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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 kenito799
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a flared pint glass.

Hello--this brew really looks the part. Pleasing haziness to this chestnut-brown liquid, topped by an active, foamy tan head. A bit of wispy lacing.

Aroma is very nice, again solid Belgian quad aromas of warm sices, fruity yeast, caramel. On the paate the active carbonation really conveys the Belgian bottle-conditioned moutfeel perfectly. Taste is rich and complex, just a touch on the sweet side but balanced well with acid and hoppy bitterness. The midpalate's nutmeg and colve combine with fruitiness to give a perfect impression of warm spiced pumpkin bread. The finish is long, long long, a rewarding sipping experience.

Probably the best non-Belgian quad I have had, I thik they nailed the style here. I am quite impressed and hoping to try more from this KC brewery.

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Photo of roblowther
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged, out of the fridge long enough to sweat a bit. My mouth is watering. It's cloudy copper brown with an active light tan head that starts very frothy & then settles into a thin creamy layer. The smell is cinnamon, raisins, sugar, with an appealing peachy flowery smell. It has a nice underlying chalky note. Taste is wonderful. It is peppery at first, with a nice biscuity malt, and then melts to a rich caramel. Maybe a touch one-dimensional on the finish but that one dimension is delicious. Maybe a bit too sweet in the aftertaste, but that's a nit to pick another day. The mouthfeel is chewy & a touch sticky, with nice carbonation throughout. Drinkability is good, with the alcohol just a pleasant warmth down the gullet. I'd definitely buy it again & its a welcome good example of the style from a US brewer. Evidence that not EVERY beer brewed in the US is brewed for hopheads. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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Photo of KeefD
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Westmalle chalice a hazy brunt orange/light brown color with two fingers worth of foam that recedes semi-slowly, leaving behind some decent lacing. Candi sugar, yeast, candied fruit, and hints of caramel in the nose. Taste is fairly sweet in the front, flavor of cherry cordials, burnt sugar, some fruitiness, maybe some orange flavors that creep up and then disappear, some caramel, slightest hints of chocolate, some green hop character in the background, slightly spicy and peppery. Very complex, and that's definitely a good thing. Nice, creamy mouthfeel, but enough carbonation zip on the tongue that makes this one bright and extremely drinkable for the high ABV. Alcohol warming can be felt, but its fairly well hidden for the amount. A fantastic Belgian Style Quad. I've been impressed with the Smokestack series so far, and out of the three I've tried, this one has to be my favorite. Looking forward to the Bourbon Barrel Quad w/ cherries to come out.

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Photo of mynie
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hard to tell much about a quad from its pour. This one's got a real nice big head, for example, and while that's typically a good thing that could be a sign there being just a wee bit too much yeast in this bottle, which would hamper the drinking experience. As is, it sure looks pretty. So I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

Smells very solidly fruity, good straight up spicy yeast, no off nodes whatsoever. I hope you'll forgive me for saying that this smells like it's actually from Belgium, and from an American brewer west of New York and East of California that is no small feat.

Tastes like a darn good quad. Big punch, in here. Loads of fruit start things off, mostly sour, some mushy and over ripe. Pears and plums dominate with some solid nodes of raisins. This gives way to a really nicely spicy yeast profile the bends somewhere in between white pepper and something I can't quite put my finger on. Cilantro, maybe? It's odd, yes, but it's faint and it works.

Kudos to Boulevard.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is the 2nd out of this smokestack series from boulevard, and holy tap-dancing christ, they must of kidnapped half of the brewers in belgium and forced them to make beer in KC. Out of the bomber, pours a very dark red amber colored brew with a nice ivory color, smell is fantastic, a very spicy aroma hits you first,the alcohol is noticeable in the nose, but overall its a yeasty, spicy aroma. taste is awesome, a full spicy, flavorful journey of a beer. well worth the 8 bucks for the bottle, it is comparable to alot of your true belgians which cost far more for far less beer. so its a good value. just an awesome beer, one of the best belgians i've had, as well as one of the best domestic beers.

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Photo of Kempleton
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from 750ml corked and caged into a Silly Scotch tulip.
Cloudy brown russet color, topped by a great pillowy head that doesn't quite last as long as the beer.
Smells great withh dark fruits taking center stage. I pick up some raisins and plum aromas.
Taste is more of the same, dark fruits. along with the fruits there is a definit presence of alcohol in the taste.
Thick and effervescent mouthfeel. This one could defintly benifit from a litte swirling.
the drinkability is low only due to the high ABV and pronounced boozieness of this beer.
I would love to get my hands on a few of these to cellar. This seems like one that will be absolutly great with a bit of age on it.

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Photo of scottoale
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. cork/caged brown bottle. Batch No.:68100

Poured into a Duvel tulip a dark amber with orange highlights and a three-finger plus head of ivory froth. Great looking brew with lively carbonation and good head retention.

Super sweet fruity nose with spice, yeast and vaporous alcohol coming through. Sweet fruity complex flavor with a hint of black licorice and a yeasty spiciness. Just enough hops pull through to keep the sweetness in check. The finish is spicy sweet with a warmth from high alcohol, which let's it's presence be known.

Big body, big ABV...tastes like a fine Belgian Quad, great quality brew.

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Photo of BeenJammin
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Enormous head with a great lacing and good retention. Deep Amberish Red in color.

S - Very strong sweet and spicy aroma

T - Very fruity and sweet taste which is very strong. Tons of alcohol taste present as well.

M - Thick and full bodied, with a creamy texture

D - Bad ass beer but it is very strong tasting and with its high abv it isn't too suitable for a high volume in one sitting.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Huge head. Brown with loads of carbonation. Awesome retention and lacing.

S: There is a huge amount of fruity spices and sweetness.

T: Tons of strong flavours, the sweetness and alcohol are very prominent. The alcohol eventually fades and a sweet fruity taste comes through.

M: Thick and creamy.

D. somewhat.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened this up which was corked, I hate opening corked bottles, this one foamed out all over me. Oh well

Pourd these into my goblet, it made a nice 2 inch head that went away pretty quickly. Did not notice any lacing at all.

It smelled citrusy, very fruity, like berries and banana bread, a hint of yeast.

First thing to hit my mouth was a nice sweet fruity taste, then a hint of nice spices.

Mouthfeel felt a little bitter with a noticable tatse of alcohol and carbonation

Drinkability was pretty high for this one. Would have it again.

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

Poured a dark hazy brown with a thick rootbeer float like head, lasted forever.

Has a sweet candi syrup smell with some yeasty spice and brown sugar.

Nice thick dark fruit and chocolate malt up front with strong hints of cedar and brown sugar. Has a nice long earthy and spicy hop finish with a lingering bitterness that is a nice compliment to the initial sweetness.

Mouthfeel is super carbonated and a touch warm, very creamy and full.

A very nice job by Boulevard.

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

Pours dark coppery red. Head is a massive, beige in color with plenty of intricate lacing. Fine tan yeasty sediment settles on th bottom of the glass.

Aroma is sweet and sugary with a pleasant fruity earthy quality. Yeast brings spices and a light medicinal quality. Alcohol is present, but understated.

Taste is rich caramel malt and rum soaked dark fruit. Yeasty spices are understated compared to the nose, but clove, coriander, and white pepper add complexity. A touch of powdery cocoa. Earthy hops, and a dry cedar quality bring balance to the generous sweetness. Finish is yeasty with lingering floral hop.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth

A surprisingly good Belgian style quad. Flavor is full, rich and fruity. Recommended.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle
Revisted: 25 Mar 2015
Best By: 11/04/16

This brew is here now in UT, for quite awhile, but just bought it.

Poured into my Corsendonk glass a very nice cloudy light brown color, very nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy tan head, with alot of nice creamy/sticky lacing and a very mid-size island. The nose is malty, with some yeast tones, figs, plums, raisins. The taste is sweet, malty, with some yeast, nice touch of dark fruit. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well with this one. Overall a very tasty brew, glad to see it here in UT. Job well done Boulevard!

Again thanks goes out to bort11 and raverjames for this brew.

Batch 68058
Revisted: 28 Jul 10
Aged 2 Years

Again poured into my Westy glass a very nice cloudy brown color, very nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy tan head, with alot of nice creamy/sticky lacing and some small islands. The nose is malty, with some yeast tones, figs, plums, raisins. The taste is sweet, malty, with some yeast, nice touch of dark fruit. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well with this one. Very drinkable, this one has aged very nicely, very tasty.

Thanks goes out to bort11 and raverjames for this brew.

Batch 68044

Poured into my Westy glass a very nice cloudy brown color, very nice carbonation (HUGE POP), very nice one-finger creamy tan head, with alot of nice creamy/sticky lacing and some small islands. The nose is malty, with some yeast tones, figs, plums, raisins. The taste is sweet, malty, with some yeast, nice touch of dark fruit. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well with this one. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, glad to have had a chance to try it. Thanks Tim and James. Cheers!

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Photo of Goliath
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dense and foggy amber color with a one inch light tan head sitting on top. Decent retention and no lacing.

The nose is ok. Notes of banana and spice confront you. some dark fruit and tons of booze also appear.

The taste is not that great. Dark fruit and banana are easily evident. The spice is there, but in small doses. This one finishes really boozy. It gets worse as it warms. I suppose it would be a cellar candidate though. There is definitely room to tone down the heat and carbonation.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and overly carbonated. It's hard to even move it in your mouth without all turning to foam. Too much tingle isn't fun to drink! Obviously as it sits open and warms the carbonation mellows a bit making for a more enjoyable time

Drinkability is moderate. The flavors are decent, but the alcohol is very and apparent as well as the mouth being overly carbonated. I was really hoping for something great out of this one, but I"m slightly disappointed. Perhaps the Tripel and Saison will be better?

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

Batch Number: 68100; Sampled September 2008
A soft pour produces an initial four-finger thick head that fills my 25cl tulip glass and then proceeds to mushroom up two fingers past the rim of my glass and slightly overflow, but only just barely. The head is a light tan color with a densely packed head. The beer is an amber color that is on the light side from your average Quad and shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry-orange stained, dark copper color when held up to the light. Spicy aromas of woody pepper and mature ginger are almost immediately joined by tart notes of tamarind, sour plum and a lactic like note. I expected a lot more concentrated, rich malt notes here, but instead this seems to have been replaced by this light, but substantial tartness.

Lightly sweet flavors are offset towards the finish by an herbal sage like note that is light but fairly distinct. The sweetness tastes of and accentuates flavors of plums, a filtered tamarind note and a light raisin note. The beer finishes with a warming alcohol note that at times can be overly hot with higher alcohols; these notes accentuate a spicy finish that has a peppery bite as well as a hint of plastic-like phenolics and a light tongue numbing clove note. Not nearly as tart as the aroma suggested, which is as I suspected for some reason, but it still does have a touch of tartness that is likely just contributed by the yeast strain used. This is actually quite dry for a Quad (this also likely accentuates the perceived tartness), with a medium body that is on the light side for a Quad.

A second pour easily produces just as much of a voluminous head. As the beer has warmed the aroma has picked up a finish that has a lot more toasted malt aromatics to it; biscuit like with a nice crushed grain character. This is a pretty good beer, the only real flaw is that it can get awfully hot in the finish, but this is only at times so doesn't kill the beer.

Purchased: South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA

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

Poured a deep apple cider amber with a thin film head that's providing an infinite amount of bubbles...oh and no lacing.

Several different dark fruits with a hoppy aroma and a slight booziness.

Loaded with flavor, dark fruits along with malts and hops. A very active alcohol content, not overpowering but definitely present.

Mouthfeel is light with semi high carbonation. Tingles the palate with every swig.

Very good brew from Boulevard. A tad high ABV which hurts drinkability but nothing a couple buddies can't cure. Possibly the best that Boulevard has to offer and that's no small claim. Thank you Boulevard for making me proud to enjoy a local product.

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Photo of orangemoustache
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a reddish brown until back lit when is glows with a bright rich looking orangish amber with some haziness. This Quad looks so inviting that this mammoth head is hard to wait on,but it actually deflates in a timely manor leaving huge webs of lacing covering the entire Duval snifter it's served in. Smells like straight up maple syrup,dark fruits and alcohol. This is delicious,Quads are not at the top of my favorites list,but this one is winning me over! Tastes are dark fermented fruits(raisins) and alcohol with subtle yeasty character,syrup and honey sweetness finish off this boozy beast. Full bodied and warming to the tongue encourages sipping,not to mention a ABV that I would have guessed to be even higher than 10.5. This one is an stunner from start to finish,pure darkness at its best.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.87/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I split this big ass bottle with a few beer buddies at the Brewhaus.

A - Orange tinted brown ale topped with a massive (four finger plus) head of luscious foam. Tons of really nice lace sticks all over the glass. Muddy, cloudy, dark, and evil looking. Nice!

S - Maple syrup, honeycomb, and dark fruits. Prunes, dates, raisins, and dried apricots with honey drizzled on top. Smells really hoppy; particularly for the style. Nothing wrong with hops!

T - Eggo waffle malt notes, with tons of really nice dark fruit...bordering on overripe. Honeycomb, dank hops, and boozy alcohol. Tastes and smells like a really nice cognac...grapey, fruity, but deep luscious and alluring.

M - Full bodied, but spry due to the tight alcohol attenuation and aggressive hop profile. Moderately carbonated, hoppy, and boozy on the finish. An excellent nightcap!

D - This is an outstanding beer from a brewer that I've grown to love. Boulevard is making some good stuff these days, and this is just about the cream of the crop.

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Photo of dnichols
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was treated with this brew by my beer buddy imacoug....many thanks. We poured from the 750 ml bottle into chalices.

A: It poured a deep red body with a tall sticky head that lingered for a long time. It left surprisingly thick lacing.

S: It had aromas of dark fruits (raisins, plums and figs), sweet malts and Belgium candy.

T: It had a smooth malty base rich in flavors of caramel, sweet dark hard candy and dark fruits. The fruits dominated early followed by a nice spicy bite and creamy dark yeasty flavors.

M: It is a full bodied beer with a creamy, smooth feel in the mouth and hints of spicey and moderate corbonation. It finished warm and clean iwth little aftertaste.

D: I love quads and this is a quad to love. It fits well in the Belgium tradition. It is a bit much for a session beer but a wonderful sipper and great night cap.

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Photo of Loki
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep cooper with a thick, no huge, foamy white head. The head settles down after a little while but pours almost like Duvel. (Which is appropriate, since I was pouring it into a Duvel glass). The head settles down put I had to pour back and forth between glasses to get the bottle poured. A little, white ring remains well after the head is gone and the beer is still being enjoyed.

Smell: Ripe fruit and sweet malt give a fantastic aroma with hints of biscuity malts. After notes of brandy and belgian candied sugar.

Taste: Malty fruit like a thick crusted fruit turnover. Raisins, malt, and caramel finish and linger on the palate.

Mouthfeel: warm and silky smooth. Coating and thick without being cloying.

Drinkability: Fantastic. I wish I had brought three or four bottles of this back instead of one. DAMN YOU TSA and your liquid restrictions. Damn you US Air and your $15+ per checked bag! Damn you liquid and glass for weighing so much!

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

A: deep brown in color with highlights of orange. lots of visible carbonation rising quickly to the top sprouting a massive bubbly almond colored head that almost overflows out of the glass yet mysteriously manages to defy gravity and physics and stay within it's bounds.

S: deep fruity smell of green apples, raisins, purple grapes combined with a medium heavy brown sugar malting and a kick of alcohol on the nose near the end. This is going to be epic.

T: Taste is a massive explosion of sugary malt, dark fruity flavor with a slight acidity (green apple?) and a noticeable, but not overwhelming, alcoholic bite. Nice throat warming as it slides with ease down into your belly. This is on par with some of the best Belgian Quads I've had.

D: Pretty damn good and easy drinking. Great flavor, great aftertaste and even though the ABV is on the higher end it's almost barely noticeable...but will limit how much you can drink.

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

Explosive uncorking with a sea-spray of beer and head. What a show. Nice cork - soft at the beer end and harder at the outside end. Yeast-free bottle.

Sugary nose full of ripe fruit, chewy malt, bright hops, and some chalky yeast. Very chewy malt indeed. Rich, supple roast teeming with sticky and dark characters. Chocolate, cherry. Smells like it will be syrupy and alcoholic. Smells wonderful.

Pours a dirty brownish red color, quite murky, with an enormous head that's alive with effervescence and energy. All that excitement was too much for it and it flew away like a hot air balloon leaving me with a sad little dirty brown beverage.

With first glass I am taken back by the tactile orgy of aesthetic wonderment this beer has imposed on me. Sheer tastiness of the best kind. Delightfully malty. A thick, syrupy, and sticky mess of a mouthfeel along with a little alcohol heat bring to mind whiskey or Old Ale. Dark fruit, ripe cherry, pear, and a little melon. A little spicy and phenolic, tad peppery, and a little funky. Floral, herbal hops are less pronounced than in the nose.

By third glass crisp alcohol heat grows with warmth. Becomes sharper and more bitter.

By sixth glass I've had my fill and the alcohol is getting the better of me (granted, the sixth glass is a small one). Still, I'll make sure not to follow any well-dressed men home.

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Photo of flexabull
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cool looking bottle courtesy of hwwty4, thanks again!

Pours a dark amber color with a HUGE head. Tons of carbonation visible.

Aromas are of dark fruits, mostly cherries, some oak, and a bit of booze as well.

Taste is boozy and dry. Some light fruit flavors, faint cherries, a bit red wine like, oaky, with some floral notes. Finish is dry, with a bitter mineral like hops, booze, and a bite from the alcohol. Overall the flavor profile is good, but a bit light.

Decent mouthfeel. Even though the carbonation is really visible, it's not overpowering, and helps add a little bit of a zing to this one. But this seems to lack that "thick" feel that I notice in Belgian Quads.

Drinkability is good. This is a nice "lighter" tasting quad. Doesn't have that thick feel and strong flavors that I usually taste in the style. But this is a nice beer, that is surprisingly easy to sip.

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Photo of naterock
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown hue, with thick sticky head. cloudy with large peices of yeast floating in it.

smells of figs and vine fruits, maltiness is sweet and stinging. fantascit smells of esters.

Tastes heavenly with a strong malty presence and alcohol finish. fruity and clean.

a little heavy on the tongue but enjoyable

definitely a sipper but I could enjoy this all night long

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Photo of Shredz
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark tan with a 2 finger head into my Boulevard Smokestack chalice.

S- Fruity.

T- Very sweet without being overpowering. Might I add that this is quite delicious.

M- Thick and chewy for an ale looking beer.

D- At 10.5%, I assumed this wouldn't be too drinkable. I was wrong. If I had more, I'd drink more. Very well done.

Score one for Boulevard Brewing Co. I've always been a fan, but they've outdone themselves this time.

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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 2,966 ratings