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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,042 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,042
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 135
Gots: 300 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Atlanta Ale meeting. This one is funky, with apple juice as the predominent taste, and cloves, toasted caramel, candy brown sugar, fruit, above average mouthfeel. Lacing. High alcohol is there.Looks like a quad,Drinkable but not my go-to quad. Is this bottle right?

Sammy, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from zapata.

Nudged the cork and sent it flying at a supersonic pace into the ceiling and then into a couple of walls before being greeted by a geyser that left a nice splatter pattern in the carpet. Aside from that, the beer pours an amber orange color with moderate haze and a good deal of yeast swimming in the bottle. Tall white head, fairly rocky with good lacing and moderate retention.

Aroma is moderate on the booze and heavy on the sweet malts. Not overly complex but pleasant.

Flavor is very sweet, malty, sticky, boozy, and a bit cherry-like. Theres also an interesting touch of spice which I presume is yeast but is done well enough that it may even be real spices. Maybe a bit peppery. The booze is a bit of a shock but once you get over it the rest of the flavors come out. I find it difficult to score the flavor because before the shock of the high abv subsides it might score a 3.0 but afterwards I might score it a 4.5.

Body is heavy and sticky. Very enjoyable but in moderation. It takes its toll quickly.

t0rin0, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 8/7/14.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruits, and some spice aromas. As the beer warms up, there is an aroma of caramel covered bananas. Taste is much the same with a pretty intense alcohol kick and a medium spice bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but it's pretty strong alcohol wise.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

djrn2, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to welosiped. Served in my Cantillon tulip.

Pours a very light color for the style--light copper with a bit of a reddish hue. Single-finger off-white head starts it out. Eventually the head fades into a light collar with a few spots of lacing on the side of the glas. The nose has some faint dark fruits plus a bit of lightly-sweet malt. Perhaps a hint of caramel. Nothing too complex. A bit of booze there as well. The flavor has dark fruits, cherries, light alcohol, and a bit of sweet malt. Everything melds together quite well. Medium body with lowish carbonation. Overall, pretty good. Glad I got to try this.

Thorpe429, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

zestar, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

acurtis, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy brownish yellow in color. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down rather quickly, leaving a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sweet fruits are present in the smell along with notes of Belgian yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has lots sweetness intermingled with the fruity flavors.
M: It feels more than medium-bodied and sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The strong amount of malty sweetness in this beer makes it somewhat difficult to drink, but this is something that really needs to be sipped given its strength. It definitely tastes strong, but any flavors of alcohol are very well hidden.

metter98, May 31, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy russet color with a billowy head that fades rather quickly but leaves more than a few dots of lace behind

Smell: Caramel spicecake, with rum-soaked raisins, figs, candi sugar and a lot of phenols

Taste: Caramel spicecake up front, with a peppery blend of candi sugar, fig, raisins and apples; after the swallow, the alcohol takes over, bringing a fair amount of phenols in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with buoyant carbonation; lots of warmth in the gullet after the swallow

Drinkability: Reminds me a bit of the Westvleteren 12 and that is high praise, although that beer and this are a bit too sweet and alcoholic to be particularly drinkable

brentk56, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"In the sixth glass sits the Devil himself. He is a little well-dressed man, most charming and pleasant. He understands everything you say. He even brings a lamp to light your way... not to your home, but to his."

--from The Watchman of the Tower, by Hans Christian Anderson

Caramel-covered pumpkin with blurry tangerine borders. The golden beige colored crown is ferociously fizzy and doesn't have terrific texture. Rockiness and stickiness are nowhere in sight. The score is still respectable because the liquid portion of the appearance looks good.

The nose isn't as malty or as rich as expected. It's sour fruity, with a moderate amount of yeasty spiciness. If nothing else, TSG should prove to be an interesting take on a Belgian quadrupel by a brewery who did a damn fine job with Long Strange Tripel.

Perhaps time and warming will improve things (note: they do), but the first few ounces tell me that The Sixth Glass isn't a world-class quad. It is pretty tasty though, and is becoming more so as the first glassful is almost gone. The biggest problem is a lack of body, which is almost always a complexity killer.

For a beer designed to hold up for at least five years, a mere 18 months in the bottle shouldn't have broken it down this much. Once some of the fizzier bubbles fade, the mouthfeel does firm up and become respectable in the end.

The flavor profile is reminiscent of a BSDA with medium-dark fruits rather than dark fruits. The cornucopia includes apricots, peaches and figs. Maybe even tangy plums, but nothing as dark as raisins. Steely caramel is as dark as the malt component gets. A solid smack of clove-like spiciness rounds things out in fine fashion. Looks like this is pretty tasty beer after all is said and done.

Boulevard The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale isn't as good as Long Strange Tripel, but I'm glad that it's readily available in my local grocery and I'm thrilled that it's only $7.99 per bottle. Even though I wouldn't sell my soul to Beelzebub for a bottle, this is a more than decent effort that deserves a look for anyone even remotely interested in the style.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with some notes of peppery yeast with light dry fruit. Taste is also a mix between some candi sugar and peppery spicy yeast with some subtle notes of dry fruits. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well made but lacking the candy and dry fruits component s that characterize that style of beer.

Phyl21ca, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Texasfan549, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

ygtbsm94, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:two finger head with scattered lacing on an amber with golden copper hues.

S: nice full dark fruit aroma though the individual fruit isn't really discernible. A little yeasty.

T: not as sweet as many quads. Dark fruit, yeast and breads but actually pretty simple.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: a little different from other quads I have had. I like that it is less sweet but its a little too simple.

kylehay2004, May 18, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

jaydoc, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Pours a clearish, mahogany-hued body sporting a ring of tiny, white bubbles.

Smell: Malty aroma crammed with dark caramel overlayed with alcohol-soaked plums and cherries and wrapped in a light, delicate yeastiness.

Taste: Full maltiness and a strong Juicy Fruit bubblegum taste and a little pinch of acidity. Some spiced bananas, a pinch of crushed rock candy. Slight yeast character. Hint of toast. Warming finish with a lasting taste of fruit-flavored bubblegum.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent quad and pleasure to have tried it, but one is enough for me, thanks.

ChainGangGuy, May 05, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice looking brown color with a light tan head on top. The smell of the beer has a sweetness to it along with some fruity essences on the nose. The taste of the beer had a sweet dark malty flavor with some of the Belgian sugars doing their thing as well as the dark fermented fruit flavors. The mouthfeel of the beer was creamy with a good carbonation to it. Overall I wouldn't say it's my favorite Quad, it's good but not really one that I would rave about. I would drink it again though.

Knapp85, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good to see Boulevard here in NC.Poured into a chalice a deep auburn (just like the bottle says) with a large but pretty quick to fade off white head atop.Dark fruits abound in the nose along brown sugar and sweet alcohol.Cakey flavors like that of christmas cake that has soaked in alcohol for awhile, toffee, and a faint shot of yeasty spiced notes as well.It's a little hot but it doesn't hinder the beer much.A solid quad it's not a big complex monster but it has all the components of a solid quad.

oberon, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Been enjoying my trip through Boulevard's offerings (seeing as they're now all over the place here in the Chicago 'burbs), which means I'm lookin' forward to this one. It pours a clear garnet-ruby topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises fig, rye bread, red apple skin, light raspberry, black pepper, nutmeg, light cocoa powder, and toffee. The taste holds notes of caramel, rye bread, black pepper, fig, light plum, light strawberry, red grapes, and a light sprinkling of chocolate powder. The body is a strong medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta syrupy feel. Overall, a very nice quad, one that deftly balances the bready, sweet, and fruity characters very well.

TMoney2591, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1-26-08
Deep crimson orange, frothy creamy foam, visible micro bubbles. Soft fruity notes, nutty, with an earthy, bready, cookie sweetness. Dried fig, apricot, dried cherries, rich and cakey with some delicate almond in the background. Full bodied feel, mellow, dries out quicky, leaving a rich aftertaste. Slow sipper, but not heavy, cloying, or alcoholic at all.

12-26-2007
Shared this one with family for the holidays...

A curl of smoke exited the bottle once the cork popped. The body was a rusty orange-brown, with transparent clarity. Good amount of foam, it's color had a rust tinge to it as well.

Nutty aroma of almond, maybe dates also. Subdued and not overly sweet like some Belgian Quads. Malty flavors with strong estery notes from the yeast. More dried fruits and nuts, with a slowly dissipating warmth following the finish. It was sturdy, but not heavy or syrupy. Light enough to want to finish the whole bottle easily. Great choice for a winter night, with good cellar potential.

emerge077, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one sitting in my fridge for about 6 months.

A - Poured out rich burgandy color. It was semi-opaque with a small, long lasting, tan head that left behind soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit, like raisin or plums. There were spicy aroma and notes of malt, too.

T - Dried fruit and spice dominated the first few sips. The smooth malt and caramel tastes emerged more as it warmed up.

M - It was soft and had a warm alcohol presence. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good Quad. I was really impressed with Boulevard's take on a big Belgian style.

zeff80, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -27.7%

JAHMUR, May 13, 2012
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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,042 ratings.