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
Ratings:
2,901
Reviews:
832
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
231
Gots:
776
For Trade:
6
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Photo of Smileitsfreetobehappy
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of WuBByG999
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lawl3ss
3.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Chilled 750 ml C&C bottle poured into a Troegs stemmed tulip. Bottling date is misprinted and rather hard to read, but it appears to indicate July 7, 2011.

Look- Cloudy medium amber with a bit of sediment, despite my best efforts. Big (four+ fingers), craggy, sticky, foamy buttermilk-colored head. Actually, it looks quite a bit like whipped pancake batter. Clings to the sides, leaving a craggy bowl-like meniscus. No lacing once it finally settles, which is expected at this ABV.

Smell- Big fruits- strawberry, grape, apple cider, ripe banana, and bubblegum. Reminds me of gewürztraminer wine, in fact. Spicy/flowery yeast, some booze and strong toffee/caramel malt round it out. Alcohol/flowery character builds as the beer warms and the head falls, making it more boozy and perfume-like, but never too much so. Exceptional!

Taste- Bold flavor, mellow feel. Starts out with strong candied pears, treacle, and summer melon. Toffee, graham cracker, rye whiskey, and sassafras push through before transitioning to lemon zest, fresh crusty bread, and a bit of peppery alcohol. Aftertaste is akin to decent peach schnapps with the faintest hint of bitterness. There are more than a few subtle flavors here that I can't really pin down, but it's delicious and beautifully put together.

Mouthfeel- Full body, mild to moderate carb. Creamy feeling, silky smooth,. Mildly astringent towards the finish, alcohol is definitely present throughout but not offensive. Significant warming, surprisingly clean finish. Drinks like a dessert wine or liqueur.

Overall- Extraordinarily well balanced- not "too" anything, and goes down deceptively easily. There are plenty of big beers around, but it is rare to see one that showcases so many elements so well without seeming chaotic, and man, is it good! I'm planning on going out tomorrow to grab a bottle (or six) for uncorking down the road.

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Re-evaluated January 2015. Mediocre at best for a quad. Thin and harsh from a 12 oz bottle. I feel like this has suffered a lot since the brand changed ownership. Ratings adjusted.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml Bottle poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

Pours a deep amber-highlighted mahogany color with an inch of pillowy beige head that quickly disappears.
The aroma has lots of sweet and syrupy candi sugar characteristics as well as some bready malt, raisins and green apples.
The taste starts off with cherries, candied dates and figs upfront followed by a strong caramelized sugar malt backbone. There’s also a subtle and spicy yeast flavor in the background along with an assertive alcohol presence.
The body is silky smooth with active carbonation ( maybe a little bit to much carbonation , but thats the only - point ) and a dry, malty finish.
Overall, this is a GOOD quad , a rich and potent Quad that should definitely be split between two people.

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Photo of Branlott42
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mlockman
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

EXACTLY how I want a Belgian-style beer to look in my glass. Very good, but a drier smell and taste than I expected. High carbonation lent a sort of fluffy mouthfeel, but lacked the chewy characteristics I often look for in darker Belgian ales. Quite good, but holistically it made me wish I had picked up a Belgian Strong Dark Ale instead.

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Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Sspeer1
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of leedorham
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Dark murky brown with plenty of reddish tones, great carbonation at the bottom of the glass. The head is light tan, bubbly and thick but not creamy. Very light lacing.
Smell:
Phenolic aromas are strong, spices and dark fruits are well represented in the aroma but not overpowering. Mild apple and oranges zest also come through.
Taste:
The hits thing you taste is the slight smoked dark fruits-yep you read that right smoked dark fruits, followed by the overall sweetness and then a mild bitterness as you swallow. I do taste some apricot and mild peaches around the center of my mouth. Prunes and a mild brown sugar flavor come out as it warms up.
Mouthfeel:
This is a medium to full bodied ale and it really coats your mouth with a wonderful feeling and flavor.
Overall:
This is what I would expect from a quad and this quad is one of the many great quads out there. You must try this one.

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

Photo of jadler16
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DBosco
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mikerieder
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Googs
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of SMH_NWI
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nathanjohnson
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of everetends
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle I got from hopsleeroy in a past trade. Now is the time to enjoy this baby. Served this guy up in a tulip glass.

A: This guy had a huge pop on the uncorking and has a nice smoke rolling out of the bottle. Has a really nice hazy brown going on here. The haze is very wheat beer in appearance. That hazy brown has a more amber look with a touch of orange as it is held to the light. The pour got me a good three fingers of head that seems to be pretty darned tight and thick and has a really crisp white appearance. Lace is loose and doesn't have too much stick as it slowly slides back in to the glass further keeping the retention in tact. Good looking brew.

S: Smell is not really kickin as much as I was expecting. It does have a pretty light and balanced. Getting some nice and sweet Belgian characters coming through with the yeast and malts. There is a slight candy sweetness going on here. It does actually have a lot of caramel malt in here along with a touch of clove honey. Smells pretty good but its pretty muted.

T: Taste pretty much mirrors the nose. Getting that Belgian yeast quality coming out really nice with all that malt in here. Getting a good amount caramel and clove honey in here as well. This is sweet but not too crazy. There is a touch of wheat in here that is really cutting it a bit with some grainy goodness. There is a good amount of bready goodness in here that really works with that wheat goodness. There is a slight touch of raisin and tart cherry in here as well. Slight touch of spicy rum on the finish. Pretty tasty.

M: Nice medium feel that has a decent amount of weight to it. Nice and somewhat oily and slick feel going on here. The carbonation is medium as well that really keeps this decently crisp but doesn't take away from the nice feel. Has a somewhat drying quality that makes the next sip a must. ABV is nicely tame but still present. Aftertaste is mostly just some nice malt and a touch of that spicy rum I mentioned.

D: This bottle is not going to be an issue at all thanks to that feel. This SOB is going down nice and easy, not sitting heavily at all. ABV doesn't appear to be an issue in feel or taste, but I could see it catching up with you. I see this an easy kill on the 750 but not need to push it beyond there. Absolutely easy to kill 2 or 3 glasses though. A solid brew all around and really was a treat as my first Boulevard brew.

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Photo of CraftEyeDoc
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of bwarren82
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of horshack7
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a goblet is a dark garnet to mahahogany with a light tan head a finger thick.

Aroma: Brown bread, dark fruits, twinge of brown sugar, sweet malts. Notes of banana, and a little bit of spice and figs.

Taste: Ripe banana, brown bread, dark roasted malt, caramelized sugar, floral hops, figs with a wisp of licorice in the end. The mouthfeel is decently smooth with a touch of stickiness.

Notes: Inside and out a great beer and rather drinkable despite it's 10.5 abv. Cheers.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark red and orange with a strong 1/4 inch head. Average lacing. Nicely carbonated with a super sweet Belgium hoppy flowery citrus smell. The light hops balance well with the malts and Belgium yeast. It finishes with a lovely sweetness with just a hint bitterness. This is not a disappointment. Recommended!

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Photo of loren01
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy dark reddish color, not much head no lacing.
S: Smell is sour and fruity. Apple/pear as well as dark fruits Also some Belgian yeast scents
T: Caramel sweetness followed by dark fruits and slight earthy aftertaste
M: Medium bodied beer, lots of carbonation but probably right for the style. Alcohol is really well hidden
O: This is a great beer, glad I picked it up would buy this one again for sure

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Photo of Khazadum
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pretty good looking caramel apple body. That burgundy, maroon expected with microscopic bubbles flowing here and there occasionally recharging the flotilla of tan, almost off-white cream, tobacco smoke stained wall head. Its fluffy for the most part with a few cream centers. Leaves a nice ring of lacing as I begin imbibing. Absolutely intense retention time with smooth lacing makes me a happy camper.

S- Strong smells of apples, berry fruits, belgian candied sugars. Some nice earthy spices come forth that I wasn't expecting at all. Its almost like baking spices on top of apple pie. Like a perfectly balanced liquid pie. With crumble crust and topping and all. The bready background does wonders for this beer.

T- The flavors don't blend as amazingly, unfortunately. Opens with some very sweet candied sugars bursting forth. This is followed immediately by a fruit phenol/ester body that reminds me of apperry. A nice mixture of apple with some berry hints. Some ethanol hints in the middle to back end, but it flows to a finish that is very clean. Leftover remnants of some biscuit flavors and belgian sugars once again.

M- Full bodied, smooth, crisp in the back end. Lingering of the sweetness burns out quickly leaving that relatively clean feeling. Never a complaint about the alcohol... sometimes it shows up as heat in the back of my palate, but not consistently.

D- Unbelievably sweet. Like ZERO bittering agents come forth to combat the sweet factors on this beer. It really starts to detract on the drinkability here with such overwhelming sweetness. Some quads I feel I can drink a gallon, some I feel a glass is too much. This is almost in that glass is too much category. It opens amazing, but it starts to build into something rancid. Least the super high alcohol is well placed.

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Photo of deac83
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,901 ratings.
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