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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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759 Reviews

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Reviews: 759
Hads: 2,631
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 21.32%
Wants: 209
Gots: 636 | 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 Drazzamatazz
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into the Belgian Hill Farmstead stemware. Nice glowing garnet hue with a great pillowing head that clings to the glass. Definitely has the classic Belgian quad look down if perhaps a few shades lighter.

S: Sweet booze soaked dried plums and cherries, a bit of currant along with the spicy Belgian yeast. A bit phenolic in the end notes and something that reminds me of cleaning pools, but not chlorine.

T: This one packs a punch. Its got all the typical deep dark fruit flavors one comes to expect from the style with a bit of a tangy note. Fortunately the phenols here present themselves as more of a clove flavors with only the smallest trace of plastic. The sweet almost tropical fruit flavors overpower nearly everything else.

M: This one drinks pretty well; smooth and creamy but still leaves you with a warming feelings lingering in between sips. Booze is a little more present than I'd like while drinking it.

O: Its definitely a quad, but its not quite as refined as I've come to expect from what is probably one of the most refined and complex styles going. It went really well with my roast Cornish Hen for what its worth.

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Photo of Winston_Smith
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my first step into the Quadrupel, Trappist-ish realm. I was very curious about it, and wasn't disappointed.

Appearance: Pours a deep, murky amber color with a shallow head that disappears quickly. The head was initially very grainy-looking. It calms down, becomes thin, and forms a camouflage-style patchwork. There are small to medium sized chunks of suspended particulates in it too. I guess it's supposed to be that way.

Smell: The scent wasn't particularly strong overall, but what's there is complex. A malty, rich smell. I can't identify it all.

Taste: Lots of malt, and little else, as far as I can tell. There are supposed to be dried raisins and other flavors, but I'm having trouble finding them tonight. My palate ain't bad, but ain't the most refined, either. Tastes good, I can say that.

Mouthfeel: This was the weakest part of the beer for me. It's a medium-bodied brew, but the booziness makes it feel a little thinner and kind of prickly. Maybe the carbonation is responsible for that too. It's honestly more carbonated than I expected. Like I said, this is the first quad I've tried, and I don't really know what a good one is supposed to be like.

Overall: I'm glad I tried it. I think I'll carry on sampling some other quads before I come back to this one. It tastes good enough, and will definitely make you very jolly in a good hurry. I felt warm after two sips. The price was also very good, even compared to the same beer in different areas. I paid $8.25/4-pack. Good beer.

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Photo of jds1469
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not at all what I was expecting after reading other peoples reviews.

The way this beer pours out of the bottle into my glass was perfect and is how every beer should appear before getting your first sniff. A brilliant dark amber color sits under gold colored head (about two fingers thick).

The smell is like a good floral cider, which is good not great because I didn't buy a cider.

The taste is close to how it smells. The alcohol taste is more pungent then I expected from a lower ABV brew.

The mouth feel of this beer is good to start by feeling thick but that feeling goes away pretty quick to a more thin feeling.

The drinkability is pretty good with this beer, this is a sipping beer, treat it as so.

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Photo of Abra
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very nice dark apricot color with a generous head and the classic spicy Belgian aroma.
Taste definitely picks up on dates/dark candied fruit with an even amount of spice to balance it out.
I enjoyed this beer very much...i would classify it as an Ommegang's little brother or sister- solidly good for the style, but not the best I've had.

I would try another Boulevard beer for sure though.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to kraken6100 for this one:

A: This beer is stunning. It pours a beautiful dark honey color with a massive tan bubbly head. The foam seems to last for days. However, there is very little lacing as it drinks.

S: Plums, peaches, cherries, honey, sweets, and of course... alcohol.

T: Very pleasant fruity start. This beer is sweet, but not overwhelming. Then... alcohol, alcohol, alcohol. I'm surprised by the quick onset of the booze and the linger of it as well. At 10.5% i understand that it's a "BIG" beer, but the balance in this beer seems to be missing.

M: Mouthfeel is mediocre. It's not dry, not too chewy, no lingering flavors for hours and hours. It's more "down the hatch" than "let me savor this".

D: This beer is a respectable drinker. I'm enjoying it enough to have it again, but it wouldn't be a top choice when in the mood for something special. This is my first taste of a Smokestack Series Boulevard brew. It's a decent beer, but I have higher hopes for some of their other offerings.

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Photo of babaracas
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper with tons of sediment in suspension, with thick khaki colored head that settles to a thin cap, but very little is able to stick. Smell: dates and clove most prominent with caramel apple and a little spicy hopping; mild bready back. Taste: pear, caramel candy, date bread and plum notes...fruity but too quickly into big earthiness and a note of clove. For a quad the body is surprisingly light upfront then goes limp and heavy midsip and just as quickly vanishes, fleeting on the palate. For the 4/pack price, certainly worthy, but I'm not picking it over any of the similarly available Belgian heavy hitters.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bottle into a small goblet. Amazing red cherry color with an inch of head. Very beautiful. Best looking beer I have ever seen.

S - The smell did not match the appearance. I was outside and it was breezy so that may have made it more difficult to catch a good smell of it. Mostly I smelled alcohol...

T - Incredible. Sweet, cherry and caramel. Unfortunately the alcohol taste came through too. This is really tasting like a Belgium ale. The sweetness is tamed by the tart cherry.

M - Medium to full body. Light carbonation, fits the style well.

D - Very well done ale. This is a perfect bottle to share at 10.5% ABV and coming in a 750mL bottle. Get some friends over to enjoy it with.

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Photo of sjccmd
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before 07/13

Pours murky amber/orange with a light tan head that recedes quickly. Decent lacing.

Aroma consists of dates and raisins. Brown sugar and some spices as well. Cinnamon, clove, and vanilla mainly. Maybe subtle spicy hops. Very nice.

Sweet caramel malts. Lots of dark fruit and molasses. Hop bitterness is low. Lots of alcohol as well, slightly fusel. Though it finishes relatively dry for the style, the amount of alcohol detracts from the drinkability. This might have been stored at too hot of temperatures for too long after bottling. However, there's enough going on that it's still a solid beer.

Medium carbonation with a silky mouthfeel. Warm alcohol. Higher carbonation might be more to style, but I might also enjoy it a bit chewier.

Solid quad with some minor issues that may be related to storage rather than the brewing.

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Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to grub for sharing this after a long brewday. 750 ml corked bottle.

Pours a cloudy amber orange, pretty vibrant colour, medium sized off white head forms, retains a pretty solid layer, good retention, a bit of lace when I swirl it, looks good. Smell is sweet and sugary, apples and pear, lots of fruit, cherry, biscuits, alcohol, caramel/honey sweetness, yeast, nice. Taste is neat, caramel, nuts, very bready, sweet grainy beginning, yeast, some iron, honey, butter, earth, bit of spicy bitterness, nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, alcohol is pretty well hidden. An interesting take on the quad, don't totally get it but definitely a drinkable beer. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of Phelps
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 611098 with a best by date of April 2013. Poured into a wine glass.

Cool color: a deep, murky copper. Two fingers of large-bubbled, tan head pop away quickly, becoming a dense top layer that goes nowhere.

Standard aroma. Brown sugar, a little cinnamon, prunes and raisin bread. Maybe some maple and bubblegum as well. Sweet.

In the flavor, there’s lots of booze to mix with the sweet malt. Heaving spoonfuls of candy sugar, a very light bit of burnt bread in the back. Not much in the front, but the swallow delivers very sweet maple, raisin and booze.

The brew has a body like a much lighter Belgian ale, and there’s quite a bit of fizz as it moves about the mouth – the light body bursts into tons of bubbles. Alcohol is well-hidden.

Tasty, but the body's off.

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Photo of loren01
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy dark reddish color, not much head no lacing.
S: Smell is sour and fruity. Apple/pear as well as dark fruits Also some Belgian yeast scents
T: Caramel sweetness followed by dark fruits and slight earthy aftertaste
M: Medium bodied beer, lots of carbonation but probably right for the style. Alcohol is really well hidden
O: This is a great beer, glad I picked it up would buy this one again for sure

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Photo of jwinship83
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a single 12oz bottle picked up as soon as the brewery hit chicagoland that somehow got lost in the back of the fridge. drank from my ommegang chalice.

A- the beer pours out a somewhat hazy reddish brown colored body with a finger of light tan colored head. the head is quick to dissipate and leaves behind nothing as far as lacing goes on the sides of my glass.

S- the initial whiff brings forth the alcohol. after that i pick up some caramel and some fruitiness. raisins, figs, dates, plums, and cherries.

T- the taste starts out with yeast and fruits. cherries, riasins, plums, figs, and dates. a little bit of caramel and brown sugar. strong alcohol throughout.

M- the body is syrupy and a solid medium thickness. the carbonation is on the high side for the style. moderate warming from the alcohol.

O- overall, i think that this would greatly benefit from some time in the cellar. its a little hot right now and i think the flavors would blend better if it had a little age on it. one of the better american quads that ive tried recently.

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Photo of jman892
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark copper color, very hazy, no looking through this one. Topped with an off white head which started strong but faded fast. There is a noticeable amount of sediment floating around

S - Smell is bready, peppery, not picking up a lot of the expected dark fruit aromas

T - Taste follows the nose with the spices. There is also a sour pear like note. As it warms, a bit more of the sweetness is present

M - Above average carbonation, and the alcohol does leave a nice warming sensation.

O - Good quad, havent had many Boulevard beers as I think they are new to Mass, but look forward to trying more.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"In the sixth glass sits the Devil himself. He is a little well-dressed man, most charming and pleasant. He understands everything you say. He even brings a lamp to light your way... not to your home, but to his."

--from The Watchman of the Tower, by Hans Christian Anderson

Caramel-covered pumpkin with blurry tangerine borders. The golden beige colored crown is ferociously fizzy and doesn't have terrific texture. Rockiness and stickiness are nowhere in sight. The score is still respectable because the liquid portion of the appearance looks good.

The nose isn't as malty or as rich as expected. It's sour fruity, with a moderate amount of yeasty spiciness. If nothing else, TSG should prove to be an interesting take on a Belgian quadrupel by a brewery who did a damn fine job with Long Strange Tripel.

Perhaps time and warming will improve things (note: they do), but the first few ounces tell me that The Sixth Glass isn't a world-class quad. It is pretty tasty though, and is becoming more so as the first glassful is almost gone. The biggest problem is a lack of body, which is almost always a complexity killer.

For a beer designed to hold up for at least five years, a mere 18 months in the bottle shouldn't have broken it down this much. Once some of the fizzier bubbles fade, the mouthfeel does firm up and become respectable in the end.

The flavor profile is reminiscent of a BSDA with medium-dark fruits rather than dark fruits. The cornucopia includes apricots, peaches and figs. Maybe even tangy plums, but nothing as dark as raisins. Steely caramel is as dark as the malt component gets. A solid smack of clove-like spiciness rounds things out in fine fashion. Looks like this is pretty tasty beer after all is said and done.

Boulevard The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale isn't as good as Long Strange Tripel, but I'm glad that it's readily available in my local grocery and I'm thrilled that it's only $7.99 per bottle. Even though I wouldn't sell my soul to Beelzebub for a bottle, this is a more than decent effort that deserves a look for anyone even remotely interested in the style.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a rich cloudy ruby ewith a small off white very thin head. Nose is a bit boozy, sweet and has some light maltiness.

Taste is sharp and sweet, a little funky but still rich and strong. Very sharp but not too carbonated. Overall a really good, but I'd say go for the BBQ if you can it really kicks this up a notch.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)
from a 12 oz. bottle
best before 04/12/13
A- The dense hazy glowing brown body has a hint of cranberry brown hue at the base. There are microbubbles racing up the side of the glass to support a thick foam that fizzes and last as a rocky caramel color.

S- The caramel malt blends with a canned mixed fruit nose that is more estery than hoppy, and a very light permanent marker fusel hint that comes through as the beer warms. There is lots of subtle yeasty character the is fills the background.

T- The dry caramel flavor has a slight metallic quality about it and some wheat bread crust character follows. There is a finish that hints at canned mixed fruit in syrup and a caramel apple hint that lingers.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a prick of fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has some nice fruit estery flavors with some good caramel character but there is a brassy wheatwine bite that just doesn't taste right. I'm hoping age will help this mellow as I think it is close to being a great beer but now I just think it is a bit odd.

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Photo of mscudder
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

O boy, A new quad for me try! Been impressed with this brewery thus far and must thank for good friend for picking this one up.
Best by 6/14. Poured into a snifter.

A - A deep ruby hue that is nearly opaque. A royal two finger ivory head with nice bubbles throughout . Nice retention.

S - Creamy dark caramel, plum and some alcohol. Some cherries are there but almost all of these aromas are soft.

T - Lots of flavor bursting with this up front. Caramel malts, dark fruits are all present, some pepper also adds some complexity. The flavor was sharp and the ABV is well masked. Good things going on here but the balance is just not right.

M - Medium, creamy body with average carbonation.

O - It was a good quad, although my mind calls forth memories of some better ones. I'll pass on this one next time.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful glowing magnolia color with a a bubbly thick foamy head. The nose is a classic Belgian yeast with huge bubblegum-like aromas and banana.

The flavor has a deep dark fruit overtone. Lots of dates and prunes followed by light bubblegum and banana. My issue is this is way too boozy at any temperature. The alcohol can be found in taste and feel. This really opens up to be a great Quad but washes away in the alcohol.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from 7/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark orange amber with an aggressive light brown head and nice lacing. Hops and malt right up front with a slap of booze. Light malt and fruit middle with a sharp edge from the carbonation. Boozy, hop finish. Underlying taste is nice, but he alcohol is not well integrated. Light bodied. This was absolutley delicious with a chocolate chip cookie.

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Photo of flexabull
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cool looking bottle courtesy of hwwty4, thanks again!

Pours a dark amber color with a HUGE head. Tons of carbonation visible.

Aromas are of dark fruits, mostly cherries, some oak, and a bit of booze as well.

Taste is boozy and dry. Some light fruit flavors, faint cherries, a bit red wine like, oaky, with some floral notes. Finish is dry, with a bitter mineral like hops, booze, and a bite from the alcohol. Overall the flavor profile is good, but a bit light.

Decent mouthfeel. Even though the carbonation is really visible, it's not overpowering, and helps add a little bit of a zing to this one. But this seems to lack that "thick" feel that I notice in Belgian Quads.

Drinkability is good. This is a nice "lighter" tasting quad. Doesn't have that thick feel and strong flavors that I usually taste in the style. But this is a nice beer, that is surprisingly easy to sip.

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Photo of CA_Infidel2o9
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz to a Tulip

A- dark reddish orange w/ floaties, 3/4" khaki head

S- dark fruit, brown sugar, grapes, bubblegum, toffee, slittly boozy

T- follows the nose, except the booze is more apparent and there's acidic after taste

M- medium body, crisp carbonation, alcohol heat

O- A pretty good brew. Sadly there's rochforte 10 & st. B 12 to compare it to, and it does not stack up. The smell is nice and the brown sugar is a plus, but it's way to boozy. IMO the way a brewery can hide this is a main staple when deciding on the quality of it. It's decent but i wont be buying it again.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was pleased to find this and many other Boulevard beers locally today...bought a 4-pack of this, I will probably age the others. 12 oz bottle to goblet, best by date is 4/27/13.

Pours a dark amber with orange highlights, slight haze to it. Off-white head retains great as a half-finger the whole time, a few strands of lace.

Nose delivers a plethora of fruits though it seems a bit faint. Red grapes, green apples, raisin, and musty caramel sweetness come to mind.

Taste is similar, kinda tart-ish with grapes and apples, dark fruit, big yeast, some caramel, good amount of sweetness but finishes dry. Big, foamy mouthfeel fits well, not a hint of the 10.5% abv, drinks very easily for a quad.

Doesn't come close to matching the Belgian greats of the style, but good for an American interpretation. Certainly one of the easier drinking quads I've had and at less than $3/12 oz it's a good deal.

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Photo of budgood1
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged.

pours out a muddled auburn hue with a thick and frothy beige coloured head which receds very slowly leaving some sparse lace. sweet malty and yeasty aroma. plums, melons and berries with hints of cocoa and toffee fill the nose. taste hooks up where the aroma left off with lots of alcohol soaked bready notes...fruitcake and rum soaked raisins come to mind. this seems very malty and it almost tastes like dark bread spread with some fruity jam. it's uncanny. undercurrents of nougat and milk chocolate mix in and out with lots of boozy spiciness. also, some apple and grape flavours come forward and make for an interesting mix. an underlying chalkiness gives it away as a domestic, but it definitely has a layered and complex flavour profile. full and flush in the body, with a rather smooth and delicate mouthfeel. not crisp and tongue tingling like classic quads, but close enough to make it almost like the real thing. drikability is real nice. as per the high ABV, it's a warming sipper and very appropriate on this very cold, wet and blustery spring day.

my fourth smokestack series sample and a pretty decent attempt by boulevard. not my favourite so far but definitely recommended...and definitely buzz inducing at 10.5 ABV.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark burgady ruby red blend. Big airy beige head is erected with the pour. It fizzles out fairly quickly, but a nice little frothy head has some staying power at the end. Decent nose, but overall, too sweet smelling. Blackberry Brandy comes to mind as does cherry juice and sweet rock candy. I think this is appropriate to an extent, but my nose tells me it's a little overdone. Let's proceed. First impressions on the palate are spicy, sweet, yeasty and alcoholic. This is not a bad take here on an extraordinary style. Brandy soaked figs with some plum and raisin. A little of that "spiked punch" feel to it. The alcohol is all over this, but never really off putting. Rum soaked fruits make their presence, like apple and melon. Light-medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. My only recommendation here is maybe a little less heat and a little less sweet. Overall though, this is a good beer.

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

A: Cloudy garnet in color with a dense, creamy head of white foam. After a minute or 2 the head fades to a thick cap that sits atop the beer perfectly. A decent amount of lacing lines the whole glass.

S: Sweet aromas of candied dark fruits such as grape and plum, with a hint of cherry. Caramel/brown sugar coming out as the beer warms. Alcohol slightly detectable on the nose.

T: Rich flavors of grape and cherry with a good amount of brown sugar sweetness. Typical fruity belgian yeast esters. Alcohol somewhat detectable with a tartness on the finish.

M: Full bodied with a high amount of carbonation and a smooth, yet somewhat prickly mouthfeel. In my opinion this beer would be better suited with less carbonation.

O: Overall I thought this was an ok beer but nothing remarkable. It had a tartness on the finish that I personally was not a fan of. I also think it was a bit overcarbonated. It was not horrible by any means, it just wasn't as good as an authentic belgian quad.

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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.