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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,100 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,100
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 138
Gots: 321 | 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 bramsdell
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into goblet.

A: Golden with an enormous and beautiful white head. The head seems never to end. The thickness of the beer is immediately apparent.

S: Whoa there, 10.5%. I've had this beer before and do not remember smelling the booze so clearly as this time. After the initial shock of alcohol, the other aromas reveal themselves. Swirling the brew around releases a sweet fruitiness and a faint maltiness.

T: Again, the alcohol hits you first. Actually, I would compare the tasting experience to that of a strong red wine. There is a bit of booze-shock, but then the other flavors emerge. The specific flavors are difficult to parse out, but there is definitely a fruitiness and maltiness. The malt flavors are very light, more just like a balance of sweetness. The sweet flavors initially work to counter the booze, then are themselves mellowed by the hoppiness. Truly a progression of flavors.

M: Awesome. This feel amazing. It feels light and surprisingly crisp at first. Almost a cider-esque feeling. However, when the entire sip is in the mouth, the thickness becomes apparent. Again, a great progression throughout the drinking experience.

O: This beer is very good, but it is not perfect. It seems to be a bit too agressive; usually I find quads to be a little more subtle than this. On the other hand, how often do you find a quad that is this good for the price? I think I paid $2.85 for the bottle, and that's in Alabama. It's a good value for every now and then, but not a regular brew.

bramsdell, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of fltmedic
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the magnum into straight sided hotel room glasses. (Point for honesty?) A slow pour got us a huge light tan head that never left. Under that beautiful foam is a deep mahogany brew through which a trickle of tiny bubbles can be seen.

The alcohol is right up front in the nostrils. There is a light oakiness, some over ripe fruit, molasses and cocoa.

There alcohol shows up first, but not alone. There is a rich doughy, nutty, malty chocolate body. Then a parade of dark, sweet fruits begins. I get dark cherry, current, prune finish with a slight dark chocolate fade.

The mouthfeel is an enigma. A sparkling wine meets a warm, big beer with a smooth, silky feel but yet an alcohol warming. Amazing.

This is a big complex beer that stands alone. I'd love to try it again with a strong smoky cheese or a creme brulee. I look forward to it in a snifter!

fltmedic, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of tzieser
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz capped bottle poured into a Delirium tulip. best by 4/27/13.

a: pours a mostly clear ruby color with a thick off-white head that settles into a modest lacing.

s: notes of dark fruits, candi sugar, belgian yeast and a very subtle alcohol note. i can tell this is shaping up to be a solid quad.

t: sweet malty flavor. aforementioned dark fruits (prunes, raisins), candi sugar and belgian yeast are prominent flavors here. not too sweet and nicely balanced. alcohol is well hidden, but warms the stomach nicely.

m: smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

good job by Boulevard Brewing. fantastic quadruple. i think this could use a bit more age on it, as the flavors were still a tad on the raw side, but still...well done!

tzieser, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not long ago, while perusing the beer selection at a local liquor emporium, I decided to give this one a shot ($8 for a 750). Arriving home, I cracked it open (quite a chore) and poured it into a tulip. Poured a slightly hazy burnt orange color with a good beige head. Aromas of brown sugar, dark fruit and sweet caramel. On the palate, this one was medium to full bodied, with flavors of dark fruits, candi sugar, caramel and booze.

emmasdad, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of Bung
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Dark orange pour, finger of very light tan head. Retains well.

Aroma, some malt light and brown sugar, more fruits and yellow raisin.

Taste, more caramel toffee and brown sugar here. Some yeasty notes. Nice raisin and some lighter red fruits. Some spiciness, nut meg corriander.

Medium body and nice stickiness. Just faint warming. I would have liked just a tad less carbonation, but it's not bad. These guys do some nice stuff, pretty good American version.

Bung, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of jcartamdg
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a amber brown with a 1 finger head that lasts into my ccb snifter. Aroma of fruity figs and raisins, bready malts with a heavy yeasty nose. Taste follows the nose with sweet fruits, malts and yeast. Alcohol is present more than other quads but still fairly smooth. I would love to try this in a corked and caged 750, bottle conditioning in a larger bottle makes a big difference.

jcartamdg, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Chaney
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch No. 69365; Best up to 12/2012.

This is the base beer for Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ), which I loved! I want to commend myself for pouring this into my trusty DuClaw Colossus snifter. I'm the bomb shit!

Aged for one year.

A: Sort of a burgundy, pepper at that, with a massive vanilla-colored head, that stayed cottony throughout the session.

S: Sort of a highly spiked, highly sweetened cherry cider with Belgian funk. The result? Impressive!

T: On the taste, I got the cherry quality in the aftertaste as opposed to a featured star like on the nose. Additionally, on the finish, I got a slight hint of brandy. Curious...

M: Pretty boozy for sure, and intense in it's Belgian-ness, but the sugar content was surprisingly low. The carbonation was spot on.

O: Not as good as BBQ, but very few beers are IMO. This one is readily available in the Midwest and is one of the stars in Boulevard's line-up. I'm sure I'll have it again.

Chaney, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of alpinebryant
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 4.27.13

Pour is a dark hazy chestnut brown with a massive head that almost overflowed my Captain lawrence tulip.

Aroma of dark candied plums with belgian yeast, figs, and bread.

Taste is pretty great overall. My only complaint is it is slightly boozy. There are tons of biscuity yeast flavors, mixing with caramelized sugars, plums and figs. Slight toffee and a healthy bit of red apple / red delicious flavor.

Body is medium for the style. As it warms gets a little more syrupy. Some time would not hurt this bottle which says best by 4.27.13

alpinebryant, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Been enjoying my trip through Boulevard's offerings (seeing as they're now all over the place here in the Chicago 'burbs), which means I'm lookin' forward to this one. It pours a clear garnet-ruby topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises fig, rye bread, red apple skin, light raspberry, black pepper, nutmeg, light cocoa powder, and toffee. The taste holds notes of caramel, rye bread, black pepper, fig, light plum, light strawberry, red grapes, and a light sprinkling of chocolate powder. The body is a strong medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta syrupy feel. Overall, a very nice quad, one that deftly balances the bready, sweet, and fruity characters very well.

TMoney2591, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of Herky21
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark caramel color. Tall head with almost soft peaks. Effervescent bubbles like champagne that roll on the side of the glass.

Smell: Almost peppery. Ether-alcohol right on the nose.

Taste: I feel like the alcohol is right on point, the strongest taste. But it's supported well by a subtle hint of smoke that drifts on the palate. Slight malt charateristics beneath that.

Mouthfeel: Greatest part of the style. As I said, effervescent. It's texturally light because of the carbonation, but retains a slight malt heaviness.

Overall: $10.99 for a four pack and it is worth it. The body and flavor are both well-balanced. Many subtle flavors at work. It's really a fantastic beer.

Herky21, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of wschmit
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, dated "Best by 10/28/12," into a my new, New Glarus fluted pint glass.

A: Big, billowy tan head atop a pretty clear, effervescent amber body. Some big bubbles blow themselves out quickly, but plenty of fine carbonation leaving a bit of sticky lacing. Pretty nice...perhaps a touch light in color for a quad, but otherwise, good.

S: Big bready malt, some booze, and raisins--spot on. Alcohol is prominent, but expected, and melds nicely with the rest of the yeasty nose. This is one of the better American quads I've whiffed.

T: A bit too bready in the body, and the booze comes across too strong. There's some nice chocolate notes, but I'd have liked a bit more raisin/stone fruit.

M: The body is a little bit thin, surprisingly. The fine carbonation feels nice. Alcohol's just a bit too hot.

O: To be honest, it's a pretty good try at the elusive quad, but not at the level of the real thing. Perhaps this one's past its prime, or not there yet? It really does have a champion nose, but doesn't quite live up to it. Got it in a random trade, so I can't comment on the value.

wschmit, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the bottle a pretty and very inviting clear coppery red-brown with a nice light tan head that is none too persistent. Malty aroma has a strong spicy undertone, mainly cinnamon and cloves and quite appealing, with just a touch of caramel. Texture is fizzy, dancing on the tongue and leaving a fairly persistent fizz on a malty, caramel finish. Look for this one!

Cyberkedi, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Pegasus
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy deep golden orange in color, with a fair amount of suspended sediment. The head is off-white, small, and dense. Thin, sticky lacing rings the glass walls.

Aroma; Deep, sweet malt notes, with caramel, brown sugar, wood, ripe banana.

Taste: Sweet alcohol dominates at the open, bitter apple peel flavors soon follow.Along the way, there are notes of peaches, plums, and dates. Late in the taste, there is an understated flourish of cloves. The alcohol lingers on to the finish, along with the bitter apple peel.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, although not a full as I would have expected it to be.

Drinkability/notes: Not a world-class Belgian Quadruple, but not bad either. Its August in Texas, but I suspect this would be superb at a Thanksgiving Dinner.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom retro-styled twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle, served in a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Note to prospective tasters: The four-pack of twelve-ounce bottles at $9.99 seems a far better buy than the twenty-two ounce bomber at $8.99. However, the bomber with its caged cork makes an elegant presentation for a special occasion.

Pegasus, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Kshock
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep Orange hue with a brown haze. Off white head with good retention.

S-Smells of dark fruit esters, candi sugar, caramel malt.

T- Dark fruits, caramel sweetness, dry, sugary taste at the end. Nice bold flavor without being over barring. Nice complexity in this beer.

M- Very nice feel, med body with a nice carb tickle when its goes down.

O- Very solid rep of the style, quality shit meng.

Kshock, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 07/29/11 notes. Received in the Gang Bang BIF courtesy of the Chicago group; thanks guys! Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a SAVOR snifter. Best by date of 01/17/13 on the bottle.

a - Pours a deep reddish amber color with two fingers of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cherries, dark fruits, fruity malts, caramel malts, and bready malts. Pretty nice; really liking the dark fruits and how fruity in general it is.

t - Tastes of cherries, alcohol, dark fruits, bready malts, and light spices. Little alcohol but not too too bad, and a ton of cherries again.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall an above average quad; I think with a few more months on it it could have been even better. Would like to have it again.

mdfb79, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of Duff27
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- inch tally tan head atop a murky amber. Nice alcohol legs. Good head retention and lacing.

S- dark fruits.

T- more dark fruits, spice. Complex like any quad should be.

M- fizzy carbonation on the tongue, I like. Creamy.

D/O- good, middle of the road quad. Widely available pushes this over the edge with me. Thank you boulevard for the Smokestack Series.

Duff27, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This cork is a real pain in the ass.

A - A deep fiery red body with a giant dissipating tan head made of medium bubbles. Not too bad.

S - warm dark fruits, toffee, some tartness, a touch of spice, vanilla, smoky notes. Nice nose.

T - Good complexity and progression. The carbonation is lively and delivers the flavors nicely. Spicy, vanilla, toffee, and a touch of smoke on the front, smooth and sweet dark fruits in the back. This is pretty darn good.

M - The carbonation is a bit too much here, but its a smooth body otherwise and its a medium thickness.

O - I think this is a fine Quad and am sort of regretting not having picked up another one. It will age well, I suspect, and once the heat is died down a bit, it'll be real good.

ColdPoncho, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Bottle says best by 4/27/13.

Appearance: rich, coppery amber hue with tons of haze. It almost reminds me of a wee heavy. Head is one finger of pillowy light tan foam. Looks quite good to me.

Smell: aroma is surprisingly light with a good malt character and a little splash of apple and pear. I like it, but it's way too subtle, I think.

Taste: very rich and satisfying malt flavor. On the back end is a great selection of dark fruits; raisins, cherry, and even pear make an appearance. I like the dynamism of the flavor, how it starts with a simple but excellent malt flavor and then melts into a complex fruity arrangement. Very good stuff.

Mouthfeel: rich, silky-smooth body with a good level of carbonation. The overall effect is delightfully creamy and satisfying.

Overall: I find I am greatly enjoying this beer. I had some misgivings at first because of the aroma, but was pleasantly surprised thereafter. A good brew.

flagmantho, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of loren01
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy dark reddish color, not much head no lacing.
S: Smell is sour and fruity. Apple/pear as well as dark fruits Also some Belgian yeast scents
T: Caramel sweetness followed by dark fruits and slight earthy aftertaste
M: Medium bodied beer, lots of carbonation but probably right for the style. Alcohol is really well hidden
O: This is a great beer, glad I picked it up would buy this one again for sure

loren01, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes.
12oz bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a rich red, amber body with steady level of carbonation. The light tan head has good formation, and holds well with the retention. Lacing is nonexistent. 

S: A very sweet and malty aroma, hints at grapes and currants. Medium level of intensity for style. 

T/M: Taste is light and has a floral character to it. Spice off the yeast and a subtle hop bitterness. Malt has a nice amber taste, one that holds through to the lingering finish. Mouthfeel is light and very drinkable.

O: All in all, this is a nice and drinkable quad, but fairly light and really doesn't compare to others in the style.

GDBEERMAN, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Cloudy reddish-orange with a massive cream-colored head and bubbly lacing.

Smell: Plum, raisin, figs, cherry, banana, brown sugar, and all other kinds of sweet, fruity goodness. Some very light clove and pepper. I could smell this all day and be happy.

Taste: Tastes exactly like the aroma (see description above - too lazy to repeat it or attempt to paraphrase), but is ultimately a trifle too sweet for my tastes. Still great, just prefer my Quads a little mustier and drier.

Feel: Relatively high carbonation - somewhat tingly. Thick, chewy body that is nonetheless not as thick as expected for the abv. Very warming and quite silky overall.

Overall: Extremely well made Quad that further proves how well Boulevard can nail the appearance and mouthfeel of Belgian beers (most US craft brewers fail at these aspects). I just wish it was a little less sweet.

bsp77, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of Mississipping
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a 2nd rev Smokestack Series goblet:

A: Pours a light, clear mahogany color with a large off-white head that recedes rather quickly.  Moderate lacing left behind on the edges of the glasss. 

S: Dark fruits (mainly plum and fig) are up front along with a slightly bready yeastiness, brown sugar, and some earthiness.  Really a nice, fairly complex smelling beer.  Sweet for the most part, but hints of spiciness.

T: The dark fruit dominate the taste in the form of prunes, fig, and cherry.  Almost equally present are bready yeast, brown sugar, and caramel.  Deliciously and complex sweetness upfront that isn't at all overpowering.  The sweetness continues with the malt profile through the finish, but is accompanied by an earthiness, slight spiciness, and a good amount of booze that creates a large warming effect.  I wish there was a little less heat on the back-end of this, but it's not completely unpleasant.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation.  Smooth, slightly creamy, and coating on the palate.  A good bit of heat at the finish, but that's really my only complaint with the mouthfeel.

D: Really a nice quad that is very flavorful and has a nice complexity.  My only gripe is the alcohol heat.  A bit off-putting and it makes it much less enjoyable and easy to drink.  It's not hot enough to not enjoy, but it's a bit too powerful for my taste.  Other than that, this is a really good quad.  This will probably be better with some age, so I'm going to revisit it in a year or so.

Mississipping, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Garnet red bodied beer with a 2 fingers plus frothy head medium sized bubbles. Decent lacing.

Smell: Raisins, figs, biscuity malts, and booze.

Taste: Caramel, brown sugar, and raisins. This is a really sweet and malty beer. Bready biscuits with a spicy yeast. Finish is a mild bitterness, that I can't put my finger on.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy and clean with a dry finish make up the mouthfeel of this beer.

Overall: It is nice quad. Another good beer from the smokestack series!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of mattvoid
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-- Dark ruby color with a moderately foamy head

S- Malty smell with raisins and light caramel undertones, a little boozy

T- The caramel is stronger in the taste than the smell, and has an immediately pleasantly strong malty taste to it, the raisin flavor bubbles up in the after taste. For 10.5% ABV it does not taste like it, unless you really try to quaff it quickly.

M- Dense and thick feel, the foam is thick but fades relatively quickly

O- I purchase at least 1 every time I go to the liquor store. Pairs well with pretty much all food, and works as a winter ale or a night time summer one when sipped slowly. It's also my go to beer when showing why I like Belgians or abbey ales.

mattvoid, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of shanblur
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Best by 10/7/12 printed on the bottle.

A - Hazy dark copper color with a 2 finger tan head with moderate lacing.

S - Caramel, cherries and raisins. Sweet malts and breadiness.

T - Much like the smell with sweet malt flavor, a warmth from the alcohol, with some yeast notes. A bit of a strange metallic finish also noted.

M - Dense and oily with a good amount of carbonation.

I liked this beer. A good example of the style and one I would definitely have again.

shanblur, Jul 15, 2011
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,100 ratings.