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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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1,916 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,916
Reviews: 660
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 126
Gots: 262 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

08-10-2012 00:59:17 | More by WoodenLeg410
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

08-07-2012 02:15:09 | More by boomer3
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

08-07-2012 00:33:24 | More by craigmj7
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

08-06-2012 12:09:01 | More by rkcrozier
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

08-05-2012 18:17:38 | More by brewmee
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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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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5


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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 04:45:26 | More by impending
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

08-04-2012 00:22:09 | More by Blind
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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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

08-02-2012 16:02:15 | More by ferrettman687
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with a friend.
12 Oz. bottle poured into a tulip.
Best by 03/16/14.

A- Pours a deep sunset orangish auburn, with 2 fingers of cream colored dense head that lingers quite a while

S- Smells of strong and spicy Belgian yeast, mixed with subtle hints of dark fruits. A little boozy.

T- Belgian yeast flavors hit the tongue first, followed by the excellent quad qualities, of dark fruits, and candied brown sugars. Ends with an unexpected bitterness.

M- Full bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. Very pleasant warming from the ABV.

O- A solid Quad from Boulevard. Not as sweet as some of the other Quads out there, but would definitely make a great fall/winter beer for tailgating in cold weather.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 09:56:22 | More by rfbenavi80
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4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at room temp (sorry) in Harpoon tasting glass.

A: clear, dark red-orange; strong head but large bubbles that disappear quickly; modest carb
S: yeast leaps off the cap; malty
T: very full, complex quad with all the gravity and yeast one expects in the genre; malt is slightly on the roasted side (a nice touch I think); long lingering flavor of hops, yeast, and booze

wonderfully warming; would make an excellent winter beer

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 01:40:51 | More by Arithmeticus
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

07-30-2012 05:56:34 | More by Shasty
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

07-29-2012 02:09:15 | More by jtswkd
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - warm amber caramel brown color with a thick foamy head about an inch.

Smell - It just smells like an ale. Very subtle and nothing that stands out right away. hint of brown sugar.

Taste - "WOW!" is the first thing out of my mouth. It is sweet but not in a fruity light beer way. The flavor is like a sweet marinade for a rib. It has brown sugar taste with a hint of spicy.

Feel - Malty as if its a heavier beer but still a crisp clean feel. You can feel the bubbles, but not like a champagne.

Over all it is a great beer that I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 20:01:10 | More by inandon
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

07-28-2012 11:54:55 | More by corneliustoad
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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a best by date of 5/18/14....so yeah, I'd say it's still good >_> Poured into chalice.

A: Perfect Quad color. Steeped black tea color (tawny, clear auburn) with a one-finger tan head. Retention and lacing is as expected.

S: Smell is quite enticing to say the lease. Loads of Belgian-style yeast, brown sugar, caramel, lots of fruity esters.

T: Sweet, dark fruits at the beginning, reminiscent of grape skin and black cherries. Bit of spice, pepper and yeast. Candy sugar and more fruity esters near the end.

M: Fizzy and medium-bodied. 10.5%? Doesn't taste anywhere near that. It's a sipper, but very easy to drink.

O: Honestly, the taste wasn't as assertive as I expect in a Quad. It definitely has plenty of good quad qualities, but it seems to be missing just a little something to put it on the same level as something like a Rochefort 10 or St. Bernardus.

Don't get me wrong, though, this is still one of the best American quads I've ever had. If you can't find the two I've mentioned or don't want to drop $8 or $13 (respectively) for a single bottle of the aforementioned, then go ahead and grab this.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 02:58:03 | More by TTAmod
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pours hazy dark amber orange. A large three finger eggshell white head. Lots of alcohol legs. Nice lacing.

S- There is some dark fruit and a lot of caramel. There is also a refreshing bitterness. A fruity smelling quad to say the least.

T- There is a bit of alcohol and bitterness up front. It follows up with some dark fruits, raisins, figs and such. This beer has a lot of caramel in it as well as some Belgian yeast.

M- This beer has really high carbonation. It is strong in alcohol and carbonation but also wields a creamy feel.

O- A solid and really well made quad, not quite up to par with some of Belgian's best but I think it will make it to their level in time. I got a few to age.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 00:24:39 | More by TwelveOunces
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-26-2012 09:58:51 | More by DB85
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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

St. Bernardus goblet is my vessel. 12oz bottle. Best by 05/07/14.

Pours a cloudy red russet color with a yellowed head of two inches height. Coarse bubbles audibly popped down and the beer is left with a retained film of foam. Abundant fine particles present.

Sweet malts with bountiful aromas of dates, figs, candi sugar, red grape, fusel, caramel, and yeast must. Very pleasing French vanilla note is poking through.

Following the nose; dark fruits, grape, candi sugar, spicy yeast, and candied caramel are huge in the flavor. Mild vanilla and whiskey-like notes pull through. The booze is flexing, and in combination with the Belgian yeast, there's a piquant feel to the beer with a lot of tongue-prickle and general warmth. There's a bitter fruit skin flavor that is not entirely dissimilar to cranberry or black grape. Creamy body benefits from the medium carbonation level. Very authentic quad flavor, perhaps lacking in the feel. A definite slow sipper.

A 'total package' craft quad with impressive flavor and bursting nose. Better than you'd believe.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 05:22:10 | More by thecheapies
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-24-2012 23:50:40 | More by Jemenhiser
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a quad! Tan head, took a long while to die down, leaving some serious lacing.

Smell: banana, spice, fig, buttery sweet bread.

T&M: slightly, but only slightly, lighter than some other quads I've had. Nice mildly drying finish cleans off most cloy. Subtle bitterness and spice, close to the finish. Dank fruit similar to the nose up front, clean up on the finish. Bit of rum/fruit cake. Alcohol warming but soft. Busy malt; I could sit here and list a dozen other associated flavors. I like it. One of the best from one of my least favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 23:28:11 | More by CheezyBlaster
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-23-2012 19:50:21 | More by sanford_and_son
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3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into La Trappe goblet

A - deep orange hues. very little head and mild carbonation. Glass generates a pool of bubbles in the center but thats it. No lacing.

S - fruits, spices and booze. Nice notes of belgian yeast. Pretty good for an American quad.

T - somewhat one dimensional. Too much on the sweet side for my liking. Doesnt linger enough either. That being said, its a pretty good take on a style that I still havent had a knock out offering from the US.

M - too light for my tastes. Not bad, just doesnt have the punch of its European namesakes

O - if judged as an American offering this would rate higher. But when quads are the style I really started on and Belgium is where I started, perhaps I am too harsh. If you can find Rochefort 10, St Bernardus, Pannepot or Westvletern, give this one a pass. For the price though it has its niche.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 04:18:59 | More by Momar42
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-22-2012 00:06:15 | More by pbass78
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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