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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

2,297 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,297
Reviews: 705
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 159
Gots: 425 | 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...

22 IBU
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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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%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel glass with reckless abandon giving way to a voluminous multi-finger off-white head burying a clear deep amber colored body.

Big fruit and spice load with some caramel sweetness. It seems kind of odd. There are the dark fruits but then some banana and pear type aromas are there as well.

Alcohol warmth, but no alcohol taste. Lots of dark fruit, peppery spice, bread, and sweetness.

Massages your tongue with a smooth and creamy medium mouthfeel and gives a nice happy ending.

Photo of stephens101
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the last of the Smokestack Series for me, and I can't imagine I would be any less impressed with this one than the previous three, but I better make sure. Pours a dark copper with some almost indiscernible streaks of red into a snifter. Has a huge foamy tan head that recedes in a dilatory fashion leaving little lacing behind. Has a robust and complex smell of raisins, figs and other dark fruits with some alcohol right behind mixed in with some big malts, caramel and toffee. Tastes is just as complex as the smell with some big malty creaminess, light chocolates, caramel, sweet bread, some grains, dark fruits, hops and some big alcohol heat bringing up the rear. Mouth-feel is medium bodied and smooth, but the big alcohol heat might be a turn off for some, although is welcomed to me. There is plenty of brisk carbonation to keep things exciting. All I can say is hell yeah!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mattreitz49
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Blakaeris
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark coppery red. Head is a massive, beige in color with plenty of intricate lacing. Fine tan yeasty sediment settles on th bottom of the glass.

Aroma is sweet and sugary with a pleasant fruity earthy quality. Yeast brings spices and a light medicinal quality. Alcohol is present, but understated.

Taste is rich caramel malt and rum soaked dark fruit. Yeasty spices are understated compared to the nose, but clove, coriander, and white pepper add complexity. A touch of powdery cocoa. Earthy hops, and a dry cedar quality bring balance to the generous sweetness. Finish is yeasty with lingering floral hop.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth

A surprisingly good Belgian style quad. Flavor is full, rich and fruity. Recommended.

Photo of csfcmitchell
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of erosier
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a cloudy amber orange color with a very large tan colored head that laces the glass a whole lot all the way down.
S: Smells of alcohol at first, then it has aromas of sweetly roasted malts, a hint of caramelized malt, figs, vinous fruits, and some other fruit aromas I can't put my finger on.
T: Tastes like the nose. A whole palette of flavors from the roasted and caramelized malts to the fruity flavors that flow into more vinous fruit flavors followed by a big alcohol kick at the end.
M: Very complex, warming, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, it has a ton of alcohol and a ton of flavor, which is why they call it a quad I suppose. Good beer for sure but I had to split the bomber with a buddy.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of denver10
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red with a brownish hue. Nice white head. Very sweet aroma of malt, brown sugar, and dark fruits (raisin, fig) paired with the yeast. Very sweet taste, as you'd expect from the style: raisin, figs, some brown sugar coated banana, some breadiness and alcohol. Medium bodied to this and active from the carbonation. A nice quad but its a style of beer that I generally find too sweet and this is no exception.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of artoolemomo
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head but the retention is pretty much nonexistent. The head is a light beige with lots of yellow while the body is a very dark amber which glows a dark amber with lots of orange when held up to the light. Some lacing but it's pretty minimal.

Nose- Fairly weak. From both the bottle and the glass, I get some bubblegum, a bit of caramel but not much else. Faint hints of brown sugar and molasses. Lots of banana emerges after I swirl it and the beer has opened up a bit more. A light astringency from the alcohol starts to appear after some time.

Taste- Bitter, slightly woody notes appear at first with hints of alcohol on my cheeks. Some sweet malt and spice. Lots of cloves- so much so that they begin to overtake the flavor profile. Some banana but this might merely be a suggestion from the rampant phenols. (Turns out there is a lot of banana on the profile.) Yeast takes over on the finish and shows lots of spice and wood with minimal amounts of bitterness. My initial impression is that this would be better described as a mix between a tripel, a hefeweizen, and a Belgian strong dark ale. It's by no means a bad beer but it does not match up to the bar set by classic quads. The bubblegum that I detected on the nose starts to appear as well. Some brown sugar and molasses but this is primarily a clove bomb. Definitely an above average beer but I'm wondering where the dates, the raisins, and the candied fruits are. Lots of cinnamon as well and the heat is apparent but it adds to the flavor profile. A very good beer but a little bit of disappointment in regard to style. The bitter yeasty finish lingers too long and is the biggest negative of the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel- Pretty heavy with almost ropy threads of syrup. Some zip of carbonation. Fitting for the style.

Drinkability- With the yeasty finish as the only negative, this beer is borderline dangerous. A four pack at $11 could get you drunk quickly if you weren't paying attention. May not be the best representation of the style but it is still a very nice beer.

Overall- Probably the best you could expect from a quad that isn't bottle conditioned. This is definitely worth a try and a steal at the price. Just don't think you've found a replacement for Rochefort, Bernardus, or (gasp) Westy. There's a reason you pay money for the big hitters.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: orange/brown body, two finger pinkish white head that slowly recedes to a thick creamy eighth inch cap, no lacing.

s: sweet malts, sour fruits like apples and cherries, spice.

t: starts with sour/tart fruit, then a bready yeast and finishes up with a spicy hoppy presence.

m: felt a little thin and oily. good carbonation and a short dry spice finish.

o: very nice quad, just seems that such a big beer (10.5%) should have a fuller body. that is my only complaint.

Photo of froghop
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown with a ruby tint, a very large head, and good lacing.

smell is of dark fruit, malt, oatmeal, a bit of cocoa, and burnt caramel.

taste is smooth, malty, some cocoa, some dark fruit, and brown sugar, ends smooth and a little bitter.

The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,297 ratings.