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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,934 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,934
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 126
Gots: 271 | FT: 12
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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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the BSF-GBBF 09 and coming in a 750ml green bottle, corked and caged, this bottle bears Batch No. 58312 instead of freshness info.; served faintly chilled in Gulden Draak's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: pours a brilliantly clear, dark reddish-brown colour even with purple-ish glows, coming with a 1.5cm-thick dark beige frothy head supported by healthy streams of microscopic bubbles in action - looking just gorgeous...
S: the nose is nice and complex, reminiscent of a Belgian Quadruple but minus candy sugar, but a bit like a cross b/w Old Ale and US hop-focused barley wine as well; featuring lots of tea-smoked prunes, raisins, overripe apples+pineapples, brown sugar, burned sugar cane, brown malts, aromatic grapes, sweet herbs, and sour-sweet notes of well-aged sherry.
T: a creamy swallow of dark fruits plus brown malts is seamlessly ensued by a caressing blanket of aromatic black sugar, high quality black prunes, roast nuts, and bitter toffee, while the hop influence soon catches up like an undercurrent full of bitter-sweet root herbs, leading towards a "dry"-ish finishing palate more like a mature Oloroso Sherry actually... The slightly chewy and herbal side of hoppiness as well as the lingering aromatic malts also stay deep down the tongue, rendering a truly inviting effect more in the fashion of complex but well-hopped old ale than an estery Quadruple.
M&D: the mouthfeel remains as creamy-smooth and healthily-carbonated as any quality bottled-conditioned beer must dream to achieve... The body never goes too heavy - in fact extremely balanced and approachable against its alc. strength. Also, the hoppiness balanced with the fruity-maltiness in the aftertaste prolongs the depth and complexity altogether. All in all, this Quadruple-style ale is slightly too expensive, but I've made my efforts to fully enjoy and memorise every single drop from this bottle~~ This is perhaps the best bottled beer I've tried for many months now, even outperforming Westvleteren 12 as far as my last bottle last month is concerned.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 20:49:53 | More by wl0307
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

02-21-2013 00:28:10 | More by oriolesfan4
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Billolick

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, "Best by 1/17/13" etched onto the mid section of the bottle.

Pours dark glowing almond, near clear, oatmeal head, on the thick and high side. Crumbles slowly to a thicker film and leaves a high frothy collar, slippery low sheeting and moderate tongues of thicker lacing.

Nose of fruit juices, candied fruits and some peppery alcohol.

Lots of cloves, peppery alcohol spice, tart apples, grape juice, some dark ripe fruits like figs and raisins come to mind. Tasty and enjoyable large brew.

Well worth a try if you are lucky enough to be in an area Boulevard distributes its fine beers to.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 00:56:10 | More by Billolick
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hwwty4 for this bottle from the first release.

A: The quad is a ruddy brown color, one that matches the last few hold-out leaves on trees in central PA. The darkness leaves the ale opaque. A half a finger of tan head arises on pour but disappears quickly.

S: The nose has dark candi sugars, raisins and grapes running rampant. The aroma is very strong, belying a full ale. Plenty of spices and sweet yeasty notes.

T: Sweet and murky. The candi sugars hit all the right notes, dark and fruity from the outset. Darker raisins and lighter pears create a fleshy, pitted fruit flavor. Booziness mixes with the yeast, candi sugars and biscuity malts. Very flavorful, the quad is also strong. The flavors mesh well though, with dark fruits taking the lead. Only plum flavors linger in the mouth after a sip is gone though, strange.

M: The mouthfeel is lush, dark and fruity. The yeast and candi sugars have starring roles, driving a dark sweetness. A warming ale, you better sip this sucka.

D: Another whopper of a beer. The Sixth Glass is a think-piece about a mid-level beer struggling with its own limitations in the harsh face of stardom. Almost famous indeed.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 23:46:44 | More by akorsak
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-24-2013 15:17:28 | More by InspectorBob
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)
from a 12 oz. bottle
best before 04/12/13
A- The dense hazy glowing brown body has a hint of cranberry brown hue at the base. There are microbubbles racing up the side of the glass to support a thick foam that fizzes and last as a rocky caramel color.

S- The caramel malt blends with a canned mixed fruit nose that is more estery than hoppy, and a very light permanent marker fusel hint that comes through as the beer warms. There is lots of subtle yeasty character the is fills the background.

T- The dry caramel flavor has a slight metallic quality about it and some wheat bread crust character follows. There is a finish that hints at canned mixed fruit in syrup and a caramel apple hint that lingers.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a prick of fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has some nice fruit estery flavors with some good caramel character but there is a brassy wheatwine bite that just doesn't taste right. I'm hoping age will help this mellow as I think it is close to being a great beer but now I just think it is a bit odd.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 21:31:25 | More by rhoadsrage
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

09-29-2013 17:05:22 | More by DrunkinYogi
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one finger light tan head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Dark fruit nose. Flavor is sweet dark fruit, not cloying. Nice quad. Warming, but higher ABV is hidden. $3.49 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma. Best by Apr 27, 2013.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 23:05:53 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear reddish brown colored beer with a tall tan colored head.

Smells sweet and sour with a strong herbal scent. Scents of brown sugar and ginger with a little allspice.

Starts out little bit sweet with brown sugar as an after taste. Phenols give a faint bubblegum taste. Slight banana flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall good but not world clase.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 23:54:42 | More by Zorro
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

California

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 07:07:46 | More by DoubleJ
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Wasatch

Utah

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Again thanks goes out to bort11 or raverjames for this brew.

750ml
Caged/Corked
Batch 68058
Revisted: 28 Jul 10
Aged 2 Years

Again poured into my Westy glass a very nice cloudy brown color, very nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy tan head, with alot of nice creamy/sticky lacing and some small islands. The nose is malty, with some yeast tones, figs, plums, raisins. The taste is sweet, malty, with some yeast, nice touch of dark fruit. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well with this one. Very drinkable, this one has aged very nicely, very tasty.

Thanks goes out to bort11 and raverjames for this brew.

750ml
Caged/Corked
Batch 68044

Poured into my Westy glass a very nice cloudy brown color, very nice carbonation (HUGE POP), very nice one-finger creamy tan head, with alot of nice creamy/sticky lacing and some small islands. The nose is malty, with some yeast tones, figs, plums, raisins. The taste is sweet, malty, with some yeast, nice touch of dark fruit. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well with this one. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, glad to have had a chance to try it. Thanks Tim and James. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 23:38:31 | More by Wasatch
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 68319

Poured into Corsendonk Goblet.

Massive 2 finger head. Creamy beige in color. Good retention. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a dark hazy bark brown with hints of light chocolate. Good looking beer.

Aroma: Deep grape and plume aroma. A lot of dried fruits. Biscuits, fresh earthy hops, plums, alcohol, raisins. Wine-like aroma mixed with a lot of malts. Very complex.

Taste: Tons of malts mixed with alcohol and dried fruits. Plums, raisins, grapes. A big flavor. A lot of earthy hops are there to balance this beer.

Mouthfeel: Boozy, sweet, and creamy. Wow, this is like taking a shot. Full bodied, a fairly high amount of carbonation. Leaves a big boozy/dark fruit flavored aftertaste. One of the only parts of this beer that I didn't prefer.

Overall, I really liked this beer. A ton of of flavor, a tad boozy, but that was expected. Splitting the 750 is a great idea. Good beer from Blvd, but make sure you aren't drinking it alone.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 19:10:02 | More by mothman
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle obtained via trade with mhewes. Thanks for the opportunity. Corked & caged, Batch 68081.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 2" beige head above the cloudy orangey amber brew. Thick head lasts and lasts, with spotty lacing. Aroma is sweet, but overpowered by strong rubbing alcohol-ish character. Taste is also sweet to start, edging towards alcohol by the close, and plenty of warming action. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. The rubbing alcohol nose does last, however, and puts a damper on things.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 01:41:35 | More by ppoitras
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%

09-14-2013 12:16:28 | More by ejimhof
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked and caged, thanks to Grub! Its name a reference to Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Watchman of the Tower' - a recommended tale for those who enjoy the drink.

An anemic terracotta shade and khaki head make for a brilliant colour scheme. These tones of clay ceramic and tapioca white, neither all that attractive on their own, pair together perfectly; they must have been made for each other. I'm quite curious to take a taste.

Boulevard phenomenally captured the Belgian styles of saison and tripel in this same 'Smokestack Series' release, and judging by the looks of things, they've done so as well with the quad. Although its colour may be a tad light, the head is right on for style: mildly creamy, responsive, everlasting, and giver of lacing.

The aroma contains a soft spiciness with gentle notes of ginger and caramelizing brown sugar. All notions of spice are most likely derived from the yeast and it would seem they've chosen an appropriate (and good) one. The smell indicates this is a beer you'll have to enjoy by taking your time with it.

The body is very malty with plenty of sticky sweet taste and a strong hit of something spicy and slightly boozy. It is lacking a little in the dark fruits (plums, raisins, dates) found in other quads. It still manages to taste pretty good and full of flavour to spite this.

Something in the taste imparted a slight port/sherry like character and tannic grape flavour. Perhaps it is the sweet sugar or perhaps the excessive heat; the alcohol is well stitched in to the makeup but nevertheless, at least fresh, this tipple is a warm and spicy one.

Although this seemed at times a strong dubbel, I'm again impressed that Boulevard has so successfully understood and conceived their Belgian ales true to style. This came on a little spicy and a little strong, making it a good candidate for aging, and definitely a beer that would pair wonderfully with a number of traditional Belgian dishes (Flemish stew, perhaps?)

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 02:12:01 | More by biegaman
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John_M

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The tap list at max's was a bit lacking today, so grabbed a bottle of this there.

The beer pours a toffee brown color with orange hilights. Head retention is pretty good, with the beer otherwise displaying light lacing. The beer is a bit cold initially, and I don't pick up a lot on the nose at first. As it warms, I get some milk chocolate, maraschino cherry, a hint of root beer and light vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this moderately sweet beer, though there's just more of everything. The chocolate, vanilla and rootbeer really seem to dominate on the palate, though there's some underlying hoppy bitterness as well that helps to buoy and counter the sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, sweet, spicey finish.

Nothing exraordiary, but well made and undeniably tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 21:47:12 | More by John_M
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

10-02-2012 03:20:01 | More by drewone
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 3/2015. Pours lightly cloudy reddish orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, fig, plum, pear, apple, grape, toast, brown sugar, clove, herbal, pepper, candi sugar, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of caramel, raisin, fig, plum, pear, apple, toast, brown sugar, candi sugar, brown bread, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; with a good malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent quadrupel style! All around great balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 05:02:26 | More by superspak
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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-21-2011 15:41:18 | More by brandoman63
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-25-2011 04:44:19 | More by rab53
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another respectable offering from the Smokestack series. Hard to imagine fine Belgian style beers in the Heartland, but alas they are there.

Pours a dark caramel, after a crowbar popped the cork. Off-white/tan head, some lacing and legs.

Aroma is sweet, malty, spicy, floral and juicy. A tad medicinal at first, but maybe I imagined it as I didn't get that as it warmed. Fruity and spice most of all

Like the Dark Truth, this beer tends to be more fruity than anything else. And while the fruit doesn't dominate, it does attract the most attention. Red plum, figs, and red apple. Spice comes in the form of clove and mild coriander. Caramel and bread provide a base. I'd compare this to Westy 12 only in the aspect that it's not as dark looking or tasting as some quads. This ain't bad, though.
This is a nice beer

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 00:55:55 | More by Mebuzzard
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Westvleteren Chalice glass. Oh come on now lets get decadent you know it!

A quite interesting orange body. Slightly opaque with a bit of a glow to it also, real nice edges of red. Head is creamy light mocha brown, not much staying power, but solid. Pretty nice looking beer in this chalice.

A real nice bouquet. Solid malts with a sweetness just like grape. Hints of dark bread, and airy whispy grain. Slightly brown sugary and a controlled dose of heat. A pretty solid smelling quad and one that seems on point so far.

Palate hits with a real mix and balanced flavor. Sweet malts, and Belgian like sucrose sensations. Controlled heat, and booze but not overpowering. A slight hint of tonic quinine like character but very subtle on the finish. Body comes in fairly solid, but minor depth and a little carbonated. Malt action comes in nicely and makes some bread and fruitcake character also. A little peppery on the finish too, interesting.

Overall though this is a solid quad and worth trying if this is your style. Doesn't come off too boozy either, but quite right to fit.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 00:23:15 | More by smakawhat
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to grub for sharing this after a long brewday. 750 ml corked bottle.

Pours a cloudy amber orange, pretty vibrant colour, medium sized off white head forms, retains a pretty solid layer, good retention, a bit of lace when I swirl it, looks good. Smell is sweet and sugary, apples and pear, lots of fruit, cherry, biscuits, alcohol, caramel/honey sweetness, yeast, nice. Taste is neat, caramel, nuts, very bready, sweet grainy beginning, yeast, some iron, honey, butter, earth, bit of spicy bitterness, nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, alcohol is pretty well hidden. An interesting take on the quad, don't totally get it but definitely a drinkable beer. Thanks Russ!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 22:43:03 | More by Viggo
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange/brown color, lighter at the bottom and darker at the top. There is a small tan colored head on top, but it is gone rather quickly and leaves behind sparse lacing.

S: Lots of dark fruits - raisins and grapes are the dominant aromas, as well as some Belgian yeast and spices. There is a bit of candy sweetness as well.

T: The candy/sugary aromas come out in the flavor right away. They are mixed with some deep, dark fruits - again mostly raisins and grapes, but also some fig and plum. Some dark caramel and slight toffee flavors come through on the back end.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks smooth with a bit of a creamy body.

O: A solid quad, very drinkable for the style, but it is certainly a beer you could open up and drink throughout the night as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 20:25:35 | More by mdaschaf
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,934 ratings.