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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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1,934 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,934
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 126
Gots: 271 | FT: 12
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 froghop


3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown with a ruby tint, a very large head, and good lacing.

smell is of dark fruit, malt, oatmeal, a bit of cocoa, and burnt caramel.

taste is smooth, malty, some cocoa, some dark fruit, and brown sugar, ends smooth and a little bitter.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 02:50:01 | More by froghop
Photo of jacobseyb


4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A=pours a deep ruby with ample off white head

S=nice smell of spice, bananas, and alcohol, some maltiness

T=very nice balance with malts up front and finishes with spicy aftertaste and alcohol

M=very tight carbonation that tickles, and warms

D=good, enjoyable beer alcohol hinders drinkability not because of taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 03:15:59 | More by jacobseyb
Photo of alexgash


4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Batch number: 68044.

A loud pop and a hissing pour reveal a hazy, glowing amber with ruby edges. Big, rocky, towering, light khaki head that sticks to the sides of the glass nicely. Nose shows off sweet candy sugar, dark tropical fruits, raisins, a hint of bubble gum, and some yeasty sweet bread.

Toasted malts and singed banana bread up front. Sweet tropical fruits and bananas follow. Layers of plums, pears, and raisins come in, with hints of toffee, and coconut rum. Yeasty, with lingering ripe banana and toffee in the finish. Warming. Full-bodied, with a thick, smooth feel. Delicious and very well done!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 00:47:26 | More by alexgash
Photo of dankbrew21


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml Smoke Stack Series

Appearance- Ruby brown color. Pours a big, off white, head. Fair retention. The tiny bubbles in the head are almost all symetrcal and perfectly stacked until it reaches the top of the glass where they are more spread out and vary in size.

Smell- Banana nut, sweet malts, some cinnamon, raisin, & slight cherry.

Taste- Awesome! Strong banana flavor. I almost get, like, a tinny taste. Alcohol is well present but still pleasant! It opens the nostrils and massages the back of the throat. Kind of a biter (not so smooth), maybe it's the alcohol. I think this beer is very similar to the Koenings Hoeven Quad., which I just had yesterday. This beer, however, has a much stronger alcohol presence, considering it's only .5% higher than Koenings. Both use a heavy banana dose. Wow! Halfway down the first glass and I am already feeling a warm buzzz.

Drinkability- Medium drinkability, although I am sipping on this awful fast so I can keep enjoying the taste.

Notes: Great beer!! I think Boulevard should make more extremebeers like this and their double-wide. I do like their pale ale a lot too. Cheers Boulevard! Well done!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 22:15:17 | More by dankbrew21
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into goblet.

A. Big 3 finger thick head when poured. Amber/Brown Burgundy color.

S. Sweet,spicy, subtle fruit notes, alcohol smell.

T. Spicey peppery taste, caramel malt sweetness, yeast, alcohol aftertaste.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

D. Less complexity than other Quads. Overall a pretty good beer. In my location this an a easily accessible beer, and one I grab often.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 02:26:32 | More by siradmiralnelson
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3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle I got from hopsleeroy in a past trade. Now is the time to enjoy this baby. Served this guy up in a tulip glass.

A: This guy had a huge pop on the uncorking and has a nice smoke rolling out of the bottle. Has a really nice hazy brown going on here. The haze is very wheat beer in appearance. That hazy brown has a more amber look with a touch of orange as it is held to the light. The pour got me a good three fingers of head that seems to be pretty darned tight and thick and has a really crisp white appearance. Lace is loose and doesn't have too much stick as it slowly slides back in to the glass further keeping the retention in tact. Good looking brew.

S: Smell is not really kickin as much as I was expecting. It does have a pretty light and balanced. Getting some nice and sweet Belgian characters coming through with the yeast and malts. There is a slight candy sweetness going on here. It does actually have a lot of caramel malt in here along with a touch of clove honey. Smells pretty good but its pretty muted.

T: Taste pretty much mirrors the nose. Getting that Belgian yeast quality coming out really nice with all that malt in here. Getting a good amount caramel and clove honey in here as well. This is sweet but not too crazy. There is a touch of wheat in here that is really cutting it a bit with some grainy goodness. There is a good amount of bready goodness in here that really works with that wheat goodness. There is a slight touch of raisin and tart cherry in here as well. Slight touch of spicy rum on the finish. Pretty tasty.

M: Nice medium feel that has a decent amount of weight to it. Nice and somewhat oily and slick feel going on here. The carbonation is medium as well that really keeps this decently crisp but doesn't take away from the nice feel. Has a somewhat drying quality that makes the next sip a must. ABV is nicely tame but still present. Aftertaste is mostly just some nice malt and a touch of that spicy rum I mentioned.

D: This bottle is not going to be an issue at all thanks to that feel. This SOB is going down nice and easy, not sitting heavily at all. ABV doesn't appear to be an issue in feel or taste, but I could see it catching up with you. I see this an easy kill on the 750 but not need to push it beyond there. Absolutely easy to kill 2 or 3 glasses though. A solid brew all around and really was a treat as my first Boulevard brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 03:40:13 | More by everetends
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy russet color with a billowy head that fades rather quickly but leaves more than a few dots of lace behind

Smell: Caramel spicecake, with rum-soaked raisins, figs, candi sugar and a lot of phenols

Taste: Caramel spicecake up front, with a peppery blend of candi sugar, fig, raisins and apples; after the swallow, the alcohol takes over, bringing a fair amount of phenols in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with buoyant carbonation; lots of warmth in the gullet after the swallow

Drinkability: Reminds me a bit of the Westvleteren 12 and that is high praise, although that beer and this are a bit too sweet and alcoholic to be particularly drinkable

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 23:11:11 | More by brentk56
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3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from 22oz bottle.

A- nice deep brown with a heavy cloudiness to it. Good head, stayed a while at first and faded to a nice thick rim. The carbonation was not overpowering at all and was pretty consistent as I sipped on it.

S- malt, raisin, fig. Didn't show through extremely well, I had to try a little harder than I expected to find them, but they were appealing.

T- The richness of the malts comes through here. A nice combination of dark fruits and concentrated flavors.

M- Pretty filling. Flavors were well concetrated which left some light lingering finish. A good balance of alcohol came in toward the finish too, which I actually found to be a pleasant addition.

D- I would be happy to drink this again, but not if I had to go far out of my way to get it.

Perhaps I didn't enjoy it as much as I would have in the middle of the winter or in front of a fire... I will try it again next december and let you all know. :-)

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 03:28:30 | More by TPatuto
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3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky brown with a huge porous head. The beer clears up by the end of the glass. Light lacing.

S: Fruity, yeasty aromas with a bit of bananas and phenols.

T: Slightly sugary with a musty tropical fruit taste and a bit of rubber. A mild alcohol presence.

M: Full-bodied with medium-high carbonation. Dry and clean in the finish.

D: Pretty decent, but this one fails to impress me. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 12:40:33 | More by klewis
Photo of Kromes


4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown with a beige colored head. I liked the aromas in this beer, there was a caramel, sweet raisin, and fruity aroma. This has a very strong flavor that to me was dominated at first by a sweet alcohol flavor. The caramel, brown sugar and raisin flavors show up in the middle and then there is a nice warm alcohol finish. I was surprised at how much brown sugar there was in the taste. It really went well with the raisin flavors. I had this with some apple cobbler, so that might have really brought out some of those flavors as well. Really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 22:45:00 | More by Kromes
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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a chalice.

Pours a murky leather color with a small head that dissipates immediately and leaves sticky lacing if it's not absorbed by the legs.

Aroma is sweet malt and candy sugar. Sweet cotton candy aroma. Thick cream and booze, like sweetened condensed milk and malt. Slightly funky and fruity yeast aromas, dusty and hearty.

Flavor is raisins and rum up front. Booze and dates with burnt brown sugar and molasses. Estery alcohol is very present on the middle, which is understandable with this style. Finishes crackery and bready, like a meal in a bottle. Bittering presence isn't well represented in this beer, the malt would probably overpower any hops in the boil anyway.

Mouthfeel is pretty slick, oily and stinging from the alcohol. Creamy and full, there is a substance here.

ABV is hidden well for as high as it is. Let's be honest, you can't hide 10 1/2 easily and this beer does it, very well attenuated. The only thing that would make this beer better is a bittering presence. Maybe some dry hopping, but the style doesn't call for it.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 01:39:17 | More by wheatyweiss
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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Garnet with nice clarity and mild carbonation. Soapy red tinted head starts out strong and has average retention. Leaves spots of lace.

S: Spicy and vinous. Starts out with a strong aroma of coriander and clove. Cherries and grapes sit in the background, backed up by a mild alcohol presence. Slightly musty.

T: Very wine like out of the gate. Dark fruits dominate initially with a heavy cherry note that's helped along by raisins and raspberries. A spicy clove bitterness comes on to provide balance. Alcohol in the finish adds warmth and combines with the cherry flavor to create a mild, but not unpleasant medicinal spike.

M: Medium-heavy body is sticky and syrupy. Carbonation is right on target.

D: I really liked this beer. A very well done Quad that I'm glad I picked up. A perfect accompaniment to the snowy evening I drank it on.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 03:02:05 | More by Rayek
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3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch S8312 in caged and corked 750ML bottle.

This pours a clear deep red with a 2w finger head of foam that starts to shrink quickly.

The smell is roasty and caramel malt sweet and has a fruity tartness to it. Maybe even a little Brett? Strange smell for the style but when I add up the components, it's pleasing my nosebuds. It actually smells more like a Saison to me.

The taste is a nice mix of caramel malt sweetness and fruity tartness with a heaping helping of pepper and a light funkiness or maybe it's more of an earthy flavour. There's also a pronounced bitterness here that I feel is out of place for the style. This is also pretty "hot" as the alcohol is more than just noticeable; lots of warming during and after the swallow.

The mouthfeel is on the upper side of medium, the carbonation is medium, and it finishes with a tartness and spicy pepper kick that does slow me down. I think the pepper here is overdone...

Drinkability? Lots of goodness to this brew but...the alcohol and pepper overkill in the taste just doesn't make it all that drinkable. This will be a tough brew to rate, me thinks. I'm certainly glad I tried it though.

Btw, head retention is very good as is the lacing.

As a side note, what is up with the batch numbers???? I have no clue! I see most saying it starts off with a 6 but my bottle looks more like an S. BM me if you have any insight, please.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 23:28:43 | More by Bitterbill
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Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with some notes of peppery yeast with light dry fruit. Taste is also a mix between some candi sugar and peppery spicy yeast with some subtle notes of dry fruits. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well made but lacking the candy and dry fruits component s that characterize that style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 02:42:49 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark brown color and a lighter copper color along the edges of the glass. 1/2 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, some subdued tart malt, slight alcohol, and some fruity aromas. Fits the style of a Quadrupel. Mouth feel is very smooth and slightly chewy. There is an average carbonation level. Tastes of tart malt, fruit, then sweet malt, there is noticeable alcohol throughout but not too over-powering, and finishes with some tartness. There isn't any dryness, which I really enjoyed and the higher ABV is deceptively hidden by the overall smoothness. Pretty good beer, but of the Smokestack I still pick the Double Wide IPA as the best.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 03:54:18 | More by Tone
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3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 68100.

Pours a hazy deep amber. A thick frothy tan head gently falls to a thin cap. Plentiful carbonation is apparent in loads of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. No lace.
Aroma is moderate to heavy. Sweet, dark. Lightly floral, banana, spicy and slightly alcoholic.
Taste is sweet with prominent alcohol. Lots of spice, light bread note. A light bitterness comes through to be overpowered by spice and slightly sticky malt in the finish.
Fairly light body and dry, with alcoholic astringency and warmth.

The alcohol is overwhelming while cool, but even when it warms I wish the alcohol was a bit less forward. More retention on the head would help but overall, nicely complex and enjoyable, a very nice sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 20:16:44 | More by goatgoat
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South Dakota

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep cloudy red color, with thick large orange cloudy head that disappears quickly. Some lacing on my glass, not a ton.

I can't quite tell what I'm smelling, smells fruity and ripe, spicy. Cherry is evident.

Tastes of bitter fruitiness, hops, cherry again.

Feels very full in my mouth, dancing off of my toungue and filling every gap.

Overall it is a pretty good beer, it will take me awhile to finish it, as it is drinking very thick. Not so sure I would buy it again, it is a little too bitter for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 23:17:03 | More by beerdavis
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3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 8 Mar 2009. Batch 68100.

Poured in a 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Huge orange swiss cheese looking head. Medium carbonation. Clear mahogany color. Aroma is sweet and tart, brown sugar, ethanol, raisins, dried cherries. Initial taste of tart cherries, then lots of caramel malt, raisins, ethanol. Lots of rum and dried fruit. Finish is tart with strong ethanol burn in the aftertaste. 4

Would probably improve with some age. Would have probably had a higher score if had not been preceded by the Westy 12...

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 04:47:49 | More by htomsirveaux
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3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle $7.98. Nice red-brown, not quite transparent or opaque. The head died a swift death so there is not much to comment on there. The aroma was like a fresh cut apple, cinnamon, and pepper, nice. The flavor was a little hot with more cinnamon, alcohol and fruity flavors. This was incredibly easy to drink despite the high ABV and it was quite an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 16:27:16 | More by ArrogantB
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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown color with a fizzy off white head.

Scent of dark fruits, yeast, candi sugar, a hint of alcohol, and bready malts. Balanced well for the strength, a nice representation of the style.

Taste of candi sugar, caramel, dark fruit, yeast, leather, chocolate, and a hint of alcohol. Finishes dry with tobacco and leather flavors. Excellent, complex and balanced, could compete with authentic Trappist Quads.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very lively carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 03:44:25 | More by paco1029384756
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stemless red wine glass. Shared with a friend.

A-Hazed dark orange-copper beer, topped with a tan-brown hea, huge and cloudy. Head reduced uniformly to a thick layer that persisted.

S-Big ripening fruit, apples, some prominent tartness. Slight alcohol on the tail.

T-Semi-sweet bready malts, mixed with spices (slight clovey phenols, too) and a horde of dark, mellow ruits, even some toasty-ish hues coming through with an earty character. Bitterness is minimally perceptible. Surprisingly, the immense fruit in the nose doesn't transfer directly to the flavor; instead, the fruits in the taste are much mellower, more controlled. Smooth alcohol in the end, barely perceptivle, not harsh.

M-Medium carbonation, medium-full body. Deceptively light in my mouth. A slightly substantial viscosity. Warming in my stomach.

D-Highly drinkably. Perhaps a little bit too drinkable, considering the ABV. Extremely enjoyable, smooth and complex. Different and left me wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 22:14:29 | More by CHSLBrew
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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this in a BIF but like a month later I found out I can buy it here now so I'm not going to really save this one.

Poured into my St. Bernardus goblet. It is a little more amber in color than other quads I have had. Nice head but kind of died off. Pretty good looking beer overall

Not alot of smells coming off this one. Belgian yeastie-ness and brown sugar mostly.

Taste is pretty good. Good malt character. Pretty good quad but with a little twang at the end.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooths with good carb.

I will buy this beer again for sure. Great taste but watch out. That ABV will sneak up on you.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 08:48:54 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle (Batch #68100) poured into a Three Philosopher's chalice.

My fourth of four in the so-far solid Smokestack Series, The Sixth Glass pours a beautiful russet copper & ruby red hue, with a towering two-inches of effervescent, khaki foam. The head retains well, thanks to an active carbonation level that sends streams of bubbles careening toward the veil up top. A rich caramel nuttiness and lots of apple fruit esters dominate the aroma, while hints of black licorice and ethanol dance in the background.

Wow...this is an impressive Quad. Complex, inviting caramel and Belgian malt layers balance perfectly with floral, semi-bitter hops and subtle, fruity yeast notes. I'm immediately taken aback by how well-hidden the 10.2% ABV seems to be; the only hint of booze is a warming finish. Mouthfeel is creamy, softly carbonated, medium-thick, and finishes beautifully. All in all, this is an excellent Quadrupel that lives up to the Smokestack name. Not only that, but I'd guarantee that this beer ages well. I'll be picking up some more for just that purpose soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 03:31:39 | More by wagenvolks
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New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Raverjames.

Looks great poured into a Maudite tulip. Deep brown-red with a thick tan head. The carbonation shows more activity than I expected out of a quad. The head begins to slowly settle, but there is a decent 1/4" that stays put. Also quite a surprise for a beer of this gravity. I stick my nose in the glass and I smell estery alcohol, rich tart fruit, candi sugar, and oxidized cream sherry that adds a dry nuttiness.

Now for a taste. This tastes similar to what Ommegang Three Philosophers would taste like if there was no lambic added and it had a bit more body. Thick and creamy on the tongue, and the alcohol heat comes out a bit to thin and dry it out. Caramelized apples, burnt walnuts, raisins, and sherry. Spice in the alcohol, but not too much heat. Looks like the fermentation temperature was kept well under control with this one, which is vital for a smooth Belgian that you don't want to have to soak in a sugary cover-up flavor. I'd say that the hops, alcohol, and malt is very well balanced to make this a big, complex, interesting quad. This would be great for after a big dinner in the winter. I would even pair it with apple or pumpkin pie. The residual sweetness lingers as it warms up keeping it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 01:59:19 | More by Rudgers73
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper color with a fat fine-bulled tan head. Wonderful retention and lacing. Looks pretty, but it is a bit lighter in color than most quads.

Sweet caramel malty nose. I get a bit of roastiness, burnt toast, Belgian yeast and brown sugar...smells pretty good.

Taste is alcohol, chocolate and crystal maltiness and white bread toast. I knew the moment I tasted it that further aging would be benificial. Not as much residual sugar sweetness as some other American quads I have had recently. Some raisin-like fruitiness, but not as much as I expected. It does have an actual hop presence not found in many examples of the style. Pretty good, but quads are far from my favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 22:23:43 | More by twiggamortis420
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,934 ratings.