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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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2,348 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,348
Reviews: 719
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 168
Gots: 456 | 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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Photo of auroracrisis
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz into a snifter, dated best before 07/27/13

Pours a rich amber orange with a small head that doesn't stick around. Ring of foam around the edges, pretty clear in the body for the style.

Dark candied fruits like cherries, plum, and figs greet you with a touch of alcohol. Continues with the sweet, almost syrupy like aroma.

More candied fruits and booze. Figs, dates, and cherries. Warming as well, with some cake-like flavors in there too.

Chewy with warming alcohol. Minimal carbonation.

Very sweet, candied dark fruit with alcohol. Not subtle or complex, but not bad.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of silentjay
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml poured into an Ommegang goblet.

pours lighter than expected (a murky light brown) with a nice beach sand colored head that sticks at one finger and laces well.

lots of dark fruits on the aroma. raisin, dates, figs, as well as some stone fruit and banana.definite bready malt/yeast combination that reminds me of fruit cake. pretty on par for the style, and nice.

definite raisin flavor, and more of that fruit cake essence. plenty of banana, figs, and maybe some cherry, plum and pluot. bready malts and a bit of spicy yeast flavors. slight spiced rum-like alcohol warmth.

velvety smooth, but not quite as much so as the imported Belgians. a bit of an alcohol heat on the finish, but thats expected and welcomed in this style.

I like it. one of the better domestic versions of this revered style and a pretty decent value overall. I'd visit this one again.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of cooler4life
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a monstrous three finger fluffy off-white head that settles very slowly. In my Duvel tulip, the carbonation is like an ocean vent billowing its bubbles skyward. Color is a clear amber brown. Lacing and retention are moderate.

S: Relatively sweet with touches of plum, holiday bread, and molasses.

T: Fruity, banana, yeast, caramel, oak and cherry. Has a great spicy kick at the end. The 10.5% ABV is nowhere to be found.

M: Sudsy and perfect amount of carbonation to keep the palate invigorated and not overwhelmed. Very smooth.

O: One of my "go to" Quads. Drinkability is excellent and it is very versatile whether paired with food or just smooth sippin'.

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4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml Bottle poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

Pours a deep amber-highlighted mahogany color with an inch of pillowy beige head that quickly disappears.
The aroma has lots of sweet and syrupy candi sugar characteristics as well as some bready malt, raisins and green apples.
The taste starts off with cherries, candied dates and figs upfront followed by a strong caramelized sugar malt backbone. There’s also a subtle and spicy yeast flavor in the background along with an assertive alcohol presence.
The body is silky smooth with active carbonation ( maybe a little bit to much carbonation , but thats the only - point ) and a dry, malty finish.
Overall, this is a GOOD quad , a rich and potent Quad that should definitely be split between two people.

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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear dark copper with three fingers of khaki head that fades into a dense cap with good lacing

S: lots of bubblegum and dark fruits with light spice notes.

T: similar to the aroma, lots of bubblegum and candy sugar notes. Some dark fruit notes with a clean, yeasty finish.

M: medium-light body with high carbonation,, this beer is quite dry and crisp. Great attenuation, especially for an American quad.

O: a surprisingly good American quad. It's a bit light in color and lacks some comexity, but they nail the attenuation for a dangerously drinkable beer.

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4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

i'm waitin for my wife to come home so we can go out to dinner so i figured i'd pop one of these babys - my niece/nephew from boston brought it down to me for christmas - i figured its brewed in missouri so how good can it really be
what caught my eye was the alcohol content - like 10.5%
i had no IDEA what kind of brew it was based on the label
turns out its some sort of belgian ale, comparable to the best of ommegang and stella artois
the captain strongly recommends this in MODERATION

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

Pours a dark amber color with a good sized off-white head, fades at a decent rate, no lacing on the chalice.

Smell is caramel malt with a peppery spiciness, picking up a hint of banana, a slight presence of alcohol in the nose.

Taste starts out with a peppery spice kick which is melded with caramel malt and some candied sugar, bit of banana in the aftertaste, carbonation is on the high side and is a bit distracting but is typical for a Quad, alcohol is very well hidden.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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1/5  rDev -76%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You might think I'm partial just because I'm a KC guy, but when I first had this ale I didn't know I was trying either a quad or a beer from Boulevard. My first sip woke me from my general malaise and had me hooked for life, rekindling childhood memories of experiencing my first oreo cookie dipped in milk. I thought I had accidentally opened a St Bernardus 12, but after a quick check it was just something "random" my friend handed me from his dad's liquor store in KC.

I asked for a second one, and noted a dark muddy orangish mahogany pour with a nice foamy head that stuck to the glass and eventually slipped back down into the glass. The smell was complex and strong, with hints of everything from dark fruit to pear. It was too aromatic for me to figure out if it was heavier on the dark or light fruit side, but the smell of Belgian sugar was evident.

The taste leads is prevalently that of darker fruit including raisons and plum, but the sweetness on the finish is nice and balances out the alcohol well. The beer is incredibly smooth and I like the extra carbonation that beers like St Bernardus 12 seem to lack.

I wish I could find this stuff anywhere, because it's excellent... an improvement on most authentic Belgian quads!

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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