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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: 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:
#1,389
Reviews:
838
Ratings:
2,922
pDev:
10.82%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
232
Gots:
791
Trade:
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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice looking brown color with a light tan head on top. The smell of the beer has a sweetness to it along with some fruity essences on the nose. The taste of the beer had a sweet dark malty flavor with some of the Belgian sugars doing their thing as well as the dark fermented fruit flavors. The mouthfeel of the beer was creamy with a good carbonation to it. Overall I wouldn't say it's my favorite Quad, it's good but not really one that I would rave about. I would drink it again though.

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Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from zapata.

Nudged the cork and sent it flying at a supersonic pace into the ceiling and then into a couple of walls before being greeted by a geyser that left a nice splatter pattern in the carpet. Aside from that, the beer pours an amber orange color with moderate haze and a good deal of yeast swimming in the bottle. Tall white head, fairly rocky with good lacing and moderate retention.

Aroma is moderate on the booze and heavy on the sweet malts. Not overly complex but pleasant.

Flavor is very sweet, malty, sticky, boozy, and a bit cherry-like. Theres also an interesting touch of spice which I presume is yeast but is done well enough that it may even be real spices. Maybe a bit peppery. The booze is a bit of a shock but once you get over it the rest of the flavors come out. I find it difficult to score the flavor because before the shock of the high abv subsides it might score a 3.0 but afterwards I might score it a 4.5.

Body is heavy and sticky. Very enjoyable but in moderation. It takes its toll quickly.

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Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy brownish yellow in color. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down rather quickly, leaving a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sweet fruits are present in the smell along with notes of Belgian yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has lots sweetness intermingled with the fruity flavors.
M: It feels more than medium-bodied and sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The strong amount of malty sweetness in this beer makes it somewhat difficult to drink, but this is something that really needs to be sipped given its strength. It definitely tastes strong, but any flavors of alcohol are very well hidden.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, another of the awesome spread of large-format Boulevard products to appear of late up here in Alberta. 'The Sixth Glass', and we're talking Quadruple ale? Damn.

This beer pours clear, dark ruby amber colour, with a fistful of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy beige head, which leaves some chunky layered cirrus cloud lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of semi-sweet, doughy caramel malt, prominent soused raisins and prunes, demarara sugar, faint earthy yeast, a bit of Mars Bar nougat, ethereal citrus esters, and musty, leafy, and kind of floral hops. The taste is a weirdly restrained, but still big caramel, toffee, and treacle sweetness, mixed dark orchard fruit, reduced brown sugar, some Yuletide confection spices (mostly cinnamon and nutmeg, really), sort of phenolic yeast, and a plain earthy, herbal, and musty hop bitterness. "The ABV boss seems to be out of the office at the moment, we don't know when he'll be back".

The carbonation is quite low and unobtrusive in its weak frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight for the style, and generally smooth, the malt and black fruit character as charming as a mid-west Walmart greeter. It finishes sweet, but not overly so, and the understated mustiness somehow 'outshines' the still incredibly gentle booziness.

While hardly in the same league as the Belgian greats for the style, I have had no problem enjoying this particular incarnation, as a sort of earnest New World rendition. Pleasant, yet not all that complex, but stupidly (take whatever meaning you wish from that) easy to drink, by the same token. Yeah, no sixth glass for me, unless you're using small tumblers, or the like.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Decided to grab this one from the fridge because I'm a huge fan of the style and I'm really in the mood for a good quad. I think this is my first special series beer from Boulevard. I don't remember what I made of their other offerings. Best by: 08/07/14. 10.50% ABV confirmed. Expectations are high given its current ratings. Reviewed live. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California.

Fresh and cold from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Not paired with food. Allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Smooth and frothy. Lacing is pretty good. Body colour is a nontransparent understated auburn ruby. Looks best with some light behind it. Some yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks as a quad should. When the head reduces after a couple minutes, there's still a pleasant glistening floater atop the beer. I'm excited to try this one.

Sm: Floral hops, biscuit malt, caramelization, bready malts, spice, dark fruit - plum and fig, dried fruit, rich layered amber malts, a hint of vinous character, and fermented raisin. A delightful aroma for a quad. I'm really looking forward to it. It's more of a dried fruit aroma than a dark fruit one, but it remains appealing and pleasant. No alcohol comes through. Not acidic or too sweet. Not too earthy. A subtle complex aroma of average strength and presence. Slightly yeasty.

T: A lightly bready caramelized dried fruit body. Some spice from the yeast. Certainly raisin and fig come through, not getting as much of the plum as I'd like. It has a good rich malty backbone that helps balance its more refined notes. Hopping is minimal, with some light floral notes but mainly just preservative function. Has a lightly vinous undertone. A bit of alcohol comes through, manifesting mainly as a warming sensation in the stomach but also in the flavour. Biscuit malt makes an appearance as do well layered amber malts. It's consistent throughout and nicely balanced, though it lacks the depth I'd expect from a great example of the style. Caramel and prune come through. Ripe fruit blossoms on the climax, with a slight sweetness in the second act as well. A hint of peppercorn in the early second act. My main problem with it is the overdone sweetness on the finish, which really holds the beer back.

As I sip more and more on it, the alcohol heat builds in my stomach.

It does come off overly sweet. The dark fruit would do better dried and refined. All around a well balanced beer of high complexity. I quite like it. Just what I'm in the mood for. A well built quad.

Mf: Warm, lightly creamy, and not quite dry enough. Certainly too vinous and thick in the late second act through the climax. Could use a bit more coarseness as well. It certainly doesn't lack body; it's very filling. Not at all astringent. Well carbonated. Good presence on the palate, though as noted above it does lack a depth of flavour to accompany its full body. Suits the flavours well but doesn't seem custom-tailored to them. A light stickiness is apparent.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV but that alcohol does make it something of a sipper. ABV is poorly concealed here. It's meant to be enjoyed slowly, and gets better as it warms. Boulevard has impressed me with this one and I look forward to trying more of their beers. A good effort for the style. Fans of the style will not be disappointed.

I get some heat on the burp.

A pretty good choice for aging, but that said there are better (likely cheaper) options in the style.

Serve after a period of rest from the refrigerator. She gets better as she warms.

Pair with fig newtons and/or plain unsalted pretzels.

Drank fine out of a goblet. I'd recommend a goblet or teku as the ideal serving glass.

With a reduction of the third act sweetness and better concealment of the ABV, this would easily rise to at least a B. Further honing the mouthfeel might raise it to a B+. More depth of flavour - especially insofar as the fruit is concerned - could bring this to an A-.

High B-

**I manipulated the "overall" section to give the letter grade I wanted in the interest of maintaining the integrity and consistency of my reviews.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1-26-08
Deep crimson orange, frothy creamy foam, visible micro bubbles. Soft fruity notes, nutty, with an earthy, bready, cookie sweetness. Dried fig, apricot, dried cherries, rich and cakey with some delicate almond in the background. Full bodied feel, mellow, dries out quicky, leaving a rich aftertaste. Slow sipper, but not heavy, cloying, or alcoholic at all.

12-26-2007
Shared this one with family for the holidays...

A curl of smoke exited the bottle once the cork popped. The body was a rusty orange-brown, with transparent clarity. Good amount of foam, it's color had a rust tinge to it as well.

Nutty aroma of almond, maybe dates also. Subdued and not overly sweet like some Belgian Quads. Malty flavors with strong estery notes from the yeast. More dried fruits and nuts, with a slowly dissipating warmth following the finish. It was sturdy, but not heavy or syrupy. Light enough to want to finish the whole bottle easily. Great choice for a winter night, with good cellar potential.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of brentk56
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy russet color with an impressive billowy head; excellent retention and swathes of lace

Smell: Caramel spicecake, with rum-soaked raisins, figs, candi sugar and a lot of phenols

Taste: Caramel spicecake up front, with a peppery blend of candi sugar, banana, fig, raisins and apples; after the swallow, the alcohol takes over, bringing a fair amount of phenols in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with buoyant carbonation; lots of warmth in the gullet after the swallow

Overall: I am quite impressed by this; one of the best representations of a Belgian style from a domestic craft brewery

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Photo of oline73
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

The beer pours a cloudy reddish amber color with a few fingers of a creamy off white head. The head sticks around nicely throughout the pour. I had this next to a BBQ. I'm getting slight sweetness with some dark fruit. There is also a slight banana note. This has some age and it has smoothes things out. There is a slight cherry note to the beer. In the finish, I'm getting the dark fruit and cherry in the finish. I liked this more than the BBQ.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one sitting in my fridge for about 6 months.

A - Poured out rich burgandy color. It was semi-opaque with a small, long lasting, tan head that left behind soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit, like raisin or plums. There were spicy aroma and notes of malt, too.

T - Dried fruit and spice dominated the first few sips. The smooth malt and caramel tastes emerged more as it warmed up.

M - It was soft and had a warm alcohol presence. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good Quad. I was really impressed with Boulevard's take on a big Belgian style.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with some notes of peppery yeast with light dry fruit. Taste is also a mix between some candi sugar and peppery spicy yeast with some subtle notes of dry fruits. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well made but lacking the candy and dry fruits component s that characterize that style of beer.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 3/2015. Pours lightly cloudy reddish orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, fig, plum, pear, apple, grape, toast, brown sugar, clove, herbal, pepper, candi sugar, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of caramel, raisin, fig, plum, pear, apple, toast, brown sugar, candi sugar, brown bread, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; with a good malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent quadrupel style! All around great balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 68319

Poured into Corsendonk Goblet.

Massive 2 finger head. Creamy beige in color. Good retention. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a dark hazy bark brown with hints of light chocolate. Good looking beer.

Aroma: Deep grape and plume aroma. A lot of dried fruits. Biscuits, fresh earthy hops, plums, alcohol, raisins. Wine-like aroma mixed with a lot of malts. Very complex.

Taste: Tons of malts mixed with alcohol and dried fruits. Plums, raisins, grapes. A big flavor. A lot of earthy hops are there to balance this beer.

Mouthfeel: Boozy, sweet, and creamy. Wow, this is like taking a shot. Full bodied, a fairly high amount of carbonation. Leaves a big boozy/dark fruit flavored aftertaste. One of the only parts of this beer that I didn't prefer.

Overall, I really liked this beer. A ton of of flavor, a tad boozy, but that was expected. Splitting the 750 is a great idea. Good beer from Blvd, but make sure you aren't drinking it alone.

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

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Boulevard Brewing Company "The Sixth Glass"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY 11/19/16"
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes: Beautiful appearance with excellent head retention and lacing. Some chunky sediment is visible both in suspension and lying on the bottom of the glass. Somewhere around 18 SRM, deep amber-orange in color beneath a creamy, yellowed-khaki head. Malty sweet aroma with a flicker of candy, caramel, and dark skinned fruits. That carries over into the flavor with some added mustiness, clove/spice, fig, grape, demerara, and alcohol. The alcohol cuts through the malt and leads to a dry finish with just a dusting of light spice and some grassy/wet leaves hoppiness left behind. Whoa! 10.5%? Even with the alcohol showing I wouldn't have guessed as it drinks so readily! Impressive. Tasted blind I'd assume this came out of a monastery in Belgium or the Netherlands.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy reddish amber in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint orange + honey highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet light fruits (apples + peaches), dark fruits (figs + raisins), and caramel malts with a moderate to strong aroma of that distinctive Belgian yeast.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of sweet caramel malts with a touch of toffee sweetness as well. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of dark fruits (figs + raisins), light fruits (apples), and just a hint of banana. Moderate flavors of slightly spicy distinctive Belgian yeast. Hints of bitterness in the finish which fade quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O: Definitely a sipping beer - enjoyable with a nice amount of complexity to the flavor/aroma but definitely a big beer (even though the alcohol is well hidden).Very sweet.

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Photo of chinchill
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 2,922 ratings
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