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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel AleThe Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale
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4.16/5
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2,922 Ratings
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): 10.20%

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
Ranking:
#1,386
Reviews:
838
Ratings:
2,922
pDev:
10.82%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
232
Gots:
791
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 2,922 |  Reviews: 838
Photo of spoony
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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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4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of BeerWizard
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of matjack85
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this as a gift from my sister on Christmas. It came in a 4-pack with 3 other beers from Boulevard as part of their "Smokestack series". Best before date of 8/12/15 is clearly stamped on the bottle, and since this is only December of '13, this must really be fresh. The gift pack came with its own Boulevard glass, so that is what I used to serve it in.

Be careful with the pour. With just half the bottle poured in slowly, it produced a creamy 3-finger beige head that rose quickly to the top and lasted several minutes, leaving some really nice lacing. After the head settled down, the beer took on a slightly hazed dark reddish/amber color.

The beer had a pleasant Belgian yeast smell, along with lots of caramel sweetness and dark fruits.

This is a very malty beer with both bready and caramel malts mixed together, plus some brown sugar and candy sugar for even more sweetness. I'm also picking up dark cherries and a touch of alcohol. Hop bitterness is mild at just 22 IBUs, but enough to tame some of the maltiness.

Creamy, smooth, and full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Delicious!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this for $5.50 at the House of 1,000 beers. Never seen any Boulevard Brewing beers so I snagged it up quick.

A - Well it's unfiltered which never really swayed me. The massive 1+ inch head is nice with an opaque tint to it. Hazy amber orange color.
S - I can smell the dry esters next to some cherry pits and some plums. Smell is also rather sweet and fruity with yeasts. Smell is good with no detectable ethanol notes.
T - Wow very interesting, spicy malt notes next to fruity yeasts and a bready body. Very dry when swirled in the mouth. Not overlay sweet with candied sugar or caramel either this one is balanced.
M - Medium bodied not thin but a very drink able quad.

Overall I may have to go back and snag the Saison since it is more impressive. This beer is a great quad not too bozzy or sweet. Wish it was cheaper though but its PA so what are you gonna do trading would be more expensive...

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.94/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is right in my wheelhouse. Deep dark red in appearance with a three finger head.

Taste great! Mild and fruity. Nicely carbonated with a very well hidden APV.

Wasn't all that impressed with the first offering that I sampled from Boulevard Brewing (Tank 7) but this quad is excellent.

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4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish amber in color. An inch thick layer of foam rests on top of this brew. Brussels lacing on the glass. Dark Belgian candy sugar with hints of caramel. Intensely thick and alcoholic mouthfeel. This is serious stuff. I get loads of sweet malt and dark Belgian candy sugar. Lingering fade of Belgian yeast and dark malt. This is a great teat.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 2,922 ratings
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