The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

2,883 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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a thick hazy amber color with a good off-white head that keeps its form. Good carbonation. Great lacing.

S: Malt, hops, biscuit, banana, citrus, floral, slight caramel, slight vanilla.

T: Malt, hops fading to the back, banana, slight biscuit, citrus notes, caramel notes, faint coffee.

M: Good dryness. Very smooth with a great balance of flavors. Deep and mellow.

O: Very tasty and smooth quadrupel with deep, balanced flavors. Almost like a heavier version of a Duvel. Nice dryness that's not overwhelming. Bottle indicates aromas of date and fig, which I didn't pick up (and I'm not sure I'd recognize them anyway). Quite drinkable even with the high ABV.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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2/5  rDev -51.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz shared with with SingingTheNews, brought back from recent trip to AR.

A: Dirty copper, amber orange, that has a haze to it, nice creamy head that thins out moderately, Bubbles show high carbonation

S: Malt, bubble gum, hint of fig, prune, raisin, and slight wisps of vanilla, and also slight hop aroma

M: High carbonation, medium body, coats the tongue

T: Carbonation, some banana, dark fruits - prune, fig, raisin; vanilla, oak, pepper, slightly boozy

O: while this is a good quad, I feel the balance is a little off and the carbonation hits to hard at the front of the taste. However, will drink again and recommend to try.

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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm glad to have experienced on a recent Chicago trip...

A - Two fingers worth of rocky khaki colored foam... Excellent retention... The color is a murky muddy brown... A bit of carbonation clings to the sides of the glass... A thin film coats the glass as the liquid level drops...

S - The nose speaks of apple, tobacco, a plethora of spices, and brown sugar...

T - The dark fruit is there from the get go... Fig... Sticky raisins... Brown sugar... Apple... A slight spice component adds a rich robustness... A very slight but undeniable boozey heat on the finish... Layers upon layers of complexity...

M - On the lighter side of full bodied... Sticky... Sleek... Light but prickly carbonation... The finish is the slightest bit chalky in nature...

D - Complexity is the name of the game for this one which was a very welcome introduction to Boulevard... Sinful and indulgent... If this is any indication of the rest of their line-up I can't wait to try some more... A rock solid quad that kept my undivided attention throughout... A very nice brew that I highly recommend...

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2.85/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted 27 August 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear dark amber. Despite a very gentle pour, I've got some serious floaties in my glass. One finger of yellowish head, good retention, decent lacing. Not bad, just wish those floaties were back in the bottle.

Smell is delightful quad-essence. Big, sugary, and fruity. Brown sugar and figs dominate, with noticeable alcohol in the back. I'd like a little more yeast, please.

Taste is, well, just not all that good. It has a good side, but the bad side is much too strong to let that nice friendly side shine through. Good side is soft and sweet, though not as deep as I'd like it to be. Bad side is sharply bitter, with the alcohol screaming at me as if this were straight liquor. I know to expect the alcohol taste in high-ABV beers, but this is something else entirely.

Medium body, very sticky, but with really high carbonation. Should a quad be this fizzy? I don't think so. A little odd.

After continuing to sip this, I had to downgrade the taste from a 3. I struggled through this glass, and I don't ever plan to drink it again. Hoping that Boulevard's BBQ is nothing like this (at least, nothing like the bad half). How does a 10% beer come across as THIS alcohol-forward.

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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,883 ratings.
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