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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,355 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,355
Reviews: 720
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 169
Gots: 462 | 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...

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

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

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 Rutager
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LADaveBN
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mve102
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tommy5
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RandyRobinson
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rootscipio
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thebeers
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear orange-amber color with lots of bubbles from the center and a large, quick to dissipate off-white head that's quick to dissipate with decent lacing. Malt, dark fruits and some bubblegum in the nose. Alcohol and pepper bite in the taste, with some cherry, a little orange and more gum. Hop bitterness on the back end. Not bad, but not the greatest.

Photo of mattcrill
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Mild peppery phenolics up front. Dark fruit esters follow. Berry, cherry, and pear is noted.

Appearance: Cloudy amber pour with a moderate off white head. Tight bubbles, lacing the glass, and good head retention noted. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Assertive peppery phenolics hit the palate first. Mild malty sourdough bread notes with low fruity esters that aren't nearly as assertive as the aroma. Balance is bitter and bitey due to the phenolics. This is expected for the style. Finish is clean and bone dry. Aftertaste lingers with spicy peppery notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Slight warmth. No astringency or creaminess noted.

Overall impression: A big Belgian Dark Strong ale. The phenolics are a one trick pony and I would have liked more malt or fermentation character. Still, a very solid example of the style.

Photo of OzzieLikesBeer
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

not quite as effervescent as I've become accustomed to with this style. Lots of spiciness and fruity phenols. Soft malty body with warming alcohol in finish no doubt from dark candi sugars. I've only had two Boulevard beers and they have both been outstanding. Will be on the lookout for more!

Photo of xJMFCx
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of irishguybeer86
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SeriousALEment
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jjvbravo
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sisterofba
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sokol_1993
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - cloudy brownish orange with a great off white head and great lacing.
Smell - sweet fruity Belgian yeast with a slight bit of spice.
Taste - sweet Carmel Belgian yeast with slight fruit like the smell.
Feel - creamy full body with lots of carbonation.
Overal - incredible quad!

Photo of UrbanCaveman
1.95/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a wide-mouth snifter at approximately 50 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange-amber, and forms a thick orange head with good retention and lacing. I'm hesitant right away, because I've found orange in the color of a beer, particularly in the head, generally indicates significant hop presence.

Smell: Sweetness strikes right up front, all cotton-candi sugar, wreathed through with notes of plum and fig. There's something faintly floral in the aroma as well, but as it is faint, I'm keeping hope alive.

Taste: Right out of the gate, and through the entirety of the tasting process, my hop-sensitive tongue picks up a significant torrent of something floral and spicy, which dominates the entire flavor profile for me start to finish. By the end, I can pick out something resembling a caramel and candi sugar sweetness, and possibly some dark fruits, but for the most part I get only a mouthful of floral-spice hops that also have some citrus along.

Mouthfeel: Extremely sharp with carbonation.

Overall: I won't be picking this one back up. When I want a quad, I'm looking for yeast esters to shine against a backdrop of sweet malt. This doesn't accomplish that at all. It tastes like an attempt to hop up a quad. Back to Abt 12, Rochefort 10, Three Philosophers, Trois Pistoles, and so forth I go.

Photo of Mikus
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unfiltered and effervescent. Garnet colored pour into my tulip. 2 fingers of loose, fluffy light tan bubbles. Spicy yeast notes, caramel, breadiness, figs, raisins, plums. Mild but pleasing nose. Huge dark fruit on the palate. Warming alcohol. Spicy yeast notes. Complex, yet seemingly simple. Dry finish with lingering dark fruits. Left me wanting more. So clean, crisp, and dry. Exceptional brew.

Photo of smroeb01
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nicole_Wyman
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nick29
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,355 ratings.