The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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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): 10.50%

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 HenryPorter7777
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

American take on the Belgian style Quad. Pours copper-like with a 1" foam that laces through finish. This is my first Quad, so ..... This was a pleasant beer with an understated if not balanced effort: malts and yeast balance low to medium hops, carbonation, and bitterness. Alcohol is finely balanced to make this an easy-drinking and enjoyable beer. I think late Fall and Winter, but you could drink year round.
Well done. ABV 10.5%

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful ruby red appearance with a slightly red-tinted tan head. Aroma smells of brown sugar, dark fruits, and alcohol. Taste mostly follows the nose, but really centric on the taste of raisins, figs, and spices, with the alcohol kick coinciding with the slick, carbonated mouthfeel on the backend. Overall, an excellent Quad. This is only my second offering from Boulevard, with the first being rather unimpressive, but this one has definitely inspired me to seek out more of their stuff.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

So Boulevard, like their state brethren at Schlafly, have stepped up to try a slew of Belgian style ales. I have already had their Long Strange Tripel, and was pleasantly surprised. Like Schlafly and Ommegang, this North American brewery knows what its doing, unlike many others in the US who do not when it comes to Belgian style ales. This is a quad. While Sam Adams Quad is decidedly and relentlessly fruity, the Sixth Glass is more about subtlety and nuance, like its American counterpart, Three Philosophers, by Ommegang. But that doesn't mean the flavor isn't big and distinct. Pours a dark auburn (as described on the bottle) with a two finger head with mucho lacing. This ale has all the things you're looking for in a legit Belgian quad... A bit of figgy and banana fruitiness, that distinct yeasty breadiness, and strong malt overtones, with just the right hint of bitterness at the end. The alcohol is strong with this one, along with some peppery spices. Sometimes its hard to hide nearly 11ABV, and that's the case with this one as it has almost a dark rich cognac aftertaste. The mouthfeel is rich and full, but finishes with a wonderful sizzling zip of carbonation and dryness. Which makes this ale very drinkable and dangerous. This is my second Boulevard in the Belgian style and both have been distinctly potable. Ommegang still holds the crown, along with Unibroue, as far as North American indie breweries making Belgians goes, but Schlafly and Boulevard have proven they are no slouches either--finally providing American beer drinkers the opportunity to try and taste the Belgian style without having to purchase super expensive imports like Piraat, Golden Draak, and others. This one was $7.99 at Big Red Liquors for the big boy bottle, and well worth the purchase.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is an excellent American Quadrupel. Paired this with my favorite La Trappe Quad to compare taste. This is the closest American Quad to La Trappe in that I'm not a big fan of the dark fruit Quad offered by American versions. Rather this one has a great smell of clove and molasses with a sharp booze note. The taste is very well balanced. Up front I get clove and molasses, followed by a little banana and dark fruit with and the warmness of the ABV. This has always been on my list just now getting around to reviewing it. Happy New Year all Ba followers.

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Photo of Strike00
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a muddy amber with a thinner off white head
S:The nose is dark dried fruit, Belgian yeast, and Alcohol.
T: Bready and Dark fruit up front. Alcohol warmth in the back but not overwhelming. Belgian Yeast flavor not as strong as others Quads.
F: smooth with light carbonation

O: Decent effort at a Quad from Boulevard. Worth getting and trying.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best By May 2018. I'm afraid I have not the patience for a-cellaring.

a fairly careful pour reveals a lot of minute floaties giving the dk amber body a slightly hazy look. Nice bubbly tan head which persists throughout leaving good lacing.

Strong smell of Belgian yeast and bubblegum, with an ever so faintly sickly smell.

Flavor is sweet, some dried fruit, bubblegum, malty. can't detect the alcohol at all, which makes it a bit dangerous.

Close to full on the mouth.

Overall, an enjoyable drink. maybe I'll find an old one on a shelf one day and can compare the fresh with the old.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a single-serve bottle

In my opinion, "the" American take on the style.

Look--Pours a classic brown/garnet/amber and opaque color with a classic mottled head, and an excellent sticky lacing throughout.

Smell--Malt notes very forward, with classic fruit-bread aromas. Bready notes with fig, raisin, apple, and a sweet carmel note.

Taste--Awesome Belgian malty-sweetness, with notes of burnt sugar and banana balanced with spice and alcohol warmth, rather than bite.

Feel--I frequently find myself going out of my way to compliment Boulevard on this aspect of its brews. Quads can get pretty "cloying." This American take on the style shines because the alcohol and carbonation provide a striking counterpoint to the sweetness of its taste to deliver a crisp and dry finish.

Overall--This isn't St. B. Or Roche. Or (fill in the name of your favorite trappist here.) But for an American take on this style--this is the standard by which all other American takes should be measured.

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Photo of HoodviewBrew
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a very tall head (2" plus) with a nice dark brown color. Smells sweet, with a citrus/estery smell. Wonderful taste, though with a yeasty, sour bread taste. That description makes it sound terrible but it's actually really good. Reminds me of an old ale. Has a nice boozy finish. IMHO this fills in nicely when the Bourbon Barrel Quad is not available, which it never is where I live.

Update- Feb 2017. I've since had this a few times and while it still tastes great, something in it gives me a screaming headache every time I drink it. Too bad, I like the beer,

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Photo of REDAMI
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

L-Deep amber pour with nearly an inch of off-white foam.

S-Candied fruits, sweet vanilla, toffee/caramel malts.

T-Fruitcake notes, vague cinnamon-like spice, melting into sweet bready malts.

F-Sharp carbonation at the front wakes up the tongue, but smooths into an array of flavors.

Deceptively complex, lighter in texture than other quads but with the same depth as the top tier.

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Photo of MAB
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally got around to drinking this-- it's been sitting in my basement for 7 months now.
Lovely color. Deep amber. Tannish yellow head; plentiful and tight.
Mostly malt flavors, a hint of the hops that builds upon further sipping.
Carbonation level is good-- not too active. Alcohol is well-disguised. Doesn't taste boozy.

Overall, a fine effort.

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Photo of degueulasse
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a beautiful dark brown with a thick, lasting head and has a rich scent with notes of butter. The taste is strong, befitting its high alcohol by volume level, but it is tasty and deep, with the buttery hints still there but subdued behind the pleasant bitterness.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque body of reddish brown, light tan-orange head is fluffy and extensive. Some lacing. Also, volcanic on opening. Lost a couple ounces.

S - Fruit. Caramel. Apple skin. Spun sugar.

T - Follows the nose, with sweet banana and mild brisk acidity, doughy flavors, and slight bitter bite to clear in the close.

M - Moderate carbonation, and a bit of prickle in the close.

O - Quads are not my favorite style, being a bit more than I want most days. This is a mighty fine version, with lovely caramel dough notes.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oh me oh my. I feel very fortunate that my local bottle shop featured this in its most recent beers of the month selection. The look, taste and feel of this is everything you could ask for in an American-made quad. The burnt sugar, raisin, and boozy finish are absolutely on-point.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper with a fluffy two finger beige head. Aroma is classic belgian with sweet dark fruits of plum, raisin, and candied fruit with orange and peach being most prominent, along with yeast, spice, and belgian candi sugar. Taste follows with huge sweet candied fruits and candi sugar upfront, followed by dark fruits coming in the middle coupled with a slight pepper spice, and a wonderful yeasty flavor in the finish. Hugely complex in flavor. Mouthfeel is light, massively effervescent with prickly carbonation. Overall, this is a tremendous version of a belgian quad, while not as heavy leaning on the dark fruits as some, it showcases all the hallmarks to compete with the true belgian versions. Very good smokestack beer that would make a lovely accompaniment to Christmas and the winter/winter holidays.

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Photo of EMV
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a DT tulip

L: Pours a clear medium caramel brown color. Two fingers of thick creamy off-white head and sticky lacing.

S: Dark sugars and spices. Plum and fruits.

T/F: Follows the nose... singed dark sugars and caramel. Spicy and complex... raisins, plum, and notes of vanilla. Mouthfeel is creamy and a bit sticky at the finish. Generous carbonation.

O: A very well put together American-made Quad... I'm wondering where Boulevard is hiding the Monks!

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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 AZBeerDude72
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a deep red/brown with a nice golden head and good lacing. Smells of red wine, raisins, and molasses. Taste is comprised of brown sugar, wine, smokey earth like tones with an alcohol zing. Finish is clean with a light burst of some citrus in there, overall very easy to drink considering its almost 11 ABV. Very nice beer would recommend.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: burgundy, murky rust colored with a creamy slightly thick off white head.

Aroma: brown sugar, yeast, dark fruits, raisins, plums, prunes, mild alcohol, faint bubblegum

Taste: cane sugar, yeast, dark fruits, raisins, plums, mild booze.

Feel: moderately carbonated, slightly thinner than a medium mouthfeel but not too thin.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Almost clear dark amber color with beige head. Aroma has brown sugar, molasses and booze soaked dried fruits like raisins and plums. Taste starts sweet with brown sugar flavor, a bit of bitterness too, seems a bit like burnt sugar. There are also dark fruits and yeast notes. Finish is quite bitter and earthy. Medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. Overall it's a well made and complex tasting beer buy I think the flavors don't combine as well as expected.

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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 mchegash
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: Bright orange-red, with a finger of beige head. Moderately clear but fairly hazy. A great multitude of visible rising carbonation.

S: Delicious candied fruits, perhaps fig and plum? A little bit of Belgian yeastiness.

T: Delicious. Everything I would want in a quad. Great fruit flavors, both red fruit and dark fruit. Moderately high sweetness. Definitely tastes how I would expect a quad to taste.

F: Moderate amount of high-intensity carbonation. Full-bodied.

O: Overall this was a really great quad, and I was very happy with it. highly recommended.

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Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a deep reddish amber with an off white head with nice retention and decent lacing
S-raisons, plum, alcohol, some biscuit
T-lots of plum, dried cherries, and some alcohol and toasted biscuit in the finish
M-medium-full bodied and high carbonation
O-very well balanced and layered making for a great sipping beer

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Photo of goodbeer4cheap
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a bottle poured into a tulip glass
Look - golden copper, hazy, large head 3" and lots of carbonation
Taste - Prunes, pie cherries, fruitcake, alcohol. A heavy beer you would expect from a Quad.
Feel - Almost bourbon, almost syrup mouthfeel, this beer linger on the tongue long after sipping.
Overall - Good Beer I am still more stout and ipa drinker thus I cannot rate this beer as accurate as some but this beer I would quaff on when looking for a heavy finishing beer. I like the pleasant flavors that linker on the tongue and mouth long after drinking. Dessert in a beer!

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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 Bierliebhaber3
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Never tried this brewery before, but this was the beer of theirs that the beer store guy suggested so I thought I’d give it a shot. This quad pours a coppery amber color with a substantial foamy yellowish head. The scent is malty with some perceptible fruit tones as well. The taste is strongly malty for a Belgian, even for a quad, which imparts a bready / caramel flavor. There are also flavors of date and fig like the bottle says, I maybe get a little apple too, but I’m not really getting much else. There’s a definite alcohol flavor, which is common to quads, but I tend to find more acceptable if there’s more going on with it than there is here. Not a bad beer by any means, but what I really look for in quads is a complex, dynamic flavor and I’m just not fully getting that here. I usually appreciate strong malts, but in this case I’m not sure it’s totally appropriate to the style and I feel like it may be covering up some of the other flavors. It is rated highly and others say it has a lot of little complexities, but maybe my palette just isn’t refined enough for this one.

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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,873 ratings.
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