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: 2,947 |  Reviews: 845
Photo of Atg1095
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Mdaniel723
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bit of a letdown after BBQ

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Photo of BergBeer
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy dark reddish brown with a huge pillow beige head. Very good retention with sheets of creamy lacing.

S: Candied cherries, dried figs, prunes, and raisins; caramel, toasted brown bread, toffee; faint hints of earthy and herbal hops with straw and clove.

T: A big pop of dried fruits upfront; cherry, date, fig, prune, and raisin, with the cherry and fig riding through all the way to the finish. Big malt backbone of caramel and toasted brown bread. Some straw and coriander as well. Largely sweet for its duration, but grows dangerously dry near the finish, somewhat warm going down, but then finishes dryly with notes of clove.

F: Medium-full bodied, rich and bready, very prickly carbonation for an almost pillowy feel, but then a quick dry snappy finish, with some sugars left coating the mouth.

O: This is an awesome beer, an excellent American representation of the quadrupel style. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz bottle, best by 01/28/17... poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: opaque, cloudy, burgundy-colored liquid - seems to be a chill haze that clears up later... absolutely lovely, dense, creamy egg-shell colored foam - glistens like soft, white flesh - slowly recedes, leaving a few smatters... opened this bottle a bit earlier, in that the last bottle I tried weeks ago had been out of the fridge for 35-45 min and promptly geyser-ed once popped - this one rumbled briefly, but poured just fine

S: red grape, raisin, a touch of clove, stewed pears... soft expression of lightly perfumy-medicinal booze, apple cidery esters, maybe a bit of leather... the overall smell is not far off from a Rochefort... in a few minutes, some black pepper emerges and the suggestion of fruity/malty depth deepens

T: hit of yeasty, brown bread up front, immediately followed by a surge of fruits - rich, red vinous and perhaps prune... second sip reveals more darker fruit flavors, and maybe even a subtle hint of light baker's cocoa... lovely density of gritty malt, which I feel is its defining character... the aftertaste is relatively leafy-bitter and vaguely roasty

F: fairly compact, light-medium bodied, delicate residual oiliness... the back end pack a softly fiery heat and, in combo with spicy phenol and the potent ethanol, leaves a lasting numbness on the back of the tongue... last minute, added the dregs - creamy-frothy delight

O: second time having this and it's not a bad quad at all - it does seem like a sort of quasi clone recipe of sorts, but it's executed well... I prefer the ultra-light, ultra-tight quads (La Trappe, et al), but this extra-malty one works just fine

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Photo of ICTguy21
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This was my first quad and while not thinking I would dig it I was pleasantly surprised. Thick white(ish) tan head that receded fairly quickly and overall a good aroma although I caught a couple whiffs of something not so pleasant that I couldn't pinpoint. Taste was sweet with banana, malt, and slight breadiness standing out to me. The alcohol was definitely noticeable but at 10.5% it was reasonable. Overall not my favorite beer ever but it was good and I could see myself buying it again every great once in awhile.

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Photo of safphoto
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of woemad
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Spokane Valley for $2.99. According to the stamp on the bottle's neck, this was bottled on July 13, 2016, and is best before ((or after?) July 13, 2018.

Poured into an Iron Goat tulip glass, this was an opaque and quite sedimentary brown-amber color, with a massive gusher of fluffy head somewhere between beige and tqn. Said head took a long time to recede, never dropping below a quarter-inch. Not much lace.

Classic Quad aromas of dark fruits, toffee and spices, but with the fruits slightly muted and the toffee sweetness just a little bit higher in the mix than I was expecting.

The differences between this Quad and a classic like, say, St. Bernardus Abt. 12, aren't just in the aroma. It's like a sweeter take on the style, with that sweetness in the driver's seat. The dark, fruity, plummy and pipe tobacco-like flavors I've picked up in classic Belgians of the style are present, but they are second bananas to the sweetnesweetness. Speaking of bananas, a clovey spiciness creeps in about midway through the taste, along with a little alcohol heat. Because this was bottled nearly a year ago, I suspect it's a little mellower than if I'd popped it open last July. Another year might have seen it mellower still.

Fairly light bodied for it's strength, but the carbonation seems a little too low.

An awfully close American approximation to some of the great Belgian Quads, for me it's not quite a home run, but is still awfully good. I will have this again.

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Photo of rsquared59
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains candy sugar, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, candy sugar and fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hits on all the classic Belgian quad chararistics. Pours a very nice amber with a rich robust smell. Nice carbonation and heavy latticing. Little light on the fig/plum flavors you get from some quads, but has almost hoppy after taste that makes up for it.

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Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of elec
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CecilCorneliusCrawfford
4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of andrewh995
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with an off white head. Smells of banana, yeast, and fruit. Tastes of dark fruit, banana, and yeast. Medium body with high carbonation. Overall this is an exceptional quad.

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Photo of red_5_sooner
4.94/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BdM
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of invapid
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tohibii
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely love this sipper - the only strike against it is really that the Bourbon Barrel Quad from Boulevard is better simply because they age it in spicy spirit barrels for a year and jam cherries in there.

It has a really heavy syrup-like body (gets even heavier in the BBQ). Sweet, spicy and boozy, but with an overall mildness that doesn't rock the palette. Rich creamy mouthfeel with lots of little bits of sediment floating around inside (again, this gets more pronounced with the BBQ).

I have had it before and thought it a bit hot right off the shelf with a slight booze burn, but the freshly purchased bottle I just opened didn't hit me with that 'rolling hot' feel this time. Still, this is a great beer to age, as that sensation will almost always get rolled back with extra time in the cellar on malty-numbers like this.

Again, the Bourbon Barrel Quad is the same beer with more 'experience' and I'm seeing it for an extra $4 a 4 pack ($14.99 vs. $10.99); you can decide for yourself if it's worth it for the extra seasoning, but I really think everyone who likes the style needs to try at least one or the other, if not both.

One of my favorites and my pantry will never be without some of these waiting around. It's simply a fantastic beer by Boulevard.

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Photo of Branlott42
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dlin0sbb
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMH73
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear Amber color with a thin off white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. A classic Belgian style quad with smells and tastes of banana, clove, Belgian yeast and pepper. Medium bodied and carbonation. Very well done.

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Photo of bshefftz
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 2,947 ratings