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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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759 Reviews

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Reviews: 759
Hads: 2,631
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 21.32%
Wants: 209
Gots: 636 | 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 NickTheGreat
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy reddish amber in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint orange + honey highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet light fruits (apples + peaches), dark fruits (figs + raisins), and caramel malts with a moderate to strong aroma of that distinctive Belgian yeast.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of sweet caramel malts with a touch of toffee sweetness as well. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of dark fruits (figs + raisins), light fruits (apples), and just a hint of banana. Moderate flavors of slightly spicy distinctive Belgian yeast. Hints of bitterness in the finish which fade quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O: Definitely a sipping beer - enjoyable with a nice amount of complexity to the flavor/aroma but definitely a big beer (even though the alcohol is well hidden).Very sweet.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a caged and corked 750mL bottle with a best by date of 04/2016; into a tulip.
Appearance - dark, murky red hue; plenty of sediment and fine carbonation bubbles rising up the glass. A medium, frothy off-white head that leaves minimal lacing.
Smell - an assortment of dark, ripe fruits, primarily cherry; a hint of syrup and booze.
Taste - sweet and tangy cherry pie filling, along with booze and spices.
Feel - Fairly full bodied, with enough of the 10.5% ABV present to lighten the sweetness of the cherry. Well carbonated with a tangy, dry finish.
Overall - no doubt a great brew, however, it certainly falls short of quads like Abt 12 and 3 Philosophers, in my opinion.

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Photo of zac16125
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a chalice
Best before: 3/7/16

A: Pours an opaque dark copper, nearly brown, with just under 2 fingers width of tan head which has great retention and leaves a solid sheet of lacing. 4.75

S: Tons of easterly banana, some white and black pepper spice, subtle clove. Tame aromas of dark fruit and toffee/caramel. Very nice. 4.25

T: Lots of spice, coupled with sweet notes of dark fruits and toffee. Some bitterness, a bit of booze. 4.25

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation appropriate but on the heavy side which makes it a bit less smooth than others in the style, ABV is very well masked, and drinkability is great. 4.25

O: Really nice example of the style. Often times I find that the American versions of Quads to fall short in a lot of areas, but that was not the case here. Certainly not of St. Bernardus/Roche/Westy caliber, but worth a try and very enjoyable. 4.25

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Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a brownish color and a cloudy texture. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A strong aroma of fruit, yeast, and some malt as well. What you expect from a quadrupel.

T: Tasted of apples, dark fruit (figs, dates), Belgian yeast, malt, and a light spiciness. A complex, robust, and focused flavor. An exceptional flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a lively, prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a great example of an American brewery being able to make a Belgian-style beer that's indistinguishable from beers made in that country. An excellent brew.

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Photo of dredmahawkus
4.79/5  rDev +17.4%
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!

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Photo of Brackh
4/5  rDev -2%

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.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Roxie_B
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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Photo of JayQue
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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Photo of bennettwj
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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.

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Photo of jeffdillon
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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!

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

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Photo of leffebrown84th
5/5  rDev +22.5%

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.

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Photo of WoostaBia
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of SFNC
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Justin8mypants
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of jsausley
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of ASirahSyrah
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of PennFBarts
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.