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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 ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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, (958 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (864 characters)

Photo of BB1313
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (998 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,525 characters)

Photo of kaiyote
4.79/5  rDev +17.7%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a tulip glass.
Aroma- smells of sweet spice and booze
Appearance- pours a murky orange with an off-white head
Taste- has a strong alcohol flavor that transforms into a malt flavoring
Palate- a full bodied beer with well balanced carbonation with a dry finish
Overall- Boulevard hit a homerun with this beer. A must try on any beer list. (369 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours paler than expected for a quad, but with a nice frothy head that sees some good retention.

Nose is really nice - sweet, spicy and figgy.

Tastes kind of flat and boozy at first, like malt liquor. But as the beer warms and settles a nice grapey, fruity, figgy character emerges. Definitely on the lighter side of the quad flavor spectrum - more fruity and dry than chocolatey and sweet. Still, the booze is always present and comes off a little 'hot' and off-putting at times. This bottle is fresh and could probably benefit from some age. (545 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy dark Amber with a nice two finger fluffy off-white head. Nice retention and lacing. The smell was candy sugar, dark fruits and some grassy notes, and alcohol. The taste is sweet, with some cherry and fig flavors, some sweet malt, and a bit of estery notes. Mouthfeel was fairly thick and creamy- very smooth with a nice aftertaste. Overall, this one is pretty close to some of the better Belgian Quads- not quite there yet, but pretty good for an American Quad. (475 characters)

Photo of john0721
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a goblet. Color: light brown. A little to sweet for me and lacking the complexity I look for in the style. Yet, still a good American version of the style. (180 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, murky, amber color. A bit of sediment. A good sized white foam head. Recedes to a very thin head with a bit of lacing.

Aroma features yeast, caramel malt, and honey. A hint of citrus.

The taste is similar to the aroma. Sweet caramel malts lead the way, giving it a candy type taste. Some spices follow up. Apple and banana notes come through as it warms. The Belgian yeast definitely plays a large role in the taste here, and it interacts well the the very sweet caramel malts.

Medium-heavy bodied. Although the alcohol is masked pretty well, the sweetness keeps this as more of a sipper.

Overall, this beer escapes me. I love it, but I can't quite define what makes it so good taste-wise. Nevertheless, a solid beer, and a good value. (755 characters)

Photo of NickTheGreat
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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. (353 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (1,214 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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 (894 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of dredmahawkus
4.79/5  rDev +17.7%
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! (197 characters)

Photo of Brackh
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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. (261 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Quad
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. (373 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (2,341 characters)

Photo of Roxie_B
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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. (258 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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. (832 characters)

Photo of bennettwj
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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. (271 characters)

The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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