The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
The Sixth Glass Quadrupel AleThe Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale
2,938 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): 10.20%

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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,938 |  Reviews: 840
Photo of BigTrubble
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of tstigz
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GBuzzard
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into goblet

A: Good two finger, brownish head, retains very well. Had a good layer even after halfway finished. Dark amber color. Lots of yeast particles floating around though, eventually settling at bottom.

S: Lots of potent dried fruit (fig, raisin, etc.) smell. Slightly varied from Beligan quad aroma. A few boozy waftings (to be expected from a 10.5% ABV), but not distracting at all.

T: Very sweet and not at all bitter. Kind of malty, but enjoyable aftertaste in back of throat. Fruit from the aroma matches the taste perfectly. No hiccups, very smooth, and no big changes from nose to tongue.

M: Persistant head keeps creamy quality to the tongue but it is not thick at all. Despite retention of apparent yeast particles, if I couldn't see them, I wouldn't know or feel they were there.

O: This is the beer that you want to end a night out with friends with, either after a tasting or winding down from a night out to a show. Such a delightful beginning, middle, and finish. A fantastic American quad from Boulevard, a brewery that is quickly creeping into my higher echelon of breweries. Good non-Belgian variants on Beligan styles can be hard to find this side of the globe, and whenever I can find a example that both honors and matches up with its forefathers, I cannot help but bring it to attention. With beers like Sixth Glass, Tank 7, and Grainstorm coming out with fantastic results and increasing distribution, I look forward to expanding my brew-related flings with Boulevard and making it a regular part of my craft tasting rotation.


 1,591 characters

Photo of M1k3y
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of George1799
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of MtnDewd
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of 4amepiphany
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Alyssat_
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Abe_Froman
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GaToWyo
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Punisher
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of ryanpj
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of artoolemomo
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head but the retention is pretty much nonexistent. The head is a light beige with lots of yellow while the body is a very dark amber which glows a dark amber with lots of orange when held up to the light. Some lacing but it's pretty minimal.

Nose- Fairly weak. From both the bottle and the glass, I get some bubblegum, a bit of caramel but not much else. Faint hints of brown sugar and molasses. Lots of banana emerges after I swirl it and the beer has opened up a bit more. A light astringency from the alcohol starts to appear after some time.

Taste- Bitter, slightly woody notes appear at first with hints of alcohol on my cheeks. Some sweet malt and spice. Lots of cloves- so much so that they begin to overtake the flavor profile. Some banana but this might merely be a suggestion from the rampant phenols. (Turns out there is a lot of banana on the profile.) Yeast takes over on the finish and shows lots of spice and wood with minimal amounts of bitterness. My initial impression is that this would be better described as a mix between a tripel, a hefeweizen, and a Belgian strong dark ale. It's by no means a bad beer but it does not match up to the bar set by classic quads. The bubblegum that I detected on the nose starts to appear as well. Some brown sugar and molasses but this is primarily a clove bomb. Definitely an above average beer but I'm wondering where the dates, the raisins, and the candied fruits are. Lots of cinnamon as well and the heat is apparent but it adds to the flavor profile. A very good beer but a little bit of disappointment in regard to style. The bitter yeasty finish lingers too long and is the biggest negative of the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel- Pretty heavy with almost ropy threads of syrup. Some zip of carbonation. Fitting for the style.

Drinkability- With the yeasty finish as the only negative, this beer is borderline dangerous. A four pack at $11 could get you drunk quickly if you weren't paying attention. May not be the best representation of the style but it is still a very nice beer.

Overall- Probably the best you could expect from a quad that isn't bottle conditioned. This is definitely worth a try and a steal at the price. Just don't think you've found a replacement for Rochefort, Bernardus, or (gasp) Westy. There's a reason you pay money for the big hitters.

 2,370 characters

Photo of Mattyb79
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Jennille
4/5  rDev -3.8%

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of piconaut
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of tectactoe
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to umich03jm for bringing this one along. I've got a bottle myself, so it'll be nice to see whether I should let it sit for a while longer or not. Sixth Glass is some strange color that's not quite amber and not quite copper and not quite orange, but somewhere in between. Mild clarity, surprising for a Quad, with lots of suspended sediment bits hanging about. The creamy, beige head looks like it might stick around for a while, but quickly vanishes to a simple skin.

Dark figs, Belgian yeast, bubblegum, mild clove, floral hops, a hint of mint, touches of spicy phenol, and some underlying, sweet esters. Overhead, some extremely light grapes and raisins hang and add a faint tartness and mild sweetness note to the aroma. It's Quad-like, for sure, but not quite as enjoyable or robust or sweet as some other great ones.

Even more bubblegum when you take a sip, like popping a mouth full of Bubble Yum, original flavor. It's funny to me how much Belgian yeast can resemble bubblegum, and it certainly shines here. Candi sugar, clove, light mint... the typical Belgian "spiced" flavors, but something is still missing. There's a lot to be admired on the surface but when you take a deeper look, it seems quite vapid and full of itself, kind of like Ryan Reynolds.

Rotten, dark fruits add to the mix a little bit; plum, dates, and even some mild banana from the yeast. Phenol spices get heavier with warmth and some medicinal and menthol notes eventually come in and shut things down like your parents coming home early from work and interrupting your after-school tonsil hockey session. Chalky, sugar-sweet, fruity and phenolic finish; medium-heavy bodied with decent carbonation and a thick, creamy mouth feel.

Not a bad Quad, but there are a few things holding this back from being really enjoyable to me. The problem is, my palate (like many others) has been spoiled like a pre-teen in Bel-Air by things like Westvletern XII and St. Bernardus Abt 12. Those beers have changed the Quad game forever and Sixth Glass doesn't quite hit the bar. Still enjoyable but nothing to get hard over.

 2,102 characters

Photo of thampel09
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of KELPAK
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of gpblackgt
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of leroybrown10
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy amber color with a dense one finger thick head. Head is light tan in color and lingers for a while before receding. Good lacing left behind.

Smells of sweet malt and fruit. Caramel and cherry, some molasses, vanilla, and ripe plum. A bit boozy with noticeable alcohol.

Tastes of sweet, creamy caramel. Boozy with noticeable alcohol. Plum, raisin and date notes. Oak, leather and molasses. Bready malt.

Thick mouth feel with plenty of carbonation. Some creaminess with definite alcohol bite.

This is a very good example of a Belgian Quad. Some sweetness with fruit aromas and flavors. Maybe a bit boozy.

 638 characters

Photo of MDDMD
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-deep amber color with a nice light tan head and a little lacing

S-dark fruit, brown sugar, malt, spice

T-toasted malt, raisins, plums, brown sugar and caramel, cinnamon, some alcohol noticeable, really nice as it warms up a little

F-medium to full bodied with light to moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-a really nice quad at a good price and an easily enjoyable regular offering, will definitely be drinking more of this

 434 characters

Photo of jewellrunner
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 2,938 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.