The Sixth Glass | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

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

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Photo of t0rin0
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from zapata.

Nudged the cork and sent it flying at a supersonic pace into the ceiling and then into a couple of walls before being greeted by a geyser that left a nice splatter pattern in the carpet. Aside from that, the beer pours an amber orange color with moderate haze and a good deal of yeast swimming in the bottle. Tall white head, fairly rocky with good lacing and moderate retention.

Aroma is moderate on the booze and heavy on the sweet malts. Not overly complex but pleasant.

Flavor is very sweet, malty, sticky, boozy, and a bit cherry-like. Theres also an interesting touch of spice which I presume is yeast but is done well enough that it may even be real spices. Maybe a bit peppery. The booze is a bit of a shock but once you get over it the rest of the flavors come out. I find it difficult to score the flavor because before the shock of the high abv subsides it might score a 3.0 but afterwards I might score it a 4.5.

Body is heavy and sticky. Very enjoyable but in moderation. It takes its toll quickly.

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Photo of silentjay
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml poured into an Ommegang goblet.

pours lighter than expected (a murky light brown) with a nice beach sand colored head that sticks at one finger and laces well.

lots of dark fruits on the aroma. raisin, dates, figs, as well as some stone fruit and banana.definite bready malt/yeast combination that reminds me of fruit cake. pretty on par for the style, and nice.

definite raisin flavor, and more of that fruit cake essence. plenty of banana, figs, and maybe some cherry, plum and pluot. bready malts and a bit of spicy yeast flavors. slight spiced rum-like alcohol warmth.

velvety smooth, but not quite as much so as the imported Belgians. a bit of an alcohol heat on the finish, but thats expected and welcomed in this style.

I like it. one of the better domestic versions of this revered style and a pretty decent value overall. I'd visit this one again.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big, creamy, beige head slowly turns foamy as it settles and glistens gold over a clear, reddish, dark amber (SRM 15). Columns of carbonation support the head as it slowly settles to one inch, leaving thick rings of lace.

Subtle plum and candy sugar are offset by faint funkiness. Warmth brings out fresh figs.

A Unibroue tulip glass presents a well-balanced quad that oscillates from slightly sweet to slightly bitter. Dark fruits of plum and fig are followed by a hint of tart cherry. The finish is modestly long and dominated by warming alcohol.

The full body has a viscous, silky texture. Alcohol is warm. High effervescence is capped by a dry finish.

This one warms quite well, developing character along the way. It makes for a contemplative beer that proves to be quite enjoyable on a cool autumn evening before dinner. I enjoyed it with a pungent, creamy bleu “Valdbon”. The cheese brought out a sweet fruitiness, otherwise not detected.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque caramel to brown colored body beneath the foamy, off-white head with flashes of cherry red hues.

Aromas of Belgian yeast immediately float from the glass with dark fruits and caramel showing up after the beer warms. No signs of the higher abv in the nose.

The flavor features a variety of fruity esters and more yeast. The dark fruits include fig and at times almost seem to have a sweet nutty quality to them. As the beer warms it gets fruitier with hints of brown sugar and the alcohol finally shows up as well.

The body is full with generous carbonation and a drying finish and a pleasant warmth.

Nice, traditional Belgian Quad done by an American brewery. This really seems to come across with a lot of the authentic traits one would expect all the way through.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a hazy amber with ruby highlights and a dense rocky, tan head that lasts a while.

S - Dark, dried fruit aroma with alcohol notes

T - Sweet malt, some raisin notes, with a warming alcohol flavor. Nice. A bit tart, too.

M - Full bodied and strong carbonation

D - I'm not going to be slamming this, but it's a very nice beer. Wish I could get more of it.

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Photo of Mattygross44
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Definitely lacked the complexity of a true quad but was not bad. A little to sweet for me but still loved it. Great job for a American quad with Belgium style

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Photo of bramsdell
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into goblet.

A: Golden with an enormous and beautiful white head. The head seems never to end. The thickness of the beer is immediately apparent.

S: Whoa there, 10.5%. I've had this beer before and do not remember smelling the booze so clearly as this time. After the initial shock of alcohol, the other aromas reveal themselves. Swirling the brew around releases a sweet fruitiness and a faint maltiness.

T: Again, the alcohol hits you first. Actually, I would compare the tasting experience to that of a strong red wine. There is a bit of booze-shock, but then the other flavors emerge. The specific flavors are difficult to parse out, but there is definitely a fruitiness and maltiness. The malt flavors are very light, more just like a balance of sweetness. The sweet flavors initially work to counter the booze, then are themselves mellowed by the hoppiness. Truly a progression of flavors.

M: Awesome. This feel amazing. It feels light and surprisingly crisp at first. Almost a cider-esque feeling. However, when the entire sip is in the mouth, the thickness becomes apparent. Again, a great progression throughout the drinking experience.

O: This beer is very good, but it is not perfect. It seems to be a bit too agressive; usually I find quads to be a little more subtle than this. On the other hand, how often do you find a quad that is this good for the price? I think I paid $2.85 for the bottle, and that's in Alabama. It's a good value for every now and then, but not a regular brew.

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Photo of corby112
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy, dark chestnut brown color with a 1.5 finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of lace left behind.

Slight spicy aroma with some vinous fruit, dark malt and alcohol. There's a subtle syrupy/medicinal presence but it doesn't get in the way of the candy sugar, peppery spicy and estery yeast notes. Some caramel, toffee, cocoa and chestnut followed by vinous grape, raisin and fig. This beer smells okay but nothing really stands out.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a more interesting flavor profile than the aroma suggests. There's a very nice balance of peppery spice, sweet malt, vinous fruit and subtle alcohol without a trace of heat, making it deceptively drinkable. Some zesty clove and pepper up front followed by silky chocolate, caramel and toffee. The malt notes are countered by dark fruit sweetness giving off hints of plum, raisin, dark cherry and fig lingering into a slightly dry finish. Perfectly balanced and the 10.5% ABV is excellently masked. I enjoyed this beer very much and had to stop myself from guzzling down the whole 750ml to quickly.

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Photo of JuddRogers
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely dark amber with piles of head in my tulip glass.
Nothing loud in the nose -- various beery notes you'd expect from a Belgian style beer.
Tastes of dark fruit and dark bread. Lots of caramel.
Way big on the alcohol. Drink this one at home. :-)

I'd buy this again. Might share with my no-hop friends.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice best by date of 9/22/17

A: creamy head that sits in a small 1/8 filthat does not dissipate after having a decent head slightly brown notes. Body is a rich caramel color that is very turbid so much so you can not see through it

S: lots of banana and clove light hints of raisin and caramel

T: a lot of the nose follows the taste with some burnt sugary taste added in not as much caramel but the banana and clove are there.

O: has a very high carbonation feel and has that slightly syrupiness to it so you feel like you are scraping it off your tongue after you drink it. Yet at the same time it seems a tad watery

O: Solid beer the burnt sugary taste and banana and clove are very prevelant. I do not think it is as rich and complex as the belgium counterparts I don't get a lot of dark fruit out of this. Alcohol is hidden very well. I have still never had an american version of a quad that even comes remotely close to Rochefort, St Bernadus, Chimay, or Trappist. I have never had Westvleteren.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint. best by 5/18/14.
Pours a burnt amber brown with a slight head. Some dried fruity malted aromas...mixed with a trappist type aroma.
Wow..boozey in your face right away...super intesnse...followed by sweet figgy dried fruit, chocolate malt, banana, and toffee notes. Lots going on here...
Its a bit harsh..boozey, and just intense with flavor, and very very sweet. Nice brew that would likely benefit from some aging to mellow this out. I usually like my quads a bit darker and mellow, but this is a good interpretation.

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Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tastes like it's just tapped from a wood cask. Interesting mix of sweet and dry and spicy. Attractive dark amber in the tulip glass, modest lacing. Long, intense nose of fruity malt and sweet spice, along with a boozy rum aroma. Flavors of apple pie and raisins. A hoppy bitterness shows up as you sip.

Very woody. The sweetness is on the lips as you sip, but it tends toward a dry alcoholic intensity. The aroma is very beguiling-- caramel apples and brandy. More than a slight oxidized taste. Batch number 58312, so this must be from early 2010.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Huge head. Brown with loads of carbonation. Awesome retention and lacing.

S: There is a huge amount of fruity spices and sweetness.

T: Tons of strong flavours, the sweetness and alcohol are very prominent. The alcohol eventually fades and a sweet fruity taste comes through.

M: Thick and creamy.

D. somewhat.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of ballewblake. 750ml bottle (batch 68081) served in my Allagash tulip. Pours copper in color, slightly hazy, with a half-inch off-white head; much lighter than your typical quad. Lots of floaties, but no lacing during the tasting. Nose is dark fruit, candi sugar and booze. Taste follows nose but I also get figs or apricots. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, lightly effervescent with some astringency at the finish. Easy drinking, but not as big as your typical quad-a little closer to a tripel in my opinion.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice looking brown color with a light tan head on top. The smell of the beer has a sweetness to it along with some fruity essences on the nose. The taste of the beer had a sweet dark malty flavor with some of the Belgian sugars doing their thing as well as the dark fermented fruit flavors. The mouthfeel of the beer was creamy with a good carbonation to it. Overall I wouldn't say it's my favorite Quad, it's good but not really one that I would rave about. I would drink it again though.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wine bottle. Thin Gouden Carolus goblet. Batch 68100. 08-09ish? Had one a bit older than this, that tasted significantly stale, but this one was quite tasty. Never had one perfectly fresh, so please don't beermail me about it unless you're offering to buy me a round. :P

Muddled orange brown body. Off-white, glassy, thin, agitated head.

Rich brown bread scent. Toasted corn tortillas, or something like it. A bitter leafyness. Orange zest. Cheap brandy. Mild anise.

Taste is lots of caramelized sugars upfront, along with a slight, pithy citrus bitterness. Oxidation is low & complimenting. Bready malt flavor dries up halfway through & the body gets really tight & dry. The older bottle in comparison was almost syrupy. Aging is such a toss-up. Never intentional, don't be silly. The bitterness picks up a bit near the finish, & some clove starts to come though. Finish is faded leafy hops, Euro malt, & charcoal.

Carbonation is strong & keeps this older beer interesting. Alcohol is there, but it's kept in check.

Not a fan of quads really, but this is one of the best American renditions I've tried. Cheers. :)

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Photo of BigGold
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had poured from 12-oz. bottle, stamped best by "03/05/17," into Chimay goblet. The creepy literary reference is well-taken, as a bottle of The Sixth Glass may very well lead to another, and so on, and then on to adventures best left unmentioned.

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Photo of mbunje
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a caged and corked 24oz bottle into a Tulip

A - I am impressed by the swirling bubbles and carbonation that seems to be unleashed by popping the cork and pouring into my glass. At least a 1 inch head, a yellow tinged white. The beer is cloudy deep amber. Looks like an impressive quad so far.

S - Fruit and Cider like smell with a creamy malt thickness to it. Nice. Well balanced, not sickningly sweet or over done on the fruitiness.

T - A little roasted malt, apple, bread. Flavor balance is similar to the smell. Reminds me of a Barleywine. I don't taste the ABV in this.

MF - Thick, Chewy, Creamy but with some tight carbonation in it when you slosh it around. Feels substantial. No real alcohol burn which is impressive for 10.5%

D - Kinda pricey, but all you need is one of these. For a quad I put it as fairly drinkable, given the excellent balance.

Overall, not my go to style. Been a while since I had one. But this seems to be a very balanced effort that gives the trademark quad characteristics without going to any real extreme. Very close to a barleywine in my opinion. Boulevard continues to impress with the smokestack series.

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Photo of MarzenMan
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice thick head and good lacing.

S- Spicy and slightly raisin.

T - Nice creamy mouthfeel. A little frutiy with some a little sweet malt. Finishes with a touch of spicincess from the yeast and some alcohol.

A good beer. Reminds me of the Long Strange but a spicer and not as sweet. A little goes a long way.

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Photo of ranger7
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought from Central Market in a Pick 6.
Poured from bottle into a Maredsous chalice.
(Review from notes)

A - Nice fizzy carbonation. Amber orange hue.

S - Sweet and spicy orange, coriander.

T - Slight sweet front, bitter back. Some hops, but they mellowed with honey. The alcohol is well-hidden.

M - Fairly thick, kind of oily. Fizzy going down.

Summary - A proper Belgian. I have a higher standard for Tripels and Quads (so many great ones out there), and this one is a good Quad.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 68100, which the website explains means it was bottled April 10th, 2008 (first number is the tank, second the year, last three the day of the year). Sampled May 2, 2011. Website recommends a tulip, the bottle shows a goblet, went with the goblet.

Appearance: Very hazy brown glass holds clumps of tan head that didn't lace.

Smell: Raisin, alcohol, dark fruit (plum, grape), little yeast. The alcohol is pretty up front for 3 years of fridge aging. A little cork.

Taste: Very smooth, the alcohol isn't hot, the flavors are full but don't assault the palate. Ripe cherry skin and orange peel, lots of fruity esters going on here with some mild leather.

Mouthfeel: Supple texture, prickly carbonation (loud report when the cork finally gave into the pliers), dry finish.

Overall: A nice beer! The alcohol is still very firm, but that's not completely unexpected, and was why I pulled the bottle to help put a bullet in my day. Quads are good "contemplate your life" beers, this one is doing the trick.

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Photo of Sweasty
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The sixth Glass is the third beer from the smokestack series I have tried. The brew pours a lightish mahogany. It is topped off by a fluffy khaki colored head. The head settles to a ring leaving plenty of lace down the glass. All and all a nice looking quad.

The aroma, while a bit light, doesn't disappoint. The initial wiff hints of stone fruit. Thats followed by a bit of spiced rum. In the background is some dark fruit.

The taste, like the nose, is a bit light, especially for a quad. Fruit - spiced apples - up front. Fruit is followed by some raisins and rum notes. The finish is dry and peppery with some warming alcohol notes.

All and all another authentic Belgian beer. It doesn't quite live up to the Belgian greats. Nonetheless Sixth Glass is a tasty brew. It's a worthy addition to the Belgian beer landscape.

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Photo of KajII
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a murky medium brown with a light orange hue and an average (1-2 finger) off white creamy head that was mostly diminishing, down to a thin puddled film and medium collar with fair runny lacing.

The aroma was of a sweet dark bread malt and an earthy doughy yeast with notes of caramel, candi sugar and dark fruit (raisons, figs and plums).

The taste was a smooth malty sweet with a hint of caramel from the beginning, and then become quite a bit yeasty with a strong dark fruit presence and a light alcohol ending. The flavor was short in duration following the swallow, with a lightly sweet fruitiness resting on the taste buds along with a mild alcohol warming sensation.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with a dry and slightly oily texture and a nice lively carbonation.

Overall this is one of the most balanced and tasty Strong Ales I have had in quite a while. So much so that there is hardly any indication of the high ABV this brew possesses. Props to this brewer for another superb beer...

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Photo of dasenebler
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. best before 4/27/13. Brewed in April 2010 (?)

Pours a hazy, tawny red with a nice one-finger head. Retention and lacing are good.

Yeasty and sweetly fruity on the nose. Lots of candied fruit and Belgian phenols. Some notes of oxidation, touch of acetic.

Flavor is very fruity and sweet, with a drying, alcoholic character on the finish. Malt is there, with lots of dark fruit decadence. However, this beer lacks the bready, caramel maltiness of a St. Bernardus or Westvleteren. Mouthfeel is excellent. Slick, with effervescent carbonation.

This is one of the best "American" Quads I've had.

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Photo of Patrickbrusil
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle out of the newly available 4 packs in MA.

The appearance is light in my eyes. Copper auburn brown is how I'd describe it. I guess i think of quads as generally being darker than this. Nice lacing.

Smell is dead on with dark candied stone fruits, malt, and caramel. Heavenly.

The taste is solid although not as world class as I think some give it credit for. Maleness hits you right away with a somewhat chewy bread pudding note that follows and finally a rush of carbonation finishes you off. Not bad.

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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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