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

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4.26/5
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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
 
 
Wants:
565
Gots:
1,000
Trade:
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Ratings: 2,529 |  Reviews: 716
Photo of twage04
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
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 nyrblue2
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeverSettle
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hjohn
5/5  rDev +17.4%
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 Tohibii
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cmcquirk
2.55/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of generallee
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
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 +11.5%
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 brianstrong2
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of corneliustoad
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sunsjammer
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beach-Cruiser
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Czequershuus
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
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 Sayb
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mdwhitney
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HawkGX
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beerguy04
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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 +11.5%
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 WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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 kccraftenthusiast
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jswalker51
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dubnation
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skabiski
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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