The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel AleThe Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,900
Reviews:
832
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
231
Gots:
776
For Trade:
6
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Photo of ivorycannon
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BobZ
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Dark amber in color, different from most Belgian quads which tend to be dark brown. Builds a 1” to 1 ½” head that recedes to a ¼” cap, nice lacing.

Smell: Primarily a malt aroma with some spice, also some hints of light fruit.

Taste: Surprisingly complex, malt, toffee, a yeasty spiciness and varying fruit flavors some dark like raisin and some light like apple. Very well done version of a Quad from a complexity standpoint, not exactly like its Belgian counterparts but a solid beer none the less.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and well carbonated.

Overall: Best American attempt at a quad that I’ve tried so far. A solid beer.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of R3ason
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of doobwaa
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz bottle with an enjoy by date of 12/30/15. There is also a Julian code to indicate the bottling date that is a little smeared, but seems to indicate a bottling date of 12/30/13. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series chalice.

Appearance - A gentle pour, so as not to fill my beer with the sediment on the bottom of the bottle, yields a one and a half finger head of tan with just the slightest caramel-hued twinge to it. The bubbles are fine and lucious and they retain for several minutes before receding to a film with pockets of thicker foam intermittently dispersed on the surface of the liquid. Beneath the film likes a dark burnt umber body with shades of burgundy and auburn depending on how the light hits the glass. Lacing is mostly nonexistent save for a few idle spots here and there.

Smell - The aroma is a sweet blend of light molasses and brown sugar, with some fainter notes of fig and dried fruit alongside some baking spice, reminiscent of clove and some faint hints of banana-like esters that really add more depth to the beer than they do overpower the other flavor profiles.

Taste - Fruity esters are again present here, but less on the banana side of things and more in the range of figs and dates and perhaps some red plum as well? The spiciness from the yeast is also present, imparting notes of clove and brown sugar, with some caramel sweetness. As it finishes, there is just a hint of some bitterness and almost a metallic taste. Oddly, I got sort of a metal taste after the first drink, but didn't really notice again through the rest of the glass. There is also a faint burn of the high alcohol, but it's amazingly well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and moderate carbonation, with just enough fizz to avoid feeling flat.

Overall, yet another traditional Belgian style that Boulevard does well. It's a little lighter than many beers in the quad/BSDA category, but that's no problem by my view. The only thing I will say is that I wish there were a little more depth of flavor to this one. One of the things I like about the style is that it continues to evolve and develop throughout the enjoyment of the glass. This one was pretty similar from start to finish. As such, I feel the need to dock the overall score, because the sum of it's parts were just not quite as good as the individual components.

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Photo of prost2hefeweizen
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Torey
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of tzieser
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz capped bottle poured into a Delirium tulip. best by 4/27/13.

a: pours a mostly clear ruby color with a thick off-white head that settles into a modest lacing.

s: notes of dark fruits, candi sugar, belgian yeast and a very subtle alcohol note. i can tell this is shaping up to be a solid quad.

t: sweet malty flavor. aforementioned dark fruits (prunes, raisins), candi sugar and belgian yeast are prominent flavors here. not too sweet and nicely balanced. alcohol is well hidden, but warms the stomach nicely.

m: smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

good job by Boulevard Brewing. fantastic quadruple. i think this could use a bit more age on it, as the flavors were still a tad on the raw side, but still...well done!

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Photo of SadMachine
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of climax
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Into my snifter I pour a 12 oz, figured if I like it I'll dive in and pay the premium for a bomber. It pours a bright reddish brown hue with vibrant ruby highlights. The head is impressive, as is the retention.

I get a lot of wood tones initially in the aroma. Leafy hop aromas balance out modest caramel, clove, plum, brown sugar, and alcohol.

All the flavors within the taste are perfectly proportioned and balanced, but I just don't get a very complex blend. The aftertaste is mighty clean with a dash of plum and floral remnants.

The carbonation is a punch to the temple, initially fizzy and begins to take a more cottony feel as the sip progresses. The underlying body is smooth, but paired with that carbonation it's like sacrificing ride comfort by putting 24" rims on your Buick. The finish is slightly dry with some alcoholic warmth, but it's cleaner than your grandma's kitchen, good marks for that.

I'll stick the the original kings of quads here, the Belgians make a better quad. This is, however, a very clean and easy to drink cheaper alternative.

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Photo of Kempleton
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from 750ml corked and caged into a Silly Scotch tulip.
Cloudy brown russet color, topped by a great pillowy head that doesn't quite last as long as the beer.
Smells great withh dark fruits taking center stage. I pick up some raisins and plum aromas.
Taste is more of the same, dark fruits. along with the fruits there is a definit presence of alcohol in the taste.
Thick and effervescent mouthfeel. This one could defintly benifit from a litte swirling.
the drinkability is low only due to the high ABV and pronounced boozieness of this beer.
I would love to get my hands on a few of these to cellar. This seems like one that will be absolutly great with a bit of age on it.

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Photo of JLapadura
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of czechsaaz
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very fruity ale aroma. I get cherries and raisins and peaches. Malt aroma is pretty restrained but some dark caramel is there. First few sniffs there was some fuesal alchol but that dissipated pretty quickly.

Copper colored with a thick tan head that lasts and is fed by lots or rising columns of bubbles. Not much lacing. It's there but it drops back into the main head pretty quickly.

Nice malty flavor right off. Lots of deep crystal-type, maybe some munich flavor. Hop bitterness is pretty high so the beer is significantly drier than most Quads. There's a bread like flavor that I'm not sure if it's the yeast or maybe some biscuit malt. There's lots more fruit flavor too and the same types as the aroma. But again, there's a distracting level of alcohol flavor, not over-strong but you can definitely taste it.

Very highly carbonated, maybe even a little rough. Full bodied and very warming in the mouth and stomach from the alcohol.

Drinkability is within the style, but that's challenging. It's a big beer that wears it's strength in obvious ways. But it's a pretty good sipper.

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Photo of LJTate
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of goatgoat
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 68100.

Pours a hazy deep amber. A thick frothy tan head gently falls to a thin cap. Plentiful carbonation is apparent in loads of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. No lace.
Aroma is moderate to heavy. Sweet, dark. Lightly floral, banana, spicy and slightly alcoholic.
Taste is sweet with prominent alcohol. Lots of spice, light bread note. A light bitterness comes through to be overpowered by spice and slightly sticky malt in the finish.
Fairly light body and dry, with alcoholic astringency and warmth.

The alcohol is overwhelming while cool, but even when it warms I wish the alcohol was a bit less forward. More retention on the head would help but overall, nicely complex and enjoyable, a very nice sipping beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a ruby red brown with one finger head that died quick. Has a slightly boozy aroma, dark fruits and figs (maybe raisins) are a tad noticeable and there are some sweet malts. Beer is medium bodied, smooth, real sweet for some reason, good amount of caramel, candi sugar and a touch of fruit sweetness. Good balance as I get some dark fruits as well and there is a hearty, heavy finish. Not a bad American quad at all and well worth the low pricepoint; not the tastiest or most complex quad but it got the job done.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ArrogantB
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle $7.98. Nice red-brown, not quite transparent or opaque. The head died a swift death so there is not much to comment on there. The aroma was like a fresh cut apple, cinnamon, and pepper, nice. The flavor was a little hot with more cinnamon, alcohol and fruity flavors. This was incredibly easy to drink despite the high ABV and it was quite an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of snaotheus
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into two giant snifters

Pours a deep cloudy brown, with visible sediment floating. Huge head and persistent carbonation, a little lacing. Smells musty and belgian, raisins and wetness.

Taste is fairly sweet, fruit and raisins, slight molasses, a little clove, sour finish. A little bit of coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel is gritty and fizzy. Noticeably strong.

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Photo of Harvest06
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nickhiller
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: incredibly thick and creamy Belgian style head, clear amber colored, little lacing.

S: the familiar sour-sweet minerally flavor of a Belgian triple or quad, sharp alcohol esters, brown sugar, a little banana.

T: lots of banana now, dried cherries, Sherry, candy sugar, sickly sweet biscuity malt is in sharp contrast to the strong (strong) alcohol and bitter hop finish.

M: medium to heavy body, strong warming alcohol, the ABV of which does not go unnoticed.

D: started out strong but ended short of perfection. As a whole it was a little out of balance; I found the alcohol too strong and not well integrated. Fairly drinkable but not something I'll be returning to.

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Photo of Windexman
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first official review!

Appearance- Started pouring this into a glass and instantly loved the caramel hue to this dark amber. Gave a great thick head, but it dissipated pretty rapidly; however, it left pretty lasting lines on the side of the glass. I saw small amounts of sediment towards the end of the glass, but that doesn't bother me.

Smell- You can definitely smell the spice aromas in this beer. They reminded me of a Fat Tire, but on steroids.

Taste- I liked the strong flavor of this beer. It was well balanced. It had sweet notes, followed by slightly bitter, with a spicy overlay. I wanted to open the second one before I finished the first.

Mouthfeel- I thought the carbonation fit well with the beer. It was just bubbly enough to awaken my taste buds. I felt like it left my mouth a little filmy afterwards. I didn't enjoy that very much.

Overall- I really enjoyed this beer. I would definitely recommend Sixth Glass to a friend. For a 10% beer you can taste it, but it didn't overwhelm me. Strong bold flavor, but smooth all the way through.

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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,900 ratings.
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