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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 746
Hads: 2,571
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 195
Gots: 603 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 11-15-2007

”Do you know what dwells in a glass?” asks Ole, in Hans Christian Andersen's The Watchman of the Tower. Better known for stories such as The Little Mermaid, Andersen wrote this short, cautionary tale for a somewhat older audience. Our quadrupel ale, also meant for the mature connoisseur, is a deep and mysterious libation, dark auburn and full-bodied, its sweetness deceptive. As Ole describes the glasses in turn, their contents become more ominous until, in the sixth glass...

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Photo of schoolboy
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

When I bought this, I wanted to drink it right away, but before I did, I realized that I shouldn't. For best enjoyment, this should have sat for a year. But I opened it. And immediately I had remorse. I should have waited. It's still great.

It pours luxuriously thick and dark red to brown. The aroma is a deep fruity malty smell with yeast, of course. The taste is a full thickness of a Belgian quad. The kind that makes you shake your head, The yeasty fuitiness keeps coming. I think you have to eat something or brush your teeth to make it stop.

Did I mention the transportive properties? This is a very trippy brew. I would love to try two of these with nice joint, savored over a few hours. Wow. (702 characters)

Photo of StretchZep
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am impressed with this one. The head popped up out of the bottle as soon as I cracked it. I have not had this happen to a beer without some shaking involved. Straight out of the fridge and into a pjnt glass. It poured a smooth amber liquid with tons of froth. It settled down with almost no lacing. It has a definite caramel nose. There is a high carbonation in the beginning and an alcohol bite! It finishes off smooth with lots of caramel notes a little carbonation buzz with a lingering alcohol finish. This one is a one and done. Awesome but like a womans breasts.....one is not enough and three is too many! You are going to love this one! (647 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, another of the awesome spread of large-format Boulevard products to appear of late up here in Alberta. 'The Sixth Glass', and we're talking Quadruple ale? Damn.

This beer pours clear, dark ruby amber colour, with a fistful of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy beige head, which leaves some chunky layered cirrus cloud lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of semi-sweet, doughy caramel malt, prominent soused raisins and prunes, demarara sugar, faint earthy yeast, a bit of Mars Bar nougat, ethereal citrus esters, and musty, leafy, and kind of floral hops. The taste is a weirdly restrained, but still big caramel, toffee, and treacle sweetness, mixed dark orchard fruit, reduced brown sugar, some Yuletide confection spices (mostly cinnamon and nutmeg, really), sort of phenolic yeast, and a plain earthy, herbal, and musty hop bitterness. "The ABV boss seems to be out of the office at the moment, we don't know when he'll be back".

The carbonation is quite low and unobtrusive in its weak frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight for the style, and generally smooth, the malt and black fruit character as charming as a mid-west Walmart greeter. It finishes sweet, but not overly so, as the understated mustiness somehow 'outshines' the still incredibly gentle booziness.

While hardly in the same league as the Belgian greats for the style, I have had no problem enjoying this particular incarnation, as a sort of earnest New World rendition. Pleasant, and not all that complex, but stupidly (take whatever meaning you wish from that) easy to drink at the same time. Yeah, no sixth glass for me, unless you're using small tumblers, or the like. (1,696 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- reddish orange with fluffy white head...very fluffy
S - Dark, dried fruits. Lots of candied sugar
T- Rasins and plums Licorish
F- Medium body
O- Very solid quad. (166 characters)

Photo of ScottieWags01
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's hard to find a Quad that holds up to expectations and is priced decently. This beer definitely holds up to a Belgian import Quad and is affordable. The look is amber red, unfiltered, deeps hues surrounded by unfiltered yeasty bits under a suitable foamy head. It smells like malts and candy sugar. Flavors of sugar cane, candy syrup, prunes, dates, figs, and cherries. A mild maltiness and sour, spoiled fruit taste compliment the overall taste, adding to its complexity. Feels like downing cherry and fig juice with some alcohol. Smooth, lacy, and crisp, high gravity mouth-feel. Overall, it's simply delicious! (626 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best by 08/22/2015 printed on the bottle. Finally getting around to trying this one from Boulevard, their quadrupel ale.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours an extremely rich thick caramel / toffee brown colored body. Four big fluffy fingers of airy bubbly khaki foam. Almost root beer float like in appearance. Big fluffy lacing. Looks very nice.

S - A traditional aroma: dark fruits, some alcohol fumes, Belgian candi sugar, notes of caramel.

T - Taste is the same: dark fruit, Belgian candi sugar, yeast, cream, caramel, toffee, mild alcohol bite.

M - The feel is smooth & silky. Creamy mouthfeel. Mild alcohol presence, but very easy-drinking for the high abv.

Overall, a solid quad from Boulevard. Tastes a little young, if that makes sense, and I would love to see what some age could do to one of these.

Boulevard The Sixth Glass -----4/5. (882 characters)

Photo of alexanderplatz
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My points of reference are Chimay Blue and Trappistes Rochefort 10. The Sixth Glass is not quite as complex/amazing as those two Belgian brews but it is a delicious beer of the Belgian quad style. If you like Chimay and Rochefort and other similar Belgian styles, I definitely recommend that you give The Sixth Glass a try. (323 characters)

Photo of SoupKitchenBeerSnob
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow... Awesome brew... For a little background, I followed an Aventinus Eisbock with this beer and it was the equivalent of being punched in the face followed by a hand-job... Don't get me wrong, I love the Aventinus, but this one is much more subtle, while delivering all the goods-- foamy head that takes a while to dissipate; crisp, clean mouthfeel despite the sediment; looks good and tastes incredible... Very recommended...
Cheers! (437 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tart cherry, green apple, wheat malt, spicy and vegetal gourd flavors. Strong carb, but well suited with an acceptable alcohol bite. Darkened reddish-brown. Foamy but sizable head that interferes with slick sipping. More floral and tart than ripe; peppery and vanilla aromas. A shoulder season quad. (299 characters)

Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep copper with an inch head that stays around all night - terrific carbonation. smell is sweet booze, caramel and wood with some peppery notes. taste is belgian yeast, booze and bittersweet fruit juice, again with a black pepper accent. very clean overall pilsner-esque bite. as it warms, the belgian yeast takes on the typical bubble gum and banana taste. finishes boozy and very dry. very nice! (403 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a hazy and murky amber color with a short wispy head that lasts a while on the surface.

Smell: sugary sweetness is first to hit you followed by a mild fruitiness.

Taste: big caramel sweetness with candied sugars, ripe golden apples, pears, some mild bitterness, and a bit of alcohol rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: heavy bodied beer. Light crispness to start, very smooth and velvety at the finish.

Overall: a nice slow sipping quad to share with friends. (473 characters)

Photo of gregb13
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good though somewhat one-dimensional. The experience is dominated by sugar of all forms - brown sugar, candied sugar, molasses, that kind of thing. Not much in the way of dark fruit etc. Not an old bottle. Have a feeling this one is supposed to be much more than this; more complex. Not bad however, in this manifestation. (322 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dim hazy amber body, barely penetrable to light, fat head of a few fingers' height above, lace lines left behind...

S: like wet moldering fruits and booze, sweet and dense, with pinpoints of floral and citric elements

T: sweet fruits, pale and of orchards, like peach, pear, and plum, alcohol's booze-like character awoken and interwoven; ripe sugars abundant...

F: smooth, dense, soft, plush; a twinge of booze from the abv, the faintest stick in the corner of the mouth; finishes like a fruit dessert...

O: massive quad action brilliantly executed by Boulevard. Lots of big fruit and sugar flavors with suggestions of delicate spice and good booze in a soft fuzzy body. Try it, you'll like it. (702 characters)

Photo of Marraybay
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is complex: Lot's of fruity/winey sweetness upfront and throughout, with a fairly hefty punch of booze both in the nose and at the finish. (Was still feeling the effects an hour or two later.) Poured a cloudy copper with a nice 1" of foam that dissipated. (Not much lacing with this one.) Would probably have stated initially that the alcohol was a bit too present, but due to warming (or the effects of the ABV) I was less concerned/bothered by this at the conclusion. As some have mentioned, not quite as fizzy, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Would like to taste with a St. Bernardus Abt 12. (616 characters)

Photo of mlockman
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

EXACTLY how I want a Belgian-style beer to look in my glass. Very good, but a drier smell and taste than I expected. High carbonation lent a sort of fluffy mouthfeel, but lacked the chewy characteristics I often look for in darker Belgian ales. Quite good, but holistically it made me wish I had picked up a Belgian Strong Dark Ale instead. (342 characters)

Photo of dcscientist
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of Boulevard's very best offerings. Very smooth, highly drinkable, and you won't have any idea it's 10.5% ABV until you've enjoyed most of the bottle. Not quite as strong or full-flavored as some quadrupels but a great way to introduce people to the style. Great to share with friends. (300 characters)

Photo of mmmbeerNY
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An easy drinking quad that has some of the flavor right, but does not seem as complex and full body as the Belgium quad's I have had and enjoy. So not a bad beer, cheaper then the imports that are better, but still probably not one I would revist (248 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look: Pours hazy amber with abundant tan head
Smell: Caramelly, belgian yeast,
Taste: Complex and beautifully blended. Fruity belgian yeast, caramelly barleywine-like maltiness, citrusy. Nice moderate herbal hoppy finish
Feel: Medium thick body and effervescent carbonation.

Overall: I'm no expert on quads but this is a really excellent beer. They got it right on all counts as far as I'm concerned. I look forward to picking up many more of these. (456 characters)

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another impressive offering from Boulevard. I am really digging their Smokestack Series. Glad they finally made it to Ohio. Very tasting and quite smooth for an American quad. Recommended. (188 characters)

Photo of hreb
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL champagne-style bottle served in a tulip glass. This is a batch from 11-2016. Wait no, that's the future... This is batch S14318-1.

Beer pours very cloudy and light brown, and forms a significant off-whitehead. Rich, yeasty aroma. Flavor is quite spicy. Golden sugars are complemented by gentle bitterness, resulting in a crisp, drinkable beer which betrays none of its substantial alcohol content. Fills the mouth with classic Belgian strong/tripel/quad ale flavors, and leaves lingering deliciousness on the lips afterwards. I don't think this beer can measure up to a beer like Abt 12 or Rochefort 10, but I think it's fair to say this beer would do the monks proud. (684 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best by 11/19/16 poured into a tulip
A: Slightly hazy mahogany with a one-finger head that lingers for a long while
S: Cherries, sweet malt, bananas, raisins and a bit of molasses
T: Largely matches the nose, particularly the cherries, banana and raisin. Mostly dried fruit along with some bitter burnt sugar
M: Full-bodied, fairly sweet but not cloying/boozy
O: A well-made, tasty American-made quad, definitely worth a try (437 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml c&c bottle into a snifter glass
Notes from 11/02/2014

A: Russet brown look with a ton of yeast haze across the body. A massive khaki foam cake billows up out of the glass. Crazy Belgian yeasties. A supreme hanger that never fully subsides only becomes less so while it tatters the glass walls with stick.

S: Big caramel malt nose along with some mellow Belgo yeast qualities, mineral water, and earthy spices. I get a bead of some mild banana peel and clove there however it is fairly subtle. Somewhat simplified but nice.

T: Caramel malt with toasted breads, golden treacle or Belgian candy notes, and a nice subdued spicing of cinnamon and nutmeg. The finish brings forth a subtle banana note along with some earthy mineral bitterness. Very well balanced with the alcohol kept at bay. Drinkable and soft on the lips.

M: Super light and frothy with a high amount of carbonation to it. Some modest bitterness there leading into a nice drying finish. Very clean overall.

D: A worthy Americano rendition yet quite different than its Belgian counterparts. Probably not gonna be my favorite Quad but definitely worth picking up every now and then. (1,171 characters)

Photo of RexBanner
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served slightly chilled in a snifter. Dark amber hue with a fantastic pillowy head. Aromas of fresh bread, peach and libby's canned fruits packed in syrup. Taste pretty much followed the nose. Mildly effervescent with alcoholic esters. Finishes semi dry.
Overall; very nice quad. Very filling though. Can't have more than one without feeling bloated. (351 characters)

Photo of Shade1951
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a NICE ale. I feel badly about not rating it higher. It's just that while it is NICE, to my taste buds it really doesn't much stand out from the crowd.

The cloudy copper color is pleasing. There are some nice, kind of fruity fragrances wafting through - but they are so mild that I almost have to hyperventilate to enjoy them.

The taste... well, this is strange. If I take REALLY small sips and kind of swirl the beer around in my mouth like a wine snob, the taste becomes better and more distinct. As a result, I find myself adjusting the various scores upward as I drink. I had begun with quite mediocre scores across the board, but this is turning out to be a more positive review.

You may have to let this beer warm up a bit. The smell becomes more complex - hints of honey. High ABV does not hit you over the head.

At first exposure, I thought this beer was far removed from "world class." But as it warms and I smell and taste it, it just keeps getting better. (978 characters)

Photo of mdcrouser
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Please allow me to introduce myself..."

Deep ruby-brown, with a tidy head - looks pretty great in my Smokestack Tulip.

Boozy, with brown sugar, molasses, blackberries. Fills the nose like if you were walking into a professional kitchen with all the smells.

Boozy here too, but not to be imposing, hiding the ABV really well (and will probably hurt tomorrow) with no burn - currants, blackberries, whiskey, tobacco. If an upscale men's clothing store bottled a beer, this could be it.

Silky like creme brulee - just rolls across the tongue as if the two were one.

Probably not my favorite beer simply because it's not my favorite style, but no doubt one of the best I've ever had - wonderfully done. (710 characters)

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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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