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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,093 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,093
Reviews: 675
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 137
Gots: 316 | 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 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
Photo of CaptainTripps
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: The beer poured a cloudy amber/redish orange color that came with about 2-3 fingers worth of off white cream colored head. Moderate amounts of lacing left on the glass.

S: Alcohol soaked dark fruits paired with belgian yeast and malty breadiness. Semi funky, semi sweet. Candied sugar and caramel. Pretty complex.

T: Semi-sweet caramel mixed with plums, currents and raisons. Alcohol combined with yeast, breadiness. Has a spice character to the beer that isn't over the top; very subtle.

M: Medium bodied beer with warming alcohol. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth.

O: Not a bad American interpretation of the style. One of the better ones in America. Would love to see what some age can do with this.

CaptainTripps, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of Yesac
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On trade from jwinship83. Poured into chalice.

A- rubbyish copper color. Medium sized slightly tan colored head that sticks around for a bit.

S- Fruity nose.. similar to apples/pineapple juice. Slight candied sugar and bubblegum.

T- Lots of malt. Bubblegum and banana, sweet candied sugar.

M- Medium carbonation, medium body. Slightly dry.

O- A good sipper overall, not a true Belgian quad but not a bad shot from a brewery out of Missouri.

Yesac, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of Krakistophales
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a ruby red color with a humongous three finger cream colored head that recedes quickly.

S: Both dark and light fruit vapors permeate from this brew, hint of banana, cherries, booze vapors, and some honey.

T: Cherries, raspberries, red apples, grapes, this is a bouquet of fruit. Touches of honey and various other sweetness, this is a nice one. A much more refreshing sweetness as opposed to the creamy sweetness of rochefort 10, another front runner of this type.

O: Very tasty. Glad I traded for it.

Krakistophales, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of vkv822
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.
Best By Date: 10/7/12
great extra sent by pittsburghkid66, thanks man!

Pours a cloudy amber-orange hued brown with a frothy light toffee colored head.

The aroma is fairly complex, with sweet caramel and sugars upfront, with some fruit towards the end.

The taste follows the nose, with more brown sugar upfront, and followed by dark fruits and faint green apple tartness. Very light phenol notes.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with fairly strong carbonation, a bit much at times really.

Fairly sweet overall, with a bit heavy carbonation but still a nice beer.

vkv822, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of DoktorZee
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a schooner. I didn't get a chance to check if it had a best before date as it was a communal bottle shared among pals!

A - deep amber/red and cloudy. Small one finger head that stuck around for a while and left streaking lacing.

S - combination of bready malts and a hint of dark tangy fruit.

T - this one is definitely on the sweet, malty side but this is balanced both with a nice hop bitterness and a the same tangy fruit in the finish. Almost a raisin quality.

M - medium bodied with just the slightest hint of carbonation. A little alcohol warmth, but really less than there should be based on the alcohol percentage!

D - nice and smooth, though with a tasty, lingering tangy quality.

Brought to the beer club by a friend - definitely a tasty beer to have again!

DoktorZee, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First Quad. 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark golden color, like apple cider. One finger tan head, very fizzy, disappears quickly and doesn't return even with a vigorous swirl. Decent lacing.

S: Light alcohol. Nice apple aroma. Caramel malts. Light cherries and other dark fruits. Kind of sweet.

T: Tart at first. Apples, dark fruits. Light caramel. Mild alcohol. Finishes with a slight bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Highly carbonated. Little sticky feeling. Slight alcohol warming. Lightly dry finish.

O: Seems like a good beer. Reminds me of apple cider with alcohol added. Definitely nothing saying it's bad. Might not be my style, but still enjoyable.

doughanson78, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of axeman9182
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, my last souvenir from volunteering at this year's ACBF. It's got a best by date of April 2013, and was allowed to warm some before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Sixth Glass pours something in between maroon and more of a brown color, but it fades to a clear ruby when held to light. The cream colored head is almost out of control, more than four fingers tall and threatening to spill out the glass. Head retention is solid, but the complete lack of lacing is a major letdown. The nose is a bit higher on peppery phenols as compared to dark fruits than usual, but there's also a nice background note of overripe banana that I don't always find in quads. The flavor just can't hang with the best of the style. The most important thing for me in a beer like this is to have a solid sweet fruity base to hold the rest of the beer together. While there are certainly notes of plum and figs, they aren't nearly potent enough to keep the pepper and clove yeast notes from, together with a generous warming sensation from the alcohol, running roughshod over the brew. The body ends up on the light side for 10.5%ABV, and the carbonation is middle of the road, and just a little bit dull. In the end, the beer captures neither the creamy texture (despite a dry finish) nor the expressive carbonation of a world class quad. I had high expectations for Sixth Glass, having really enjoyed my previous Boulevard offerings (including BBQ), but this goes to show just how hard brewing a top notch quad is.

axeman9182, Jul 04, 2011
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,093 ratings.