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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,439 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,439
Reviews: 742
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 181
Gots: 508 | FT: 14
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...

22 IBU
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Ratings: 2,439 | Reviews: 742
Photo of ONUMello
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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

Photo of Jjg425
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tastes really good! A definite great beer!

Photo of Nugganooch
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of K2mission
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great look and smell. Taste is very good but I'm more a high IBU kinda guy. If you like full bodied ales, this one is a bullseye.

Photo of RexBanner
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of Shade1951
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of mdcrouser
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of stompilator
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. glass into a chalice.

A - Poured a semi-transparent golden-brown, with a thick, nearly three-finger head.

S - Berries, kiwis, and a little booze.

T - Oh wow, the booze! Tart fruitiness quickly gets overtaken by an aggressive booziness. It sits like hops in an IPA - it permeates the entire flavor. The tartness fades as the malt sets in, and fades into a nice residual sweetness.

M - Very satisfying thickness. Just a little bit of fizziness, but mostly full, thick body.

O - It would be nice to have a little bit less boozy flavor (although it fades a bit as the beer warms up) to taste all the other nice things happening, but otherwise a great beer!

Photo of Keepnitrl
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Subtly sweet, very boozy.... Interesting flavors. This one definitely grows on you

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this evening on 3/23/15 but had this before on tap down in Kansas City at Jack Stack's BBQ restaurant about 3.5 years ago. Comes in a single large bottle with a cork or in a 12 ounce bottle (as this one) and usually is seen in a 4-pack for around $10.00. Best by date of : "12/30/15". Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage 'Boulevard" tulip glass.

Brew pours a pretty hazy amber in color with a good 3+-finger foamy off-white head. A good amount of lacing is seen when sipped that sticks to the sides of the glass. Lots going on with the aroma as there is burnt brown sugar, spices (cloves and pepper?) with some dark fruit overtones. More going on with the taste as the cloves and spices are right up front along with the brunt brown sugar sweetness with a hint of caramel and yeast in the mix along with some plums/raisins and really not as sweet as you might think. Actually finishes pretty smooth without tasting the alcohol, though you know it is in there. No bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, you won't get to 'the sixth glass' as you would be pretty well blitzed by then I would think. Overall a tasty brew.

Photo of Hunter1371
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's magical... https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HSVN3lijfdA

Photo of infinitebruner
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

March 20, 2015

12 oz bottle, tulip

A – Rich, medium amber, with a slightly copperish hue in the wider, denser parts of the glass. AN off-white, yellowish foamy head of 2-3 inches plus, craggy, with very high retention. Beer is somewhat hazy.

S – Very peppery yeast spice, with clove notes, is the first blast to hit the nose. A lot of fruit, especially pear and apricot and maybe golden raisins. Malt is mostly bread dough or cracker, maybe a light touch of caramel or bread crust. There might be some earthy, herbal hops, but they are low. Alcohol seems to be likely responsible for some of the estery fruity aromas.

T – Again, that yeast-derived pepper/clove spice is the star. Fruity flavors are pears, apple, raisins, and a touch of orange or nectarine-like citrus. Hops are not really noticeable. Malt impression is flour, uncooked dough, cracker, with some light bread crust notes. Esters seem to be from the yeast and the alcohol, which is apparent but not abrasive.

M – Very high carbonation, balancing out moderate-high residual sweetness and medium-full body. Spicy, and still dry despite the remaining sugars. Bitterness is low, enough to provide some balance but not prevalent. Alcohol contributes mild heat, noticeable but pleasant.

O – An interesting beer, as it is still very sweet despite its dryness and high attenuation. I like the saison-like peppery notes a lot. Very complex but still very accessible/drinkable.

Photo of Czarkazm
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark burnt orange, with a thick sand colored head. Lots of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass; ruby tones and crystal clear after pouring first half of bottle, the butt of the bottle introduced healthy sized clumps of sediment. Mostly dark fruit on the nose, prunes, cherries, a heavy biscuit flavor, toffee. Best by 8/22/2015 and still getting some heat from the booze, fruity yeast, toffee, full bodied and extremely carbonated. Toffee comes out in the taste, as well, with a nutty/raisiny aftertaste.

Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't in love with this one. Just way too heavy for me, although it would probably be a great winter sipper. For the months changing to warmer weather though, this was just overly heavy. It was toasty, malty, and thick. Notes of spice and cinnamon throughout, with a heavy body and mouth feel. This is a pretty rich brew.

Would not purchase again most likely, just not my thing.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOK: Pours a deep ruby color really quite stunning. Tightly beaded bubbles form a dense, almost champagne like foam, if champagne had retention that was worth a damn.

SMELL: The smell of fruits, malts, alcohol. Almost like a spiked Hawaiian punch. Yeast and thus alcohol driven esters and aromas are huge but nice.

TASTE: Complex flavor of fruit and malts, there's a spice I could attribute to the yeast strain or alcohol, it provides a good balance to the sweetness. Earthy, wood like elements from the hops which also dry and even out the finish. Cotton candy, bubblegum, pear upfront then neutralized with somewhat pungent herbal hop flavor and bitterness..

FEEL: Full bodied, lively, spicy at times. Evolves as it warms like a true Belgian style beer. Crisp and dry with a hop bite riding a wave of delicate toffee remnants.

OVERALL: An impressive take on the style, and very respectable. Dry yet almost creamy, and smooth as you'll get for the strength. Enjoyable and fun to drink, and from Boulevard, another feather in the cap so to speak.

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE - 4FH that lasts, lots of lacing, opaque, amber, foamy.

AROMA/SCENT - Malts, floral, sweet.

TASTE - Malts, yeast, sweet, nutty, coffee, caramel, brown sugar.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Very carbonated, dry.

VALUE - $13.99 for a 4-pack. Good deal.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Too boozy, a sipping beer.

Photo of Garvey
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Man, this thing just keeps on bubbling and bubbling. Feels like I'm drinking champagne...delicious, sweet, spicy, beer champagne. Got the last bottle which is probably a good thing since I need to drive home in 10 minutes.

EDIT: Tasty beer burps, too

Photo of matty
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good brew..wouldn't call it world class .

Photo of Extrajoker00
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed: 3/7/15

The Sixth Glass by Boulevard
poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Chalice

P- great looking label featuring the devil from the fable (4.25)

A- full pillowy head of orangish tan and full lacing and retention over a lush dark copper ale (4.0)

S- Belgian yeast beet sugar and faint alcohol (3.75)

T- alcohol up front, complex malty yeasty Belgian lingers as it fades (4.0)

M- very full bodied strong and great (3.75)

D- very strong more of a nite cap or special occasion (3.5)

O- quads are somewhat new to me but this is a good effort (4.0)

log anticipated, no let down, a great beer
---- J

Photo of Mattygross44
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Definitely lacked the complexity of a true quad but was not bad. A little to sweet for me but still loved it. Great job for a American quad with Belgium style

Photo of TheDoctor
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle
Best before: April-2016

A:
Pours a hazy golden brown with 3+ fingers of thick beige cream that rockily settles to a finger or so. Excellent retention; bit of lacing. (4)

S:
Sweet, fresh, spicy. Hard water, spicy yeast, baking spices, toasted nuts, brown sugar. (4.25)

T:
Rich, earthy, sweet. Smooth biscuity flavor underneath with a floral sweetness, dark bread, stone fruits, cinnamon. (4.25)

M:
Rich with a medium-full body, good moderate carbonation, smooth drinking, luscious finish with well-hidden alcohol. (4)

O:
Grrrreat Belgian Strong Dark Ale!
This is a big, smooth, imposing, rich beer that is all too drinkable.
Pours with a caramel color almost and an imposing (and downright un-American--in the style, for the most part) head. The aroma is rich and hints at the flavor with lots of vanilla, butterscotch, spices, and bready malt. The taste follows suit a cream soda taste contrasted with herbal hop hints and a super luxurious palate.
I liked this beer an awful lot. It was a lot lighter and fresher tasting than I had expected, but packs all the punch I was expecting and then some. Very well-made, drinkable, layered beer.
Would definitely have again; worth a shot if you come across it and like Begians. (4.5)

Photo of MemphisSooner
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A brownish orange with a leather-like appearance, nice off-white foam head

S: Fruity notes abound. Raisins, plum, figs. Some burnt sugar, bready esters, alcohol, and clove linger in the nose as well. Slight pipe tobacco hints.

T: Banana bread, clove, figs. Dates and pipe tobacco on the back end. Alcohol dryness follows a sweet bread like finish. A very mild hop presence in the malty wonder land. This is a super complex quad.

M: Dense but not too rich. Smooth without being oily. Pretty much what you want or expect from a quad with this depth and character.

O: This is a tremendous beer from Boulevard. I'm not crazy about this style, but I will return to the Sixth Glass next time I am in the mood for a serious American riff on this classic Belgian style.

Photo of thebeers
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear orange-amber color with lots of bubbles from the center and a large, quick to dissipate off-white head that's quick to dissipate with decent lacing. Malt, dark fruits and some bubblegum in the nose. Alcohol and pepper bite in the taste, with some cherry, a little orange and more gum. Hop bitterness on the back end. Not bad, but not the greatest.

Photo of mattcrill
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Mild peppery phenolics up front. Dark fruit esters follow. Berry, cherry, and pear is noted.

Appearance: Cloudy amber pour with a moderate off white head. Tight bubbles, lacing the glass, and good head retention noted. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Assertive peppery phenolics hit the palate first. Mild malty sourdough bread notes with low fruity esters that aren't nearly as assertive as the aroma. Balance is bitter and bitey due to the phenolics. This is expected for the style. Finish is clean and bone dry. Aftertaste lingers with spicy peppery notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Slight warmth. No astringency or creaminess noted.

Overall impression: A big Belgian Dark Strong ale. The phenolics are a one trick pony and I would have liked more malt or fermentation character. Still, a very solid example of the style.

Photo of OzzieLikesBeer
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

not quite as effervescent as I've become accustomed to with this style. Lots of spiciness and fruity phenols. Soft malty body with warming alcohol in finish no doubt from dark candi sugars. I've only had two Boulevard beers and they have both been outstanding. Will be on the lookout for more!

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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,439 ratings.