1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,039 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,039
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 135
Gots: 300 | 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:
”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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of The Sixth Glass Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,039 | Reviews: 670 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of grub
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bort11 hooked me up with this one as part of Brews N Tunes 3. thanks tim!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled august 9/08.

pours deep red-brown with a big yellowish tan head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves only a few spots of lace.

aroma is good. white bread. cracker. nice dark fruit. date and fig. bit of raisin. light alcohol. earthy and slightly floral. touch of yeasty spice. hint of grain.

taste is good. light warming alcohol. caramel, toffee, and a bit of butterscotch. light dark fruit - date, fig, raisin. bit of light yeasty spice. whole wheat bread. cracker. low bitterness level. a bit earthy. leans more toward the spicy side than the fruity side, but still nice.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. medium-high carbonation level.

drinkability is good. the carbonation helps lighten things up a little, but also carries just a touch of sting. not quite balanced, but i still like it.

grub, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to grub for sharing this after a long brewday. 750 ml corked bottle.

Pours a cloudy amber orange, pretty vibrant colour, medium sized off white head forms, retains a pretty solid layer, good retention, a bit of lace when I swirl it, looks good. Smell is sweet and sugary, apples and pear, lots of fruit, cherry, biscuits, alcohol, caramel/honey sweetness, yeast, nice. Taste is neat, caramel, nuts, very bready, sweet grainy beginning, yeast, some iron, honey, butter, earth, bit of spicy bitterness, nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, alcohol is pretty well hidden. An interesting take on the quad, don't totally get it but definitely a drinkable beer. Thanks Russ!

Viggo, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Pours a deep amber with a big head and very good retention laces sticky and thick down the glass

S-Subtle sweetness with notes of fruit (apricot or apple) also fig and alcohol

T&M-Sweetness come through in the front very strong and fades to a a spicy finish very smooth and complex comes off a little alcholoy without the bitterness to offset it. Med to heavy body and very smooth.

D-Not something i would want all the time but very good and i'll but it again, would like to see how it ages

SpecialK088, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

New review 2/25/14

Darker amber brew appears a little hazy.... almost like a colloidal bubble suspension is breaking up the clarity... 2 finger tannish head dies but persists at about a 1/2" ... fantastic lacing.

Nose shows thick complex maltiness.... dark toast, caramel, golden raisins and boozy figs... some peppery phenols with a clove spike.

Flavor is punctuated by a abundant cherry ester quality... not as sweet as the nose hints, but nicely malty without ever becoming cloying. Body is a solid medium with abundant small bubble carbonation.

This is better than I remember... Well made domestic quad.

4.25/4/4/4.25/4

***

750 received in from Bort11 in the "Fight Club BIF" ... I also have one in the cellar from jhammerly... huge thanks to Tim and Jimi. The bottle has been sitting in the fridge for a couple weeks.. tonight is the night.. enjoyed immensely from my Boulevard Goblet that is also courtesy of Bort11... here we go.

2 finger head takes forever to die back.. minutes later it is still a sand dune of foam... looks pretty for sure.. the brew is dark chestnut .. but perfectly clear ruby when held to my desk light.

Aroma is fruity and spicy.. missing some maltiness... a little bit of caramel and toasty qualities but missing something.. maybe a taste will change that... nope.. estery and fairly sharp.

Flavor mirrors the aroma but with quite a bit more fruit.. cherry and plum come to mind immediately.. fusel alcohol is fairly present but a minor distraction. A little too sweet for my liking, but again, a minor flaw... rum raisins are a lingering finish spiked with a spicy phenolic nature. Mouthfeel is pretty much spot on and so is the smooth carbonation.

Overall, it could probably use some more time in the bottle. I like it, but don't love it. It is, however, a brew that if I had access to, I would buy a case or two of to see how it ages over the next year or two.. lord knows I buy lesser brews by the case solely on the hope that they are going to get better.

I probably trade for a few more of these while they are still available. Big props to Tim and Jimi.. Jimi is a fantastic trader, and Tim punched me square in the tongue with this one.

JohnGalt1, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of NatetheGreat
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: deep brown with fluffy cream colored head that recedes into a swirling creamy layer.

S: sweet, carmelized suger, dark rich fruit, estery, with definate caramel. Complex and inviting.

T: layers of sweet flavors, ranging from brown suger to caramel/toffee, with a touch of chocolate, to macerated fruits. Also booze. Minor bitterness melds well and mildly balanced sweetness. Finish has a port wine taste. Gets better as it warms. Delicious.

M: balance of rich and smooth with carbonation is excellent. Alcohol warmth prickles mouth as this delicious elixer slides around.

D: at 10.5% abv, I elt the weight of this big brew but surprizingly drinkable. Better paired with food. I had chocolate with it. Savored slowly, it's an incredible beer.

NatetheGreat, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of tavernjef
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep glowing fog of burgandy with a ruby tint to its body when up to a strong light. Emensely thick and tall head of yellowy tanned foam bursts to top it and sits well for a while before fading to an always present amount. Big droppily patched and broken sheets of lace stick across the goblet.

Big and booming aroma of berries and dark sweet fruits flow out of the bottle right during the pour. Very pleasing to the nostrils...Once settled in the glass this has a very nice nose of dark berry and rum soaked fruit bread. Date, fig, raisin, candied sugars that are all very rounded and sugary sweet. Quite nice!

Taste nearly mirrors what the smell delivers with an even better display within its reflection as a whole load of dark, sweet, chewy, sugary, robustly full flavor takes place with a nice perk and ease of girthy smooth breadyness and carbonated chewyness. Only slightly heated after the swallow this has alot to offer in a well toned and flavorful array of dark sugary fruity stuff that sticks and chews with dates and figs, flirts with raisin, dark orange, berries, and cherry. Dances with sugary spices that tantalize and dance away a fine lasting deep seeded taste across the finish.

Full bodied and chewy with a smoothly dark setting of rich carbonation. Finishes with a bit of fever and warmth and a whole bunch of pitch within its taste and balance.

Wow, a surprisingly solid and well mannered Quad that looked, smelled, felt, and tasted like something right out of the Belgian realm from which it is to emulate. Great job by Boulevard on this one!

tavernjef, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of tedpeer
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a chalice.

A - Pours a reddish orange with a huge tan head (inches) that settled to about a 1/4". Light, spotty lacing.

S - Sweet, fruity smell.

T - Sweet and fruity. Warmth from alcohol in the finish.

M - Strongly carbonated. Creamy feel.

D - Bring it on.

tedpeer, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of ppoitras
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle obtained via trade with mhewes. Thanks for the opportunity. Corked & caged, Batch 68081.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 2" beige head above the cloudy orangey amber brew. Thick head lasts and lasts, with spotty lacing. Aroma is sweet, but overpowered by strong rubbing alcohol-ish character. Taste is also sweet to start, edging towards alcohol by the close, and plenty of warming action. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. The rubbing alcohol nose does last, however, and puts a damper on things.

ppoitras, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of bbothen
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Belgian style quad from Kansis City? Sign me up.

Pours a rust color w/ a small white bubbly head. Produces nice soapy lace on glass.

Yeasty aromas. Bubble gum. Small caramel & toffee notes as well. Raisin.

Big yeast flavor with some spiciness balanced by the sweet fruit & caramel presence.

Feels a bit warm & carbonated for my tastes. Alcohol is very present. Not a bad thing.

Kudos to Boulevard for brewing this. Glad to have tried & would gladly have again.

bbothen, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of Crosling
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfect appearence. Deep ruby color with a full, long lasting head of a light tan. Fairly nice nose, with a lot of Belgian character. Plentiful dark fruits (cherries, dates, plums,) and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is loaded with tons of depth. Deep caramel and honey glaze, with dark fruits. It's a really nice beer and very Belgian. I think this series from Boulevard shows their brewing skill.

Crosling, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of allengarvin
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a duvel glass, this beer pours out a dark cloudy brown with a huge frothy head. Aroma is a bit faint, spicy & sweet. Very sweet tasting, almost too sweet for me. It has got a load of dark fruits and lots of appropriate and interesting phenols, but I find it close to cloying. Peppery alcohol apparent in the finish.

The first of the Boulevard Belgians that I haven't cared for.

allengarvin, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of mentor
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full yellow-tan head over a cloudy dark red-brown liquid. Smells toffee, brown malt, chocolate. Earthy, dark fruit is mild. Clean ethanol sting.

Tastes peppery, chocolate, clean alcohol sting, mild toffee. Cherry and streched thin raisiny. Mild belgiany phenolic character persists as an undertone. Strong carbonation with noticable alcohol to wipe most of the sweet of the palate. Leaves a dry residual chocolate in the aftertaste. Good drinkability now, I'll bet this one ages to become fantastic.

mentor, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hwwty for this one.

A: Pours a nice brownish orange hue with a nice bubbly head. the head dies to a nice lilly pad and some spotty lace is noted.

S: Big bold dark fruit aromas. Tons of raisins and figs. Touches of cinnamon and nutmeg really come thru along with some alcohol burn.

T: Taste matches aromas. The raisins really stand out. There is a nice blend of spice and a hint of bitter zest. The alcohol is very noticeable as is a touch of oak. Did this one spend any time on the barrel?

M: Medium in body, The carbonation was noted in appearence but not so much in mouthfeel.

D: I drank the entire bottle but is was not easy. As a pint I love this one, but 750ml it becomes a bit sweet and boozy. That being said it is a very good brew, from a brewer that is new to me.

Thanks!!

tpd975, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of tronester
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber brown with a huge tan head. Smells of alcohol and oak and a strong presence of sour cherries. Tastes of cinnamon, brown sugar, and a slight amount of earthyness. Not as dry as other Quad's but quite good. Mouthfeel is rich, with massive carbonation. Drinkability is quite good, especially for over 10 percent alcohol. An excellent American Quadrupel.

tronester, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of irish53b
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with the obligatory devil caricature on the front label. The back label includes a batch number and glass recommendation.

Poured into and oversize wine glass. The head was quite thick, but it dissipates quickly. The residual foam sticks on the sides.
The smell is intense, nuts, oats, honey, and orange zest. The taste has hints of caramel and wild honey. The alcohol presence does its best to cut through the sweetness but not enough to balance the flavor.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy and a finer point on this beer. It reminds me of Stewarts country orange and cream soda.

The drink ability is surprisingly good given the alcohol content, but the strong sweet flavors kept me from having more than two glasses at one setting.

irish53b, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find quad's to be a widely varying style but one I am drawn back to quite often. So, that said how's the boulevard offering? I found it "quad subdued". What the heck does that mean? It's got sweet caramel candied fruit malt aspects, a solid belgian yeast aspect, the right color and a sticky lacing head. It's also boozy and the flavors while blended well are more subdued than I would prefer in my quad. Worth a try.

barleywinebrewer, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of stephens101
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the last of the Smokestack Series for me, and I can't imagine I would be any less impressed with this one than the previous three, but I better make sure. Pours a dark copper with some almost indiscernible streaks of red into a snifter. Has a huge foamy tan head that recedes in a dilatory fashion leaving little lacing behind. Has a robust and complex smell of raisins, figs and other dark fruits with some alcohol right behind mixed in with some big malts, caramel and toffee. Tastes is just as complex as the smell with some big malty creaminess, light chocolates, caramel, sweet bread, some grains, dark fruits, hops and some big alcohol heat bringing up the rear. Mouth-feel is medium bodied and smooth, but the big alcohol heat might be a turn off for some, although is welcomed to me. There is plenty of brisk carbonation to keep things exciting. All I can say is hell yeah!

stephens101, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of Bighuge
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark burgady ruby red blend. Big airy beige head is erected with the pour. It fizzles out fairly quickly, but a nice little frothy head has some staying power at the end. Decent nose, but overall, too sweet smelling. Blackberry Brandy comes to mind as does cherry juice and sweet rock candy. I think this is appropriate to an extent, but my nose tells me it's a little overdone. Let's proceed. First impressions on the palate are spicy, sweet, yeasty and alcoholic. This is not a bad take here on an extraordinary style. Brandy soaked figs with some plum and raisin. A little of that "spiked punch" feel to it. The alcohol is all over this, but never really off putting. Rum soaked fruits make their presence, like apple and melon. Light-medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. My only recommendation here is maybe a little less heat and a little less sweet. Overall though, this is a good beer.

Bighuge, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one sitting in my fridge for about 6 months.

A - Poured out rich burgandy color. It was semi-opaque with a small, long lasting, tan head that left behind soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit, like raisin or plums. There were spicy aroma and notes of malt, too.

T - Dried fruit and spice dominated the first few sips. The smooth malt and caramel tastes emerged more as it warmed up.

M - It was soft and had a warm alcohol presence. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good Quad. I was really impressed with Boulevard's take on a big Belgian style.

zeff80, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of hckyfn9999
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown color with some reddish hues. Big cream colored head with great retention and lots of lacing left behind. Aroma is alcohol, dark fruits, and spice. Taste is a bit boozy. Some funky yeast. Pretty spicy. A bit fruity with some pears and raisins. Mouthfeel is very thin in my opinion for a quad and it doesnt lend to the drinkability because of the high and noticeable alcohol. Not bad but certainly doesnt stack up to the trappists i've had.

hckyfn9999, May 21, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Pours a clearish, mahogany-hued body sporting a ring of tiny, white bubbles.

Smell: Malty aroma crammed with dark caramel overlayed with alcohol-soaked plums and cherries and wrapped in a light, delicate yeastiness.

Taste: Full maltiness and a strong Juicy Fruit bubblegum taste and a little pinch of acidity. Some spiced bananas, a pinch of crushed rock candy. Slight yeast character. Hint of toast. Warming finish with a lasting taste of fruit-flavored bubblegum.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent quad and pleasure to have tried it, but one is enough for me, thanks.

ChainGangGuy, May 05, 2008
Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark red and orange with a strong 1/4 inch head. Average lacing. Nicely carbonated with a super sweet Belgium hoppy flowery citrus smell. The light hops balance well with the malts and Belgium yeast. It finishes with a lovely sweetness with just a hint bitterness. This is not a disappointment. Recommended!

ATLbeerDog, May 03, 2008
Photo of Boto
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle: Batch 68018: This one opened with a loud "pop". It poured with a large tan head on it, and was quite fizzy. The color was a hazy mahogany. The head dropped off rather quickly. The nose is good, but not as strong as I would have expected. Mainly bready and spicy, with traces of caramel and fruits. A bit of effervescence on the tongue. Not quite full bodied. It took a couple of sips to appreciate the taste. Subtle hints of different tastes, but they all blend well together. Nice.

Boto, May 03, 2008
Photo of timbro81
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby red/brown color. Smells of rich malty sweetness(apricots, prunes) some yeast and bread, subtle hop kick. Coarse head is intimidating but settles to a decent layer quickly and fed by very good carbonation. Tastes is somewhat complex. Lots of carbonation in there and in the finish. Tingles the tongue in the beginning. Transitions to a subdued malty sweetness. Finishes strong with a meddly of hops, carbonation, and alcohol that seems to go on forever. Nice body to it but seems to soften as it opens/warms up.

timbro81, May 02, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Recommended by the helpful friends at the Neil St. Piccadilly in Champaign, I grabbed this from the Boulevard display, eager to try something from their Smokestack series. This did not disappoint. Rich, cloudy burgundy body, topped by two fat fingers of off-white foam, with plenty of lacing on the Yankees pint glass--used because I was watching the Yankees-Red Sox game; splendid presentation. Nicely aromatic, not overwhelming but thankfully complex--cherry, berry, chocolate, and hazelnut coffee.

This is really delicious. The cherry stood out to me, but various flavors emerge in turn--coffee, caramel, back to cherry--not too sweet but certainly not tart. Very impressive in its balance. A winner. The mouthfeel seals the deal for me--well-carbonated, smooth, and durable--never flattening out, fresh though lingering with me for a couple innings. Well done. The alcohol does start to weight heavily near the end, reducing the drinkability a bit.

This quadrupel is not overwhelming in its flavor. For people looking for a big, brash quadrupel, this might disappoint. Yet for those looking for a good, well-crafted, well-flavored, smooth Quad, this should satisfy. At $8 for the 22 oz. bottle it's a little pricey, but certainly enjoyable enough--and a bit boozy enough--to ultimately overlook (or plainly forget) the price in favor of the flavor. Definitely recommended.

Gehrig, Apr 15, 2008
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,039 ratings.