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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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2,093 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,093
Reviews: 675
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 137
Gots: 316 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

sanford_and_son, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of Momar42
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
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 +8.2%

pbass78, Jul 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

wesleyhighley, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +8.2%

mychalg9, Jul 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

ChrisKuhns, Jul 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Greeneagle, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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 +14.2%

Yjt2, Jul 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

kclonin, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of Loveyourbeer
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Loveyourbeer, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of hagbergl
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

hagbergl, Jul 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

stogirelli, Jul 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

iKrystin, Jul 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

dsuedbeck, Jul 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

MathNut, Jul 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

ajs4bd, Jul 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Rickythejeweler, Jul 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

IrishColonial, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

coreyfmcdonald, Jul 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

valarking, Jul 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Swigit, Jul 07, 2012
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,093 ratings.