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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

1,901 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,901
Reviews: 660
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 124
Gots: 257 | 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:
”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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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz bottle with an enjoy by date of 12/30/15. There is also a Julian code to indicate the bottling date that is a little smeared, but seems to indicate a bottling date of 12/30/13. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series chalice.

Appearance - A gentle pour, so as not to fill my beer with the sediment on the bottom of the bottle, yields a one and a half finger head of tan with just the slightest caramel-hued twinge to it. The bubbles are fine and lucious and they retain for several minutes before receding to a film with pockets of thicker foam intermittently dispersed on the surface of the liquid. Beneath the film likes a dark burnt umber body with shades of burgundy and auburn depending on how the light hits the glass. Lacing is mostly nonexistent save for a few idle spots here and there.

Smell - The aroma is a sweet blend of light molasses and brown sugar, with some fainter notes of fig and dried fruit alongside some baking spice, reminiscent of clove and some faint hints of banana-like esters that really add more depth to the beer than they do overpower the other flavor profiles.

Taste - Fruity esters are again present here, but less on the banana side of things and more in the range of figs and dates and perhaps some red plum as well? The spiciness from the yeast is also present, imparting notes of clove and brown sugar, with some caramel sweetness. As it finishes, there is just a hint of some bitterness and almost a metallic taste. Oddly, I got sort of a metal taste after the first drink, but didn't really notice again through the rest of the glass. There is also a faint burn of the high alcohol, but it's amazingly well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and moderate carbonation, with just enough fizz to avoid feeling flat.

Overall, yet another traditional Belgian style that Boulevard does well. It's a little lighter than many beers in the quad/BSDA category, but that's no problem by my view. The only thing I will say is that I wish there were a little more depth of flavor to this one. One of the things I like about the style is that it continues to evolve and develop throughout the enjoyment of the glass. This one was pretty similar from start to finish. As such, I feel the need to dock the overall score, because the sum of it's parts were just not quite as good as the individual components.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2014 15:21:11 | More by LambicPentameter
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linnymtu

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.6%

05-23-2014 10:30:29 | More by linnymtu
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Boca-X

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

05-23-2014 01:20:02 | More by Boca-X
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mj0126

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

05-23-2014 00:57:54 | More by mj0126
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minterro

Colorado

3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Little's in Denver

A&S: Very pretty beer. Huge 2 finger creamy tan head with great retention and leaves great lacing. The beer is a lively translucent dark amber color. Tons for rich fruit (cherries and plums), some malty biscuit tones.

T&M: Similar to the aroma with the exception of a yeasty component. The favor is pleasant, but there just enough of it of it flavor. On the light side of body and the medium-high side of carbonation. The texture is smooth but not thick.

Overall: outside of the richness of the beer (which is a huge element), this beer is pretty great, especially for being an American made quad. I like the stuff that I have had from boulevard, I just haven't had enough. Look forward to trying some more of their stuff in the future. Well priced at a little of 3 bucks for a single.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2014 02:34:12 | More by minterro
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proctah

Norway

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

05-21-2014 07:12:36 | More by proctah
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meangreenc

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

05-21-2014 03:04:03 | More by meangreenc
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Holland

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

05-20-2014 01:20:23 | More by Holland
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drmcleod10

Missouri

4/5  rDev -3.6%

05-19-2014 22:22:08 | More by drmcleod10
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BurdockBoy

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

05-18-2014 07:21:06 | More by BurdockBoy
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Phoneguy

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

05-17-2014 12:13:57 | More by Phoneguy
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etownhooligan

North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark caramel or burnt peach hue with a two to one and one half inch head, slightly off white. Very nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Plum/Prune, raisins, molasses, nutmeg and other spice notes. Molasses was the smell I noticed the most, reminds me of those Moravian Cookies. Very little bitterness with a fairly strong alcohol aftertaste.

T: Fruit notes strike the tongue first taste, initially I had to let it warm up as I do most of my drinks. The taste grew sweeter and I began to taste what I smelled.

M: Heavy mouth feel, it almost seems to stick to the tongue.

O: A nice drink all and all, I was surprised in how easy it was to drink, though it does pack a punch.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2014 00:37:08 | More by etownhooligan
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DirtyMikeandTheBoys

Arkansas

2/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I had many friends tell me that "The Sixth Glass" was some outstanding brew and that I needed to try some. So i dropped about $10 on a 4 pack of some on my way home from work. Popped the top and the beer smelled good. Took a swig and let me tell you it was a terrible tasting beer. I should have thrown the whole pack out the window but I figured I'd give it a shot. No matter how many you drink, it's still terrible.

It has some side effects.

1. Gut Busting Diarrhea that gives you very little notice.

2. After 2 at 10.5%, you become the ultimate asshole

3. A 3 day headache that would make a preacher curse.

My advice don't waste your money. I realize it's voted world class but pond water is more tasty! Or hell sewer water!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2014 04:59:18 | More by DirtyMikeandTheBoys
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.6%

05-11-2014 03:51:44 | More by Georgiabeer
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yeaprolly

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

05-11-2014 02:35:33 | More by yeaprolly
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ascags

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

05-10-2014 15:58:15 | More by ascags
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zachpaschal

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

05-10-2014 00:43:32 | More by zachpaschal
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Filthyfloor

Virginia

5/5  rDev +20.5%

05-08-2014 16:14:02 | More by Filthyfloor
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

05-05-2014 12:48:35 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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bobbysworld

California

5/5  rDev +20.5%

05-05-2014 06:25:04 | More by bobbysworld
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jbhollis1180

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

05-05-2014 02:48:40 | More by jbhollis1180
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.6%

05-05-2014 01:58:05 | More by thatoneguymike
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st9647v3

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -27.7%

05-04-2014 23:24:59 | More by st9647v3
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DCLAguy11

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

05-03-2014 23:13:39 | More by DCLAguy11
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derryd

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

05-03-2014 23:13:02 | More by derryd
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,901 ratings.