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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

2,002 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,002
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 132
Gots: 292 | 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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DelMontiac

Oklahoma

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%

Poured The Sixth Glass from a 12oz bottle into a globe. Out of the chute, the head is what grabs your attention - white, thick, sticky, peaked, medium to large bubbles, about 3 fingers worth. The color is red/orange and slightly hazed. Seems like it should lace out nicely, but it doesn't leaving no evidence of that fine looking head behind.

The aroma from The Sixth Glass is nice - brown sugar, sweet fruity esters, apples, pears, raisins, sweet malts, belgian yeast, and a mild perfume-like character. Inviting.

Flavors are brown sugar and spice, sweet dried fruits, and...that perfume-like thing. Didn't expect that to show up on the tongue. After that, it's all alcohol, very strong nearly overbearing alcohol. 10.5% abv in your face, not even trying to hide a little bit. A bit of a let down considering the great aroma.

The feel is a good medium chewy type. The carbonation was a bit much at first until I let the etched glass work on it a bit. It's very dry.

This was my 3rd sitting with The Sixth Glass. I wanted to make sure that my first impression was reliable. I wouldn't say this is all that drinkable as high abvs usually aren't. The perfume and strong alcohol flavors keep it from being a really good beer. It's good, but falls short of the big boys it's modeled after. Perhaps the 750ml bottles offer something more.

02-09-2011 03:42:24 | More by DelMontiac
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Khazadum

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

A- Pretty good looking caramel apple body. That burgundy, maroon expected with microscopic bubbles flowing here and there occasionally recharging the flotilla of tan, almost off-white cream, tobacco smoke stained wall head. Its fluffy for the most part with a few cream centers. Leaves a nice ring of lacing as I begin imbibing. Absolutely intense retention time with smooth lacing makes me a happy camper.

S- Strong smells of apples, berry fruits, belgian candied sugars. Some nice earthy spices come forth that I wasn't expecting at all. Its almost like baking spices on top of apple pie. Like a perfectly balanced liquid pie. With crumble crust and topping and all. The bready background does wonders for this beer.

T- The flavors don't blend as amazingly, unfortunately. Opens with some very sweet candied sugars bursting forth. This is followed immediately by a fruit phenol/ester body that reminds me of apperry. A nice mixture of apple with some berry hints. Some ethanol hints in the middle to back end, but it flows to a finish that is very clean. Leftover remnants of some biscuit flavors and belgian sugars once again.

M- Full bodied, smooth, crisp in the back end. Lingering of the sweetness burns out quickly leaving that relatively clean feeling. Never a complaint about the alcohol... sometimes it shows up as heat in the back of my palate, but not consistently.

D- Unbelievably sweet. Like ZERO bittering agents come forth to combat the sweet factors on this beer. It really starts to detract on the drinkability here with such overwhelming sweetness. Some quads I feel I can drink a gallon, some I feel a glass is too much. This is almost in that glass is too much category. It opens amazing, but it starts to build into something rancid. Least the super high alcohol is well placed.

02-08-2011 01:48:02 | More by Khazadum
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DAllspaw

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +6%

Pours deep ruby with tremendous off white head, more like Boulevard's stellar saison - an exceptional beer in it's own right.


Taste is rich, raisins, molasses figs and just the right amount of sweetness with alcohol finish. Really great quad. Smokestack series doesn't disappoint.

Will definitely buy again.

02-05-2011 02:54:38 | More by DAllspaw
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hattingc

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +13.7%

Very nice glass full of darker ale with a lite hint of malt and fruit. The smell gives you the feeling it wil be a very fruit ale, but it is not overwhelming. I split the bottle and it might get a little sweet after a whole bottle. Overall it is a great pour...

01-31-2011 15:01:28 | More by hattingc
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JuddRogers

Texas

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours a lovely dark amber with piles of head in my tulip glass.
Nothing loud in the nose -- various beery notes you'd expect from a Belgian style beer.
Tastes of dark fruit and dark bread. Lots of caramel.
Way big on the alcohol. Drink this one at home. :-)

I'd buy this again. Might share with my no-hop friends.

01-30-2011 23:56:09 | More by JuddRogers
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pmlondrigan

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Really nice looking beer, although a little light four the style. I expect deep mahagony and get deep amber. Nice carb, nice lacing, great retention. Aroma is full of phenol, peppery, and spices. Faint roastyness and raisin, but why less than usual. Flavor is spicy and peppery. There is some chewy malt and deep flavor, but I am missing the deep dried fruit flavors I'm acustomed to. Plainly put feels more like a saison, dry, attenuated but well carbed. Yeah its quafable, but I'm not so sure a quad should be. I think its a tasty beer but suffers from poor yeast selection.

01-27-2011 02:40:45 | More by pmlondrigan
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Sideswipe

California

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%

Got this in a box from palmej1 awhile back. Thanks Jacob! Poured from a 750 into my Delerium tulip.

The pour yeilds a two inch head of small tight bubbles which recedes slowly. No lacing to speak of. The beer is a cloudy red mahogany color.

Smells of dark fruit and sweet bready malt. Pretty standard for a quad.

Taste starts out with notes of fig, banana and spice, nice. Strong alcohol asserts it's presence midway and really takes away from the sweet malty goodness that this beer could be.

Mouthfeel is good with moderate carbonation and a somewhat creamy texture.

Drinkability takes a hit for the alcohol heat. This is a beast of a quad and there is no mistaking it based on the prevalence of the 10.5% ABV.

Not a bad beer, but has the potential to be so much better. Glad I got to try this one.

01-23-2011 07:07:44 | More by Sideswipe
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pdoran10

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -16.9%

Pours out a light amber color with two fingers of white head. Not much lacing. Lots of light passing through this beer for a quad :)

Smell is dark fruit, candied bread, hint of alcohol heat sweetness comes through.

taste is sweet plum, fusel alcohol heat, banana, nutmeg. Complex, but hot missing a smoothness in flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, with high carbonation. Dry and crisp.

Drinkable in a sense, but a bit too much alcohol heat. Not as bad at many American breweries' attempts at a quad when it comes to this though.

01-22-2011 06:13:01 | More by pdoran10
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%

Awesome bonus bottle procured from gwguest recently. Thanks!

12oz bottle, best by 9/23/12 printed on side. Poured into a pint glass. I wanted to pour into a better glass, but this was all that was available at the time, and I was craving some Quad.

[First off, as I was carefully prying the cap off of this beer (so as to get it off clean for cap-keepsake), the bottle slipped and dropped about 2 feet to the hard floor - bounced, and landed safely on its side. Whew! It fizzled all over, but it didn't break. Good sturdy bottle.]

I then poured this into my glass, and it yielded a dark, slightly murky, mahogany with a thick 2-finger beige head. This retained well enough, and even left bits of lace clinging to the glass. The aroma is sharp with big scents of plum, strawberry, booze, and faint banana. Light spiciness noted as well. This aroma is quite full.

The mouthfeel is slightly heavy, and oddly spritzy. The carbonation could stand to get knocked down a peg or two. A bit harsh on the finish. Good full flavors. The booze is noted at the first sip, but either I'm getting used to it, or it wears off on subsequent sips. This is followed by dark fruits, mild candy-like sweetness, and yeast on the finish. This was a pleasant sipper, but certain aspects could be tweaked IMO. Not the best Quad out there, but a good one no-less.

01-21-2011 17:48:53 | More by Onenote81
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Meerkey

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

A: Cloudy and bubbly; a burnt sienna that looks reddish when held against the light.

S: Dates and figs, bread, malts, and a little spicy

T: Fig and bananas, malts and toast, caramel with some peppery spiciness.

M: Tingly, smooth, and clean. Sweet aftertaste.

D: Delicious. I would definitely recommend this.

01-19-2011 03:41:37 | More by Meerkey
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afinepilsner

Iowa

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12oz brown bottle
10.5% abv

The Sixth Glass was a hazy dark amber color with fine particles floating throughout. It had a large beige head with good retention and minimal lacing. The smell was malt, yeast aromas, and spices with some alcohol. The taste was quite fruity with clove-like spices and some alcohol. The finish was long, dry, and throatwarming. This beer was medium-full in body with medium carbonation. Drinkabity was good.

01-17-2011 00:05:24 | More by afinepilsner
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bmohead

Alabama

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured into a pint glass, a nice red-orange hue with a finger of thin head that settles into a loose fringe on the surface, leaving almost no lacing. Smell is sweet, fruity, and somewhat similar to a fruit wine other than the hint of malt. Taste is initially all deep fruit and sugar sweet, giving way to a nice malt and warm alcohol finish that cleans up the sweetness fairly well. This is fairly drinkable for the ABV, but the sweetness begins to stick around torwards the end. Two would be enough, but they would be thoroughly enjoyed.

01-16-2011 00:39:01 | More by bmohead
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beveritt

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%

Presentation: Poured from a 750ml brown corked and caged bottle into a Rockmill Brewery logoed chalice. The label has the look of an old carnival poster or ad with a faded red background and a goateed face in blue. Batch number 610050, best before 02/13.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of 2 fingers of medium tan head. This settles slowly, still maintaining a substantial cap of foam. The beer itself is medium brown, dark enough to be opaque int he middle, yet light enough to be seen through at the edges.

Smell: Strong bready malt with a distinct brown sugar sweetness. Slight notes of cinnamon.

Taste: Bready malt upfront with buttery phenols. Alcohol sweetness mid palate; not completely hidden and yet not overwhelming. Notes of raisins, plums, and cloves. Finishes with a lingering brown sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation level. Body is excellent; amazingly thick and viscous.

Drinkability: Yum. This is a big, flavorful, and immensely enjoyable beer. My second from Boulevard and a great comeback from the disappointing last beer.

01-09-2011 22:08:55 | More by beveritt
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jds1469

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%

Not at all what I was expecting after reading other peoples reviews.

The way this beer pours out of the bottle into my glass was perfect and is how every beer should appear before getting your first sniff. A brilliant dark amber color sits under gold colored head (about two fingers thick).

The smell is like a good floral cider, which is good not great because I didn't buy a cider.

The taste is close to how it smells. The alcohol taste is more pungent then I expected from a lower ABV brew.

The mouth feel of this beer is good to start by feeling thick but that feeling goes away pretty quick to a more thin feeling.

The drinkability is pretty good with this beer, this is a sipping beer, treat it as so.

01-04-2011 23:07:08 | More by jds1469
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

Looks brown until light reveals a reddish hue; small head that dies away quickly; aroma is delicate and inviting, with candied sugar, hints of banana, and even some nuttiness present; taste is simply impressive, making me wonder why I've waited so long to try this; the body is outstanding, I really can't recall ever having a 10% beer feel this light and bubbly; kudos to Boulevard! Back to flavor... Bread, caramel, maybe slight almond, bananas, milk chocolate--lots going on, making it hard to dissect, but easy to enjoy and appreciate. I'm really enjoying this and will certainly be buying it again.

01-01-2011 18:31:19 | More by JEdmund
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CPeterson

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

A -- A deep copper / red beer that produces a three finger head that settles very slowly into a thick bubbled froth leaving great lacing.

S -- Candi sugar, banana, clove and other spices, dark fruits, and subtle alcohol that is only heat in my nose.

T -- Yeasty and sweet fading into banana and spices, bubblegum, plum and raisin. A little boozy, but to be expected.

M -- Full flavored but a little too clean for the style, doesn't linger as long as I would expect. Well carbonated and a little sticky.

D -- Worth the purchase. Another win for the smokestack lineup.

12-29-2010 00:19:42 | More by CPeterson
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Hanke

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -23.4%

During the holiday's I've been drinking nothing but Belgians and this was today's beer. This beer has a sexy apperance, but is lacking in mouthfeel and taste. It has a wonderful head and is a very nice dark ruby, but something was missing when I tasted it.

12-28-2010 01:23:01 | More by Hanke
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

I have had this beer for quite some time, but I am sure that it has held up lurking on the bottom of my lagering cooler. It says that this is batch number 69198. I haven't been disappointed with one of the "smokestack series" yet, so let's give this one a try.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear reddish brown color with tons of bubbles rising to maintain the 1" head of pillowey thick tan bubbles. Even after a minute, the head was every bit as high as it was after a very careful pour. There is some pretty heavy lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: I initially got some dark caramel malts with a tad of oxidation on top of some serious spicy alcohol. This beer has a very assertive aroma. After it sits, though the foam is still solid, it is taking on a more dry and earthy aroma that is accented by the spicy alcohol and sweet malts. There are some defined toasty notes in this beer that is becoming more apparent as it warms.

Taste: The flavor is really clean for having such a bold aroma. It is, of course, very well carbonated and dances across your palate like a bat out of heck. There are plenty of caramel notes in here that play well with the spicy notes from the alcohol. The beer is medium bodied with a rather dry finish due to the alcohol and carbonation. There is plenty of warming in the finish to linger for minutes after the sip, yet it doesn't seem hot or fusel the whole time, so this is a nice accomplishment for Boulevard.

Opinion: This is a very well crafted beer. I may have had this beer for 6 months, and it has held up perfectly. It doesn't quite have the sheer malt complexity that some of the Belgian greats have, but it is something to be said that I am comparing this beer to the likes of St Bernardus, or Koeningshoeven. I am very impressed with the overall flavor and presentation of this beer. It is of world-class quality and I would definitely recommend it.

12-27-2010 08:24:30 | More by SkeeterHawk
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cbg79

Alabama

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

My hats off to the guys at Boulevard for this exceptional brew. This is the best beer I've had from Boulevard and I would have to say it's one of the better beers I've tasted as of today. With 10.5% abv it was not to strong as compared to others with the same abv. It is a well balanced beer which i poured out of the bottle into a goblet at around 45 degrees. Great taste, very drinkable, and a great all around beer.

12-22-2010 01:38:11 | More by cbg79
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SuperNova777

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

A:Pours a nice reddish color with a fingers worth of head that last pretty good, nice
lacing is left down the glass

S:Nose picks up some sour notes that are mixed in with the Belgium funk as well. Very interesting. Also dark fruits,figs, are picked up as well

T:Up front you pick up some fruits and a little tartness followed up by a funk of yeast
that leaves the taste of banana clove lingering around on the palate. Very unique and
intriguing

M:Mouthfell is good with adequate carbonation, alcohol is pretty well hidden but leaves
the palate a little dry.

D:This seems to be a very well crafted American quad that is easy to drink and has some
interesting flavors in the mix as well. Alcohol is well hidden for the most part, Boulevard
smokestack is no joke and this is no exception.

12-20-2010 03:49:27 | More by SuperNova777
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%

Big thanks to ILikeBrew for this bottle. Thanks, pal!

Appearance -- pours a hazy ruby hue with a voluminous butterscotch head. Lacing abounds.

Smell -- Quite yeasty: earthy yeast, clove oil, and banana peel are quite prominent. Brandy-soaked prunes, black cherry, and burnt sugar round out the classic Quad aromas. Slightly acidic, which is weird. What is lacking is spice.

Taste -- Bright malty sweetness up front with cherry danish, brandy-soaked prunes, earthy yeast, bananas and bubblegum. Not as nuanced as the aroma let on. Alcohol is a bit intense, but well within bounds for the style. Lingering flavors of yeast and pitted fruits in light syrup.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with abundant bubbly carbonation. A bit on the thin side, but it feels great on the tongue.

Drinkability -- Quite good. Pretty easy-drinking for a Quad, and great aroma, which made the taste a bit of a letdown. Clearly an Americanized Quadrupel, but still really tasty. Absolutely trying at least once, plus the price is right.

12-16-2010 03:24:33 | More by yeahnatenelson
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FosterJM

California

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

104th review on BA
Bottle to Tulip

12 oz bottle.

Again, thanks JeepCop for the extra.

App- Such a weird brown color with a mix of browns ranging from dark, mahogany to some lighter brown hightlights. It was capped by a 1 finger head that was very bubbly. Suprisingly, this quad was quite lively in the glass.

Smell- This was a bit boozy in a subtle way with a bit of figs and dark fruits. A rich malty essence.

Taste- Its a big drinking 12oz bottle. Not as much booziness on the taste as the nose which I thought was pretty damn good. Im suprised by how good this is. I think its personally better than BBQ.

Mouth- A big full bodied beer with a medium carbonation to it. Has a very superb spicy after taste.

Drink- I could do another one even at the 10.5% These 12oz bottles could do some damage in a 4 pack.

12-13-2010 04:07:56 | More by FosterJM
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FreshHawk

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

A - Lighter amber brown hue with a large-ish creamy, smooth looking, frothy, off-white colored head. Good retention leaving a nice, thin layer of lace.

S - Full of Belgian aroma. Yeast, candi sugar with some bubblegum, banana, ripe fruit, and some spice.

T - A good amount of alcohol and rum soaked cherries along with the typical Belgian yeast and candi sugar flavors. Some banana and bubblegum, hints of plum and apple. A touch of phenols.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Felt a little thin for the style. Warming and lively feeling.

D - I had no problem finishing the bottle, and it was enjoyable. Alcohol is a little too prevalent to be really drinkable.

Notes: A bit above average Quad. Not bad, but alcohol was a little strong. I enjoyed drinking it, but I wasn't blown away by it.

12-12-2010 08:10:39 | More by FreshHawk
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Thanks to hwwty4 for this bottle from the first release.

A: The quad is a ruddy brown color, one that matches the last few hold-out leaves on trees in central PA. The darkness leaves the ale opaque. A half a finger of tan head arises on pour but disappears quickly.

S: The nose has dark candi sugars, raisins and grapes running rampant. The aroma is very strong, belying a full ale. Plenty of spices and sweet yeasty notes.

T: Sweet and murky. The candi sugars hit all the right notes, dark and fruity from the outset. Darker raisins and lighter pears create a fleshy, pitted fruit flavor. Booziness mixes with the yeast, candi sugars and biscuity malts. Very flavorful, the quad is also strong. The flavors mesh well though, with dark fruits taking the lead. Only plum flavors linger in the mouth after a sip is gone though, strange.

M: The mouthfeel is lush, dark and fruity. The yeast and candi sugars have starring roles, driving a dark sweetness. A warming ale, you better sip this sucka.

D: Another whopper of a beer. The Sixth Glass is a think-piece about a mid-level beer struggling with its own limitations in the harsh face of stardom. Almost famous indeed.

12-05-2010 23:46:44 | More by akorsak
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jssheets

Indiana

4.88/5  rDev +17.6%

This is my first review so bare with me here. First off, the bottle, a 750ml, is quite impressive. The overall feel of what you are getting yourself into can be felt by the great design of the bottle. To the beer, absolutely brilliant! It was a great drink and went down very well. Mouthfeel was again exceptional. The taste, well it hit all the right buds. And at 10.5%, drinking the whole thing in one setting definitely got me buzzed! Boulevard's The Sixth Glass should be on anybody's short list of beers to try.

11-24-2010 01:50:31 | More by jssheets
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,002 ratings.