The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 751
Hads: 2,597
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 21.08%
Wants: 202
Gots: 619 | FT: 12
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 mechtech
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best Quad I've had, I prefer it to Rochefort 10.

The dark fruit characters are the star in this one. Plums, raisins, fig are all easily picked out. If you like dark fruit characteristics rather than the more caramel/molasses heavy quads, this might just be the best one you can buy.

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Photo of derekmorris7
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Epic Beer in my eyes. Here goes the praise.

A = Nice amber with perfect head to it about 1/2 inch of small bubbled light tan

S = A sweet smell hits first then the light malt scent

T = off the charts great. has a perfect sweetness from that caramel taste. then the malt gets you and its not dank at all just perfect

M = perfect carbonation, you can tell its got small carb bubbles and really make for a perfect cling and sweetness gives way a clean finish

I love this beer, Rochefort 8,10 and Sixth Glass tops!!!

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
5/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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Photo of leffebrown84th
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Fantastic. Tastes like fig and plum and at a wonderful 10.5 percent abv it really gets you there. Very slight warmness of alcohol followed by an aftertaste to die for. Fruity but not overly sweet. St. Bernardus has a son and sixth glass quadrupel is his name.

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Photo of ScottieWags01
5/5  rDev +22.5%
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!

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Photo of Braheem
4.94/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is right in my wheelhouse. Deep dark red in appearance with a three finger head.

Taste great! Mild and fruity. Nicely carbonated with a very well hidden APV.

Wasn't all that impressed with the first offering that I sampled from Boulevard Brewing (Tank 7) but this quad is excellent.

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Photo of acsprouse
4.9/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Pours a two finger bubbly head that doesnt stick around long.

S: maltiness Bready malt sweetness

T: malty like the nose. Some sweetness that hides the 10.5 abv very well. Bread Follows from the nose. Theres some spicyness in there. Very slight hop presence.

M: its very smooth, carbonation, a little thick but very drinkable.

O: Very Good brew. Great great quad. Very enjoyable. Its Very drinkable, but be careful its 10.5% abv. Enjoy!

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Photo of Badger6
4.89/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle, best by 07/07/15. Poured into a snifter, left to breathe warm for about 10 minutes after pouring.

A: huge, active fizzy khaki colored head, took two pours to empty the bottle. Some lacing as head recedes, mostly gone after a few minutes, head took nearly 15 minutes to disappear. A dark cherry amber body, some cloudiness.

S: Cherries, dates, dark sticky raisins, cinnamon, and spice cake. Powerful but sensual aroma.

T: Super complex beer. Cherries, all kinds of spiciness, ginger and cinnamon up front, then dark fruits abound. Finishes with a hint of alcohol that quickly turns into heavy flavors of moist fresh baked bread, very yeasty in a good way.

M: Not terribly boozy, but distinctly warming...not a summer beer. Medium mouthfeel, carbonation is not heavy, not light, and the texture is barely oily, but not dry. The initial feel was deceptive to how it formed up on the tongue, initially surprising, got better as it warmed.

O: Cold weather beer, no way I could drink this in the summer, or any weather that isn't cold, rainy and above 40 degrees. So sweet with a huge spice profile, and a fragrant alcoholic character. The flavored and mouthfeel were extraordinarily well-balanced. Not a beer to be consumed cold, started at 55 or so, and it got better as it warmed. The only quadrupels that will match this, have a label only in French and the brewery is in Belgium.

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Photo of 2x10
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow! Recommended from the House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.
Brownish orange foam, and I must say its the best tasting foam ever.
Smooth, creamy, caramel, licorice and hints of spice light up the tongue. Perfect amount of carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden, but u still get that nice warming feel.
Best quad we ever had, slightly better than weyerbacher quad.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.87/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I split this big ass bottle with a few beer buddies at the Brewhaus.

A - Orange tinted brown ale topped with a massive (four finger plus) head of luscious foam. Tons of really nice lace sticks all over the glass. Muddy, cloudy, dark, and evil looking. Nice!

S - Maple syrup, honeycomb, and dark fruits. Prunes, dates, raisins, and dried apricots with honey drizzled on top. Smells really hoppy; particularly for the style. Nothing wrong with hops!

T - Eggo waffle malt notes, with tons of really nice dark fruit...bordering on overripe. Honeycomb, dank hops, and boozy alcohol. Tastes and smells like a really nice cognac...grapey, fruity, but deep luscious and alluring.

M - Full bodied, but spry due to the tight alcohol attenuation and aggressive hop profile. Moderately carbonated, hoppy, and boozy on the finish. An excellent nightcap!

D - This is an outstanding beer from a brewer that I've grown to love. Boulevard is making some good stuff these days, and this is just about the cream of the crop.

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Photo of jssheets
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my first review so bare with me here. First off, the bottle, a 750ml, is quite impressive. The overall feel of what you are getting yourself into can be felt by the great design of the bottle. To the beer, absolutely brilliant! It was a great drink and went down very well. Mouthfeel was again exceptional. The taste, well it hit all the right buds. And at 10.5%, drinking the whole thing in one setting definitely got me buzzed! Boulevard's The Sixth Glass should be on anybody's short list of beers to try.

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Photo of maketheheartglad
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was amber colored with a nice lingering head but too long.

It smelled like fig, raisin, and (I hate to it say it because this beer tasted so good) rubbing alcohol. I've never picked that up in a beer before.

Tastes much like it smells minus the rubbing alcohol which isn't so common for me. It was delicious.

Not so chewy, but not splashy either.

Overall, I like this beer!

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Photo of acelin
4.82/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a smaller smokestack 12 oz. bottle into a smokestack snifter.

Poured an opaque blood orange - burgundy color with a cream head that was rather large at first, shrinking to a finger width within minutes. Moderate lacing down the sides of the glass.

The aromas when pouring are largely cherry/sugar/dried fig based. Hardly any hop bitterness is present. Absolutely divine. Might be my favorite beer of all time. My, how my taste has changed over the last two years.

Mouth-feel is great - a little thick and sugary.

Drinkability is incredible for such a boozy beer. I could pound this back quite easily. So delicious.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.82/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is the 2nd out of this smokestack series from boulevard, and holy tap-dancing christ, they must of kidnapped half of the brewers in belgium and forced them to make beer in KC. Out of the bomber, pours a very dark red amber colored brew with a nice ivory color, smell is fantastic, a very spicy aroma hits you first,the alcohol is noticeable in the nose, but overall its a yeasty, spicy aroma. taste is awesome, a full spicy, flavorful journey of a beer. well worth the 8 bucks for the bottle, it is comparable to alot of your true belgians which cost far more for far less beer. so its a good value. just an awesome beer, one of the best belgians i've had, as well as one of the best domestic beers.

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Photo of IowaHawkeyesFan
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

i absolutely love this beer, its not the best quad i have ever tasted but the price on it makes it my #1. and i love the corked bottle.

it pours a dark slightly hazy brown color, with a thick head that sticks for quite awhile. the smell is of roasted malts and a hint of some chocolate. taste is amazing, its got got a good sweet malt backbone with a good amount of bitterness to ad little zest to it. even at 10.5% you cant taste the alcohol at all.

its not as drinkable as some beers but i only need a pint or two of this and im ready to pass out. it could easily by my favorite beer but i have so many i havnt tried yet.

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Photo of kaiyote
4.79/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of dredmahawkus
4.79/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

raisin banana fruity carmel strong.....ooops its so dry the flavor is gone!

wonderful beer!!! the Bros have it right! world class!!! the only reason I didnt give it a 5 is I didnt have an orgasm!

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Photo of ordybill
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a tulip glass.
Aroma- smells of sweet spice and booze
Appearance- pours a murky orange with an off-white head
Taste- has a strong alcohol flavor that transforms into a malt flavoring
Palate- a full bodied beer with well balanced carbonation with a dry finish
Overall- Boulevard hit a homerun with this beer. A must try on any beer list.

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Photo of WoostaBia
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another homerun from Boulevard. Beer has several layers of flavor. Malty front, light black pepper middle, Belgium yeast and sweet finish are revealed. I haven't had this beer for a while but appreciate it more than the last time I had it.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of XxNitExX
4.76/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip

A- Nice Dark honey color, with a beautiful off white head that goes crazy but falls down quick with beautiful lacing. Nice Big Bubbles!

S- Supprisingly first thing I smell is caramel malts, then dark fruits mixed with a bit of that belgian yeast smell (I say barnyard but that sounds negative). NO alcohol smell at all!

T- Nice smooth dark bready malts with again the same dark fruits. Not to sweet, not to astringent, not to "yeasty" Just a great combination of the flavors you expect in a quad.

M- Oh so smooth. Almost to easy to drink. Great mouthfeel, and a great easy drinker shockingly.

Overall one of the best quads that I can easily find in the midwest, for half the price. Can not beat this beer unless you work really hard.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of bennettwj
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

I first had this beer when I was living in Missouri. If you ever have the opportunity to try it make sure you do! Wonderful flavor with a high alcohol content. This (at least for me) is a beer that I only have one at a time. It goes very well as an after dinner beer.

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Photo of jeffdillon
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Crisp and light, 20 something IBUs, its perfect after a long day at work, Amber color, very little head poured cold and let come up in temp for 15 to 20. Reached right into the gray matter and gave me a happy smile!

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Photo of JimTeal
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Anyone who doesn't appreciate this beer is a communist! What an excellent American quad, near perfect balance, fine finish, ABC hidden in a splendid background of the highest quality ingredients. It's so obvious when a brewer does it right, no reason to nit pick. It starts off with the typical caramel quad sweetness, then evolves to a welcome finish of noticeably forward malt. As the glass mellows and the esters release the smell only gets better and beckons another sip. I can go on forever, but this is an everyday excellent brew.

I forgot to mention, COME ON NEVADA, talk to Boulevard, bring it in!

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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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