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

BA SCORE
94
outstanding
2,416 Ratings
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
Ratings:
2,416
Reviews:
686
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
10.66%
 
 
Wants:
555
Gots:
968
For Trade:
77
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of eldoctorador
3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy dark caramel brown pour. 3 fingers of foamy white head. Great retention and outstanding lacing.

S: Stone fruit and caramel sweetness. Belgian candy sugars... bourbon and booze present but subdued. Vanilla... complex and delicious.

T/F: Follows the smell. Malt and sugar sweetness... caramel and toffee, candy and cherry, and I was surprised at how well the cherry character both carried through and complemented the beer. Plum and fig... some bouron notes but again subdued. Not overly boozy.... vanilla and oak. Thick and smooth in body... well carbonated. Finish is clean, sweet, and mild bourbon.

O: Just a 'wow' kind of beer. Wish I'd grabbed more than a 4-pack, and can't wait to see how some time in the cellar treats this. Just an all around awesome beer. Best I've had from Boulevard.

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Photo of AGust82
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fromerc
4.86/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ThreeBeersWalkedIn
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tvenne
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of amturnm7
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of BenBreeg
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - light brown color slight disappearing head with sediment.
Smell - booze and cherry
Taste - doesn't taste as boozy but still has lots of dark cherry and some wood
Feel - Medium light body and carbonation
Overall - PRetty damn good dark cherry quad.

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Photo of bshefftz
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerbom
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rangerred
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesGrove
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wrigfen
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kalosjakar
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dankacheese
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HermitDan
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 Danielr26
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Bourbon Barrel Quad Barrel-Aged Ale (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.22 out of 5 based on 2,416 ratings.
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