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:
2,890
Reviews:
828
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
231
Gots:
773
For Trade:
6
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Photo of mkh895
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of mechtech
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best Quad I've had, I prefer it to Rochefort 10.

The dark fruit characters are the star in this one. Plums, raisins, fig are all easily picked out. If you like dark fruit characteristics rather than the more caramel/molasses heavy quads, this might just be the best one you can buy.

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Photo of LuauLarry
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of nitter
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Dankuel
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Cloudy maroon, with a sufficient, but quickly dissipating head.

Smell: A bit of alcohol predominately covered by fruits; a bit malty, perhaps a touch of chocolate.

Taste: Nice and warming on the first sip. Hint of raisin, chocolate; the malt character is well balanced. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel: Warming, carbonated, goes down with a wrestle.

Overall: Very enjoyable. Definitely will try again.

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Photo of Mtooman
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of jessepap
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of JamLand
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Brobiehansen
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of jayhunter357
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Lucnifter
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of vobr0002
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Dcunicelli
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rlgard1
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of JoeMarsh
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of JothHu
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of eulerthegrape
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of pascilla
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of VeganUndead
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a Leffe goblet. The pour is a dark murky reddish-brown, yet it's quite light for the style (almost like iced tea). It does have a nice level of carbonation and produces a really nice 2 fingers of creamy white head that quickly dies down to a thin lace. On the nose I'm getting some malt and peppery spice notes and a little bit of alcohol.

The beer has a full body. Lots of sweet, bready, malty goodness up front and a fair amount of spice. Sharp flavors of ginger, pepper, allspice, and cardamom are accentuated by the carbonation. They interplay with the malt and grow sharper as the beer moves over the palate and picks up heat from the alcohol. The finish is medium-dry and warming, with lingering spiciness. The feel is sharp from the carbonation, but it is not overdone. Very smooth and drinkable. Not much change in the flavor as the beer de-gasses.

Overall a very satisfying Quad. I generally like my Quads as I like my women: sweet and rich. I like the malt to be front and center and just enough spice to add complexity. Still, this is a nice departure from my usual ventures in this style. Definitely a distinct offering in a field populated by several world classics that are among the greatest of all beers. I've had a few quads and this one stands out as one of the spiciest ones. I probably wouldn't buy it again for just that reason, but those who enjoy this style and don't have a sweet-tooth like mine will probably love this. It's a terrific beer, just not quite what I look for in a Quad.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of HALB
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dwagner003
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,890 ratings.
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