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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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2,357 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,357
Reviews: 720
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 169
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...

22 IBU
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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%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.87/5  rDev -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.

Photo of valarking
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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2/5  rDev -51.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy amber orange with a half-finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades fairly quickly leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts and caidu sugar, with some dark fruits, Belgian yeast, spices, some light fruits, and booze.

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malts and Belgian candi sugars with some sweet figs, raisins, and other dark fruits. Through the middle, some deeper dark fruit flavor comes through with some Belgian yeast flavor and some spices. The finish is a mix of dark fruit and Belgian yeast esters and spices with some candi sugars and a bit of booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a touch thick with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balanced Quad. Good balance of sweet flavors and Belgian yeast character and body.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of IronDjinn
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Ponderay, Idaho. From a 750 ml brown caged and corked bottle. Pours out a cloudy amber hue, which turns to bright light ruby when held to direct light. Tall tight foamy light beige head that settles to a thin cap.

Rich sweet toffee and toasted bread on the nose, dates and figs, some caramelized sugar, and pear.

Warm alcohol and spice up front in the flavour, rich bready malt, mild toffee, dates, black currants, apple and pear, with a clean light spicy finish.

The body is light, yet is juxtaposed by a fuller smooth creamy mouthfeel, with some effervescent carbonation.

Impressive, and seems greater than the sum of its parts, which are formidable to begin with. A lucky grab at Yokes while I was stocking up on IPA's, worth seeking out.

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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, thin white head. Fruity esters tickling the nose before I'm done pouring the glass. Malty caramel aroma with some fruit, smells like tart green apples.

Spicy Esters up front, almost hot on the tongue, mellowed out by a smooth malty finish. Esters linger, roll around with excess carbonation screaming "I am Belgian!". I get it already!

Mmm, another sip. The heat dies away. This is over 10%? I can't tell from the taste.

High carbonation level, gassy mouthfeel. This beer requires a vigorous pour to smooth it out. Methinks I was a bit timid with the bottle and left little head and a sharp bite on the palate. Abuse this one as you pour.

I'm going to be here for a while puzzling this out. Comes at you strong with the yeast derived flavors, threatens to shake its alcohol fist at you, then cracks a smile and invites you in with the smooth maltiness. The finish doesn't let you off the hook though, it gives a parting shot to remind you what you're dealing with.

Actually quite drinkable for a Quad, I would gladly have another.

The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,357 ratings.