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)
Bourbon Barrel Quad Barrel-Aged Ale (BBQ)Bourbon Barrel Quad Barrel-Aged Ale (BBQ)

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

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

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 758 | Ratings: 2,686
Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: One finger white head, amber body with floaters.

Smell: See below.

Taste: Dark fruits, oak, bourbon, cherries, mild pepper.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation, slightly dryer than the regular sixth glass quad, warming finish.

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Photo of twage04
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a darkish ruby with some yeast chunks floating around despite my best effort for a careful pour. I let this one sit in my fridge for the better part of a year. Aroma is dark fruits and some oxidization which isn't surprising given the age of the beer. Taste is very bourbony and a little sweet with some dark fruit and malt. Once you get over the bbq sauce like bourbon flavor this is very enjoyable as a high abv sipper. I took my time on this one and let it warm up to some emerging flavors.

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Photo of hjohn
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fine brew, with the initial hint of cherries, settling into a bourbon flavor, with a vanilla finish. Good mouth feel, easy drinking. A rich copper color. A decent bouquet, not over powering. This is one of the better ales from Boulevard, right up there with Tank 7. First time trying it, and already know I will be getting more.

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Photo of generallee
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The fruity and funky Belgian yeast character is way more mellow and pushed to the background. In its place is a much dryer woody infused malt character with some vanilla and oak notes. I pick up a little cherry sweetness mixing with a pleasant alcohol warmth as I slowly sip on this beer. This gives it a Manhattan cocktail like flavor.

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Photo of bcaputo99
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Yes! This is a world class taste. Balance is perfect as the complex taste of the quad infuses with the bourbon barrel flavor. Congratulations to Boulevard as this beer is truly impressive.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a muddy brown with a medium head. The aroma features a strong whiff of wet wood, dates, plums, raisins, a little booze, and cinnamon. The flavor features notes of bubblegum, dates, plums, chocolate, vanilla, honey, pastille candies, and cinnamon. The mouthfeel is reasonably light with soft small bubble carbonation. Overall this is a very nice quad - not too sweet or rich, the bourbon presence is noticeable but not overwhelming, but maybe it is a bit too thin for the style.

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Photo of beerguy04
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with a white head. Lacing stays for a while. Smell is of carmel and bourbon. Taste starts out with sweet carmel, coffee, and vanilla, and ends with a bourbon aftertaste. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for it's abv. Overall, great beer. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of Shade1951
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Near perfect! I love the ruddy, murky brown color in the glass, even without much head or lacing. Smell is very enticing. Cherries and dark fruit - and bourbon. But the flavor is outstanding. An immediate rush of pleasure to the taste buds and brain. Nothing strange or off-putting. No "maybe I'll get used to it" after a few more sips. No, if only it weren't a bit flat, or so watery, or so sweet, or too hoppy.

This ale is a huge home run - it breaks the scoreboard. I would eagerly buy a case or two of these if I came across any.

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

I gained a solid respect for Boulevard Brewing while stationed at Fort Leavenworth.
Another solid beer.
Pours a deep dark amber with copious off white head and well retained lacing. The smell is cloves, bourbon, biscuit and some sweet caramel like notes. A subtle twang on first sip – perhaps from the cherries? Though this becomes less detectable on further sips.
Taste is malty, sweet dark fruits up front – prune/plum, vanilla and bourbon notes mid taste and a fairly dry, clean end note. Texture is medium with just enough carbonation to keep it from becoming syrupy.
Overall, pretty tasty and complex sipper – a little boozy, but with a pleasant, dry astringency that leaves the palate cleans. Holds up well to strong cheeses and sausages.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste: Big robust malty, smooth, rich spiced, complex, dark bread, big bourbon boozy notes that warm the pallet . Bold woody barrel bourbon, barley malt nose. Dark Amber, unfiltered, delicate ring lace that dissipate quickly. Full body. This is to be sipped and enjoyed. 26 IBUs

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Photo of SawDog505
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 16 oz tulip glass bottled 04/16/17. Pours a very attractive deep amber with a 2 inch white head, that leaves plenty of thin wisps of lace.

Smell is fig, caramel, toffee, clove, candid sugar,and bourbon.

Taste follows dark fruit, toffee, caramel apple, peacan, Clove, candid sugar, and bourbon soked raisins.

Mouthfeel a big medium, moderate life, maybe a tad dry, and drinks pretty easy considering.

Overall this is a great and very balanced brew, that needs to sipped and savored at room temperature.

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Photo of dcotom
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured at cellar temperature from a 12-ounce bottle into a chalice. Color is reminiscent of light caramel sauce, cloudy, with lots of white flecks. Tentative pour yielded a one-finger off-white head that left some sticky lacing as it settled into a thin ring. Bourbon forward on the nose and palate, but not overpoweringly so. Notes of toffee, raisins, and prunes, surprisingly not overly boozy for the high ABV. Silky mouthfeel, with a touch of sour oakiness on the finish. Delicious, satisfying, and dangerously drinkable, a world-class beer all around.

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Photo of muchos
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L. Hazy brown to amber with a massive slightly off-white fluffy head which laces the glass.
S. Boozy, spicy raisin, nutty caramel, bread, bourbon, sweet holiday spices.
T. Oh man. Sweet raisin, caramel, peppery booze, spicy bourbon. With each sip I experience a bit more dryness and a bit more fruitiness like pear and tart apple. Aftertaste is oak with sweet fruit.
F. Medium body, smooth. More boozy heat and slightly drying as it warms.
O. I would buy this again. Cheers!!

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Photo of buckthehog
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my go-to, fairly easy to get barrel-aged offerings. Brown sugar, vanilla, wood, caramel, light bourbon flavors. Almost buttery and creamy! Hides the 11%+ alcohol effortlessly. Well carbonated. A tightly constructed brew, but not totally discernible as a quad - but who cares? It's awesome! I'm having one in my bathtub right now. Cheers!

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Photo of Slack
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz
30 DEC 2018
$16 / 4 pack

Medium to deep amber with a fair amount of head that settles but remains with significant lacing.

Nose is a touch acetic - sweet malt and grapes.

Taste is bourbon with minor dark fruit, malt, and sweet but a touch of acid.

Mouthful is medium to light and smoothish. Carbonation is medium to high. Finish is sweet.

Surprised at the high ratings of this. Not really representative of a quad. Maybe a bad bottle or just the change over to 12 oz bottles, idk.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5


Bottle to snifter, poured cold but drinking on the deck in 85 degree weather so it's warming up quickly.

LOOK: cloudy reddish brown, some sediment globules, big frothy beige head that fades into lacing. Head Reforms upon josling.
AROMA: apple, grape, fig, spice,
TASTE: fruitcake, date, fig, cherry, gingerbread, Graham cracker, plum. Really tasty.
FEEL: truly full bodied, with great underlying carbonation, a rare combination. Thick and chewy.

Super impressed. Really Nice beer. A poor man's Stickee Monkee.


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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

S: smells of bourbon, vanilla, molasses, spice, dried fruit, some dark brown bread, raisins, plum, pitted fruit, and fig.

L: It pours bright, dark dense tea brown under a 1/2" cream to light tan collar with a very fine bead and fair retention. Small bubbles slowly rise to the top in continuous streams.

T: The flavors start with bourbon, vanilla, dark sugar, spice, pitted fruit, and dark dried fruit. The sweetness is medium to medium high. The bitterness is medium low, The malt is medium, the yeast flavors are medium high and the barrel flavors are medium high.

F: There is a little oak in the finish and some drying from the oak tannins. The beer is very creamy and mousse-like. The body is medium to a little above but it is light for the amount of flavor and alcohol in the beer. The beer produces pleasant alcohol warming but the alcohol is not hot or harsh.

O: A big, boozy beer

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Photo of MW3496
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely red-brown color.

Smelled like beer and bourbon, as one would expect.

Probably the most bourbon-y tasting beers that I have ever had. As someone who prefers strong tastes to hints of taste, it was ideal for me. Especially as a bourbon lover.

It was fairly thin, but with some sediment. Lovely foam head too.

Definitely will get again, it will probably be my new go-to for whisky barrel-aged beers.

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Photo of narwhal
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, about one year old. Pours a deep reddish brown with a nice quarter inch head that persists for several minutes, but also with a HUGE amount of sediment that never disappears. May be appealing to some, not to me. Not nearly as aromatic to me as many of the other reviews suggest - on swirling, a pleasant bourbon / dark cherry aroma. Strong, sweet/hot taste, with the bourbon heat on the front, and the fruit and sweetness (mainly caramel) arriving later. The heat on the taste overwhelms the carbonation, but its adequate. Overall, a tasty and unique beer, but with some flaws. I can't rate it as high as everyone else here.

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Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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 drdiesel9483
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
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 jjamadorphd
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
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 +3.1%
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 +4.7%
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 -5.9%
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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Bourbon Barrel Quad Barrel-Aged Ale (BBQ) from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 2,686 ratings