milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasty quad, for an american brewery anyways. Aroma is plums, candy sugar, figs, cloves and yeast. Flavor is complex with raisins, cloves, bananas, yeast, candy sugar, toffee and malt. Mouthfeel is carbonated and somewhat syrupy. Overall a nice representation of a quad.
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of ilovedarkbeer. Poured a large rocky off white head over a hazy brown body. Notes of sweetbread, raisins and a hint of alcohol. Had a nice, creamy mouthfeel.
ilovedarkbeer (2287) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is brown sugar. Honey apples. Yeast. Little bit of chocolate and dark syrupy fruits. Taste is similar and very sweet. Mouthfeel is medium to thick and finish is on the shorter side.
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
At Heatherís. Dirty copper color with firm head that turned to light lace. Grass and hay on the nose, with earthy sweetness following. Raisins and vanilly in the mouth, turning to an earthy sharpness. Alcohol. Lots of hay. Good, not fantastic.
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an opaqe reddish-brown coler with a moderate white head with good lacing. Very viscous. Banana, yeast and molasses in the aroma. Flavor is wonderfully complex, with a variety of flavors taking their turns--banana, clove, raisin, caramel and cherry. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous without being heavy. Alcohol is definitely noticeable. While it may be outclassed by the Trappists, as American-made Belgian-style beers go, this is an excellent entry.
waolsen (1358) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. deep woody brown pour with alrge lasting head leaving a thick lacing. apricot, fig, sweet malty aroma. big well rounded body. dark fruits, yeast, great malts. alcohol well hidden. very nice.
Boutip (4726) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with some notes of peppery yeast with light dry fruit. Taste is also a mix between some candi sugar and peppery spicy yeast with some subtle notes of dry fruits. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well made but lacking the candy and dry fruits component s that characterize that style of beer.
TAR (2495) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 68312: Rusty garnet. Tightly packed off-white foam. Very good retention. Banana bread, red licorice, brown sugar, black pepper, clove, floral hops, Juicy Fruit gum, and puttylike yeast line the aroma. Faintly plummy and raisiny with a subtle note of medicinal alcohol and chalk. Expansive carbonation gently pricks the palate before lapping the palate with a wave of creaminess. Initially airy and dry with a soft and clean malt cushion swirled with a bright flash of floral hops. Madeira-, plum-, and rum-laced sweetness surges forth to saturate the core, although it stops just shy of becoming cloyingly medicinal thanks to ample dryness which cleans things up a bit. Alcohol coarsely scratches the throat before warming the gullet, though it does give way to more-defined maltiness which is suggestive of bread and toffee-glazed nuts as well as a wheatlike tang. Sharp note of sulphur seems to amplify the presence of alcohol. Styrians leave their telltale juicy-floral thumbprint throughout. Body is fairly clean and nicely attenuated with the exception of some background baked apple flabbiness and green banana notes. Sweetly rummy finish is fused with gum and plums, though itís reasonably balanced with black pepper and clove-like phenolics which augment the dryness and keep the medicinal sweetness and alcohol at bay. Really well-made beer, with merely a few flaws which include the baked apple and green banana esters. Would love to see Boulevard simplify the grain bill a bit by infusing it with some German Pils malt and a little less dark malt. Lowering the alcohol a point or two would also be welcome as it would better allow the subtleties to shine through. Enjoyable beer.
ilherps (248) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured red-brown with thin white head. Very sweet on the nose and the palate. Dried fruit, mango, and caramelly sweetness. A bit of chocolate and molasses also are noticable.
MmmcKay (1051) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick and rich across the board on the pour, nose, and palette. Great effort for an American Quad. My only complaint is that this is a little more cloying than the Belgians Iíve come to know and love. Still a very, very nice beer. My 2nd favorite of their Smokestack Series.