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:
2,882
Reviews:
824
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
228
Gots:
768
For Trade:
6
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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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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a reddish brown and hazy. It has a bubbly white head and a good amount of carbonation. The beer has a sweet aroma of malts and hints of booze and dark fruits. The beer taste of sweet malts but the sweetness is cut by the booze. Some dark fruit hints but not as much as I am used to with this style. The beer has a lot of carbonation feel and the high ABV makes me feel warm.

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Photo of twage04
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep ruby/red with medium carbonation. Some fig and booze on the nose and taste is much of the same. Good easy mouth feel and booze is well concealed. Average bitterness for the style but lacking a bit in the dark fruit/fig. Not much noticeable belgian yeast but does a good job hiding the booze and having a little sweetness without being cloying.

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Photo of CraftBeerRunner
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Maybe it's just not my style, but I thought while good it wasn't great and the aftertaste let the whole thing down :-( So, very good but not as exciting as other reviewers implied for my taste.

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Photo of rickklein9
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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