The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

2,900 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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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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed during the second monthly "Beermageddon" with many others recently. Review is from my notes. Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a surprisingly lightish amber tinged brown color, which is already unexpected given the style at hand here. Hazy and cloudy in color (and I believe this had been laid down prior to pouring), and with a minimal amount of head retention. Bubbles rise to the top slowly, but nothing too showy overall. Lacing is pretty decent. Holds a viscosity and thickness that enhances the dull color, but in my view this is not the type of representative eye candy that this style tends to provide.

The aroma, on the other hand, is quite good, combining a good dose of dried fruits, as well as a sweetened caramel malt texture. Raisins, dried apricots, dates, and maybe a bit of figs permeate, and the finish is slightly sweetened and rife with brown sugar and caramel notes. Yeasty phenols are fairly present, often resembling a full bodied apple aroma. There's a dry hoppy flavor that lurks at the back, almost to the point of being too subtle, but it works well. Not very boozy, especially considering the ABV, but I know it's there, waiting to take me by surprise underneath the sweetness. Definitely a quad meets American ale hybrid, if anything.

This beer is definitely full of surprises, as indicated by the flavor. Rather than pelt the mouth with caramelized sweetness and dried fruits, as anticipated, it comes off in a subtle, pleasant character. There's some raisins at the front, as well as dabs of honey and caramel soon after. A dried fruity character melds with a bready, succulent yeastiness but does so without being too heavy. In fact, I'm perplexed how this manages to hide the alcohol well, showcase a subtlety of flavors, and retain a light feel overall rather than do just the opposite, or what the norm of what quads tend to do. The flavors are relatively spot-on, but the body is bready without dragging down the gut. It's not complex by any means, but it is definitely refreshing.

What an interesting twist on the style! As indicated by their saison, it seems these guys get traditional recipes and provide their own Americanized rendition of them. This is not the greatest quad I've ever had, but it is not a chore to drink at all, and the raisin/caramel profile is quite good here, if only lacking complexity. I would love to revisit this one for sure. Definitely looking forward to trying more of their Belgian-style beers.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,900 ratings.
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