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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,923 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,923
Reviews: 662
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 127
Gots: 265 | FT: 12
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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fizzgig

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz euro style bottle, 4/15 freshness stamp.

A: Rich dark opaque caramel, light toffee colored head, didn't stay too long. Some sticky lacing hung around.

S: Sweet caramel apple, some plumb or prune. Aroma hung around until the end.

T: Lots going on, complex. Unique and hard to pick out. Earthy fruits perhaps.

M: Very malty, lots of body that coats everything. Unexpected carbonation rise and fall throughout. A bit of bitterness comes on late.

O: My first try at a quad, was very different than anything else I've had. Very strong everywhere, a sipping beer best with some food. Some good cheese and crackers would be good. Can't pick out the unique flavors, I'll need to have another and try again.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 05:20:58 | More by fizzgig
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Eric908

South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-04-2013 00:07:08 | More by Eric908
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jeffoncape

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

08-03-2013 15:34:26 | More by jeffoncape
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cistercian12

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-02-2013 03:53:33 | More by cistercian12
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jklecko2

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

08-01-2013 21:56:56 | More by jklecko2
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pants678

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Copper, ruby with an off-white head.

Sharp nose of malt and yeast, oak and subdued cherries.

Brown sugar and dates or raisins, probably "special B malt." Malty and sweet with clove and oak that's not at all hidden. The alcohol's there, gives the necessary kick. I couldn't tell you this isn't a proper Trappist Quad, but more so it reminds me a hell of a lot of Gulden Draak. Which ends up being my only criticism: originality.

It's not a knock to say it's gritty and slightly staining. Delightful as doesn't sit at all heavy, not anymore so than an Amber.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 03:08:02 | More by pants678
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Taz_Michael

California

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, slightly chilled 20oz bottle

A: Dark amber with some Exxon Valdeze oil slicks. Two to three finger, antique white head. Slight speckling in the head. Head holds awhile and makes for a very pleasant appearance. Bubbled like a champagne when I first opened and poured! Daddy like!

S: This was my first quad, so i don't have anything to compare it to. I smelled sugar, fig, raisins and... coriander?

T: WOW! Um... WOW!! Sweet but not too sweet. Fruity but not Rue Paul. Definitely taste the figs and raisins and caramel. The coriander smell.... was that dates? I think I taste dates. Amazing flavor, overall!

M: For wine drinkers = this would be your opportunity to transition to beer. Seriously! Champagne bubbles that lessen at room temp. No overpowering beer flavor. After taste is almost non-existent. Creamy but not thick.

O: Pa-tow! If I could afford to stock my refer with this beer, I would. Drink, drank, drunk!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 21:15:22 | More by Taz_Michael
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TwoTrees

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-30-2013 18:50:08 | More by TwoTrees
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-30-2013 00:10:42 | More by BigTrubble
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tstigz

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-29-2013 23:04:45 | More by tstigz
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GBuzzard

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into goblet

A: Good two finger, brownish head, retains very well. Had a good layer even after halfway finished. Dark amber color. Lots of yeast particles floating around though, eventually settling at bottom.

S: Lots of potent dried fruit (fig, raisin, etc.) smell. Slightly varied from Beligan quad aroma. A few boozy waftings (to be expected from a 10.5% ABV), but not distracting at all.

T: Very sweet and not at all bitter. Kind of malty, but enjoyable aftertaste in back of throat. Fruit from the aroma matches the taste perfectly. No hiccups, very smooth, and no big changes from nose to tongue.

M: Persistant head keeps creamy quality to the tongue but it is not thick at all. Despite retention of apparent yeast particles, if I couldn't see them, I wouldn't know or feel they were there.

O: This is the beer that you want to end a night out with friends with, either after a tasting or winding down from a night out to a show. Such a delightful beginning, middle, and finish. A fantastic American quad from Boulevard, a brewery that is quickly creeping into my higher echelon of breweries. Good non-Belgian variants on Beligan styles can be hard to find this side of the globe, and whenever I can find a example that both honors and matches up with its forefathers, I cannot help but bring it to attention. With beers like Sixth Glass, Tank 7, and Grainstorm coming out with fantastic results and increasing distribution, I look forward to expanding my brew-related flings with Boulevard and making it a regular part of my craft tasting rotation.

-gbuzzard

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 21:55:55 | More by GBuzzard
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M1k3y

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-29-2013 18:36:01 | More by M1k3y
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George1799

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-28-2013 19:55:26 | More by George1799
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MtnDewd

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-28-2013 19:53:48 | More by MtnDewd
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4amepiphany

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

07-28-2013 07:32:32 | More by 4amepiphany
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Alyssat_

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-27-2013 23:04:18 | More by Alyssat_
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Abe_Froman

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-27-2013 06:09:25 | More by Abe_Froman
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GaToWyo

Wyoming

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-26-2013 04:07:23 | More by GaToWyo
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Punisher

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-25-2013 04:38:21 | More by Punisher
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ryanpj

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

07-25-2013 02:45:41 | More by ryanpj
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head but the retention is pretty much nonexistent. The head is a light beige with lots of yellow while the body is a very dark amber which glows a dark amber with lots of orange when held up to the light. Some lacing but it's pretty minimal.

Nose- Fairly weak. From both the bottle and the glass, I get some bubblegum, a bit of caramel but not much else. Faint hints of brown sugar and molasses. Lots of banana emerges after I swirl it and the beer has opened up a bit more. A light astringency from the alcohol starts to appear after some time.

Taste- Bitter, slightly woody notes appear at first with hints of alcohol on my cheeks. Some sweet malt and spice. Lots of cloves- so much so that they begin to overtake the flavor profile. Some banana but this might merely be a suggestion from the rampant phenols. (Turns out there is a lot of banana on the profile.) Yeast takes over on the finish and shows lots of spice and wood with minimal amounts of bitterness. My initial impression is that this would be better described as a mix between a tripel, a hefeweizen, and a Belgian strong dark ale. It's by no means a bad beer but it does not match up to the bar set by classic quads. The bubblegum that I detected on the nose starts to appear as well. Some brown sugar and molasses but this is primarily a clove bomb. Definitely an above average beer but I'm wondering where the dates, the raisins, and the candied fruits are. Lots of cinnamon as well and the heat is apparent but it adds to the flavor profile. A very good beer but a little bit of disappointment in regard to style. The bitter yeasty finish lingers too long and is the biggest negative of the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel- Pretty heavy with almost ropy threads of syrup. Some zip of carbonation. Fitting for the style.

Drinkability- With the yeasty finish as the only negative, this beer is borderline dangerous. A four pack at $11 could get you drunk quickly if you weren't paying attention. May not be the best representation of the style but it is still a very nice beer.

Overall- Probably the best you could expect from a quad that isn't bottle conditioned. This is definitely worth a try and a steal at the price. Just don't think you've found a replacement for Rochefort, Bernardus, or (gasp) Westy. There's a reason you pay money for the big hitters.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 01:45:39 | More by artoolemomo
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Mattyb79

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-24-2013 23:10:22 | More by Mattyb79
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Jennille

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-23-2013 03:36:03 | More by Jennille
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-22-2013 01:38:16 | More by WOLFGANG
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piconaut

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-22-2013 00:55:40 | More by piconaut
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,923 ratings.