The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 742
Hads: 2,546
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 192
Gots: 575 | 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 OzzieLikesBeer
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

not quite as effervescent as I've become accustomed to with this style. Lots of spiciness and fruity phenols. Soft malty body with warming alcohol in finish no doubt from dark candi sugars. I've only had two Boulevard beers and they have both been outstanding. Will be on the lookout for more! (296 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - cloudy brownish orange with a great off white head and great lacing.
Smell - sweet fruity Belgian yeast with a slight bit of spice.
Taste - sweet Carmel Belgian yeast with slight fruit like the smell.
Feel - creamy full body with lots of carbonation.
Overal - incredible quad! (283 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
1.95/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a wide-mouth snifter at approximately 50 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange-amber, and forms a thick orange head with good retention and lacing. I'm hesitant right away, because I've found orange in the color of a beer, particularly in the head, generally indicates significant hop presence.

Smell: Sweetness strikes right up front, all cotton-candi sugar, wreathed through with notes of plum and fig. There's something faintly floral in the aroma as well, but as it is faint, I'm keeping hope alive.

Taste: Right out of the gate, and through the entirety of the tasting process, my hop-sensitive tongue picks up a significant torrent of something floral and spicy, which dominates the entire flavor profile for me start to finish. By the end, I can pick out something resembling a caramel and candi sugar sweetness, and possibly some dark fruits, but for the most part I get only a mouthful of floral-spice hops that also have some citrus along.

Mouthfeel: Extremely sharp with carbonation.

Overall: I won't be picking this one back up. When I want a quad, I'm looking for yeast esters to shine against a backdrop of sweet malt. This doesn't accomplish that at all. It tastes like an attempt to hop up a quad. Back to Abt 12, Rochefort 10, Three Philosophers, Trois Pistoles, and so forth I go. (1,336 characters)

Photo of Mikus
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unfiltered and effervescent. Garnet colored pour into my tulip. 2 fingers of loose, fluffy light tan bubbles. Spicy yeast notes, caramel, breadiness, figs, raisins, plums. Mild but pleasing nose. Huge dark fruit on the palate. Warming alcohol. Spicy yeast notes. Complex, yet seemingly simple. Dry finish with lingering dark fruits. Left me wanting more. So clean, crisp, and dry. Exceptional brew. (398 characters)

Photo of gr0g
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Reddish orange in color with fine sediment in suspension. Large, pillowy head of foam that lasts forever. Aroma of dark fruit and alcohol that combine into a bubblegum note at first, then notes of candy apple, pear, and raisin take over. Some aspirin bottle yeast character and a bit of rum.

Robustly malty and fruity with a restrained sweetness. It's immediately apparent that this can stand toe to toe with the top Belgian quads. Lots of toffee malt spiked with candi sugar. Just a hint of alcohol on the finish. Well-carbonated but not harsh. A bit of a syrupy/sticky finish.

Awesome quad at an awesome price point. Boulevard makes awesome Belgian-style beers -- it's easy to see why Duvel Moortgat bought them up. (732 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nicely clouded coppery orange. Decent head of light tan foam. Fabulous retention, barely dropping though it did chunk up a bit.
Smell is rich, oaky, malt, tart, slightly musty. Great balance.
Taste is malty, tart, oak, rum, light citrus. Wow, just wow.
Medium bodied with a forward, almost pushy effervescence. Warming from the get-go. Dry finish brings out a slightly harsh astringency but it isn't offputting. Wish I had more. (439 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour very carefully! I lost a bit of brew to the ever expanding head on this. I find it solid for the style and really, really good coming from an American brewery. There are hints of bubblegum phenols found in strong dark ales, but it is very well controlled compared to many American versions I've tried. Big, rich, dark fruit, dark sugar, and dark malt flavors. Hops serve to dry up the mouthfeel enough to keep the experience from being a cloying one. This sample came from a twelve ounce bottle with a bottle cap; not sure if a corked version would change the character or not. I am happily willing to investigate this matter. I would very much like to drink this next to other examples of the style. I expect it would do very well. (737 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of ZebraCakez
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep red/brown color, light around the edges, with a decent two finger head of tight foam that dissipates slowly.

S: The aroma is unmistakably that of bananas, and very strongly so. There is a hoppy bite as well, but I basically just smell bananas.

T: Thankfully the taste is more complex then the nose. The alcohol is upfront. There is a fruity, figgy, raisin like aspect draped against a sweet backdrop. There is a spicy note on the finish, and hops shine through the whole time. Very well balanced between the sweet dried fruit and slightly bitter hops/spices.

F: Medium body, good carbonation. No complaints here.

O: I enjoyed this one plenty. It's fruity and pleasant. There's nothing here that makes me feel I need to buy this one a gain in the future, but I'm certainly glad to have tried it. (815 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The Sixth Glass pours deep rich chestnut with a slight haze with a pillowy off-white foam cap that mounds up over the rim of the glass. The nose is fruit - a mix of large pitted and dried, and a hint of dark moist Carmel cake. Large pitted fruit, a faint citrus, dark raisins and a hint of fig begin the palate with a touch of chocolate and caramel. Medium full body with above average carbonation. (400 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Deep amber with 2 fingers of creamy, bone-white head that dissipates slowly. Hazy with tons of yeast sediment and moderate carbonation.

Nose
Sugar-coated raisin, caramel, fig, date, and molasses.

Taste
Plenty boozy and warming. Dark Belgian candy sugar, caramel, and molasses. Fig, raisin, and dates smothered in sugar. Finishes with earth, hay, and potpourri.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, airy, slick, off-dry, and heavily carbonated.

Overall
Dark fruits, booze, and earthy Belgian yeast. A decent American-made Quad. (570 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz capped bottle poured into a Boulevard chalice. The date has become illegible, but I'd say this is 2-3 years old.

A: Hazy red-orange color. Lighter than expected for a quad. Creamy, fine-bubbled cream colored head.mthin rings of lacing.

S: Fruity. Golden raisin, papaya, tangerine. Treacle. Golden brownies. Bread pudding. Light runny caramel. Yeasty and lightly clovey/peppery and musty.

T: Treacle, bread pudding, light caramel, golden brownies with walnuts. Fruity notes of berries, tangerine, bruised apple, and golden raisin. Trace alcohol. semi-dry finish is fruity and yeasty.

M: Medium-thick body. Creamy and firm with acute scrubbing and lifting action from the high carbonation.

O: On the lighter side of the quad spectrum, so maybe not what people tend to associate with the style as much. Great attenuation and nice fermentation. A lot of great complexity and character here. It really began to grow on me as I drank my way through it, (958 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

color of the beer is a crystal clear copper,pours three fingers of frothy head that retains very well. solid stream of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass reinforcing the huge head.
Smell- very interesting aroma, in a good way. Caramel, dates, toffee upfront with a hint of booze and some slight fruitiness and tartness as well in the finish.
Taste= similar to the shell, very unique. Sweet malty characters come first, notes of toffee and dates are very present then comes some Belgian funkiness and some light fruit such as apples and white grapes, the booze provides a bit of warmth but there is no harshness there.
Feel- quite light, yet far from thin. nice carbonation, finishes very clean, not quite dry but evaporates nicely off the tongue, like a fine wine.
Overall- Really superb and unique take on the style. wonderful job. would love to try again. (864 characters)

Photo of BB1313
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best by 11/19/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy ruby with a creamy off-white head that sticks around leaving great lacing and retention. Looks great. The aromas are great. Lots of banana along with some dark fruits. Cherries are there. Tons of yeast to tie everything together. The flavors follow the nose. More banana. Lots of figs and rasins. More cherries. Sweet malts. Sweet yeast. Subtle black pepper notes. Subtle spices. Subtle notes of clove. Subtle hop bite. Finishes clean and warm. This is definitely not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with active carbonation. It's exactly what you would expect for the style. This makes a great sipper.

This is a great Quad. This is definitely one of the better ones I've had that was brewed in America, and it can hang with examples of the style brewed out of the country. It's tough to beat from a value standpoint as well. Well executed and well crafted. I'm interested in what some age would do this. (998 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle (review from 5/4/2015, no change in rating):
Note to self: let this beer come to a proper temperature, and consider it more as a dessert/nightcap beer.

Foamy reddish-tan head stop a reddish-brown body. Head lasts, but lacing is a bit light.
Nose early is apple cider and a bit of wood, but that is at a temperature too low for the style. As it warms, sugary sweet notes come out more, molasses, brown sugar, candied orange (strangely), as well as a hint of spice.

An early sip yields raisin, apple, a bit of spice and sweet (cinnamon and brown sugar?); in some sips I get subtle hints of molasses or prune. There is a bit of woody hops that never fully cuts the sweeter tastes. Once the beer gets to the almost warm stage, a few more tart notes make an appearance: white raisin, sugar plum. Definitely a bit more interesting with warmth. The bitter balance does seem woody, but it only does so much.

Feel is very carbonated to me. Unless the spiciness is mimicking the tickle and even bite of heavy carbonation. This lightens the beer considerably in feel, although the beer behind it seems quite full in body. This unsurprisingly fades a bit as it sits, but still plays a role long into the drink, but eventually becomes a non-factor.

Interesting flavored, perhaps just a tad sweet, if I had to complain about something in the taste. Actually the carbonation is the biggest retraction for me, it just seems out of place, though I can't say exactly why. Otherwise, there's a lot to like about this beer. (1,525 characters)

Photo of kaiyote
4.79/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a chalice:

Appearance: Gorgeous dark ruby color. Started off with a 2 finger head that dwindled to 1/2 a finger that has staying power.
Aroma: Belgian yeast. Spicy, musty, amazing.
Taste: Lots of spice from the yeast. Dark fruits, malt, a caramel thing going on. Prune comes up in the aftertaste. There's some alcohol in there too.
Mouthfeel: Seems about right for a quad. Not too thick, nice carbonation.
Overall: Having never heard of this brewery before, I am pleasantly surprised by how good this is. Definitely my new favorite non-Trappist Quadrupel. (587 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 ounce bottle. It is a chestnut color...towering head...lots of lace. The beer is hazy, with a few yeast floaties in suspension. The aroma is of yeast, spice, ripe fruit (plums) and some malt. Lots of alcohol in the taste...warmth and spice. Sweet and full, with great complexity (spice, yeast, pepper, malt, and booze). Great beer. (347 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a tulip glass.
Aroma- smells of sweet spice and booze
Appearance- pours a murky orange with an off-white head
Taste- has a strong alcohol flavor that transforms into a malt flavoring
Palate- a full bodied beer with well balanced carbonation with a dry finish
Overall- Boulevard hit a homerun with this beer. A must try on any beer list. (369 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours paler than expected for a quad, but with a nice frothy head that sees some good retention.

Nose is really nice - sweet, spicy and figgy.

Tastes kind of flat and boozy at first, like malt liquor. But as the beer warms and settles a nice grapey, fruity, figgy character emerges. Definitely on the lighter side of the quad flavor spectrum - more fruity and dry than chocolatey and sweet. Still, the booze is always present and comes off a little 'hot' and off-putting at times. This bottle is fresh and could probably benefit from some age. (545 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy dark Amber with a nice two finger fluffy off-white head. Nice retention and lacing. The smell was candy sugar, dark fruits and some grassy notes, and alcohol. The taste is sweet, with some cherry and fig flavors, some sweet malt, and a bit of estery notes. Mouthfeel was fairly thick and creamy- very smooth with a nice aftertaste. Overall, this one is pretty close to some of the better Belgian Quads- not quite there yet, but pretty good for an American Quad. (475 characters)

Photo of john0721
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a goblet. Color: light brown. A little to sweet for me and lacking the complexity I look for in the style. Yet, still a good American version of the style. (180 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, murky, amber color. A bit of sediment. A good sized white foam head. Recedes to a very thin head with a bit of lacing.

Aroma features yeast, caramel malt, and honey. A hint of citrus.

The taste is similar to the aroma. Sweet caramel malts lead the way, giving it a candy type taste. Some spices follow up. Apple and banana notes come through as it warms. The Belgian yeast definitely plays a large role in the taste here, and it interacts well the the very sweet caramel malts.

Medium-heavy bodied. Although the alcohol is masked pretty well, the sweetness keeps this as more of a sipper.

Overall, this beer escapes me. I love it, but I can't quite define what makes it so good taste-wise. Nevertheless, a solid beer, and a good value. (755 characters)

Photo of NickTheGreat
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L (4) - Nice medium brown color.
S (3.5) - Not a lot of nose here, but kinda smells like it tastes.
T (4) - This beer has a solid taste. Not overly impressive, but good taste. A little alcohol taste, but not what I'd describe as 'boozy.'
F (4) - This beer has decent mouthfeel. Good carb.

This beer was good all around. Nothing wowed me, but I wasn't mad I drank it. Not sure I'll go out of my way to drink it again, but I'd take it over many other brews. (467 characters)

Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Boulevard Brewing Sixth Glass is a very good beer! Nice amber color. Good head and nice aroma. This tyle of beer is definitely one of my favorite go to beers. Explosion of favors. Nice finish. At 10.5%, definitely one you have to respect, but it's too goodto sip. Thankfully, not an overpowering alcohol taste. Tangy spicy finish, easy to drink. (353 characters)

The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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