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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
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2,401 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,401
Reviews: 732
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 171
Gots: 478 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 11-15-2007

”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
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3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Dark amber in color, different from most Belgian quads which tend to be dark brown. Builds a 1” to 1 ½” head that recedes to a ¼” cap, nice lacing.

Smell: Primarily a malt aroma with some spice, also some hints of light fruit.

Taste: Surprisingly complex, malt, toffee, a yeasty spiciness and varying fruit flavors some dark like raisin and some light like apple. Very well done version of a Quad from a complexity standpoint, not exactly like its Belgian counterparts but a solid beer none the less.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and well carbonated.

Overall: Best American attempt at a quad that I’ve tried so far. A solid beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 611175. Best by 06/2013.

Amber body with cherry hilites on the edges. Giant, billowy, merangue like head, light brown in color. Takes forever to fall, but looks great.

Dates, raisins, and a soft cheese funkiness. Some fruity booze aromas and nuttiness, and a slight, earthy hop aroma.

Dates and raisins again provide the sweetness. Cheesy funkiness and some slight boozy flavors. Not much complexity, but still a very rewarding beer.

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Tulip Glass

Appearance - Dark Amber with a very unflitered appearance. Head starts out very fluffy with excellent retention.

Smell - Cloves, Figs, Bananas, Floral Hops, Yeasts, Sweet Toffee and Caramel. So many scents and yet it doesn't overpower the senses at all and comes together nicely. This smells excellent!

Taste - Cloves/Figs along with toffee, grape, and other fruity notes. The yeasty notes are also a bit stronger here than in the smell along with the floral hops. To back it all up, there is a very sweet malty backbone present as well. I feel myself getting flushed drinking this. My only complaint is that while the flavor is excellent and complex, nothing really jumped out and grabbed me

Mouthfeel - It feels very light and creamy! The carbonation is also very easy on the mouth, so not only is it smooth, but very easy to drink.

Overall - For a beer that is complex in taste, it manages to come together very well. To top it all off, it goes down very easy as well! I'd recommend this to any craft beer lover, or to any beer lover in general!

Photo of billab914
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Westvleteren chalice. It poured a caramel brown color with a half inch of frothy head covering the top of the beer. lots of carbonation bubbles are visible rising from the bottom of the glass. Great lacing as I drank it as well.

The aroma has a rich, malty flavor to it with some notes of fig, raisin, caramel, candi sugar and a some earthy yeast spices. Very flavorful aroma to it with very nice range and balance to it.

The taste shows a little more of the yeast spices to it with a little bit of clove and nutmeg coming through. I get some more of the rich, maltiness to it with caramel and toffee coming out up front. In the finish I get a crisp fruitiness to it with some apple like flavors coming out. Nicely flavored and well balanced.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with carbonation being above average. Overall it was a very good beer and probably one of the best American versions of the style that I've had. Very flavorful and well balanced beer. This is probably one of if not the best Boulevard beer I've had so far.

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3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red with a brownish hue. Nice white head. Very sweet aroma of malt, brown sugar, and dark fruits (raisin, fig) paired with the yeast. Very sweet taste, as you'd expect from the style: raisin, figs, some brown sugar coated banana, some breadiness and alcohol. Medium bodied to this and active from the carbonation. A nice quad but its a style of beer that I generally find too sweet and this is no exception.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a lovely amber hue with a nice two finger tan head. Lacing is not heavy, but noticeable.

S - Huge malt notes with dates and prunes present.

T - Malt is very forward on the palette with a lot of fruit flavors (raisins, plums, prunes).

M - Great carbonation and coats the palette well.

O - A very approachable beer for the abv. I was drinking this easy. It's a find representation of a quad, IMO.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of yamar68
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle to snifter: What a brilliant color - a bright, glossy ruby with a finger and a half of off-white to tan head after an aggressive pour. Good lacing. Light, needlepoint beading. Nose is stuffed with delicious Belgian yeast. Soft citrus and pungent floral sweet bread. Refreshingly light and approachable for a quad. All the highlights of the nose carry through to the taste buds with the addition of a subtle licorice presence and clove. Really enjoy this beer, it’s far less invasive than most true Belgian quads but still complex and intriguing. The feel is appropriate. Overall, this is a unique take on the style, while still being true to its origins. Well done.

Photo of kawilliams81
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter. Best by 10/20/12.

A- Pours a dark copper with a 2" off-white head. Lacing clings in colonies to glass.

S- Sweet toasted malts, biscuit and bread, dark fruits and spices.

T- Lots of dark fruits, bready, toasted malts, and of course Belgian yeast.

M- Full body with high carbonation. The yeast and carbonation is as overwhelming as a lot of other quad's I have had.

O- Very good Quad. Had nice sweet malt, breadiness, and dark fruit without the dry, metallic yeast notes like some others have.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Lawl3ss
3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Chilled 750 ml C&C bottle poured into a Troegs stemmed tulip. Bottling date is misprinted and rather hard to read, but it appears to indicate July 7, 2011.

Look- Cloudy medium amber with a bit of sediment, despite my best efforts. Big (four+ fingers), craggy, sticky, foamy buttermilk-colored head. Actually, it looks quite a bit like whipped pancake batter. Clings to the sides, leaving a craggy bowl-like meniscus. No lacing once it finally settles, which is expected at this ABV.

Smell- Big fruits- strawberry, grape, apple cider, ripe banana, and bubblegum. Reminds me of gewürztraminer wine, in fact. Spicy/flowery yeast, some booze and strong toffee/caramel malt round it out. Alcohol/flowery character builds as the beer warms and the head falls, making it more boozy and perfume-like, but never too much so. Exceptional!

Taste- Bold flavor, mellow feel. Starts out with strong candied pears, treacle, and summer melon. Toffee, graham cracker, rye whiskey, and sassafras push through before transitioning to lemon zest, fresh crusty bread, and a bit of peppery alcohol. Aftertaste is akin to decent peach schnapps with the faintest hint of bitterness. There are more than a few subtle flavors here that I can't really pin down, but it's delicious and beautifully put together.

Mouthfeel- Full body, mild to moderate carb. Creamy feeling, silky smooth,. Mildly astringent towards the finish, alcohol is definitely present throughout but not offensive. Significant warming, surprisingly clean finish. Drinks like a dessert wine or liqueur.

Overall- Extraordinarily well balanced- not "too" anything, and goes down deceptively easily. There are plenty of big beers around, but it is rare to see one that showcases so many elements so well without seeming chaotic, and man, is it good! I'm planning on going out tomorrow to grab a bottle (or six) for uncorking down the road.

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Re-evaluated January 2015. Mediocre at best for a quad. Thin and harsh from a 12 oz bottle. I feel like this has suffered a lot since the brand changed ownership. Ratings adjusted.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,401 ratings.