The Sixth Glass | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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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Photo of ClePaul
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look 8/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 89/100

Summery: A nice take on a classic Belgian... This american version is smooth and flavorful, yet lacks the robust taste of its counter part from across the pond~

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L012915 1246E. Best by 01.28.17. Consumed 11.26.15.

A: Monstrous light tan head rests above an autumn orange body of generally good clarity revealing a very strong rate of carbonation. Lengthy head retention, sticks well with large patches of lace.

S: Caramel raisin, sweet dark fruit, sugary plums, lightly toasted straw and grains. Good sense of awareness that was fairly lasting.

T: Sweet toasty caramel body with sugary raisins, toasty grains and sweet dark fruit of plums. Sweet peache, with a sweet flavor that shows little signs of its 10.0 abv nature. Some rum with a toasted nuttiness.

M: Good vibe of carbonation, slick textured, slightly sticky, good fullness, gentle fade of dried fruit and alcohol glow on the swallow.

O: Some alcohol detection upon more warming, but generally accessible. Dark rum and fruit with a good rate of drinkability.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A stunner..... a real stunner.i had this side by side with the so called top quads, rochforte 12 and st. Bernardus and this was as good if not better....has that subtle sweetness to make this as good a non barrel aged quad as you can find.excellent.

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Photo of NickandToni
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boulevard may be one of the best breweries in the country. Within each category they brew something special. The Six Glass is no exception. Poured into a tulip, with a thick tan head that stays, with each sip a beautiful lace coats the glass.

There are toasted fruits, like peach or figs, with a caramel sweetness.

A great attempt that brings some American pride to such greats as St. Bernardus or other great Trappist Quads.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Boulevard Brewing Company "The Sixth Glass"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY 11/19/16"
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes: Beautiful appearance with excellent head retention and lacing. Some chunky sediment is visible both in suspension and lying on the bottom of the glass. Somewhere around 18 SRM, deep amber-orange in color beneath a creamy, yellowed-khaki head. Malty sweet aroma with a flicker of candy, caramel, and dark skinned fruits. That carries over into the flavor with some added mustiness, clove/spice, fig, grape, demerara, and alcohol. The alcohol cuts through the malt and leads to a dry finish with just a dusting of light spice and some grassy/wet leaves hoppiness left behind. Whoa! 10.5%? Even with the alcohol showing I wouldn't have guessed as it drinks so readily! Impressive. Tasted blind I'd assume this came out of a monastery in Belgium or the Netherlands.

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

A: Cloudy garnet in color with a dense, creamy head of white foam. After a minute or 2 the head fades to a thick cap that sits atop the beer perfectly. A decent amount of lacing lines the whole glass.

S: Sweet aromas of candied dark fruits such as grape and plum, with a hint of cherry. Caramel/brown sugar coming out as the beer warms. Alcohol slightly detectable on the nose.

T: Rich flavors of grape and cherry with a good amount of brown sugar sweetness. Typical fruity belgian yeast esters. Alcohol somewhat detectable with a tartness on the finish.

M: Full bodied with a high amount of carbonation and a smooth, yet somewhat prickly mouthfeel. In my opinion this beer would be better suited with less carbonation.

O: Overall I thought this was an ok beer but nothing remarkable. It had a tartness on the finish that I personally was not a fan of. I also think it was a bit overcarbonated. It was not horrible by any means, it just wasn't as good as an authentic belgian quad.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is really good beer. Seems like I've gone too long without a good belgian ale, and this one comes from the U.S. And they did really well. Belgian yeast in the nose as well as the taste. Prunes, apples, spiced peppercorn and hearty toasted flavors in the taste. The hops are just barely present but add a nice dimension. This is really complex and the alcohol is very present and warming in the finish. I'd like to get another 4 pack of this ASAP.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a chalice style glass on 30Oct2015. Pours a see through brown with amber hues when held to the light...with a 1 finger head that dissipated in 60 seconds leaving a thin film on top. This is a beer best after warming up closer to room temp to really bring out the clove and anise smell and the malty backend that mellows out the high ABV. If storing I would keep it closer to 50F and then letting warm up in your hand as you drink it. Fairly delicate flavors play off each other and the smell helps round it drink from a chalice or snifter style glass.

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Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 29/10/15

A clear reddish amber when held to the light, large loose tan foam has decent retention slowly falling to a thin film but only leaves a few patches of lace

S lots of brewers candy, brown sugar, faint plum, lots of spice and a little boozy, faint clove and anise as it warms

T mimics the smell fairly well, a little sugar coated fig, its fairly young and a little rough around the edges but no major complaints

M has some body but the bubbles fluff it up and make it a bit airy, a little heat and fine grit on the palate, spicy finish lingers

O solid quad start to finish and I could see this improving a fair bit with some cellar time

Well rounded and easy enough to drink for a quad, a little pricey at nearly 20$ a bottle in these parts, I could flip a coin deciding to but one to age

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Photo of stevoj
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruby red with small head, aroma of dark wood and malts. Lots of earthiness in this one. Alcohol not readily apparent, but does creep up on you. Taste is malt, wood, clove. and some alcohol burn. Short finish. A bit milder than some if its Belgian cousins, but highly drinkable.

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Photo of aobrehm
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz glass into chalice.

L- Huge, thick moussy off white head that is very well-retained. Rich amber color with some haze and sediment.

S- Aroma is mostly yeast with big Belgian esters (slightly bubblegummy). Some dried fruit notes from malt and minimal hop presence.

T- Complex flavor profile that focuses on yeast character (clove, bubblegum) with raisin-like malty undertones. Slightly phenolic.

F- Substantial body with some residual sweetness. Highly carbonated.

O- A very good beer that is slightly missing the mark on being a classic example of Belgian Dark Strong/Quad due to yeast character & phenolics dominating malt complexity and too much residual sweetness. This beer would probably be better with a few more months of aging.

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Photo of FBGordon
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Belgian tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful copper orange with a thick meringue head that maintains throughout and laces beautifully.

S: Smells of spices, fruits and booze with a little orange.

T: Flavors are a cornucopia of spices, raisins, plums, malt and a little booze. Delicious and inviting.

M: While wading through the head, the added carbonation makes it a lively beer in the mouth, with lots of crispness.

O: A beautiful, delicious quad with great flavor and mouth feel. One you'll definitely want to try!

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Photo of kbwalters
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a libby stout glass.
Look = 4.25 For some reason this bottled gushed big time when I opened it. Pours a cloudy amber with red highlights, 1.5 fingers of light brown head that fades to a ring. Medium lace.
Aroma = 4.25 Sweet caramel malts, dark fruits, cherry, figs, boozy.
Taste = 4.0 Follows the nose for the most part, sweet caramel highlighted with cherry and fig notes. Booze comes out more and more as it warms.
Feel = 3.75 Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation, a little fizzy, clean finish.
Drinkability = 3.75 10.5% ABV comes out as boozy, detracts for drinkability a little.
Overall = 4.0375 Very tasty, complex and interesting Quad here.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I like big beers but I've discovered that big Belgian beers aren't my thing. I have no doubt that this is a well-made beer: lovely almond color, nice chewy texture. And once it warms quite a bit, there's some serious complexity in the malts: hints of brown sugar and dried fruit. If you like Quads, this is probably a great beer but I think this beer confirms for me that quads aren't one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of Getalegup
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical of a decent quad, it was malty with a nice sweetness. It had a good mouthfeel, too. Pouring was a bit challenging because of the large foam head. But it faded into medium lacing stuck to the glass. Pair with Franklin BBQ Brisket. Excellent combination.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy dark red with a large three-finger sturdy white head. The lingers leaving some spotty lacing.

S - Aroma is plums, raisins, Belgian yeast, and caramel malts.

T - The taste follows the aroma with dates, plums, and raisins upfront with a good amount of Belgian yeast. There is a sweetness from the caramel malts throughout. Finish has light alcohol burn.

M - Medium bodied with medium/high carbonation. The mouthfeel is crisp with a dry sticky finish.

O - A nice Quad. The alcohol is hardly noticeable making this dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of gcasher
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am not a Belgian or quad guy.
It appears copper with a generous head that dissipates quickly. The taste and aroma of rich fruit like plums, dated, and figs. The alcohol does not burn, but rather warms the belly. This is a tasty and relaxing brew.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

When I bought this, I wanted to drink it right away, but before I did, I realized that I shouldn't. For best enjoyment, this should have sat for a year. But I opened it. And immediately I had remorse. I should have waited. It's still great.

It pours luxuriously thick and dark red to brown. The aroma is a deep fruity malty smell with yeast, of course. The taste is a full thickness of a Belgian quad. The kind that makes you shake your head, The yeasty fuitiness keeps coming. I think you have to eat something or brush your teeth to make it stop.

Did I mention the transportive properties? This is a very trippy brew. I would love to try two of these with nice joint, savored over a few hours. Wow.

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Photo of StretchZep
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am impressed with this one. The head popped up out of the bottle as soon as I cracked it. I have not had this happen to a beer without some shaking involved. Straight out of the fridge and into a pjnt glass. It poured a smooth amber liquid with tons of froth. It settled down with almost no lacing. It has a definite caramel nose. There is a high carbonation in the beginning and an alcohol bite! It finishes off smooth with lots of caramel notes a little carbonation buzz with a lingering alcohol finish. This one is a one and done. Awesome but like a womans is not enough and three is too many! You are going to love this one!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, another of the awesome spread of large-format Boulevard products to appear of late up here in Alberta. 'The Sixth Glass', and we're talking Quadruple ale? Damn.

This beer pours clear, dark ruby amber colour, with a fistful of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy beige head, which leaves some chunky layered cirrus cloud lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of semi-sweet, doughy caramel malt, prominent soused raisins and prunes, demarara sugar, faint earthy yeast, a bit of Mars Bar nougat, ethereal citrus esters, and musty, leafy, and kind of floral hops. The taste is a weirdly restrained, but still big caramel, toffee, and treacle sweetness, mixed dark orchard fruit, reduced brown sugar, some Yuletide confection spices (mostly cinnamon and nutmeg, really), sort of phenolic yeast, and a plain earthy, herbal, and musty hop bitterness. "The ABV boss seems to be out of the office at the moment, we don't know when he'll be back".

The carbonation is quite low and unobtrusive in its weak frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight for the style, and generally smooth, the malt and black fruit character as charming as a mid-west Walmart greeter. It finishes sweet, but not overly so, and the understated mustiness somehow 'outshines' the still incredibly gentle booziness.

While hardly in the same league as the Belgian greats for the style, I have had no problem enjoying this particular incarnation, as a sort of earnest New World rendition. Pleasant, yet not all that complex, but stupidly (take whatever meaning you wish from that) easy to drink, by the same token. Yeah, no sixth glass for me, unless you're using small tumblers, or the like.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- reddish orange with fluffy white head...very fluffy
S - Dark, dried fruits. Lots of candied sugar
T- Rasins and plums Licorish
F- Medium body
O- Very solid quad.

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Photo of ScottieWags01
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's hard to find a Quad that holds up to expectations and is priced decently. This beer definitely holds up to a Belgian import Quad and is affordable. The look is amber red, unfiltered, deeps hues surrounded by unfiltered yeasty bits under a suitable foamy head. It smells like malts and candy sugar. Flavors of sugar cane, candy syrup, prunes, dates, figs, and cherries. A mild maltiness and sour, spoiled fruit taste compliment the overall taste, adding to its complexity. Feels like downing cherry and fig juice with some alcohol. Smooth, lacy, and crisp, high gravity mouth-feel. Overall, it's simply delicious!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best by 08/22/2015 printed on the bottle. Finally getting around to trying this one from Boulevard, their quadrupel ale.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours an extremely rich thick caramel / toffee brown colored body. Four big fluffy fingers of airy bubbly khaki foam. Almost root beer float like in appearance. Big fluffy lacing. Looks very nice.

S - A traditional aroma: dark fruits, some alcohol fumes, Belgian candi sugar, notes of caramel.

T - Taste is the same: dark fruit, Belgian candi sugar, yeast, cream, caramel, toffee, mild alcohol bite.

M - The feel is smooth & silky. Creamy mouthfeel. Mild alcohol presence, but very easy-drinking for the high abv.

Overall, a solid quad from Boulevard. Tastes a little young, if that makes sense, and I would love to see what some age could do to one of these.

Boulevard The Sixth Glass -----4/5.

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Photo of alexanderplatz
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My points of reference are Chimay Blue and Trappistes Rochefort 10. The Sixth Glass is not quite as complex/amazing as those two Belgian brews but it is a delicious beer of the Belgian quad style. If you like Chimay and Rochefort and other similar Belgian styles, I definitely recommend that you give The Sixth Glass a try.

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Photo of SoupKitchenBeerSnob
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow... Awesome brew... For a little background, I followed an Aventinus Eisbock with this beer and it was the equivalent of being punched in the face followed by a hand-job... Don't get me wrong, I love the Aventinus, but this one is much more subtle, while delivering all the goods-- foamy head that takes a while to dissipate; crisp, clean mouthfeel despite the sediment; looks good and tastes incredible... Very recommended...

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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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