The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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2,236 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,236
Reviews: 690
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 151
Gots: 386 | FT: 10
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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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of zeledonia
2.75/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted 27 August 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear dark amber. Despite a very gentle pour, I've got some serious floaties in my glass. One finger of yellowish head, good retention, decent lacing. Not bad, just wish those floaties were back in the bottle.

Smell is delightful quad-essence. Big, sugary, and fruity. Brown sugar and figs dominate, with noticeable alcohol in the back. I'd like a little more yeast, please.

Taste is, well, just not all that good. It has a good side, but the bad side is much too strong to let that nice friendly side shine through. Good side is soft and sweet, though not as deep as I'd like it to be. Bad side is sharply bitter, with the alcohol screaming at me as if this were straight liquor. I know to expect the alcohol taste in high-ABV beers, but this is something else entirely.

Medium body, very sticky, but with really high carbonation. Should a quad be this fizzy? I don't think so. A little odd.

After continuing to sip this, I had to downgrade the taste from a 3. I struggled through this glass, and I don't ever plan to drink it again. Hoping that Boulevard's BBQ is nothing like this (at least, nothing like the bad half). How does a 10% beer come across as THIS alcohol-forward.

Photo of MagicJeff
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a big bomber into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark Copper with a nice creamy head retained throughout drinking. Looks pretty.

Smell: Apricot and plum, some spice and booze.

Taste: Sharp apricot is immediately met by sweet malt, then a slight citrusy burn. Very subtle hints of other flavors: caramel, chardonnay, and grapefruit. Love how all the flavors blend and work together.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol is present and brings a slight burn, yet still a medium bodied drinkable beer.

Overall: Love Boulevard's take on this style, you can tell how much effort they put into this one. Highly recommend due to the drinkability--yet a beer one should definitely savor.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of lawlerj
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A. Pours a dark mahogany with a massive light tan head. Takes a really long time to dissipate.

S. Rich bready malt and some fruity yeast notes mixed in there.

T. Big flavors. Initially I had a little trouble ferreting all off the flavors out. There is definitely malt in there, some dark fruit, raisins, etc. At over 10%, the alcohol is definitely present.

M. Full bodied, and the alcohol makes it a little "prickly" on the back end. Still very nice.

O. Overall, very nice. Not quite as good as some of the Belgians out there, but delicious nonetheless.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a deep and murky orange-hued amber color in the glass, topped with a finger of foamy off-white head. This retains with some fizzy edging around the edges of the glass, which dots the sides with creamy lacing. The aroma smells of spicy phenols, softer fruit, light chocolate, and a sweet sugary graininess in the nose.

The taste is fruit, (orange is sticking out), cocoa, doughy sugars and then more of a sweeter candied feel as well. There is a moderate amount of spiciness here that comes out fairly boldly in the finish. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and a bit thick up front, which then spreads out into a more sprightly carbonation that fills the mouth with an overall smoother feel. There is a little alcohol underneath here that helps pop that spice.

This was a pretty good take on a Belgian Quad from Boulevard, with a nice mix of fruit, spice and sugars that kept this flavorful in its profiles. That 10%+ ABV is deceptively hid as well. Watch out!

Photo of mocktm
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At cellar temperature into my Ovila chalice, best by date of 3/16/2014. I have another one hidden away as well; thanks for the bottles Ed!

Dark caramel brown color with a enormous, billowing, tan head. Mounds of lacing. Creamy, frothy, awesome!

Slightly sweet on the nose: brown sugar, dates, marshmallow and banana. Bit of booze as well to complement the dark fruit. Complex, but a bit soft, if that makes sense.

Figs, dates and dark Belgian malt up front. Brown sugar and cherry/plum galore. The booziness is very obvious and there's some serious sugar cane.

Medium to full bodied and extremely creamy. A sipper from the heat on the back end. Dead on for the style.

A noble crack at the Belgian Quad, but not spectacular. This one seems like it could use a bit more time to mellow out a bit. I'll revisit my other bottle in a year or so.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,236 ratings.