The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

2,882 Ratings
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 Pundit_of_Potability
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

So Boulevard, like their state brethren at Schlafly, have stepped up to try a slew of Belgian style ales. I have already had their Long Strange Tripel, and was pleasantly surprised. Like Schlafly and Ommegang, this North American brewery knows what its doing, unlike many others in the US who do not when it comes to Belgian style ales. This is a quad. While Sam Adams Quad is decidedly and relentlessly fruity, the Sixth Glass is more about subtlety and nuance, like its American counterpart, Three Philosophers, by Ommegang. But that doesn't mean the flavor isn't big and distinct. Pours a dark auburn (as described on the bottle) with a two finger head with mucho lacing. This ale has all the things you're looking for in a legit Belgian quad... A bit of figgy and banana fruitiness, that distinct yeasty breadiness, and strong malt overtones, with just the right hint of bitterness at the end. The alcohol is strong with this one, along with some peppery spices. Sometimes its hard to hide nearly 11ABV, and that's the case with this one as it has almost a dark rich cognac aftertaste. The mouthfeel is rich and full, but finishes with a wonderful sizzling zip of carbonation and dryness. Which makes this ale very drinkable and dangerous. This is my second Boulevard in the Belgian style and both have been distinctly potable. Ommegang still holds the crown, along with Unibroue, as far as North American indie breweries making Belgians goes, but Schlafly and Boulevard have proven they are no slouches either--finally providing American beer drinkers the opportunity to try and taste the Belgian style without having to purchase super expensive imports like Piraat, Golden Draak, and others. This one was $7.99 at Big Red Liquors for the big boy bottle, and well worth the purchase.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is an excellent American Quadrupel. Paired this with my favorite La Trappe Quad to compare taste. This is the closest American Quad to La Trappe in that I'm not a big fan of the dark fruit Quad offered by American versions. Rather this one has a great smell of clove and molasses with a sharp booze note. The taste is very well balanced. Up front I get clove and molasses, followed by a little banana and dark fruit with and the warmness of the ABV. This has always been on my list just now getting around to reviewing it. Happy New Year all Ba followers.

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Photo of BigIslandfarmer
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akopczyk
4.84/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brewjoel
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bartimus9
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bricescott
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JohnTurano
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gamblebc
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.22/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AmishLightning
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Strike00
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a muddy amber with a thinner off white head
S:The nose is dark dried fruit, Belgian yeast, and Alcohol.
T: Bready and Dark fruit up front. Alcohol warmth in the back but not overwhelming. Belgian Yeast flavor not as strong as others Quads.
F: smooth with light carbonation

O: Decent effort at a Quad from Boulevard. Worth getting and trying.

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Photo of Marzen_Fan
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drawbackwards
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MikeWard
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best By May 2018. I'm afraid I have not the patience for a-cellaring.

a fairly careful pour reveals a lot of minute floaties giving the dk amber body a slightly hazy look. Nice bubbly tan head which persists throughout leaving good lacing.

Strong smell of Belgian yeast and bubblegum, with an ever so faintly sickly smell.

Flavor is sweet, some dried fruit, bubblegum, malty. can't detect the alcohol at all, which makes it a bit dangerous.

Close to full on the mouth.

Overall, an enjoyable drink. maybe I'll find an old one on a shelf one day and can compare the fresh with the old.

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4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paresis
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Navybsn
4.94/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of bigpty2003
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a single-serve bottle

In my opinion, "the" American take on the style.

Look--Pours a classic brown/garnet/amber and opaque color with a classic mottled head, and an excellent sticky lacing throughout.

Smell--Malt notes very forward, with classic fruit-bread aromas. Bready notes with fig, raisin, apple, and a sweet carmel note.

Taste--Awesome Belgian malty-sweetness, with notes of burnt sugar and banana balanced with spice and alcohol warmth, rather than bite.

Feel--I frequently find myself going out of my way to compliment Boulevard on this aspect of its brews. Quads can get pretty "cloying." This American take on the style shines because the alcohol and carbonation provide a striking counterpoint to the sweetness of its taste to deliver a crisp and dry finish.

Overall--This isn't St. B. Or Roche. Or (fill in the name of your favorite trappist here.) But for an American take on this style--this is the standard by which all other American takes should be measured.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of HoodviewBrew
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a very tall head (2" plus) with a nice dark brown color. Smells sweet, with a citrus/estery smell. Wonderful taste, though with a yeasty, sour bread taste. That description makes it sound terrible but it's actually really good. Reminds me of an old ale. Has a nice boozy finish. IMHO this fills in nicely when the Bourbon Barrel Quad is not available, which it never is where I live.

Update- Feb 2017. I've since had this a few times and while it still tastes great, something in it gives me a screaming headache every time I drink it. Too bad, I like the beer,

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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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