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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

1,902 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,902
Reviews: 660
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 124
Gots: 257 | 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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SirPlunkett

Kansas

1/5  rDev -75.9%

01-05-2012 23:24:10 | More by SirPlunkett
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-05-2012 23:14:21 | More by drummermattie02
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BryanRex

Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You might think I'm partial just because I'm a KC guy, but when I first had this ale I didn't know I was trying either a quad or a beer from Boulevard. My first sip woke me from my general malaise and had me hooked for life, rekindling childhood memories of experiencing my first oreo cookie dipped in milk. I thought I had accidentally opened a St Bernardus 12, but after a quick check it was just something "random" my friend handed me from his dad's liquor store in KC.

I asked for a second one, and noted a dark muddy orangish mahogany pour with a nice foamy head that stuck to the glass and eventually slipped back down into the glass. The smell was complex and strong, with hints of everything from dark fruit to pear. It was too aromatic for me to figure out if it was heavier on the dark or light fruit side, but the smell of Belgian sugar was evident.

The taste leads is prevalently that of darker fruit including raisons and plum, but the sweetness on the finish is nice and balances out the alcohol well. The beer is incredibly smooth and I like the extra carbonation that beers like St Bernardus 12 seem to lack.

I wish I could find this stuff anywhere, because it's excellent... an improvement on most authentic Belgian quads!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 05:24:38 | More by BryanRex
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rchristensen

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-03-2012 23:45:43 | More by rchristensen
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aliving1

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-03-2012 05:29:49 | More by aliving1
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Ryan1423

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-02-2012 22:40:19 | More by Ryan1423
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Cresant

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Boulevard tulip glass. Best by 7/27/13. The color of an old penny with a tan head that stayed.

The smell was of brown sugar and fruit. A distinct aroma of a forgotten loaf of bread left to ferment in a bag. Bold.

The taste was fruity with brown sugar. Date bread and spices.

The mouthfeel was full bodied and smooth. Alcohol prickle.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 16:31:02 | More by Cresant
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Rdstarr

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-02-2012 06:21:49 | More by Rdstarr
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Thisisjosh

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-02-2012 01:15:48 | More by Thisisjosh
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fishkab

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-01-2012 02:30:29 | More by fishkab
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Bookseeb

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a cloudy amber color supporting a fine thick head leaving little lace. Smell of rich caramel, prunes, raisons having a slight buttery note. Taste follows the aroma with the caramel, dark fruits with a peppery spice that balance with the hops. Mouthfeel is medium with a good spike of carbonation. A good quad, but nothing to exiting.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 01:20:45 | More by Bookseeb
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jzandiz

Colorado

5/5  rDev +20.5%

01-01-2012 01:09:13 | More by jzandiz
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PhineasGage

Iowa

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-31-2011 13:09:52 | More by PhineasGage
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TotallyHosed

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12-30-2011 23:05:37 | More by TotallyHosed
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SkipWeathers

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12-30-2011 21:23:45 | More by SkipWeathers
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Pencible

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 06-2013, reviewed October 2011

A: This poured a clear dark copper with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like sour Belgian yeast and wheat bread, with spicy lemongrass and a bit of cocoa powder and cashews.
T: It tasted like sour Belgian yeast with lots of spicy rye and pumpernickel bread, and a little earthy toffee and burnt nutty malt. It had a dry and sour earthy aftertaste with alcohol warming.
M: It was slightly thick with lots of carbonation. Bubbly body.
D: This was a decent quad, but not very refined and far from a Trappist brew. The scent and taste were ok, and the body was good enough, but the alcohol was hot, so it must be sipped. Not sure if age would help, but it couldn't hurt. Not a must have beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 18:42:53 | More by Pencible
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NoBeerLeftBehind

Iowa

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-30-2011 15:42:35 | More by NoBeerLeftBehind
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FievelGoesWest

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-30-2011 01:06:41 | More by FievelGoesWest
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tripelhops

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12-29-2011 15:43:47 | More by tripelhops
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

12-29-2011 00:53:38 | More by ygtbsm94
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DSlim71

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-28-2011 13:29:43 | More by DSlim71
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Stockfan42

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12-28-2011 03:54:51 | More by Stockfan42
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Grebdioz

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12-28-2011 02:40:34 | More by Grebdioz
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K9AleingPiss

Oklahoma

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was very nice,robust orange turbid color,nice foamy top that hung around. A good effervescent aroma of fruits,followed by robust malts. The taste is very similar,my only complaint is maybe too much lemon? Im still a noob,and this beer is above me to criticize. Its simply great to my simple senses. I'd guess an import...

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 02:22:39 | More by K9AleingPiss
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jacobbocce72

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12-27-2011 19:41:25 | More by jacobbocce72
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,902 ratings.