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

12 oz. pry off bottle served up in a globe glass. Best by 11/14 stamped on the bottle. Opens with a fair pop of carbonation and pours a clear deep brown with some crimson highlights. Good retention and some soapy lace follow.

Aroma is largely yeast driven with just a hint of malt structure initially. Warms to offer well integrated raisin and fig notes though not all that complex.

Taste is less complex than the not overly complex aroma. Bit of caramel and some muddled fruits. Nothing negative to deter yet overly one sided. Perhaps too much science and not enough art. 'Clean' comes to mind. Feel is soft and creamy nonetheless, isn't overly sweet and yet still capable of masking the ABV to a large degree. Overall a pretty well executed though not so well designed brew that drinks like a lighter Dubbel. Needs more malt complexity to call itself a Quad.

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

On trade from jwinship83. Poured into chalice.

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

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

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

M- Medium carbonation, medium body. Slightly dry.

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

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

Belgian style quad from Kansis City? Sign me up.

Pours a rust color w/ a small white bubbly head. Produces nice soapy lace on glass.

Yeasty aromas. Bubble gum. Small caramel & toffee notes as well. Raisin.

Big yeast flavor with some spiciness balanced by the sweet fruit & caramel presence.

Feels a bit warm & carbonated for my tastes. Alcohol is very present. Not a bad thing.

Kudos to Boulevard for brewing this. Glad to have tried & would gladly have again.

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Photo of taters21
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful burnt orange haziness with a 2 finger tan head.
Smells of rum, alcohol, dates, raisins, clove, banana, caramel, typical quad aromas.
Rather bitter actually, a lot of spice, and alcohol, why...
Mouthfeel is only moderately thick, and not as creamy as expected for this being a quad.
Overall, disappointing, maybe it's because other reviews have been of this after some bottle age, but I find the flavor not sweet at all, very bitter and with a lot of burn, and the mouthfeel was a letdown, it's quite a shame really, I wanted to like this brew.

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Photo of hardy008
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with a 3 finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has green apples, phenols, grapes, and pears. Smells good, but not as expected.

The taste is just like the aroma. It has green apples, phenols, grapes, and pears. It is also a sweet tasting beer, and has a nice flavor, it just doesn't taste like I would expect a Quadrupel to taste. At least not entirely.

Medium bodied, high carbonation, sweet, and smooth. I like much about this beer, but it does not seem like it is true to style. The 10.5 % abv is well hidden, which is a plus.

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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 bskrtz
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A) A "tawney port-like" brew, looks wonderful. Light passes through with clumps of dense, fine bubbles. Off white head recedes a bit but still manages to hang around forever.

S) Sweet cooked fruits, bread pudding, citrusy juice. Waft of alcohol....

T) Deliciously sweet, malty and complex with mild hops. Maple syrup with a port finish and did I mention sweet?

M) Sticky syrup with ample fine carbonation. Smooth, alcohol is there but not over powering.

O) Okay, you want me to rate a Belgian Quad?? This is an ever crowded class with the best of the best. I enjoyed this one and will definately enjoy another. And maybe one more after that, but thats my limit....

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

Not long ago, while perusing the beer selection at a local liquor emporium, I decided to give this one a shot ($8 for a 750). Arriving home, I cracked it open (quite a chore) and poured it into a tulip. Poured a slightly hazy burnt orange color with a good beige head. Aromas of brown sugar, dark fruit and sweet caramel. On the palate, this one was medium to full bodied, with flavors of dark fruits, candi sugar, caramel and booze.

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

Best by 06-2013, reviewed October 2011

A: This poured a clear dark copper with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like sour Belgian yeast and wheat bread, with spicy lemongrass and a bit of cocoa powder and cashews.
T: It tasted like sour Belgian yeast with lots of spicy rye and pumpernickel bread, and a little earthy toffee and burnt nutty malt. It had a dry and sour earthy aftertaste with alcohol warming.
M: It was slightly thick with lots of carbonation. Bubbly body.
D: This was a decent quad, but not very refined and far from a Trappist brew. The scent and taste were ok, and the body was good enough, but the alcohol was hot, so it must be sipped. Not sure if age would help, but it couldn't hurt. Not a must have beer.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown color with some reddish hues. Big cream colored head with great retention and lots of lacing left behind. Aroma is alcohol, dark fruits, and spice. Taste is a bit boozy. Some funky yeast. Pretty spicy. A bit fruity with some pears and raisins. Mouthfeel is very thin in my opinion for a quad and it doesnt lend to the drinkability because of the high and noticeable alcohol. Not bad but certainly doesnt stack up to the trappists i've had.

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Photo of ksimons
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a dark cloudy amber with two fingers worth of cream colored head that sticks to the glass

S-the smell isn't that strong. Smells of malt, light caramel, and fruits. It would help if the malt was a bit richer. The smell does improve more as the beer warms.

T-tastes of malt, some light dark fruit, spices, and a spicy alcohol kick. As the beer warms things get better, the malt and caramel are richer, but the sixth glass isn't as good as other quads out there.

M-medium body, medium to high carbonation

Overall it is decent, but not as good as other quads I have had. A richer malt body would improve things in my mind.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to umich03jm for bringing this one along. I've got a bottle myself, so it'll be nice to see whether I should let it sit for a while longer or not. Sixth Glass is some strange color that's not quite amber and not quite copper and not quite orange, but somewhere in between. Mild clarity, surprising for a Quad, with lots of suspended sediment bits hanging about. The creamy, beige head looks like it might stick around for a while, but quickly vanishes to a simple skin.

Dark figs, Belgian yeast, bubblegum, mild clove, floral hops, a hint of mint, touches of spicy phenol, and some underlying, sweet esters. Overhead, some extremely light grapes and raisins hang and add a faint tartness and mild sweetness note to the aroma. It's Quad-like, for sure, but not quite as enjoyable or robust or sweet as some other great ones.

Even more bubblegum when you take a sip, like popping a mouth full of Bubble Yum, original flavor. It's funny to me how much Belgian yeast can resemble bubblegum, and it certainly shines here. Candi sugar, clove, light mint... the typical Belgian "spiced" flavors, but something is still missing. There's a lot to be admired on the surface but when you take a deeper look, it seems quite vapid and full of itself, kind of like Ryan Reynolds.

Rotten, dark fruits add to the mix a little bit; plum, dates, and even some mild banana from the yeast. Phenol spices get heavier with warmth and some medicinal and menthol notes eventually come in and shut things down like your parents coming home early from work and interrupting your after-school tonsil hockey session. Chalky, sugar-sweet, fruity and phenolic finish; medium-heavy bodied with decent carbonation and a thick, creamy mouth feel.

Not a bad Quad, but there are a few things holding this back from being really enjoyable to me. The problem is, my palate (like many others) has been spoiled like a pre-teen in Bel-Air by things like Westvletern XII and St. Bernardus Abt 12. Those beers have changed the Quad game forever and Sixth Glass doesn't quite hit the bar. Still enjoyable but nothing to get hard over.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Surprisingly light in hue for the style, I think. A hazy, darker amber--it is topped off with a nice, billowing head, though, leaving some smatterings of lace behind.

S + T: Some nice, malty aromas along with scents of raisin. Flavor profile is quite similar, with a big malty sweetness. Alcohol profile is quite high, with plenty of peppery warmth on the finish

M + D: The alcohol is certainly not hidden on this one, and it can be a little heavy as the bottle goes. I find that many other quads keep this element of the beer more under control or subdued, relative to the other highlights of the beers. It's certainly a decent brew, yet I believe it's open to some improvements.

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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 andrewinski1
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. The color is amberish brown with golden hues. There is a fluffy off-white head that all but disappears.

The aroma has nice plum and date to go with a bit of melon rind.

The malty sweetness turns into a nice fruity finish from the yeast. There is some of the same fruity flavors indicated by the aroma.

The body is medium to full with lots of crispy carbonation.

This is pretty good. I would drink again.

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

Atlanta Ale meeting. This one is funky, with apple juice as the predominent taste, and cloves, toasted caramel, candy brown sugar, fruit, above average mouthfeel. Lacing. High alcohol is there.Looks like a quad,Drinkable but not my go-to quad. Is this bottle right?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pours a nice rich red color with a huge tan head. This is a very pretty beer, and I am surprised at the amount of head, given the ABV.

Lot of fruit in the scent, raisins, prunes, followed by a hint of spice, and just a slight bit of coffee.

Taste is a bit fruity, with a touch of pepper. I can detect a bit of a Belgian candy sugar taste, but it's much more subtle that a true Belgian quad. The alcohol is well hidden, its presence mainly is a bit of warming at the finish.

The feel is probably the weakest point of this one. it is a bit on the thin side, not horrible, but below what I expected.

Not a bad beer, just not one that blew me away either. it is very drinkable for the alcohol level, I would just prefer a bit more complexity. Still, a nice beer, and I wouldn't mind trying this one again.

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Photo of Briken
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany swirled at the bottom of a deep amber hue on top with a thin tan frothy head with excellent retention. Dirty yeast and bold floral hops. Colder, this had a very molasses/medicinal cod liver oil evil up front. Warmed a determined floral hop flavor is backed by a subtle sweetness that interplays with the hops and some pepper. Well blended alcohol makes its appearance in the end with a slightly bready dry finish. Mouthfeel is high carbonated foamy and slightly mouthcoating.

I don't say it too often but this is a beautiful looking beer. I really didn't find this too complex but a pleasant beer overall. It is a fairly fresh bottle as the best before date isn't for another 3 years so at $9 a bottle I may grab another to age a bit. It was certainly a fine companion for watching the end of Dexter season 3...

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a deep amber with some slight hazy sediment mixed in. finger of off-white head and great retention. smells of sour grapes, raisins, cloves, banana, booze. the flavor is very boozy, lots of banana, brown sugar, pears, a slight bitterness takes place in the aftertaste. a medium-full body beer with medium carbonation.. a sipper, but the high carbonation makes you want to drink faster.

i gotta say i'm not a huge fan of this one. i like the boozy warmth in the chest, and it's not a bad beer, but i am just not sold on it. i'm not mad i tried it at all, it's just the style i can't really get into.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from 2007. Hazy, caramel-orange color, with thin foam. The foam doesn't hold well leaving just a ring and a few suds. The aroma is pleasantly sweet and sugary with some nice esters. Don't get any note of the alcohol really.

The taste is also quite sweet. I very much get a flavor of pancakes with maple syrup. Not alot of balance to this, would have liked some more of the estery fruit character to shine through in the flavor and add some complexity. There is an herbal-like earthiness in the mix. The alcohol is not too hot, probably due to the age? Mouthfeel is actually quite light. The carbonation is decent, but should be more rich and creamy with the foam.

Overall a little too one-dimensional with it's sweetness. I unfortunately have to compare it with some pretty great examples of the style, and it just doesn't stack up to its true Belgian counterparts. A decent value...

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of john0721
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a goblet. Color: light brown. A little to sweet for me and lacking the complexity I look for in the style. Yet, still a good American version of the style.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep amber to orange-ish color withh a tan head. In the aroma, sweet dark fruit and a bit of alcohol. In the taste, licorice, dark fruit, a small sweetness to dryness, and a alcohol note all the way through. An Alcohol bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry small licorice and alcohol like aftertaste. Quite muted flavors, but nice flavors and a mellow alcohol throughout.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Pours a clearish, mahogany-hued body sporting a ring of tiny, white bubbles.

Smell: Malty aroma crammed with dark caramel overlayed with alcohol-soaked plums and cherries and wrapped in a light, delicate yeastiness.

Taste: Full maltiness and a strong Juicy Fruit bubblegum taste and a little pinch of acidity. Some spiced bananas, a pinch of crushed rock candy. Slight yeast character. Hint of toast. Warming finish with a lasting taste of fruit-flavored bubblegum.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent quad and pleasure to have tried it, but one is enough for me, thanks.

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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,854 ratings.
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