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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

746 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 746
Hads: 2,572
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 195
Gots: 604 | 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 jeffdillon
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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! (215 characters)

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

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. (548 characters)

Photo of leffebrown84th
5/5  rDev +22.9%

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. (266 characters)

Photo of WoostaBia
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
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. (239 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of SFNC
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (732 characters)

Photo of Justin8mypants
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of jsausley
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (1,011 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of ASirahSyrah
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of PennFBarts
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.11/5  rDev +1%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice. The beer is a light brown color with amber highlights. A little lighter than I usually expect from a quad, but I like that. When beers get too dark they all look the same to me. Nice head, not too puffy. Decent retention, little to no lacing.

S - I love the smell of quads. From this one I'm mostly picking up yeasty aromas with slight bits of dark fruit.

T - Dark fruit dominates. The sweetness I'm picking up is something like raisin or fig, although not obviously so. I'm also picking up something like the funkiness from the saison that I'm used to tasting. Nice yeast characteristics. There is something of a lingering sour funk to it that I'm not a huge fan of. Just a touch of alcohol on the back end. The 10.5% is very well hidden.

M - Medium full bodied. Less carbonation than I would expect. Bone dry. The dryness seems to come on strong, then fade, then return as the beer warms.

O - I liked the beer, but for the Quad price point I need to love it. I'm already paying premium for a treat, so I'll pay a buck or two more for St. Bernardus. (1,118 characters)

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Dark murky brown with plenty of reddish tones, great carbonation at the bottom of the glass. The head is light tan, bubbly and thick but not creamy. Very light lacing.
Smell:
Phenolic aromas are strong, spices and dark fruits are well represented in the aroma but not overpowering. Mild apple and oranges zest also come through.
Taste:
The hits thing you taste is the slight smoked dark fruits-yep you read that right smoked dark fruits, followed by the overall sweetness and then a mild bitterness as you swallow. I do taste some apricot and mild peaches around the center of my mouth. Prunes and a mild brown sugar flavor come out as it warms up.
Mouthfeel:
This is a medium to full bodied ale and it really coats your mouth with a wonderful feeling and flavor.
Overall:
This is what I would expect from a quad and this quad is one of the many great quads out there. You must try this one. (903 characters)

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 613081-2
03-2015

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Belgium glass. Careful pour gave an explosion of off-white fruit-fragrant head that head for awhile and settled into a quarter-inch permanent cap. Color is light for what I think of a good quad, more an orange- brown with good bubbles.
Ringing true to the lighter look was a lighter nose. Orange fruit, it smells more like apricot than prune or raisen to me. Some caramel, but apricot and whipped cream is what sticks with me.

Taste the apricot right away too, with some peaches, but there is this odd medicinal quality to it. Not a deal-killer by any means but an accent that is not entirely pleasant either. Maybe it's kinda like cream soda, again much lighter than the world class quads I've had the pleasure of trying. Mouthfeel is pretty much spot on. Thick and sudsy, coating the tongue... But that medicine kinda aftertaste, as slight as it is, is all I can focus on.

Hard to lump this into a category of quads, it seems to want to be its own class of alternative quads. It's not horrible by any means, but it is not something I will go out of my way to purchase either. (1,137 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Boulevard's Sixth Glass, quad, from their Smokestack series. 10.5% ABV.

A: Medium reddish brown color, almost like fig jelly. Tons of thick, grey-white sediment all throughout! Almost completely opaque; only the shadow of my hand is visible through the beer. 2 fingers of slightly fluffy head. Fine, persistent lacing, in thickish swaths. Bright yellow in the dimple.

S: Dates. Some oaky caramels. Fig, as it starts to warm up. Very slight ash note. Some raisin. Slight candy sugar. A very faint tart cherry note.

T/MF: Hmm. Slightly smoky sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Gives way to raisin/date just behind. Then moves into oaky char and burnt toffee around mid-tongue. Sharp upturn of acidity along the back of the palate.

While the flavor (though plenty complex) is less appealing to my tastes, this beer is quite pleasing to the eye, and very interesting on the nose, as well. Over all, a very nice brew.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass. (975 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (2,362 characters)

Photo of minterro
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (818 characters)

Photo of etownhooligan
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
2.2/5  rDev -45.9%
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! (732 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle marked Batch no. 613081-2-03-2015. Sampled on April 29, 2014 at about 50 degrees.

It is certainly a highly attractive beer to look at with its mahogany amber pour and short-loved off-white head. Good clarity and just a lovely color.

The roasted malts are evident on the nose before anything else. But they are quickly followed up by a cherry-tart fruity character and a surround-sound yeast element. A little boozy but not offensive.

Medium to full syrupy body. Some acidity. It grates the tongue a little.

Like the aroma the roasted malts kick things off with a return play by the cherry-based defensive receiver. There is this definite pungent tart bite that makes me wince briefly but I get used to it. Some dry afterbite for certain. A little booze but that's to be expected at 10.5%. I wonder how it would be at this time next year with proper cellaring (901 characters)

Photo of Windexman
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first official review!

Appearance- Started pouring this into a glass and instantly loved the caramel hue to this dark amber. Gave a great thick head, but it dissipated pretty rapidly; however, it left pretty lasting lines on the side of the glass. I saw small amounts of sediment towards the end of the glass, but that doesn't bother me.

Smell- You can definitely smell the spice aromas in this beer. They reminded me of a Fat Tire, but on steroids.

Taste- I liked the strong flavor of this beer. It was well balanced. It had sweet notes, followed by slightly bitter, with a spicy overlay. I wanted to open the second one before I finished the first.

Mouthfeel- I thought the carbonation fit well with the beer. It was just bubbly enough to awaken my taste buds. I felt like it left my mouth a little filmy afterwards. I didn't enjoy that very much.

Overall- I really enjoyed this beer. I would definitely recommend Sixth Glass to a friend. For a 10% beer you can taste it, but it didn't overwhelm me. Strong bold flavor, but smooth all the way through. (1,061 characters)

Photo of BradleysBrew
4.66/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first review! The past few weeks I've been drinking these and really digging the taste. Out of the handful of quad ales I've tried, I like this the best. Drinking one right now, good rich color, a lot of particles in it but I like the added sediment. You could pour it slowly to reduce the cloudiness. Head doesn't stay put for long though compared to other abbey ales kind of reducing aromas. Or maybe I should stop typing and finish this brew right. Cheers! (462 characters)

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Chimay goblet.

A - Pours a murky burnt orange / brown with 2 fingers of foamy off white head, which dissipates fairly rapidly. A good amount of yeast sediment from my pour.

S - Lots of dark fruit in the nose, with a definite sweetness and maltiness. Raisins and sugar are apparent.

T - Dark fruits are at the forefront: raisin, plum, caramel, sweet bread, molasses, and candied sugar. No bitterness to speak of. This is a sweet, malt forward beer with minimal bitterness and spice.

M - Sticky sweet moderate body with moderate-to-high carbonation. There is a sticky, sugary fruitiness that lingers in the mouth.

O - A pretty good quad, especially from an American brewery. Nothing spectacular, but it is solid in every aspect. (756 characters)

The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 746 ratings.