The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

The Sixth Glass Quadrupel AleThe Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale
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89.3%
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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
Ranking:
#1,347
Reviews:
833
Ratings:
2,905
Liked:
2,595
Avg:
4.16/5
pDev:
10.82%
Alströms:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
232
Gots:
779
Trade:
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Photo of Mdaniel723
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bit of a letdown after BBQ

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to welosiped. Served in my Cantillon tulip.

Pours a very light color for the style--light copper with a bit of a reddish hue. Single-finger off-white head starts it out. Eventually the head fades into a light collar with a few spots of lacing on the side of the glas. The nose has some faint dark fruits plus a bit of lightly-sweet malt. Perhaps a hint of caramel. Nothing too complex. A bit of booze there as well. The flavor has dark fruits, cherries, light alcohol, and a bit of sweet malt. Everything melds together quite well. Medium body with lowish carbonation. Overall, pretty good. Glad I got to try this.

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Photo of Leag0002
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of kels
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to pwoods for bringing this along to christen my new apartment in Virginia. Split the bomber with him and bamadog.

Appearance: The pour into my snifter yields a hazy toasted brown color with hints of red. Swirls of filmy white lace and a ring of tan bubbles around the glass sit atop the liquid. Spotty lace hangs along the glass.

Smell: Smell is slightly metallic like tin or aluminum. Dry toastiness and sweet caramel come through, along with a hint of alcohol stringency. Dark chewy cherries or raisins accompany.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Feel is moderate - thin in mouth but fizzy in back. Slightly syrupy and sticky in taste and feel, with very toasty, caramel malt. Dark sweet fruit and very light yeast show up in the swallow, and the alcohol is nicely drying.

Drinkability: Pretty satisfying beer, but the alcohol really sneaks up on you fast. It seems to be more highly drinkable than it should be.

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Photo of jasonwrag
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TPatuto
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from 22oz bottle.

A- nice deep brown with a heavy cloudiness to it. Good head, stayed a while at first and faded to a nice thick rim. The carbonation was not overpowering at all and was pretty consistent as I sipped on it.

S- malt, raisin, fig. Didn't show through extremely well, I had to try a little harder than I expected to find them, but they were appealing.

T- The richness of the malts comes through here. A nice combination of dark fruits and concentrated flavors.

M- Pretty filling. Flavors were well concetrated which left some light lingering finish. A good balance of alcohol came in toward the finish too, which I actually found to be a pleasant addition.

D- I would be happy to drink this again, but not if I had to go far out of my way to get it.

Perhaps I didn't enjoy it as much as I would have in the middle of the winter or in front of a fire... I will try it again next december and let you all know. :-)

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Sixth Glass pours a pretty impressive tawny amber color that moves from orange at the bottom to brown at the top. The foam is expansive and chirpy - it sounds like those commercials for Rice Krispies: Snap, crackle, pop, indeed.

This head is so goddamn impressive and spot-on, I'm giving the 4.5 despite finding the color to be very light on the Quad spectrum. A foamy sea of beery goodness..

The aroma is also quite nice, with very correct notes of dark fruits and Belgian yeast. Spicy, with notes of ginger and a tart, dry pepper. Solid potency. Reminiscent of the better Belgian examples with a tart twist.

The flavor is a little less of what I want - it's not as complex and mysterious as the best of the style. Still, there is a large amount of fig paste and raisin sweetness complementing the phenolic clove and banana yeast flavors. It's not a bad take on the style, but it doesn't hold a candle to the best.

With warmth, flavors of cherry, sour apple, and a mild tartness can be coaxed out of the initially one-dimensional sweet flavor. The ginger (that I can't imagine the provenance of) comes through as well, and helps define the Sweet and Spiced natures of the brew.

The mouthfeel is pretty minimal - uncharacteristically thin, and basically not providing the chewiness that this style requires to deliver so much flavor. The carbonation is expansive, but overall a little too much of a good thing. The malt content is lacking - even if not by much, it needs to be fixed.

Booze is noticeable; not problematic at first but really quite overbearing afterall. The finish is quite dry, which accentuates the alcohol late in the glass. Boulevard did a lot of things right here, but there are definitely some points of contention. I like the Sixth Glass and I'm definitely reminded of the Belgian masters here, which is a very good sign!

If you're in the Midwest and see a 750 style bottle of this for reasonable prices (7-9 dollars), don't hesitate for a second if you're in the mood for a dark Belgian style ale.

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Photo of BrentMcQuirk
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at The Liquor Shop last week for $3.50, for a 12oz bottle. A harrowing day at work today requires some assistance in unwinding! The Sixth Glass will be my first!

I poured it into a small tulip. It was a rich, deep auburn with a little bit of haze. The head was healthy and tan, a 1" layer of fine cream looking right fine atop things. Great lacework is left behind on the glass. The nose is solidly rich, with a good dose of malty sweetness plus some spicy, yeasty notes. The body here is decent, though there is a healthy amount of carbo which lends some prickliness and airiness to the feel.

The flavor, too, has some nice malty caramel, along with some subtle dark fruit and a hint of candy sugar. A bit of clove as well as green apple also sit on the palate. A nip of spicy yeast dryly finishes things up. Not bad, all in all! Surprisingly, my first Boulevard bier! Prosit!!

3.88/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of everetends
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle I got from hopsleeroy in a past trade. Now is the time to enjoy this baby. Served this guy up in a tulip glass.

A: This guy had a huge pop on the uncorking and has a nice smoke rolling out of the bottle. Has a really nice hazy brown going on here. The haze is very wheat beer in appearance. That hazy brown has a more amber look with a touch of orange as it is held to the light. The pour got me a good three fingers of head that seems to be pretty darned tight and thick and has a really crisp white appearance. Lace is loose and doesn't have too much stick as it slowly slides back in to the glass further keeping the retention in tact. Good looking brew.

S: Smell is not really kickin as much as I was expecting. It does have a pretty light and balanced. Getting some nice and sweet Belgian characters coming through with the yeast and malts. There is a slight candy sweetness going on here. It does actually have a lot of caramel malt in here along with a touch of clove honey. Smells pretty good but its pretty muted.

T: Taste pretty much mirrors the nose. Getting that Belgian yeast quality coming out really nice with all that malt in here. Getting a good amount caramel and clove honey in here as well. This is sweet but not too crazy. There is a touch of wheat in here that is really cutting it a bit with some grainy goodness. There is a good amount of bready goodness in here that really works with that wheat goodness. There is a slight touch of raisin and tart cherry in here as well. Slight touch of spicy rum on the finish. Pretty tasty.

M: Nice medium feel that has a decent amount of weight to it. Nice and somewhat oily and slick feel going on here. The carbonation is medium as well that really keeps this decently crisp but doesn't take away from the nice feel. Has a somewhat drying quality that makes the next sip a must. ABV is nicely tame but still present. Aftertaste is mostly just some nice malt and a touch of that spicy rum I mentioned.

D: This bottle is not going to be an issue at all thanks to that feel. This SOB is going down nice and easy, not sitting heavily at all. ABV doesn't appear to be an issue in feel or taste, but I could see it catching up with you. I see this an easy kill on the 750 but not need to push it beyond there. Absolutely easy to kill 2 or 3 glasses though. A solid brew all around and really was a treat as my first Boulevard brew.

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Photo of ivorycannon
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BobZ
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Dark amber in color, different from most Belgian quads which tend to be dark brown. Builds a 1” to 1 ½” head that recedes to a ¼” cap, nice lacing.

Smell: Primarily a malt aroma with some spice, also some hints of light fruit.

Taste: Surprisingly complex, malt, toffee, a yeasty spiciness and varying fruit flavors some dark like raisin and some light like apple. Very well done version of a Quad from a complexity standpoint, not exactly like its Belgian counterparts but a solid beer none the less.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and well carbonated.

Overall: Best American attempt at a quad that I’ve tried so far. A solid beer.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of R3ason
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of doobwaa
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz bottle with an enjoy by date of 12/30/15. There is also a Julian code to indicate the bottling date that is a little smeared, but seems to indicate a bottling date of 12/30/13. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series chalice.

Appearance - A gentle pour, so as not to fill my beer with the sediment on the bottom of the bottle, yields a one and a half finger head of tan with just the slightest caramel-hued twinge to it. The bubbles are fine and lucious and they retain for several minutes before receding to a film with pockets of thicker foam intermittently dispersed on the surface of the liquid. Beneath the film likes a dark burnt umber body with shades of burgundy and auburn depending on how the light hits the glass. Lacing is mostly nonexistent save for a few idle spots here and there.

Smell - The aroma is a sweet blend of light molasses and brown sugar, with some fainter notes of fig and dried fruit alongside some baking spice, reminiscent of clove and some faint hints of banana-like esters that really add more depth to the beer than they do overpower the other flavor profiles.

Taste - Fruity esters are again present here, but less on the banana side of things and more in the range of figs and dates and perhaps some red plum as well? The spiciness from the yeast is also present, imparting notes of clove and brown sugar, with some caramel sweetness. As it finishes, there is just a hint of some bitterness and almost a metallic taste. Oddly, I got sort of a metal taste after the first drink, but didn't really notice again through the rest of the glass. There is also a faint burn of the high alcohol, but it's amazingly well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and moderate carbonation, with just enough fizz to avoid feeling flat.

Overall, yet another traditional Belgian style that Boulevard does well. It's a little lighter than many beers in the quad/BSDA category, but that's no problem by my view. The only thing I will say is that I wish there were a little more depth of flavor to this one. One of the things I like about the style is that it continues to evolve and develop throughout the enjoyment of the glass. This one was pretty similar from start to finish. As such, I feel the need to dock the overall score, because the sum of it's parts were just not quite as good as the individual components.

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Photo of prost2hefeweizen
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Torey
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of tzieser
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz capped bottle poured into a Delirium tulip. best by 4/27/13.

a: pours a mostly clear ruby color with a thick off-white head that settles into a modest lacing.

s: notes of dark fruits, candi sugar, belgian yeast and a very subtle alcohol note. i can tell this is shaping up to be a solid quad.

t: sweet malty flavor. aforementioned dark fruits (prunes, raisins), candi sugar and belgian yeast are prominent flavors here. not too sweet and nicely balanced. alcohol is well hidden, but warms the stomach nicely.

m: smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

good job by Boulevard Brewing. fantastic quadruple. i think this could use a bit more age on it, as the flavors were still a tad on the raw side, but still...well done!

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Photo of SadMachine
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of climax
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Into my snifter I pour a 12 oz, figured if I like it I'll dive in and pay the premium for a bomber. It pours a bright reddish brown hue with vibrant ruby highlights. The head is impressive, as is the retention.

I get a lot of wood tones initially in the aroma. Leafy hop aromas balance out modest caramel, clove, plum, brown sugar, and alcohol.

All the flavors within the taste are perfectly proportioned and balanced, but I just don't get a very complex blend. The aftertaste is mighty clean with a dash of plum and floral remnants.

The carbonation is a punch to the temple, initially fizzy and begins to take a more cottony feel as the sip progresses. The underlying body is smooth, but paired with that carbonation it's like sacrificing ride comfort by putting 24" rims on your Buick. The finish is slightly dry with some alcoholic warmth, but it's cleaner than your grandma's kitchen, good marks for that.

I'll stick the the original kings of quads here, the Belgians make a better quad. This is, however, a very clean and easy to drink cheaper alternative.

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Photo of Kempleton
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from 750ml corked and caged into a Silly Scotch tulip.
Cloudy brown russet color, topped by a great pillowy head that doesn't quite last as long as the beer.
Smells great withh dark fruits taking center stage. I pick up some raisins and plum aromas.
Taste is more of the same, dark fruits. along with the fruits there is a definit presence of alcohol in the taste.
Thick and effervescent mouthfeel. This one could defintly benifit from a litte swirling.
the drinkability is low only due to the high ABV and pronounced boozieness of this beer.
I would love to get my hands on a few of these to cellar. This seems like one that will be absolutly great with a bit of age on it.

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Photo of JLapadura
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of czechsaaz
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very fruity ale aroma. I get cherries and raisins and peaches. Malt aroma is pretty restrained but some dark caramel is there. First few sniffs there was some fuesal alchol but that dissipated pretty quickly.

Copper colored with a thick tan head that lasts and is fed by lots or rising columns of bubbles. Not much lacing. It's there but it drops back into the main head pretty quickly.

Nice malty flavor right off. Lots of deep crystal-type, maybe some munich flavor. Hop bitterness is pretty high so the beer is significantly drier than most Quads. There's a bread like flavor that I'm not sure if it's the yeast or maybe some biscuit malt. There's lots more fruit flavor too and the same types as the aroma. But again, there's a distracting level of alcohol flavor, not over-strong but you can definitely taste it.

Very highly carbonated, maybe even a little rough. Full bodied and very warming in the mouth and stomach from the alcohol.

Drinkability is within the style, but that's challenging. It's a big beer that wears it's strength in obvious ways. But it's a pretty good sipper.

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Photo of LJTate
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89.3% out of 100 with 2,905 ratings
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