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
Reviews:
821
Ratings:
2,872
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
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Photo of johnnnniee
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a smallish tightly bubbled white head that shows moderate retention. Smells of brown sugar and candied dark fruits mostly with a hint of pepper and spicy yeast. Taste is sweet candied fruit and brown sugar mixed with a bit of pepper, yeast, and ethanol. Medium to thick body, spirited level of carbonation, sweet bubbly mouthfeel. I liked this a lot, it smells and tastes wonderful. That said, I would have like it a bit lighter on the carbonation.

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Photo of neophilus
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, thin white head. Fruity esters tickling the nose before I'm done pouring the glass. Malty caramel aroma with some fruit, smells like tart green apples.

Spicy Esters up front, almost hot on the tongue, mellowed out by a smooth malty finish. Esters linger, roll around with excess carbonation screaming "I am Belgian!". I get it already!

Mmm, another sip. The heat dies away. This is over 10%? I can't tell from the taste.

High carbonation level, gassy mouthfeel. This beer requires a vigorous pour to smooth it out. Methinks I was a bit timid with the bottle and left little head and a sharp bite on the palate. Abuse this one as you pour.

I'm going to be here for a while puzzling this out. Comes at you strong with the yeast derived flavors, threatens to shake its alcohol fist at you, then cracks a smile and invites you in with the smooth maltiness. The finish doesn't let you off the hook though, it gives a parting shot to remind you what you're dealing with.

Actually quite drinkable for a Quad, I would gladly have another.

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Photo of hman43
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours amber with some orange tinge to it. It has a tan head with Belgian lace.

Smell: It has aromas of cherries, plums, leather, earthly elements, alcohol, and bread.

Taste: There are flavors of cherries, plums, earthly elements alcohol, bread, and fruity esters and an overall sweetness to the initial taste.

Feel: There is a somewhat heavy feel to it with some tartness and a very high level of carbonation.

Overall, this is a complex fruity and yeast laden beer with an initial sweetness and a slightly tart finish.

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Photo of Erbayd
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 4-pack of 12 oz bottles from Ledger's Liquor in Berkeley, poured into a Duvel glass.

A: Pours a gorgeous clear deep ruby brown color with 1.5-2 inches of foam.

S: strong fruity & sugary scent of banana and dates followed by belgian yeast, caramel, slight phenolic notes.

T: exactly what you want from a quad. Rich malty sweetness with dark dried fruit and caramel flavors in the beginning, accompanied by strong belgian yeast character. Nice dry finish with a warming alcohol presence.

M: thick and heavy, but the champagne-like carbonation really makes this an easy beer to drink...you can start to get why it's called "the sixth glass". Once again exactly what you'd expect and want from a quad

O: It's always neat to see American brewers make quads, and it's definitely up there as one of my favorite beers. It's definitely a beer that you're going to want to serve at proper temperature, so let it warm up a bit to get the full experience. This was my first beer from Boulevard and I'm looking forward to trying more. It's a good one to have on hand as the weather cools down and if you get the chance to pick up a bottle or 4-pack it's well worth the money!

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Photo of scottoale
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. cork/caged brown bottle. Batch No.:68100

Poured into a Duvel tulip a dark amber with orange highlights and a three-finger plus head of ivory froth. Great looking brew with lively carbonation and good head retention.

Super sweet fruity nose with spice, yeast and vaporous alcohol coming through. Sweet fruity complex flavor with a hint of black licorice and a yeasty spiciness. Just enough hops pull through to keep the sweetness in check. The finish is spicy sweet with a warmth from high alcohol, which let's it's presence be known.

Big body, big ABV...tastes like a fine Belgian Quad, great quality brew.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a mostly clear, medium amber / copper shade while yielding a good looking 2" head. decent retention and lacing. nose offers a big fruity presence right from the outset; dark but also notes of pear, maybe peach... malty with some spice, a bit of brown sugar.

flavor opens to sweet maltiness, joined immediately by the fruit characters and then a more subtle presence of spice and a touch of caramel or toffee. very nice. medium-full bodied mouthfeel with adequate carbonation.

overall a very good quad, easily one of the better american renditions i've come across, but naturally falls short of the belgian archetypes (the rocheforts and westvleterens and pannepots of the world). looking forward to trying the barrel aged version (BBQ) when it's released.

(originally reviewed: 09-11-2011)

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Photo of Strix
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark reddish, decent head.

Smells malty, spicy, yeasty, with dark fruits.

Taste is a luscious blend of malt, dark fruits, yeast, spices, and alcohol. I was hoping as it warmed a little additional complexity would surface, but actually as it warmed it seemed to get more mundane.

Medium/full bodied, very carbonated.

This was quite enjoyable, I'm loving the smokestack series. Not quite Rochefort, but a nice beer here.

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Photo of gcasher
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am not a Belgian or quad guy.
It appears copper with a generous head that dissipates quickly. The taste and aroma of rich fruit like plums, dated, and figs. The alcohol does not burn, but rather warms the belly. This is a tasty and relaxing brew.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a mostly clear, medium amber / copper shade while yielding a good looking 2" head. decent retention and lacing.

nose offers a big fruity presence right from the outset; dark but also notes of pear, maybe peach... malty with some spice, a bit of brown sugar.

flavor opens to sweet maltiness, joined immediately by the fruit characters and then a more subtle presence of spice and a touch of caramel or toffee. very nice. medium-full bodied mouthfeel with adequate carbonation.

overall a never good quad, easily one of the better american renditions i've come across but naturally falls short of the belgian archetypes (the rocheforts and westvleterens of the world). would like to try the barrel aged version (BBQ) when it's released.

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Photo of Ferb
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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 kjyost
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle dated BB 07/27/13 (I think, it was rubbed off a little) acquired at Happy Harry's South Grand Forks, ND. Poured ~6C into a wine glass. Warmed over the sampling.

Pours a deep rich clear amber with a nice head that does a good job of lasting and lacing. Pepper, dried fruit and belgian esters dominate the nose. The body has all sorts of interesting stuff going on. Raisins, sweet caramel, earthy bitterness, black pepper, more dried fruit... Yum. Bitterness keeps the residual sweetness in check. Average carbonation for the style. A solid beer worth having again.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle, batch number 68025. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky dark brown/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is average, not much lacing. The aroma is excellent, it smells like brown sugar, raisins, figs, cherries, Belgian yeast, rum, ginger and some pepper. The taste is slightly different than the aroma, it tastes like dark fruit, pepper, ginger, yeast, booze, cloves, and a slight tart taste I can't identify. There's also a bit of a bitter finish, which I didn't expect since the aroma was so sweet and malty. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and slick but seems a bit thin (but not watery) for the style. Carbonation is high. Drinkability is good, even with the high carbonation it's still easy and enjoyable to drink. I think this is a good Quad, I'd pick this up again in the future.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, turbid golden copper with a foamy, khaki head. Wonderful look and head retention. A bit of lacing is left behind. Dark fruits and yeast form a wonderfully Belgium styled aroma. Dark fruits, malts, and a zing of yeast at the end all work together to form the flavor profile of a beer that could be crafted by Belgium's. Very classic taste. Mouth feel is a tad bit harsh, but otherwise bold, filling, and mouth coating. Overall, a phenomenal brew that delivers classic Belgium style beer from a state-side brewery. Even though this is my hometown brewery, I've never had it, which is disappointing because this is tasty.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of alexanderplatz
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My points of reference are Chimay Blue and Trappistes Rochefort 10. The Sixth Glass is not quite as complex/amazing as those two Belgian brews but it is a delicious beer of the Belgian quad style. If you like Chimay and Rochefort and other similar Belgian styles, I definitely recommend that you give The Sixth Glass a try.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This cork is a real pain in the ass.

A - A deep fiery red body with a giant dissipating tan head made of medium bubbles. Not too bad.

S - warm dark fruits, toffee, some tartness, a touch of spice, vanilla, smoky notes. Nice nose.

T - Good complexity and progression. The carbonation is lively and delivers the flavors nicely. Spicy, vanilla, toffee, and a touch of smoke on the front, smooth and sweet dark fruits in the back. This is pretty darn good.

M - The carbonation is a bit too much here, but its a smooth body otherwise and its a medium thickness.

O - I think this is a fine Quad and am sort of regretting not having picked up another one. It will age well, I suspect, and once the heat is died down a bit, it'll be real good.

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Photo of Celtics76
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought I'd try this while waiting for my cod to cook in the oven. I think the only other quad I've tried is Harpoon's.

This pours a dark amber with a quickly settling head. An impressive nose - plums and other dark fruits, accompanied by some caramel and toffee. As for taste, somewhat alcoholic , though at 10.5% I expected it. It does not overpower the core flavors though. In addition to the dark fruits, a strong fig newton presence is felt. I love fig newtons, so this is welcome.

This is delicious, a slow sipper for sure with complex flavors. I recommend drinking this without food accompaniment as there's a lot going on here.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a stemless wine glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy two finger off white head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber color with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bananas, plums, cloves, spiciness, bready malts, Belgian Candi, some alcohol, raisins, yeasty esters, and caramel. Smells awesome.

Taste: Same as above with some mild bitterness in the end and some warming alcohol. Pretty tasty quad from KC.

Mouthfeel: Silky and creamy smooth, full bodied, low to medium carbonation and some boozy alcohol. Easy to drink and very enjoyable.

Overall: Awesome stuff. Nice KC version of this Belgian classic.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle best by 2/14/16 into tulip glass

A-Deep amber color with a fluffy beige head. Great lacing!

S-Big sweet nose of candi sugar, plum, and yeast.

T-Sweet caramel flavors with more sugar, white raisins, plum, some yeast and lots of blooming alcohol.

M-Well balance and well carbonated.

O-Overall a great example of a Trappist quad. Will get some more.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter glass.
A - Pours a nice reddish brown with a thick off-white head.
S - The aroma is Belgian yeasts and raisins.
T - The flavor is strong on banana and clove.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - Wow! This beer exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this in a BIF but like a month later I found out I can buy it here now so I'm not going to really save this one.

Poured into my St. Bernardus goblet. It is a little more amber in color than other quads I have had. Nice head but kind of died off. Pretty good looking beer overall

Not alot of smells coming off this one. Belgian yeastie-ness and brown sugar mostly.

Taste is pretty good. Good malt character. Pretty good quad but with a little twang at the end.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooths with good carb.

I will buy this beer again for sure. Great taste but watch out. That ABV will sneak up on you.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 mL (batch 68081) into snifter.
A: Pours a cloudy brownish orange with 2 inch light tan carbonated head. Interesting...not what I was expecting.
S: Strong piney hops with a background of citrus hops...again not what I was expecting. Faint hint of banana comes through as this warms.
T: Well balanced roast malt and less hops (still the pine and citrus) here than in the aroma. The hops still come out on top though.
M: Surprisingly light. Fairly strong effervescent carbonation. Sharp, but not biting, hop note. Definitely not what I was expecting from a quad.
D: Exceptionally drinkable...especially for a quad. ABV very well hidden...although it does eventually catch up with you. This is an interesting and very good take on the style. Highly recommended to seek out and try. A versatile brew that would do well on it's own, with a meal, or as an after dinner drink. I've always been a fan of Boulevard and now with their Smokestack series I'm becoming a huge fan. Well done!
I have more of these and it will be interesting to see how this matures with cellaring.

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Photo of JayQue
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

This is a truly outstanding quad. Pours a somewhat murky reddish/ brown into my Augustijn goblet. Plenty of light gets through when held to a light...bright ruby highlights that also reveal a ton of yeasty sediment. You don't have to swirl this one. Decent size light tan/antique white head considering the .abv of this beer. Head retention is about average but a covering remains on the glass throughout. Great aroma and taste of dark fruit, sour cherries, figs, dates and a generous amount of Belgian yeast and candi sugar. Somewhat sweet but balanced by a bready malt backbone, this is a very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is rich and sweet, with very little alcohol burn. Quite smooth for a beer of this strength. A lot of American brewers have nailed Tripels, Quads are a different story. Boulevard has done an outstanding job.

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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 AChamberlain
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Hyde Park Market, 10.99.

A: Poured hazy orange with a nice fluffy off white head. Thin head stayed throughout, very nice.

S: Dark fruits, raisins, spicy, really quite nice. I was not expecting so much. Straight from the pop of the cork; a rush of aromas. Booze.

T: Sweet, candy sugar. Dark fruits and spice again in the flavor. Good maltiness as well.

M: Very smooth. From what I have read, I thought it was going to be more zesty, but it is pretty smooth drinking and going down. Medium body.

D: A very good quad. I can not find any faults really. One I will be going back to many times I am sure.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a massive tan head. Slightly cloudy amber in color.

S: Clovey phenols. A little roasty. Molasses. Dried bananas.

T: Flavor bomb! Hits right up front with deep caramel, banana, and slightly acidic flavors. Alcohol is high in the flavor profile. Light bitter finish balances the sweet.

M: Thick, full. Just like it should be.

D: Excellent. High ABV is the only downside (drinkability speaking).

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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,872 ratings.
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