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Express - Sixpoint Brewery

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92
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26 Ratings
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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 7.28%
Wants: 40
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Sixpoint on 06-13-2005)
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Reviews by dherling:
Photo of dherling
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a slightly hazy golden amber color. Big thick white head. Nose has alcohol, some spice, hops, and some barnyard notes. The taste is bigand bold, bready, sweet, caramel, alcohol, raisins, and a tiny bit of sour cherry. Has amouthfeel tha's a tad foamy, and an oily finish that lasts a long time.

dherling, Oct 31, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Ginger Man.Good mouthfeel of foamy sugar and yeast, and nice lacing. Yeasty aroma and yeasty sweet. Not a bad quad, but not the best I have had of the style.Mild spices: cloves,sugar, caramel. Appropriate carbonation.The sugar of the fruit. Not overally complex.

Sammy, May 17, 2009
Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had at Muggs in Williamsburg, Brooklyn off a pump cask.
A- It has an amberish color, it's opaque, unfiltered. Some head and lacing.
S- It has a slight apple scent.
T- The taste is wheaty. It has a hint of that apple or a crisp pear. Nice fruity, spring/summer beer. Certainly worht a try.

Amalak, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of bignick
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a spectacularly complex beer. I have had it on-tap at TPH three times, and it wasn't until the third that I felt I had a grasp on it. This is my 50th review, so I have been saving it for something special. Ok, now for the nitty gritty:

My beer was served in an oversized tulip...relatively pale in color, for a "Quad" (to be addressed later). It had a nice head, and the smell had an enticing fruitiness. The taste is great. I would say that the overwhelming flavor is apple, although I did not come to this conclusion until the third time I sampled this beer. There is a slight hop taste, although more balancing than overwhelming. It is fruity, but not in the Belgian-yeasty type of way; there is definitely something unique about this beer...I just cannot pin-point it. The 11%+ alcohol is absurdly well-hidden. I could drink pint glass after pint glass of this beer, enjoy it, and not think twice.

This beer is far from a classic quad. If I were to drink it without an accompanying catergorization, I would be lost. In this review I treated it as simply a "beer." This may be the brewer's take on a quad, but I am not buying it.

bignick, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of weeare138
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

...from notes:
Thanks to Shane(sixpoint) for the trade.

Appears a deep, dark, hazy amber with a small white cap that slowly fades into a mild head. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of candi sugar, raisin bread, caramel, mild cocoa...to me it seems Saint-Bernardus like.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with ripe fruit, raisins, and brown sugar pulling the flavors together.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, lip smacking, and sweet.

weeare138, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of dsa7783
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Gingerman Bar in NYC...
For starters, anyone not familiar with Sixpoint Craft Ales should brush up on their drinking... An excellent, top-of-the-line craft brewery from New York, all of their products are top-notch stuff...
Their quadrupel pours a toasted amber hue, minimal head, and minor lacing...
Smell: Light in both smell and taste for a Quad... Alcohol hard to detect... Hints of pears, fruits, well-balanced with a sweet finish...
Taste: ripe pears, cotton candy, malts, and honey...
Great stuff...

dsa7783, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of rem5
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was served in a large mouth wine glass 10oz. Got it at barcade in brooklyn. Apparently this was aged for one year in the keg at barcade.

A - I describe my beer like i describe my women... Beautiful. Dark brown and almost ruby. Its somewhere in the middle as far as opaqueness. Slightly cloudy.

S - Dates, Plums, Fruit. Small head that dissipated quickly. Good carbonation, not overpowering.

T - I can almost describe this as similar to a rodenbach mixed with a grand crue type of thing. Unique and special for sure.

M - Smooth. Warming on the way down. Starts smooth and has a bit of a sour taste goin on.

D - Very drinkable. Even at 11.3, its drinkable. Dangerous.

Another great Sixpoint Brew. If only they sold bottles of this and the Grand Crue, i would be a happy man.

rem5, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of hopdog
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to weareks138 for sharing this!

Poured a medium and hazy amber color with a small szed off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, caramel, bananas, and some yeastiness. Tastes of dark fruits, light citrus, caramel, and spices. Overall the alcohol content was well hidden.

hopdog, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

DoubleSimcoe, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

scouring these reviews, it's hard to find someone with a real grasp on this beer. people like it, but i think the alcohol gets to 'em before they have a chance to really wrap their tongue around this interesting creation.. ill give it a try, let's hope the demons of abv don't get to me before i can get to this review..

12oz homebrew-style bottle "i handbottled all them shits!"

slightly cloudy amber pour, with highlights from yellow to orange to red. thin taut layer of foam, bubble clusters and picturesque belgie quality. nose shocks, completely, with tripely hits of buttery diacetyl.. weyerbacher oak and a generous portion of mildly aromatic euro hops. little bit of that band-aid funk happening, as well as some athletically generated sweat. bizarre odor for a quad.

taste, on the other hand, is freaking amazing. the buttered scone is there, but takes background duties to the big huge fruit present here. cherries, apples, berries.. alcohol in mild doses. finishes sweet with sundae-grade caramel swirls... this beer screams belgium, but says every other word in the flemish dictionary EXCEPT for quadrupel. shane, you're a mad genius, but you suffer from constraining categorization. crisp and almost refreshing for an 11% beer. absolutely devilish.

** EDIT ** second bottle makes this one look old and musty in comparison.. lots of fresh malt sweetness and vibrant fruits, combined with abv masked age. hate to say it, but comparable to a westy 12.

drinkability scores off the charts, until i find out that 11.3 is a fabrication. everything about this beer is amazing except for the expectation of a quadrupel. people-- put down your beer dictionary and let this one flow into you like an edison invention. when your face is left with a happy beer smile, regardless of conventional style guidelines, you'll know what sixpoint means to you.

goodbyeohio, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy apricot color and a modest head that leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Tart fruit, with a green apple character and a Belgian yeast profile

Taste: Tart fruit up front, with green apple and caramel to keep the flavors in check; a bit of hot toddy spice, too, such as clove and cinnamon; after the swallow, the yeast profile increases the beer's tartness, but the underlying caramel aspect keeps the flavors well balanced

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; a bit syrupy

Drinkability: With the mouthfeel is a bit thick, this is a very interesting quad that avoids the cloying sweetness and high alcohol of some of Belgium's finest

brentk56, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting to try this one for quite some time.

Into my new Westvleteren glass it goes. Clouded brown hued orange. Thin creme head. Nose is dough, floral, and mildly spiced. Smooth, smooth, smooth, smooth flavor. This is 11.3%? Really? Dough tones are there. Mild mature fruits. Spices as well. Very, very slight alcohol burn in the back, but it's barely there. And I would have expected a lot more. Feel is very smooth on liquid. Nearly silky smooth. Carbonation is low and smooth as well. This is a very easy drinking quad. I think some time might make this a bit more interesting, but it sure is nice now. Highly suggested.

RblWthACoz, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of stevieray
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Don't be fooled by the quadrupel level - this IS a very good beer.

I tried this one "blind", meaning I saw it and ordered it by name, not knowing what I was drinking (the only way to live:). Our regular server was not there to provide any background as to style or even brewer.

To put things in perspective, this was the first beer I tasted on a very warm day. The first taste was sweet but with a noticeable sharpness. I never would guess it's alcohol level from the taste.
There were telltale signs, like a lower carbonation level, but not overpowering bite.
On this warm day it was not my first selection but I did go back for a pint later. Overall, very mellow and pleasantly sweet. Good after any meal. Even stood up well after an earlier American IPA.

stevieray, Jul 05, 2005
Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber from Bierkraft courtesy of mikeyv35 poured into a snifter.

Pours fairly light for a quad, a hazy caramel orange with a small, short-lived cream-colored head that recedes to a collar and leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma is boozy and sweet with lots of spices. Tons of yeasty sweetness in the nose which also lends a bit of spiciness as well. There are alcohol-soaked fruits as well.

The taste also has lots of initial sweetness from yeast and candi sugar with a big dose of fruit in the middle. The finish is an interesting combination of coriander and spicy yeast combined with a subtle alcohol burn that builds up after each sip. Interesting and complex taste.

The mouthfeel is thick and almost syrupy with soft carbonation and just coats the palate with fruity sweetness.

I certainly can't compare this to most quads I've had but I definitely liked it though the massive sweetness and high ABV lend itself to be more of a sipper.

gford217, May 26, 2009
Photo of Sycodrummer
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap from the Sunset grill and tap in Allston, Mass. Was presented to me in a 13oz. toulip glass the beer was a light brown slightly amber color with one finger of white head atop the beer. No signs of carbonation streams on the glass but an excellent sheet of lace.

The smell has the aroma of alcohol and some softer fruit. Fig and surpisingly apple and orange were in the nose. Not expected but actually very pleasent.

The taste was complex but well balanced. A subtle warming from the alcohol is the inntial sensation on the palate but this gives way to the fruit taste. A very soft apple is predominant in the taste. Not tart, but rather sublte and slightly sweet finish. A heftly malt character makes this a sturdy and slightly filling beer.

Medium to heavy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Very enjoyable and potent. The alc. kicks in as the beer warms and the fruit flavors are more effectively pulled out at the warmer temps as well. A pleasure to drink and a nice domestic example of a quad.

Sycodrummer, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of Nickls
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Really bright orangey copper color, and looks quite different most most other Quads....this is much lighter in color, but still interesting looking.

S - Spices and even catch some bubblegum; light fruit; yeasty

T - Tart at first with a hint of sour fruit; great maltiness; darker fruit flavors; and spices finish it out. Lots of layers

M - A little syrupy, and much heavier than the appearance suggests. Fairly light carbonation

D - Hugely drinkable even though it's more like a sipper for me. Couldn't even tell the abv was 11.3%.

Overall, a really interesting take on the style and thought this was a unique brew. Highly recommended.

Nickls, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 3/6/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours an amber color with no head or carbonation evident.

s - Smells of some dark fruit, spices, and yeast.

t - taste is very sweet dark fruits, as well as a little spice and sugar.

m - Smooth and creamy. Medium body and little carbonation.

d - Not bad. Some nice dark fruit smell and taste, and the alcohol was well hidden. Would try again.

mdfb79, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of fartingdog
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of CRJMellor, my '06 Secret Santa. A 12 oz. hand-bottled brew.

Pours deep reddish amber with a a small 1 finger head, retains a thin amount around the edges. The smell is hard to discern (due to some recent sinus issues) but the first whiff was quite pleasant, rich with maybe bread and caramel? Hell, I knew it was gonna be good. Tastes amazing, 'big', malty, sweet (caramel? date?), slight yeast - very well balanced. There may be just the faintest tart fruitiness to the finish, but to me it is quite pleasant and adds to the complexity. Rich mouthfeel. Alcohol is well masked.

Damn this is good! definitely reccomended, and worth seeking out.

fartingdog, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of tpd975
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my boy JW77 for this one.

A: Pours a cloudy amber hue with a thin white head. No retention or lace.

S: Aromas of sweet fruits with a hint of dark fruit. Light spice, caramel, and a bit of booze.

T: Malty up front. Caramel and brown sugar with hints of apple, pear, and a touch of raisin. Hints of spice and light hops.

M: On the fuller side of medium, smooth.

D: Overall an above average quad.

tpd975, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of Buildscharacter
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There is one word that describes this beer: WOW...

At 11.3 percent, I tried this beer thinking.. this is going to be so alcoholic it's going to blow my socks off...

It was exactly the opposite. I was so impressed by the drinkability of brew. I could not taste a smidgeon of alcohol in this beer. It was sweet, and had a good amount of flavor.

The pour from the bottle was beautiful, and could have looked any better. Looked like a typical barley wine, with an amber base and very thick. Carbonation was evident but not anything near overpowering. I think this beer would be best if drunk at a non-refrigerated temperature. The deeper flavors just came out in heaps as the brew warmed.

Congrats to Six Point for coming out with such an amazing brew in their short period of operation.

I will make sure to hit up every Six Point tap that I see if they are 1/2 as nice as this great beer.

Buildscharacter, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of quasimoto
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, If I can say anything about the taste... I tasted this above the Liberty Street tap room, in a warm bottle. But that didnt mean a thing. The beer poured dark amber with a large frothy off-white head. The smell was of a stong all around citrus and slight hops. It almost smelled like a mead with hops in it. Sweet but spicy. The taste was spicy-sweet with a almost watery (or more watery than) compared to regular Quadrupels. It was nice to find something that strong of flavor that was so light in body. And on a final note it is definitley an express..this beer rocks.

quasimoto, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of koopa
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased from Bierkraft in Brooklyn.

Appearance: Tangerine with honey corners. Nice fluffy 3 finger buttery white head. Lots of retention and lacing.

Smell: Tart green apples and grapes coupled with a nice belgian style yeast. Touch of molasses and lemon.

Taste: Bready in the beginning but gives way quickly to the tartness of green apples, grapes and lemons. Soon you get a plum/fig/honey combination and a tart finish that lasts a long time.

Mouthfeel: Oily and slick with a good amount of carbonation. Medium bodied and a touch light for the style.

Drinkability: The light body, generous carbonation, and strong tart quality which masks the alcohol makes this an extremely drinkable 11.3% brew.

Home Run Sixpoint!

koopa, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of BeerTruth
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my new Selin's Grove Goblet.

Pours a murky and dark molasses with a pillowy small bubbled one finger head that takes forever to descend. This beer has crazy head retention. Smell is a crazy bouquet of floral citrus, dates, raisins, grapes, and brown sugar. So clean and crisp on the nosel Big caramel apple straight from the NYS Fair in Syracuse taste with a smokey graham cracker background. Wine grape flavors throughout, almost like a Finger Lakes Riesling sweetness. Caramel sugar aftertaste with some hefty yeast characteristics. Fluffy and creamy mouthfeel with a smooth carbonation. This is my first Belgian beer from Sixpoint, and I hope not my last. This beer proves the guys at Sixpoint know what they're doing. A big quad with amazing complexities from some boys down in Brooklyn, I love it.

BeerTruth, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -6.1%

t0rin0, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of younger35
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew from brewdogmrb as an extra in a recent trade. Whata guy! This will be my first brew from Sixpoint and look forward to the opportunity. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Poured from a Bierkraft counter pressured filled bottle.

Appearance- Pours a dark crimson brown with a nice one fingered bright white head that recedes fairly quickly leaving no cap and thin collar with no lacing.
Smell- Dark and rich. Starts with some raw cocoa powder and ground nutty peanuts. A bit of caramel or dark brown sugar with just a hint of smoke. Loads of dark fruits as it warms and especially prunes. My grandma would love the smell of this beer. Also a light flowery aspect to the nose. Lilac and rose are detectable.
Taste- Weird but tasty. Starts with a ton of dark fruits consisting of raisins, prunes, dates and figs. A slight bit of smoke and cardboard and some super raw and gritty cocoa nibs. Maybe a tiny bit of brown sugar but no sweetness what-so-ever. Slightly earthy and/or dirty with a green apple like kick that is almost quenching. There is this every so light funkiness that is weird but I find it sort of enjoyable. The best way I can describe it is sweat... Gross I know.
Mouthfeel- Medium feel with a light cream and sharp aggressive carbonation.
Drinkability- No f'n way this thing is over 11%. Even after it warms it doesn't feel like it's a hair over 6-7%. Seriously. The alcohol is hidden better than any beer I've ever tried before. What I also love is that this thing isn't anywhere near sweet like some Quads (especially American versions) can be. Granted its different, but a damned good different. Mucho gracias Mike!

younger35, Mar 19, 2009
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Express from Sixpoint Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.