The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,520 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,520
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 188
Gots: 558 | 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...

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

March 20, 2015

12 oz bottle, tulip

A – Rich, medium amber, with a slightly copperish hue in the wider, denser parts of the glass. AN off-white, yellowish foamy head of 2-3 inches plus, craggy, with very high retention. Beer is somewhat hazy.

S – Very peppery yeast spice, with clove notes, is the first blast to hit the nose. A lot of fruit, especially pear and apricot and maybe golden raisins. Malt is mostly bread dough or cracker, maybe a light touch of caramel or bread crust. There might be some earthy, herbal hops, but they are low. Alcohol seems to be likely responsible for some of the estery fruity aromas.

T – Again, that yeast-derived pepper/clove spice is the star. Fruity flavors are pears, apple, raisins, and a touch of orange or nectarine-like citrus. Hops are not really noticeable. Malt impression is flour, uncooked dough, cracker, with some light bread crust notes. Esters seem to be from the yeast and the alcohol, which is apparent but not abrasive.

M – Very high carbonation, balancing out moderate-high residual sweetness and medium-full body. Spicy, and still dry despite the remaining sugars. Bitterness is low, enough to provide some balance but not prevalent. Alcohol contributes mild heat, noticeable but pleasant.

O – An interesting beer, as it is still very sweet despite its dryness and high attenuation. I like the saison-like peppery notes a lot. Very complex but still very accessible/drinkable.

Photo of Czarkazm
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark burnt orange, with a thick sand colored head. Lots of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass; ruby tones and crystal clear after pouring first half of bottle, the butt of the bottle introduced healthy sized clumps of sediment. Mostly dark fruit on the nose, prunes, cherries, a heavy biscuit flavor, toffee. Best by 8/22/2015 and still getting some heat from the booze, fruity yeast, toffee, full bodied and extremely carbonated. Toffee comes out in the taste, as well, with a nutty/raisiny aftertaste.

Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't in love with this one. Just way too heavy for me, although it would probably be a great winter sipper. For the months changing to warmer weather though, this was just overly heavy. It was toasty, malty, and thick. Notes of spice and cinnamon throughout, with a heavy body and mouth feel. This is a pretty rich brew.

Would not purchase again most likely, just not my thing.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOK: Pours a deep ruby color really quite stunning. Tightly beaded bubbles form a dense, almost champagne like foam, if champagne had retention that was worth a damn.

SMELL: The smell of fruits, malts, alcohol. Almost like a spiked Hawaiian punch. Yeast and thus alcohol driven esters and aromas are huge but nice.

TASTE: Complex flavor of fruit and malts, there's a spice I could attribute to the yeast strain or alcohol, it provides a good balance to the sweetness. Earthy, wood like elements from the hops which also dry and even out the finish. Cotton candy, bubblegum, pear upfront then neutralized with somewhat pungent herbal hop flavor and bitterness..

FEEL: Full bodied, lively, spicy at times. Evolves as it warms like a true Belgian style beer. Crisp and dry with a hop bite riding a wave of delicate toffee remnants.

OVERALL: An impressive take on the style, and very respectable. Dry yet almost creamy, and smooth as you'll get for the strength. Enjoyable and fun to drink, and from Boulevard, another feather in the cap so to speak.

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE - 4FH that lasts, lots of lacing, opaque, amber, foamy.

AROMA/SCENT - Malts, floral, sweet.

TASTE - Malts, yeast, sweet, nutty, coffee, caramel, brown sugar.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Very carbonated, dry.

VALUE - $13.99 for a 4-pack. Good deal.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Too boozy, a sipping beer.

Photo of Garvey
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Man, this thing just keeps on bubbling and bubbling. Feels like I'm drinking champagne...delicious, sweet, spicy, beer champagne. Got the last bottle which is probably a good thing since I need to drive home in 10 minutes.

EDIT: Tasty beer burps, too

Photo of matty
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good brew..wouldn't call it world class .

Photo of Extrajoker00
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed: 3/7/15

The Sixth Glass by Boulevard
poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Chalice

P- great looking label featuring the devil from the fable (4.25)

A- full pillowy head of orangish tan and full lacing and retention over a lush dark copper ale (4.0)

S- Belgian yeast beet sugar and faint alcohol (3.75)

T- alcohol up front, complex malty yeasty Belgian lingers as it fades (4.0)

M- very full bodied strong and great (3.75)

D- very strong more of a nite cap or special occasion (3.5)

O- quads are somewhat new to me but this is a good effort (4.0)

log anticipated, no let down, a great beer
---- J

Photo of Mattygross44
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Definitely lacked the complexity of a true quad but was not bad. A little to sweet for me but still loved it. Great job for a American quad with Belgium style

Photo of TheDoctor
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle
Best before: April-2016

A:
Pours a hazy golden brown with 3+ fingers of thick beige cream that rockily settles to a finger or so. Excellent retention; bit of lacing. (4)

S:
Sweet, fresh, spicy. Hard water, spicy yeast, baking spices, toasted nuts, brown sugar. (4.25)

T:
Rich, earthy, sweet. Smooth biscuity flavor underneath with a floral sweetness, dark bread, stone fruits, cinnamon. (4.25)

M:
Rich with a medium-full body, good moderate carbonation, smooth drinking, luscious finish with well-hidden alcohol. (4)

O:
Grrrreat Belgian Strong Dark Ale!
This is a big, smooth, imposing, rich beer that is all too drinkable.
Pours with a caramel color almost and an imposing (and downright un-American--in the style, for the most part) head. The aroma is rich and hints at the flavor with lots of vanilla, butterscotch, spices, and bready malt. The taste follows suit a cream soda taste contrasted with herbal hop hints and a super luxurious palate.
I liked this beer an awful lot. It was a lot lighter and fresher tasting than I had expected, but packs all the punch I was expecting and then some. Very well-made, drinkable, layered beer.
Would definitely have again; worth a shot if you come across it and like Begians. (4.5)

Photo of MemphisSooner
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A brownish orange with a leather-like appearance, nice off-white foam head

S: Fruity notes abound. Raisins, plum, figs. Some burnt sugar, bready esters, alcohol, and clove linger in the nose as well. Slight pipe tobacco hints.

T: Banana bread, clove, figs. Dates and pipe tobacco on the back end. Alcohol dryness follows a sweet bread like finish. A very mild hop presence in the malty wonder land. This is a super complex quad.

M: Dense but not too rich. Smooth without being oily. Pretty much what you want or expect from a quad with this depth and character.

O: This is a tremendous beer from Boulevard. I'm not crazy about this style, but I will return to the Sixth Glass next time I am in the mood for a serious American riff on this classic Belgian style.

Photo of thebeers
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear orange-amber color with lots of bubbles from the center and a large, quick to dissipate off-white head that's quick to dissipate with decent lacing. Malt, dark fruits and some bubblegum in the nose. Alcohol and pepper bite in the taste, with some cherry, a little orange and more gum. Hop bitterness on the back end. Not bad, but not the greatest.

Photo of mattcrill
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Mild peppery phenolics up front. Dark fruit esters follow. Berry, cherry, and pear is noted.

Appearance: Cloudy amber pour with a moderate off white head. Tight bubbles, lacing the glass, and good head retention noted. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Assertive peppery phenolics hit the palate first. Mild malty sourdough bread notes with low fruity esters that aren't nearly as assertive as the aroma. Balance is bitter and bitey due to the phenolics. This is expected for the style. Finish is clean and bone dry. Aftertaste lingers with spicy peppery notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Slight warmth. No astringency or creaminess noted.

Overall impression: A big Belgian Dark Strong ale. The phenolics are a one trick pony and I would have liked more malt or fermentation character. Still, a very solid example of the style.

Photo of OzzieLikesBeer
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

not quite as effervescent as I've become accustomed to with this style. Lots of spiciness and fruity phenols. Soft malty body with warming alcohol in finish no doubt from dark candi sugars. I've only had two Boulevard beers and they have both been outstanding. Will be on the lookout for more!

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - cloudy brownish orange with a great off white head and great lacing.
Smell - sweet fruity Belgian yeast with a slight bit of spice.
Taste - sweet Carmel Belgian yeast with slight fruit like the smell.
Feel - creamy full body with lots of carbonation.
Overal - incredible quad!

Photo of UrbanCaveman
1.95/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a wide-mouth snifter at approximately 50 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange-amber, and forms a thick orange head with good retention and lacing. I'm hesitant right away, because I've found orange in the color of a beer, particularly in the head, generally indicates significant hop presence.

Smell: Sweetness strikes right up front, all cotton-candi sugar, wreathed through with notes of plum and fig. There's something faintly floral in the aroma as well, but as it is faint, I'm keeping hope alive.

Taste: Right out of the gate, and through the entirety of the tasting process, my hop-sensitive tongue picks up a significant torrent of something floral and spicy, which dominates the entire flavor profile for me start to finish. By the end, I can pick out something resembling a caramel and candi sugar sweetness, and possibly some dark fruits, but for the most part I get only a mouthful of floral-spice hops that also have some citrus along.

Mouthfeel: Extremely sharp with carbonation.

Overall: I won't be picking this one back up. When I want a quad, I'm looking for yeast esters to shine against a backdrop of sweet malt. This doesn't accomplish that at all. It tastes like an attempt to hop up a quad. Back to Abt 12, Rochefort 10, Three Philosophers, Trois Pistoles, and so forth I go.

Photo of Mikus
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unfiltered and effervescent. Garnet colored pour into my tulip. 2 fingers of loose, fluffy light tan bubbles. Spicy yeast notes, caramel, breadiness, figs, raisins, plums. Mild but pleasing nose. Huge dark fruit on the palate. Warming alcohol. Spicy yeast notes. Complex, yet seemingly simple. Dry finish with lingering dark fruits. Left me wanting more. So clean, crisp, and dry. Exceptional brew.

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

Pours with a robust head. Sticky aftertaste. Floral smell. Robust. Taste great!

Photo of clevelandbeerguy
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

not my favorite style of brew but its a decent beer in my book for the complex minded pallet

Photo of gr0g
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Reddish orange in color with fine sediment in suspension. Large, pillowy head of foam that lasts forever. Aroma of dark fruit and alcohol that combine into a bubblegum note at first, then notes of candy apple, pear, and raisin take over. Some aspirin bottle yeast character and a bit of rum.

Robustly malty and fruity with a restrained sweetness. It's immediately apparent that this can stand toe to toe with the top Belgian quads. Lots of toffee malt spiked with candi sugar. Just a hint of alcohol on the finish. Well-carbonated but not harsh. A bit of a syrupy/sticky finish.

Awesome quad at an awesome price point. Boulevard makes awesome Belgian-style beers -- it's easy to see why Duvel Moortgat bought them up.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nicely clouded coppery orange. Decent head of light tan foam. Fabulous retention, barely dropping though it did chunk up a bit.
Smell is rich, oaky, malt, tart, slightly musty. Great balance.
Taste is malty, tart, oak, rum, light citrus. Wow, just wow.
Medium bodied with a forward, almost pushy effervescence. Warming from the get-go. Dry finish brings out a slightly harsh astringency but it isn't offputting. Wish I had more.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour very carefully! I lost a bit of brew to the ever expanding head on this. I find it solid for the style and really, really good coming from an American brewery. There are hints of bubblegum phenols found in strong dark ales, but it is very well controlled compared to many American versions I've tried. Big, rich, dark fruit, dark sugar, and dark malt flavors. Hops serve to dry up the mouthfeel enough to keep the experience from being a cloying one. This sample came from a twelve ounce bottle with a bottle cap; not sure if a corked version would change the character or not. I am happily willing to investigate this matter. I would very much like to drink this next to other examples of the style. I expect it would do very well.

Photo of babaracas
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper with tons of sediment in suspension, with thick khaki colored head that settles to a thin cap, but very little is able to stick. Smell: dates and clove most prominent with caramel apple and a little spicy hopping; mild bready back. Taste: pear, caramel candy, date bread and plum notes...fruity but too quickly into big earthiness and a note of clove. For a quad the body is surprisingly light upfront then goes limp and heavy midsip and just as quickly vanishes, fleeting on the palate. For the 4/pack price, certainly worthy, but I'm not picking it over any of the similarly available Belgian heavy hitters.

Photo of ZebraCakez
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep red/brown color, light around the edges, with a decent two finger head of tight foam that dissipates slowly.

S: The aroma is unmistakably that of bananas, and very strongly so. There is a hoppy bite as well, but I basically just smell bananas.

T: Thankfully the taste is more complex then the nose. The alcohol is upfront. There is a fruity, figgy, raisin like aspect draped against a sweet backdrop. There is a spicy note on the finish, and hops shine through the whole time. Very well balanced between the sweet dried fruit and slightly bitter hops/spices.

F: Medium body, good carbonation. No complaints here.

O: I enjoyed this one plenty. It's fruity and pleasant. There's nothing here that makes me feel I need to buy this one a gain in the future, but I'm certainly glad to have tried it.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The Sixth Glass pours deep rich chestnut with a slight haze with a pillowy off-white foam cap that mounds up over the rim of the glass. The nose is fruit - a mix of large pitted and dried, and a hint of dark moist Carmel cake. Large pitted fruit, a faint citrus, dark raisins and a hint of fig begin the palate with a touch of chocolate and caramel. Medium full body with above average carbonation.

The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,520 ratings.