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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,931 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,931
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 126
Gots: 267 | FT: 12
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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mscudder

Georgia

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

O boy, A new quad for me try! Been impressed with this brewery thus far and must thank for good friend for picking this one up.
Best by 6/14. Poured into a snifter.

A - A deep ruby hue that is nearly opaque. A royal two finger ivory head with nice bubbles throughout . Nice retention.

S - Creamy dark caramel, plum and some alcohol. Some cherries are there but almost all of these aromas are soft.

T - Lots of flavor bursting with this up front. Caramel malts, dark fruits are all present, some pepper also adds some complexity. The flavor was sharp and the ABV is well masked. Good things going on here but the balance is just not right.

M - Medium, creamy body with average carbonation.

O - It was a good quad, although my mind calls forth memories of some better ones. I'll pass on this one next time.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 05:22:57 | More by mscudder
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FullObs

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

08-23-2012 19:00:47 | More by FullObs
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rajendra82

Georgia

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

The shape of the bottle, the quirky label artwork, and the Boulevard Brewing Co. name engraved on the neck gave off a very European vibe. The body looked a little paler than a typical Quad, with the color of mahogany. The head was fizzy and short lived, settling down to a lacy collar. The smell had fragrances of apricot, hazelnut, and pear. The flavor was delicately sweet and a bit spicy. I could taste raisin, pears, saffron, toffee, and chili pepper. The aftertaste was sweet like hard candy, until abruptly being cut off by yeasty dryness. Quite sticky in the mouth, and not quite as velvety smooth like the true Belgian varieties. The beer would have benefited from some darker malts to further enhance the date and fig flavors mentioned on the label, and add complexity.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 03:35:51 | More by rajendra82
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NODAK

Tennessee

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has an aroma of sweet brown sugar, notes of dark fruit, and a bit of heat.

Pours a standard brown in the Orval chalice with a note of red when viewed in the light. Thin head.

The taste here has a nice brown sugar component to it, with a note of dark fruit and a definitely yeasty contingent to it. Carbonation is pretty good for style. Alcohol becomes more evident as it warms....which I guess is hard to avoid at this level.

All in all a very solid and tasty quad. A great American rendition of a great Belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 01:30:39 | More by NODAK
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danems64


4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-23-2012 01:17:38 | More by danems64
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Cjalbers


3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

08-23-2012 00:30:28 | More by Cjalbers
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Andy1022

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

08-21-2012 20:11:58 | More by Andy1022
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slowdaddy

Alabama

4/5  rDev -3.6%

08-21-2012 06:34:32 | More by slowdaddy
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

08-21-2012 00:23:06 | More by Gambrinus1184
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Mick91

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-20-2012 17:02:23 | More by Mick91
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bushbeer75

Michigan

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

12 oz brown bottle – Best by date 7/27/13

Boulevard Brewing the Sixth Glass filled my snifter with a dark copper/auburn color that produced a nice 1 ½ finger bubbly off-white head that had good retention and formed a collar of lacing. The pleasant aroma is malty; of dark fruits, dates and figs. The flavor matches the nose, is sweet upfront, of dark candy sugar, caramel and raisins with a nice warming alcohol presence. The mouth feel is smooth, fuller bodied with medium carbonation and the alcohol hits the back of the mouth at the finish.

The Sixth Glass is a very drinkable [not too filling] enjoyable American brewed quad – Well done Boulevard! I sure wish Boulevard distributed in Michigan…HINT, HINT Boulevard!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 19:21:56 | More by bushbeer75
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DavidHamilton


3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

08-15-2012 22:57:05 | More by DavidHamilton
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blingice

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-14-2012 22:36:23 | More by blingice
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

08-13-2012 20:27:45 | More by danthehopslamman
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John_M

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 John_M
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WoodenLeg410


4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

08-10-2012 00:59:17 | More by WoodenLeg410
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boomer3


4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

08-07-2012 02:15:09 | More by boomer3
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craigmj7

Kansas

4/5  rDev -3.6%

08-07-2012 00:33:24 | More by craigmj7
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rkcrozier

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

08-06-2012 12:09:01 | More by rkcrozier
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brewmee


4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

08-05-2012 18:17:38 | More by brewmee
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-dark almond with a nice light tan head

S-a lot of dark Belgian spices and candied sugars. Unfortunately it does smell fairly artificial. Not terrible though.

T-comes in with a strong (abv) taste of bitter and raw dark Belgian malts. It's got quite a hot kick to it. It has the sugars in it as well in the background. 

M-medium to high carbonation with a dry finish

O- this is only okay. In a line up, I could definitely confuse it with a true Belgian though. It has a certain rawness I like to see in my quads. The flavors themselves aren't wonderful though. It's strong, definitely a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 02:14:29 | More by AdamBear
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impending

California

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

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 04:45:26 | More by impending
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Blind

Missouri

4/5  rDev -3.6%

08-04-2012 00:22:09 | More by Blind
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from 7/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark orange amber with an aggressive light brown head and nice lacing. Hops and malt right up front with a slap of booze. Light malt and fruit middle with a sharp edge from the carbonation. Boozy, hop finish. Underlying taste is nice, but he alcohol is not well integrated. Light bodied. This was absolutley delicious with a chocolate chip cookie.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 22:35:06 | More by LiquidAmber
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ferrettman687

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

08-02-2012 16:02:15 | More by ferrettman687
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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