The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 742
Hads: 2,547
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 192
Gots: 576 | 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:
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 hattingc
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very nice glass full of darker ale with a lite hint of malt and fruit. The smell gives you the feeling it wil be a very fruit ale, but it is not overwhelming. I split the bottle and it might get a little sweet after a whole bottle. Overall it is a great pour... (261 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a 4 pack at Old Farm because I had not seen this before and big fan of Quads. Awesome looking beer, great head that grew and has a good, clean smell. Taste is excellent, great balance, did not taste as strong as the 10.5% that is was. Overall is was a great beer that I am glad I have 3 more of and will buy again. (324 characters)

Photo of PennFBarts
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Like what? Trappist-style ales seem simplified to me, but the tangy yeasts and bready mouthfuls of flavor in this bronson are smooth despite the 10.5% alcohol. Really impressed with this number, even considering the enormous amount of decent trappist ales out there. Fantastic beer that I look to make a staple of my summer Tour de France viewing libation menu. (361 characters)

Photo of DonDirkA
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The nose is overpoweringly figgy. Figs, dates, raisins, dark fruit, toffee, brown sugar, a hint of vanilla, an oaky undertone and did I mention figs? The taste is mad figgy too. Heavy dark fruit, figs, dates, brown sugar, toffee, oak, caramel, raisins, a hint of alcohol warmth, bready notes and a surprisingly light but substantial body and lively carbonation. This is a great Quad and the best of the Smokestack Series that I have had. I wish I would've gotten more than one. I'm sad now. (490 characters)

Photo of Steamer
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass. A very nice amber and cream colored head that lingers. Fruity aroma and bit medicinal, likely due to the high alcohol content, but not unpleasant at all. The taste was surprising; the fruitiness comes through up front followed by dryness with some bitterness that I wasn't expecting based on my experience with other quads. A very pleasant surprise though! After a few sips to get the full effect I settled back and savored every mouthful. An excellent quad and definitely worth a return engagement! (526 characters)

Photo of mschind
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Best by date of 3-16-14.

A- Hazy dark amber with a persistent half inch head that clings to the glass all the way down. Well distributed strands of carbonation throughout.

S- Subtle and distinct malty aroma with a little yeast funk in the background. After a swirl some dried fruit and alcohol come through.

T- A well defined malt character gives way to some banana flavor and some phenolic sweetness. The finish is sweet and peppery For a 10.5 ABV, the alcohol is a warm presence at the finish and not at all harsh. It went nicely with a peppery Italian hoagie and pasta salad and benefited greatly from being allowed to warm up.

M- Medium bodied and smooth with excellent carbonation.

O- This is an elegant and subtle Quad, definitely not as bold as others I've tried but very well made and easy to drink. (860 characters)

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think I am becoming a fan of this brewery!
Poured into a pint glass this beer is a hazy dark amber gold. The tan bubbly creamy head head builds about two fingers high. It dissipates fast and leaves no lacing.
The nose is malt, fruit like fig, prune and date, caramel and booze.
The amazing taste starts with the fruit bouquet of prune, fig and date, maybe some raisin. Bread and dough flavors and caramel are in the middle. The malt and hop balance is remarkable. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering in the taste.
I think I found a new favorite brewery. This beer is the best quad in my book as of yet!
Great, must try beer! (638 characters)

Photo of whynot44
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy red-amber color with a foamy light tan head that settles down fairly quickly to a thin layer that persists and produces some decent lace.

The aroma is dried fruit - plums, apricots, raisins, malt and yeast - a bit of pound cake with a touch of spice and alcohol.

The taste is similar more malt/yeast followed by mixed dried/candied fruit, mildly sweet, not excessive, with a somewhat dry spicy finish - maybe a hint of cloves, and a very definite alcohol afterburn.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth and pleasant to drink.

Nice. Overall a very enjoyable sipping brew take your time. (601 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A cloudy reddish color, with 2 fingers of head that stick to the top of the brew all the way down. Impressive!

S - Belgian candy sugar. Dried fruit, apricot.

T - Oh wow, sweet but not overwhelming. Well balanced, and smooth. Like the smell, dried fruit, apples, apricot, grapes.

M - Full bodied, well carbonated. Perfect mouthfeel.

O - This brew has it all. As good a Quad as I have ever had. Looks, smells, tastes great. If you are a fan of Belgian Quads, you have to try this one. This brewery is very impressive, as I have loved the Long Strange Tripel and the Doublewide IPA. Glad to have them here in GA (618 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
4.68/5  rDev +15%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of mattvoid
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-- Dark ruby color with a moderately foamy head

S- Malty smell with raisins and light caramel undertones, a little boozy

T- The caramel is stronger in the taste than the smell, and has an immediately pleasantly strong malty taste to it, the raisin flavor bubbles up in the after taste. For 10.5% ABV it does not taste like it, unless you really try to quaff it quickly.

M- Dense and thick feel, the foam is thick but fades relatively quickly

O- I purchase at least 1 every time I go to the liquor store. Pairs well with pretty much all food, and works as a winter ale or a night time summer one when sipped slowly. It's also my go to beer when showing why I like Belgians or abbey ales. (691 characters)

Photo of BradleysBrew
4.66/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first review! The past few weeks I've been drinking these and really digging the taste. Out of the handful of quad ales I've tried, I like this the best. Drinking one right now, good rich color, a lot of particles in it but I like the added sediment. You could pour it slowly to reduce the cloudiness. Head doesn't stay put for long though compared to other abbey ales kind of reducing aromas. Or maybe I should stop typing and finish this brew right. Cheers! (462 characters)

Photo of thezenkeeper
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of ikantspel
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into a duvel tulip
best by date of 8.7.14

pours a chestnut brown color with a slightly tan head. a healthy bulbous head nearly foams out of the glass

essential belgian yeast smell. clove, pepper, tons of sweet dark fruits

starts off right away with some malty goodness. a spice/alcohol tone develops right away. kind of starts off a little too strong but slowly mellows away leaving your mouth with a sweet aftertaste of dark fruit and a hint of caramel

an amazing take on a belgian style. simple and it works. no trick or gimmicks in this one. SOLID

bought this 4 pack for 11.99. great value. excellent beer (620 characters)

Photo of beveritt
4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 750ml brown corked and caged bottle into a Rockmill Brewery logoed chalice. The label has the look of an old carnival poster or ad with a faded red background and a goateed face in blue. Batch number 610050, best before 02/13.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of 2 fingers of medium tan head. This settles slowly, still maintaining a substantial cap of foam. The beer itself is medium brown, dark enough to be opaque int he middle, yet light enough to be seen through at the edges.

Smell: Strong bready malt with a distinct brown sugar sweetness. Slight notes of cinnamon.

Taste: Bready malt upfront with buttery phenols. Alcohol sweetness mid palate; not completely hidden and yet not overwhelming. Notes of raisins, plums, and cloves. Finishes with a lingering brown sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation level. Body is excellent; amazingly thick and viscous.

Drinkability: Yum. This is a big, flavorful, and immensely enjoyable beer. My second from Boulevard and a great comeback from the disappointing last beer. (1,071 characters)

Photo of joeplyr
4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber with poured with a bouncy, thick head which fizzed like a soda.

Aroma: The caramel hops hit the nose initially with the two-row and wheat malt bridging the gap with the alcoholic end Aroma (it is a Quad, so its understandible). Also smell a hint of prune/raisin, which actaully gets more pronounced now that I recognize it.

Taste: Tastes like a very sweet, light Abbot ale. Almost a bit too sweet but it calmy produce the caramel malt taste. The prune is evident as well. I like it.

Mouthfeel: A nice, clean freshness pervaded, but the alcohol does tinge at the end. Overall pretty darn good.

Drinkability: This is a 10.5% ABV brew so it's definitely not a session beer. The wine bottle it is sold in is not for solo consumption either. At least not for me.

Notes: Gotta love my local brewery branching out a bit with their expanded capacity. This is probably one of the finest quads I've had here in the States. (940 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wonderful cloves, apricot and pear-like aromas waft up from a deep, orange-copper body and through a creamy, thickly sculptured head. Sweetbread flavors tame a robust alcohol warmth; excellent soft malt backbone. Silky smooth, medium-bodied feel with a fine carbonation.

An all-around delicious quadrupel. Varied malt sweetness dance with intriguing boozy and bitter notes, all combined in a well-balanced, nicely complex form. A real pleasure to the visual, smell, and taste senses. (484 characters)

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Massively carbonated as four fingers of honey comb tan head reaches the top of the glass and fades crackling to a half an inch in minutes. Body is a deep burgundy brownish amber, very beautiful. Nose is zesty and spice filled with tones of fresh cut wood, vanilla, pepper, soap and carmel. Enters the mouth with a pillow like soft creamy feel that rides a zesty carpet of even spicyness. Vanilla is big and sweet up front on the palate. Spice feel is a bit peppery but really very smooth. Toasty phelonic feel is so soft and consistant. Mouthfeel thickens on the back of the tongue as you continue to drink. This is a hugely drinkable beer at 10.5% alchol, which is superbly well hidden. This is a sleeper of a brew. (716 characters)

Photo of Loki
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep cooper with a thick, no huge, foamy white head. The head settles down after a little while but pours almost like Duvel. (Which is appropriate, since I was pouring it into a Duvel glass). The head settles down put I had to pour back and forth between glasses to get the bottle poured. A little, white ring remains well after the head is gone and the beer is still being enjoyed.

Smell: Ripe fruit and sweet malt give a fantastic aroma with hints of biscuity malts. After notes of brandy and belgian candied sugar.

Taste: Malty fruit like a thick crusted fruit turnover. Raisins, malt, and caramel finish and linger on the palate.

Mouthfeel: warm and silky smooth. Coating and thick without being cloying.

Drinkability: Fantastic. I wish I had brought three or four bottles of this back instead of one. DAMN YOU TSA and your liquid restrictions. Damn you US Air and your $15+ per checked bag! Damn you liquid and glass for weighing so much! (959 characters)

Photo of Taz_Michael
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, slightly chilled 20oz bottle

A: Dark amber with some Exxon Valdeze oil slicks. Two to three finger, antique white head. Slight speckling in the head. Head holds awhile and makes for a very pleasant appearance. Bubbled like a champagne when I first opened and poured! Daddy like!

S: This was my first quad, so i don't have anything to compare it to. I smelled sugar, fig, raisins and... coriander?

T: WOW! Um... WOW!! Sweet but not too sweet. Fruity but not Rue Paul. Definitely taste the figs and raisins and caramel. The coriander smell.... was that dates? I think I taste dates. Amazing flavor, overall!

M: For wine drinkers = this would be your opportunity to transition to beer. Seriously! Champagne bubbles that lessen at room temp. No overpowering beer flavor. After taste is almost non-existent. Creamy but not thick.

O: Pa-tow! If I could afford to stock my refer with this beer, I would. Drink, drank, drunk!!! (945 characters)

Photo of baos
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked bottle into my bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Beautiful hazy amber on pour with ruby highlights at the edges when one holds it to light. Then comes a four finger beige head that sticks around pretty nicely. Lacing is not super but bits can be seen here and there.

S: Wow! Beautiful malts and big vanilla (with the slightest hints of cinnamon) booziness. Syrupy sweet molasses. This brew would be the king of brews beside the fire in the dead of December when its 20 below outside and Christmas is just around the corner.

T: Heavenly honeyed malts with spicy almost cinnamony background notes. Dark fruit preserves with clove notes and caramely yumminess. In the middle a big booziness that is very rum-raisin-like and very good. I love this beer. Even though its not as thick as one would want its fucking awesome. I happy I live in a time where I can have stuff like this.

M: Not as thick as the other quads that I've sampled. but hey this has a nice syrupy medium body that doesn't fuck around.

D: A nicely strong brew, but a good one for the nicely strong you! Drink away boys. Drink away! (1,101 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks go out to n8dietz... you da man!!!

Mahagony and ruby caramel color beneath a luminous three finger head. The retention is fleeting after a few sips. No lace or stickage from the foam. The bubbling is very nice.

I smell baking bread and smoked black cherries on my first whiff. Then a more simply sweet aroma of caramelized brown sugar mixed with a vanilla bourbon. Superb aroma to this quad.

The taste starts with caramelized cherries and apples. The middle has those sweet flavors take on a more oak and sweet whiskey character. Carbonation from start to finish seems to add flourish to the abv. warmth from the midle to the finish. It's a bubbly and palate warming sip.

This is indeed a spot on quad. Sippable, complex and pleasant on the palate. One of the best tasting quads I've had yet. (804 characters)

Photo of Levich
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet.

Boulevard's Quadrupel offering pours a rich dark amber color with just a touch of garnet hue. The light colored head dissipates very quickly leaving only a rim around the edge. The aroma is sweet and fruity with hints of apple, pear, and dates. The first sip delivers a well balanced beer. There is a caramel sweetness followed by just the right amount of bitter. There is a lingering alcohol warmth after swallowing. Subsequent sips provide a depth of sweetness. the caramel fades a bit and the fruity notes come forward. Sixth Glass has a rich mouthfeel with a mild foamy effervescence. It's not too syrupy, but delivers a richness that a Quad should. Overall, this is a great beer. It keeps one wanting more, sip after sip. (769 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.6/5  rDev +13%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served with course #1 of the 17th Annual Labor of Love Belgian Beer Dinner - steak tartare wrapped in leek.

Beautiful burgundy dives to the bottom of the glass, sloshing upwards gently. I pour but a bit, to share with the others who thirst.

There is caramel sweetness that will ooze out of my pores. There are dates and cherries, the oxidation slight and carefree. The booze lingers throughout the adventure, never overpowering, omnipresent. Each small sip a moment of divine pleasure. Subdued hops round out this beer beautifully. I announce the winner of round 1's pairings, and one of my favorite flavors of the day. (621 characters)

The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 742 ratings.