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 Lakes
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A gift from my good friend Russell to help me out of a bad day.

This was a very good beer. I was a little worried because the cork seemed dry but the beer was fine. Served in a goblet glass, it's appearance was a very deep ruby brown with a good head.
Aroma was malty sweet with excellent Belgian esters.

The taste was bold and rich. Very strong malt and well spiced. Very mild bittering but it wasn't at all cloying. Alcohol was warming but not at all overpowering. Very good carbonation and mouth feel.

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

Poured a hazy reddish orange color with an average frothy brown head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy tart fruit and small alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth sticky texture and lively carbonation. Medium to heavy dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex brew.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, red amber color. Poured a 2 finger coarse tan head with good retention. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Sweet bready crystal malt. Grapefruit and peppery spice.

T: Smooth and sweet crystal malt. Some mild phenolic flavors. Spices mingle with dark fruits, vanilla and cinnamon. Complex and delicioius. Even bitter finish ahead of alcohol warming.

M: Medium to full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth then hot and dry.

D: Delightful; flavorful, complex, but fairly balanced. The ABV will catch up.

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Photo of budgood1
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged.

pours out a muddled auburn hue with a thick and frothy beige coloured head which receds very slowly leaving some sparse lace. sweet malty and yeasty aroma. plums, melons and berries with hints of cocoa and toffee fill the nose. taste hooks up where the aroma left off with lots of alcohol soaked bready notes...fruitcake and rum soaked raisins come to mind. this seems very malty and it almost tastes like dark bread spread with some fruity jam. it's uncanny. undercurrents of nougat and milk chocolate mix in and out with lots of boozy spiciness. also, some apple and grape flavours come forward and make for an interesting mix. an underlying chalkiness gives it away as a domestic, but it definitely has a layered and complex flavour profile. full and flush in the body, with a rather smooth and delicate mouthfeel. not crisp and tongue tingling like classic quads, but close enough to make it almost like the real thing. drikability is real nice. as per the high ABV, it's a warming sipper and very appropriate on this very cold, wet and blustery spring day.

my fourth smokestack series sample and a pretty decent attempt by boulevard. not my favourite so far but definitely recommended...and definitely buzz inducing at 10.5 ABV.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I drink this brew in celebration of the successful completion of an exceptionally demanding class. Thanks to Freethyhops for the hook-up. He's my main man in 'Bama...

By the way, when was the last time you were stoked on an American Quad? If ever I have been, it eludes me now.

A - Rich ruby-mahogany hue, generous amounts of frothy foam, delicate lacing.

S - Huge aroma of black truffle. Due to the outrageous cost of truffles (starting around $100 per ounce for garbage quality) I don't expect many to have a real frame of reference for the flavor. (Incidentally, if you want to taste big truffle flavor, try truffle oil or Caciotta Al Tartufo, an Italian truffle-laden cheese) Anyway, back to the beer... Besides the sublime suggestion of truffles, the aroma is pleasantly saucy, malty and full of dried-fruity notes.

T - First off, this Quad tastes authentically Belgian; I doubt it could be identified as a stateside brew in a blind test. The flavors tend towards reserved in the grand spectrum of the style, especially when compared to the ultra-vinous, sweet, and/or boozy examples. The flavors are very balanced; the malt richness is constantly available, but it is dry enough to allow for the subtleties of the brew to shine. Big raisin, a healthy alcohol kick, and delicious yeasty spiciness are the mainstays of this brew. The same elegant hint of black truffle is available in the taste, especially towards the finish. I am very much a fan.

M - Very well-carbonated, at first perhaps slightly too much so; it is straddling the line between sharp and prickly.

D - Excellent. I can't imagine someone not liking this. Also, I am beginning to suspect that Boulevard, all things considered, may be just be one of the best breweries on Earth.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ballewblake sent me a bottle of this as an extra quite a while back.Thanks, Blake! This is from batch 68100.

A beautiful crimson red with great clarity, this beer has a thin but dense beige head that lasts forever, leaving a little lace. This looks as good as some of the Belgian quads. The nose is solid. Fruity with raisins, plums, some alcohol and some caramel, this is arguably fruitier than most. I also get a little cocoa and a delicate spicy undercurrent with some cinnamon and vanilla. Quite excellent.
The palate opens with a moderate sweetness with caramel, dark honey and a moderate alcoholic bite. Moderately phenolic too, there's also a touch of tartness, moderately plum like. As with the nose, there's quite a bit of fruit character, but not as prominent. Raisins, plums and maybe some apples? The spices appear towards the finish with the cinnamon standing out. Moderately drying with an alcoholic bite, this is solid stuff. Light in body with high carbonation, this is an enjoyable beer that I wish I'd shared, as the booziness is going to make the entire bottle a bit of a chore.

*Edit: Two hours later, as I sip this, I really find this a very enjoyable beer. I have no qualms about pouring out a pricey beer(hello, Darkness and Hunahpu!), but this was an excellent and welcome surprise. I'm upping the taste and drinkability to reflect that.

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

Poured from a Champagne style bottle into a snifter, beer has a huge fizzy head with a murky reddish-brown body. The nose is sweet with sugar, Belgian candy and brown, along with a hint of molasses. Light to moderate phenols that just cover the alcohol. The taste is also rather sweet, more so than I would have thought but it is to style. All malt, bitterness only to balance slightly and a definite alcohol finish and linger. Mouthfeel is very full but due to the carbonation it seems lighter and bubbly, this could almost do the job of champagne. As drinkable as any beer this big can be, one that probably should be sipped and drinking 6 smaller glasses as opposed to chugging the bottle would probably be a good idea.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served with course #1 of the 17th Annual Labor of Love Belgian Beer Dinner - steak tartare wrapped in leek.

Beautiful burgundy dives to the bottom of the glass, sloshing upwards gently. I pour but a bit, to share with the others who thirst.

There is caramel sweetness that will ooze out of my pores. There are dates and cherries, the oxidation slight and carefree. The booze lingers throughout the adventure, never overpowering, omnipresent. Each small sip a moment of divine pleasure. Subdued hops round out this beer beautifully. I announce the winner of round 1's pairings, and one of my favorite flavors of the day.

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great take on a Belgium quad. The beer pours a clear dark reddish brown with some purple highlights. The nose is nice and complex with notes of raisins, brown sugar, dark cherries, malts and herbs. The palate is full bodied and caramelly, with soem fdark fruity flavors and notes of citrus, spice and herbs.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mora2000:
750 ml cork-caged bottle - Batch 69365 - Best by 12/12 - poured into a wide-mouth glass, as suggested:

Pours auburn with ruby highlights and a thick, fluffy, though somewhat fizzy, off-white head.

The smell is fruity, especially black cherries, with caramel/toffee and grassy/herbal notes.

The taste is sweet upfront - caramelish - and fruity with grassy/floral/herbal notes that lend bitterness. Some booze shows in a semi-drying finish.

It has a creamy-ish smooth medium-to-full body with some effervescence.

A nice take on a Belgian quad... Sweet, fruity and caramelish, but balanced with a dry touch in the finish. Drinks well despite the boozy character.

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Photo of wl0307
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the BSF-GBBF 09 and coming in a 750ml green bottle, corked and caged, this bottle bears Batch No. 58312 instead of freshness info.; served faintly chilled in Gulden Draak's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: pours a brilliantly clear, dark reddish-brown colour even with purple-ish glows, coming with a 1.5cm-thick dark beige frothy head supported by healthy streams of microscopic bubbles in action - looking just gorgeous...
S: the nose is nice and complex, reminiscent of a Belgian Quadruple but minus candy sugar, but a bit like a cross b/w Old Ale and US hop-focused barley wine as well; featuring lots of tea-smoked prunes, raisins, overripe apples+pineapples, brown sugar, burned sugar cane, brown malts, aromatic grapes, sweet herbs, and sour-sweet notes of well-aged sherry.
T: a creamy swallow of dark fruits plus brown malts is seamlessly ensued by a caressing blanket of aromatic black sugar, high quality black prunes, roast nuts, and bitter toffee, while the hop influence soon catches up like an undercurrent full of bitter-sweet root herbs, leading towards a "dry"-ish finishing palate more like a mature Oloroso Sherry actually... The slightly chewy and herbal side of hoppiness as well as the lingering aromatic malts also stay deep down the tongue, rendering a truly inviting effect more in the fashion of complex but well-hopped old ale than an estery Quadruple.
M&D: the mouthfeel remains as creamy-smooth and healthily-carbonated as any quality bottled-conditioned beer must dream to achieve... The body never goes too heavy - in fact extremely balanced and approachable against its alc. strength. Also, the hoppiness balanced with the fruity-maltiness in the aftertaste prolongs the depth and complexity altogether. All in all, this Quadruple-style ale is slightly too expensive, but I've made my efforts to fully enjoy and memorise every single drop from this bottle~~ This is perhaps the best bottled beer I've tried for many months now, even outperforming Westvleteren 12 as far as my last bottle last month is concerned.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice dark amber color with a light tan color head that is extremely active and about 1.25 inches.

S - Smell is very fluffy and gentle but at the same time very delicious and present. Nice sourdough and bready smells with some caramel notes very present. Mild clove and some spice as well. Great malt profile.

T - This is where this beer sores in my eyes. Delicious and smooth malt sweetness with some mild phenolic tastes. Spices a plenty with some vanilla and cinnamon. The malt profile is so full, complex and delicious very good offering. Delicious beer. One of the best if not the best of the Series. Some nice alcoholic notes along with dark fruits as well.

M - Creamy and nice CO2 content and feel. Fluffy with a nice full body.

D - Very drinkable especially with the high ABV.

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Photo of baos
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked bottle into my bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Beautiful hazy amber on pour with ruby highlights at the edges when one holds it to light. Then comes a four finger beige head that sticks around pretty nicely. Lacing is not super but bits can be seen here and there.

S: Wow! Beautiful malts and big vanilla (with the slightest hints of cinnamon) booziness. Syrupy sweet molasses. This brew would be the king of brews beside the fire in the dead of December when its 20 below outside and Christmas is just around the corner.

T: Heavenly honeyed malts with spicy almost cinnamony background notes. Dark fruit preserves with clove notes and caramely yumminess. In the middle a big booziness that is very rum-raisin-like and very good. I love this beer. Even though its not as thick as one would want its fucking awesome. I happy I live in a time where I can have stuff like this.

M: Not as thick as the other quads that I've sampled. but hey this has a nice syrupy medium body that doesn't fuck around.

D: A nicely strong brew, but a good one for the nicely strong you! Drink away boys. Drink away!

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Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from Argonaut Liquors in Denver. After bringing this to about 5 beer events without having it opened, I finally convinced people to share it, and it went over very well with the crowd.

Clear dark reddish color with a large lasting beige head. Solid lacing.

Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, and Belgian yeast. Smells pretty sweet, but good.

Flavor is great and complex: caramel malt and brown sugar, fruity esters, berries, pecan pie, spices, and some booze. Not too sweet.

Medium-full bodied with fairly high carbonation and a little booziness.

Drinkability is good for the style and ABV. This is a nicely crafted American-style Belgian-style quad overall.

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Photo of mikey711
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Darker amber color with plenty of head to spare. Slightly cloudy, not much lacing to speak of, the heavy carbonation was a deterent.

S: Heavy banana and bubblegummy ester smells, with hints of clove as well. Also hints of candied sugar but mostly banana

T: Again the banana esters are heavily present. Really just an extension of the smell. Not overly complex and not perfectly executed either

M: A very clean feel, just the body I am looking for in the style. The booziness is pretty mellow and it is quite smooth

D: A good one to split amongst a few people. Maybe it is the banana overkill but definitely best split

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Photo of jampics2
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The fifth beer in our "Super Boulevard Beer Tasting" for the Saints world championship victory!

I cellared this since it's purchase in late 2008. Halftime and the Who is on - time to crack it open!

Looks nice - nice lace left on the glass from a dark brown beer with plum edges. Great appearance from an American quad, too bad I thought this beer peaked in terms of attribute ratings before it reached my lips.

Bready with raisins and caramel in the nose. Figs and some mild brown sugar. Bit too hot. Nothing classic but nothing offensive.

Taste is kindof "meh" to me after a nice wind-up, this pitch is in low and inside, but not in the dirt. Plum, raisin, fig, bread. I notice some alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and a bit disjoined, I think the alcohol is making this feel like 2 separate liquids in my mouth.

This is a strong beer. The cherry bourbon quad blows it out of the water. But it's not bad, just the worst I've tasted in a stellar lineup. Kinda like Nick Swisher on the Yankees. Still Major League business but not even on the same level as Jeeter (Saison Brett) and A-Rod (BBQ).

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Photo of dcajero
2.71/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A = brown, cloudy and thick, a little like an unfiltered cider. Head puffs up to about an inch but is thin an dissipates quickly.

S = Figs, apples and an almost soapy alcohol

T = More figs and apples, brown sugar. Very sweet aftertaste with a metallic hint. Alcohol.

M = Not much body, with an astringent feel left behind.

D = Lacks balance between the sweet fruits and the alcohol. Reminds me of watered down raisinjack. I'll finish the bottle but won't buy another.

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Photo of Groenebeor
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a smaller smokestack 12 oz. bottle into a smokestack snifter.

Poured an opaque blood orange - burgundy color with a cream head that was rather large at first, shrinking to a finger width within minutes. Moderate lacing down the sides of the glass.

The aromas when pouring are largely cherry/sugar/dried fig based. Hardly any hop bitterness is present. Absolutely divine. Might be my favorite beer of all time. My, how my taste has changed over the last two years.

Mouth-feel is great - a little thick and sugary.

Drinkability is incredible for such a boozy beer. I could pound this back quite easily. So delicious.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy medium brown with a khaki head. The aroma is dark fruit with some candi sugar, yeast and brown sugar. The aroma has something that reminds me of red wine. The flavor is brown sugar and dark fruits with some alcohol. The alcohol is a little boozy and also very warming. There is some light spicing in the flavor and once again something that reminds me of a dark, big bold red wine. Low carbonation and medium body. An excellent American quadrupel.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz. pre-release bottle (an experimental batch before the released version), aged for over two years. I don't know if the recipe has changed from my bottle to the current version, but I'm reviewing this under the assumption that it hasn't.

A: Gorgeous deep red, maybe a pinch of mahogany. Pours with a 3/4-finger head that quickly vanishes to a miniscule trace of cream on top.

S: Sweet vanilla. Hot, banana and alcohol. Sweet. Apricot. Very sweet and malty, with lots of honey. There's a surprising amount of oakey vanilla flavor in this. Raisins. Honey, caramel and toffee. It's like I can taste one of every flavor in this beer. Smells surprisingly similar to a barleywine.

T: Pretty bitter. Nice estery Belgium flavor, but sweet. Slightly copperish apple taste like that of Chimay Grand Reserve. Luckily, not too much like Chimay. Much sweeter as it warms, with a nice honey flavor. The esters give it a hot finish. It is, however, surprisingly smooth for the ABV. The Belgian taste is smooth and delicious, and actually reminds me of a very sweet geuze beer taste. There are lot of different tastes battling for control of my taste buds as I sip this.

M: Chewy. A little astringent.

D: High. This beer is delicious. I'll bump it down a peg to 'fairly high' due to the strength of the beer. One bomber of this and I would be gone.

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

Poured from a caged and corked 24oz bottle into a Tulip

A - I am impressed by the swirling bubbles and carbonation that seems to be unleashed by popping the cork and pouring into my glass. At least a 1 inch head, a yellow tinged white. The beer is cloudy deep amber. Looks like an impressive quad so far.

S - Fruit and Cider like smell with a creamy malt thickness to it. Nice. Well balanced, not sickningly sweet or over done on the fruitiness.

T - A little roasted malt, apple, bread. Flavor balance is similar to the smell. Reminds me of a Barleywine. I don't taste the ABV in this.

MF - Thick, Chewy, Creamy but with some tight carbonation in it when you slosh it around. Feels substantial. No real alcohol burn which is impressive for 10.5%

D - Kinda pricey, but all you need is one of these. For a quad I put it as fairly drinkable, given the excellent balance.

Overall, not my go to style. Been a while since I had one. But this seems to be a very balanced effort that gives the trademark quad characteristics without going to any real extreme. Very close to a barleywine in my opinion. Boulevard continues to impress with the smokestack series.

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

Pours from the bottle a dirty brown-red color with about a finger of mocha-colored head; so far, so good. Smell is very attractive and instantly identifiable as Belgian in nature--toffee, raisins, plums, and a sour cherry/wood note drift in and out. Sip brings forth similar flavors, and the taste is as pleasant or moreso than the smell. Added to the previous flavors is a rye bread note and some spices that'd seem at home in a Christmas ale-- nutmeg and allspice, perhaps.

Body is full, while mouthfeel is well-spiced and contains a small alcohol wash, which is not at all unpleasant. Come to think of it, I taste a little alcohol as well, but it too seems at home. Sixth Glass was drinkable in the sense that, splitting the 750 mL bottle with a friend, I did not become tired at all of the beer. Sixth Glass was not drinkable in the sense that, after splitting the bottle, I wouldn't feel comfortable driving for a while. All in all, very recommended.

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Photo of afausser
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Split with CrellMoset--thanks, Chris!

A: Pours what looks like a hazy woody brown, but when held to the light is actually a hazy, almost opaque blood orange with two fingers of persistent, fluffy tan head. Large carbonation bubbles make themselves seen fairly obviously as they float to the top of the glass and keep the head strong. The bubbles almost look as if they're suspended in a gel, not in the way they move, but in the way they stand out against the hazy translucent brew. There's a bit of lacing as it's drunk, and the combination of that and the head is very impressive for such a high abv. The carbonation's appearance is honestly what impresses me the most, however.

S: Caramel and dark fruits are apparent in the nose, but are not overpowering and come across as light and almost watered down. There's strong bitter hops mixed with caramel and brown sugar, as well as lime and grapefruit sour citrus notes. Very light in general.

T: Very heavy caramel and molasses blend with some crisp and spicy, minty notes that come mostly from the heavy carbonation. Heavy alcohol notes and aftertaste. The dark fruits are here again--figs, rum soaked raisins and prunes blend nicely, and some bitter hops and a heavy amount of malty bready notes become apparent in the finish as well as some light anise and, ever so faintly in the background, sweet apples, which come out a whole lot more as it warms.

M: The carbonation bubbles, as promised by the appearance, dominate this brew, and make it a bit abrasive and foamy--and burp-inducing. Finishes with quite a bit of heat in the aftertaste.

D: Hmmm....decently drinkable. The carbonation knocks it back ever-so-slightly because the taste makes up for it, but it's also heavy enough and in your face enough that it is a sipper to start with.

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Photo of kylejohnson03
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml bottle from batch #69121.

A: Pours a rich crimson into a goblet. A fluffy white head tops off the glass, despite a careful pour. Head sticks to the side of the glass in big patches as the beer swirls around the glass.

S: Smells fruity, yeasty, good amount of sweetness.

T: Raisins, cherries, and figs. A touch of bread and some spices. Good amount of sweetness with alcohol finish that lasts for a bit.

M: Full bodied as a good quad should be, with quite a bit of carbonation. Sticky texture as it goes down.

D: Obviously, not a lightweight session beer at 10.50 ABV. Comparing it against other quads, the drinkability is good. I won't have a problem finishing the bottle in one sitting. Another great Smokestack Series offering!

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

750 mL corked and caged bottle courtesy of thehand - thanks! Batch # 68044, poured in to a broad-mouthed, chalice-esque snifter.

Appearance: Pours a thick, opaque ruddy brown, not the most attractive color, but sort of traditional for a quad - looks sweet, yeasty, heavily caramelized without being burned. Active, relatively fast, and plentiful carbonation slips upwards towards the appearances most impressive aspect, the head. I know my Westy 12s and my Roquefort 10s, and they have fizzy, fast-fading tan heads with no cling. Which is why it's surprising and impressive that this one has fantastic sticking power, initially a good finger and a half (even with a gentle pour) that forms a crusty, dense, tan pillow and is replenished from beneath at an equal rate to its own gentle, lazy decline. That is, it stays about one finger tall for quite some time. The lacing on the sides of the glass carries on the fine tradition of the head, leaving random foamy blemishes littered along the sides of the snifter. Very good start.

Aroma: The head initially keeps the smell in this one pretty contained, capping this beer and keeping all its aromatic quad-ly esters fairly well hidden. Even as it warms, this one remains fairly subtle, though it does suggest the following, from lightest to darkest: oranges, raspberries, cherries, plums, caramel, and brown sugar. It's a pretty straight forward quad on the lighter side of things, though it smells well-made, and there isn't terribly too much boozeyness.

Taste: Fantastic and a little hot. I'm impressed by how traditional this one tastes, though at same time a little offput by the alcohol burn. The first impression up front is yeasty fruit notes. Cherries are firmly at the forefront, almost medicinal at points, through light grapes, heavier apples, a kiss of nectarine, and plums come through at points. Later on in the sip you get darker fruit sugars, raisins, prunes. Medicinal phenols are pretty strong, intermingling with strong cloves and various peppery spices, but all of these notes are subservient to a wide array of malts starting from honey and moving up through caramel, toffee, earthy bread crusts, brown sugar, and slight molasses. It's robust, bold, fairly complex ... but I have two complaints. One, it is a little sweet. A little too sweet. The sugars are bold, and though at first while still slightly chilled it was more like, oo, ah, this is like drinking candied cherries. Later on however, it just becomes a little cloying. And the second knock is that it's fairly hot, spicy, warming to the point of it being a little too hot.

Mouthfeel: Does a great job at impersonating the quintessential quads. That is, it's a little thick, and with tons of residual sugars, but with plenty of that fluffy, uplifting, cloudy carbonation and that great "sublimation" feel where the effervescence permeates the whole ordeal and renders the entire sip a moist, gaseous, smooth, and soft colloid just resting on top of your tongue. This one perhaps has a few more residual sugars than many quads and therefore it's a little on the stickier side of things, and the carbonation also fades a little faster than I'd like, but it's nontheless very nice.

Drinkability: Ok, so my two biggest complaints about are that it's a little too hot and a little too sweet. That aside, it's a solid brew. At 10.5%, I'm not gonna be pounding it down anytime soon, but it was a good sipper on a quiet evening in. BBQ it is not - the barrel notes and earthiness of the sugar really did work wonders with the relative lightness of this one - but it's a vast improvement over the Saison I had the other evening. Recommended.

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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,864 ratings.
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