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:
#740
Reviews:
716
Ratings:
2,529
pDev:
10.33%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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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

Photo of CMEG
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Beer!!! Pours a beautiful hazy brown with a full light brown head. The aroma is a prelude to the taste. A hint of fruit on the nose - plum or raisin with a hint of bourbon. The taste is rich and subtle. The flavors of the quad bring out the flavors of the bourbon barrel - subtle oaky flavor. It's got a great mouth feel - as weighty as the appearance. A great beer - I look forward to more!

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

Photo of ssimpson89
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johnnyminor
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GratefulFC
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very little aroma, taste is carmel, dark chocolate, oak

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Photo of NattaBoy
3.64/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LI2CDave
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kurtncall
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bylerteck
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Love it!

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Photo of Muss42
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of steveymac
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An exceptional beer. Complex and not at all boozy, a pleasure upon the tongue. As a fan of bourbon and beer, you cannot go wrong with the offering from one of my perennial favorites, Boulevard Brewing Company. Found the cherries all but undetectable in the final blending. Well done.

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Photo of MrJuengling
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Timc32
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Bourbon Barrel Quad Barrel-Aged Ale (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 2,529 ratings
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