The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 743
Hads: 2,548
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 clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a ruby red brown with one finger head that died quick. Has a slightly boozy aroma, dark fruits and figs (maybe raisins) are a tad noticeable and there are some sweet malts. Beer is medium bodied, smooth, real sweet for some reason, good amount of caramel, candi sugar and a touch of fruit sweetness. Good balance as I get some dark fruits as well and there is a hearty, heavy finish. Not a bad American quad at all and well worth the low pricepoint; not the tastiest or most complex quad but it got the job done. (519 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle $7.98. Nice red-brown, not quite transparent or opaque. The head died a swift death so there is not much to comment on there. The aroma was like a fresh cut apple, cinnamon, and pepper, nice. The flavor was a little hot with more cinnamon, alcohol and fruity flavors. This was incredibly easy to drink despite the high ABV and it was quite an enjoyable beer. (371 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into two giant snifters

Pours a deep cloudy brown, with visible sediment floating. Huge head and persistent carbonation, a little lacing. Smells musty and belgian, raisins and wetness.

Taste is fairly sweet, fruit and raisins, slight molasses, a little clove, sour finish. A little bit of coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel is gritty and fizzy. Noticeably strong. (380 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz bottle with an enjoy by date of 12/30/15. There is also a Julian code to indicate the bottling date that is a little smeared, but seems to indicate a bottling date of 12/30/13. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series chalice.

Appearance - A gentle pour, so as not to fill my beer with the sediment on the bottom of the bottle, yields a one and a half finger head of tan with just the slightest caramel-hued twinge to it. The bubbles are fine and lucious and they retain for several minutes before receding to a film with pockets of thicker foam intermittently dispersed on the surface of the liquid. Beneath the film likes a dark burnt umber body with shades of burgundy and auburn depending on how the light hits the glass. Lacing is mostly nonexistent save for a few idle spots here and there.

Smell - The aroma is a sweet blend of light molasses and brown sugar, with some fainter notes of fig and dried fruit alongside some baking spice, reminiscent of clove and some faint hints of banana-like esters that really add more depth to the beer than they do overpower the other flavor profiles.

Taste - Fruity esters are again present here, but less on the banana side of things and more in the range of figs and dates and perhaps some red plum as well? The spiciness from the yeast is also present, imparting notes of clove and brown sugar, with some caramel sweetness. As it finishes, there is just a hint of some bitterness and almost a metallic taste. Oddly, I got sort of a metal taste after the first drink, but didn't really notice again through the rest of the glass. There is also a faint burn of the high alcohol, but it's amazingly well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and moderate carbonation, with just enough fizz to avoid feeling flat.

Overall, yet another traditional Belgian style that Boulevard does well. It's a little lighter than many beers in the quad/BSDA category, but that's no problem by my view. The only thing I will say is that I wish there were a little more depth of flavor to this one. One of the things I like about the style is that it continues to evolve and develop throughout the enjoyment of the glass. This one was pretty similar from start to finish. As such, I feel the need to dock the overall score, because the sum of it's parts were just not quite as good as the individual components. (2,362 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best by 08/22/2015 printed on the bottle. Finally getting around to trying this one from Boulevard, their quadrupel ale.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours an extremely rich thick caramel / toffee brown colored body. Four big fluffy fingers of airy bubbly khaki foam. Almost root beer float like in appearance. Big fluffy lacing. Looks very nice.

S - A traditional aroma: dark fruits, some alcohol fumes, Belgian candi sugar, notes of caramel.

T - Taste is the same: dark fruit, Belgian candi sugar, yeast, cream, caramel, toffee, mild alcohol bite.

M - The feel is smooth & silky. Creamy mouthfeel. Mild alcohol presence, but very easy-drinking for the high abv.

Overall, a solid quad from Boulevard. Tastes a little young, if that makes sense, and I would love to see what some age could do to one of these.

Boulevard The Sixth Glass -----4/5. (882 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle best by date of 11/2012, just made it, although I've never met a Quad that wasn't better after some age and this was bottled sometime in 2010 so I think it will last/has lasted.

Pours a very light copper color (much lighter than most Quads) with a small immediately dissipating off-white head that fades into a still murky slick looking beverage; minimal spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with some minimal dark fruits and a bit of lightly-sweet bready maltiness. As it warms there is a hint of caramelized sugar, phenolic yeast esters and some boozy alcohol but really not much else, kind of a let down.

The tastes follow the nose with dark fruits, highlighted by plums and cherries, then some light alcohol and a bit of sweet bready/toasty malt. As it warms the yeast spices and esters really start to assert themselves and salvage the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is medium body with a surprisingly low amount of carbonation for a Belgian ale, regardless of the ABV.

Overall, this beer was a pretty big letdown after saving it for 2 years. Maybe it was better fresh, but in my experience strong Belgian ales are best at about 2 years. Anyway, the beer lacked the super dark caramelized sugars and other darker fruits that are necessary for a stellar Quad. This is almost like a Belgian Barley Wine or a Belgian Strong Amber Ale (I know that doesn't exist as a style but it's not dark and it's not golden). A disappointment for me considering the high rankings on this site, as per usual, so fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. (1,554 characters)

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to welosiped. Served in my Cantillon tulip.

Pours a very light color for the style--light copper with a bit of a reddish hue. Single-finger off-white head starts it out. Eventually the head fades into a light collar with a few spots of lacing on the side of the glas. The nose has some faint dark fruits plus a bit of lightly-sweet malt. Perhaps a hint of caramel. Nothing too complex. A bit of booze there as well. The flavor has dark fruits, cherries, light alcohol, and a bit of sweet malt. Everything melds together quite well. Medium body with lowish carbonation. Overall, pretty good. Glad I got to try this. (629 characters)

Photo of kels
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to pwoods for bringing this along to christen my new apartment in Virginia. Split the bomber with him and bamadog.

Appearance: The pour into my snifter yields a hazy toasted brown color with hints of red. Swirls of filmy white lace and a ring of tan bubbles around the glass sit atop the liquid. Spotty lace hangs along the glass.

Smell: Smell is slightly metallic like tin or aluminum. Dry toastiness and sweet caramel come through, along with a hint of alcohol stringency. Dark chewy cherries or raisins accompany.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Feel is moderate - thin in mouth but fizzy in back. Slightly syrupy and sticky in taste and feel, with very toasty, caramel malt. Dark sweet fruit and very light yeast show up in the swallow, and the alcohol is nicely drying.

Drinkability: Pretty satisfying beer, but the alcohol really sneaks up on you fast. It seems to be more highly drinkable than it should be. (913 characters)

Photo of TPatuto
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from 22oz bottle.

A- nice deep brown with a heavy cloudiness to it. Good head, stayed a while at first and faded to a nice thick rim. The carbonation was not overpowering at all and was pretty consistent as I sipped on it.

S- malt, raisin, fig. Didn't show through extremely well, I had to try a little harder than I expected to find them, but they were appealing.

T- The richness of the malts comes through here. A nice combination of dark fruits and concentrated flavors.

M- Pretty filling. Flavors were well concetrated which left some light lingering finish. A good balance of alcohol came in toward the finish too, which I actually found to be a pleasant addition.

D- I would be happy to drink this again, but not if I had to go far out of my way to get it.

Perhaps I didn't enjoy it as much as I would have in the middle of the winter or in front of a fire... I will try it again next december and let you all know. :-) (940 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Sixth Glass pours a pretty impressive tawny amber color that moves from orange at the bottom to brown at the top. The foam is expansive and chirpy - it sounds like those commercials for Rice Krispies: Snap, crackle, pop, indeed.

This head is so goddamn impressive and spot-on, I'm giving the 4.5 despite finding the color to be very light on the Quad spectrum. A foamy sea of beery goodness..

The aroma is also quite nice, with very correct notes of dark fruits and Belgian yeast. Spicy, with notes of ginger and a tart, dry pepper. Solid potency. Reminiscent of the better Belgian examples with a tart twist.

The flavor is a little less of what I want - it's not as complex and mysterious as the best of the style. Still, there is a large amount of fig paste and raisin sweetness complementing the phenolic clove and banana yeast flavors. It's not a bad take on the style, but it doesn't hold a candle to the best.

With warmth, flavors of cherry, sour apple, and a mild tartness can be coaxed out of the initially one-dimensional sweet flavor. The ginger (that I can't imagine the provenance of) comes through as well, and helps define the Sweet and Spiced natures of the brew.

The mouthfeel is pretty minimal - uncharacteristically thin, and basically not providing the chewiness that this style requires to deliver so much flavor. The carbonation is expansive, but overall a little too much of a good thing. The malt content is lacking - even if not by much, it needs to be fixed.

Booze is noticeable; not problematic at first but really quite overbearing afterall. The finish is quite dry, which accentuates the alcohol late in the glass. Boulevard did a lot of things right here, but there are definitely some points of contention. I like the Sixth Glass and I'm definitely reminded of the Belgian masters here, which is a very good sign!

If you're in the Midwest and see a 750 style bottle of this for reasonable prices (7-9 dollars), don't hesitate for a second if you're in the mood for a dark Belgian style ale. (2,036 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at The Liquor Shop last week for $3.50, for a 12oz bottle. A harrowing day at work today requires some assistance in unwinding! The Sixth Glass will be my first!

I poured it into a small tulip. It was a rich, deep auburn with a little bit of haze. The head was healthy and tan, a 1" layer of fine cream looking right fine atop things. Great lacework is left behind on the glass. The nose is solidly rich, with a good dose of malty sweetness plus some spicy, yeasty notes. The body here is decent, though there is a healthy amount of carbo which lends some prickliness and airiness to the feel.

The flavor, too, has some nice malty caramel, along with some subtle dark fruit and a hint of candy sugar. A bit of clove as well as green apple also sit on the palate. A nip of spicy yeast dryly finishes things up. Not bad, all in all! Surprisingly, my first Boulevard bier! Prosit!!

3.88/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of everetends
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle I got from hopsleeroy in a past trade. Now is the time to enjoy this baby. Served this guy up in a tulip glass.

A: This guy had a huge pop on the uncorking and has a nice smoke rolling out of the bottle. Has a really nice hazy brown going on here. The haze is very wheat beer in appearance. That hazy brown has a more amber look with a touch of orange as it is held to the light. The pour got me a good three fingers of head that seems to be pretty darned tight and thick and has a really crisp white appearance. Lace is loose and doesn't have too much stick as it slowly slides back in to the glass further keeping the retention in tact. Good looking brew.

S: Smell is not really kickin as much as I was expecting. It does have a pretty light and balanced. Getting some nice and sweet Belgian characters coming through with the yeast and malts. There is a slight candy sweetness going on here. It does actually have a lot of caramel malt in here along with a touch of clove honey. Smells pretty good but its pretty muted.

T: Taste pretty much mirrors the nose. Getting that Belgian yeast quality coming out really nice with all that malt in here. Getting a good amount caramel and clove honey in here as well. This is sweet but not too crazy. There is a touch of wheat in here that is really cutting it a bit with some grainy goodness. There is a good amount of bready goodness in here that really works with that wheat goodness. There is a slight touch of raisin and tart cherry in here as well. Slight touch of spicy rum on the finish. Pretty tasty.

M: Nice medium feel that has a decent amount of weight to it. Nice and somewhat oily and slick feel going on here. The carbonation is medium as well that really keeps this decently crisp but doesn't take away from the nice feel. Has a somewhat drying quality that makes the next sip a must. ABV is nicely tame but still present. Aftertaste is mostly just some nice malt and a touch of that spicy rum I mentioned.

D: This bottle is not going to be an issue at all thanks to that feel. This SOB is going down nice and easy, not sitting heavily at all. ABV doesn't appear to be an issue in feel or taste, but I could see it catching up with you. I see this an easy kill on the 750 but not need to push it beyond there. Absolutely easy to kill 2 or 3 glasses though. A solid brew all around and really was a treat as my first Boulevard brew. (2,410 characters)

Photo of BobZ
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Dark amber in color, different from most Belgian quads which tend to be dark brown. Builds a 1” to 1 ½” head that recedes to a ¼” cap, nice lacing.

Smell: Primarily a malt aroma with some spice, also some hints of light fruit.

Taste: Surprisingly complex, malt, toffee, a yeasty spiciness and varying fruit flavors some dark like raisin and some light like apple. Very well done version of a Quad from a complexity standpoint, not exactly like its Belgian counterparts but a solid beer none the less.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and well carbonated.

Overall: Best American attempt at a quad that I’ve tried so far. A solid beer. (693 characters)

Photo of Riccymon
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a dirty brown-red color with about a finger of mocha-colored head; so far, so good. Smell is very attractive and instantly identifiable as Belgian in nature--toffee, raisins, plums, and a sour cherry/wood note drift in and out. Sip brings forth similar flavors, and the taste is as pleasant or moreso than the smell. Added to the previous flavors is a rye bread note and some spices that'd seem at home in a Christmas ale-- nutmeg and allspice, perhaps.

Body is full, while mouthfeel is well-spiced and contains a small alcohol wash, which is not at all unpleasant. Come to think of it, I taste a little alcohol as well, but it too seems at home. Sixth Glass was drinkable in the sense that, splitting the 750 mL bottle with a friend, I did not become tired at all of the beer. Sixth Glass was not drinkable in the sense that, after splitting the bottle, I wouldn't feel comfortable driving for a while. All in all, very recommended. (957 characters)

Photo of erosier
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a cloudy amber orange color with a very large tan colored head that laces the glass a whole lot all the way down.
S: Smells of alcohol at first, then it has aromas of sweetly roasted malts, a hint of caramelized malt, figs, vinous fruits, and some other fruit aromas I can't put my finger on.
T: Tastes like the nose. A whole palette of flavors from the roasted and caramelized malts to the fruity flavors that flow into more vinous fruit flavors followed by a big alcohol kick at the end.
M: Very complex, warming, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, it has a ton of alcohol and a ton of flavor, which is why they call it a quad I suppose. Good beer for sure but I had to split the bomber with a buddy. (728 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tart cherry, green apple, wheat malt, spicy and vegetal gourd flavors. Strong carb, but well suited with an acceptable alcohol bite. Darkened reddish-brown. Foamy but sizable head that interferes with slick sipping. More floral and tart than ripe; peppery and vanilla aromas. A shoulder season quad. (299 characters)

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (1,147 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy amber color with two fingers of head that recedes fairly quickly to a thin film.

S: Lots of dark fruit - plums and figs mostly. I get a bit of citrus as well.

T: Again, strong dark fruit but now with toffee as well. Not overly sweet, though. I get some peppery spice with a bit of nutmeg. Appropriate booziness for the style.

M: A bit on the thin side with strong carbonation.

O: A solid quad. (441 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a deep dark amber with a finger+ of light caramel head. Very good retention, fantastic lacing.

S - tons of prunes, dates, and figs. Some sweet crystal caramel malts. Mild alcohol warmness and honey aromas.

T - tons and tones of dark fruits, as listed in the aroma. Lots of candied sugar as well as beer transitions to more of a yeasty flavor with a mild alcohol burn at the finish. Initial dark fruits and alcohol burns linger for the aftertaste.

M - medium bodied, a bit over carbonated in my opinion. Definitely a drinkable 10.5

O - good flavor for sure, alcohol is extremely well tempered. Quite drinkable, carbonation is over the top in my opinion (666 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle for $8.99 at the QFC in Bothell, then enjoyed at the in-laws place in Seattle on the 4th of July during fireworks. Served in stubby wine goblets. A bit lighter in color than I was expecting, as it was a lighter shade of chestnut than other quads I have tried. Decent sized head forms with the pour. Smell was very boozy, and full of ripe plum notes. Taste was very good and true to the quad style. Lots of raisin notes, with some black licorice, and a sugary aftertaste. Mouthfeel was thick but smooth enough to enjoy. Drinkability was above average as it's a flavorful beer, but it's very hot with alcohol. Some aging might mellow this beer down a bit and do it some good. A nice example of a quad from a brewery that I was curious to try, as you can't find Boulevard in MA just yet. (803 characters)

Photo of wschmit
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, dated "Best by 10/28/12," into a my new, New Glarus fluted pint glass.

A: Big, billowy tan head atop a pretty clear, effervescent amber body. Some big bubbles blow themselves out quickly, but plenty of fine carbonation leaving a bit of sticky lacing. Pretty nice...perhaps a touch light in color for a quad, but otherwise, good.

S: Big bready malt, some booze, and raisins--spot on. Alcohol is prominent, but expected, and melds nicely with the rest of the yeasty nose. This is one of the better American quads I've whiffed.

T: A bit too bready in the body, and the booze comes across too strong. There's some nice chocolate notes, but I'd have liked a bit more raisin/stone fruit.

M: The body is a little bit thin, surprisingly. The fine carbonation feels nice. Alcohol's just a bit too hot.

O: To be honest, it's a pretty good try at the elusive quad, but not at the level of the real thing. Perhaps this one's past its prime, or not there yet? It really does have a champion nose, but doesn't quite live up to it. Got it in a random trade, so I can't comment on the value. (1,098 characters)

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up an extra bottle to cellar so I'm cracking one with about year on it.

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip an amber with a hint of garnet - a frothy light tan head slowly deflates - very nice given the abv.

The nose is slightly estery with sweet grain and a hint of darker fruits.

Dry caramel at first, followed by creamy fruits, raisins, plum, some light spice, and a touch of bubblegum alcohol and toastiness in the finish.

Tingly carbonation and a thin/medium body.

I enjoyed this beer much more the first time I had it - it seems much thinner than I remember - I think quad I think syrupy fruits. Definitely some of my all-time favorite bottle art, though. (668 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (2,370 characters)

Photo of joe1510
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle

Best By: 8/22/15

Active carbonation produces a finger high head even on an easy pour. The foam isn't the most appetizing with a soapy look and dirty beige in color. It fizzles out rather quickly to a thin ring and skim coat. The body is murky, brick red when backlit with some floating chunkies even after I poured carefully.

The nose is loaded with fruity esters, I can smell it from a few feet away. Prune, dates and fig are the first fruits that come to mind. It has a little of that dry, leathery quality. Raisin as well, I can't forget raisins. Caramel and one of those heavy, dense holiday fruit cakes make up the malt base but it surprisingly doesn't seem overly sweet, just that the spice and fruit is present.

Fruit cake again makes it's presence felt. There's better balance than the nose. Figs and raisins are most prominent. A touch of pear and apple float around the back adding a sense of sweetness. Leathery prunes and dates pop up here and there. Big caramel and a whiff of booze wrap it up. Fairly complex.

Boulevard has nailed the mouthfeel like they seem to do on every beer they release. The body is impossibly light for a beer of this strength. The carbonation is frothy and airy like dialed in Belgians. Alcohol heat is non existent and the carbonation adds a touch of prickliness to the tongue.

I don't drink Quads very often, they're not really a style I prefer but I do truly appreciate great versions like Rochefort's and St. Bernardus', with that said I'll have to pass on Sixth Glass. It's a good beer, worth a try, but I'll skip this guy in the future. (1,601 characters)

The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 743 ratings.