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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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2,175 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,175
Reviews: 681
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 146
Gots: 346 | 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 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
Photo of Sensaray
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt copper color with large bubbly, foamy tan head that lasts.

Dark fruits, fig, mango, grape, raspberry, pear, fruity yeast are all noticeable in the smell. Smell really good. I wish I had smelled a date before so I knew if I could smell it in this. There's a tartness to the smell that mixes with it nicely. Alcohol became more apparent in the nose after I drank a little.

Flavors are fruity yeast, figs, raisins leading to a sweetness that turns to caramel sweetness, leading to a close that's yeasty. There's a section here in the taste I'm not too fond of, but there's a lot I like here as well.

Mouthfeel is medium with a nice spice throughout. Good carbonation.

Overall it's a good quad.

Sensaray, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of bnes09
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep auburn colored ale. Thin head with weak retention and no lacing. Can't be too hard on the beer for this though due to the high alcohol.

Dark fruit aromas. Yeasty. Mild alcohol. Caramel sweetness.

Malt is sweet overall with flavors reminiscent of dates and caramel. Tastes slightly spiced, cinammon and nutmeg, a little like apple cider. Not too much in the hops department.

Medium to full bodied, slightly syrupy yet smooth. Feels a little over-carbonated.

Pretty solid stuff. Lots of complexity.

bnes09, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of ChopperSmith
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (from a 4-pack) into a clear tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy dark brown color with amber tint. Tall off-white head with nice creamy peak that retained for quite a while before fading to a nice frothy cap. Also left good sticky lacing. A thing of beauty in a tulip glass.

Smell: Fruity and spicy, scents of dates, figs, plums, clove and nutmeg. Some alcohol in the mix, too.

Taste: Much like it smells, dark fruits and yeast up front with flavors of figs and raisins, with sweet caramel malt afterwards and a slight alcohol burn on the finish. A very tasty Quad.

Mouthfeel: Slick and creamy, medium to full body and hearty. Perfect for the style.

Overall: Wow. Boulevard has done it again with their Smokestack series. I love thier Tank 7 Sasion, and I really love this Quad. An excellent American interpretation of the style, and pretty close to the Belgian Trappist versions of this style (and that's quite a compliment!). Will buy and drink this one again for sure!

ChopperSmith, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of Chico1985
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was pleased to find this and many other Boulevard beers locally today...bought a 4-pack of this, I will probably age the others. 12 oz bottle to goblet, best by date is 4/27/13.

Pours a dark amber with orange highlights, slight haze to it. Off-white head retains great as a half-finger the whole time, a few strands of lace.

Nose delivers a plethora of fruits though it seems a bit faint. Red grapes, green apples, raisin, and musty caramel sweetness come to mind.

Taste is similar, kinda tart-ish with grapes and apples, dark fruit, big yeast, some caramel, good amount of sweetness but finishes dry. Big, foamy mouthfeel fits well, not a hint of the 10.5% abv, drinks very easily for a quad.

Doesn't come close to matching the Belgian greats of the style, but good for an American interpretation. Certainly one of the easier drinking quads I've had and at less than $3/12 oz it's a good deal.

Chico1985, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of bfields4
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gigantic tight off white head sticks around for most of the beer. Nice amber cherry clear filtered color.

Very nice aroma. Cherries, tobacco, dark fruits. Nice warm spicy aroma comes on towards the back end.

The taste doesn't deviate far from the aroma just a little more complexity. A slight twang from the yeast. Cherry and dark fruit flavor melds nicely with a spicy alcohol bite. A bit of caramel is present. There is a lot of depth in this very nice brew.

Nice carbonation and creamy chewy body. Quite an alcohol kick. I'm a fan of this brew not quite on the same level as my love for the bbq, but very close. This guy stacks up quite nicely with any Belgian quad.

bfields4, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of Patrickbrusil
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle out of the newly available 4 packs in MA.

The appearance is light in my eyes. Copper auburn brown is how I'd describe it. I guess i think of quads as generally being darker than this. Nice lacing.

Smell is dead on with dark candied stone fruits, malt, and caramel. Heavenly.

The taste is solid although not as world class as I think some give it credit for. Maleness hits you right away with a somewhat chewy bread pudding note that follows and finally a rush of carbonation finishes you off. Not bad.

Patrickbrusil, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of RexlySnipes
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer the other night it was out of a 4pk. I poured it out of the bottle into a pint glass.
A: was very caramel looking almost red in color with a light brown head on it left a lot of lace on the glass.
S: Very malty caramel smell has kinda of a sweet note with a little bit of hops on the nose
T: At first taste was full of of sweetness and little bit of malt and hops. The second taste was a little less sweet and more hops.
O: Overall this beer was very awesome i had some of the smokestack series before and i'm looking forward to rating the rest including the collaboration with deschutes

RexlySnipes, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #68235. Had this one in the cellar for a little over a year now, but not sure on the exact date.

Dark amber brown color with a glistening creamy ring of copper foam around the glass. Nice retention and curtains of lacing.

The smell is moderately sweet, but is led by a rum barrel scent. A bit boozy and oaky, with dark rum characteristics.

Boozy with a medium sweetness and a deep complexity of flavor. Can't believe this is still pretty darn hot after sitting for over a year. Getting some dark rum and brandy flavors up front with a lingering heat. A dry oak presence with rum raisin and burnt brown sugar with a hint of vanilla bean. Pretty deep and intense.

A bit sticky up front, but finishes quite dry. Full bodied with about the right amount of carbonation.

This is a nice american made example of a quad. I prefer a La Trappe Quad which has more sweetness, but this is one hell of a complex brew. Drinking it, I could swear this is barrel aged, but I guess not. Boulevard really cranks out some quality beers and this one is no exception. Not to mention, the price point is solid as well.

jera1350, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of perrymarcus
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a mostly clear, medium amber / copper shade while yielding a good looking 2" head. decent retention and lacing.

nose offers a big fruity presence right from the outset; dark but also notes of pear, maybe peach... malty with some spice, a bit of brown sugar.

flavor opens to sweet maltiness, joined immediately by the fruit characters and then a more subtle presence of spice and a touch of caramel or toffee. very nice. medium-full bodied mouthfeel with adequate carbonation.

overall a never good quad, easily one of the better american renditions i've come across but naturally falls short of the belgian archetypes (the rocheforts and westvleterens of the world). would like to try the barrel aged version (BBQ) when it's released.

perrymarcus, Sep 11, 2011
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,175 ratings.