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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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2,185 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,185
Reviews: 684
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 147
Gots: 355 | 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 Strix
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark reddish, decent head.

Smells malty, spicy, yeasty, with dark fruits.

Taste is a luscious blend of malt, dark fruits, yeast, spices, and alcohol. I was hoping as it warmed a little additional complexity would surface, but actually as it warmed it seemed to get more mundane.

Medium/full bodied, very carbonated.

This was quite enjoyable, I'm loving the smokestack series. Not quite Rochefort, but a nice beer here.

Strix, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of atsprings
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to wagenvolks for the trade! 750mL corked and caged bottle into a Duvel tulip pours a nice murky dark orange with a very nice frothy khaki head that lasts and leaves beautiful lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice blend of dried fruits and spices with just a hint of alcohol. The taste is a very nice blend of sweet, dried fruits, figs and sweet burnt caramel, quite complex and very tasty! The beer is somewhat heavy bodied, but smooth carbonation does a good job of masking the 10.5% alcohol making this one a very nice sipper. I've enjoyed every beer I've had from this series, and this one is no exception!

atsprings, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of BMoney575
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 12-11-09
Batch number 69198

Pours a deep red color, completely cloudy with a tiny head, if you really try. Lacing is a few quickly fading bubbles.

Smell is thick, strong malt, dark fruit, and heavy duty alcohol. The booze is so strong, it has a distinct nail polish remover quality. Not in a bad way, just in a badass way.

Taste is all hardcore booze. The malt is there, adding a caramel and burnt sugar flavor. The aftertaste is nice, slightly earthy and sweet.

Mouthfeel is slick and spicy, with strong carbonation to add to the intensity.

Drinkability is good if you're a seasoned alcoholic, or if you're looking for a good time.

Overall, I wish I had bought two of these so I could leave one in the cellar. It could sure use it.

BMoney575, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this bottle with a buddy at "The Bayou" in Salt Lake City.

Served in a proper chalice the beer formed a finger of tight creamy tan head the settles to a thin swirl of foam. The beer is a deep amber color with crimson/maroon tones. No lace

Aroma is quite aggressive and very nice. Deep dark fruits, dates, some nice spice and yeast tones.

Flavor is rather nice and fairly complex. Prunes, dates, yeast, spice. A touch of candied sugar

Med/light body with the slightest touch of carbonation.

One to slowly enjoy, but certainly very nice.

Reagan1984, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of bump8628
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle with batch number 69121. Served in a chalice.

Deep ruby in color with 2 fingers of light tan head that drops to a thin mat of foam. Not nearly as dark as some of the classic Belgians but this is nonetheless a very appealing looking beer.

Aroma has lots of spice (cinnamon and clove) and brown sugar. Some alcohol is also evident in the nose.

The taste has a strong malty sweet presence that encompasses the whole spectrum of sugary flavors from light candy sweetness to caramel to toffee to heavily caramelized brown sugar. That being said, this beer is not overly sweet. Notes of spice and dark fruits complement the malt and alcohol adds a pleasant warming spiciness. Bitterness and hop character get out of the way to let the malt shine.

bump8628, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of mikeborglum
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 750 ml corked bottle; it presented a caramel, herbs aroma with presence of alcohol, deep dark amber color, frothy tan foam head, medium sweetness and spicy taste (apple cider), thin feel, light medium body, I like the entire series of Smokestack brews from Boulevard but this is just average.

mikeborglum, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of bheilman
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice bottle presentation and cool labeling. I'm a little biased about this brewery because I bought a sampler a couple weeks back that was full of tasty beers. The smell is nice. Almost licorice, but definitely an overwhelming sweetness. As I poured the beer I got a great waft of scent. Tasty, tasty tasty! Rich chocolate, caramel, toasted almond flavor. Does have a fairly present alcohol flavor, but the acidity does not overwhelm the sweetness. The aftertaste does continue the sweetness but has a bit of a bitter alcohol feel too. No quadrupel is considered very drinkable to me. I can drink a bomber and that's about it. I could drink more, but I wouldn't enjoy it as I did the first bottle. So with that said, this was fairly drinkable for a quad. It didn't leave an overwhelming aftertaste.

bheilman, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to bonsreeb85 for giving me the chance to try this one. Thanks Chad!

A- Pours a deep hazy amber color with a thick frothy foam head that leaves some scattered lace.

S- Belgian yeast and spice with some dark fruit aromas coming through.

T- Ripe fruit and tangy Belgian yeast flavor initially with a hint of alcohol in the finish. After the first few sips many more flavors become pronounced. Banana, plum, brown sugar and raisins all meld together quite nicely. A very sweet aftertaste is left behind.

M- Medium bodied with tons of spritzy carbonation.

D- Really nice brew that had a definitely felt like an American Quad (if there is such a thing). Complex and flavorful. Definitely worth picking up.

projectflam86, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a rich cloudy ruby ewith a small off white very thin head. Nose is a bit boozy, sweet and has some light maltiness.

Taste is sharp and sweet, a little funky but still rich and strong. Very sharp but not too carbonated. Overall a really good, but I'd say go for the BBQ if you can it really kicks this up a notch.

kingcrowing, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got this in a trade from Springdogg, thanks Marc

A - this quad pours a dark rusty/rudy reddish brown, it wells up a thin tan head and has average amounts of visible carbonation

S - super dark and overripe fruits, especially plums and rainsin for dark fruits and bananas and slightly strawberries for the overripe ones, some faint spiciness, super maltacular

T - quality rich roasted malts dominate, the dark/overripe fruits continue to permeate the flavors, an addition of date elements is noticeable

M&D - super velvety smooth, what a quality brew, rich and complex in flavor, full bodied, many different flavors create such a layered taste, one of the best, if not the best, American Quads i have ever had. nearly Rochefort levels

sinstaineddemon, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown and impossible to see through with a fizzy tan head that slowly settles into a skim in the middle of my Chimay glass. The nose is belgian spice and dark fruit with fresh pumpernickel breadiness. The flavor is rich and spicy with flavors of gingersnap and hot buttered rum. Full bodied and highly carbonated with a warmingly alcoholic finish. A nice sipper for the money and a decent stab at the style, not on par with the best Belgian made examples but a fine brew worth checking out.

biggred1, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a barley wine colored beer with a nice amount of head. prominent apple, bread, clove and a mild acidic quality. sweet burnt brown sugar caramel. a bit of alcohol on the nose but for a US quad not bad. sugar qualities similar to their triple. not a must but sufficient.

rtepiak, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of bonsreeb85
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - burnt umber/tawny hue with a huge rocky head cream colored head that has great retention and measures about 4 fingers. nice lacing to boot.

S - brandy, candied dark fruits, bananas, cherries, grapes, slight honey and some spicy hops accent this brew well. the aroma reminds me of a sweet dessert wine.

T - equal parts spice and sweet. while this brew hides the alcohol content well and displays a well rounded flavor, it could benefit from some aging. I could use a bit more fruit sweetness.

MF - ultra high carbonation on this full bodied sipper.

D - In a blind test, i would guess this was crafted in Belgium not in Missouri. This is
an excellent example of the style now if I can get my hands on the Bourbon Barrel version we'll be in business.

bonsreeb85, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this as a trade from thirdeye11. Poured from a corked bottle into a Delirium Tulip. Beer is brown and cloudy, forms a tight head with tiny bubbles and steady carbonation. Head is light brown.

Aroma is complex. At first it smells like sweet alcohol, then at second smell I can pick up some malt, the third, a slight roast. Very complex.

Flavor is warm. Obviously a lot of alcohol, some bitterness on the backend due to roasting. Lots of sweetness up front. There is some sour character in the beer as well. Beer is relatively thick in the mouth which is good. Drinkability suffers slightly due to high alcohol flavor. Overall a great quad.

drabmuh, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of taylorhamrick
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an initially hazy amber color. Not quite brown. A giant head forms on top, falls back and leaves very sticky lacing. It then clears up pretty well, staying a nice clear amber color throughout. A nice looking beer, a little lighter in color than I would expect, but nice looking. The smell is incredibly nutty and raisiny, sticky like syrup, and a tiny bit toasty. It almost gets rich and buttery in the smell a bit. There's even hints of some different grains, maybe some regular sugars (un-starch converted kind). The taste kind of sticks out as a spicy, caramel syrup flavor. I notice some cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, maybe some other floral aspects. There's also a slightly bready, toasty aspect to the flavor, with a bit of earthy nuts. Pretty good, I like the somewhat clean profile in some respects. It's pretty full a bit medium, but not quite syrupy and sweet. The carbonation just sort of rushes in pleasantly, without a bite. The alcohol is a bit powerful, though quite normal for the style. Enjoyable, fits within the style, nothing wrong with it, but nothing outstanding. Recommended for those seeking out new examples of the style.

taylorhamrick, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this sitting around for quite a few months. It's time...
So, it's my first glass of Sixth Glass, and it just looks like a hella-serious beer. A super-foamy top, like styrofoam, maxes out at about two fingers thick, it's a toasted beige and the liquid itself is a freaking gorgeous mahogany. Big walls of lace webs make this a beer to behold.

Like some other quads, there's a raisiny/vinous quality that has a little trouble peeking through a medicinal alcohol wave. Grain alcohol dominates, but fresh-cut wood and other dark fruits try and even things out. The alcohol wins, just barely, so it could've been better, but certainly has some allure as is.

Lots of caramel and toffee have no trouble breaking through the still-pesky alcohol in the flavor, and luckily some other elements muscle through: burnt oak chips (interesting to get wood again, as this isn't barrel-aged as far as I know), raisins, burnt plums/figs, faint graham cracker, weak peppery spice, with a ghost of chocolate-covered liqueur-filled fruit in the finish. With all that, the alcohol remains present although not cloying, lingering along with toffee and ghostly pepper-infused chocolate in the finish.

Feels wonderfully velvety, a bit on the soft side without seeming thin or unexceptional. In fact, its silky slide across the tongue and down the throat, accented by a nice sherry-like alcohol tingle as it goes down, is a feature of this beer.

I love the story on the back label, regarding the name, and I made sure to heed its lesson. This is a strong beer, and it tastes strong, so it's one to sit with for a couple hours if drinking it alone...and this long, lazy Sunday afternoon seems just right for such a thing...

Metalmonk, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of Tilley4
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been seeing this at my local shop and somehow I always seem to look over it...

A gentle pour into the Duvel tulip yields a dark caramel toffee looking elixir topped by an endless off white foamy head... Very dark and murky...

Very sweet malty aromas with hints of toffee and caramel and what I think is apples and maybe some pear or plum or something of that nature... This has a sweet aroma to say the least... A little Belgian yeast as well but the malts dominates here...

Wow... A Belgian I'm actually digging on...delectably sweet flavors of fruitiness and malt and caramel and a tinge of booze... This melds together beautifully and I find this to be one of the most drinkable quads I've ever had...

This is a very well crafted brew from Boulevard... I'm dang impressed with this.. Its terrific...

Tilley4, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of ghostofpaulman
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured out of the wine style bottle into a pint mug.

poured a bronzed reddish almost apple cider like color with a creamy three finger head.

smelled sweet and candylike,almost butterscotch,with a slight herby hoppiness.the high alcohol is completely masked.

tasted just like it smelled.warm ,sweet, and slightly spicey at first with slight bitter and alcohol punch at the end.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and super smooth.not too carbonated.slightly sticky. damn near perfection

if i could afford it i'd put away about four fifths of this magic elixer in a in a row.

ghostofpaulman, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of TastyTaste
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found it on sale, looks good to me.

A: Big pop when the bottle opens, lots of fast fading carbonation. Big sticky head.

S: Sweet with caramel and tropical fruit.

T: Great work, Boulevard, this is the best beer I have tried from your brewery. True to the style, nothing off or cloying about it. Strong and sweet, the maltiness comes through perfect. As far as being true to the style, this gets high marks, I might have mistaken it for something made in Belgium.

D: Very nice, and a good deal for what I got it for. Give it a show for sure.

TastyTaste, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of Yeastcakes
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving notes - room temp (65), brandy snifter.
A - Molasses and fig aroma with just a hint of alcohol.
A - finger of off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin rim around the glass. Clear dark cranberry red. No lacing.
M - Medium to high carbonation fights what would be a velvety mouthfeel. My first sip was thinner than I was expecting, but the rest of the drink was thicker and very good. Slightest alcohol warmth.
T - Dark raisin and figs that I expect from a big beer. Almost brandy like notes from the alcohol. Maybe even some cinnamon spice notes. There is a lot going on here.
D - This is a nice complex beer to sip slowly and I would like to try this one latter sometime.

Yeastcakes, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of mdwalsh
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: It's bronze/amber and hazy on the pour. There is a 2+ finger creamy head of off white, plenty of active carbonation.

S: There is some candi sugar, and some pretty strong maltiness as well. Maybe some very mellowed hops. It's not all all too Belgiany smelling

T: There is a nutty maltiness with only an underlying hint of yeasty sourness. It tastes powerful, but not strong. It's like a smooth hard liquor. My wife adds 'toffee, but burnt flavor" and I agree.

M: Some carbonation can be felt, but not very much. It's creamy and smooth. Also heavy

D: That heavy is almost too much. What I do really like is the way that there isn't an alcohol burn, but when it gets to your chest it is very warming and then you really feel the alcohol. Like a good stiff drink.

mdwalsh, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of bosco7
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a looker. Beautiful mahogany color with mouse like tan head floating above. One of the best looking beers I've ever seen.

Cherry, rum, toast, molasses, vanilla, and a bit of roastiness in the nose. Almost tart smelling.

Starts with those sweet candi sugar flavors that are rummy and little chocolaty. Cherry like fruitiness in the middle brings some tartness to the table and rounds out the sweetness a bit. Finishes bone dry with black pepper and nutmeg flavors.

Mouthfeel is wonderful because it dances on the line between extremely attenuated and full bodied. Another highly drinkable beer out of the smokestack series. I wish I could get these beers here in Central PA. Highly recommended.

bosco7, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of charlesw
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent sized head over a murky brown/orange/red base. Lacing to last a lifetime but most of the head is gone quickly enough. Sad to see the murkiness.

Smells of plums, port, brown sugar, sweet fruitiness...

Tastes all of that. A bit of bitter astringency which is normal enough for the style but still a fault, if you asked me. Bitter orange peel (not-quite-ripe blood orange juice). Some spiciness... Hints of anise.

charlesw, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of seanthornton152
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Belmont Station. 750ml, poured into Douchesse De Bourgogne wine glass.

Bright amber body, off white fluffy head, head dissipates slowly leaving a nice lace.

Scent of sweet malts, peaches, rum, caramel, toffee.

Nice sweetness up front on first taste, then flavors of raisins plums and peaches, finishing with caramel and alcohol spice which is a bit to strong

Mouthfeel is thin, with high carbonation

A tasty quad, next experiment; see how aging a bottle will change the alcohol character

seanthornton152, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of thezenkeeper
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into tulip glass. Pours a nice dark amber color with a good amount of head that sticks around for a couple minutes but finally calms down. Has a decent lacing. Has an earthy smell with hints of caramel and malt. The taste is somewhat sweet with hints of caramel and fruit. The mouth feel is good with just the right amount of carbination.

thezenkeeper, Aug 15, 2009
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,185 ratings.