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The Sixth Glass | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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91
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786 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
786
Ratings:
2,750
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
21.08%
 
 
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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass
BEER INFO

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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Reviews: 786 | Ratings: 2,750
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 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 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

A:
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)

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

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

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

O:
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 RexBanner
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served slightly chilled in a snifter. Dark amber hue with a fantastic pillowy head. Aromas of fresh bread, peach and libby's canned fruits packed in syrup. Taste pretty much followed the nose. Mildly effervescent with alcoholic esters. Finishes semi dry.
Overall; very nice quad. Very filling though. Can't have more than one without feeling bloated.

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Photo of Meerkey
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy and bubbly; a burnt sienna that looks reddish when held against the light.

S: Dates and figs, bread, malts, and a little spicy

T: Fig and bananas, malts and toast, caramel with some peppery spiciness.

M: Tingly, smooth, and clean. Sweet aftertaste.

D: Delicious. I would definitely recommend this.

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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 roblowther
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged, out of the fridge long enough to sweat a bit. My mouth is watering. It's cloudy copper brown with an active light tan head that starts very frothy & then settles into a thin creamy layer. The smell is cinnamon, raisins, sugar, with an appealing peachy flowery smell. It has a nice underlying chalky note. Taste is wonderful. It is peppery at first, with a nice biscuity malt, and then melts to a rich caramel. Maybe a touch one-dimensional on the finish but that one dimension is delicious. Maybe a bit too sweet in the aftertaste, but that's a nit to pick another day. The mouthfeel is chewy & a touch sticky, with nice carbonation throughout. Drinkability is good, with the alcohol just a pleasant warmth down the gullet. I'd definitely buy it again & its a welcome good example of the style from a US brewer. Evidence that not EVERY beer brewed in the US is brewed for hopheads. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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Photo of mkh012
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11 oz. bottle, best before date of 08/16 (4 months from now).

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a solid two fingers of frothy tan head. Chocolate covered raisins and figs on the nose, and the taste largely follows. Typical quad notes. Some alcohol heat, but not too much for 10.5% ABV.

Not quite as good as my favorite Belgians but a solid representation of the style. Mouthfeel could be a little softier/creamier. 8.5/10 quad in my opinion.

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Photo of kenito799
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a flared pint glass.

Hello--this brew really looks the part. Pleasing haziness to this chestnut-brown liquid, topped by an active, foamy tan head. A bit of wispy lacing.

Aroma is very nice, again solid Belgian quad aromas of warm sices, fruity yeast, caramel. On the paate the active carbonation really conveys the Belgian bottle-conditioned moutfeel perfectly. Taste is rich and complex, just a touch on the sweet side but balanced well with acid and hoppy bitterness. The midpalate's nutmeg and colve combine with fruitiness to give a perfect impression of warm spiced pumpkin bread. The finish is long, long long, a rewarding sipping experience.

Probably the best non-Belgian quad I have had, I thik they nailed the style here. I am quite impressed and hoping to try more from this KC brewery.

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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 projectflam86
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to bonsreeb85 for giving me the chance to try this one. Thanks Chad!

A- Pours a deep hazy amber color with a thick frothy foam head that leaves some scattered lace.

S- Belgian yeast and spice with some dark fruit aromas coming through.

T- Ripe fruit and tangy Belgian yeast flavor initially with a hint of alcohol in the finish. After the first few sips many more flavors become pronounced. Banana, plum, brown sugar and raisins all meld together quite nicely. A very sweet aftertaste is left behind.

M- Medium bodied with tons of spritzy carbonation.

D- Really nice brew that had a definitely felt like an American Quad (if there is such a thing). Complex and flavorful. Definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of stompilator
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. glass into a chalice.

A - Poured a semi-transparent golden-brown, with a thick, nearly three-finger head.

S - Berries, kiwis, and a little booze.

T - Oh wow, the booze! Tart fruitiness quickly gets overtaken by an aggressive booziness. It sits like hops in an IPA - it permeates the entire flavor. The tartness fades as the malt sets in, and fades into a nice residual sweetness.

M - Very satisfying thickness. Just a little bit of fizziness, but mostly full, thick body.

O - It would be nice to have a little bit less boozy flavor (although it fades a bit as the beer warms up) to taste all the other nice things happening, but otherwise a great beer!

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, red amber color. Poured a 2 finger coarse tan head with good retention. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Sweet bready crystal malt. Grapefruit and peppery spice.

T: Smooth and sweet crystal malt. Some mild phenolic flavors. Spices mingle with dark fruits, vanilla and cinnamon. Complex and delicioius. Even bitter finish ahead of alcohol warming.

M: Medium to full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth then hot and dry.

D: Delightful; flavorful, complex, but fairly balanced. The ABV will catch up.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had this beer for quite some time, but I am sure that it has held up lurking on the bottom of my lagering cooler. It says that this is batch number 69198. I haven't been disappointed with one of the "smokestack series" yet, so let's give this one a try.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear reddish brown color with tons of bubbles rising to maintain the 1" head of pillowey thick tan bubbles. Even after a minute, the head was every bit as high as it was after a very careful pour. There is some pretty heavy lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: I initially got some dark caramel malts with a tad of oxidation on top of some serious spicy alcohol. This beer has a very assertive aroma. After it sits, though the foam is still solid, it is taking on a more dry and earthy aroma that is accented by the spicy alcohol and sweet malts. There are some defined toasty notes in this beer that is becoming more apparent as it warms.

Taste: The flavor is really clean for having such a bold aroma. It is, of course, very well carbonated and dances across your palate like a bat out of heck. There are plenty of caramel notes in here that play well with the spicy notes from the alcohol. The beer is medium bodied with a rather dry finish due to the alcohol and carbonation. There is plenty of warming in the finish to linger for minutes after the sip, yet it doesn't seem hot or fusel the whole time, so this is a nice accomplishment for Boulevard.

Opinion: This is a very well crafted beer. I may have had this beer for 6 months, and it has held up perfectly. It doesn't quite have the sheer malt complexity that some of the Belgian greats have, but it is something to be said that I am comparing this beer to the likes of St Bernardus, or Koeningshoeven. I am very impressed with the overall flavor and presentation of this beer. It is of world-class quality and I would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber with a medium soft fizzy white head. Solid Belgian-style head retention, no lace.

S: Dark fruit, dates and raisins, some toffee malt.

T: Sweet dark fruit, tons of date juice. The sugar is hampered from going haywire at the mid-palate by a swift hop attack. In the end the beer is dominated by a soft estery dark malt which is very reminiscent of Belgium more than America.

M: Soft easy carbonation, very elegant, gorgeous soft yet crispy carbonation. Very impressive from an American brewer, this is really well done.

O: Fans of Achel Bruin and St. Bernardus Prior 8, if you can find this you will love it. I know I'm blending categories, but I think I'm right on this one. Easily one of the best American-made quads I've had. Just a really good beer.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Recommended by the helpful friends at the Neil St. Piccadilly in Champaign, I grabbed this from the Boulevard display, eager to try something from their Smokestack series. This did not disappoint. Rich, cloudy burgundy body, topped by two fat fingers of off-white foam, with plenty of lacing on the Yankees pint glass--used because I was watching the Yankees-Red Sox game; splendid presentation. Nicely aromatic, not overwhelming but thankfully complex--cherry, berry, chocolate, and hazelnut coffee.

This is really delicious. The cherry stood out to me, but various flavors emerge in turn--coffee, caramel, back to cherry--not too sweet but certainly not tart. Very impressive in its balance. A winner. The mouthfeel seals the deal for me--well-carbonated, smooth, and durable--never flattening out, fresh though lingering with me for a couple innings. Well done. The alcohol does start to weight heavily near the end, reducing the drinkability a bit.

This quadrupel is not overwhelming in its flavor. For people looking for a big, brash quadrupel, this might disappoint. Yet for those looking for a good, well-crafted, well-flavored, smooth Quad, this should satisfy. At $8 for the 22 oz. bottle it's a little pricey, but certainly enjoyable enough--and a bit boozy enough--to ultimately overlook (or plainly forget) the price in favor of the flavor. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of brentk56
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy russet color with an impressive billowy head; excellent retention and swathes of lace

Smell: Caramel spicecake, with rum-soaked raisins, figs, candi sugar and a lot of phenols

Taste: Caramel spicecake up front, with a peppery blend of candi sugar, banana, fig, raisins and apples; after the swallow, the alcohol takes over, bringing a fair amount of phenols in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with buoyant carbonation; lots of warmth in the gullet after the swallow

Overall: I am quite impressed by this; one of the best representations of a Belgian style from a domestic craft brewery

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Photo of Rayek
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Garnet with nice clarity and mild carbonation. Soapy red tinted head starts out strong and has average retention. Leaves spots of lace.

S: Spicy and vinous. Starts out with a strong aroma of coriander and clove. Cherries and grapes sit in the background, backed up by a mild alcohol presence. Slightly musty.

T: Very wine like out of the gate. Dark fruits dominate initially with a heavy cherry note that's helped along by raisins and raspberries. A spicy clove bitterness comes on to provide balance. Alcohol in the finish adds warmth and combines with the cherry flavor to create a mild, but not unpleasant medicinal spike.

M: Medium-heavy body is sticky and syrupy. Carbonation is right on target.

D: I really liked this beer. A very well done Quad that I'm glad I picked up. A perfect accompaniment to the snowy evening I drank it on.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (from a 4-pack) into a clear tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy dark brown color with amber tint. Tall off-white head with nice creamy peak that retained for quite a while before fading to a nice frothy cap. Also left good sticky lacing. A thing of beauty in a tulip glass.

Smell: Fruity and spicy, scents of dates, figs, plums, clove and nutmeg. Some alcohol in the mix, too.

Taste: Much like it smells, dark fruits and yeast up front with flavors of figs and raisins, with sweet caramel malt afterwards and a slight alcohol burn on the finish. A very tasty Quad.

Mouthfeel: Slick and creamy, medium to full body and hearty. Perfect for the style.

Overall: Wow. Boulevard has done it again with their Smokestack series. I love thier Tank 7 Sasion, and I really love this Quad. An excellent American interpretation of the style, and pretty close to the Belgian Trappist versions of this style (and that's quite a compliment!). Will buy and drink this one again for sure!

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Photo of JLeege
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, Best by 1/17/13, poured into a chalice

Appearance- Pours a mahogany color with about a finger of off white head, fades to a nice looking film atop the beer, like most quads seem to look like, though a bit lighter in color. So far, so good.

Smell- Aromas of cherries, plum, and fig with some brown sugar. Caramel and raison, and slight alcohol.

Taste- Loads of dark fruit as the aroma would suggest. Raisons, fig and plum really are the main attractions here. Lots of caramel malt and some brown sugar flavors. Follows the nose very well. A peppery spice towards the finish, with a slight bitterness, perhaps orange peel and subtle banana quality from the yeast.

Mouthfeel- medium full body, a tad syrupy, but not medicinal. Fairly “hot”.

Overall- A very, very nice American crafted quad. I only expect this to smooth out with some age as it approaches its best by date, and should hold sturdy even beyond that. Have the other 3 bottles in the cellar and will probably pick up some more at some point. Solid beer and at a good price point all things considered, definitely would recommend this.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to have tried this in Dallas! Commerical description reads: "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..."
Poured in a snifter glass. Shows a deep copper color with a smallish tightly bubbled white head that shows moderate retention. Smells of brown sugar and candied dark fruits mostly with a hint of pepper and spicy yeast. Taste is sweet candied fruit and brown sugar mixed with a bit of pepper, yeast, and ethanol goodness. Medium to thick body, spirited level of carbonation, sweet bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, finally a solid American Quad I can relate to well!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown with red tones. Tan head. Nose is perfume and dough. Flavor profile brings lots of caramel, a full plate of spices, a good amount of dough. Just a slight touch of alcohol there, but it's really balanced. Feel is smooth on all aspects. This is really nice to drink. Good complexities and a good American interpretation.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy copper amber color. One finger tan head fades pretty quickly. Minimal lace.

S: Brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnammon. As the beer warms, more bread-like aromas take over.

T: Cinnamon and black pepper, dark fruits. Sweet biscuit and well-integrated but very present alcohol follow. Very little bitterness and long, lingering finish. Sweetness is apparent yet subdued. Maple flavor and soft minerals creep in after a while. Dark fruits and semi-sweet malts battling it out, who will win? The taster wins.

M: Full bodied, but the carbonation keeps it buoyant.

O: A great beer-- one I will revisit often. Thank you, Boulevard, you have another winner.

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Photo of Pjev11
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle purchased August 2011 into a pint glass. Bottle stamped - "best by July 2013". Nice looking brownish-orange, hazy, with a 2 finger tan head that has light brown streaking across the top. Dissipates slowly with moderate lacing.

Smells sweet, fruity and malty.

Strong taste - malt, and sweetness, with an alcohol warmth at the end. Caramel.

Feels full and smooth, creamy going down and in the mouth.

Overall - quads are not my favorite style and I tend to not like my beer tasting too much like alcohol, but I am nitpicking. Despite really tasting the abv this is a top notch beer that is tasty and smooth and looks pretty in the glass.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured amber brown in color with yellow highlights and nice fluffy thin head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: nice dark fruit aroma upfront in the nose such as raisin, dates, and plums with belgian yeast sweetness and hints of brown sugar.

T: the belgian yeast character was more prominent on the taste alongside raisins, plums, brown sugar accents, lots of malty sweetness, slight booze and a touch of pear fruit.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, dark fruity, yeasty, malty, and sticky finish.

O: really was digging this beer and was a good interpretation of an abbey quad.

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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 786 ratings.