The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel AleThe Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,901
Reviews:
832
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
231
Gots:
776
For Trade:
6
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Photo of cwxc818
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: Pours a deep red/brown color, light around the edges, with a decent two finger head of tight foam that dissipates slowly.

S: The aroma is unmistakably that of bananas, and very strongly so. There is a hoppy bite as well, but I basically just smell bananas.

T: Thankfully the taste is more complex then the nose. The alcohol is upfront. There is a fruity, figgy, raisin like aspect draped against a sweet backdrop. There is a spicy note on the finish, and hops shine through the whole time. Very well balanced between the sweet dried fruit and slightly bitter hops/spices.

F: Medium body, good carbonation. No complaints here.

O: I enjoyed this one plenty. It's fruity and pleasant. There's nothing here that makes me feel I need to buy this one a gain in the future, but I'm certainly glad to have tried it.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The Sixth Glass pours deep rich chestnut with a slight haze with a pillowy off-white foam cap that mounds up over the rim of the glass. The nose is fruit - a mix of large pitted and dried, and a hint of dark moist Carmel cake. Large pitted fruit, a faint citrus, dark raisins and a hint of fig begin the palate with a touch of chocolate and caramel. Medium full body with above average carbonation.

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

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

Photo of Syracuse12
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lukass
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kwkdmk
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RobertColianni
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of justintcoons
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Deep amber with 2 fingers of creamy, bone-white head that dissipates slowly. Hazy with tons of yeast sediment and moderate carbonation.

Nose
Sugar-coated raisin, caramel, fig, date, and molasses.

Taste
Plenty boozy and warming. Dark Belgian candy sugar, caramel, and molasses. Fig, raisin, and dates smothered in sugar. Finishes with earth, hay, and potpourri.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, airy, slick, off-dry, and heavily carbonated.

Overall
Dark fruits, booze, and earthy Belgian yeast. A decent American-made Quad.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz capped bottle poured into a Boulevard chalice. The date has become illegible, but I'd say this is 2-3 years old.

A: Hazy red-orange color. Lighter than expected for a quad. Creamy, fine-bubbled cream colored head.mthin rings of lacing.

S: Fruity. Golden raisin, papaya, tangerine. Treacle. Golden brownies. Bread pudding. Light runny caramel. Yeasty and lightly clovey/peppery and musty.

T: Treacle, bread pudding, light caramel, golden brownies with walnuts. Fruity notes of berries, tangerine, bruised apple, and golden raisin. Trace alcohol. semi-dry finish is fruity and yeasty.

M: Medium-thick body. Creamy and firm with acute scrubbing and lifting action from the high carbonation.

O: On the lighter side of the quad spectrum, so maybe not what people tend to associate with the style as much. Great attenuation and nice fermentation. A lot of great complexity and character here. It really began to grow on me as I drank my way through it,

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Photo of stomioka
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutBoi
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Domvan
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ohiobeer29
3.2/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solid offering I have no problems drinking this one again a good rep of the style

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Photo of SteveB24
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

color of the beer is a crystal clear copper,pours three fingers of frothy head that retains very well. solid stream of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass reinforcing the huge head.
Smell- very interesting aroma, in a good way. Caramel, dates, toffee upfront with a hint of booze and some slight fruitiness and tartness as well in the finish.
Taste= similar to the shell, very unique. Sweet malty characters come first, notes of toffee and dates are very present then comes some Belgian funkiness and some light fruit such as apples and white grapes, the booze provides a bit of warmth but there is no harshness there.
Feel- quite light, yet far from thin. nice carbonation, finishes very clean, not quite dry but evaporates nicely off the tongue, like a fine wine.
Overall- Really superb and unique take on the style. wonderful job. would love to try again.

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Photo of VinceMig
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BB1313
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best by 11/19/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy ruby with a creamy off-white head that sticks around leaving great lacing and retention. Looks great. The aromas are great. Lots of banana along with some dark fruits. Cherries are there. Tons of yeast to tie everything together. The flavors follow the nose. More banana. Lots of figs and rasins. More cherries. Sweet malts. Sweet yeast. Subtle black pepper notes. Subtle spices. Subtle notes of clove. Subtle hop bite. Finishes clean and warm. This is definitely not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with active carbonation. It's exactly what you would expect for the style. This makes a great sipper.

This is a great Quad. This is definitely one of the better ones I've had that was brewed in America, and it can hang with examples of the style brewed out of the country. It's tough to beat from a value standpoint as well. Well executed and well crafted. I'm interested in what some age would do this.

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Photo of GreenMind
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Qsnow
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of KYGunner
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful glowing magnolia color with a a bubbly thick foamy head. The nose is a classic Belgian yeast with huge bubblegum-like aromas and banana.

The flavor has a deep dark fruit overtone. Lots of dates and prunes followed by light bubblegum and banana. My issue is this is way too boozy at any temperature. The alcohol can be found in taste and feel. This really opens up to be a great Quad but washes away in the alcohol.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (review from 5/4/2015, no change in rating):
(Revisited 10/2016 for FbF)
Note to self: let this beer come to a proper temperature, and consider it more as a dessert/nightcap beer.

Foamy reddish-tan head stop a reddish-brown body. Head lasts, but lacing is a bit light.
Revisit: thick foam cap atop beer for a long time. lacing isn't grand, but more than "light" - raised.

Nose early is apple cider and a bit of wood, but that is at a temperature too low for the style. As it warms, sugary sweet notes come out more, molasses, brown sugar, candied orange (strangely), as well as a hint of spice.
Revisit: about the same, a little lighter sweetness

An early sip yields raisin, apple, a bit of spice and sweet (cinnamon and brown sugar?); in some sips I get subtle hints of molasses or prune. There is a bit of woody hops that never fully cuts the sweeter tastes. Once the beer gets to the almost warm stage, a few more tart notes make an appearance: white raisin, sugar plum. Definitely a bit more interesting with warmth. The bitter balance does seem woody, but it only does so much.
Revisit: the beer is not nearly as sweet to me as the review states. In fact, there's a bitterness that plays strongly against the malty notes - ending more balanced to me, in an "Americanized way".

Feel is very carbonated to me. Unless the spiciness is mimicking the tickle and even bite of heavy carbonation. This lightens the beer considerably in feel, although the beer behind it seems quite full in body. This unsurprisingly fades a bit as it sits, but still plays a role long into the drink, but eventually becomes a non-factor.
Revisit: same concern about the carbonation level

Interesting flavored, perhaps just a tad sweet, if I had to complain about something in the taste. Actually the carbonation is the biggest retraction for me, it just seems out of place, though I can't say exactly why. Otherwise, there's a lot to like about this beer.
Revisit: not too sweet any more, but enjoying it just as much

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Photo of Demi
3.34/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,901 ratings.
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