The Sixth Glass | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

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 erosier
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a cloudy amber orange color with a very large tan colored head that laces the glass a whole lot all the way down.
S: Smells of alcohol at first, then it has aromas of sweetly roasted malts, a hint of caramelized malt, figs, vinous fruits, and some other fruit aromas I can't put my finger on.
T: Tastes like the nose. A whole palette of flavors from the roasted and caramelized malts to the fruity flavors that flow into more vinous fruit flavors followed by a big alcohol kick at the end.
M: Very complex, warming, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, it has a ton of alcohol and a ton of flavor, which is why they call it a quad I suppose. Good beer for sure but I had to split the bomber with a buddy.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tart cherry, green apple, wheat malt, spicy and vegetal gourd flavors. Strong carb, but well suited with an acceptable alcohol bite. Darkened reddish-brown. Foamy but sizable head that interferes with slick sipping. More floral and tart than ripe; peppery and vanilla aromas. A shoulder season quad.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an initially hazy amber color. Not quite brown. A giant head forms on top, falls back and leaves very sticky lacing. It then clears up pretty well, staying a nice clear amber color throughout. A nice looking beer, a little lighter in color than I would expect, but nice looking. The smell is incredibly nutty and raisiny, sticky like syrup, and a tiny bit toasty. It almost gets rich and buttery in the smell a bit. There's even hints of some different grains, maybe some regular sugars (un-starch converted kind). The taste kind of sticks out as a spicy, caramel syrup flavor. I notice some cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, maybe some other floral aspects. There's also a slightly bready, toasty aspect to the flavor, with a bit of earthy nuts. Pretty good, I like the somewhat clean profile in some respects. It's pretty full a bit medium, but not quite syrupy and sweet. The carbonation just sort of rushes in pleasantly, without a bite. The alcohol is a bit powerful, though quite normal for the style. Enjoyable, fits within the style, nothing wrong with it, but nothing outstanding. Recommended for those seeking out new examples of the style.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy amber color with two fingers of head that recedes fairly quickly to a thin film.

S: Lots of dark fruit - plums and figs mostly. I get a bit of citrus as well.

T: Again, strong dark fruit but now with toffee as well. Not overly sweet, though. I get some peppery spice with a bit of nutmeg. Appropriate booziness for the style.

M: A bit on the thin side with strong carbonation.

O: A solid quad.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a deep dark amber with a finger+ of light caramel head. Very good retention, fantastic lacing.

S - tons of prunes, dates, and figs. Some sweet crystal caramel malts. Mild alcohol warmness and honey aromas.

T - tons and tones of dark fruits, as listed in the aroma. Lots of candied sugar as well as beer transitions to more of a yeasty flavor with a mild alcohol burn at the finish. Initial dark fruits and alcohol burns linger for the aftertaste.

M - medium bodied, a bit over carbonated in my opinion. Definitely a drinkable 10.5

O - good flavor for sure, alcohol is extremely well tempered. Quite drinkable, carbonation is over the top in my opinion

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Photo of morebeergood
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle for $8.99 at the QFC in Bothell, then enjoyed at the in-laws place in Seattle on the 4th of July during fireworks. Served in stubby wine goblets. A bit lighter in color than I was expecting, as it was a lighter shade of chestnut than other quads I have tried. Decent sized head forms with the pour. Smell was very boozy, and full of ripe plum notes. Taste was very good and true to the quad style. Lots of raisin notes, with some black licorice, and a sugary aftertaste. Mouthfeel was thick but smooth enough to enjoy. Drinkability was above average as it's a flavorful beer, but it's very hot with alcohol. Some aging might mellow this beer down a bit and do it some good. A nice example of a quad from a brewery that I was curious to try, as you can't find Boulevard in MA just yet.

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Photo of wschmit
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, dated "Best by 10/28/12," into a my new, New Glarus fluted pint glass.

A: Big, billowy tan head atop a pretty clear, effervescent amber body. Some big bubbles blow themselves out quickly, but plenty of fine carbonation leaving a bit of sticky lacing. Pretty nice...perhaps a touch light in color for a quad, but otherwise, good.

S: Big bready malt, some booze, and raisins--spot on. Alcohol is prominent, but expected, and melds nicely with the rest of the yeasty nose. This is one of the better American quads I've whiffed.

T: A bit too bready in the body, and the booze comes across too strong. There's some nice chocolate notes, but I'd have liked a bit more raisin/stone fruit.

M: The body is a little bit thin, surprisingly. The fine carbonation feels nice. Alcohol's just a bit too hot.

O: To be honest, it's a pretty good try at the elusive quad, but not at the level of the real thing. Perhaps this one's past its prime, or not there yet? It really does have a champion nose, but doesn't quite live up to it. Got it in a random trade, so I can't comment on the value.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up an extra bottle to cellar so I'm cracking one with about year on it.

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip an amber with a hint of garnet - a frothy light tan head slowly deflates - very nice given the abv.

The nose is slightly estery with sweet grain and a hint of darker fruits.

Dry caramel at first, followed by creamy fruits, raisins, plum, some light spice, and a touch of bubblegum alcohol and toastiness in the finish.

Tingly carbonation and a thin/medium body.

I enjoyed this beer much more the first time I had it - it seems much thinner than I remember - I think quad I think syrupy fruits. Definitely some of my all-time favorite bottle art, though.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head but the retention is pretty much nonexistent. The head is a light beige with lots of yellow while the body is a very dark amber which glows a dark amber with lots of orange when held up to the light. Some lacing but it's pretty minimal.

Nose- Fairly weak. From both the bottle and the glass, I get some bubblegum, a bit of caramel but not much else. Faint hints of brown sugar and molasses. Lots of banana emerges after I swirl it and the beer has opened up a bit more. A light astringency from the alcohol starts to appear after some time.

Taste- Bitter, slightly woody notes appear at first with hints of alcohol on my cheeks. Some sweet malt and spice. Lots of cloves- so much so that they begin to overtake the flavor profile. Some banana but this might merely be a suggestion from the rampant phenols. (Turns out there is a lot of banana on the profile.) Yeast takes over on the finish and shows lots of spice and wood with minimal amounts of bitterness. My initial impression is that this would be better described as a mix between a tripel, a hefeweizen, and a Belgian strong dark ale. It's by no means a bad beer but it does not match up to the bar set by classic quads. The bubblegum that I detected on the nose starts to appear as well. Some brown sugar and molasses but this is primarily a clove bomb. Definitely an above average beer but I'm wondering where the dates, the raisins, and the candied fruits are. Lots of cinnamon as well and the heat is apparent but it adds to the flavor profile. A very good beer but a little bit of disappointment in regard to style. The bitter yeasty finish lingers too long and is the biggest negative of the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel- Pretty heavy with almost ropy threads of syrup. Some zip of carbonation. Fitting for the style.

Drinkability- With the yeasty finish as the only negative, this beer is borderline dangerous. A four pack at $11 could get you drunk quickly if you weren't paying attention. May not be the best representation of the style but it is still a very nice beer.

Overall- Probably the best you could expect from a quad that isn't bottle conditioned. This is definitely worth a try and a steal at the price. Just don't think you've found a replacement for Rochefort, Bernardus, or (gasp) Westy. There's a reason you pay money for the big hitters.

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Photo of Premo88
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into snifter
(best by 9/22/2017)

L: big foam pushes up off a brown/orange/amber brew that isn't clear, very murky, in part because I poured in some of the yeast/sediment; head is a thick 1/2-inch of beige foam, very cool looking; keeps a thick collar of beige foam and about a half skin, only a little sticking or lacing

S: sour grapes, red wine, sweet grapes, peanuts ... also a pinch of dust ... a little fig ... alcohol, again only a little but there's some rubbing alcohol/vodka coming off it; dark dried fruits with the sweetness taken out

T: earthy grapes, prunes, peanuts, dust ... not overly sweet but there's definitely some sweetness; at times has a good yeasty pop to it, not like the real thing from the Trappists but it's a dang close ... at times; earthy red wine

F: fantastic ... big Belgian style carbonation that's crisp up front but soft on the backside ... beautiful

O: as American-made abbey ales go, this one is up there; it's not as sweet, not as dark-malty and not as yeasty as the best of the best, but it has some of the right notes some of the time, which is better than most; the big carbonation is fantastic, and it helps get this brew closer to authentic; the peanut flavor comes in hard at times and others it gives way to more wine/grapes/ prunes ... again, it makes it better than most American-made abbeys; I've got one bottle left from my four-pack, and I'm going to age it to the 9/22/17 limit -- it's good enough to invest the time just to see what happens

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Photo of joe1510
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle

Best By: 8/22/15

Active carbonation produces a finger high head even on an easy pour. The foam isn't the most appetizing with a soapy look and dirty beige in color. It fizzles out rather quickly to a thin ring and skim coat. The body is murky, brick red when backlit with some floating chunkies even after I poured carefully.

The nose is loaded with fruity esters, I can smell it from a few feet away. Prune, dates and fig are the first fruits that come to mind. It has a little of that dry, leathery quality. Raisin as well, I can't forget raisins. Caramel and one of those heavy, dense holiday fruit cakes make up the malt base but it surprisingly doesn't seem overly sweet, just that the spice and fruit is present.

Fruit cake again makes it's presence felt. There's better balance than the nose. Figs and raisins are most prominent. A touch of pear and apple float around the back adding a sense of sweetness. Leathery prunes and dates pop up here and there. Big caramel and a whiff of booze wrap it up. Fairly complex.

Boulevard has nailed the mouthfeel like they seem to do on every beer they release. The body is impossibly light for a beer of this strength. The carbonation is frothy and airy like dialed in Belgians. Alcohol heat is non existent and the carbonation adds a touch of prickliness to the tongue.

I don't drink Quads very often, they're not really a style I prefer but I do truly appreciate great versions like Rochefort's and St. Bernardus', with that said I'll have to pass on Sixth Glass. It's a good beer, worth a try, but I'll skip this guy in the future.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy deep brown, raisin looking with an off white head.

S - Caramel with some fruitcake. Brown sugar with yeasty notes and more lingering fruitcake aroma, estery.

T - Fairly sweet, bready, banana, canned fruit medley, raisins, overripe apple, slight boozy notes.

M - Medium body and just a touch sticky.

D - A little too much sweet and canned fruit combo for me but solid. I have enjoyed the smokestack offerings I have tried.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%

Look: Alburn brown with an off white lacing with active sediments. Smell: Candy sugar, yeast, plum and raisin notes, spice and bread dough. Taste: Explosion of candy sugar, belgian yeast, spice, plums, chocolate notes and alcohol. Feel: Medium body, mild carbonation.

Overall: This is a very good offering of an American Brewer trying a Belgian Style. The flavors are pinpoint to a BSDA. The only thing that lets you know it is an American brewer is the carbonation. The body and carbonation is a bit light for a Quad. Enough said this is worthy.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed during the second monthly "Beermageddon" with many others recently. Review is from my notes. Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a surprisingly lightish amber tinged brown color, which is already unexpected given the style at hand here. Hazy and cloudy in color (and I believe this had been laid down prior to pouring), and with a minimal amount of head retention. Bubbles rise to the top slowly, but nothing too showy overall. Lacing is pretty decent. Holds a viscosity and thickness that enhances the dull color, but in my view this is not the type of representative eye candy that this style tends to provide.

The aroma, on the other hand, is quite good, combining a good dose of dried fruits, as well as a sweetened caramel malt texture. Raisins, dried apricots, dates, and maybe a bit of figs permeate, and the finish is slightly sweetened and rife with brown sugar and caramel notes. Yeasty phenols are fairly present, often resembling a full bodied apple aroma. There's a dry hoppy flavor that lurks at the back, almost to the point of being too subtle, but it works well. Not very boozy, especially considering the ABV, but I know it's there, waiting to take me by surprise underneath the sweetness. Definitely a quad meets American ale hybrid, if anything.

This beer is definitely full of surprises, as indicated by the flavor. Rather than pelt the mouth with caramelized sweetness and dried fruits, as anticipated, it comes off in a subtle, pleasant character. There's some raisins at the front, as well as dabs of honey and caramel soon after. A dried fruity character melds with a bready, succulent yeastiness but does so without being too heavy. In fact, I'm perplexed how this manages to hide the alcohol well, showcase a subtlety of flavors, and retain a light feel overall rather than do just the opposite, or what the norm of what quads tend to do. The flavors are relatively spot-on, but the body is bready without dragging down the gut. It's not complex by any means, but it is definitely refreshing.

What an interesting twist on the style! As indicated by their saison, it seems these guys get traditional recipes and provide their own Americanized rendition of them. This is not the greatest quad I've ever had, but it is not a chore to drink at all, and the raisin/caramel profile is quite good here, if only lacking complexity. I would love to revisit this one for sure. Definitely looking forward to trying more of their Belgian-style beers.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
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 TruePerception
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Boulevard's Sixth Glass, quad, from their Smokestack series. 10.5% ABV.

A: Medium reddish brown color, almost like fig jelly. Tons of thick, grey-white sediment all throughout! Almost completely opaque; only the shadow of my hand is visible through the beer. 2 fingers of slightly fluffy head. Fine, persistent lacing, in thickish swaths. Bright yellow in the dimple.

S: Dates. Some oaky caramels. Fig, as it starts to warm up. Very slight ash note. Some raisin. Slight candy sugar. A very faint tart cherry note.

T/MF: Hmm. Slightly smoky sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Gives way to raisin/date just behind. Then moves into oaky char and burnt toffee around mid-tongue. Sharp upturn of acidity along the back of the palate.

While the flavor (though plenty complex) is less appealing to my tastes, this beer is quite pleasing to the eye, and very interesting on the nose, as well. Over all, a very nice brew.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice. The beer is a light brown color with amber highlights. A little lighter than I usually expect from a quad, but I like that. When beers get too dark they all look the same to me. Nice head, not too puffy. Decent retention, little to no lacing.

S - I love the smell of quads. From this one I'm mostly picking up yeasty aromas with slight bits of dark fruit.

T - Dark fruit dominates. The sweetness I'm picking up is something like raisin or fig, although not obviously so. I'm also picking up something like the funkiness from the saison that I'm used to tasting. Nice yeast characteristics. There is something of a lingering sour funk to it that I'm not a huge fan of. Just a touch of alcohol on the back end. The 10.5% is very well hidden.

M - Medium full bodied. Less carbonation than I would expect. Bone dry. The dryness seems to come on strong, then fade, then return as the beer warms.

O - I liked the beer, but for the Quad price point I need to love it. I'm already paying premium for a treat, so I'll pay a buck or two more for St. Bernardus.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Paper hotel cup
From: Total Wine in Ballantyne (Charlotte), N.C.
Price: $2.99
Purchased: July 30, 2014
Consumed: Aug. 2, 2014
Misc.: Best by March 10, 2016

Poured a caramel, amber color with 3-to-4 fingers of khaki tan, orange head. Good amount of layered lacing along the sides of the cup. Good retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled caramel, cloves, banana, honey, boozy, tropical hops and Belgian spices.

Tasted boozy, caramel, rye, citrus notes, tropical hops, mango, Belgian spices, cloves, banana and earthy notes.

Medium body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Earthy, boozy finish.

Not as good as I’d hoped. The other Belgians from Boulevard were much better.

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Photo of mmmbeerNY
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An easy drinking quad that has some of the flavor right, but does not seem as complex and full body as the Belgium quad's I have had and enjoy. So not a bad beer, cheaper then the imports that are better, but still probably not one I would revist

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Photo of magictrokini
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper with a thick tan head. Brown sugar, yeast, dark candied fruits, and malt in the nose. Boozy glaze over all the flavors. Raisins, dates, molasses, vanilla, and caramel blend with the spice to form a heavy Belgian ale. This would do well as a winter brew.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with some notes of peppery yeast with light dry fruit. Taste is also a mix between some candi sugar and peppery spicy yeast with some subtle notes of dry fruits. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well made but lacking the candy and dry fruits component s that characterize that style of beer.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Best by 8/7/14, which I assume means bottled 8/7/12. Served in a Wild Heaven snifter.

Pours dark murky mahogany with two fingers of pale manilla head.

Smells of sweet candied apple, brandied cherries and toffee like malts.

Taste follows the nose. Brandied dark fruits, sugar cane, caramel and toffee.

Medium body with fairly heavy carbonation. Sweet stone fruit finish.

A good all around quad and further evidence to me that Boulevard knows what they are doing.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L (4) - Nice medium brown color.
S (3.5) - Not a lot of nose here, but kinda smells like it tastes.
T (4) - This beer has a solid taste. Not overly impressive, but good taste. A little alcohol taste, but not what I'd describe as 'boozy.'
F (4) - This beer has decent mouthfeel. Good carb.

This beer was good all around. Nothing wowed me, but I wasn't mad I drank it. Not sure I'll go out of my way to drink it again, but I'd take it over many other brews.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Lighter amber brown hue with a large-ish creamy, smooth looking, frothy, off-white colored head. Good retention leaving a nice, thin layer of lace.

S - Full of Belgian aroma. Yeast, candi sugar with some bubblegum, banana, ripe fruit, and some spice.

T - A good amount of alcohol and rum soaked cherries along with the typical Belgian yeast and candi sugar flavors. Some banana and bubblegum, hints of plum and apple. A touch of phenols.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Felt a little thin for the style. Warming and lively feeling.

D - I had no problem finishing the bottle, and it was enjoyable. Alcohol is a little too prevalent to be really drinkable.

Notes: A bit above average Quad. Not bad, but alcohol was a little strong. I enjoyed drinking it, but I wasn't blown away by it.

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Photo of RodBurg
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Beertracker for this one. Pours a cloudy dark brown/red with a thick tan head and little spots of lacing.

Rich, malty nose with dried fruit, red wine and a small amount of Belgian yeast.

Lots of malt on the palate. Figs and prunes couple with a slight alcohol burn and a fruity sweetness in the finish. Yummy. Seems overly carbonated for the style, but I tend to favor that.

Pretty good stuff. Looking forward to trying the other Smokestack beers from Boulevard.

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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 799 ratings.
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