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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

2,224 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,224
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 149
Gots: 374 | FT: 10
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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Warmonster
3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This is one of those beers that tastes better with every drink. The first drink your like OMG WTF and your mouth is almost hot feeling. then by the last drink you have an oddly clear buzz and your left wanting another bottle... I love ales but this was almost too strong for me.. It barely tasted like a beer. I think the high note of this beer is the complexity of the smells and taste.. and the warmer it got the more it changed.. at nearly 10 bucks a bottle I honestly don't know If I'll get more. But it's definitely one to try for sure! But be warned the taste is extremely potent.. I think the majority of beer drinkers would think this beer is hard to drink. It doesn't exactly go down smooth. But then again, it has 10.5% alc so... that's to be expected. Some wines have less..

Photo of pmorris71
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of BierJager89
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: A dark, but almost glowy amer with a light tan head.

S: Belgian candi syrup, cloves, nutmeg and dark fruit in the nose.

T: Cloves, nutmeg, candi syrup, dark fruits, citrus fruits.

M: Medium bodied and a bit harsh, probably more alcohol than carbonation.

O: Not the best quad out there, but definitely worth a try. I'd like to try an aged bottle or the bourbon barrel aged version.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of TClonKC
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of whynot44
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy red-amber color with a foamy light tan head that settles down fairly quickly to a thin layer that persists and produces some decent lace.

The aroma is dried fruit - plums, apricots, raisins, malt and yeast - a bit of pound cake with a touch of spice and alcohol.

The taste is similar more malt/yeast followed by mixed dried/candied fruit, mildly sweet, not excessive, with a somewhat dry spicy finish - maybe a hint of cloves, and a very definite alcohol afterburn.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth and pleasant to drink.

Nice. Overall a very enjoyable sipping brew take your time.

Photo of Beer21
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Here comes the quad, all dressed to nod. Dun dun dun-dun dun...There's 12 ounces of quadruppel without any twists or barrels. On to the beer:

A soapy inch thick of head forms on top this light brown/orange hued ale. Within a minute the head's thickness halves and a few splashes cling to the glass. A pleasant aroma, succulent without being overpowering. The smells of toasted sugar, plums, figs, fennel, balanced with just a pinch of alcohol noted. Good things are sure to come.

I've come to terms that American-made quadruppels are not going to taste as well as their Belgian counterparts. The Sixth Glass is a counterargument to that statement. Sure, it's not one the same level as the ones made by St. Bernardus, Rochefort, and Westvleteren, but those shouldn't be the standard. Within the tasting journey is plum, a fume of warming alcohol, hint of grape, toasted malt, a drop of bitterness, and a note of fennel. The beer is full bodied and registers on the smooth side with its mouthfeel, and finishes slightly dry with a bittersweet aftertaste.

One of the better American-made quadruppels that I've tasted. With the few samples which I've tasted from Boulevard, it appears that they can pull off Belgian styles too.

Photo of sia478
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of DPJ3322
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL into a tulip, split it with my brother.

Appearance - Gave an aggressive pour that gave a very large, frothy light sugar brown head. It lingered and settled to about half a finger that clung to the edges of the glass. Rich, deep brown color, very vibrant.

Smell - Fruity and estery. It smells like a typical quad, one of my favorite styles to smell.

Taste - Dark fruits balanced with a very spicy taste upfront. Figs and raisins maybe?

Mouthfeel - Nice and tingly, pretty high carbonation but not over the top.

Overall - A great beer, very strong on the spicy end for a quadrupel. It is interesting and a different take on the style, maybe not the best but different and unique.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of joe1510
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle

Best By: 8/22/15

Active carbonation produces a finger high head even on an easy pour. The foam isn't the most appetizing with a soapy look and dirty beige in color. It fizzles out rather quickly to a thin ring and skim coat. The body is murky, brick red when backlit with some floating chunkies even after I poured carefully.

The nose is loaded with fruity esters, I can smell it from a few feet away. Prune, dates and fig are the first fruits that come to mind. It has a little of that dry, leathery quality. Raisin as well, I can't forget raisins. Caramel and one of those heavy, dense holiday fruit cakes make up the malt base but it surprisingly doesn't seem overly sweet, just that the spice and fruit is present.

Fruit cake again makes it's presence felt. There's better balance than the nose. Figs and raisins are most prominent. A touch of pear and apple float around the back adding a sense of sweetness. Leathery prunes and dates pop up here and there. Big caramel and a whiff of booze wrap it up. Fairly complex.

Boulevard has nailed the mouthfeel like they seem to do on every beer they release. The body is impossibly light for a beer of this strength. The carbonation is frothy and airy like dialed in Belgians. Alcohol heat is non existent and the carbonation adds a touch of prickliness to the tongue.

I don't drink Quads very often, they're not really a style I prefer but I do truly appreciate great versions like Rochefort's and St. Bernardus', with that said I'll have to pass on Sixth Glass. It's a good beer, worth a try, but I'll skip this guy in the future.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of dar482
2.66/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer comes in a rich amber red color with a fluffy white head.

The aroma has bright fresh sugary fruit sweetness. Tart plums, some breadiness, caramel sweetness. Boozy cherries, figs, alcohol comes through.

The flavor attacks aggressively of alcohol throughout. From the top of the back to the back of the throat, there is alcohol burn. There’s a slight candied fruit note, almost a gummy candy flavor, but other than that, alcohol is all I can find.

Booze booze booze. The beer was absolutely dominated by alcohol. It gets even worse as it warms and I had to pour it out. I don’t know if it was infected as it nasted like nail polish and alcohol.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,224 ratings.