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Boulevard Smokestack Series - Bourbon Barrel Quad

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RATINGS: 552   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kryon (1324) - SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2014
Pours muddy red brown with low off white head Aromas loaded of bourbon, sour fruits, rosehips, hints of brown sugar Taste has distinct bourbon sweet n sourness with notes of alcohol, caramel, brown sugar

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (2143) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUN 15, 2014
Bottle. Hazy copper liquid with medium off-white head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, toffee, caramel, raw sugar, booze and bread. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of vanilla, wood, bourbon and raw sugar. Medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation and sticky mouthfeel. Great.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (2739) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 9, 2014
2011 vintage. Bottle 8909
Amber colour, off-white head. Bourbon aroma, vanilla, red fruits, marmalade and caramel. Sweet flavour, rather sour, bourbon, malts, vanilla, cherries. Finish bourbon, vanilla, light lemon, light sherry notes.
(From 75cL bottle @ RBBWG III, Gent 2014. Thanks for sharing, tderoeck!)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyit (3445) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2014
Hazy reddish brown of color with an off white head. An aroma of red berries, candy, sour notes, spice and weak spice. A flavor of red brerries, fresh and sour notes.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gaultier (184) - SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2014
@Ölprovning på Havregatan. Flaska från Systembolaget. Arom: Bourbon, ek, vanilj, russin, sötma. Smak: Dito + viss syrlighet.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jorn69 (761) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2014
@ Havregatan. Flaska (750 ml) från Systembolaget (159:-). Maltig, bourbon, vanilj och ek, hög sötma, karamell, viss syrlighet, något för endimensionell. I avslutningen finns bourbon och sötma.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevoj (1971) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Overwhelmed by the complexity and thorough enjoyability of this brew. Barrel aging adds all the right notes, lots of woody and smoky notes, yet still unbelievably silky smooth.. Near perfect quad....no wonder Duvel bought them out

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nisse666 (4029) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle at en Öl och Whiskeymässa 2014, 2014-04-11 Göteborg AR: wee belgian yeasty, some red berries AP: wee hazy amber, wee ofwhite head F: some sweet kriek, white sugary, heavy grainy,

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pfc514 (60) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Pours a ruby-brown into a snifter. Pale tan head fades into bubbles and a ring around the glass quickly. Aroma of dark, tart fruits and bourbon. Delicious smelling beer. Bourbon hits first, followed by a wave of dark fruits, and then a delicate tartness finishes out the flavor, I’m assuming from the cherries. Holy balls this beer is good. Good carbonation balances and the flavor lingers on the tongue for a good amount of time. This is a good one folks. Found it hiding in the corner of the cellar at my LBS, snatched it up immediately..very glad I did.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (1241) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2014
Overall: Old wood, vanilla, sour fruits. Very good.
Note: Bottle 750 ml at home. (Vintage 2013) Reviewed 2014-05-28.


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