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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

2,026 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,026
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 135
Gots: 297 | 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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Photo of smokeypeat
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

Big thanks to AlCaponeJunior for this one.

Poured into a tulip glass this beer has a light copperish color with a really nice red tinge on the edges when held up to the light. Has a light tan head, that was 1.5 fingers high. Left a light lacing on the glass throughout sipping it. Really like the smell on this one. Some dark brown sugar, dark fruits like plum and a great smell of sourdough bread. Taste follows suit. Balance is great in this beer. The sweetness is not overwhelming at all. Plenty of fruit and spice, and bready yeast are there. Carbonation is well tuned to keep this 10.5% beer fairly light. This is my first Boulevard beer, but it certainly won't be my last based on the quality of this beer.

smokeypeat, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of rmalinowski4
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

Bottle poured into a chalice. Reviewed 4-13-2010. Bottle best by date 10-7-12

Pours a ruby gold color with three fingers of bubbly tan foam. Foam recedes to a small ring around the edge of the glass. Minimal lacing.

Smell is of dark fruits, spice,and sweet malt. Prune, plum and fig dominate the fruit smell, some cinnamon and other earthy spice is present. There is also an underlying malty sweetness.

Taste up front is of dark fruit, complex, fig, prune, plums. The flavors keep changing subtly on the palate, is that plum, or prune or both. Very complex. The finish is spice, mostly cinnamon and some other earthy spice, can't quite place it. There is an underlying malt base that is clean and refreshing. The finish is dry and crisp.

The mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Very clean and crisp. Carbonation is high and adds to the complexity of the flavors, keeps the flavors moving across the palate.

Overall this is a very nice beer. I am happy that Boulevard will be coming to Chicago soon, I want to get more of this one.

rmalinowski4, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -6%

Bottle thanks to welosiped. Served in my Cantillon tulip.

Pours a very light color for the style--light copper with a bit of a reddish hue. Single-finger off-white head starts it out. Eventually the head fades into a light collar with a few spots of lacing on the side of the glas. The nose has some faint dark fruits plus a bit of lightly-sweet malt. Perhaps a hint of caramel. Nothing too complex. A bit of booze there as well. The flavor has dark fruits, cherries, light alcohol, and a bit of sweet malt. Everything melds together quite well. Medium body with lowish carbonation. Overall, pretty good. Glad I got to try this.

Thorpe429, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of Azurescens
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

12oz bottle with best by date 10/28/12 poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 4/10/11

A: Pours a hazy reddish brown with lots and lots of extremely fluffy tan head. I was looking at the botlle watching for the yeast sediment to start coming out... This was a mistake because by the time I glanced back at the glass the head was starting to overflow out of my glass. Billions of tiny bubbles are rushing to get to the surface.

S: Sweet caramel malts, some dark fruit, plums perhaps and some fresh bread in there is well from the yeast.

T: Sweet bread hits the tastebuds first and slowly fades revealing lots of caramel with a touch of cherries, along with figs, raisins and more dark fruit. All the flavors mingle so well together it is hard to pick them all out individualy. Some yeast and alcohol linger in the back of my mouth after each sip.

M: Lots of carbonation, sweet and sticky medium body with some warmth from the alcohol.

O: Tasty and quite drinkable for 10.5% ABV, pretty solid quad all around and for $3 a bottle this is a steal. There are better quads out there but no better bang for the buck, at least from what I've had.

Azurescens, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy copper amber color. One finger tan head fades pretty quickly. Minimal lace.

S: Brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnammon. As the beer warms, more bread-like aromas take over.

T: Cinnamon and black pepper, dark fruits. Sweet biscuit and well-integrated but very present alcohol follow. Very little bitterness and long, lingering finish. Sweetness is apparent yet subdued. Maple flavor and soft minerals creep in after a while. Dark fruits and semi-sweet malts battling it out, who will win? The taster wins.

M: Full bodied, but the carbonation keeps it buoyant.

O: A great beer-- one I will revisit often. Thank you, Boulevard, you have another winner.

AmericanGothic, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of Auracom
4/5  rDev -3.6%

12 oz. bottle in an Abita tulip glass on March 31st, 2011. Sidenote - I really like getting heavier quads/stouts/barleywines in 12 oz'ers. This should be done more consistently.

A - Murky, dark golden coloring with maybe a slightly dark ruby tone to it. Nice two finger head with eggshell coloring. Okay retention and mediocre lacing.

S - First thought = banana bread. Lots of malts with some underlying yeast/breadiness. Spices. A little ABV in the nose. It smells quite inviting.

T - Consistent with the aroma. Very sweet, lots of caramel malts. More breadiness and spices (though I must agree with general consensus here that the yeast isn't huge; the sweetness definitely dominates). Nice tartness in the back end of the drink that reminds me of a granny smith apple. More ABV presence here, very warming in the throat.

M - Rather smooth but the body misleads me a little bit. It feels thicker than it really is because of that smoothness. Not too dry, good lingering aftertaste. Carbonation feels appropriate for the taste.

D - Better than I expected, despite the ABV presence it didn't feel like much of a sipper to me. Enjoyable brew from Boulevard.

Auracom, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of sulldaddy
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

I am sampling a 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature. The beer pours a clear copper hue with fizzy beige head of .5 cm foaming up and fading gradually leaving tight ring of edge foam. I am careful to not pour the dredges into the glass at first as there is a fairly heavy sediment load in the bottle. I will add after the initial visit to the beer and see what changes.
Aroma is white grapes, some plums, caramel and candy sugar. Maybe a little hint of booze but I dont get any hop presence.
First sip reveals an average body with slightly sticky textured beer and very fine prickly carbonation.
Flavor is as expected with sweet caramel malt and plums, some sweet candy sugar notes and a bit of earthy flavor on the finish, maybe some hops showing through? I get a little booze warmth on the swallow but otherwise the 10.5% is well hidden. Maybe a little musty at the end of each swallow, but overall this is a tasty beer.
I pour in the dredges as promised and notice a massive increase in the breadiness of the nose. Very scone-like now on each whiff. Flavor doesnt change as much but the nose is dramatic. This is a very nice big beer that I would probably buy again if it were on the shelves here and I was looking for a one bottle buzz.

sulldaddy, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of alexkeil
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%

Pours a beautiful deep, hazy, amber color with an off white fizzy head. The aroma I get is mostly yeast. The mouthfeel is medium, very carbonated, a little bit of that creaminess you expect from belgians but certainly not as much as a Trappist. The higher alcohol creates a perception of bitterness and does give off some warmth that flirts with being hot. The flavor is suitably complex with a rounded malt character, figs, maybe a hint of orange, some peppery character. With the high alcohol you sometimes get the flavor of some type of liquer. I've had quadrupels that have hidden the alcohol flavor more, but this is a well made beer.

alexkeil, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of deebo
2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

Drank a 750 ml bottle from Batch 68256

A-Clear mahagoney with large than head that hangs on.

S-Sweet, malty, raisin, toasted and burnt malt

T-Hoppier than the world class Belgian Quads and unlike them the alcohol is not well hidden.

M-Light for the style. More carbonation and astringency than others.

D-Below average for the style due to the alcohol burn that is balanced better with the real good versions of this style

The appearance and smell are by far the best attributes of this quad. I had big hopes that quickly faded after tasting. Not a bad beer but doesn't match up with some of the Belgian/Netherlands versions.

deebo, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

Pours a hazy browned-orange with a beautifully thick caramel colored head and smells malty and lush with sourwood honey, apricot, bread and white raisin flavors. The palate has a sweet and alcoholic delivery with a moderate level of oily hop character balancing the loads of robust malty sweetness- flavors of peach, caramel and black pepper- and a full and somewhat creamy body. Finish is long, with more of that peppery spice and apricot.

TheWhiskerReview, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Best by 10/17/12.

(A)- Pours a dark bronze colored amber color. Produced a large fluffy off-white to orange colored head with superb retention and lace.

(S)- A dark fruity esther profile. Rather earthy and dry too. Some raisin and caramel sweetness too.

(T)- Like the smell, a dark fruit profile with very dry earthy clay, raisin, and caramel sweetness. Very heavy in the earthy clay.

(M)- A decent carbonation level. Very dry and earthy with some richness and dark fruits.

(D)- A decent quad. Very rich and earthy at the same time. Might need some time to mellow out, but I do wish more fruits were present.

sweemzander, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of garbercury
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this want...Good looking out Todd!

A--Nice amber hue, lacing is solid and some sticking to the glass...

S--Oat flavor coming out in the nose. Fruity, bread, good nose.

T--Fruits are coming through on this one. Little more mild for a quad, not that sweet or cloying attack on the palate, good stuff.

M--Smooth and silky on the tongue, good feel.

D--Strong, it is a quad. Probably not a beer I would sit and drink a bottle of...Oops, oh yes I did.

garbercury, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of nickhiller
3.9/5  rDev -6%

A: incredibly thick and creamy Belgian style head, clear amber colored, little lacing.

S: the familiar sour-sweet minerally flavor of a Belgian triple or quad, sharp alcohol esters, brown sugar, a little banana.

T: lots of banana now, dried cherries, Sherry, candy sugar, sickly sweet biscuity malt is in sharp contrast to the strong (strong) alcohol and bitter hop finish.

M: medium to heavy body, strong warming alcohol, the ABV of which does not go unnoticed.

D: started out strong but ended short of perfection. As a whole it was a little out of balance; I found the alcohol too strong and not well integrated. Fairly drinkable but not something I'll be returning to.

nickhiller, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of twelvsies
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%

Great extra in a trade w/ GCurlow, thanks! Nice robust head atop a reddish brown amber beer - a little lighter for the style I'd say. Nice retention. Aromas of fruit at first, bananas and apple pie, sweet spices, sort of fluffy. Wow, surprised by the palate here which is nothing like I was expecting from the nose. Everything leading up to the first sip was pointing towards a lighter profile for a quad but this is pretty beefy. Very sweet up front, brown sugar and maple candy, caramel. Some bready malt undercurrents but really nothing too out of the ordinary beyond the sweetness. Slick slightly chewy mouthfeel. I gotta say this is the first Blvd beer that I haven't been totally blown away with - still a decent take, maybe just not up my alley.

twelvsies, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of hardy008
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%

Hazy amber with a 3 finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has green apples, phenols, grapes, and pears. Smells good, but not as expected.

The taste is just like the aroma. It has green apples, phenols, grapes, and pears. It is also a sweet tasting beer, and has a nice flavor, it just doesn't taste like I would expect a Quadrupel to taste. At least not entirely.

Medium bodied, high carbonation, sweet, and smooth. I like much about this beer, but it does not seem like it is true to style. The 10.5 % abv is well hidden, which is a plus.

hardy008, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of chiccabeer
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

I will admit I am an amateur and this is my first review. That being said here goes.

I thought this beer was very smooth and had a good taste. Had a bit of a fruity taste to it. I would suggest drinking it at a warmer temperature, because it was too cold straight from the refrigerator.

chiccabeer, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of Pellinore1
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%

Thanks to mdogg for bringing this bottle on his most recent trip to Chicago.

This pours warm reddish brown and hazy into a goblet. A finger of head fades quickly to some lacing.

I smell this beer as soon as I begin to pour, and get wafts of ripe fruit. Inhaling more deeply, banana, spices, and yeast are what I really pick up.

All of those nice notes from the smell come through in the taste, but are followed and offset by bitterness and alcohol. I'd love to try this with some age on it, but alas, I only had one bottle.

Medium-bodied with pleasant carbonation, the mouthfeel is good. Drinkability, however, is held back by the booziness. Again, I'd love to see what a bit of age does to this one.

Pellinore1, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Rochefort goblet. Best before 7 October 2012. Reviewed December 2010.

S: Nice creamy, sold head dissipates into a gentle surface of bubbles. A gorgeous "auburn" colour, indeed. Wonderful glow. Although it gives the illusion of translucency, The Sixth Glass is actually opaque, turning a shocking sunset orange in the light. Slight lacing.

S: Banana, figs, cloves. Alcohol and dark fruits.

T: Beautiful sweet raisins soaked in alcohol. Warming and spicy. The aftertaste carries this warm spice on for ages. Very pleasant.

M: Substantial, filling, fun, and firm. This beer is in charge for the duration of the glass.

D: Absolutely delicious. I highly recommend it. A real sipper, and noticeably alcoholic.

AgentMunky, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of homersimpson67
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

I think my first quadruple ale, at least that I can remember.

A: Lovely dark copper, cloudy, caramel, poured into my Duvel tulip didn't leave much of a head. Hardly any lacing.

S: Some apple and cinamon, fermentation, smoky, very inviting.

T: Hits very nicely, just want to keep drinking, sweet malt sugar and spice with a clean finish.


M: Simply put it just feels good, definately wanting more. Hits the tongue fast and washes over with a slight bitter almost brandy wine taste to it.

D: Very drinkable, At over 10% abv it definately sneaks up on you. Wanted another right away, probably lucky it only came in a 4 pack!!

homersimpson67, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of gregshead
3.28/5  rDev -21%

A: pour with a solid 3 fingers of head. Copper color. Light for a quad

S: lots of vinegar. Some good figs/grapes.

T: strong figs and some red grape taste. Stinger vinegar taste than I like. Not bad but doesn't blow me away.

M: the mouthfeel completely depends on the pour. Can be overly carbonation or too sryupy. Overall the mouthfeel can be done

D: overall not the greatest example of the quad. Still an enjoyable drink.

gregshead, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of Barleythenred
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Appearance: dark and thick brown with a big head

Smell: smooth sweet essence

Taste: sweet with a carbonated head that sets it up with a head

Mothfeel: smooth and oily with a deflating head

Drinkability: smooth but with a couple of years it could do wonders

Age and enjoy

Barleythenred, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Dark hazy amber in color, with a light beige head of a about a solid finger. No real lacing, but the head dissipated to a nice film.

Aroma is nice dried dark fruits, some nuttyness, yeast, and some spice. Sweetness and caramel.

Taste is similarly dark and fruity, nutty, sweet, malty, caramel, and yest

Creamy slick feel, upper medium in body, nice weight. Nice low carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. Solid quad.

EgadBananas, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a massive tan head. Slightly cloudy amber in color.

S: Clovey phenols. A little roasty. Molasses. Dried bananas.

T: Flavor bomb! Hits right up front with deep caramel, banana, and slightly acidic flavors. Alcohol is high in the flavor profile. Light bitter finish balances the sweet.

M: Thick, full. Just like it should be.

D: Excellent. High ABV is the only downside (drinkability speaking).

ForWhatAlesYou, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%

Big thanks to kraken6100 for this one:

A: This beer is stunning. It pours a beautiful dark honey color with a massive tan bubbly head. The foam seems to last for days. However, there is very little lacing as it drinks.

S: Plums, peaches, cherries, honey, sweets, and of course... alcohol.

T: Very pleasant fruity start. This beer is sweet, but not overwhelming. Then... alcohol, alcohol, alcohol. I'm surprised by the quick onset of the booze and the linger of it as well. At 10.5% i understand that it's a "BIG" beer, but the balance in this beer seems to be missing.

M: Mouthfeel is mediocre. It's not dry, not too chewy, no lingering flavors for hours and hours. It's more "down the hatch" than "let me savor this".

D: This beer is a respectable drinker. I'm enjoying it enough to have it again, but it wouldn't be a top choice when in the mood for something special. This is my first taste of a Smokestack Series Boulevard brew. It's a decent beer, but I have higher hopes for some of their other offerings.

trxxpaxxs, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of DelMontiac
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.

DelMontiac, Feb 09, 2011
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,026 ratings.