The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

2,874 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): 10.50%

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 buschbeer
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass
2013 vintage

This beer pours tea colored and is topped with several inches of tan head that leaves. some lacing.

The aroma is spiced fig and dates. There is also a sweet bread smell with some spiciness from the yeast.

I taste fig and dates with a slight bitterness. It has a very dry finish.

It has a highly effervescent mouthfeel.

This is a very dry quad. It is good, and the alcohol is well hidden.

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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 BigGold
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had poured from 12-oz. bottle, stamped best by "03/05/17," into Chimay goblet. The creepy literary reference is well-taken, as a bottle of The Sixth Glass may very well lead to another, and so on, and then on to adventures best left unmentioned.

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Photo of LAp
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Man and the devil mixed with blood - that is the sixth glass". A little literature mixed with libation - Boulevard has found a well-chosen literary nod to give with the naming of their latest Belgian. The brewery never fails to impress - though some of their other styles are lackluster, they've got quite a solid bead on the Belgian style.

Had as a 12oz bottle poured into a snifter-shaped wine glass. Pours a deep, hazy gold, with a profuse khaki head. Nose is crisp, but sweet and yeasty - plenty of Belgian spice on the nose. The palate follows in classic Boulevard style - this feels like the big brother of their Tank 7 farmhouse: bready, yeasty, with prolific wheat, but not in the heavy, savory style of a Westy; rather, this beer blends that classic trappist breadiness with a sweeter, more North American take on the quad - there's a certain light sweetness here reminiscent of Unibroue or Ommegang. The mouthfeel is spot on, medium-bodied with the perfect blend of creamy texture and subdued carbonation (less than the head would lead one to believe). Ultimately, this beer straddles the Atlantic, blending the distinct Belgian and North American take on the style, without falling into the trap of overly sweet, overly light quads that so many American breweries seem to churn out. Overall, an outstanding entry in the style.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber pour, large old-newspaper-colored head
Smells of cherry, malt, fig, raisin
Tastes of cocoa, clove, cherry, raisin, toasted malt, ester, brown sugar
Heavyish feel, abrasive carbonation
I guess if I was a fisherman or like whoever is the sort of person that calls things a "doozy" I'd use that here. Huge dessert beer. Doesn't hit one note out of tune. Complex almost to the point of exhausting. Seems like the sort of thing you drink to celebrate finishing a 2000 page russian novel

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Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a cloudy brown amber, small off white head. Aroma has a bit of banana and dark fruit notes upfront, slowly mellows out to some caramel malt, yeast and dark fruit as it warms up. Taste is similar to aroma with some dark fruit and yeast that become more prevalent as it warms up, some herbal hops as well. A full body with good carbonation on the palate. Finish is sweet caramel malt, yeast, dark fruit plums and figs, brown sugar and mild bitter herbal hops for balance with a bit of sweet brown sugar and alcohol on the end. Finish is long and slightly dry. A noteworthy full flavored brew, very nice.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice best by date of 9/22/17

A: creamy head that sits in a small 1/8 filthat does not dissipate after having a decent head slightly brown notes. Body is a rich caramel color that is very turbid so much so you can not see through it

S: lots of banana and clove light hints of raisin and caramel

T: a lot of the nose follows the taste with some burnt sugary taste added in not as much caramel but the banana and clove are there.

O: has a very high carbonation feel and has that slightly syrupiness to it so you feel like you are scraping it off your tongue after you drink it. Yet at the same time it seems a tad watery

O: Solid beer the burnt sugary taste and banana and clove are very prevelant. I do not think it is as rich and complex as the belgium counterparts I don't get a lot of dark fruit out of this. Alcohol is hidden very well. I have still never had an american version of a quad that even comes remotely close to Rochefort, St Bernadus, Chimay, or Trappist. I have never had Westvleteren.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting spin on a quad, not near as dark as the traditional versions, though the nose is generally in the ballpark, lots of rasiny/date aromas + caramelized malt. Yeast presence also a little more subdued than the classics. Palate is similar to the aroma, perhaps catching a slightly meaty note as well. It's not bad at all but seems to lack a little bit of the richness and depth of the best iterations. Worth a try for the Belgian lover, and certainly more affordable than the imports, but I think I'd pony up the extra bucks for a 4-pack of St. B or Rochefort.

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Photo of Premo88
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
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 yemenmocha
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional ale! Hazy amber with plenty of yeasties, nice head with small bubbles (great carbonation overall too). Nose has a delightful mixture of fruitiness with yeasty/bready aromas. Good balance of sweet and sour tangy flavors including some caramel, candied fruit, etc. Insanely drinkable for a 10% beer. Silky on the palate with the carbonation. Savor this one!

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Photo of DaverCS
4.84/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a murky light brown color with a touch of amber highlights. 2 fingers of a long lasting, off-white head.

Aroma is absolutely gorgeous! Best smelling quad I have ever had. An absolute bouquet of dark fruits -- figs, raisins, and plums. A bit of lemon and tons of toffee. A nice Belgian yeast spice hidden initially, but as the beer warms, it comes out more. Near perfection!

Taste follows the aroma. Dark fruits, toffee, brown sugar, and a nice malt sweetness. Highly carbonated, but it still retains its fullness. Some clove and a bit of banana. Alcohol warmth is present, but no taste. As it warms, the Belgian yeast character becomes more forward.

Overall, this is the best quad I have had. Really solid in all aspects! I see it pairing well with sticky toffee pudding. It gets a 97/100.


Brief aging comparison. Consumed on 3/24/17:

Bottled on 11/10/15; A slight gush with opening

Aroma: pear and apple juice, lots of Belgian spice, booze
Taste: highly carbonated with floaters. Medium-to-light mouthfeel, boozy, earthy, some light malt notes. A little bit of subdued dark fruits.

Bottled on 05/24/16
Aroma: Dark fruits, cherries, malt, rum/ brandy notes, and maybe a bit of banana.
Taste: Much richer and thick in mouthfeel. A bit of bitterness is present alongside a bit of caramel and malt sweetness. Some apple and prune juice.

With blind tasting, it was easy to identify the older versus newer bottle. While I’m leaning towards liking the aged version better, fresh is actually best in my opinion; it retains so much more character. I feel that the ’16 version has lost a lot of character, yet it is not aged long enough to transition into anything interesting. Conversely, the ’15 bottle has had ample time to age, which has increased the effervescence and yeast complexity, but it has lost much of the dark fruit character. I loved this beer super fresh, and in this case, I do not recommend aging it.

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Photo of chefj3
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Belgian Ale lover here. Sixth Glass represents well, and as others mention, it's not an actual Belgian Trappist ale. However, since I got a 750 ml. bottle on sale for ~$9, it's stepping up admirably. Poured into a tulip glass, at appx. 50 deg. F.:

Thick, foamy head with large carbonation bubbles dissipating quickly into a ball of foam with little lacing. Color is a cloudy burnt orange to medium amber.

Aromas of toast, burnt caramel, cream, bubblegum, butterscotch, forest floor, toffee, cedar, wet paint, mushroom, scotch whisky.

Taste of alcohol (10.5%), creme brulee, spruce tips, fruit loops, cinnamon toast, banana, citrus, caramel, toffee, cedar smoke.

Finish of coffee, nutmeg, medium length.

Overall an enjoyable, high-octane Belgian analogue. Great deal under $10/750ml.

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Photo of BierRunner
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is only my second quad so not much perspective to draw on. It is lighter in color than I expected. The nose is malty with grape undertones. The taste is also malty and fruity with warming alcohol on the finish. In the glass, as the temperature increases, cherry and nutty flavors emerged. It is nicely carbonated (very small but numerous bubbles). Nice evening beverage when you have the time to enjoy it leisurely.

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Photo of Ghaas6
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After drinking Boulevard for the first time this past weekend I am left shouting about their prowess from the roof tops! When I first tasted this beer it made me say "Wow!" A good crisp taste that leaves one satisfied. Glad to see they moved east and entered the NYC/LI market! Look out local Brewers!

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Photo of ClePaul
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look 8/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 89/100

Summery: A nice take on a classic Belgian... This american version is smooth and flavorful, yet lacks the robust taste of its counter part from across the pond~

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

L012915 1246E. Best by 01.28.17. Consumed 11.26.15.

A: Monstrous light tan head rests above an autumn orange body of generally good clarity revealing a very strong rate of carbonation. Lengthy head retention, sticks well with large patches of lace.

S: Caramel raisin, sweet dark fruit, sugary plums, lightly toasted straw and grains. Good sense of awareness that was fairly lasting.

T: Sweet toasty caramel body with sugary raisins, toasty grains and sweet dark fruit of plums. Sweet peache, with a sweet flavor that shows little signs of its 10.0 abv nature. Some rum with a toasted nuttiness.

M: Good vibe of carbonation, slick textured, slightly sticky, good fullness, gentle fade of dried fruit and alcohol glow on the swallow.

O: Some alcohol detection upon more warming, but generally accessible. Dark rum and fruit with a good rate of drinkability.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A stunner..... a real stunner.i had this side by side with the so called top quads, rochforte 12 and st. Bernardus and this was as good if not better....has that subtle sweetness to make this as good a non barrel aged quad as you can find.excellent.

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Photo of NickandToni
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boulevard may be one of the best breweries in the country. Within each category they brew something special. The Six Glass is no exception. Poured into a tulip, with a thick tan head that stays, with each sip a beautiful lace coats the glass.

There are toasted fruits, like peach or figs, with a caramel sweetness.

A great attempt that brings some American pride to such greats as St. Bernardus or other great Trappist Quads.

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

Boulevard Brewing Company "The Sixth Glass"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY 11/19/16"
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes: Beautiful appearance with excellent head retention and lacing. Some chunky sediment is visible both in suspension and lying on the bottom of the glass. Somewhere around 18 SRM, deep amber-orange in color beneath a creamy, yellowed-khaki head. Malty sweet aroma with a flicker of candy, caramel, and dark skinned fruits. That carries over into the flavor with some added mustiness, clove/spice, fig, grape, demerara, and alcohol. The alcohol cuts through the malt and leads to a dry finish with just a dusting of light spice and some grassy/wet leaves hoppiness left behind. Whoa! 10.5%? Even with the alcohol showing I wouldn't have guessed as it drinks so readily! Impressive. Tasted blind I'd assume this came out of a monastery in Belgium or the Netherlands.

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

A: Cloudy garnet in color with a dense, creamy head of white foam. After a minute or 2 the head fades to a thick cap that sits atop the beer perfectly. A decent amount of lacing lines the whole glass.

S: Sweet aromas of candied dark fruits such as grape and plum, with a hint of cherry. Caramel/brown sugar coming out as the beer warms. Alcohol slightly detectable on the nose.

T: Rich flavors of grape and cherry with a good amount of brown sugar sweetness. Typical fruity belgian yeast esters. Alcohol somewhat detectable with a tartness on the finish.

M: Full bodied with a high amount of carbonation and a smooth, yet somewhat prickly mouthfeel. In my opinion this beer would be better suited with less carbonation.

O: Overall I thought this was an ok beer but nothing remarkable. It had a tartness on the finish that I personally was not a fan of. I also think it was a bit overcarbonated. It was not horrible by any means, it just wasn't as good as an authentic belgian quad.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is really good beer. Seems like I've gone too long without a good belgian ale, and this one comes from the U.S. And they did really well. Belgian yeast in the nose as well as the taste. Prunes, apples, spiced peppercorn and hearty toasted flavors in the taste. The hops are just barely present but add a nice dimension. This is really complex and the alcohol is very present and warming in the finish. I'd like to get another 4 pack of this ASAP.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a chalice style glass on 30Oct2015. Pours a see through brown with amber hues when held to the light...with a 1 finger head that dissipated in 60 seconds leaving a thin film on top. This is a beer best after warming up closer to room temp to really bring out the clove and anise smell and the malty backend that mellows out the high ABV. If storing I would keep it closer to 50F and then letting warm up in your hand as you drink it. Fairly delicate flavors play off each other and the smell helps round it drink from a chalice or snifter style glass.

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

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 29/10/15

A clear reddish amber when held to the light, large loose tan foam has decent retention slowly falling to a thin film but only leaves a few patches of lace

S lots of brewers candy, brown sugar, faint plum, lots of spice and a little boozy, faint clove and anise as it warms

T mimics the smell fairly well, a little sugar coated fig, its fairly young and a little rough around the edges but no major complaints

M has some body but the bubbles fluff it up and make it a bit airy, a little heat and fine grit on the palate, spicy finish lingers

O solid quad start to finish and I could see this improving a fair bit with some cellar time

Well rounded and easy enough to drink for a quad, a little pricey at nearly 20$ a bottle in these parts, I could flip a coin deciding to but one to age

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Photo of stevoj
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruby red with small head, aroma of dark wood and malts. Lots of earthiness in this one. Alcohol not readily apparent, but does creep up on you. Taste is malt, wood, clove. and some alcohol burn. Short finish. A bit milder than some if its Belgian cousins, but highly drinkable.

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Photo of aobrehm
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz glass into chalice.

L- Huge, thick moussy off white head that is very well-retained. Rich amber color with some haze and sediment.

S- Aroma is mostly yeast with big Belgian esters (slightly bubblegummy). Some dried fruit notes from malt and minimal hop presence.

T- Complex flavor profile that focuses on yeast character (clove, bubblegum) with raisin-like malty undertones. Slightly phenolic.

F- Substantial body with some residual sweetness. Highly carbonated.

O- A very good beer that is slightly missing the mark on being a classic example of Belgian Dark Strong/Quad due to yeast character & phenolics dominating malt complexity and too much residual sweetness. This beer would probably be better with a few more months of aging.

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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,874 ratings.
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