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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
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2,184 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,184
Reviews: 684
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 147
Gots: 353 | FT: 10
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 jmerloni
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice orange, brown, cider color. Decent white head that laces decently.

S - White fruits. Grapes, raisins, peach, some citrus. Hops and breadiness, and a nice light malt backbone of candied fruit.

T - Great taste. Light and airy, filled with light fruits, somewhat yeasty but counterbalanced really well by the candied fruit maltiness.

M - Medium bodied, pretty dry. Carbonation is spot-on.

D - Would get this again. One of the best Quads I've had in a long time. Very impressed.

jmerloni, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of Ninjabrew
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby red with good lasting lacing.

Smell: Ok I gotta admit I was reading the other posts prior to this one and stumbled across one that nails the smell. It's Juicy Fruit Gum (with a slight alchol kick that it). Couldn't of said it better myself.

Taste: Pretty boozey put not too much and for a 10.5% not too bad. Otherwise I taste dark fruit and green apples. Very much on par with any Quad I've had from Belgium, in fact maybe better, although to be fair I like triples better than quads (by a mile).

Mouthfeel: Perfect for my liking, not as heavy as a Belgium quads often are.

Ninjabrew, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of crewfan16
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stella tuilip glass.

a- pours a ruby amber color with some big thick slightly off-white head that dies down fairly quickly. seems slightly light looking for a quad

s- dark fruit, lots of yeast and some caramel maltiness. smells just like a quad should

t- flavors follow the nose. dark rasin, lots of belgian yeast and some sweet. flavors are a bit light for the style and nothing terribly complex, but still tasty.

m- lots of carbonation, which is typical. nice creaminess. dry raisin finish.

overall, I think this is an average quad. Not terribly priced though at $9 a four-pack. dont know if i can find a better quad for less.

crewfan16, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Boulevard tulip; best by date of 7/27/13, so I'm thinking this is fairly fresh. Hazy copper colored body with a three-finger tan head. Looks good.

Sweet, dark fruit (more like plum than raisin) and Belgian spice notes from the yeast dominate the aroma. Maybe a touch of apricot.

I really like the flavor in this one. Great mix of the fruit flavors and the spicy notes from the yeast. A bit of plum and cherry on the fruit side, and the finish is almost a tannic bitterness that actually works well.

Medium mouthfeel with only a slight notice of the alcohol. Didn't expect a Quad this good from Boulevard, but the Smokestack series scores again.

FanofHefe, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy caSSino for giving me this one as he saw I had never ticked it. Thanks buddy! Served from bottle into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice. Poured red brown with a one finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, fruit, dark fruit, banana, and subtle sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, banana, dark fruit, sweet alcohol, and fig. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The complexity on this one was quite nice and kept me going back for more. My only gripe on this one was that the alcohol definitely let itself be known throughout. While this didn't kill the enjoyment of this brew by any means, I wish it would have been toned down just a touch and been replaced with more dark fruit notes. A definite must try.

thagr81us, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of climax
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Into my snifter I pour a 12 oz, figured if I like it I'll dive in and pay the premium for a bomber. It pours a bright reddish brown hue with vibrant ruby highlights. The head is impressive, as is the retention.

I get a lot of wood tones initially in the aroma. Leafy hop aromas balance out modest caramel, clove, plum, brown sugar, and alcohol.

All the flavors within the taste are perfectly proportioned and balanced, but I just don't get a very complex blend. The aftertaste is mighty clean with a dash of plum and floral remnants.

The carbonation is a punch to the temple, initially fizzy and begins to take a more cottony feel as the sip progresses. The underlying body is smooth, but paired with that carbonation it's like sacrificing ride comfort by putting 24" rims on your Buick. The finish is slightly dry with some alcoholic warmth, but it's cleaner than your grandma's kitchen, good marks for that.

I'll stick the the original kings of quads here, the Belgians make a better quad. This is, however, a very clean and easy to drink cheaper alternative.

climax, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of WanderingFool
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sixth Glass pours a clear copper color with a big off white head on top. the foam dissolves quickly to a sheet on the beer, leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is sweet with notes of caramel, alcohol and dark fruit.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, oily with mild carbonation. The flavor is sweet and malty. Caramel malt, candy sugar, ripe fruit (red grape) dominate the flavor. Notes of bread and clove are also present. It finishes with a medicinal alcohol flavor. Once gone the sweet caramel and candy sugar lingers on the palate.

This is an easy drinking beer with a descent flavor. Could use more bitterness to balance out the sweetness.

WanderingFool, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of lancecenter
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful copper brown color, huge tan head that sticks around. Good lacing

S - Malt, caramel, and a bit of metal

T - Malt, rasins, apple, bread, carmel, and a small hint of alcohol. Such complexities!

M - Creamy mouthfeel, typical of the style

O - A pleasant surprise. I was not expecting something this amazing from a $9 bottle. Very, very drinkable. Not sure if it gets much better than this.

lancecenter, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of heysuz
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Intro: 750ml in a tulip glass

Appearance: Abundant (Phenomenal) light tan head that lasts with a reddish nutmeg colored body and good carbonation.

Smell: Sour fruity aroma like citrus, not as rich or layered as some quads, more simple.

Taste: Burnt citrus flavor with a slight aftertaste that lingers. Some sharpness and almost bitter notes on the front end, but better flavor on the back side of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Strong alcohol in the mouth along with a citrus burn.

Overall: Some of the sharp citrus mellows as it warms, but begins to taste rather flat. Really good appearance but lacking in the taste department.

heysuz, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Always searching for the great American Quad.

A - This is a really deep, ruby red beer. Not quite what I was expecting, but very pretty. Big, creamy head that left some minor stick on the sides.

S - Dark fruit, yeast, some brown sugar. Straight forward.

T - Somehow it reminds me of cardboard. They yeast and dark fruits are very present, as well as the brown sugar. Decent alcohol burn.

M - Full bodied, carbonation that kind of bites the tongue.

O - It's not bad, something about the taste didn't leave my mouth right. Tasted a bit artificial and harsh. Not a bad beer though, but not great.

AgentZero, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of rudzud
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep, ruddy, almost garnet hue that is slightly crystal with a thick, creamy head that fades to leave light haloing.

S - Sweet carmel malts and dark fruits and belgian yeasts.

T - The same, a bit amped up. Lots and lots of sweet malts. Alot sweeter than most quads I'm used to. There are more dark fruits, with a slight metallic finish.

M - Qutie sticky sweet. Its not cloy, just sweet and relatively heavy.

O - I thought this was a good beer, unsure if I'd buy it again, but it is nice.

rudzud, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to have tried this in Dallas! Commerical description reads: "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..."
Poured in a snifter glass. Shows a deep copper color with a smallish tightly bubbled white head that shows moderate retention. Smells of brown sugar and candied dark fruits mostly with a hint of pepper and spicy yeast. Taste is sweet candied fruit and brown sugar mixed with a bit of pepper, yeast, and ethanol goodness. Medium to thick body, spirited level of carbonation, sweet bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, finally a solid American Quad I can relate to well!

CuriousMonk, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: pours a very thick mahogany to cherry red that is warming just to look at, pours with two fingers of very frothy and creamy head that is a gentle tan and lingers for a bit, leaves little to no lacing on the glass
S: interesting scent, a sweetness of cherries with something quite reminiscent of tobasco sauce underneath
T: wow, begins simple and typical enough but then, my god do the cherries kick in, i mean pure fresh cherry taste as if i was eating them just now, i had to check to make sure there wasnt a pit in the glass just to be sure, backs out a bit sour but nicely enough
M: medium carbonation off the bat, sits nice and thick through the middle and leaves with just the slightest alcohol tinge just to remind you that it is 10.5%
O: this was a reall incredible brew, im a big fan of this style and i think this one is a homerun, my biggest concern is that this one might gave just passed ommegang three philosophers which has a particularlly important place in my heart, great style, great brew, well done

BigPlay1824, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of OldIronLungs
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up an extra bottle to cellar so I'm cracking one with about year on it.

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip an amber with a hint of garnet - a frothy light tan head slowly deflates - very nice given the abv.

The nose is slightly estery with sweet grain and a hint of darker fruits.

Dry caramel at first, followed by creamy fruits, raisins, plum, some light spice, and a touch of bubblegum alcohol and toastiness in the finish.

Tingly carbonation and a thin/medium body.

I enjoyed this beer much more the first time I had it - it seems much thinner than I remember - I think quad I think syrupy fruits. Definitely some of my all-time favorite bottle art, though.

OldIronLungs, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)
from a 12 oz. bottle
best before 04/12/13
A- The dense hazy glowing brown body has a hint of cranberry brown hue at the base. There are microbubbles racing up the side of the glass to support a thick foam that fizzes and last as a rocky caramel color.

S- The caramel malt blends with a canned mixed fruit nose that is more estery than hoppy, and a very light permanent marker fusel hint that comes through as the beer warms. There is lots of subtle yeasty character the is fills the background.

T- The dry caramel flavor has a slight metallic quality about it and some wheat bread crust character follows. There is a finish that hints at canned mixed fruit in syrup and a caramel apple hint that lingers.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a prick of fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has some nice fruit estery flavors with some good caramel character but there is a brassy wheatwine bite that just doesn't taste right. I'm hoping age will help this mellow as I think it is close to being a great beer but now I just think it is a bit odd.

rhoadsrage, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep amber hue, some slight cloudyness and a humongous head bring this beer as a feast for the eyes. Smells of sweet yeats, spent grain, lemons and grapefruits hit the nose. A palate is built of belgian candy, belgian yeast, andblack spicy pepper. But unfortunately the spicy alcohol seems to dominate an otherwise fantastic quad. Medium body, very warm, and a heavily carbonated brew gives the mouth a lt to take are of. I like it, I would have it again, most likely split with a buddy.

JoeAmerican77, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, dark amber color with less than one finger of cinnamon-tinted foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mixed fruit is very fermented, with minor bright notes that stand out against more numerous dark angles. Malt is transformed from mere grain, still transmitting a trace of caramel but otherwise understated. Alcohol is present as a refined spirituous layer.

T: Begins sweet, with ripe dark fruit that seems best compared to cherries and dried figs. Phenolic spice emerges prior to the middle, lending a focused clove quality. Acidity is just a notch above mild which helps to keep flavors from becoming heavy on the palate. Fermented grain distinguishes itself during the middle, more honest and identifiable than the smell would suggest; balanced. Bubble gum esters also develop before the finish that is slightly toasty due to the malt influences from the middle, with a return of dynamic fruit (more apple) and a whiff of nutmeg. Alcohol flavor does not stand out, instead adding integration with an appropriate spirituousness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly warming on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This American-brewed quadrupel hits a number of authentic notes proficiently, yet it is only really comforting and enjoyable in the finish. However, late flavors leave a strong impression, making it become more compelling as the glass is emptied. It volunteers for duty against complex spicy food, such as Indian, which is consistent for abbey-style strong ales.

beagle75, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dome-like head is formed within seconds of the initial pour. Cloudy and amber in color. Starts with ring lace that slides down the glass wall.

A touch more earthy than the Tripel, but it has the classic Belgian Quad smell. Muted.

This comes across like a beer that has been blended with a aperitif, like a cognac. The swallow is of white pepper. Very high carbonation while the body is nearly oily. Alcohol is also strong, leaving warmth in the belly.

smcolw, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of amphion1065
2.08/5  rDev -50%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

After an "Old Man and the Sea"-esque struggle, I was finally able to uncork this sucker. Pours ruby, magenta, and it's nearly translucent. 1.5-finger tan head that really lasted, with a creamy consistency. Nice lacing.

Dark fruits in the aroma, with some toffee and brown sugar as well. There's a definitive sour twang as well, with a tart cherry-like smell that becomes more evident as it warms. I'll be damned, but this almost smells like super generic, bottom-of-the-barrel duck sauce, saccharine sweet with a touch of citrus. There's also a slight metallic note at work, though it's not terrible

The taste is very bready, with a ton of biscuit malt. The dark fruits from the aroma come into play, but that bread character totally overwhelms them. Astringent bitterness in the finish, this isn't nearly as sweet as the aroma. Worst of all, there's a tinny, metallic taste that's terribly off-putting.

Mouthfeel is a little overcarbonated, and could stand to be toned down. For a beer this big, it's quite thin.

Given that St. Bernardus is roughly the same price, this is quite a tough sell. An inferior quad, and an unfortunate miss from Boulevard.

amphion1065, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of kevanb
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, poured into a tulip.

A recommendation from a friend who owns a local craft beer shop in Chicago and it does not disappoint. Pours a lovely brown color with hints of amber and copper shining through, super hazy, with 1 finger of off white head that never seems to go away. Raisins, plums, malts and yeast great the nose in perfect harmony. The alcohol is present even before it hits your tongue with a warming sensation then hits your tongue with a wonderful blend of flavors. Dark fruits, strong malts with a hint of grain combine with a sweet alcoholic finish to make this one really tasty, complex yet extremely approachable. It doesn’t hide anything, rather just places each flavor in great balance.

Verdict: Really top notch Belgian Quad. This is my first beer from Boulevard and it will certainly be a place to remember. One of the best American quads I’ve had and rivals many that come from Belgium.

kevanb, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark orange with a decent head. No true lace.

Big juicy fruit and browned bread crust, some yeast and candied spices in the nose.

Big, sugary, boozy, spicy, fruitiness up front. Some hop bitterness to help balance things out. Candied sugar, yeast, toasted malt, and alcohol all meld wonderfully.

Full bodied and chewy. A mouth coater. Wonderful to drink, but the alcohol will bite you. A great version of the style.

OtherShoe2, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of johnnnniee
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a smallish tightly bubbled white head that shows moderate retention. Smells of brown sugar and candied dark fruits mostly with a hint of pepper and spicy yeast. Taste is sweet candied fruit and brown sugar mixed with a bit of pepper, yeast, and ethanol. Medium to thick body, spirited level of carbonation, sweet bubbly mouthfeel. I liked this a lot, it smells and tastes wonderful. That said, I would have like it a bit lighter on the carbonation.

johnnnniee, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange/brown color, lighter at the bottom and darker at the top. There is a small tan colored head on top, but it is gone rather quickly and leaves behind sparse lacing.

S: Lots of dark fruits - raisins and grapes are the dominant aromas, as well as some Belgian yeast and spices. There is a bit of candy sweetness as well.

T: The candy/sugary aromas come out in the flavor right away. They are mixed with some deep, dark fruits - again mostly raisins and grapes, but also some fig and plum. Some dark caramel and slight toffee flavors come through on the back end.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks smooth with a bit of a creamy body.

O: A solid quad, very drinkable for the style, but it is certainly a beer you could open up and drink throughout the night as well.

mdaschaf, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of cbutova
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- 12oz bottle poured into my Chimay goblet and a brown body. A large creamy off white head forms and retains very well, foams up above the glass about 2 fingers. Spotty lace around the glass.

S- Strong aroma of fruit, banana, raisin, dark sugar and yeast spice.

T- Right away I notice a strong abrasive flavor of alcohol and bitterness, intense. Also dark fruit, raisin, brown sugar, apple, white grape, bread and yeast spice. Slight metallic as well.

MF- Fizzy, highly carbonated body. Ends warm from the alcohol and bitter as well.

Kind of starts off a bit harsh but ends up balancing out decently with warmth. I think it is a bit alcohol heavy and somewhat medicinal, although not enough to call it a wasted effort.

cbutova, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of NEhophead
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

25.4 fl oz brown champagne bottle, caged & corked. Batch # 611175, best before 06/2013.

Served in a tulip.

Rustic copper in color with a mahogany hue. Carbonation-filled off-white head that fades to a broken sheet after a moment. A few traces of spotted lacing, but not much strength.

Aged, vinous fruit aromas, especially fig and plum. The aroma boasts a hefty dose of Belgian candy sweetness that is only mildly subdued by a brief must. The alcohol presence is bland, yet intense; similar to a cheap whiskey.

Intensely sweet from the onset. The sweetness is primarily comprised of vanilla and Belgian candy sugar. Fig, raisin, plum with very mild notes of orange peel. The alcohol presence is bulky and flat; rubbing alcohol. An intense amount of carbonation cuts the sweetness and allows a stiff, toasted out aftertaste.

Full bodied; a pretty intense level of carbonation, but in line for the style. Spots of slickness on account of the alcohol presence.

A pretty big Quadrupel with some refinement issues.

NEhophead, Sep 22, 2011
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,184 ratings.