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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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2,299 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,299
Reviews: 706
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 159
Gots: 428 | 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:
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 Jayli
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a coworker who sent this up to me from MO.
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a hazy, deep copper color with a three finger of foamy, sudsy, khaki head that recedes to a film. Minor wisps of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Nose is yeast, grape, raisin, and a nice hearty caramel malt presence.

T: Taste starts with light grape and caramel notes. Yeast comes through and punctuates the middle. Caramel presence then comes back in with a lot of raisin and date flavoring. Touch of dry bitterness in the final flavoring.

M: Lighter side of medium bodied, higher carbonation, nice, crisp, prickly body.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not filling, well hidden kick, nice representation of style. Not one of my favorite styles but this is a well balanced, and tasty beer that could have more than one of.

Photo of scratch69
3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Poured a cloudy amber color with a thick white head that lingered for a very long time. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Yeast and raisin.

Taste- Spices and raisin with a bit of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and creamy. Nice carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall- Somewhat enjoyable. I don't think I will buy it again. Not bad, just not for me.

Photo of capeannbass36
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with "best by 07/27/year unreadable....part of a Boulevard 4 pack(4 different beers with tulip glass)

A- Poured into Boulevard tulip....clear amber/orange topped with a 2 finger foamy white head that took about 2 minutes to disappate. Medium lacing throughout. Single "lava light" like stream of bubbles from center of glass.

S- Yeast. Light fruit. A liitle bit of bitter hops.

T- Light and fruity. Some yeast. Sort of semi-sweet malt start, followed by a dry and hoppy finish. Hint of clove spice.

M- Medium-light carbonation. Fairly dry finish.

O- Easy to drink. Quite tasty. Not too sweet. Will look for more.

Photo of KSac4115
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber/orange color that is rather cloudy. A one inch off-white foam head at the top. Smells strongly of belgian yeasts and a variety of fruity and hoppy hints. Taste is again very much like a belgian wheat beer yet the other falvors make it much more complex. Carbonation is slightly strong but mixes well with the flavors to provide a pleasant mouthfeel. The high alcohol percentage is not very obvious but still noticeable. Overall a delicious, strong, tasty beer. Definitely worth a try if you like stronger beers.


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.

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.

Photo of crewfan16
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of FanofHefe
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -1%
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.

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.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.41/5  rDev -18%
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.

Photo of lancecenter
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of heysuz
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of AgentZero
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,299 ratings.