The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale
Boulevard Brewing Co.

The Sixth Glass Quadrupel AleThe Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale
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Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #17
Ranked #2,149
4.18 | pDev: 10.53%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
The Sixth Glass Quadrupel AleThe Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale
Notes: ”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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dcotom from Iowa

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a stemmed goblet. Hazy in appearance, with the color of caramel sauce and light ruby highlights. Voluminous thick snow-white head that left some spotty lacing as it settled. Aromas and flavors are heavy on the Belgian yeast, with its distinctive character taking center stage. Let this warm a bit and the bitterness comes through nicely on the palate. Notes of caramel, bread, and citrus, with an understated sweetness and a lot of alcohol warmth. Pleasant sipper, but don't overlook its potential as a fine table beer as well. Those monks could be onto something here!

Friday at 02:32 AM
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gooddaydiablo from Texas

4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look: deep amber, thin off white foam

smell: super duper, candy, Belgium yiest

taste: wow that's a punchy quad, there's candy, bitter, spices, caramel, pear, soda, bread, biscuit,

feel: medium, balanced, hide abv very well

overall: such a nice product, I'll have it again, cheers!

Sep 12, 2021
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blazerkor from Nevada

4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It smells fruity and funky like quadrupels do.  It's sweet and yeasty.

It's sweet and tastes like pears before it leans a little into it's bitterness.

It's got a very light body with foamy effervescent bubbles.  The finish is sweet with a funkiness of Belgian yeast even though it's American.

It's really good.  A nice quad. I give it a 4.9 out of 6.

Aug 02, 2021
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Iamaskier from Idaho

4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful pour- full, foamy head that’s a nice toasted marshmallow color. Body is hazy and light brown with a tinge of orange. Smell is earthy, dominated by fruit esters, biscuit, and hints of plum and berries.
In the mouth- oh my. Spices! Coriander, molasses, fig, and caramel upfront. The fruit esters come out a second later, along with the yeast. The aftertaste is oak and toffee. Finish is dry. A nice alcohol warmth after a few sips completes it.
I love the spices in this beer, they really balance out the sweet. This is a great beer to savor; there’s a lot of details to be found in a bottle.

Jul 10, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml corked & caged bottle, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. ABV is 10.5%. BB date 06-2014. Hazy orange-brown colour, moderate off-white head. Aroma of mild spices, caramel, brown kandij sugar, dark dried fruits, spice cake. The flavour is rich, spicy, full of dark dried fruits, and very pleasant - but not too sweet. Sufficient hops, and dangerously drinkable.

Apr 04, 2021
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tradershmulie from Connecticut

4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this a few times, first review.

It has been a while since the last time, it is better than I remembered.

Looks nice enough, nothing special.

Taste is good. Nice fruity smell and a bit sweet. Very good.

Overall an excellent Quad. Will compare notes to BBA which is still on my shelf.

A bit of a sweet pleasant smell.

Mar 14, 2021
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barneyrubble from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great 3F floppy foamy tan head. Dark amber or brown brick color. 80% opaque

On the nose, yeast, raisins, cinnamon, allspice, light clove, brown sugar.

Tastes of brown sugar, yeast, caramel, raisins, cinnamon, light clove, light malt, dry light hop.

Mouthfeel is smooth, clean, lightly warm and lightly dry on the finish

A really great surprise beer for me. Not too much clove and lots of interesting aromas which translate into taste characteristics. Superb tasting beer that hides the alcohol very well

Feb 07, 2021
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darktronica from Indiana

4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Along with Three Philosophers, one of the classic old-school American quads. Relatively bright aroma, traditional Belgian quad notes but with a kiss of lemon and apple brandy.

Jan 17, 2021
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy reddish brown with a persisting fluffy runaway head.

Smells spicy and yeasty. Tastes of raisins, plums and other dark sweet fruit with a cinnamony spicy finish.

Medium light body with medium carbonation. Light clean wine like mouthfeel.

Compares well with some Belgian quads I have enjoyed.

Jan 14, 2021
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours a deep amber brown body with a toasted cream froth foam head that has high retention and leaves patches of thick lacing as it settles to a murky hilly cap

lots of fruit in the aroma. dark cherry, plum, candied orange peel, fruit cake, toffee malt and oak.

taste follows the nose. little grainy tasting in flashes. brandy styled booze in the back. merlot grape musk shades.

high carbonation, medium body. booze heat with carbo prickles. heat spikes as it sits for sure. feels fairly thick and chewy and a little grainy at times.

the next bottle I get, I think I'll let it sit in a shaded place in the bottle for a year or two. the booze is the most prevalent that I can think of in the style as far as I've had so far. I dig the flavor profile a lot, but the overall feel of the brew keeps from the indulgence I've come to love in the style. maybe that's the devil in the detail that they're advertising, the thing that reveals itself only after the 6th that case, I wish I had 5 more to test the theory...maybe next time,
still an overall beautiful brew, especially coming from an American tribute....but I guess that's it...feels more like a tribute band than the real deal.

Jan 07, 2021
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A superb brew...

...Right out of the glass the beer pour a very appealing color of dark copper, with a lighter hue and frothy to top it off. The smell is light on booze and has an even lighter caramel flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonated, and smooth going down. I noted hints of cinnamon, bourbon, and even some cardamon, but I'm not entirely sure. This was a very nice experience, kinda reminds you why you became a craft beer drinker...

Nov 14, 2020
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izraelc from New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep amber. Thick foam. Mild sweet aroma. A nice fruity body with a bready malt finish. Really smooth considering the high alcohol content. An excellent quadruple just don't drink it fast.

Sep 19, 2020
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socon67 from New York

4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate brown in color, and smells of fruit cake, and toffee. Nice flavors and sweetness is subtle with a slight boozy finish. Very easy to drink, and a perfect way to end a day.

Aug 19, 2020
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Viaduck from California

4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Burnt orange with a generous head. Not very strong aroma of grain & spices. Interesting flavor profile: bread, banana, yeast, alcohol & spices. Moderately thick, with good carbonation & some alcohol flavor.

Jul 25, 2020
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Whiteweasel from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a chalice.

A: Reddish orange, extremely hazy with lots of sediment dancing around, stirred up by the carbonation rising. Quickly dissipating head with large bubbles.

S: Dark cherry, plum, and oak. Some sweetness, almost like tangerine. Heavy overall and not unlike a barleywine. Alcohol is detectable.

T: This is where this beer really shines. Deep and complex, with a lot going on throughout the sip. More dark cherry and stone fruit, with a nice brown butter aspect. Tastes a little oaky as well, it’s like the taste is a much fuller expression of the nose. A bit of bitterness, sparring with a decent amount of sweetness. Definitely brandy-esque.

M: Mouthfeel is strongly warming and boozy. Yet somehow it’s somewhat weak due to the large bubbles

Drinkability (legacy): Very nice to have after a long day at work while sitting in the sun and thinking. Very alcoholic, so not sessionable.

Overall: Has some deficiencies in the body but overall is very pleasing and interesting to drink.

Apr 15, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber color with a red hue. Upon pouring the brew has a nice billowy tan colored head that persists for a very long time before slowly fading to leave a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is huge of a delicious dark fruit aroma mixed with tons of lightly toasted malt. The dark fruits are mostly of plum and cherry, but there are others in there as well with some aromas of raisin and currents. At the same time there is a nice bit of coriander and clove spice as well as some yeasty and candied sugar aromas. Overall very inviting and delicious smelling.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice, somewhat more crisp in nature, lightly toasted mat taste. Along with these flavors come all the dark fruit that was sensed in the nose. The fruit is big of a cherry and plum flavor with some light raisin mixed within. Along with the fruit are the nice candied sugar tastes there were discerned in the nose. As the taste advances, the sweeter tastes fade ever so slightly with the toasted malt tastes getting a bit more pronounced. At the same time some yeasty tastes and some spice flavors of coriander, clove, and allspice come to the tongue. While the sweeter flavors fade a bit toward the middle of the profile, they surge again at the end with the dark fruit tastes getting rather strong. With a touch of warming alcohol that comes at the finish, one is left with a nice robust and almost soothing taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average to on the slightly higher side. The feel and carbonation are great for the spice, fruit and sweet, all while keeping the drinkability in check.

Overall – A very nice quad with lots of great dark fruit flavors, enough toasted malt to balance it out, and just enough booze and spice. Quite tasty!!

Feb 07, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 5/24/16; drank 10/4/16 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque purple/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE, noisy, khaki head (careful pouring!); thick, frothy lace.

Raspberry, merlot & plum notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Dry plum & mild merlot flavors up front; soft yeast notes on the finish.

Too dry to be really enjoyable, but at least it smelled nice!

Sep 25, 2019
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Mugman8 from New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark ruby color on the pour with a big creamy head and thick lacing. Aroma is heavenly sweet and taste has hints of caramel, dates and raisins. Finish is smooth but high ABV is evident....this brew has a kick, Top shelf brew at a decent price.

Sep 17, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a very nice amber opaque color with a nice head and lacing
A- Aroma has caramel, fruity and malty hints
M-The taste follows the nose with well balanced caramel, fruity and malty flavors
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good Belgian Quad

Jul 21, 2019
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RayCannata from Louisiana

4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as malty, with a drier finish than I prefer for my boozy dark Belgian quad ales. Lots of clove notes stand out. Very solid, though not my exact style.

Jul 04, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 7/12/18 BB 11JUL2020 poured into a Boulevard tulip glass at fridge temp 10.2% ABV 22 IBU. The beer pours mostly bright dark amber with substantial and lingering light khaki head. The head recedes to a 3/8" cap and leaves spots of lacing. The aroma is brown sugar with clove, date and raisin intermingled. The taste is semisweet and clovey amber malt with accents of raisin, date, cherry and sweet breads. Negligible bitterness, just enough to temper the malt. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with above average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, very good. A classic American quad for good reason.

Mar 22, 2019
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Herbabee from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

oh, it's surely delish and like quaffing it well enough - semi-opaque plum grape hue, yeasty & sweet nose/taste, bubbly tangy mouth - ... but just one caveat - from my own experience this is consistently one of the most explosive ales out there when uncapped - no matter how still or chilled, it's been a guaranteed eruption every single time. ("champagne yeast?" my one buddy theorized...)

So have your glass ready and over a sink beforehand, and be quick! utterly RABID! ;-)

PS: quip from my good buddy - "why buy a beer you can't open?" (yes, it made a mess on him too upon popping)

Mar 11, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 9/8/12: Pours a hazy copper producing 1.5 fingers of off-white, finely bubbled foamy, somewhat lasting head that leaves little lace. Abundant carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass. Aroma is banana, sweet fruity bread, apple and pear with faint dark fruits. Taste is Belgian yeast fruitiness with bubblegum, dried fig, Belgian candy sugar, wood and alcohol. Finish is boozy sweet with a peppery bite that runs into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation especially up front, tongue coating sandpaper prickliness is a little hard and reduces the drinkability.

Jan 06, 2019
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keithmurray from Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - crimson/amber body with off white head and some sediment floating around

Aroma - raisin, berry, yeast, clove, apple skin

Taste - apple, raisin, berries, clove, cherries

Mouthfeel - medium plus bodied, full carbonation, sweetness from the dark fruits upfront, bready in the middle, clove spice in the back

Overall - solid iteration of a Quad, flavors are nice and balanced. The color of the beer is a bit of a shock, but otherwise, this was a good beer. While I don' t think anyone would confuse this for St Bernardus Abt 12 or Westvleteren XII, Where other American interpretations fall short, this one here is worthy of a shot.

Price Point - $3.99/12 oz single

Dec 31, 2018
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KooVee from Finland

4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 30.12.16, so almost at end of supposed bb, 2 years old.

Colour and foam unsurprising for a quad, perhaps a tad lighter in hue and lacier than avg. Indication of wheat in the recipe, the latter.

Aroma is very ..Belgian. Not particularly prominent, mainly dark fruits and lots of dark sugar.

Taste is the same, but much more assertive and balanced by some yeast-derived phenols and a bitterness that is almost unpleasant at first, of the yeasty kind, but once subdued, lingers pleasingly to cut the maltyish body. Long tail. Dark sugar all around.

Overall brings classic Belgians to mind, say Westvleteren XII. If I had to guess, I would say it's the same yeast and similar emphasis on sugar, just maltier.

Dec 22, 2018
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