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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 746
Hads: 2,574
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 195
Gots: 604 | 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...

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Photo of JLeege
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, Best by 1/17/13, poured into a chalice

Appearance- Pours a mahogany color with about a finger of off white head, fades to a nice looking film atop the beer, like most quads seem to look like, though a bit lighter in color. So far, so good.

Smell- Aromas of cherries, plum, and fig with some brown sugar. Caramel and raison, and slight alcohol.

Taste- Loads of dark fruit as the aroma would suggest. Raisons, fig and plum really are the main attractions here. Lots of caramel malt and some brown sugar flavors. Follows the nose very well. A peppery spice towards the finish, with a slight bitterness, perhaps orange peel and subtle banana quality from the yeast.

Mouthfeel- medium full body, a tad syrupy, but not medicinal. Fairly “hot”.

Overall- A very, very nice American crafted quad. I only expect this to smooth out with some age as it approaches its best by date, and should hold sturdy even beyond that. Have the other 3 bottles in the cellar and will probably pick up some more at some point. Solid beer and at a good price point all things considered, definitely would recommend this. (1,116 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to have tried this in Dallas! Commerical description reads: "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..."
Poured in a snifter glass. Shows a deep copper color with a smallish tightly bubbled white head that shows moderate retention. Smells of brown sugar and candied dark fruits mostly with a hint of pepper and spicy yeast. Taste is sweet candied fruit and brown sugar mixed with a bit of pepper, yeast, and ethanol goodness. Medium to thick body, spirited level of carbonation, sweet bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, finally a solid American Quad I can relate to well! (1,006 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown with red tones. Tan head. Nose is perfume and dough. Flavor profile brings lots of caramel, a full plate of spices, a good amount of dough. Just a slight touch of alcohol there, but it's really balanced. Feel is smooth on all aspects. This is really nice to drink. Good complexities and a good American interpretation. (330 characters)

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy copper amber color. One finger tan head fades pretty quickly. Minimal lace.

S: Brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnammon. As the beer warms, more bread-like aromas take over.

T: Cinnamon and black pepper, dark fruits. Sweet biscuit and well-integrated but very present alcohol follow. Very little bitterness and long, lingering finish. Sweetness is apparent yet subdued. Maple flavor and soft minerals creep in after a while. Dark fruits and semi-sweet malts battling it out, who will win? The taster wins.

M: Full bodied, but the carbonation keeps it buoyant.

O: A great beer-- one I will revisit often. Thank you, Boulevard, you have another winner. (699 characters)

Photo of Pjev11
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle purchased August 2011 into a pint glass. Bottle stamped - "best by July 2013". Nice looking brownish-orange, hazy, with a 2 finger tan head that has light brown streaking across the top. Dissipates slowly with moderate lacing.

Smells sweet, fruity and malty.

Strong taste - malt, and sweetness, with an alcohol warmth at the end. Caramel.

Feels full and smooth, creamy going down and in the mouth.

Overall - quads are not my favorite style and I tend to not like my beer tasting too much like alcohol, but I am nitpicking. Despite really tasting the abv this is a top notch beer that is tasty and smooth and looks pretty in the glass. (662 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured amber brown in color with yellow highlights and nice fluffy thin head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: nice dark fruit aroma upfront in the nose such as raisin, dates, and plums with belgian yeast sweetness and hints of brown sugar.

T: the belgian yeast character was more prominent on the taste alongside raisins, plums, brown sugar accents, lots of malty sweetness, slight booze and a touch of pear fruit.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, dark fruity, yeasty, malty, and sticky finish.

O: really was digging this beer and was a good interpretation of an abbey quad. (651 characters)

Photo of Jacurdy60
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep red, garnet hue with a bubbly, thin head. Smells of raisins and other earthy fruits with a hint of oak. Tastes the same. The taste was of deep fruit (prunes,etc) but with a hint of chocolate. The appearance was the beast part of the beer, it was beautiful. It's a very strong beer, and im usually not a fan of quadrupel Belgians but this one was fantastic. The subtle fruit notes and dash of chocolate made for a great flavor. Mouthfeel was crisp. (452 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark orange with a decent head. No true lace.

Big juicy fruit and browned bread crust, some yeast and candied spices in the nose.

Big, sugary, boozy, spicy, fruitiness up front. Some hop bitterness to help balance things out. Candied sugar, yeast, toasted malt, and alcohol all meld wonderfully.

Full bodied and chewy. A mouth coater. Wonderful to drink, but the alcohol will bite you. A great version of the style. (424 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up recently at Joe Canal's in Parsippany, excited that I could finally have a Boulevard beer without having to travel out to heartland. I was a bit skeptical as to whether they could brew a Quad that matched up to the benchmarks from across the pond and while this didn't quite match up to those, there's no shame in falling just a bit short to some of the best offerings in the world. I really enjoyed this to the point where I didn't mind having the alcohol knock me on my ass when I finally got through this!

The pour to this was outstanding - with a silently radiant light plum hue, voluminous head that didn't quit, and lacing that ranked nearly second-to none as it left a net around the side of my pint glass. The carbonation was a tsunami as it rose in wave after wave once I poured all of this out of the bottle and scrubbed my palate clean after each sip. Additionally, it lent itself to making this beer look like dark amber, as the bubbles were able to suspend themselves in the head that comprised the surface of this beer. Then came the taste - yeast, plum, fig, booze, candied sugar, and a bit of bubble gum that seamlessly coalesced together wonderfully. Dark this was not but it was a Quad through and through without the spice and gravitas that would characterize an Abbey. No matter - this got better and better as it warmed up while warming me up at the same time. A bit of medicinal band-aid flavors came out in the aftertaste as the sweetness subsided but the hops never really made themselves know, with the exception of a faint reminder in the back as a herbal, grassy bitterness quietly took hold once everything else faded into the background.

Don't be fooled - this was every bit as strong as a Quad should be and this beer made no bones about it. Coming up short in this category is like saying that you shot the moon and missed. This beer still made it to the stars and we're all the better for it . Boulevard should be commended for crafting this as I was nearly fooled into thinking this came from overseas and anyone who loves Belgian beers or something that elevates the American art of craft brewing owes it to him or herself to give this a go. It's strong in the sense that all the components to this beer fit in harmoniously together, with results worthy of it's world-class rating on here. (2,341 characters)

Photo of csmiley
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtrockchalk for sending this my way.

A - Pours a brownish-red color and looks murky. The red that comes through in tbe light really pops and gives off a brightnes that starts to look closer to a ruby color. The tan head is very nice and shows good retention. It recedes to a very thick tan cap that doesn't go away. Lacing is average.

S - Dark fruit aromas come through first with raisin and plum. Gingerbread and yeast quickly follow. Alcohol is evident and has a warming effect. Some spices like pepper and cinnamon come through midway. The end is sweet with notes of caramel and coffee.

T - Taste is complex. Several flavors are equally present and just seem to play off each other with no one flavor taking any kind of commanding lead. Fruit is cherry and raisin flavored hard candy. Caramel also has a showing. Granola and wheat bread are both present with a hint of yeast that comes in behind. Alcohol is present and is fairly warm.

M - Full bodied with a nice level of carbonation that compliments the beer overall. Finish is sweet and cleaner than expected. Kind of warm with the high abv but it works for this brew.

D - Drinkability is good - approaching very good. The 10.5% is pretty easy to get through. Still, one bottle is enough. Starts to get boozy about half way through but not completely in a bad way. Nice complexity and very smooth. This is my first experience with the Smokestack Series and it is a good one. Easily recommended as this is a nice example of the Quadrupel style. (1,517 characters)

Photo of chiccabeer
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I will admit I am an amateur and this is my first review. That being said here goes.

I thought this beer was very smooth and had a good taste. Had a bit of a fruity taste to it. I would suggest drinking it at a warmer temperature, because it was too cold straight from the refrigerator. (287 characters)

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into goblet.

A. Big 3 finger thick head when poured. Amber/Brown Burgundy color.

S. Sweet,spicy, subtle fruit notes, alcohol smell.

T. Spicey peppery taste, caramel malt sweetness, yeast, alcohol aftertaste.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

D. Less complexity than other Quads. Overall a pretty good beer. In my location this an a easily accessible beer, and one I grab often. (411 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky ruby reddish color with a large cream-colored head that goes down quickly. Some floaties floatin around in there as well. Scent is quite lovely. Very similar to a true trappist Belgian quad. Great malt aroma blended nicely with spicy Belgian yeast aromas. Dark fruits and fresh bread with some pepper and light banana. Very lovely and inviting aroma. Taste is just as good. Great Belgian yeast flavors with fresh dark fruits. Great plum, raisin, and date flavors. Peppery, spicy finish on the tongue. The high ABV is there, but it's not overwhelming at all. Very well-balanced. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy and crisp at the same time. Tingly, spicy finish. Drinkability is high for such a big beer. Overall, this is one of the better American Quads out there. Very tasty, and I'm so glad Boulevard comes to California now! (840 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The shape of the bottle, the quirky label artwork, and the Boulevard Brewing Co. name engraved on the neck gave off a very European vibe. The body looked a little paler than a typical Quad, with the color of mahogany. The head was fizzy and short lived, settling down to a lacy collar. The smell had fragrances of apricot, hazelnut, and pear. The flavor was delicately sweet and a bit spicy. I could taste raisin, pears, saffron, toffee, and chili pepper. The aftertaste was sweet like hard candy, until abruptly being cut off by yeasty dryness. Quite sticky in the mouth, and not quite as velvety smooth like the true Belgian varieties. The beer would have benefited from some darker malts to further enhance the date and fig flavors mentioned on the label, and add complexity. (778 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hard to tell much about a quad from its pour. This one's got a real nice big head, for example, and while that's typically a good thing that could be a sign there being just a wee bit too much yeast in this bottle, which would hamper the drinking experience. As is, it sure looks pretty. So I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

Smells very solidly fruity, good straight up spicy yeast, no off nodes whatsoever. I hope you'll forgive me for saying that this smells like it's actually from Belgium, and from an American brewer west of New York and East of California that is no small feat.

Tastes like a darn good quad. Big punch, in here. Loads of fruit start things off, mostly sour, some mushy and over ripe. Pears and plums dominate with some solid nodes of raisins. This gives way to a really nicely spicy yeast profile the bends somewhere in between white pepper and something I can't quite put my finger on. Cilantro, maybe? It's odd, yes, but it's faint and it works.

Kudos to Boulevard. (999 characters)

Photo of BeerlyLegal
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

What else is there to say about such a fun and tasty brew that hasn't already been said.

Perfect dark orange hue and nice foam head.

Scent of apple and caramel.

Tastes so smooth and airy that its hard not to down this too quickly. High ABV that hits you fast. (263 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a caged and corked 750 ml bottle from the City Beer Store while visiting San Francisco at the end of May. Best by 08/2014.

Beer poured a ruby color with a tan head that was excellent upon the initial pour. The head is still hanging around after 10 minutes.

Nose is classic belgian yeast with dark fruits.

Taste is classic belgian as well; dark fruits with a huge malt base. It is sweet but the belgian yeast imparts a wonderful ester undertone.

Mouthfeel is full and very smooth as the belgian yeast used does this brew well.

Overall this is an extremely impressive brew, probably the best American Quad i have experienced to date including Allagash Four. (670 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Cloudy reddish-orange with a massive cream-colored head and bubbly lacing.

Smell: Plum, raisin, figs, cherry, banana, brown sugar, and all other kinds of sweet, fruity goodness. Some very light clove and pepper. I could smell this all day and be happy.

Taste: Tastes exactly like the aroma (see description above - too lazy to repeat it or attempt to paraphrase), but is ultimately a trifle too sweet for my tastes. Still great, just prefer my Quads a little mustier and drier.

Feel: Relatively high carbonation - somewhat tingly. Thick, chewy body that is nonetheless not as thick as expected for the abv. Very warming and quite silky overall.

Overall: Extremely well made Quad that further proves how well Boulevard can nail the appearance and mouthfeel of Belgian beers (most US craft brewers fail at these aspects). I just wish it was a little less sweet. (924 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle to snifter: What a brilliant color - a bright, glossy ruby with a finger and a half of off-white to tan head after an aggressive pour. Good lacing. Light, needlepoint beading. Nose is stuffed with delicious Belgian yeast. Soft citrus and pungent floral sweet bread. Refreshingly light and approachable for a quad. All the highlights of the nose carry through to the taste buds with the addition of a subtle licorice presence and clove. Really enjoy this beer, it’s far less invasive than most true Belgian quads but still complex and intriguing. The feel is appropriate. Overall, this is a unique take on the style, while still being true to its origins. Well done. (691 characters)

Photo of smokeypeat
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to AlCaponeJunior for this one.

Poured into a tulip glass this beer has a light copperish color with a really nice red tinge on the edges when held up to the light. Has a light tan head, that was 1.5 fingers high. Left a light lacing on the glass throughout sipping it. Really like the smell on this one. Some dark brown sugar, dark fruits like plum and a great smell of sourdough bread. Taste follows suit. Balance is great in this beer. The sweetness is not overwhelming at all. Plenty of fruit and spice, and bready yeast are there. Carbonation is well tuned to keep this 10.5% beer fairly light. This is my first Boulevard beer, but it certainly won't be my last based on the quality of this beer. (714 characters)

Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Boulevard's Sixth Glass from is sweet, delicious, and very satisfying.

It poured a very dark dirty copper with a lot of bubbles and and a short bubbly tan head. It left nothing on the tulip glass. The aroma popped when the bottle was opened dominated by sweet bananas. The flavor also had a hint of banana but followed by sweet dark fruit with touches of plums and raisins. There was a very nice peppery finish. The feel was very satisfying--thick, bready, and full with a dry finish and only a touch of effervesence.

The flavor of Sixth glass is complex, layered, and good; the feel is "thick" and somehow complete, making it a fulfilling glass of ale. (656 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one finger light tan head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Dark fruit nose. Flavor is sweet dark fruit, not cloying. Nice quad. Warming, but higher ABV is hidden. $3.49 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma. Best by Apr 27, 2013. (334 characters)

Photo of BitterPachyderm
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, corked and caged, courtesy stephens101. Batch #68235...

Another brew poured into an oversized wine glass. One finger of lively tan head. A deep orange almost red body, very clean looking.

The first whiff is of pure unadulerated alcohol, but as it sits, it mellows out into a Belgian mine field of aromas. Toffee, burnt caramels, and cherries explode your senses and let lose hints of peaches, grapes, and leather. Very vinious in the nose. So complex, yet childishly simple...

I don't think that my tongue was ready for the goodness...cherries, grapes, honey, and raisins at the forefront with a surprising bittersweet chocolate finish, Exceptionally sweet in a good way...

This is a rich and full bodied brew with just the perfect amount of carbonation. Heavenly in your mouth...

The alcohol is there, but it's not inhibiting to the experience. I probably could have had two of these if I wanted to get John Daly style drunk.

I was extremely surprised by how good this beer was. It was totally unexpected, so many flavors hitting me at once, all of them vying for my love...so damn good! It seemed like the perfect marriage of candied malts and dark fruit, a great all around quad. I'd like to know if this ages well...a part of me says no, but that may be because I have another bottle sitting down in the cellar. Bring on a Westy 12 somebody!! (1,367 characters)

Photo of jpaltan
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork shot out of bottle, but luckily no foaming issues out of the bottle. Beer heavily carbonated, but quickly dampens down to some clinging on side of glass and on top of beer. Beer is muddy brown and very dark. Smell is quite appealing, with notes of dark fruit, especially cherry and plum. maltiness is there too. taste follows smell with hints of cherry and fig. Beer is syrupy and nicely carbonated. Some bitterness in the finish, but minimal. Beer is tasty as hell and highly recommended. (494 characters)

Photo of mhatters
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 75cl cork-finished bottle into a Duvel glass

Pours a deep amber with a very large, fluffy, off-white head. Hazy.

Dark fruit,candi sugar, and some phenolic notes. A very interesting and exciting nose.

Spicy, sweet, and fruity. Raisins, apple, and plum. The alcohol comes through at the end.

Lots of carbonation, the alcohol really adds some heat at the the finish.

I love Quads - this is a very good quad, more in the Belgian style than some of the other, lighter American-styled quads. I really like this beer (529 characters)

The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 746 ratings.