The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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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): 10.50%

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 jera1350
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #68235. Had this one in the cellar for a little over a year now, but not sure on the exact date.

Dark amber brown color with a glistening creamy ring of copper foam around the glass. Nice retention and curtains of lacing.

The smell is moderately sweet, but is led by a rum barrel scent. A bit boozy and oaky, with dark rum characteristics.

Boozy with a medium sweetness and a deep complexity of flavor. Can't believe this is still pretty darn hot after sitting for over a year. Getting some dark rum and brandy flavors up front with a lingering heat. A dry oak presence with rum raisin and burnt brown sugar with a hint of vanilla bean. Pretty deep and intense.

A bit sticky up front, but finishes quite dry. Full bodied with about the right amount of carbonation.

This is a nice american made example of a quad. I prefer a La Trappe Quad which has more sweetness, but this is one hell of a complex brew. Drinking it, I could swear this is barrel aged, but I guess not. Boulevard really cranks out some quality beers and this one is no exception. Not to mention, the price point is solid as well.

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

Poured a hazy reddish orange color with an average frothy brown head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy tart fruit and small alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth sticky texture and lively carbonation. Medium to heavy dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex brew.

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

10/1/2012 Had this few times now, but first time rating.

A touch lighter hue than I like in quads, but a pretty and rich amber nonetheless. Decent foamy head that lasts.

Nose is fig and candied brown sugar. Touch of spice, touch of booze

Taste is a refined hit of spice and dark fruit with an ample dose of sweetness. Creamy mouthfeel with just a bit of the bready malt that I love. Perhaps the sweetness is a bit forced for this style (although I still enjoy it). It doesn't feel as full, complex, big, or "bready" as other quads. But I LOVE this style at the moment so I'm being hyper critical.

I'd buy this again - it's very nicely done being such an affordable quad brewed in the US

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

Poured a very light colour for a quad. This is only my second or third quad, but I know the colour is supposed to be darker. It's sort of a yellowish red. The head was enormous for such a high-alcohol beer. I'm not sure how it was possible. I had trouble pouring it gently enough to get a decent amount of liquid in my glass without it foaming over. I'm fast becoming a fan of quads. Perfect for someone who likes the high alcohol and intense flavour of trippels, but dislikes coriander. This one is pretty good, but it is not as good as the last one I had, The Reverend. Sorry to get so personal in my reviews, but I like to give as useful a review as possible by giving my background in the style. This one is just a bit too bitter and dry for a quad. It tastes like it's been dry-hopped. From what I've read, I don't feel like this is the idea of a quad. The last quad I had was much better balanced. This one is quite good as well, but not at the same level. A really good quad doesn't need as much spicing as this one has, in my opinion, but then again my opinion is truly a humble one. I'm a total noob to the style. So, take that with a grain of salt.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this sitting around for quite a few months. It's time...
So, it's my first glass of Sixth Glass, and it just looks like a hella-serious beer. A super-foamy top, like styrofoam, maxes out at about two fingers thick, it's a toasted beige and the liquid itself is a freaking gorgeous mahogany. Big walls of lace webs make this a beer to behold.

Like some other quads, there's a raisiny/vinous quality that has a little trouble peeking through a medicinal alcohol wave. Grain alcohol dominates, but fresh-cut wood and other dark fruits try and even things out. The alcohol wins, just barely, so it could've been better, but certainly has some allure as is.

Lots of caramel and toffee have no trouble breaking through the still-pesky alcohol in the flavor, and luckily some other elements muscle through: burnt oak chips (interesting to get wood again, as this isn't barrel-aged as far as I know), raisins, burnt plums/figs, faint graham cracker, weak peppery spice, with a ghost of chocolate-covered liqueur-filled fruit in the finish. With all that, the alcohol remains present although not cloying, lingering along with toffee and ghostly pepper-infused chocolate in the finish.

Feels wonderfully velvety, a bit on the soft side without seeming thin or unexceptional. In fact, its silky slide across the tongue and down the throat, accented by a nice sherry-like alcohol tingle as it goes down, is a feature of this beer.

I love the story on the back label, regarding the name, and I made sure to heed its lesson. This is a strong beer, and it tastes strong, so it's one to sit with for a couple hours if drinking it alone...and this long, lazy Sunday afternoon seems just right for such a thing...

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have to thank SplashyFob for this one. He brought it over to share. Notes taken last night, 1/7/14.

I was presented a snifter with a light tan head over a dark amber/light brown body. The beer had a decent showing in the lacing category.

It smelled delightful. It was malty with dark fruit, mainly fig and plum, with just a hint of dark cherries. Light caramel helped transfer it over, with I believe a whisper of candy sugar if I'm not mistaken. Ending was very boozy.

The flavor was sweet and malty. Somehow it just didn't seem to live up to the promise of the nose. I got fig, candy sugar and booze on the end.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. The carbonation was the key to how enjoyable this was. It was just a hint. The beer left a light film across the tongue and finished slightly dry.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark maple syrup and candy brown with a creamy yellow head that sits at a half finger’s width with lots of small tightly packed bubbles. Carbonation bubbles can be clearly seen racing to replenish the head, but the beer’s body is murky and hazed, letting very little light pass through, even though the beer is clearly not black. Lacing is sparse, thin, and patchy on the sides of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells like spicy cinnamon raisin bread with a touch of cloying alcohol. Dark fruit malts give a firm body to the smell, highly suggesting raisins, but also verging on dates and perhaps a touch of plums, though the malt also suggest rich dark caramel. On the tongue, the beer tastes richly raisin-like with good sweet plum notes and alcohol spice backing, and a touch of bready yeast at the close. The beer begins with light spicy alcohol before opening into sweet raisin and then slowly moving towards sweet plum. The close brings the yeast to the forefront, suggesting breadier Belgian yeast characteristics in-between the sweet dark fruit notes. The malt is mostly dark fruit but does suggest the lightest bit of caramel and brown sugar. From the beginning, spicy alcohol bubbles under the tongue and the flavor, placing the sweetness of the beer just below cloying. On the mouth the beer feels thick and creamy with a touch of sticky heaviness on the tongue. The carbonation is light and fluffy and the mouth is left slightly dry and slightly cloyed with sweet sugar and a tingle of alcohol. Overall, the beer is a success within the style, and a lovely beer overall. The beer has great rich and complex flavors masking the heavy alcohol nicely, while still letting you know that this beer is for sipping. A success from Boulevard!

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Photo of HenryPorter7777
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

American take on the Belgian style Quad. Pours copper-like with a 1" foam that laces through finish. This is my first Quad, so ..... This was a pleasant beer with an understated if not balanced effort: malts and yeast balance low to medium hops, carbonation, and bitterness. Alcohol is finely balanced to make this an easy-drinking and enjoyable beer. I think late Fall and Winter, but you could drink year round.
Well done. ABV 10.5%

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Photo of TripleSun
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first pour after being chilled in the fridge ended up a carbonation disaster but my second bottle was nothing of the sort.

Darkish red/brown color going on with a substantial head. Smells of malt and cherries and tastes of grapes, malt and drinks heavy, yet leaves just the right amount of sweetness on the tongue. Not usually a Quad guy, but this one hits it out of the ballpark. Boulevard has struck home with me many times.

Reminds me of the winey Trappist beers that got me in craft beer.

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Photo of Avagadro
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: tawny in color with a frothy cream colored head and plenty of lacing.

S: aroma is somewhat muted, with notes of raisins, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

T: semi-sweet, with notes of bread, dried fruit, and wintertime spices. Quite enjoyable.

M: full body, with heavy carbonation and a slight oiliness.

D: a great quad with plenty of complexity. Thanks Zach!

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Photo of BierJager89
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: A dark, but almost glowy amer with a light tan head.

S: Belgian candi syrup, cloves, nutmeg and dark fruit in the nose.

T: Cloves, nutmeg, candi syrup, dark fruits, citrus fruits.

M: Medium bodied and a bit harsh, probably more alcohol than carbonation.

O: Not the best quad out there, but definitely worth a try. I'd like to try an aged bottle or the bourbon barrel aged version.

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Photo of lawlerj
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A. Pours a dark mahogany with a massive light tan head. Takes a really long time to dissipate.

S. Rich bready malt and some fruity yeast notes mixed in there.

T. Big flavors. Initially I had a little trouble ferreting all off the flavors out. There is definitely malt in there, some dark fruit, raisins, etc. At over 10%, the alcohol is definitely present.

M. Full bodied, and the alcohol makes it a little "prickly" on the back end. Still very nice.

O. Overall, very nice. Not quite as good as some of the Belgians out there, but delicious nonetheless.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml c&c bottle into a snifter glass
Notes from 11/02/2014

A: Russet brown look with a ton of yeast haze across the body. A massive khaki foam cake billows up out of the glass. Crazy Belgian yeasties. A supreme hanger that never fully subsides only becomes less so while it tatters the glass walls with stick.

S: Big caramel malt nose along with some mellow Belgo yeast qualities, mineral water, and earthy spices. I get a bead of some mild banana peel and clove there however it is fairly subtle. Somewhat simplified but nice.

T: Caramel malt with toasted breads, golden treacle or Belgian candy notes, and a nice subdued spicing of cinnamon and nutmeg. The finish brings forth a subtle banana note along with some earthy mineral bitterness. Very well balanced with the alcohol kept at bay. Drinkable and soft on the lips.

M: Super light and frothy with a high amount of carbonation to it. Some modest bitterness there leading into a nice drying finish. Very clean overall.

D: A worthy Americano rendition yet quite different than its Belgian counterparts. Probably not gonna be my favorite Quad but definitely worth picking up every now and then.

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Photo of BraveGator
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into plain ol chilled mug.

A: Soft head, high carbonation, beautiful copper hue body to the light

S: Sweet fruity smell but hard to distiguish exactly which fruits although labeling states ig and date,for by a very late and light malt

T: Color and smell deceived the expected taste, which was a sweet smokey malt expolsion with some malty aftertaste

M: Carbonation was dominate and the texture was lighter than the hue led me to believe it would be, with a nice stinging after-effect on the sweet and sour portions of the tongue

O: Was a change up in taste and texture from similiar Quads, but pleasing to grab something different. Good 'tweener' or 'getting ready to go' beer to liven the taste buds and set the mind for having some fun.

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Photo of CPeterson
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A -- A deep copper / red beer that produces a three finger head that settles very slowly into a thick bubbled froth leaving great lacing.

S -- Candi sugar, banana, clove and other spices, dark fruits, and subtle alcohol that is only heat in my nose.

T -- Yeasty and sweet fading into banana and spices, bubblegum, plum and raisin. A little boozy, but to be expected.

M -- Full flavored but a little too clean for the style, doesn't linger as long as I would expect. Well carbonated and a little sticky.

D -- Worth the purchase. Another win for the smokestack lineup.

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Photo of beerdavis
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep cloudy red color, with thick large orange cloudy head that disappears quickly. Some lacing on my glass, not a ton.

I can't quite tell what I'm smelling, smells fruity and ripe, spicy. Cherry is evident.

Tastes of bitter fruitiness, hops, cherry again.

Feels very full in my mouth, dancing off of my toungue and filling every gap.

Overall it is a pretty good beer, it will take me awhile to finish it, as it is drinking very thick. Not so sure I would buy it again, it is a little too bitter for my taste.

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Photo of Sensaray
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt copper color with large bubbly, foamy tan head that lasts.

Dark fruits, fig, mango, grape, raspberry, pear, fruity yeast are all noticeable in the smell. Smell really good. I wish I had smelled a date before so I knew if I could smell it in this. There's a tartness to the smell that mixes with it nicely. Alcohol became more apparent in the nose after I drank a little.

Flavors are fruity yeast, figs, raisins leading to a sweetness that turns to caramel sweetness, leading to a close that's yeasty. There's a section here in the taste I'm not too fond of, but there's a lot I like here as well.

Mouthfeel is medium with a nice spice throughout. Good carbonation.

Overall it's a good quad.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep red/brown color, light around the edges, with a decent two finger head of tight foam that dissipates slowly.

S: The aroma is unmistakably that of bananas, and very strongly so. There is a hoppy bite as well, but I basically just smell bananas.

T: Thankfully the taste is more complex then the nose. The alcohol is upfront. There is a fruity, figgy, raisin like aspect draped against a sweet backdrop. There is a spicy note on the finish, and hops shine through the whole time. Very well balanced between the sweet dried fruit and slightly bitter hops/spices.

F: Medium body, good carbonation. No complaints here.

O: I enjoyed this one plenty. It's fruity and pleasant. There's nothing here that makes me feel I need to buy this one a gain in the future, but I'm certainly glad to have tried it.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark maple brown color with a brown two finger foamy head. Just a bit of patchy lacing going on.

S - The nose is full of dark sweet fruits. Dates/figs prunes and red grapes and Belgium yeasty spices. Hints of clove, cinnamon, and brown sugar with a tinge of alcohol in the background finish the nose.

T - Taste is sweet prune like with lots of brown sugar sweetness. The trademark spices are all there with a lot of alcohol warmth. Very well balanced.

M - A bit dull on the mouthfeel. Medium body but seems a bit flat.

D/N - A good sipper. This one bottle will last me well past the hour.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle Chris brought up from Raleigh.

Appearance: Clear amber red beer with thin head and no lacing. Pretty boring for a Belgian style beer.

Smell: Boozy raisins and yeast bread. Smells good, but not approaching the complexity of really good quads.

Taste: Big dark fruit flavors of raisins and dates. Quite boozy, but not hot. Rich bready flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than expected. Nice heavy finish though with lasting sticky sweetness.

Overall: Nothing much bad to say, a very solid quad, but lacking in some complexity. May improve with some age.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from zapata.

Nudged the cork and sent it flying at a supersonic pace into the ceiling and then into a couple of walls before being greeted by a geyser that left a nice splatter pattern in the carpet. Aside from that, the beer pours an amber orange color with moderate haze and a good deal of yeast swimming in the bottle. Tall white head, fairly rocky with good lacing and moderate retention.

Aroma is moderate on the booze and heavy on the sweet malts. Not overly complex but pleasant.

Flavor is very sweet, malty, sticky, boozy, and a bit cherry-like. Theres also an interesting touch of spice which I presume is yeast but is done well enough that it may even be real spices. Maybe a bit peppery. The booze is a bit of a shock but once you get over it the rest of the flavors come out. I find it difficult to score the flavor because before the shock of the high abv subsides it might score a 3.0 but afterwards I might score it a 4.5.

Body is heavy and sticky. Very enjoyable but in moderation. It takes its toll quickly.

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Photo of silentjay
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml poured into an Ommegang goblet.

pours lighter than expected (a murky light brown) with a nice beach sand colored head that sticks at one finger and laces well.

lots of dark fruits on the aroma. raisin, dates, figs, as well as some stone fruit and banana.definite bready malt/yeast combination that reminds me of fruit cake. pretty on par for the style, and nice.

definite raisin flavor, and more of that fruit cake essence. plenty of banana, figs, and maybe some cherry, plum and pluot. bready malts and a bit of spicy yeast flavors. slight spiced rum-like alcohol warmth.

velvety smooth, but not quite as much so as the imported Belgians. a bit of an alcohol heat on the finish, but thats expected and welcomed in this style.

I like it. one of the better domestic versions of this revered style and a pretty decent value overall. I'd visit this one again.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big, creamy, beige head slowly turns foamy as it settles and glistens gold over a clear, reddish, dark amber (SRM 15). Columns of carbonation support the head as it slowly settles to one inch, leaving thick rings of lace.

Subtle plum and candy sugar are offset by faint funkiness. Warmth brings out fresh figs.

A Unibroue tulip glass presents a well-balanced quad that oscillates from slightly sweet to slightly bitter. Dark fruits of plum and fig are followed by a hint of tart cherry. The finish is modestly long and dominated by warming alcohol.

The full body has a viscous, silky texture. Alcohol is warm. High effervescence is capped by a dry finish.

This one warms quite well, developing character along the way. It makes for a contemplative beer that proves to be quite enjoyable on a cool autumn evening before dinner. I enjoyed it with a pungent, creamy bleu “Valdbon”. The cheese brought out a sweet fruitiness, otherwise not detected.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque caramel to brown colored body beneath the foamy, off-white head with flashes of cherry red hues.

Aromas of Belgian yeast immediately float from the glass with dark fruits and caramel showing up after the beer warms. No signs of the higher abv in the nose.

The flavor features a variety of fruity esters and more yeast. The dark fruits include fig and at times almost seem to have a sweet nutty quality to them. As the beer warms it gets fruitier with hints of brown sugar and the alcohol finally shows up as well.

The body is full with generous carbonation and a drying finish and a pleasant warmth.

Nice, traditional Belgian Quad done by an American brewery. This really seems to come across with a lot of the authentic traits one would expect all the way through.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a hazy amber with ruby highlights and a dense rocky, tan head that lasts a while.

S - Dark, dried fruit aroma with alcohol notes

T - Sweet malt, some raisin notes, with a warming alcohol flavor. Nice. A bit tart, too.

M - Full bodied and strong carbonation

D - I'm not going to be slamming this, but it's a very nice beer. Wish I could get more of it.

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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,873 ratings.
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