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 REDAMI
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

L-Deep amber pour with nearly an inch of off-white foam.

S-Candied fruits, sweet vanilla, toffee/caramel malts.

T-Fruitcake notes, vague cinnamon-like spice, melting into sweet bready malts.

F-Sharp carbonation at the front wakes up the tongue, but smooths into an array of flavors.

Deceptively complex, lighter in texture than other quads but with the same depth as the top tier.

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

Finally got around to drinking this-- it's been sitting in my basement for 7 months now.
Lovely color. Deep amber. Tannish yellow head; plentiful and tight.
Mostly malt flavors, a hint of the hops that builds upon further sipping.
Carbonation level is good-- not too active. Alcohol is well-disguised. Doesn't taste boozy.

Overall, a fine effort.

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Photo of degueulasse
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a beautiful dark brown with a thick, lasting head and has a rich scent with notes of butter. The taste is strong, befitting its high alcohol by volume level, but it is tasty and deep, with the buttery hints still there but subdued behind the pleasant bitterness.

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

A - Opaque body of reddish brown, light tan-orange head is fluffy and extensive. Some lacing. Also, volcanic on opening. Lost a couple ounces.

S - Fruit. Caramel. Apple skin. Spun sugar.

T - Follows the nose, with sweet banana and mild brisk acidity, doughy flavors, and slight bitter bite to clear in the close.

M - Moderate carbonation, and a bit of prickle in the close.

O - Quads are not my favorite style, being a bit more than I want most days. This is a mighty fine version, with lovely caramel dough notes.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oh me oh my. I feel very fortunate that my local bottle shop featured this in its most recent beers of the month selection. The look, taste and feel of this is everything you could ask for in an American-made quad. The burnt sugar, raisin, and boozy finish are absolutely on-point.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper with a fluffy two finger beige head. Aroma is classic belgian with sweet dark fruits of plum, raisin, and candied fruit with orange and peach being most prominent, along with yeast, spice, and belgian candi sugar. Taste follows with huge sweet candied fruits and candi sugar upfront, followed by dark fruits coming in the middle coupled with a slight pepper spice, and a wonderful yeasty flavor in the finish. Hugely complex in flavor. Mouthfeel is light, massively effervescent with prickly carbonation. Overall, this is a tremendous version of a belgian quad, while not as heavy leaning on the dark fruits as some, it showcases all the hallmarks to compete with the true belgian versions. Very good smokestack beer that would make a lovely accompaniment to Christmas and the winter/winter holidays.

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Photo of EMV
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a DT tulip

L: Pours a clear medium caramel brown color. Two fingers of thick creamy off-white head and sticky lacing.

S: Dark sugars and spices. Plum and fruits.

T/F: Follows the nose... singed dark sugars and caramel. Spicy and complex... raisins, plum, and notes of vanilla. Mouthfeel is creamy and a bit sticky at the finish. Generous carbonation.

O: A very well put together American-made Quad... I'm wondering where Boulevard is hiding the Monks!

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

L -- Pours a deep amber color, with subtle hints of ruby. Thick foamy off-white head with a ton of nucleation points. No lacing.

S -- Tons of Belgian yeast notes are very strong off the bat. Plum, raisin, brown sugar, molasses.

T -- Follows closely on the nose. Takes some warmth for the flavors to fully develop.

F -- Effervescent, medium body.

O -- A level below the best quads, but it certainly sits healthily at that 2, 2A level.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a deep red/brown with a nice golden head and good lacing. Smells of red wine, raisins, and molasses. Taste is comprised of brown sugar, wine, smokey earth like tones with an alcohol zing. Finish is clean with a light burst of some citrus in there, overall very easy to drink considering its almost 11 ABV. Very nice beer would recommend.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: burgundy, murky rust colored with a creamy slightly thick off white head.

Aroma: brown sugar, yeast, dark fruits, raisins, plums, prunes, mild alcohol, faint bubblegum

Taste: cane sugar, yeast, dark fruits, raisins, plums, mild booze.

Feel: moderately carbonated, slightly thinner than a medium mouthfeel but not too thin.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Almost clear dark amber color with beige head. Aroma has brown sugar, molasses and booze soaked dried fruits like raisins and plums. Taste starts sweet with brown sugar flavor, a bit of bitterness too, seems a bit like burnt sugar. There are also dark fruits and yeast notes. Finish is quite bitter and earthy. Medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. Overall it's a well made and complex tasting beer buy I think the flavors don't combine as well as expected.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Moderate head with slight lacing throughout. Flavor intensifies slightly as it warms and this ends up being a solid representation for the style. World Class? Not quite. A tier below.

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Photo of mchegash
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: Bright orange-red, with a finger of beige head. Moderately clear but fairly hazy. A great multitude of visible rising carbonation.

S: Delicious candied fruits, perhaps fig and plum? A little bit of Belgian yeastiness.

T: Delicious. Everything I would want in a quad. Great fruit flavors, both red fruit and dark fruit. Moderately high sweetness. Definitely tastes how I would expect a quad to taste.

F: Moderate amount of high-intensity carbonation. Full-bodied.

O: Overall this was a really great quad, and I was very happy with it. highly recommended.

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Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a deep reddish amber with an off white head with nice retention and decent lacing
S-raisons, plum, alcohol, some biscuit
T-lots of plum, dried cherries, and some alcohol and toasted biscuit in the finish
M-medium-full bodied and high carbonation
O-very well balanced and layered making for a great sipping beer

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Photo of goodbeer4cheap
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a bottle poured into a tulip glass
Look - golden copper, hazy, large head 3" and lots of carbonation
Taste - Prunes, pie cherries, fruitcake, alcohol. A heavy beer you would expect from a Quad.
Feel - Almost bourbon, almost syrup mouthfeel, this beer linger on the tongue long after sipping.
Overall - Good Beer I am still more stout and ipa drinker thus I cannot rate this beer as accurate as some but this beer I would quaff on when looking for a heavy finishing beer. I like the pleasant flavors that linker on the tongue and mouth long after drinking. Dessert in a beer!

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Photo of hman43
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours amber with some orange tinge to it. It has a tan head with Belgian lace.

Smell: It has aromas of cherries, plums, leather, earthly elements, alcohol, and bread.

Taste: There are flavors of cherries, plums, earthly elements alcohol, bread, and fruity esters and an overall sweetness to the initial taste.

Feel: There is a somewhat heavy feel to it with some tartness and a very high level of carbonation.

Overall, this is a complex fruity and yeast laden beer with an initial sweetness and a slightly tart finish.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Never tried this brewery before, but this was the beer of theirs that the beer store guy suggested so I thought I’d give it a shot. This quad pours a coppery amber color with a substantial foamy yellowish head. The scent is malty with some perceptible fruit tones as well. The taste is strongly malty for a Belgian, even for a quad, which imparts a bready / caramel flavor. There are also flavors of date and fig like the bottle says, I maybe get a little apple too, but I’m not really getting much else. There’s a definite alcohol flavor, which is common to quads, but I tend to find more acceptable if there’s more going on with it than there is here. Not a bad beer by any means, but what I really look for in quads is a complex, dynamic flavor and I’m just not fully getting that here. I usually appreciate strong malts, but in this case I’m not sure it’s totally appropriate to the style and I feel like it may be covering up some of the other flavors. It is rated highly and others say it has a lot of little complexities, but maybe my palette just isn’t refined enough for this one.

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Photo of RizanTastingBeer
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml bottle to several different kinds of glasses for our tasting.

Look: Pours a ruby-brown verging on tarnished copper. On the hazy end of clarity. Tall, lasting head in the color of beige verging on actual yellow. Scattered, low amounts of lacing.

Aroma: Jeez, where to start with this beast. Right up front it inundates you with rum, raisins, banana, and light clove and caramel... Then it gives you medicinal aromas, almost like treated wood or turpentine. It took a while to nail it down but my tasting group all agreed on this (think railroad ties or fresh cedar). I find some horse-blanket type phenol quality in here as well.

Taste: A lot of the same complexity found in the aroma. The rum and banana are strong. Some dried fruit (dates, fig, raisin). Caramel/toffee flavors. Spicy notes and medicinal notes. Very little or no hop flavors. Quite sweet. And BOOZY, god is it boozy.

Feel: Body is medium. There is a boozy harshness in the mouthfeel not unexpected from a 10+%abv monster.

Overall: I didn't care that much for it, but I'm a hard sell on most Belgian styles in general so I have to give them some leeway. Of the other two people in my tasting (kitchen table), one loved it and the other was moderately impressed. I appreciated the complexity of this quadrupel, but I couldn't get past the medicinal qualities enough to really enjoy it.

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Photo of taters21
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful burnt orange haziness with a 2 finger tan head.
Smells of rum, alcohol, dates, raisins, clove, banana, caramel, typical quad aromas.
Rather bitter actually, a lot of spice, and alcohol, why...
Mouthfeel is only moderately thick, and not as creamy as expected for this being a quad.
Overall, disappointing, maybe it's because other reviews have been of this after some bottle age, but I find the flavor not sweet at all, very bitter and with a lot of burn, and the mouthfeel was a letdown, it's quite a shame really, I wanted to like this brew.

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

$ 9.39/750 mL bottle ($ 0.365/oz) at HEB #02/074, New Braunfels, TX
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – sweet, dates
Head large (5.5 cm, slow pour), light brown, creamy/fizzy, diminishing to irregular three to six mm ring and thin layer of small bubbles
Lacing - none
Body red-amber, clear
Flavor begins very sweet, with flavors of dates and fig, caramel, sugar; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice solid quad. This is not my fave style so take my notes with a grain of salt. I liked this one and it matches the profile for the style very well. Lots of dark fruits and good mouthfeel.

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Photo of drtth
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by date: December of 2016 so there's some bottle age here.

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a hazy dark copper brown color (similar to a used penny) with a 1 1/2" light tan head that recedes slowly leaving scattered patches and legs of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping leaves only a few scattered small patches of lacing and cleans the side of the glass. Even midway through the beer there's still a ring of foam and a 1/8" inch layer of foam on the surface and large patches of lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aromas include brown sugar, some dark orchard fruits and just a hint of yeast.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the brown sugar sweetness and dark orchard fruits prominent (raisin, date, fig) but also supplemented with some toffee notes, a bit of spicyness (the yeast?), and just a hint of bitterness way in the background. Though out there is absolutely no alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with the moderate carbonation. The finish is where the complexity shows most with this beer. The sweetness from the brown sugar and toffee fade to let the fruit flavors emerge briefly. Then as they fade that touch of bitterness pops in briefly then goes away as everything recedes to a nice dryness.

This is a well made American version of a Quad and one which I think can give the Belgian Quads a run for their money. I don't know that it would beat out any of the classic ones in a blind test, but it would certainly give them a run for the money. I'd expect where it might come up short is that the sweetness may be just a bit too prominent here. Anyway, I'll be happy to have this one again and wish I'd been able to include it in the blind Quad tasting some of us conducted a few years ago.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, turbid golden copper with a foamy, khaki head. Wonderful look and head retention. A bit of lacing is left behind. Dark fruits and yeast form a wonderfully Belgium styled aroma. Dark fruits, malts, and a zing of yeast at the end all work together to form the flavor profile of a beer that could be crafted by Belgium's. Very classic taste. Mouth feel is a tad bit harsh, but otherwise bold, filling, and mouth coating. Overall, a phenomenal brew that delivers classic Belgium style beer from a state-side brewery. Even though this is my hometown brewery, I've never had it, which is disappointing because this is tasty.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of mkh012
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11 oz. bottle, best before date of 08/16 (4 months from now).

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a solid two fingers of frothy tan head. Chocolate covered raisins and figs on the nose, and the taste largely follows. Typical quad notes. Some alcohol heat, but not too much for 10.5% ABV.

Not quite as good as my favorite Belgians but a solid representation of the style. Mouthfeel could be a little softier/creamier. 8.5/10 quad in my opinion.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wash a gusher when I opened it, dark tan color with medium head / retention. Aroma has Belgian yeast spice, medium british malt (toffee / caramel) and spice. Taste leans heavily on spicey phenols and less so on the malt (which comes through more on the backend with sweet caramel malt). There is some dry hop flavor as well, just faintly bitter but gives it a nice bunch. It tastes more like a Christmas ale or dark strong than a quad, but still a good beer.

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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,854 ratings.
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