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:
2,892
Reviews:
830
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
231
Gots:
773
For Trade:
6
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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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3.99/5  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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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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 355 ml bottle (best by August 7, 2014) into a chalice.

A-A normal pour produces about a finger of grayish-tan foam that drops to a thick cap that has great retention. The brew underneath is light in color for the style with a sort-of fig-like color of medium brown hue. I can see a few streams of fine carbonation in the murk.

S-The aroma is full of dark, sweet, dried fruits like prune and raisin and a sweet, fruity alcohol warmth. As the beer warms up, I get more caramelized sugar and molasses flavors and a hint of banana. The beer is a bit musty, but very inviting.

T-The taste is similar to the smell with perhaps a bit less sweetness and a bit more peppery spice. The dominant flavors are still prune and caramelized sugar, but the alcoholic finish has a little nip of spice and medicinal flavor. Slightly earthy.

M-The feel might be the high point of this beer. It is robust in body and soft on the palate but with enough prick in the carbonation to keep it interesting.

O-This is a great beer and one of the better American quads I have tried. It packs a lot of flavor and complexity, and mimics the feel of the best examples of this style. I don't think it is quite up to the level of the Belgians, but I would definitely drink more of this.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Split a 12oz with my wife and poured into a couple of white wine glasses. Huge fluffy head, totally clouded, dark amber brown ale.

Aroma is super-booze, yummy yeast, cidery aroma with fig and dark fruit. As it warms I get some strawberry and raisin aromas. Tastes boozy but not too hot. Definitely sweet and jammy, but there is a tinge of bitterness in the finish, probably from the alcohol, but I certainly don't mind it. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, with very slight carbonation.

This is not the first time nor the last I've had this. It is an excellent American quad, with wine like qualities and a lot of complexity.

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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,892 ratings.
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