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

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: 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

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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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Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of omparker
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nobel96
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bbtkd
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Boulevard The Sixth Glass Quadrupel, 10.2% ABV, 22 IBU. Pours dark brown with a four finger off-white head. Nose is malty, Werthers, and sweet dark fruit. Taste follows, moderately sweet, plus cherries, very slight bitter close, with a touch of alcohol burn. Excellent mouthfeel, overall outstanding. Not sure where the name comes from, but six of these and I'd be under the table. But I'm up for it.

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Photo of quadmad
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Livyatan1996
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of longbongsilver
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Best By date stamped on bottle is '09MAY2019'. Bottled on 5/9/2017.
Cloudy, medium amber colored body, with reddish highlights. Sediment in the glass. Permanent light tan head. Just a couple of spots of lacing.
Aroma of candy toffee, raisin, fruity yeast esters, and booze.
Taste brings forth the sweet candi sugars, dark fruit, green apple, cherry, sweet bread, and booze.
Medium mouth feel with tongue numbing.
All around this is a tasty quad.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the small bottle in a snifter via a friend from work----Cheers Randy!
This fine brew that I somehow missed on reviewing in the past pours a beautiful
and glowing deep amber with a light reddish tinge and a fantastic head of light
pale tan foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin layer, and showcases some nice
light lacing. Nose of heavy candy sugars, figs, raisins, sweet cherry notes, sweet
yeasty bread, and hints of booze. Flavors nail it with a sweet Belgian candy sugar
note awash in layers of fig and raisin bread warmed by brandy like notes and
hints of sweet cherries and peaches that are lightly touched with an herbal hop
flavor. Excellent mouth feel with medium body, light carbonation, and a sweet
warming finish.

Overall one of my favorites ales from a great brewery.


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Photo of UtahBeerPleb
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep red color with a LOT of sediment in the pour. Smells of fig, raisins, dark cherry, hint of brown sugar. The taste follows the nose very closely, with some booziness on the back end. There's a nice balance of the sweetness and fruity tartness. The flavor is very rich and the taste is awesome, though it's a bit boozier than I prefer, which seems to be expected for the style. I quite enjoyed it, though it's not something I could drink very often. I'm not familiar with the style, but I'm intrigued!

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear and reddish brown with a giant tan head. The head clings to the edges of the glasses after it fades. The aroma has raisins, toffee, apples, sweet malt and fruity yeast. Tastes like burnt sugar, raisins, figs, apples and finishes spicy and a bit hoppy. This is a damn nice quad.

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Photo of wtt9808
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First time I had this beer was on tap in Ghent, Belgium. A Kansas City beer on tap in Belgium. Dark, fruity, rich. I love it.

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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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