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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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

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Photo of Steamer
4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass. A very nice amber and cream colored head that lingers. Fruity aroma and bit medicinal, likely due to the high alcohol content, but not unpleasant at all. The taste was surprising; the fruitiness comes through up front followed by dryness with some bitterness that I wasn't expecting based on my experience with other quads. A very pleasant surprise though! After a few sips to get the full effect I settled back and savored every mouthful. An excellent quad and definitely worth a return engagement!

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Photo of oline73
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

The beer pours a cloudy reddish amber color with a few fingers of a creamy off white head. The head sticks around nicely throughout the pour. I had this next to a BBQ. I'm getting slight sweetness with some dark fruit. There is also a slight banana note. This has some age and it has smoothes things out. There is a slight cherry note to the beer. In the finish, I'm getting the dark fruit and cherry in the finish. I liked this more than the BBQ.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark maple syrup and candy brown with a creamy yellow head that sits at a half finger’s width with lots of small tightly packed bubbles. Carbonation bubbles can be clearly seen racing to replenish the head, but the beer’s body is murky and hazed, letting very little light pass through, even though the beer is clearly not black. Lacing is sparse, thin, and patchy on the sides of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells like spicy cinnamon raisin bread with a touch of cloying alcohol. Dark fruit malts give a firm body to the smell, highly suggesting raisins, but also verging on dates and perhaps a touch of plums, though the malt also suggest rich dark caramel. On the tongue, the beer tastes richly raisin-like with good sweet plum notes and alcohol spice backing, and a touch of bready yeast at the close. The beer begins with light spicy alcohol before opening into sweet raisin and then slowly moving towards sweet plum. The close brings the yeast to the forefront, suggesting breadier Belgian yeast characteristics in-between the sweet dark fruit notes. The malt is mostly dark fruit but does suggest the lightest bit of caramel and brown sugar. From the beginning, spicy alcohol bubbles under the tongue and the flavor, placing the sweetness of the beer just below cloying. On the mouth the beer feels thick and creamy with a touch of sticky heaviness on the tongue. The carbonation is light and fluffy and the mouth is left slightly dry and slightly cloyed with sweet sugar and a tingle of alcohol. Overall, the beer is a success within the style, and a lovely beer overall. The beer has great rich and complex flavors masking the heavy alcohol nicely, while still letting you know that this beer is for sipping. A success from Boulevard!

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DonDirkA
4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The nose is overpoweringly figgy. Figs, dates, raisins, dark fruit, toffee, brown sugar, a hint of vanilla, an oaky undertone and did I mention figs? The taste is mad figgy too. Heavy dark fruit, figs, dates, brown sugar, toffee, oak, caramel, raisins, a hint of alcohol warmth, bready notes and a surprisingly light but substantial body and lively carbonation. This is a great Quad and the best of the Smokestack Series that I have had. I wish I would've gotten more than one. I'm sad now.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of profondo
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of richj1970
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Founders Bolt Cutter glass.

A: Beautful amber with orange and red tints. Nice 2-3 finger white head that lasted for a bit. Some lacing.

S: Lots of malts, some sweet fruits.

T: Roasted malts and fruity sweetness. Hints of fruits like of raisin, dates, bananas. A bit of spiciness and the characteristic Belgium yeast.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Sweet up front, and the alcohol hits you towards the end.

O: Really nice quad. One of my favorites in the group. This will have to become one of my regular purchases.

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2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of jmbranum
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I will confess that in most cases I think a quadrupel is overkill. I love strong beers but most quads just gone step past the point of sanity. This one is no exception.

Boozy port-like inviting aroma. Lots of alcohol apparent even from the first sniff. I can't help but wonder if this beer is more than 10.5% ABV.

Deep amber color with a generous head.

Flavor is intense to the point of absurdity. Tastes of brandy, raisins, and alcohol predominate. Very, very rich. Lots of figgyness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full.

They should rename this beer "Overkill." All they need to do is to dump in an insane amount of hops to take this beer right over the top.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Chrily
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of BlackTuesday
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BeerDocT
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a deep golden color with a nice, 1/4" head. Looks like a standard CO2 carbonation, but I love all the particulate matter floating around in this beer. Lots of bits and pieces of god knows what. Me likey.

Smell 3.5: Bouquet is good...standard, let's say...but is remarkably flat. Also, I detect hints of horseradish...wasabi...strange.

-Taste 4.0: Front is sweet, but not overpowering. Middle is dry, but features lots of malty goodness and a deep alkaline hoppiness. Finish is slightly sweet and I taste some hints of alcohol, yeast esters and hops. Aftertaste is long and heavy on the malts and hops, but is deceptively dry.

-Mouthfeel 3.25: Carbonation is standard, but there is a nice burning sensation from the alcohol. I liked it, but others may not.

-Overall 3.75: Unusual and satisfyingly big and heavy quad. This certainly does not taste like any traditional Belgian quad I have ever had and the emphasis on the hops and the malt is reminicent of Stone's "Double Bastard." However, this brew is more dry and somewhat less heavy on the flavors.

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Photo of MSandahl23
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DrGonzoDDS
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of EliRix
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of illeagle05
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of mjtiernan
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ckollias
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Beligan Tulip glass.

A: Pours an amber-brown hue with a thick, 3-finger, white head that slowly dissipates into a solid persistent lace leaving a semi trail down the glass.

S: Sweet and slightly fruity aroma with a solid Belgian yeast background.

T: Sweet malty flavor with a decent fruity background. Belgian yeast and candi middle and finishes on the sweet side.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent dubbel. Perfect balance and very tasty.

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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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