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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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2,002 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,002
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 132
Gots: 292 | 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)
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

08-27-2012 00:05:57 | More by FroggieG
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-02-2012 01:15:48 | More by Thisisjosh
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

06-04-2012 00:21:33 | More by jrpapajcik
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

04-20-2013 16:15:53 | More by alex_hart
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

09-04-2013 18:53:16 | More by DLucky
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-11-2012 21:27:17 | More by MathNut
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

08-21-2013 04:37:33 | More by AaronOp
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

06-03-2013 19:40:35 | More by GrindFatherBob
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-26-2013 23:53:41 | More by 59rockabilly
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-09-2013 04:20:53 | More by ButtomsUp
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

09-16-2013 01:41:14 | More by laxer8811
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-30-2013 18:50:08 | More by TwoTrees
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North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +8.2%

A: Pours a dark caramel or burnt peach hue with a two to one and one half inch head, slightly off white. Very nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Plum/Prune, raisins, molasses, nutmeg and other spice notes. Molasses was the smell I noticed the most, reminds me of those Moravian Cookies. Very little bitterness with a fairly strong alcohol aftertaste.

T: Fruit notes strike the tongue first taste, initially I had to let it warm up as I do most of my drinks. The taste grew sweeter and I began to taste what I smelled.

M: Heavy mouth feel, it almost seems to stick to the tongue.

O: A nice drink all and all, I was surprised in how easy it was to drink, though it does pack a punch.

05-17-2014 00:37:08 | More by etownhooligan
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4.49/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Founders Bolt Cutter glass.

A: Beautful amber with orange and red tints. Nice 2-3 finger white head that lasted for a bit. Some lacing.

S: Lots of malts, some sweet fruits.

T: Roasted malts and fruity sweetness. Hints of fruits like of raisin, dates, bananas. A bit of spiciness and the characteristic Belgium yeast.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Sweet up front, and the alcohol hits you towards the end.

O: Really nice quad. One of my favorites in the group. This will have to become one of my regular purchases.

01-16-2013 00:42:41 | More by richj1970
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4.48/5  rDev +8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Boulevard snifter. Pours with two fingers of variable sized bubbles that fade quicly.

S:Bread, sweetness and Belgian yeast aromas

T: Somewhat sweet, mildly tart, full bodied bready with only slight hop character. Only mildly boozy, the 10.5% is well hidden

M: smooth, lots of bubbles on the tongue. An soon as it hits my tongue all my taste senses hit overload.

O: I probably could have scored this higher but I've only had a handful of quads. Would definitely drink again.

02-10-2013 07:47:49 | More by messyhair42
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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

Batch Number: 68235.

Love the name and the literary reference. It's a perfect extension to so many diabolically-themed brews. In Watchman of the Tower, H.C. Andersen throws in that extra cautionary preachiness that the Temperance Movement was based upon.
It's like Reefer Madness but for beer.

It pours to a peach-tinted dark russet with a quick beige foam that slides over a minute or so to a skimming.
Wet dough aroma, studded with figs and dates, and glazed thickly in caramel. For a moment, it is pure cinnamon roll. Then, some spikes of clove precede a pure grapey, fresh vinousness akin to a Beaujolais.
Doughy malts again unfold first in the mouth. Joined with a prickly cinnamon and slovenly amounts vanilla glaze and brown sugar and it apes a Cinnabon Roll for a moment. This is rich and decadent, without question. Confection aside, it brings notions of toasted walnuts and a pinprick of coffee roastedness. Brown sugar stays true, and becomes paramount. It mixes with clove and caramelized ginger and fruited preserves of fig and orange. The concluding portions are thickly grapey, and semi-alcoholic. Dunk a fat cinnamon roll in Port, and you will find a fairly reasonable facsimile of the Sixth Glass.
The body has a rolling, rollicking, uppity carbonation that gives lift to the rotund body. It maintains a drinkablity that should not come from it's sweetness or strength.

Tasted blind, this seems like it coming from Belgium (and it reminds me specifically of Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale...and that itself is the highest of praise). The fact that it come from middle America is astounding.

Like all the other Smokestacks, this is ridiculously fucking good.

Get on the bandwagon, people.

These are for real.

12-15-2008 09:45:48 | More by cokes
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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

A - Nice orange, brown, cider color. Decent white head that laces decently.

S - White fruits. Grapes, raisins, peach, some citrus. Hops and breadiness, and a nice light malt backbone of candied fruit.

T - Great taste. Light and airy, filled with light fruits, somewhat yeasty but counterbalanced really well by the candied fruit maltiness.

M - Medium bodied, pretty dry. Carbonation is spot-on.

D - Would get this again. One of the best Quads I've had in a long time. Very impressed.

11-06-2011 05:12:32 | More by jmerloni
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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

A: Big, bold, mildly cloudy orangey/caramel amber. Frothy, bubbly white-orange head with great retention.

S: Belgian yeasts, bready malts, citrus (apples, pears, grapefruit). Short caramel/molasses aroma escapes. Lots of fruit and bread.

T/M: Utterly smooth flavors of apples and bread on the initial sip. Complex flavors of raisins, bananas, pears along with spice, Belgian yeast and alcohol. Malty, rich, smooth mouthfeel. sticky and milky on the palate. Medium carbonation with medium sized body. Caramel and honey flavors follow into the aftertaste.

D: A great quad. Typically not my style but this is purely delicious.

12-06-2011 01:50:06 | More by YouSkeete
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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

a: This was a clear, coppery ruby color with golden edges. It pours with a big, billowy, light tan head that quickly fades to moderate lace.

s: Warm flowery raisin smell are accented by spicy cinnamon. There is just a hint of candied sugar sweetness as well.

t: This tastes a little sweeter than the smell would suggest. Prickly sweet candied sugar molasses with some raisin and cherry flavors. The finish brings a warm, flowery spiciness.

m: Long lasting, gently foamy carbonation makes this feel like the genuine article.

d: This one caught me off guard. Thanks to mhewes for one of the best American Quads I've tried. Boulevard absolutely nailed this one.

12-16-2008 11:41:36 | More by DIM
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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet glass. Best by date of 11/09/14.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish mahogany amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A big, rich, and sweet aroma of spicy yeast, dark fruits, and toasty caramel malts. Belgian yeast with hints of funk, clove, cinnamon, and peppers. Big fruit esters with hints of bananas, pear, apple, and grape. Big dark fruit esters of raisin, fig, dates, plum, prune, and dark cherry. Sweet Belgian candied sugars and brown sugar. Big toasty sweet malt presence with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and grain. Some alcohol hints come through as well. A very good Quad aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose with a big taste of yeast, spices, fruits, and caramel malt. Spicy Belgian yeast with notes of clove, funk, pepper, and cinnamon. Big mix of fruit taste with notes of bananas, apple, pear, and grape with dark fruit esters of raisins, fig, plum, dates, prune, and dark cherry. Sweet mix of Belgian candied sugars and brown sugar. Deep toasted malt taste with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, and grains. Light background presence of earthy hops. A really rich and good all around Quad taste with a little alcoholic kick.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and somewhat slick. Moderate alcohol presence.

Overall: A very good American version of a Belgian Quad. Great yeast and fruit esters with a good sweet malt base.

03-29-2013 06:33:50 | More by MattyG85
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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

Thanks to my uncle for sending this to me.

So far, this is the best of the Smokestack series.

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Looks like a typical quad with a murky brown color, only slightly lighter with more of an amber tint.

Nose is a somewhat mellow, floral smell. I got some bananas with a little bit of prunes.

Taste is outstanding. A very warming brew but the alcohol is masked very well. Definitely packs a punch.

And outstanding quad. Glad I got the opportunity to try it.

01-29-2008 00:18:16 | More by jdubjacket
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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

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!

06-13-2008 18:33:59 | More by stephens101
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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

Absolutely one of the best Quad's I've ever drank! Nice deep yellow color with an orange hue. The aroma was like heaven, with all though components (spices, fruit, hop's and malts) and you can't believe your drink an ale that's 10% alcohol. So mellow, but be careful, it can jump up and bite you! Great brew, can't wait to buy a case of four packs!

04-11-2013 19:45:47 | More by BeerManDan
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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured into a Chimay goblet from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice dark amber color with a light tan color head that is extremely active and about 1.25 inches.

S - Smell is very fluffy and gentle but at the same time very delicious and present. Nice sourdough and bready smells with some caramel notes very present. Mild clove and some spice as well. Great malt profile.

T - This is where this beer sores in my eyes. Delicious and smooth malt sweetness with some mild phenolic tastes. Spices a plenty with some vanilla and cinnamon. The malt profile is so full, complex and delicious very good offering. Delicious beer. One of the best if not the best of the Series. Some nice alcoholic notes along with dark fruits as well.

M - Creamy and nice CO2 content and feel. Fluffy with a nice full body.

D - Very drinkable especially with the high ABV.

03-23-2010 02:22:43 | More by JoEBoBpr
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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

I think my first quadruple ale, at least that I can remember.

A: Lovely dark copper, cloudy, caramel, poured into my Duvel tulip didn't leave much of a head. Hardly any lacing.

S: Some apple and cinamon, fermentation, smoky, very inviting.

T: Hits very nicely, just want to keep drinking, sweet malt sugar and spice with a clean finish.

M: Simply put it just feels good, definately wanting more. Hits the tongue fast and washes over with a slight bitter almost brandy wine taste to it.

D: Very drinkable, At over 10% abv it definately sneaks up on you. Wanted another right away, probably lucky it only came in a 4 pack!!

03-01-2011 04:23:47 | More by homersimpson67
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,002 ratings.