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)

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 jjamadorphd
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A brewer that is starting to grow on me...a damn good quad...

Out of the bottle, it pours a caramel-colored liquid with distinct bits of what looks like yeast floating happily around the pint glass. It pours out a nice head, though it has little staying power, but it does have decent lacing. The smell was barely boozy, which was surprising considering the high ABV on this bad boy. I also noted some hints of spice mixed in there. The mouthfeel was a creamy mixture of tang and a medium- to full-bodied brew. I think what surprised me the most was the truly sweet taste of bourbon that comes out but without the overpowering booziness I have experience with others. So implied it is very drinkable making it very dangerous if you're not careful (if you know what I mean.)

In the end, I really liked this brew. I have also really begun to grow an affinity for trippels and quads and this quad is up there in my book.

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Photo of rgk3
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth, sweet, easy to drink--really, really good beer. Though the flavors noted by others are evident (bourbon, obviously, vanilla, oak, etc.) I didn't find any to be standout over the others. Watch out, it's stronger than it tastes (I think especially for a Quad) and sneaks up on you. Picked this 4-pack up on a whim as I work through a number of BA beers, but would gladly keep these on hand in the beer fridge to drink occasionally.

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Photo of WildMaverick1200
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is a cloudy, tamarind-colored beer that pours with tons of foam, dissipating quickly. Smells of malts and ripe grapes. Tastes of more tamarind, a bit molasses, syrup, and yeasty flavors. Slight smoke in the aftertaste. The warming effect of alcohol is very evident, yet the taste is well-hidden to the point of being almost imperceptible. Nice trick, Boulevard. The texture is medium to thick, and moderate carbonation, just enough to enjoy the ride. Overall, it's a really awesome beer.

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Photo of AustinWadkins
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany with a nice creamy head that overtime falls

Smell of rich oak and bourbon, malty, hints of vanilla, slight sting

Taste is lighter than expected, nice bourbon notes with bits of oak thrown in, malty

Overall a great beer! Deffinetly a sipper!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wanted to try this beer for a while and was able to find a single 12oz bottle for 4 bucks!

Looks of deep hazy brown with a slightly tan head that fades to pretty much nothing like a soda. Smell is interestingly good with bourbon clashing with tart cherry and vanilla oak. Taste is smooth nice blend of dark fruit to ripe cherry taste and bourbon greeting the finish with a vanilla and woody finish. Body is smooth at almost 12% this beer drinks like a medium bodied Dubbel with a good buzz.

Overall a shame I got only one since I love any beer that incorporates cherries so well in the flavor. So glad they put this in 12oz bottles will try and score a 4 pack soon!

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Photo of Gmann
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light brown color with large yeast floaters. The khaki colored head is airy and settles quickly into a light ring.

The aroma is sweet and oaky. Notes of dark fruit and cherries mix with smooth caramel, vanilla and light bourbon.

The taste is of Belgian candi sugar, light clove, carob and dark cherry. Solid quad notes though lacks a bit of depth from the malt. The barrel provides subtle bourbon and vanilla and a hint of oak.

The body is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation, burns a bit. Slight belly burn from the abv as well. Sweet and fairly crisp, drinks well.

Definitely a tasty brew. Perfect amount of barrel for the style. The quad itself lacks some malt presence.

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Photo of Avitra
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful vanilla and nutmeg, not overpowering or too boozy and definitely lingers with a strong finish. Obviously not an everyday beer, and I am not sure I can have 2 of these in a row, but otherwise amazing. Great beer

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Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have no idea what in particular inspired me recently to conduct a quick horizontal of Boulevard beers as part of the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, but here we are.

From the bottle: "26 IBUs".

It was not a terribly old bottle, dated 11/10/16 @ 1137, but it was certainly designed for bottle-aging, given its two-year freshness date. I Pop!ped the cap & began a very gentle pour. Even so, just like its earlier Quad brother, it foamed up nicely in the glass to create two fingers of dense, foamy, light-tan head with good retention. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity & ruby highlights. Nose was bready, but not as fruity as regular Quad. Here, I smelled vanilla and caramel as well as light cherry syrup. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was big, full and kind of prickly on the tongue. The cherry flavor was not "subtle" at all, really bursting with cherry tartness as a coconut and vanilla sweetness from the bourbon-bbl. aging. Phew. I really need to cop another bottle or two to go into the cellar to see what develops. Where I found the earlier Quad to be on the sweet side, this was semi-dry and even slightly tart, thanks to the cherries. Once again, I would highly recommend this beer to even a hardcore hophead, such as myself.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a murky dark amber with a one finger off white head. The head dissapates quickly leaving a decent amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is cherries, plums, caramel and bourbon.

T - The taste is bourbon, vanilla, caramel, cherries an raisins with some light yeasty esters in the finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with nice crisp finish.

O - This is a very nice BBA Quad. The flavors are rich and satisfying making this a nice slow sipper.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bomber served fairly cold into a Gouden Carolus chalice. This is the 2015 bottling and best before date is September 30, 2017. What better way to pass an afternoon in a snowstorm than with a beer of this caliber. Purchased from the LCBO for around $12 CDN, although maybe it was $14.

Appearance - Pours a dark, muddy honey brown, with next to zero clarity. A finger and change of light tan head is poured. A certain yellowy color appearing too. Not much staying power (thanks to the high ABV) and next to no lacing. Lots of sediment in the glass too.

Smell - lots and lots of bourbon, but in a refined and sneakily subtle way. Toasted brown sugar, liqour filled cherries and approaching a marshmallow aroma. Kind of reminds me of Van de Keizer Blauw with bourbon. Complex, malty and awesome.

Taste - Very nice indeed. Plenty of bourbon goodness, subtle but ever present cherries, some roasty dark chocolate alternating with a brown sugar and marshmallow combo. Tons of flavor and every sips seems a little different. Pretty incredible stuff. Not that I'm drinking this quick, but the bourbon presence builds just a little to fast for my liking.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and slick, heavy bodied with moderate carbonation that is just right for the flavors. Not chewy, but a certain weight to the beer, sticks to your lips (and mouth) and doesn't let go.

Overall - A wonderful BBA beer that goes right up towards the front of my list of greatest quads. No complaints, worth the steep price, although BBA quads wouldn't be a beer to drink every day, for a special occasion (and a big snowstorm is an occasion) it fits to the tee.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark orange amber color with a thick head that made me slow the pour down and allow it to settle before finishing the pour. Lots of small "floaties" that would have turned me off years ago. The aroma is fantastic, bourbon, dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, cherries and vanilla. Flavor is the same. Feel is nice and thick, overall a fantastic beer that I will seek out again.

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Photo of Holderness
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L -- Pours a very dark, turbid orange with a one finger head produced with moderate pour. Minimal retention and no lacing.
S -- Sour mash whiskey, quince, caramel malts
T -- Bourbon, wood, malt, tart cherries,slight estery sweetness. The hop profile is there, but takes a backseat.
F -- Clean yet reflective of the high ABV
O -- This is a solid brew, which adds a nice twist to a traditional style through the barrel aging process. As a result, however, it feels like some of the strengths of each style are muted: the yeast esters from the quad are masked by the barrel flavors, yet the barrel flavors aren't given center stage in the final product. From what I gather by reading previous reviews, this beer has suffered some in quality since it became a regular 4-pack release.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer is a hazy dark tan/caramel color with a thin white head. Has such a strong smell of bourbon but underneath it i get some raisin, vanilla, and syrup. The beer is sweet with vanilla and raisin flavors. Has a taste of alcohol, wood, and a little bit of tartness to it. It gives me a nice warm feeling and has a slight stickiness to it.

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Photo of DIM
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well it isn't pretty. This is densely packed with floating particulate, but looks aren't everything.

This is unusually balanced for a barrel-aged beer. The candi sugar and raisin sweetness are still very noticeable alongside the sugary bourbon and light vanilla. I appreciate the deft touch it took to strike that balance. I personally could do without the cherry addition, but it isn't overpowering, showing up mostly towards the finish alongside a mild oaky tingle.

Overall this is a very satisfying sipper priced at an incredible 12 bucks a 4-pack. My wife and I bought 5 packs so far to enjoy together.

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Photo of awayne56
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

To get the full effect of the brewer's magic allow this beer to warm some and sip it slowly savoing each sip. Delicious and complex.
A - Dark tea color, with a 1/2 inch tan head that dissipates quickly. Zero lacing on my glass which is ok by me for this style. Did I say murky? Very murky, almost dirty looking which may turn off some. I like it. The appearance is full of character, not transparent.
Smell - Not much until the beer warms some and then I pick up mostly caramel and some bourbon.
Taste - A juicy blend of fruitiness - cherries - and malt - caramel/vanilla. If you take a moment between sips you'll notice some spiciness of the finish
Feel - Very drinkable, thin not thick feeling with a little booze burn
Overall - Already a fan of The Sixth Glass, I love this beer. Delicious, complex. An awesome sipping beer to pair with a cigar and conversation. For me the ABV is the only downside though the ABV is typical of the style. Just take it slow remembering it is a sipping beer not a session beer.

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Photo of futiledevices
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Medium tan head, dark, opaque brown amber in color
Smell: Bourbon, dark cherry, yeasty bread dough, baked apples, leather, hard crack caramel
Taste: Wood, honey, alcohol, slightly tart cherry on the back end that brightens the flavor, toffee, raisin, black tea, and a little bit of clovey eugenol finish
Feel: Warm and chewy

Bottled 11/10/16, 12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Delicious, woody, rich beer with some high fruity notes that lift the flavor up and slightly mask the high ABV. Not my #1, but definitely in my top 10 quads. Worth the $17 I paid for a 4-pack.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice light tan colored head that dissipates quickly but still leaves a nice ring around the inside of the glass. The beer itself is a very appealing and interesting color. It seems to be a dark reddish purple like a perfectly ripe plum. It's a very nice look to it.

The beer smell and taste are pretty good. The notes that come out are a very nice light cherry contrasting from the malt notes. The malt notes are a nice moderate caramel and a sweet dark fruit note such as dates and raisins. The bourbon note is interestingly moderately light and complements the malt notes. There is a little bit of alcohol but the sweetness adds to the beer more than it takes away from it.

The feel is good. It's a heavy bodied beer but it feels a bit more thin than you would expect. However, that just makes the beer a bit more drinkable than a beer of this caliber should ever be.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer and worth getting your hands on. The beer is top notch and is fairly distinct in a good and subtle way from other beers of a similar style.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2014 Edition.

This bottled has matured 2 years in Florida since I bought it in February 2015.

The beer pours hazy and orange-brown with a thin head. No lacing on the glass.

Nose: Raisin, plum, oak, Bourbon, syrup, grain, vanilla and toffee.
Taste: Deep and complex. Plum, raisin, brown sugar, Bourbon, vanilla, spices and wood.
Mouth: Medium to full body. High carbonation. Warming alcohol at the end.

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Photo of Radcpa
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark golden color with no head and a little cloudy. Smells like a good ale. Taste slightly fruity without any alcohol taste. The beer was a little disappointing based on the rating reviewed befor I tried it.

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Photo of MinerBob
3.33/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Popped the cork it smelled like wine and bourbon. It poured a tan tea color with a strong head. This is the first beer I tried that has been aged in bourbon barrels it has a subtle bourbon flavor so not really being a fan of bourbon its kind of funky. The mouth feel is good with an easy swallow. The bottle is 25.4 oz for $15 pretty sure it's not that good.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz bottle ("best before 09SEP2018") poured into a Spiegelau beer tulip.

Appearance: Murky reddish copper brown, building a nice, frothy head of tan foam that leaves long streaks of lace. Poured too vigorously, dislodging some yeasty sediment.

Smell: Vinous, fruity opening rolls into warmer caramel, vanilla and wood notes.

Taste: Boozy, malty with both tart and dark fruit (cherries, figs and prunes). Caramel, brown sugar and vanilla notes round out the palate before deeper wood notes enter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy smooth with just enough carbonation and alcoholic tingle.

Overall: Boozy, fruity, complex quad with terrific contrast yet balance between vinous cherry and bourbon barrel notes.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

.750ml Bottle, with a BB Date of 9/2017 sitting in the cellar since last April
Poured into a Libbey Tulip Glass
L- deep red, almost brown with quickly dissipating head
S- strong notes of the candi sugar, raisins amidst complex dark fruit, slight booziness and cherry notes
T- sweet malty character enhanced by the dark fruit, followed by a mellow blend of the cherries and bourbon, with a slightly spicy finish, and vanilla on the aftertaste
F- highly carbonated, medium-bodied, with a slight syrupy feel
O- this is a special beer, where the natural sweetness of the Quad is really balanced out by the barrel and the cherries.
Another great job by Boulevard.

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Photo of erk0607
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark copper hue, with off white head, lasted about a minute turning into nice lacing that hugged the rim of the glass slightly. Small bubbles effervescing. Clear.
Smell: Dark stone fruits, a bit of malt, a bit of alcohol/spirits from the aging. Slightly sweet.
Taste: Sweet, plum, bourbon, oak/char, caramel.
Feel: Very smooth, heavy but not quite motor oil... foams up on the palate though for an enjoyable, lightly carbonated sip.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with an off white head that fades quickly and leaves a small ring. Minimal lacing.
Aroma is caramel and toffee.
Relatively sweet overall, and a bit syrupy. Just a hint of bourbon.
Smooth texture, moderate carbonation.
This went down very easily, the high ABV Just kind of sneaks up on you.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boulevard Brewing Co. "Bourbon Barrel Quad"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY... 09SEP2018"
$4.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: Very hazy brown with a ruby cast and orange & gold highlights. The sediment was disturbed and large bits can be seen floating. Very fine bubbled, seemingly moderate carbonation - not a whole lot of activity going on. The creamy yellowed light tan head dropped fairly quickly to an almost but not quite full surface covering. Limited spotty lacing.

Smell: A quick passing note of Belgian yeastiness/phenols, Bourbon, oak, dark sugar, dark skinned fruit, coconut.

Taste: Fruity (sharp red fruit, dark skinned fruit... maybe raisin, plum and cherry in the finish), oaky/woody, clear Bourbon, brown sugar, medium-dark caramel, Belgian yeast character (subtle plastic, spice, banana), subtle vanilla. It's moderately bitter (listed on the back label as 26 IBUs), especially in comparison to the sugary malt which falls somewhere between "sweetish" and "sweet", but it's also subtly tart, and it finishes drying with a touch of spiciness and some cherry as the malt steadily fades. The alcohol doesn't readily appear but it's there helping to dry it.

Feel: Medium bodied with a touch of sugariness, a little lighter than I thought it might be, but good with a very-fine bubbled, apparently natural moderate carbonation level. It gently tingles before warming to become airy/foamy and then smooth.

Overall: Quite impressive. I was not initially in love with the flavor, although I loved the aroma, until it warmed a bit. At that point it opened up and became quite complex. This is another great beer to relax with: a cigar beer, or one that you sip at while reading "War And Peace" in your high-back leather chair while the fire gently crackles ;) In the end, although the sum of its parts don't seem to lead there, there is something kind of magical and special about it.

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Bourbon Barrel Quad Barrel-Aged Ale (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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