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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

1,918 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,918
Reviews: 661
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 126
Gots: 262 | 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:
”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

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 11-15-2007)
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz bottle with an enjoy by date of 12/30/15. There is also a Julian code to indicate the bottling date that is a little smeared, but seems to indicate a bottling date of 12/30/13. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series chalice.

Appearance - A gentle pour, so as not to fill my beer with the sediment on the bottom of the bottle, yields a one and a half finger head of tan with just the slightest caramel-hued twinge to it. The bubbles are fine and lucious and they retain for several minutes before receding to a film with pockets of thicker foam intermittently dispersed on the surface of the liquid. Beneath the film likes a dark burnt umber body with shades of burgundy and auburn depending on how the light hits the glass. Lacing is mostly nonexistent save for a few idle spots here and there.

Smell - The aroma is a sweet blend of light molasses and brown sugar, with some fainter notes of fig and dried fruit alongside some baking spice, reminiscent of clove and some faint hints of banana-like esters that really add more depth to the beer than they do overpower the other flavor profiles.

Taste - Fruity esters are again present here, but less on the banana side of things and more in the range of figs and dates and perhaps some red plum as well? The spiciness from the yeast is also present, imparting notes of clove and brown sugar, with some caramel sweetness. As it finishes, there is just a hint of some bitterness and almost a metallic taste. Oddly, I got sort of a metal taste after the first drink, but didn't really notice again through the rest of the glass. There is also a faint burn of the high alcohol, but it's amazingly well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and moderate carbonation, with just enough fizz to avoid feeling flat.

Overall, yet another traditional Belgian style that Boulevard does well. It's a little lighter than many beers in the quad/BSDA category, but that's no problem by my view. The only thing I will say is that I wish there were a little more depth of flavor to this one. One of the things I like about the style is that it continues to evolve and develop throughout the enjoyment of the glass. This one was pretty similar from start to finish. As such, I feel the need to dock the overall score, because the sum of it's parts were just not quite as good as the individual components.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2014 15:21:11 | More by LambicPentameter
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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,918 ratings.