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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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1,979 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,979
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 128
Gots: 284 | 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:
”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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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

01-02-2013 03:08:21 | More by NateMac13
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-26-2014 23:42:45 | More by aquazr1
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-08-2014 19:58:59 | More by Karibourgeois
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Batch 611175. Best by 06/2013.

Amber body with cherry hilites on the edges. Giant, billowy, merangue like head, light brown in color. Takes forever to fall, but looks great.

Dates, raisins, and a soft cheese funkiness. Some fruity booze aromas and nuttiness, and a slight, earthy hop aroma.

Dates and raisins again provide the sweetness. Cheesy funkiness and some slight boozy flavors. Not much complexity, but still a very rewarding beer.

03-11-2012 01:45:43 | More by litheum94
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3.6/5  rDev -13.3%

Pours a dense and foggy amber color with a one inch light tan head sitting on top. Decent retention and no lacing.

The nose is ok. Notes of banana and spice confront you. some dark fruit and tons of booze also appear.

The taste is not that great. Dark fruit and banana are easily evident. The spice is there, but in small doses. This one finishes really boozy. It gets worse as it warms. I suppose it would be a cellar candidate though. There is definitely room to tone down the heat and carbonation.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and overly carbonated. It's hard to even move it in your mouth without all turning to foam. Too much tingle isn't fun to drink! Obviously as it sits open and warms the carbonation mellows a bit making for a more enjoyable time

Drinkability is moderate. The flavors are decent, but the alcohol is very and apparent as well as the mouth being overly carbonated. I was really hoping for something great out of this one, but I"m slightly disappointed. Perhaps the Tripel and Saison will be better?

09-19-2008 22:02:30 | More by Goliath
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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured a dark brown with a beige colored head. I liked the aromas in this beer, there was a caramel, sweet raisin, and fruity aroma. This has a very strong flavor that to me was dominated at first by a sweet alcohol flavor. The caramel, brown sugar and raisin flavors show up in the middle and then there is a nice warm alcohol finish. I was surprised at how much brown sugar there was in the taste. It really went well with the raisin flavors. I had this with some apple cobbler, so that might have really brought out some of those flavors as well. Really enjoyed this one.

04-05-2009 22:45:00 | More by Kromes
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

09-29-2013 04:02:42 | More by Braz
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

05-07-2013 21:04:49 | More by dalepryor
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-08-2013 20:51:06 | More by bmjivi221
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New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-03-2013 22:55:07 | More by nzerbe
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

06-29-2013 01:44:59 | More by jayhunter357
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

10-31-2013 18:07:02 | More by deadliest
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-14-2014 00:30:54 | More by Sweffin
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

08-17-2013 02:34:11 | More by hopley
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-15-2011 18:23:13 | More by millelacsmark
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a dark amber brown with a huge tan head. Smells of alcohol and oak and a strong presence of sour cherries. Tastes of cinnamon, brown sugar, and a slight amount of earthyness. Not as dry as other Quad's but quite good. Mouthfeel is rich, with massive carbonation. Drinkability is quite good, especially for over 10 percent alcohol. An excellent American Quadrupel.

06-28-2008 01:10:11 | More by tronester
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

06-26-2013 04:33:25 | More by HamGlade10
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-21-2013 03:59:59 | More by powdersoldier
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-26-2013 04:12:02 | More by ChrisKayler
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3.88/5  rDev -6.5%

Big thanks to ILikeBrew for this bottle. Thanks, pal!

Appearance -- pours a hazy ruby hue with a voluminous butterscotch head. Lacing abounds.

Smell -- Quite yeasty: earthy yeast, clove oil, and banana peel are quite prominent. Brandy-soaked prunes, black cherry, and burnt sugar round out the classic Quad aromas. Slightly acidic, which is weird. What is lacking is spice.

Taste -- Bright malty sweetness up front with cherry danish, brandy-soaked prunes, earthy yeast, bananas and bubblegum. Not as nuanced as the aroma let on. Alcohol is a bit intense, but well within bounds for the style. Lingering flavors of yeast and pitted fruits in light syrup.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with abundant bubbly carbonation. A bit on the thin side, but it feels great on the tongue.

Drinkability -- Quite good. Pretty easy-drinking for a Quad, and great aroma, which made the taste a bit of a letdown. Clearly an Americanized Quadrupel, but still really tasty. Absolutely trying at least once, plus the price is right.

12-16-2010 03:24:33 | More by yeahnatenelson
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

02-10-2014 04:22:23 | More by Kramerbarthomer
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

03-08-2012 16:40:13 | More by theminutemen
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

05-21-2013 01:00:58 | More by johntfox
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New York

3.7/5  rDev -10.8%

A: A bit light for a quad in my opinion. It has a nice deep red body with a nice off white head.

S: Spicy with a good malt profile. There are some dark fruits in there also.

T: Spicy like the flavor. I get a bit of clove along with more dark fruits. A bit too spicy for me overall. There is a good caramel flavor.

M: Nice creamy body.

D: Not too bad, along the lines of La Trappe Quad if I remember correctly.

03-27-2008 01:18:15 | More by drseamus
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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

2009 750mL bottle served into a 2009 Boulevard Smokestack Series Chalice (the wine glass looking one)

Pours a rich mahogany/pulled caramel color. Very malty looking. It gets to be nearly yellow at the top and sides of the body, curiously. The head might have something to do with that. It sits at 2+ fingers and is the color of butter - a milky yellow hue. Average lacing despite great head retention. This is a damn good looking beer (like ALL Boulevard Smokestack beers tend to be). The only thing holding it back is that this beer has lots of fine yeast particles floating around in it.

The previous two Quads I've had this month were among the most vinous of the style: St. Bernadus Abt. 12 and De Dolle Oerbier. BLVD's The Sixth Glass is, comparatively, very different. The malt is very forward here; crusty and toasty and deep. The dark fruits are certainly strong but they aren't as bright and sparkly and full of tannin as those two aforementioned Quads. There is an earthiness to this Quad that is very enjoyable. LOTS of raisin but along with that you can smell something like dirt and grass (which remind me of the ground that the grapes came in). Some of that is from the malt, some of it is from the considerable use of spices (cinnamon? sage? rhubarb?). There's lots to love here.

The raisins and dried cherries are assertive right from the first taste. They flesh out and develop the sweet brown sugar and cinnamon and dessert bread malt profile. Some earthy, faintly astringent hops provide some bitterness that contrasts well with the malt sweetness. Taste can be said to pretty much follow the nose here. One thing that I have to note is the level of tastable alcohol. This isn't "boozy," but the alcohol heat and sweetness play a considerable part in how this beer tastes.

There's a lot of carbonation to this beer. The body isn't as silky and rich as you'd like given the flavor profile. But the carbonation does do a good job of keeping those delicate dark fruit flavors alive on the tongue. You take the good with the less-than-optimal. Good feel overall. The drinkability is above average for the style at best, I feel. The perceptible alcohol does it in. This beer is only 10.5% ABV but it tastes stronger. As a result, this is a slow sipper of a Quad.

I can remember the first time I ever had The Sixth Glass. BeerAdvocate member Turamarth and I were just getting deep into craft beer. This was the first Smokestack Series beer we had, Hell, it was the first Quad we'd ever had. I remember the amount of cinnamon spice and raisin flavor being intriguingly strong and I especially remember thinking that this was the booziest beer I'd ever had. My palate has grown an awful lot since then. I still find it to be too boozy tasting but this is a fine, fine beer. One of the best American examples of the Quadrupel style.

09-25-2010 04:05:49 | More by Reaper16
The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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