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:
2,900
Reviews:
832
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
231
Gots:
776
For Trade:
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Photo of Arbitrator
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled 750mL bottle into a glass. It's never a good idea to tackle these on my own, but then, it wasn't a good idea to go to graduate school, either.

A generous extra from Sideswipe. Thanks, John!

A: Pours a dark reddish brown body, nearly opaque, but revealing a small glow around the edges. It's capped with two fingers of light beige foam. Great retention, and throughout the drink there is a perennial cap on the brew. It leaves wonderful lace during sips, though nothing that sticks.

S: Immediately when I cracked this, I smelled green apples or guavas. In the glass, I pick up cherries, raisins, caramel, brown sugar. A strong scent of cloves that nearly disguises the booziness that radiates off the beer.

T: Green apple, not guava, is what I settled on after tasting the beer. Cherries, plums, and apricots are noticeable. Brown sugar and caramel are also found. I expected to find some candi sugar here, but I don't taste it. Maybe it's all fermented out? No truly dark fruits, either (raisins, figs, dates). I pick up the clove I detected in the aroma, but it's weaker in the taste.

M: Medium-bodied. It is relatively dry, but the high carbonation becomes a drawback then; it disguises the flavor and prevents it from expressing itself. I can swirl it out, but I shouldn't have to. There's a small booziness in the finish that I don't care for, though it's not a major complaint.

D: I put down the 750mL myself. A good beer, but against the true Belgians, this falls a bit short.

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Photo of knicks19947
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Blazer22
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BretSikkink
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Sixth Glass pours a pretty impressive tawny amber color that moves from orange at the bottom to brown at the top. The foam is expansive and chirpy - it sounds like those commercials for Rice Krispies: Snap, crackle, pop, indeed.

This head is so goddamn impressive and spot-on, I'm giving the 4.5 despite finding the color to be very light on the Quad spectrum. A foamy sea of beery goodness..

The aroma is also quite nice, with very correct notes of dark fruits and Belgian yeast. Spicy, with notes of ginger and a tart, dry pepper. Solid potency. Reminiscent of the better Belgian examples with a tart twist.

The flavor is a little less of what I want - it's not as complex and mysterious as the best of the style. Still, there is a large amount of fig paste and raisin sweetness complementing the phenolic clove and banana yeast flavors. It's not a bad take on the style, but it doesn't hold a candle to the best.

With warmth, flavors of cherry, sour apple, and a mild tartness can be coaxed out of the initially one-dimensional sweet flavor. The ginger (that I can't imagine the provenance of) comes through as well, and helps define the Sweet and Spiced natures of the brew.

The mouthfeel is pretty minimal - uncharacteristically thin, and basically not providing the chewiness that this style requires to deliver so much flavor. The carbonation is expansive, but overall a little too much of a good thing. The malt content is lacking - even if not by much, it needs to be fixed.

Booze is noticeable; not problematic at first but really quite overbearing afterall. The finish is quite dry, which accentuates the alcohol late in the glass. Boulevard did a lot of things right here, but there are definitely some points of contention. I like the Sixth Glass and I'm definitely reminded of the Belgian masters here, which is a very good sign!

If you're in the Midwest and see a 750 style bottle of this for reasonable prices (7-9 dollars), don't hesitate for a second if you're in the mood for a dark Belgian style ale.

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Photo of vande
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.05/5  rDev -1%

Photo of WynnO
3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice beer but it is a bit too hoppy for a quad.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I drink this brew in celebration of the successful completion of an exceptionally demanding class. Thanks to Freethyhops for the hook-up. He's my main man in 'Bama...

By the way, when was the last time you were stoked on an American Quad? If ever I have been, it eludes me now.

A - Rich ruby-mahogany hue, generous amounts of frothy foam, delicate lacing.

S - Huge aroma of black truffle. Due to the outrageous cost of truffles (starting around $100 per ounce for garbage quality) I don't expect many to have a real frame of reference for the flavor. (Incidentally, if you want to taste big truffle flavor, try truffle oil or Caciotta Al Tartufo, an Italian truffle-laden cheese) Anyway, back to the beer... Besides the sublime suggestion of truffles, the aroma is pleasantly saucy, malty and full of dried-fruity notes.

T - First off, this Quad tastes authentically Belgian; I doubt it could be identified as a stateside brew in a blind test. The flavors tend towards reserved in the grand spectrum of the style, especially when compared to the ultra-vinous, sweet, and/or boozy examples. The flavors are very balanced; the malt richness is constantly available, but it is dry enough to allow for the subtleties of the brew to shine. Big raisin, a healthy alcohol kick, and delicious yeasty spiciness are the mainstays of this brew. The same elegant hint of black truffle is available in the taste, especially towards the finish. I am very much a fan.

M - Very well-carbonated, at first perhaps slightly too much so; it is straddling the line between sharp and prickly.

D - Excellent. I can't imagine someone not liking this. Also, I am beginning to suspect that Boulevard, all things considered, may be just be one of the best breweries on Earth.

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Photo of IpeeA
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of zeledonia
2.85/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted 27 August 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear dark amber. Despite a very gentle pour, I've got some serious floaties in my glass. One finger of yellowish head, good retention, decent lacing. Not bad, just wish those floaties were back in the bottle.

Smell is delightful quad-essence. Big, sugary, and fruity. Brown sugar and figs dominate, with noticeable alcohol in the back. I'd like a little more yeast, please.

Taste is, well, just not all that good. It has a good side, but the bad side is much too strong to let that nice friendly side shine through. Good side is soft and sweet, though not as deep as I'd like it to be. Bad side is sharply bitter, with the alcohol screaming at me as if this were straight liquor. I know to expect the alcohol taste in high-ABV beers, but this is something else entirely.

Medium body, very sticky, but with really high carbonation. Should a quad be this fizzy? I don't think so. A little odd.

After continuing to sip this, I had to downgrade the taste from a 3. I struggled through this glass, and I don't ever plan to drink it again. Hoping that Boulevard's BBQ is nothing like this (at least, nothing like the bad half). How does a 10% beer come across as THIS alcohol-forward.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found it on sale, looks good to me.

A: Big pop when the bottle opens, lots of fast fading carbonation. Big sticky head.

S: Sweet with caramel and tropical fruit.

T: Great work, Boulevard, this is the best beer I have tried from your brewery. True to the style, nothing off or cloying about it. Strong and sweet, the maltiness comes through perfect. As far as being true to the style, this gets high marks, I might have mistaken it for something made in Belgium.

D: Very nice, and a good deal for what I got it for. Give it a show for sure.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mahogany brown with almost no head, but what little is there leaves behind some nice lacing. The smell is typical of a quad, dark fruits, candi and yeasts. The flavor though falls a little flat. There are nice elements of the quad present, the candi and the dark fruits, but then the beer fades quickly and there is nothing left to taste. Mouthfeel is a little thin for a quad and the carbonation was medium. A bit of a disappointment for me, but as they say 'your mileage may vary'

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

Photo of HalfFull
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. pry off bottle served up in a globe glass. Best by 11/14 stamped on the bottle. Opens with a fair pop of carbonation and pours a clear deep brown with some crimson highlights. Good retention and some soapy lace follow.

Aroma is largely yeast driven with just a hint of malt structure initially. Warms to offer well integrated raisin and fig notes though not all that complex.

Taste is less complex than the not overly complex aroma. Bit of caramel and some muddled fruits. Nothing negative to deter yet overly one sided. Perhaps too much science and not enough art. 'Clean' comes to mind. Feel is soft and creamy nonetheless, isn't overly sweet and yet still capable of masking the ABV to a large degree. Overall a pretty well executed though not so well designed brew that drinks like a lighter Dubbel. Needs more malt complexity to call itself a Quad.

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Photo of jayhunter357
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Kahlerbock
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Nat1975
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Eaglefan344
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of NateMac13
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mpayne5
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of hardy008
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with a 3 finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has green apples, phenols, grapes, and pears. Smells good, but not as expected.

The taste is just like the aroma. It has green apples, phenols, grapes, and pears. It is also a sweet tasting beer, and has a nice flavor, it just doesn't taste like I would expect a Quadrupel to taste. At least not entirely.

Medium bodied, high carbonation, sweet, and smooth. I like much about this beer, but it does not seem like it is true to style. The 10.5 % abv is well hidden, which is a plus.

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Photo of Beer21
4/5  rDev -2.2%

The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,900 ratings.
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