The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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4.15/5 rDev 0%
Poured into a goblet. Thre's a bunch of numbers on the back that I'm going to decipher. I suppose 611217 is the batch number and 08-2013 is the best before date.
4.0 A: First pour was almost all head. Eventually I got a full glass. Lightly hazed middle amber color. Two fingers of creamy/frothy beige head. Retention is pretty good and a moderate sized ring of lacing is left.
4.5 S: Nose is quite sweet with lots of fruitiness including sugar plums, cherries, dates, and figs. Mildly sugary with some candi sugar. Crystal malt sweetness. Booze is extremely well hidden. Lightly earthy and vinous. Spicy yeast with pepper leading the pack and a bit of clove as well. Very pleasant with an old-school vibe.
4.0 T: The taste is good and mostly like the nose, but it's lacking the depth from the flavors. There's plenty of cherry with plum, dates, and figs following. Crystal maltiness. Booze is a good bit easier to detect and there's also an unclean breadiness (or something like breadiness). Peppery with subtle clove notes. This is indeed tasty, but could be cleaner and the flavors could be a bit more powerful.
4.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation with a good creaminess. If it was just a touch thicker, this would have been a 5.
4.0 D: Really nice beer. Good complexity but just barely missing with the depth.
07-16-2012 02:42:46 | More by DavoleBomb
4.08/5 rDev -1.7%
Poured into a beer tulip glass. Huge 4 finger head, amber colored. Just beautiful! Nice lacing. Smells of caramel and some fruit. Very complex taste. Starts with caramel and bread taste. Ends spicy. Very smooth at first with a nice kick at the end. The alcohol really comes to the fore as this warms up. Very nice, but quads are one of my favorite styles. I would definitely drink this again.
07-14-2012 23:21:05 | More by Loveyourbeer
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
Picked up a four-pack of Boulevard's The Sixth Glass quadruple, part of their "Smokestack Series" of high gravity ales. Served in a Saint Bernardus chalice, my go-to glass for Belgian-style beers like this one.
Appearance (4.5/5): The Sixth Glass pours a maroon-brown color and is topped by a creamy, light tan/beige head of foam that dissipates to a thin film. You can see small yeast particles in suspension when you hold the beer up to the light. This is a gorgeous beer to behold, and I don't think the fact that it is a notably lighter hue than other so-called "Quads" takes anything away from it. I'm just blown away by just how Belgian it looks.
Smell (4.5/5): Lots of dark fruit aromas escape the glass: fig, ripe plums, black cherries, especially. Also some spicy yeastiness, caramel, licorice, and of course–this being a Quad–some booze. Very nice, complex odors that are strong and sweet but not over-the-top.
Taste (4.5/5): The taste follows the nose–that is to say, it's very intense and complex, but at the same time, refined. Dark fruit flavors, particularly raisin and black cherry, carry the day. The yeast character to this beer is very nice. Not as boozy as some Quads (for example, Urthel Samaranth); I would say the alcohol flavor actually serve to accentuate and enhance the overall flavor of the beer. It is not overdone. For this alone, Boulevard should be admired. Excellent flavors.
Mouthfeel (4/5): Full-bodied without being viscous. Low carbonation that is true to style. Smooth and creamy going down. Long finish accentuated by the high ABV and yeast profile.
Overall (4.5/5): This is one masterfully engineered beer. A heady, heady brew that is beautiful to look at, packs a ton of flavor, and does a stellar job of honoring Belgian brewing traditions. Excellent in every way.
07-14-2012 18:17:10 | More by hagbergl
4.2/5 rDev +1.2%
(Reviewing the first bottle from a fresh 4-pack to get a good read on the beer before the rest go into the cellar.)
Fairly foamed out of the bottle and the glass with a huge, rocky, cumulus-like head. Overripe plums, figs and caramel corn in the aroma (which is not quite as big as I'd hoped, but pleasant). This puppy is smooth, soft, and sultry, and drinks like an aged beer already, with no sharp edges. The flavor is big and sweet, with more fruitiness and caramel, as well as hints of green peppercorns and toasted bread. Lots of yeast and esters. The 10.5 percent ABV is a little unbelievable, even as the beer warms (and the alcohol becomes a little more prominent).
Read the full review at: http://vittlesandbrews.blogspot.com/2012/07/cellar-calibration-boulevard-sixth.html
07-10-2012 19:22:17 | More by Butzen
3.88/5 rDev -6.5%
12oz bottle into a snifter
A: Pours a hazy amber color with two fingers of head that recedes fairly quickly to a thin film.
S: Lots of dark fruit - plums and figs mostly. I get a bit of citrus as well.
T: Again, strong dark fruit but now with toffee as well. Not overly sweet, though. I get some peppery spice with a bit of nutmeg. Appropriate booziness for the style.
M: A bit on the thin side with strong carbonation.
O: A solid quad.
07-08-2012 21:02:17 | More by coreyfmcdonald
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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