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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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1,784 Ratings

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Ratings: 1784
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%

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 alexkeil

New York

3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful deep, hazy, amber color with an off white fizzy head. The aroma I get is mostly yeast. The mouthfeel is medium, very carbonated, a little bit of that creaminess you expect from belgians but certainly not as much as a Trappist. The higher alcohol creates a perception of bitterness and does give off some warmth that flirts with being hot. The flavor is suitably complex with a rounded malt character, figs, maybe a hint of orange, some peppery character. With the high alcohol you sometimes get the flavor of some type of liquer. I've had quadrupels that have hidden the alcohol flavor more, but this is a well made beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 23:59:23 | More by alexkeil
Photo of rmalinowski4


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

Bottle poured into a chalice. Reviewed 4-13-2010. Bottle best by date 10-7-12

Pours a ruby gold color with three fingers of bubbly tan foam. Foam recedes to a small ring around the edge of the glass. Minimal lacing.

Smell is of dark fruits, spice,and sweet malt. Prune, plum and fig dominate the fruit smell, some cinnamon and other earthy spice is present. There is also an underlying malty sweetness.

Taste up front is of dark fruit, complex, fig, prune, plums. The flavors keep changing subtly on the palate, is that plum, or prune or both. Very complex. The finish is spice, mostly cinnamon and some other earthy spice, can't quite place it. There is an underlying malt base that is clean and refreshing. The finish is dry and crisp.

The mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Very clean and crisp. Carbonation is high and adds to the complexity of the flavors, keeps the flavors moving across the palate.

Overall this is a very nice beer. I am happy that Boulevard will be coming to Chicago soon, I want to get more of this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 02:40:00 | More by rmalinowski4
Photo of PrivateEquity


4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Solid 2-finger light tan head tops the hazy amber beer. Lacing continues as the beer disappears. Very enticing carbonation.

S - Solid malt nose. Sweet fruit, caramel, clove, pepper, plum.

T - Sweet, intense caramel malts are a flavor boost. Nice frutiness follows the nose. Spicy finish.

M - Smooth drinking especially for 10.5% ABV. Just the right amount of syrupiness.

O - Just an outstanding Quadrupel. Packed full of malty flavor, yet highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 04:03:17 | More by PrivateEquity
Photo of Steamer


4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass. A very nice amber and cream colored head that lingers. Fruity aroma and bit medicinal, likely due to the high alcohol content, but not unpleasant at all. The taste was surprising; the fruitiness comes through up front followed by dryness with some bitterness that I wasn't expecting based on my experience with other quads. A very pleasant surprise though! After a few sips to get the full effect I settled back and savored every mouthful. An excellent quad and definitely worth a return engagement!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 04:00:40 | More by Steamer
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2.83/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not my favorite from Boulevard.

A: Burnt orangish red with some head and a little lacing.

S: Some fruity spiciniess and lots of alcohol.

T: Not getting much but the alcohol. Can't notice any yeast or balance. A little cherry maybe behind all the alcohol. Wow! I've had some big beers and liked them, but the alcohol wasn't all I could tast.

M: Well carbonated with a lighter body.

D: I didn't make it past the first glass, so that probably speaks for itself.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 05:02:37 | More by johnnybgood1999
Photo of JoeyHotrod


4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a beer.

When I heard Boulevard was brewing a Quad, I honestly didn't know what to think. I felt it would be good... but never in my wildest imagination did I expect it to be 'this' good.

This stuff rules!

The beer pours to a light brown with a nice above average head. The lacing never lets up.

The smell brings to mind dried fruits, vanilla oak and cola.

The taste is pretty close to heaven. Surprisingly comparable to The St. Bernardus 12's and Rochefort 10's of the world. Boulevard should be proud of this one.

If Boulevard is going to move in this direction, then The Smokestack series is a great start. The regular line of Boulevard brews is nothing to be ashamed of, but these SmokeStack beers seem to be pretty special

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 09:25:42 | More by JoeyHotrod
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Grape like ester. Mild alcohol. Malt sweetness. Almost reminds me of a sweet wine.

Appearance - Light brown with red hue. Small head on pour that dissipated to nothing. No lacing. Nice color.

Flavor - Malt sweetness over alcohol. The pleasant ester aroma doesn't come through in the flavor. Enough bitterness not to be cloying.

Mouth Feel - Medium-light body. High carbonation. Mild alcohol; not overpowering.

Overall Impression - Mediocre Quad. Nice color. Okay aroma. Very drinkable, but with other beers available I probably won't buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 06:46:24 | More by Hullabaloo2
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3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz shared with with SingingTheNews, brought back from recent trip to AR.

A: Dirty copper, amber orange, that has a haze to it, nice creamy head that thins out moderately, Bubbles show high carbonation

S: Malt, bubble gum, hint of fig, prune, raisin, and slight wisps of vanilla, and also slight hop aroma

M: High carbonation, medium body, coats the tongue

T: Carbonation, some banana, dark fruits - prune, fig, raisin; vanilla, oak, pepper, slightly boozy

O: while this is a good quad, I feel the balance is a little off and the carbonation hits to hard at the front of the taste. However, will drink again and recommend to try.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 19:54:24 | More by outdoor7or24
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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I will admit I am an amateur and this is my first review. That being said here goes.

I thought this beer was very smooth and had a good taste. Had a bit of a fruity taste to it. I would suggest drinking it at a warmer temperature, because it was too cold straight from the refrigerator.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 23:23:37 | More by chiccabeer
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3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into goblet.

A: Golden with an enormous and beautiful white head. The head seems never to end. The thickness of the beer is immediately apparent.

S: Whoa there, 10.5%. I've had this beer before and do not remember smelling the booze so clearly as this time. After the initial shock of alcohol, the other aromas reveal themselves. Swirling the brew around releases a sweet fruitiness and a faint maltiness.

T: Again, the alcohol hits you first. Actually, I would compare the tasting experience to that of a strong red wine. There is a bit of booze-shock, but then the other flavors emerge. The specific flavors are difficult to parse out, but there is definitely a fruitiness and maltiness. The malt flavors are very light, more just like a balance of sweetness. The sweet flavors initially work to counter the booze, then are themselves mellowed by the hoppiness. Truly a progression of flavors.

M: Awesome. This feel amazing. It feels light and surprisingly crisp at first. Almost a cider-esque feeling. However, when the entire sip is in the mouth, the thickness becomes apparent. Again, a great progression throughout the drinking experience.

O: This beer is very good, but it is not perfect. It seems to be a bit too agressive; usually I find quads to be a little more subtle than this. On the other hand, how often do you find a quad that is this good for the price? I think I paid $2.85 for the bottle, and that's in Alabama. It's a good value for every now and then, but not a regular brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 00:04:55 | More by bramsdell
Photo of MickeyD


4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this one at home from a 12oz bottle poured into a "beer clean" tulip.
Dark orange red when held to the sunlight with one finger width thick foam. Carbonation bubbles rolling nicely to the top. The head stayed with the beer with moderate lacing.
Slight hop with a wheat overtone.
Very low hops on first taste with a taste of wheat bread and barley.
Not very heavy with slight bitter after taste. The beer was not thick but had a good refreshing taste but sticks with you and leaves a good clean aftertaste.
This beer while substantial, is not overbearing. The earthy taste is great for winter days or for big juicy steaks. This is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 22:20:28 | More by MickeyD
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4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark caramel color. Tall head with almost soft peaks. Effervescent bubbles like champagne that roll on the side of the glass.

Smell: Almost peppery. Ether-alcohol right on the nose.

Taste: I feel like the alcohol is right on point, the strongest taste. But it's supported well by a subtle hint of smoke that drifts on the palate. Slight malt charateristics beneath that.

Mouthfeel: Greatest part of the style. As I said, effervescent. It's texturally light because of the carbonation, but retains a slight malt heaviness.

Overall: $10.99 for a four pack and it is worth it. The body and flavor are both well-balanced. Many subtle flavors at work. It's really a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 00:46:25 | More by Herky21
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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was very nice,robust orange turbid color,nice foamy top that hung around. A good effervescent aroma of fruits,followed by robust malts. The taste is very similar,my only complaint is maybe too much lemon? Im still a noob,and this beer is above me to criticize. Its simply great to my simple senses. I'd guess an import...

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 02:22:39 | More by K9AleingPiss
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz to a Tulip

A- dark reddish orange w/ floaties, 3/4" khaki head

S- dark fruit, brown sugar, grapes, bubblegum, toffee, slittly boozy

T- follows the nose, except the booze is more apparent and there's acidic after taste

M- medium body, crisp carbonation, alcohol heat

O- A pretty good brew. Sadly there's rochforte 10 & st. B 12 to compare it to, and it does not stack up. The smell is nice and the brown sugar is a plus, but it's way to boozy. IMO the way a brewery can hide this is a main staple when deciding on the quality of it. It's decent but i wont be buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 18:33:58 | More by CA_Infidel2o9
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2.13/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Sixth Glass
12oz to duvel tulip
10.5% ABV
Best by 12/26/14

A – Opaque murky brown. Can barely make out some sediment and bubbles near the glass wall. Thin but complete layer of khaki head.

S – A lot of alcohol and some slightly sweet dark fruit. The alcohol is potent. Dark cherry, raisin, a bit of leather.

T – Some dark fruit that’s washed away by the alcohol. The alcohol isn’t very sharp, but it’s there. The cherries and raisins are up front (though a fizziness detracts) and then get washed away by alcohol. Very slight characteristic Belgian taste emerges for a second, then a light alcohol taste is the only taste. Finishes out with alcohol and a pinch of dark fruit.

M – A fizziness up front that obscures the taste for a second, I don’t like this. Medium bodied for most of the way through. Alcohol is apparent but not sharp. A semi-wet finish, appropriate for style.

O – Unfortunately this beer has large dings in every major category. I regret buying a four pack to cellar, but will see if the alcohol mellows with age. It ought to, or I also made a small (much smaller) mistake on buying a half case of Parabola; so I’m definitely hopeful. Alcohol was everywhere, almost like someone put brown sugar, cherries, and raisins into some Malibu/tonic. I don’t have much nice to say, so I’ll stop writing.
3, 2, 2, 2.25, 2.25; 2.15.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 01:50:05 | More by nsheehan
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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased and drank a 750 ml bottle in Cool Springs, TN on 7/17/2010.

I knew absolutely nothing about this beer before trying it, though I had heard good things about the brewery. It poured a pale amber with an absolutely massive and very long-lasting head. The aroma was very unusual, with some sour elements that I did not expect, besides the usual malt and dark fruit notes common to Belgian Strong Dark Ales (or quadruples). On the palate the beer was delicious, with wonderful mouthfeel, some heat from the 10.5% alcohol, and maybe a hint of sourness? Or perhaps it was wood from cask aging? Hard to be absolutely sure, in spite of working my way through the entire bottle, trying to decide. The beer that I think it reminded me of the most was Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo, which is pretty high praise. I regret that this was the only beer from The Smokestack Series that I've been able to try, and I wish I could have brought a bottle or two back to Alaska to share.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 22:06:46 | More by Reswald
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml Smoke Stack Series

Appearance- Ruby brown color. Pours a big, off white, head. Fair retention. The tiny bubbles in the head are almost all symetrcal and perfectly stacked until it reaches the top of the glass where they are more spread out and vary in size.

Smell- Banana nut, sweet malts, some cinnamon, raisin, & slight cherry.

Taste- Awesome! Strong banana flavor. I almost get, like, a tinny taste. Alcohol is well present but still pleasant! It opens the nostrils and massages the back of the throat. Kind of a biter (not so smooth), maybe it's the alcohol. I think this beer is very similar to the Koenings Hoeven Quad., which I just had yesterday. This beer, however, has a much stronger alcohol presence, considering it's only .5% higher than Koenings. Both use a heavy banana dose. Wow! Halfway down the first glass and I am already feeling a warm buzzz.

Drinkability- Medium drinkability, although I am sipping on this awful fast so I can keep enjoying the taste.

Notes: Great beer!! I think Boulevard should make more extremebeers like this and their double-wide. I do like their pale ale a lot too. Cheers Boulevard! Well done!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 22:15:17 | More by dankbrew21
Photo of EORS


4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

According to the bottle I should have another year or so to get around to drinking it.

A: Dark amber with a good amount of off-white head, half inch or so. Definitely a good amount of carbonation in the bottle. Lacing all the way down the side of the glass.

S: Plums and a bit of spice, mellowing out with some honey/floral sweetness as the beer warms up.

T: Sharp and warming from the alcohol, spicy yeast, more fruit, and a good body to balance it out. Really great balance of flavors, and even though the alcohol is higher here, I prefer this to a dry quad.

M: Smooth and heavy without being oily, very little carbonation.

O: Impressive. Glad to have stumbled upon a bottle of this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 03:10:01 | More by EORS
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this beer in MA, not sure if its available in NY. Awesome brewery. Poured a 12 oz best by 5/18/14 into an oversized Duvel tulip.

A - Pours amber and very hazy. A 2 finger pour with very light lacing

S - Definitely pick up on the dates and figs as described.

T - Sweet up front from the dates/figs. Pretty well balanced with a nice finish. The alcohol is well hidden by the Belgian attributes

M: Medium body, good carbonation. Good fell for a 10.5% beer.

O: Really good beer, highly recommended. Not a huge quad fan, but this beer is well done. It was definitely better as it warmed up. Go out and find it. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 00:18:54 | More by BeerTwigs
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Anyone who doesn't appreciate this beer is a communist! What an excellent American quad, near perfect balance, fine finish, ABC hidden in a splendid background of the highest quality ingredients. It's so obvious when a brewer does it right, no reason to nit pick. It starts off with the typical caramel quad sweetness, then evolves to a welcome finish of noticeably forward malt. As the glass mellows and the esters release the smell only gets better and beckons another sip. I can go on forever, but this is an everyday excellent brew.

I forgot to mention, COME ON NEVADA, talk to Boulevard, bring it in!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 02:15:17 | More by JimTeal
Photo of Winston_Smith


3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my first step into the Quadrupel, Trappist-ish realm. I was very curious about it, and wasn't disappointed.

Appearance: Pours a deep, murky amber color with a shallow head that disappears quickly. The head was initially very grainy-looking. It calms down, becomes thin, and forms a camouflage-style patchwork. There are small to medium sized chunks of suspended particulates in it too. I guess it's supposed to be that way.

Smell: The scent wasn't particularly strong overall, but what's there is complex. A malty, rich smell. I can't identify it all.

Taste: Lots of malt, and little else, as far as I can tell. There are supposed to be dried raisins and other flavors, but I'm having trouble finding them tonight. My palate ain't bad, but ain't the most refined, either. Tastes good, I can say that.

Mouthfeel: This was the weakest part of the beer for me. It's a medium-bodied brew, but the booziness makes it feel a little thinner and kind of prickly. Maybe the carbonation is responsible for that too. It's honestly more carbonated than I expected. Like I said, this is the first quad I've tried, and I don't really know what a good one is supposed to be like.

Overall: I'm glad I tried it. I think I'll carry on sampling some other quads before I come back to this one. It tastes good enough, and will definitely make you very jolly in a good hurry. I felt warm after two sips. The price was also very good, even compared to the same beer in different areas. I paid $8.25/4-pack. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 05:48:09 | More by Winston_Smith
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber/orange color that is rather cloudy. A one inch off-white foam head at the top. Smells strongly of belgian yeasts and a variety of fruity and hoppy hints. Taste is again very much like a belgian wheat beer yet the other falvors make it much more complex. Carbonation is slightly strong but mixes well with the flavors to provide a pleasant mouthfeel. The high alcohol percentage is not very obvious but still noticeable. Overall a delicious, strong, tasty beer. Definitely worth a try if you like stronger beers.


Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 03:40:23 | More by KSac4115
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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Belmont Station. 750ml, poured into Douchesse De Bourgogne wine glass.

Bright amber body, off white fluffy head, head dissipates slowly leaving a nice lace.

Scent of sweet malts, peaches, rum, caramel, toffee.

Nice sweetness up front on first taste, then flavors of raisins plums and peaches, finishing with caramel and alcohol spice which is a bit to strong

Mouthfeel is thin, with high carbonation

A tasty quad, next experiment; see how aging a bottle will change the alcohol character

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 05:09:20 | More by seanthornton152
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4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of 12oz bottle into tulip.
Best by 04/12/15

Appearence: Muddy/light brown, maybe a sort of purple. Small white head forms then dissipates rather quickly.
Smell: PLUM, raisin, fig, blueberries. Slight boozy smell but not huge, or at least well hidden from the ridiculous aroma of dark fruits.
Taste: All that apply to the smell and then some. A bit of spice on the tongue.

I was blown away when I opened this bottle. The smell of all sorts of sweet, dark fruits blasted me in the nose. Frankly, quads aren't the most attractive looking beers in the world so I didn't take long to admire the appearance of it, but man does it smell fucking wonderful! Upon smelling this brew, it's hard to believe that it is 10.5% ABV and even though it's more relevant a taste upon drinking it, the presence of dark fruits and spices are much easier to identify. I don't know enough about quads to be able to compare this to the style, but I know that I definitely like this beer, like a lot.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 21:27:05 | More by RummyRedbeard
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5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Epic Beer in my eyes. Here goes the praise.

A = Nice amber with perfect head to it about 1/2 inch of small bubbled light tan

S = A sweet smell hits first then the light malt scent

T = off the charts great. has a perfect sweetness from that caramel taste. then the malt gets you and its not dank at all just perfect

M = perfect carbonation, you can tell its got small carb bubbles and really make for a perfect cling and sweetness gives way a clean finish

I love this beer, Rochefort 8,10 and Sixth Glass Quad..my tops!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 01:12:29 | More by derekmorris7
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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