The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel AleThe Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale
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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: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

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:
#3,216
Reviews:
854
Ratings:
2,977
pDev:
10.82%
 
 
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Photo of Hopsohard
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark, cloudy amber color. Just above average body with equal amount of carbonation
Aroma is a mix of candied dark fruit, raisin bread , yeast, and what i can only describe as a sugary floral smell
Taste is very similar with the dark fruit coming through first. There's a yeasty dark bread taste and the dark fruit flavor lingers awhile.
Overall this is first class to me and I will seek this out again

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Photo of samEBC
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cgrunin
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Curt3
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of MartyMaltose
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kreisermj
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Roughly a third of a 750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. One-and-three-quarters of a finger of a very light tan head recedes quickly but remains accumulated at the edges of the glass. Color is a hazy deep amber. It’s almost chestnutty. The nose is a lot drier than I expected, and it is quite yeasty – it becomes a bit reminiscent of raisin bread when a tiny bit of spice develops. Perhaps cloves. The taste begins with a bit of peppery molasses, followed by a yeasty bread and spicy clove interlude, finishing with a punch of alcoholic warmth mixed with pungent caraway. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy and chewy, which, although unsurprising for such a strong beer style, I do not particularly enjoy. Overall quite tasty and does hide its 10.5% ABV quite well – very easy to drink for something so strong.

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Photo of ClintGoodman
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GratefulFC
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber. Smell is malt, peaches, pears. Taste is light caramel and malt. Peaches, pears and apples up front with more caramel in behind. Alcohol is well hidden. Hints of pepper in there. Good carbonation. Long lasting head. Gets better as it warms slightly.

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Photo of muchos
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by March 2020
L. Reddish brown with a big off-white head.
S. Funky sweet dark bread, savory spice, molasses.
T. Dark caramel, spice, dark bread, dried dark fruits but not too sweet.
F. Full side of medium bodied, good carbonation, not drying, not very boozy.
O. I like this a lot. I have 5 more and I'm looking forward to seeing how they develop over the months. Cheers!

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Tampa Bay Brewing Company snifter glass.

A: Pours a hazy orangish bronze with fairly low visible carbonation. Forms a two-finger foamy off-white head with average retention.

S: Belgian fruits (apples, sweet pears), with caramel and bready-sweet malts. Not a huge aroma, but pleasant enough.

T: Fruity sweet (apples and pears again, with lesser flavors of banana and a touch of clove). Yeasty and some ethanol sweetness under the bready malts. It finishes fairly dry with lingering fruit flavors and some alcohol burn. NOTE: As this warms during the drink, the flavors really open up.

M: Medium body with somewhat low carbonation sensation. The alcohol presence seems about average for style.

O: Note to self - this really needs to warm up significantly from refrigerator temperature. While the tasting notes remained largely unchanged, the flavors really opened up and became more rounded. Pretty darn tasty, though likely short of the world-class Quads.

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

Photo of pizzabutt
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet.

look: half inch foamy light tan head that recedes into a nice cap. the beer is a nice chestnut brown with garnet highlights.

smell: sugary, a little bit like raisins. possibly some hints of cherry. my first impression was sour apples, although it's more sour than apple.

taste: starts with a very lightly sour maltiness. the malt grows stronger, finishing with an almost molasses-like flavor. sweetness throughout. alcohol is well-hidden.

feel: good carbonation that retains smoothness but gives the beer a nice bite. leaves a little bit of warmth at the very end. nice and full-bodied, almost chewy.

overall: a very good quad. i'm a fan of the sweetness; it's subtle but still noticeable. i prefer the barel aged quad, but given the price point this is a nice alternative.

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Photo of jamesefleming
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellence in a Belgian-style quad where you might not expect it: Kansas City, Missouri. Hats off to you, Boulevard Brewing.

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Photo of mmilyko
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MJ64
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of marcrech
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of zaardvark
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Khaack
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vandelay1863
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Andrew4321
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DodgerLove
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - Pours a cloudy dark amber. There's minimal lacing with a nice light brown quarter finger head.

Smell - Smells of strong sugar, with some caramel drenched raisins as well.

Taste - Extremely malt foward beer. Definitely a burnt sugar/caramel flavor and there is a fruity sweet undertone as well. For how sweet this beer is, it has some nice spice character as well.

Feel - This is a medium bodied beer, with surprisingly moderate amounts of carbonation. Thin but still has a slightly oily texture. The spice adds a nice little kick that helps subdue the maltiness of the beer.

Overall - Overall, this was a very solid beer. Malt forward with strong caramel backbone, cut by a nice spiciness that complemented the sweetness well. Definitely a top notch quadrupel.

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Photo of 57md
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly brownish orange with a finger of head and plenty of yeast floaties. The nose was a touch astringent and lacked the malty sweetness indicative of the style. The flavor notes that I simply love in a quad seemed to be absent - no prunes and raisins.

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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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