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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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2,040 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,040
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 DovaliHops
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky ruby reddish color with a large cream-colored head that goes down quickly. Some floaties floatin around in there as well. Scent is quite lovely. Very similar to a true trappist Belgian quad. Great malt aroma blended nicely with spicy Belgian yeast aromas. Dark fruits and fresh bread with some pepper and light banana. Very lovely and inviting aroma. Taste is just as good. Great Belgian yeast flavors with fresh dark fruits. Great plum, raisin, and date flavors. Peppery, spicy finish on the tongue. The high ABV is there, but it's not overwhelming at all. Very well-balanced. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy and crisp at the same time. Tingly, spicy finish. Drinkability is high for such a big beer. Overall, this is one of the better American Quads out there. Very tasty, and I'm so glad Boulevard comes to California now!

DovaliHops, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of herman77
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark and cloudy auburn orange with a off white head with tons of tiny bubbles. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Figs, dates and apricots right away. A bit of molasses sweetness. Rich carmel malts and some dark nutty bread.

T: Tons of malty sweetness. Lots of dark fruits (raisins, prunes and dates come to mind). Ripe red apples. Dark bread, a bit of spice and hopiness near the finish. Sweetness is all the way through.

M: Medium to fuller body. Active carbonation with lots of little bubbles, but it still feels fairly smooth.

O: Can't tell its 10.5%. Decent drinkability for a quad. Not my favorite style, but this is a pretty good interpretation for an american brewery though it is lacking in complexity.

herman77, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of bent
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

bent, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of KriegerNco
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

KriegerNco, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of ncaudle
4/5  rDev -3.6%

ncaudle, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of Dburke
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Dburke, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of hardcor33
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

hardcor33, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of IlludiumQ36
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

IlludiumQ36, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of Bighorn
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Bighorn, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of Hoofbite84
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Hoofbite84, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of Lantern
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Lantern, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of chinchill
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

chinchill, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good to see Boulevard here in NC.Poured into a chalice a deep auburn (just like the bottle says) with a large but pretty quick to fade off white head atop.Dark fruits abound in the nose along brown sugar and sweet alcohol.Cakey flavors like that of christmas cake that has soaked in alcohol for awhile, toffee, and a faint shot of yeasty spiced notes as well.It's a little hot but it doesn't hinder the beer much.A solid quad it's not a big complex monster but it has all the components of a solid quad.

oberon, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of rapidsequence
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle Chris brought up from Raleigh.

Appearance: Clear amber red beer with thin head and no lacing. Pretty boring for a Belgian style beer.

Smell: Boozy raisins and yeast bread. Smells good, but not approaching the complexity of really good quads.

Taste: Big dark fruit flavors of raisins and dates. Quite boozy, but not hot. Rich bready flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than expected. Nice heavy finish though with lasting sticky sweetness.

Overall: Nothing much bad to say, a very solid quad, but lacking in some complexity. May improve with some age.

rapidsequence, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of Brewsed
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Brewsed, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of wkdurfee
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

wkdurfee, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of vcoggins
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

vcoggins, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: not very dark amber. Some messy lacing that disappears pretty quickly. Mostly clear, a slight haze.
Smell: funky, fruity, spicy, yeasty though subtler than that sounds. Nothing is obtrusive.
Taste: very much as the nose indicates. More subtle than would be expected from a 10.5% quad.
Overall: Quite good, not great. Easy drinker for a big beer.

cindyjeffsmith, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of liquorpig
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

liquorpig, Oct 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

wbumgarner, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of Johnhaley1989
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Johnhaley1989, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of DRBiser
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/1/2012 Had this few times now, but first time rating.

A touch lighter hue than I like in quads, but a pretty and rich amber nonetheless. Decent foamy head that lasts.

Nose is fig and candied brown sugar. Touch of spice, touch of booze

Taste is a refined hit of spice and dark fruit with an ample dose of sweetness. Creamy mouthfeel with just a bit of the bready malt that I love. Perhaps the sweetness is a bit forced for this style (although I still enjoy it). It doesn't feel as full, complex, big, or "bready" as other quads. But I LOVE this style at the moment so I'm being hyper critical.

I'd buy this again - it's very nicely done being such an affordable quad brewed in the US

DRBiser, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of drinkAK
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

drinkAK, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think I am becoming a fan of this brewery!
Poured into a pint glass this beer is a hazy dark amber gold. The tan bubbly creamy head head builds about two fingers high. It dissipates fast and leaves no lacing.
The nose is malt, fruit like fig, prune and date, caramel and booze.
The amazing taste starts with the fruit bouquet of prune, fig and date, maybe some raisin. Bread and dough flavors and caramel are in the middle. The malt and hop balance is remarkable. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering in the taste.
I think I found a new favorite brewery. This beer is the best quad in my book as of yet!
Great, must try beer!

Hopfenpeter, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of Lob
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Lob, Oct 03, 2012
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,040 ratings.