The Sixth Glass | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass
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
Reviews:
819
Ratings:
2,862
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
230
Gots:
763
For Trade:
8
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Reviews: 819 | Ratings: 2,862
Photo of woodychandler
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently purchased this bottle at the FGBS here in Lancaster, PA & since I somehow got onto a mini-horizontal from Boulevard, this one seemed to be the next logical choice in the progression.

From the bottle: "22 IBUs".

This beer has ten months in the bottle, so following the Pop! of the cap, I performed a gentle pour in case any lees had settled on the punt. Even my utterly gentle pour was causing head to quickly rise to the point that I had to back of stop altogether. It finally settled into a dense, creamy, rocky cap of two-plus fingers of light-tan head with great retention. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with deep-amber highlights. Nose was bready with notes of dark, dried fruits like raisins, prunes, cherries and the candied fruit that goes into fruitcake. In fact, in its totality, it smelled like a liquefied fruitcake. Mouthfeel was medium, but surprisingly soft for all of the evident carbonation. The taste retained the fruitiness noted on the nose, but the yeast seemed to have added a heavy banana-like flavor so that it was more like liquefied banana bread with the addition of dried, dark fruits. My my. Still, the relatively high ABV was well-hidden, making it dangerously drinkable. Finish was smooth & semi-sweet as the yeast was working to dry it out. The bottle indicated that it could mature for up to two years from the bottling date, so at ten months, it was taking on a dry quality. I do not often indulge in this style of beer, but this was definitely worthwhile. I found it quite enjoyable & have no problem recommending it to others.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a reddish brown and hazy. It has a bubbly white head and a good amount of carbonation. The beer has a sweet aroma of malts and hints of booze and dark fruits. The beer taste of sweet malts but the sweetness is cut by the booze. Some dark fruit hints but not as much as I am used to with this style. The beer has a lot of carbonation feel and the high ABV makes me feel warm.

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Photo of twage04
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep ruby/red with medium carbonation. Some fig and booze on the nose and taste is much of the same. Good easy mouth feel and booze is well concealed. Average bitterness for the style but lacking a bit in the dark fruit/fig. Not much noticeable belgian yeast but does a good job hiding the booze and having a little sweetness without being cloying.

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Photo of CraftBeerRunner
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Maybe it's just not my style, but I thought while good it wasn't great and the aftertaste let the whole thing down :-( So, very good but not as exciting as other reviewers implied for my taste.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into smaller chalice: color is amber, a little dense, head is lighter tan, presenting at least 1/2 inch thick and lingering until dissipating to a ring with some lacing on the glass.

Smell is sweet, estery, light pepper and banana and clove; some toffee and phenol and raisin - a brew that changes aroma greatly with temperature.

Taste is similar to the aroma with a great blend of sweet malt and complex malt derivatives such as raisins, prunes, caramel and apples; yeast off flavors are broad as well with blend of pepper, lighter banana, some clove and light spice.

Mouthfeel is a bit sharp on the tongue at first, softening as it warms but still a strong presence on the tongue.

Overall a big beer that has flavor to back it up - big, deep, complex - a great brew from Boulevard.

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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 Ferb
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I admit that quads are not a go-to style for me, but this one was a gift and today, I got my shoulder sling off for after six weeks!
I love the color blend of orange and mahogany, and the dense, antique white head. The taste is of fruitcake, raisins, licorice, plums, coriander, Belgian candi sugar. It has a warming alcohol feeling and a "quiet" finish: not too dry, sweet, or spicy. This is an excellent quad that any fan of the style should try. The 750ml bottle should help my rotator cuff feel better, too!

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Photo of Marcoxx626
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer for a relatively good price! (Considering it's a great quad)

Aroma- I'm getting malts, dark fruit and even some banana
Look - large creamy brown head. Dark brown color, though not as dark as some of the Belgian quads
Taste - follows nose pretty well. Great taste although it's a bit less complex than other quads greats like rochefort 10 and st bernardus
Feel - pretty smooth, can hardly taste the alcohol
Overall- great beer, especially the price. Not quite as good as some of the Belgian quads but still a great beer nonetheless. I'll be buying this frequently as I love quads and it's more affordable than most of the other ones

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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, whihc 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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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,862 ratings.
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