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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

2,355 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,355
Reviews: 720
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 168
Gots: 462 | FT: 13
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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Reviews by Evoforen:
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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Photo of tectactoe
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to umich03jm for bringing this one along. I've got a bottle myself, so it'll be nice to see whether I should let it sit for a while longer or not. Sixth Glass is some strange color that's not quite amber and not quite copper and not quite orange, but somewhere in between. Mild clarity, surprising for a Quad, with lots of suspended sediment bits hanging about. The creamy, beige head looks like it might stick around for a while, but quickly vanishes to a simple skin.

Dark figs, Belgian yeast, bubblegum, mild clove, floral hops, a hint of mint, touches of spicy phenol, and some underlying, sweet esters. Overhead, some extremely light grapes and raisins hang and add a faint tartness and mild sweetness note to the aroma. It's Quad-like, for sure, but not quite as enjoyable or robust or sweet as some other great ones.

Even more bubblegum when you take a sip, like popping a mouth full of Bubble Yum, original flavor. It's funny to me how much Belgian yeast can resemble bubblegum, and it certainly shines here. Candi sugar, clove, light mint... the typical Belgian "spiced" flavors, but something is still missing. There's a lot to be admired on the surface but when you take a deeper look, it seems quite vapid and full of itself, kind of like Ryan Reynolds.

Rotten, dark fruits add to the mix a little bit; plum, dates, and even some mild banana from the yeast. Phenol spices get heavier with warmth and some medicinal and menthol notes eventually come in and shut things down like your parents coming home early from work and interrupting your after-school tonsil hockey session. Chalky, sugar-sweet, fruity and phenolic finish; medium-heavy bodied with decent carbonation and a thick, creamy mouth feel.

Not a bad Quad, but there are a few things holding this back from being really enjoyable to me. The problem is, my palate (like many others) has been spoiled like a pre-teen in Bel-Air by things like Westvletern XII and St. Bernardus Abt 12. Those beers have changed the Quad game forever and Sixth Glass doesn't quite hit the bar. Still enjoyable but nothing to get hard over.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

Part of Boulevard Brewing Co.'s Smokestack Series. The Quad might not be the hardest style to brew, but there are many world-class examples to pit this one against. The light tan head towers almost out of the glass and keeps a decent lacing for the duration. Mild haze on the brownish-amber color. Heavy hit of malt in the nose with caramel, dark bread and cooked fruit/fruitcake with prunes, apples and raisins. So damn smooth with a lush creamy backdrop to the full body. Malt blankets the palate with a sweetness that lasts all the way through, caramel comes in big right in the middle with a juicy ripe fruitiness. Alcohol has an obvious presence with its warmth and mild peppery spice character. Ghost-like beef broth and mild hop bitterness are on par for the style. A little bit of toasted bread-crust in the sweet and slightly spicy finish.

Amazing, Boulevard hits this one just right. Packed with flavor and small complexities, yet still very drinkable and even approachable. We've been to Belgium a few times and have tried numerous Belgian-inspired beers around the globe, and this one sits very close to the top.

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 Shroud0fdoom
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%

Look: Alburn brown with an off white lacing with active sediments. Smell: Candy sugar, yeast, plum and raisin notes, spice and bread dough. Taste: Explosion of candy sugar, belgian yeast, spice, plums, chocolate notes and alcohol. Feel: Medium body, mild carbonation.

Overall: This is a very good offering of an American Brewer trying a Belgian Style. The flavors are pinpoint to a BSDA. The only thing that lets you know it is an American brewer is the carbonation. The body and carbonation is a bit light for a Quad. Enough said this is worthy.

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good to see Boulevard here in NC.Poured into a chalice a deep auburn (just like the bottle says) with a large but pretty quick to fade off white head atop.Dark fruits abound in the nose along brown sugar and sweet alcohol.Cakey flavors like that of christmas cake that has soaked in alcohol for awhile, toffee, and a faint shot of yeasty spiced notes as well.It's a little hot but it doesn't hinder the beer much.A solid quad it's not a big complex monster but it has all the components of a solid quad.

Photo of mojohawk21
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of cbg79
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My hats off to the guys at Boulevard for this exceptional brew. This is the best beer I've had from Boulevard and I would have to say it's one of the better beers I've tasted as of today. With 10.5% abv it was not to strong as compared to others with the same abv. It is a well balanced beer which i poured out of the bottle into a goblet at around 45 degrees. Great taste, very drinkable, and a great all around beer.

Photo of Tiernan
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of joemetric
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of txbrewer
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Tan head that takes a minute or two to drop. Against the light is a deep reddish copper - away from the light the red darkens. Not cloudy at all. No lacing.

S - Malty and then sweet malty. Very little hop bitterness comes through.

T - The malt from the smell carries over almost to a point of chewy. Mild hop bitter at the end and on the back of the tongue.

M - Thicker and quite carbonated. All those bubbles really rolled across my mouth.

D - Being low on the hop bitterness, easily drinkable. I would go for another bottle of this without any issue. Quite nice to find something with this level of malt sweetness and just a bit of bitter at the end.

Due be careful. I did not catch the alcohol content when I purchased this one and it was quite the relaxer as I just kept drinking due to the malty sweetness.

Photo of RoninBirdman
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of warnerry
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 1/17/12; poured into a goblet

A - Pours a beautiful mahogany with a small amount of suspended material. Two fingers if tan head lingers for awhile and coats the glass in lacing.

S - Big caramel malt notes up front, followed by raisins, prunes and dark bread. A bit of alcohol in the nose as well.

T - Taste follows the nose pretty closely, with a touch more alcohol. Lots of caramel and dark dried fruits with earthy brown bread. Finishes dry with a touch of numbing alcohol.

M - Medium/full mouthfeel is somewhat sticky. Some initial sweetness yields to dry earthy bitterness on the finish.

O - One of the better American quads I've had. I wish the alcohol presence was toned down just a bit, but this is very enjoyable.

Photo of DWolf
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best by 7/27/13. Pours a cloudy amber with a big fluffy off white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts, dark fruit, wood and some alcohol. It's a little subdued.

The flavor is sweet toasted caramel malts with dark fruits and a dry light bitter alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK quad. It's kind of sweet with rather sharp alcohol.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,355 ratings.