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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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2,093 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,093
Reviews: 675
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 137
Gots: 316 | 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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Photo of beerdavis
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep cloudy red color, with thick large orange cloudy head that disappears quickly. Some lacing on my glass, not a ton.

I can't quite tell what I'm smelling, smells fruity and ripe, spicy. Cherry is evident.

Tastes of bitter fruitiness, hops, cherry again.

Feels very full in my mouth, dancing off of my toungue and filling every gap.

Overall it is a pretty good beer, it will take me awhile to finish it, as it is drinking very thick. Not so sure I would buy it again, it is a little too bitter for my taste.

beerdavis, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 8 Mar 2009. Batch 68100.

Poured in a 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Huge orange swiss cheese looking head. Medium carbonation. Clear mahogany color. Aroma is sweet and tart, brown sugar, ethanol, raisins, dried cherries. Initial taste of tart cherries, then lots of caramel malt, raisins, ethanol. Lots of rum and dried fruit. Finish is tart with strong ethanol burn in the aftertaste. 4

Would probably improve with some age. Would have probably had a higher score if had not been preceded by the Westy 12...

htomsirveaux, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of ArrogantB
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

ArrogantB, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown color with a fizzy off white head.

Scent of dark fruits, yeast, candi sugar, a hint of alcohol, and bready malts. Balanced well for the strength, a nice representation of the style.

Taste of candi sugar, caramel, dark fruit, yeast, leather, chocolate, and a hint of alcohol. Finishes dry with tobacco and leather flavors. Excellent, complex and balanced, could compete with authentic Trappist Quads.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very lively carbonation.

paco1029384756, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stemless red wine glass. Shared with a friend.

A-Hazed dark orange-copper beer, topped with a tan-brown hea, huge and cloudy. Head reduced uniformly to a thick layer that persisted.

S-Big ripening fruit, apples, some prominent tartness. Slight alcohol on the tail.

T-Semi-sweet bready malts, mixed with spices (slight clovey phenols, too) and a horde of dark, mellow ruits, even some toasty-ish hues coming through with an earty character. Bitterness is minimally perceptible. Surprisingly, the immense fruit in the nose doesn't transfer directly to the flavor; instead, the fruits in the taste are much mellower, more controlled. Smooth alcohol in the end, barely perceptivle, not harsh.

M-Medium carbonation, medium-full body. Deceptively light in my mouth. A slightly substantial viscosity. Warming in my stomach.

D-Highly drinkably. Perhaps a little bit too drinkable, considering the ABV. Extremely enjoyable, smooth and complex. Different and left me wanting more.

CHSLBrew, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this in a BIF but like a month later I found out I can buy it here now so I'm not going to really save this one.

Poured into my St. Bernardus goblet. It is a little more amber in color than other quads I have had. Nice head but kind of died off. Pretty good looking beer overall

Not alot of smells coming off this one. Belgian yeastie-ness and brown sugar mostly.

Taste is pretty good. Good malt character. Pretty good quad but with a little twang at the end.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooths with good carb.

I will buy this beer again for sure. Great taste but watch out. That ABV will sneak up on you.

PeprSprYoFace, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle (Batch #68100) poured into a Three Philosopher's chalice.

My fourth of four in the so-far solid Smokestack Series, The Sixth Glass pours a beautiful russet copper & ruby red hue, with a towering two-inches of effervescent, khaki foam. The head retains well, thanks to an active carbonation level that sends streams of bubbles careening toward the veil up top. A rich caramel nuttiness and lots of apple fruit esters dominate the aroma, while hints of black licorice and ethanol dance in the background.

Wow...this is an impressive Quad. Complex, inviting caramel and Belgian malt layers balance perfectly with floral, semi-bitter hops and subtle, fruity yeast notes. I'm immediately taken aback by how well-hidden the 10.2% ABV seems to be; the only hint of booze is a warming finish. Mouthfeel is creamy, softly carbonated, medium-thick, and finishes beautifully. All in all, this is an excellent Quadrupel that lives up to the Smokestack name. Not only that, but I'd guarantee that this beer ages well. I'll be picking up some more for just that purpose soon.

wagenvolks, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of Rudgers73
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Raverjames.

Looks great poured into a Maudite tulip. Deep brown-red with a thick tan head. The carbonation shows more activity than I expected out of a quad. The head begins to slowly settle, but there is a decent 1/4" that stays put. Also quite a surprise for a beer of this gravity. I stick my nose in the glass and I smell estery alcohol, rich tart fruit, candi sugar, and oxidized cream sherry that adds a dry nuttiness.

Now for a taste. This tastes similar to what Ommegang Three Philosophers would taste like if there was no lambic added and it had a bit more body. Thick and creamy on the tongue, and the alcohol heat comes out a bit to thin and dry it out. Caramelized apples, burnt walnuts, raisins, and sherry. Spice in the alcohol, but not too much heat. Looks like the fermentation temperature was kept well under control with this one, which is vital for a smooth Belgian that you don't want to have to soak in a sugary cover-up flavor. I'd say that the hops, alcohol, and malt is very well balanced to make this a big, complex, interesting quad. This would be great for after a big dinner in the winter. I would even pair it with apple or pumpkin pie. The residual sweetness lingers as it warms up keeping it very drinkable.

Rudgers73, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper color with a fat fine-bulled tan head. Wonderful retention and lacing. Looks pretty, but it is a bit lighter in color than most quads.

Sweet caramel malty nose. I get a bit of roastiness, burnt toast, Belgian yeast and brown sugar...smells pretty good.

Taste is alcohol, chocolate and crystal maltiness and white bread toast. I knew the moment I tasted it that further aging would be benificial. Not as much residual sugar sweetness as some other American quads I have had recently. Some raisin-like fruitiness, but not as much as I expected. It does have an actual hop presence not found in many examples of the style. Pretty good, but quads are far from my favorite style.

twiggamortis420, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep crimson orange, frothy creamy foam, visible micro bubbles. Soft fruity notes, nutty, with an earthy, bready, cookie sweetness. Dried fig, apricot, dried cherries, rich and cakey with some delicate almond in the background. Full bodied feel, mellow, dries out quicky, leaving a rich aftertaste. Slow sipper, but not heavy, cloying, or alcoholic at all.

Shared this one with family for the holidays...

A curl of smoke exited the bottle once the cork popped. The body was a rusty orange-brown, with transparent clarity. Good amount of foam, it's color had a rust tinge to it as well.

Nutty aroma of almond, maybe dates also. Subdued and not overly sweet like some Belgian Quads. Malty flavors with strong estery notes from the yeast. More dried fruits and nuts, with a slowly dissipating warmth following the finish. It was sturdy, but not heavy or syrupy. Light enough to want to finish the whole bottle easily. Great choice for a winter night, with good cellar potential.

emerge077, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/21/2009 (bottle batch#68235):

Pours a huge creamy tan colored head, diminishing, and a dark ruby red color body. Strong dark fruity, flowery aroma, fig and a touch of alcohol. Very sweet nd floral, very Belgiany. Creamy mouthfeel, flowery taste. Lightly sweet, not sickly. Dark fruit is not as pronounced, sweet aftertaste, some hotness. Dark fruit and fig taste, apple too.

jujubeast6000, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of CoolJosh
2.95/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to the kind trader that gave this one away, I was initially tempted to trade for this one based off of the name and label. As time grew on, I grew more and more hesitant to pull this beer out of my cellar. I have fallen in love with aging beers, but the thing is that I hadn't had this one fresh (semi-fresh). I needed to try this one just to see it's roots, shared with treyrab.

Beautiful hazy ruby red with orange tones that lighten up this stunning appearance. Beautiful 2 finger light yellow 2 finger head that remains through out the duration of the beer. Very nice.

The smell is very quad-tacular. Really nice sweet white grqapes stick out the most. A sugar complex is also very noticeable, as is some sweet cherry and some light brown sugar and bannana as well as some pleasing dark red grapes.

Don't know about this one, not on my short list of favorite quads. Tons of rougher tastes that would be better with time. Some prevelant alcohol tastes which really overshadow the other sweeter tastes. Way to hot. I'm serious my mouth lit on fire. Each sips tastes like a St. Bernardus 12 with a shot and a half of cheap vodka. Maybe try and grab another and let it sit for at least three years out of fear.

CoolJosh, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of introvertedone
3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed: 12/30/08

The Quadrupel ale presented a dark and slightly cloudy appearance. Almost chocolatey looking. Surprisingly, there was not much aroma with this ale. The taste was chocolatey with hints of a caramel finish. The Sixth Glass seemed very carbonated but kind of heavy with a smooth finish. This is a pretty decent ale I would definitely drink this again.

introvertedone, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of johnnybgood1999
2.83/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not my favorite from Boulevard.

A: Burnt orangish red with some head and a little lacing.

S: Some fruity spiciniess and lots of alcohol.

T: Not getting much but the alcohol. Can't notice any yeast or balance. A little cherry maybe behind all the alcohol. Wow! I've had some big beers and liked them, but the alcohol wasn't all I could tast.

M: Well carbonated with a lighter body.

D: I didn't make it past the first glass, so that probably speaks for itself.

johnnybgood1999, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle, batch number 68025. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky dark brown/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is average, not much lacing. The aroma is excellent, it smells like brown sugar, raisins, figs, cherries, Belgian yeast, rum, ginger and some pepper. The taste is slightly different than the aroma, it tastes like dark fruit, pepper, ginger, yeast, booze, cloves, and a slight tart taste I can't identify. There's also a bit of a bitter finish, which I didn't expect since the aroma was so sweet and malty. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and slick but seems a bit thin (but not watery) for the style. Carbonation is high. Drinkability is good, even with the high carbonation it's still easy and enjoyable to drink. I think this is a good Quad, I'd pick this up again in the future.

bluejacket74, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of DevilHawk
3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Disappointing. Not the best attempt at Belgian style strong ale. I could barely taste the Belgian yeast used in bottle conditioning.
-Rich hazy burnt orange color, almost mahogany, two fingers of beige head
-Aroma of dried fruit, perhaps raisin and cherry with a hint of date
-A twing of spice
-Alcohol anyone? I've had triples with higher content and less alcohol taste
-Nice feel in the mouth. Smooth, malty and sweet.
-Not a bad beer by any means, just not what I was expecting. With a name like Quadruple, you have to bring it! This beer didn't have that nice Belgian greeting you get with the first mouthful.
-Many of my friends can't stomach most of the beer I like and they all enjoyed this. That should tell you something.

DevilHawk, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of tempest
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove. Man, this is my favorite quad that I've had in a while, and I had a Pannepot the same day. At first it smelled of spiced rum, but as it warmed sweet dates and black cherries came out with a tinge of cinnamon and ginger. Clove phenols grow, but never overpower as the beer approaches room temperature. Very drinkable and rich in flavor. Something a bit different from your normal caramel-malt driven quad. I'd call this must-try for quad-lovers.

tempest, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with brewCzar, Thanks Bryan!

750ml caged/cork bottle served in a chalice.

L - murky brown color with a huge fluffy beige head on the pour that quickly fell to a light ring.

S - sweet alcohol aroma, light on the maltiness.

T - sweet and bold malty taste comes on strong along with some earthy yeast and date/raisin flavors.

F - medium bodied with a silky feel.

D - a nice sipper, especially as a weekend nightcap.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of dza360
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Beautiful hazy bronze. Pours a thick off white head that dissipates into a ring.

S - Sweet brown sugar and molasses, hint of rye.

T - Wonderful complex sweetness and spice taste you would expect in a quad, this is my 6th or 7th time with this brew and I think I have finally identified the taste that makes this one special. Rye! I guess I owe it to the wonderful hop rod ale by Bear Republic, but I taste a distinct rye now that makes this beer remarkable.

M - Somewhat thin, but warming from the alcohol. Dryness that again I attribute to the rye.

D - This aspect of the ratings always puzzles me, of course you don't want to guzzle something like this for a session, but on the balance its a very easy drink given its abv.

dza360, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of gford217
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle courtesy of mmtmatrix poured into a goblet.

Pours a hazy amber brown with a big off-white head with tons of carbonation (which I've gotten in all the Smokestack beers) which causes the head to last forever and leaves good lacing.

The aroma is very sweet with candi sugar, Belgian yeast and tons of dark fruits dominating - plums and raisins especially. There is an alcohol burn in the nose as well.

Big sweet caramel malts dominate the taste with tons of candi sugar and a yeasty bubble-gum flavor as well. The dark fruits are there but not quite as big as in the aroma. Alcohol definitely makes its presence felt in the finish with a major warming effect.

The mouthfeel is very highly carbonated, too much for my liking, and medium bodied for the style.

This is a less heavy version of a quad but that lends to very high drinkability for the style and I made it through the bottle much easier than I should for a beer this big. Be very careful, because I wasn't...

gford217, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of lackenhauser
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

lackenhauser, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of katan
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750mil smokestack series. S8058

A - Pours a light red to gold color. Lots of head formation, approximately 1/4 inch, that is pearly white. Appears to be bottle conditioned as there is a fair amount of yeast hazing. Carbonation is present in the form of vigorous bubbling.

S - Phenolic tones smack you straight in the face. Behind that are the belgian yeast notes, spicy and earthy.

T - Starts off with a very minimal flavor, some sweetness from the pile of fermentables. Does develop some of the trademark yeast - spicy. Finishes with a smooth combination of massive alcohol and light sweetness. An interesting malt flavor hangs around as an overtone.

M - Medium in body, which is surprising for the style of beer and what appears to have gone into it. Leaves a clingy film on the tongue. The carbonation bite is the most dominant attribute.

D - Sits heavy on the palette. The carbonation is making this beer very filling. The alcohol is probably the factor that reduces the drinkability of this beer the most - you have to be very careful with it.

katan, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of coldmeat23
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Chimay Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
BATCH #68044

Pours a deep, dark amber with ruby highlights. Three-finger head of creamy tan colored foam. Great retention. Spotty lacing.

Big, dark fruit notes. Figs and dark cherries mostly, with a touch of raisin. Mild earthiness. Mild hint of booziness. Caramel malt notes. Smells sweet and spicey, overall.

Caramel malts out in front. Black cherries and raisins. Hints of figs. Touch of ginger and spices. Very slight hint of booziness. Candy sugars and hints of bananas.

In the mouth, it's actually a little bit thin, for the style, IMO. Nails the creaminess just right, though. Would benefit greatly from a heftier body.

For a drinkable, moderately priced american Quad, you'd have a hard time beating this one. Sure, you can go to the Belgian rack and get a better representation of the style. You'll also pay a little extra for it, though.
Despite it's 10.5% ABV, this is pretty darn drinkable. Just don't drink too many, too quick, as they will hammer you.

coldmeat23, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BretSikkink, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of sprucetip
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 into snifter.

Medium amber, very bubbly, persistent off white head and good lacing. Much more clear and without the yeast chunks I am accustomed to with this style.

Dark fruit prominent. Raisins, prunes, sweet malt, touch of grassy hops, hint of boozy heat, and Belgian yeast strain all blended nicely.

Malty sweetness, aforementioned dark fruit, restrained but noticeable alc and Belgian yeast. Balanced and complex. Slightly dry and lightly bitter finish. Nicely done.

Slight fizz, moderate warming, full bodied, with pleasant, almost slick, texture.

Very well done, impressive take on the style from N. American brewery. Goes down easily as good quads do when I drink them. Size of this beast is cause for restraint. Still, this is one to sip, savor and share.

sprucetip, Dec 21, 2008
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,093 ratings.