The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

2,898 Ratings
The Sixth Glass Quadrupel AleThe Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

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 army01
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a glass

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a nice head that quickly disappears quickly, turning into extremely light lacing with a ring around the edge of the glass.

Fruity smell (the figs and bananas) that is first to hit both your nose and your tongue. The banana flavor is powerful on taste. Remains sweet throughout the entire mouthful. A light bitter aftertaste.

Overall, a nice beverage.

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Photo of knobbie66
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry folks, I'm not a poet, but I believe Boulevard has a hit here. 750 ml bottle, corked and caged, batch #S8058.

Problem around here is we don't get many Belguims, so when one comes along, we have to try it.

Very very tasty, somewhat smooth, alot of carbonation at first, like a coca-cola until it settles. SO tempted to swirl the bottle to mix up the goodies on the bottom.

Now it's time to head back to the store and buy the IPA.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass

A: Pours a dark mahogany color. There is a foamy off-white head of maybe 2 fingers which fades to nothing moderately quickly.

S: The smell is warm and bready; Belgian yeast and alcohol. Fruit flavors are coming through, especially banana. There is a slight floral smell in the background.

T: Similar to the smell, very bready. The fruit scents are still tropical but darker, with raisin and plum coming through in addition to banana. There is a bit of hop bitterness with contributes a slight pine and orange peel flavor.

M: Moderately thick and creamy. The alcohol gives a warming sensation.

O: Bready and fruity with a big alcohol kick. Pretty good but would benefit from a year or two of cellaring.

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Photo of daledeee
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard is making specialty, small batch beer. Hmmm. It is worth a try. A nice display at the entrance of the beer room at my local store was enough to entice me.

I popped the cork. It made so much noise I was afraid it would boil over before I could pour it. This beer poured a medium cloudy brown with a nice off white head. Lace and edging stayed around. It is too bad I don't have someone to share this with.

The nose is fruity and malty.

The taste is fairly strong with dark fruits and molasses being the featured flavors. The first few sips seemed rather unbalanced but after the beer aired for a few moments, it got easier to drink. The aftertaste is very profound with caramel, molasses and prunes.

Mouthfeel is rather sticky.

This is a good attempt by a Midwestern brewer at the Quad style. I think this beer would be even better if it were shelved properly.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle. Served in a Chimay chalice. Cellar temp. Bottle conditioned. Loads of carbonation. Two fingers of fine bubble light tan head. Hazy amber. Bubble gum in the aroma with burnt sugar, fruit, and a little alcohol. Full bodied, lots of raisiny fruit. A little spice in the middle. Very warming. Some alcohol in the finish. Very drinkable for the alcohol level.

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Photo of Azurescens
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with best by date 10/28/12 poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 4/10/11

A: Pours a hazy reddish brown with lots and lots of extremely fluffy tan head. I was looking at the botlle watching for the yeast sediment to start coming out... This was a mistake because by the time I glanced back at the glass the head was starting to overflow out of my glass. Billions of tiny bubbles are rushing to get to the surface.

S: Sweet caramel malts, some dark fruit, plums perhaps and some fresh bread in there is well from the yeast.

T: Sweet bread hits the tastebuds first and slowly fades revealing lots of caramel with a touch of cherries, along with figs, raisins and more dark fruit. All the flavors mingle so well together it is hard to pick them all out individualy. Some yeast and alcohol linger in the back of my mouth after each sip.

M: Lots of carbonation, sweet and sticky medium body with some warmth from the alcohol.

O: Tasty and quite drinkable for 10.5% ABV, pretty solid quad all around and for $3 a bottle this is a steal. There are better quads out there but no better bang for the buck, at least from what I've had.

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

Photo of frozyn
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L -- Pours a deep amber color, with subtle hints of ruby. Thick foamy off-white head with a ton of nucleation points. No lacing.

S -- Tons of Belgian yeast notes are very strong off the bat. Plum, raisin, brown sugar, molasses.

T -- Follows closely on the nose. Takes some warmth for the flavors to fully develop.

F -- Effervescent, medium body.

O -- A level below the best quads, but it certainly sits healthily at that 2, 2A level.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L012915 1246E. Best by 01.28.17. Consumed 11.26.15.

A: Monstrous light tan head rests above an autumn orange body of generally good clarity revealing a very strong rate of carbonation. Lengthy head retention, sticks well with large patches of lace.

S: Caramel raisin, sweet dark fruit, sugary plums, lightly toasted straw and grains. Good sense of awareness that was fairly lasting.

T: Sweet toasty caramel body with sugary raisins, toasty grains and sweet dark fruit of plums. Sweet peache, with a sweet flavor that shows little signs of its 10.0 abv nature. Some rum with a toasted nuttiness.

M: Good vibe of carbonation, slick textured, slightly sticky, good fullness, gentle fade of dried fruit and alcohol glow on the swallow.

O: Some alcohol detection upon more warming, but generally accessible. Dark rum and fruit with a good rate of drinkability.

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Photo of pBRale
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.04/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

New review 2/25/14

Darker amber brew appears a little hazy.... almost like a colloidal bubble suspension is breaking up the clarity... 2 finger tannish head dies but persists at about a 1/2" ... fantastic lacing.

Nose shows thick complex maltiness.... dark toast, caramel, golden raisins and boozy figs... some peppery phenols with a clove spike.

Flavor is punctuated by a abundant cherry ester quality... not as sweet as the nose hints, but nicely malty without ever becoming cloying. Body is a solid medium with abundant small bubble carbonation.

This is better than I remember... Well made domestic quad.



750 received in from Bort11 in the "Fight Club BIF" ... I also have one in the cellar from jhammerly... huge thanks to Tim and Jimi. The bottle has been sitting in the fridge for a couple weeks.. tonight is the night.. enjoyed immensely from my Boulevard Goblet that is also courtesy of Bort11... here we go.

2 finger head takes forever to die back.. minutes later it is still a sand dune of foam... looks pretty for sure.. the brew is dark chestnut .. but perfectly clear ruby when held to my desk light.

Aroma is fruity and spicy.. missing some maltiness... a little bit of caramel and toasty qualities but missing something.. maybe a taste will change that... nope.. estery and fairly sharp.

Flavor mirrors the aroma but with quite a bit more fruit.. cherry and plum come to mind immediately.. fusel alcohol is fairly present but a minor distraction. A little too sweet for my liking, but again, a minor flaw... rum raisins are a lingering finish spiked with a spicy phenolic nature. Mouthfeel is pretty much spot on and so is the smooth carbonation.

Overall, it could probably use some more time in the bottle. I like it, but don't love it. It is, however, a brew that if I had access to, I would buy a case or two of to see how it ages over the next year or two.. lord knows I buy lesser brews by the case solely on the hope that they are going to get better.

I probably trade for a few more of these while they are still available. Big props to Tim and Jimi.. Jimi is a fantastic trader, and Tim punched me square in the tongue with this one.

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Photo of hopkrid
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.04/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of tikk
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BWood
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Josbor11
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Moderate head with slight lacing throughout. Flavor intensifies slightly as it warms and this ends up being a solid representation for the style. World Class? Not quite. A tier below.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color in a LaTrappe goblet. Unusual light color for a Quad.

Smell is very typical of a Quad. Rich ripe fruit smell (plums and banana) and some clove. As it warms up there is a slight citrus aroma that develops.

Taste follows the smell pretty well with the addition of some nice spice. Light bitter finish. Mild alcohol flavor despite its 10.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel is pleasantly carbonated. Medium bodied.

Overall this is a very nice example of the style.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Rochefort goblet. Best before 7 October 2012. Reviewed December 2010.

S: Nice creamy, sold head dissipates into a gentle surface of bubbles. A gorgeous "auburn" colour, indeed. Wonderful glow. Although it gives the illusion of translucency, The Sixth Glass is actually opaque, turning a shocking sunset orange in the light. Slight lacing.

S: Banana, figs, cloves. Alcohol and dark fruits.

T: Beautiful sweet raisins soaked in alcohol. Warming and spicy. The aftertaste carries this warm spice on for ages. Very pleasant.

M: Substantial, filling, fun, and firm. This beer is in charge for the duration of the glass.

D: Absolutely delicious. I highly recommend it. A real sipper, and noticeably alcoholic.

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4.04/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.04/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.04/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.04/5  rDev -1.2%

The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,898 ratings.
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