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 afinepilsner
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle
10.5% abv

The Sixth Glass was a hazy dark amber color with fine particles floating throughout. It had a large beige head with good retention and minimal lacing. The smell was malt, yeast aromas, and spices with some alcohol. The taste was quite fruity with clove-like spices and some alcohol. The finish was long, dry, and throatwarming. This beer was medium-full in body with medium carbonation. Drinkabity was good. (436 characters)

Photo of bmohead
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, a nice red-orange hue with a finger of thin head that settles into a loose fringe on the surface, leaving almost no lacing. Smell is sweet, fruity, and somewhat similar to a fruit wine other than the hint of malt. Taste is initially all deep fruit and sugar sweet, giving way to a nice malt and warm alcohol finish that cleans up the sweetness fairly well. This is fairly drinkable for the ABV, but the sweetness begins to stick around torwards the end. Two would be enough, but they would be thoroughly enjoyed. (538 characters)

Photo of beveritt
4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 750ml brown corked and caged bottle into a Rockmill Brewery logoed chalice. The label has the look of an old carnival poster or ad with a faded red background and a goateed face in blue. Batch number 610050, best before 02/13.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of 2 fingers of medium tan head. This settles slowly, still maintaining a substantial cap of foam. The beer itself is medium brown, dark enough to be opaque int he middle, yet light enough to be seen through at the edges.

Smell: Strong bready malt with a distinct brown sugar sweetness. Slight notes of cinnamon.

Taste: Bready malt upfront with buttery phenols. Alcohol sweetness mid palate; not completely hidden and yet not overwhelming. Notes of raisins, plums, and cloves. Finishes with a lingering brown sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation level. Body is excellent; amazingly thick and viscous.

Drinkability: Yum. This is a big, flavorful, and immensely enjoyable beer. My second from Boulevard and a great comeback from the disappointing last beer. (1,071 characters)

Photo of jds1469
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (713 characters)

Photo of JEdmund
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks brown until light reveals a reddish hue; small head that dies away quickly; aroma is delicate and inviting, with candied sugar, hints of banana, and even some nuttiness present; taste is simply impressive, making me wonder why I've waited so long to try this; the body is outstanding, I really can't recall ever having a 10% beer feel this light and bubbly; kudos to Boulevard! Back to flavor... Bread, caramel, maybe slight almond, bananas, milk chocolate--lots going on, making it hard to dissect, but easy to enjoy and appreciate. I'm really enjoying this and will certainly be buying it again. (603 characters)

Photo of CPeterson
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A -- A deep copper / red beer that produces a three finger head that settles very slowly into a thick bubbled froth leaving great lacing.

S -- Candi sugar, banana, clove and other spices, dark fruits, and subtle alcohol that is only heat in my nose.

T -- Yeasty and sweet fading into banana and spices, bubblegum, plum and raisin. A little boozy, but to be expected.

M -- Full flavored but a little too clean for the style, doesn't linger as long as I would expect. Well carbonated and a little sticky.

D -- Worth the purchase. Another win for the smokestack lineup. (570 characters)

Photo of Hanke
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

During the holiday's I've been drinking nothing but Belgians and this was today's beer. This beer has a sexy apperance, but is lacking in mouthfeel and taste. It has a wonderful head and is a very nice dark ruby, but something was missing when I tasted it. (256 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had this beer for quite some time, but I am sure that it has held up lurking on the bottom of my lagering cooler. It says that this is batch number 69198. I haven't been disappointed with one of the "smokestack series" yet, so let's give this one a try.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear reddish brown color with tons of bubbles rising to maintain the 1" head of pillowey thick tan bubbles. Even after a minute, the head was every bit as high as it was after a very careful pour. There is some pretty heavy lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: I initially got some dark caramel malts with a tad of oxidation on top of some serious spicy alcohol. This beer has a very assertive aroma. After it sits, though the foam is still solid, it is taking on a more dry and earthy aroma that is accented by the spicy alcohol and sweet malts. There are some defined toasty notes in this beer that is becoming more apparent as it warms.

Taste: The flavor is really clean for having such a bold aroma. It is, of course, very well carbonated and dances across your palate like a bat out of heck. There are plenty of caramel notes in here that play well with the spicy notes from the alcohol. The beer is medium bodied with a rather dry finish due to the alcohol and carbonation. There is plenty of warming in the finish to linger for minutes after the sip, yet it doesn't seem hot or fusel the whole time, so this is a nice accomplishment for Boulevard.

Opinion: This is a very well crafted beer. I may have had this beer for 6 months, and it has held up perfectly. It doesn't quite have the sheer malt complexity that some of the Belgian greats have, but it is something to be said that I am comparing this beer to the likes of St Bernardus, or Koeningshoeven. I am very impressed with the overall flavor and presentation of this beer. It is of world-class quality and I would definitely recommend it. (1,907 characters)

Photo of cbg79
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My hats off to the guys at Boulevard for this exceptional brew. This is the best beer I've had from Boulevard and I would have to say it's one of the better beers I've tasted as of today. With 10.5% abv it was not to strong as compared to others with the same abv. It is a well balanced beer which i poured out of the bottle into a goblet at around 45 degrees. Great taste, very drinkable, and a great all around beer. (418 characters)

Photo of SuperNova777
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:Pours a nice reddish color with a fingers worth of head that last pretty good, nice
lacing is left down the glass

S:Nose picks up some sour notes that are mixed in with the Belgium funk as well. Very interesting. Also dark fruits,figs, are picked up as well

T:Up front you pick up some fruits and a little tartness followed up by a funk of yeast
that leaves the taste of banana clove lingering around on the palate. Very unique and
intriguing

M:Mouthfell is good with adequate carbonation, alcohol is pretty well hidden but leaves
the palate a little dry.

D:This seems to be a very well crafted American quad that is easy to drink and has some
interesting flavors in the mix as well. Alcohol is well hidden for the most part, Boulevard
smokestack is no joke and this is no exception. (803 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to ILikeBrew for this bottle. Thanks, pal!

Appearance -- pours a hazy ruby hue with a voluminous butterscotch head. Lacing abounds.

Smell -- Quite yeasty: earthy yeast, clove oil, and banana peel are quite prominent. Brandy-soaked prunes, black cherry, and burnt sugar round out the classic Quad aromas. Slightly acidic, which is weird. What is lacking is spice.

Taste -- Bright malty sweetness up front with cherry danish, brandy-soaked prunes, earthy yeast, bananas and bubblegum. Not as nuanced as the aroma let on. Alcohol is a bit intense, but well within bounds for the style. Lingering flavors of yeast and pitted fruits in light syrup.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with abundant bubbly carbonation. A bit on the thin side, but it feels great on the tongue.

Drinkability -- Quite good. Pretty easy-drinking for a Quad, and great aroma, which made the taste a bit of a letdown. Clearly an Americanized Quadrupel, but still really tasty. Absolutely trying at least once, plus the price is right. (1,014 characters)

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

104th review on BA
Bottle to Tulip

12 oz bottle.

Again, thanks JeepCop for the extra.

App- Such a weird brown color with a mix of browns ranging from dark, mahogany to some lighter brown hightlights. It was capped by a 1 finger head that was very bubbly. Suprisingly, this quad was quite lively in the glass.

Smell- This was a bit boozy in a subtle way with a bit of figs and dark fruits. A rich malty essence.

Taste- Its a big drinking 12oz bottle. Not as much booziness on the taste as the nose which I thought was pretty damn good. Im suprised by how good this is. I think its personally better than BBQ.

Mouth- A big full bodied beer with a medium carbonation to it. Has a very superb spicy after taste.

Drink- I could do another one even at the 10.5% These 12oz bottles could do some damage in a 4 pack. (816 characters)

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

A - Lighter amber brown hue with a large-ish creamy, smooth looking, frothy, off-white colored head. Good retention leaving a nice, thin layer of lace.

S - Full of Belgian aroma. Yeast, candi sugar with some bubblegum, banana, ripe fruit, and some spice.

T - A good amount of alcohol and rum soaked cherries along with the typical Belgian yeast and candi sugar flavors. Some banana and bubblegum, hints of plum and apple. A touch of phenols.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Felt a little thin for the style. Warming and lively feeling.

D - I had no problem finishing the bottle, and it was enjoyable. Alcohol is a little too prevalent to be really drinkable.

Notes: A bit above average Quad. Not bad, but alcohol was a little strong. I enjoyed drinking it, but I wasn't blown away by it. (802 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hwwty4 for this bottle from the first release.

A: The quad is a ruddy brown color, one that matches the last few hold-out leaves on trees in central PA. The darkness leaves the ale opaque. A half a finger of tan head arises on pour but disappears quickly.

S: The nose has dark candi sugars, raisins and grapes running rampant. The aroma is very strong, belying a full ale. Plenty of spices and sweet yeasty notes.

T: Sweet and murky. The candi sugars hit all the right notes, dark and fruity from the outset. Darker raisins and lighter pears create a fleshy, pitted fruit flavor. Booziness mixes with the yeast, candi sugars and biscuity malts. Very flavorful, the quad is also strong. The flavors mesh well though, with dark fruits taking the lead. Only plum flavors linger in the mouth after a sip is gone though, strange.

M: The mouthfeel is lush, dark and fruity. The yeast and candi sugars have starring roles, driving a dark sweetness. A warming ale, you better sip this sucka.

D: Another whopper of a beer. The Sixth Glass is a think-piece about a mid-level beer struggling with its own limitations in the harsh face of stardom. Almost famous indeed. (1,172 characters)

Photo of jssheets
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my first review so bare with me here. First off, the bottle, a 750ml, is quite impressive. The overall feel of what you are getting yourself into can be felt by the great design of the bottle. To the beer, absolutely brilliant! It was a great drink and went down very well. Mouthfeel was again exceptional. The taste, well it hit all the right buds. And at 10.5%, drinking the whole thing in one setting definitely got me buzzed! Boulevard's The Sixth Glass should be on anybody's short list of beers to try. (516 characters)

Photo of ncm45
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Beer is a reddish brown, very cloudy with decent white-ish head.

S - Smell was very nice, with a nice brown sugar smell, although I could smell the alcohol as well. I have a cold, so it made it harder.

T - Taste was very interesting and I never was able to fully place it, although there was something of a apple taste. After tasting, the smell shifted from brown sugar to more of a generic sweet smell and taste.

M - I found this to be a full bodied beer which complemented the beer well.

D - Pretty enjoyable although I wouldn't drink a lot of this at once. The 750ml bottle is something to share with friends, not to drink alone! (642 characters)

Photo of ratedz
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a thick off-white head. The head dissipates fairly slowly and leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

The nose is full of cherries, raisins, and caramel.

Taste is similar to the nose. Sweet caramel, cherries, and maybe some apples. A little bit of alcohol burn is present on the back end, but it's not terribly strong.

Mouth feel is just about perfect. Great level of carbonation and the medium body is exactly what I would expect from a quad. This is one insanely drinkable beer...it certainly doesn't feel like 10.5% while drinking. It is very easy to down the whole bottle very quickly, but it is probably a good idea to take your time and enjoy. (693 characters)

Photo of rrski198
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: great off white head, disapears quickly. Very little lacing due to ABV. Cloudy brownish red color.

S: Classic belgian yeast. Roasted almonds. Brwon sugar. Surprising little booze smell.

T: Big time toasted malt, taste like the burnt sugar top of a creme brulee.

M: High carbonation. Alcohol burn on the gums.

D: The bommer is tough to put down in a single sitting. Great to share. The high ABV makes it tough to finish (while standing), however, this is a great american interpretation of a belgian. I would purchase again (532 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled 750mL bottle into a glass. It's never a good idea to tackle these on my own, but then, it wasn't a good idea to go to graduate school, either.

A generous extra from Sideswipe. Thanks, John!

A: Pours a dark reddish brown body, nearly opaque, but revealing a small glow around the edges. It's capped with two fingers of light beige foam. Great retention, and throughout the drink there is a perennial cap on the brew. It leaves wonderful lace during sips, though nothing that sticks.

S: Immediately when I cracked this, I smelled green apples or guavas. In the glass, I pick up cherries, raisins, caramel, brown sugar. A strong scent of cloves that nearly disguises the booziness that radiates off the beer.

T: Green apple, not guava, is what I settled on after tasting the beer. Cherries, plums, and apricots are noticeable. Brown sugar and caramel are also found. I expected to find some candi sugar here, but I don't taste it. Maybe it's all fermented out? No truly dark fruits, either (raisins, figs, dates). I pick up the clove I detected in the aroma, but it's weaker in the taste.

M: Medium-bodied. It is relatively dry, but the high carbonation becomes a drawback then; it disguises the flavor and prevents it from expressing itself. I can swirl it out, but I shouldn't have to. There's a small booziness in the finish that I don't care for, though it's not a major complaint.

D: I put down the 750mL myself. A good beer, but against the true Belgians, this falls a bit short. (1,501 characters)

Photo of ne0m00re
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10/15/10- Had a 750 mL bottle (dated 03/13).
A: Nice big cream head; murky dark brown.
S: Clean raisin brown sugar, yeasty bread, sweet with some banana.
T: Warm, malty, sweet raisins, nice hops (bright green with a moldy side), very creamy. The alcohol plays a bigger role than expected (and comes off like brandy).
M: Slightly thicker and creamy.
D: OK. (355 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (706 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the corked 750ml bottle into a Gordon tulip glass. Body is a pretty deep brown color with some garnet highlights. An impressive creamy off-white head slowly recedes to about a half-finger and just stays there. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, candi sugar, citrusy hops (grapefruit), and a slightly sour vinous character.
Palate is a tangy balance of dark sweet fruit and citrusy hops, with a mild sourness lurking in the background. Notes of candi sugar and fig and a slight musty character come through at various points. Finish is dry and just a touch chalky.
Body is creamy throughout with good carbonation, but, as stated, the finish is just a little chalky. A nice take on a Belgian quad by an American brewery. Enjoyable. (737 characters)

Photo of OakedCanuck
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml cork and cage into Duvel tulip

A - Dark mahogany. Sand brown, large head with great retention and a rocky top.

S - Strong yeast, caramel, sweet sugars

T - Crystal malt, yeast, alcohol, candied sugar, caramel and some nice spices.

M - Medium to full body, fully carbonated, effervescent mouth and very chewy

D - Good drinkability, probably a good idea to split. Became more complex as it warmed. This is a very very tasty beer. (437 characters)

Photo of ykncornelius
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I snagged this bottle from the QFC down the street, and I really wasn't planning on reviewing it. The back label description--invoking Hans Christian Andersen's tales--hooked me, and I decided the Sixth Glass would be the perfect accoutrement to a rainy afternoon of reading and hot baguette.

I was right! From the get-go this thing has impressed. Classic Belgian aromas of sugar and yeast hit me the moment I uncorked, and are now mixing with an almost citrus-y freshness in the glass. It's a deep, deep honey/amber color, clouded, with a huge 3-finger tan head when poured into a wine goblet. There's lacing in the bottle--but not on the glass really--though a thin layer of foam is still there minutes after pouring. I may have never seen a beer with a more invigorating and lively head.

Flavors expand from the aroma: it's malty, yeasty, very rich and caramelly. Cant taste the alcohol at *all*. This thing was bottled in June 2010 and 4 months later it's as mellow as I'd expect after a few years in the cellar. This batch'll be gorgeous with some aging.

The mouthfeel may be my favorite part of the whole experience. The carbonation is at the pinnacle point of perfection, and swishing/chewing reveals a tiny bit of alcohol ester and an almost syrupy coating after swallowing. I hate beer descriptors like "syrupy" and "medicinal" because they remind one of Childrens' Cherry Cough Drops or something, but I mean this in the best possible way.

Drinkability is dangerous; try to pace yourself, given the ABV...but if you find yourself chugging, at least you're not alone. *upturns bottle*

*Edit: by midway through the bottle, the residuals are now lacing on my glass. Small development, but worth noting. (1,715 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an deep, cloudy earthy brown. Beer looks substantial. 2 finger thick, thick dark cream head. Fantastic retention ... a full finger half way through the glass and excellent lace.

Belgian nose. Belgian malt, Belgian yeast, and Belgian candy sugar. Notes of maple syrup, too.

Flavors are not as strong as anticipated at first glance. Nutty, pecan pie flavor without the Karo syrup. Lots of alcohol burn in the finish. Great malt presence in all that nutty flavor. Spice and hop finish, with white pepper.

Body is thick, but not as thick as the appearance indicates. Not fizzy as some others in the style.

Great sipper to welcome in some fall temperatures. (662 characters)

The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 742 ratings.