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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,784 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1784
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%


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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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dome-like head is formed within seconds of the initial pour. Cloudy and amber in color. Starts with ring lace that slides down the glass wall.

A touch more earthy than the Tripel, but it has the classic Belgian Quad smell. Muted.

This comes across like a beer that has been blended with a aperitif, like a cognac. The swallow is of white pepper. Very high carbonation while the body is nearly oily. Alcohol is also strong, leaving warmth in the belly.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 00:58:01 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber with a medium soft fizzy white head. Solid Belgian-style head retention, no lace.

S: Dark fruit, dates and raisins, some toffee malt.

T: Sweet dark fruit, tons of date juice. The sugar is hampered from going haywire at the mid-palate by a swift hop attack. In the end the beer is dominated by a soft estery dark malt which is very reminiscent of Belgium more than America.

M: Soft easy carbonation, very elegant, gorgeous soft yet crispy carbonation. Very impressive from an American brewer, this is really well done.

O: Fans of Achel Bruin and St. Bernardus Prior 8, if you can find this you will love it. I know I'm blending categories, but I think I'm right on this one. Easily one of the best American-made quads I've had. Just a really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 05:12:47 | More by Halcyondays
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mactrail

California

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tastes like it's just tapped from a wood cask. Interesting mix of sweet and dry and spicy. Attractive dark amber in the tulip glass, modest lacing. Long, intense nose of fruity malt and sweet spice, along with a boozy rum aroma. Flavors of apple pie and raisins. A hoppy bitterness shows up as you sip.

Very woody. The sweetness is on the lips as you sip, but it tends toward a dry alcoholic intensity. The aroma is very beguiling-- caramel apples and brandy. More than a slight oxidized taste. Batch number 58312, so this must be from early 2010.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 04:13:14 | More by mactrail
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a glowing deep orange color with good carbonation leaving a nice whate cap with loads of bubbles

S: Grains, hints of booze, dark fruits with some candy sweetness

T: Very warm from the booze, dark fruits but not as much as I expected, sweet, slightly sticky, candy, caramel

M: Sweet, boozy, big body

O: Pretty good, no St Bernardus but tasty nonetheless

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 15:45:23 | More by barleywinefiend
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

outstanding beer, as all the smokestack series have been. i got a 120z. bottle of this for less than 3 bucks, what a deal! pours into a thick stemmed chalice a deep mahogany color with brown and red forces combining in stunning beauty. a thick tan head comprised of very large bubbles rests casually on top. smells very rich, caramel, toffee, belgian yeast, brown sugar, and raisins are all involved in a very complex aromatic experience. flavor is amazing too, for awhile i was thinking fruits like figs or dates as the label suggests. it really does have that dried sweet middle eastern fruits kind of flavor going on, but it also tastes very similar to those bit-o-honey candies you still see around sometimes. very very intriguing and delicious. intoxicating as hell at 10.5% and so yummy, be careful, this is a sipper despite its down easy feel. carbonation is medium but takes on a very laid back characteristic. medium body is perfect. its sweet in the finish, and warm from the alcohol, but not unpleasant in either sense. this is one of the best american quads i've ever had. really.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 18:34:05 | More by StonedTrippin
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove. Man, this is my favorite quad that I've had in a while, and I had a Pannepot the same day. At first it smelled of spiced rum, but as it warmed sweet dates and black cherries came out with a tinge of cinnamon and ginger. Clove phenols grow, but never overpower as the beer approaches room temperature. Very drinkable and rich in flavor. Something a bit different from your normal caramel-malt driven quad. I'd call this must-try for quad-lovers.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 03:38:17 | More by tempest
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mdfb79

New York

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 07/29/11 notes. Received in the Gang Bang BIF courtesy of the Chicago group; thanks guys! Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a SAVOR snifter. Best by date of 01/17/13 on the bottle.

a - Pours a deep reddish amber color with two fingers of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cherries, dark fruits, fruity malts, caramel malts, and bready malts. Pretty nice; really liking the dark fruits and how fruity in general it is.

t - Tastes of cherries, alcohol, dark fruits, bready malts, and light spices. Little alcohol but not too too bad, and a ton of cherries again.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall an above average quad; I think with a few more months on it it could have been even better. Would like to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 02:03:45 | More by mdfb79
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kojevergas

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Decided to grab this one from the fridge because I'm a huge fan of the style and I'm really in the mood for a good quad. I think this is my first special series beer from Boulevard. I don't remember what I made of their other offerings. Best by: 08/07/14. 10.50% ABV confirmed. Expectations are high given its current ratings. Reviewed live. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California.

Fresh and cold from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Not paired with food. Allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Smooth and frothy. Lacing is pretty good. Body colour is a nontransparent understated auburn ruby. Looks best with some light behind it. Some yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks as a quad should. When the head reduces after a couple minutes, there's still a pleasant glistening floater atop the beer. I'm excited to try this one.

Sm: Floral hops, biscuit malt, caramelization, bready malts, spice, dark fruit - plum and fig, dried fruit, rich layered amber malts, a hint of vinous character, and fermented raisin. A delightful aroma for a quad. I'm really looking forward to it. It's more of a dried fruit aroma than a dark fruit one, but it remains appealing and pleasant. No alcohol comes through. Not acidic or too sweet. Not too earthy. A subtle complex aroma of average strength and presence. Slightly yeasty.

T: A lightly bready caramelized dried fruit body. Some spice from the yeast. Certainly raisin and fig come through, not getting as much of the plum as I'd like. It has a good rich malty backbone that helps balance its more refined notes. Hopping is minimal, with some light floral notes but mainly just preservative function. Has a lightly vinous undertone. A bit of alcohol comes through, manifesting mainly as a warming sensation in the stomach but also in the flavour. Biscuit malt makes an appearance as do well layered amber malts. It's consistent throughout and nicely balanced, though it lacks the depth I'd expect from a great example of the style. Caramel and prune come through. Ripe fruit blossoms on the climax, with a slight sweetness in the second act as well. A hint of peppercorn in the early second act. My main problem with it is the overdone sweetness on the finish, which really holds the beer back.

As I sip more and more on it, the alcohol heat builds in my stomach.

It does come off overly sweet. The dark fruit would do better dried and refined. All around a well balanced beer of high complexity. I quite like it. Just what I'm in the mood for. A well built quad.

Mf: Warm, lightly creamy, and not quite dry enough. Certainly too vinous and thick in the late second act through the climax. Could use a bit more coarseness as well. It certainly doesn't lack body; it's very filling. Not at all astringent. Well carbonated. Good presence on the palate, though as noted above it does lack a depth of flavour to accompany its full body. Suits the flavours well but doesn't seem custom-tailored to them. A light stickiness is apparent.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV but that alcohol does make it something of a sipper. ABV is poorly concealed here. It's meant to be enjoyed slowly, and gets better as it warms. Boulevard has impressed me with this one and I look forward to trying more of their beers. A good effort for the style. Fans of the style will not be disappointed.

I get some heat on the burp.

A pretty good choice for aging, but that said there are better (likely cheaper) options in the style.

Serve after a period of rest from the refrigerator. She gets better as she warms.

Pair with fig newtons and/or plain unsalted pretzels.

Drank fine out of a goblet. I'd recommend a goblet or teku as the ideal serving glass.

With a reduction of the third act sweetness and better concealment of the ABV, this would easily rise to at least a B. Further honing the mouthfeel might raise it to a B+. More depth of flavour - especially insofar as the fruit is concerned - could bring this to an A-.

High B-

**I manipulated the "overall" section to give the letter grade I wanted in the interest of maintaining the integrity and consistency of my reviews.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 05:39:34 | More by kojevergas
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hwwty4 for this bottle from the first release.

A: The quad is a ruddy brown color, one that matches the last few hold-out leaves on trees in central PA. The darkness leaves the ale opaque. A half a finger of tan head arises on pour but disappears quickly.

S: The nose has dark candi sugars, raisins and grapes running rampant. The aroma is very strong, belying a full ale. Plenty of spices and sweet yeasty notes.

T: Sweet and murky. The candi sugars hit all the right notes, dark and fruity from the outset. Darker raisins and lighter pears create a fleshy, pitted fruit flavor. Booziness mixes with the yeast, candi sugars and biscuity malts. Very flavorful, the quad is also strong. The flavors mesh well though, with dark fruits taking the lead. Only plum flavors linger in the mouth after a sip is gone though, strange.

M: The mouthfeel is lush, dark and fruity. The yeast and candi sugars have starring roles, driving a dark sweetness. A warming ale, you better sip this sucka.

D: Another whopper of a beer. The Sixth Glass is a think-piece about a mid-level beer struggling with its own limitations in the harsh face of stardom. Almost famous indeed.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 23:46:44 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, "Best by 1/17/13" etched onto the mid section of the bottle.

Pours dark glowing almond, near clear, oatmeal head, on the thick and high side. Crumbles slowly to a thicker film and leaves a high frothy collar, slippery low sheeting and moderate tongues of thicker lacing.

Nose of fruit juices, candied fruits and some peppery alcohol.

Lots of cloves, peppery alcohol spice, tart apples, grape juice, some dark ripe fruits like figs and raisins come to mind. Tasty and enjoyable large brew.

Well worth a try if you are lucky enough to be in an area Boulevard distributes its fine beers to.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 00:56:10 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)
from a 12 oz. bottle
best before 04/12/13
A- The dense hazy glowing brown body has a hint of cranberry brown hue at the base. There are microbubbles racing up the side of the glass to support a thick foam that fizzes and last as a rocky caramel color.

S- The caramel malt blends with a canned mixed fruit nose that is more estery than hoppy, and a very light permanent marker fusel hint that comes through as the beer warms. There is lots of subtle yeasty character the is fills the background.

T- The dry caramel flavor has a slight metallic quality about it and some wheat bread crust character follows. There is a finish that hints at canned mixed fruit in syrup and a caramel apple hint that lingers.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a prick of fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has some nice fruit estery flavors with some good caramel character but there is a brassy wheatwine bite that just doesn't taste right. I'm hoping age will help this mellow as I think it is close to being a great beer but now I just think it is a bit odd.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 21:31:25 | More by rhoadsrage
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 23:05:53 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear reddish brown colored beer with a tall tan colored head.

Smells sweet and sour with a strong herbal scent. Scents of brown sugar and ginger with a little allspice.

Starts out little bit sweet with brown sugar as an after taste. Phenols give a faint bubblegum taste. Slight banana flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall good but not world clase.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 23:54:42 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Again thanks goes out to bort11 or raverjames for this brew.

750ml
Caged/Corked
Batch 68058
Revisted: 28 Jul 10
Aged 2 Years

Again poured into my Westy glass a very nice cloudy brown color, very nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy tan head, with alot of nice creamy/sticky lacing and some small islands. The nose is malty, with some yeast tones, figs, plums, raisins. The taste is sweet, malty, with some yeast, nice touch of dark fruit. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well with this one. Very drinkable, this one has aged very nicely, very tasty.

Thanks goes out to bort11 and raverjames for this brew.

750ml
Caged/Corked
Batch 68044

Poured into my Westy glass a very nice cloudy brown color, very nice carbonation (HUGE POP), very nice one-finger creamy tan head, with alot of nice creamy/sticky lacing and some small islands. The nose is malty, with some yeast tones, figs, plums, raisins. The taste is sweet, malty, with some yeast, nice touch of dark fruit. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well with this one. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, glad to have had a chance to try it. Thanks Tim and James. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 23:38:31 | More by Wasatch
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy, dark chestnut brown color with a 1.5 finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of lace left behind.

Slight spicy aroma with some vinous fruit, dark malt and alcohol. There's a subtle syrupy/medicinal presence but it doesn't get in the way of the candy sugar, peppery spicy and estery yeast notes. Some caramel, toffee, cocoa and chestnut followed by vinous grape, raisin and fig. This beer smells okay but nothing really stands out.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a more interesting flavor profile than the aroma suggests. There's a very nice balance of peppery spice, sweet malt, vinous fruit and subtle alcohol without a trace of heat, making it deceptively drinkable. Some zesty clove and pepper up front followed by silky chocolate, caramel and toffee. The malt notes are countered by dark fruit sweetness giving off hints of plum, raisin, dark cherry and fig lingering into a slightly dry finish. Perfectly balanced and the 10.5% ABV is excellently masked. I enjoyed this beer very much and had to stop myself from guzzling down the whole 750ml to quickly.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 06:15:30 | More by corby112
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle obtained via trade with mhewes. Thanks for the opportunity. Corked & caged, Batch 68081.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 2" beige head above the cloudy orangey amber brew. Thick head lasts and lasts, with spotty lacing. Aroma is sweet, but overpowered by strong rubbing alcohol-ish character. Taste is also sweet to start, edging towards alcohol by the close, and plenty of warming action. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. The rubbing alcohol nose does last, however, and puts a damper on things.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 01:41:35 | More by ppoitras
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DoubleJ

California

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Here comes the quad, all dressed to nod. Dun dun dun-dun dun...There's 12 ounces of quadruppel without any twists or barrels. On to the beer:

A soapy inch thick of head forms on top this light brown/orange hued ale. Within a minute the head's thickness halves and a few splashes cling to the glass. A pleasant aroma, succulent without being overpowering. The smells of toasted sugar, plums, figs, fennel, balanced with just a pinch of alcohol noted. Good things are sure to come.

I've come to terms that American-made quadruppels are not going to taste as well as their Belgian counterparts. The Sixth Glass is a counterargument to that statement. Sure, it's not one the same level as the ones made by St. Bernardus, Rochefort, and Westvleteren, but those shouldn't be the standard. Within the tasting journey is plum, a fume of warming alcohol, hint of grape, toasted malt, a drop of bitterness, and a note of fennel. The beer is full bodied and registers on the smooth side with its mouthfeel, and finishes slightly dry with a bittersweet aftertaste.

One of the better American-made quadruppels that I've tasted. With the few samples which I've tasted from Boulevard, it appears that they can pull off Belgian styles too.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 07:07:46 | More by DoubleJ
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the BSF-GBBF 09 and coming in a 750ml green bottle, corked and caged, this bottle bears Batch No. 58312 instead of freshness info.; served faintly chilled in Gulden Draak's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: pours a brilliantly clear, dark reddish-brown colour even with purple-ish glows, coming with a 1.5cm-thick dark beige frothy head supported by healthy streams of microscopic bubbles in action - looking just gorgeous...
S: the nose is nice and complex, reminiscent of a Belgian Quadruple but minus candy sugar, but a bit like a cross b/w Old Ale and US hop-focused barley wine as well; featuring lots of tea-smoked prunes, raisins, overripe apples+pineapples, brown sugar, burned sugar cane, brown malts, aromatic grapes, sweet herbs, and sour-sweet notes of well-aged sherry.
T: a creamy swallow of dark fruits plus brown malts is seamlessly ensued by a caressing blanket of aromatic black sugar, high quality black prunes, roast nuts, and bitter toffee, while the hop influence soon catches up like an undercurrent full of bitter-sweet root herbs, leading towards a "dry"-ish finishing palate more like a mature Oloroso Sherry actually... The slightly chewy and herbal side of hoppiness as well as the lingering aromatic malts also stay deep down the tongue, rendering a truly inviting effect more in the fashion of complex but well-hopped old ale than an estery Quadruple.
M&D: the mouthfeel remains as creamy-smooth and healthily-carbonated as any quality bottled-conditioned beer must dream to achieve... The body never goes too heavy - in fact extremely balanced and approachable against its alc. strength. Also, the hoppiness balanced with the fruity-maltiness in the aftertaste prolongs the depth and complexity altogether. All in all, this Quadruple-style ale is slightly too expensive, but I've made my efforts to fully enjoy and memorise every single drop from this bottle~~ This is perhaps the best bottled beer I've tried for many months now, even outperforming Westvleteren 12 as far as my last bottle last month is concerned.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 20:49:53 | More by wl0307
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 19:22:03 | More by Kegatron
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked and caged, thanks to Grub! Its name a reference to Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Watchman of the Tower' - a recommended tale for those who enjoy the drink.

An anemic terracotta shade and khaki head make for a brilliant colour scheme. These tones of clay ceramic and tapioca white, neither all that attractive on their own, pair together perfectly; they must have been made for each other. I'm quite curious to take a taste.

Boulevard phenomenally captured the Belgian styles of saison and tripel in this same 'Smokestack Series' release, and judging by the looks of things, they've done so as well with the quad. Although its colour may be a tad light, the head is right on for style: mildly creamy, responsive, everlasting, and giver of lacing.

The aroma contains a soft spiciness with gentle notes of ginger and caramelizing brown sugar. All notions of spice are most likely derived from the yeast and it would seem they've chosen an appropriate (and good) one. The smell indicates this is a beer you'll have to enjoy by taking your time with it.

The body is very malty with plenty of sticky sweet taste and a strong hit of something spicy and slightly boozy. It is lacking a little in the dark fruits (plums, raisins, dates) found in other quads. It still manages to taste pretty good and full of flavour to spite this.

Something in the taste imparted a slight port/sherry like character and tannic grape flavour. Perhaps it is the sweet sugar or perhaps the excessive heat; the alcohol is well stitched in to the makeup but nevertheless, at least fresh, this tipple is a warm and spicy one.

Although this seemed at times a strong dubbel, I'm again impressed that Boulevard has so successfully understood and conceived their Belgian ales true to style. This came on a little spicy and a little strong, making it a good candidate for aging, and definitely a beer that would pair wonderfully with a number of traditional Belgian dishes (Flemish stew, perhaps?)

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 02:12:01 | More by biegaman
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 21:47:12 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to grub for sharing this after a long brewday. 750 ml corked bottle.

Pours a cloudy amber orange, pretty vibrant colour, medium sized off white head forms, retains a pretty solid layer, good retention, a bit of lace when I swirl it, looks good. Smell is sweet and sugary, apples and pear, lots of fruit, cherry, biscuits, alcohol, caramel/honey sweetness, yeast, nice. Taste is neat, caramel, nuts, very bready, sweet grainy beginning, yeast, some iron, honey, butter, earth, bit of spicy bitterness, nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, alcohol is pretty well hidden. An interesting take on the quad, don't totally get it but definitely a drinkable beer. Thanks Russ!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 22:43:03 | More by Viggo
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark burgady ruby red blend. Big airy beige head is erected with the pour. It fizzles out fairly quickly, but a nice little frothy head has some staying power at the end. Decent nose, but overall, too sweet smelling. Blackberry Brandy comes to mind as does cherry juice and sweet rock candy. I think this is appropriate to an extent, but my nose tells me it's a little overdone. Let's proceed. First impressions on the palate are spicy, sweet, yeasty and alcoholic. This is not a bad take here on an extraordinary style. Brandy soaked figs with some plum and raisin. A little of that "spiked punch" feel to it. The alcohol is all over this, but never really off putting. Rum soaked fruits make their presence, like apple and melon. Light-medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. My only recommendation here is maybe a little less heat and a little less sweet. Overall though, this is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 04:00:35 | More by Bighuge
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glid02

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Hyvee in Columbia, MO.

Pours a murky copper-brown color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes fairly quickly into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pears, plums, and light figs coated with brown sugar. As the beer warms a bit of spiciness presents itself along with very slight hints of toffee.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Malt and brown sugar flavors are joined immediately by medium and dark fruits - again pears, plums, and figs. Near the end of the sip a spiciness a bit more pronounced than in the smell comes out before a sweet and surprisingly small alcoholic ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side for a quad but the carbonation is nice and active.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could easily have a few more.

I haven't had a whole lot of quads from US brewers, but this one was one of the better ones I remember. Definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 21:46:52 | More by glid02
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to mughugger for sharing this -750ml in a 1/2 pint.

A - deep brown with decent clarity -translucent w/ light beige cap. The color of cola w/ lace that sticks well, retention is good and bead is avg size

S - The smell is of raw, dark honey with mild floral notes and slight caramel w/ a hint of spice and toffee

M - The feel while very effervescent is still sweet and has a moderate amount of phenolics w/ suble creamy and toasted texture. The sweetness is restrained in the grand scheme as is the alcohol, but very malty presence with spice balance

T - This quad tastes amost as good as it smells which is very good, both slight caramel and herbal qualities work together with slight honey and smooth molasses notes w/ a mild anise note and slight cinnamon w/ light toasted flavors. The sweet raw honey taste pervades with a raw, yet enticing quality that is lasting in the flavor into the finish

D - While a good example of the style, this is not something I consider to be drinkable to the point that I could have more than one. It has a candy-like element that keeps me from enjoying as more than a digestif. Very good -seek this out -great for sharing, thanks again Karen!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 02:51:38 | More by Slatetank
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,784 ratings.