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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4.16/5
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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): 10.20%

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,406
Reviews:
840
Ratings:
2,938
pDev:
10.82%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
236
Gots:
794
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 2,938 |  Reviews: 840
Photo of Falien02
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BMMillsy
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Large format bottle from Lets Pour. Pours dark red with large head. Aroma is cherries, figs, plums. Taste follows the aroma with a lot of sweetness, big focus on the black cherries, and a bit of alcohol burn. Slight dry finish after a medium-heavy body. Decent quad but nothing to call home about. I continue to find Boulevard to make medicore brews.

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Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of ThickNStout
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Best by 8/7/14, which I assume means bottled 8/7/12. Served in a Wild Heaven snifter.

Pours dark murky mahogany with two fingers of pale manilla head.

Smells of sweet candied apple, brandied cherries and toffee like malts.

Taste follows the nose. Brandied dark fruits, sugar cane, caramel and toffee.

Medium body with fairly heavy carbonation. Sweet stone fruit finish.

A good all around quad and further evidence to me that Boulevard knows what they are doing.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of TicoCali
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Celtics76
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought I'd try this while waiting for my cod to cook in the oven. I think the only other quad I've tried is Harpoon's.

This pours a dark amber with a quickly settling head. An impressive nose - plums and other dark fruits, accompanied by some caramel and toffee. As for taste, somewhat alcoholic , though at 10.5% I expected it. It does not overpower the core flavors though. In addition to the dark fruits, a strong fig newton presence is felt. I love fig newtons, so this is welcome.

This is delicious, a slow sipper for sure with complex flavors. I recommend drinking this without food accompaniment as there's a lot going on here.

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Photo of Jamiee
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of avschmitt
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of baklo
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint. best by 5/18/14.
Pours a burnt amber brown with a slight head. Some dried fruity malted aromas...mixed with a trappist type aroma.
Wow..boozey in your face right away...super intesnse...followed by sweet figgy dried fruit, chocolate malt, banana, and toffee notes. Lots going on here...
Its a bit harsh..boozey, and just intense with flavor, and very very sweet. Nice brew that would likely benefit from some aging to mellow this out. I usually like my quads a bit darker and mellow, but this is a good interpretation.

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Photo of Durge
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A deep, hazy, rusty brown color with a healthy light tan layer of foam on top and generous lacing. The aroma notes brown sugar and maple sweetness, caramel and some grassy bite. Pretty heavy duty but compelling for the sweet tooths out there. The flavor follows suit with a murky blend of grass hops smothered in clove malt and more brown sugar, somewhat cloying with a hint of fruit nougat sherry. The body is pretty much full with a nice, velvety feel. Carbonation is smooth and full. This is a classy brew for those that can handle a little sugar shock.

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear reddish brown colored beer with a tall tan colored head.

Smells sweet and sour with a strong herbal scent. Scents of brown sugar and ginger with a little allspice.

Starts out little bit sweet with brown sugar as an after taste. Phenols give a faint bubblegum taste. Slight banana flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall good but not world clase.

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Photo of MattOlesh23
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark amber with a thick, big, off white, brownish head

S - baked apples, candy sugar, caramel, Belgian yeast

T - candy sugar, clove, allspice, caramel, yeast, baked apples

M - full bodied, smooth, a bit crisp

This is a really solid beer. It's complex and delicious. The ABV is completely hidden and the crisp carbonation lightens the body making this very drinkable. I will definitely have this Quad again.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Rekrule
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of claspada
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle best by date of 11/2012, just made it, although I've never met a Quad that wasn't better after some age and this was bottled sometime in 2010 so I think it will last/has lasted.

Pours a very light copper color (much lighter than most Quads) with a small immediately dissipating off-white head that fades into a still murky slick looking beverage; minimal spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with some minimal dark fruits and a bit of lightly-sweet bready maltiness. As it warms there is a hint of caramelized sugar, phenolic yeast esters and some boozy alcohol but really not much else, kind of a let down.

The tastes follow the nose with dark fruits, highlighted by plums and cherries, then some light alcohol and a bit of sweet bready/toasty malt. As it warms the yeast spices and esters really start to assert themselves and salvage the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is medium body with a surprisingly low amount of carbonation for a Belgian ale, regardless of the ABV.

Overall, this beer was a pretty big letdown after saving it for 2 years. Maybe it was better fresh, but in my experience strong Belgian ales are best at about 2 years. Anyway, the beer lacked the super dark caramelized sugars and other darker fruits that are necessary for a stellar Quad. This is almost like a Belgian Barley Wine or a Belgian Strong Amber Ale (I know that doesn't exist as a style but it's not dark and it's not golden). A disappointment for me considering the high rankings on this site, as per usual, so fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.

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Photo of dreedvol
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 8/7/14.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruits, and some spice aromas. As the beer warms up, there is an aroma of caramel covered bananas. Taste is much the same with a pretty intense alcohol kick and a medium spice bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but it's pretty strong alcohol wise.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Decided to grab this one from the fridge because I'm a huge fan of the style and I'm really in the mood for a good quad. I think this is my first special series beer from Boulevard. I don't remember what I made of their other offerings. Best by: 08/07/14. 10.50% ABV confirmed. Expectations are high given its current ratings. Reviewed live. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California.

Fresh and cold from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Not paired with food. Allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Smooth and frothy. Lacing is pretty good. Body colour is a nontransparent understated auburn ruby. Looks best with some light behind it. Some yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks as a quad should. When the head reduces after a couple minutes, there's still a pleasant glistening floater atop the beer. I'm excited to try this one.

Sm: Floral hops, biscuit malt, caramelization, bready malts, spice, dark fruit - plum and fig, dried fruit, rich layered amber malts, a hint of vinous character, and fermented raisin. A delightful aroma for a quad. I'm really looking forward to it. It's more of a dried fruit aroma than a dark fruit one, but it remains appealing and pleasant. No alcohol comes through. Not acidic or too sweet. Not too earthy. A subtle complex aroma of average strength and presence. Slightly yeasty.

T: A lightly bready caramelized dried fruit body. Some spice from the yeast. Certainly raisin and fig come through, not getting as much of the plum as I'd like. It has a good rich malty backbone that helps balance its more refined notes. Hopping is minimal, with some light floral notes but mainly just preservative function. Has a lightly vinous undertone. A bit of alcohol comes through, manifesting mainly as a warming sensation in the stomach but also in the flavour. Biscuit malt makes an appearance as do well layered amber malts. It's consistent throughout and nicely balanced, though it lacks the depth I'd expect from a great example of the style. Caramel and prune come through. Ripe fruit blossoms on the climax, with a slight sweetness in the second act as well. A hint of peppercorn in the early second act. My main problem with it is the overdone sweetness on the finish, which really holds the beer back.

As I sip more and more on it, the alcohol heat builds in my stomach.

It does come off overly sweet. The dark fruit would do better dried and refined. All around a well balanced beer of high complexity. I quite like it. Just what I'm in the mood for. A well built quad.

Mf: Warm, lightly creamy, and not quite dry enough. Certainly too vinous and thick in the late second act through the climax. Could use a bit more coarseness as well. It certainly doesn't lack body; it's very filling. Not at all astringent. Well carbonated. Good presence on the palate, though as noted above it does lack a depth of flavour to accompany its full body. Suits the flavours well but doesn't seem custom-tailored to them. A light stickiness is apparent.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV but that alcohol does make it something of a sipper. ABV is poorly concealed here. It's meant to be enjoyed slowly, and gets better as it warms. Boulevard has impressed me with this one and I look forward to trying more of their beers. A good effort for the style. Fans of the style will not be disappointed.

I get some heat on the burp.

A pretty good choice for aging, but that said there are better (likely cheaper) options in the style.

Serve after a period of rest from the refrigerator. She gets better as she warms.

Pair with fig newtons and/or plain unsalted pretzels.

Drank fine out of a goblet. I'd recommend a goblet or teku as the ideal serving glass.

With a reduction of the third act sweetness and better concealment of the ABV, this would easily rise to at least a B. Further honing the mouthfeel might raise it to a B+. More depth of flavour - especially insofar as the fruit is concerned - could bring this to an A-.

High B-

**I manipulated the "overall" section to give the letter grade I wanted in the interest of maintaining the integrity and consistency of my reviews.

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Photo of Gstolas
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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