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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
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2,480 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,480
Reviews: 750
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 185
Gots: 535 | 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...

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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 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 AlCaponeJunior
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the sixth glass quadrupel from smokestack. Originally had in 750mL, multiple re-reviews in 12oz bottles.

Tried this one first on vacation in TX at my mom's house. Surprised Boulevard makes it this far south... but then again, I'm not surprised, it's a great brewery. I was truly ecstatic tho when I saw they had a smokestack series at the local supermarket (although this was the only one).. and not only that, it was one of the ones I hadn't tried yet!

Life is good, that's why they make these beers... so you don't forget!

Absolutely beautiful brew, clear copper-amber, many rising bubbles, and a full, thick, lasting head with ample lacing that slides down the glass to rejoin the head accents this fantastic beer creation.

Raisins, dark fruits, plums, cherries, mild hops, yeast and sweet malts all shine through on this very spicy smelling, wonderful brew. At this ABV, there's no covering up a slight scent of alcohol, but it seems to only enhance in this case. FABULOUS.

Tastes much like the smell, fabulously delicious and complex as any beer I've ever had. All the dark fruits are hinted at, especially raisins, cherries and figs, with a touch of delicious apple. The spices stand out equally, and spicy it is. Pepper is definitely present, as are a whole bunch more sweet and spicy flavors. There's also a noticeable flavor of delicious yeastiness, a very mild alcohol flavor (faint for such a strong beer), and some sweet breaded malts and just a touch of hops, perfectly balanced. The sweet raisiny spiciness lingers oh so nicely with every sip.

Mouthfeel is thick, rich, and wonderful; nothing short of a work of art. A warm feeling of satisfaction permeates the gullet as this strong brew works its magic. The perfect fruity aftertaste finishes it off.

Note: Mouthfeel probably got a little better as it warmed, but overall this brew showed almost equal character and enjoyability over the full range of temperatures, which for me were from cold refrigeration temperature upon opening (pouring into a snifter) to the full on room temperature warmness upon finishing my last sip of the 750 mL bottle almost two hours later. This hasn't changed over multiple sessions of re-reviewing this beer.

Drinkability is absolutely perfect. Few beers meet such a high standard in any style, any country. America SHINES on this one. I challenge any foreign country to top this beer.

EDIT: upon re-review multiple times, I'm upping my rating on this one to a perfect FIVE. I've done enough reviews that I know that this one is as close to perfect as it's likely to get, and I have never, ever liked a beer more than this one. If something else winds up beating it, I'll change my review back to the original 4.85 it was on the first go-round. Even on my fifth or sixth re-visitation of this brew, I still absolutely love it every time. This is my favorite smokestack, favorite quad, and remains my highest rated beer for good reason.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

Photo of kaiyote
4.79/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a chalice:

Appearance: Gorgeous dark ruby color. Started off with a 2 finger head that dwindled to 1/2 a finger that has staying power.
Aroma: Belgian yeast. Spicy, musty, amazing.
Taste: Lots of spice from the yeast. Dark fruits, malt, a caramel thing going on. Prune comes up in the aftertaste. There's some alcohol in there too.
Mouthfeel: Seems about right for a quad. Not too thick, nice carbonation.
Overall: Having never heard of this brewery before, I am pleasantly surprised by how good this is. Definitely my new favorite non-Trappist Quadrupel.

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

12 ounce bottle, "Best by 1/17/13" etched onto the mid section of the bottle.

Pours dark glowing almond, near clear, oatmeal head, on the thick and high side. Crumbles slowly to a thicker film and leaves a high frothy collar, slippery low sheeting and moderate tongues of thicker lacing.

Nose of fruit juices, candied fruits and some peppery alcohol.

Lots of cloves, peppery alcohol spice, tart apples, grape juice, some dark ripe fruits like figs and raisins come to mind. Tasty and enjoyable large brew.

Well worth a try if you are lucky enough to be in an area Boulevard distributes its fine beers to.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, orange-brown in color, cloudy, high carbonation

Smell: old apples, bread, alcohol, and pear

Taste: probably the biggest pear taste I have gotten from a beer in a while—especially at the end, dark bread and apple are also big flavors

Mouthfeel: super high carbonation, light body, sweet start with a bitter alcoholic taste towards the end.

Overall: If you like the taste of pear, you should love this as it is about as pronounced here as in any beer I have had. I like how the bread and other flavors interact with it. This ranks right up there with the best domestic quads. I will get this again.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy medium brown with a khaki head. The aroma is dark fruit with some candi sugar, yeast and brown sugar. The aroma has something that reminds me of red wine. The flavor is brown sugar and dark fruits with some alcohol. The alcohol is a little boozy and also very warming. There is some light spicing in the flavor and once again something that reminds me of a dark, big bold red wine. Low carbonation and medium body. An excellent American quadrupel.

Photo of bsp77
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Cloudy reddish-orange with a massive cream-colored head and bubbly lacing.

Smell: Plum, raisin, figs, cherry, banana, brown sugar, and all other kinds of sweet, fruity goodness. Some very light clove and pepper. I could smell this all day and be happy.

Taste: Tastes exactly like the aroma (see description above - too lazy to repeat it or attempt to paraphrase), but is ultimately a trifle too sweet for my tastes. Still great, just prefer my Quads a little mustier and drier.

Feel: Relatively high carbonation - somewhat tingly. Thick, chewy body that is nonetheless not as thick as expected for the abv. Very warming and quite silky overall.

Overall: Extremely well made Quad that further proves how well Boulevard can nail the appearance and mouthfeel of Belgian beers (most US craft brewers fail at these aspects). I just wish it was a little less sweet.

Photo of magictrokini
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper with a thick tan head. Brown sugar, yeast, dark candied fruits, and malt in the nose. Boozy glaze over all the flavors. Raisins, dates, molasses, vanilla, and caramel blend with the spice to form a heavy Belgian ale. This would do well as a winter brew.

Photo of Justin8mypants
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Really nice deep red color, beautiful creamy head which had great retention

S: Really Aromatic, a lot of sweet spices as you might expect, like clove and nutmeg. I also get a lot of banana and biscuits.

T: The spices and banana come through quite a bit along with some vanilla and just has a beautiful sweetness which you would expect from the style. A lot of complexity between the flavors. Nice warmth from the alcohol

M: I would say perfect carbonation, nice body and very smooth

O: Awesome beer. Highly recommend. First time trying this from Boulevard and I would definitely buy again. I am very impressed.

Photo of deebo
2.87/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank a 750 ml bottle from Batch 68256

A-Clear mahagoney with large than head that hangs on.

S-Sweet, malty, raisin, toasted and burnt malt

T-Hoppier than the world class Belgian Quads and unlike them the alcohol is not well hidden.

M-Light for the style. More carbonation and astringency than others.

D-Below average for the style due to the alcohol burn that is balanced better with the real good versions of this style

The appearance and smell are by far the best attributes of this quad. I had big hopes that quickly faded after tasting. Not a bad beer but doesn't match up with some of the Belgian/Netherlands versions.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a rich cloudy ruby ewith a small off white very thin head. Nose is a bit boozy, sweet and has some light maltiness.

Taste is sharp and sweet, a little funky but still rich and strong. Very sharp but not too carbonated. Overall a really good, but I'd say go for the BBQ if you can it really kicks this up a notch.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish amber in color. An inch thick layer of foam rests on top of this brew. Brussels lacing on the glass. Dark Belgian candy sugar with hints of caramel. Intensely thick and alcoholic mouthfeel. This is serious stuff. I get loads of sweet malt and dark Belgian candy sugar. Lingering fade of Belgian yeast and dark malt. This is a great teat.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The Sixth Glass pours deep rich chestnut with a slight haze with a pillowy off-white foam cap that mounds up over the rim of the glass. The nose is fruit - a mix of large pitted and dried, and a hint of dark moist Carmel cake. Large pitted fruit, a faint citrus, dark raisins and a hint of fig begin the palate with a touch of chocolate and caramel. Medium full body with above average carbonation.

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet glass. Best by date of 11/09/14.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish mahogany amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A big, rich, and sweet aroma of spicy yeast, dark fruits, and toasty caramel malts. Belgian yeast with hints of funk, clove, cinnamon, and peppers. Big fruit esters with hints of bananas, pear, apple, and grape. Big dark fruit esters of raisin, fig, dates, plum, prune, and dark cherry. Sweet Belgian candied sugars and brown sugar. Big toasty sweet malt presence with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and grain. Some alcohol hints come through as well. A very good Quad aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose with a big taste of yeast, spices, fruits, and caramel malt. Spicy Belgian yeast with notes of clove, funk, pepper, and cinnamon. Big mix of fruit taste with notes of bananas, apple, pear, and grape with dark fruit esters of raisins, fig, plum, dates, prune, and dark cherry. Sweet mix of Belgian candied sugars and brown sugar. Deep toasted malt taste with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, and grains. Light background presence of earthy hops. A really rich and good all around Quad taste with a little alcoholic kick.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and somewhat slick. Moderate alcohol presence.

Overall: A very good American version of a Belgian Quad. Great yeast and fruit esters with a good sweet malt base.

Photo of alexkeil
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful deep, hazy, amber color with an off white fizzy head. The aroma I get is mostly yeast. The mouthfeel is medium, very carbonated, a little bit of that creaminess you expect from belgians but certainly not as much as a Trappist. The higher alcohol creates a perception of bitterness and does give off some warmth that flirts with being hot. The flavor is suitably complex with a rounded malt character, figs, maybe a hint of orange, some peppery character. With the high alcohol you sometimes get the flavor of some type of liquer. I've had quadrupels that have hidden the alcohol flavor more, but this is a well made beer.

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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,480 ratings.