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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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1,931 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,931
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 126
Gots: 267 | 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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Photo of Reswald


4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased and drank a 750 ml bottle in Cool Springs, TN on 7/17/2010.

I knew absolutely nothing about this beer before trying it, though I had heard good things about the brewery. It poured a pale amber with an absolutely massive and very long-lasting head. The aroma was very unusual, with some sour elements that I did not expect, besides the usual malt and dark fruit notes common to Belgian Strong Dark Ales (or quadruples). On the palate the beer was delicious, with wonderful mouthfeel, some heat from the 10.5% alcohol, and maybe a hint of sourness? Or perhaps it was wood from cask aging? Hard to be absolutely sure, in spite of working my way through the entire bottle, trying to decide. The beer that I think it reminded me of the most was Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo, which is pretty high praise. I regret that this was the only beer from The Smokestack Series that I've been able to try, and I wish I could have brought a bottle or two back to Alaska to share.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 22:06:46 | More by Reswald
Photo of bushbeer75


4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle – Best by date 7/27/13

Boulevard Brewing the Sixth Glass filled my snifter with a dark copper/auburn color that produced a nice 1 ½ finger bubbly off-white head that had good retention and formed a collar of lacing. The pleasant aroma is malty; of dark fruits, dates and figs. The flavor matches the nose, is sweet upfront, of dark candy sugar, caramel and raisins with a nice warming alcohol presence. The mouth feel is smooth, fuller bodied with medium carbonation and the alcohol hits the back of the mouth at the finish.

The Sixth Glass is a very drinkable [not too filling] enjoyable American brewed quad – Well done Boulevard! I sure wish Boulevard distributed in Michigan…HINT, HINT Boulevard!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 19:21:56 | More by bushbeer75
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one finger light tan head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Dark fruit nose. Flavor is sweet dark fruit, not cloying. Nice quad. Warming, but higher ABV is hidden. $3.49 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma. Best by Apr 27, 2013.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 23:05:53 | More by jdhilt
Photo of cvm4


4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a lovely amber hue with a nice two finger tan head. Lacing is not heavy, but noticeable.

S - Huge malt notes with dates and prunes present.

T - Malt is very forward on the palette with a lot of fruit flavors (raisins, plums, prunes).

M - Great carbonation and coats the palette well.

O - A very approachable beer for the abv. I was drinking this easy. It's a find representation of a quad, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 03:22:09 | More by cvm4
Photo of lackenhauser


4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice, deep orange color with a huge fluffy white head that goes on and on. Moderate spicy/sulfury aroma. Very earthy. Great big boozy, Belgian taste to it. Traces of caramel and spices. Really has a nice sweet, sugary taste. Yeasty flavors with a minimum of spice. Dried fruit? Lingering bite. Good mouthfeel. A very drinkable beer for sure. Only my 2nd try at Boulevard Brewing but a very solid effort.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 02:46:45 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of Wasatch


4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Again thanks goes out to bort11 or raverjames for this brew.

Batch 68058
Revisted: 28 Jul 10
Aged 2 Years

Again poured into my Westy glass a very nice cloudy brown color, very nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy tan head, with alot of nice creamy/sticky lacing and some small islands. The nose is malty, with some yeast tones, figs, plums, raisins. The taste is sweet, malty, with some yeast, nice touch of dark fruit. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well with this one. Very drinkable, this one has aged very nicely, very tasty.

Thanks goes out to bort11 and raverjames for this brew.

Batch 68044

Poured into my Westy glass a very nice cloudy brown color, very nice carbonation (HUGE POP), very nice one-finger creamy tan head, with alot of nice creamy/sticky lacing and some small islands. The nose is malty, with some yeast tones, figs, plums, raisins. The taste is sweet, malty, with some yeast, nice touch of dark fruit. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well with this one. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, glad to have had a chance to try it. Thanks Tim and James. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 23:38:31 | More by Wasatch
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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter. The beer poured a beautiful honey color with a 1 finger head.

There was an intense clove- lemon- honey aroma to the head, but not overwhelming and lightly pleasant.
The beer was very carbonated which didn't detract from the other tasting characteristics of the beer.
There is a solid alcoholic finish as the beer warms up. Less cloves and lemon are masked by the alcohol. A colder temp makes the alcohol less intense
This is an intense quad due to its alcohol presence. Its lemon clove finish makes it a complex beer which changes dramatically with temp change.
The beer is a sipper which I won't drink often- it's too intense.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 02:25:33 | More by brureview
Photo of match1112


4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: orange/brown body, two finger pinkish white head that slowly recedes to a thick creamy eighth inch cap, no lacing.

s: sweet malts, sour fruits like apples and cherries, spice.

t: starts with sour/tart fruit, then a bready yeast and finishes up with a spicy hoppy presence.

m: felt a little thin and oily. good carbonation and a short dry spice finish.

o: very nice quad, just seems that such a big beer (10.5%) should have a fuller body. that is my only complaint.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 21:10:00 | More by match1112
Photo of evilkalla


4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle into a snifter

I've had this one several times before but haven't reviewed it until now. It's one of my favorite quads.

A: Pours a cloudy, very dark brown/bronze color. Initially it had an inch of fully developed, thick head on top. This has died down after a couple of minutes to a half inch, with gobs of lacing on the sides of the glass. My mouth just waters looking at it.

S: Sweet, with candy sugar, brown sugar, raisin, molasses.

T: Burnt malt overtones with the slightest bit of sweet sugar backbone and bitter hops. The smell really harmonizes with the flavor. An extremely strong, intense flavor, which stays in your mouth for a long time.

M : Not really too thick, with a good level of carbonation.

D: This one is too strong and intricate to pound back, but it's very drinkable. I'd pound them back until I fell off my chair. Fortunately, all it takes is a single bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 00:05:04 | More by evilkalla
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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful copper brown color, huge tan head that sticks around. Good lacing

S - Malt, caramel, and a bit of metal

T - Malt, rasins, apple, bread, carmel, and a small hint of alcohol. Such complexities!

M - Creamy mouthfeel, typical of the style

O - A pleasant surprise. I was not expecting something this amazing from a $9 bottle. Very, very drinkable. Not sure if it gets much better than this.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 04:46:19 | More by lancecenter
Photo of DPJ3322


4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL into a tulip, split it with my brother.

Appearance - Gave an aggressive pour that gave a very large, frothy light sugar brown head. It lingered and settled to about half a finger that clung to the edges of the glass. Rich, deep brown color, very vibrant.

Smell - Fruity and estery. It smells like a typical quad, one of my favorite styles to smell.

Taste - Dark fruits balanced with a very spicy taste upfront. Figs and raisins maybe?

Mouthfeel - Nice and tingly, pretty high carbonation but not over the top.

Overall - A great beer, very strong on the spicy end for a quadrupel. It is interesting and a different take on the style, maybe not the best but different and unique.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 02:24:09 | More by DPJ3322
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4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a caged and corked 750 ml bottle from the City Beer Store while visiting San Francisco at the end of May. Best by 08/2014.

Beer poured a ruby color with a tan head that was excellent upon the initial pour. The head is still hanging around after 10 minutes.

Nose is classic belgian yeast with dark fruits.

Taste is classic belgian as well; dark fruits with a huge malt base. It is sweet but the belgian yeast imparts a wonderful ester undertone.

Mouthfeel is full and very smooth as the belgian yeast used does this brew well.

Overall this is an extremely impressive brew, probably the best American Quad i have experienced to date including Allagash Four.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 23:30:47 | More by arizcards
Photo of ChopperSmith


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (from a 4-pack) into a clear tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy dark brown color with amber tint. Tall off-white head with nice creamy peak that retained for quite a while before fading to a nice frothy cap. Also left good sticky lacing. A thing of beauty in a tulip glass.

Smell: Fruity and spicy, scents of dates, figs, plums, clove and nutmeg. Some alcohol in the mix, too.

Taste: Much like it smells, dark fruits and yeast up front with flavors of figs and raisins, with sweet caramel malt afterwards and a slight alcohol burn on the finish. A very tasty Quad.

Mouthfeel: Slick and creamy, medium to full body and hearty. Perfect for the style.

Overall: Wow. Boulevard has done it again with their Smokestack series. I love thier Tank 7 Sasion, and I really love this Quad. An excellent American interpretation of the style, and pretty close to the Belgian Trappist versions of this style (and that's quite a compliment!). Will buy and drink this one again for sure!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 20:35:55 | More by ChopperSmith
Photo of yamar68


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle to snifter: What a brilliant color - a bright, glossy ruby with a finger and a half of off-white to tan head after an aggressive pour. Good lacing. Light, needlepoint beading. Nose is stuffed with delicious Belgian yeast. Soft citrus and pungent floral sweet bread. Refreshingly light and approachable for a quad. All the highlights of the nose carry through to the taste buds with the addition of a subtle licorice presence and clove. Really enjoy this beer, it’s far less invasive than most true Belgian quads but still complex and intriguing. The feel is appropriate. Overall, this is a unique take on the style, while still being true to its origins. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 04:51:19 | More by yamar68
Photo of syrupjoe


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter. Enjoying in the comforts of home. Pours a cloudy dark amber/moderately brown color with a 1.5 finger papyrus colored head that settles quickly but maintains a half finger presence.

Nose: Raisin bread, candied ginger, biscuit, honey, cinnamon, pepper.

Taste: Honey, molasses, pepper, booze, plum, dried dark fruit.

Dry with moderate to high carbonation, crisp and bitter finish with lingering alcohol.

Overall very well rounded and a great sipper. Quite dry and complex. Booze is well concealed but makes its presence known on the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 04:51:32 | More by syrupjoe
Photo of JLeege


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, Best by 1/17/13, poured into a chalice

Appearance- Pours a mahogany color with about a finger of off white head, fades to a nice looking film atop the beer, like most quads seem to look like, though a bit lighter in color. So far, so good.

Smell- Aromas of cherries, plum, and fig with some brown sugar. Caramel and raison, and slight alcohol.

Taste- Loads of dark fruit as the aroma would suggest. Raisons, fig and plum really are the main attractions here. Lots of caramel malt and some brown sugar flavors. Follows the nose very well. A peppery spice towards the finish, with a slight bitterness, perhaps orange peel and subtle banana quality from the yeast.

Mouthfeel- medium full body, a tad syrupy, but not medicinal. Fairly “hot”.

Overall- A very, very nice American crafted quad. I only expect this to smooth out with some age as it approaches its best by date, and should hold sturdy even beyond that. Have the other 3 bottles in the cellar and will probably pick up some more at some point. Solid beer and at a good price point all things considered, definitely would recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 01:02:29 | More by JLeege
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to AlCaponeJunior for this one.

Poured into a tulip glass this beer has a light copperish color with a really nice red tinge on the edges when held up to the light. Has a light tan head, that was 1.5 fingers high. Left a light lacing on the glass throughout sipping it. Really like the smell on this one. Some dark brown sugar, dark fruits like plum and a great smell of sourdough bread. Taste follows suit. Balance is great in this beer. The sweetness is not overwhelming at all. Plenty of fruit and spice, and bready yeast are there. Carbonation is well tuned to keep this 10.5% beer fairly light. This is my first Boulevard beer, but it certainly won't be my last based on the quality of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 15:47:17 | More by smokeypeat
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, corked and caged, courtesy stephens101. Batch #68235...

Another brew poured into an oversized wine glass. One finger of lively tan head. A deep orange almost red body, very clean looking.

The first whiff is of pure unadulerated alcohol, but as it sits, it mellows out into a Belgian mine field of aromas. Toffee, burnt caramels, and cherries explode your senses and let lose hints of peaches, grapes, and leather. Very vinious in the nose. So complex, yet childishly simple...

I don't think that my tongue was ready for the goodness...cherries, grapes, honey, and raisins at the forefront with a surprising bittersweet chocolate finish, Exceptionally sweet in a good way...

This is a rich and full bodied brew with just the perfect amount of carbonation. Heavenly in your mouth...

The alcohol is there, but it's not inhibiting to the experience. I probably could have had two of these if I wanted to get John Daly style drunk.

I was extremely surprised by how good this beer was. It was totally unexpected, so many flavors hitting me at once, all of them vying for my love...so damn good! It seemed like the perfect marriage of candied malts and dark fruit, a great all around quad. I'd like to know if this ages well...a part of me says no, but that may be because I have another bottle sitting down in the cellar. Bring on a Westy 12 somebody!!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 20:42:17 | More by BitterPachyderm
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown with red tones. Tan head. Nose is perfume and dough. Flavor profile brings lots of caramel, a full plate of spices, a good amount of dough. Just a slight touch of alcohol there, but it's really balanced. Feel is smooth on all aspects. This is really nice to drink. Good complexities and a good American interpretation.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 16:09:27 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of AmericanGothic


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy copper amber color. One finger tan head fades pretty quickly. Minimal lace.

S: Brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnammon. As the beer warms, more bread-like aromas take over.

T: Cinnamon and black pepper, dark fruits. Sweet biscuit and well-integrated but very present alcohol follow. Very little bitterness and long, lingering finish. Sweetness is apparent yet subdued. Maple flavor and soft minerals creep in after a while. Dark fruits and semi-sweet malts battling it out, who will win? The taster wins.

M: Full bodied, but the carbonation keeps it buoyant.

O: A great beer-- one I will revisit often. Thank you, Boulevard, you have another winner.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 20:50:00 | More by AmericanGothic
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured amber brown in color with yellow highlights and nice fluffy thin head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: nice dark fruit aroma upfront in the nose such as raisin, dates, and plums with belgian yeast sweetness and hints of brown sugar.

T: the belgian yeast character was more prominent on the taste alongside raisins, plums, brown sugar accents, lots of malty sweetness, slight booze and a touch of pear fruit.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, dark fruity, yeasty, malty, and sticky finish.

O: really was digging this beer and was a good interpretation of an abbey quad.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 01:16:14 | More by Gobzilla
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark orange with a decent head. No true lace.

Big juicy fruit and browned bread crust, some yeast and candied spices in the nose.

Big, sugary, boozy, spicy, fruitiness up front. Some hop bitterness to help balance things out. Candied sugar, yeast, toasted malt, and alcohol all meld wonderfully.

Full bodied and chewy. A mouth coater. Wonderful to drink, but the alcohol will bite you. A great version of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 22:50:33 | More by OtherShoe2
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork shot out of bottle, but luckily no foaming issues out of the bottle. Beer heavily carbonated, but quickly dampens down to some clinging on side of glass and on top of beer. Beer is muddy brown and very dark. Smell is quite appealing, with notes of dark fruit, especially cherry and plum. maltiness is there too. taste follows smell with hints of cherry and fig. Beer is syrupy and nicely carbonated. Some bitterness in the finish, but minimal. Beer is tasty as hell and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 01:13:15 | More by jpaltan
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 75cl cork-finished bottle into a Duvel glass

Pours a deep amber with a very large, fluffy, off-white head. Hazy.

Dark fruit,candi sugar, and some phenolic notes. A very interesting and exciting nose.

Spicy, sweet, and fruity. Raisins, apple, and plum. The alcohol comes through at the end.

Lots of carbonation, the alcohol really adds some heat at the the finish.

I love Quads - this is a very good quad, more in the Belgian style than some of the other, lighter American-styled quads. I really like this beer

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 23:43:24 | More by mhatters
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtrockchalk for sending this my way.

A - Pours a brownish-red color and looks murky. The red that comes through in tbe light really pops and gives off a brightnes that starts to look closer to a ruby color. The tan head is very nice and shows good retention. It recedes to a very thick tan cap that doesn't go away. Lacing is average.

S - Dark fruit aromas come through first with raisin and plum. Gingerbread and yeast quickly follow. Alcohol is evident and has a warming effect. Some spices like pepper and cinnamon come through midway. The end is sweet with notes of caramel and coffee.

T - Taste is complex. Several flavors are equally present and just seem to play off each other with no one flavor taking any kind of commanding lead. Fruit is cherry and raisin flavored hard candy. Caramel also has a showing. Granola and wheat bread are both present with a hint of yeast that comes in behind. Alcohol is present and is fairly warm.

M - Full bodied with a nice level of carbonation that compliments the beer overall. Finish is sweet and cleaner than expected. Kind of warm with the high abv but it works for this brew.

D - Drinkability is good - approaching very good. The 10.5% is pretty easy to get through. Still, one bottle is enough. Starts to get boozy about half way through but not completely in a bad way. Nice complexity and very smooth. This is my first experience with the Smokestack Series and it is a good one. Easily recommended as this is a nice example of the Quadrupel style.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 23:15:15 | More by csmiley
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,931 ratings.