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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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2,355 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,355
Reviews: 720
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 168
Gots: 462 | 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 morimech
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Boulevard glass. Clear copper color with two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Just a little lacing is left down the glass.

Smells like an authentic Belgian Quad. Plenty of yeast esters along with the pale malt and sugar. No sign of alcohol.

The alcohol does makes itself known in the flavor. It plays a large part and is quite warming. Large yeast presence as well. I get a lot of fruity esters. Not as malty as others in the style. Sweetness is moderate and almost dry.

The carbonation is a little lively but does not hamper the quality of the beer. Enjoyed the texture of the beer.

Almost great. Boulevard can crank out some execellant Belgian style beers in the Midwest.

Photo of PhatAtUT
5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of dday1231
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful beer. It’s complex flavors liven the senses just as quickly as the large amounts of alcohol numbs them. This beer’s head is as short as a marines hair cut. Reporting for duty it leads the charge to battle beer boredom. An initial blast of freshness and hops. As the hops fizzle away the tongue relishes in rich caramel, oak, cherries, and ale. Every sips swings between fresh and light, and rich and smooth. The aroma is great, but it is not strong.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of gfreed
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another winner from Kansas City. How can you not like a quad that is packed with fruit, isn't overly fizzy or belchy, doesn't overpower with yeasty booze, has a subtle taste of almonds AND goes down well with an obscene fistful of Nestle chocolate chips? The alcohol is well hidden and doesn't make it impossible to sight-read Schubert song transcriptions at the piano. Well worth the cost.

Photo of cbeer88
5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, orange-brown in color, cloudy, high carbonation

Smell: old apples, bread, alcohol, and pear

Taste: probably the biggest pear taste I have gotten from a beer in a while—especially at the end, dark bread and apple are also big flavors

Mouthfeel: super high carbonation, light body, sweet start with a bitter alcoholic taste towards the end.

Overall: If you like the taste of pear, you should love this as it is about as pronounced here as in any beer I have had. I like how the bread and other flavors interact with it. This ranks right up there with the best domestic quads. I will get this again.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of HattedClassic
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lasting, light , brown head but very little lacing. Pours a nice copper color.

Smell: Sugary, sweet, succulent. A little bit of alcohol but covered up very well by the dark fruits and Belgian sugar.

Taste: Sugary and sweet. I get Belgian sugar, dark fruits (mainly plum but there is a nice raisin undertone.), slight hoppy and bitter aftertaste. A light booze taste but it's barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation.

Overall: A fairly sugary beer that screams dessert. Very nice to curl up with and enjoy a movie at the same time.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of ms11781
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 09/08/2013 printed on bottle. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a murky, deep mahogany with a creamy looking off-white head. When looked at from the side the head seems to have an orangish tint to it. The head slowly dwindles down to a soft foam cap. Foam sticks to the glass somewhat with each sip but eventually slips back down the glass to meet the head.

The nose has a lot going on. Tons of fruity aromas almost as soon as the beer is opened. Once it's in the glass I can smell it without sticking my nose in it. The odd thing about it is that, though some dark fruit is present (think raisins), a lot of lighter fruit is here too. Some of it is almost citrusy and at times it even seems like there is some banana as well. There is sweetness to it, along with some Belgian yeast notes. A slight amount of alcohol is detected but not much, just enough to note.

The taste follows the nose but the dark fruits are much more prominent than the lighter fruit that was in the nose. In fact, the lighter fruit doesn't show up at all until some grape-like character in the finish. It's more of a grape skin flavor. The raisin notes that were in the nose are here as well as some plum. There is a substantial sweeteness but it works well with a the nice fruit characteristics. There is some alcohol present too but it provides a pleasant warming in the back of the throat.

The beer has a medium body with higher carbonation. The higher carbonation doesn't detract from the mouthfeel but if it was a bit lower a beer that was already pretty smooth would be exceptional.

This is an excellent take on the style. The nose is pretty unique and both the nose and the taste have a lighter fruit feel than most quads. It's pretty complex and changes as it warms. Definitely a beer that I'd like to see down the road with some time on it.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,355 ratings.