The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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2,525 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,525
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 188
Gots: 565 | FT: 13
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...

22 IBU
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Photo of dredmahawkus
4.79/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

raisin banana fruity carmel strong.....ooops its so dry the flavor is gone!

wonderful beer!!! the Bros have it right! world class!!! the only reason I didnt give it a 5 is I didnt have an orgasm!

Photo of eisfeldt
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very complex, like it better each time. Had trouble with the head foaming over but a chilled glass solved this

Photo of AlidarJarok
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Literally the best beer I've ever had in my entire life.

Photo of Brackh
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a nice hazy brown with little to no head. Smell and taste of strong alcohol but this brew is smooth. Dark fruits stick out with this one. Maybe some figs and raisins. Taste grows on you for sure as this one warms up a bit. Surprised this is from Missouri.

Photo of Craigory
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Strong phenolics, but balanced overall, with a subtle cherry flavor. Light in colour, but a nice American take on the style.

Photo of WynnO
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice beer but it is a bit too hoppy for a quad.

Photo of mikeg67
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy amber with tall, creamy, long-lasting, off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of funky yeast, grassy hops, caramel malt and dark fruit. Body is full, creamy and crisp. Taste is of herbal hops, caramel malt, sherry, brown sugar and dark fruit. Complexity of flavor is increasing as beer warms up. Finish is long and dry. Outstanding brew.

Photo of WunderLlama
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Neighbor was kind enough to share

Notes of molasses and raisins. You feel the abv , good beer

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up recently at Joe Canal's in Parsippany, excited that I could finally have a Boulevard beer without having to travel out to heartland. I was a bit skeptical as to whether they could brew a Quad that matched up to the benchmarks from across the pond and while this didn't quite match up to those, there's no shame in falling just a bit short to some of the best offerings in the world. I really enjoyed this to the point where I didn't mind having the alcohol knock me on my ass when I finally got through this!

The pour to this was outstanding - with a silently radiant light plum hue, voluminous head that didn't quit, and lacing that ranked nearly second-to none as it left a net around the side of my pint glass. The carbonation was a tsunami as it rose in wave after wave once I poured all of this out of the bottle and scrubbed my palate clean after each sip. Additionally, it lent itself to making this beer look like dark amber, as the bubbles were able to suspend themselves in the head that comprised the surface of this beer. Then came the taste - yeast, plum, fig, booze, candied sugar, and a bit of bubble gum that seamlessly coalesced together wonderfully. Dark this was not but it was a Quad through and through without the spice and gravitas that would characterize an Abbey. No matter - this got better and better as it warmed up while warming me up at the same time. A bit of medicinal band-aid flavors came out in the aftertaste as the sweetness subsided but the hops never really made themselves know, with the exception of a faint reminder in the back as a herbal, grassy bitterness quietly took hold once everything else faded into the background.

Don't be fooled - this was every bit as strong as a Quad should be and this beer made no bones about it. Coming up short in this category is like saying that you shot the moon and missed. This beer still made it to the stars and we're all the better for it . Boulevard should be commended for crafting this as I was nearly fooled into thinking this came from overseas and anyone who loves Belgian beers or something that elevates the American art of craft brewing owes it to him or herself to give this a go. It's strong in the sense that all the components to this beer fit in harmoniously together, with results worthy of it's world-class rating on here.

Photo of Roxie_B
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

The Sixth Glass:
Serving: Bottle
Looks: Dark amber with garnet highlights
Smell: Sweet and vinous. Figs, dark fruit and alcohol
Taste: alcohol, sweet caramel, floral notes and chocolate covered raisins
Mouthfeel: Slick but with an almost capsaicin like burn.

Photo of JayQue
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

This is a truly outstanding quad. Pours a somewhat murky reddish/ brown into my Augustijn goblet. Plenty of light gets through when held to a light...bright ruby highlights that also reveal a ton of yeasty sediment. You don't have to swirl this one. Decent size light tan/antique white head considering the .abv of this beer. Head retention is about average but a covering remains on the glass throughout. Great aroma and taste of dark fruit, sour cherries, figs, dates and a generous amount of Belgian yeast and candi sugar. Somewhat sweet but balanced by a bready malt backbone, this is a very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is rich and sweet, with very little alcohol burn. Quite smooth for a beer of this strength. A lot of American brewers have nailed Tripels, Quads are a different story. Boulevard has done an outstanding job.

Photo of bennettwj
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

I first had this beer when I was living in Missouri. If you ever have the opportunity to try it make sure you do! Wonderful flavor with a high alcohol content. This (at least for me) is a beer that I only have one at a time. It goes very well as an after dinner beer.

Photo of jeffdillon
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Crisp and light, 20 something IBUs, its perfect after a long day at work, Amber color, very little head poured cold and let come up in temp for 15 to 20. Reached right into the gray matter and gave me a happy smile!

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%

Look: Alburn brown with an off white lacing with active sediments. Smell: Candy sugar, yeast, plum and raisin notes, spice and bread dough. Taste: Explosion of candy sugar, belgian yeast, spice, plums, chocolate notes and alcohol. Feel: Medium body, mild carbonation.

Overall: This is a very good offering of an American Brewer trying a Belgian Style. The flavors are pinpoint to a BSDA. The only thing that lets you know it is an American brewer is the carbonation. The body and carbonation is a bit light for a Quad. Enough said this is worthy.

Photo of leffebrown84th
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Fantastic. Tastes like fig and plum and at a wonderful 10.5 percent abv it really gets you there. Very slight warmness of alcohol followed by an aftertaste to die for. Fruity but not overly sweet. St. Bernardus has a son and sixth glass quadrupel is his name.

Photo of WoostaBia
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another homerun from Boulevard. Beer has several layers of flavor. Malty front, light black pepper middle, Belgium yeast and sweet finish are revealed. I haven't had this beer for a while but appreciate it more than the last time I had it.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Paper hotel cup
From: Total Wine in Ballantyne (Charlotte), N.C.
Price: $2.99
Purchased: July 30, 2014
Consumed: Aug. 2, 2014
Misc.: Best by March 10, 2016

Poured a caramel, amber color with 3-to-4 fingers of khaki tan, orange head. Good amount of layered lacing along the sides of the cup. Good retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled caramel, cloves, banana, honey, boozy, tropical hops and Belgian spices.

Tasted boozy, caramel, rye, citrus notes, tropical hops, mango, Belgian spices, cloves, banana and earthy notes.

Medium body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Earthy, boozy finish.

Not as good as I’d hoped. The other Belgians from Boulevard were much better.

Photo of SFNC
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is my first attempt at a Quad, so I can't really compare it, just note my appreciaition. This one pours a cloudy reddish brown with a tall, large bubbled head. The head stuck around for the majority of the time it took to enjoy this fine brew.

The smell is rich and strong with a slightly sweet scent of dark fruit (dates, prunes, raisons) and a slight herbal undertone.

The taste is also very rich, with the alcohol hidden at first, but getting stronger as the liquid warms. There is a slight bitterness that tempers the malty, sweet nature perfectly.

As noted, the alcohol bites as this warms, otherwise its a pleasant sipper.

Oveall, I am very impressed as I have been with most Boulevard beers that I have encountered.

Photo of Justin8mypants
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Really nice deep red color, beautiful creamy head which had great retention

S: Really Aromatic, a lot of sweet spices as you might expect, like clove and nutmeg. I also get a lot of banana and biscuits.

T: The spices and banana come through quite a bit along with some vanilla and just has a beautiful sweetness which you would expect from the style. A lot of complexity between the flavors. Nice warmth from the alcohol

M: I would say perfect carbonation, nice body and very smooth

O: Awesome beer. Highly recommend. First time trying this from Boulevard and I would definitely buy again. I am very impressed.

Photo of jsausley
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Belgian ale glass from a beautiful Boulevard bottle.

A: Dark red and orange with a cloudy cider-like appearance. Beautiful dark golden head with lacing and a nice amount of carbonation. Very thick sediment in the bottom of the glass, so avoid a vigorous pour.

S: High ABV, big malt backbone. Lots of smokey character covering notes of cherry and molasses.

T: Massive malt character, rich spice, clove and cherry. Good hop kick on top. This beer had a very bold character and body, lots of deep flavors. Not much bitterness. Sweet caramel and brown sugar base. Hugely drinkable despite its rich flavor and 10.5% ABV.

M: Smooth but not silky with a good bit of CO2. Very crisp and clean, not hoppy and no detrimental after-effects or tastes.

O: A wonderful thick beer, chocked full of massive flavors and big character. Extremely malty, somewhat sweet with some interesting fruit characteristics. Big molasses, cherry and brown sugar flavors on top of its malt balance. Delicious and complex.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sixth Glass pours a dark reddish color, with a nice large frothy lacing head. There is a sweet, wine like aroma. There is a rich taste, nice subtle dry fruit flavors, wine like flavors, and a nice warmth from the alcohol. Great body, and very good feel. Overall its a very solid and very tasty quad.

Photo of ASirahSyrah
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a really good beer! It has sharp teeth, so be wary of the bite - the ABV presents itself almost instantly. The taste is similar to many other quads but what makes this one unique is the taste of almond and overt caramel. The mouthfeel and the body are identical in many respects to other quads, but the level of smoothness that this particular one brings to the table is paralleled by few others. It's definitely worth a try. Kansas City has made big strides to match the monks' skills and pallet.

Photo of PennFBarts
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Like what? Trappist-style ales seem simplified to me, but the tangy yeasts and bready mouthfuls of flavor in this bronson are smooth despite the 10.5% alcohol. Really impressed with this number, even considering the enormous amount of decent trappist ales out there. Fantastic beer that I look to make a staple of my summer Tour de France viewing libation menu.

Photo of reebtaerG
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle best by 2/14/16 into tulip glass

A-Deep amber color with a fluffy beige head. Great lacing!

S-Big sweet nose of candi sugar, plum, and yeast.

T-Sweet caramel flavors with more sugar, white raisins, plum, some yeast and lots of blooming alcohol.

M-Well balance and well carbonated.

O-Overall a great example of a Trappist quad. Will get some more.

Photo of barczar
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy medium brown with copper tones and a dense, frothy khaki head that slowly dissipates, leaving light lacing.

Aroma is raisins, figs, dates, plums, bananas, and dark candi sugar. Very rich and sweet.

Flavor reflects similar notes, but the slightly sweet brown sugar backbone finishes fairly dry. Clove, soft prunes, dates, and muted raisin add complexity. Banana dominates as it warms.

Body is fairly thick, with prickly carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

Fairly complex brew. Nice dry finish prevents it from being cloying, and the esters are yummy. A little hot, this would age well.

The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,525 ratings.