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:
2,880
Reviews:
823
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
228
Gots:
768
For Trade:
6
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of joe1510
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle

Best By: 8/22/15

Active carbonation produces a finger high head even on an easy pour. The foam isn't the most appetizing with a soapy look and dirty beige in color. It fizzles out rather quickly to a thin ring and skim coat. The body is murky, brick red when backlit with some floating chunkies even after I poured carefully.

The nose is loaded with fruity esters, I can smell it from a few feet away. Prune, dates and fig are the first fruits that come to mind. It has a little of that dry, leathery quality. Raisin as well, I can't forget raisins. Caramel and one of those heavy, dense holiday fruit cakes make up the malt base but it surprisingly doesn't seem overly sweet, just that the spice and fruit is present.

Fruit cake again makes it's presence felt. There's better balance than the nose. Figs and raisins are most prominent. A touch of pear and apple float around the back adding a sense of sweetness. Leathery prunes and dates pop up here and there. Big caramel and a whiff of booze wrap it up. Fairly complex.

Boulevard has nailed the mouthfeel like they seem to do on every beer they release. The body is impossibly light for a beer of this strength. The carbonation is frothy and airy like dialed in Belgians. Alcohol heat is non existent and the carbonation adds a touch of prickliness to the tongue.

I don't drink Quads very often, they're not really a style I prefer but I do truly appreciate great versions like Rochefort's and St. Bernardus', with that said I'll have to pass on Sixth Glass. It's a good beer, worth a try, but I'll skip this guy in the future.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of dar482
2.71/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer comes in a rich amber red color with a fluffy white head.

The aroma has bright fresh sugary fruit sweetness. Tart plums, some breadiness, caramel sweetness. Boozy cherries, figs, alcohol comes through.

The flavor attacks aggressively of alcohol throughout. From the top of the back to the back of the throat, there is alcohol burn. There’s a slight candied fruit note, almost a gummy candy flavor, but other than that, alcohol is all I can find.

Booze booze booze. The beer was absolutely dominated by alcohol. It gets even worse as it warms and I had to pour it out. I don’t know if it was infected as it nasted like nail polish and alcohol.

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Photo of JJern1982
5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of iamshad
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Packman4IL
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Badger6
4.89/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle, best by 07/07/15. Poured into a snifter, left to breathe warm for about 10 minutes after pouring.

A: huge, active fizzy khaki colored head, took two pours to empty the bottle. Some lacing as head recedes, mostly gone after a few minutes, head took nearly 15 minutes to disappear. A dark cherry amber body, some cloudiness.

S: Cherries, dates, dark sticky raisins, cinnamon, and spice cake. Powerful but sensual aroma.

T: Super complex beer. Cherries, all kinds of spiciness, ginger and cinnamon up front, then dark fruits abound. Finishes with a hint of alcohol that quickly turns into heavy flavors of moist fresh baked bread, very yeasty in a good way.

M: Not terribly boozy, but distinctly warming...not a summer beer. Medium mouthfeel, carbonation is not heavy, not light, and the texture is barely oily, but not dry. The initial feel was deceptive to how it formed up on the tongue, initially surprising, got better as it warmed.

O: Cold weather beer, no way I could drink this in the summer, or any weather that isn't cold, rainy and above 40 degrees. So sweet with a huge spice profile, and a fragrant alcoholic character. The flavored and mouthfeel were extraordinarily well-balanced. Not a beer to be consumed cold, started at 55 or so, and it got better as it warmed. The only quadrupels that will match this, have a label only in French and the brewery is in Belgium.

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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

I have to thank SplashyFob for this one. He brought it over to share. Notes taken last night, 1/7/14.

I was presented a snifter with a light tan head over a dark amber/light brown body. The beer had a decent showing in the lacing category.

It smelled delightful. It was malty with dark fruit, mainly fig and plum, with just a hint of dark cherries. Light caramel helped transfer it over, with I believe a whisper of candy sugar if I'm not mistaken. Ending was very boozy.

The flavor was sweet and malty. Somehow it just didn't seem to live up to the promise of the nose. I got fig, candy sugar and booze on the end.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. The carbonation was the key to how enjoyable this was. It was just a hint. The beer left a light film across the tongue and finished slightly dry.

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

12oz Bottle from Cost Plus World Market Palm Springs CA for $3.50

Appearance – Murky brown colour with an above average size fizzy dark beige coloured head. It’s hard to make out the carbonation level due to the darkness of the beer and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, grapes/raisins, anise

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts,caramel, and some yeast. There is also quite a bit of dark fruit flavour.. grapes/raisins and some plums. It ends with a fruity/anise aftertaste.

Overall – Really enjoyed this beer, it reminded me a bit of Rochefort but with a touch more vibrant fruitiness.

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Photo of DWolf
4/5  rDev -2.2%

The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,880 ratings.
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