The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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4.18/5 rDev +0.7%
Pours a dark reddish brown with a thick off-white head. The head dissipates fairly slowly and leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.
The nose is full of cherries, raisins, and caramel.
Taste is similar to the nose. Sweet caramel, cherries, and maybe some apples. A little bit of alcohol burn is present on the back end, but it's not terribly strong.
Mouth feel is just about perfect. Great level of carbonation and the medium body is exactly what I would expect from a quad. This is one insanely drinkable beer...it certainly doesn't feel like 10.5% while drinking. It is very easy to down the whole bottle very quickly, but it is probably a good idea to take your time and enjoy.
11-19-2010 02:07:34 | More by ratedz
4.1/5 rDev -1.2%
A: great off white head, disapears quickly. Very little lacing due to ABV. Cloudy brownish red color.
S: Classic belgian yeast. Roasted almonds. Brwon sugar. Surprising little booze smell.
T: Big time toasted malt, taste like the burnt sugar top of a creme brulee.
M: High carbonation. Alcohol burn on the gums.
D: The bommer is tough to put down in a single sitting. Great to share. The high ABV makes it tough to finish (while standing), however, this is a great american interpretation of a belgian. I would purchase again
11-18-2010 01:45:00 | More by rrski198
3.38/5 rDev -18.6%
Chilled 750mL bottle into a glass. It's never a good idea to tackle these on my own, but then, it wasn't a good idea to go to graduate school, either.
A generous extra from Sideswipe. Thanks, John!
A: Pours a dark reddish brown body, nearly opaque, but revealing a small glow around the edges. It's capped with two fingers of light beige foam. Great retention, and throughout the drink there is a perennial cap on the brew. It leaves wonderful lace during sips, though nothing that sticks.
S: Immediately when I cracked this, I smelled green apples or guavas. In the glass, I pick up cherries, raisins, caramel, brown sugar. A strong scent of cloves that nearly disguises the booziness that radiates off the beer.
T: Green apple, not guava, is what I settled on after tasting the beer. Cherries, plums, and apricots are noticeable. Brown sugar and caramel are also found. I expected to find some candi sugar here, but I don't taste it. Maybe it's all fermented out? No truly dark fruits, either (raisins, figs, dates). I pick up the clove I detected in the aroma, but it's weaker in the taste.
M: Medium-bodied. It is relatively dry, but the high carbonation becomes a drawback then; it disguises the flavor and prevents it from expressing itself. I can swirl it out, but I shouldn't have to. There's a small booziness in the finish that I don't care for, though it's not a major complaint.
D: I put down the 750mL myself. A good beer, but against the true Belgians, this falls a bit short.
11-14-2010 02:38:44 | More by Arbitrator
3.83/5 rDev -7.7%
10/15/10- Had a 750 mL bottle (dated 03/13).
A: Nice big cream head; murky dark brown.
S: Clean raisin brown sugar, yeasty bread, sweet with some banana.
T: Warm, malty, sweet raisins, nice hops (bright green with a moldy side), very creamy. The alcohol plays a bigger role than expected (and comes off like brandy).
M: Slightly thicker and creamy.
11-08-2010 19:38:42 | More by ne0m00re
3.85/5 rDev -7.2%
A - Poured from a bottle into a small goblet. Amazing red cherry color with an inch of head. Very beautiful. Best looking beer I have ever seen.
S - The smell did not match the appearance. I was outside and it was breezy so that may have made it more difficult to catch a good smell of it. Mostly I smelled alcohol...
T - Incredible. Sweet, cherry and caramel. Unfortunately the alcohol taste came through too. This is really tasting like a Belgium ale. The sweetness is tamed by the tart cherry.
M - Medium to full body. Light carbonation, fits the style well.
D - Very well done ale. This is a perfect bottle to share at 10.5% ABV and coming in a 750mL bottle. Get some friends over to enjoy it with.
10-31-2010 01:34:53 | More by Fatehunter
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
Poured from the corked 750ml bottle into a Gordon tulip glass. Body is a pretty deep brown color with some garnet highlights. An impressive creamy off-white head slowly recedes to about a half-finger and just stays there. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, candi sugar, citrusy hops (grapefruit), and a slightly sour vinous character.
Palate is a tangy balance of dark sweet fruit and citrusy hops, with a mild sourness lurking in the background. Notes of candi sugar and fig and a slight musty character come through at various points. Finish is dry and just a touch chalky.
Body is creamy throughout with good carbonation, but, as stated, the finish is just a little chalky. A nice take on a Belgian quad by an American brewery. Enjoyable.
10-29-2010 06:14:24 | More by ElGordo
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
750ml cork and cage into Duvel tulip
A - Dark mahogany. Sand brown, large head with great retention and a rocky top.
S - Strong yeast, caramel, sweet sugars
T - Crystal malt, yeast, alcohol, candied sugar, caramel and some nice spices.
M - Medium to full body, fully carbonated, effervescent mouth and very chewy
D - Good drinkability, probably a good idea to split. Became more complex as it warmed. This is a very very tasty beer.
10-18-2010 21:04:13 | More by OakedCanuck
4.58/5 rDev +10.4%
I snagged this bottle from the QFC down the street, and I really wasn't planning on reviewing it. The back label description--invoking Hans Christian Andersen's tales--hooked me, and I decided the Sixth Glass would be the perfect accoutrement to a rainy afternoon of reading and hot baguette.
I was right! From the get-go this thing has impressed. Classic Belgian aromas of sugar and yeast hit me the moment I uncorked, and are now mixing with an almost citrus-y freshness in the glass. It's a deep, deep honey/amber color, clouded, with a huge 3-finger tan head when poured into a wine goblet. There's lacing in the bottle--but not on the glass really--though a thin layer of foam is still there minutes after pouring. I may have never seen a beer with a more invigorating and lively head.
Flavors expand from the aroma: it's malty, yeasty, very rich and caramelly. Cant taste the alcohol at *all*. This thing was bottled in June 2010 and 4 months later it's as mellow as I'd expect after a few years in the cellar. This batch'll be gorgeous with some aging.
The mouthfeel may be my favorite part of the whole experience. The carbonation is at the pinnacle point of perfection, and swishing/chewing reveals a tiny bit of alcohol ester and an almost syrupy coating after swallowing. I hate beer descriptors like "syrupy" and "medicinal" because they remind one of Childrens' Cherry Cough Drops or something, but I mean this in the best possible way.
Drinkability is dangerous; try to pace yourself, given the ABV...but if you find yourself chugging, at least you're not alone. *upturns bottle*
*Edit: by midway through the bottle, the residuals are now lacing on my glass. Small development, but worth noting.
10-15-2010 00:47:08 | More by ykncornelius
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
Pours an deep, cloudy earthy brown. Beer looks substantial. 2 finger thick, thick dark cream head. Fantastic retention ... a full finger half way through the glass and excellent lace.
Belgian nose. Belgian malt, Belgian yeast, and Belgian candy sugar. Notes of maple syrup, too.
Flavors are not as strong as anticipated at first glance. Nutty, pecan pie flavor without the Karo syrup. Lots of alcohol burn in the finish. Great malt presence in all that nutty flavor. Spice and hop finish, with white pepper.
Body is thick, but not as thick as the appearance indicates. Not fizzy as some others in the style.
Great sipper to welcome in some fall temperatures.
10-14-2010 00:32:52 | More by beer2day
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
Appearance: Very dark amber color, almost a redish-brown. Slightly cloudy with a light tan head with awesome retention. Lacing clings all over the glass. Really gorgeous lacing.
Smell: Dark fruits, cloves, Belgian yeast and esters.
Taste: Cloves, dark fruits and some yeasty flavors come out first. Then alcohol hits, which is warming going down. Nice and complex, just as a quad should be.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with a fairly smooth mouthfeel. The alcohol is hidden nicely by the dark fruity flavors.
10-07-2010 02:01:03 | More by zhanson88
3.38/5 rDev -18.6%
Batch #610120, best before 04/2013.
750 mL bottle, corked and caged, served into a chalice.
Sixth Glass is a hazy cherry wood brown with redish highlights. The head, which is thick and towering to start, settles pretty quickly and doesn't leave much behind on the glass.
The aroma is sweet and yeasty. Actually, the yeast smell seems to dominate this part of the experience. There is a sweet malty base behind it but otherwise it's almost like sniffing a starter.
Flavor is surprisingly strong on the first sip. It comes across almost as overpowering. The flavors seem right for the style but lacking in subtlety. Strong dark fruits, big spice notes, and alcohol to spare. As it warms, I get more leather and smoke, strangely.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and a little high in carbonation considering the strength of flavors and alcohol.
Overall not at all what I was expecting or hoping for. What I enjoy about Belgian styles is the subtle nuances and depth of flavors. This one just punches you in the face.
10-01-2010 01:50:09 | More by GilGarp
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
Managed to score a 750ml bottle of this from a Reddit beer trade. I haven't been able to find this in Texas, which is a shame - because this beer is fantastic.
A - Pours a deep red-brown, with a thick head that hangs around with about a finger's worth of height for a bit, then dissipates into a thick lacing.
S - A sweet, malty smell is very straightforward. Also, dark fruit, honey, and perhaps toffee.
T - Unusually smooth for the degree of carbonation. Rich malts, honey and molasses are pervasive, with hints of leather, cloves, and...bananas? It's very complex, and only becomes more so as it warms. Finishes with a hint of alcohol.
M - Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.
D - Fantastically drinkable. Will definitely seek it out again.
09-30-2010 04:14:55 | More by BrandonWardlaw
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
2009 750mL bottle served into a 2009 Boulevard Smokestack Series Chalice (the wine glass looking one)
Pours a rich mahogany/pulled caramel color. Very malty looking. It gets to be nearly yellow at the top and sides of the body, curiously. The head might have something to do with that. It sits at 2+ fingers and is the color of butter - a milky yellow hue. Average lacing despite great head retention. This is a damn good looking beer (like ALL Boulevard Smokestack beers tend to be). The only thing holding it back is that this beer has lots of fine yeast particles floating around in it.
The previous two Quads I've had this month were among the most vinous of the style: St. Bernadus Abt. 12 and De Dolle Oerbier. BLVD's The Sixth Glass is, comparatively, very different. The malt is very forward here; crusty and toasty and deep. The dark fruits are certainly strong but they aren't as bright and sparkly and full of tannin as those two aforementioned Quads. There is an earthiness to this Quad that is very enjoyable. LOTS of raisin but along with that you can smell something like dirt and grass (which remind me of the ground that the grapes came in). Some of that is from the malt, some of it is from the considerable use of spices (cinnamon? sage? rhubarb?). There's lots to love here.
The raisins and dried cherries are assertive right from the first taste. They flesh out and develop the sweet brown sugar and cinnamon and dessert bread malt profile. Some earthy, faintly astringent hops provide some bitterness that contrasts well with the malt sweetness. Taste can be said to pretty much follow the nose here. One thing that I have to note is the level of tastable alcohol. This isn't "boozy," but the alcohol heat and sweetness play a considerable part in how this beer tastes.
There's a lot of carbonation to this beer. The body isn't as silky and rich as you'd like given the flavor profile. But the carbonation does do a good job of keeping those delicate dark fruit flavors alive on the tongue. You take the good with the less-than-optimal. Good feel overall. The drinkability is above average for the style at best, I feel. The perceptible alcohol does it in. This beer is only 10.5% ABV but it tastes stronger. As a result, this is a slow sipper of a Quad.
I can remember the first time I ever had The Sixth Glass. BeerAdvocate member Turamarth and I were just getting deep into craft beer. This was the first Smokestack Series beer we had, Hell, it was the first Quad we'd ever had. I remember the amount of cinnamon spice and raisin flavor being intriguingly strong and I especially remember thinking that this was the booziest beer I'd ever had. My palate has grown an awful lot since then. I still find it to be too boozy tasting but this is a fine, fine beer. One of the best American examples of the Quadrupel style.
09-25-2010 04:05:49 | More by Reaper16
3.73/5 rDev -10.1%
This beer has an impressive appearance there is a lot of carbonation. The head was thick but disappeared quickly. The lace was not thick as one would imagine. The aroma is complex. There are strong scents of wood and fruit. The body is dark reddish amber. There are a lot of wood flavors which were nice but I felt it did not counter the alcohol flavor enough. You can definitely feel warmth from the 10.5 percent alcohol.
09-24-2010 07:31:44 | More by MTNboy
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
Batch # 68256. Not sure of the year. Cork had an extra piece that needed to be removed with cork screw.
Deep rich dark fruit aroma with some alcohol. Not quite boozy, but carrying towards a brandy or other alcohol drink.
Dark cloudy of brown mostly. Fizzy head that settles in at about 1/4 or 1/2 inch. Mild on phenols.
Flavor resembles the aroma. Less sweet than the aroma. Malt flavor, but balanced strongly with notable hop presence, which also moves towards a bitterness (which could be a result of the malt). This seems to mellow some. Nice vanilla flavor that works well the the fruitiness of the grain -this evolves into a caramel flavor over time. Nice complexity to the flavor and this warms up very nicely. The alcohol is done well - apparent without excess.
Smooth and creamy, yet still fully carbonated (which slows the drinking down some - probably fortunately).
Typically big for the style and drinks appropriate for style, maybe on the easier side of it.
09-11-2010 02:12:12 | More by garymuchow
4.1/5 rDev -1.2%
A - Pours a cloudy reddish-brown into my pint glass with a big tan head that dissipates into a nice thin layer and leaves nice lacing along the glass.
S - Aroma is strong with sweet caramel malts, dark fruit, baked apple, honey, clove and just a bit of hops and alcohol.
T - Taste is similar to aroma, nice caramel malts, raisins, honey like sweetness, nice clove and spices, very peppery on the tongue, and rounded out with a bit of alcohol.
M - It my opinion this is pretty heavily carbonated making it feel like a lighter brew than it really is. Peppery bite on the palate and a warmth from the alcohol.
D - Very drinkable, very delicious! I will be sure to pick this one up again. Nicely balanced and a very enjoyable complexity.
09-09-2010 22:20:52 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
4.1/5 rDev -1.2%
Poured from the 750ml bottle into a wine goblet. The head is very fluffy and large and leaves a lot of lacing along the side of the glass. The color is a red, almost brown hue.
The aroma is of dark fruit, and as it warms there is caramel and toffee notes. A strong sense of clove predominates throughout.
The taste is very dark and fruity, along with a bit of chocolate and alcohol. It is very complex, and the clove comes through more as it warms. A sense of banana also prevails a bit, more warm than cold.
The mouthfeel is medium carbonation, and not much taste left in my mouth after swallowing. A warming presence from the alcohol comes through after a few sips.
This is a great beer. The aromas and tastes are very complex, and ever-changing as it warms. While the high alcohol obviously makes it a sipper, the muted alcoholic taste makes it very inviting to take sip after sip.
08-29-2010 21:36:48 | More by tedsox31
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
thanks to mughugger for sharing this -750ml in a 1/2 pint.
A - deep brown with decent clarity -translucent w/ light beige cap. The color of cola w/ lace that sticks well, retention is good and bead is avg size
S - The smell is of raw, dark honey with mild floral notes and slight caramel w/ a hint of spice and toffee
M - The feel while very effervescent is still sweet and has a moderate amount of phenolics w/ suble creamy and toasted texture. The sweetness is restrained in the grand scheme as is the alcohol, but very malty presence with spice balance
T - This quad tastes amost as good as it smells which is very good, both slight caramel and herbal qualities work together with slight honey and smooth molasses notes w/ a mild anise note and slight cinnamon w/ light toasted flavors. The sweet raw honey taste pervades with a raw, yet enticing quality that is lasting in the flavor into the finish
D - While a good example of the style, this is not something I consider to be drinkable to the point that I could have more than one. It has a candy-like element that keeps me from enjoying as more than a digestif. Very good -seek this out -great for sharing, thanks again Karen!
08-26-2010 02:51:38 | More by Slatetank
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
I poured this 750 ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.
A: hazy dark cherry wood color, abundant, fizzy, yellowish cream colored head falls into a persistent cap, lacing is good.
S: molasses, fermented apples, nutmeg, clove, alcohol, cherries.
T: the clove, nutmeg, and apples hit up front, the sour cherries and molasses hit in the middle, and the finish features a long alcohol burn. The hops form a subtle floral backdrop that acts like a canvas for the other flavors..
M: medium-heavy weight, adequate carbonation, velvety mouthfeel.
D: Tastes like a liquid mincemeat pie! Very tasty.
08-25-2010 04:00:24 | More by Erish
3.65/5 rDev -12%
Dark mahogany swirled at the bottom of a deep amber hue on top with a thin tan frothy head with excellent retention. Dirty yeast and bold floral hops. Colder, this had a very molasses/medicinal cod liver oil evil up front. Warmed a determined floral hop flavor is backed by a subtle sweetness that interplays with the hops and some pepper. Well blended alcohol makes its appearance in the end with a slightly bready dry finish. Mouthfeel is high carbonated foamy and slightly mouthcoating.
I don't say it too often but this is a beautiful looking beer. I really didn't find this too complex but a pleasant beer overall. It is a fairly fresh bottle as the best before date isn't for another 3 years so at $9 a bottle I may grab another to age a bit. It was certainly a fine companion for watching the end of Dexter season 3...
08-21-2010 16:20:38 | More by Bfarr
3.93/5 rDev -5.3%
Poured into a snifter...
A: pours dark cherry wood with a big almond color head of mousse. has really good head retention
S: smells of dark fruits, baked cinnamon apples, nutmeg, breakfast pastries, and leather
T: begans with a tart and spicy fruitiness, then flavors of earth, clove, and leather, raisin nut bread toast, with a fruity, spicy, bitter, and boozy finish. almost too complex to list all that is going on.
M: medium mounthfeel with alot of carbonation, very dry and warm finish.
Overall, a very powerful drink full of sinful deliciousness. Be careful or this one could damn you.
08-15-2010 03:06:28 | More by OlRasputin989
5/5 rDev +20.5%
the sixth glass quadrupel from smokestack. Originally had in 750mL, multiple re-reviews in 12oz bottles.
Tried this one first on vacation in TX at my mom's house. Surprised Boulevard makes it this far south... but then again, I'm not surprised, it's a great brewery. I was truly ecstatic tho when I saw they had a smokestack series at the local supermarket (although this was the only one).. and not only that, it was one of the ones I hadn't tried yet!
Life is good, that's why they make these beers... so you don't forget!
Absolutely beautiful brew, clear copper-amber, many rising bubbles, and a full, thick, lasting head with ample lacing that slides down the glass to rejoin the head accents this fantastic beer creation.
Raisins, dark fruits, plums, cherries, mild hops, yeast and sweet malts all shine through on this very spicy smelling, wonderful brew. At this ABV, there's no covering up a slight scent of alcohol, but it seems to only enhance in this case. FABULOUS.
Tastes much like the smell, fabulously delicious and complex as any beer I've ever had. All the dark fruits are hinted at, especially raisins, cherries and figs, with a touch of delicious apple. The spices stand out equally, and spicy it is. Pepper is definitely present, as are a whole bunch more sweet and spicy flavors. There's also a noticeable flavor of delicious yeastiness, a very mild alcohol flavor (faint for such a strong beer), and some sweet breaded malts and just a touch of hops, perfectly balanced. The sweet raisiny spiciness lingers oh so nicely with every sip.
Mouthfeel is thick, rich, and wonderful; nothing short of a work of art. A warm feeling of satisfaction permeates the gullet as this strong brew works its magic. The perfect fruity aftertaste finishes it off.
Note: Mouthfeel probably got a little better as it warmed, but overall this brew showed almost equal character and enjoyability over the full range of temperatures, which for me were from cold refrigeration temperature upon opening (pouring into a snifter) to the full on room temperature warmness upon finishing my last sip of the 750 mL bottle almost two hours later. This hasn't changed over multiple sessions of re-reviewing this beer.
Drinkability is absolutely perfect. Few beers meet such a high standard in any style, any country. America SHINES on this one. I challenge any foreign country to top this beer.
EDIT: upon re-review multiple times, I'm upping my rating on this one to a perfect FIVE. I've done enough reviews that I know that this one is as close to perfect as it's likely to get, and I have never, ever liked a beer more than this one. If something else winds up beating it, I'll change my review back to the original 4.85 it was on the first go-round. Even on my fifth or sixth re-visitation of this brew, I still absolutely love it every time. This is my favorite smokestack, favorite quad, and remains my highest rated beer for good reason.
08-12-2010 15:23:14 | More by AlCaponeJunior
4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
Got this as an amazing extra in a trade with wnoble. Pours a murky bownish-reddish-orange with a huge head which never got below a half finger of off white. Lacing was lasting but thinner. Nose was dark fruit, some alcohol and yeast, grapefruit and spices. Taste was complex and very tasty - starting with dark fruit, moving to sweet cinnamon, grapes and dates with notes of chocolate and a wonderful interplay with sweet and bitter and alcohol warming at the end. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy, almost chewy and well carbonated. Alcohol is whew - there, in feel and in effect. Definitely a sipper. Liked this a lot and can imagine it would be even more wonderful if I had the discipline to have cellered this longer. Try this!
08-09-2010 19:00:17 | More by regspeir
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
Purchased and drank a 750 ml bottle in Cool Springs, TN on 7/17/2010.
I knew absolutely nothing about this beer before trying it, though I had heard good things about the brewery. It poured a pale amber with an absolutely massive and very long-lasting head. The aroma was very unusual, with some sour elements that I did not expect, besides the usual malt and dark fruit notes common to Belgian Strong Dark Ales (or quadruples). On the palate the beer was delicious, with wonderful mouthfeel, some heat from the 10.5% alcohol, and maybe a hint of sourness? Or perhaps it was wood from cask aging? Hard to be absolutely sure, in spite of working my way through the entire bottle, trying to decide. The beer that I think it reminded me of the most was Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo, which is pretty high praise. I regret that this was the only beer from The Smokestack Series that I've been able to try, and I wish I could have brought a bottle or two back to Alaska to share.
08-06-2010 22:06:46 | More by Reswald
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:
Part of Boulevard Brewing Co.'s Smokestack Series. The Quad might not be the hardest style to brew, but there are many world-class examples to pit this one against. The light tan head towers almost out of the glass and keeps a decent lacing for the duration. Mild haze on the brownish-amber color. Heavy hit of malt in the nose with caramel, dark bread and cooked fruit/fruitcake with prunes, apples and raisins. So damn smooth with a lush creamy backdrop to the full body. Malt blankets the palate with a sweetness that lasts all the way through, caramel comes in big right in the middle with a juicy ripe fruitiness. Alcohol has an obvious presence with its warmth and mild peppery spice character. Ghost-like beef broth and mild hop bitterness are on par for the style. A little bit of toasted bread-crust in the sweet and slightly spicy finish.
Amazing, Boulevard hits this one just right. Packed with flavor and small complexities, yet still very drinkable and even approachable. We've been to Belgium a few times and have tried numerous Belgian-inspired beers around the globe, and this one sits very close to the top.
08-01-2010 14:51:43 | More by BeerAdvocate
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,001 ratings.