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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

2,229 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,229
Reviews: 688
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 150
Gots: 377 | 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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Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of TonyTalon
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of match1112
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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 DustinSWB
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of froghop
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to goatgoat for the trade

750ml w cork and cage. batch 68256. tasted in late april/may 2009.

dark brown amber, clear under the light. huge, light beige head, slowly recedes to relatively stable 2mm layer. thin but consistent rings of lace all down the glass.

aroma: fruity figs, dats, with light anise and licorice notes. grassy, herbal hop note. candied caramel. mild phenols, and also a slight fusel character in back.

taste: similar fruit and candied caramel, with grassy, hay-like hop giving moderate bitterness. some spices come out with the phenols and alcohol, which are a bit more than i'd like, however.

light to medium body, with some astringency, esp from the phenols. creamy, fluffy carbonation but ends up accentuating the phenols further.

are there people that really just enjoy phenols? i wonder...

Photo of phishbone23
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of millelacsmark
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of IpeeA
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of coldmeat23
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Chimay Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
BATCH #68044

Pours a deep, dark amber with ruby highlights. Three-finger head of creamy tan colored foam. Great retention. Spotty lacing.

Big, dark fruit notes. Figs and dark cherries mostly, with a touch of raisin. Mild earthiness. Mild hint of booziness. Caramel malt notes. Smells sweet and spicey, overall.

Caramel malts out in front. Black cherries and raisins. Hints of figs. Touch of ginger and spices. Very slight hint of booziness. Candy sugars and hints of bananas.

In the mouth, it's actually a little bit thin, for the style, IMO. Nails the creaminess just right, though. Would benefit greatly from a heftier body.

For a drinkable, moderately priced american Quad, you'd have a hard time beating this one. Sure, you can go to the Belgian rack and get a better representation of the style. You'll also pay a little extra for it, though.
Despite it's 10.5% ABV, this is pretty darn drinkable. Just don't drink too many, too quick, as they will hammer you.

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Nolen12
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into chalice.

Pours a cloudy reddish-brown, with a fluffy light-khaki head of about 1" that eventually settles down into a thin but constant cap. Decent stickage, lacing is unspectacular.

Nose is full of raisins and spicy alcohol, bready toffee, caramel, dark fruits. very nice.

Taste is packed with caramelized brown sugar, dark fruits, spicy alcohol, and even at lower temperatures hints of cocoa. Finish carries a burnt, earthy bitterness that is a bit over the top - the only thing holding it back from a 4.5 in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, full bodied, crisp carbonation that's still a bit understated. Missing the ethereal fluffiness that the best of this style have.

Drinkability is pretty good, but ironically, I feel like the balancing earthy bitterness in this one actually holds it back. Tone it down, pull back the alcohol, this one soars.

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of paco1029384756
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown color with a fizzy off white head.

Scent of dark fruits, yeast, candi sugar, a hint of alcohol, and bready malts. Balanced well for the strength, a nice representation of the style.

Taste of candi sugar, caramel, dark fruit, yeast, leather, chocolate, and a hint of alcohol. Finishes dry with tobacco and leather flavors. Excellent, complex and balanced, could compete with authentic Trappist Quads.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very lively carbonation.

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of jwps214
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/21/2009 (bottle batch#68235):

Pours a huge creamy tan colored head, diminishing, and a dark ruby red color body. Strong dark fruity, flowery aroma, fig and a touch of alcohol. Very sweet nd floral, very Belgiany. Creamy mouthfeel, flowery taste. Lightly sweet, not sickly. Dark fruit is not as pronounced, sweet aftertaste, some hotness. Dark fruit and fig taste, apple too.

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz bottle with an enjoy by date of 12/30/15. There is also a Julian code to indicate the bottling date that is a little smeared, but seems to indicate a bottling date of 12/30/13. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series chalice.

Appearance - A gentle pour, so as not to fill my beer with the sediment on the bottom of the bottle, yields a one and a half finger head of tan with just the slightest caramel-hued twinge to it. The bubbles are fine and lucious and they retain for several minutes before receding to a film with pockets of thicker foam intermittently dispersed on the surface of the liquid. Beneath the film likes a dark burnt umber body with shades of burgundy and auburn depending on how the light hits the glass. Lacing is mostly nonexistent save for a few idle spots here and there.

Smell - The aroma is a sweet blend of light molasses and brown sugar, with some fainter notes of fig and dried fruit alongside some baking spice, reminiscent of clove and some faint hints of banana-like esters that really add more depth to the beer than they do overpower the other flavor profiles.

Taste - Fruity esters are again present here, but less on the banana side of things and more in the range of figs and dates and perhaps some red plum as well? The spiciness from the yeast is also present, imparting notes of clove and brown sugar, with some caramel sweetness. As it finishes, there is just a hint of some bitterness and almost a metallic taste. Oddly, I got sort of a metal taste after the first drink, but didn't really notice again through the rest of the glass. There is also a faint burn of the high alcohol, but it's amazingly well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and moderate carbonation, with just enough fizz to avoid feeling flat.

Overall, yet another traditional Belgian style that Boulevard does well. It's a little lighter than many beers in the quad/BSDA category, but that's no problem by my view. The only thing I will say is that I wish there were a little more depth of flavor to this one. One of the things I like about the style is that it continues to evolve and develop throughout the enjoyment of the glass. This one was pretty similar from start to finish. As such, I feel the need to dock the overall score, because the sum of it's parts were just not quite as good as the individual components.

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Beerbuddy21
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Gehrig
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of sprucetip
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 into snifter.

Medium amber, very bubbly, persistent off white head and good lacing. Much more clear and without the yeast chunks I am accustomed to with this style.

Dark fruit prominent. Raisins, prunes, sweet malt, touch of grassy hops, hint of boozy heat, and Belgian yeast strain all blended nicely.

Malty sweetness, aforementioned dark fruit, restrained but noticeable alc and Belgian yeast. Balanced and complex. Slightly dry and lightly bitter finish. Nicely done.

Slight fizz, moderate warming, full bodied, with pleasant, almost slick, texture.

Very well done, impressive take on the style from N. American brewery. Goes down easily as good quads do when I drink them. Size of this beast is cause for restraint. Still, this is one to sip, savor and share.

Photo of pirmannt1
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,229 ratings.