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The Sixth Glass | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

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

Added by Bitterbill on 11-15-2007

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Reviews: 786 | Ratings: 2,747
Photo of RizanTastingBeer
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml bottle to several different kinds of glasses for our tasting.

Look: Pours a ruby-brown verging on tarnished copper. On the hazy end of clarity. Tall, lasting head in the color of beige verging on actual yellow. Scattered, low amounts of lacing.

Aroma: Jeez, where to start with this beast. Right up front it inundates you with rum, raisins, banana, and light clove and caramel... Then it gives you medicinal aromas, almost like treated wood or turpentine. It took a while to nail it down but my tasting group all agreed on this (think railroad ties or fresh cedar). I find some horse-blanket type phenol quality in here as well.

Taste: A lot of the same complexity found in the aroma. The rum and banana are strong. Some dried fruit (dates, fig, raisin). Caramel/toffee flavors. Spicy notes and medicinal notes. Very little or no hop flavors. Quite sweet. And BOOZY, god is it boozy.

Feel: Body is medium. There is a boozy harshness in the mouthfeel not unexpected from a 10+%abv monster.

Overall: I didn't care that much for it, but I'm a hard sell on most Belgian styles in general so I have to give them some leeway. Of the other two people in my tasting (kitchen table), one loved it and the other was moderately impressed. I appreciated the complexity of this quadrupel, but I couldn't get past the medicinal qualities enough to really enjoy it.

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Photo of taters21
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful burnt orange haziness with a 2 finger tan head.
Smells of rum, alcohol, dates, raisins, clove, banana, caramel, typical quad aromas.
Rather bitter actually, a lot of spice, and alcohol, why...
Mouthfeel is only moderately thick, and not as creamy as expected for this being a quad.
Overall, disappointing, maybe it's because other reviews have been of this after some bottle age, but I find the flavor not sweet at all, very bitter and with a lot of burn, and the mouthfeel was a letdown, it's quite a shame really, I wanted to like this brew.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$ 9.39/750 mL bottle ($ 0.365/oz) at HEB #02/074, New Braunfels, TX
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – sweet, dates
Head large (5.5 cm, slow pour), light brown, creamy/fizzy, diminishing to irregular three to six mm ring and thin layer of small bubbles
Lacing - none
Body red-amber, clear
Flavor begins very sweet, with flavors of dates and fig, caramel, sugar; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice solid quad. This is not my fave style so take my notes with a grain of salt. I liked this one and it matches the profile for the style very well. Lots of dark fruits and good mouthfeel.

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Photo of drtth
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by date: December of 2016 so there's some bottle age here.

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a hazy dark copper brown color (similar to a used penny) with a 1 1/2" light tan head that recedes slowly leaving scattered patches and legs of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping leaves only a few scattered small patches of lacing and cleans the side of the glass. Even midway through the beer there's still a ring of foam and a 1/8" inch layer of foam on the surface and large patches of lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aromas include brown sugar, some dark orchard fruits and just a hint of yeast.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the brown sugar sweetness and dark orchard fruits prominent (raisin, date, fig) but also supplemented with some toffee notes, a bit of spicyness (the yeast?), and just a hint of bitterness way in the background. Though out there is absolutely no alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with the moderate carbonation. The finish is where the complexity shows most with this beer. The sweetness from the brown sugar and toffee fade to let the fruit flavors emerge briefly. Then as they fade that touch of bitterness pops in briefly then goes away as everything recedes to a nice dryness.

This is a well made American version of a Quad and one which I think can give the Belgian Quads a run for their money. I don't know that it would beat out any of the classic ones in a blind test, but it would certainly give them a run for the money. I'd expect where it might come up short is that the sweetness may be just a bit too prominent here. Anyway, I'll be happy to have this one again and wish I'd been able to include it in the blind Quad tasting some of us conducted a few years ago.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, turbid golden copper with a foamy, khaki head. Wonderful look and head retention. A bit of lacing is left behind. Dark fruits and yeast form a wonderfully Belgium styled aroma. Dark fruits, malts, and a zing of yeast at the end all work together to form the flavor profile of a beer that could be crafted by Belgium's. Very classic taste. Mouth feel is a tad bit harsh, but otherwise bold, filling, and mouth coating. Overall, a phenomenal brew that delivers classic Belgium style beer from a state-side brewery. Even though this is my hometown brewery, I've never had it, which is disappointing because this is tasty.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of mkh012
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11 oz. bottle, best before date of 08/16 (4 months from now).

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a solid two fingers of frothy tan head. Chocolate covered raisins and figs on the nose, and the taste largely follows. Typical quad notes. Some alcohol heat, but not too much for 10.5% ABV.

Not quite as good as my favorite Belgians but a solid representation of the style. Mouthfeel could be a little softier/creamier. 8.5/10 quad in my opinion.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wash a gusher when I opened it, dark tan color with medium head / retention. Aroma has Belgian yeast spice, medium british malt (toffee / caramel) and spice. Taste leans heavily on spicey phenols and less so on the malt (which comes through more on the backend with sweet caramel malt). There is some dry hop flavor as well, just faintly bitter but gives it a nice bunch. It tastes more like a Christmas ale or dark strong than a quad, but still a good beer.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter glass.
A - Pours a nice reddish brown with a thick off-white head.
S - The aroma is Belgian yeasts and raisins.
T - The flavor is strong on banana and clove.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - Wow! This beer exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass
2013 vintage

This beer pours tea colored and is topped with several inches of tan head that leaves. some lacing.

The aroma is spiced fig and dates. There is also a sweet bread smell with some spiciness from the yeast.

I taste fig and dates with a slight bitterness. It has a very dry finish.

It has a highly effervescent mouthfeel.

This is a very dry quad. It is good, and the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of TripleSun
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first pour after being chilled in the fridge ended up a carbonation disaster but my second bottle was nothing of the sort.

Darkish red/brown color going on with a substantial head. Smells of malt and cherries and tastes of grapes, malt and drinks heavy, yet leaves just the right amount of sweetness on the tongue. Not usually a Quad guy, but this one hits it out of the ballpark. Boulevard has struck home with me many times.

Reminds me of the winey Trappist beers that got me in craft beer.

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Photo of BigGold
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had poured from 12-oz. bottle, stamped best by "03/05/17," into Chimay goblet. The creepy literary reference is well-taken, as a bottle of The Sixth Glass may very well lead to another, and so on, and then on to adventures best left unmentioned.

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Photo of LAp
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Man and the devil mixed with blood - that is the sixth glass". A little literature mixed with libation - Boulevard has found a well-chosen literary nod to give with the naming of their latest Belgian. The brewery never fails to impress - though some of their other styles are lackluster, they've got quite a solid bead on the Belgian style.

Had as a 12oz bottle poured into a snifter-shaped wine glass. Pours a deep, hazy gold, with a profuse khaki head. Nose is crisp, but sweet and yeasty - plenty of Belgian spice on the nose. The palate follows in classic Boulevard style - this feels like the big brother of their Tank 7 farmhouse: bready, yeasty, with prolific wheat, but not in the heavy, savory style of a Westy; rather, this beer blends that classic trappist breadiness with a sweeter, more North American take on the quad - there's a certain light sweetness here reminiscent of Unibroue or Ommegang. The mouthfeel is spot on, medium-bodied with the perfect blend of creamy texture and subdued carbonation (less than the head would lead one to believe). Ultimately, this beer straddles the Atlantic, blending the distinct Belgian and North American take on the style, without falling into the trap of overly sweet, overly light quads that so many American breweries seem to churn out. Overall, an outstanding entry in the style.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber pour, large old-newspaper-colored head
Smells of cherry, malt, fig, raisin
Tastes of cocoa, clove, cherry, raisin, toasted malt, ester, brown sugar
Heavyish feel, abrasive carbonation
I guess if I was a fisherman or like whoever is the sort of person that calls things a "doozy" I'd use that here. Huge dessert beer. Doesn't hit one note out of tune. Complex almost to the point of exhausting. Seems like the sort of thing you drink to celebrate finishing a 2000 page russian novel

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Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a cloudy brown amber, small off white head. Aroma has a bit of banana and dark fruit notes upfront, slowly mellows out to some caramel malt, yeast and dark fruit as it warms up. Taste is similar to aroma with some dark fruit and yeast that become more prevalent as it warms up, some herbal hops as well. A full body with good carbonation on the palate. Finish is sweet caramel malt, yeast, dark fruit plums and figs, brown sugar and mild bitter herbal hops for balance with a bit of sweet brown sugar and alcohol on the end. Finish is long and slightly dry. A noteworthy full flavored brew, very nice.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice best by date of 9/22/17

A: creamy head that sits in a small 1/8 filthat does not dissipate after having a decent head slightly brown notes. Body is a rich caramel color that is very turbid so much so you can not see through it

S: lots of banana and clove light hints of raisin and caramel

T: a lot of the nose follows the taste with some burnt sugary taste added in not as much caramel but the banana and clove are there.

O: has a very high carbonation feel and has that slightly syrupiness to it so you feel like you are scraping it off your tongue after you drink it. Yet at the same time it seems a tad watery

O: Solid beer the burnt sugary taste and banana and clove are very prevelant. I do not think it is as rich and complex as the belgium counterparts I don't get a lot of dark fruit out of this. Alcohol is hidden very well. I have still never had an american version of a quad that even comes remotely close to Rochefort, St Bernadus, Chimay, or Trappist. I have never had Westvleteren.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting spin on a quad, not near as dark as the traditional versions, though the nose is generally in the ballpark, lots of rasiny/date aromas + caramelized malt. Yeast presence also a little more subdued than the classics. Palate is similar to the aroma, perhaps catching a slightly meaty note as well. It's not bad at all but seems to lack a little bit of the richness and depth of the best iterations. Worth a try for the Belgian lover, and certainly more affordable than the imports, but I think I'd pony up the extra bucks for a 4-pack of St. B or Rochefort.

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Photo of Premo88
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into snifter
(best by 9/22/2017)

L: big foam pushes up off a brown/orange/amber brew that isn't clear, very murky, in part because I poured in some of the yeast/sediment; head is a thick 1/2-inch of beige foam, very cool looking; keeps a thick collar of beige foam and about a half skin, only a little sticking or lacing

S: sour grapes, red wine, sweet grapes, peanuts ... also a pinch of dust ... a little fig ... alcohol, again only a little but there's some rubbing alcohol/vodka coming off it; dark dried fruits with the sweetness taken out

T: earthy grapes, prunes, peanuts, dust ... not overly sweet but there's definitely some sweetness; at times has a good yeasty pop to it, not like the real thing from the Trappists but it's a dang close ... at times; earthy red wine

F: fantastic ... big Belgian style carbonation that's crisp up front but soft on the backside ... beautiful

O: as American-made abbey ales go, this one is up there; it's not as sweet, not as dark-malty and not as yeasty as the best of the best, but it has some of the right notes some of the time, which is better than most; the big carbonation is fantastic, and it helps get this brew closer to authentic; the peanut flavor comes in hard at times and others it gives way to more wine/grapes/ prunes ... again, it makes it better than most American-made abbeys; I've got one bottle left from my four-pack, and I'm going to age it to the 9/22/17 limit -- it's good enough to invest the time just to see what happens

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional ale! Hazy amber with plenty of yeasties, nice head with small bubbles (great carbonation overall too). Nose has a delightful mixture of fruitiness with yeasty/bready aromas. Good balance of sweet and sour tangy flavors including some caramel, candied fruit, etc. Insanely drinkable for a 10% beer. Silky on the palate with the carbonation. Savor this one!

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Photo of DaverCS
4.84/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a murky light brown color with a touch of amber highlights. 2 fingers of a long lasting, off-white head.

Aroma is absolutely gorgeous! Best smelling quad I have ever had. An absolute bouquet of dark fruits -- figs, raisins, and plums. A bit of lemon and tons of toffee. A nice Belgian yeast spice hidden initially, but as the beer warms, it comes out more. Near perfection!

Taste follows the aroma. Dark fruits, toffee, brown sugar, and a nice malt sweetness. Highly carbonated, but it still retains its fullness. Some clove and a bit of banana. Alcohol warmth is present, but no taste. As it warms, the Belgian yeast character becomes more forward.

Overall, this is the best quad I have had. Really solid in all aspects! I see it pairing well with sticky toffee pudding. It gets a 97/100.

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Photo of chefj3
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Belgian Ale lover here. Sixth Glass represents well, and as others mention, it's not an actual Belgian Trappist ale. However, since I got a 750 ml. bottle on sale for ~$9, it's stepping up admirably. Poured into a tulip glass, at appx. 50 deg. F.:

Thick, foamy head with large carbonation bubbles dissipating quickly into a ball of foam with little lacing. Color is a cloudy burnt orange to medium amber.

Aromas of toast, burnt caramel, cream, bubblegum, butterscotch, forest floor, toffee, cedar, wet paint, mushroom, scotch whisky.

Taste of alcohol (10.5%), creme brulee, spruce tips, fruit loops, cinnamon toast, banana, citrus, caramel, toffee, cedar smoke.

Finish of coffee, nutmeg, medium length.

Overall an enjoyable, high-octane Belgian analogue. Great deal under $10/750ml.

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Photo of BierRunner
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is only my second quad so not much perspective to draw on. It is lighter in color than I expected. The nose is malty with grape undertones. The taste is also malty and fruity with warming alcohol on the finish. In the glass, as the temperature increases, cherry and nutty flavors emerged. It is nicely carbonated (very small but numerous bubbles). Nice evening beverage when you have the time to enjoy it leisurely.

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Photo of Ghaas6
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After drinking Boulevard for the first time this past weekend I am left shouting about their prowess from the roof tops! When I first tasted this beer it made me say "Wow!" A good crisp taste that leaves one satisfied. Glad to see they moved east and entered the NYC/LI market! Look out local Brewers!

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look 8/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 89/100


Summery: A nice take on a classic Belgian... This american version is smooth and flavorful, yet lacks the robust taste of its counter part from across the pond~

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L012915 1246E. Best by 01.28.17. Consumed 11.26.15.

A: Monstrous light tan head rests above an autumn orange body of generally good clarity revealing a very strong rate of carbonation. Lengthy head retention, sticks well with large patches of lace.

S: Caramel raisin, sweet dark fruit, sugary plums, lightly toasted straw and grains. Good sense of awareness that was fairly lasting.

T: Sweet toasty caramel body with sugary raisins, toasty grains and sweet dark fruit of plums. Sweet peache, with a sweet flavor that shows little signs of its 10.0 abv nature. Some rum with a toasted nuttiness.

M: Good vibe of carbonation, slick textured, slightly sticky, good fullness, gentle fade of dried fruit and alcohol glow on the swallow.

O: Some alcohol detection upon more warming, but generally accessible. Dark rum and fruit with a good rate of drinkability.

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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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