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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,923 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,923
Reviews: 662
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 127
Gots: 265 | FT: 12
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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Alyssat_

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-27-2013 23:04:18 | More by Alyssat_
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Abe_Froman

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-27-2013 06:09:25 | More by Abe_Froman
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GaToWyo

Wyoming

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-26-2013 04:07:23 | More by GaToWyo
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Punisher

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-25-2013 04:38:21 | More by Punisher
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ryanpj

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

07-25-2013 02:45:41 | More by ryanpj
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head but the retention is pretty much nonexistent. The head is a light beige with lots of yellow while the body is a very dark amber which glows a dark amber with lots of orange when held up to the light. Some lacing but it's pretty minimal.

Nose- Fairly weak. From both the bottle and the glass, I get some bubblegum, a bit of caramel but not much else. Faint hints of brown sugar and molasses. Lots of banana emerges after I swirl it and the beer has opened up a bit more. A light astringency from the alcohol starts to appear after some time.

Taste- Bitter, slightly woody notes appear at first with hints of alcohol on my cheeks. Some sweet malt and spice. Lots of cloves- so much so that they begin to overtake the flavor profile. Some banana but this might merely be a suggestion from the rampant phenols. (Turns out there is a lot of banana on the profile.) Yeast takes over on the finish and shows lots of spice and wood with minimal amounts of bitterness. My initial impression is that this would be better described as a mix between a tripel, a hefeweizen, and a Belgian strong dark ale. It's by no means a bad beer but it does not match up to the bar set by classic quads. The bubblegum that I detected on the nose starts to appear as well. Some brown sugar and molasses but this is primarily a clove bomb. Definitely an above average beer but I'm wondering where the dates, the raisins, and the candied fruits are. Lots of cinnamon as well and the heat is apparent but it adds to the flavor profile. A very good beer but a little bit of disappointment in regard to style. The bitter yeasty finish lingers too long and is the biggest negative of the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel- Pretty heavy with almost ropy threads of syrup. Some zip of carbonation. Fitting for the style.

Drinkability- With the yeasty finish as the only negative, this beer is borderline dangerous. A four pack at $11 could get you drunk quickly if you weren't paying attention. May not be the best representation of the style but it is still a very nice beer.

Overall- Probably the best you could expect from a quad that isn't bottle conditioned. This is definitely worth a try and a steal at the price. Just don't think you've found a replacement for Rochefort, Bernardus, or (gasp) Westy. There's a reason you pay money for the big hitters.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 01:45:39 | More by artoolemomo
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Mattyb79

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-24-2013 23:10:22 | More by Mattyb79
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Jennille

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-23-2013 03:36:03 | More by Jennille
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-22-2013 01:38:16 | More by WOLFGANG
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piconaut

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-22-2013 00:55:40 | More by piconaut
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to umich03jm for bringing this one along. I've got a bottle myself, so it'll be nice to see whether I should let it sit for a while longer or not. Sixth Glass is some strange color that's not quite amber and not quite copper and not quite orange, but somewhere in between. Mild clarity, surprising for a Quad, with lots of suspended sediment bits hanging about. The creamy, beige head looks like it might stick around for a while, but quickly vanishes to a simple skin.

Dark figs, Belgian yeast, bubblegum, mild clove, floral hops, a hint of mint, touches of spicy phenol, and some underlying, sweet esters. Overhead, some extremely light grapes and raisins hang and add a faint tartness and mild sweetness note to the aroma. It's Quad-like, for sure, but not quite as enjoyable or robust or sweet as some other great ones.

Even more bubblegum when you take a sip, like popping a mouth full of Bubble Yum, original flavor. It's funny to me how much Belgian yeast can resemble bubblegum, and it certainly shines here. Candi sugar, clove, light mint... the typical Belgian "spiced" flavors, but something is still missing. There's a lot to be admired on the surface but when you take a deeper look, it seems quite vapid and full of itself, kind of like Ryan Reynolds.

Rotten, dark fruits add to the mix a little bit; plum, dates, and even some mild banana from the yeast. Phenol spices get heavier with warmth and some medicinal and menthol notes eventually come in and shut things down like your parents coming home early from work and interrupting your after-school tonsil hockey session. Chalky, sugar-sweet, fruity and phenolic finish; medium-heavy bodied with decent carbonation and a thick, creamy mouth feel.

Not a bad Quad, but there are a few things holding this back from being really enjoyable to me. The problem is, my palate (like many others) has been spoiled like a pre-teen in Bel-Air by things like Westvletern XII and St. Bernardus Abt 12. Those beers have changed the Quad game forever and Sixth Glass doesn't quite hit the bar. Still enjoyable but nothing to get hard over.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 11:34:04 | More by tectactoe
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thampel09

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-19-2013 07:43:08 | More by thampel09
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CB2maltygoodness

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-18-2013 23:01:19 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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KELPAK

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

07-18-2013 15:57:27 | More by KELPAK
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gpblackgt

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-17-2013 20:53:36 | More by gpblackgt
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leroybrown10

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-16-2013 21:32:34 | More by leroybrown10
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-deep amber color with a nice light tan head and a little lacing

S-dark fruit, brown sugar, malt, spice

T-toasted malt, raisins, plums, brown sugar and caramel, cinnamon, some alcohol noticeable, really nice as it warms up a little

F-medium to full bodied with light to moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-a really nice quad at a good price and an easily enjoyable regular offering, will definitely be drinking more of this

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 20:07:05 | More by MDDMD
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jewellrunner

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-15-2013 01:46:39 | More by jewellrunner
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BRD14

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-14-2013 23:50:34 | More by BRD14
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pathman

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-14-2013 20:47:25 | More by pathman
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Hoptimus-Prime

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-14-2013 20:01:25 | More by Hoptimus-Prime
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

07-14-2013 14:52:47 | More by acurtis
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-14-2013 02:45:28 | More by JakerLou
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-14-2013 01:58:14 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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thefluker

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

07-14-2013 00:45:25 | More by thefluker
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,923 ratings.