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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel AleThe Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale
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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): 10.20%

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
Ranking:
#1,383
Reviews:
838
Ratings:
2,920
pDev:
10.82%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
231
Gots:
790
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 2,920 |  Reviews: 838
Photo of JuiceMan818
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of sjrider
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tre1994
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I drank this quadruple from my Trappist Westvleteren no 12 Goblet. If I compare it with a Westvleteren no 12 it is a bit thinner and a tad boozier, but still extremely good, in fact outstanding. However, Westvleteren no 12 is the better quadruple.

Look: cloudy brown slightly reddish with an inch-thick off-white head.

Aroma: malts, dark fruits, and banana

Taste: It's sweet toffee, dark fruits, figs, raisin, prunes, maybe some banana.

Feel: It’s pretty smooth and not much alcohol taste even though it is quite noticeable.

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Photo of byronic
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Baumer
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great ruby color, relatively thin head that dissipates quickly. Smells a bit candied, full of plum, banana, and molasses. Very thick smell and a bit boozie. perfect bitterness on the end with just the right amount of carbonation. Very fruity up front. The ~11%abv is very well hidden. Feels very warm and smooth. The carbonation is spot on. A great beer. Boulevard can do really great things when they want to.

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Photo of dunklevice
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PvtSnowball
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodychandler
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently purchased this bottle at the FGBS here in Lancaster, PA & since I somehow got onto a mini-horizontal from Boulevard, this one seemed to be the next logical choice in the progression.

From the bottle: "22 IBUs".

This beer has ten months in the bottle, so following the Pop! of the cap, I performed a gentle pour in case any lees had settled on the punt. Even my utterly gentle pour was causing head to quickly rise to the point that I had to back of stop altogether. It finally settled into a dense, creamy, rocky cap of two-plus fingers of light-tan head with great retention. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with deep-amber highlights. Nose was bready with notes of dark, dried fruits like raisins, prunes, cherries and the candied fruit that goes into fruitcake. In fact, in its totality, it smelled like a liquefied fruitcake. Mouthfeel was medium, but surprisingly soft for all of the evident carbonation. The taste retained the fruitiness noted on the nose, but the yeast seemed to have added a heavy banana-like flavor so that it was more like liquefied banana bread with the addition of dried, dark fruits. My my. Still, the relatively high ABV was well-hidden, making it dangerously drinkable. Finish was smooth & semi-sweet as the yeast was working to dry it out. The bottle indicated that it could mature for up to two years from the bottling date, so at ten months, it was taking on a dry quality. I do not often indulge in this style of beer, but this was definitely worthwhile. I found it quite enjoyable & have no problem recommending it to others.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a reddish brown and hazy. It has a bubbly white head and a good amount of carbonation. The beer has a sweet aroma of malts and hints of booze and dark fruits. The beer taste of sweet malts but the sweetness is cut by the booze. Some dark fruit hints but not as much as I am used to with this style. The beer has a lot of carbonation feel and the high ABV makes me feel warm.

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Photo of twage04
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep ruby/red with medium carbonation. Some fig and booze on the nose and taste is much of the same. Good easy mouth feel and booze is well concealed. Average bitterness for the style but lacking a bit in the dark fruit/fig. Not much noticeable belgian yeast but does a good job hiding the booze and having a little sweetness without being cloying.

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Photo of CraftBeerRunner
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Maybe it's just not my style, but I thought while good it wasn't great and the aftertaste let the whole thing down :-( So, very good but not as exciting as other reviewers implied for my taste.

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Photo of rickklein9
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into smaller chalice: color is amber, a little dense, head is lighter tan, presenting at least 1/2 inch thick and lingering until dissipating to a ring with some lacing on the glass.

Smell is sweet, estery, light pepper and banana and clove; some toffee and phenol and raisin - a brew that changes aroma greatly with temperature.

Taste is similar to the aroma with a great blend of sweet malt and complex malt derivatives such as raisins, prunes, caramel and apples; yeast off flavors are broad as well with blend of pepper, lighter banana, some clove and light spice.

Mouthfeel is a bit sharp on the tongue at first, softening as it warms but still a strong presence on the tongue.

Overall a big beer that has flavor to back it up - big, deep, complex - a great brew from Boulevard.

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Photo of stonelis
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of polloenfuego
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mahogany brown with almost no head, but what little is there leaves behind some nice lacing. The smell is typical of a quad, dark fruits, candi and yeasts. The flavor though falls a little flat. There are nice elements of the quad present, the candi and the dark fruits, but then the beer fades quickly and there is nothing left to taste. Mouthfeel is a little thin for a quad and the carbonation was medium. A bit of a disappointment for me, but as they say 'your mileage may vary'

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Photo of Sour_Lord
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marklaker
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoeLacy
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dekkar
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ferb
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I admit that quads are not a go-to style for me, but this one was a gift and today, I got my shoulder sling off for after six weeks!
I love the color blend of orange and mahogany, and the dense, antique white head. The taste is of fruitcake, raisins, licorice, plums, coriander, Belgian candi sugar. It has a warming alcohol feeling and a "quiet" finish: not too dry, sweet, or spicy. This is an excellent quad that any fan of the style should try. The 750ml bottle should help my rotator cuff feel better, too!

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Photo of Jodio
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kkarimi
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cliff1066
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sabotage628
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 2,920 ratings
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