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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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Ratings: 2,922 |  Reviews: 838
Photo of Bighuge
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark burgady ruby red blend. Big airy beige head is erected with the pour. It fizzles out fairly quickly, but a nice little frothy head has some staying power at the end. Decent nose, but overall, too sweet smelling. Blackberry Brandy comes to mind as does cherry juice and sweet rock candy. I think this is appropriate to an extent, but my nose tells me it's a little overdone. Let's proceed. First impressions on the palate are spicy, sweet, yeasty and alcoholic. This is not a bad take here on an extraordinary style. Brandy soaked figs with some plum and raisin. A little of that "spiked punch" feel to it. The alcohol is all over this, but never really off putting. Rum soaked fruits make their presence, like apple and melon. Light-medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. My only recommendation here is maybe a little less heat and a little less sweet. Overall though, this is a good beer.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one sitting in my fridge for about 6 months.

A - Poured out rich burgandy color. It was semi-opaque with a small, long lasting, tan head that left behind soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit, like raisin or plums. There were spicy aroma and notes of malt, too.

T - Dried fruit and spice dominated the first few sips. The smooth malt and caramel tastes emerged more as it warmed up.

M - It was soft and had a warm alcohol presence. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good Quad. I was really impressed with Boulevard's take on a big Belgian style.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown color with some reddish hues. Big cream colored head with great retention and lots of lacing left behind. Aroma is alcohol, dark fruits, and spice. Taste is a bit boozy. Some funky yeast. Pretty spicy. A bit fruity with some pears and raisins. Mouthfeel is very thin in my opinion for a quad and it doesnt lend to the drinkability because of the high and noticeable alcohol. Not bad but certainly doesnt stack up to the trappists i've had.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Pours a clearish, mahogany-hued body sporting a ring of tiny, white bubbles.

Smell: Malty aroma crammed with dark caramel overlayed with alcohol-soaked plums and cherries and wrapped in a light, delicate yeastiness.

Taste: Full maltiness and a strong Juicy Fruit bubblegum taste and a little pinch of acidity. Some spiced bananas, a pinch of crushed rock candy. Slight yeast character. Hint of toast. Warming finish with a lasting taste of fruit-flavored bubblegum.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent quad and pleasure to have tried it, but one is enough for me, thanks.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark red and orange with a strong 1/4 inch head. Average lacing. Nicely carbonated with a super sweet Belgium hoppy flowery citrus smell. The light hops balance well with the malts and Belgium yeast. It finishes with a lovely sweetness with just a hint bitterness. This is not a disappointment. Recommended!

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Photo of Boto
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle: Batch 68018: This one opened with a loud "pop". It poured with a large tan head on it, and was quite fizzy. The color was a hazy mahogany. The head dropped off rather quickly. The nose is good, but not as strong as I would have expected. Mainly bready and spicy, with traces of caramel and fruits. A bit of effervescence on the tongue. Not quite full bodied. It took a couple of sips to appreciate the taste. Subtle hints of different tastes, but they all blend well together. Nice.

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Photo of timbro81
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby red/brown color. Smells of rich malty sweetness(apricots, prunes) some yeast and bread, subtle hop kick. Coarse head is intimidating but settles to a decent layer quickly and fed by very good carbonation. Tastes is somewhat complex. Lots of carbonation in there and in the finish. Tingles the tongue in the beginning. Transitions to a subdued malty sweetness. Finishes strong with a meddly of hops, carbonation, and alcohol that seems to go on forever. Nice body to it but seems to soften as it opens/warms up.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Recommended by the helpful friends at the Neil St. Piccadilly in Champaign, I grabbed this from the Boulevard display, eager to try something from their Smokestack series. This did not disappoint. Rich, cloudy burgundy body, topped by two fat fingers of off-white foam, with plenty of lacing on the Yankees pint glass--used because I was watching the Yankees-Red Sox game; splendid presentation. Nicely aromatic, not overwhelming but thankfully complex--cherry, berry, chocolate, and hazelnut coffee.

This is really delicious. The cherry stood out to me, but various flavors emerge in turn--coffee, caramel, back to cherry--not too sweet but certainly not tart. Very impressive in its balance. A winner. The mouthfeel seals the deal for me--well-carbonated, smooth, and durable--never flattening out, fresh though lingering with me for a couple innings. Well done. The alcohol does start to weight heavily near the end, reducing the drinkability a bit.

This quadrupel is not overwhelming in its flavor. For people looking for a big, brash quadrupel, this might disappoint. Yet for those looking for a good, well-crafted, well-flavored, smooth Quad, this should satisfy. At $8 for the 22 oz. bottle it's a little pricey, but certainly enjoyable enough--and a bit boozy enough--to ultimately overlook (or plainly forget) the price in favor of the flavor. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of drseamus
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A bit light for a quad in my opinion. It has a nice deep red body with a nice off white head.

S: Spicy with a good malt profile. There are some dark fruits in there also.

T: Spicy like the flavor. I get a bit of clove along with more dark fruits. A bit too spicy for me overall. There is a good caramel flavor.

M: Nice creamy body.

D: Not too bad, along the lines of La Trappe Quad if I remember correctly.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Atlanta Ale meeting. This one is funky, with apple juice as the predominent taste, and cloves, toasted caramel, candy brown sugar, fruit, above average mouthfeel. Lacing. High alcohol is there.Looks like a quad,Drinkable but not my go-to quad. Is this bottle right?

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Photo of jdubjacket
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my uncle for sending this to me.

So far, this is the best of the Smokestack series.

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Looks like a typical quad with a murky brown color, only slightly lighter with more of an amber tint.

Nose is a somewhat mellow, floral smell. I got some bananas with a little bit of prunes.

Taste is outstanding. A very warming brew but the alcohol is masked very well. Definitely packs a punch.

And outstanding quad. Glad I got the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of JoeyHotrod
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a beer.

When I heard Boulevard was brewing a Quad, I honestly didn't know what to think. I felt it would be good... but never in my wildest imagination did I expect it to be 'this' good.

This stuff rules!

The beer pours to a light brown with a nice above average head. The lacing never lets up.

The smell brings to mind dried fruits, vanilla oak and cola.

The taste is pretty close to heaven. Surprisingly comparable to The St. Bernardus 12's and Rochefort 10's of the world. Boulevard should be proud of this one.

If Boulevard is going to move in this direction, then The Smokestack series is a great start. The regular line of Boulevard brews is nothing to be ashamed of, but these SmokeStack beers seem to be pretty special

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Boulevard Quad? So nice. Much thanks to BuckeyeNation for providing the bottle.

Off comes the wire cage, pop out the cork, and it goes into a Westmalle glass, seems fitting.

Impenetrable appearance, a hazy burgundy hue, with a slight, yet attractive creamy head.

Enticing aroma....bewitching, sweetness and spice. Dark fruits and funky yeast. Lovely stuff!

Taste: sharp, phenolic, alcoholic, but still beautiful. Cherries, and sherry, a bit of port, but moreover musty yeast at play. Wish it were smoother, and not so brash on the tongue, little quibbel, there, but it is tasty, and reminds of my favorite Belgian quads, for sure.

And they came up with a very unique way to reference the Devil, from, of all places, a Hans Christian Andersen story, that goes on about indulging in alcohol. What's in the "Sixth Glass"? Why, let me tell you...
"In the sixth glass sits the devil himself, he is a little, well-dressed man, most charming and pleasant. He understands everything you say, he even brings a lamp to light the way, not to your home, but his." It goes on and becomes more moralistic, gory, and damning. Sorry, Hans, I've got more living to do, before I get melted, and that includes drinking six glasses sometimes!

Yummy. Alcohol is too prevalent, ...10.5%!...I'd rather feel more flavor, but this is a nice acheivement as it is.
Several stretches short of greatness, but an enjoyable glass or two, or six...

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

Batch 67299 poured chestnut with 1 finger of off white head. Above average head retention & good lacing

S: Chewy malt, a bit of chocolate, oaky with & some bourbon notes as this warmed up

T: Caramel & breadyness & booze up front. Bits of oaky dryness & boozey warmth come through as this warms. Finishes syrupy sweet with fruity notes

MF: Chewy, but a touch carbonated for my liking

Drank pretty good, probably needs to age a couple of years to smooth out some of the boozeyness. Went well with my Christmas dinner (goose)

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Photo of kcillini77
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red, good color, with a light fizzy head that quickly dissipates.

Smell is sweet - lots of raisins, dates in there.

Tastes sweet, but alcohol is slightly offsetting and warming.

For a 10.5% ABV, extremely drinkable.

As others have stated, I'm very happy to see Boulevard going in this direction. I've suggested the Smokestack series to many of my local friends who haven't tried a whole lot of exotic beers, and the Sixth Glass seems to be one of the favorites among them. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml brown bottle.
"batch number: 67283"
No. 1 in the Boulevard Smokestack Series.
"...a deep and mysterious libation, dark auburn and full-bodied, its sweetness deceptive."

a: A hazy reddish brown with light tan colored head that is reduced to a thin layer of bubbles within minutes.

s: Caramel malt and a cola-like sweetness, maybe some dark fruit too.

t: Sweetness similar to caramel, cola, and raisins. Some yeast flavors with a nice spicy alcoholic finish.

m: Very syrupy feel on the tongue. Full body, nice carbonation, dry finish.

d: You can certainly feel the alcohol, but in my experience, that's common for quadrupels. It isn't too sweet, has an enjoyable flavor and a great warming effect. The Sixth Glass seems to stack up pretty well to the other Quadrupels I've had, though my experience is admittedly limited. Frankly, I'm impressed by Boulevards choice here, not many US breweries make a Quad, seems like a ballsy move on their part.
Overall, its an enjoyable beer that has me excited to see what Boulevard does with this new series.

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Photo of joeplyr
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber with poured with a bouncy, thick head which fizzed like a soda.

Aroma: The caramel hops hit the nose initially with the two-row and wheat malt bridging the gap with the alcoholic end Aroma (it is a Quad, so its understandible). Also smell a hint of prune/raisin, which actaully gets more pronounced now that I recognize it.

Taste: Tastes like a very sweet, light Abbot ale. Almost a bit too sweet but it calmy produce the caramel malt taste. The prune is evident as well. I like it.

Mouthfeel: A nice, clean freshness pervaded, but the alcohol does tinge at the end. Overall pretty darn good.

Drinkability: This is a 10.5% ABV brew so it's definitely not a session beer. The wine bottle it is sold in is not for solo consumption either. At least not for me.

Notes: Gotta love my local brewery branching out a bit with their expanded capacity. This is probably one of the finest quads I've had here in the States.

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Photo of jar2574
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great pour. Nice one inch beige head. Dark brown beer. Inviting.

Even better smell. Among the best ever. Yeast, caramel, cherries, malts and spices. Yum.

Very good taste, but not quite as good as quads from Belgium. Yeast, raisins, and thick syrupy caramel flavor. I like it, but it's flavors are not quite as balanced as I'd like. I think it's a touch too syrupy sweet on the front end.

That's being pretty picky though. This is a great beer that I'll buy again.

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Photo of wardough
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this beer. It pours a beautiful, inviting prune brown into my goblet. Foams up about 1/2 inch, leaving a light white lace. Smells of vanilla, figs, and smoke. Taste is a great ride on the malt train: figs, sweet raisins, a little yeasty then, wait, wait, an alcohol finish about 20 seconds later. Mouthfeel is good. I actually like to drink this beer when it's not so carbonated. I'll break it open, drink one goblet and the second is to my liking. This is an extremely smooth beer that is very drinkable. I will gladly have another...and another.

Reviewed in Jun 08 after aged since Nov 07.
S: pick up some more pineapple (not sure how that happened)
M: much, much better. The carbonation isn't as heavy (at least on this one).
As a side note, the alcohol is much more blended in the aged version.

Mr. Pauwels, you are awesome!

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Photo of Blybloke
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice big bottle from the Boulevard Smokestack Series. Cool label.

Poured into an oversized wine glass. It was cloudy and a light copperish brown body with nice dense head the color of singed marshmallow.

Ripe fruit and spice in the aroma. Inviting and complex.

Taste was very nice - one of the better American quads I've had. Lots going on but nothing taking over the palate.

Mouthfeel was good and full but not overpowering.

The 10+% ABV warms you up as you drink. It's spot on for an after-dinner sipper. Not more than one of these though. At least not for me.

Overall, I was impressed. I haven't had too many American quads that I've enjoyed. This is one that I did enjoy though. And it's not too expensive either - I paid $7.50 for the bottle at Red X in Kansas City. Stack this up next to a Rochefort 10 or St. Bernardus Abt 12 and it comes up a bit short, but it's nothing to sneeze at either. Grab a bottle if you see it.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle. Served in a Chimay chalice. Cellar temp. Bottle conditioned. Loads of carbonation. Two fingers of fine bubble light tan head. Hazy amber. Bubble gum in the aroma with burnt sugar, fruit, and a little alcohol. Full bodied, lots of raisiny fruit. A little spice in the middle. Very warming. Some alcohol in the finish. Very drinkable for the alcohol level.

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Photo of bort11
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle with a fantastic devil image on the label. It would make a kick ass tattoo. The back label has information about the Hans Christian Andersen cautionary tale referencing The Sixth Glass. batch number 67283.

Poured into a goblet, fast acting and loud light tan head quickly recedes to a solid and persistent film. Lacing quickly reactivates with a swirl. Color is a hazy amber red, with tiny flecks of sediment floating around.

Smell has the appropriate musty yeast smell for a quad, with a pleasant alcohol warmth in the back of the nose. Nice oak and vanilla notes. Taste has a pleasant woody feel with nice warmth. There is a wonderfully warm and spicy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very warm, yet dry. The alcohol does make itself known, but is not overpowering. Very well balanced and drinkable. I am so excited that Boulevard is expanding in this direction.

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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 2,922 ratings
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