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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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2,352 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,352
Reviews: 719
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 168
Gots: 460 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 11-15-2007

”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...

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Photo of jtswkd
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of inandon
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of corneliustoad
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of TTAmod
4.06/5  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.

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.11/5  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.

Photo of DB85
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of thecheapies
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of Jemenhiser
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of sanford_and_son
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Momar42
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of pbass78
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of wesleyhighley
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.12/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of kjyost
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of mychalg9
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of ChrisKuhns
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Greeneagle
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.17/5  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.

Photo of Yjt2
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of kclonin
5/5  rDev +20.2%

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.

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.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,352 ratings.