The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

The Sixth Glass Quadrupel AleThe Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale
2,914 Ratings
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: 2,914 |  Reviews: 837
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

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of JuiceMan818
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of sjrider
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tre1994
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I drank this quadruple from my Trappist Westvleteren no 12 Goblet. If I compare it with a Westvleteren no 12 it is a bit thinner and a tad boozier, but still extremely good, in fact outstanding. However, Westvleteren no 12 is the better quadruple.

Look: cloudy brown slightly reddish with an inch-thick off-white head.

Aroma: malts, dark fruits, and banana

Taste: It's sweet toffee, dark fruits, figs, raisin, prunes, maybe some banana.

Feel: It’s pretty smooth and not much alcohol taste even though it is quite noticeable.

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Photo of byronic
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Great ruby color, relatively thin head that dissipates quickly. Smells a bit candied, full of plum, banana, and molasses. Very thick smell and a bit boozie. perfect bitterness on the end with just the right amount of carbonation. Very fruity up front. The ~11%abv is very well hidden. Feels very warm and smooth. The carbonation is spot on. A great beer. Boulevard can do really great things when they want to.

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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 2,914 ratings
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