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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

2,093 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 deebo
2.75/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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 -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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 -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of Khazadum
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pretty good looking caramel apple body. That burgundy, maroon expected with microscopic bubbles flowing here and there occasionally recharging the flotilla of tan, almost off-white cream, tobacco smoke stained wall head. Its fluffy for the most part with a few cream centers. Leaves a nice ring of lacing as I begin imbibing. Absolutely intense retention time with smooth lacing makes me a happy camper.

S- Strong smells of apples, berry fruits, belgian candied sugars. Some nice earthy spices come forth that I wasn't expecting at all. Its almost like baking spices on top of apple pie. Like a perfectly balanced liquid pie. With crumble crust and topping and all. The bready background does wonders for this beer.

T- The flavors don't blend as amazingly, unfortunately. Opens with some very sweet candied sugars bursting forth. This is followed immediately by a fruit phenol/ester body that reminds me of apperry. A nice mixture of apple with some berry hints. Some ethanol hints in the middle to back end, but it flows to a finish that is very clean. Leftover remnants of some biscuit flavors and belgian sugars once again.

M- Full bodied, smooth, crisp in the back end. Lingering of the sweetness burns out quickly leaving that relatively clean feeling. Never a complaint about the alcohol... sometimes it shows up as heat in the back of my palate, but not consistently.

D- Unbelievably sweet. Like ZERO bittering agents come forth to combat the sweet factors on this beer. It really starts to detract on the drinkability here with such overwhelming sweetness. Some quads I feel I can drink a gallon, some I feel a glass is too much. This is almost in that glass is too much category. It opens amazing, but it starts to build into something rancid. Least the super high alcohol is well placed.

Khazadum, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of DAllspaw
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep ruby with tremendous off white head, more like Boulevard's stellar saison - an exceptional beer in it's own right.


Taste is rich, raisins, molasses figs and just the right amount of sweetness with alcohol finish. Really great quad. Smokestack series doesn't disappoint.

Will definitely buy again.

DAllspaw, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of hattingc
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very nice glass full of darker ale with a lite hint of malt and fruit. The smell gives you the feeling it wil be a very fruit ale, but it is not overwhelming. I split the bottle and it might get a little sweet after a whole bottle. Overall it is a great pour...

hattingc, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of JuddRogers
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely dark amber with piles of head in my tulip glass.
Nothing loud in the nose -- various beery notes you'd expect from a Belgian style beer.
Tastes of dark fruit and dark bread. Lots of caramel.
Way big on the alcohol. Drink this one at home. :-)

I'd buy this again. Might share with my no-hop friends.

JuddRogers, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of pmlondrigan
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice looking beer, although a little light four the style. I expect deep mahagony and get deep amber. Nice carb, nice lacing, great retention. Aroma is full of phenol, peppery, and spices. Faint roastyness and raisin, but why less than usual. Flavor is spicy and peppery. There is some chewy malt and deep flavor, but I am missing the deep dried fruit flavors I'm acustomed to. Plainly put feels more like a saison, dry, attenuated but well carbed. Yeah its quafable, but I'm not so sure a quad should be. I think its a tasty beer but suffers from poor yeast selection.

pmlondrigan, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of Sideswipe
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a box from palmej1 awhile back. Thanks Jacob! Poured from a 750 into my Delerium tulip.

The pour yeilds a two inch head of small tight bubbles which recedes slowly. No lacing to speak of. The beer is a cloudy red mahogany color.

Smells of dark fruit and sweet bready malt. Pretty standard for a quad.

Taste starts out with notes of fig, banana and spice, nice. Strong alcohol asserts it's presence midway and really takes away from the sweet malty goodness that this beer could be.

Mouthfeel is good with moderate carbonation and a somewhat creamy texture.

Drinkability takes a hit for the alcohol heat. This is a beast of a quad and there is no mistaking it based on the prevalence of the 10.5% ABV.

Not a bad beer, but has the potential to be so much better. Glad I got to try this one.

Sideswipe, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of pdoran10
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a light amber color with two fingers of white head. Not much lacing. Lots of light passing through this beer for a quad :)

Smell is dark fruit, candied bread, hint of alcohol heat sweetness comes through.

taste is sweet plum, fusel alcohol heat, banana, nutmeg. Complex, but hot missing a smoothness in flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, with high carbonation. Dry and crisp.

Drinkable in a sense, but a bit too much alcohol heat. Not as bad at many American breweries' attempts at a quad when it comes to this though.

pdoran10, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of Onenote81
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Awesome bonus bottle procured from gwguest recently. Thanks!

12oz bottle, best by 9/23/12 printed on side. Poured into a pint glass. I wanted to pour into a better glass, but this was all that was available at the time, and I was craving some Quad.

[First off, as I was carefully prying the cap off of this beer (so as to get it off clean for cap-keepsake), the bottle slipped and dropped about 2 feet to the hard floor - bounced, and landed safely on its side. Whew! It fizzled all over, but it didn't break. Good sturdy bottle.]

I then poured this into my glass, and it yielded a dark, slightly murky, mahogany with a thick 2-finger beige head. This retained well enough, and even left bits of lace clinging to the glass. The aroma is sharp with big scents of plum, strawberry, booze, and faint banana. Light spiciness noted as well. This aroma is quite full.

The mouthfeel is slightly heavy, and oddly spritzy. The carbonation could stand to get knocked down a peg or two. A bit harsh on the finish. Good full flavors. The booze is noted at the first sip, but either I'm getting used to it, or it wears off on subsequent sips. This is followed by dark fruits, mild candy-like sweetness, and yeast on the finish. This was a pleasant sipper, but certain aspects could be tweaked IMO. Not the best Quad out there, but a good one no-less.

Onenote81, Jan 21, 2011
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,093 ratings.