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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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759 Reviews

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Reviews: 759
Hads: 2,631
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 21.32%
Wants: 209
Gots: 636 | 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...

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Photo of stompilator
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. glass into a chalice.

A - Poured a semi-transparent golden-brown, with a thick, nearly three-finger head.

S - Berries, kiwis, and a little booze.

T - Oh wow, the booze! Tart fruitiness quickly gets overtaken by an aggressive booziness. It sits like hops in an IPA - it permeates the entire flavor. The tartness fades as the malt sets in, and fades into a nice residual sweetness.

M - Very satisfying thickness. Just a little bit of fizziness, but mostly full, thick body.

O - It would be nice to have a little bit less boozy flavor (although it fades a bit as the beer warms up) to taste all the other nice things happening, but otherwise a great beer!

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Photo of acelin
4.82/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a smaller smokestack 12 oz. bottle into a smokestack snifter.

Poured an opaque blood orange - burgundy color with a cream head that was rather large at first, shrinking to a finger width within minutes. Moderate lacing down the sides of the glass.

The aromas when pouring are largely cherry/sugar/dried fig based. Hardly any hop bitterness is present. Absolutely divine. Might be my favorite beer of all time. My, how my taste has changed over the last two years.

Mouth-feel is great - a little thick and sugary.

Drinkability is incredible for such a boozy beer. I could pound this back quite easily. So delicious.

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Photo of smokeypeat
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to AlCaponeJunior for this one.

Poured into a tulip glass this beer has a light copperish color with a really nice red tinge on the edges when held up to the light. Has a light tan head, that was 1.5 fingers high. Left a light lacing on the glass throughout sipping it. Really like the smell on this one. Some dark brown sugar, dark fruits like plum and a great smell of sourdough bread. Taste follows suit. Balance is great in this beer. The sweetness is not overwhelming at all. Plenty of fruit and spice, and bready yeast are there. Carbonation is well tuned to keep this 10.5% beer fairly light. This is my first Boulevard beer, but it certainly won't be my last based on the quality of this beer.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up an extra bottle to cellar so I'm cracking one with about year on it.

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip an amber with a hint of garnet - a frothy light tan head slowly deflates - very nice given the abv.

The nose is slightly estery with sweet grain and a hint of darker fruits.

Dry caramel at first, followed by creamy fruits, raisins, plum, some light spice, and a touch of bubblegum alcohol and toastiness in the finish.

Tingly carbonation and a thin/medium body.

I enjoyed this beer much more the first time I had it - it seems much thinner than I remember - I think quad I think syrupy fruits. Definitely some of my all-time favorite bottle art, though.

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Photo of CA_Infidel2o9
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of sjccmd
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before 07/13

Pours murky amber/orange with a light tan head that recedes quickly. Decent lacing.

Aroma consists of dates and raisins. Brown sugar and some spices as well. Cinnamon, clove, and vanilla mainly. Maybe subtle spicy hops. Very nice.

Sweet caramel malts. Lots of dark fruit and molasses. Hop bitterness is low. Lots of alcohol as well, slightly fusel. Though it finishes relatively dry for the style, the amount of alcohol detracts from the drinkability. This might have been stored at too hot of temperatures for too long after bottling. However, there's enough going on that it's still a solid beer.

Medium carbonation with a silky mouthfeel. Warm alcohol. Higher carbonation might be more to style, but I might also enjoy it a bit chewier.

Solid quad with some minor issues that may be related to storage rather than the brewing.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: More red and glowing than a typical quad. Still brownish orange with dark fruit notes and a substantial off white head that hangs out all day.

S: Banana, cloves, kiwi, pickled yams, honey, cinnamon. Could be more aromatic.

T: Well balanced and blended combination of traditional belgian yeast fruit esters with a light body and amply carbonation that further contribute to the lightness. Some faintly chewy candy on the end.

M: Full up front, carbonation crashing authoritatively midway, gentle finish of different fruits playing their parts staccato. A little dry thereafter (-)

O: Priced right, not super drinkable but an excellent dinner beer to have on the reg.

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Photo of Krakistophales
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a ruby red color with a humongous three finger cream colored head that recedes quickly.

S: Both dark and light fruit vapors permeate from this brew, hint of banana, cherries, booze vapors, and some honey.

T: Cherries, raspberries, red apples, grapes, this is a bouquet of fruit. Touches of honey and various other sweetness, this is a nice one. A much more refreshing sweetness as opposed to the creamy sweetness of rochefort 10, another front runner of this type.

O: Very tasty. Glad I traded for it.

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Photo of Mississipping
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a 2nd rev Smokestack Series goblet:

A: Pours a light, clear mahogany color with a large off-white head that recedes rather quickly.  Moderate lacing left behind on the edges of the glasss. 

S: Dark fruits (mainly plum and fig) are up front along with a slightly bready yeastiness, brown sugar, and some earthiness.  Really a nice, fairly complex smelling beer.  Sweet for the most part, but hints of spiciness.

T: The dark fruit dominate the taste in the form of prunes, fig, and cherry.  Almost equally present are bready yeast, brown sugar, and caramel.  Deliciously and complex sweetness upfront that isn't at all overpowering.  The sweetness continues with the malt profile through the finish, but is accompanied by an earthiness, slight spiciness, and a good amount of booze that creates a large warming effect.  I wish there was a little less heat on the back-end of this, but it's not completely unpleasant.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation.  Smooth, slightly creamy, and coating on the palate.  A good bit of heat at the finish, but that's really my only complaint with the mouthfeel.

D: Really a nice quad that is very flavorful and has a nice complexity.  My only gripe is the alcohol heat.  A bit off-putting and it makes it much less enjoyable and easy to drink.  It's not hot enough to not enjoy, but it's a bit too powerful for my taste.  Other than that, this is a really good quad.  This will probably be better with some age, so I'm going to revisit it in a year or so.

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Photo of amphion1065
2.16/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

After an "Old Man and the Sea"-esque struggle, I was finally able to uncork this sucker. Pours ruby, magenta, and it's nearly translucent. 1.5-finger tan head that really lasted, with a creamy consistency. Nice lacing.

Dark fruits in the aroma, with some toffee and brown sugar as well. There's a definitive sour twang as well, with a tart cherry-like smell that becomes more evident as it warms. I'll be damned, but this almost smells like super generic, bottom-of-the-barrel duck sauce, saccharine sweet with a touch of citrus. There's also a slight metallic note at work, though it's not terrible

The taste is very bready, with a ton of biscuit malt. The dark fruits from the aroma come into play, but that bread character totally overwhelms them. Astringent bitterness in the finish, this isn't nearly as sweet as the aroma. Worst of all, there's a tinny, metallic taste that's terribly off-putting.

Mouthfeel is a little overcarbonated, and could stand to be toned down. For a beer this big, it's quite thin.

Given that St. Bernardus is roughly the same price, this is quite a tough sell. An inferior quad, and an unfortunate miss from Boulevard.

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Photo of pdoran10
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a light amber color with two fingers of white head. Not much lacing. Lots of light passing through this beer for a quad :)

Smell is dark fruit, candied bread, hint of alcohol heat sweetness comes through.

taste is sweet plum, fusel alcohol heat, banana, nutmeg. Complex, but hot missing a smoothness in flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, with high carbonation. Dry and crisp.

Drinkable in a sense, but a bit too much alcohol heat. Not as bad at many American breweries' attempts at a quad when it comes to this though.

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Photo of Riccymon
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a dirty brown-red color with about a finger of mocha-colored head; so far, so good. Smell is very attractive and instantly identifiable as Belgian in nature--toffee, raisins, plums, and a sour cherry/wood note drift in and out. Sip brings forth similar flavors, and the taste is as pleasant or moreso than the smell. Added to the previous flavors is a rye bread note and some spices that'd seem at home in a Christmas ale-- nutmeg and allspice, perhaps.

Body is full, while mouthfeel is well-spiced and contains a small alcohol wash, which is not at all unpleasant. Come to think of it, I taste a little alcohol as well, but it too seems at home. Sixth Glass was drinkable in the sense that, splitting the 750 mL bottle with a friend, I did not become tired at all of the beer. Sixth Glass was not drinkable in the sense that, after splitting the bottle, I wouldn't feel comfortable driving for a while. All in all, very recommended.

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Photo of mhatters
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 75cl cork-finished bottle into a Duvel glass

Pours a deep amber with a very large, fluffy, off-white head. Hazy.

Dark fruit,candi sugar, and some phenolic notes. A very interesting and exciting nose.

Spicy, sweet, and fruity. Raisins, apple, and plum. The alcohol comes through at the end.

Lots of carbonation, the alcohol really adds some heat at the the finish.

I love Quads - this is a very good quad, more in the Belgian style than some of the other, lighter American-styled quads. I really like this beer

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%

Look: Alburn brown with an off white lacing with active sediments. Smell: Candy sugar, yeast, plum and raisin notes, spice and bread dough. Taste: Explosion of candy sugar, belgian yeast, spice, plums, chocolate notes and alcohol. Feel: Medium body, mild carbonation.

Overall: This is a very good offering of an American Brewer trying a Belgian Style. The flavors are pinpoint to a BSDA. The only thing that lets you know it is an American brewer is the carbonation. The body and carbonation is a bit light for a Quad. Enough said this is worthy.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving notes - room temp (65), brandy snifter.
A - Molasses and fig aroma with just a hint of alcohol.
A - finger of off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin rim around the glass. Clear dark cranberry red. No lacing.
M - Medium to high carbonation fights what would be a velvety mouthfeel. My first sip was thinner than I was expecting, but the rest of the drink was thicker and very good. Slightest alcohol warmth.
T - Dark raisin and figs that I expect from a big beer. Almost brandy like notes from the alcohol. Maybe even some cinnamon spice notes. There is a lot going on here.
D - This is a nice complex beer to sip slowly and I would like to try this one latter sometime.

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The nose is overpoweringly figgy. Figs, dates, raisins, dark fruit, toffee, brown sugar, a hint of vanilla, an oaky undertone and did I mention figs? The taste is mad figgy too. Heavy dark fruit, figs, dates, brown sugar, toffee, oak, caramel, raisins, a hint of alcohol warmth, bready notes and a surprisingly light but substantial body and lively carbonation. This is a great Quad and the best of the Smokestack Series that I have had. I wish I would've gotten more than one. I'm sad now.

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Photo of Kshock
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep Orange hue with a brown haze. Off white head with good retention.

S-Smells of dark fruit esters, candi sugar, caramel malt.

T- Dark fruits, caramel sweetness, dry, sugary taste at the end. Nice bold flavor without being over barring. Nice complexity in this beer.

M- Very nice feel, med body with a nice carb tickle when its goes down.

O- Very solid rep of the style, quality shit meng.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy browned-orange with a beautifully thick caramel colored head and smells malty and lush with sourwood honey, apricot, bread and white raisin flavors. The palate has a sweet and alcoholic delivery with a moderate level of oily hop character balancing the loads of robust malty sweetness- flavors of peach, caramel and black pepper- and a full and somewhat creamy body. Finish is long, with more of that peppery spice and apricot.

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Photo of maketheheartglad
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was amber colored with a nice lingering head but too long.

It smelled like fig, raisin, and (I hate to it say it because this beer tasted so good) rubbing alcohol. I've never picked that up in a beer before.

Tastes much like it smells minus the rubbing alcohol which isn't so common for me. It was delicious.

Not so chewy, but not splashy either.

Overall, I like this beer!

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Photo of SuperNova777
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:Pours a nice reddish color with a fingers worth of head that last pretty good, nice
lacing is left down the glass

S:Nose picks up some sour notes that are mixed in with the Belgium funk as well. Very interesting. Also dark fruits,figs, are picked up as well

T:Up front you pick up some fruits and a little tartness followed up by a funk of yeast
that leaves the taste of banana clove lingering around on the palate. Very unique and

M:Mouthfell is good with adequate carbonation, alcohol is pretty well hidden but leaves
the palate a little dry.

D:This seems to be a very well crafted American quad that is easy to drink and has some
interesting flavors in the mix as well. Alcohol is well hidden for the most part, Boulevard
smokestack is no joke and this is no exception.

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Photo of Sensaray
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt copper color with large bubbly, foamy tan head that lasts.

Dark fruits, fig, mango, grape, raspberry, pear, fruity yeast are all noticeable in the smell. Smell really good. I wish I had smelled a date before so I knew if I could smell it in this. There's a tartness to the smell that mixes with it nicely. Alcohol became more apparent in the nose after I drank a little.

Flavors are fruity yeast, figs, raisins leading to a sweetness that turns to caramel sweetness, leading to a close that's yeasty. There's a section here in the taste I'm not too fond of, but there's a lot I like here as well.

Mouthfeel is medium with a nice spice throughout. Good carbonation.

Overall it's a good quad.

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Photo of Badger6
4.89/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle, best by 07/07/15. Poured into a snifter, left to breathe warm for about 10 minutes after pouring.

A: huge, active fizzy khaki colored head, took two pours to empty the bottle. Some lacing as head recedes, mostly gone after a few minutes, head took nearly 15 minutes to disappear. A dark cherry amber body, some cloudiness.

S: Cherries, dates, dark sticky raisins, cinnamon, and spice cake. Powerful but sensual aroma.

T: Super complex beer. Cherries, all kinds of spiciness, ginger and cinnamon up front, then dark fruits abound. Finishes with a hint of alcohol that quickly turns into heavy flavors of moist fresh baked bread, very yeasty in a good way.

M: Not terribly boozy, but distinctly warming...not a summer beer. Medium mouthfeel, carbonation is not heavy, not light, and the texture is barely oily, but not dry. The initial feel was deceptive to how it formed up on the tongue, initially surprising, got better as it warmed.

O: Cold weather beer, no way I could drink this in the summer, or any weather that isn't cold, rainy and above 40 degrees. So sweet with a huge spice profile, and a fragrant alcoholic character. The flavored and mouthfeel were extraordinarily well-balanced. Not a beer to be consumed cold, started at 55 or so, and it got better as it warmed. The only quadrupels that will match this, have a label only in French and the brewery is in Belgium.

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Photo of jcartamdg
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a amber brown with a 1 finger head that lasts into my ccb snifter. Aroma of fruity figs and raisins, bready malts with a heavy yeasty nose. Taste follows the nose with sweet fruits, malts and yeast. Alcohol is present more than other quads but still fairly smooth. I would love to try this in a corked and caged 750, bottle conditioning in a larger bottle makes a big difference.

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Photo of garbercury
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this want...Good looking out Todd!

A--Nice amber hue, lacing is solid and some sticking to the glass...

S--Oat flavor coming out in the nose. Fruity, bread, good nose.

T--Fruits are coming through on this one. Little more mild for a quad, not that sweet or cloying attack on the palate, good stuff.

M--Smooth and silky on the tongue, good feel.

D--Strong, it is a quad. Probably not a beer I would sit and drink a bottle of...Oops, oh yes I did.

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Photo of kaiyote
4.79/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a chalice:

Appearance: Gorgeous dark ruby color. Started off with a 2 finger head that dwindled to 1/2 a finger that has staying power.
Aroma: Belgian yeast. Spicy, musty, amazing.
Taste: Lots of spice from the yeast. Dark fruits, malt, a caramel thing going on. Prune comes up in the aftertaste. There's some alcohol in there too.
Mouthfeel: Seems about right for a quad. Not too thick, nice carbonation.
Overall: Having never heard of this brewery before, I am pleasantly surprised by how good this is. Definitely my new favorite non-Trappist Quadrupel.

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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.