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

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Photo of BSiegs
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous looking beer. Dark amber to light brown in color. Very opaque. Light caramel head, plentiful small, nitro like bubbles. Phenomenal retention. The aroma has strong belgian character, fruity esters, tart cherry, and slight funk. Raisins, stone fruits. Bourbon and barrel notes are present but subtle. The taste is raisins, figs, stone fruit. Bourbon comes through much more strongly, along with a still subtle but stronger note of oak. Slightly leathery and spicy as well. Medium full body, low-moderate carbonation, and a dry finish with slightly lingering alcohol heat. A really excellent, complex brew.

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Photo of ccg
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful, deep, ruby red color with lots of lacing on the glass and healthy head that never really dissipates.
The smell is sweet, malty Belgian beer with some brown sugar and some noticeable extra heat from alcohol. It doesn't seem exactly bourbon-barrel-aged, but there is a definite extra sweetness and bite on top of the usual quad smell.
The flavor is pretty similar. Sweet malt, vanilla, bread. Noticeable alcohol heat even though its 11.8% ABV is really not _that_ high, compared to some BBA stouts.
Mouthfeel is good. Sticky with the right amount of carbonation.
This a darn good bba quad, and I love that Boulevard is now distributing it in 4-packs of 12-ounce bottles instead of only in 750ml bottles like before.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks deep mahogany. Decent head, nicer lacing.
Smells like bubblegum, a hint of banana/ cherry/ vanilla, amaretto, malts.
The taste follows the nose very well here, and with candied fruits and dark fruits lurking somewhat too. The bourbon is minimal, and the burn is there but not overpowering.
Feels medium-full and fairly rich.
Very nice flavors, overall a terrific fruit-laden barrel-aged quad. So full of flavor. Recommended.

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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 DaverCS
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy mahogany color with half a finger of an off-white quickly dissipating head.

Aroma is of toffee, some citrus notes, brown sugar, and alcohol.

Taste starts off with the surprising Amount of citrus notes. Perhaps some cherry is hidden within, but it doesn't scream out. Rather light for the first 2/3 of the sip, but then the bourbon, brown sugar, and toffee notes arise. A lot of bourbon soaked dark fruits. Alcohol taste and heat is present.

Overall, this is a unique interpretation of a classic. I love the finish to the beer and the light kiss of bourbon; however, I do not like the amount of citrus notes and the lighter feel. I prefer a little more decedent. I see this pairing well with Moroccan chicken. It gets a 88.5/100.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad, 11.8% ABV, 19 IBU. Pours a thin cloudy walnut brown, with 5 fingers of off-white head, and excellent lacing. Nose is bourbon, malt, some sweetness. Taste is booze up front, maltiness, some sweetness, ending in bourbon. Not very bitter, not very sweet. Good mouthfeel. Overall very good. I was going to do a side-by-side with the Central Waters BBQ but given that one was 10% ABV and the other 11.8% ABV I decided to drink them separately. Though this Boulevard BBQ is excellent, I like the CW BBQ a bit better. They are quite different, with the CW coming off sweeter and the Boulevard boozier. I just prefer the CW but can't go wrong with either.

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Photo of thebeers
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-and-brown-tinted ruby red with a thin tan head when poured into a wide-mouthed goblet. The head eventually dissipates to a wispy island floating in the middle surrounded by a small crown.

Dates, raisins, plums and a smooth, creamy vanilla-and-toffee bourbon all stand out in the aroma. These continue to the taste, along with some white wine grape, earthy hop bitterness and a kiss of alcohol burn. There's a touch of green apple and some oak in the aftertaste, too. It may not have world class depth, but it's pretty damn close.

It's medium bodied with, perhaps, a tad too strong carbonation. Really glad they're selling these in the smaller format bottles now. Delicious.

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Photo of Karnivool1
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Kudos to Boulevard for making this a year round brew. Caramel, vanilla, dark fruits (plum?) with a perfect touch of bourbon. An absolute world class beer.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
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 +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 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 HopHunter19
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
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 +18.5%
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 BucannonXC5
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
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 -2.1%
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 -13.5%
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 +13.7%
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 -4.3%
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 -4.5%
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 +11.1%
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 +5.7%
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 -1.7%
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 -2.8%
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 +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 alexpcat13
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
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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Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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