The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 742
Hads: 2,546
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 192
Gots: 576 | 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:
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: 742 | Hads: 2,546
Photo of jssheets
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of maketheheartglad
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
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! (388 characters)

Photo of acelin
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of 1fastz28
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
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. (704 characters)

Photo of IowaHawkeyesFan
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of kaiyote
4.79/5  rDev +17.7%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of dredmahawkus
4.79/5  rDev +17.7%
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! (197 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of WoostaBia
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
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. (239 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of XxNitExX
4.76/5  rDev +17%
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. (773 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
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. (400 characters)

Photo of bennettwj
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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. (271 characters)

Photo of jeffdillon
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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! (215 characters)

Photo of JimTeal
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
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! (606 characters)

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

Very nice glass full of darker ale with a lite hint of malt and fruit. The smell gives you the feeling it wil be a very fruit ale, but it is not overwhelming. I split the bottle and it might get a little sweet after a whole bottle. Overall it is a great pour... (261 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a 4 pack at Old Farm because I had not seen this before and big fan of Quads. Awesome looking beer, great head that grew and has a good, clean smell. Taste is excellent, great balance, did not taste as strong as the 10.5% that is was. Overall is was a great beer that I am glad I have 3 more of and will buy again. (324 characters)

Photo of PennFBarts
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Like what? Trappist-style ales seem simplified to me, but the tangy yeasts and bready mouthfuls of flavor in this bronson are smooth despite the 10.5% alcohol. Really impressed with this number, even considering the enormous amount of decent trappist ales out there. Fantastic beer that I look to make a staple of my summer Tour de France viewing libation menu. (361 characters)

Photo of DonDirkA
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The nose is overpoweringly figgy. Figs, dates, raisins, dark fruit, toffee, brown sugar, a hint of vanilla, an oaky undertone and did I mention figs? The taste is mad figgy too. Heavy dark fruit, figs, dates, brown sugar, toffee, oak, caramel, raisins, a hint of alcohol warmth, bready notes and a surprisingly light but substantial body and lively carbonation. This is a great Quad and the best of the Smokestack Series that I have had. I wish I would've gotten more than one. I'm sad now. (490 characters)

Photo of Steamer
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass. A very nice amber and cream colored head that lingers. Fruity aroma and bit medicinal, likely due to the high alcohol content, but not unpleasant at all. The taste was surprising; the fruitiness comes through up front followed by dryness with some bitterness that I wasn't expecting based on my experience with other quads. A very pleasant surprise though! After a few sips to get the full effect I settled back and savored every mouthful. An excellent quad and definitely worth a return engagement! (526 characters)

Photo of mschind
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Best by date of 3-16-14.

A- Hazy dark amber with a persistent half inch head that clings to the glass all the way down. Well distributed strands of carbonation throughout.

S- Subtle and distinct malty aroma with a little yeast funk in the background. After a swirl some dried fruit and alcohol come through.

T- A well defined malt character gives way to some banana flavor and some phenolic sweetness. The finish is sweet and peppery For a 10.5 ABV, the alcohol is a warm presence at the finish and not at all harsh. It went nicely with a peppery Italian hoagie and pasta salad and benefited greatly from being allowed to warm up.

M- Medium bodied and smooth with excellent carbonation.

O- This is an elegant and subtle Quad, definitely not as bold as others I've tried but very well made and easy to drink. (860 characters)

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think I am becoming a fan of this brewery!
Poured into a pint glass this beer is a hazy dark amber gold. The tan bubbly creamy head head builds about two fingers high. It dissipates fast and leaves no lacing.
The nose is malt, fruit like fig, prune and date, caramel and booze.
The amazing taste starts with the fruit bouquet of prune, fig and date, maybe some raisin. Bread and dough flavors and caramel are in the middle. The malt and hop balance is remarkable. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering in the taste.
I think I found a new favorite brewery. This beer is the best quad in my book as of yet!
Great, must try beer! (638 characters)

Photo of whynot44
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy red-amber color with a foamy light tan head that settles down fairly quickly to a thin layer that persists and produces some decent lace.

The aroma is dried fruit - plums, apricots, raisins, malt and yeast - a bit of pound cake with a touch of spice and alcohol.

The taste is similar more malt/yeast followed by mixed dried/candied fruit, mildly sweet, not excessive, with a somewhat dry spicy finish - maybe a hint of cloves, and a very definite alcohol afterburn.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth and pleasant to drink.

Nice. Overall a very enjoyable sipping brew take your time. (601 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A cloudy reddish color, with 2 fingers of head that stick to the top of the brew all the way down. Impressive!

S - Belgian candy sugar. Dried fruit, apricot.

T - Oh wow, sweet but not overwhelming. Well balanced, and smooth. Like the smell, dried fruit, apples, apricot, grapes.

M - Full bodied, well carbonated. Perfect mouthfeel.

O - This brew has it all. As good a Quad as I have ever had. Looks, smells, tastes great. If you are a fan of Belgian Quads, you have to try this one. This brewery is very impressive, as I have loved the Long Strange Tripel and the Doublewide IPA. Glad to have them here in GA (618 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nicely clouded coppery orange. Decent head of light tan foam. Fabulous retention, barely dropping though it did chunk up a bit.
Smell is rich, oaky, malt, tart, slightly musty. Great balance.
Taste is malty, tart, oak, rum, light citrus. Wow, just wow.
Medium bodied with a forward, almost pushy effervescence. Warming from the get-go. Dry finish brings out a slightly harsh astringency but it isn't offputting. Wish I had more. (439 characters)

The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 742 ratings.