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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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2,023 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,023
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 135
Gots: 296 | 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:
”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  rDev -3.6%

cousineddy, Sep 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

mendvicdog, Sep 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

GoBIG, Aug 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Dieck, Aug 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

spacemonkeysoda, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of jsnoek
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

jsnoek, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a deep and murky orange-hued amber color in the glass, topped with a finger of foamy off-white head. This retains with some fizzy edging around the edges of the glass, which dots the sides with creamy lacing. The aroma smells of spicy phenols, softer fruit, light chocolate, and a sweet sugary graininess in the nose.

The taste is fruit, (orange is sticking out), cocoa, doughy sugars and then more of a sweeter candied feel as well. There is a moderate amount of spiciness here that comes out fairly boldly in the finish. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and a bit thick up front, which then spreads out into a more sprightly carbonation that fills the mouth with an overall smoother feel. There is a little alcohol underneath here that helps pop that spice.

This was a pretty good take on a Belgian Quad from Boulevard, with a nice mix of fruit, spice and sugars that kept this flavorful in its profiles. That 10%+ ABV is deceptively hid as well. Watch out!

Kegatron, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of mocktm
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

At cellar temperature into my Ovila chalice, best by date of 3/16/2014. I have another one hidden away as well; thanks for the bottles Ed!

Dark caramel brown color with a enormous, billowing, tan head. Mounds of lacing. Creamy, frothy, awesome!

Slightly sweet on the nose: brown sugar, dates, marshmallow and banana. Bit of booze as well to complement the dark fruit. Complex, but a bit soft, if that makes sense.

Figs, dates and dark Belgian malt up front. Brown sugar and cherry/plum galore. The booziness is very obvious and there's some serious sugar cane.

Medium to full bodied and extremely creamy. A sipper from the heat on the back end. Dead on for the style.

A noble crack at the Belgian Quad, but not spectacular. This one seems like it could use a bit more time to mellow out a bit. I'll revisit my other bottle in a year or so.

mocktm, Aug 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Jmick28, Aug 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

AllHailBeercules, Aug 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

KegsAndEggs, Aug 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

ObeMaltKinobee, Aug 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Living816, Aug 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Pdrufo, Aug 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

FroggieG, Aug 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Screper, Aug 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

zevans, Aug 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Thomas_Picton, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of mscudder
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

O boy, A new quad for me try! Been impressed with this brewery thus far and must thank for good friend for picking this one up.
Best by 6/14. Poured into a snifter.

A - A deep ruby hue that is nearly opaque. A royal two finger ivory head with nice bubbles throughout . Nice retention.

S - Creamy dark caramel, plum and some alcohol. Some cherries are there but almost all of these aromas are soft.

T - Lots of flavor bursting with this up front. Caramel malts, dark fruits are all present, some pepper also adds some complexity. The flavor was sharp and the ABV is well masked. Good things going on here but the balance is just not right.

M - Medium, creamy body with average carbonation.

O - It was a good quad, although my mind calls forth memories of some better ones. I'll pass on this one next time.

mscudder, Aug 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

FullObs, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of rajendra82
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

rajendra82, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of NODAK
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%

Has an aroma of sweet brown sugar, notes of dark fruit, and a bit of heat.

Pours a standard brown in the Orval chalice with a note of red when viewed in the light. Thin head.

The taste here has a nice brown sugar component to it, with a note of dark fruit and a definitely yeasty contingent to it. Carbonation is pretty good for style. Alcohol becomes more evident as it warms....which I guess is hard to avoid at this level.

All in all a very solid and tasty quad. A great American rendition of a great Belgian style.

NODAK, Aug 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

danems64, Aug 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Cjalbers, Aug 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Andy1022, Aug 21, 2012
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,023 ratings.