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

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Batch # 68319

A: Pours a melted caramel brown. Tons of suspended sediment and two fingers of khaki-colored lace. Big surplus of sticky lace.

S: Big aromas of caramel, dark fruit, tangy citrus, dark chocolate, and brown sugar.

T: See above. Caramel, vanilla, molassas, dark fruit, marshmallows, and fudge covered cherry brownies.

M: Smooth with a spicy alcohol burn. Loads of residual sweetness.

D: Excellent, given its' heft. The base beer of the almighty BBQ is a star in its' own right!

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Photo of hwwty4
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a corked and caged 750ml into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours an over ripe, bruised orange with a big, off cream head that leaves very, very little lacing. Of all the Smokestack beers, this one definitely has the worst head retention. The aroma is dark fruits muddled with dark malts. Fig, date, bruised apples, and over ripe cherries all come out in the nose. Mix that with toast, yeasty biscuits and a heavy dose of caramel. Also just a hint of alcohol comes through in the nose. The flavor is pretty typical Quad. Big raisins, dates, figs, bruised bananas and just a hint of bruised cherries. Also overly toasted bread mixed with overly caramelized sugar. The alcohol is there but well hidden. My biggest problem with this beer is its mouthfeel. It's just a bit thin for how big this beer is. Overall, this is my favorite standard Smokestack as long as Tank 7 doesn't go into regular production. Thanks Boulevard.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a hazy amber with ruby highlights and a dense rocky, tan head that lasts a while.

S - Dark, dried fruit aroma with alcohol notes

T - Sweet malt, some raisin notes, with a warming alcohol flavor. Nice. A bit tart, too.

M - Full bodied and strong carbonation

D - I'm not going to be slamming this, but it's a very nice beer. Wish I could get more of it.

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Photo of Avagadro
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: tawny in color with a frothy cream colored head and plenty of lacing.

S: aroma is somewhat muted, with notes of raisins, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

T: semi-sweet, with notes of bread, dried fruit, and wintertime spices. Quite enjoyable.

M: full body, with heavy carbonation and a slight oiliness.

D: a great quad with plenty of complexity. Thanks Zach!

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Photo of homebrew311
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into St. Bernardus chalice

A: pours a deep crimson with good clarity. Initially there is a nice two finger white head which dissipates over time. Some lacing

S: nose has lots of candied sugar, dark fruits- raisins and figs, banana, and spicy yeast. The nose is very complex

T: the front has a lots sweetness and fruity notes which are undercut by spicy belgian yeast flavor. There is some alcohol in the finish. This beer leans on the sweet side but there is enough complexity and contrast with the yeast to make it well balanced.

MF: high carbonation, and a seemingly light body

D: This is a tasty and drinkable quad. Reminds me a lot of St. Bernardus abt 12 which is a good tihng. This is a winner from Boulevard!

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Photo of OStrungT
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a reddish bronze color, with a thick, pillow like fluffy tannish yellow head. The head fades very slowly, leaving a massive curtain.

This beer has an alcoholic aroma. I detect some figs and dates. Also, spicy hop aroma is present. Some yeasty muck mixes in.

This beer tastes like it smells. The dominate flavor is dark fruit. Figs. A strong spicy flavor mixes in, along with some alcohol flavor. Some malty sweetness come out as it warms.

This beer is very full bodied. It leaves a fig like aftertaste. Carbonation is high, well for the style. The alcohol warms on the way down.

This beer wouldnt make the best session beer. It is high in alcohol, and aggressive. It is a sipper.

Overall: Thank you monsterfat for this beer. It is pretty good. Definately a slow drinker.

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

Appearance: Brown-orange, cloudy, ok head.

Smell: Fruity, boozy, some orange citrus notes.

Taste: Nice sweetness without being too sweet, brown sugar, raisins, hides the alcohol well.

Drinkability: The bottle was finished quickly, however, naptime commenced.

Picked up a couple Smokestacks in Iowa, where they are $2 cheaper than here in Minny. 6th glass was quite tasty, I haven't had a quad in a while so it was a nice treat. If I was a bigger fan of Belgians this would definitely be a mainstay in my fridge.

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

A: Cloudy and orangish brown with a bubbly and foamy head that dissipates quickly, which is typical for the style

S: Sweetness is prevelant but not dominating; subtle pine and citrus; but boy, the alcohol is quite dominant

T: Caramel malt presence up front; pine with subtle raisins; the alcohol is actually well masked

F: Creamy with balanced carbonation; smooth even mouth feel

D: For a quad this is extremely drinkable; goes down smooth and the alcohol isn't as dominating as the inital aromas would indicate

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Photo of drpimento
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, but really boozy. Poured with a nice sized, foamy frothy, off white head and lots of lace. Color is rich walnut. Aroma is toffee, malty, and bananas. Flavor is malty sweet, with a little residual bitterness. body is very good, ditto carbonation. feel the alcohol at the end.

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Photo of Strix
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark reddish, decent head.

Smells malty, spicy, yeasty, with dark fruits.

Taste is a luscious blend of malt, dark fruits, yeast, spices, and alcohol. I was hoping as it warmed a little additional complexity would surface, but actually as it warmed it seemed to get more mundane.

Medium/full bodied, very carbonated.

This was quite enjoyable, I'm loving the smokestack series. Not quite Rochefort, but a nice beer here.

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Photo of atsprings
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to wagenvolks for the trade! 750mL corked and caged bottle into a Duvel tulip pours a nice murky dark orange with a very nice frothy khaki head that lasts and leaves beautiful lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice blend of dried fruits and spices with just a hint of alcohol. The taste is a very nice blend of sweet, dried fruits, figs and sweet burnt caramel, quite complex and very tasty! The beer is somewhat heavy bodied, but smooth carbonation does a good job of masking the 10.5% alcohol making this one a very nice sipper. I've enjoyed every beer I've had from this series, and this one is no exception!

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Photo of BMoney575
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 12-11-09
Batch number 69198

Pours a deep red color, completely cloudy with a tiny head, if you really try. Lacing is a few quickly fading bubbles.

Smell is thick, strong malt, dark fruit, and heavy duty alcohol. The booze is so strong, it has a distinct nail polish remover quality. Not in a bad way, just in a badass way.

Taste is all hardcore booze. The malt is there, adding a caramel and burnt sugar flavor. The aftertaste is nice, slightly earthy and sweet.

Mouthfeel is slick and spicy, with strong carbonation to add to the intensity.

Drinkability is good if you're a seasoned alcoholic, or if you're looking for a good time.

Overall, I wish I had bought two of these so I could leave one in the cellar. It could sure use it.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this bottle with a buddy at "The Bayou" in Salt Lake City.

Served in a proper chalice the beer formed a finger of tight creamy tan head the settles to a thin swirl of foam. The beer is a deep amber color with crimson/maroon tones. No lace

Aroma is quite aggressive and very nice. Deep dark fruits, dates, some nice spice and yeast tones.

Flavor is rather nice and fairly complex. Prunes, dates, yeast, spice. A touch of candied sugar

Med/light body with the slightest touch of carbonation.

One to slowly enjoy, but certainly very nice.

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Photo of bump8628
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle with batch number 69121. Served in a chalice.

Deep ruby in color with 2 fingers of light tan head that drops to a thin mat of foam. Not nearly as dark as some of the classic Belgians but this is nonetheless a very appealing looking beer.

Aroma has lots of spice (cinnamon and clove) and brown sugar. Some alcohol is also evident in the nose.

The taste has a strong malty sweet presence that encompasses the whole spectrum of sugary flavors from light candy sweetness to caramel to toffee to heavily caramelized brown sugar. That being said, this beer is not overly sweet. Notes of spice and dark fruits complement the malt and alcohol adds a pleasant warming spiciness. Bitterness and hop character get out of the way to let the malt shine.

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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,812 ratings.
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