The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,230 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,230
Reviews: 688
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 151
Gots: 378 | FT: 10
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 ObeMaltKinobee
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of paco1029384756
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown color with a fizzy off white head.

Scent of dark fruits, yeast, candi sugar, a hint of alcohol, and bready malts. Balanced well for the strength, a nice representation of the style.

Taste of candi sugar, caramel, dark fruit, yeast, leather, chocolate, and a hint of alcohol. Finishes dry with tobacco and leather flavors. Excellent, complex and balanced, could compete with authentic Trappist Quads.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very lively carbonation.

Photo of jwps214
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/21/2009 (bottle batch#68235):

Pours a huge creamy tan colored head, diminishing, and a dark ruby red color body. Strong dark fruity, flowery aroma, fig and a touch of alcohol. Very sweet nd floral, very Belgiany. Creamy mouthfeel, flowery taste. Lightly sweet, not sickly. Dark fruit is not as pronounced, sweet aftertaste, some hotness. Dark fruit and fig taste, apple too.

Photo of Beerbuddy21
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz bottle with an enjoy by date of 12/30/15. There is also a Julian code to indicate the bottling date that is a little smeared, but seems to indicate a bottling date of 12/30/13. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series chalice.

Appearance - A gentle pour, so as not to fill my beer with the sediment on the bottom of the bottle, yields a one and a half finger head of tan with just the slightest caramel-hued twinge to it. The bubbles are fine and lucious and they retain for several minutes before receding to a film with pockets of thicker foam intermittently dispersed on the surface of the liquid. Beneath the film likes a dark burnt umber body with shades of burgundy and auburn depending on how the light hits the glass. Lacing is mostly nonexistent save for a few idle spots here and there.

Smell - The aroma is a sweet blend of light molasses and brown sugar, with some fainter notes of fig and dried fruit alongside some baking spice, reminiscent of clove and some faint hints of banana-like esters that really add more depth to the beer than they do overpower the other flavor profiles.

Taste - Fruity esters are again present here, but less on the banana side of things and more in the range of figs and dates and perhaps some red plum as well? The spiciness from the yeast is also present, imparting notes of clove and brown sugar, with some caramel sweetness. As it finishes, there is just a hint of some bitterness and almost a metallic taste. Oddly, I got sort of a metal taste after the first drink, but didn't really notice again through the rest of the glass. There is also a faint burn of the high alcohol, but it's amazingly well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and moderate carbonation, with just enough fizz to avoid feeling flat.

Overall, yet another traditional Belgian style that Boulevard does well. It's a little lighter than many beers in the quad/BSDA category, but that's no problem by my view. The only thing I will say is that I wish there were a little more depth of flavor to this one. One of the things I like about the style is that it continues to evolve and develop throughout the enjoyment of the glass. This one was pretty similar from start to finish. As such, I feel the need to dock the overall score, because the sum of it's parts were just not quite as good as the individual components.

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Gehrig
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Recommended by the helpful friends at the Neil St. Piccadilly in Champaign, I grabbed this from the Boulevard display, eager to try something from their Smokestack series. This did not disappoint. Rich, cloudy burgundy body, topped by two fat fingers of off-white foam, with plenty of lacing on the Yankees pint glass--used because I was watching the Yankees-Red Sox game; splendid presentation. Nicely aromatic, not overwhelming but thankfully complex--cherry, berry, chocolate, and hazelnut coffee.

This is really delicious. The cherry stood out to me, but various flavors emerge in turn--coffee, caramel, back to cherry--not too sweet but certainly not tart. Very impressive in its balance. A winner. The mouthfeel seals the deal for me--well-carbonated, smooth, and durable--never flattening out, fresh though lingering with me for a couple innings. Well done. The alcohol does start to weight heavily near the end, reducing the drinkability a bit.

This quadrupel is not overwhelming in its flavor. For people looking for a big, brash quadrupel, this might disappoint. Yet for those looking for a good, well-crafted, well-flavored, smooth Quad, this should satisfy. At $8 for the 22 oz. bottle it's a little pricey, but certainly enjoyable enough--and a bit boozy enough--to ultimately overlook (or plainly forget) the price in favor of the flavor. Definitely recommended.

Photo of sprucetip
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 into snifter.

Medium amber, very bubbly, persistent off white head and good lacing. Much more clear and without the yeast chunks I am accustomed to with this style.

Dark fruit prominent. Raisins, prunes, sweet malt, touch of grassy hops, hint of boozy heat, and Belgian yeast strain all blended nicely.

Malty sweetness, aforementioned dark fruit, restrained but noticeable alc and Belgian yeast. Balanced and complex. Slightly dry and lightly bitter finish. Nicely done.

Slight fizz, moderate warming, full bodied, with pleasant, almost slick, texture.

Very well done, impressive take on the style from N. American brewery. Goes down easily as good quads do when I drink them. Size of this beast is cause for restraint. Still, this is one to sip, savor and share.

Photo of pirmannt1
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Braz
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mikeg67
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Quad
12 oz bottle. Pours hazy amber with tall, creamy, long-lasting, off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of funky yeast, grassy hops, caramel malt and dark fruit. Body is full, creamy and crisp. Taste is of herbal hops, caramel malt, sherry, brown sugar and dark fruit. Complexity of flavor is increasing as beer warms up. Finish is long and dry. Outstanding brew.

Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mjtiernan
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra special thanks to Pwoods for bringing this to Virginia. Bottle split between Pwoods, myself and Kels.

Appearance: Pours a deep rusty and murky brown (too mucrky to see if there is carbonation bubbling up, so it's a bit of an exciting mystery to see what the mouthfeel is going to be like on this bad boy) that is a bit of a toffee color; no real head to speak of, just a thin ring on the surface; leaves spotty lacing that doesn't last.

Smell: Deep toasty caramel malts dominates the nose with a slight whiff of alcohol creeping up with some darker fruit essences -- overall, the nose comes across to me as a little weak but I'm loving those malts...

Taste: Bombarded by those toasty caramel malts in the mouth and a nice presence of alcohol to boot -- there is definitely some deeper and darker sweet fruits in there that are a bit figgy and spicey.

Mouthfeel: Nice and chewy with a viscous body and moderate carbonation that is coupled with a high ABV to keep the mouth warm and tingly, along with the throat and chest; a very solid coating is left on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: I'm going a little higher on this than I should because of that 10+% ABV, but it is pretty damn tasty and I really like the mouthfeel that allows me to continue tasting those malts.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of HollyHops
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of gpblackgt
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of NooseJustice
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of craytonic
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Much more clear than I expected, amber brown with a small head that quickly disappears, no lacing

Smell: Dark, sweet fruits (figs, prunes, raisins), brown sugar, vanilla, booze

Taste: Similar to the aroma, lots of figs, prunes, raisins, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, hint of rum and brandy

Mouthfeel: A bit thin and flat

Overall: Good start, needs some improvement.

Photo of BeerManDan
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely one of the best Quad's I've ever drank! Nice deep yellow color with an orange hue. The aroma was like heaven, with all though components (spices, fruit, hop's and malts) and you can't believe your drink an ale that's 10% alcohol. So mellow, but be careful, it can jump up and bite you! Great brew, can't wait to buy a case of four packs!

Photo of Magery
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of jjayjaye
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light mahogany color with full fingered auburn head that resists fading and a nice amount of Belgian lacing left behind. The smell is sweet malty Belgian yeast and doughy caramel. Adequately carbonated and full bodied, there is an initial sharpness and spicy character to the mouth feel. The flavors are a mirror of the nose. The 10.5% ABV is well integrated. A very nice drinker.

Photo of OKCNittany
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of valkyre65
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,230 ratings.