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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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2,399 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,399
Reviews: 731
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 170
Gots: 476 | 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...

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Ratings: 2,399 | Reviews: 731
Photo of biker223
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer is amber in color with a decent carbonation while poured into the goblet.

Smell: A nice fruity smell, a slight spiciness coming through

Taste:spicy (almost cinnamon or coriander like flavors), some fruitiness

Mouthfeel: A kind of creamy mouthfeel, finishes dry

You would never guess it is 10.5% alcohol, very complex, nice flavor.

Photo of jdrankin
4.16/5  rDev 0%

Photo of amattocks2
4.16/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bort11
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle with a fantastic devil image on the label. It would make a kick ass tattoo. The back label has information about the Hans Christian Andersen cautionary tale referencing The Sixth Glass. batch number 67283.

Poured into a goblet, fast acting and loud light tan head quickly recedes to a solid and persistent film. Lacing quickly reactivates with a swirl. Color is a hazy amber red, with tiny flecks of sediment floating around.

Smell has the appropriate musty yeast smell for a quad, with a pleasant alcohol warmth in the back of the nose. Nice oak and vanilla notes. Taste has a pleasant woody feel with nice warmth. There is a wonderfully warm and spicy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very warm, yet dry. The alcohol does make itself known, but is not overpowering. Very well balanced and drinkable. I am so excited that Boulevard is expanding in this direction.

Photo of frlrv1020
4.16/5  rDev 0%

Photo of MisterNic
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle

A - Pours a deep ruby color with a 2 1/2 finger head that lasts a while.

S - Classic Belgian yeast character. Banana, clove, peppery, and a little bit of maltiness.

T - Caramel, clove, banana, bubblegum. Dark cherry and other fruits. Sweet sugar, molasses. No alcohol burn.

M - Full bodied.

O - Overall, this beer is awesome. One of my favorite Belgian style beers. The bottle I used for this review was about 9 months old, but I've also had it fresh. It's definitely better aged. I would buy this beer again.

Photo of Kixtand
4.16/5  rDev 0%

Photo of argock
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. 2013 vintage. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Deep brown hue with short 1/2 finger oatmeal head which leaves behind no lacing.

S: Rum raisin, prune, date, and caramel-toffee blend with a light herbal hoppiness and mild alcohol aroma

T: Delicious lush flavors of dark fruit -- raisin, date, plum/prune -- accented by soft dark caramel sweetness and finished with mild-moderate bittering without much hop flavor, maybe a flash of herbal/earthy character. The yeast character is reasonably light with only soft fruity esters. Alcohol presence is mild, pretty amazing for a fresh quad.

M: Silky smooth with light warming. Body is medium-full to full with low carbonation. A joy to sip.

O: Stellar quad that I hope will improve with a few years -- this was fresh and extremely enjoyable so it will be interesting to see what 3-4 years of cellaring will do.

Photo of jblain
4.16/5  rDev 0%

Photo of cole
4.16/5  rDev 0%

Photo of infinitebruner
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

March 20, 2015

12 oz bottle, tulip

A – Rich, medium amber, with a slightly copperish hue in the wider, denser parts of the glass. AN off-white, yellowish foamy head of 2-3 inches plus, craggy, with very high retention. Beer is somewhat hazy.

S – Very peppery yeast spice, with clove notes, is the first blast to hit the nose. A lot of fruit, especially pear and apricot and maybe golden raisins. Malt is mostly bread dough or cracker, maybe a light touch of caramel or bread crust. There might be some earthy, herbal hops, but they are low. Alcohol seems to be likely responsible for some of the estery fruity aromas.

T – Again, that yeast-derived pepper/clove spice is the star. Fruity flavors are pears, apple, raisins, and a touch of orange or nectarine-like citrus. Hops are not really noticeable. Malt impression is flour, uncooked dough, cracker, with some light bread crust notes. Esters seem to be from the yeast and the alcohol, which is apparent but not abrasive.

M – Very high carbonation, balancing out moderate-high residual sweetness and medium-full body. Spicy, and still dry despite the remaining sugars. Bitterness is low, enough to provide some balance but not prevalent. Alcohol contributes mild heat, noticeable but pleasant.

O – An interesting beer, as it is still very sweet despite its dryness and high attenuation. I like the saison-like peppery notes a lot. Very complex but still very accessible/drinkable.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. Thre's a bunch of numbers on the back that I'm going to decipher. I suppose 611217 is the batch number and 08-2013 is the best before date.

4.0 A: First pour was almost all head. Eventually I got a full glass. Lightly hazed middle amber color. Two fingers of creamy/frothy beige head. Retention is pretty good and a moderate sized ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Nose is quite sweet with lots of fruitiness including sugar plums, cherries, dates, and figs. Mildly sugary with some candi sugar. Crystal malt sweetness. Booze is extremely well hidden. Lightly earthy and vinous. Spicy yeast with pepper leading the pack and a bit of clove as well. Very pleasant with an old-school vibe.

4.0 T: The taste is good and mostly like the nose, but it's lacking the depth from the flavors. There's plenty of cherry with plum, dates, and figs following. Crystal maltiness. Booze is a good bit easier to detect and there's also an unclean breadiness (or something like breadiness). Peppery with subtle clove notes. This is indeed tasty, but could be cleaner and the flavors could be a bit more powerful.

4.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation with a good creaminess. If it was just a touch thicker, this would have been a 5.

4.0 D: Really nice beer. Good complexity but just barely missing with the depth.

Photo of John_M
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The tap list at max's was a bit lacking today, so grabbed a bottle of this there.

The beer pours a toffee brown color with orange hilights. Head retention is pretty good, with the beer otherwise displaying light lacing. The beer is a bit cold initially, and I don't pick up a lot on the nose at first. As it warms, I get some milk chocolate, maraschino cherry, a hint of root beer and light vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this moderately sweet beer, though there's just more of everything. The chocolate, vanilla and rootbeer really seem to dominate on the palate, though there's some underlying hoppy bitterness as well that helps to buoy and counter the sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, sweet, spicey finish.

Nothing exraordiary, but well made and undeniably tasty.

Photo of draheim
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL (batch 610162/best by June 2013) into a chalice. Pours a beautiful amber w/ a 2-finger beige head, steady carb.

Aroma is dark sticky fruit, sweet bready caramel malt, raisins, cherries. An elusive green apple tartness tickles the nose.

Taste is peppery, fruity, sweet, bready and sour at the same time. The mild heat from the alcohol brings a nice high note.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and dry. Carbonation brings just the right soft, airy feel to the tongue.

Overall this is a tough one to pin down. I enjoyed it but for some reason I wanted to like it even more. Still, an enjoyable, if slightly unconventional, quad.

Photo of Duff27
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- inch tally tan head atop a murky amber. Nice alcohol legs. Good head retention and lacing.

S- dark fruits.

T- more dark fruits, spice. Complex like any quad should be.

M- fizzy carbonation on the tongue, I like. Creamy.

D/O- good, middle of the road quad. Widely available pushes this over the edge with me. Thank you boulevard for the Smokestack Series.

Photo of Lakes
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A gift from my good friend Russell to help me out of a bad day.

This was a very good beer. I was a little worried because the cork seemed dry but the beer was fine. Served in a goblet glass, it's appearance was a very deep ruby brown with a good head.
Aroma was malty sweet with excellent Belgian esters.

The taste was bold and rich. Very strong malt and well spiced. Very mild bittering but it wasn't at all cloying. Alcohol was warming but not at all overpowering. Very good carbonation and mouth feel.

Photo of TippySelenoid
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Copper and hazy. The head fades quickly and leaves a white lace. Some sediment.

There is a prevalent alcohol note. A dried fruit note as well as a yeasty spiciness.

There is a sugary sweetness to this one. The yeast gives this beer a spicy aftertaste. This beer doesn't hide its alcohol, but it doesn't really need to. The alcohol flavor lends to its spiciness.

Medium bodied and crisp.

This beer's pretty good. A netter head retention is the only thing it's missing, but that might not even be stylistically accurate.

Photo of rEBELlION
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mildly aggressive pour yields 1.5" of thick, billowy, off-white head. Settles with minimal lacing. Held to light the beer is a brilliant, deep amber, nearly see through until sediment poured in and then cloudy after. Smell is full of dates, raisins and alcohol. The taste is malty sweetness up front with the previously mentioned dates and raisins, joined by a sour cherry presence. The finish is nice and dry with a lot of alcohol. Carbonation is medium to high serving to lighten the body and mouthfeel just a bit. As it warms up the cherries in the front end and the alcohol on the back end are even more apparent.
This is a very nice, easy drinking 10.5% quad. Probably wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting but it makes for a great winter-weekday-evening sipper!

Photo of CowsandBeer
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle purchased as part of a 2012 Boulevard sampler pack. A cool little bottle with the best by date rubbed off. Poured straight down the middle into a Blind Tiger Brewery snifter after letting the beer warm up a bit.

Appearance: Poured a huge and expansive two and a half fingers of khaki colored head. It’s a very creamy, sturdy looking head with a few big bubbles in the center that stick around for awhile. A light cherry mahogany body that is slightly cloudy. Nice frothy lacing coats the glass.

Smell: Old cherries, sticky dates, cinnamon, bit of ginger, bubblegum, sweet alcohol, rum and spice cake. It’s a big warming aroma that draws you in but invites caution.

Taste: A beer with plenty going on. Sweet cherries, spicy esters, cinnamon and ginger followed by plenty of sweet dates, prunes, and raisins. Fragrant and perfume like alcohol rounded out by some sweet bubblegum. The beer finishes with a moist, nutty breadiness.

Mouthfeel: A very warming beer. Not boozy, but warming. While the carbonation is about in the middle and the feel is certainly creamy I expected something a little denser. Finishes dry which really brings out the spice notes.

Overall: A perfect beer to warm up with while it’s14 degrees outside. Easy to see why as it’s very sweet with a huge spice presence and fragrant alcohol. The prominent alcohol in the nose left an odd presence but I really enjoyed it in the taste. I would also like to stress that this is one of those beer that you should just drink at cellar temp or if anything chilled. In only got better as it warmed. Overall, while it’s not up there with the world class quads I still highly recommend it.

Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this as a trade from thirdeye11. Poured from a corked bottle into a Delirium Tulip. Beer is brown and cloudy, forms a tight head with tiny bubbles and steady carbonation. Head is light brown.

Aroma is complex. At first it smells like sweet alcohol, then at second smell I can pick up some malt, the third, a slight roast. Very complex.

Flavor is warm. Obviously a lot of alcohol, some bitterness on the backend due to roasting. Lots of sweetness up front. There is some sour character in the beer as well. Beer is relatively thick in the mouth which is good. Drinkability suffers slightly due to high alcohol flavor. Overall a great quad.

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pale amber colored body with a frothy beige colored head. Head leaves lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- Raisins, hazelnut, pear, Belgian yeast, raisin bread.

T- Raisin flavors come through with the yeasty bread flavors. A nut presence is there too, making this almost taste like raisin nut bread. The finish has more of a ripe fruit taste of grapes and tree fruits.

M- Full bodied, medium-high carbonation, bready, frothy.

O- Solid take of a quad. I think I like the Long Strange Trippel slightly better, but this is another solid offering from Boulevard.

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Justin8mypants
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Really nice deep red color, beautiful creamy head which had great retention

S: Really Aromatic, a lot of sweet spices as you might expect, like clove and nutmeg. I also get a lot of banana and biscuits.

T: The spices and banana come through quite a bit along with some vanilla and just has a beautiful sweetness which you would expect from the style. A lot of complexity between the flavors. Nice warmth from the alcohol

M: I would say perfect carbonation, nice body and very smooth

O: Awesome beer. Highly recommend. First time trying this from Boulevard and I would definitely buy again. I am very impressed.

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

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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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