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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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1,785 Ratings

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Ratings: 1785
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%

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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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Here comes the quad, all dressed to nod. Dun dun dun-dun dun...There's 12 ounces of quadruppel without any twists or barrels. On to the beer:

A soapy inch thick of head forms on top this light brown/orange hued ale. Within a minute the head's thickness halves and a few splashes cling to the glass. A pleasant aroma, succulent without being overpowering. The smells of toasted sugar, plums, figs, fennel, balanced with just a pinch of alcohol noted. Good things are sure to come.

I've come to terms that American-made quadruppels are not going to taste as well as their Belgian counterparts. The Sixth Glass is a counterargument to that statement. Sure, it's not one the same level as the ones made by St. Bernardus, Rochefort, and Westvleteren, but those shouldn't be the standard. Within the tasting journey is plum, a fume of warming alcohol, hint of grape, toasted malt, a drop of bitterness, and a note of fennel. The beer is full bodied and registers on the smooth side with its mouthfeel, and finishes slightly dry with a bittersweet aftertaste.

One of the better American-made quadruppels that I've tasted. With the few samples which I've tasted from Boulevard, it appears that they can pull off Belgian styles too.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 07:07:46 | More by DoubleJ
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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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3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 01:55:14 | More by joe1510
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New York

2.66/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer comes in a rich amber red color with a fluffy white head.

The aroma has bright fresh sugary fruit sweetness. Tart plums, some breadiness, caramel sweetness. Boozy cherries, figs, alcohol comes through.

The flavor attacks aggressively of alcohol throughout. From the top of the back to the back of the throat, there is alcohol burn. There’s a slight candied fruit note, almost a gummy candy flavor, but other than that, alcohol is all I can find.

Booze booze booze. The beer was absolutely dominated by alcohol. It gets even worse as it warms and I had to pour it out. I don’t know if it was infected as it nasted like nail polish and alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 04:55:26 | More by dar482
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

"Best by 08/22/2015" on the bottle.

Into a tulip:

A: somewhat dark hazy brown colored body with a one finger white foamy head that drifts up and falls at a nice pace, foamy clingy lacing sticks to the sides of the glass

S: mainly sweet through some spiced apples, light caramel thrusts itself in the mix, some light Belgian yeastiness does enter in on the back end

T: mainly sweet with a decent added spiciness that didn't show up at all in the smell, sweet somewhat apple-like aftertaste, no finish

M: she sits about a medium on the mouth, carbonation comes across fairly strong - sharper than most Quads I've had (I wonder if I should have let this age just a bit longer)

O: for the most part, I do like this one, but am hoping my bottle's just a bit young and hopefully the next time I have this I'll either look for an older bottle or just age whatever bottle I get longer

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 20:18:22 | More by BeerKangaroo
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4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle, best by 07/07/15. Poured into a snifter, left to breathe warm for about 10 minutes after pouring.

A: huge, active fizzy khaki colored head, took two pours to empty the bottle. Some lacing as head recedes, mostly gone after a few minutes, head took nearly 15 minutes to disappear. A dark cherry amber body, some cloudiness.

S: Cherries, dates, dark sticky raisins, cinnamon, and spice cake. Powerful but sensual aroma.

T: Super complex beer. Cherries, all kinds of spiciness, ginger and cinnamon up front, then dark fruits abound. Finishes with a hint of alcohol that quickly turns into heavy flavors of moist fresh baked bread, very yeasty in a good way.

M: Not terribly boozy, but distinctly warming...not a summer beer. Medium mouthfeel, carbonation is not heavy, not light, and the texture is barely oily, but not dry. The initial feel was deceptive to how it formed up on the tongue, initially surprising, got better as it warmed.

O: Cold weather beer, no way I could drink this in the summer, or any weather that isn't cold, rainy and above 40 degrees. So sweet with a huge spice profile, and a fragrant alcoholic character. The flavored and mouthfeel were extraordinarily well-balanced. Not a beer to be consumed cold, started at 55 or so, and it got better as it warmed. The only quadrupels that will match this, have a label only in French and the brewery is in Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 02:42:55 | More by Badger6
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3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have to thank SplashyFob for this one. He brought it over to share. Notes taken last night, 1/7/14.

I was presented a snifter with a light tan head over a dark amber/light brown body. The beer had a decent showing in the lacing category.

It smelled delightful. It was malty with dark fruit, mainly fig and plum, with just a hint of dark cherries. Light caramel helped transfer it over, with I believe a whisper of candy sugar if I'm not mistaken. Ending was very boozy.

The flavor was sweet and malty. Somehow it just didn't seem to live up to the promise of the nose. I got fig, candy sugar and booze on the end.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. The carbonation was the key to how enjoyable this was. It was just a hint. The beer left a light film across the tongue and finished slightly dry.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 03:11:44 | More by CFHMagnet
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Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle from Cost Plus World Market Palm Springs CA for $3.50

Appearance – Murky brown colour with an above average size fizzy dark beige coloured head. It’s hard to make out the carbonation level due to the darkness of the beer and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, grapes/raisins, anise

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts,caramel, and some yeast. There is also quite a bit of dark fruit flavour.. grapes/raisins and some plums. It ends with a fruity/anise aftertaste.

Overall – Really enjoyed this beer, it reminded me a bit of Rochefort but with a touch more vibrant fruitiness.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 16:05:09 | More by spinrsx
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4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 355 ml bottle (best by August 7, 2014) into a chalice.

A-A normal pour produces about a finger of grayish-tan foam that drops to a thick cap that has great retention. The brew underneath is light in color for the style with a sort-of fig-like color of medium brown hue. I can see a few streams of fine carbonation in the murk.

S-The aroma is full of dark, sweet, dried fruits like prune and raisin and a sweet, fruity alcohol warmth. As the beer warms up, I get more caramelized sugar and molasses flavors and a hint of banana. The beer is a bit musty, but very inviting.

T-The taste is similar to the smell with perhaps a bit less sweetness and a bit more peppery spice. The dominant flavors are still prune and caramelized sugar, but the alcoholic finish has a little nip of spice and medicinal flavor. Slightly earthy.

M-The feel might be the high point of this beer. It is robust in body and soft on the palate but with enough prick in the carbonation to keep it interesting.

O-This is a great beer and one of the better American quads I have tried. It packs a lot of flavor and complexity, and mimics the feel of the best examples of this style. I don't think it is quite up to the level of the Belgians, but I would definitely drink more of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 03:23:14 | More by spoony
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4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Split a 12oz with my wife and poured into a couple of white wine glasses. Huge fluffy head, totally clouded, dark amber brown ale.

Aroma is super-booze, yummy yeast, cidery aroma with fig and dark fruit. As it warms I get some strawberry and raisin aromas. Tastes boozy but not too hot. Definitely sweet and jammy, but there is a tinge of bitterness in the finish, probably from the alcohol, but I certainly don't mind it. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, with very slight carbonation.

This is not the first time nor the last I've had this. It is an excellent American quad, with wine like qualities and a lot of complexity.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 03:13:16 | More by BeerWizard
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this as a gift from my sister on Christmas. It came in a 4-pack with 3 other beers from Boulevard as part of their "Smokestack series". Best before date of 8/12/15 is clearly stamped on the bottle, and since this is only December of '13, this must really be fresh. The gift pack came with its own Boulevard glass, so that is what I used to serve it in.

Be careful with the pour. With just half the bottle poured in slowly, it produced a creamy 3-finger beige head that rose quickly to the top and lasted several minutes, leaving some really nice lacing. After the head settled down, the beer took on a slightly hazed dark reddish/amber color.

The beer had a pleasant Belgian yeast smell, along with lots of caramel sweetness and dark fruits.

This is a very malty beer with both bready and caramel malts mixed together, plus some brown sugar and candy sugar for even more sweetness. I'm also picking up dark cherries and a touch of alcohol. Hop bitterness is mild at just 22 IBUs, but enough to tame some of the maltiness.

Creamy, smooth, and full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.


Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 06:43:33 | More by matjack85
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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this for $5.50 at the House of 1,000 beers. Never seen any Boulevard Brewing beers so I snagged it up quick.

A - Well it's unfiltered which never really swayed me. The massive 1+ inch head is nice with an opaque tint to it. Hazy amber orange color.
S - I can smell the dry esters next to some cherry pits and some plums. Smell is also rather sweet and fruity with yeasts. Smell is good with no detectable ethanol notes.
T - Wow very interesting, spicy malt notes next to fruity yeasts and a bready body. Very dry when swirled in the mouth. Not overlay sweet with candied sugar or caramel either this one is balanced.
M - Medium bodied not thin but a very drink able quad.

Overall I may have to go back and snag the Saison since it is more impressive. This beer is a great quad not too bozzy or sweet. Wish it was cheaper though but its PA so what are you gonna do trading would be more expensive...

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 23:55:48 | More by DrDemento456
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4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is right in my wheelhouse. Deep dark red in appearance with a three finger head.

Taste great! Mild and fruity. Nicely carbonated with a very well hidden APV.

Wasn't all that impressed with the first offering that I sampled from Boulevard Brewing (Tank 7) but this quad is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 06:21:58 | More by Braheem
Photo of Franziskaner


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish amber in color. An inch thick layer of foam rests on top of this brew. Brussels lacing on the glass. Dark Belgian candy sugar with hints of caramel. Intensely thick and alcoholic mouthfeel. This is serious stuff. I get loads of sweet malt and dark Belgian candy sugar. Lingering fade of Belgian yeast and dark malt. This is a great teat.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 04:47:40 | More by Franziskaner
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle purchased as part of a 2012 Boulevard sampler pack. A cool little bottle with the best by date rubbed off. Poured straight down the middle into a Blind Tiger Brewery snifter after letting the beer warm up a bit.

Appearance: Poured a huge and expansive two and a half fingers of khaki colored head. It’s a very creamy, sturdy looking head with a few big bubbles in the center that stick around for awhile. A light cherry mahogany body that is slightly cloudy. Nice frothy lacing coats the glass.

Smell: Old cherries, sticky dates, cinnamon, bit of ginger, bubblegum, sweet alcohol, rum and spice cake. It’s a big warming aroma that draws you in but invites caution.

Taste: A beer with plenty going on. Sweet cherries, spicy esters, cinnamon and ginger followed by plenty of sweet dates, prunes, and raisins. Fragrant and perfume like alcohol rounded out by some sweet bubblegum. The beer finishes with a moist, nutty breadiness.

Mouthfeel: A very warming beer. Not boozy, but warming. While the carbonation is about in the middle and the feel is certainly creamy I expected something a little denser. Finishes dry which really brings out the spice notes.

Overall: A perfect beer to warm up with while it’s14 degrees outside. Easy to see why as it’s very sweet with a huge spice presence and fragrant alcohol. The prominent alcohol in the nose left an odd presence but I really enjoyed it in the taste. I would also like to stress that this is one of those beer that you should just drink at cellar temp or if anything chilled. In only got better as it warmed. Overall, while it’s not up there with the world class quads I still highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 03:27:03 | More by CowsandBeer
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4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Boulevard has been moving up my ranks as an incredible brewer for a while. Their 2013 sampler with the RyePA and Mid-Coast IPA, along with their 80-acre, is astounding.

This "The Sixth Glass" Quadrupel was a part of a create your own "4-pack" - Extremely happy with my choice

A- Beautiful hazelnut orange color with a tall, tan head

S- Bread, citrus, and nuts

T- Caramel/Toffee flavor with a citrusy (apricot) flavoring. Nice toasty quadrupel - the ethanol is present

MF- Velvety, carbonated goodness

I would refer this to everyone of my KC and non-KC friends alike. Great ale. Thank you, Boulevard.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 05:17:19 | More by Kearneytheking
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3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: No clear date on bottle (printed date is smudged, purchased in winter 2012)
Glass: Founders oversized snifter

Boulevard's Sixth Glass is a solid quadrupel that, unfortunately, loses a bit with its easily felt and detectable ethanol content that somewhat deadens the rich caramel and malt flavors of the beer. I'm not sure if I'd pick this up again: while I enjoyed it, Rochefort and Bernardus have richer flavor palettes, and although more expensive, I generally only want one quad over time. This is a much more complex and overall better beer when consumed at around 50-60F as well.

Pours a generous 3cm tall head of khaki tan-colored foam, made up of medium and large-sized bubbles, yielding an appearance that is sponge-like. Retention is good, above average, but not overly so, the foam lasting about 1.5 minutes before settling to a thin film atop the body for the duration of the drink. Lacing is fairly good, with some fairly dense patches of thick lines and dots clinging to the sides of the glass. The beer's body is a light brown color with orange hues around the border, light bringing out bright amber-orange coloration. Carbonation is readily visible through the slightly hazy (20-30% opaque) body,

Aroma of amber candi sugar, light caramel, and dried dates, with hints of toasted nuts, bread, and brown sugar buried fairly deep in the mix. Above average and pleasing, fairly complex, ranking with some of the best quadrupels available.

Dominant flavors are of amber candi sugar, ethanol, anise, dried dates, caramel, and clove-like phenols. Front of palate picks up amber candi sugar, sweet tea, light caramel, dried dates, and strong phenols that give clove-like spiciness and flavor. Mid-palate of anise, ethanol, dried dates, moderately diluted caramel, and sharp clove-like phenols. Back of palate finds sharp ethanol, anise, phenols, atop a very minimal base of light caramel sweetness. Aftertaste of ethanol, anise, caramel, toasted bread, and spicy clove-like phenols.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of high intensity, resulting in a fizzy, prickly mouthfeel at first, which then fades to a foamy (9/10) and slightly smooth (1/10) feel. Somewhat overcarbonated for the beer and the style, with time correcting this. Ethanol easily felt on the palate, back of throat, and in nostrils: not well integrated into the beer. Closes dryly, with substantial stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 07:28:10 | More by falloutsnow
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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mildly aggressive pour yields 1.5" of thick, billowy, off-white head. Settles with minimal lacing. Held to light the beer is a brilliant, deep amber, nearly see through until sediment poured in and then cloudy after. Smell is full of dates, raisins and alcohol. The taste is malty sweetness up front with the previously mentioned dates and raisins, joined by a sour cherry presence. The finish is nice and dry with a lot of alcohol. Carbonation is medium to high serving to lighten the body and mouthfeel just a bit. As it warms up the cherries in the front end and the alcohol on the back end are even more apparent.
This is a very nice, easy drinking 10.5% quad. Probably wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting but it makes for a great winter-weekday-evening sipper!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 02:52:35 | More by rEBELlION
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4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Code suggests it was bottled 2/11/12, Best By 2/11/15.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip.

a: Clear deep amber with an inch tall offwhite head which receded to heavy even surface foam and large patches of lacing.

s: Moderate fruit cup.

t: Prunes under a heavy carbonation assault. Eye-opening. Bitter aftertaste and alcohol throat burn, otherwise the high ABV is well hidden. Later the ripe fruit flavor becomes pleasingly muted, the carbonation less startling though still strong, and the smoothness and relative easy drinkability of this 10.5 ABV quad becomes the prominent feature, which is quite an achievement in itself.

m: Moderate, good body, smooth bordering on silky.

o: An outstanding Belgian style quad. Anyone who likes the style should be pleased. Tastier and easier drinking than some Barleywines I have had as well. Given the ABV, I'd look for the twelve ounce fourpacks instead of going for the bomber, unless you have a friend to share it with or a big alcohol tolerance.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 06:09:10 | More by scotorum
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3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass.

The beer is a dark honey amber color. A cream colored head recedes to a huge circle of foam with light watery spots of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is slightly boozy, but bubblegum and bready yeasts come out.

The beer starts tangy with pineapple fruitiness paving the way for a bubblegum sweet middle and a piny, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty heavy.

Overall, flavorful, but too sharp and boozy for me to enjoy much of.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 19:30:50 | More by JuicesFlowing
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Very cloudy deep orange, almost ruby. Two finger head that attempts to leave some lacing.

S-Yeast, clove, banana, dark fruits, some alcohol.

T-Clove, banana, yeast, caramel, dark fruits. Nice spice. Not much bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated and the alcohol from the nose is hidden here.

O-A good quad. But it doesn't hold a candle to the belgain/trappist ones.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 01:00:36 | More by rlee1390
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4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz.(poor person size) to a Burnt Hickory Brewery snifter at 60-65 degrees
A- Clear red-copper hue with a wispy but abundant beige-gold head that dissipates quickly as anticipated.
S- Rich sweetness with a hint of clove spiciness, high alcohol content apparent.
T- Malty and caramely with the alcoholic bite that is smooth and at no point bitter. he alcohol bite serves this beer well as it gives a warm feeling, leaving you with a raisin like taste .Sweetness without overt fruity or overpoweringly caramel.
M- Light, highly carbonated, very smooth and bubbly.
O- This is a good, true beer. It's not a sneaky buzz. You are keenly aware that you are, in fact drinking beer and needn't play is it will sit you down. That being said the flavor is superb, well-rounded without frills, which is easy to appreciate.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 03:21:22 | More by TH_thebox_INK
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. 2013 vintage. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Deep brown hue with short 1/2 finger oatmeal head which leaves behind no lacing.

S: Rum raisin, prune, date, and caramel-toffee blend with a light herbal hoppiness and mild alcohol aroma

T: Delicious lush flavors of dark fruit -- raisin, date, plum/prune -- accented by soft dark caramel sweetness and finished with mild-moderate bittering without much hop flavor, maybe a flash of herbal/earthy character. The yeast character is reasonably light with only soft fruity esters. Alcohol presence is mild, pretty amazing for a fresh quad.

M: Silky smooth with light warming. Body is medium-full to full with low carbonation. A joy to sip.

O: Stellar quad that I hope will improve with a few years -- this was fresh and extremely enjoyable so it will be interesting to see what 3-4 years of cellaring will do.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 20:01:44 | More by argock
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District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottled purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, 2013 vintage and best by 5/16/15 poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter, drank 10/31/13 over an hour

A: 2/3 - red-auburn coloration, moderate clarity (cannot see and read through), initial white rocky/soapy head on first pour resolved into 1/2 finger glass lacing with residuals clinging to the glass --> modertae-to-high carbonation for style; thick alcohol legs as expected for 10.5% ABV

S: 9/12 - Belgian-yeast stone fruit esters: plums, raisins, cherries, sour apples; small amount of Noble hop aroma

T: 16/20 - on the front of the tongue, there is a moderate sweetness as some fruit flavors - plum, raisin and apple; in the middle of the mouth, these flavors developed into impressible malt complexity with some alcohol complexity and Sytrian Goldings hop character for balance; impressively little aftertaste for the intense malt complexity

M: 4/5 - big, chewy body (provided by the high alcohol content); slightly high carbonation for style but makes the flavors pop

O: 9/10 - one of my favorite Belgian quads, which was validated by a blind tasting against some of the best Belgian quads (Westy XII, St. Bernardus, etc.), where this was my favorite; at 10.5% with the intense malt complexity, it's crazy dry, which I love; I also love that this beer is released year-round, which is awesome --> highly recommended!

TOTAL = 40/50

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 03:16:50 | More by MNishCT77
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3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought from Central Market in a Pick 6.
Poured from bottle into a Maredsous chalice.
(Review from notes)

A - Nice fizzy carbonation. Amber orange hue.

S - Sweet and spicy orange, coriander.

T - Slight sweet front, bitter back. Some hops, but they mellowed with honey. The alcohol is well-hidden.

M - Fairly thick, kind of oily. Fizzy going down.

Summary - A proper Belgian. I have a higher standard for Tripels and Quads (so many great ones out there), and this one is a good Quad.

Serving type: bottle

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