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

Poured from 750 mL (batch 68081) into snifter.
A: Pours a cloudy brownish orange with 2 inch light tan carbonated head. Interesting...not what I was expecting.
S: Strong piney hops with a background of citrus hops...again not what I was expecting. Faint hint of banana comes through as this warms.
T: Well balanced roast malt and less hops (still the pine and citrus) here than in the aroma. The hops still come out on top though.
M: Surprisingly light. Fairly strong effervescent carbonation. Sharp, but not biting, hop note. Definitely not what I was expecting from a quad.
D: Exceptionally drinkable...especially for a quad. ABV very well hidden...although it does eventually catch up with you. This is an interesting and very good take on the style. Highly recommended to seek out and try. A versatile brew that would do well on it's own, with a meal, or as an after dinner drink. I've always been a fan of Boulevard and now with their Smokestack series I'm becoming a huge fan. Well done!
I have more of these and it will be interesting to see how this matures with cellaring.

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Photo of JayQue
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

This is a truly outstanding quad. Pours a somewhat murky reddish/ brown into my Augustijn goblet. Plenty of light gets through when held to a light...bright ruby highlights that also reveal a ton of yeasty sediment. You don't have to swirl this one. Decent size light tan/antique white head considering the .abv of this beer. Head retention is about average but a covering remains on the glass throughout. Great aroma and taste of dark fruit, sour cherries, figs, dates and a generous amount of Belgian yeast and candi sugar. Somewhat sweet but balanced by a bready malt backbone, this is a very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is rich and sweet, with very little alcohol burn. Quite smooth for a beer of this strength. A lot of American brewers have nailed Tripels, Quads are a different story. Boulevard has done an outstanding job.

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

Purchased from Hyde Park Market, 10.99.

A: Poured hazy orange with a nice fluffy off white head. Thin head stayed throughout, very nice.

S: Dark fruits, raisins, spicy, really quite nice. I was not expecting so much. Straight from the pop of the cork; a rush of aromas. Booze.

T: Sweet, candy sugar. Dark fruits and spice again in the flavor. Good maltiness as well.

M: Very smooth. From what I have read, I thought it was going to be more zesty, but it is pretty smooth drinking and going down. Medium body.

D: A very good quad. I can not find any faults really. One I will be going back to many times I am sure.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a massive tan head. Slightly cloudy amber in color.

S: Clovey phenols. A little roasty. Molasses. Dried bananas.

T: Flavor bomb! Hits right up front with deep caramel, banana, and slightly acidic flavors. Alcohol is high in the flavor profile. Light bitter finish balances the sweet.

M: Thick, full. Just like it should be.

D: Excellent. High ABV is the only downside (drinkability speaking).

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown color with a fizzy off white head.

Scent of dark fruits, yeast, candi sugar, a hint of alcohol, and bready malts. Balanced well for the strength, a nice representation of the style.

Taste of candi sugar, caramel, dark fruit, yeast, leather, chocolate, and a hint of alcohol. Finishes dry with tobacco and leather flavors. Excellent, complex and balanced, could compete with authentic Trappist Quads.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very lively carbonation.

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Photo of pants678
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Copper, ruby with an off-white head.

Sharp nose of malt and yeast, oak and subdued cherries.

Brown sugar and dates or raisins, probably "special B malt." Malty and sweet with clove and oak that's not at all hidden. The alcohol's there, gives the necessary kick. I couldn't tell you this isn't a proper Trappist Quad, but more so it reminds me a hell of a lot of Gulden Draak. Which ends up being my only criticism: originality.

It's not a knock to say it's gritty and slightly staining. Delightful as doesn't sit at all heavy, not anymore so than an Amber.

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

A: Beautiful ruby colored beer. Topped with about 1 1/2 finger's worth pf slightly off-white head. the head is quite fluffy, and fed by a stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass, so it has incredibly long retention.

S: Big malty aroma, plenty of dark stone fruit, raisins, Belgian yeast, and toffee. A great smell, fruity and complex

T: Pretty much what the nose leads to to expect. Lots of sweet toffee malts, rum-soaked raisins, biscuity malts. The alcohol is much more present in the flavor than it was in the aroma. The end brings some bitterness t counteract the heavy malts.

M: Rich and syrupy, with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: A good quad. Lots of rich flavors, and a nice balance. 12 oz. ends up being a fair amount of this beer, and I'm glad it's not a 750 ml. Not as interesting as some quads, perhaps a little too balanced, if that makes any sense. Just a lot of god flavors all playing together nicely.

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Photo of Roxie_B
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

The Sixth Glass:
Serving: Bottle
Looks: Dark amber with garnet highlights
Smell: Sweet and vinous. Figs, dark fruit and alcohol
Taste: alcohol, sweet caramel, floral notes and chocolate covered raisins
Mouthfeel: Slick but with an almost capsaicin like burn.

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

"Man and the devil mixed with blood - that is the sixth glass". A little literature mixed with libation - Boulevard has found a well-chosen literary nod to give with the naming of their latest Belgian. The brewery never fails to impress - though some of their other styles are lackluster, they've got quite a solid bead on the Belgian style.

Had as a 12oz bottle poured into a snifter-shaped wine glass. Pours a deep, hazy gold, with a profuse khaki head. Nose is crisp, but sweet and yeasty - plenty of Belgian spice on the nose. The palate follows in classic Boulevard style - this feels like the big brother of their Tank 7 farmhouse: bready, yeasty, with prolific wheat, but not in the heavy, savory style of a Westy; rather, this beer blends that classic trappist breadiness with a sweeter, more North American take on the quad - there's a certain light sweetness here reminiscent of Unibroue or Ommegang. The mouthfeel is spot on, medium-bodied with the perfect blend of creamy texture and subdued carbonation (less than the head would lead one to believe). Ultimately, this beer straddles the Atlantic, blending the distinct Belgian and North American take on the style, without falling into the trap of overly sweet, overly light quads that so many American breweries seem to churn out. Overall, an outstanding entry in the style.

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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 brewskifan55
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Thanks, Cliff. You know how to pick 'em.

A: Opaque amber with a tan one finger head that lingers. Extensive lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, apricots, dark fruits, bready malts, pepper.

T: Follows nose. Smooth. A slight smokey taste. Dry finish.

M: Medium to heavy, nicely carbonated; frothy.

O: A worthy quad. Very tasty. Let it warm for maximum taste.

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Boulevard Brewing Sixth Glass is a very good beer! Nice amber color. Good head and nice aroma. This tyle of beer is definitely one of my favorite go to beers. Explosion of favors. Nice finish. At 10.5%, definitely one you have to respect, but it's too goodto sip. Thankfully, not an overpowering alcohol taste. Tangy spicy finish, easy to drink.

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Photo of Mikus
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unfiltered and effervescent. Garnet colored pour into my tulip. 2 fingers of loose, fluffy light tan bubbles. Spicy yeast notes, caramel, breadiness, figs, raisins, plums. Mild but pleasing nose. Huge dark fruit on the palate. Warming alcohol. Spicy yeast notes. Complex, yet seemingly simple. Dry finish with lingering dark fruits. Left me wanting more. So clean, crisp, and dry. Exceptional brew.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle
Best before: April-2016

Pours a hazy golden brown with 3+ fingers of thick beige cream that rockily settles to a finger or so. Excellent retention; bit of lacing. (4)

Sweet, fresh, spicy. Hard water, spicy yeast, baking spices, toasted nuts, brown sugar. (4.25)

Rich, earthy, sweet. Smooth biscuity flavor underneath with a floral sweetness, dark bread, stone fruits, cinnamon. (4.25)

Rich with a medium-full body, good moderate carbonation, smooth drinking, luscious finish with well-hidden alcohol. (4)

Grrrreat Belgian Strong Dark Ale!
This is a big, smooth, imposing, rich beer that is all too drinkable.
Pours with a caramel color almost and an imposing (and downright un-American--in the style, for the most part) head. The aroma is rich and hints at the flavor with lots of vanilla, butterscotch, spices, and bready malt. The taste follows suit a cream soda taste contrasted with herbal hop hints and a super luxurious palate.
I liked this beer an awful lot. It was a lot lighter and fresher tasting than I had expected, but packs all the punch I was expecting and then some. Very well-made, drinkable, layered beer.
Would definitely have again; worth a shot if you come across it and like Begians. (4.5)

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Photo of RexBanner
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served slightly chilled in a snifter. Dark amber hue with a fantastic pillowy head. Aromas of fresh bread, peach and libby's canned fruits packed in syrup. Taste pretty much followed the nose. Mildly effervescent with alcoholic esters. Finishes semi dry.
Overall; very nice quad. Very filling though. Can't have more than one without feeling bloated.

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Photo of Meerkey
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy and bubbly; a burnt sienna that looks reddish when held against the light.

S: Dates and figs, bread, malts, and a little spicy

T: Fig and bananas, malts and toast, caramel with some peppery spiciness.

M: Tingly, smooth, and clean. Sweet aftertaste.

D: Delicious. I would definitely recommend this.

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Photo of Garvey
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Man, this thing just keeps on bubbling and bubbling. Feels like I'm drinking champagne...delicious, sweet, spicy, beer champagne. Got the last bottle which is probably a good thing since I need to drive home in 10 minutes.

EDIT: Tasty beer burps, too

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Photo of roblowther
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged, out of the fridge long enough to sweat a bit. My mouth is watering. It's cloudy copper brown with an active light tan head that starts very frothy & then settles into a thin creamy layer. The smell is cinnamon, raisins, sugar, with an appealing peachy flowery smell. It has a nice underlying chalky note. Taste is wonderful. It is peppery at first, with a nice biscuity malt, and then melts to a rich caramel. Maybe a touch one-dimensional on the finish but that one dimension is delicious. Maybe a bit too sweet in the aftertaste, but that's a nit to pick another day. The mouthfeel is chewy & a touch sticky, with nice carbonation throughout. Drinkability is good, with the alcohol just a pleasant warmth down the gullet. I'd definitely buy it again & its a welcome good example of the style from a US brewer. Evidence that not EVERY beer brewed in the US is brewed for hopheads. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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Photo of REDAMI
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

L-Deep amber pour with nearly an inch of off-white foam.

S-Candied fruits, sweet vanilla, toffee/caramel malts.

T-Fruitcake notes, vague cinnamon-like spice, melting into sweet bready malts.

F-Sharp carbonation at the front wakes up the tongue, but smooths into an array of flavors.

Deceptively complex, lighter in texture than other quads but with the same depth as the top tier.

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Photo of mkh012
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11 oz. bottle, best before date of 08/16 (4 months from now).

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a solid two fingers of frothy tan head. Chocolate covered raisins and figs on the nose, and the taste largely follows. Typical quad notes. Some alcohol heat, but not too much for 10.5% ABV.

Not quite as good as my favorite Belgians but a solid representation of the style. Mouthfeel could be a little softier/creamier. 8.5/10 quad in my opinion.

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Photo of kenito799
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a flared pint glass.

Hello--this brew really looks the part. Pleasing haziness to this chestnut-brown liquid, topped by an active, foamy tan head. A bit of wispy lacing.

Aroma is very nice, again solid Belgian quad aromas of warm sices, fruity yeast, caramel. On the paate the active carbonation really conveys the Belgian bottle-conditioned moutfeel perfectly. Taste is rich and complex, just a touch on the sweet side but balanced well with acid and hoppy bitterness. The midpalate's nutmeg and colve combine with fruitiness to give a perfect impression of warm spiced pumpkin bread. The finish is long, long long, a rewarding sipping experience.

Probably the best non-Belgian quad I have had, I thik they nailed the style here. I am quite impressed and hoping to try more from this KC brewery.

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Photo of zac16125
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a chalice
Best before: 3/7/16

A: Pours an opaque dark copper, nearly brown, with just under 2 fingers width of tan head which has great retention and leaves a solid sheet of lacing. 4.75

S: Tons of easterly banana, some white and black pepper spice, subtle clove. Tame aromas of dark fruit and toffee/caramel. Very nice. 4.25

T: Lots of spice, coupled with sweet notes of dark fruits and toffee. Some bitterness, a bit of booze. 4.25

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation appropriate but on the heavy side which makes it a bit less smooth than others in the style, ABV is very well masked, and drinkability is great. 4.25

O: Really nice example of the style. Often times I find that the American versions of Quads to fall short in a lot of areas, but that was not the case here. Certainly not of St. Bernardus/Roche/Westy caliber, but worth a try and very enjoyable. 4.25

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Photo of projectflam86
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to bonsreeb85 for giving me the chance to try this one. Thanks Chad!

A- Pours a deep hazy amber color with a thick frothy foam head that leaves some scattered lace.

S- Belgian yeast and spice with some dark fruit aromas coming through.

T- Ripe fruit and tangy Belgian yeast flavor initially with a hint of alcohol in the finish. After the first few sips many more flavors become pronounced. Banana, plum, brown sugar and raisins all meld together quite nicely. A very sweet aftertaste is left behind.

M- Medium bodied with tons of spritzy carbonation.

D- Really nice brew that had a definitely felt like an American Quad (if there is such a thing). Complex and flavorful. Definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of stompilator
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. glass into a chalice.

A - Poured a semi-transparent golden-brown, with a thick, nearly three-finger head.

S - Berries, kiwis, and a little booze.

T - Oh wow, the booze! Tart fruitiness quickly gets overtaken by an aggressive booziness. It sits like hops in an IPA - it permeates the entire flavor. The tartness fades as the malt sets in, and fades into a nice residual sweetness.

M - Very satisfying thickness. Just a little bit of fizziness, but mostly full, thick body.

O - It would be nice to have a little bit less boozy flavor (although it fades a bit as the beer warms up) to taste all the other nice things happening, but otherwise a great beer!

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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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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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