The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel AleThe Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

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

Added by Bitterbill on 11-15-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,886
Reviews:
826
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
231
Gots:
770
For Trade:
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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains candy sugar, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, candy sugar and fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hits on all the classic Belgian quad chararistics. Pours a very nice amber with a rich robust smell. Nice carbonation and heavy latticing. Little light on the fig/plum flavors you get from some quads, but has almost hoppy after taste that makes up for it.

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Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of elec
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CecilCorneliusCrawfford
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of andrewh995
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with an off white head. Smells of banana, yeast, and fruit. Tastes of dark fruit, banana, and yeast. Medium body with high carbonation. Overall this is an exceptional quad.

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Photo of red_5_sooner
4.94/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BdM
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of invapid
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tohibii
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely love this sipper - the only strike against it is really that the Bourbon Barrel Quad from Boulevard is better simply because they age it in spicy spirit barrels for a year and jam cherries in there.

It has a really heavy syrup-like body (gets even heavier in the BBQ). Sweet, spicy and boozy, but with an overall mildness that doesn't rock the palette. Rich creamy mouthfeel with lots of little bits of sediment floating around inside (again, this gets more pronounced with the BBQ).

I have had it before and thought it a bit hot right off the shelf with a slight booze burn, but the freshly purchased bottle I just opened didn't hit me with that 'rolling hot' feel this time. Still, this is a great beer to age, as that sensation will almost always get rolled back with extra time in the cellar on malty-numbers like this.

Again, the Bourbon Barrel Quad is the same beer with more 'experience' and I'm seeing it for an extra $4 a 4 pack ($14.99 vs. $10.99); you can decide for yourself if it's worth it for the extra seasoning, but I really think everyone who likes the style needs to try at least one or the other, if not both.

One of my favorites and my pantry will never be without some of these waiting around. It's simply a fantastic beer by Boulevard.

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Photo of Branlott42
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dlin0sbb
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMH73
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear Amber color with a thin off white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. A classic Belgian style quad with smells and tastes of banana, clove, Belgian yeast and pepper. Medium bodied and carbonation. Very well done.

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Photo of bshefftz
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vonhinx
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sjrider
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tre1994
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I drank this quadruple from my Trappist Westvleteren no 12 Goblet. If I compare it with a Westvleteren no 12 it is a bit thinner and a tad boozier, but still extremely good, in fact outstanding. However, Westvleteren no 12 is the better quadruple.

Look: cloudy brown slightly reddish with an inch-thick off-white head.

Aroma: malts, dark fruits, and banana

Taste: It's sweet toffee, dark fruits, figs, raisin, prunes, maybe some banana.

Feel: It’s pretty smooth and not much alcohol taste even though it is quite noticeable.

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Photo of byronic
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Baumer
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Great ruby color, relatively thin head that dissipates quickly.
S: Smells a bit candied, full of plum, banana, and molasses. Very thick smell and a bit boozie.
T: perfect bitterness on the end with just the right amount of carbonation. Very fruity up front. The ~11%abv is very well hidden.
F: Feels very warm and smooth. The carbonation is spot on.
O: A great beer. Boulevard can do really great things when they want to.

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Photo of dunklevice
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PvtSnowball
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodychandler
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently purchased this bottle at the FGBS here in Lancaster, PA & since I somehow got onto a mini-horizontal from Boulevard, this one seemed to be the next logical choice in the progression.

From the bottle: "22 IBUs".

This beer has ten months in the bottle, so following the Pop! of the cap, I performed a gentle pour in case any lees had settled on the punt. Even my utterly gentle pour was causing head to quickly rise to the point that I had to back of stop altogether. It finally settled into a dense, creamy, rocky cap of two-plus fingers of light-tan head with great retention. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with deep-amber highlights. Nose was bready with notes of dark, dried fruits like raisins, prunes, cherries and the candied fruit that goes into fruitcake. In fact, in its totality, it smelled like a liquefied fruitcake. Mouthfeel was medium, but surprisingly soft for all of the evident carbonation. The taste retained the fruitiness noted on the nose, but the yeast seemed to have added a heavy banana-like flavor so that it was more like liquefied banana bread with the addition of dried, dark fruits. My my. Still, the relatively high ABV was well-hidden, making it dangerously drinkable. Finish was smooth & semi-sweet as the yeast was working to dry it out. The bottle indicated that it could mature for up to two years from the bottling date, so at ten months, it was taking on a dry quality. I do not often indulge in this style of beer, but this was definitely worthwhile. I found it quite enjoyable & have no problem recommending it to others.

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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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