggest fan. Its a decent beer but it doesnt sit right on my pallet

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely outstanding beer. A fantastic quad and the barrel aging is a nice compliment. Bourbon is relatively light, with just a hint of alcohol burn. My only complaint is the I'm not getting much out of the aroma. Otherwise, world-class and worthwhile seeking out.

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Photo of mntlover
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy murky copper, amber brown concoction of goodness. Finger sized tan head falls slow and laces lightly.

Aroma is wonderful loads of caramel, hints of toffee, cherries, dark fruits. All that covered in bourbon barrel notes and vanilla with mild alcohol notes. Nose on this one is wonderful sweet but no where near cloying, soft but complex and inviting.

Taste is just like the nose loads of caramel malts, toffee hints, dark fruit notes with cherries. Bourbon and vanilla mingle with some touches of yeasty spice notes. Very tasty and warming provided by the alcohol but it is blended well and adds to the wonderful goodness.

Mouthfeel is big medium approaching full might be full if not for the lightly peppy carbonation.

Overall this is a wonderful beer hope they still have some available when I get back to Asheville if they do I will be buying a couple more. This has to be the best American Quad I have had not surprising Boulevard regular Quad would be second.

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Photo of CraigS119
4.61/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice pop on the cork, super bubbly. Pours a light brown, thick head. Robust honey root beer bourbon smell. Immediately hit with a root beer (sassparilla) and cream soda taste. Middle of the mouth some vanilla bean, light caramel/toffee, and a hint of cherry syrup. More boozy as it warms. It may be the bourbon barrelling, but this really doesn't feel like a quad.. no Belgianiness, but still pretty good if you like sweet, bourbon flavored beers.

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Photo of gr0g
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 release in a 750ml bottle. Hazy, mahogany-colored appearance. Aroma of sweet and ripe dark fruits with undertones of barrel aging. It's "Quad" first, "Bourbon barrel" second, and all the better for it. Too many barrel-aged beers have their base aromas hidden by an onslaught of oak. Here, there are notes of oak, vanilla, and just a hint of ethanol that hit the nose after the initial fruity, phenolic Quad aroma. Topping it all off is a faint contribution from the cherries.

Sweet yet still balanced flavor profile. Almost immediately I can declare that this is worthy of comparison to the top Trappist quads. It's not as sweet as Rochefort 10, nor as robust and malty as Westy XII. The cherries seem to lighten the body a little bit. Bourbon barrel notes are very subtle. Well-carbonated and a bit fizzy in terms of mouthfeel, well in line with the style. Not at all harsh, though.

The Sixth Glass is great, and this is a step above it. It's exceptional. Really glad that Boulevard started distributing to NJ within the past year. I'll be picking up as much of this as I can get my hands on.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy amber color with a finger width foamy head. Retention and lacing are both great! Belgian cherry aroma. Very excellent. Big quad taste with heavy cherry flavor. This is an alcohol bomb!

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip from a 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown-amber, comes off semi-cloudy with medium bubbles to the body. Head is off-white rising initially to half a finger's length with a slight orange tint drops perfect with even lacing.

Smell: Toffee scent with touch of butterscotch. Hovers the nostrils more as it warms up.

Taste: Sweet raisins with a touch of vanilla extract and heavy whiskey. It's super complex. Abolustely lovely. Yeast is sweet, like raisin bread u toasted dipped in scotch and drizzled in wine. Nom. Drank a quad yesterday and this is a huge upgrade.

Mouth: Sticky, notes of honey and toffee finish the end with its whiskey feel.

Overall: Very good brew and one of Boulevard's best, rare I fall in lust but this one has me going. Salud!

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Photo of Nunya
3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

You certainly taste the bourbon but for me it's just a little too much, not a good enough balance. I could just water down some bourbon and almost have the same drink.

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