The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

2,882 Ratings
The Sixth Glass Quadrupel AleThe Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

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

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4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottled purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, 2013 vintage and best by 5/16/15 poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter, drank 10/31/13 over an hour

A: 2/3 - red-auburn coloration, moderate clarity (cannot see and read through), initial white rocky/soapy head on first pour resolved into 1/2 finger glass lacing with residuals clinging to the glass --> modertae-to-high carbonation for style; thick alcohol legs as expected for 10.5% ABV

S: 9/12 - Belgian-yeast stone fruit esters: plums, raisins, cherries, sour apples; small amount of Noble hop aroma

T: 16/20 - on the front of the tongue, there is a moderate sweetness as some fruit flavors - plum, raisin and apple; in the middle of the mouth, these flavors developed into impressible malt complexity with some alcohol complexity and Sytrian Goldings hop character for balance; impressively little aftertaste for the intense malt complexity

M: 4/5 - big, chewy body (provided by the high alcohol content); slightly high carbonation for style but makes the flavors pop

O: 9/10 - one of my favorite Belgian quads, which was validated by a blind tasting against some of the best Belgian quads (Westy XII, St. Bernardus, etc.), where this was my favorite; at 10.5% with the intense malt complexity, it's crazy dry, which I love; I also love that this beer is released year-round, which is awesome --> highly recommended!

TOTAL = 40/50

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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Photo of ranger7
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought from Central Market in a Pick 6.
Poured from bottle into a Maredsous chalice.
(Review from notes)

A - Nice fizzy carbonation. Amber orange hue.

S - Sweet and spicy orange, coriander.

T - Slight sweet front, bitter back. Some hops, but they mellowed with honey. The alcohol is well-hidden.

M - Fairly thick, kind of oily. Fizzy going down.

Summary - A proper Belgian. I have a higher standard for Tripels and Quads (so many great ones out there), and this one is a good Quad.

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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 3/2015. Pours lightly cloudy reddish orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, fig, plum, pear, apple, grape, toast, brown sugar, clove, herbal, pepper, candi sugar, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of caramel, raisin, fig, plum, pear, apple, toast, brown sugar, candi sugar, brown bread, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; with a good malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent quadrupel style! All around great balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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2/5  rDev -51.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 4-pack of 12 oz bottles from Ledger's Liquor in Berkeley, poured into a Duvel glass.

A: Pours a gorgeous clear deep ruby brown color with 1.5-2 inches of foam.

S: strong fruity & sugary scent of banana and dates followed by belgian yeast, caramel, slight phenolic notes.

T: exactly what you want from a quad. Rich malty sweetness with dark dried fruit and caramel flavors in the beginning, accompanied by strong belgian yeast character. Nice dry finish with a warming alcohol presence.

M: thick and heavy, but the champagne-like carbonation really makes this an easy beer to can start to get why it's called "the sixth glass". Once again exactly what you'd expect and want from a quad

O: It's always neat to see American brewers make quads, and it's definitely up there as one of my favorite beers. It's definitely a beer that you're going to want to serve at proper temperature, so let it warm up a bit to get the full experience. This was my first beer from Boulevard and I'm looking forward to trying more. It's a good one to have on hand as the weather cools down and if you get the chance to pick up a bottle or 4-pack it's well worth the money!

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a deep dark amber with a finger+ of light caramel head. Very good retention, fantastic lacing.

S - tons of prunes, dates, and figs. Some sweet crystal caramel malts. Mild alcohol warmness and honey aromas.

T - tons and tones of dark fruits, as listed in the aroma. Lots of candied sugar as well as beer transitions to more of a yeasty flavor with a mild alcohol burn at the finish. Initial dark fruits and alcohol burns linger for the aftertaste.

M - medium bodied, a bit over carbonated in my opinion. Definitely a drinkable 10.5

O - good flavor for sure, alcohol is extremely well tempered. Quite drinkable, carbonation is over the top in my opinion

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,882 ratings.
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