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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 silentjay
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml poured into an Ommegang goblet.

pours lighter than expected (a murky light brown) with a nice beach sand colored head that sticks at one finger and laces well.

lots of dark fruits on the aroma. raisin, dates, figs, as well as some stone fruit and banana.definite bready malt/yeast combination that reminds me of fruit cake. pretty on par for the style, and nice.

definite raisin flavor, and more of that fruit cake essence. plenty of banana, figs, and maybe some cherry, plum and pluot. bready malts and a bit of spicy yeast flavors. slight spiced rum-like alcohol warmth.

velvety smooth, but not quite as much so as the imported Belgians. a bit of an alcohol heat on the finish, but thats expected and welcomed in this style.

I like it. one of the better domestic versions of this revered style and a pretty decent value overall. I'd visit this one again.

silentjay, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of bort11
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle with a fantastic devil image on the label. It would make a kick ass tattoo. The back label has information about the Hans Christian Andersen cautionary tale referencing The Sixth Glass. batch number 67283.

Poured into a goblet, fast acting and loud light tan head quickly recedes to a solid and persistent film. Lacing quickly reactivates with a swirl. Color is a hazy amber red, with tiny flecks of sediment floating around.

Smell has the appropriate musty yeast smell for a quad, with a pleasant alcohol warmth in the back of the nose. Nice oak and vanilla notes. Taste has a pleasant woody feel with nice warmth. There is a wonderfully warm and spicy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very warm, yet dry. The alcohol does make itself known, but is not overpowering. Very well balanced and drinkable. I am so excited that Boulevard is expanding in this direction.

bort11, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of brycevolk
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

brycevolk, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of rrski198
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: great off white head, disapears quickly. Very little lacing due to ABV. Cloudy brownish red color.

S: Classic belgian yeast. Roasted almonds. Brwon sugar. Surprising little booze smell.

T: Big time toasted malt, taste like the burnt sugar top of a creme brulee.

M: High carbonation. Alcohol burn on the gums.

D: The bommer is tough to put down in a single sitting. Great to share. The high ABV makes it tough to finish (while standing), however, this is a great american interpretation of a belgian. I would purchase again

rrski198, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of OKCNittany
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

OKCNittany, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown and impossible to see through with a fizzy tan head that slowly settles into a skim in the middle of my Chimay glass. The nose is belgian spice and dark fruit with fresh pumpernickel breadiness. The flavor is rich and spicy with flavors of gingersnap and hot buttered rum. Full bodied and highly carbonated with a warmingly alcoholic finish. A nice sipper for the money and a decent stab at the style, not on par with the best Belgian made examples but a fine brew worth checking out.

biggred1, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of alpinebryant
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 4.27.13

Pour is a dark hazy chestnut brown with a massive head that almost overflowed my Captain lawrence tulip.

Aroma of dark candied plums with belgian yeast, figs, and bread.

Taste is pretty great overall. My only complaint is it is slightly boozy. There are tons of biscuity yeast flavors, mixing with caramelized sugars, plums and figs. Slight toffee and a healthy bit of red apple / red delicious flavor.

Body is medium for the style. As it warms gets a little more syrupy. Some time would not hurt this bottle which says best by 4.27.13

alpinebryant, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev -3.6%

aquazr1, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of BMoney575
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 12-11-09
Batch number 69198

Pours a deep red color, completely cloudy with a tiny head, if you really try. Lacing is a few quickly fading bubbles.

Smell is thick, strong malt, dark fruit, and heavy duty alcohol. The booze is so strong, it has a distinct nail polish remover quality. Not in a bad way, just in a badass way.

Taste is all hardcore booze. The malt is there, adding a caramel and burnt sugar flavor. The aftertaste is nice, slightly earthy and sweet.

Mouthfeel is slick and spicy, with strong carbonation to add to the intensity.

Drinkability is good if you're a seasoned alcoholic, or if you're looking for a good time.

Overall, I wish I had bought two of these so I could leave one in the cellar. It could sure use it.

BMoney575, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml brown bottle.
"batch number: 67283"
No. 1 in the Boulevard Smokestack Series.
"...a deep and mysterious libation, dark auburn and full-bodied, its sweetness deceptive."

a: A hazy reddish brown with light tan colored head that is reduced to a thin layer of bubbles within minutes.

s: Caramel malt and a cola-like sweetness, maybe some dark fruit too.

t: Sweetness similar to caramel, cola, and raisins. Some yeast flavors with a nice spicy alcoholic finish.

m: Very syrupy feel on the tongue. Full body, nice carbonation, dry finish.

d: You can certainly feel the alcohol, but in my experience, that's common for quadrupels. It isn't too sweet, has an enjoyable flavor and a great warming effect. The Sixth Glass seems to stack up pretty well to the other Quadrupels I've had, though my experience is admittedly limited. Frankly, I'm impressed by Boulevards choice here, not many US breweries make a Quad, seems like a ballsy move on their part.
Overall, its an enjoyable beer that has me excited to see what Boulevard does with this new series.

BradLikesBrew, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of thampel09
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

thampel09, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of NateMac13
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

NateMac13, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find quad's to be a widely varying style but one I am drawn back to quite often. So, that said how's the boulevard offering? I found it "quad subdued". What the heck does that mean? It's got sweet caramel candied fruit malt aspects, a solid belgian yeast aspect, the right color and a sticky lacing head. It's also boozy and the flavors while blended well are more subdued than I would prefer in my quad. Worth a try.

barleywinebrewer, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of axeman9182
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, my last souvenir from volunteering at this year's ACBF. It's got a best by date of April 2013, and was allowed to warm some before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Sixth Glass pours something in between maroon and more of a brown color, but it fades to a clear ruby when held to light. The cream colored head is almost out of control, more than four fingers tall and threatening to spill out the glass. Head retention is solid, but the complete lack of lacing is a major letdown. The nose is a bit higher on peppery phenols as compared to dark fruits than usual, but there's also a nice background note of overripe banana that I don't always find in quads. The flavor just can't hang with the best of the style. The most important thing for me in a beer like this is to have a solid sweet fruity base to hold the rest of the beer together. While there are certainly notes of plum and figs, they aren't nearly potent enough to keep the pepper and clove yeast notes from, together with a generous warming sensation from the alcohol, running roughshod over the brew. The body ends up on the light side for 10.5%ABV, and the carbonation is middle of the road, and just a little bit dull. In the end, the beer captures neither the creamy texture (despite a dry finish) nor the expressive carbonation of a world class quad. I had high expectations for Sixth Glass, having really enjoyed my previous Boulevard offerings (including BBQ), but this goes to show just how hard brewing a top notch quad is.

axeman9182, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of hopley
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

hopley, Aug 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Beer4Baltimore, Sep 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

abex44, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of impending
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-

12oz into a tulip. Pours a deep reddish mahogany, light pancake colored head, nice lacing.

Aroma is rich yeasty goodness with figs and raisins, slightly solvent cloves. sweet gingerbread

Taste includes the clove joined with a nice toffee figgy initial sensation. Flips quickly to an aftertaste that while nice loses the nuance of flavors that preceded. Minor nondescript bitter joins a hint of zinc in the end. Smooth medium bodied creamy mouthfeel. Warmth reveals more.
cheers
jd

impending, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Kramerbarthomer, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel glass with reckless abandon giving way to a voluminous multi-finger off-white head burying a clear deep amber colored body.

Big fruit and spice load with some caramel sweetness. It seems kind of odd. There are the dark fruits but then some banana and pear type aromas are there as well.

Alcohol warmth, but no alcohol taste. Lots of dark fruit, peppery spice, bread, and sweetness.

Massages your tongue with a smooth and creamy medium mouthfeel and gives a nice happy ending.

MattSweatshirt, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Sweffin, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Basoos1
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Basoos1, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of laxer8811
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

laxer8811, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of IpeeA
4/5  rDev -3.6%

IpeeA, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of dbossman
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy and orangish brown with a bubbly and foamy head that dissipates quickly, which is typical for the style

S: Sweetness is prevelant but not dominating; subtle pine and citrus; but boy, the alcohol is quite dominant

T: Caramel malt presence up front; pine with subtle raisins; the alcohol is actually well masked

F: Creamy with balanced carbonation; smooth even mouth feel

D: For a quad this is extremely drinkable; goes down smooth and the alcohol isn't as dominating as the inital aromas would indicate

dbossman, Jan 02, 2010
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,042 ratings.