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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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1,934 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,934
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 126
Gots: 270 | 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:
”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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-30-2013 18:50:08 | More by TwoTrees
Photo of etownhooligan

North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark caramel or burnt peach hue with a two to one and one half inch head, slightly off white. Very nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Plum/Prune, raisins, molasses, nutmeg and other spice notes. Molasses was the smell I noticed the most, reminds me of those Moravian Cookies. Very little bitterness with a fairly strong alcohol aftertaste.

T: Fruit notes strike the tongue first taste, initially I had to let it warm up as I do most of my drinks. The taste grew sweeter and I began to taste what I smelled.

M: Heavy mouth feel, it almost seems to stick to the tongue.

O: A nice drink all and all, I was surprised in how easy it was to drink, though it does pack a punch.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2014 00:37:08 | More by etownhooligan
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4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Founders Bolt Cutter glass.

A: Beautful amber with orange and red tints. Nice 2-3 finger white head that lasted for a bit. Some lacing.

S: Lots of malts, some sweet fruits.

T: Roasted malts and fruity sweetness. Hints of fruits like of raisin, dates, bananas. A bit of spiciness and the characteristic Belgium yeast.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Sweet up front, and the alcohol hits you towards the end.

O: Really nice quad. One of my favorites in the group. This will have to become one of my regular purchases.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 00:42:41 | More by richj1970
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4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Boulevard snifter. Pours with two fingers of variable sized bubbles that fade quicly.

S:Bread, sweetness and Belgian yeast aromas

T: Somewhat sweet, mildly tart, full bodied bready with only slight hop character. Only mildly boozy, the 10.5% is well hidden

M: smooth, lots of bubbles on the tongue. An soon as it hits my tongue all my taste senses hit overload.

O: I probably could have scored this higher but I've only had a handful of quads. Would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 07:47:49 | More by messyhair42
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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch Number: 68235.

Love the name and the literary reference. It's a perfect extension to so many diabolically-themed brews. In Watchman of the Tower, H.C. Andersen throws in that extra cautionary preachiness that the Temperance Movement was based upon.
It's like Reefer Madness but for beer.

It pours to a peach-tinted dark russet with a quick beige foam that slides over a minute or so to a skimming.
Wet dough aroma, studded with figs and dates, and glazed thickly in caramel. For a moment, it is pure cinnamon roll. Then, some spikes of clove precede a pure grapey, fresh vinousness akin to a Beaujolais.
Doughy malts again unfold first in the mouth. Joined with a prickly cinnamon and slovenly amounts vanilla glaze and brown sugar and it apes a Cinnabon Roll for a moment. This is rich and decadent, without question. Confection aside, it brings notions of toasted walnuts and a pinprick of coffee roastedness. Brown sugar stays true, and becomes paramount. It mixes with clove and caramelized ginger and fruited preserves of fig and orange. The concluding portions are thickly grapey, and semi-alcoholic. Dunk a fat cinnamon roll in Port, and you will find a fairly reasonable facsimile of the Sixth Glass.
The body has a rolling, rollicking, uppity carbonation that gives lift to the rotund body. It maintains a drinkablity that should not come from it's sweetness or strength.

Tasted blind, this seems like it coming from Belgium (and it reminds me specifically of Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale...and that itself is the highest of praise). The fact that it come from middle America is astounding.

Like all the other Smokestacks, this is ridiculously fucking good.

Get on the bandwagon, people.

These are for real.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 09:45:48 | More by cokes
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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice orange, brown, cider color. Decent white head that laces decently.

S - White fruits. Grapes, raisins, peach, some citrus. Hops and breadiness, and a nice light malt backbone of candied fruit.

T - Great taste. Light and airy, filled with light fruits, somewhat yeasty but counterbalanced really well by the candied fruit maltiness.

M - Medium bodied, pretty dry. Carbonation is spot-on.

D - Would get this again. One of the best Quads I've had in a long time. Very impressed.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 05:12:32 | More by jmerloni
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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Big, bold, mildly cloudy orangey/caramel amber. Frothy, bubbly white-orange head with great retention.

S: Belgian yeasts, bready malts, citrus (apples, pears, grapefruit). Short caramel/molasses aroma escapes. Lots of fruit and bread.

T/M: Utterly smooth flavors of apples and bread on the initial sip. Complex flavors of raisins, bananas, pears along with spice, Belgian yeast and alcohol. Malty, rich, smooth mouthfeel. sticky and milky on the palate. Medium carbonation with medium sized body. Caramel and honey flavors follow into the aftertaste.

D: A great quad. Typically not my style but this is purely delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 01:50:06 | More by YouSkeete
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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear, coppery ruby color with golden edges. It pours with a big, billowy, light tan head that quickly fades to moderate lace.

s: Warm flowery raisin smell are accented by spicy cinnamon. There is just a hint of candied sugar sweetness as well.

t: This tastes a little sweeter than the smell would suggest. Prickly sweet candied sugar molasses with some raisin and cherry flavors. The finish brings a warm, flowery spiciness.

m: Long lasting, gently foamy carbonation makes this feel like the genuine article.

d: This one caught me off guard. Thanks to mhewes for one of the best American Quads I've tried. Boulevard absolutely nailed this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 11:41:36 | More by DIM
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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 06:33:50 | More by MattyG85
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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my uncle for sending this to me.

So far, this is the best of the Smokestack series.

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Looks like a typical quad with a murky brown color, only slightly lighter with more of an amber tint.

Nose is a somewhat mellow, floral smell. I got some bananas with a little bit of prunes.

Taste is outstanding. A very warming brew but the alcohol is masked very well. Definitely packs a punch.

And outstanding quad. Glad I got the opportunity to try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 00:18:16 | More by jdubjacket
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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the last of the Smokestack Series for me, and I can't imagine I would be any less impressed with this one than the previous three, but I better make sure. Pours a dark copper with some almost indiscernible streaks of red into a snifter. Has a huge foamy tan head that recedes in a dilatory fashion leaving little lacing behind. Has a robust and complex smell of raisins, figs and other dark fruits with some alcohol right behind mixed in with some big malts, caramel and toffee. Tastes is just as complex as the smell with some big malty creaminess, light chocolates, caramel, sweet bread, some grains, dark fruits, hops and some big alcohol heat bringing up the rear. Mouth-feel is medium bodied and smooth, but the big alcohol heat might be a turn off for some, although is welcomed to me. There is plenty of brisk carbonation to keep things exciting. All I can say is hell yeah!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 18:33:59 | More by stephens101
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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely one of the best Quad's I've ever drank! Nice deep yellow color with an orange hue. The aroma was like heaven, with all though components (spices, fruit, hop's and malts) and you can't believe your drink an ale that's 10% alcohol. So mellow, but be careful, it can jump up and bite you! Great brew, can't wait to buy a case of four packs!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 19:45:47 | More by BeerManDan
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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice dark amber color with a light tan color head that is extremely active and about 1.25 inches.

S - Smell is very fluffy and gentle but at the same time very delicious and present. Nice sourdough and bready smells with some caramel notes very present. Mild clove and some spice as well. Great malt profile.

T - This is where this beer sores in my eyes. Delicious and smooth malt sweetness with some mild phenolic tastes. Spices a plenty with some vanilla and cinnamon. The malt profile is so full, complex and delicious very good offering. Delicious beer. One of the best if not the best of the Series. Some nice alcoholic notes along with dark fruits as well.

M - Creamy and nice CO2 content and feel. Fluffy with a nice full body.

D - Very drinkable especially with the high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 02:22:43 | More by JoEBoBpr
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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think my first quadruple ale, at least that I can remember.

A: Lovely dark copper, cloudy, caramel, poured into my Duvel tulip didn't leave much of a head. Hardly any lacing.

S: Some apple and cinamon, fermentation, smoky, very inviting.

T: Hits very nicely, just want to keep drinking, sweet malt sugar and spice with a clean finish.

M: Simply put it just feels good, definately wanting more. Hits the tongue fast and washes over with a slight bitter almost brandy wine taste to it.

D: Very drinkable, At over 10% abv it definately sneaks up on you. Wanted another right away, probably lucky it only came in a 4 pack!!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 04:23:47 | More by homersimpson67
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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened this up which was corked, I hate opening corked bottles, this one foamed out all over me. Oh well

Pourd these into my goblet, it made a nice 2 inch head that went away pretty quickly. Did not notice any lacing at all.

It smelled citrusy, very fruity, like berries and banana bread, a hint of yeast.

First thing to hit my mouth was a nice sweet fruity taste, then a hint of nice spices.

Mouthfeel felt a little bitter with a noticable tatse of alcohol and carbonation

Drinkability was pretty high for this one. Would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 21:29:29 | More by tr4nc3d
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North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Belgian ale glass from a beautiful Boulevard bottle.

A: Dark red and orange with a cloudy cider-like appearance. Beautiful dark golden head with lacing and a nice amount of carbonation. Very thick sediment in the bottom of the glass, so avoid a vigorous pour.

S: High ABV, big malt backbone. Lots of smokey character covering notes of cherry and molasses.

T: Massive malt character, rich spice, clove and cherry. Good hop kick on top. This beer had a very bold character and body, lots of deep flavors. Not much bitterness. Sweet caramel and brown sugar base. Hugely drinkable despite its rich flavor and 10.5% ABV.

M: Smooth but not silky with a good bit of CO2. Very crisp and clean, not hoppy and no detrimental after-effects or tastes.

O: A wonderful thick beer, chocked full of massive flavors and big character. Extremely malty, somewhat sweet with some interesting fruit characteristics. Big molasses, cherry and brown sugar flavors on top of its malt balance. Delicious and complex.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2014 23:18:35 | More by jsausley
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove. Man, this is my favorite quad that I've had in a while, and I had a Pannepot the same day. At first it smelled of spiced rum, but as it warmed sweet dates and black cherries came out with a tinge of cinnamon and ginger. Clove phenols grow, but never overpower as the beer approaches room temperature. Very drinkable and rich in flavor. Something a bit different from your normal caramel-malt driven quad. I'd call this must-try for quad-lovers.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 03:38:17 | More by tempest
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy walnut color in my Orval glass with a thumb sized tan head. head falls fairly fast with no lace to speak of.

Aroma is nice big malty caramel, fruit cake lots of plums, raisins and fresh apples. Some light spice and yeast notes underneath the wonderful sweetness.

Taste is like nose big huge malt notes, lots of caramel apples molasses seeming to mingle through out. Finish is where dark fruits appear plums, sugar coated raisins, even some pear notes to mingle with the spice and add a touch of dry tartness. Man this baby is good so sweet and chewy but not cloying at all. Finish is lightly peppy spice with a touch of hops. Alcohol in not noticed other then a touch of warming in the finish. Very well done Boulevard.

Mouthfeel is good just enough carbonation to give it the needed kick with out being to much, which is an issue i have with some Belgian styles. Body is nice medium.

Drinkability is great, not my favorite style prefer a good Dubblel but this one is very well done and I am wishing I could get more locally. Nuff said if you see it buy it you will not be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 01:17:31 | More by mntlover
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml Bottle poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

Pours a deep amber-highlighted mahogany color with an inch of pillowy beige head that quickly disappears.
The aroma has lots of sweet and syrupy candi sugar characteristics as well as some bready malt, raisins and green apples.
The taste starts off with cherries, candied dates and figs upfront followed by a strong caramelized sugar malt backbone. There’s also a subtle and spicy yeast flavor in the background along with an assertive alcohol presence.
The body is silky smooth with active carbonation ( maybe a little bit to much carbonation , but thats the only - point ) and a dry, malty finish.
Overall, this is a GOOD quad , a rich and potent Quad that should definitely be split between two people.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 21:02:01 | More by beerpirates
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District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottled purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, 2013 vintage and best by 5/16/15 poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter, drank 10/31/13 over an hour

A: 2/3 - red-auburn coloration, moderate clarity (cannot see and read through), initial white rocky/soapy head on first pour resolved into 1/2 finger glass lacing with residuals clinging to the glass --> modertae-to-high carbonation for style; thick alcohol legs as expected for 10.5% ABV

S: 9/12 - Belgian-yeast stone fruit esters: plums, raisins, cherries, sour apples; small amount of Noble hop aroma

T: 16/20 - on the front of the tongue, there is a moderate sweetness as some fruit flavors - plum, raisin and apple; in the middle of the mouth, these flavors developed into impressible malt complexity with some alcohol complexity and Sytrian Goldings hop character for balance; impressively little aftertaste for the intense malt complexity

M: 4/5 - big, chewy body (provided by the high alcohol content); slightly high carbonation for style but makes the flavors pop

O: 9/10 - one of my favorite Belgian quads, which was validated by a blind tasting against some of the best Belgian quads (Westy XII, St. Bernardus, etc.), where this was my favorite; at 10.5% with the intense malt complexity, it's crazy dry, which I love; I also love that this beer is released year-round, which is awesome --> highly recommended!

TOTAL = 40/50

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 03:16:50 | More by MNishCT77
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Westmalle chalice a hazy brunt orange/light brown color with two fingers worth of foam that recedes semi-slowly, leaving behind some decent lacing. Candi sugar, yeast, candied fruit, and hints of caramel in the nose. Taste is fairly sweet in the front, flavor of cherry cordials, burnt sugar, some fruitiness, maybe some orange flavors that creep up and then disappear, some caramel, slightest hints of chocolate, some green hop character in the background, slightly spicy and peppery. Very complex, and that's definitely a good thing. Nice, creamy mouthfeel, but enough carbonation zip on the tongue that makes this one bright and extremely drinkable for the high ABV. Alcohol warming can be felt, but its fairly well hidden for the amount. A fantastic Belgian Style Quad. I've been impressed with the Smokestack series so far, and out of the three I've tried, this one has to be my favorite. Looking forward to the Bourbon Barrel Quad w/ cherries to come out.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 04:30:40 | More by KeefD
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a looker. Beautiful mahogany color with mouse like tan head floating above. One of the best looking beers I've ever seen.

Cherry, rum, toast, molasses, vanilla, and a bit of roastiness in the nose. Almost tart smelling.

Starts with those sweet candi sugar flavors that are rummy and little chocolaty. Cherry like fruitiness in the middle brings some tartness to the table and rounds out the sweetness a bit. Finishes bone dry with black pepper and nutmeg flavors.

Mouthfeel is wonderful because it dances on the line between extremely attenuated and full bodied. Another highly drinkable beer out of the smokestack series. I wish I could get these beers here in Central PA. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 00:09:42 | More by bosco7
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer the other night it was out of a 4pk. I poured it out of the bottle into a pint glass.
A: was very caramel looking almost red in color with a light brown head on it left a lot of lace on the glass.
S: Very malty caramel smell has kinda of a sweet note with a little bit of hops on the nose
T: At first taste was full of of sweetness and little bit of malt and hops. The second taste was a little less sweet and more hops.
O: Overall this beer was very awesome i had some of the smokestack series before and i'm looking forward to rating the rest including the collaboration with deschutes

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 03:12:18 | More by RexlySnipes
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gigantic tight off white head sticks around for most of the beer. Nice amber cherry clear filtered color.

Very nice aroma. Cherries, tobacco, dark fruits. Nice warm spicy aroma comes on towards the back end.

The taste doesn't deviate far from the aroma just a little more complexity. A slight twang from the yeast. Cherry and dark fruit flavor melds nicely with a spicy alcohol bite. A bit of caramel is present. There is a lot of depth in this very nice brew.

Nice carbonation and creamy chewy body. Quite an alcohol kick. I'm a fan of this brew not quite on the same level as my love for the bbq, but very close. This guy stacks up quite nicely with any Belgian quad.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 02:25:40 | More by bfields4
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thick, rich, with a bit of spice. Deep amber in color, with a nice head. First sip was exceptional as the carbonation seemed to enhance the spice. Smooth, with just a minor hint of bitterness at the end. Almost a perfect balance. Exceptionally easy to drink ( I tried to take it slow to savor it but it slides down the throat with the greatest of ease.)

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 00:40:31 | More by FriendOfTheAbbey
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