The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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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 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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Photo of cosmicevan
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

huge thanks to bsuedekum for the sick extra!

a - opened the bottle and filled my La Trappe chalice. poured a transparent amber orange with the classic foamy head. coming across an example of a US quad that rivals a belgian is hard...this one isn't as thick and dark as I'd expect, but the head is really nice and classic.

s - all the perfect quad smells but a bit heavy handed on the booze. nice plum sweet almost a tropical version of the typical dark fruit flavor.

t - much like the nose, the flavor is boozy quad. the quad flavors are definitely on the sweeter side and of tropicalish dark fruit.

m - nice and smooth. creamy. just how i like it but a little heavy on the booziness. leaves a nice tingle.

o - overall a nice US quad, better than most, but doesn't hold a candle to the flagships.

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Photo of HosP
3.23/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 12oz bottle into Westy 12 glass.

A- Pours clear, darker orange in color. Big one finger white head. Quickly down to a very thin cap.

S- Sweet smelling. A little hoppy smell to it. Dark fruits mostly though. Raisins are picked up. A little boozy too.

T- Follows the nose pretty close. Dark fruit flavors throughout, however not as dominant as you'd like. Get some hop flavors poking through to. Hotter than other quads I've had, especially as it warms.

M- Medium body, but closer to the lighter side. Moderate carbonation. Boozy in the mouth.

D- Compared to the few other quads I've had, this one fell way behind. The dark fruits weren't as strong and drank a little bitter. Doubt I'll have another one... unless they are giving them away. lol

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Photo of HardTarget
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 68100, which the website explains means it was bottled April 10th, 2008 (first number is the tank, second the year, last three the day of the year). Sampled May 2, 2011. Website recommends a tulip, the bottle shows a goblet, went with the goblet.

Appearance: Very hazy brown glass holds clumps of tan head that didn't lace.

Smell: Raisin, alcohol, dark fruit (plum, grape), little yeast. The alcohol is pretty up front for 3 years of fridge aging. A little cork.

Taste: Very smooth, the alcohol isn't hot, the flavors are full but don't assault the palate. Ripe cherry skin and orange peel, lots of fruity esters going on here with some mild leather.

Mouthfeel: Supple texture, prickly carbonation (loud report when the cork finally gave into the pliers), dry finish.

Overall: A nice beer! The alcohol is still very firm, but that's not completely unexpected, and was why I pulled the bottle to help put a bullet in my day. Quads are good "contemplate your life" beers, this one is doing the trick.

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Photo of craytonic
3.34/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Much more clear than I expected, amber brown with a small head that quickly disappears, no lacing

Smell: Dark, sweet fruits (figs, prunes, raisins), brown sugar, vanilla, booze

Taste: Similar to the aroma, lots of figs, prunes, raisins, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, hint of rum and brandy

Mouthfeel: A bit thin and flat

Overall: Good start, needs some improvement.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark maple brown color with a brown two finger foamy head. Just a bit of patchy lacing going on.

S - The nose is full of dark sweet fruits. Dates/figs prunes and red grapes and Belgium yeasty spices. Hints of clove, cinnamon, and brown sugar with a tinge of alcohol in the background finish the nose.

T - Taste is sweet prune like with lots of brown sugar sweetness. The trademark spices are all there with a lot of alcohol warmth. Very well balanced.

M - A bit dull on the mouthfeel. Medium body but seems a bit flat.

D/N - A good sipper. This one bottle will last me well past the hour.

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Photo of jsh420
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

best by 10/28/12

pours cloudy amber burnt orange with a 2 finger head that had decent retention and left spotted lacing

smells of candy sugar semi dark fruit malts and of course that yeast

taste is solid - just like the nose candy sugar nutty malt but the dark fruit is not there it is more on the banana side some clove - good amount of yeasty earthy spice

mouthfeel medium body with tons if not too much carbonation soo much that the beer seem to melt in my mouth

overall - while the beer is not the greatest example of the style the flavor is there and it is very enjoyable

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

Big thanks to AlCaponeJunior for this one.

Poured into a tulip glass this beer has a light copperish color with a really nice red tinge on the edges when held up to the light. Has a light tan head, that was 1.5 fingers high. Left a light lacing on the glass throughout sipping it. Really like the smell on this one. Some dark brown sugar, dark fruits like plum and a great smell of sourdough bread. Taste follows suit. Balance is great in this beer. The sweetness is not overwhelming at all. Plenty of fruit and spice, and bready yeast are there. Carbonation is well tuned to keep this 10.5% beer fairly light. This is my first Boulevard beer, but it certainly won't be my last based on the quality of this beer.

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Photo of rmalinowski4
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a chalice. Reviewed 4-13-2010. Bottle best by date 10-7-12

Pours a ruby gold color with three fingers of bubbly tan foam. Foam recedes to a small ring around the edge of the glass. Minimal lacing.

Smell is of dark fruits, spice,and sweet malt. Prune, plum and fig dominate the fruit smell, some cinnamon and other earthy spice is present. There is also an underlying malty sweetness.

Taste up front is of dark fruit, complex, fig, prune, plums. The flavors keep changing subtly on the palate, is that plum, or prune or both. Very complex. The finish is spice, mostly cinnamon and some other earthy spice, can't quite place it. There is an underlying malt base that is clean and refreshing. The finish is dry and crisp.

The mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Very clean and crisp. Carbonation is high and adds to the complexity of the flavors, keeps the flavors moving across the palate.

Overall this is a very nice beer. I am happy that Boulevard will be coming to Chicago soon, I want to get more of this one.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to welosiped. Served in my Cantillon tulip.

Pours a very light color for the style--light copper with a bit of a reddish hue. Single-finger off-white head starts it out. Eventually the head fades into a light collar with a few spots of lacing on the side of the glas. The nose has some faint dark fruits plus a bit of lightly-sweet malt. Perhaps a hint of caramel. Nothing too complex. A bit of booze there as well. The flavor has dark fruits, cherries, light alcohol, and a bit of sweet malt. Everything melds together quite well. Medium body with lowish carbonation. Overall, pretty good. Glad I got to try this.

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

12oz bottle with best by date 10/28/12 poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 4/10/11

A: Pours a hazy reddish brown with lots and lots of extremely fluffy tan head. I was looking at the botlle watching for the yeast sediment to start coming out... This was a mistake because by the time I glanced back at the glass the head was starting to overflow out of my glass. Billions of tiny bubbles are rushing to get to the surface.

S: Sweet caramel malts, some dark fruit, plums perhaps and some fresh bread in there is well from the yeast.

T: Sweet bread hits the tastebuds first and slowly fades revealing lots of caramel with a touch of cherries, along with figs, raisins and more dark fruit. All the flavors mingle so well together it is hard to pick them all out individualy. Some yeast and alcohol linger in the back of my mouth after each sip.

M: Lots of carbonation, sweet and sticky medium body with some warmth from the alcohol.

O: Tasty and quite drinkable for 10.5% ABV, pretty solid quad all around and for $3 a bottle this is a steal. There are better quads out there but no better bang for the buck, at least from what I've had.

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

Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy copper amber color. One finger tan head fades pretty quickly. Minimal lace.

S: Brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnammon. As the beer warms, more bread-like aromas take over.

T: Cinnamon and black pepper, dark fruits. Sweet biscuit and well-integrated but very present alcohol follow. Very little bitterness and long, lingering finish. Sweetness is apparent yet subdued. Maple flavor and soft minerals creep in after a while. Dark fruits and semi-sweet malts battling it out, who will win? The taster wins.

M: Full bodied, but the carbonation keeps it buoyant.

O: A great beer-- one I will revisit often. Thank you, Boulevard, you have another winner.

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Photo of Auracom
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle in an Abita tulip glass on March 31st, 2011. Sidenote - I really like getting heavier quads/stouts/barleywines in 12 oz'ers. This should be done more consistently.

A - Murky, dark golden coloring with maybe a slightly dark ruby tone to it. Nice two finger head with eggshell coloring. Okay retention and mediocre lacing.

S - First thought = banana bread. Lots of malts with some underlying yeast/breadiness. Spices. A little ABV in the nose. It smells quite inviting.

T - Consistent with the aroma. Very sweet, lots of caramel malts. More breadiness and spices (though I must agree with general consensus here that the yeast isn't huge; the sweetness definitely dominates). Nice tartness in the back end of the drink that reminds me of a granny smith apple. More ABV presence here, very warming in the throat.

M - Rather smooth but the body misleads me a little bit. It feels thicker than it really is because of that smoothness. Not too dry, good lingering aftertaste. Carbonation feels appropriate for the taste.

D - Better than I expected, despite the ABV presence it didn't feel like much of a sipper to me. Enjoyable brew from Boulevard.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling a 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature. The beer pours a clear copper hue with fizzy beige head of .5 cm foaming up and fading gradually leaving tight ring of edge foam. I am careful to not pour the dredges into the glass at first as there is a fairly heavy sediment load in the bottle. I will add after the initial visit to the beer and see what changes.
Aroma is white grapes, some plums, caramel and candy sugar. Maybe a little hint of booze but I dont get any hop presence.
First sip reveals an average body with slightly sticky textured beer and very fine prickly carbonation.
Flavor is as expected with sweet caramel malt and plums, some sweet candy sugar notes and a bit of earthy flavor on the finish, maybe some hops showing through? I get a little booze warmth on the swallow but otherwise the 10.5% is well hidden. Maybe a little musty at the end of each swallow, but overall this is a tasty beer.
I pour in the dredges as promised and notice a massive increase in the breadiness of the nose. Very scone-like now on each whiff. Flavor doesnt change as much but the nose is dramatic. This is a very nice big beer that I would probably buy again if it were on the shelves here and I was looking for a one bottle buzz.

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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,862 ratings.
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