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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 loren01
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy dark reddish color, not much head no lacing.
S: Smell is sour and fruity. Apple/pear as well as dark fruits Also some Belgian yeast scents
T: Caramel sweetness followed by dark fruits and slight earthy aftertaste
M: Medium bodied beer, lots of carbonation but probably right for the style. Alcohol is really well hidden
O: This is a great beer, glad I picked it up would buy this one again for sure

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3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes.
12oz bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a rich red, amber body with steady level of carbonation. The light tan head has good formation, and holds well with the retention. Lacing is nonexistent. 

S: A very sweet and malty aroma, hints at grapes and currants. Medium level of intensity for style. 

T/M: Taste is light and has a floral character to it. Spice off the yeast and a subtle hop bitterness. Malt has a nice amber taste, one that holds through to the lingering finish. Mouthfeel is light and very drinkable.

O: All in all, this is a nice and drinkable quad, but fairly light and really doesn't compare to others in the style.

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Photo of bsp77
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Cloudy reddish-orange with a massive cream-colored head and bubbly lacing.

Smell: Plum, raisin, figs, cherry, banana, brown sugar, and all other kinds of sweet, fruity goodness. Some very light clove and pepper. I could smell this all day and be happy.

Taste: Tastes exactly like the aroma (see description above - too lazy to repeat it or attempt to paraphrase), but is ultimately a trifle too sweet for my tastes. Still great, just prefer my Quads a little mustier and drier.

Feel: Relatively high carbonation - somewhat tingly. Thick, chewy body that is nonetheless not as thick as expected for the abv. Very warming and quite silky overall.

Overall: Extremely well made Quad that further proves how well Boulevard can nail the appearance and mouthfeel of Belgian beers (most US craft brewers fail at these aspects). I just wish it was a little less sweet.

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Photo of Mississipping
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a 2nd rev Smokestack Series goblet:

A: Pours a light, clear mahogany color with a large off-white head that recedes rather quickly.  Moderate lacing left behind on the edges of the glasss. 

S: Dark fruits (mainly plum and fig) are up front along with a slightly bready yeastiness, brown sugar, and some earthiness.  Really a nice, fairly complex smelling beer.  Sweet for the most part, but hints of spiciness.

T: The dark fruit dominate the taste in the form of prunes, fig, and cherry.  Almost equally present are bready yeast, brown sugar, and caramel.  Deliciously and complex sweetness upfront that isn't at all overpowering.  The sweetness continues with the malt profile through the finish, but is accompanied by an earthiness, slight spiciness, and a good amount of booze that creates a large warming effect.  I wish there was a little less heat on the back-end of this, but it's not completely unpleasant.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation.  Smooth, slightly creamy, and coating on the palate.  A good bit of heat at the finish, but that's really my only complaint with the mouthfeel.

D: Really a nice quad that is very flavorful and has a nice complexity.  My only gripe is the alcohol heat.  A bit off-putting and it makes it much less enjoyable and easy to drink.  It's not hot enough to not enjoy, but it's a bit too powerful for my taste.  Other than that, this is a really good quad.  This will probably be better with some age, so I'm going to revisit it in a year or so.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Garnet red bodied beer with a 2 fingers plus frothy head medium sized bubbles. Decent lacing.

Smell: Raisins, figs, biscuity malts, and booze.

Taste: Caramel, brown sugar, and raisins. This is a really sweet and malty beer. Bready biscuits with a spicy yeast. Finish is a mild bitterness, that I can't put my finger on.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy and clean with a dry finish make up the mouthfeel of this beer.

Overall: It is nice quad. Another good beer from the smokestack series!

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Photo of mattvoid
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-- Dark ruby color with a moderately foamy head

S- Malty smell with raisins and light caramel undertones, a little boozy

T- The caramel is stronger in the taste than the smell, and has an immediately pleasantly strong malty taste to it, the raisin flavor bubbles up in the after taste. For 10.5% ABV it does not taste like it, unless you really try to quaff it quickly.

M- Dense and thick feel, the foam is thick but fades relatively quickly

O- I purchase at least 1 every time I go to the liquor store. Pairs well with pretty much all food, and works as a winter ale or a night time summer one when sipped slowly. It's also my go to beer when showing why I like Belgians or abbey ales.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Best by 10/7/12 printed on the bottle.

A - Hazy dark copper color with a 2 finger tan head with moderate lacing.

S - Caramel, cherries and raisins. Sweet malts and breadiness.

T - Much like the smell with sweet malt flavor, a warmth from the alcohol, with some yeast notes. A bit of a strange metallic finish also noted.

M - Dense and oily with a good amount of carbonation.

I liked this beer. A good example of the style and one I would definitely have again.

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

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: The beer poured a cloudy amber/redish orange color that came with about 2-3 fingers worth of off white cream colored head. Moderate amounts of lacing left on the glass.

S: Alcohol soaked dark fruits paired with belgian yeast and malty breadiness. Semi funky, semi sweet. Candied sugar and caramel. Pretty complex.

T: Semi-sweet caramel mixed with plums, currents and raisons. Alcohol combined with yeast, breadiness. Has a spice character to the beer that isn't over the top; very subtle.

M: Medium bodied beer with warming alcohol. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth.

O: Not a bad American interpretation of the style. One of the better ones in America. Would love to see what some age can do with this.

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

On trade from jwinship83. Poured into chalice.

A- rubbyish copper color. Medium sized slightly tan colored head that sticks around for a bit.

S- Fruity nose.. similar to apples/pineapple juice. Slight candied sugar and bubblegum.

T- Lots of malt. Bubblegum and banana, sweet candied sugar.

M- Medium carbonation, medium body. Slightly dry.

O- A good sipper overall, not a true Belgian quad but not a bad shot from a brewery out of Missouri.

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

A: Pours a ruby red color with a humongous three finger cream colored head that recedes quickly.

S: Both dark and light fruit vapors permeate from this brew, hint of banana, cherries, booze vapors, and some honey.

T: Cherries, raspberries, red apples, grapes, this is a bouquet of fruit. Touches of honey and various other sweetness, this is a nice one. A much more refreshing sweetness as opposed to the creamy sweetness of rochefort 10, another front runner of this type.

O: Very tasty. Glad I traded for it.

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Photo of vkv822
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.
Best By Date: 10/7/12
great extra sent by pittsburghkid66, thanks man!

Pours a cloudy amber-orange hued brown with a frothy light toffee colored head.

The aroma is fairly complex, with sweet caramel and sugars upfront, with some fruit towards the end.

The taste follows the nose, with more brown sugar upfront, and followed by dark fruits and faint green apple tartness. Very light phenol notes.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with fairly strong carbonation, a bit much at times really.

Fairly sweet overall, with a bit heavy carbonation but still a nice beer.

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a schooner. I didn't get a chance to check if it had a best before date as it was a communal bottle shared among pals!

A - deep amber/red and cloudy. Small one finger head that stuck around for a while and left streaking lacing.

S - combination of bready malts and a hint of dark tangy fruit.

T - this one is definitely on the sweet, malty side but this is balanced both with a nice hop bitterness and a the same tangy fruit in the finish. Almost a raisin quality.

M - medium bodied with just the slightest hint of carbonation. A little alcohol warmth, but really less than there should be based on the alcohol percentage!

D - nice and smooth, though with a tasty, lingering tangy quality.

Brought to the beer club by a friend - definitely a tasty beer to have again!

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Photo of doughanson78
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First Quad. 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark golden color, like apple cider. One finger tan head, very fizzy, disappears quickly and doesn't return even with a vigorous swirl. Decent lacing.

S: Light alcohol. Nice apple aroma. Caramel malts. Light cherries and other dark fruits. Kind of sweet.

T: Tart at first. Apples, dark fruits. Light caramel. Mild alcohol. Finishes with a slight bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Highly carbonated. Little sticky feeling. Slight alcohol warming. Lightly dry finish.

O: Seems like a good beer. Reminds me of apple cider with alcohol added. Definitely nothing saying it's bad. Might not be my style, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, my last souvenir from volunteering at this year's ACBF. It's got a best by date of April 2013, and was allowed to warm some before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Sixth Glass pours something in between maroon and more of a brown color, but it fades to a clear ruby when held to light. The cream colored head is almost out of control, more than four fingers tall and threatening to spill out the glass. Head retention is solid, but the complete lack of lacing is a major letdown. The nose is a bit higher on peppery phenols as compared to dark fruits than usual, but there's also a nice background note of overripe banana that I don't always find in quads. The flavor just can't hang with the best of the style. The most important thing for me in a beer like this is to have a solid sweet fruity base to hold the rest of the beer together. While there are certainly notes of plum and figs, they aren't nearly potent enough to keep the pepper and clove yeast notes from, together with a generous warming sensation from the alcohol, running roughshod over the brew. The body ends up on the light side for 10.5%ABV, and the carbonation is middle of the road, and just a little bit dull. In the end, the beer captures neither the creamy texture (despite a dry finish) nor the expressive carbonation of a world class quad. I had high expectations for Sixth Glass, having really enjoyed my previous Boulevard offerings (including BBQ), but this goes to show just how hard brewing a top notch quad is.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tasting glass. Big thanks to Guy for sharing.

A: The light brown body is mostly clear, but has some fine floaties. One finger of creamy, tight tan foam. Nice retention and lacing. Solid.

S: Intense, sweet Quad goodness. Toffee, caramel, nail polish (in a good way, IMO), clove, and allspice. Very nice.

T: Chocolate, toffee, raisins, and alcohol. A bit hot, but tasty.

M: Slightly light, super-carbonated. A bit much.

O: Solid American Quad. While it doesn't have nearly the complexity of some of the better Belgian examples of the style, I really enjoyed the directness and intensity of the flavors in this beer. The alcohol was certainly there, but not 10.5% there. I'm going to hold on to my 750 of this for a while to see how it ages. I have high hopes.


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

12 oz bottle, Best by 1/17/13, poured into a chalice

Appearance- Pours a mahogany color with about a finger of off white head, fades to a nice looking film atop the beer, like most quads seem to look like, though a bit lighter in color. So far, so good.

Smell- Aromas of cherries, plum, and fig with some brown sugar. Caramel and raison, and slight alcohol.

Taste- Loads of dark fruit as the aroma would suggest. Raisons, fig and plum really are the main attractions here. Lots of caramel malt and some brown sugar flavors. Follows the nose very well. A peppery spice towards the finish, with a slight bitterness, perhaps orange peel and subtle banana quality from the yeast.

Mouthfeel- medium full body, a tad syrupy, but not medicinal. Fairly “hot”.

Overall- A very, very nice American crafted quad. I only expect this to smooth out with some age as it approaches its best by date, and should hold sturdy even beyond that. Have the other 3 bottles in the cellar and will probably pick up some more at some point. Solid beer and at a good price point all things considered, definitely would recommend this.

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Photo of claytong
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - dark brown, hazy, good head, nice retention.

smell - alcohol, nice and hot, not offputting. some raisins, caramel, and plums.

taste - the alcohol brings a punch, i personally like it hot. dark fruits, raisins, caramel, brown sugar.

mouthfeel - strong and warming, more of a wintertime quad. syrupy, but crisp.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another respectable offering from the Smokestack series. Hard to imagine fine Belgian style beers in the Heartland, but alas they are there.

Pours a dark caramel, after a crowbar popped the cork. Off-white/tan head, some lacing and legs.

Aroma is sweet, malty, spicy, floral and juicy. A tad medicinal at first, but maybe I imagined it as I didn't get that as it warmed. Fruity and spice most of all

Like the Dark Truth, this beer tends to be more fruity than anything else. And while the fruit doesn't dominate, it does attract the most attention. Red plum, figs, and red apple. Spice comes in the form of clove and mild coriander. Caramel and bread provide a base. I'd compare this to Westy 12 only in the aspect that it's not as dark looking or tasting as some quads. This ain't bad, though.
This is a nice beer

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

Pours a hazy walnut color in my Orval glass with a thumb sized tan head. head falls fairly fast with no lace to speak of.

Aroma is nice big malty caramel, fruit cake lots of plums, raisins and fresh apples. Some light spice and yeast notes underneath the wonderful sweetness.

Taste is like nose big huge malt notes, lots of caramel apples molasses seeming to mingle through out. Finish is where dark fruits appear plums, sugar coated raisins, even some pear notes to mingle with the spice and add a touch of dry tartness. Man this baby is good so sweet and chewy but not cloying at all. Finish is lightly peppy spice with a touch of hops. Alcohol in not noticed other then a touch of warming in the finish. Very well done Boulevard.

Mouthfeel is good just enough carbonation to give it the needed kick with out being to much, which is an issue i have with some Belgian styles. Body is nice medium.

Drinkability is great, not my favorite style prefer a good Dubblel but this one is very well done and I am wishing I could get more locally. Nuff said if you see it buy it you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, "Best by 1/17/13" etched onto the mid section of the bottle.

Pours dark glowing almond, near clear, oatmeal head, on the thick and high side. Crumbles slowly to a thicker film and leaves a high frothy collar, slippery low sheeting and moderate tongues of thicker lacing.

Nose of fruit juices, candied fruits and some peppery alcohol.

Lots of cloves, peppery alcohol spice, tart apples, grape juice, some dark ripe fruits like figs and raisins come to mind. Tasty and enjoyable large brew.

Well worth a try if you are lucky enough to be in an area Boulevard distributes its fine beers to.

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Photo of Drazzamatazz
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into the Belgian Hill Farmstead stemware. Nice glowing garnet hue with a great pillowing head that clings to the glass. Definitely has the classic Belgian quad look down if perhaps a few shades lighter.

S: Sweet booze soaked dried plums and cherries, a bit of currant along with the spicy Belgian yeast. A bit phenolic in the end notes and something that reminds me of cleaning pools, but not chlorine.

T: This one packs a punch. Its got all the typical deep dark fruit flavors one comes to expect from the style with a bit of a tangy note. Fortunately the phenols here present themselves as more of a clove flavors with only the smallest trace of plastic. The sweet almost tropical fruit flavors overpower nearly everything else.

M: This one drinks pretty well; smooth and creamy but still leaves you with a warming feelings lingering in between sips. Booze is a little more present than I'd like while drinking it.

O: Its definitely a quad, but its not quite as refined as I've come to expect from what is probably one of the most refined and complex styles going. It went really well with my roast Cornish Hen for what its worth.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a single 12oz bottle picked up as soon as the brewery hit chicagoland that somehow got lost in the back of the fridge. drank from my ommegang chalice.

A- the beer pours out a somewhat hazy reddish brown colored body with a finger of light tan colored head. the head is quick to dissipate and leaves behind nothing as far as lacing goes on the sides of my glass.

S- the initial whiff brings forth the alcohol. after that i pick up some caramel and some fruitiness. raisins, figs, dates, plums, and cherries.

T- the taste starts out with yeast and fruits. cherries, riasins, plums, figs, and dates. a little bit of caramel and brown sugar. strong alcohol throughout.

M- the body is syrupy and a solid medium thickness. the carbonation is on the high side for the style. moderate warming from the alcohol.

O- overall, i think that this would greatly benefit from some time in the cellar. its a little hot right now and i think the flavors would blend better if it had a little age on it. one of the better american quads that ive tried recently.

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Photo of drewba
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy reddish orange with a fluffy two finger tan cream colored head. The retention is exceptional and the lacing is full and bubbly.

S - Caramel, light raisin, anise, orange peel and some alcohol harshness. Smells very sweet.

T - Raisin, prune, some caramel sweetness, tons of bread, sweet and dry yeast. The yeast character is actually pretty nice, tons of fruit but finishes dry. The alcohol is masked perfectly; I would not have guessed this was anywhere near 10.5% abv.

M - The body is a bit syrupy with a highish level of carbonation which is exactly what I want in this.

O - Tasty and balanced, I could see myself drinking this frequently.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Chinay goblet. It's a hazy deep amber-red color with a small head and good lacing.

It has an alcoholic bubblegum smell to it. Pretty good but the other flavors don't come through as well. The more I stick my nose in it there is a little caramel in there.

The taste is better, sweet fruit flavors with a little hop spice.

It's very bubbly with a strong alcohol flavor.

Pretty good but not my favorite of the Smokestack series.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass

A: Pours a dark mahogany color. There is a foamy off-white head of maybe 2 fingers which fades to nothing moderately quickly.

S: The smell is warm and bready; Belgian yeast and alcohol. Fruit flavors are coming through, especially banana. There is a slight floral smell in the background.

T: Similar to the smell, very bready. The fruit scents are still tropical but darker, with raisin and plum coming through in addition to banana. There is a bit of hop bitterness with contributes a slight pine and orange peel flavor.

M: Moderately thick and creamy. The alcohol gives a warming sensation.

O: Bready and fruity with a big alcohol kick. Pretty good but would benefit from a year or two of cellaring.

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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,820 ratings.
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