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

Small capped bottle dated BB 07/27/13 (I think, it was rubbed off a little) acquired at Happy Harry's South Grand Forks, ND. Poured ~6C into a wine glass. Warmed over the sampling.

Pours a deep rich clear amber with a nice head that does a good job of lasting and lacing. Pepper, dried fruit and belgian esters dominate the nose. The body has all sorts of interesting stuff going on. Raisins, sweet caramel, earthy bitterness, black pepper, more dried fruit... Yum. Bitterness keeps the residual sweetness in check. Average carbonation for the style. A solid beer worth having again.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle, batch number 68025. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky dark brown/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is average, not much lacing. The aroma is excellent, it smells like brown sugar, raisins, figs, cherries, Belgian yeast, rum, ginger and some pepper. The taste is slightly different than the aroma, it tastes like dark fruit, pepper, ginger, yeast, booze, cloves, and a slight tart taste I can't identify. There's also a bit of a bitter finish, which I didn't expect since the aroma was so sweet and malty. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and slick but seems a bit thin (but not watery) for the style. Carbonation is high. Drinkability is good, even with the high carbonation it's still easy and enjoyable to drink. I think this is a good Quad, I'd pick this up again in the future.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, turbid golden copper with a foamy, khaki head. Wonderful look and head retention. A bit of lacing is left behind. Dark fruits and yeast form a wonderfully Belgium styled aroma. Dark fruits, malts, and a zing of yeast at the end all work together to form the flavor profile of a beer that could be crafted by Belgium's. Very classic taste. Mouth feel is a tad bit harsh, but otherwise bold, filling, and mouth coating. Overall, a phenomenal brew that delivers classic Belgium style beer from a state-side brewery. Even though this is my hometown brewery, I've never had it, which is disappointing because this is tasty.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of alexanderplatz
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My points of reference are Chimay Blue and Trappistes Rochefort 10. The Sixth Glass is not quite as complex/amazing as those two Belgian brews but it is a delicious beer of the Belgian quad style. If you like Chimay and Rochefort and other similar Belgian styles, I definitely recommend that you give The Sixth Glass a try.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This cork is a real pain in the ass.

A - A deep fiery red body with a giant dissipating tan head made of medium bubbles. Not too bad.

S - warm dark fruits, toffee, some tartness, a touch of spice, vanilla, smoky notes. Nice nose.

T - Good complexity and progression. The carbonation is lively and delivers the flavors nicely. Spicy, vanilla, toffee, and a touch of smoke on the front, smooth and sweet dark fruits in the back. This is pretty darn good.

M - The carbonation is a bit too much here, but its a smooth body otherwise and its a medium thickness.

O - I think this is a fine Quad and am sort of regretting not having picked up another one. It will age well, I suspect, and once the heat is died down a bit, it'll be real good.

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Photo of Celtics76
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought I'd try this while waiting for my cod to cook in the oven. I think the only other quad I've tried is Harpoon's.

This pours a dark amber with a quickly settling head. An impressive nose - plums and other dark fruits, accompanied by some caramel and toffee. As for taste, somewhat alcoholic , though at 10.5% I expected it. It does not overpower the core flavors though. In addition to the dark fruits, a strong fig newton presence is felt. I love fig newtons, so this is welcome.

This is delicious, a slow sipper for sure with complex flavors. I recommend drinking this without food accompaniment as there's a lot going on here.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a stemless wine glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy two finger off white head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber color with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bananas, plums, cloves, spiciness, bready malts, Belgian Candi, some alcohol, raisins, yeasty esters, and caramel. Smells awesome.

Taste: Same as above with some mild bitterness in the end and some warming alcohol. Pretty tasty quad from KC.

Mouthfeel: Silky and creamy smooth, full bodied, low to medium carbonation and some boozy alcohol. Easy to drink and very enjoyable.

Overall: Awesome stuff. Nice KC version of this Belgian classic.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle best by 2/14/16 into tulip glass

A-Deep amber color with a fluffy beige head. Great lacing!

S-Big sweet nose of candi sugar, plum, and yeast.

T-Sweet caramel flavors with more sugar, white raisins, plum, some yeast and lots of blooming alcohol.

M-Well balance and well carbonated.

O-Overall a great example of a Trappist quad. Will get some more.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter glass.
A - Pours a nice reddish brown with a thick off-white head.
S - The aroma is Belgian yeasts and raisins.
T - The flavor is strong on banana and clove.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - Wow! This beer exceeded my expectations.

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

Got a bottle of this in a BIF but like a month later I found out I can buy it here now so I'm not going to really save this one.

Poured into my St. Bernardus goblet. It is a little more amber in color than other quads I have had. Nice head but kind of died off. Pretty good looking beer overall

Not alot of smells coming off this one. Belgian yeastie-ness and brown sugar mostly.

Taste is pretty good. Good malt character. Pretty good quad but with a little twang at the end.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooths with good carb.

I will buy this beer again for sure. Great taste but watch out. That ABV will sneak up on you.

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