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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,031 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,031
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 135
Gots: 299 | 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 ferrettman687
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

ferrettman687, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of rfbenavi80
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.

rfbenavi80, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of Arithmeticus
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

Arithmeticus, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of Shasty
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Shasty, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of jtswkd
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

jtswkd, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of inandon
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.

inandon, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of corneliustoad
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

corneliustoad, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of TTAmod
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.

TTAmod, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of TwelveOunces
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.

TwelveOunces, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of DB85
4/5  rDev -3.6%

DB85, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
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.

thecheapies, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Jemenhiser
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Jemenhiser, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of CheezyBlaster
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.

CheezyBlaster, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of sanford_and_son
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

sanford_and_son, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of Momar42
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.

Momar42, Jul 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

pbass78, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of wesleyhighley
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

wesleyhighley, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark copper color with vibrant carbonation trails rising up to vigorously form the head. Speaking of, the head is a one finger light cream color with a consistent texture and middling retention.

S: Lots of darker fruits: cherries, figs, plums, raisins, maybe some black currants, as well. Next to the fruit melange coexist its caramel malt backbone, candied sugar, and a subtle yeasty note. I love how it smells, its fruity without being alcoholic.

T: Initially rather sweet, which I kind of expected. Lots of candied sugar pair with the dark fruits, and the malt backbone does its work of supplying a generous portion of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and faint hazelnut. Some peppery finishing bitterness pops up abruptly after the sweetness dies down slightly in the midtaste; it feels like a slightly haphazard measure of balancing its sweet flavors, though it ultimately does its job of preventing the beer from coming across as cloying. At the end of the day, I'd say it's just sweet enough, perhaps leaning ever so slightly to the side of being excessive. Not amazingly complex - it takes a good deal of effort to pick out varying notes - but I'd be lying if I said its not a pleasant sipper. Improves greatly as it warms up, so I think I'll bump this from a 3.5 to a 4.

M: Dry and astringent, again much like expected. By no means is it a chugger (the thick texture, slight touch of booze, and yeast profile make sure of that), but like I said before, it's a damn nice sipping beer. Alcohol is slightly more prevalent in its texture than it is flavorwise, it tingles the tongue and warms the stomach, but it does a decent job of trying to convince one that it's not 10.5% - though not as well as the some of the elites in the style.

O: It ain't Rochefort 10, that's for damn sure, but that's slighting this one far too much. I'm enjoying sipping one of these - it's a great American take on a quad, at the very least.

ThisWangsChung, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of kjyost
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle dated BB 07/27/13 (I think, it was rubbed off a little) acquired at Happy Harry's South Grand Forks, ND. Poured ~6C into a wine glass. Warmed over the sampling.

Pours a deep rich clear amber with a nice head that does a good job of lasting and lacing. Pepper, dried fruit and belgian esters dominate the nose. The body has all sorts of interesting stuff going on. Raisins, sweet caramel, earthy bitterness, black pepper, more dried fruit... Yum. Bitterness keeps the residual sweetness in check. Average carbonation for the style. A solid beer worth having again.

kjyost, Jul 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

mychalg9, Jul 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

ChrisKuhns, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of Greeneagle
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Greeneagle, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

DavoleBomb, Jul 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Yjt2, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of kclonin
5/5  rDev +20.5%

kclonin, Jul 15, 2012
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,031 ratings.