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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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1,787 Ratings

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Ratings: 1787
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%

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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Photo of froghop


3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown with a ruby tint, a very large head, and good lacing.

smell is of dark fruit, malt, oatmeal, a bit of cocoa, and burnt caramel.

taste is smooth, malty, some cocoa, some dark fruit, and brown sugar, ends smooth and a little bitter.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 02:50:01 | More by froghop
Photo of ccrida


3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my large St. Fueillien tulip, The Sixth Glass is a hazy dark brown with a large off-white head, tight and creamy, and slow to subside, leaving sheets of foamy lace.

Smell is sweet and fruity, nothing really distinct for the style, a touch of blood like iron.

Taste is really heavy on the raisin - whoa! Spicy, not overly alcoholic, really just dominated by the cured grapes, too much special b I'd guess, if not an out-right additive. Not bad, just heavy-handed, lacking complexity. I paired it with a cigar, which was worked well - it stood up to the robustness of the tobacco, but I didn't feel like I was missing anything.

Mouthfeel has a heavy, creamy carbonation, a bit of crispness but not exactly sharp. I've come to recognize this as the trademark of the Boulveard Belgians. The higher ABV is particularly drying, but overall it's pretty digestible.

Drinkability is pretty good, a decent quad, but lacking the depth you find in the best examples of the style. Still, I appreciate the strong flavor, a fine second choice, it certainly held up to the cigar quite well. Also, not a bad price for the packaging, another hallmark of the smokestack line.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 05:34:28 | More by ccrida
Photo of MTNboy


3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has an impressive appearance there is a lot of carbonation. The head was thick but disappeared quickly. The lace was not thick as one would imagine. The aroma is complex. There are strong scents of wood and fruit. The body is dark reddish amber. There are a lot of wood flavors which were nice but I felt it did not counter the alcohol flavor enough. You can definitely feel warmth from the 10.5 percent alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 07:31:44 | More by MTNboy
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6th Glass has a beautiful color spectrum: deep, rusty garnet to brilliant grenadine to bright peach - like a reverse tequila sunrise when held to light. Head hardly diminishes and settles into a blanket of lumpy foam. Retention sends up foamy fingers after every sip. Honestly, I can't think of how this beer could look better.

Aroma is caramel, vanilla wafer filling and yeasty spice for depth. Alcohol is up front and sloppy.

6th Glass features mid range fruits such as apricot and golden pear versus the darker fruits I'm used to for this style. It works well just the same though. Zesty spice ties the flavors together. Just like the aroma, there's a cantankerous booziness that sloshes around the palette and upsets the beer. Very creamy mouthfeel despite not being all that malty a beer.

If Boulevard could tone down the booze and maintain the rest of this beer I'd float my boat much more buoyantly.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 15:34:30 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of peoplewithhands


3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a toulip glass.

Appearance: Reddish orange with a large head that turns into a thin lacing and stays throughout. Lacing residue in the glass as you drink. Very pleasing to the eye.

Smell: Sweet with a spicy couriander smell. I Smelled a hint of citrus and even a little banana, also some lemon zest. I didn't find the alcohol smell to be overbearing at all, which I like.

Taste: The spices taste more subtle than they smell. the fruity banana like flavor comes out with just a little bitternesss that initially seems to be spices, but I believe to be the subtleness of the high alcohol content.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and high carbonation. The carbonation felt pleasant in my mouth

Overall: I enjoyed that even with the high alcohol content, the beer didnt taste like alcohol. The alcohol blended in with the spices well and I really enjoyed the tickling in my mouth from the carbonation. I am new to the quadrupel style of beer, but If this is true to the style, I quite enjoy it, and would definitely drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 19:07:16 | More by peoplewithhands
Photo of CharlieMurphy

New York

3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: More red and glowing than a typical quad. Still brownish orange with dark fruit notes and a substantial off white head that hangs out all day.

S: Banana, cloves, kiwi, pickled yams, honey, cinnamon. Could be more aromatic.

T: Well balanced and blended combination of traditional belgian yeast fruit esters with a light body and amply carbonation that further contribute to the lightness. Some faintly chewy candy on the end.

M: Full up front, carbonation crashing authoritatively midway, gentle finish of different fruits playing their parts staccato. A little dry thereafter (-)

O: Priced right, not super drinkable but an excellent dinner beer to have on the reg.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 04:06:48 | More by CharlieMurphy
Photo of Momar42


3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into La Trappe goblet

A - deep orange hues. very little head and mild carbonation. Glass generates a pool of bubbles in the center but thats it. No lacing.

S - fruits, spices and booze. Nice notes of belgian yeast. Pretty good for an American quad.

T - somewhat one dimensional. Too much on the sweet side for my liking. Doesnt linger enough either. That being said, its a pretty good take on a style that I still havent had a knock out offering from the US.

M - too light for my tastes. Not bad, just doesnt have the punch of its European namesakes

O - if judged as an American offering this would rate higher. But when quads are the style I really started on and Belgium is where I started, perhaps I am too harsh. If you can find Rochefort 10, St Bernardus, Pannepot or Westvletern, give this one a pass. For the price though it has its niche.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 04:18:59 | More by Momar42
Photo of jsanford


3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark caramel brown with a thin ivory head that settles to a slight ring and haze. Aromas or brown sugar, caramel, figs, peppery yeast, and a touch of roasted banana. Taste is similar,notes of brown sugar, figs and dates, ripe pear, and Belgian yeast. Mouthfeel is smooth and slick, with a medium-full body and good carbonation. Solid Quad offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 01:19:23 | More by jsanford
Photo of drseamus

New York

3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A bit light for a quad in my opinion. It has a nice deep red body with a nice off white head.

S: Spicy with a good malt profile. There are some dark fruits in there also.

T: Spicy like the flavor. I get a bit of clove along with more dark fruits. A bit too spicy for me overall. There is a good caramel flavor.

M: Nice creamy body.

D: Not too bad, along the lines of La Trappe Quad if I remember correctly.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 01:18:15 | More by drseamus
Photo of allengarvin


3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a duvel glass, this beer pours out a dark cloudy brown with a huge frothy head. Aroma is a bit faint, spicy & sweet. Very sweet tasting, almost too sweet for me. It has got a load of dark fruits and lots of appropriate and interesting phenols, but I find it close to cloying. Peppery alcohol apparent in the finish.

The first of the Boulevard Belgians that I haven't cared for.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 02:07:45 | More by allengarvin
Photo of jujubeast6000


3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/21/2009 (bottle batch#68235):

Pours a huge creamy tan colored head, diminishing, and a dark ruby red color body. Strong dark fruity, flowery aroma, fig and a touch of alcohol. Very sweet nd floral, very Belgiany. Creamy mouthfeel, flowery taste. Lightly sweet, not sickly. Dark fruit is not as pronounced, sweet aftertaste, some hotness. Dark fruit and fig taste, apple too.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 05:39:13 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of Fatduck


3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Smokestack series glass, how could I resist? Its a beautiful brown that turns ruby red when held to the light. Smooth fluffy looking head, never quiet goes away.

Smell is deep, and rich, caramel and raisins come to mind first. Very smooth taste, with a bit of heat from the alcohol, just a touch too much.

Thick and creamy this is a beer that stands up and say "Hey, drink me idiot!"

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 02:59:48 | More by Fatduck
Photo of alexkeil

New York

3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 23:59:23 | More by alexkeil
Photo of jsh420


3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

best by 10/28/12

pours cloudy amber burnt orange with a 2 finger head that had decent retention and left spotted lacing

smells of candy sugar semi dark fruit malts and of course that yeast

taste is solid - just like the nose candy sugar nutty malt but the dark fruit is not there it is more on the banana side some clove - good amount of yeasty earthy spice

mouthfeel medium body with tons if not too much carbonation soo much that the beer seem to melt in my mouth

overall - while the beer is not the greatest example of the style the flavor is there and it is very enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 03:39:51 | More by jsh420


3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes.
12oz bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a rich red, amber body with steady level of carbonation. The light tan head has good formation, and holds well with the retention. Lacing is nonexistent. 

S: A very sweet and malty aroma, hints at grapes and currants. Medium level of intensity for style. 

T/M: Taste is light and has a floral character to it. Spice off the yeast and a subtle hop bitterness. Malt has a nice amber taste, one that holds through to the lingering finish. Mouthfeel is light and very drinkable.

O: All in all, this is a nice and drinkable quad, but fairly light and really doesn't compare to others in the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 13:40:54 | More by GDBEERMAN
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3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Always searching for the great American Quad.

A - This is a really deep, ruby red beer. Not quite what I was expecting, but very pretty. Big, creamy head that left some minor stick on the sides.

S - Dark fruit, yeast, some brown sugar. Straight forward.

T - Somehow it reminds me of cardboard. They yeast and dark fruits are very present, as well as the brown sugar. Decent alcohol burn.

M - Full bodied, carbonation that kind of bites the tongue.

O - It's not bad, something about the taste didn't leave my mouth right. Tasted a bit artificial and harsh. Not a bad beer though, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 05:25:47 | More by AgentZero
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass.

The beer is a dark honey amber color. A cream colored head recedes to a huge circle of foam with light watery spots of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is slightly boozy, but bubblegum and bready yeasts come out.

The beer starts tangy with pineapple fruitiness paving the way for a bubblegum sweet middle and a piny, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty heavy.

Overall, flavorful, but too sharp and boozy for me to enjoy much of.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 19:30:50 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of katan


3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750mil smokestack series. S8058

A - Pours a light red to gold color. Lots of head formation, approximately 1/4 inch, that is pearly white. Appears to be bottle conditioned as there is a fair amount of yeast hazing. Carbonation is present in the form of vigorous bubbling.

S - Phenolic tones smack you straight in the face. Behind that are the belgian yeast notes, spicy and earthy.

T - Starts off with a very minimal flavor, some sweetness from the pile of fermentables. Does develop some of the trademark yeast - spicy. Finishes with a smooth combination of massive alcohol and light sweetness. An interesting malt flavor hangs around as an overtone.

M - Medium in body, which is surprising for the style of beer and what appears to have gone into it. Leaves a clingy film on the tongue. The carbonation bite is the most dominant attribute.

D - Sits heavy on the palette. The carbonation is making this beer very filling. The alcohol is probably the factor that reduces the drinkability of this beer the most - you have to be very careful with it.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 04:30:03 | More by katan
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3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle courtesy of mmtmatrix poured into a goblet.

Pours a hazy amber brown with a big off-white head with tons of carbonation (which I've gotten in all the Smokestack beers) which causes the head to last forever and leaves good lacing.

The aroma is very sweet with candi sugar, Belgian yeast and tons of dark fruits dominating - plums and raisins especially. There is an alcohol burn in the nose as well.

Big sweet caramel malts dominate the taste with tons of candi sugar and a yeasty bubble-gum flavor as well. The dark fruits are there but not quite as big as in the aroma. Alcohol definitely makes its presence felt in the finish with a major warming effect.

The mouthfeel is very highly carbonated, too much for my liking, and medium bodied for the style.

This is a less heavy version of a quad but that lends to very high drinkability for the style and I made it through the bottle much easier than I should for a beer this big. Be very careful, because I wasn't...

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 02:59:59 | More by gford217
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3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a reddish bronze color, with a thick, pillow like fluffy tannish yellow head. The head fades very slowly, leaving a massive curtain.

This beer has an alcoholic aroma. I detect some figs and dates. Also, spicy hop aroma is present. Some yeasty muck mixes in.

This beer tastes like it smells. The dominate flavor is dark fruit. Figs. A strong spicy flavor mixes in, along with some alcohol flavor. Some malty sweetness come out as it warms.

This beer is very full bodied. It leaves a fig like aftertaste. Carbonation is high, well for the style. The alcohol warms on the way down.

This beer wouldnt make the best session beer. It is high in alcohol, and aggressive. It is a sipper.

Overall: Thank you monsterfat for this beer. It is pretty good. Definately a slow drinker.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 00:01:54 | More by OStrungT
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3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a box from palmej1 awhile back. Thanks Jacob! Poured from a 750 into my Delerium tulip.

The pour yeilds a two inch head of small tight bubbles which recedes slowly. No lacing to speak of. The beer is a cloudy red mahogany color.

Smells of dark fruit and sweet bready malt. Pretty standard for a quad.

Taste starts out with notes of fig, banana and spice, nice. Strong alcohol asserts it's presence midway and really takes away from the sweet malty goodness that this beer could be.

Mouthfeel is good with moderate carbonation and a somewhat creamy texture.

Drinkability takes a hit for the alcohol heat. This is a beast of a quad and there is no mistaking it based on the prevalence of the 10.5% ABV.

Not a bad beer, but has the potential to be so much better. Glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 07:07:44 | More by Sideswipe
Photo of DelMontiac


3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured The Sixth Glass from a 12oz bottle into a globe. Out of the chute, the head is what grabs your attention - white, thick, sticky, peaked, medium to large bubbles, about 3 fingers worth. The color is red/orange and slightly hazed. Seems like it should lace out nicely, but it doesn't leaving no evidence of that fine looking head behind.

The aroma from The Sixth Glass is nice - brown sugar, sweet fruity esters, apples, pears, raisins, sweet malts, belgian yeast, and a mild perfume-like character. Inviting.

Flavors are brown sugar and spice, sweet dried fruits, and...that perfume-like thing. Didn't expect that to show up on the tongue. After that, it's all alcohol, very strong nearly overbearing alcohol. 10.5% abv in your face, not even trying to hide a little bit. A bit of a let down considering the great aroma.

The feel is a good medium chewy type. The carbonation was a bit much at first until I let the etched glass work on it a bit. It's very dry.

This was my 3rd sitting with The Sixth Glass. I wanted to make sure that my first impression was reliable. I wouldn't say this is all that drinkable as high abvs usually aren't. The perfume and strong alcohol flavors keep it from being a really good beer. It's good, but falls short of the big boys it's modeled after. Perhaps the 750ml bottles offer something more.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 03:42:24 | More by DelMontiac
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New York

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 07/29/11 notes. Received in the Gang Bang BIF courtesy of the Chicago group; thanks guys! Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a SAVOR snifter. Best by date of 01/17/13 on the bottle.

a - Pours a deep reddish amber color with two fingers of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cherries, dark fruits, fruity malts, caramel malts, and bready malts. Pretty nice; really liking the dark fruits and how fruity in general it is.

t - Tastes of cherries, alcohol, dark fruits, bready malts, and light spices. Little alcohol but not too too bad, and a ton of cherries again.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall an above average quad; I think with a few more months on it it could have been even better. Would like to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 02:03:45 | More by mdfb79
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3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, dark amber color with less than one finger of cinnamon-tinted foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mixed fruit is very fermented, with minor bright notes that stand out against more numerous dark angles. Malt is transformed from mere grain, still transmitting a trace of caramel but otherwise understated. Alcohol is present as a refined spirituous layer.

T: Begins sweet, with ripe dark fruit that seems best compared to cherries and dried figs. Phenolic spice emerges prior to the middle, lending a focused clove quality. Acidity is just a notch above mild which helps to keep flavors from becoming heavy on the palate. Fermented grain distinguishes itself during the middle, more honest and identifiable than the smell would suggest; balanced. Bubble gum esters also develop before the finish that is slightly toasty due to the malt influences from the middle, with a return of dynamic fruit (more apple) and a whiff of nutmeg. Alcohol flavor does not stand out, instead adding integration with an appropriate spirituousness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly warming on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This American-brewed quadrupel hits a number of authentic notes proficiently, yet it is only really comforting and enjoyable in the finish. However, late flavors leave a strong impression, making it become more compelling as the glass is emptied. It volunteers for duty against complex spicy food, such as Indian, which is consistent for abbey-style strong ales.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 01:54:23 | More by beagle75
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3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep amber hue, some slight cloudyness and a humongous head bring this beer as a feast for the eyes. Smells of sweet yeats, spent grain, lemons and grapefruits hit the nose. A palate is built of belgian candy, belgian yeast, andblack spicy pepper. But unfortunately the spicy alcohol seems to dominate an otherwise fantastic quad. Medium body, very warm, and a heavily carbonated brew gives the mouth a lt to take are of. I like it, I would have it again, most likely split with a buddy.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 19:07:48 | More by JoeAmerican77
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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