The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale
Boulevard Brewing Co.

The Sixth Glass Quadrupel AleThe Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale
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Style:
Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #18
ABV:
10.2%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,781
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 10.53%
Reviews:
866
Ratings:
3,014
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Boulevard Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
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Outstanding
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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Reviews by jofat:
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a single-serve bottle

In my opinion, "the" American take on the style.

Look--Pours a classic brown/garnet/amber and opaque color with a classic mottled head, and an excellent sticky lacing throughout.

Smell--Malt notes very forward, with classic fruit-bread aromas. Bready notes with fig, raisin, apple, and a sweet carmel note.

Taste--Awesome Belgian malty-sweetness, with notes of burnt sugar and banana balanced with spice and alcohol warmth, rather than bite.

Feel--I frequently find myself going out of my way to compliment Boulevard on this aspect of its brews. Quads can get pretty "cloying." This American take on the style shines because the alcohol and carbonation provide a striking counterpoint to the sweetness of its taste to deliver a crisp and dry finish.

Overall--This isn't St. B. Or Roche. Or (fill in the name of your favorite trappist here.) But for an American take on this style--this is the standard by which all other American takes should be measured.

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

Part of Boulevard Brewing Co.'s Smokestack Series. The Quad might not be the hardest style to brew, but there are many world-class examples to pit this one against. The light tan head towers almost out of the glass and keeps a decent lacing for the duration. Mild haze on the brownish-amber color. Heavy hit of malt in the nose with caramel, dark bread and cooked fruit/fruitcake with prunes, apples and raisins. So damn smooth with a lush creamy backdrop to the full body. Malt blankets the palate with a sweetness that lasts all the way through, caramel comes in big right in the middle with a juicy ripe fruitiness. Alcohol has an obvious presence with its warmth and mild peppery spice character. Ghost-like beef broth and mild hop bitterness are on par for the style. A little bit of toasted bread-crust in the sweet and slightly spicy finish.

Amazing, Boulevard hits this one just right. Packed with flavor and small complexities, yet still very drinkable and even approachable. We've been to Belgium a few times and have tried numerous Belgian-inspired beers around the globe, and this one sits very close to the top.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to umich03jm for bringing this one along. I've got a bottle myself, so it'll be nice to see whether I should let it sit for a while longer or not. Sixth Glass is some strange color that's not quite amber and not quite copper and not quite orange, but somewhere in between. Mild clarity, surprising for a Quad, with lots of suspended sediment bits hanging about. The creamy, beige head looks like it might stick around for a while, but quickly vanishes to a simple skin.

Dark figs, Belgian yeast, bubblegum, mild clove, floral hops, a hint of mint, touches of spicy phenol, and some underlying, sweet esters. Overhead, some extremely light grapes and raisins hang and add a faint tartness and mild sweetness note to the aroma. It's Quad-like, for sure, but not quite as enjoyable or robust or sweet as some other great ones.

Even more bubblegum when you take a sip, like popping a mouth full of Bubble Yum, original flavor. It's funny to me how much Belgian yeast can resemble bubblegum, and it certainly shines here. Candi sugar, clove, light mint... the typical Belgian "spiced" flavors, but something is still missing. There's a lot to be admired on the surface but when you take a deeper look, it seems quite vapid and full of itself, kind of like Ryan Reynolds.

Rotten, dark fruits add to the mix a little bit; plum, dates, and even some mild banana from the yeast. Phenol spices get heavier with warmth and some medicinal and menthol notes eventually come in and shut things down like your parents coming home early from work and interrupting your after-school tonsil hockey session. Chalky, sugar-sweet, fruity and phenolic finish; medium-heavy bodied with decent carbonation and a thick, creamy mouth feel.

Not a bad Quad, but there are a few things holding this back from being really enjoyable to me. The problem is, my palate (like many others) has been spoiled like a pre-teen in Bel-Air by things like Westvletern XII and St. Bernardus Abt 12. Those beers have changed the Quad game forever and Sixth Glass doesn't quite hit the bar. Still enjoyable but nothing to get hard over.

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

A: dim hazy amber body, barely penetrable to light, fat head of a few fingers' height above, lace lines left behind...

S: like wet moldering fruits and booze, sweet and dense, with pinpoints of floral and citric elements

T: sweet fruits, pale and of orchards, like peach, pear, and plum, alcohol's booze-like character awoken and interwoven; ripe sugars abundant...

F: smooth, dense, soft, plush; a twinge of booze from the abv, the faintest stick in the corner of the mouth; finishes like a fruit dessert...

O: massive quad action brilliantly executed by Boulevard. Lots of big fruit and sugar flavors with suggestions of delicate spice and good booze in a soft fuzzy body. Try it, you'll like it.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz capped bottle poured into a Boulevard chalice. The date has become illegible, but I'd say this is 2-3 years old.

A: Hazy red-orange color. Lighter than expected for a quad. Creamy, fine-bubbled cream colored head.mthin rings of lacing.

S: Fruity. Golden raisin, papaya, tangerine. Treacle. Golden brownies. Bread pudding. Light runny caramel. Yeasty and lightly clovey/peppery and musty.

T: Treacle, bread pudding, light caramel, golden brownies with walnuts. Fruity notes of berries, tangerine, bruised apple, and golden raisin. Trace alcohol. semi-dry finish is fruity and yeasty.

M: Medium-thick body. Creamy and firm with acute scrubbing and lifting action from the high carbonation.

O: On the lighter side of the quad spectrum, so maybe not what people tend to associate with the style as much. Great attenuation and nice fermentation. A lot of great complexity and character here. It really began to grow on me as I drank my way through it,

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Photo of Kegatron
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a deep and murky orange-hued amber color in the glass, topped with a finger of foamy off-white head. This retains with some fizzy edging around the edges of the glass, which dots the sides with creamy lacing. The aroma smells of spicy phenols, softer fruit, light chocolate, and a sweet sugary graininess in the nose.

The taste is fruit, (orange is sticking out), cocoa, doughy sugars and then more of a sweeter candied feel as well. There is a moderate amount of spiciness here that comes out fairly boldly in the finish. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and a bit thick up front, which then spreads out into a more sprightly carbonation that fills the mouth with an overall smoother feel. There is a little alcohol underneath here that helps pop that spice.

This was a pretty good take on a Belgian Quad from Boulevard, with a nice mix of fruit, spice and sugars that kept this flavorful in its profiles. That 10%+ ABV is deceptively hid as well. Watch out!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best by 08/22/2015 printed on the bottle. Finally getting around to trying this one from Boulevard, their quadrupel ale.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours an extremely rich thick caramel / toffee brown colored body. Four big fluffy fingers of airy bubbly khaki foam. Almost root beer float like in appearance. Big fluffy lacing. Looks very nice.

S - A traditional aroma: dark fruits, some alcohol fumes, Belgian candi sugar, notes of caramel.

T - Taste is the same: dark fruit, Belgian candi sugar, yeast, cream, caramel, toffee, mild alcohol bite.

M - The feel is smooth & silky. Creamy mouthfeel. Mild alcohol presence, but very easy-drinking for the high abv.

Overall, a solid quad from Boulevard. Tastes a little young, if that makes sense, and I would love to see what some age could do to one of these.

Boulevard The Sixth Glass -----4/5.

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Photo of woemad
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Spokane Valley for $2.99. According to the stamp on the bottle's neck, this was bottled on July 13, 2016, and is best before ((or after?) July 13, 2018.

Poured into an Iron Goat tulip glass, this was an opaque and quite sedimentary brown-amber color, with a massive gusher of fluffy head somewhere between beige and tqn. Said head took a long time to recede, never dropping below a quarter-inch. Not much lace.

Classic Quad aromas of dark fruits, toffee and spices, but with the fruits slightly muted and the toffee sweetness just a little bit higher in the mix than I was expecting.

The differences between this Quad and a classic like, say, St. Bernardus Abt. 12, aren't just in the aroma. It's like a sweeter take on the style, with that sweetness in the driver's seat. The dark, fruity, plummy and pipe tobacco-like flavors I've picked up in classic Belgians of the style are present, but they are second bananas to the sweetnesweetness. Speaking of bananas, a clovey spiciness creeps in about midway through the taste, along with a little alcohol heat. Because this was bottled nearly a year ago, I suspect it's a little mellower than if I'd popped it open last July. Another year might have seen it mellower still.

Fairly light bodied for it's strength, but the carbonation seems a little too low.

An awfully close American approximation to some of the great Belgian Quads, for me it's not quite a home run, but is still awfully good. I will have this again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with some notes of peppery yeast with light dry fruit. Taste is also a mix between some candi sugar and peppery spicy yeast with some subtle notes of dry fruits. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well made but lacking the candy and dry fruits component s that characterize that style of beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"In the sixth glass sits the Devil himself. He is a little well-dressed man, most charming and pleasant. He understands everything you say. He even brings a lamp to light your way... not to your home, but to his."

--from The Watchman of the Tower, by Hans Christian Anderson

Caramel-covered pumpkin with blurry tangerine borders. The golden beige colored crown is ferociously fizzy and doesn't have terrific texture. Rockiness and stickiness are nowhere in sight. The score is still respectable because the liquid portion of the appearance looks good.

The nose isn't as malty or as rich as expected. It's sour fruity, with a moderate amount of yeasty spiciness. If nothing else, TSG should prove to be an interesting take on a Belgian quadrupel by a brewery who did a damn fine job with Long Strange Tripel.

Perhaps time and warming will improve things (note: they do), but the first few ounces tell me that The Sixth Glass isn't a world-class quad. It is pretty tasty though, and is becoming more so as the first glassful is almost gone. The biggest problem is a lack of body, which is almost always a complexity killer.

For a beer designed to hold up for at least five years, a mere 18 months in the bottle shouldn't have broken it down this much. Once some of the fizzier bubbles fade, the mouthfeel does firm up and become respectable in the end.

The flavor profile is reminiscent of a BSDA with medium-dark fruits rather than dark fruits. The cornucopia includes apricots, peaches and figs. Maybe even tangy plums, but nothing as dark as raisins. Steely caramel is as dark as the malt component gets. A solid smack of clove-like spiciness rounds things out in fine fashion. Looks like this is pretty tasty beer after all is said and done.

Boulevard The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale isn't as good as Long Strange Tripel, but I'm glad that it's readily available in my local grocery and I'm thrilled that it's only $7.99 per bottle. Even though I wouldn't sell my soul to Beelzebub for a bottle, this is a more than decent effort that deserves a look for anyone even remotely interested in the style.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Atlanta Ale meeting. This one is funky, with apple juice as the predominent taste, and cloves, toasted caramel, candy brown sugar, fruit, above average mouthfeel. Lacing. High alcohol is there.Looks like a quad,Drinkable but not my go-to quad. Is this bottle right?

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

"Man and the devil mixed with blood - that is the sixth glass". A little literature mixed with libation - Boulevard has found a well-chosen literary nod to give with the naming of their latest Belgian. The brewery never fails to impress - though some of their other styles are lackluster, they've got quite a solid bead on the Belgian style.

Had as a 12oz bottle poured into a snifter-shaped wine glass. Pours a deep, hazy gold, with a profuse khaki head. Nose is crisp, but sweet and yeasty - plenty of Belgian spice on the nose. The palate follows in classic Boulevard style - this feels like the big brother of their Tank 7 farmhouse: bready, yeasty, with prolific wheat, but not in the heavy, savory style of a Westy; rather, this beer blends that classic trappist breadiness with a sweeter, more North American take on the quad - there's a certain light sweetness here reminiscent of Unibroue or Ommegang. The mouthfeel is spot on, medium-bodied with the perfect blend of creamy texture and subdued carbonation (less than the head would lead one to believe). Ultimately, this beer straddles the Atlantic, blending the distinct Belgian and North American take on the style, without falling into the trap of overly sweet, overly light quads that so many American breweries seem to churn out. Overall, an outstanding entry in the style.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (review from 5/4/2015, no change in rating):
(Revisited 10/2016 for FbF)
Note to self: let this beer come to a proper temperature, and consider it more as a dessert/nightcap beer.

Foamy reddish-tan head stop a reddish-brown body. Head lasts, but lacing is a bit light.
Revisit: thick foam cap atop beer for a long time. lacing isn't grand, but more than "light" - raised.

Nose early is apple cider and a bit of wood, but that is at a temperature too low for the style. As it warms, sugary sweet notes come out more, molasses, brown sugar, candied orange (strangely), as well as a hint of spice.
Revisit: about the same, a little lighter sweetness

An early sip yields raisin, apple, a bit of spice and sweet (cinnamon and brown sugar?); in some sips I get subtle hints of molasses or prune. There is a bit of woody hops that never fully cuts the sweeter tastes. Once the beer gets to the almost warm stage, a few more tart notes make an appearance: white raisin, sugar plum. Definitely a bit more interesting with warmth. The bitter balance does seem woody, but it only does so much.
Revisit: the beer is not nearly as sweet to me as the review states. In fact, there's a bitterness that plays strongly against the malty notes - ending more balanced to me, in an "Americanized way".

Feel is very carbonated to me. Unless the spiciness is mimicking the tickle and even bite of heavy carbonation. This lightens the beer considerably in feel, although the beer behind it seems quite full in body. This unsurprisingly fades a bit as it sits, but still plays a role long into the drink, but eventually becomes a non-factor.
Revisit: same concern about the carbonation level

Interesting flavored, perhaps just a tad sweet, if I had to complain about something in the taste. Actually the carbonation is the biggest retraction for me, it just seems out of place, though I can't say exactly why. Otherwise, there's a lot to like about this beer.
Revisit: not too sweet any more, but enjoying it just as much

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Photo of Samlover55
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into Libbey tulip glass
Best By 9/22/17 it was bottled in Sep of 2015 and has been in the cellar since April of 2016
L- pours a dark red Auburn, with a thick tan foamy head that sticks to the side of the glass
S- freaking awesome, rich brown sugar dark fruit, the aroma just pops out of the glass
T- figs, raisins, belgian candi sugar, and a yeasty finish
F- medium-bodied, highly carbonated.
Overall this is an above average quad that has aged amazingly well, another great offering by Boulevard

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Photo of brentk56
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy russet color with an impressive billowy head; excellent retention and swathes of lace

Smell: Caramel spicecake, with rum-soaked raisins, figs, candi sugar and a lot of phenols

Taste: Caramel spicecake up front, with a peppery blend of candi sugar, banana, fig, raisins and apples; after the swallow, the alcohol takes over, bringing a fair amount of phenols in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with buoyant carbonation; lots of warmth in the gullet after the swallow

Overall: I am quite impressed by this; one of the best representations of a Belgian style from a domestic craft brewery

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 8/7/14.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruits, and some spice aromas. As the beer warms up, there is an aroma of caramel covered bananas. Taste is much the same with a pretty intense alcohol kick and a medium spice bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but it's pretty strong alcohol wise.

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

Apperance: Pours a clearish, mahogany-hued body sporting a ring of tiny, white bubbles.

Smell: Malty aroma crammed with dark caramel overlayed with alcohol-soaked plums and cherries and wrapped in a light, delicate yeastiness.

Taste: Full maltiness and a strong Juicy Fruit bubblegum taste and a little pinch of acidity. Some spiced bananas, a pinch of crushed rock candy. Slight yeast character. Hint of toast. Warming finish with a lasting taste of fruit-flavored bubblegum.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent quad and pleasure to have tried it, but one is enough for me, thanks.

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Photo of Ferb
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I admit that quads are not a go-to style for me, but this one was a gift and today, I got my shoulder sling off for after six weeks!
I love the color blend of orange and mahogany, and the dense, antique white head. The taste is of fruitcake, raisins, licorice, plums, coriander, Belgian candi sugar. It has a warming alcohol feeling and a "quiet" finish: not too dry, sweet, or spicy. This is an excellent quad that any fan of the style should try. The 750ml bottle should help my rotator cuff feel better, too!

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Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1-26-08
Deep crimson orange, frothy creamy foam, visible micro bubbles. Soft fruity notes, nutty, with an earthy, bready, cookie sweetness. Dried fig, apricot, dried cherries, rich and cakey with some delicate almond in the background. Full bodied feel, mellow, dries out quicky, leaving a rich aftertaste. Slow sipper, but not heavy, cloying, or alcoholic at all.

12-26-2007
Shared this one with family for the holidays...

A curl of smoke exited the bottle once the cork popped. The body was a rusty orange-brown, with transparent clarity. Good amount of foam, it's color had a rust tinge to it as well.

Nutty aroma of almond, maybe dates also. Subdued and not overly sweet like some Belgian Quads. Malty flavors with strong estery notes from the yeast. More dried fruits and nuts, with a slowly dissipating warmth following the finish. It was sturdy, but not heavy or syrupy. Light enough to want to finish the whole bottle easily. Great choice for a winter night, with good cellar potential.

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Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 67299 poured chestnut with 1 finger of off white head. Above average head retention & good lacing

S: Chewy malt, a bit of chocolate, oaky with & some bourbon notes as this warmed up

T: Caramel & breadyness & booze up front. Bits of oaky dryness & boozey warmth come through as this warms. Finishes syrupy sweet with fruity notes

MF: Chewy, but a touch carbonated for my liking

Drank pretty good, probably needs to age a couple of years to smooth out some of the boozeyness. Went well with my Christmas dinner (goose)

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Photo of HoodviewBrew
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a very tall head (2" plus) with a nice dark brown color. Smells sweet, with a citrus/estery smell. Wonderful taste, though with a yeasty, sour bread taste. That description makes it sound terrible but it's actually really good. Reminds me of an old ale. Has a nice boozy finish. IMHO this fills in nicely when the Bourbon Barrel Quad is not available, which it never is where I live.

Update- Feb 2017. I've since had this a few times and while it still tastes great, something in it gives me a screaming headache every time I drink it. Too bad, I like the beer,

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4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is an excellent American Quadrupel. Paired this with my favorite La Trappe Quad to compare taste. This is the closest American Quad to La Trappe in that I'm not a big fan of the dark fruit Quad offered by American versions. Rather this one has a great smell of clove and molasses with a sharp booze note. The taste is very well balanced. Up front I get clove and molasses, followed by a little banana and dark fruit with and the warmness of the ABV. This has always been on my list just now getting around to reviewing it. Happy New Year all Ba followers.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the sixth glass quadrupel from smokestack. Originally had in 750mL, multiple re-reviews in 12oz bottles.

Tried this one first on vacation in TX at my mom's house. Surprised Boulevard makes it this far south... but then again, I'm not surprised, it's a great brewery. I was truly ecstatic tho when I saw they had a smokestack series at the local supermarket (although this was the only one).. and not only that, it was one of the ones I hadn't tried yet!

Life is good, that's why they make these beers... so you don't forget!

Absolutely beautiful brew, clear copper-amber, many rising bubbles, and a full, thick, lasting head with ample lacing that slides down the glass to rejoin the head accents this fantastic beer creation.

Raisins, dark fruits, plums, cherries, mild hops, yeast and sweet malts all shine through on this very spicy smelling, wonderful brew. At this ABV, there's no covering up a slight scent of alcohol, but it seems to only enhance in this case. FABULOUS.

Tastes much like the smell, fabulously delicious and complex as any beer I've ever had. All the dark fruits are hinted at, especially raisins, cherries and figs, with a touch of delicious apple. The spices stand out equally, and spicy it is. Pepper is definitely present, as are a whole bunch more sweet and spicy flavors. There's also a noticeable flavor of delicious yeastiness, a very mild alcohol flavor (faint for such a strong beer), and some sweet breaded malts and just a touch of hops, perfectly balanced. The sweet raisiny spiciness lingers oh so nicely with every sip.

Mouthfeel is thick, rich, and wonderful; nothing short of a work of art. A warm feeling of satisfaction permeates the gullet as this strong brew works its magic. The perfect fruity aftertaste finishes it off.

Note: Mouthfeel probably got a little better as it warmed, but overall this brew showed almost equal character and enjoyability over the full range of temperatures, which for me were from cold refrigeration temperature upon opening (pouring into a snifter) to the full on room temperature warmness upon finishing my last sip of the 750 mL bottle almost two hours later. This hasn't changed over multiple sessions of re-reviewing this beer.

Drinkability is absolutely perfect. Few beers meet such a high standard in any style, any country. America SHINES on this one. I challenge any foreign country to top this beer.

EDIT: upon re-review multiple times, I'm upping my rating on this one to a perfect FIVE. I've done enough reviews that I know that this one is as close to perfect as it's likely to get, and I have never, ever liked a beer more than this one. If something else winds up beating it, I'll change my review back to the original 4.85 it was on the first go-round. Even on my fifth or sixth re-visitation of this brew, I still absolutely love it every time. This is my favorite smokestack, favorite quad, and remains my highest rated beer for good reason.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:two finger head with scattered lacing on an amber with golden copper hues.

S: nice full dark fruit aroma though the individual fruit isn't really discernible. A little yeasty.

T: not as sweet as many quads. Dark fruit, yeast and breads but actually pretty simple.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: a little different from other quads I have had. I like that it is less sweet but its a little too simple.

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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 3014 ratings