Bourbon Barrel Quad, a Belgian-style Quadrupel by Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Bourbon Barrel Quad is a Belgian-style Quadrupel brewed by Boulevard Brewing Co.

Packaging art for the Bourbon Barrel Quad by Boulevard Brewing Co.

Packaging art for the Bourbon Barrel Quad by Boulevard Brewing Co.

What You Need To Know

This brew is a bourbon barrel-aged variant of Boulevard’s The Sixth Glass Quadrupel. For the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance

The Quad pours a somewhat clear amber that shows bright ruby when held to the light. A cloud of fine sediment is also observed. The ale is topped by an inch-thick cap of dense, cream-colored foam that persists briefly. The reduction doesn’t leave any lace or residue and a thin band of fine bubbles rounds the glass.

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Aroma

The aroma is initially sweet with a scent of vanilla and cherry. The smell of bourbon asserts itself as the beer warms.

Flavor

The palate begins with malty toasted bread that transitions to sweet flavors of caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Cherry is also featured along with raisin and banana. An earthy character of clove and oak lend a modest balance.

Label art for the Bourbon Barrel Quad by Boulevard Brewing Co.

Label art for the Bourbon Barrel Quad by Boulevard Brewing Co.

Mouthfeel

Its feel is smooth with a medium body and moderately-high carbonation. The finish is dry and mildly warming.

Overall

Its color is in line with the Quadrupel but its head retention is very poor. The aroma serves both the style and concept nicely and it smells fantastic. Its smooth feel is excellent with enough body to support that malty palate. The effervescence is appropriate for the style but not so fizzy as to intrude upon that bourbon goodness. And the alcohol is managed quite well considering its lofty ABV. The palate is as sweet as candy but there’s just enough balance to keep the brew honest. Although it doesn’t have the depth and complexity as some barrel-aged brews, it’s still quite enjoyable. The Bourbon Barrel Quad doesn’t quite reach the top tier amongst Belgian or barrel-aged brews, but on a whole, it’s one hell of a beer.

Recommended Pairings

Boulevard Brewing recommends bacon wrapped dates, dark chocolate torte, and strong cheese as food pairings with their Bourbon Barrel Quad.

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