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The Sixth Glass | Boulevard Brewing Co.

789 Reviews
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Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

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

Added by Bitterbill on 11-15-2007

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Photo of Garvey
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Man, this thing just keeps on bubbling and bubbling. Feels like I'm drinking champagne...delicious, sweet, spicy, beer champagne. Got the last bottle which is probably a good thing since I need to drive home in 10 minutes.

EDIT: Tasty beer burps, too

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Photo of Extrajoker00
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed: 3/7/15

The Sixth Glass by Boulevard
poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Chalice

P- great looking label featuring the devil from the fable (4.25)

A- full pillowy head of orangish tan and full lacing and retention over a lush dark copper ale (4.0)

S- Belgian yeast beet sugar and faint alcohol (3.75)

T- alcohol up front, complex malty yeasty Belgian lingers as it fades (4.0)

M- very full bodied strong and great (3.75)

D- very strong more of a nite cap or special occasion (3.5)

O- quads are somewhat new to me but this is a good effort (4.0)

log anticipated, no let down, a great beer
---- J

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Photo of Mattygross44
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Definitely lacked the complexity of a true quad but was not bad. A little to sweet for me but still loved it. Great job for a American quad with Belgium style

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle
Best before: April-2016

Pours a hazy golden brown with 3+ fingers of thick beige cream that rockily settles to a finger or so. Excellent retention; bit of lacing. (4)

Sweet, fresh, spicy. Hard water, spicy yeast, baking spices, toasted nuts, brown sugar. (4.25)

Rich, earthy, sweet. Smooth biscuity flavor underneath with a floral sweetness, dark bread, stone fruits, cinnamon. (4.25)

Rich with a medium-full body, good moderate carbonation, smooth drinking, luscious finish with well-hidden alcohol. (4)

Grrrreat Belgian Strong Dark Ale!
This is a big, smooth, imposing, rich beer that is all too drinkable.
Pours with a caramel color almost and an imposing (and downright un-American--in the style, for the most part) head. The aroma is rich and hints at the flavor with lots of vanilla, butterscotch, spices, and bready malt. The taste follows suit a cream soda taste contrasted with herbal hop hints and a super luxurious palate.
I liked this beer an awful lot. It was a lot lighter and fresher tasting than I had expected, but packs all the punch I was expecting and then some. Very well-made, drinkable, layered beer.
Would definitely have again; worth a shot if you come across it and like Begians. (4.5)

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Photo of MemphisSooner
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A brownish orange with a leather-like appearance, nice off-white foam head

S: Fruity notes abound. Raisins, plum, figs. Some burnt sugar, bready esters, alcohol, and clove linger in the nose as well. Slight pipe tobacco hints.

T: Banana bread, clove, figs. Dates and pipe tobacco on the back end. Alcohol dryness follows a sweet bread like finish. A very mild hop presence in the malty wonder land. This is a super complex quad.

M: Dense but not too rich. Smooth without being oily. Pretty much what you want or expect from a quad with this depth and character.

O: This is a tremendous beer from Boulevard. I'm not crazy about this style, but I will return to the Sixth Glass next time I am in the mood for a serious American riff on this classic Belgian style.

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Photo of thebeers
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear orange-amber color with lots of bubbles from the center and a large, quick to dissipate off-white head that's quick to dissipate with decent lacing. Malt, dark fruits and some bubblegum in the nose. Alcohol and pepper bite in the taste, with some cherry, a little orange and more gum. Hop bitterness on the back end. Not bad, but not the greatest.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Mild peppery phenolics up front. Dark fruit esters follow. Berry, cherry, and pear is noted.

Appearance: Cloudy amber pour with a moderate off white head. Tight bubbles, lacing the glass, and good head retention noted. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Assertive peppery phenolics hit the palate first. Mild malty sourdough bread notes with low fruity esters that aren't nearly as assertive as the aroma. Balance is bitter and bitey due to the phenolics. This is expected for the style. Finish is clean and bone dry. Aftertaste lingers with spicy peppery notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Slight warmth. No astringency or creaminess noted.

Overall impression: A big Belgian Dark Strong ale. The phenolics are a one trick pony and I would have liked more malt or fermentation character. Still, a very solid example of the style.

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Photo of OzzieLikesBeer
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
1.95/5  rDev -52.2%
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.

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Photo of Mikus
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of gr0g
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of babaracas
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

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

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

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

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

Dark fruits, booze, and earthy Belgian yeast. A decent American-made Quad.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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,

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Photo of SteveB24
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of BB1313
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of kaiyote
4.79/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of Suds
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 789 ratings.